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Sunday Slow Cooker: Beef Encebollado

Sunday Slow Cooker: Beef Encebollado

Beef encebollado is a traditional dish that is especially popular in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic but can be found across Latin America. Since it is traditionally made with a tougher cut of beef, it’s a perfect nominee for the slow cooker and if you love onions, you will fall in love with this dish. It’s relatively simple – tons of sliced onions, oregano, vinegar, garlic, and some beef broth. That’s it. Some people like to add a touch of sugar, a Sazon seasoning pack, bell peppers, or tomatoes; but I personally prefer sticking to just the steak and onions.

Slow Cooker: Beef Encebollado
Servings: 6
Serving Size: 6 oz.
Nutritional Info: 223 calories, 5g of fat, 7g of carbohydrates, 1g of fiber, 37g of protein, 3g of sugar
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 5 * (more…)

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Friday Five: Slow Cooker Superbowl Recipes

Friday Five:  Slow Cooker Superbowl Recipes

Normally this time of year, I inundate you with a long list of appetizers, dips, and other snacky food to whip up for Superbowl Sunday. This year I thought I would do something a little different and focus on easy slow cooker recipes that could be made ahead of time and make enough to feed a crowd. Here’s my plan. While I watch the Patriots eek out a win over the Seahawks (!?!), I will volunteer to make the main dish that will take me approximately 10 minutes to place in the slow cooker. Then I will ask others to bring the sides, dips, and snacks to make it a true Superbowl celebration. What’s on your menu?

1. Slow Cooker Carnitas – Go Mexican themed for the Superbowl and ask friends to bring salsa, guacamole, skinny queso dip, baked tortilla chips, cut up fruit with Tajin, beans, and micheladas.

2. Pepperoncini Beef – This simple beef dish of an affordable roast and pepperoncinis is sure to please any crowd. Have friends bring rolls and lettuce wraps for serving, some buffalo wing hummus and veggies, homemade pita chips, giardiniera, tomato bruschetta, and/or an antipasto plate.

3. Chicken Enchilada Soup – I love the idea of creating a soup or chili bar for a Superbowl party and this simple soup recipe can be the star. Ask others to bring all the fixings – avocados, cheese, baked tortillas chips, sliced veggies, some nice bread or tortillas – and let everyone fix up there own version of the soup.

4. Barbecue Beef Sliders – It’s hard not to love a slider and these make a perfect Superbowl dish since they can hang out in the slow cooker all day and don’t need to be cooked to order like a traditional burger. Have someone bring yummy slider rolls, a delicious coleslaw, a pickle plate, and some healthy chips and dips.

5. Buffalo Chicken – It’s hard to think of any game day menu without something buffalo. Instead of reaching for high calorie wings, make this shredded buffalo chicken to serve with lettuce wraps, slider rolls, nachos, or pita bread.

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Roasted Sunchoke Chips

Roasted Sunchoke Chips

I am always on the lookout for new vegetables. Although we all have a go-to list of veggies for side dishes (hello cauliflower, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and sugar snap peas!), it’s fun to explore and find something new to mix things up. Recently on a farmer’s market trip, I found some lovely sunchokes, aka Jerusalem artichokes, that I couldn’t wait to try.

What is a sunchoke you ask? Let’s talk about that. Looks? They look just like ginger root and are small root veggies. They are can be be cream colored, brown , or even a bit red on the outside and are normally a creamy white on the inside. Origins? They come from a plant in the sunflower family, not the artichoke family. Taste? They taste like a root vegetable – sort of like a cross between a celery root and a potato in my opinion. They are earthy, a touch sweet, and really delicious. In terms of health and nutrition, they have high amounts of iron, potassium and thiamin. They are also low in calories and high in fiber making them work for low carb diets. There are lots of uses for sunchokes – soups, purees, shaved in salads or slaws, and roasted. Roasting them into delicate, delicious little sunchoke chips is my personal favorite.

Roasted Sunchoke Chips
Servings: 4
Serving Size: about 2/3 cup
Nutritional Info: 74 calories, 3.5g of fat, 8.7g of carbohydrates, ,7g of fiber, 1.2g of protein, 0g of sugar
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 2 * (more…)

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How to Cook Spaghetti Squash: Four Options

How to Cook Spaghetti Squash:  Four Options

Spaghetti squash and I are best pals.

I mean, seriously, let’s talk about this magical little veggie. It’s low calorie with only 31 calories per cup. That means you can eat a huge portion – let’s say 3 cups if you are ambitious – for under 100 calories. The same amount of pasta would have six times as many calories. It’s also low carb, gluten free, plant based, Paleo friendly, clean eating friendly – I mean it works on pretty much any diet. Win. And then let’s talk about the most important thing – it’s delicious and super versatile. You can use it to replace pasta in almost any recipe, it’s delicious in Asian stir-fries, it makes an excellent side dish, it can be even be used as a pizza crust! (Looking for spaghetti squash recipes, click here.)

Now that you are hopefully convinced that spaghetti squash is the best thing ever. Let’s talk about how to cook it.

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Sesame Roasted Carrots

Sesame Roasted Carrots

Lately the only way I want to eat veggies is roasted. I am on a major roasting kick. Typically I roast veggies in a simple combination of olive oil, salt, pepper, and perhaps some fresh herbs or garlic. Lately however I have been trying to move out of my comfort zone and experiment with some other oils and flavors. Since I love the nutty flavor of sesame oil, I imagined it would pair well with the sweetness of carrots and a touch of soy for salt. The results were delicious, especially with the ginger and garlic. Consider these for your next Asian inspired dish or roast up a big batch to add to salads during the week.

Sesame Roasted Carrots
Servings: 4
Serving Size: about 2/3 cup
Nutritional Info: 109 calories, 7g of fat, 11g of carbohydrates, 3g of fiber, 1g of protein, 6g of sugar
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 3 * (more…)

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Greek Yogurt Parmesan Chicken

Greek Yogurt Parmesan Chicken

This recipe is one of the most popular recipes on Pinterest these days. The concept is simple – chicken that is baked in either yogurt or mayonnaise, Parmesan cheese, and spices, usually seasoned salt. The yogurt keeps the chicken very moist while it cooks and adds some great flavor when combined with the cheese and spices. To make everything taste fresher, I usually opt for fresh garlic, a bright spice mix or fresh herbs, and lemon zest but the basic recipe can work with virtually any spices.

Greek Yogurt Parmesan Chicken
Servings: 5
Serving Size: 6 oz.
Nutritional Info: 217 calories, 4g of fat, 2g of carbohydrates, 0g of fiber, 40g of protein, 1g of sugar
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 5 * (more…)

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