Need a unique and healthy new Weight Watchers Recipe idea for your grill this summer? Well these Spicy Grilled Pineapple Chicken Burgers will knock your socks off!
This burger is so light ad fresh, and full of delicious, flavors. The thin sandwich round eliminates a lot of extra calories and carbs, and the pineapple helps bulk up the burger without adding more Points.
The lean ground chicken patties are wonderfully seasoned and I added some diced jalapenos for an extra kick. I also whipped up a chipotle may dressing which balanced out the burger perfectly.
This is a must try Weight Watchers Grilling Recipe this summer. My Spicy Grilled Pineapple Chicken Burger Recipe is great paired with some corn on the cob or roasted vegetables.
SPICY GRILLED PINEAPPLE CHICKEN BURGER RECIPE
Perfect for a summer BBQ, these Hawaiian style chicken burgers are spicy and delicious. The fresh grilled pineapple, melted cheese and chipotle mayo give them the perfect finishing touch. A tasty and healthier alternative to standard, traditional grilled burgers.
8pineapple rings - (in their own juice, if you are using canned)
1small red onion - (thinly sliced)
⅓cupreduced sodium soy sauce
1small jalapeno - (seeded and minced)
4garlic cloves - (minced)
2tbspVegenaise or reduced fat mayo
¼cupplain, nonfat Greek yogurt
1tspground chipotle seasoning
Combine ground chicken, soy sauce, garlic, jalapeno, cumin, pepper, and smoked paprika by hand in a large bowl. Form into 8 patties, place on a plate, cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
In a small bowl, combine mayo, Greek yogurt and chipotle seasoning. Mix well, and set aside.
Heat up grill to medium heat. Place chicken patties directly on the grates and cook to desired level of doneness…about 4-5 minutes per side. Top each burger with a slice of cheese for the last 1-2 minutes of cooking time to melt. Grill sandwich thins, if desired. Place cooked burgers on a plate, and cover with aluminum foil to keep warm.
Grill pineapples grates over medium heat. Carefully turn after 1-2 minutes.
Assemble burger with 1 chicken patty and cheese, 1 pineapple ring and equal portions of red onions and chipotle mayo.
Entire recipe makes 8 servingsServing size is 1 burger
Truthfully, I’ve never been a fan of peas. I usually always pick them out of whatever food I’m eating, unless it’s masked really well in a carb-y, cheesy casserole.
To eat them straight up, as a side to a meal, is like my worst nightmare.
But one day, while browsing through one of my cooking magazines, I came across a lovely photo of a beautiful, bright green pea soup. The fresh, stunning color inspired me to give this little legume another shot.
In college, I used to LOVE eating cold, leftover Chinese food, straight from the carton in the fridge (actually, I still love to do that). In fact, Chinese food is one of the very few leftover foods, originally served hot, that I enjoy eating cold.
My favorite is the chow mein noodles. And when cold, leftover Chinese food wasn’t an option, I often ordered cold noodle salads at my favorite Oriental restaurants. But now, being a Weight Watchers member and a mom trying to make healthy food to serve her family, I try to avoid fatty, high-calorie, high-sodium foods from restaurants. And instead, I try and create a healthier “knockoff” at home that is still incredibly tasty, but low in Weight Watchers Points and as healthy as I can get it.
My version of Oriental Cold Noodles turned out absolutely AMAZING. Seriously, I couldn’t stop eating it. It was so fresh, zesty, and tangy, and truly a real treat for just 6 Points per serving. This is now what I turn to for my cold noodle fix. Pair it with some miso soup for a delicious and complete meal.
