55 Best Weight Watchers Recipes December 13, 2016

Did you know that eating nutrition-dense foods can lead to faster and more effective weight loss as compared to crash dieting? Crash dieting can only help with short-term weight loss goals, and if followed for a long time, it may lead to metabolic disorders.

So, how do you lose weight without letting it affect your health? Well, the new and advanced Weight Watchers fat loss program has been clinically proven to address this issue. You will be able to choose and invest in foods that will keep you healthy and aid weight loss as well.

We naturally tend to assume that eating healthy means eating bland food. That’s not true!

Check out these 55 mouthwatering and tasty Weight Watchers recipes. I have tried them, and hands down, they are delicious, highly nutritious, and filling.

Weight Watchers Recipes For Weight Loss

5 Weight Watchers Breakfast Recipes

1. Nutritious Smoothie

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What You Need
  • 1 cup kale
  • 1/2 cup green grapes
  • 4 strawberries
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate
  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseeds
  • Salt and pepper
How To Prepare
  1. Remove the stems from the kale leaves and throw them into a blender.
  2. Toss the rest of the ingredients into the blender.
  3. Add a pinch of salt and pepper and give it a spin.
Why This Works

Kale lowers the blood cholesterol levels and is an excellent source of vitamins K, A, and C, antioxidants, and dietary fiber (1). Flaxseeds are a good source of lignans that have antioxidant and dietary fiber-like properties (2). Grapes, berries, and strawberries are a good source of fruit sugar, vitamins, and minerals that help improve digestion and cleanse your colon (3), (4), (5).

2. Avocado Delight Smoothie

What You Need
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1/2 apple
  • 1 kiwi
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • Juice of half a lime
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
How To Prepare
  1. Peel, seed and cut the avocado flesh into cubes and toss them into a blender.
  2. Cut the kiwi and apple into cubes and throw them into the blender.
  3. Add the honey, lime juice, and chia seeds to the blender and give it a spin.
  4.  You may add ice before drinking.
Why This Works

Avocado is full of healthy fats, carotenoids (alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, lutein, neoxanthin, zeaxanthin, violaxanthin, etc.), dietary fiber, and vitamins (6). Chia seeds are nutrition-dense and help you lose weight (7). Kiwi and apples are loaded with vitamin C that helps to boost your immunity (8), (9). This smoothie is a great way to start your day.

3. Whole Wheat Flour Banana Pancakes

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What You Need
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup whole wheat gluten-free flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg powder
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup raspberries
  • A pinch of salt
How To Prepare
  1. Peel the banana and mash it with the back of a fork.
  2. Add the eggs and flour and mix well.
  3. Add the milk, nutmeg powder, and a pinch of salt and mix.
  4. Heat the skillet and pour the pancake mix to make medium-sized pancakes.
  5. Cook both sides until the pancakes turn golden brown.
  6. Serve with raspberries and maple syrup.
Why This Works

Banana is an energy food, and is packed with nutrition, which is good for your heart, bones, muscles, hair, skin, and digestion (10). Eggs are a great source of protein while milk provides you with calcium that will help strengthen your bones (11). Whole wheat gluten-free flour is a good source of dietary fiber that will support your digestive system (12).

4. Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

What You Need
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/2 an apple
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon powder
  • 4 roughly ground almonds
  • A pinch of salt
How To Prepare
  1. Pour the milk and water into a saucepan and heat it.
  2. Meanwhile, cut the apples into small cubes and roughly grind the almonds.
  3. When the milk and water have heated up, add the vanilla extract and stir in the oats.
  4. Let it boil until the oats get cooked properly.
  5. Turn off the burner. Sprinkle a little salt and cinnamon powder and mix well.
  6. Transfer the oatmeal to a bowl.
  7. Finish off by adding the apple cubes, maple syrup, and ground almonds.
Why This Works

Oatmeal is filling, nutrition-dense, and full of fiber that helps to mobilize fat and burn calories (13).

Apples are a great source of vitamins A and C, dietary fiber, and phytonutrients. They help to regulate blood glucose levels, fight cancer and are good for your heart (14). Milk is a good source of calcium that is needed to strengthen your bones (15). Cinnamon improves brain function, prevents microbial infections and improves colon health (16). Almonds are loaded with vitamin E and good fats that boost cognitive function and protect against cardiovascular disease and diabetes (17).

5. Poached Eggs And Toast

What You Need
  • 1 eggs
  • 2 lettuce leaves
  • 1 slice multigrain bread
  • 4 slices of tomato
  • 4 slices of cucumber
  • 1/4 green bell pepper
  • 1/4 avocado
  • Juice of half a lime
  • Salt and pepper
How To Prepare
  1. Pour 2 inches of water in a saucepan. Add half a teaspoon of lime juice and a pinch of salt and bring it to just under boil. Maintain the temperature.
  2. Crack open an egg in a bowl or glass and slide it into the water.
  3. Cook for 3-4 minutes. Ensure the egg white becomes firm but the yolk remains semi-liquid.
  4. With the help of a slotted spoon, transfer the eggs to a plate.
  5. Chop the green bell pepper into small cubes.
  6. Scoop out the avocado and place it in a bowl. Add a pinch of salt and lime juice and mash the avocado to a paste.
  7. Toast the multigrain bread and place the lettuce leaves first.
  8. Add the cucumber and tomato slices and place the poached egg on top.
  9. With the help of a spoon, layer the avocado paste and top it with chopped bell pepper.
  10. Finish with a pinch of salt and pepper.
Why This Works

Eggs are a great source of protein and are one of the ultimate breakfasts to start your day with (18). All the veggies recommended in this recipe are highly nutritious and help improve digestion, lower blood cholesterol, protect against cancer and heart disease, and keep your metabolism up (19).

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5 Weight Watchers Lunch Recipes

1. Hawaiian Grilled Chicken Salad

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What You Need
  • 1 chicken breast
  • 3 cups mixed greens
  • 1 teaspoon ginger powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 sliced green olives
  • 1/2 cup cubed pineapple
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup low-fat yogurt
  • 1/2 lemon juice
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
How To Prepare
  1. Mix the ginger and garlic powders, half teaspoon of cayenne pepper, a little salt, and lemon juice in a bowl.
  2. Coat the chicken breast with this mix and marinate it for 10 minutes.
  3. Grill the chicken. When it is semi-cooled, cut the chicken breast into medium-sized cubes.
  4. To prepare the dressing, add the dijon mustard, yogurt, olive oil, a pinch of salt, a pinch of cayenne pepper, and lemon juice in a jar and shake it well.
  5. In a salad bowl, add the mixed greens, chopped onions, olives, pineapple, and grilled chicken breast.
  6. Finally, drizzle the dressing from a height and toss the salad to mix the ingredients.
Why This Works

Chicken breast has low fat content and is a good source of lean protein that will help to strengthen your muscles (20). All the veggies will provide your body with a good amount of vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients. These protect you from skin disease, indigestion, cancer, and macular degeneration and regulate blood glucose levels (21). This dish is easy to make, tastes really good and will keep you full for a longer time.

