December is always the most difficult month to stay focused on my Weight Watchers plan. Be it the extra stress of the holidays, more friends and family over, or just the temptations of tasty treats and sumptuous meals that I always find myself face-to-face with.
I try to combat the urge to splurge on extra points by keeping amazing WW-friendly recipes that I can turn to when I host a party or cook for family and friends.
These are my 10 favorite recipes that I prepare every holiday season.
I have made the cheesy bread Christmas tree for several years running and it will always be a favorite of mine because it is so easy to prepare and it is such a comfort food that only runs 5 points per serving. Be sure to look for the reduced-fat Pillsbury crescent rolls. The taste is minimal but saves you a few WW points.
Tex-Mex is always amazing and that shouldn't change because it's December, right? Try this 0-Point chili if you find you need a little extra after a day out shopping or shoveling snow. It is filling but in all the right ways. The corn and black beans are layered with protein and mixed with a seasoned tomato sauce to create a perfect chili base and drop on a slice of avocado is pure bliss.
I make this holiday French toast all year long, but it's undeniably a perfect December breakfast dish everyone will be sure to love and ask for more. This breakfast casserole is packed with flavor and finishes off so nicely with a smack of nutmeg and cinnamon that will warm your soul. It is also a great way to start your morning without blowing through your daily points allotment.
For those who have followed DrizzleMeSkinny, you know I love Buffalo Chicken and go out of my way to dress just about everything in a nice Buffalo sauce. If you are just finding Drizzle, thank you and welcome! BTW, I love Buffalo chicken and this wrap is a lunchtime staple of mine because it is refreshing and filling and I use a homemade ranch that brings the flavor to a whole new level.
Yes, the points are on the higher side, but you can save a few of those by using a lighter tortilla (or making it a lettuce wrap) and removing the cheese.
My slow cooker stew is a quintessential December recipe perfect for a cold day when you don't want to spend too much time preparing a meal and would rather set it and forget it. The creaminess of this stew with chunks of potato and veggies will leave you feeling full and will feel like a meal with more points than you are spending. It is a total winner!
Dishes that require shredded chicken are always some of my favorites because it's so easy to pick up a rotisserie chicken from the store (Costco, anyone?) but I also respect home-cooked chicken breast! This creamy 2-point chili is divine with a rich undertone of spices mixed with milky broth that cures any wintertime ailments.
Another one of my all-time favorite dishes is the homemade hamburger helper which is a creamy and cheesy pasta that I think could go toe-to-toe with any comfort dish out there. Another reason I love making this recipe, it is only 30 minutes from start to finish, so if you have a starving household, you can whip it up and have smiles on everyone's faces in the time it takes to watch a Friends episode.
These fritters are versatile and can be whipped up for just about any occasion. I use them as appetizers during the holiday season as well as a nice lunch or even as a side for supper. They are very low effort but rewarding in the taste department. At 1 point per serving, these tasty fritters are a great go-to recipe for any WW fans (My non-Weight Watchers family members love them too).
If I had to rank all my recipes, the taco fiesta casserole would be a top 3 because it has everything I love in a dish. Tex-Mex flavors, ground beef, cheese, and of course my crescent dough I love to use.
It is also incredibly easy to prepare and it stores well so I can reheat later and enjoy my leftovers.
What December recipe list would this be without a taste holiday dessert recipe? My Facebook friends requested this one and I am so happy I did because they are now one of my favorite holiday treats that I will make every year.
Plus they are only 2 points per serving. I can never get enough peppermint crumble and these cheesecake bites have a soft and delicate first bite with just a magical peppermint crunch to finish.
I hope you can create some of my favorite December recipes and share them with those you hold dear this holiday season. Comment below if you make them and let me know what you think. Or share some of your favorite holiday recipes.
Cheers and Happy Holidays!