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Chopped Mediterranean Zucchini Salad

Chopped Mediterranean Zucchini Salad

Lately I have been on quite a salad kick. There have been breakfast salads with poached eggs, lots of lunch salads packed with leftover grilled veggies and quinoa, dinner salads stuffed with BBQ chicken and corn and peaches, and lots of new and yummy salad side dishes like today’s chopped zucchini salad. It’s an easy combination – matchstick zucchini and squash, crunchy red peppers, carrots, red onion, Kalamata olives, pepperoncinis, and a simple garlicky dressing to round things out. It’s a great salad to bring to a picnic or gathering since it holds up well without wilting.

Chopped Mediterranean Zucchini Salad
Servings: 4
Serving Size: 1.25 cups
Nutritional Info: 47 calories, 2g of fat, 6.8g carbohydrates, 2.2g dietary fiber, 1.6g of protein, 3.5g of sugar
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 1 * (more…)

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

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Light Italian Dressing

Light Italian Dressing

This recipe has been a long time coming. Almost once a week I get an email from someone in look of a homemade, natural low calorie Italian dressing. I have tried countless recipes but nothing really worked until this one. The base is actually made from a tomato and roasted red pepper. From there you add all the typical Italian dressing components and the end result is a delicious Italian inspired dressing. I recommend making it a day in advance so the flavors have time to blend and really come through. Play with the level of spices to suit your preferences and make sure to use a nice, ripe tomato so it’s packed with flavor.

Light Italian Dressing
Servings: 8
Serving Size: 2 tbsp.
Nutritional Info: 38 calories, 3.6g of fat, 1.6g carbohydrates, 0g dietary fiber, .3g of protein, 1g of sugar
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 1 * (more…)

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

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Cauliflower Fritters

Cauliflower Fritters

Cheese, cauliflower, fritter. Say no more. These crispy, crunchy cauliflower cakes are perfect as a vegetarian entree, veggie burger, or as a side dish. They are also great for low carb dieters with the addition on flaxseed meal in place of the flour. I recommend adding some fresh herbs or spices to the fritters to match whatever you are preparing. Consider including some fresh thyme and basil, curry powder and ground ginger, smoked paprika and oregano, or Italian seasoning and a squirt of tomato paste. They also make a delicious breakfast with a fried or poached egg.

Cauliflower Fritters
Servings: 4
Serving Size: 2 fritters
Nutritional Info: 161 calories, 7.7g of fat, 14.4g carbohydrates, 3.4g dietary fiber, 10g of protein, 3.5g of sugar
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 4 * (more…)

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

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Friday Five: Make Ahead Dinners

Friday Five:  Make Ahead Dinners

With school starting for many people in the coming weeks, it’s only natural to start thinking about busier weeknights packed with school events, sports, and other commitments that can make dinner time a challenge even for the most organized. So to plan ahead for busy nights and consider whipping up one of these meals on the weekend so that all you need to do that night is pop it in the oven or reheat and a delicious meal is ready.

What are your favorite make ahead meals?

1. BBQ Meatloaf Muffins, 114 calories, 3 PointsPlus®
These charming little meatloaf muffins are not only delicious but are perfect for a make ahead meal. Make a big batch and use them for dinner one night and also in lunches during the week.

2. Cheesy Chicken and Cauliflower Stuffed Peppers, 241 calories, 6 PointsPlus®
Stuffed peppers are a popular make ahead meal but this recipe takes them up a notch using cauliflower and chicken as the stuffing. This meals keeps well, freezes great, and even works for low carb eaters.

3. Turkey Picadillo, 175 calories, 4 PointsPlus®
Picadillo is a Latin American dish made with ground beef or turkey, tomato sauce, potatoes, carrots, and some spice. Make a big batch and simply reheat for a quick and hearty weeknight meal.

4. Rosemary Chicken Breasts, 218 calories, 5 PointsPlus®
This simple flavorful chicken is great to have in the house when you need a quick meal. Chop it up and add it to salads, wraps, a quick pizza, or pasta and have a meal in minutes.

5. Three Cheese Stuffed Zucchini Lasagna Roll Ups, 240 calories, 6 PointsPlus®
Could you imagine anything better after a hectic day? Indulgent, cheesy, vegetarian lasagna rolls to bring comfort without all the calories.

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Toasted Oat and Roasted Strawberry Parfaits

Toasted Oat and Roasted Strawberry Parfaits

I love it when small changes yield big results. For example, recently I finally decided to get professionally fitted for a pair of running shoes. One hour of my time and a bit more than I usually spend, but huge results. My feet feel better than ever, my knees hurt less, and I can actually run further. Seriously – I get fatigued about 1/2 mile later than I used to. I also recently started keeping my phone in the living room instead of next to me at bedtime. Small change, big results. I feel more relaxed and don’t find my mind racing at night about the emails I saw right before trying to go to bed.

Today’s recipe is another small change with big results. With a few small tweaks to the recipe and an extra 15 minutes in prep time, we take a mundane breakfast parfait to a whole new place. Roasting the fruit is the first small change. It creates a more intense, sweeter, richer flavor. From there we add nuttiness to the oats by quickly toasting them in a skillet. (This works great with any oatmeal recipe!) Make up a batch with any fruit you like, peaches are another favorite, and store leftover fruits and oats for quick midweek breakfasts and snacks.

What are some of your favorite small changes to lead to big results?

Toasted Oat and Roasted Strawberry Parfaits
Servings: 4
Serving Size: 1.25 cups
Nutritional Info: 266 calories, 1.7g of fat, 36.1g carbohydrates, 5g dietary fiber, 26.5g of protein, 18.5g of sugar
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 6 * (more…)

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

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Charred Corn with Chili and Lime

Charred Corn with Chili and Lime

I could eat grilled corn with every meal. Seriously. I love it as a simple side dish and always add leftovers to salads, frittatas, scrambles, and salsas. The sweet, slightly smoky, crisp bite of grilled corn elevates almost any dish in my opinion. And while I am usually content with simple grilled corn, when I want to step things up, this chili lime corn is usually what I am making. A simple zesty butter made with lime juice, lime zest, chili powder, and garlic powder is rubbed on the corn and then it is wrapped up and grilled until nice and charred. Delicious.

Charred Corn with Chili and Lime
Servings: 4
Serving Size: 1 cob
Nutritional Info: 123 calories, 6.3g of fat, 14.8g carbohydrates, 2g dietary fiber, 2.1g of protein, 2.4g of sugar
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 4 * (more…)

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

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