Monday, July 23, 2018

Zero Point Weight Watcher Dinner





I made a zero point ( Weight Watcher's)  vegan dinner. What does zero points mean? 

The latest Weight Watcher's program is called "Freestyle".  Most women can eat 23 points per day and lose weight. However, there are foods like vegetables, fruits, beans, and ( white meat chicken which I don't eat of course being vegetarian)  that have a zero point value and are not counted as part of my 23 points.

I challenged myself to see if I could come up with a full dinner that was zero points.
Impossible? Not with the Weight Watcher's Freestyle plan.

The chick peas and the kohlrabi slaw were leftovers from the night before, so I simply assembled this healthy gluten free, high fiber meal. It was simple but tasty. 
It consisted of: 
  1. Chickpeas ( and all beans ) are zero points 
  2. Cauliflower rice ( and all non starchy veggies ) are zero points
  3. Spinach is zero points ( 2 cups) 
  4. My Homemade kohlrabi carrot slaw without the raisins is zero points


This meal was enough for me, but if you want more points and a slightly heavier meal, you could add a baked potato or baked sweet potato and count the extra points.


I left out the raisins for this zero point WW dinner


1. I made the chickpeas in my Instant Pot. I soaked 2 cups of dried chickpeas in advance so I was able to pressure cook them for just 20 minutes in my Instant Pot-If I did not soak them, I would need to cook them for 40 minutes in the Instant Pot.   I released the steam manually according to the manufacture's directions.. I  used 8 cups water, salt and 2 bay leaves. 

 Of course, if you do not want to make your own chickpeas, use canned chick peas.

2. Cauliflower rice- I purchased frozen organic cauliflower rice from Trader Joe's. Frozen cauliflower rice is also available in most supermarkets from Birds Eye or Hanover brands. I used a large skillet. You could either sautee the cauliflower rice in 1/2 cup of vegetable broth or use olive oil spray. I saute until the liquid evaporates about 4-5 minutes and I stir occasionally. Salt and pepper to taste.

3. I cook the frozen spinach in a large skillet in 1/2 cup of vegetable broth or olive oil spray. I sautee until it's ready to eat ( about 6 minutes)

Sometimes I cook the spinach and cauliflower rice together like in the photo and saute for 6-7 minutes. I add salt and cracked pepper generously.

4.I make my delicious  kohlrabi carrot slaw but I omit the raisins because a mere 1/2 cup of raisins is 6 points!!

Pressure cooked in my Instant Pot in 20 minutes ( after soaking my dried chick peas)










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18 comments:

  1. Totally right up my alley, I love everything about this healthy meal.

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    1. Angie,
      I hesitated to post it because it looks so simple. But it was really good !!

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  2. I dice my own cauliflower.
    Yikes you have this and I have GF pastry this week!

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    1. I used to do that - the frozen is so good I just use it

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  3. Wow! Great job an excellent zero-point dinner! I love my pressure cooker for beans (chickpeas).

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    1. Thanks Beth.. the pressure cooker is the best

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  4. Good to know that chickpeas have zero points! Who would have guessed?

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    1. Yes, on the new Freestyle plan all beans are zero points

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  5. Looks like a light but satisfying dinner and pretty amazing that it is zero points! I like how you cooked the cauliflower rice and spinach together too--I need to remember to do that. ;-)

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    1. I do like the combination - they are a nice contrast

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  6. Good on you! Much healthier than I can manage. Cheers from Carole's Chatter

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    1. Well, I am a vegetarian and this is what we eat

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    1. Thanks Marg.. I appreciate your visit and comment

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  8. I love the cauliflower rice from Trader Joes...and this is a such a great meal Judee...super healthy and nutritious.
    I hope you are having a great weekend!

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  9. The organic frozen cauliflower from Trader Joe's is my favorite too. But I don't get there often enough because it is 25 minutes away..

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  10. I still convert the foods into points, even though I haven't been on WW in ages. But it helped me lose a lot of weight as did going vegetarian. Now I eat chicken here and there but mostly a veg diet. Healthier!

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    1. Sometimes I think the converting everything to points was better.

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