When Weight Watchers revealed their Freestyle program in the US, I have to admit that I was a little nervous about it. I wasn’t sure how it would work, if it would work and the idea of updating all my recipes made me want to squirm. But I think the new program will work well, as long as you don’t over-indulge in the new zero point foods.
Trying to come up with new recipes to make (no matter what kind of cook you are) can be a challenge. Meal prepping and meal planning take time and energy, and sometimes it’s not worth it or doesn’t work that week.
These ten easy Weight Watchers Freestyle recipes below have all been updated to include the new Freestyle points (Blue plan), and are all easy to make.
Ten Easy Weight Watchers Freestyle Recipes:
This recipe is one of the most popular recipes on Dash of Herbs and it’s only 3 Freestyle points per serving (it used to be 8 Freestyle points per serving). It’s one of the easiest recipes you will ever make for yourself and your family. Even the kids will love it.
If you don’t have an Instant Pot, don’t worry! You could make this in the slow cooker instead (add the beans and corn near the end of the cooking).
Common Instant Pot Questions:
As with all new kitchen appliances, there was hesitation. However, after reading the user manual. This helped me tremendously in feeling more comfortable learning to use it. I was still hesitant, but the manual helped to make me feel more comfortable.
The manual has a very simple easy “test” to complete to help you learn how to use it. And while there are still things I am not 100% sure how to do, I feel so much better with my Instant Pot now.
These are the 2 ways to release the pressure from the Instant Pot.
Quick release will begin to release the pressure immediately. To start a quick release, you can turn to nob on the lid from “Sealing” to “Venting”
Natural release will naturally release the pressure from the Instant Pot. This process can take a while to fully release the pressure, but typically takes between 10-15 minutes to complete.
Either option will work for any of my recipes, but I typically use Quick releases. I mainly use a Quick release because that means I can eat my food quicker!
Yes, you can definitely combine the two options. An easy way to do this is to do a Natural release for about 5 minutes and then a Quick release for the remaining pressure.
To me, the easiest way to to know the difference is that Sauté mode is only used when the lid is off. If the lid is on and locked into place, Manual mode can be used.
Sauté mode is one of my favorite features of the Instant Pot because it lets you sauté or brown anything before you cook it. This means that you can truly use only 1 pot for most of your meals since you can cook those onions, garlic, or whatever before you lock the lid and set it to manual mode.
Manual mode is where you can choose the different cooking times (these are the times that it takes to cook the food AFTER it has come up to pressure). The manual has a great guide for setting cooking times based on what you are making.
If I am ever in doubt, I will use the manual and look up the meat or main item. This will give me a great guide to use for how long to cook something. It also can help detail if it’s fresh or frozen meat or dry beans. The manual is amazing.
The pressure gauge is located on the lid near the Venting/Sealing nozzle. When the Instant Pot comes to pressure and is cooking your dish, the pressure gauge will be UP. This means that the Instant Pot is at pressure.
Make sure the pressure gauge is DOWN before you open the lid. You should be able to hear a pop sound when it goes back down. This means that you can safely open the lid and enjoy your meal.
Breakfast foods can get boring when you are on a diet, but it doesn’t have to be. These skinny french toast muffins are fantastic, healthy and perfect for a grab and go breakfast. The best part? They are only 2 Freestyle points per muffin on Weight Watchers (without the maple syrup added).
This recipe is a great idea to meal prep on a Sunday for the week ahead.
If you have kids, you know how difficult it can be to cook something they might actually eat. This kid friendly baked sweet and sour chicken is perfect for those kids who might be picky or don’t always want to eat your meals. Who has time these days to make 2 meals for yourself and your kids? Nobody! This is only 5 Freestyle points per serving.
Oh, this soup is fantastic and fairly easy to make. It’s perfect for when you are craving some greens and only 2 Freestyle points per serving. This spicy soup is perfect and easy to make. Chop the veggies on a Sunday to meal prep so then you just have to throw the ingredients together and cook it. That’s basically how easy this soup is to make.
I loved it with rice too, because it made it heartier and kept me fuller longer.
If you are craving Italian food, try this easy slow cooker spaghetti sauce recipe. It’s really chunky, healthy and includes a secret ingredient that you don’t typically find in spaghetti sauces. The best part is that you are making it yourself, so there is no added sugars that are found in store bought sauces. It’s only 2 Freestyle points per serving.
Making spaghetti sauce in the slow cooker is one of the things that kept me going when I was a new mom. It’s easy to throw together and doesn’t take much prep ahead of time. It’s a win-win and you can freeze some for another time.
Breakfast is one of the most important meals you will ever eat throughout the day. To make it even easier on you, here is a recipe that you can make for just 1 person and it’s only 1 Freestyle point per serving.
I know remembering to cook breakfast is a challenge, but it doesn’t have to be, because this recipe is easy to make. You can throw this together quickly (even for those new moms who have no time at all).
These tacos are packed with flavor and so easy to make using your Instant Pot. If you don’t have an Instant Pot, I have to tell you that you will need to buy one soon because it’s truly the best small appliance you will ever own. These tacos are only 4 Freestyle points per serving.
If you need help figuring out your Instant Pot, check out this great guide (affiliate link). Don’t forget to use code “dash” to get $5 off!
The months can finally be spent without turning on the stove with these easy chicken salad sandwiches recipe. It’s a quick lunch recipe that you can throw together super fast for a week day lunch or dinner recipe. It’s only 3 Freestyle point per serving.
Let’s slow down the hectic days by creating easy, healthy recipes. This slow cooker chicken and tomato orzo recipe is just that – it takes about 30 minutes to complete after the chicken is cooked. It’s only 4 Freestyle points per serving…and a hearty meal that will fill you up quickly.
When you don’t have time to cook dinner, try this slow cooker easy beef stew recipe. All you have to do is chop a few veggies (you can do this the night before), and dump everything into the slow cooker. Cook for 6-8 hours and a delicious dinner will be on your table when you get home from work. This is 3 Freestyle points per serving on Weight Watchers, 1 cup.