Yogurt Parfait

Yogurt Parfait

Easy and quick yogurt parfait for breakfast 

5 Points Plus as pictured

What you’ll need:

  • Yogurt (I use Chobani) 3 Points Plus or 120 calories for the entire container-you could do half for 2 Points Plus or 60 calories
  • Fresh Fruit (I used strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries for this one)
  • 2 tsp of nuts (I used 1 tsp chopped pecans and 1 tsp sliced almonds) 1 Points Plus
  • 2 tbsp raw oats 1 Points Plus

How to make it:

  • Slice fruit
  • Mix all of the ingredients together and enjoy!

This one really does keep me full all morning and it tastes amazing. The nuts, oats, and fruit give this quick and easy breakfast a lot of texture and crunch!

Roasted Poblano and Black Bean Casserole

*It looked much prettier before I cut it…But I wanted to show you the portion size!

So this one is not only filling, but low in points.  Right up my alley. 1/6 of the recipe is 6 PointsPlus on Weight Watchers. I was going to pair with a salad, but was honestly full enough from just the casserole! It has some kick, so if you don’t like spicy foods this one might not be for you. (I absolutely LOVED!) To get this recipe go here!

Weight Watchers 7 PointsPlus Baked Beef Ziti (or penne)

 

I thought this was pretty good!  I paired it with a 1 PointsPlus salad and felt very satisfied.  I used penne only because that is what I had.

What you need:

12 oz uncooked ziti

2 tsp olive oil

2 clove(s) (medium) garlic clove(s), minced

1/3 pound(s) uncooked lean ground beef

1 tsp dried oregano

1 tsp dried thyme

1 tsp dried rosemary

1/2 tsp table salt

1/2 tsp black pepper

28 oz canned crushed tomatoes

1 cup(s) (shredded) part-skim mozzarella cheese

How to make it:

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Cook pasta according to package directions; drain and set aside.

Meanwhile, heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat; add garlic and sauté 2 minutes. Add beef and cook until browned, breaking up meat with a spoon as it cooks, about 3 to 5 minutes; drain off any fat and set pan back over medium heat.

Add oregano, thyme, rosemary, salt and pepper; stir to coat beef. Cook until herbs become fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add tomatoes and bring mixture to a boil; reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes.

Spoon a small amount of beef-tomato mixture into bottom of a 4-quart casserole dish (just enough to cover surface); top with half of cooked ziti. Next, layer with half of remaining beef-tomato sauce and half of mozzarella cheese. Layer with remaining ziti and then top with remaining beef-tomato sauce; sprinkle with remaining mozzarella cheese. Bake until cheese is golden and bubbly, about 30 minutes. Slice into 8 pieces and serve. Yields 1 piece per serving.

6 PointsPlus Summer Salad

Summer always makes me crave salad.  Here is a 6 PointsPlus salad I have been eating lately!

 

What you need:

Lettuce

Carrots

Onion

1 oz Chicken Breast-diced (Trader Joe’s sells skinless chicken breast already cooked, awesome for quick meals) (1 PointPlus)

1 hard boiled egg (2 PointsPlus)

1 piece of Sargento Reduced Fat Swiss cheese (2 PointsPlus)

Dressing (I am using cilantro salad dressing from Trader Joe’s YUM! 2 Tbsp is 1 PointsPlus)

Gnocchi With Asparagus Pesto

Sorry the pictures look kind of odd bc of my lacking photography skills…Trust me though, this is a goody!

Weight Watchers Recipe.  Serving Size: 1 C, 5 PointsPlus

What you need:

2 lbs trimmed fresh asparagus

1 (17 1/2 oz) box gnocchi

1/4 C grated Ramano cheese

2 Tbsp pine nuts

2 tsp olive oil

1 garlic clove

1/4 tsp salt

1 C fresh basil

1/2 c fresh flat-leaf parsley

How to make it:

Bring large pot of water to boil, add asparagus, cut into 1 1/2 inch pieces and cook for 3 minutes

Use a slotted spoon to transfer asparagus to a colander, reserving 1/4 C water from asparagus water. (You will also use the remaining water outside of the 1/4 C to cook the gnocchi so don’t toss it!

Add gnocchi to remaining cooking water and follow package directions

For the Pesto:

Puree 1 C of asparagus, reserved 1/4 C cooking water, 1/4 C grated Romano cheese, 2 Tbsp pine nuts, 2 tsp olive oil, 1 garlic clove (crushed through press), and 1/4 tsp salt in a blender.

Add 1 C fresh basil and 1/2 C fresh flat-leaf parsley; pulse until herbs are chopped.

Drain gnocchi; return to pot.

Add pesto and remaining asparagus; toss to coat.

Turkey Burgers

 

Tonight’s dinner was one that I often forget about!  Turkey burgers.  So easy and affordable and only 6 Points Plus.

