Light and easy meal ideas and recipes.

Dinner

  • Cheeseburger

    Cheeseburger

    Calories: 335 WW Freestyle Points: 6

    Just 6 WW Freestyle Points for this cheeseburger that has real ground beef, a normal size bun and a slice of Velveeta cheese.

     

    I used Trader Joe's brand 96% lean ground beef (2 sp), Trader Joe's Whole Wheat hamburger buns (3sp), a slice of Velveeta cheese (1 sp), pickles, lettuce and tomato! The beef is not crazy juicy but not terribly dry either. It's a good tasty burger for weeknight summer grilling for sure.

     

    Recipe makes 4 burgers. 6 WW Freestyle Points each. Serve with corn on the cobb, grilled vegetables or whatever else you like.

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  • Shrimp Tostadas

    Shrimp Tostadas

    Calories: 395 WW Freestyle Points: 6

    These super easy shrimp tostadas are a delicious dinner you can make during the week in less than 30 minutes.

     

    Just 6 WW Freestyle Points for 2 tostadas. Serve with corn on the cob.

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  • Bacon Wrapped Grilled Salmon with Cucumber Salad

    Bacon Wrapped Grilled Salmon with Cucumber Salad

    Calories: 504 WW Freestyle Points: 4

    I got these re-usable copper grill mats to make all kinds of goodies on the grill this summer. You can get 3 of them for about $10, and can use them for baking too. The grill mat is essential for this recipe so that the fat from the Center Cut bacon doesn't drip onto the grill and produce smoke and flames during cooking. 

     

    You can find and purchase Copper Grill Mats on Amazon.

     

    NOTES: the salmon will be cooked well done. I usually like my salmon slightly undercooked, but in this case, it was more desirable to get the bacon crisp. If you allow the Lemon Vinaigrette dressing from the cucumber salad to seep onto the salmon, it's even better.

     

    Alternatively, you can give the bacon a head start by cooking it in a pan for just a bit (not fully crisp), and then wrap it around the salmon - which will reduce the grill time.

     

    Recipe makes 4 servings (2 pieces of the fish with 1 slice of bacon each, 3/4 cup of the cucumber salad with 2 tbsp of Lemon Vinaigrette dressing). 4 WW Freestyle points per serving.

     

    Dallop of sour cream optional (not included in nutritional information).

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  • Shaved Steak Fajitas

    Shaved Steak Fajitas

    Calories: 431 WW Freestyle Points: 5

    You can find the shaved beef steak in the butcher section of most grocery stores. Trader Joe's carries it too. (See video for quick demonstration). 1 serving of this recipe, WW Freestyle Points and nutritional values for this include: 1 small flour tortilla (2 Points), 4 oz shaved beef steak (3 Points), 1/2 cup sauteed peppers & onions (zero Points), 1/4 cup salsa (zero Points). 

     

    Keep in mind that I cook the shaved beef steak first (with just onion powder and salt) for 2 reasons. One is because the beef cooks faster than the peppers and onions, and two, if there is left-over beef, I can save it for sandwiches the next day and the seasoning is neutral.

     

    You can find directions on how I cook the corn here. Just replace the fresh basil with a squirt of lime juice. You can also find my recipe for fresh pico here.

     

    Recipe makes about 4 - 5 Fajitas. 431 calories | 5 WW Freestyle Points.

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  • Teriyaki Pork and Pineapple Skewers

    Teriyaki Pork and Pineapple Skewers

    Calories: WW Freestyle Points: 5 per skewer (approximately)

    These skewers are a completely delicious and easy dinner option. Recipe makes 4 skewers. Each skewer is about 5 WW Freestyle Points each if you use 3 oz of pork and 1 tbsp of Trader Joe's Soyaki Sauce. You can also use chicken to reduce the total calories and/or Freestyle SmartPoints value.

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  • Jack-fruit Cakes with Lime Cilantro Slaw

    Jack-fruit Cakes with Lime Cilantro Slaw

    Calories: WW Freestyle Points: 7

    These Jack-fruit cakes are pre-packaged Trader Joe's brand (they taste just like crab cakes) and I used pre-cut coleslaw for this. What kind of food blogger am I ? Haha. This is more of an idea than a recipe.

     

    Well, the dressing used for the coleslaw is my own recipe and the reality of life's demands means sometimes I can't break out my mandolin to shred fresh cabbage and assemble home-made crab cakes. So Trader Joe's it is.

