Weight Watchers has a new cookbook all about bringing friends, family & food together.  So as the weather is getting nicer it’s time for outdoor picnics, BBQs and cookouts.  We’ve got one recipe from the Family Meals cookbook that you can use at your next party.


Serves 4 / Gluten Free


Grated zest and juice of 1 lemon

4 tbsp coarsely chopped fresh basil

3 tsp olive oil

1 tsp salt

1/4 tsp black pepper

4 (5-ounce) skinless boneless chicken breasts

1 small mango pitted, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch dice

1 rhubarb stalk, trimmed and cut into 1/4-inch dice (1 cup)

3/4 cup (1/4-inch) diced English (seedless) cucumber

1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped

1 tbsp honey

2 tsp white balsamic vinegar

1 small shallot minced

  1.  To make marinade, combine lemon zest and juice, 2 tablespoons of basil, the garlic, 2 teaspoons of oil, 3/4 teaspoon of salt, and the pepper in large zip-close plastic bag; add chicken.  Squeeze out air and seal bag.  Turn to coat chicken.  Refrigerate at least 1 hour or up to 3 hours.
  2. To make salsa, stir together mango, rhubarb, cucumber, remaining 2 tablespoons basil, the jalapeno, honey, vinegar, shallot and remaining 1 teaspoon oil and 1/4 teaspoon salt in small bowl until mixed well.  Cover and refrigerate at least 30 minutes or up to 1 hour to allow flavors to blend.
  3. Spray grill pan with nonstick spray and preheat over medium heat.  Remove chicken from marinade; discard marnade.  Place chicken in grill pan and grill until cooked through, about 5 minutes per side.  Place chicken on platter and top evenly with salsa.

Cook’s Tip: Rhubarb stalks are perfectly safe to eat raw.  It is the leaves that are poisonous.  The subtle, tart flavor of uncooked rhubarb is a perfect match for the deeply sweet mango and crisp and crunchy cucumber, while a touch of honey rounds it out.

Per serving (1 chicken breast and 1/2 cup salsa): 266 Cal, 7 g Total Fat, 1 g Sat Fat, 748 mg Sod, 19 g Total Carb, 14 g Sugar, 2 g Fib, 31 g Prot. SmartPoints value: 5

Source: Weight Watchers Family Meals cookbook.  “Anytime Entertainment – Spring Bounty” pg. 114-115


WEIGHT WATCHERS FAMILY MEALS proves that healthy eating really can be a crowd pleaser; readers will love family favorites like Baked Beef Ziti, Meat Loaf with Chive Mashed Potatoes, and Spaghetti Squash with Cherry Tomatoes, Parsley, and Parmesan. And for dessert, Raspberry Yogurt Pops or Gooey Rocky Road Bars!

Families everywhere struggle to balance healthy eating with other demands on their time, but eating well makes it easy to gather together around the table — no matter how time-crunched you feel. The fresh recipes and effortless menu plans in this new book ensure that everything busy cooks put on the table is nutritious, delicious, and enticing enough to share.

Theresa DiMasi is the Editor-in-Chief of Weight Watchers magazine. Theresa’s media appearances include E!, Entertainment Tonight and ABC News.