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This lightened Bolognese version still has a good helping of lean ground beef and a big boost of flavor from bacon, fennel, and Parmesan cheese. WW: 6 Points.
Low cal version! I prefer this with ground beef but 1 pound raw lean beef tenderloin, trimmed of all visible fat and cut into 21⁄2-inch strips can be substituted. You can put this over 4 cups of rice, egg noodles, quinoa or whatever fits your dietary needs. Enjoy!
Points: 7. Made with Brown Rice Pasta. "We cut fat and calories from this recipe by substituting half of the ground beef with meaty-textured, high-fiber beans."
Found at specialty stores like PCC
This is a recipe my mother-in-law makes. It comes out to 11 Weight Watchers but you get a full 8oz steak! The suggested side of rice is not included in the calorie count.
8 points. Honey-sweetened beef stew, also known as tzimmes, is a classic Jewish recipe. Toss all the ingredients into a slow cooker for a fabulous, no-fuss holiday meal.
1 Point. Indulge your sweet tooth by biting into crisp mini chocolate cookies packed with melted pockets of chocolate chips.
Put this creamy classic back on your dinner menu by cutting fat while upping flavor. Bon Appétit!
6 Points. We gave our creole extra sizzle by using hot, smoked Spanish paprika. If you can't find it, use ground, smoked chili powder instead.
5 Points. Pounding the chops to 1⁄4-inch thickness cuts the cooking time.
5 points. Your Memorial Day guests will savor the flavor of these juicy burgers. Keep the calories down by using extra-lean meat and increasing flavor with lots of fat-free seasonings.
6 Points. This is a really easy minestrone! The only prep work is thawing out the ground turkey and that's only if you get frozen. It makes a lot and can be frozen too.
6 Points. We lightened up this traditional Greek dish by using extra-lean ground beef instead of lamb. And for a rich, creamy sauce with minimal fat, we used evaporated skim milk.
6 Points. Chili is easy party food. Just leave the pot on the stove over low heat (or in a slow cooker) and offer a variety of toppings on the side: chopped scallions, low-fat shredded cheddar and reduced-calorie sour cream.*
7 Points. Prepare this dish on the weekend when you have time to let it simmer. Reheat leftovers for a quick, satisfying meal.
7 Points. This warming casserole can be made ahead, tightly wrapped and frozen until needed. Perfect for hectic holiday times!
4 points. Need a break from classic chicken salad? This tasty version is chockfull of vegetables and beans, and then spiked with cumin and chili powder.
This is SO good you won't even know what to do with yourself!
7 Points. Serve this beef and vegetable stir-fry with steamed brown rice for a complete meal.
5 Points. Simmering poultry in fat-free liquid is a moist, low calorie way to flavor food. Experiment with other types of broths and juices, too.
5 Points. Here's a fall warmer, a dish that's sure to get everyone to the table the minute it comes out of the oven.
8 points. Really just a free-form lasagna. Our kids love this recipe and we love that it cooks while we're not home.
10 points. Using Sunflower Seed Butter makes this safe for those with peanut and tree nut allergies. If you can't find beef sirloin for this dish, choose another lean cut of meat such as flank, London broil, or tenderloin.
2 points. Allergy free when sunflower seed butter is used instead of nut butters.
4 Points. Peanutty satay sauce is typically loaded with fat. We substituted a few ingredients to lighten ours up without sacrificing any of its bold flavor.
Great for picnics and potlucks! So easy and quick to make! I prefer to make this the night before in a large zip lock baggie and store it in the fridge overnight to let all the flavors mix together. Trust me, there won't be any leftovers!
4 Points. This traditional Mexican-inspired dish is deliciously different. We love the use of polenta in place of tortillas.
6 Points. These tacos are a Hungry Girl creation. If you're a taco lover she says that "You'll FREAK over these!!!"
Pumpking Pie Mix adds a healthy and naturally low fat sweetness to up the nutritional value of this traditional breakfast food.
6 Points. Tender chunks of chicken coated with tangy mushroom sauce served over wide egg noodles make a hearty meal.
Weight Watchers. 7 points.
3 Points. Make use of summer's best vegetables with this curry courtesy of WeightWatchers.co.uk.
6 Points. Don't rely on your local pizzeria for this rich-tasting Italian specialty. These are so easy and can be customized to suit your tastes - for far less than the pizzeria's "50 cents per topping." Try adding steamed chopped spinach or diced reduced-fat ham.
6 Points. These cheesy enchiladas are stuffed to the max with the tasty flavors of chicken, scallions and red pepper flakes. Serve with spicy or mild salsa.
7 Points. These kebabs are best made outdoors on a grill, but they can also be broiled for about 3 to 4 minutes on each side.
6 Points. Cobb salad can be a weight-loss nightmare. But make our simple substitutions and you'll enjoy the same flavors for far fewer calories.
6 Points. You can enjoy this Asian classic once again by sauteing it, instead of deep-frying it. Serve it over rice to sop up every drop of the sauce.
6 Points. Our lean, chili-spiced beef is the perfect filler for all your Mexican cooking needs. Try it in burritos, quesadillas or over baked tortilla chips.
6 Points. Use extra-lean ground turkey to help keep the fat down in this zesty, quick-cooking sandwich. Opt for a tangy barbecue sauce for extra flavor.
Enjoy this rich, classic favorite with fewer calories. Trim the cooking time by using a pre-cooked chicken, available at your deli counter.
Mexican cuisine, notorious for greasy, cheese-laden meals, doesn't have to be crossed off your list. We remade this classic by using reduced-fat cheeses and filling it out with vegetables.