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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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Creamy Spinach, Tomato, and Mushroom Pasta

Creamy Spinach, Tomato, and Mushroom Pasta

Some nights a big bowl of pasta is all I want and with the right recipe I can make it work without fearing that my diet will go off the rails. Normally when seeking out pasta recipes I look for something with lots of vegetables so when I saw this delicious recipe for creamy tomato and spinach pasta from Budget Bytes I couldn’t wait to try it. It’s packed with lots of veggies – diced tomatoes, spinach, and mushrooms – and then paired with a simple creamy sauce made from cream cheese. It also can be made in about 20-25 minutes so it’s perfect for a busy weeknight.

Creamy Spinach, Tomato, and Mushroom Pasta
Servings: 4
Serving Size: 1.5 cups
Nutritional Info: 298 calories, 12g of fat, 53g of carbohydrates, 8g of fiber, 12g of protein, 7g of sugar
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 8 *

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Low Carb Lemon Cottage Pancakes

Low Carb Lemon Cottage Pancakes

You guys, these pancakes – I am in love. Now to be honest, I pretty much love all pancakes so this isn’t anything new for me, but I have been making these a lot lately. They were inspired by an older recipe from the 1950’s that uses cottage cheese to create creamy, rich pancakes. Usually the cottage cheese is combined with flour, but in this recipe I replaced that with a combination of almond and coconut flour to up the fiber and protein while also lowering the carb count. If cottage cheese isn’t your thing, you don’t have to worry because it disappears in the recipe. You can’t taste it at all and since its blended, the texture completely changes as well. But if you must, use ricotta instead. It’s not quite as good nutritionally speaking, but it’s delicious and doesn’t require a blender since it has a smoother texture. Also I have yet to try this with egg whites, but my guess is that it would work. Let me know if you try it!

Low Carb Lemon Cottage Pancakes
Servings: 4
Serving Size: 2-3 pancakes
Nutritional Info: 265 calories, 16g of fat, 8g of carbohydrates, 3g of fiber, 22g of protein, 3g of sugar
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 6 *

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Sunday Slow Cooker: Black Beans

Sunday Slow Cooker:  Black Beans

Black beans are a staple for me during summer months. I love serving them as a side dish, using them in all kinds of hearty salads, and throwing them in morning breakfast tacos which seems to be all I want to eat for breast on summer weekends. While it’s easy to reach for canned store bought beans, making your own at home is just as easy. Here is my simple recipe for slow cooker black beans. They don’t require any extra soaking and after about 8 hours, you’ll have creamy delicious black beans. One trick, when you want “cleaner” beans, like the kind that would come out of a can, just rinse and drain the homemade beans before using.

Slow Cooker Black Beans
Servings: 10
Serving Size: 1/2 cup
Nutritional Info: 140 calories, 1g of fat, 26g of carbohydrates, 6g of fiber, 9g of protein, 1g of sugar
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 3 *

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Friday Five: Twenty Delicious Memorial Day Recipes

Friday Five: Twenty Delicious Memorial Day Recipes

With Memorial Day this weekend, I wanted to share some healthy recipes that work great for outdoor gatherings, time with family and friends, and hopefully nice weather. Since Memorial Day seems to mark the “unofficial” start of summer, I plan on getting outdoors and making the most of the three day weekend. What are your plans and more importantly, what’s on the menu?

Burgers

1. Black Olive and Feta Turkey Burgers, 180 calories, 4 PointsPlus®
2. Salmon Dill Burgers, 158 calories, 4 PointsPlus®
3. Black Bean and Eggplant Burgers, 168 calories, 4 PointsPlus®
4. Green Chile Turkey Burgers, 198 calories, 5 PointsPlus®
5. Zucchini Beef Burgers, 195 calories, 4 PointsPlus®
6. Asian Turkey Burgers with Creamy Sriracha Lime Sauce, 215 calories, 6 PointsPlus®

Get on the Grill

7. Grilled Lemon Herb Chicken Thighs, 261 calories, 6 PointsPlus®
8. Honey Chipotle Grilled Chicken, 225 calories, 6 PointsPlus®
9. Grilled Ribeyes with Chimichurri, 270 calories, 8 PointsPlus®
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Healthy Meal Planning Made Easy & Week 22 Meal Plan

Healthy Meal Planning Made Easy & Week 22 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: Back up Freezer Meals

Recently I have been asking family, friends, and readers some of their best tips for mastering meal planning and I absolutely fell in love with this tip.

Knowing that there will be one night weekly where I either don’t want to cook or don’t have time to cook, I always have 4 freezer meals ready to go for those nights. To keep my freezer stocked, each week I make sure to cook one (and only one!) recipe that I plan on doubling and freezing. Then that meal is labeled, dated, and placed in the freezer. Then during the week, I usually have 3-4 freezer meals to choose from depending on what we are in the mood for. The reason I limit my “freezer meals” to one weekly is that I find if I make extra of more than one dish, my freezer is quickly overflowing. Limiting the freezer to 3-4 back up meals at a time, keeps us from wasting food but also allows for some choice.”

Brilliant!

Ready to try this on your own? First decide how many freezer meals you are likely to eat every month. Is it once a week, twice a week, twice a month? Once you determine that amount, make sure to add those into your meal plans and adjust the portions accordingly. For example, if you wanted to eat a freezer meal twice a week, you would plan on doubling and freezing two recipes per week. Then in your meal plan, either write in your Freezer Meal if you know you have a busy night, or create a flexible schedule leaving out two meals following the example.

How do you use freezer meals in your meal plans? Slender Kitchen plans inlcude notes each week with ideas for recipes that are easy to double and freeze.

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 Pepperoncini Beef (perfect for Memorial day gatherings!)
  • Pasta with Fresh Tomato (No Cook) Tomato sauce
  • Zucchini Noodle Shrimp Scampi (low carb plan)
  • Baked Strawberry Shortcake Oatmeal with Whipped Cream
  • Kale, Quinoa, and Cherry Salad
  • Crispy Buttermilk Chicken
  • Grilled Pork Chops with Peach Salsa and Couscous
  • Low Carb Lemon Pancakes
  • Spicy Chicken and Corn Tacos
  • Quick and Easy Hoisin Salmon
  • Apple and Cashew Muesli
  • Quinoa Salad Rolls (vegetarian plan)

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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Kale, Quinoa, and Cherry Salad

Kale, Quinoa, and Cherry Salad

Every year around this time, I begin to eat my weight in cherries. With such a short season, I take every chance I get to add cherries to what I am eating – smoothies, yogurt, cookies, cakes, salads – you name it, I have probably tried to add cherries to it. And that doesn’t even get at the amount I consume daily as a simple snack or dessert. So of course, when I was working on a new quinoa and kale salad last week, I had to add cherries. The salad itself is simple – quinoa, kale, cherries, scallions, and a simple lemon vinaigrette. Though it pains me to think about this day, blueberries or raspberries will work when cherry season ends.

Kale, Quinoa, and Cherry Salad
Servings: 4
Serving Size: 1.5 cups
Nutritional Info: 289 calories, 10g of fat, 44g of carbohydrates, 5g of fiber, 8g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 7 *

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