5 Very Easy Vegan Weight Watchers Recipes

Ah, January. The month of so much optimism and new beginnings, and also the month of restriction for so many. After the excesses of last year, I’m one of the many thousands of people who are on a diet and trying not to drink in January. I used to find the motivation to watch what I eat came very easily, but in the last few years I’ve started to think there has to be more to life. Cooking, eating and drinking are the source of so much happiness and enjoyment for me. I find it hard to restrict myself, even though I would really like to lose weight. Ignore my profile pic to the right – I’ve put on over 3 stone since meeting Sean! I’m very happy, but would like to be able to fit into my smaller clothes again.

So, while we are doing Weight Watchers (it always works for me) I want to find ways to enjoy my favourite foods without jeopardising my progress, so I came up with these vegan Weight Watchers recipes. They’re perfect for when I want to indulge in my favourite meals, and they’re great if you’re vegan, just doing Veganuary, or doing Weight Watchers.

I love being able to take the time to cook a nice meal in my kitchen. It’s the most relaxing thing I can do to take a break from my computer. You may know that I work from home entirely now, so it’s easy to just sit at my desk all day barely moving. My kitchen is my escape from the screen, as well as my emails and my to do list. I just come downstairs, stick some music on or watch a YouTube video while I prepare a nice meal. I don’t claim to be a fantastic cook but I do love experimenting and trying out new recipes. With my focus on health in the New Year, I’ve switched out many of the less healthy ingredients and am going back to basics with fresh vegetables, lean vegan protein and my favourite grains and pulses.

Here are five vegan Weight Watchers recipes to help you enjoy cooking and even dieting this month.

Vegan Tortilla Pizzas

My pizza obsession reached new heights in 2017 and now it’s the number one thing I crave when I want junk food. Unfortunately it’s not the healthiest of foods, but it is possible to make healthy alternatives at home. These tortilla pizzas are so easy to make, take hardly any time to bake, and taste really good.

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Ingredients (makes four pizzas):

4 Flour Tortillas

8 tbsps Tomato Puree

1 Red Onion

25g Sun Dried Tomatoes

20g Black Olives (sliced)

Cherry Tomatoes

Rocket

For the vegan parmesan:

35g Cashews

1 Tsp Nutritional Yeast (I use this one)

Pinch of Salt

1 Tsp Garlic Powder

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First make the vegan parmesan. It’s so easy because all you need to do is blend the ingredients together. I use my Nutribullet which blends everything to a fine crumb texture just like parmesan. The nutritional yeast gives it a cheesy flavour.

Assemble the pizzas by spreading tomato puree on the tortillas. You can then load them up with your toppings. I did two pizzas with just red onion, olives and cherry tomatoes, and the other two with red onion and sun dried tomatoes. Bake them in the oven at 180 degrees for 6 – 8 minutes, depending on how crispy you want the tortillas to be.

Once they’re out, sprinkle with rocket or the vegan parmesan. You can add a little drizzle of oil too.

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These make a lovely light lunch, and they’re a good way to use up leftover veggies which are of course free on Weight Watchers. Other toppings you could use are falafel, roasted butternut squash, roasted vegetables, artichokes, figs, vegan cheese, and vegan pesto.

Weight Watchers SmartPoints: 15 for two pizzas

Vegan Roast Dinner (Whole Roasted Cauliflower & Trimmings)

Life wouldn’t be the same without roast potatoes. I usually use gallons of oil when I make roasties, and go for a pie or nut roast with them. I decided to experiment using spray oil instead, and swapping the pie for roasted cauliflower. It worked really well.

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Ingredients (serves two):

1 Whole Cauliflower

Spray Oil (I used FryLight)

500g Potatoes, peeled

2 Turnips

Brussels Sprouts

Carrots

20g Gravy Granules (I used Bisto Favourite which is suitable for vegans)

40g Paxo Sage & Onion Stuffing Mix (also suitable for vegans)

Garlic Powder

Salt & Pepper

Preheat the oven to 220 degrees. While the potatoes are parboiling, prepare the cauliflower by spraying it with the oil and then sprinkling with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Put it on a baking tray and in the oven (I cooked mine for 45 minutes. You can also parboil it before and cook it for less time for a softer inside).

