Everyone knows that dieting around the holidays can be hard, but thankfully Weight Watchers (newly dubbed Wellness that Works) makes it easier by assigning different foods "points" based on their calories, fat, etc. With their new SmartPoints "Freestyle" system, users can now eat unlimited amounts of 200 “ZeroPoint" foods.
Unlimited food sounds amazing, provided it's no-fuss and easy to make! Thankfully, we now have the Instant Pot, which is a multi-cooker that does the job of a slow cooker, electric pressure cooker, rice cooker, steamer, yogurt maker, sauté/browning pan, and warming pot — all in one.
"Do I really need that?" Um, YES, you do. Instant Pots can cook frozen chicken in 15 minutes and can create entire meals using only ONE pot. Seeing is believing, my friends. Here are 10 instant pot Weight Watchers recipes that use only five ingredients (or less)!
10. Instant Pot Parmesan Garlic Artichokes: 1 SmartPoint
In this easy recipe, all you have to do is season the artichokes, set them in the pot, and WALK AWAY until they're ready! Normally steaming an entire artichoke can take up to 20-to-40 minutes, but with the wondrous powers of an Instant Pot, it takes half the time.
Steamed artichokes are pretty fancy schmancy, so prepare to wow your dinner guests with your (totally fake) culinary prowess with just five ingredients: artichokes, garlic, olive oil, shredded parmesan cheese, and water.
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9. Instant Pot Brussels Sprouts With Bacon and Garlic: 1 SmartPoint
Looking for a good holiday recipe that won't have you reaching for your stretchy pants? This easy-peasy recipe has got you covered with only one SmartPoint per serving on Beyond the Scale, FreeStyle, and Flex Plan. This dish takes an otherwise bland vegetable and transforms it with the power of center-cut bacon and tons of garlic. Seriously, how could you go wrong? What's even better is that the entire thing can be made with just five ingredients: Brussel sprouts, garlic, shallots, bacon, and water. Keep in mind, this recipe makes four servings, so double up if you have a big family.
8. Instant Pot Lime Shrimp: 5 SmartPoints
At first glance, this looks like a pretty complicated recipe, but it's totally not. All you need are some pre-cooked frozen shrimp, rice, black beans, lime, and garlic. The result? A deliciously satisfying (and filling) island-inspired dish with only five SmartPoints per 8oz serving. Feel free to season it with some cilantro (freeze-dried works best), or whatever herb you like, but it's not necessary. I don't know about you, but I'm the kind of girl who would enjoy this meal with a WeightWatchers friendly Mojito.
7. Shredded Mango Spicy Chicken: 4 SmartPoints
Just the title of this recipe has me drooling onto my keyboard (no lie, I didn't have breakfast today). Not only is this dish healthy, tasty, and low in calories, but it only requires FOUR ingredients! All you need is chicken, some chunky mango salsa, a fresh mango, and Jamaican hot sauce. You can choose to include some Hawaiian rolls for a fifth ingredient, but feel free to skip it if you have more self-control than I do. Remember, the four points per serving does not include the roll (but one roll is only 100 calories at two grams of fat each).
6. Candied Sweet Potatoes: 4 SmartPoints
This healthy and delicious recipe is perfect for Christmas dinner, or any other night when you're craving something warm, sweet and savory. This dish comes together in minutes by throwing diced sweet potatoes, orange juice, molasses, cinnamon/sugar, and vanilla all in one pot (it's seriously the best). No orange juice on hand? No big deal, you can add a little water instead. Just dump it all in, wait 20 minutes, and you're looking at a classic holiday dish that only has four SmartPoints per half-cup serving!
5. Instant Pot Chicken And Stuffing: 7 SmartPoints
Are you ready for a WeightWatchers friendly dinner that's ready in 18 minutes and doesn't even require thawing out your chicken? Well then I've got the recipe for you! Grab some frozen chicken breasts out of the freezer, take out some chicken broth, a can of cream-of-chicken soup, a bag of cornbread stuffing, and a bag of frozen green beans. VOILA! With only five ingredients you've got a warm and delicious meal ready-to-go in under 20 minutes. Fear not, the chicken remains moist and shreds beautifully.
4. Instant Pot One-Pot Spaghetti With Meat Sauce: 10 SmartPoints
Spaghetti is always a crowd pleaser! Honestly, who doesn't love some good, old-fashioned comfort food?! This One-Pot Spaghetti with Turkey Meat Sauce is made with whole-wheat pasta in the pressure cooker and has only 10 points per serving. The meat sauce and the pasta cook together at the same time all in one pot, and the whole meal is ready in less than 15 minutes (from start to finish). Sure, you could make this on the stove top, but why would you want to clean up more than one pot (and wait that much longer)?
3. Honey Garlic Chicken: 6 SmartPoints
Instant Pot Honey Garlic Chicken is just five ingredients and is so sweet, sticky, and ready in less than 30 minutes (and trust me, it tastes as good as it looks). I would know, I actually made this recipe last week and I'm not even on the WeightWatchers diet! Even my two kids gobbled it up, and that's saying something. The sauce is to-die-for and made with honey, soy sauce, ketchup, and garlic. Yum. Spice it up by adding Sriracha or Asian garlic chili paste and serve it on hot rice or "riced cauliflower."
2. Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes: 4 Points
Cauliflower replaces almost all the carbs you love once you get into your 30s, but sometimes you just crave the real thing (and you don't want to feel bad about it). The solution? A healthy, WeightWatchers friendly recipe that's quick and easy to make, and only five Freestyle SmartPoints per 3/4-cup serving.
Mashed potatoes are the perfect comfort food and they generally go well with just about any meat you can think of. This dish only takes 10 minutes to cook, but you can always leave the Instant Pot on warm until your family members get home.
1. Instant Pot Salsa Chicken: ZERO Points
Hold onto your butts, because this recipe is actually ZERO points with the new WeightWatchers Freestyle Points system. This chicken is versatile enough to be used for taco salads, enchiladas, chicken tacos, or Mexican bowls any night of the week (or just slap it on some quinoa, like in the picture above). You can actually create an entire zero points dinner by using cauliflower rice (0 FSP), black or pinto beans (0 FSP), lettuce and tomato (0 FSP), salsa, and fat-free Greek yogurt (both 0 FSP).
Regardless of what you do with it, it's sure to be delicious and INSANELY simple to make.