2. Tamarind Flavored Brown Rice

What You Need
  • 1 /2 cup brown rice
  • 2 cups vegetable stalk
  • 1/4 cup tamarind extract
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • A few curry leaves
  • 1 green chili
  • 1 dried red chili
  • 1 tablespoon rice bran oil
  • Coriander leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • Salt
How To Prepare
  1. Use the vegetable stalk to make fluffy, boiled brown rice.
  2. In a high-edge flat pan, saute the cumin seeds, mustard seeds, and curry leaves.
  3. Add turmeric, a pinch of salt, tamarind extract, and a little water and cook it for about 2-3 minutes.
  4. Add the brown rice to the flat pan and mix the ingredients.
  5. Garnish with coriander leaves.
Why This Works

Brown rice is enriched with vitamins B3, B1, and B6, iron, dietary fiber, essential fatty acids, and phosphorus. Eating brown rice will help you manage your weight, lower cholesterol levels, and prevent cardiovascular diseases (22). Tamarind is rich in antioxidants. It helps to fight cancer, acts as a laxative, prevents a sore throat and gut worms, and protects you from jaundice (23). All other ingredients, apart from enhancing the flavor and taste, improve your overall health.

3. Tuna & Veggie Zoodles

What You Need
  • 1/2 can tuna
  • 1 small zucchini
  • 1 small carrot
  • 1/2 red radish
  • 4 spinach leaves
  • 1 teaspoon chili flakes
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
How To Prepare
  1. With a zoodle slicer, make zucchini, carrot, and radish zoodles and toss them into a salad bowl.
  2. Bring 3 inches of water to a boil and throw in roughly chopped spinach and cook for a minute.
  3. Toss the blanched spinach into the salad bowl.
  4. Shred the tuna and add it to the salad bowl.
  5. Finish it with olive oil, chili flakes, and salt. Mix well.
Why This Works

Tuna is a good source of lean protein and omega-3-fatty acids, which will help you build lean muscle, prevent heart attack, and improve the health of your skin and hair (24). The veggies are a good source of potassium, magnesium, zinc, iron, dietary fiber, and vitamins that will help fight cancer, improve brain function and concentration, defy aging, and support digestion (25). This dish is easy to prepare and light on your stomach.

4. Boiled French Beans With Mushroom

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What You Need
  • 10 French beans
  • 1/2 sweet potato
  • 1/2 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 1/2 carrot
  • 1/2 cup peas
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
How To Prepare
  1. Cut the French beans in half.
  2. Cut the sweet potato into wedges and the carrots into medium-sized sticks.
  3. In a high-rise saucepan, bring 4 inches of water to a boil.
  4. Add the sweet potato to the saucepan and boil it until it is half cooked.
  5. Now, add the beans and carrots and boil till the sweet potato is cooked.
  6. Drain the water out and transfer the veggies to a bowl.
  7. In a frying pan, saute the mushrooms and then transfer them to a bowl.
  8. Drizzle a little olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  9. Toss the veggies and mushrooms before eating.
Why This Works

Mushrooms are a great source of protein, and sweet potatoes are the best alternative to potatoes (26), (27). Boiled beans and carrots add to the flavor, taste, and nutrition of this dish (28), (29). Rich in vitamins, minerals, fiber, and phytonutrients, this dish will support your digestive system, boost immunity, help build muscle, strengthen the bones, and keep hunger pangs at bay.

5. Mashed Veggie Sandwich

What You Need
  • 1/2 cup cauliflower
  • 1/2 cup broccoli
  • 1/2 potato
  • 1/4 cup chopped chives
  • 1 teaspoon chili flakes
  • 1 small chopped onion
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon roasted cumin seed powder
  • 2 multigrain bread slices
  • Salt and pepper
How To Prepare
  1. Boil the potato, cauliflower, and broccoli.
  2. Saute the chopped onion.
  3. Transfer the boiled veggies to a bowl and add the other ingredients to it.
  4. Mash the ingredients with the back of a spoon or fork.
  5. Take a dollop of the mashed veggies and spread evenly and generously on one slice of bread.
  6. Put the other bread slice on top and grill it in a sandwich maker.
Why This Works

Proteins, fats, and carbs are the building blocks of our body and eating a boiled potato once in a while will not make you gain weight. You will get the necessary carbs from potato, which will help your body to function better (30). This is a filling and tasty lunch sandwich that will make you feel full for a long time and help you fight cancer, skin diseases, aging, microbial infections, and GI tract inflammation.

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5 Weight Watchers Dinner Recipes

1. Spicy Chicken Kebab

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What You Need
  • 1 cup chicken breast medium-sized cubes
  • 1/4 green bell pepper
  • 1/4 yellow bell pepper
  • 1/2 onion
  • 2 cherry tomatoes
  • 3 tablespoons mustard oil
  • 1/2 cup fat-free curd
  • 1 tablespoon ginger-garlic paste
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Salt
  • Skewers
How To Prepare
  1. Prepare the marinade by adding the spices, lime juice, and a pinch of salt to the curd.
  2. Mix it to make a smooth paste.
  3. Put the chicken cubes into the curd mix and coat evenly.
  4. Keep it aside for about 10 minutes.
  5. Cut the bell peppers and onion into large cubes and half the tomatoes.
  6. Take the skewer and add in this order: bell pepper, chicken, tomato.
  7. Drizzle a little oil and grill the kebabs.
Why This Works

It is easy and quick to make. If you don’t have curd at home, you can just use spices to prepare the marinade. You can use vinegar instead of lime juice. Packed with protein, vitamin, minerals, and phytonutrients, this is a perfect light dinner that will aid digestion, improve sleep, support brain function, and elevate your mood.

2. Turkey Pita Bread

What You Need
  • 1 cup boiled turkey cubes
  • 1/2 cup yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic paste
  • 1 teaspoon chili flakes
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 tomato
  • 1/2 green bell pepper
  • 1/2 onion
  • Salt
How To Prepare

1. Chop the onion, green bell pepper, and tomato and toss them in a bowl.
2. Add the turkey cubes, yogurt, garlic paste, chili flakes, oregano, and salt. Mix well.
3. Cut the pita bread in half and lightly grill it.
4. Put the turkey mix into the pita bread pocket and eat.

Why This Works

Turkey is a good source of lean protein, and the other ingredients are highly nutritious. Since this dish is not cooked, you get to imbibe all the goodness of the veggies (31). This flavorsome and wholesome dinner is super fast to make and will help you get a good night’s sleep.

3. Baked Fish With Greens

What You Need
  • 1 salmon fillet
  • 1 cup greens
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • A few mint leaves
  • Salt and pepper
How To Prepare
  1. Marinate the fish with lemon juice, salt, and pepper for 10 minutes.
  2. Bake it in an oven at 200°C for 3-4 minutes.
  3. Place the greens and roughly chopped spinach on a serving plate.
  4. Add a little salt and olive oil. Mix well.
  5. Place the baked fish on top and drizzle a little lime juice on it.
Why This Works

Salmon is loaded with protein and omega-3-fatty acids. It is good for your heart, skin, and hair (32). The greens and spinach are rich in vitamins, fiber, minerals, and phytonutrients and will balance the protein intake from salmon (33). This dish is easy and fast to make. It will support digestion, lower blood cholesterol, and help regulate blood sugar.

