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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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Healthy Meal Planning Made Easy & Week 28 Meal Plan

Healthy Meal Planning Made Easy & Week 28 Meal Plan

“If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.”

Once a week, I am going to start sharing a tip, trick, or some interesting information about meal planning. I believe meal planning is critical to any long term and effective healthy living or weight loss goals. For me it was the single thing that finally made permanent weight loss achievable. The quote stood true, when I failed to plan, I failed, and I don’t want that to happen to others.

Additionally, I believe that meal planning is a skill that takes time to master and we can all use some help! When I first started meal planning it took up countless hours pouring over recipes, calculating nutritional info and/or points, and creating elaborate calendars. It was painful. Anything I can do to ease that pain for someone else is a win-win in my book.

Finally, I hope by sharing meal planning strategies, it will help you find a system that works for you. Whether it’s using our meal plans, scratching one into your weekly planner, or creating your own meal planning system – I hope this feature inspires you to start planning at least a few meals every week. It will save you time, money, and it truly will help you reach your weight loss and healthy living goals. So with that, on to this week’s tip!

Meal Planning Made Easy: Plan Around Proteins

Creating an entire meal plan from scratch every week can take a lot of time. Not only do you have to build your grocery list and find healthy recipes, you also have to make sure that there is variety in your plan. No one wants to eat chicken breast five nights a week. To make meal planning easier, start by planning out your proteins.

Here’s how it works. Think about the proteins that your family likes to eat and then pencil those in for each weeknight. For example, plan on having chicken breast Monday, pork on Tuesday, ground turkey or beef on Wednesday, chicken thighs on Thursday, seafood on Friday, and going meatless on Saturday. From there, it’s easier to find recipes (or pull your favorites) for each protein. This not only guarantees some variety, it also greatly reduces the time it takes to build out your plan. Starting with a protein in mind is much more efficient than blindly searching for dinner recipes.

Love the idea of meal planning but don’t want to do all the work? Since I know that many people simply don’t have the time to create their own healthy meal plans, we provide delicious and healthy meal plans at Slender Kitchen.

Here are some highlights from this week’s healthy meal plans:

  • Slow Cooker Pork
  • One Pot Spinach Artichoke Pasta
  • Grilled Cilantro Lime Chicken
  • Zucchini Chocolate Chip Pancakes
  • Butternut Squash and Spinach Egg Muffins
  • Teriyaki Steak Tips
  • Asian Pork Tacos
  • Honey Mustard Salmon
  • Grilled Chicken and Avocado Sandwiches
  • Orzo, Kale, and Goat Cheese Salad (vegetarian plan)
  • Hawaiian Flatbread Pizzas
  • & more

Each healthy weekly meal plan comes full of delicious recipes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The meal plans come in regular, vegetarian, and low carb options. All feature complete nutritional information, Weight Watchers PointsPlus®, and categorized shopping lists! There are also two bonus fallback recipes weekly and the option for either a complete meal plan or a Dinner Only plan. All that for less the cost of one cup of coffee per month with the yearly plan.

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

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Friday Five: July 4th Recipe Round Up

Friday Five:  July 4th Recipe Round Up

With July Fourth coming up this weekend, I am already deep in thought about all the amazing food choices out there. I still haven’t decided exactly what I am going to make, but here are some ideas for a Fourth of July celebration. What are you making?

1. Thinking about grilling out? What about some Sriracha BBQ Chicken, Honey Chipotle Grilled Chicken, Ribeyes with Chimichurri, Cowboy Burgers, or these Dill Salmon Burgers.

2. Don’t forget the veggies? Consider bringing along Mexican Street Corn, Watermelon and Feta Salad, Broccoli and Apple Salad with Maple Mustard Dressing, Peach Caprese, Caprese Bites, or Corn BLT Lettuce Wraps.

3. In the mood for slow cooked barbecue? Why not try a BBQ Beer Chicken, BBQ Chipotle Beef, or a traditional Pulled Pork?

4. In the mood for something a little off the beaten path? Consider serving Carnitas, Barbacoa, or Korean Beef Tacos with Skinny Guacamole, Baked Tortilla Chips, and Frijoles Charros (Cowboy Beans).

5. What’s a party without some dip? Every get together tastes better with dip – Skinny Queso Dip, Crazy Feta Dip, 25 Calorie Artichoke Dip, Skinny Spinach and Artichoke Dip, Buffalo Wing Hummus, or Seven Layer Greek Dip.

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

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Lemon Feta Vinaigrette

Lemon Feta Vinaigrette

A few years back when I made the decision to try to cut back on processed foods and sugars, one of the first things I stopped buying was salad dressing. Just a few glances at the ingredient lists of most salad dressings and you quickly find out that 90% of the ingredients are chemicals you can’t pronounce and all kinds of different sugars. Armed with that knowledge, I started making my own dressings at home (like this Ranch, Gorgonzola, or this pumpkin tahini dressing for example) or just using lemon juice, vinegar, and olive oil. However when I tried an amazing feta dressing out at a restaurant last week, I knew I need to make my own version at home.

