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Sunday Slow Cooker: Spicy Braised Beef

Sunday Slow Cooker:  Spicy Braised Beef

There are a few things I almost always have on hand and in my experience can be instantly turned into a delicious meal. First I grab whatever protein has been hanging out in the freezer the longest. To that I add some chopped onions, bell peppers, something spicy in the form of of spicy fresh peppers or chipotles, some canned diced tomatoes, and a bit of broth. Usually I add the usual suspects for spices – oregano, coriander, and cumin – and throw everything into the slow cooker to cook all day. However this last version I threw together turned out so well I had to share it.

There are a few great things about this recipe, which is another reason I wanted to share it. First, the spice level can be customized to fit your needs. Personally I like things spicy so I added three chopped serrano peppers and left the seeds intact, but if you don’t like spice just use a green bell pepper. Secondly, there are a thousand and one ways to eat it. Make tacos, add extra beef broth and make a stew, serve it over rice or pasta, stuff it in some roasted peppers, you get idea. And finally, it’s a great meal for meal prep. Make it Sunday and you can use leftovers for lunches or quick dinners all week.

Slow Cooker Spicy Braised Beef
Servings: 6
Serving Size: 6 oz. beef
Nutritional Info: 210 calories, 5.7 of fat, 5.3g of carbohydrates, 1.4g of fiber, 34.8g 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: Make a Healthy Dinner with 5 Ingredients or Less

Friday Five: Make a Healthy Dinner with 5 Ingredients or Less

Need a healthy, quick, and delicious dinner? Then these today’s recipes are for you. Each recipe in today’s Friday Five has five ingredients or less (not counting salt and pepper) and are perfect for nights when you want an easy recipe or just don’t feel like making a big grocery store haul. In fact its likely that you already have most of what you need at home.

What are your favorite 5 ingredients or less recipes?

1. Roast Jalapeno, Garlic, & Cilantro Chicken Breasts, 7 PointsPlus®, 277 calories

2. Slow Cooker Pepperoncini Beef, 5 PointsPlus®, 203 calories

3. Honey Chipotle Salmon, 5 PointsPlus®, 225 calories
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Meal Planning Made Easy & Week 19 Meal Plan

Meal Planning Made Easy & Week 19 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.<./p>

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: Theme Nights

Starting each week from scratch can make meal planning difficult, so to make things easier pick theme nights to speed things up and limit your recipe choices. For example, I like to make a slow cooker meal weekly for Sunday dinner and use those leftovers for lunches throughout the week. Monday is Pasta night and Friday is takeout food at home – burgers, pizzas, etc. I also always include one seafood dish, one chicken dish, one beef dish, and one pork dish weekly. This speeds up meal planning immensely since I know what recipes to look for. Some ideas for theme nights could include – Taco Tuesdays, Grilling Night, Meatless Monday, Friday Fish, Pizza Night, Sunday Slow Cooker, etc.

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 Beef Machaca with Carrot Cauliflower Rice
  • Slow Cooker Butternut Squash and Black Beans (vegetarian plan)
  • Spicy Barbecue Chicken Thighs
  • Lasagna Rolls
  • Eggplant Lasagna Rolls (low carb plan)
  • Almond Crusted Chicken Tenders with Green Bean Fries
  • Blackened Tilapia Fish Tacos with Avocado Pico de Gallo
  • Green Goddess Bowl (vegetarian plan)
  • Lemon Chia Muffins (low carb plan)
  • Banana Quinoa Chia Muffins
  • Breakfast English Muffin Pizzas
  • Western Hash Brown Breakfast Casserole
  • & 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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Banana, Kale, Ginger Smoothie

Banana, Kale, Ginger Smoothie

Is it time to push the reset button? Maybe it was an indulgent meal last night (guilty!), a few days off track, or even a week or two or three of making less than stellar food choices. This smoothie is for you. Packed with vitamins and nutrients, it will help you reset your body, pump it full of vitamins and nutrients, and get back on track.

This combination is one of my all time favorites, especially because of the fresh ginger, which I love in just about anything. Paired with the kale, banana, and strawberries, it’s a smoothie that’s sure to refresh and recharge.

Banana, Kale, and Ginger Smoothie
Servings: 1
Serving Size: 1.25 cups
Nutritional Info: 234 calories, 4.1 of fat, 48.7g of carbohydrates, 6.5g of fiber, 6.4g of protein, 22.4g of sugar
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 6 *

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

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Vietnamese Rice Noodle Salad

Vietnamese Rice Noodle Salad

Today I want to talk about rice noodles for a moment. They are your best friend on nights that it’s too hot (or it’s just too hard, we’ve all been there) to turn on the stove since all it takes to prepare them is a simple 15 minute soak in cold water. That’s it. Now you may have heard that you can boil them (which you can) but according to a recent Thai cooking class I attended, rice noodles should actually never be boiled because it ruins the integrity of the noodle and creates a gummy texture. So soaking it is!

Now onto today’s salad recipe. All we are going to do is make a quick dressing with some classic Vietnamese flavors – lime juice, fish sauce (or soy), brown sugar, rice vinegar, garlic, and chilis – and then combine that with the noodles, crispy veggies, and some chopped peanuts. It couldn’t be easier. Feeling especially pressed for time? Pick up all the veggies at the salad bar and then you don’t even have to chop anything. That means the only prep is soaking the noodles and making the dressing.

This salad keeps well for 3-4 days in the fridge and is great with any protein – chicken, tofu, shrimp, steak, or some drained chickpeas.

Vietnamese Rice Noodle Salad
Servings: 6
Serving Size: 1.25 cups
Nutritional Info: 182 calories, 3.1 of fat, 35g of carbohydrates, 2.9g of fiber, 4.3g of protein, 6.3g of sugar
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 4 *

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Broiled Asian Chicken Thighs

Broiled Asian Chicken Thighs

Say hello to your favorite new way to cook chicken thighs – the broiler!

Seriously, why did it take me so long to learn this easy and delicious trick to make juicy chicken thighs? They come out juicy and tender with just enough crisp and crunch on the outside. Perfect. And in under 15 minutes? That’s a kitchen win every time.

For today’s version (because I can almost certainly promise that this won’t be the last broiled chicken thigh recipe here), we are going to marinate the chicken in savory earthy Hoisin sauce, lime juice, a touch of sweet brown sugar, some rice vinegar, garlic, ginger, sesame oil, and a touch of spice from my beloved Sriracha. You can leave that out if you don’t like spice. It’s still de-li-cious. Once that has a chance to do it’s thing overnight, we are going to pop these flavor bombs under the broiler for just 10-12 minutes and dinner is served. Easy. Delicious. Quick.

Broiled Asian Chicken Thighs
Servings: 4
Serving Size: 4 oz.
Nutritional Info: 229 calories, 13.6 of fat, 7.9g of carbohydrates, 0g of fiber, 17.6g of protein, 4.4g of sugar
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 5 *

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

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