4. Veg Stuffed Flatbread

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What You Need
  • 5 cauliflower florets
  • 2 cups wheat flour
  • 1/2 onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 green chili
  • 1/2 teaspoon carom seeds
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup fat-free yogurt
  • Salt
  • Water
How To Prepare
  1. Grate the cauliflower florets, garlic, and ginger.
  2. Finely chop the onion and green chili and add them to the bowl.
  3. Knead the wheat flour and add water (as required). Do not make the dough too soft.
  4. In a frying pan, add a tablespoon of oil and heat it.
  5. Add the carom seeds to the frying pan and fry for 30 seconds.
  6. Add the chopped onion, grated garlic, ginger, and chopped chili. Fry for about a minute.
  7. Finally, add the grated cauliflower and salt. Cook until the cauliflower is brown.
  8. Cut a medium-sized ball from the wheat dough and roll it into a medium-sized disc.
  9. Make dumplings using the wheat balls and the cooked cauliflower.
  10. Roll the dumplings carefully into a thick flatbread.
  11. Roast the flatbread on both sides on a skillet. Use a little oil just before taking it off the flat pan.
  12. Serve hot with yogurt.
Why This Works

This is a modified version of the actual stuffed flatbread, and it uses a minimum amount of vegetable oil instead of loads of ghee. It is delicious, filling, and nutrition-dense.

5. Spinach And Sausage Pasta

What You Need
  • 1 1/2 cup whole wheat penne pasta
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 cup diced chicken sausage
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 teaspoon chili flakes
  • 1 tablespoon oregano
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Salt
How To Prepare
  1. Boil about 4 inches of water in a pot.
  2. Add the penne pasta and a pinch of salt to the pot and cook for 2 minutes.
  3. Drain the penne pasta, but do not let it get too dry. Drizzle a little oil to prevent the pasta from sticking.
  4. Chop the garlic cloves.
  5. In a frying pan, add olive oil and fry the garlic cloves, chicken sausages, and spinach.
  6. Add the penne pasta, chili flakes, oregano, and salt. Mix well.
  7. Add the grated Parmesan cheese and let it melt a little before you take the pasta off the heat.
Why This Works

Whole wheat penne pasta is low in calories, and spinach is a good source of dietary fiber and vitamins (34). Cheese, in limited quantities, can be good for your health as it contains a good amount of calcium and vitamin A (35). This pasta recipe is tasty and low in calories and takes 15 minutes to make.

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5 Weight Watchers Soup Recipes

1. Asian Soup

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What You Need
  • 1 can bamboo shoot
  • 1 cup shredded cabbage
  • 1/2 cup julienned carrot
  • 1/2 cup julienned red bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup sliced shiitake mushroom
  • 1/2 inch ginger root, julienned
  • 3 cloves chopped garlic
  • 1 stick chopped lemongrass
  • 1 can bean sprouts
  • Finely sliced red chili
  • 1 tablespoon low-sodium fish sauce
  • 5 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seed oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped coriander leaves
  • Salt
How To Prepare
  1. Use the sesame seed oil to saute the garlic, ginger, mushrooms, bamboo shoot, red chili, cabbage, carrot, and bell pepper in a frying pan.
  2. Transfer them to a soup pot. Add the vegetable broth, bean sprouts, vinegar, lemongrass, fish sauce, and salt (if required) and let it cook until the vegetables are tender.
  3. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves.
Why This Works

This is a delicious, flavorful, and healthy soup that will boost your metabolism and aid digestion. It is easy to cook, takes about 15 minutes, and can be enjoyed either with your family or alone.

2. Kale And Apple Soup

What You Need
  • 2 cups chopped kale
  • 1/2 apple
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped
  • 2 chopped garlic cloves
  • 1 tablespoon dried and crushed rosemary
  • 1/2 cup chopped carrot
  • 1/2 lime juice
  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 tablespoons tomato puree
  • Salt and pepper
How To Prepare
  1. Cut the apple into six thin wedges and throw them into a soup pot.
  2.  Add all other veggies and the vegetable broth and bring it to a boil.
  3. Add a little water, if required.
  4. When all the ingredients become tender, add tomato puree, salt, pepper, and a little lemon juice. Turn off the heat.
Why This Works

While kale acts as a detoxifier and aids weight loss, apple is a good source of vitamins A and C, phytonutrients, and minerals that help prevent cardiovascular disease and regulate blood sugar levels (36), (37). This wholesome soup is easy to make and easy to digest.

3. Chicken And Veggies Soup

What You Need
  • 1 cup cubed chicken breast
  • 1 cup broccoli florets
  • 1/2 cup shredded cabbage
  • 1/2 cup julienned carrot
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/4 chopped parsley
  • 1/4 cup boiled yellow lentils
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 tablespoon rice bran oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon ginger powder
  • Salt and pepper
How To Prepare
  1. Add a little oil and saute the onion, garlic, broccoli, and carrots in a soup pot.
  2. Add the chicken cubes and ginger powder and cook for about 2 minutes.
  3. Add water, all the veggies, salt, and pepper.
  4. Let it boil until the veggies, lentils, and chicken cubes are cooked.
  5. Garnish with parsley.
Why This Works

Chicken breast is a good source of lean protein (38). This soup is infused with the goodness of all the veggies. It boosts your immunity, makes you feel fuller for a long time, strengthens your muscles, and helps you burn more calories.

4. Cucumber Soup

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What You Need
  • 2 cups cucumber cubes
  • 1/2 cup green peas
  • 1/2 inch ginger root, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup chopped red onions
  • 1 teaspoon ginger powder
  • 1 tablespoon rice bran oil
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh coriander leaves
  • Salt and pepper
How To Prepare
  1. In a frying pan, saute the onion and ginger.
  2. Add garlic powder and cumin powder and cook for about 30 seconds.
  3. Transfer the ingredients in the frying pan to a soup pot.
  4. Add water and other veggies and let it boil until all the ingredients are cooked.
  5. Season with salt and pepper.
  6. Add the butter and mix well.
  7. Garnish with coriander leaves.
Why This Works

This light and mouthwatering soup is simple, healthy, and easy on your digestive system. The best part is that it takes only 10 minutes to prepare – this will prevent your urge to order food and help you stay healthy.

5. Turkey And Quinoa Soup

What You Need
  • 1/2 cup quinoa
  • 1 cup shredded turkey meat
  • 1/2 chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup chopped carrots
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onions
  • 1/4 cup chopped tomato
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • Salt and pepper
How To Prepare
  1. Wash the quinoa and strain the water.
  2. In a soup pot, add a little oil and saute the onions until they become soft and transparent.
  3. Add the turkey meat and cook for 2 minutes.
  4. Add the quinoa. Stir and cook for about 2 minutes over medium flame.
  5. Add the veggies and salt and cook for about 2 minutes.
  6. Add the vegetable broth and bay leaf and cook with the lid on for about 20 minutes.
  7. Add freshly ground pepper and serve.
Why This Works

Quinoa is gluten-free and high in fiber, vitamin E, iron, phosphorus, potassium, and calcium (39). Turkey is a great alternative to beef or pork. It helps you build lean muscle and regulates blood sugar levels after meals (40). This soupy quinoa and turkey goodness will help you sleep better and wake up with renewed energy the next day.

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5 Weight Watchers Salad Recipes

1. Broccoli And Shrimp Salad

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What You Need
  • 1 cup broccoli florets
  • 1/2 cup washed and deveined shrimp
  • 1/2 cup cubed red bell pepper
  • 1 clove chopped garlic
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon rice bran oil
  • Salt and pepper
How To Prepare
  1. In a baking tray, lay the broccoli, shrimp, and red bell pepper.
  2. Drizzle a little oil, salt, and pepper.
  3. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 180°C for 7-8 minutes.
  4. In the meanwhile, fry the chopped garlic in the butter until it turns golden brown.
  5. Take out the baked veggies and transfer them to a bowl.
  6. Add the garlic and butter on the top.
  7. Toss the ingredients to coat the veggies and the shrimp with the garlic butter.
Why This Works

You can have this for lunch as it doesn’t take much time to prepare. This salad is rich in protein and fat. A minimum amount of butter or oil is used to enhance the flavor. If you are allergic to shrimp, you can replace it with any other lean protein source.

