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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!

Creamy Red Peppers and Broccoli

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!!

Ripe Tomatoes

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.

WW Apple Pie

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!!

Red Cabbage

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 Brei

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

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!

Pie

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!

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 the
prevention of cancers, including prostate cancer)

Yes, the Gods have finally answered my prayers, a ZERO calorie pasta has been created! When I first heard about Miracle Noodle and their no-calorie Shirataki noodles, I was hesitant to believe it was possible to have pasta that has no calories, yet my interest was piqued. I knew I had to try it. After reading through Miracle Noodle’s website, I learned a lot about these special Shirataki noodles. Unlike typical pasta noodles which are made from grain-based flours, and thus loaded with lots of calories and carbohydrates, Shirataki noodles are made from yam flour. So you wind up with gluten-free, calorie-free, low-carb pasta! Granted, the texture of these noodles is a bit different than regular pasta, but the taste is good, they are quite filling, and you can use these in such a wide variety of recipes. And when you think of the calories you’re saving, it’s a fantastically fair trade.

I don’t know about you, but I LOVE pasta salad. And if you love it as much as I do, you’ll really enjoy this delicious (and healthy) recipe! This is a great recipe to make for parties or large family dinners, as it serves 10. It’s also a very colorful dish (so your dinner guests will love it), and it’s loaded with vitamins and healthy fats. Also, if you don’t have fresh salmon, you can used canned (it’s easier anyway). I made this salmon pasta salad once for a backyard BBQ and it was a huge hit! My friends all loved it and treated me like I was a gourmet chef. Ha!

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