Their quality and variety is impressive, offering lighened-up, nutritious, easy-to-follow recipes and advice that can help you change your relationship with food, get you back to eating well and boost your kitchen confidence.
But which are the best Weight Watchers cookbooks for weight loss?
I’ve amassed quite a collection of them through the years. Here are my personal favorites—the ones I cook from the most or have cooked from in the past.
Just for fun, I’ve gone through the archives to link up recipes I’ve posted with their respective cookbook.
Which Weight Watchers Cookbook do you like best?
Do you have a favorite?
Weight Watchers Cookbooks – Points Plus System:
#1 Weight Watchers New Complete Cookbook, Fifth Edition: Over 500 Delicious Recipes for the Healthy Cook’s Kitchen
The newest and fully revised edition of Weight Watchers most comprehensive cookbook with lots of delicious recipes for people who love to eat while embracing a healthier lifestyle.
You’ll find over 500 recipes organized by chapter with color-coded tabs in a sturdy 4-ring binder.
Covering breakfasts to desserts and everything in-between, you’ll find plenty of healthful recipes using lean meats, whole grains, and fresh produce.
Updated to reflect the latest trends in food, this edition has new chapters on small plates, grilling, 20-minute main dishes and contemporary slow cooker favorites.
I think it’s a must for anyone on Weight Watchers who wants to cook within the framework of the program, though it’s not a great choice if photos are critical for you.
- Weight Watchers Dill Potato Salad
- Weight Watchers Low Fat Lemon Bars
- Weight Watchers Low Calorie Creamy Mashed Potatoes
- Weight Watchers Meat Loaf
#2 Weight Watchers One Pot Cookbook
One of the newest additions in my library, Weight Watchers One Pot is a big book with a contemporary design and more than 100 color photos. In it you’ll find over 300 delicious and comforting one-pot recipes that include casseroles, pastas, soups and stews, light stir-fries, and desserts.
Organized by type of cooking vessel—everything from casserole dishes, skillets, woks, saucepans, slow cookers, pressure cookers, even specialty equipment such as fondue pots—this book lets you make the most of your kitchen tools while cooking delicious meals for the whole family.
It’s fun book for folks who love to cook.
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- Slow Cooker Chicken Thighs Osso Buco
- Weight Watchers Raspberry Cheesecake Cups
- Weight Watchers Southwest Beef Salad with Chile Lime Dressing
#3 Weight Watchers I Love Leftovers Cookbook
I picked this up at a Weight Watchers meeting location a couple years back and have several weight watchers recipes marked to try.
#4 Weight Watchers PointsPlus Best Darn Food Ever Cookbook (140 Comfort Classics)
Purchased at a Weight Watchers Meeting location a few years back, this is one is full of recipes for the kind of food we love – comfort food – only lighter.
- Weight Watchers Slim & Saucy Chicken Marsala
- Weight Watchers Chocolate Chip Cookies with Salted Peanuts
- Weight Watchers Zucchini Apple Loaf Cake
- Weight Watchers Oven Pot Roast with Vegetables and Horseradish Sauce
- Weight Watchers Southwest Shrimp Black Bean Salad
#5 Weight Watchers Points Plus Cookbook
I picked this up at last year’s VNSA Used Book Sale, an event we look forward to every February. It’s got over 200 delicious recipes brimming with fresh, filling healthy foods (aka: Power Foods).
Many of the recipes are kinda exotic for our tastes, but love all the fruit based desserts. And I can’t wait to try the chocolate-zucchini cake squares.
- Smoked Salmon Wrap
#6 Weight Watchers PointsPlus Fresh, Fabulous, Fast Cookbook
I think the name of this one says it all. Lots of quick and easy weight watchers recipes with few ingredients.
Weight Watchers Cookbooks – Old Points System:
(Nutritional information available to calculate Points Plus)
#1 Weight Watchers All-Time Favorites: Over 200 Best-Ever Recipes from the Weight Watchers Test Kitchens
This full-color cookbook is an exciting collection of the best recipes ever developed by the experts at Weight Watchers—225 tempting dishes never before presented in book form.
It’s packed with weight watchers recipes that you’ll love, whether you’re cooking for a weeknight family supper, a casual backyard get-together with neighbors, or a festive gathering with friends.
#2 Weight Watchers’ Simply the Best : 250 Prizewinning Family Recipes
An award-winning collection of 250 recipes submitted by Weight Watchers members that are sure to win rave reviews from your own friends and family.
Simply the Best has a recipe to please every palate: Asian Meatballs, Corn and Bean Chowder, Cranberry Basmati Rice, Chicken Tetrazzini — plus a wealth of selections from soups and appetizers to main dishes and desserts.
This is one of my favorites from which I’ve cooked dozens of recipes, all before I began blogging.
