In preparation for a friend’s upcoming wedding, a trip to Vegas, and my all around well-being, I have recently joined Weight Watchers. As someone who has done plenty of calorie counting, but never truly dieted, it has been quite the lifestyle adjustment.
Take, for example, one of my favorite small pleasures–Fiber One Double Chocolate Brownies. I never considered them too unhealthy, mostly because they were only 90 calories. However, these delectable treats are 4 WW Points. Which, if you have ever followed the program you know, is a considerable amount of points for a treat.
Anyway, it has truly opened my eyes about how unhealthy I have been eating in recent months, so I went out on a quest to find healthy dinners to get me through those rough dieting days. I don’t want healthy eating to be a chore, but simply a way of life.
Weight Watchers Mexican Casserole [x]
355 calories per serving; 10 Smart Points; 9 Points Plus
This recipe is perfect for those nights you’re craving a hearty and satisfying meal. Not only is this perfect for those watching their waistline, your entire family will enjoy having this for dinner as well.
Zucchini Noodles With Creamy Avocado Pesto [x]
214 calories per serving; 6 Points Plus; 7 Smart Points
Another light and refreshing vegetarian option. This would be a great choice for lunch–it doesn’t even need to be served warm.
Lemon Parmesan Chicken and Asparagus [x]
432 calories per serving
Having a go-to chicken recipe for weeknights is never a bad idea. You could always omit the Panko and Parmesan in an effort to save a few more calories (but honestly, why would you want to alter this recipe in any way?).
Pepper Steak [x]
238 calories per serving
This thin-cut steak dish is perfect for those nights you’re craving something savory and filling. Nothing cozier or heartier than steak and veggies, so load up on these things for a truly scrumptious dinner.
Crock Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup [x]
300 calories per serving
What’s better than coming home to a dinner that has literally cooked itself while you were away? Not much. Try this Chicken Tortilla soup when you need an easy dinner that will satisfy your entire family.
Vegetarian Lasagna [x]
218 calories per serving; 4 Smart Points
Vegetarians, rejoice! This hearty Italian dish is loaded with veggies and cheese (which is really the reason we’re looking at this recipe, right?). Give it a try and you won’t miss your grandmother’s meaty lasagna at all.
Teriyaki Chicken With Broccoli [x]
6 Smart Points; 7 Points Plus per serving
Instead of grabbing takeout, which is hard on both your wallet and your body, cook up your own Chinese food instead. This teriyaki chicken is a fast weeknight meal you can enjoy solo or with some rice.
Chickpea and Feta Salad [x]
160 calories per serving; 4 Points Plus; 5 Smart Points
I am all for a quick and easy salad for summer. When the weather is continually over 100 degrees here in the summer, no one wants to fire up the stove. This keeps well and the leftovers make great lunches for work the next day.
Crispy Honey Garlic Salmon [x]
173 calories per serving; 4 Points Plus
In only 15 minutes, you can have perfectly marinated and pan-seared salmon filets. Serve with your favorite vegetables and you’ve got a complete meal.
Chinese Chicken Salad [x]
222 calories per serving; 5 Smart Points
Chinese Chicken Salads are my thing. But dressings are the silent killer when it comes to keeping your diet on track. This recipe uses Rice Vinegar and Sesame Oil, which keeps this salad light and simple.
Mini Bell Pepper Loaded Turkey “Nachos” [x]
187 calories per serving; 5 Smart Points
If there is one thing I truly love, it’s Mexican food. This lighter take on nachos is everything a girl could wish for.
Egg Roll In A Bowl [x]
2 Smart Points per serving; 2 Points Plus
When the majority of vegetables are free, loading up on them is the best way to stay full and satisfied. This Egg Roll In A Bowl uses cabbage, carrots, and green onions. You can add whichever meat you choose, which is the only part of the recipe that alters the points values.
Healthy Sausage and Veggies [x]
429 calories per serving
Another simple and quick weeknight dinner. You could truly do this with any meat you have on hand (although keilbasa is one of my favorite things to have for dinner). Again, omitting the cheese will help reduce calories, but a sprinkling is all this recipe needs to be delicious.