Light and easy meal ideas and recipes.

Dinner

  • Spinach & Ricotta Pinwheels

    Spinach & Ricotta Pinwheels

    Points: 3 each (or 7 points for 2 of them)
    Calories: 247

    These soft and cheezy pinwheels are delicious when dipped in Marinara sauce. They are so good, you could easily serve them at a party and no one would know they are "diet-friendly". The video shows a quick demonstration on assembling these. Recipe makes 10 pinwheels. 3 points each (or 7 points for two of them).

     

    Here is the recipe for zero point Marinara Sauce.

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  • Chicken and White Bean Tostadas

    Chicken and White Bean Tostadas

    Points: 3 each
    Calories: 201

    Easy and tasty weeknight meal you can make in less than 30 minutes. See video for a quick demonstration. Recipe makes 9 tostadas - 3 points per tostada - 201 calories.

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  • Veggie Spaghetti

    Veggie Spaghetti

    Points: 6
    Calories:

    I used the crockpot here but you can easily make this recipe just as well on the regular stovetop. If you use the stovetop, let the vegetable sauce simmer between 1 and 1 1/2 hours.

     

    You can save and freeze the left-over soupy saucy vegetables for lunches and dinners to come. Zero points for the vegetable sauce. 5 points for the spaghetti. 1 point for the shredded parmesan. Recipe makes 6 servings.

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  • Chickpea Vegetable Stew

    Chickpea Vegetable Stew

    Points: 0
    Calories:

    This is a quick and tasty soup - zero points on the WW Freestyle plan. I like to use home-made chicken broth, but you can use store bought. 

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  • Turkey Chili

    Turkey Chili

    Points: 0
    Calories:

    You can use extra lean ground turkey or extra lean ground chicken in this recipe. Zero points on the WW Freestyle plan. Recipe makes about 6 servings (2 cups each).

     

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  • Puff Pastry Chicken Bake

    Puff Pastry Chicken Bake

    Points: 8 per serving
    Calories:

    This recipe was originally supposed to feature spinach in it, but my 9 year old son strongly felt that broccoli is better. I'm glad he talked me into it, because he is right. This is a family-friendly meal that we all enjoy.

     

    Recipe makes 8 servings / 8 points per serving. I used regular puff pastry so it's possible you can save a point or two if you buy a light puff pastry. 

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  • Italian Wedding Stew

    Italian Wedding Stew

    Points: 4
    Calories: 567

    The ravioli in this soup are mini bite sized ravioli. If you buy raviolis, just check or scan the package label for calories and nutritional information. Most raviolis are surprisingly reasonable when eaten in moderation. Recipe makes about 4 servings. Note: I deliberately left out the breadcrumbs in the turkey meatballs because extra lean ground turkey is dry. I find that the breadcrumbs don't really help with that.

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  • Chicken and Broccoli Soup

    Chicken and Broccoli Soup

    Points: 2
    Calories:
    I make this soup on meal prep day and store it in containers for lunches or dinner during the week. The bones in the roasted chicken breasts give the broth a good flavor. I use a little flour to thicken it a bit. It's comes out like a cross between cream of broccoli soup and traditional chicken soup. Recipe makes 6 servings (about 2 cups each).
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  • Beef Stew

    Beef Stew

    Points: 8 (approximately)
    Calories:
    If you are totally sick of chicken, this is a good option. Even if you're not sick of chicken, it's still a great meal. This goes good with a nice side salad for dinner, then pack up the leftovers for lunch the next day. Recipe makes about 6 servings.
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  • Chicken Tacos with Corn

    Chicken Tacos with Corn

    Points: 3
    Calories: 264

    Quick, tasty and very satisfying. 3 points per taco with a tablespoon of sour cream. Recipe makes 6 tacos.

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  • Minestrone

    Minestrone

    Points: 3
    Calories: 345

    I like to cook the Ditalini pasta separate so it doesn't get soggy for leftovers. I make a big batch of this on the weekend and freeze it so I have it for many lunches and dinners to come. Recipe makes about 6 servings.

