Published: Aug 14, 2014 11:57 AM EDT
Updated: Aug 14, 2014 11:58 AM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. - As the end of summer approaches, chances are many of us are transitioning back to a busier schedule filled with work, school and endless activities. Kim Barber from Weight Watchers has some tips that will have you creating a delicious healthy meal for your family - including dessert – in 30 minutes or less! These are just a few of the hundreds of tips and recipes you can find in the new Weight Watchers Cook It Fast cookbook that will help you put food in the table in only 15, 20 or 30 minutes.

1) Make a menu and a shopping list: Mapping out a weekly menu and shopping list will save trips

to the supermarket, save time spent shopping and take away the stress of what to cook for

dinner every night. Some grocery stores now offer time-saving online shopping and grocery

delivery for a nominal fee.

Props: Pad of paper and pencil, iPad or tablet

2) Maintain a quick-meal pantry: When you shop each week, check for long-lasting pantry staples

that are on sale and stock up. Keep your shelves replenished with canned beans, tomatoes,

tomato sauce and broths; dried pastas and quick cooking grains like quinoa and bulgur. With

these mealtime building blocks, you can make a healthy dinner in minutes.

Props: Cans of beans, tomato sauce, boxes of dried pastas and grains

3) Have the right tools: Stocking your kitchen with the right tools can save you lots of time. A slow

cooker is one that can help you make fast meals in no time. With a few minutes prep in the

morning, you can come home to a ready-made dinner. All you have to do is set the table. The

Weight Watchers Cook It Fast Cookbook has 19 delicious slow cooker recipes, so you won’t feel

like you’re making the same dish over and over again!

Prop: Slow cooker

Now I’m going to show you how to make Linguine with White Bean Puttanesca. This meal is delicious

and hearty and only takes 20 minutes to prepare. Plus, the ingredients in this recipe are pantry-staple

items, so it’s a great go-to dish to make any time!

AMBASSADOR NOTES: Come in with the final dish already prepared. Talk about Steps 1 & 3 and on air,

demonstrate Step 2. Then show dish/bowl of the final product.

Linguine with White Bean Puttanesca – pg 161


6 ounces of whole wheat linguine

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 onion, chopped

3 garlic cloves, minced

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1⁄4 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes

1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes

12 pimiento-stuffed olives, sliced

1 tablespoon drained capers, chopped

1 (15.5 ounce) can small white beans, rinsed and drained

1⁄4 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley


1) Cook linguine according to package directions, omitting salt if desired; drain and place in large

serving bowl.

2) Meanwhile, heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion, garlic, oregano and

crushed red pepper flakes; cook, stirring occasionally, until onion softens, 2-3 minutes. Stir in

tomatoes, olives, and capers; simmer, stirring occasionally, until sauce thickens, 6-7 minutes.

Add beans and salt; cook until heated through, about 1 minute.

3) Pour beans and sauce over linguine, sprinkle with parsley and serve at once.

Per serving (1 1⁄2 cups): 324 Cal, 6 g Total Fat, 1 g Sat Fat, 0 g Trans Fat, 0 mg Chol, 897 mg Sod, 57 g Total

Carb, 10 g Fib, 15 g Prot, 139 mg Calc. PPV: 8


While the pasta dish is cooking, you can carve out some time to make dessert! Here we have a

decadent Mixed Melon with Honeyed Ricotta. This seasonal fruit dish only takes minutes to prepare!

AMBASSADOR NOTES: Prepare Step 1 on air. Instead of dividing fruit into separate bowel, spoon the

mixture over one big bowl of cut-up fruit. Sprinkle wheat germ over the fruit.

Mixed Melon with Honeyed Ricotta – pg 86


2 cups fat-free ricotta cheese

1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon honey

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1⁄4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

4 cups cubed cantaloupe

4 cups cubed honeydew

4 cups cubed watermelon

1⁄4 cup toasted wheat germ

1) Stir together ricotta, honey, vanilla, and nutmeg in medium bowl. Toss together cantaloupe,

honeydew, and watermelon in large bowl; divide evenly among 4 dessert dishes.

2) Spoon ricotta mixture evenly over fruit and sprinkle evenly with wheat germ.

PER SERVING (3 cups melon cubes, 1⁄2 cup ricotta mixture, and 1 tablespoon wheat germ): 211 Cal, 1 g

Total Fat, 0 g Sat Fat, 0 g Trans Fat, 8 mg Chol, 101 mg Sod, 38 g Total Carb, 3 g Fib, 14 g Prot, 159 mg

Calc. PPV: 5

Close with: All of these recipes, and so many more, can be found in our new Weight Watchers Cook It

Fast cookbook, available where all books are sold starting August 5th

out a Weight Watchers meeting for free. Go to to find one near you.

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