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Friday Five: Weight Watchers 3-2-1 Cakes

Friday Five:  Weight Watchers 3-2-1 Cakes

Have y’all heard of 3-2-1 cakes aka Magic Cakes aka Microwave Mug Cakes? I am pretty sure I am really late to the game on this one but lately they have been filling my Instagram feed. So let’s start with what a 3-2-1 cake is. Essentially a 3-2-1 cake is an individual serving of microwave cake. It was originally made by combining one package of angel food cake mix with another packaged cake mix of your choice. Then you just add water and microwave. That’s it!

It get its name because you use 3 tablespoons of cake mix, 2 tablespoons of water, and then microwave it for 1 minute in a mug or bowl sprayed with cooking spray. Since the base recipe is so simple, the combinations for this microwave mug cake are endless. You can add or top it with so many different things – chocolate, peanut butter, nuts, whipped cream, fruit, pumpkin, pudding, cocoa powder, you get the gist. And perhaps best of all it comes in at just 80 calories and 2-3 PointsPlus® for the basic mix. Sounds pretty great and simple. Granted, it’s not the healthiest dessert option out there but great when you are really craving cake and want to save on calories or being tempted with leftovers for days.

So today I bring you the 3-2-1 cake and some of the delicious ways you can doctor it up! Are you a fan of this cake? How do you make it your own? Please share in the comments.

1. Basic 3-2-1 Cake: Combine 1 package of angel food cake mix with 1 package of regular cake mix (any flavor will do – chocolate, vanilla, spice, lemon, etc.). Store in an airtight container. When ready to serve add to a microwave safe dish sprayed with cooking spray. Stir in 2 tablespoons of water and microwave for 1 minute. Done.

2. Molton Chocolate/Candy 3-2-1 Cake: Follow the same instructions above but mix the cake mix in a separate container. Add half the batter to the mug and place a chocolate or candy in the center – a Hershey kiss, mini candy bar, or chocolate chips would work great. Pour remaining batter on top and microwave. For double chocolate, use a chocolate cake mix with the angel food cake mix for the batter.

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

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Weight Loss Wednesday: Nichole Lost 41 Pounds!

Weight Loss Wednesday:  Nichole Lost 41 Pounds!

Name: Nichole Wickens
Height: 5′ 5″
Starting Weight: 186 lbs.
Current Weight: 145 lbs.
Pounds Lost: 41 lbs.
How long did it take you to lose the weight: 5 months

Lightbulb Moment: I quit smoking in November of 2013. I was already over weight and extremely unhealthy thanks to smoking. I used food as a way to overcome my cigarette addiction. Around my 26th birthday in February 2014 I noticed that there were stretch marks on my stomach from weight gain. I stepped on a scale and was shocked. I had put on around 25 pounds in 3 months.

How did you do it? About a month later, in March of 2014, I joined Weight Watchers. I was hesitant at first because I had misconceptions that it was for older women, or women with bigger weight problems than mine. I was relieved to see that I was accepted and encouraged in the meetings. The app was a huge life saver and I considered ‘dieting’ as a big math problem. I like math so this made sense to me. (more…)

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Indian Spiced Cabbage with Dates

Indian Spiced Cabbage with Dates

Spicy, earthy, and with just a hint of sweetness, this Indian inspired side dish will definitely be making an appearance in my kitchen often. There are quite a few things I love about this recipe. First it comes together in under 10 minutes if you start with pre-shredded cabbage or cole slaw mix. Win! Second it is full of unusual and interesting flavors from the mustard seeds, curry, garlic, ginger, and dates. This makes it a great complement to a simple baked or grilled protein since the side dish packs in the flavor. Win, win! Finally it tastes great hot, at room temperature, or chilled, which makes it great for leftovers. In fact, it will taste better the next day and is delicious as a cold salad, sandwich filling, or added to a broth for a quick Indian inspired soup. It’s also low calorie and can be low carb without the dates so it works for lots of diets. Win, win, win!

Indian Spiced Cabbage with Dates
Servings: 4
Serving Size: 1/4 recipe (about 2/3 cup)
Nutritional Info: 91 calories, 3.9g of fat, 14.4g carbohydrates, 3.1g dietary fiber, 1.7g of protein, 9.4g of sugar
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 2 * (more…)

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

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Sesame Chicken with Broccoli

Sesame Chicken with Broccoli

A few years back I shared a simple recipe for Sesame Chicken and it has been an absolute blog and meal plan favorite ever since. More than just a blog favorite, it’s a household favorite and something I personally prepare at least 1-2 times a month. Usually when I am making it at home, I add whatever veggies I have own hand – broccoli, green beans, asparagus, snap peas, snow peas, cabbage, red peppers, or a mix. Since lately some questions have been rolling in about the best way to add veggies, I thought it was worth it to share this veggie packed version of sesame chicken. Hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

Sesame Chicken with Broccoli
Servings: 4
Serving Size: 1/4 recipe (about 1/3 lb. chicken and 3/4 cup broccoli)
Nutritional Info: 238 calories, 7.2g of fat, 9.7g carbohydrates, 2.4g dietary fiber, 33.1g of protein, 3.8g of sugar
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 6 * (more…)

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

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Friday Five: Healthy Pumpkin Recipes

Friday Five:  Healthy Pumpkin Recipes

It’s fall and it seems as if the world has gone pumpkin crazy. This is great news if you love pumpkin (like me!) but probably already driving you completely nuts if you don’t. Not only are there hundreds of pumpkin recipes flooding around the blogosphere, this year it feels like more and more companies have jumped on the pumpkin bandwagon. I even saw pumpkin gum (!!) at the grocery store today. It’ a bit out of control. However like the other pumpkin lovers out there, I just can’t help myself. Here are some of my favorite pumpkin recipes! What are yours? Please share them in the comments.

1. Microwave Pumpkin Custard, 111 calories, 2-3 PointsPlus ®
2. Pumpkin Chia Seed Pudding, 145 calories, 4 PointsPlus®
3. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies, 82 calories, 2 PointsPlus
4. Paleo Pumpkin Pancakes, 118 calories, 3 PointsPlus®
5. Pumpkin Beer Bread with Pumpkin Maple Cream Cheese, 172 calories/4 PointsPlus® for the bread and 81 calories/2 PointsPlus® for the cream cheese

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Skinny Pesto

Skinny Pesto

There are certain things I always like to have in my freezer for quick meals when I need them. The first is a great homemade marinara sauce, usually with meatballs that can be quickly paired with pasta, spaghetti squash, or used for sandwiches or for quick stuffed peppers. The second is a homemade soup, usually chili, that can be used for lunches or dinner paired with a simple salad. The third is a breakfast option – like these frozen breakfast quesadillas or DIY Egg McMuffins. Last on the list is today’s recipe for skinny pesto. I use it for pastas, simple stirfrys, homemade pizzas, sandwiches, baked potatoes, baked chicken, and more. I always have at least two or three containers frozen and ready to go. I recommend doubling or tripling the recipe and storing it for when you need some quick recipe inspiration. Want to use it right away? Consider this delicious Zucchini Pesto Pasta!

Skinny Pesto
Servings: 8
Serving Size: 2 tbsp.
Nutritional Info: 58 calories, 5.5g of fat, 1.3g carbohydrates, 0g dietary fiber, 2g of protein, 0g of sugar
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 1 * (more…)

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