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  • White Chicken Chili

    White Chicken Chili

    Points: 3
    Calories:
    Estimated 3 points per bowl for any dark meat and possible fat from the chicken parts and juices, and the cornstarch used to thicken it. The bones in the roasted chicken give this chili a really good flavor.
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  • Teriyaki Salmon and Wontons

    Teriyaki Salmon and Wontons

    Points: 2
    Calories:
    Teriyaki salmon - recipe makes 4 servings.
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  • Waffle Iron Frittata

    Waffle Iron Frittata

    Points: 4
    Calories: 327

    Don't freak out if you get a little egg spillage over the edges of the waffle iron when you cook this. This fritatta bakes up nice and fluffy. When it's finished cooking, use a spatula to lift and remove it from the iron.

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  • Crab Stuffed Wontons

    Crab Stuffed Wontons

    Points: 6
    Calories:
    Trader Joe's recently discontinued the crab meat used in the video here. But you can use any lump crab meat for this.
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  • Roasted Bell Pepper Tacos

    Roasted Bell Pepper Tacos

    Points: 6
    Calories:
    I replaced the tortilla with a roasted bell pepper here to keep the points lower. The taste and overall meal is really good and satisfying. Recipe makes 2 large tacos.
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  • Grilled Chicken Pizza

    Grilled Chicken Pizza

    Points: 3
    Calories:
    I used grilled chicken as the crust of the pizza here and full fat mozzarella. But you can use low fat mozzarella, and/or add turkey pepperoni, vegetables, olives or any other toppings you wish (adjust the points value for any toppings you use). I make the zero point marinara sauce on meal prep day so I can just heat it up, and use it on various dishes throughout the week. Recipe for the Marinara sauce is located in the "Meal Prep Ideas" section of this site, or you can just use the search bar at the top to find it.
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  • Toaster Oven Chicken Tenders

    Toaster Oven Chicken Tenders

    Points: 5
    Calories:
    Toaster-oven Chicken Tenders with crushed corn flakes, few sprays of oil. Provides similar, if not identical results to the air fryer. If you don't overcook them, they will be crisp on the outside and tender/juicy on the inside.
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  • Waffle Iron Grilled Chicken

    Waffle Iron Grilled Chicken

    Points: 0 (or 1 with the Ranch sauce)
    Calories:
    Some people have told me my waffle iron meals are creative. But I call it pure laziness. The waffle iron does a great job at grilling and giving chicken and vegetables a nice char. I like to dip the chicken in the ranch sauce shown here but use whatever dipping sauce you want. The calories and Points total stated for this meal does not include the Ranch dipping sauce (which is 1 point). You can find all the sauces I use in the "Sides, Sauces and Dressing" section of this site, or use the top search bar to find it.
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  • Waffle Iron Quesadillas

    Waffle Iron Quesadillas

    Points: 4
    Calories:
    If you find a small low-carb wrap, and use 1/4 cup low fat shredded cheese, this is a very light and tasty quesadilla.
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  • Taco Salad w Chipotle Lime Dressing

    Taco Salad w Chipotle Lime Dressing

    Points: 5
    Calories:
    This is a regular in my lunch line-up. I pre-grill the chicken in advance on meal prep day. It's seasoned with a dry rub of ground cumin and chili powder. The Chipotle Lime dressing can be found in the "Sides, Sauces and Dressings" section of this site but I have also listed the dressing recipe here.
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  • Meatball Sub

    Meatball Sub

    Points: 5
    Calories:
    Just a tasty hearty sandwich here.
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  • Stuffed Bread Pockets

    Stuffed Bread Pockets

    Points: 6
    Calories:
    These stuffed pockets are just like a lightened-up calzone.
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  • Seared Ahi Tuna w Sticky Rice and Avocado

    Seared Ahi Tuna w Sticky Rice and Avocado

    Points: 7
    Calories:
    This Japanese style dish is a nice change in your regular meal line-up. Recipe makes 1 serving.
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  • Tortellini and Shrimp w Alfredo Sauce