     

    This plate comes to 7 points (Jack-fruit cakes are 5 points for 2 of them, and the coleslaw dressing is 2 points per serving). Recipe for the coleslaw dressing makes 2 servings.

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  • Baked Potatoes with Chicken, Broccoli and Cheese

    Baked Potatoes with Chicken, Broccoli and Cheese

    Calories: WW Freestyle Points: 5 (per half)

    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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  • Spinach & Ricotta Pinwheels

    Spinach & Ricotta Pinwheels

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

    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, Apples and Cheddar Casserole

    Chicken, Apples and Cheddar Casserole

    Calories: 287 WW Freestyle Points: 7

    I'm not sure if you think this is an odd combination of ingredients, but if you've ever had apple pie with cheddar cheese, you may see where I'm going with this. I love apples and cheddar together so this casserole hits the spot. 287 calories | 7 WW Freestyle points. Recipe makes 6 servings.

     

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  • Beef Stir Fry

    Beef Stir Fry

    Calories: 588 WW Freestyle Points: 8

    Super simple, quick and delicious. Each serving uses about 3 - 4 ounces of stir-fry beef cuts and 2 tbsp of teriyaki sauce (and mixed fresh vegetables). I have a recipe for Teriyaki sauce, but the one used in this recipe is Trader Joe's Soyaki Sauce which I use for easy week night dinners and lunches. The sauce is completely delicious and can be used on so many things. 

     

    Recipe makes 4 servings. Each serving comes to about 588 calories, or 8 WW Freestyle points. 

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  • Pizza Dinner

    Pizza Dinner

    Calories: WW Freestyle Points: Varies

    I made this dinner using a few different recipes listed on my site. Home-made breadsticks, imitation Olive Garden salad, Balsamic dressing and 2 ingredient dough pizza. This was a meal the whole family enjoyed.

     

    The pizza is topped with Marinara Sauce, low-fat Mozzarella cheese, shredded Parmesan Cheese, and a lot of chopped fresh basil. I added a few sliced green peppers and black olives to 1/4 of the pie (but typically my kids just like the cheese and basil).

     

    You can find the following recipes by clicking here:

    Marinara Sauce

    2 Ingredient Pizza Dough

    Balsamic Dressing

    Home-made Breadsticks

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  • Trader Joes Mahi Mahi Burger Tacos

    Trader Joes Mahi Mahi Burger Tacos

    Calories: 340 WW Freestyle Points: 7 for two tacos

    Trader Joe's frozen Mahi Mahi burgers make delicious fish tacos you can whip up in about 20 minutes. These tacos are SO good and so easy. 7 points for two of them using small corn tortillas, a small schmear of regular sour cream and 1/2 mahi-mahi burger for each taco. Recipe makes 4 tacos. See video for quick demonstration.

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  • Spaghetti & Meatballs

    Spaghetti & Meatballs

    Calories: WW Freestyle Points: 8

    I make this dish on Sunday and save the leftover sauce and meatballs in the fridge or freezer for future meals. Then I just have to cook the spaghetti when I get home from work. For the meatballs, I use 93% lean ground chicken because I dislike the dry texture of 99% lean (but if you don't mind the 99% lean, by all means use it and save 2 points).

     

    Recipe makes about 6 servings of pasta with leftover sauce and meatballs.

     

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  • White Chili & Cheese Bake

    White Chili & Cheese Bake

    Calories: 270 WW Freestyle Points: 6

    This dish is a family-friendly meal, or can be served with chips as a party appetizer. All the points are in the full fat Shredded Pepper Jack cheese blend (Trader Joe's brand used here), which I find to be totally worth it. This dish makes me feel like I ate Taco Bell - but without the gross feeling I get after actually eating Taco Bell. :-D

     

    Recipe makes 8 servings. 6 points per serving. 

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  • Chicken Nuggets & French Fries

    Chicken Nuggets & French Fries

    Calories: 389 WW Freestyle Points: 9 per serving

    Originally, I made these chicken nuggets with 99% lean ground turkey, but to be honest, they were dry and I found them to be gross. So for this recipe, I used 93% lean ground chicken and these nuggest are tasty and good. Plus this is a very kid-friendly meal. You can make the nuggets in batches and freeze them for future meals. 

     

    For the fries, soaking the potatoes removes some of the starch so the fries bake up crisp. 

     

    Recipe makes 4 servings. 24 chicken nuggets in total (4 servings of 6 chicken nuggets) and about 60 fries (4 servings of 15 fries). The total nutritional information and points value for this recipe as a whole, include 4 tbsp of oil even though it's being "sprayed" on both the nuggets and the potatoes. Nutrition values and points EXCLUDE barbecue sauce or condiments.

