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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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Tomato, Cucumber, Corn, and Avocado Salad

Tomato, Cucumber, Corn, and Avocado Salad

This salad is the definition of summer for me. Perfectly ripe tomatoes, sweet summer corn, fresh and crunchy cucumbers, spicy basil, and creamy avocado come together to form the most delicious and seriously simple salad. Everything is pulled together with some lemon juice, olive oil, and lots of salt and pepper. It couldn’t be any easier and I could eat it by the truckload. Make it a full entree by adding some grilled chicken, shrimp, fresh mozzarella, chickpeas, or quinoa. Yum. Yum. Yum.

Tomato, Cucumber, Corn, and Avocado Salad
Servings: 4
Serving Size: 1-1.5 cups
Nutritional Info: 194 calories, 13.9g of fat, 18.5g of carbohydrates, 6g of fiber, 3.4g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 5 *

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

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Friday Five: Delicious Summer Salads

Friday Five:  Delicious Summer Salads

With August nearly upon us and dare I say, fall on the horizon, I am focused on taking advantage of every sun soaked day and all of the amazing summer produce that abounds this time of year. One of my favorite dishes this time of year are refreshing veggie and fruit packed salads that celebrate the season and pack in the flavor. Here are some of my favorite salads, all of which can easily be made into entrees by adding some protein or doubling up the portion. What are your favorite summer salads?

1. Charred Corn, Scallion, and Tomato Salad, 95 calories, 3 PointsPlus®

2. Sesame Kale Salad with Mangoes and Blueberries, 250 calories, 4 PointsPlus®

3. BBQ Ranch Chicken, Roasted Corn, and Peach Salad, 244 calories, 6 PointsPlus®

4. Honey Lime Nectarine and Corn Salad, 107 calories, 3 PointsPlus®

5. Honey Mustard Broccoli and Apple Salad, 123 calories, 4 PointsPlus®

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Citrus Vinegar & Butter Shrimp with Zucchini Noodles

Citrus Vinegar & Butter Shrimp with Zucchini Noodles

Today’s post is brought to you by Nakano Rice Vinegar but all opinions are 100% mine.

With summer in full swing, the farmer’s market (or garden) is one of my favorite places to find dinner inspiration. There are so many incredible fresh ingredients available, it’s a great place to start building a delicious dish. And since everyone seems to have endless zucchini, I knew I wanted to build a dish around this summer favorite. Then when I saw fresh shrimp, I knew together that would make a perfect quick and healthy summer dish.

The second part of this dish was inspired by one of my favorite ingredients, Nakano Rice Vinegar, specifically the Citrus Seasoned Rice Vinegar, which is one of my favorite vinegars for summer dishes. It’s bright, packed with flavor, and the citrus pairs great with summer veggies, fresh salads, and is perfect for seafood. It’s also low calorie with only 20 calories per tablespoon, which makes it a great way to add flavor without extra fat and calories. Paired with butter and garlic, the vinegar creates a delicious citrus butter sauce that will quickly become on of your favorite sauces.

Citrus Vinegar Butter Shrimp

Citrus Vinegar Shrimp with Butter Sauce and Zucchini Noodles
Servings: 4
Serving Size: 6 oz. shrimp and 1 cup zucchini noodles
Nutritional Info: 282 calories, 11.5g of fat, 7.8g of carbohydrates, 1.7g of fiber, 36.3g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 7 *

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Garlic Cilantro Brown Rice

Garlic Cilantro Brown Rice

Brown rice is a staple in my home and I find myself making it at least once a week for side dishes and quick grain salads. But after awhile, plain brown rice can get boring and that’s where this recipe comes into play. It’s amazing how much a little garlic, fresh cilantro, and citrus juice can transform a sometimes boring side dish into something special.

Play around with the herbs, oil, and citrus juice to make all kinds of yummy combinations. Lemon and fresh thyme is delicious, substitute in sesame oil for the olive oil and add orange juice, or try a classic combination of lemon juice, parsley, and lots of fresh ground pepper.

Garlic Cilantro Brown Rice
Servings: 6
Serving Size: 2/3 cup
Nutritional Info: 133 calories, 2.4g of fat, 25.4g of carbohydrates, 1.3g of fiber, 2.6g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 3 *

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Healthy Meal Planning Made Easy & Week 31 Meal Plan

Healthy Meal Planning Made Easy & Week 31 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: Zero PointsPlus®, Low Calorie Veggies

One of the questions I get most often about meal plans and side dishes is about veggies! Everyone wants to include a veggie side dish in their meals but many people find it difficult to add that side without adding lots of calories and fat. Consider these cooking methods and tricks to create delicious veggie side dishes without adding unneeded calories and fat.

  • Saute in Vegetable Broth and Herbs: Instead of reaching for oil when cooking veggies, use vegetable broth instead. You can use 1/4 cup of vegetable broth in a medium hot skillet and then add your veggies. Cook until tender crisp and then stir in your favorite fresh or dried herbs. Lemon pepper, Italian seasoning, Greek seasoning, and Cajun seasoning are some of my favorites to pack in the flavor.
  • Roasted Vegetable with Cooking Spray: Instead of dousing your veggies in oil to roast them, just use cooking spray instead. Season everything with salt, pepper, and your favorite spice blend and then place in a single layer on a baking sheet. Roast until tender. You can also toss the finished roasted vegetables with some lemon juice or balsamic vinegar to add some extra calorie free flavor.
  • Start with Onion and Garlic: Onion and garlic add great flavor to veggies but cooking them in oil can add extra fat that you may be trying to avoid. You can use 2-3 tablespoons of water or broth instead to cook the garlic and onions.
  • What are your favorite low calorie ways to prepare low calorie vegetables?

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 Chicken in Chili Verde
  • Summer Whole Wheat Caprese Pasta with Tomatoes and Fresh Mozzarella
  • Grilled Sirloin Steak and Potatoes
  • Asian Quinoa Stir-fry with Vegetables
  • Summer Caprese Salad with Chicken Sausage (low carb plan)
  • Lemon Paprika Thighs
  • Dill Salmon Burgers
  • BBQ Black Bean Burgers (vegetarian plan)
  • Banana Quinoa Muffins
  • Low Carb Raspberry Coconut Muffins (low carb plan)
  • Sweet and Spicy Pork Chops
  • & 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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Sunday Slow Cooker: Chicken in Chili Verde

Sunday Slow Cooker:  Chicken in Chili Verde

Back before I really starting cooking, my roommate and I went through at least one package a week of Trader Joe’s Chicken Chili Verde. Not only was it easy and relatively healthy, we could heat it up at work in the microwave in about 4 minutes. For first year teachers, this was the pressure test for a passable lunch. Fast forward to the present and recently I found myself craving this but instead of running to Trader Joe’s, I wanted to make my own version. In my mind, chicken in chili verde should be chunkier than a traditional chicken in salsa verde. The vegetables should be soft and tender but should maintain some of their integrity and it should be spicy. In fact, in my own version, I like to use 2 unseeded chopped jalapenos or serranos to really pack in the heat.

Slow Cooker Chicken Chili Verde
Servings: 6
Serving Size: about 3/4 cup
Nutritional Info: 208 calories, 4g of fat, 6g of carbohydrates, 2g of fiber, 32g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 5 *

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