2. Mediterranean Chicken And Brussels Sprouts Salad

What You Need
  • 1 cup Brussels sprouts
  • 1 cup cubed chicken breast
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
  • 1/2 lemon juice
  • Fresh thyme
  • 2 tablespoons grapeseed oil
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Salt
How To Prepare
  1. Marinate the chicken cubes with 2 tablespoons lemon juice, 1 tablespoon pomegranate juice, 1 tablespoon grapeseed oil, salt, a pinch of cayenne pepper, and a few thyme leaves for about 10 minutes.
  2. Half the Brussels sprouts and cook them in boiling water for about 2 minutes.
  3. You can either shallow fry the chicken cubes or bake them in a preheated oven at 180°C for about 8 minutes.
  4. In a salad bowl, lay the blanched Brussels sprouts first and then the chicken.
  5. Top it with lots of pomegranate seeds and a little bit of pomegranate juice.
  6. Finally, garnish with thyme and drizzle grapeseed oil on it.
Why This Works

This salad is a getaway from your hectic life. You can eat it for lunch at the office or in the comfort of your home. Though it takes around 20-25 minutes to prepare, the high nutritional value and succulent chicken will uplift your mood and help you sleep better.

3. Vegetarian Mung Bean Salad

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What You Need
  • 1/2 cup mung beans soaked overnight
  • 1/4 cup chopped onions
  • 1/4 cup chopped cucumber
  • 1/4 cup chopped tomato
  • 1 medium chili chopped
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • Juice of half a lime
  • Chopped coriander leaves
  • Salt
How To Prepare

Mix all the ingredients to make a delicious, tangy, and nutritious salad.

Why This Works

Mung beans are a great source of plant protein (41). All the other ingredients are a good source of vitamins, minerals, and fiber that help build your immunity.

4. Smoked Salmon Bacon Salad

What You Need
  • 5 strips of smoked salmon bacon
  • 1/2 red radish
  • 1 cup cucumber ribbons
  • 2 iceberg lettuce leaves
  • 1 tablespoon fat-free yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon low-fat cream
  • Salt and pepper
  • Lime juice
How To Prepare
  1. Cut the smoked salmon bacon strips in half.
  2. Roughly chop the lettuce leaves and toss them in a salad bowl.
  3. Thinly slice the radish and lay the slices on top of the lettuce.
  4. Sprinkle a little salt on top of the radish.
  5. Place the cucumber ribbons in the center and the salmon bacon strips around them.
  6. To make the dressing, mix olive oil, yogurt, low-fat cream, lime juice, salt, and pepper in a jar and shake well.
  7. Drizzle the dressing on top of the salad.
  8. Sprinkle a pinch of salt and pepper, and you are done!
Why This Works

This light and crunchy salad is super easy to make, tastes like heaven, and is perfect for dinner. The cream and yogurt dressing helps you fight your cravings for comfort food, keeping your weight in check.

5. Egg And Asparagus Salad

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What You Need
  • 1 boiled egg
  • 8 asparagus tips
  • 1/2 carrot
  • 1/2 boiled potato
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon cream
  • Salt and pepper
  • Lemon zest
How To Prepare
  1. Wash the asparagus tips and toss them into a pot of boiling water. Cook for about a minute and a half.
  2. Cut the boiled potato into medium-sized cubes.
  3. With the help of a vegetable peeler, make carrot ribbons.
  4. Cut the boiled egg into round slices.
  5. Lay the asparagus tips first on a plate and then lay the egg slices.
  6. Put a handful of carrot ribbons in the center and
  7. Place the boiled potato cubes around the carrot ribbons.
  8. For the dressing, add the dijon mustard, olive oil, cream, and a pinch each of salt and pepper in a jar and shake well.
  9. Drizzle the dressing on top of the salad.
  10. Finish by sprinkling a small amount of lemon zest on top.
Why This Works

Whole egg is a good source of protein and other nutrients such as vitamins A, D and B12, folate, riboflavin, calcium, selenium, and potassium (42). Asparagus is nutrition-dense, and the potatoes will help you meet your body’s carbohydrate requirements (43).

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5 Weight Watchers Appetizer Recipes

1. Tilapia Stuffed Snake Gourd

What You Need
  • 4 washed snake gourds
  • 1 tilapia fish fillet
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1/4 inch ginger root
  • 1 medium-sized green chili
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 4 tablespoons mustard oil
  • 1 tablespoon bread crumbs
  • Salt
How To Prepare
  1. Peel the skin of the snake gourds and cut them into half.
  2. Carefully scoop the seeds out to make a hollow and keep the snake gourds in a bowl. Keep the seeds aside in another bowl.
  3. Sprinkle a little salt and turmeric powder on the gourd.
  4. Use a blender to make ginger, garlic, and chili paste.
  5. Use this paste, a little salt, and a pinch of turmeric powder to marinate the fish fillet.
  6. In a high-rise saucepan, heat a little oil and fry the gourd seeds and the fish fillet for about 2 minutes on each side.
  7. While it is still on the flame, use the back of a spoon to break and mash the fish. Mix the seeds well.
  8. Now, fry the snake gourds lightly on all sides. Turn off the heat.
  9. After they have cooled down a bit, stuff the snake gourds with the mashed fish.
  10. Lay the snake gourd on a baking tray and place some bread crumbs on the top to cover the fish filling.
  11. Drizzle a little oil on top. Let it bake at 200ºC for about 5 minutes until the top is golden brown.
Why This Works

This finger food is low in oil content and rich in protein, omega-3-fatty acid, vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients. Though it is time-consuming and requires patience to prepare, you will definitely love the result.

2. Chicken Cubes With Spicy Cheese Dip

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What You Need
  • 1 cup chicken cubes
  • 1 cup medium size cubed red, green, and yellow bell peppers
  • 1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup fat-free yogurt
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 tablespoon dried oregano
  • A few thyme leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Toothpicks
How To Prepare
  1. Marinate the chicken cubes with lemon juice, salt, and pepper.
  2. Melt the cheddar cheese and add it to the bowl containing the fat-free yogurt.
  3. Add the orange juice, herbs, salt, and other spices and mix well.
  4. Fry the chicken cubes in vegetable oil until they are fully cooked.
  5. Add the bell peppers and fry them for a minute. Do not over fry.
  6. Turn off the heat and let it cool a bit.
  7. Skewer the chicken cubes and bell peppers with the help of the toothpicks in this order: 2 different colored bell pepper cubes and 1 chicken cube.
  8. Enjoy the chicken cubes with the delicious and spicy cheese dip.
Why This Works

Easy to prepare, involves less preparation time, and a crowd pleaser. Also, in terms of health, the different colored bell peppers provide your body with different phytonutrients and vitamins. Chicken is low in calories and a good source of protein (44). The ingredients in the dip are good for your health, skin, and hair.

3. Batter Fried Cauliflower

What You Need
  • 1 cup cauliflower florets
  • 1/4 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 chopped chili
  • 1/2 inch finely chopped ginger root
  • 1/2 cup gram flour
  • 1/2 cup rice flour
  • 7 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • Salt
How To Prepare
  1. Wash the cauliflower florets and let the water drain out completely.
  2. In a bowl, mix gram flour, rice flour, chopped chili and ginger, and salt.
  3. Add the vegetable broth gradually to the dry ingredients to make a batter of thick consistency.
  4. In a Chinese frying pan, heat the vegetable oil.
  5. Dip the cauliflower florets in the batter and fry them until they turn brown.
  6. Serve with tomato ketchup.
Why This Works

This delicious appetizer is light, soft, and has the right amount of spices, which makes it a healthy comfort food. Cauliflower helps you fight cancer, supports cardiovascular health, and boosts brain function (45).

