Here’s another amazingly good low carb Weight Watchers recipe that was a big hit with my family. I had a few extra zucchini on hand recently that I didn’t want to go to waste, so I put together this Mexican Beef and Zucchini Skillet Recipe for a quick, easy and healthy dinner.
All the ingredients are inexpensive and are almost always on hand in my pantry. For the kids, I served this over some brown rice and they loved it! Surprisingly, they gave me no grief about the zucchini being in there. I really love this dish with the ground beef, even though it adds extra fat and calories.
The flavor of the meat works nicely with the mild zucchini. But if you want to trim this recipe down a couple of Points, you could use ground chicken or turkey instead. With the beans and zucchini, it’s bulked up very well, and is absolutely satisfying. This Mexican Beef and Zucchini Skillet recipe is perfect for busy weeknight dinners. And leftovers freeze nicely, too! Enjoy.
Lately, there’s been a serious waffled food trend happening on Instagram. Apparently, it’s pretty easy to cook a lot of different foods on a waffle iron! This is great because it allows your food to cook quicker and more evenly, and you use a lot less oil than you would if you pan fried the food. Case it point: crab cakes.
Cooking my crab cakes in my waffle iron was not only fun and easy, but they were definitely lighter from not having to pan fry them. And they were delicious! All the flavors were working together in a synchronized harmony, and the perfectly crisped crab cake was a joy to eat.
My kids even tried them, thanks to the waffle shape. Now that my crab cake waffles were such a success, I’m excited to try some other foods in the waffle iron. Stay tuned!
My kids have always loved Thai Chicken Satay (or “the yellow chicken on a stick”, as they refer to it). And who can blame them? Tender, juicy chicken marinated in a heavenly peanut sauce that is then grilled to perfection and served with extra sauce for dipping. It is divine!
But rather than going out to a restaurant, which can get pricey and also lead to eating other tasty, but high calorie foods (Mango Sticky Rice, anyone?), I like to try and prepare a lighter, healthier version at home. I decided to make an attempt at the chicken satay, but after I set my chicken in the marinade, I realized that I didn’t have any skewers on hand. At that point, I debated whether to load up the kids in the car (who were playing quietly and peacefully at the time) and head to the store to grab some, or just leave the kids alone and try making this recipe without the skewers. The latter option won out. And thus, my Lazy Satay Chicken recipe was born.
I’m not gonna lie…I LOVED not dealing with the hassle of the skewers! When I served it, I just gave my kids some toothpicks, and they enjoyed using that to dip their chicken in the peanut sauce. Easy peasy. While this dish is still 8 Points per serving, it’s still a lot lighter and healthier than the ones you’d get at a Thai restaurant. But it’s JUST as flavorful and delicious!
Talk about a light lunch idea that takes little effort, is satisfying, and requires no cooking! This Mediterranean Tuna Salad puts a new, healthier and tastier spin on a traditional tuna salad recipe.
There’s no mayo in this version, and it’s packed full of fresh vegetables, garbanzo beans, and olives, so it’s not short on nutrition. But it’s still low in fat, low in calories and high in lean protein, making it an ideal Weight Watchers lunch recipe that you are sure to love.
The fresh lemon, garlic, and parsley add so much flavor to the salad that you won’t even miss the mayo – I promise. Not only is the salad incredibly delicious and filling, it requires no cooking, so you can throw this dish together in about 15 minutes. Serve it over toasted bread, fresh greens, or eat as is. At just 2 Points per serving, this healthy salad is a winner!
It may be in the high 80’s this week, but I’ve been in need of some comfort food lately. And while enjoying one of my favorite soups, French Onion – which I ADORE, I got the idea for a simple casserole that incorporated some of those divine flavors.
I wanted it to have some protein, and I needed it to be kid-friendly too, because it just makes my life so much easier when the whole family eats the same thing. So I tossed around a few ideas and ingredients, and the end result is this creamy, comforting French Onion Chicken Casserole Recipe.
It was actually quite easy, and required very basic ingredients…most of which I almost always have on hand. I love serving this with some roasted asparagus or broccoli for a complete meal. And if you love onion flavored dishes as much as I do, try my Roasted French Onion Potatoes – they are soooooo GOOD. Enjoy!
The cabbage is a vegetable that is often overlooked, and typically known for its blandness. But in my Garlic Roasted Cabbage Wedges recipe, the cabbage is the star!
When roasting vegetables, I find that it brings out a natural, smoky sweetness, and it offers a depth of flavor that you really don’t get when sautéing or steaming. And roasting the cabbage really elevates this common vegetable to a whole new level.
This Roasted Lime Salmon with Mango Salsa Recipe is the ultimate summer dish. It’s packed with fresh, irresistible flavors that come together to create a symphony of savor in your mouth. The combination of the smoky salmon with the sweet and tangy salsa is truly amazing.
