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Chicken Yakitori

Chicken Yakitori

I have always loved chicken yakitori, Japanese chicken skewers, but have always been a but of a wimp about trying it at home. I just assumed it would be time intensive and tricky. Boy, was I wrong. Chicken yakitori couldn’t be easier to prepare and the whole dish comes together in under 30 minutes. The sauce for the skewers is made of soy, mirin, water, garlic, ginger, and a touch of sugar. That’s boiled down until it is nice and thick. Then it’s brushed over the skewers and dinner is ready.

Chicken Yakitori
Servings: 4
Serving Size: 2-3 skewers
Nutritional Info: 227 calories, 11.3g of fat, 11.2g of carbohydrates, 2.4g of fiber, 21.3g of protein, 4.9 g of sugar
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 6 * (more…)

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

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Sunday Slow Cooker: Lemon Chicken Artichoke Soup

Sunday Slow Cooker:  Lemon Chicken Artichoke Soup

For awhile now I have had my eye on a delicious Lemon Chicken Artichoke soup from Whole Foods, but at around $5 per serving, it’s not the most economical choice. So after purchasing it a few times for official taste testing, I was finally able to develop an at home version I like just as much that’s made in the slow cooker. The secret in this recipe in my opinion, is letting the rice cook with everything else until it gets nice and thick and adds the creamy element to the soup. (Note: If you don’t like rice with that texture, make it separately and add it to the soup at the end.) Then adding lots of lemon juice to brighten everything up. It freezes great so make up a big batch and save some for later.

Slow Cooker: Lemon Chicken Artichoke Soup
Servings: 6
Serving Size: 1.5 cups
Nutritional Info: 305 calories, 5.2g of fat, 37g of carbohydrates, 6g of fiber, 32g of protein, 2.9 g of sugar
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 7 * (more…)

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

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Friday Five: Healthy Seafood Dishes

Friday Five:  Healthy Seafood Dishes

Whether or not you are observing Lent, seafood and fish are excellent lean proteins to add to your diet. With many varieties having only 100-150 calories per 4 oz. serving, adding fish to your weekly meal plans is a great way to add more variety to your meals without lots of calories and fat. And if you are anything like me, I just love it. If my wallet allowed it, I would probably eat fish 4-5 times a week. I can’t get enough and with so many different types of seafood, it’s hard to get bored. So here are some of my favorite healthy seafood recipes, what are yours?

1. Ancho Fish Tacos with Slaw, 264 calories, 7 PointsPlus®

Fish tacos are the first thing that I think of anytime I am thinking about a seafood centered meal. I could live off fish tacos. This recipe comes together in no time and you can use the rub for any kind of fish, shrimp, or other seafood for the tacos.

2. Crispy Baked Fish Sticks with Homemade Tarter Sauce, 261 calories, 6 PointsPlus®

Fish sticks do not need to come from a box! These delicious homemade fish sticks from Liz at The Lemon Bowl are easy to make and taste so much better than the boxed kind. Your family will love them.

3. Honey Lime Shrimp, 159 calories, 4 PointsPlus®

I love the combination of honey and lime and use it often with fish dishes. This easy to make shrimp dish gets nice and crispy and is packed with flavor. These would also make delicious lettuce wraps or tacos.

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Cranberry Orange Couscous

Cranberry Orange Couscous

I have been really digging couscous lately. Between the fluffy texture, easy and quick preparation, and it’s ability to pair well with so many dishes, it s quickly moving up the line as one of my favorite sides. It pairs especially nice with fruit in my opinion and I love the combination of cranberries, oranges, and a touch of ginger in this recipe. It can be eaten hot or cold and will keep for a few days in the fridge. I like to wrap the leftovers up in lettuce leaves and add some leftover chicken or shrimp.

Cranberry Orange Couscous
Servings: 6
Serving Size: 2/3-3/4 cup
Nutritional Info: 145 calories, .2g of fat, 30.7g of carbohydrates, 2.7g of fiber, 4.4g of protein, 7 g of sugar
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 4 * (more…)

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Make Ahead Fruit & Yogurt Parfaits

Make Ahead Fruit & Yogurt Parfaits

Let’s talk breakfast this morning. First off, I would love to hear from you. What are your go-to breakfasts? Things that you make over and over and never seem to tire of. I always like growing my own personal collection of easy and healthy breakfasts because I find it sets the tone for my eating the whole day. Start the day off with something good means I am more likely to stay on track all day. Start the day off with something not so good equals a day of bad choices. This is a habit I am trying to break (but it’s so hard for some reason), but for now I am trying to stick to good morning decisions. One of those lately has been this simple overnight fruit and yogurt parfait. It’s kind of like overnight oats but with more yogurt and less oats. Then it just has some of your favorite fruit and some chia and flax seeds for fiber. You can make a few at a time and store them in the fridge all week. This also works great with flavored yogurt if you like something sweeter.

Make Ahead Fruit & Yogurt Parfaits
Servings: 1
Serving Size: 1 parfait
Nutritional Info: 292 calories, 4g of fat, 39g of carbohydrates, 8g of fiber, 25g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 7 * (more…)

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Sausage, Spinach, and Polenta Bowl

Sausage, Spinach, and Polenta Bowl

Polenta, sausage, tomatoes, spinach, garlic. Need I say more. This meal is warm, comforting, and sure to please. It’s also surprisingly simple to make and comes together in under 30 minutes. If you aren’t a big fan of polenta or want a lower carb option, you could substitute in mashed cauliflower, spaghetti squash, or zucchini noodles. I also highly recommend adding Parmesan cheese, goat cheese, or mozzarella if you have some calories to spare. It truly takes it to the next level.

Sausage, Spinach, and Polenta Bowl
Servings: 4
Serving Size: 3/4 cup polenta, 1 sausage, and 3/4 cup vegetables
Nutritional Info: 319 calories, 6g of fat, 42g of carbohydrates, 4g of fiber, 20g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 9 * (more…)

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