4. Minced Turkey Stuffed Mushrooms

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What You Need
  • 1 cup button mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup minced turkey meat
  • Parsley
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons oregano
  • 1 teaspoon chili flakes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 finely chopped garlic cloves
  • 1/4 cup cheddar cheese
How To Prepare
  1. Wash the mushrooms and remove the stems.
  2. Finely chop the mushroom stems and toss them into a bowl.
  3. Toss in the minced turkey meat, parsley, and other spices. Mix well.
  4. Stuff the mushrooms and bake them at 180ºC for 5 minutes.
  5. Take out the baking tray. Grate a little cheddar cheese on top of the mushrooms and put it back in the oven for 1-2 minutes.
  6. Serve hot.
Why This Works

This appetizer takes your taste buds to the next level of satiety. Aromatic, delicious, and soft, it is the perfect blend of taste and health that will transport you to a different world as you pop it in your mouth and chew.

5. Veggie Tartare

What You Need
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red and yellow bell peppers
  • 1/6 cup finely chopped chives
  • 1/6 cup finely chopped spring onions
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds
  • 1/6 cup finely chopped pineapple
  • Lime juice
  • A pinch of salt
  • A pinch of pepper
How To Prepare
  1. Slice the cucumber about half a centimeter thick. Do not peel it.
  2. In a bowl, add chopped bell peppers, spring onions, chives, lime juice, salt, pepper, and pineapple.
  3. Carefully place 1 or 1 1/2 teaspoons of this mix on top of the cucumber slice.
  4. Garnish with sesame seeds.
Why This Works

You can make this in 5 minutes. It is tasty and healthy and is a great alternative to carb-rich snacks. This light appetizer will satisfy your taste buds and stimulate your appetite for more healthy foods.

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5 Weight Watchers Vegetarian Recipes

1. Veggie Mexican Wrap

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What You Need
  • 1 whole wheat tortilla bread
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1/2 carrot
  • 1/2 cup mixed greens
  • 1 tomato
  • 1/2 red radish
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped cilantro
  • 5 slices of pickled jalapenos
  • Lime juice
  • Salt and pepper
How To Prepare
  1. Cut the avocado into medium-sized cubes.
  2. Julienne the carrot and tomato.
  3. Roughly chop the mixed greens and thinly slice the red radish.
  4. Mix all the cut veggies with a pinch of salt and pepper and a dash of lemon juice in a bowl.
  5. Lay this mix on the tortilla bread.
  6. Top it with pickled jalapenos, dijon mustard, cheddar cheese, and cilantro.
  7. Wrap it tightly and enjoy!
Why This Works

This recipe is a ‘complete food’, meaning that it has all the necessary nutrients required for your body to function properly. It is a great option for lunch as well as dinner since it will keep you full for a long time.

2. Indian Garam Masala Lentil Soup

What You Need
  • 1/2 cup washed yellow or red lentils
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped tomato
  • 3 cloves chopped garlic
  • 1/4 inch chopped ginger
  • 1 thinly sliced green chili
  • 2 cloves
  • 1 cardamom
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 inch cinnamon stick
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1/4 cup chopped coriander leaves
  • 1 tablespoon rice bran oil
  • Salt
How To Prepare
  1. Fry the onions in a soup pot until they turn translucent.
  2. Add the green chili, garlic, and ginger and cook for about 2 minutes.
  3. Add the turmeric, cumin, and coriander powder and fry for 2 minutes. Stir well.
  4. Add the tomatoes, and once they become soft, mash them roughly.
  5. Add the lentils and fry for about a minute.
  6. Pour a cup of water into the soup pot.
  7. Add the cloves, cardamom, cinnamon, bay leaf, and salt to taste. Put the lid on and let it boil until the lentils are properly cooked.
  8. Remove the bay leaf, cardamom, cinnamon, and cloves.
  9. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves.
Why This Works

A lot of vegetarians depend on plant proteins, and this lentil soup is one of the best sources of protein (46). It is easy to prepare, healthy, and filling. All the ingredients are available at the nearest Indian grocery store.

3. Sweet Potato Balls With Chutney

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What You Need
  • 1/2 boiled sweet potato
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped carrots
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onions
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced French beans
  • 6 tablespoons rice bran oil
  • 1-2 tablespoons whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 tablespoon gram flour
  • 2 red chilis
  • 1 tomato
  • 1-inch ginger root
  • Lime juice
  • Salt
How To Prepare
  1. In a bowl, take the sweet potato, carrots, beans, wheat flour, gram flour, and a pinch of salt. Mash well to bind them together.
  2. Roll the mixture into medium-sized balls.
  3. Heat the oil in a Chinese frying pan.
  4. Roll the sweet potato balls in wheat flour
  5. And fry them until they turn golden brown.
  6. To make the chutney, cut the tomato into four wedges and throw them into a blender.
  7. Add the red chilis and ginger root and give it a spin.
  8. Put the chutney in a small bowl and add a dash of lime.
  9. Dip the sweet potato balls in the chutney to enjoy the contrasting flavors.
Why This Works

Delicious, creates less mess, takes less time, and retains the nutritional values of the veggies.

4. Mediterranean Style Grilled Eggplant

What You Need
  • 1 medium-sized eggplant
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate
  • 3 chopped garlic cloves
  • 1/4 inch chopped ginger root
  • 1 chopped green chili
  • 1 tablespoon tahini (sesame seed paste)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Lime juice
  • Chopped coriander leaves
  • Salt
How To Prepare

1. Grill the eggplant till it is cooked on the inside.
2. Let it cool for a while. Peel the skin and put it in a bowl.
3. Add the chopped ginger, garlic, chili, olive oil, lime juice, and salt. Mix well.
4. Drizzle the tahini on top and garnish with coriander leaves and pomegranate.

Why This Works

Eggplant is a great source of nasunin, an antioxidant that prevents cell membrane damage (47). It lowers cholesterol and improves brain function. This dish tastes amazingly smokey and spicy.

5. Kidney Beans And Flavored Brown Rice

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What You Need
  • 1/2 cup boiled kidney beans
  • 1 medium-sized onion
  • 4 cloves
  • 2 cardamom pods
  • 2-inch cinnamon stick
  • 1 teaspoon garlic paste
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ginger paste
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 dried chili
  • 1 teaspoon black peppercorns
  • 1/2 cup brown rice
  • 1 stick of rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon ghee or butter
  • Mint leaves
  • Salt
How To Prepare
  1. In a rice cooking pot, heat the oil and ghee/butter.
  2. Add the bay leaf, black peppercorn, and dried red chili. Fry for about 45 seconds.
  3. Add the cumin seeds and fry for about 20 seconds.
  4. Add the onions and fry until they turn translucent.
  5. Add the ginger and garlic paste. Stir well and fry for about 45 seconds.
  6. Wash the brown rice and add it to the pot. Stir well and fry for about 30 seconds.
  7. Add a cup of water, a rosemary stick, cardamom, cinnamon, and the cloves.
  8. Put the lid on and let it cook until the rice is soft and most of the water has evaporated.
  9. Add the boiled kidney beans and salt. Stir well.
  10. Put the lid on and let it cook for about 2 minutes.
  11. Transfer the rice to a serving bowl and garnish with mint leaves.
Why This Works

Brown rice is more nutritious as compared to polished rice, and kidney beans are a great source of protein (48), (49). This flavorful and delicious rice will improve your mood and prevent insomnia.