Luckily since feta brings such a flavor punch, you don’t need too much to make a fabulous dressing. The dressing starts with lemon juice, feta, and olive oil and then some Dijon mustard, oregano, and garlic are added to round out the flavors. You can add some yogurt or sour cream to make a creamier version, but I like the vinaigrette version with lots of bright lemon and small chunks of feta cheese. It will keep for a few days in the fridge so you can make a bigger batch and store it for salads during the week.

Lemon Feta Vinaigrette
Servings: 2
Serving Size: 2.5 tbsp.
Nutritional Info: 82 calories, 8.3g of fat, .7g of carbohydrates, 0g of fiber, .18g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 2 *

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One Pan Sweet Potato, Chicken Sausage, and Green Beans

One Pan Sweet Potato, Chicken Sausage, and Green Beans

The night that I made this dinner, we were getting ready to travel for a long weekend and trying to eat our way through any perishables in the fridge. As soon as I mentioned sweet potatoes, I immediately lost to the leftover pizza also hanging out in the fridge. However to my surprise, at meal time, someone’s fork kept reaching over the my plate stealing delicious bites of sausages and sweet potatoes. I consider that a battle won.

In addition to beating leftover pizza in this dinner war, this meal couldn’t be any easier. Everything is cooked together on one sheet pan and ready in about 30 minutes. Spice up the potatoes and veggies with anything you like and choose your favorite chicken, turkey, or vegetarian sausages.

One Pan Sweet Potato, Chicken Sausage, and Green Beans
Servings: 4
Serving Size: 1 sausage and 1.5 cups vegetables
Nutritional Info: 286 calories, 10.5g of fat, 33.3g of carbohydrates, 9g of fiber, 25.1g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 7 *

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Friday Five: Get Out and Grill

Friday Five:  Get Out and Grill

With July almost here, grilling is one of my favorite ways to cook this time of year. Between cooking outside, less clean-up, and so many delicious recipes – it’s the perfect way to spend a summer night. For those who don’t have a grill, I am partial to a grill pan.) No matter how you grill – inside, outside, warm weather, or all weather – these recipes taste great.

What are your favorite grilling recipes? Bonus points for grilled dessert ideas!

1. Sriracha Barbecue Chicken, 5 P+

This is one of my favorite all time grilling recipes. If you like barbecue and heat, you will love this recipe. Usually I grill up a double or triple batch with some simple grilled veggies, and use it all week long for salads, pizza (yum!), and rice bowls. It also works great with chicken breasts or pork tenderloin if chicken thighs aren’t your thing.

2. Grilled Eggplant Caprese

I love this recipe from Serious Eats for a grilled version of a classic Caprese salad. The eggplant is gently grilled and then stacked with fresh mozzarella, tomato, and basil. The points plus and calories will depend on how much cheese and olive oil you use, but it is a very easy dish to keep low in points.

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Asian Teriyaki Tofu Salad with Nasoya

Asian Teriyaki Tofu Salad with Nasoya

With summer upon us, I am always on the look out for delicious meals that require absolutely no cooking since turning on the stove means the kitchen will be unbearably hot in a matter of minutes. Additionally, since summer time generally means smaller clothing choices and bathing suits, I find myself craving more salads and lighter meals. However many times when making meals like this, I struggle to find ready to eat protein options that keep me full of energy until my next meal.

Luckily, I recently discovered these delicious TofuBaked products from Nasoya that come in three delicious flavors – Chipotle (launching this summer!), Sesame Ginger, and Teriyaki. Not only are they packed with flavor (seriously, they are delicious!), they are ready to eat right out of the package and have a whopping 8 grams of protein per piece with only 80 calories. (2 PointsPlus®) This makes them the perfect candidate for salads and wraps since they couldn’t be more convenient and are a healthy choice you can feel food about eating.

For this Asian inspired salad, I started out with a base of shredded kale, cabbage, and Brussels sprouts. You could use any lettuce, kale, or greens mix you like. From there, I added chopped mangoes, carrots, some cilantro, and the Teriyaki TofuBaked squares. For the dressing I made a quick Asian inspired dressing with almond butter, lime juice, soy sauce, Sriracha, and a touch of Stevia. It’s one of my favorites and works great with the TofuBaked. All in all it took me about 5 minutes to put together and no cooking required. Perfect for summer.

Asian Teriyaki Tofu Salad
Servings: 1
Serving Size: 1 salad
Nutritional Info: 241 calories, 7g of fat, 23.5g of carbohydrates, 5.2g of fiber, 19.2g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 6 *

For the full recipe, head over to Nasoya!

Teriyaki Tofu Salad

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