This is a fun and easy summer treat you can enjoy for special occasions or for no occasion at all. One 8oz container of lite whipped topping covers about 12 cupcakes (each cupcake having 2 tbsp of topping). Coolwhip recommended over the canned whipped cream because it holds its shape better and will not melt onto the watermelon. Be sure to use a stirdy plastic cup such as the red SOLO party cups to cut the shape of the watermelon.
You will have leftover watermelon which you can cut into wedges and store in the refrigerator.
This simple dish makes a good party appetizer but I've also had it as a meal for lunch. You'll want to cut the cucumber and avocado around the same size and shape of the shrimp. Then just use a carrot peel to hold it together.
This recipe is sponsored by my friends and partners at Seafood at Home. They are a great resource for recipes and ideas for all kinds of seafood.
1 serving is 6 pieces
Recipe makes 12 pieces. Nutrition facts exclude Soy Sauce.
This summer party bucket makes a fun centerpiece that guests can munch on. Serve it with any dip or sauce you like. You can use a basket or any type of canister. I used a lined ice-bucket here. The skewers are held in place with bread at the bottom as the base.
Recipe fills 1 canister or basket. Serving size is 5 skewers: 2 shrimp, 1 chicken, 1 onion, 1 pineapple.
I made this salad for a girls-day at my friend's house. My friend Jessica is filming the "how to serve" demonstration in the video clip below... so pardon the earthquake-like camera shaking. Love ya Jess.
I used a large basket, lined with parchment paper for this, but you can use a large bowl or dish for this as well. This is a really tasty salad that makes a nice dish to bring to parties or summer barbecues. You can find my recipe for the Chili Lime Chicken marinade here
Recipe makes 4 servings. Nutrition and WW SmartPoints values exclude Chili Lime marinade (which is marginal). For accuracy, always use the WW recipe builder to calculate SmartPoints based on the specific ingredients used since different brands of chips, salsa and sour cream may vary.
These tasty grilled chicken rolls make a nice appetizer when you cut them in 1-inch peices to look like sushi rolls (see video for quick illustration). Or have them as an easy week-night dinner with a side of rice (I like Trader Joe's vegetable fried rice because you can just heat it and eat).
Recipe makes 6 grilled chicken rolls. 1 chicken roll per serving.
Here's to staying healthy all summer long! This salad is a delicious side dish to take to summer barbecues. Any Asian-style dressing such as Sesame Ginger, or Thai Peanut Vinaigrette will work well. I sometimes do a simple home-made dressing mix of lemon juice, soy sauce, toasted sesame seed oil and a small dash of sugar.
Recipe serves about 15 people. Zero WW Freestyle Points (excluding the dressing).
These festive Popsicles are great for Memorial Day, the 4th of July, or all summer long. See how I made these without "blending" the fruit, and just a small amount of real sugar used. You can use Truvia, Splenda or another zero calorie sweetner if you prefer.
Recipe makes 10 popsicles.
I originally recommended the Nopro Frozen Ice Pop Maker. It was great at first, but after several washings I noticed this weird residue on the metal plate that surfaced every time it became wet. It may be because I put it in the dishwasher. Nowhere on the box did it state anything about how to wash or care for it. But I later noticed a note on the Amazon listing that said “hand washing recommended”. Apparently the product becomes unusable if you put it in the dishwasher.
In any case, I was able to very easily return the item on Amazon for a full refund since it was less than 30 days since I purchased it. The return process was easy and free.
Since then I tested 3 other popsicle makers (listed in order of preference).
The one I found to be best, is the Fox Run Frozen Ice Pop Maker (very similar to the Nopro). Here are the specifics on my criteria and testing:
First, I only considered popsicle makers with wooden sticks. I like the classic look of a wooden stick verses plastic. And the shape of the pop itself had to have a classic popsicle shape. Second, I wanted a popsicle maker that made a set of 10 pops since I already developed recipes based on 10 popsicles. Last, I wanted something that costs $20 or less.
The Xing-Rui Silicone Frozen Ice Pop Maker
This one was ok, but I didn’t like it for a 2 reasons. 1.) The pop cavities bulged out a little when I filled them with fruit and yogurt. They didn’t hold their shape well. 2.) I can’t see the filling through the cavities since this pop maker is red. It’s hard to see how full they are as you add layers of different flavors to the pop.
American Ice Pops Frozen Ice Pop Maker
I found this pop maker to be very good. You can even remove the plastic cavities individually from the plate. The cavities were just slightly smaller in size (2.25 oz vs 3.0 oz). Otherwise, they held their shape well and removed fairly easily. But the price was $22.
Fox Run Frozen Ice Pop Maker
The price was $18.99 and they provided a coupon to save $3.60. With Amazon prime, I did not pay shipping. They hold shape really well. You can see through the semi-transparent plastic. They slide out fairly easily. But as stated on the listing “hand washing recommended”… this time, I did NOT put this popsicle maker in the dishwasher. I washed it by hand several times and it’s holding up great. The popsicles turn out beautifully.
For all ice-pop makers, you have to run the cavities under hot water for about 30 seconds in order to remove the pops. Anything aluminum cannot go in the dishwasher. Hope this info helps. Happy popsicle making!
I promise you will love this! It makes a great side dish for Mother's day brunches, lunches or a dessert. Or just make it for a healthy delicious snack to have on hand.
Note: if you make this recipe in advance, be sure to wait to add the mint leaves until you are ready to serve. All other ingredients can be prepared before hand. The Champagne Pear Vinaigrette from Trader Joe's has a little Gorgonzola in it, so I did not add cheese such as Goat Cheese or Feta to this salad.
If you do not live in close proximity to Trader Joe's, you can substitute the dressing with my easy recipe for Champagne Vinaigrette. I think the points are the same but the nutrition values may differ.
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 a WW friendly recipe. The video shows a quick demonstration on assembling these.
This dish is a family-friendly meal, or can be served with chips as a party appetizer. Almost all of the SmartPoints 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
These delicious mini apple pies make a good breakfast, snack or dessert. You can serve them at parties and no one will suspect they are lightened up. The apples need a little head start in cooking because the pie crusts bake rather fast. Recipe makes 12 mini apple pies. 1 mini pie per serving.
This is a cute little treat for birthday parties or a fun snack. I think these have a bit more moisture than similar recipes I've tried that use applesauce in place of oil. Regular Pillsbury Devil's food cake mix used here (not sugar free).
Recipe makes 48 mini cupcakes. 1 mini cake per serving. WW SmartPoints and nutrition values exclude the additional banana slices shown in the photo (for topping).
This is more of an idea than a recipe. It's a delicious, low-Points option for parties and entertaining. You can find a bunch of different recipes for sauces and dips in the "Sides, Sauces and Dressings" section of this site. SmartPoints and nutrition information are not listed for this party platter since it depends on what you choose to snack on.
This delicious seafood stew has clams, mussels and shrimp. A great dish for Christmas eve! No one will suspect it's WW friendly.
Scrubbing the clams and mussels are a little tedious, but when you get past that part, the rest of this recipe is a breeze. And it's so good.
I created this recipe for my friends and partners at Seafood at Home. They are wonderful sponsors who support me and allow me to keep doing what I do. Besides this, they have so many healthy recipes and ideas for all things seafood.
Recipe makes 8 servings. Each serving includes 3 clams, 5 muscles, 5 shrimp and about 1 1/4 cups of broth.
SmartPoints and nutrition facts exclude the bread shown in the photo above.