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5 Weight Watchers Pasta Recipes

1. Home Style Pasta Bolognese

What You Need
  • 1/2 cup fusilli wheat pasta
  • 1/2 cup chicken or lean turkey cubes
  • 1 small red onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 tomato
  • 1 teaspoon fat-free cream
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon oregano
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon chili flakes
  • Salt and pepper
How To Prepare
  1. In a stainless steel soup pot, add 5 inches of water and let it come to a boil.
  2. Add a pinch of salt and the fusilli. Cook for 2-3 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, marinate the chicken with a pinch of salt, pepper, white wine vinegar, and soy sauce.
  4. Finely chop the red onions, garlic, and tomato.
  5. Heat a little oil in a saucepan. Add the garlic and fry until it turns golden brown.
  6. Add the onion and fry till the pieces become translucent.
  7. Add the chicken cubes and cook for about 3-4 minutes.
  8. Add the tomatoes and salt and fry for about 30 seconds.
  9. When the pasta is cooked, drain the water. However, do not drain the water completely. This will prevent drying of the pasta.
  10. Add the pasta, cream, milk, oregano, and chili flakes to the saucepan and mix well.
  11. Serve hot.
Why This Works

Wheat fusilli pasta is a better choice from a nutrition point of view (50). The ingredients are carefully chosen so that the weight watchers points are kept in limit without compromising on the taste.

2. Broccoli And Bell Pepper Pasta

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What You Need
  • 1 cup wheat penne pasta
  • 1 cup broccoli florets
  • 1/2 red bell pepper
  • 1/4 yellow bell pepper
  • 1/2 onion
  • 5-6 basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup tomato puree
  • 1/2 chopped tomato
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1/2 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seed powder
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • Salt and pepper
How To Prepare
  1. Dice the broccoli florets into medium-sized pieces to reduce the cooking time.
  2. Chop the bell peppers, onion, garlic, and tomato into small cubes.
  3. Bring a pot of water to boil and add the penne. Cook for about 2 minutes. Don’t forget to add salt to the water.
  4. In the meanwhile, heat the olive oil and fry the garlic in a high-rise saucepan until it turns golden brown.
  5. Add the garlic and tomato puree and chopped tomato and fry for about a minute.
  6. Add a little salt, freshly ground pepper, broccoli florets, and fennel seed powder. Stir well and cook for 2 minutes.
  7. Add the chopped bell peppers and tomato and cook for a minute.
  8. If the pasta is cooked, drain the water, but not completely.
  9. Add the pasta and the basil leaves to the saucepan. Turn and toss to coat the penne with the sauce. Cook for a minute.
  10. Check the seasoning and finish with a teaspoon of butter for a buttery fragrance.
Why This Works

It is a great vegetarian preparation and is almost as mouthwateringly tasty as any meat pasta. Broccolis are good for your health, so is a teaspoon of butter (51). Butter adds an extra edge to this dish and makes it tastier.

3. Pasta Chop Suey

What You Need
  • 1/4 packet wheat spaghetti pasta
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 carrot
  • 1/2 green bell pepper
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1/2 inch ginger root
  • 1/6 cabbage
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons tomato ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 1 small onion
  • 1/2 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon corn flour
  • 1 red chili
  • Salt and pepper
How To Prepare
  1. Cook the pasta in boiling water for about 2 minutes. Drain the water and add a little oil to the pasta so that it doesn’t stick.
  2.  Julienne the carrot and bell pepper.
  3. Shred the cabbage and finely chop the ginger, onion, garlic, and red chili.
  4. In a frying pan, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil and saute the garlic and ginger.
  5. Add the chopped onion and cook until the pieces turn translucent.
  6. Add the carrot and cabbage. Cook for about 2 minutes.
  7. Add the bell pepper and cook for 3 minutes.
  8. For the sauce, in another frying pan, take a tablespoon of olive oil and fry the red chilis for about 30 seconds.
  9. Add the tomato ketchup, vinegar, sugar, salt, and soy sauce. Stir well and cook for a minute.
  10. In a small bowl, mix the cornflour with a little water and pour it into the frying pan. Cook for 30 seconds.
  11. Now, put in the pasta and the veggies. Stir well to coat the pasta with the sauce.
  12. Transfer the pasta to a serving plate.
  13. Fry an egg (sunny side up) and place it on top of the pasta.
  14. Season the egg and enjoy the meal.
Why This Works

This is a delicious, flavorful, and healthy pasta dish that you can enjoy either alone while watching a movie or with your family on a Sunday brunch.

4. Spinach And Mushroom Pasta

What You Need
  • 1 cup roughly chopped spinach
  • 2/3 cup sliced button mushrooms
  • 1/4 packet of wheat spaghetti pasta
  • 1/2 tomato
  • 1/2 celery
  • 2 tablespoons coconut milk
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 teaspoon chili flakes
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • Salt and pepper
How To Prepare
  1. Bring two-thirds of a pot of water to a boil and throw in the pasta. Add a little salt to the water. Cook for about 2 minutes.
  2. Finely chop the veggies.
  3. Heat the oil in a frying pan and fry the garlic cloves until they turn golden brown.
  4. Add the mushrooms and fry for about a minute.
  5. Once the pasta is cooked, drain most of the water. Add a little oil to the pasta and keep it aside.
  6. Add the celery, spinach, and tomato and fry for a minute.
  7. Add the chili flakes, salt, oregano, and coconut milk and stir well. Cook for 2 minutes.
  8. Add the pasta and stir well. Cook for 30 seconds.
  9. Transfer the steaming pasta to a serving plate.
  10. Finish by sprinkling freshly ground pepper.
Why This Works

Rich in nutrition, this delectable pasta dish is quick and easy to make. This is the perfect dish after a long day of work as it will calm your nerves and help you sleep better.

5. Creamy Avocado Shrimp Pasta

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What You Need
  • 1 cup wheat penne pasta
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1/2 cup deveined shrimps
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 3-4 basil leaves
  • 1 small green chili
  • 1/4 cup low-fat cream
  • 3-4 cherry tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
How To Prepare
  1. Cut the avocado into medium-sized cubes.
  2. Chop the garlic and green chili.
  3. Half the cherry tomatoes.
  4. Bring two-thirds of a pot full of water to boil and throw in the pasta. Add a little salt to the water. Cook for about 2 minutes.
  5.  In a high-rise frying pan, heat a little oil and fry the garlic until it turns golden brown.
  6. Throw in the green chili and tomato and cook for about a minute and a half.
  7. Now, add the shrimps and salt and fry for about a minute.
  8. Once the pasta is cooked, drain most of the water and add a little oil to it. Keep it aside.
  9. Add the low-fat cream to the frying pan and cook for about 30 seconds.
  10. Now, add the pasta and the avocado cubes and mix well.
  11. Sprinkle freshly ground pepper (if required) on top and garnish with basil leaves.
Why This Works

This dish is the ultimate combo of taste, texture, and nutrition. It is easy and quick to cook and can be had for lunch or dinner.

