Light and Easy Recipes and Meal Ideas

Sides, Sauces & Dressing

  • Fajita Marinade

    Fajita Marinade


    This is a delicious marinade that makes a healthy, easy summer meal you can make any day of the week. See video demonstration on how to make amazing chicken fajitas on the grill in just a few simple steps.


    Very Michelly fajita marinade

    Recipe ingredients listed below are for the marinade only. Recipe makes about 1 cup of marinade - which very generously coats up to 2 lbs of chicken breast.


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  • Loaded Potato Skins

    Loaded Potato Skins

    Calories: 216

    These potato skins are filled with center cut bacon, fresh broccoli, sour cream and chives. It's a quick and really tasty lunch you can make on weekends to change things up a bit. Just 5 SmartPoints for 2 halves on Green and Blue, or 3 SmartPoints for 2 halves on Purple. 

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  • Marinara Sauce

    Marinara Sauce

    Calories: 1

    You don't need a lot of effort and ingredients to make a delicious zero point marinara sauce. I make this on meal prep day and use it throughout the week for 2 ingredient dough pizza, raviolis, grilled chicken pizza and other stuff.


    Recipe makes about 10 cups of sauce. Serving size is 1 cup.

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  • Coleslaw


    Calories: 56

    This coleslaw makes a good side dish any time of year. I especially like it with fish.


    Recipe makes 5 servings. Serving size is 1/2 cup. 

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  • Smashed Acorn Squash

    Smashed Acorn Squash

    Calories: 137

    This is an easy, delicious side dish. Recipe makes 2 servings.


    Note for this recipe: Once the acorn squash is cooked, the skin peels right off.

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  • Zucchini & French's Crisp Fried Onions

    Zucchini & French's Crisp Fried Onions

    Calories: 109

    This is a quick, delicious side dish you can make in about 15 minutes. I used the 2.8 oz container of French's Crisp Fried Onions. The entire container is 19 SmarPoints (all plans). I used a 9" x 9" dish to get 9 servings. So each serving comes to 2 Points.



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  • Diced Potatoes, Peppers and Onions

    Diced Potatoes, Peppers and Onions

    Calories: 138

    This is a really tasty and yummy side dish that goes well with fish, beef or chicken. You can even save the leftovers for an omelette the next day. 


    Recipe makes 4 servings. One serving is about 3/4 cup.

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  • Mini Broccoli Cheddar Casseroles

    Mini Broccoli Cheddar Casseroles

    Calories: 130

    Easy to prepare and portion in advance. These delicious little cups of goodness are a great accompaniment to chicken or turkey. 


    Notes for this recipe: The casseroles will expand in the oven, and then sink a little after cooling. These are a bit soft so be sure to let them cool and set before removing them from the cupcake cavities. 


    If you are making these in advance for meal prep, you can store these in a ziplock bag in the freezer. Just be sure to remove the foil layer of the liner before heating in the microwave.

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  • Chickpea Chicken Salad

    Chickpea Chicken Salad

    Calories: 329

    This is a very easy and tasty lunch or side dish. Serve in a pita for lunch, or in a bowl as a side dish.


    Recipe makes 2 servings (about 1 1/4 cups each). 

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  • Zucchini Tots

    Zucchini Tots

    Calories: 88

    These tots are delicious! 2 WW Freestyle Points for 10 tots. Just a fair and honest warning that these are a bit of work for a side dish. You may want to make these on a day you are feeling really ambitious in the kitchen. 


    Recipe makes 4 servings of 10 tots - about 40 tots in total (1 1/2 tsp of the mix per tot).


    *NOTE: If you end up with a different number of tots - adjust the serving size accordingly - or adjust the Points value. The total points value for the entire recipe is 7.

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  • Chili Lime Marinade

    Chili Lime Marinade


    This is a super easy and versatile marinade for chicken, packed with zesty southwest flavors. The entire recipe makes about 1/2 cup and coats about 1.5 lbs of chicken with some juice leftover. 


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  • Mini Quiche - Breakfast Bakes

    Mini Quiche - Breakfast Bakes

    Calories: 115

    These mini breakfast egg bakes double as a crustless quiche that you can have as a side dish. Recipe makes 12 breakfast bakes/mini quiches. Serving size is 1 mini quiche.

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  • Summer Fruit Salad with Pepitas

    Summer Fruit Salad with Pepitas

    Calories: 147

    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.


    Recipe makes 4 one-cup servings.

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  • Roasted Asparagus

    Roasted Asparagus

    Calories: 69

    Just a very simple side dish that goes well with so many things. Or just eat it as a snack by itself. You can cook these in so many ways - the air fryer, toaster oven, regular oven, or just a pan on the stovetop. I used my regular oven for these with just a light spray of oil and seasonings.