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  • Chicken and Rice Soup

    Chicken and Rice Soup

    Calories: 310 WW Freestyle Points: 4

    Nothing revolutionary here. I wish I could list a more fancy list of ingredients for this soup, but it's just really simple, tasty and filling. It makes a good dinner when I pair it with a nice big garden salad, my kids like it, and I can pack up leftovers for lunch the next day.

     

    4 WW Freestyle points | 310 calories per serving. Recipe makes 6 two-cup servings.

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  • Veggie Spaghetti

    Veggie Spaghetti

    Calories: 506 WW Freestyle Points: 6

    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

    Calories: 337 WW Freestyle Points: 0

    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

    Calories: 299 WW Freestyle Points: 0

    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 8 servings (2 cups each).

     

    See video for quick demonstration

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  • Puff Pastry Chicken Bake

    Puff Pastry Chicken Bake

    Calories: 462 WW Freestyle Points: 8 per serving

    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

    Calories: 567 WW Freestyle Points: 4

    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

    Calories: 279 WW Freestyle Points: 2

    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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  • Japanese Style Dinner

    Japanese Style Dinner

    Calories: WW Freestyle Points: 8

    This easy week-night meal idea features teriyaki salmon, fried rice, a green salad with ginger dressing, edamame and bean sprouts. This is more of an idea than an actual recipe since everything you see here is from Trader Joe's (see video for packaging on the Japanese-style Fried Rice, Sockeye Salmon, Soyaki Sauce, Carrot Ginger Miso Salad Dressing and Edamame in the pod.)

     

    Each serving comes to 8 WW Freestlye Points. Recipe stated makes 1 serving for the sake of explaining it simply, but multiply as needed for the number of people eating. This is a super satisfying meal you can eat for a fraction of the calories you would consume at a Japanese restaurant.

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  • Beef Stew

    Beef Stew

    Calories: WW Freestyle Points: 8 (approximately)
    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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  • Seared Ahi Tuna

    Seared Ahi Tuna

    Calories: 359 WW Freestyle Points: 6

    This is a quick dinner I made in less than 30 minutes thanks to Trader Joe's frozen vegetable fried rice. This is not "diet" food to me, it's a meal I'd eat any time. My mom on the other hand, strongly dislikes undercooked fish so I know she won't be making this (smile emoji intended here). 

     

    Recipe makes 2 servings if you purchase 2 tuna steaks. Each serving includes 1 tuna steak, 1/2 cup vegetable rice, 1/2 cup soy beans, 1/4 avocado (2 oz), 1 tbsp soy sauce. 359 calories | 6 WW Freestyle points.

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  • Chicken Tacos with Corn

    Chicken Tacos with Corn

    Calories: 264 WW Freestyle Points: 3

    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

    Calories: 345 WW Freestyle Points: 3

    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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  • Teriyaki Salmon and Wontons

    Teriyaki Salmon and Wontons

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

    Waffle Iron Frittata

    Calories: 327 WW Freestyle Points: 4

    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

    Calories: WW Freestyle Points: 6
    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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  • Grilled Chicken Pizza

    Grilled Chicken Pizza

    Calories: WW Freestyle Points: 3
    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

    Calories: WW Freestyle Points: 5
    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

    Calories: WW Freestyle Points: 0 (or 1 with the Ranch sauce)
    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

    Calories: 358 WW Freestyle Points: 4

    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

    Calories: 636 WW Freestyle Points: 5

    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

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

    Stuffed Bread Pockets

    Calories: 325 WW Freestyle Points: 6

    These stuffed pockets are just like a lightened-up calzone. Recipe makes 4 servings.

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  • Roasted Chicken

    Roasted Chicken

    Calories: WW Freestyle Points: 1 or 2
    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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  • Tortellini and Shrimp w Alfredo Sauce

    Tortellini and Shrimp w Alfredo Sauce

    Calories: WW Freestyle Points: 10
    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

    Calories: 119 WW Freestyle Points: 4 points per Taco

    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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  • Mahi-mahi Burgers

    Mahi-mahi Burgers

    Calories: 559 WW Freestyle Points: 6

    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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  • Cheese Raviolis

    Cheese Raviolis

    Calories: WW Freestyle Points: 7
    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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  • Grilled Chicken & Vegetables

    Grilled Chicken & Vegetables

    Calories: WW Freestyle Points: 2 per serving
    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

    Calories: WW Freestyle Points: 9
    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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