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5 Weight Watchers Dessert Recipes

1. Fruit Delight

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What You Need
  • 1/2 green apple
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 chiku (sapodilla)
  • 1/4 cup grapes
  • 1/4 cup raspberries
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg powder
  • 2 teaspoons fat-free sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon Hershey’s strawberry syrup
How To Prepare
  1. Cut the green apple and chiku into medium-sized cubes and put them in a medium glass bowl.
  2. Slice the banana and throw the pieces in the glass bowl.
  3. Add the fat-free sour cream in the center and place the raspberries around it.
  4. Add the grapes and drizzle a little Hershey’s strawberry syrup.
  5. Finish by sprinkling nutmeg powder on top.
  6. Refrigerate for about 30 minutes and serve.
Why This Works

This tangy, sweet fruit delight could be your perfect guilty pleasure right after dinner while watching TV or reading a book. Fruits and veggies are a good source of vitamins and minerals, and they support digestion, lower blood cholesterol, and enhance your mood (52).

2. Biscuit Crust Frozen Dessert

What You Need
  • 2 ginger biscuits
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 1/2 cup fat-free yogurt
  • 1/4 cup fat-free cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon blackcurrant crush
  • Lemon zest
  • Mint leaves
How To Prepare
  1. Blend the ginger biscuits and butter. Don’t blend too finely.
  2. Take a round tin high-rise rim, place it on a plate and put the blended ginger biscuit-butter inside the rim. Press it down evenly and freeze it for about 15 minutes.
  3. Mix the yogurt, cream, vanilla extract, blackcurrant crush, and lemon zest in a small bowl.
  4. Take out the plate containing the ginger biscuit-butter crust from the freezer.
  5. Put a dollop of the yogurt mix into the rim and spread it evenly with the back of a spoon.
  6. Repeat this until the whole mix is added.
  7. Freeze it for 30 minutes.
  8. Take out from the freezer and carefully remove the tin rim.
  9. Garnish with mint leaves and serve.
Why This Works

This delicious and flavorful dessert is good to taste and aids digestion. The ginger biscuit crust at the bottom adds to the texture and sweetness of the dish and complements the sour yogurt cream.

3. Pineapple And Strawberry Kebab

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What You Need
  • 5 strawberries
  • 5 pineapple cubes
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
  • 1 tablespoon Hershey’s chocolate syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 skewer
How To Prepare
  1. Skewer the strawberries and pineapples alternately.
  2. Grill it all over. Do not char.
  3. Meanwhile, take the chocolate syrup in a bowl and mix vanilla extract in it.
  4. Use a brush to gently coat the honey all over the fruits.
  5. Sprinkle a little cinnamon on the fruits.
  6. Enjoy the smokey fruits with the chocolate dip.
Why This Works

Super easy to make, tasty, and healthy. Enjoy it on a rainy Sunday afternoon right after lunch or during an outdoor dinner with your loved ones.

4. Caramel Peach

What You Need
  • 2 peaches
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Lemon zest
  • 1 dollop sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon cardamom powder
How To Prepare
  1. Wash and cut the peaches in half. Remove the seed.
  2. Boil the peaches and remove the skin.
  3. In a nonstick pan, add the brown sugar, lemon juice, vanilla extract, and a little bit of water and bring it to a boil over medium flame.
  4. Pour the caramel over the peaches.
  5. Place the sour cream on one side of the plate and top it with lemon zest and cardamom powder.
  6. Enjoy the dessert by taking a spoon of caramel peach with a spoon of flavored yogurt.
Why This Works

Takes less time to prepare. This sweet and tangy dessert will leave a smile on your face. Peaches are a good source of vitamins A and C, and they help to fight lung cancer (53).

5. Fruit Jello Shots

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What You Need
  • 1 box jello
  • 2 tablespoons ice cream
  • 2 strawberries
  • 3 lychees
  • 1 tablespoon honey
How To Prepare
  1. Cut the fruits in small cubes and toss the pieces into a bowl.
  2. Add the jello mix to the bowl with the required amount of water (as per the instructions on the box).
  3. Divide the jello into shot glasses and refrigerate.
  4. Two minutes before serving, put a dollop of ice cream on top of the jello.
  5. Let the ice cream melt a bit so that the shot does not give you a brain freeze.
  6. Finish by drizzling a little honey.
Why This Works

This is a dessert that can be enjoyed by any age group. Super easy to make, it has fruits and ice cream, and that’s just the beginning. Wait till you pop it into your mouth! You will be transported back to your childhood.

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4 Weight Watchers Cake Recipes

1. Crusted Tangy Lemon Cake

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What You Need
  • 100 gm flour
  • 75 gm butter
  • 4 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 75 gm caster sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup lemon juice
  • Lemon zest
How To Prepare
  1. Use a food processor to mix the flour and the brown sugar.
  2. Add the butter and spin it until the flour forms lumps.
  3. Pack this flour into a lightly greased cake mold and bake in a preheated oven at 180ºC for 7 minutes.
  4. Beat the eggs with an electric mixer.
  5. To the egg mix, add vanilla extract, lemon juice, and caster sugar.
  6. Make sure the sugar dissolves completely.
  7. Take out the baked crust from the oven and pour the lemon mix into it.
  8. Bake it at 180ºC for 15 minutes.
  9. To make sure that the cake is cooked, insert a skewer in the middle of the cake. If it comes out clean, it is cooked. If not, bake it for 2-3 minutes more.
Why This Works

This cake is as delicious as any other cake and is, hence, the best way to satisfy your sweet tooth without consuming too many calories.

2. Oatmeal Cupcake

What You Need
  • 2 tablespoons rolled oats (not instant)
  • 4 tablespoons milk
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon pineapple extract
  • 1/4 tablespoon cinnamon powder
  • 1 tablespoon butter
How To Prepare
  1. Mix the oatmeal and butter in a food processor. Add milk and give it a spin.
  2. Add the flour and baking powder and blend them into a crumbly dough.
  3. Beat the egg yolk separately using an electric beater.
  4. Add the brown sugar to the egg yolk and beat till it dissolves.
  5. Add the dry ingredients, pineapple extract, and cinnamon powder to the egg and sugar mix.
  6.  Beat lightly to bring all the ingredients together.
  7. Beat the egg white separately until it becomes fluffy.
  8. Fold in the egg white into the cake mix.
  9. Put one tablespoon of this mix into the greased cupcake mold and bake in a preheated oven at 180ºC for 10 minutes.
Why This Works

These small sweet delights are low in calories. The smell of cinnamon, butter, and pineapple works like magic and calms you down in one bite.

3. Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcake

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What You Need
  • 100 gm flour
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 75 gm light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons fat-free milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
How To Prepare
  1. Separate the egg white from the yolk.
  2. Beat the egg yolk and brown sugar with an electric beater until the egg is fluffy.
  3. Sift the flour and keep it in a bowl.
  4. Take out two tablespoons of flour from the bowl and add two tablespoons of cocoa powder to it. This will make sure that the proportions remain the same.
  5. Mix the flour and cocoa and add to the egg and sugar mix.
  6. Add the vanilla extract, peanut butter, and milk and mix well.
  7. Beat the egg whites till they are fluffy and fold them into the cake mix.
  8. Pour the mix into a greased tin and bake in a pre-heated oven at 180ºC for 15 minutes.
  9. To check whether the cake is cooked or not, insert a skewer in the center of the cake. If it comes out clean, your cake is ready. If not, bake it for few more minutes.
Why This Works

Easy to make, low-calorie, and delicious, this cake melts in your mouth in seconds. Bake this soft cake for your friends over the weekend, and you’ll surely take them by surprise!

