4th of July


With BBQ’s and 4th of July picnics running rampant every summer, it’s important to learn some healthy versions of your favorite 4th of July recipes. Here you can read some of my favorites! Try a couple of them at your next 4th of July celebration and enjoy all the yumminess that this holiday brings, while still staying on track with your Weight Watchers program.

5 Minute Restaurant Salsa

5 Minute Restaurant Salsa Recipe – 0 Points

Chips and salsa are such a beloved snack…I mean, come on…have you ever met anyone who doesn’t like it? And with so many salsa variations available, this is a food you can never get tired of! I really love all salsas, from the freshly made to the store-bought, and everything in between.

Chickpea and Sumac Salad

Chickpea and Sumac Salad Recipe – 1 Point

One of the best things about living in Southern California is the diversity of foods and restaurants. Growing up in PA, my diet was pretty American standard. But after moving to Los Angeles, a whole new world of foods and flavors was opened to me, and I’ve never been happier. Middle Eastern foods are almost always a hit with me, and after dining at a Turkish restaurant recently, I discovered this super simple, yet incredibly flavorful Chickpea and Sumac Salad Recipe.

Mango Salsa

Mango Salsa Recipe – 0 Smart Points

Chips and salsa are a pretty popular snack in my house. The whole family is a fan, and we find ourselves snacking on it very regularly. When I’m busy, I’ll rely on store bought salsa, but when I have the time, there is nothing more amazing than freshly prepared, homemade salsa. Recently, I whipped up a mango salsa that was total perfection.

Summer Green Bean Salad Recipe

We are counting down the last few days of school until we are in full summer swing! And summer means lazy days by the pool and little effort in the kitchen. This Summer Green Bean Salad Recipe is the perfect dish for those hot days, when you want a simple dish that’s light and healthy.

Baela Salad

Vegan Balela Salad Recipe – 4 Smart Points

If you’ve never had (or even heard of) Balela Salad before, let me fill you in. Balela is a Middle-Eastern garbanzo and black bean salad, tossed with a tangy, herbed vinaigrette. I typically make this delicious salad anytime I’m cooking for vegans or vegetarians. The beans offer a nice dose of protein, and are wonderfully filling.

Watermelon Blueberry Mint Salad with Feta – 1 Smart Point

Memorial Day Weekend is in full swing, and if you are still looking for a great Weight Watchers Potluck Recipe to take to your holiday celebration, this Watermelon Blueberry Mint Salad with Feta is it! A much better option than the standard fruit tray, this wonderfully refreshing salad is both sweet and savory, is a breeze to prepare, and is just 1 Smart Point per serving.

Thai Ginger Peanut Slaw

Thai Ginger Peanut Slaw Recipe – 5 Smart Points

I love salads, but I really don’t love all the chopping and prep work. It’s time consuming, and messy, and honestly, I’m just to beat to bother. Somedays, you just really need a no-fuss side salad, and this Thai Ginger Peanut Slaw is one of absolute favorites. First of all, the the convenience of a pre-packaged broccoli slaw mix is such a game changer.

Homemade Chipotle Cholesterol Free Mayonnaise

Homemade Chipotle Cholesterol Free Mayonnaise – 3 Smart Points

The funny thing about mayonnaise, is that I always hated it as a kid. For some reason, I could never get on board with the flavor. Nowadays, as a an adult, I am full-fledged, car carrying mayo lover. If it wasn’t so high in Points, I’d eat it straight out the jar with a spoon. In fact, my love for mayo has led me to get a little experimental in making my own, homemade mayonnaise recipes.

Cilantro Lime Baked Sole

Cilantro Lime Baked Sole Recipe – 3 Smart Points

With the summer heat beginning to kick in, I find myself craving meals that are fresh and light, and won’t take to much time to prepare. One of these is my Cilantro Lime Baked Sole Recipe. Not only can I get this fish in the oven in less than 10 minutes, but it takes just 10-15 minutes to cook and tastes fantastic.

Mint Lemonade Slushy

Mint Lemonade Slushy – 0 Smart Points

With the first whiff of Spring this year, I was already beginning to crave cool summer drinks and treats. One of my favorites is this Mint Lemonade Slushy recipe. I fist had one of these drinks on a trip to Israel, where it’s referred to as “limonana”.