I peeled the turnips and cut them into chunks. I mixed these with the boiled potatoes, now drained, in a bowl with some Frylight. Then I put these in the oven in a roasting dish. I used turnips because they are free on Weight Watchers and are similar to roast potatoes, but bring the points value down.

Prepare the stuffing according to the instructions, spray the carrots and sprouts and then put everything in the oven to roast together. Make the gravy at the last minute.

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The whole cauliflower is a nice low calorie alternative with a roast dinner. It slices up a bit like a cake, and is really tasty. The garlic powder gives it a crunchy texture on the outside, but it’s soft in the middle.

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Weight Watchers SmartPoints: 12 per person

Vegan Chow Mein

Chow Mein, eaten in one big bowl, is such a great comfort food. You can use the spray oil for this to make a very low calorie version, but I absolutely love the taste of sesame oil when stir frying so measured out some of that. It adds a nice nutty taste to the veggies and noodles.

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Ingredients (serves two):

1 Tbsp Sesame Oil

1 Onion

Ginger

Garlic

1 Carrot

Large Handful Beansprouts

1 Red Chilli (finely sliced)

1 Broccoli Head

2 Packs Ready Cooked Noodles (check they don’t contain egg)

Sprinkle of Sesame Seeds

Soy Sauce

100ml Vegan Stock

Salt & Pepper

Heat oil in a wok or large skillet to a high heat and cook the onions for a couple of minutes. Add the chopped fresh ginger and garlic.

After another minute or so, add the carrot, broccoli and chilli. I cooked these for 3 – 4 mins and then finally added bean sprouts and tomatoes, along with the cooked noodles. Splash in some soy sauce and the stock, then season with salt and pepper. After a minute or two, transfer to a bowl and garnish with sesame seeds. So quick and easy!

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Weight Watchers SmartPoints: 10 per person (8 if using spray oil and not sesame oil)

Check out two Japanese noodles dishes I made recently using edamame and soybean noodles for a change.

Vegan Thai Red Curry & Fried Rice

This is another recipe that’s really easy to make, and another way to use up any vegetables you have.

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Ingredients (serves two):

1 Onion

Garlic

Ginger

1 Red Chilli

FryLight

150g Quorn Vegan Pieces

Any veggies you want (I used cauliflower, cabbage and green beans)

1 Can Water chestnuts

1 Can Low Fat Coconut Milk

70g Thai Red Curry Paste (check it’s vegan)

Brown Rice (for ease I used a microwaveable pack)

Spring Onions

Soy Sauce

Coriander

Salt

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Fry the chopped onion, then add garlic, ginger and the Quorn. I then added the veggies and water chestnuts and stir fried them for around 5 minutes. Add the curry paste. Fry for 2-3 mins then add the coconut milk and turn it down to simmer. Meanwhile cook your rice (or use the microwave rice packet like I did) and fry the spring onions and chilli. Add the rice and some soy sauce to the spring onions and chilli, and fry for a couple of minutes. Garnish with coriander.

You could also add things like chickpeas, sweet potato, butternut squash, tofu, or potatoes to keep it vegan.

Weight Watchers SmartPoints: 14 per person

Vegan Naked Burritos (& Homemade Lemonade)

A naked burrito is like the deconstructed version of a normal burrito, without the flour tortilla. You can use lots of vegetables and salads, plus refried beans, salsa and all the other Mexican-style trimmings that you want.