4. Banana Chocolate Cake (Eggless)

What You Need
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 75 gm dark chocolate chip
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1 cup caster sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Lemon zest
  • A pinch of salt
How To Prepare
  1. Pour 2 inches of water in a soup pot and let it come to a boil.
  2. Put the chocolate chips in a separate medium-sized (smaller than the soup pot) bowl and place it in the soup pot to melt the dark chocolate.
  3. In the meanwhile, sift the flour and add cocoa powder, salt, and caster sugar to it. Mix well.
  4. When the chocolate has melted, add lemon zest, vanilla extract, and milk. Stir well.
  5. Mash the bananas. Add to the flour and mix well.
  6. Pour the melted chocolate mix in the banana and flour mix. Stir well.
  7. Pour the mix into a greased baking tin.
  8. Bake in a preheated oven at 180°C for 15 minutes.
  9. Insert a skewer at the center of the cake. If it comes out clean, the cake is cooked. If not, bake it for few minutes more.
Why This Works

The chocolaty smooth texture of this cake will make you go “Mmmmmmm” in the first bite! This cake is not only eggless but is also without any oil or butter. Tasty, healthy, and super easy to make, it is the perfect dessert for a candle-lit dinner at home or a girl’s night out.

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2 Weight Watchers Cookie Recipes

1. Raisin & Almond Cookie

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What You Need
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup caster sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Oil for greasing
  • A pinch of salt
How To Prepare
  1. Mix the flour with baking soda, baking powder, caster sugar, and salt.
  2. Mix the egg, egg whites, and vanilla extract. Pour this mixture into the flour and mix well.
  3. Add the raisins and almonds to the flour.
  4. Knead the flour six times to give it a smooth texture.
  5. Lay a baking sheet on the baking tray and brush it with a little oil.
  6. Cut small balls from the dough and place them on the baking tray at least 4 inches apart.
  7.  Dampen your fingers and press the dough balls down a little.
  8. Bake at 180ºC for 10 minutes.
  9. Remove from oven and let them cool for about 1-2 minutes.
  10. Place the cookies on a wire rack and let them cool completely.
Why This Works

These cookies bake quickly and are hassle free to make. Most importantly, they are low in calories. Store them in an airtight jar and munch on them to curb those late night carb cravings.

2. Lemon Cookies

What You Need
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 cup caster sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • Lemon zest
  • A pinch of salt
How To Prepare
  1. Finely chop the lemon zest.
  2. Mix the flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl.
  3. Beat the sugar and butter till the butter is fluffy.
  4. Add the egg yolks to the butter and sugar mix and beat for 2 minutes.
  5. Add the lemon juice, lemon zest, and sour cream. Mix well.
  6. Add the flour mix to the wet ingredients. Knead the dough well.
  7. Wrap the dough with a thin wrap and refrigerate for two hours.
  8. Lay a baking sheet on a baking tray and grease it.
  9. Roll the dough and cut it into small balls.
  10. Place the dough balls on the baking tray 4 inches apart.
  11. Use your palms to press down the dough balls.
  12. Bake in a preheated oven at 180ºC for about 12 minutes.
  13. Take the tray out of the oven and keep the cookies on the baking tray for about 2 minutes.
  14. Transfer the cookies to a wire rack and let them cool completely.
Why This Works

The lemon cookies have a balanced taste of sweet and sour, making them completely irresistible. These cookies can magically enhance your mood and relieve stress.

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2 Weight Watchers Casserole Recipes

1. Brown Rice Casserole

What You Need
  • 1/2 cup brown rice
  • 1/2 cup kidney beans
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1 garlic
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 4 tablespoons tomato puree
  • 1/4 cup coriander leaves
  • 1/4 shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Salt
How To Prepare
  1. Finely chop the red onion and garlic and roughly chop the spinach and coriander leaves.
  2. Wash the brown rice. Drain the water and transfer it to a baking bowl (pre-greased).
  3. Sprinkle a little salt over the brown rice and layer it with tomato puree.
  4. Sprinkle the cumin powder on top of the tomato puree.
  5. In a separate bowl, mix the kidney beans, garlic, onion, cayenne pepper, and salt.
  6. Layer this mix on top of the tomato puree and cover it with spinach.
  7. Top it with shredded cheddar and mozzarella cheese.
  8. Place the baking bowl on a baking tray.
  9. Bake at 180ºC for about 30 minutes or till the cheese turns golden brown.
Why This Works

This casserole dish is simple and easy to make. Full of good protein, fat, and carbs, this can be the ideal choice for lunch or dinner.

2. Eggs, Mushroom, And Baby Corn Casserole

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What You Need
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup sliced button mushroom
  • 1/2 cup sliced baby corn
  • 1/2 bell pepper
  • 1/4 red onion
  • 2/3 cup goat cheese
  • 1 teaspoon chili flakes
  • Salt
How To Prepare
  1. Julienne the bell pepper.
  2. Chop the red onions into medium-sized cubes.
  3. Grease a baking bowl.
  4. Lay the bell peppers first and then the onions. Sprinkle a little salt on top.
  5. Next, layer with sliced mushroom and baby corn.
  6. Crack open the eggs. Sprinkle a little salt and chili flakes.
  7. Cover with the shredded goat cheese.
  8. Bake at 180ºC for 20 minutes.
Why This Works

If you are a fan of runny eggs, this is one of the best ways to eat it. Mushroom, cheese, baby corn, and runny eggs. Nothing else in the world can make you happier than this casserole dish!

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2 Weight Watchers Crock-Pot Recipes

1. Slow Cooker Minced Meat Soup

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What You Need
  • 1/2 cup ground chicken breast
  • 1/2 cup ground beef (lean cut)
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 1/2 carrot
  • 4 broccoli florets
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 inch ginger root
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup coriander leaves
  • Lime juice
  • Salt and pepper
How To Prepare

1. Use a food processor to mince all the veggies together.
2. Add the veggies, minced meat, chicken broth, salt, and pepper to a slow cooker and cook for about 6 hours.
3. Garnish with coriander leaves.
4. Serve hot with a dash of lime juice and freshly ground black pepper.

Why This Works

Super healthy and filling, this slow cooker recipe is the best way to lose weight without weakening your body.

2. Crock-Pot Tuna With Veggies

What You Need
  • 1 can tuna
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/4 red onion
  • 1/2 tomato
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1 teaspoon chili flakes
  • Parsley
  • Salt and pepper
How To Prepare

1. Finely chop the red onions, tomato, and parsley.
2. In the slow cooker, mix tuna, onion, tomato, fish sauce, chili flakes, and salt.
3. Cook it for about 2 hours on high flame and 3 hours on low flame.
4. Add the parsley and stir well.
5. Serve it hot with freshly ground black pepper.

Why This Works

This delicious tuna crock-pot recipe is loaded with nutrition and is perfect for dinner on a cold winter night with your friends or family or just you and your kindle!

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Now that you know you can eat so many varieties of food, losing weight should be fun. Tell us which recipe is your favorite and why by commenting in the comments box below.

Cheers to good health!

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Charushila is an ISSA Certified Specialist in Fitness & Nutrition and a full-time contributor to Diet & Weight Loss at Stylecraze. She believes that food has healing powers and eating good food is the best way to lose weight. A binge eater-turned-fitness enthusiast, Charushila likes to share her knowledge and experience with the world. When she is not working, she loves to cook healthy food, watch movies, travel, workout, and read Bengali literature.