    Recipe makes 2 servings. 69 calories - or 1 SmartPoint per serving.

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  • Black Bean & Tomato Salad

    Black Bean & Tomato Salad

    Calories: 68

    This black bean & tomato salad is so versatile. It makes a really tasty dip, side dish, topping on tacos, or just by itself. It really easy to make and zero points for the whole bowl here.


    I enjoy it with Sanissimo Baked Corn Cracker Bites (20 crackers for 2 points). 


    Recipe makes 4 servings. 1 cup per serving.


    WW SmartPoints and nutrition values exclude crackers.

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  • Strawberry Salad

    Strawberry Salad

    Calories: 168

    Super simple, easy and delicious. I made this salad for lunch, along with some grilled chicken and sugar snap peas - but I think it would also make a nice dish to bring to a summer barbecue.


    Recipe makes 2 one-cup servings, but multiply ingredients if you would like a bigger batch. 

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  • Winter Grilled Corn

    Winter Grilled Corn

    Calories: 148

    I found this beautiful fresh (not frozen) corn at the grocery store, so I charred it up in a dry frying pan on medium heat. Spray of olive oil, salt, pepper and some torn fresh basil leaves. So delicious.

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  • Artichokes


    Calories: 246

    I think some people might hesitate to make artichokes because they are not sure what to do with them. But they are so delicious! Especially stuffed. All the points are in the stuffing here, but when paired with a low SmartPoints protein like fish or chicken, it makes a great complete meal. Recipe makes 4 servings.


    When I'm not watching SmartPoints, I drench these in olive oil and use a lot more breadcrumbs and cheese. Just letting you know. :-D  I suppose that's why I need WW.

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  • Toasted Artichoke Hearts

    Toasted Artichoke Hearts

    Calories: 120

    Frozen artichoke hearts - toasted in the toaster oven with olive oil and Everything Bagel Seasoning.


    Recipe makes 2 servings.

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  • Alfredo Sauce

    Alfredo Sauce

    Calories: 55

    This home-made Alfredo sauce is light and creamy with a hint of Parmesan and garlic. Quick and easy to make.


    Recipe makes 8 servings (1/4 cup serving).

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  • Roasted Fall Vegetables

    Roasted Fall Vegetables

    Calories: 149

    Easy and delicious vegetable platter that goes well with almost any main dish (chicken, fish, pork or even beef).


    Recipe makes 4 servings of mixed vegetables.

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  • Champagne Vinaigrette

    Champagne Vinaigrette

    Calories: 52

    This is a very basic, but delicious vinaigrette. It's good on softer lettuces such as mixed baby greens, arugula and spinach. Serving is 2 tbsp. Recipe makes about 3 servings.

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  • Chipotle Lime Dressing

    Chipotle Lime Dressing

    Calories: 41

    This dressing is totally delicious on any kind of fish or taco salad. I use this on Trader Joe's Mahi-mahi burgers, shrimp tacos, chicken taco salad and with Panko Crusted fish. Recipe makes 2 servings.

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  • Balsamic Vinaigrette

    Balsamic Vinaigrette

    Calories: 72

    This home made balsamic is easy to mix up and super delicious. Recipe makes 4 servings (2 tbsp per serving).

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  • Ranch Dressing

    Ranch Dressing

    Calories: 42

    A much lighter take on bottled ranch dressing. Still so delicious and creamy. You may never buy store bought ranch again. Recipe makes about 4 servings. 2 tablespoons per serving.

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  • Teriyaki Sauce

    Teriyaki Sauce

    Calories: 42

    This teriyaki sauce is delicious with chicken, pork or salmon. Recipe makes 4 servings. 2 tbsp per serving.

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  • Sesame Ginger Dressing

    Sesame Ginger Dressing

    Calories: 63

    Great on salads and chicken. Dressing recipe makes about 6 servings. 2 tbsp per serving. For the sesame oil, Sushi Chef brand is superior to other sesame oils I have tried. It has a black label and can be found in the Asian section of most grocery stores. You can also find Tamari soy sauce in this section.

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  • Tzaziki Sauce

    Tzaziki Sauce

    Calories: 39

    Use this creamy tzaziki sauce on greek wraps, salads or as a dip. Recipe makes 3 servings (2 tbsp for a serving).

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  • Fresh Pico De Gallo

    Fresh Pico De Gallo

    Calories: 36

    Fresh pico de gallo goes well with so many different things such as fajitas, tacos, salads and chips.


    Recipe makes four servings (1/2 cup serving).

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