This Thai Shrimp Salad Recipe was something I literally came up with and executed in about 20-25 minutes. I had just experimented with a Shrimp Spring Roll Recipe the day before which was FANTASTIC (recipe coming soon), and I just could not stop craving the flavors. Plus, I had some leftover ingredients on hand. So, I tossed together the salad, softened the saifun bean thread noodles, and whisked up the dressing. It was absolutely delicious and very filling for just 5 Points. The saifun bean threads really help add some bulk to the salad without adding a lot of extra Points. The shrimp and peanut lime dressing provide the protein. It was one very satisfying salad. Next time I make it though, I’ll add more vegetables…like some small sweet red peppers and sugar snap peas. I was just in such a hurry to eat, I didn’t take the time to get too creative and add a lot of color like I usually try to do. I just needed that salad in my belly…ASAP! And don’t be intimidated by the “saifun bean threads”…they are just cellophane noodles or “glass noodles”…you should be able to find them in the Asian section of your grocery store. If you aren’t concerned about Weight Watchers Points, add some peanuts for extra crunch and deliciousness.
Recently, I had some extra mushrooms on hand that I didn’t want to go bad, and so I started looking for something I could do with them. I didn’t feel like cooking some big dish, and I wanted to do something new with mushrooms that I hadn’t tried before. So, I started scouring the Internet, in search of some ideas and inspiration. Leave it to Martha Stewart to suggest the idea of marinated mushrooms. It was just the kind of recipe I was looking for – quick, easy, and something that I could just pop in the fridge for later devouring. It took me just about 10 minutes to create my version and put it all together, and they turned out fantastic! Most marinated mushroom recipes call for more oil, but since this was one of my Weight Watchers Recipes, I cut it down to just 2 tbsp. Most of the oil doesn’t get consumed anyway, so if you wanted to count this recipe as 0 Points, you technically could. But, I always like to err in favor of weight loss, so I counted the oil and calculated it into the Points. Still only 1 Point per serving. My husband sliced some of these up and put them on his salami and cheese sandwich, which was delicious. But I like Martha’s idea of serving them with some olives and sweet peppers as an antipasto course. Of course, I also loved just eating some straight up as snack too. I’m sure you could all come up with some really awesome ways to use them. These marinated mushrooms are definitely something I’ll be making again. Thanks, Martha!
Earlier this month, I shared my Southwestern Stuffed Baked Potato Recipe, and while making it again the other day for lunch, I had an epiphany. What if I used cauliflower instead of a potato? Cauliflower is such a versatile vegetable, and mostly takes on the flavor of whatever you are cooking it with. And the whole point of a loaded potato or stuffed potato is the topping, right? So if I could get rid of the carb-loaded potato, but still enjoy lots of my favorite toppings but for less Points, it was worth a shot. So a few days later, I got to work in the kitchen creating my Loaded Cauliflower Recipe for a Saturday family lunch. I could not have been happier with the results…it was DELICIOUS. Quick and easy to prepare, I just steamed the cauliflower, and then topped it with my favorite baked potato fixins. Each serving came out to just 5 Points each. And that is with cheese, bacon and beans included in the toppings, my friends. It was very filling, and very healthy. This Loaded Cauliflower recipe is a keeper for sure.
Give an ordinary brown rice side dish a MAJOR, mouth-watering makeover with this Mexican Style Corn and Rice Casserole Recipe. Oh how I love easy casseroles that taste AMAZING and require very little effort. This delicious, low calorie casserole recipe was a huge hit at my house, and it was so easy to put together. It’s brown rice, with corn and squash, smothered in a sour cream, chile and cheese sauce. YUM. I spiced it up a bit with jalapenos, but you can omit that if you’d prefer a more mild version. Each serving is 7 Points, and is very satisfying. Serve this with some grilled chicken or fish, and a salad, for a balanced meal. I’m going to try experimenting with this recipe a bit more, and make it without the corn, adding in some other low carb vegetables instead, in order to lower the Points value. The corn is delicious though, and well worth the Points, if you have them to spend. This Weight Watchers Casserole Recipe that truly feels like a decadent comfort food.
