Healthy, easy recipes by Weight Watchers

Updated: 08/15/2014 1:01 PM
Created: 08/15/2014 10:51 AM WNYT.com
By: WNYT Staff

You don't need to spend hours in the kitchen to prepare a healthy meal for your family.

Lynn Pauly from Weight Watchers joins us now.

Linguine with White Bean Puttanesca


6 ounces of whole wheat linguine

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 onion, chopped

3 garlic cloves, minced

1 teaspoon dried oregano

¼ teaspoon dried red pepper flakes

1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes

12 pimiento-stuffed olives, sliced

1 tablespoon drained capers, chopped

1 (15.5 ounce) can small white beans, rinsed and drained

¼ teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley


1)      Cook linguine according to package directions, omitting salt if desired; drain and place in large serving bowl.

2)      Meanwhile, heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat.  Add onion, garlic, oregano and crushed red pepper flakes; cook, stirring occasionally, until onion softens, 2-3 minutes.  Stir in tomatoes, olives, and capers; simmer, stirring occasionally, until sauce thickens, 6-7 minutes.  Add beans and salt; cook until heated through, about 1 minute.

3)      Pour beans and sauce over linguine, sprinkle with parsley and serve at once.

Per serving (1 ½ cups): 324 Cal, 6 g Total Fat, 1 g Sat Fat, 0 g Trans Fat, 0 mg Chol, 897 mg Sod, 57 g Total Carb, 10 g Fib, 15 g Prot, 139 mg CalcPPV: 8


Mixed Melon with Honeyed Ricotta


2 cups fat-free ricotta cheese

1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon honey

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

4 cups cubed cantaloupe

4 cups cubed honeydew

4 cups cubed watermelon

¼ cup toasted wheat germ


1)      Stir together ricotta, honey, vanilla, and nutmeg in medium bowl. Toss together cantaloupe, honeydew, and watermelon in large bowl; divide evenly among 4 dessert dishes.

2)      Spoon ricotta mixture evenly over fruit and sprinkle evenly with wheat germ.

PER SERVING (3 cups melon cubes, ½ cup ricotta mixture, and 1 tablespoon wheat germ): 211 Cal, 1 g Total Fat, 0 g Sat Fat, 0 g Trans Fat, 8 mg Chol, 101 mg Sod, 38 g Total Carb, 3 g Fib, 14 g Prot, 159 mg CalcPPV: 5


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