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Ingredients (serves two):

1 Carton Ready-Cooked Black Beans

6 Linda McCartney Sausages

Half A Red Onion

Half A Cucumber

Lettuce

Spray Oil

3 Tomatoes

Jalapenos

Salsa

Garlic Puree

Coriander

Lime Juice

Salt & Pepper

These refried beans are very easy to make. They’re not the most photogenic of food, but they do taste gorgeous. Fry the black beans on a very low heat, adding some spray oil and garlic puree. They will be ready in about 20 minutes. Cook the sausages as per the instructions (around 15 minutes in the oven). I like the Linda McCartney sausages (the original plain version) because they are suitable for vegans and are one of the tastiest vegetarian and vegan sausages I’ve found. You could also use Quorn pieces instead for an almost zero point meal.

Make a pico de gallo by chopping tomatoes and red onion, then mixing them together with as many chopped jalapenos as you want, plus lime juice, salt and coriander. It’s a lovely salsa. I serve everything up on a bed of lettuce, with some cucumber and tomato salsa.

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Weight Watchers SmartPoints: 10 per person

You can of course roll the ingredients in a tortilla to make a burrito, but don’t forget to count the extra points.

This homemade lemonade is really easy to make too. It’s just cold water (still or sparkling), fresh lemon juice and stevia to sweeten it to taste. It’s low calorie and low points. Just make sure to track the lemon juice, because it can have points if you’re having a lot of it. If you use only 1 – 2 squeezed lemons, this drink will be zero SmartPoints!

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I hope you have fun in your kitchen too this year. I can’t wait to get my extension because I’ll be able to open my kitchen up into an open plan kitchen and dining room. It will be wonderful to be able to cook while chatting to family and friends, making the whole experience more sociable and even more relaxing.

This post is in association with Britannia Living, who love to bring people together through their love of food and cooking.

I would love to hear your own versions of vegan Weight Watchers recipes too if you have any you can share with me. Let me know what you think of these recipes too!

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14 Comments

  1. Carly Belsey
    January 15, 2018 / 11:36 am

    Im loving the sound of the vegan roast dinner. Im not actually vegan but I am vegetarian and this is a fab idea for a roast dinner.

  2. Rachel Atkinson
    January 15, 2018 / 2:53 pm

    Yum yum

  3. Fiona jk42
    January 16, 2018 / 10:07 pm

    thanks for posting these recipes, I especially like the sound of the chow mein.

  4. Tiffeny Brown
    January 20, 2018 / 10:53 am

    All of these look and sound delicious and I will definitely be working my way through the recipes! The tortilla pizza caught my eye in particular 🙂 x

  5. Jane
    January 27, 2018 / 1:53 pm

    Love the sound of all of these, totally going to give them a try.

  6. Tess D
    January 28, 2018 / 1:01 pm

    some great recipes here -having a go at the Pizza’s tomorrow

  7. Maya Russell
    January 29, 2018 / 8:34 am

    They all look delicious. I like the pizza especially.

  8. Lynda Graham
    January 30, 2018 / 9:01 pm

    Must try the whole cauliflower – sounds easy and tasty

  9. Katrina Adams
    February 3, 2018 / 4:03 pm

    Amazing recipes! I love the look of the pizza – this is my major dieting weakness. I’ll be adding these onto the weekly menu to give them a try for sure.

  10. Ritchie Dee
    February 3, 2018 / 9:41 pm

    I’m going to try the Chow Mein

  11. Carol Thomas
    February 3, 2018 / 11:33 pm

    I am not vegan however do like creating food and do use vegan/vegetarian ‘recipes

  12. A S,Edinburgh
    February 6, 2018 / 12:21 am

    Wonderful ideas; thanks for posting the recipes!

  13. Kayleigh Watkins
    February 10, 2018 / 10:22 pm

    I need to start dieting again, my daughter is 11 months old now and I haven’t lost any of my baby weight, in fact I’ve probably gained a few pounds since I’ve had her, these recipes sound lovely, I much prefer a diet where I don’t feel like I’m giving up everything, I did lose weight with Slimming World after having my now 13 year old son xxx

  14. Jayne T
    February 15, 2018 / 12:40 am

    Thanks for sharing these, I’ve just turned vegan so these are very useful.

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