I like to serve this with my coconut rice for a complete meal. But it totally works as is, if you are trying to avoid carbs. Pair it with some roasted veggies instead! If you are grilling, the salmon can be cooked over the grill, which would lend a wonderful charred taste to the dish. I’m often just too lazy to grill, so roasting is my go to, easy meat preparation method.
But grilling the salmon in this recipe truly takes it to another level, so I highly recommend giving it a try that way too.
You’ll need my Mango Salsa Recipe for this dish, so make sure you throw that together first. But don’t eat it all!! I know…it’s good. But save it for this recipe. Next batch can just be for you and your chips – promise. And at just 1 Point per serving, this dish is a great way to enjoy a healthy dinner that is truly like summer on a plate.
If you are cooking a Weight Watchers dinner on a budget, this Sole Piccata recipe is an ideal option. Sole is relatively inexpensive, and it’s a mild flavored fish that works well in a variety of dishes.
Given that I’ve always loved chicken piccata, I decided to try a version using sole in place of the chicken. The sole is simply dusted with seasoned flour, pan fried, and then topped with a beautiful sauce made with wine, butter, and capers.
The wine and butter sauce is really the star of this recipe. It is so velvety and decadent! And it’s a perfect way to jazz up the delicate sole. One serving is just 6 Points, so you get the flavors of a high calorie dish, but without an ounce of guilt. Enjoy!
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. It was fresh, light, sweet, and savory….and I couldn’t get enough of it.
It’s the perfect summer poolside indulgence. My kids and I finished the whole bowl in one sitting! The salsa itself is 0 Points, as it has no ingredients that count towards your Point allowance, but the chips are another story of course.
I need to be careful with those! A salsa recipe this good can have me easily indulging in too many chips. Alternatively, this would a great topper for fish, chicken, and salads. Get this tasty Mango Salsa recipe in before summer is over!
When it comes to a vegetable side dish recipe that’s quick, easy, and delicious, it doesn’t get much better than this Quick Roasted Broccoli with Soy Sauce Recipe.
Fresh broccoli is tossed with traditional Asian seasonings and then roasted to perfection. Coming in at just 1 Smart Point per serving, this Weight Watchers side dish recipe is an ideal way to get those veggie servings in. It’s amazing how just a handful of ingredients can amp up a serving of a broccoli so much!
I can honestly never get enough of Chinese stir fry. I love it in all forms. But the restaurant version can be pretty high in Points.
So I like to try my hand at healthy knock-offs of my favorite Chinese fast food dishes. One of the easiest and best attempts resulted in this delicious Beef and Vegetable Stir Fry Recipe that is so ridiculously good, it’s hard to believe it’s just 6 Points.
Marinating the beef and making sure to cut it against the grain, helps to keep it tender and flavorful. This recipe also works really well with chicken or shrimp, as an alternative to beef. Serve it atop some steamed brown rice, or just enjoy it as is!
Here’s another easy and delicious way to dress up chicken breasts! In the Chicken Pesto Bake recipe, the chicken breasts are first topped with flavorful pesto sauce, then fresh tomatoes and mozzarella cheese.
It’s literally, just a handful of ingredients, but it delivers quite a tasty dish. I usually just buy a jar of prepared pesto sauce for this, but you can also make your own, if preferred. But at just 3 Points per serving, this simple Weight Watchers chicken recipe offers a great way to indulge in wonderful flavors, while still keeping the Points low.
It’s also packed with protein and extremely low carb. If you have the extra Points to spare, try this on some fresh Italian bread and serve as a sandwich. I usually like to pair this dish with a fresh side salad or some steamed veggies for a complete meal. Enjoy!
Who says you always have to eat fajitas in a flour tortilla? Yes, I know it is delicious. Aren’t all carbs? But having your fajita straight out of the skillet is a highly underestimated option.
Not only are you saving calories, carbs, fat, and sugar grams, but you can really enjoy the wonderfully bold flavors of the chicken this way. And you can go crazy on the toppings without worrying about it dripping out all over you.
I will often make this chicken fajita skillet, and then use the meat on top of salads, rice, beans, or just as is with some of my favorite fajita toppings. Just remember to add in the Smart Points for any extras you may add, like guacamole, sour cream, or cheese.
Any way you serve it, this tasty recipe will clearly makes its point – that you don’t always need a tortilla to rock a fajita. Enjoy!
On hot summer days, this fresh Grilled Chicken Spinach and Strawberry Salad is the perfect light meal.
The goat cheese is creamy and tangy, and perfectly enhanced by the sweet and tart strawberries, and the bold balsamic dressing. The tender grilled chicken adds a healthy dose of protein, and the spinach packs in some serious nutrition.
If I have a few extra Points to spare, I’ll throw in a handful of lightly candied walnuts or some slivered almonds for added sweetness and crunch.
It’s really such an easy salad to make, with just a handful of ingredients. Makes for a great Sunday brunch recipe too! And at just 5 Points per serving, this salad has all the flavors of decadence with zero guilt.