- Shrimp Salsa
- Hot Shrimp Dip
- Cream of Broccoli-Cheese Soup
- Tortellini Soup
- Chicken Waldorf Salad
- Baked Yams with Pineapple
- Black Bean Fiesta Salad
- Orange Cucumber Salad
- Arroz con Pollo
- Grilled Chicken with Mozzarella and Red Peppers
- Shrimp with Feta and Tomatoes
- Greek Spinach and Rice
- Beans and Rice Ole
Perfect for everyone who thought they were too busy to cook healthy food, these meals are ready in 15, 20, or 30 minutes, arranged by time they take to prepare.
The wide range of weight watchers recipes will please everyone, from fussy kids to gourmets.
Simple Pierogies with Creamy Mushroom and Sherry Sauce, Berries and Cream Blintzes, Pepper-Crusted Flank Steak with Cucumber Relish, Cuban Sandwiches, Easy Paella, Tuna Panzanella and Wild Mushroom Risotto.
#4 Healthy & Happy Celebrations
This is another fun used bookstore find, with 135 Weight Watchers recipes, entertaining tips and easy menu ideas.
Arranged by type of gathering: casual get-togethers, Time with Family, Fabulous Festivities and Classic Celebrations, every season and reason for celebrating is covered.
With over 80 beautiful color photos, I love flipping through it for ideas and inspiration.
#5 Simply Delicious: 245 No-Fuss Recipes–All 8 POINTS or Less
Great for adventurous cooks and eaters who don’t want to feel deprived on Weight Watchers, with weight watchers recipes for entrees, side dishes, and desserts that really satisfy.
Think Asian Sesame Noodles, Oven Roasted Salade Niçoise, Banana Raisin Bread Pudding, Chicken & Broccoli Pizza, Beef Tenderloin and Arugula Toasts, Mediterranean Roast Chicken.
I think this is the kind of food Rachael Ray or Ina Garten would cook if they were Weight Watchers.
#6 Weight Watchers Comfort Classics : 150 Favorite Home-Style Dishes
Available in Weight Watchers meeting locations back in 2008, Weight Watchers Comfort Classics has 150 weight watchers recipes for comfort food favorites like salisbury steak with mushroom gravy, oven-fried chicken, old-fashioned chicken and dumplings and skillet macaroni and cheese.
I’ve got dozens of recipes marked to try.
#7 Weight Watchers Momentum Slow Cook It: 165 All-New Slow-Cooker Recipes Cookbook
Available at Weight Watchers Meeting locations back in 2010, this book contains 165 slow cooker recipes ranging from homey to quite exotic.
#8 Weight Watchers Simply the Best Italian: More than 250 Classic Recipes from the Kitchens of Italy
Another score from last year’s VNSA Used Book Sale that I picked up for $3.
Simply the Best Italian has hundreds of recipes that are quick to prepare and quite healthful, focusing on good-for-you ingredients that are staples in the Italian kitchen, like fresh vegetables, pastas, grains, and plenty of heart-healthy olive oil. Each recipe features POINTS values as well as nutrition information.
If you are looking for authentic fresh Italian taste without the fat, this is the book for you. The recipes are more traditional Italian than Italian-Amercican.
- Anise Biscotti
Old Weight Watchers Cookbooks – Exchanges
(The Old WW Program) (Nutritional information for calculating points plus may or may not be available depending on year of publication. They are a great option for those interested in losing weight using the old Weight Watchers Program that used food based exchanges.)
#1 Weight Watchers New 365-Day Menu Cookbook: Complete Meals for Every Day of the Year
One of the biggest challenges in weight loss and maintenance is planning new menus that keep you on a healthful food plan, and that are also varied and appealing.
This book has you covered with an entire year of delicious menus that will help. It features a main dish recipe for every day of the year, and a full day’s menu built around that recipe, plus complete nutritional counts and Weight Watchers Selection Information.
I’ve had this cookbook since my initial go-around with Weight Watchers back in the early 1990s. Because the recipes were contributed by Weight Watchers members, staff and magazine readers they are simpler and down-home in nature.
#3 Weight Watchers’ Quick Success Program Cookbook
A good choice for those looking to follow the old Weight Watchers Exchange program, since it predates Points Plus. The recipes may be dated for some folks.
#4 Weight Watchers Simply Light Cooking: 250 Recipes from the Kitchens of Weight Watchers
Another book I picked up at VNSA Used Book Sale, this was published in 1992, so it predates Points Plus, making it a good choice for folks who prefer to count exchanges. The nutritional information needed to calculate Points is provided. Many of the recipes are designed to serve 1 or 2.
*PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated WITHOUT Weight Watchers Zero Points fruits and vegetables using the WW Recipe Builder.
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