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About Kristen

I'm Kristen and I couldn't be happier you are here. You will find a variety of healthy and delicious recipes that will not only taste great, but help you fit in your favorite jeans.

I have always been in love with food, at times perhaps a little too much, wishing and sometimes willing myself to be one of those people who can eat whatever they want and still stay thin. I finally learned, the hard way, that just wasn't in my genetic makeup. So instead, I decided to learn to make delicious, good, real food that tasted great but didn't tip the scale in the wrong direction.

My current home is

Santa Monica, CA

Favorite healthy meal

Sesame Chicken

In the morning you can most often find me eating

Greek yogurt with fresh fruit, chia seeds, flax seeds, and a drizzle of honey

Favorite healthy snack

Cut up veggies with Buffalo Wing Hummus

To satisfy my sweet tooth, I reach for

Fruit with a drizzle of chocolate sauce or 3 ingredient Banana ice cream

My healthy living philosophy

Everything in moderation. After losing weight using the Weight Watchers diet, I now prescribe to everything in moderation. Being healthy is all about balance and finding a diet you can stick with in the long term.

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Friday Five: Leftover Turkey Ideas

Friday Five:  Leftover Turkey Ideas

Guessing that most people already have their Thanksgiving menus in place, I thought this week it would be fun to talk about using up all that delicious leftover turkey, if there is any. I have a close friend who always makes two turkeys to ensure there are leftovers. So once you move past my personal favorite sandwich of stuffing, turkey, and cranberry sauce – here are some other delicious dishes to take advantage of Thanksgiving leftovers. What are your favorites?

1. Turkey Pot Pie, 225 calories, 5 PointsPlus® – this simple twist on a Chicken Pot pie is seriously delicious and uses store bough biscuit dough to make prepwork a breeze.

2. Slow Cooker Turkey Chili, 125 calories, 4 PointsPlus® – instead of using raw turkey in this recipe, add freshly shredded turkey during the last 30 minutes of cooking.

3. Chinese BBQ Turkey Wraps, 224 calories, 5 PointsPlus® – craving greens? These simple Chinese BBQ kale wraps come together in about 10 minutes. Just replace the ground turkey with shredded turkey breast.

4. Butternut Squash, Quinoa, and Turkey Salad, 210 calories, 5 PointsPlus® – although the original recipe doesn’t feature turkey, it is by far my favorite protein to mix in.

5. BBQ Turkey Pizza, 321 calories, 9 PointsPlus – pizza with turkey, BBQ sauce, red onion, cheese, and cilantro makes a delicious meal in about 15 minutes.

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SK Low Carb Meal Plans 2014 – Week 48

SK Low Carb Meal Plans 2014 – Week 48

Hi ,

Happy Thanksgiving week! Since this week is going to busy for most, we have a meal plan packed with simple dishes or dishes that can made ahead of time. What’s on your Thanksgiving menu?

This week starts out with delicious Apple Cinnamon Cheesecake Yogurt, a Crunchy Chicken Thai Salad, and Pepperoncini Beef. Monday brings a yummy Skillet Veggie Lasagna that can prepped ahead of time. Other meals this week include Baked Chicken Fajitas, General Tso’s Pork, Garlic Lemon Tilapia, and Ranch Avocado Burgers. There’s also a yummy Brussels Sprouts and Bacon Fritatta for breakfast on Saturday.

  • Too much prep for the skillet lasagna? Make it a layered pasta dish instead. Roast the veggies ahead of time on Sunday. Then on Monday just cook up zucchini noodles and stir in the veggies tomatoes, and ricotta. Melt the mozzarella on top and you have a quick meal.
  • Don’t like tilapia? Use another sturdy white fish, salmon, or shrimp instead.
  • Want extra leftovers to freeze? Consider doubling up the Pepperoncini Beef.

See you on Thursday with the next meal plan! Remember to share your weight loss or goals in the comments.

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Crunchy Thai Chicken Salad

Crunchy Thai Chicken Salad

With the the holidays approaching at warp speed, the upcoming weeks are sure to be filled with lots of indulgent food between family gatherings, parties, and evil(!?!) coworkers who bring mountains of cookies, cakes, and brownies to the office. Knowing full well this is bound to happen and that my willpower is only so strong, I like to arm myself with lots of low calorie tasty salad and veggie dishes for lunches and dinner to balance out all the sugar. Lately this Crunchy Thai Chicken Salad has been at the top of my list. What are your best tips and trick for avoiding holiday food overload?

Crunchy Thai Chicken Salad
Servings: 4
Serving Size: 1.5 cups
Nutritional Information: 222 calories, 4.8g of fat, 15.2g of carbohydrates, 3.8g of fiber, 31g of protein, 10.2g of sugar
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 6 * (more…)

* PointsPlus® calculated by Slender Kitchen; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.

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Spicy Quinoa Stirfry

Spicy Quinoa Stirfry

This has been a mainstay lately for lunch. It’s a spicy take on my quinoa fried rice recipe. Usually I reach for broccoli, pea pods, and red cabbage but you could use any veggies you have on hand. I like to scramble my eggs and add them into the dish, but a poached egg on top would also be delicious. Add some tofu, shrimp, chicken, or pork for extra protein and make a big batch because it keeps great in the fridge.

Spicy Quinoa Stirfry
Servings: 6
Serving Size: 3/4 cup
Nutritional Information: 158 calories, 4.4g of fat, 24.4g of carbohydrates, 4.8g of fiber, 6.3g of protein, 3g of sugar
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 4 * (more…)

* PointsPlus® calculated by Slender Kitchen; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.

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Quinoa Pumpkin Pancakes

Quinoa Pumpkin Pancakes

Have some leftover quinoa? Consider making these delicious quinoa pumpkin pancakes for a delicious, hearty, and healthy breakfast. The batter comes together quickly and can be customized to fit your tastes. Don’t like pumpkin? Use applesauce or yogurt instead. Consider adding fresh fruits, nuts, or chocolate chips. These also keep well you can make a big batch and then keep them in the fridge for quick breakfasts all week.

Quinoa Pumpkin Pancakes
Servings: 2
Serving Size: 2-3 pancakes
Nutritional Info: 254 calories, 7.2g of fat, 35.7g of carbohydrates, 5.9g of fiber, 12.3g of protein, Sugars: 2.4g
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 6 *
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Oven Baked Parmesan Zucchini Fries

Oven Baked Parmesan Zucchini Fries

Zucchini, Parmesan, and crunchy Panko breadcrumbs make this a side dish that your whole family will love. The zucchini is roasted until it is tender and the outside gets nice and crispy with a few minutes under the broiler before serving. I like to add Italian spices and serve them with a side of marinara sauce but you can substitute any spices you like. I have tried them with Greek seasoning, steak seasoning, and lemon pepper and they taste delicious every time.

Oven Baked Zucchini Sticks
Servings: 4
Serving Size: around 8 pieces
Nutritional Info: 86 calories, 1.1g of fat, 15.8g of carbohydrates, 3g of fiber, 5.4g of protein, Sugars: 3.9g
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 3 *
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