It can be hard to convince my family, especially the kids, that low carb recipes are still tasty. Usually, it’s easier if they don’t know that it’s low carb and super healthy before they try it. They’re more likely to eat it that way. And this one is definitely a low carb Weight Watchers recipe that is amazingly good – and a big hit with my family.
I recently had a few extra zucchinis that I wanted to use up before they went bad, so I put together this Mexican Beef and Zucchini Skillet. It turned out to be a quick, easy and healthy dinner that was incredibly delicious.
Have you noticed the waffled food trend that’s been happening on Instagram recently? Apparently, it’s easy and quick to cool a whole variety of foods in a waffle iron, not just batter. I thought that was a great idea. I wanted to give it a try with some of the foods that aren’t very healthy due to the fact they’re fried in oil. The first one that I really wanted to try was crab cakes.
Traditional crab cakes aren’t all that healthy for you. They’re loaded with crab, cracker crumbs, mayonnaise and eggs and then deep fried in oil. Delicious, yes, but not a great combination for watching your daily point totals.
One of my kids’ favorite meals is the “yellow chicken on a stick”, which most people know to be Thai Chicken Satay. And I can’t blame them for liking it. It’s got tender, juicy chicken that’s marinated in a truly divine peanut sauce and then it’s grilled to perfection and served with extra sauce for dipping. What’s not to love?
However, the easiest way to get Thai Chicken Satay is to go out to eat. However, as great as it is to not have to cook or do the dishes, going out to eat has two major downsides – it gets expensive and it leads to eating other delicious, but usually high calorie foods that I don’t need (Mango Sticky Rice, anyone?). So, I like to try and make my family’s favorite meals at home and to give them a lighter, healthier twist.
Tuna salad sandwiches is one of those classic lunches. It’s something that just about everyone remembers having as a kid. It’s something that’s still a classic for long hikes and picnic lunches. But as an everyday lunch – it’s not my favorite. The traditional tuna salad recipe is loaded with mayo, therefore pretty high in fat and calories and very low in fiber and vegetables.
I decided to switch up the classic tuna salad and make a lighter, and healthier, version for lunch. I turned to the Mediterranean region for inspiration. The Mediterranean diet contains a lot of fish, so it seems like a natural fit. Then, I thought I’d add some more classic Mediterranean flavors – fresh veggies, garbanzo beans and olives.
French Onion is one of my all time favorite soups. I love the delicious and rich flavor of it. And even though it’s been in the high 80’s this week, it’s been one of those weeks where I’ve needed some comfort food. But while I was enjoying a bowl of my favorite soup, I got the idea to make a casserole using the same flavors.
While I wanted the casserole to have the same flavors as the soup, I wanted to add some protein to it as well. I also wanted it to be kid-friendly. Making and cleaning up two meals because the kids won’t eat one is not something I’m inclined to do. It makes life much, much easier when the whole family eats the same thing.
There are always those vegetables that fill you with trepidation. They’re the ones that if they’re cooked right are delicious and amazing, but if not, well, there’s always the garbage can. Cabbage is one of those vegetables. It’s usually overcooked, bland and doesn’t win any prizes for it’s looks either.
Don’t get me wrong, cabbage can be good. When you fry it up with onions and apples in bacon grease, it’s pretty good. Not healthy, but good. Well, luckily for you, I’ve got a cabbage recipe that is both good and healthy. This Garlic Roasted Cabbage Wedges is amazing.
There are always those dishes that are just perfect for a summer meal. They’re the ones that have the in-season produce and the bright and fresh flavors that just pop in your mouth.
This Roasted Lime Salmon with Mango Salsa is the ultimate summer dish. It’s got fresh, irresistible flavors that come together perfectly to complement each other and make you savor each bite. The smoky salmon with the sweet and tangy salsa is just amazing.
It’s so easy to look at the delicious recipes on blogs and Pinterest and then get discouraged when you try to find the ingredients for the recipes. All too often it seems like the ingredients for the elegant dishes are too hard to find or too expensive – or both!
But don’t despair – this Sole Piccata is perfect for cooking a Weight Watchers dinner on a budget. Sole is a white fish with a mild flavor and it’s relatively inexpensive and easy to find. It works well in a variety of dishes, including this delicious and elegant Sole Piccata.
Every family has those snacks that the whole family loves and will gobble down in no time. One of those snacks for our family is chips and salsa. Everybody loves it. And we eat it. A LOT.
Typically, when I’m busy, I use store bought salsa. However, everyone’s favorite is when I’ve got enough time to make some amazing, fresh salsa. There is nothing like it.
It’s so easy to get stuck in a rut when it comes to vegetables. You’re in a hurry, and you need to add vegetables to your meal, so you throw together your old standbys.
Maybe it’s steamed veggies, fresh veggies with ranch, a salad. It’s something that you end up having repeatedly.
Even when you rotate them, so you don’t have the same thing every day, always having steamed vegetables gets old.
Every once and awhile it’s good to have a new veggie recipe to add to the rotation. And this one hits it home – traditional Asian seasonings on fresh broccoli that’s roasted to perfection. It doesn’t get better than this.
I am someone who absolutely loves Chinese stir fry. I just can’t get enough of it. I love it in any form, but the downside of the restaurant versions is that they are typically high in points. As a result, I’m always trying my hand at healthy knock-offs of my favorite Chinese fast food dishes.
One of my best and easiest attempts at a delicious knock-off results in something so incredible and ridiculously good that I just had to share it with you. It would have been cruel to deprive you of this amazing Beef and Vegetable Stir Fry.
Chicken is something that I frequently turn to in my recipes. It’s simple and mild, so it’s easy to dress it up and not have the flavor of the meat overwhelm the entire dish. That’s not even counting that chicken will usually come on sale and chicken breast is a great way to keep the points low in recipes.
The trouble with chicken is that, like veggies or anything else, it’s easy to get stuck in a rut. But I have an amazing, simple, easy and delicious way to dress up your chicken breasts! Enter this Chicken Pesto Bake recipe. The chicken is topped with a flavorful pesto sauce, tomatoes and mozzarella cheese. It’s amazing.