What you need:

Ground turkey breast *I prefer turkey breast, if it doesn’t say breast that means there is also dark meat mixed in. (4 oz. burgers = 3 Points Plus, for meat)

Italian seasoning to taste

Garlic salt to taste

Red pepper flakes to taste

Light hamburger buns (I like Sara Lee Delight 2 Points Plus)

Any veggies you like or have on hand (tonight I used red onion and tomato)

Weight Watchers Jalapeno pepper spreadable cheese (1 Points Plus)

How to make:

Form meat into 4 oz patties

Sprinkle with Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes, and garlic salt

Grill on medium heat (these cook pretty fast so be careful not to burn!)

Spread cheese on bun

Top with your favorite veggies, mustard, ketchup.

Eat up!

Pasta With Veggies

 

Yes, again…More pasta!  I love it =)  This is also called “I have a ton of veggies I need to use up before they go bad”.

What you need: This is for one serving. 7 Points Plus

2 Oz. Pasta (I use Fiber Gourmet-can be found in the health food section at some grocery stores or www.fibergourment.com ) 4 Points Plus

1/2 Red Pepper (0 Points Plus)

Shallot (O Points Plus)

Asparagus (as much as you want, I love!) (0 Points Plus)

Tomato (0 Points Plus)

Red Onion (0 Points Plus)

Lemon zest and juice (0 Points Plus)

2 Tablespoons high quality grated parmesan cheese (1 Points Plus)

2 Teaspoons Olive oil (2 Points Plus)

Red Pepper Flakes to taste

Italian seasons to taste

How to make it:

Cook pasta according to package directions

Boil asparagus on stove for 5-7 minutes (and don’t forget to cut the ends off!) Also once you take it off the stove, rinse it with cold water so it stops cooking.  Cut in to bite size pieces.

Sautee all veggies except asparagus on medium heat for 5 minutes.

Add pasta and asparagus to veggies and drizzle with olive oil.  Add parmesan cheese.

EAT!

A Topic Very Near and Dear to my Heart: Dessert.

 

It’s no secret. I have a HUGE sweet tooth.  I could be in a room full of chips, pasta, dips, etc. and be in full control of myself…Put me in the room next door filled with cookies, candy, ice cream, etc…D A N G E R.  One aspect of Weight Watchers that is key to my success is the idea that you can have anything you want…and they strongly encourage you to include the things you love in your plan.  Remember, this style of eating is a [lifestyle] change, not a [diet].  You will eat this way for the rest of your life, not just until you hit goal!  Let me put it this way: If someone ever told me “You can never have candy again” you would soon hear the headline “Candy lover goes crazy on “diet” enforcer” on the news.  I love when I find products that satisfy my sweet tooth, yet don’t blow my Points Plus budget.  These little gems pass the test!  Blue Bunny (music to my ears) Sweet Freedom Krunch Lites.  They are no sugar added, but honestly do not taste like it!  For 3 Points Plus, done and done.

Grilled Shrimp and Veggies Quesadilla 7 Points Plus

What you need: (Serves 1)

3 Points Plus Tortilla

1/3 Cup Weight Watchers Mexican Cheese Blend

4 oz Shrimp

1/2 Red Pepper (feel free to use whatever veggies you like, this is just what I had on hand this week!)

1/2 Onion

Chipotle tomato and corn salsa (I ask for 1 scoop of the tomato kind and 1 scoop of the corn kind in a burrito bowl, bowl…It’s cheap and way less time consuming than making my own!)

How to Make it:

Grill Shrimp and Veggies (I use a cooking spray to make sure they don’t stick to the grill)

Place tortilla on a flat pan on the stove over medium heat (make sure to use cooking spray so the tortilla doesn’t stick)

Add grilled veggies and shrimp, 1/3 C cheese, and salsa to the tortilla and fold over.

Cook until cheese melts (about 2 min on each side)

How I stretch Pasta

So, I LOVE pasta.  But it tends to be higher in Points Plus values.  I use a kind called Fiber Gourmet-I can find it locally, but I think most people have to order it online…There are other good pasta choices out there that are more widely available, just check the labels!  Regardless, I allow myself 1 serving of the pasta (2 oz) that is 4 Points Plus.  That alone, does not keep me full so I fill mine with zero Points Plus veggies!  I switch it up, but this one has asparagus (cooked on the stove in water for 6 minutes) broccoli, shallots, and tomatoes.  I also use the zest and juice of one lemon.  I like cheese in mine so I use 1 Weight Watchers string cheese (1 Points Plus) and chop it up-This allows me to keep my cheese portion under control!  I also add red pepper flakes and a Tbsp of high quality grated parm-1 Points Plus  (higher quality tastes better so you don’t have to use as much!)  I sauteed the veggies in 2 Tsp of olive oil (helps me get in my good health guidelines) which has 2 Points Plus.  So I ate this entire pasta dish for 8 Points Plus and I have been full all night!