Since the Fourth of July is coming up in just a few days, and just about everyone I know will be going to some kind of cookout, barbecue or picnic. I thought I’d share a few awesome, healthy, low calorie recipes that are easy to make and perfect for that 4th of July BBQ!
So I’ve decided to devote this week’s posts entirely to yummy, yet low in Points, Fourth of July barbecue recipes! If you are looking for healthy barbecue foods to take to your holiday celebration, you’ve come to the right place.
No baking required! Here’s a delicious dessert recipe that is not baked in the oven, but is actually made in a crock pot.
I never even knew that dessert crock pot recipes existed! But I made this cherry cobbler the other night and it was a huge hit! Easy to make, incredibly tasty and adding up to just 6 Weight Watchers Points — this cherry cobbler recipe is definitely worth trying. Simple and sweet, this fresh cobbler will bring in rave reviews.
You can even try experimenting with this recipe by making it with different types of berries! Strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries — this crock pot recipe will work well with any of them.
photo credit: mhaithaca
For those days when you are craving a burger, but just can’t bring yourself to consume the massive amount of fat and calories that the average burger contains, try this tasty Hamburger Casserole Recipe for your crock pot.
It’s hearty and filling and each serving has just 5 Weight Watchers Points, so you ‘ll easily be able to stay within your daily Points range. And it’s an easy dish to make for the whole family!
This Weight Watchers crock pot recipe also reheats really well, so it’s great to take to work for a quick lunch, or to store in the freezer so you’ve got something on hand when you need a quick meal.
Granted, it’s not quite the same as an In & Out Burger, but it’s delicious and will fill you up!
I am SO in love with the Miracle Noodles!!! The recipe possibilities are endless, and I am blown away by what can be done with this zero calorie pasta!!
The best part is, I can really chow down on this stuff – I mean REALLY CHOW DOWN, and still stay within my Weight Watchers Points! One of the worst parts of dieting (and the part that causes us all to cheat) is the fact that we often don’t feel full or satisfied from the low calorie meals. And that’s what I adore about Miracle Noodles. You can eat a LOT of it!!!
Plus, if you bulk it up with lots of veggies, you can really get a a lot of bang for your buck, so to speak. So you feel like you are being bad…but you are actually being good.
Here’s an amazing yummy Miracle Noodle Recipe that has just 3 Points for each HUGE serving!!
As the weather warms up, I start to get giddy with the anticipation of my favorite season – summer. And with summer fast approaching, along with it comes the arrival of fresh and deliciously ripe fruits and vegetables.
One of my most favorite summer fruits, the tomato, is particularly ripe and tasty this time of year. And with all the summer BBQ parties and picnics, this tasty Cumin Tomato Salad is a wonderfully unique dish to bring along!
It also makes a fantastic complement to many meals. Plus, it’s light (0 Weight Watchers Points), easy to make and incredibly appetizing!
And the lovely bright red color of the tomatoes makes this salad pleasing to the eye as well as.
Good old American apple pie. Who doesn’t love it? Can you imagine a Thanksgiving Dinner without it? I certainly can’t.
And since I’m a big apple pie fan, I was determined to find a tasty, low calorie apple recipe that would be low in Weight Watchers Points, but still delicious enough to impress my dinner guests.
I hit the jackpot with this one! Part apple pie recipe, part apple cobbler recipe, this dessert is a must for fall parties and dinners. Only 4 Weight Watchers Points per slice! Woo hoo!!
Here’s another tasty Passover Recipe that’s amazingly yummy and very low in Weight Watchers Points.
This will make a great side dish to your Passover meal and it tastes so good, your dinner guests probably won’t even know it’s low calorie! If you are following the Weight Watchers program, this traditional Jewish Passover recipe is a must try — you’ll love the unique flavor.
Plus it’s very easy to prepare and the leftovers taste great cold too!
Matzo is a traditional staple of the Jewish Passover meal. And since so much matzo is eaten during this holiday, it’s vital to find a variety of ways to eat it. This matzo brei recipe is one I learned from my future mother in law. She uses this Passover recipe every year, and serves the matzo brei for breakfast.
This traditional Jewish recipe can be enjoyed plain or sprinkled with salt. Or try it with cinnamon sugar and reduced-calorie syrup. I personally enjoy my matzo brei served with a bit of low fat cottage cheese on top.
There really are many different ways to prepare this Jewish Passover recipe and yet still be able to stay on track with your Weight Watchers Points. This matzo brei recipe is SO incredibly easy and really yummy too!
Give it a try and impress your Jewish friends with this traditional Passover dish! And hey, even if you aren’t Jewish and don’t celebrate Passover, this is still a pretty tasty bite!
Finger food is such a pleasure to eat as an appetizer or a quick snack, and it’s so easy to make. But if you’re dieting, it’s incredibly easy to just keeping gulping down those finger foods, usually without even realizing it.
These low calorie pepperoni pizza potato skins are a bit bigger than your typical finger food, so you’ll eat them slower. Plus, the potato base makes them more filling so you’ll eat less!
Feel free to mix it up and try different variations of them by using different toppings like pineapple, mushrooms, bell peppers, olives, or onions, and substituting the pepperoni for sausage, ham, or BBQ chicken.
If adding any of the last three options, just make sure to figure in the Points!
Mmmmmm…chocolate chip peanut butter pie…just typing those words is getting me all excited! I’m fantasizing about diving into a nice, creamy, decadent slice of chocolate peanut butter heaven.
But when the average slice of your typical chocolate peanut butter pie clocks in at an average of 15-24 Weight Watchers Points, it’s definitely a dieting no-no. So when I found this mouth-watering Weight Watchers recipe, I was beyond thrilled!
Granted, it is a small serving, but the pie is so indulgent and creamy that one small serving is enough to satisfy the craving for chocolate peanut buttery goodness!
When I think of beef and broccoli, I always think of traditional Chinese stir fry. But this tasty dish is made in a slow cooker or crock pot, and offers a whole new way to enjoy it!
I really just adore crock pot recipes because they are so incredibly easy and so tasty, and this beef and broccoli recipe is no exception.
In the spirit of my excitement over all the low calorie pasta recipes I’ve been making, here is a delicious gourmet pasta sauce recipe that is fresh, healthy and oh so yummy!
This homemade pasta sauce sure beats the stuff from a jar and will “wow” your dinner guests. It was so tasty, I couldn’t stop eating it when I was cooking!!
The sauce yields lots of heart healthy fiber, antioxidants and lycopene (which is one of the most potent antioxidants and is being investigated as a potential agent for theprevention of cancers, including prostate cancer)