Like so many people I know, I’m trying to eat a little healthier during this new year. So when I heard about the new cookbook, Weight Watchers What To Cook Now, I was definitely interested in reviewing it! Not only did I receive a review copy, the publisher, St. Martin’s Press, is also providing a giveaway copy! I’ll tell you a little about the book and share a recipe from it with you, and then be sure to enter the giveaway by leaving a comment–see the end of this post for details on how to win!
This cookbook has more than 300 new recipes and lots of color photos. There’s a wonderful variety of great-sounding recipes to choose from–meals and desserts that your whole family can enjoy. And they look easy to prepare, too. All recipes include nutritional information and the Weight Watcher PointsPlus® values so those of you in Weight Watchers can easily keep track of your points. Even if you’re not in Weight Watches, though, I’m sure these recipes would appeal to any of you who are wanting to eat lighter and healthier.
The book starts out with tips and helpful information on good nutrition, the well-stocked pantry, must-have kitchen tools, food safety, and choosing and preparing fresh fruits and veggies. Then you’ll find recipes organized in the following chapters: Breakfasts and Brunches; Lunches; Appetizers and Snacks; Main Dishes–Beef, Pork, and Lamb; Main Dishes–Poultry; Main Dishes–Seafood; Main Dishes-Vegetarian; 20-Minute Main Dishes; Side Dishes; and Sweets. So there’s lots to choose from! Here are some recipes I’d like to try…
- Coconut-Almond French Toast with Tropical Fruit
- Asian Burgers with Honey-Lime Slaw
- Spinach and Endive Salad with Walnut Vinaigrette
- Italian Beef and Mushroom Meat Loaf
- Brown Sugar-Dijon Glazed Ham with Sweet Potatoes
- Maple-Glazed Grilled Chicken
- Pan-seared Tuna with Citrus-Avocado Salsa
- Warm Mozzarella and Tomato Flatbreads
- Gingery Chicken and Vegetable Stir-Fry
- Garlicky Spinach and Fontina Pizza
- Chocolate Brownie Ice-Cream Sandwiches
For this post, I decided to try the Easy Pantry Minestrone from the Vegetarian section, since I had been wanting to make minestrone this winter. It’s a good, healthy soup with lots of veggies (carrots, onion, celery, zucchini), red beans, and chickpeas. Dried basil also flavors the soup, and you serve it with a teaspoon-size dollop of pre-made refrigerated pesto which also adds nicely to the flavor!
EASY PANTRY MINESTRONE from Weight Watchers What To Cook Now
Makes 6 servings
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 2 carrots, halved lengthwise and sliced
- 1 celery stalk, sliced
- 1 onion, diced
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 7 cups reduced-sodium vegetable broth
- 1 (15.5-ounce) can red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 (15.5-ounce) can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
- 1 cup whole wheat macaroni or other small pasta (uncooked)
- 2 teaspoons dried basil
- 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes, drained
- 1 small zucchini, chopped
- 2 Tablespoons refrigerated basil pesto
Heat oil in Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add carrots, celery, and onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, 30 seconds.
Add broth, kidney beans, chickpeas, macaroni, and basil and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, partially covered, 10 minutes. Stir in tomatoes and zucchini and simmer until pasta and vegetables are very tender, 10 minutes longer. Ladle into bowls and top each with 1 teaspoon pesto.
PER SERVING (1 bowl): 307 Cal, 6 g Total Fat, Og Trans Fat, 1 mg Chol, 876 mg Sod, 53 g Carb, 10 g Fib, 14 g Prot, 120 mg Calc.
PointsPlus value: 8
I really like the dollop of pesto–it gives the soup an extra little zing of flavor when you stir it in!
THE GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED! Congratulations to commentor #8, Aline, for winning the book!
Now for the Giveaway…if you’d like to enter to win a copy of Weight Watchers What To Cook Now, leave a comment on this blog post between now and Wednesday, January 22, at 10 p.m. (CST)–the random drawing will be made from the comments on this post only! The winner will be chosen randomly via Random.org and announced on Thursday evening, January 23. Winner will be notified via email (if winner does not respond in 3 days, I’ll do another drawing). Giveaway limited to readers in the Continental U.S. and Canada.
First entry: Leave a comment on this post–it would be great to hear what your favorite healthy dish is!
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Sounds delicious. I love the idea of the pesto!
The soup looks yummy. I’m going to try it. What a nice giveaway!
Soup looks scrumptious. Will try it tomorrow. Appreciate the cals, carb, etc. counts. Since my husband was diagnosed with diabetes, we have cut portions, watching cal, carbs, etc and the Dr said keep up the good work, numbers are good. Thanks for the great recipes, inspirational thoughts, hints, craft ideas and all the good stuff on your site. Would love to win the cookbook especially to help us to continue to keep eating healthy.
My favorite healthy recipe is my veggie frittata made with a few full eggs, but mostly egg whites.
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very nice !
I can’t wait to try this recipe. Looks delicious.
Great soup for this time of year, and easy because basic ingredients are on hand. .Look forward to each and every email from you.
Looks delicious. I will be making this today!!:)
I love minestrone but I have never made it. This recipe is something I am definitely going to try.
Soup is definitely a main-stay here during the winter and this looks wonderful!
My favorite healthy thing to eat is grilled zucchini!
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I love minestrone! It’s one of my favorite soups.
This looks wonderful! Pure comfort for what is going to turn out to be a very very cold day!! I think this might be dinner tonight. The pesto just puts this over the top!
I rarely try new recipes that don’t show the nutritional breakdown. Makes healthy eating much easier.
Funny, a little dollop of prepared pesto is exactly how I enjoy a bowl of minestrone. Enjoy your week!
Sounds like a great cookbook! I just started weight watchers last week so I will have to try your soup recipe!
…and I just signed up, so here’s my second post! Nancy, I love the way you write, it’s so personable and with lots of detail that is so helpful.
The only thing “sweeter” than Nancy’s recipes is Nancy herself!
Really enjoyed browsing thru your blog and will be making several of the recipes you shared! And I definitely agree with comments shared above on the quality of your postings.
I just started Weight Watcher too and want to try new foods. Right now my favorite snack is the Weight Watchers Jalapeno String Cheese only 1 point and pretzels. Yummy!
Looks like a great cookbook!
Love getting your emails as I have made several of your yummy recipes!
I needed some new ideas for dinner – that Minestrone sounds great. I think I even have everything I need at home. I love recipes like that!
It is so difficult to make good and healthy changes to our diet on a consistent basis. This cookbook is a great way to start, the dishes sound wonderful!
Great soup for this time of year, and easy!
I love grilled asparagus! And a nice simple refreshing tomato, onion, and avocado salad 🙂
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Recipe looks delicious and so does the cookbook. I’d love to have a copy!
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