    Tortellini and Shrimp w Alfredo Sauce

    Points: 10
    Calories:
    This home-made Alfredo sauce is light and creamy with a hint of Parmesan and garlic. The complete dish above has 1 cup tortellini, steamed broccoli, shrimp and the Alfredo sauce. For the tortellini, I use regular frozen store bought, but brands and package sizes vary. Be sure the check the serving sizes and portions for each. Recipe makes 4 servings.
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  • Shrimp Tacos

    Shrimp Tacos

    Points: 4 points per Taco
    Calories:
    These baja style tacos make it easy to stay healthy and focused. They are delicious, easy and light. Tortillas used in here are small white tortillas. Recipe makes 6 tacos.
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  • Turkey Sloppy Joes

    Turkey Sloppy Joes

    Points: 7
    Calories:
    These are a super quick and easy lunch or dinner you can whip up during the week.
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  • Teriyaki Pork and Pineapple Skewers

    Teriyaki Pork and Pineapple Skewers

    Points: 5 per skewer (approximately)
    Calories:
    These skewers are a completely delicious and easy dinner option. Recipe makes 4 skewers.
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  • Roasted Chicken

    Roasted Chicken

    Points: 1 or 2
    Calories:
    If you're counting calories, be sure to consider any fat that might sneak in the juices here, the wine used to baste it, or any dark meat.
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  • Baked Potatoes with Chicken, Broccoli and Cheese

    Baked Potatoes with Chicken, Broccoli and Cheese

    Points: 5 (per half)
    Calories:
    Instead of hitting the Wendy's drive-through, you can make your own baked potato - with broccoli, cheese and chicken. Have it as a main dish, or one-half as a side with Turkey Chili. Turkey Chili recipe can be found in the lunch section of this website, or just search "Turkey Chili" in the top search bar.
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  • Cheese Raviolis

    Cheese Raviolis

    Points: 7
    Calories:
    These are just regular frozen store bought - Mini Round Cheese Ravioli. I made the marinara sauce on meal prep day, so this is a super easy, delicious week night meal. It looks fancy, but it's so easy. Marinara Sauce recipe can be found in the "Meal Prep Ideas" section of this website, or just search "Marinara Sauce" in the top search bar.
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  • Fajita Plates

    Fajita Plates

    Points: 6
    Calories:
    I skipped the wrap here because I'd rather spend my calories on real sour cream and guacamole. The nutritional total for this plate is based on using 4 tbsp of guacamole, 2 tbsp of full-fat sour cream, 1 tsp olive oil used on the peppers. Recipe for home-made pico de gallo can be found in the "Sides, Sauces & Dressing" section of this site, or just use the top search bar to find it.
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  • Fish Tacos

    Fish Tacos

    Points: 2 (per taco)
    Calories:
    Easy delicious week-night meal. Tortillas used here are small flour tortillas. The crunchy lime cabbage slaw is a great pairing with the tender fish filets. Recipe makes 6 tacos in total.
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  • Grilled Chicken & Vegetables

    Grilled Chicken & Vegetables

    Points: 2 per serving
    Calories:
    The only points in this grilled ensemble is for any oil used. I used a pastry brush to lightly brush a little oil onto the chicken, corn, onions and tomatoes. Recipe makes 4 servings.
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  • Panko Crusted Tilapia and Sticky Rice

    Panko Crusted Tilapia and Sticky Rice

    Points: 9
    Calories:
    The lime cilantro dipping sauce is a creamy tangy dressing that goes really well with this crispy coated fish. The recipe is broken down as one individual portion so the points can be accurately distributed per serving, but multiply as needed for the number of servings you need.
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  • Mahi-mahi Burgers

    Mahi-mahi Burgers

    Points: 6
    Calories:
    For this burger, I used a home-made pretzel bun I had previously made. The total calories and/or Points value for this burger, depends on the bun you use. I can't emphasize enough how much I love these burgers from Trader Joe's. You can find them in the freezer section near the fish.
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