There is no other flavor that says spring/summer to me that basil, tomato and mozzarella. I absolutely love the flavors of a Caprese salad, so I decided to combine them with whole wheat pasta to get a larger, more filling dish to satisfy a larger group of people. My Caprese Pasta Salad is a perfect Weight Watchers side dish recipe to bring to a potluck or barbecue, and each delicious serving is just 6 Points. It’s a quick, easy to make pasta salad recipe that combines a few simple ingredients to deliver a fresh and marvelous flavor combination. Though this dish is filling, the flavors are so fresh and light, and perfect to enjoy for a summer evening dinner or a spring afternoon lunch. If you are a fan of traditional Caprese salad, then this Caprese Pasta Salad Recipe is a must make.
Happy Memorial Day, everyone! If you are like me, and feeling too lazy to bust out the grill today, then you’ve come to the right blog post. Today, I’m sharing a new and delicious low calorie meatball recipe that requires no grill. Meatballs are a pretty popular dish around here. The kids love them, the husband loves them and they are pretty easy to make. They also freeze well and make for great leftovers or packed lunches. So because I make meatballs a lot, I’m always looking for new ways to make them, and trying to incorporate unique and delicious flavors, while still keeping them low in Points for me. After my Mexican Meatballs were a huge hit, I decided to explore with some Asian flavors and created these tasty and slightly tangy Asian inspired meatballs. They were SO good!! And it’s really such an easy Weight Watchers meatball recipe that takes very little prep work and cook time, so you can get them on the table quickly. You can serve them as an appetizer with toothpicks, or over rice or noodles as a main dish. But at just 4 Points for 6 meatballs, these Asian Meatballs are an excellent Weight Watchers Recipe to try!
This lighter take on a traditional Au Gratin Recipe combines the delicious flavors of feta and spinach, layered between soft and buttery Yukon gold potatoes. It makes a wonderful idea for a Weight Watchers breakfast casserole, or serve it as a side dish with dinner.
I strongly recommend using a mandoline slicer to slice your potatoes to the right thickness. It helps you get a nice, even doneness to the dish, and the uniformly sliced potatoes all look so pretty! It’s difficult to hand slice potatoes so thinly, and the thinner the potatoes, the bigger the serving size appears.
Also, using the mandoline cuts down prep time dramatically. I used Yukon potatoes with this au gratin, but you can use any kind you like. I also left the skins on, because I like getting the added nutrients from the skin. Once you get those potatoes sliced, this Spinach, Feta and Potato Au Gratin is such an easy dish to prepare, and can be enjoyed by the whole family — no one will have any idea it’s a Weight Watchers Recipe!
In another effort to get more heart healthy fish in my diet, I decided to prepare some tuna steaks. But because I don’t like fish recipes that taste, well, fishy, I always need a good sauce or marinade to help. In just a few minutes, I put this spicy jalapeno marinade together and let it sit for about 30-45 min in the fridge. Then, I just cooked them in a non-stick skillet until they were cooked through, and voila! It was very quick and easy. The jalapeno was not too spicy, so don’t be afraid to try this dish if you are not a fan of spicy foods. The lime juice and garlic really helped give a nice, balanced flavor to the tuna. This could totally be done with Ahi tuna steaks too, I just used albacore because it was readily available to me. I’d even try this marinade on chicken or vegetables to…it’s pretty versatile. But this Spicy Pan Seared Jalapeno Tuna Steaks Recipe is a great way to add some more low calorie fish recipes to your menu.
I admit, I was very skeptical about feta and watermelon together, but after my first attempt at this Watermelon Feta Salad Recipe, my fears were diminished. The cold, fresh, sweet watermelon strikes a perfect balance with the salty feta. Them when I combined it all with fresh mint, and my AMAZING honey and lime juice dressing, I was in love. My husband and I couldn’t put our forks down! It is so light and refreshing and makes a perfect Weight Watchers Summer Salad Recipe that can be prepared quickly and easily. I have since made this a few more times recently because I simply cannot get enough of it. Each serving is just 2 Points, and it makes an excellent side dish to your favorite main course. I highly recommend giving this one a try ASAP.