My journey to losing 70 pounds took me about 10 months and of the most important factors in that journey was finding delicious and Weight Watchers friendly recipes. I gathered a long list of recipes, many of which became favorites and “tried and true”. These recipes are ones that frequently appear on my dinner table.
Pinterest Recipe Boards
I scoured Pinterest for recipes that looked appetizing and would fit into my healthy diet (or could be adapted to fit into it). Below are some of my Pinterest Recipe Boards:
Favorite Recipe Websites
I have also amassed a list of recipe websites that provided a variety of recipe options.Below are two of my favorite recipe websites:
Skinnytaste – This is by far my most favorite website for Weight Watchers friendly recipes. You can find any type of cuisine here, all of which include Weight Watchers Points information and nutritional information. Don't forget to bookmark this website. Once you try a few recipes, you'll definitely be coming back for more!
Emily Bites – This website is a close second to Skinnytaste for favorite recipes. Similar to Skinnytaste, Emily Bites has a little bit of everything, as well as being able to search by the number of Points you want to “spend” on a recipe. She includes Weight Watchers Points information in addition to nutritional information. Definitely bookmark this website for hours of perusing.
8 Tried and True Recipes
When I'm prepping my weekly meal plan, I include many of my tried and true recipes as my anchor meals. I also always try to include a new recipe or two every week so I continue to expand my recipe lists. Variety is the spice of life, but old favorites provide much-needed comfort. Below are links to favorites I've discovered and continue to make on a regular basis:
- Bourbon Glazed Salmon: We eat this recipe almost weekly, it is that good. The ingredient list is short and requires marinating ahead of time. The recipe calls for overnight marinating however I've found that even 30 minutes of marinating is sufficient. The other alternative is to cook it in the oven vs. on the stovetop. When I'm in a rush or don't feel like standing over the stove, I bake it at 400° for 10 minutes which usually does the trick. Your results may vary depending on your oven. Cooking it on the stovetop creates more of a crusty glaze, which is wonderful, but makes for a lot more clean-up. Experiment with it and see what works best for you. Points per Serving – 3 SP
- Crispy Parmesan Swordfish with Creamy Aioli Dipping Sauce: This is a hearty, low Point meal that is a favorite in my house. I found the original base recipe through Pinterest and completely reworked the measurements and some of the ingredients to make it Weight Watchers friendly. I love this recipe, it makes for a very tasty meal complete with dipping sauce! Points per Serving: 4 SP for the Swordfish, 1 SP for the Aioli
- Oven Baked Onion Rings: Who doesn't love onion rings? The crunch of the breading, the sweetness of the onion, it's a wonderful combination. I could eat these alone as a meal but usually pair it with a veggie burger or fish. I find cooking them in my Cuisinart Convection Toaster Oven Air Fryer takes them to the next level. They taste like they've been fried minus all the grease! Points per Serving: 3 SP
- California Roll Bowl: I absolutely love this recipe. It takes the wonderful flavors of a California Roll and combines them in a bowl. It's much easier (and quicker) to assemble and allows you to adjust ingredient amounts to meet your Points needs. The ingredients, if packed separately, travel beautifully and make for an easy “to go” lunch for work or school. One adjustment I sometimes make is to use guacamole instead of avocado. It gives it a little more spiciness. Points per Serving: 3 SP
- Sausage and Tortellini Tomato Soup: This is a hearty soup that makes great leftovers for lunches later in the week. Instead of sausage I use Light Life Gimme Lean Veggie Sausage but that's a personal preference. Regular sausage is just as tasty. It is a perfect meal for a chilly fall evening. I love this soup and the smell of it simmering on the stove. Points per Serving:6 SP
- Baked Ziti: I love a pasta-based meal during the cold months. This Baked Ziti is a mash-up of many ziti recipes I've had over the years, along with my own added touches. I use mushrooms, roasted red peppers, and Boca Veggie Crumbles to bulk it up and add protein. This is a hearty meal that leaves you with wonderful leftovers for lunches or dinners later in the week. An overall favorite in my house! Points per Serving: 7 SP
- Cheesy Vegetarian Lasagna: This Cheesy Vegetarian Lasagna is a staple in my house year-round. You can adjust the yield to be either 6 or 8 servings depending on how hungry you are or how many Points you have to ‘spend'. It's a hearty meal that goes well with a salad and a glass of red wine if you're so inclined. It allows for leftovers that make wonderful lunches or dinners later in the week. Points per Serving: For 6 Servings – 8SP, for 8 servings – 6 SP
- Kung Pao Tofu Zoodles: When I'm craving spice, I make Kung Pao. In this recipe I use tofu but you could easily substitute shrimp or chicken. This recipe heat level can be adjusted per your own tastes by adjusting the amount of Sambal Oelek. While this recipe is wonderful on its own, it's even better over a little rice. Points per Serving: 5 SP
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