This light and delightful salad is such an easy side dish to prepare, and it is the perfect complement to your favorite Asian inspired meal. It requires just a handful of ingredients, but delivers such vibrant flavors.
It’s sweet and tangy with just a hint of sweetness And with temperatures on the rise this summer, I love the cool and refreshing feel of this simple salad. And it’s always a hit at picnics and potlucks, because most everyone sticks to traditional salads, so this homemade Thai Cucumber Salad offers up something much more unique.
Plus, it’s one of my favorite ways to take advantage of all those delicious and inexpensive cucumbers! Enjoy.
It’s in the 90’s this week, here in Orange County, CA, and yet, I’m making a creamy, comforting Chicken and Broccoli Noodle Casserole. That’s weird, right? It’s too hot! But when I have a craving, not even a heat wave will stop me.
And what I’ve been craving, is a rich, decadent, filling casserole that combines meat, veggies, and carbs all in one dish. Because sometimes, I just don’t feel like preparing side dishes.
This week, I made a Weight Watchers casserole recipe that was absolutely heavenly. It has all the flavors and textures I wanted, and came out to just 6 Points per serving. If broccoli isn’t your thing, zucchini, mushrooms, or carrots and peas would all work really well too.
I’ve also made this with chicken thighs instead of breasts, which was even better. So if you can spare the extra Smart Point, try it with chicken thighs. And one word of advice – don’t skip the bacon/almond meal crumble on top…it’s what really makes this dish!
Within hot and busy summer days, I rarely have the time or patience to put forth a lot of effort in the kitchen. So I’ve been making Weight Watcher recipes that are fast, easy, and delicious.
This Balsamic Roasted Chicken and Vegetables Recipe is a great dish that I find myself cooking again and again because it’s super fast and easy, and my whole family loves it. Sometimes, I’ll even double, or triple this recipe, then freeze it in the marinade so that I can have it available for a quick and easy dinner the following week too.
The marinade is so incredibly flavorful, and the meat turns out juicy and delicious. I have sometimes left my veggies in the marinade with the chicken, and that also works….the veggies just come out darker from soaking in the marinade. Such an easy and tasty meal! Enjoy.
These Moroccan Beef and Lamb meatballs are definitely a game changer in the meatball department. Tender, succulent, and full of traditional Moroccan spices, this recipe has become a favorite in our household.
My kids love to eat them stuffed inside a pita, and topped with my homemade tzatziki sauce and cucumber tomato salad. It is truly a mouthwatering combination. You can easily skewer these meatballs for easy grilling, if you’d prefer that cooked over coals taste….it’s divine!
Maybe take some to your 4th of July BBQ this year and blow those burgers and hotdogs out of the water! Everytime I make them, I triple the batch and then freeze some because they are just so incredibly tasty and I love having some remade to heat up.
And at just 5 Points per serving, this Weight Watchers meatball recipe tastes way more decadent. These are a MUST make, you guys.
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.
I like the green beans to be a little crisp, so I just blanch them in the boiling water for just a few minutes, and then immediately transfer them to an ice bath. You could steam them too if you prefer. The tangy lemon garlic dressing is the perfect complement to the salad and ties all the components together.
And if you are lucky enough to have any leftover, they are just as delicious the next day! Usually, salads get gross in the fridge overnight, but thanks to this dish being comprised of fresh, crisp veggies, it can be enjoyed again the next day. Yay! Perfect for poolside parties, summer BBQs, and 4th of July picnics, this 1 Point salad is a must try.
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. It’s such a versatile recipe too — you can serve it as a side salad, as a relish for meat or fish, or as a dip for crackers, bread, or pita chips. I’ve also used this in a sandwich or wrap. I’m telling you…a ton of things can be done with this recipe!
We’ve been watching a lot of hockey lately (playoffs and now the Stanley Cup championship), and this is the perfect game day snack. Even meat eaters will love it! This Vegan Balela Salad recipe is a must try. Enjoy!
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 Point per serving. Watermelon by itself, is such a sweet and simple treat, but when topped off with a tangy balsamic vinaigrette and some crumbled feta, it really reaches new heights.
The fresh blueberries and mint add an invigorated feel, and make it an aesthetic treat for the eyes as well as the palate. Serve this tasty and unique fruit salad at at this weekend’s Memorial Day BBQ, or any summer celebration, and sure to be adored.
Admittedly, when I’m indulging in Chinese takeout, the last thing I think about ordering is vegetables. The exception to this train of thought is Chinese-style Garlic Green Beans. The flavor is out of this world – who knew a green bean could taste so incredible!?
Every time we order these, my kids tackle them with so much enthusiasm, that I decided this is a dish I need to try at home. My version is a lot less oily, therefore, lower in Smart Points than the restaurant version. And they are super easy to make, so it’s great having this recipe to rely on for a quick and reliable verge recipe that I know my kids will eat.
Each serving is just 1 Point, so this is absolutely guilt free!