Whole Wheat Cous Cous Feta Salad

Whole Wheat Cous Cous Feta Salad Recipe – 4 Points +

With the last few days of summer to savor, I’m sharing a reliable and delicious side salad recipe that I have made quite a bit this summer, as my whole family loves it. My Whole Wheat Cous Cous Feta Salad Recipe is super easy to make and is a delicious and satisfying side dish that works with so many different meals.

Quinoa Salad with Tahini

Quinoa Salad with Tahini – 6 Points +

One of my all time favorite Weight Watchers quinoa recipes is this super easy Quinoa Salad with Tahini Dressing — it’s to die for! Admittedly, I’m pleasantly surprised my kids really enjoyed this dish…my son even took leftovers for lunch! And at just 6 Points +, it’s a really satisfying summer side dish that is lovely and absolutely delicious. If you are already a fan of quinoa or a newcomer looking for some fantastic quinoa recipe ideas, this dish is a great one to try! I love the variety of textures, and the lemony tahini dressing just pulls it all together so beautifully. I’ve also made this with the addition of cucumbers, roasted zucchini, cauliflower and eggplant too, and it is fabulous. Enjoy!

Potato Salad – 4 Points +

It’s summer time, and what says summer more than a picnic on a beautiful day? One of my favorite picnic foods growing up was my mom’s potato salad. It’s really delicious, and it’s something that is easy and quick to make, but ends up fabulous every time. I live in the Midwest now, and we love our potatoes, so this dish fits in at every picnic and potluck. It’s something that my husband begs me to make. I like to make baked potatoes a couple of days before, and then just peel and slice the extra for this potato salad instead of boiling the potatoes to start with. It makes it even quicker – and you don’t have to try to work with hot potatoes! We had it the other night with BBQ pulled pork, coleslaw and fresh fruit. It’s delicious and sure to please the whole family.

Cilantro Lime Cucumber Salad

Cilantro Lime Cucumber Salad Recipe – 2 Points +

You know those days where you spent so much time working on the main course, that you completely forgot to prepare a side dish? Well, that happens to me a LOT. More often than I’d like to admit. Sometimes I’m too busy, sometimes I too lazy. But on those days, quick and easy Weight Watchers salad recipes like this Cilantro Lime Cucumber Salad, save me.

Pulled Pork Sandwich with White BBQ Sauce

Pulled Pork Sandwich with White BBQ Sauce – 9 Points +

For those of of you who may have never cooked a pork tenderloin before, this Pulled Pork Sandwich Recipe with White Barbecue Sauce will be one of the easiest you’ve ever made. The pork is cooked to juicy perfection in just an hour. It’s simmered in a broth that has been well seasoned and flavored, then shredded and smothered in a creamy, tangy, white barbecue sauce.

Creamy Summer Pasta Salad

Creamy Summer Pasta Salad Recipe – 6 Points +

Nothing says summer bbq to me like a good, old fashioned pasta salad. Growing up, they were at EVERY family bbq and I’ve grown accustomed to expecting them. Over the years, I’ve experienced a variety of pasta salads, but my favorite was always the creamy/sweet/tangy one. But the traditional version of this pasta salad recipe is very heavy on the mayo and sugar, making it pretty high in Weight Watchers Points, as well as cholesterol!

Quinoa and Lentil Salad

Quinoa and Lentil Salad Recipe – 3 Points +

In an attempt to clean out my pantry last week, I discovered that I had 5 half used bags of quinoa and 3 half used bags of lentils….lol, I guess I should always check to see if I have these items on hand before buying more. So I got to work coming up with a Weight Watchers side dish recipe that would use both of these ingredients in the most delicious way possible. I came across Melissa D’Arabian’s Lentil and Quinoa recipe, and decided to create a take on that. I was thrilled with how delicious and satisfying this dish was! Those lentils and quinoa really bulk up when you cook them, and they made this such a filling salad. Each serving came out to just 3 Points +, which was a very pleasant surprise. Serve it cold or at room temperature, and it’s an ideal dish for spring and…

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