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Ancho Chile Ground Beef Tacos

Ancho Chile Ground Beef Tacos

I have a soft spot for a delicious ground beef taco. While their not authentic and you would be hard pressed to find anything resembling this taco in Mexico, they can be so comforting and delicious. I like to pile mine high with lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, cilantro, shredded cheese, and salsa. Served up with salad, soft taco shells, these crispy baked shells, or on baked nachos – it makes a satisfying and super quick meal.

Ancho Chile Ground Beef Tacos
Servings: 4
Serving Size: 4 oz. beef
Nutritional Info: 157 calories, 4.8g of fat, 3.2g of carbohydrates, .6g of fiber, 24.8g of protein, Sugars: 0g
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 4 *
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Friday Five: Freezer Friendly Soups

Friday Five: Freezer Friendly Soups

There is almost nothing better this time of year than to have a freezer full of delicious, warm, and comforting soups portioned out in the freezer for lunches or dinners in a rush. Here are some of my favorite freezer friendly soups. What are yours?

1. Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup, 257 calories, 6 PointsPlus® – this is one of my all time favorite soups and it holds up great in the freezer. Make a vegetarian version with white beans instead of the chicken.

2. Slow Cooker Chicken, Kale, & Quinoa Stew, 267 calories, 7 PointsPlus® – if you want a hearty soup that really fills you up, this is the one to make. The combination of chicken thighs, kale, and quinoa is perfect in this thick stew. Make it vegetarian by using chickpeas instead of chicken thighs. Make it Paleo friendly with butternut squash or sweet potato instead of quinoa.

3. Creamy Mushroom Soup, 123 calories, 3 PointsPlus® – this is probably my favorite soup recipe on Slender Kitchen. It’s seriously good. Paired with a salad or sandwich, it can make a great lunch or dinner. I also sometimes use it as pasta sauce. Yum!

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Curried Cauliflower, Pomegranate, & Quinoa Salad with NOW Foods

Curried Cauliflower, Pomegranate, & Quinoa Salad with NOW Foods

With Thanksgiving weeks away, my mind is racing to come up with great side dish options. Since I usually don’t host Thanksgiving at my house, the turkey is never my job (thankfully!) and I always volunteer for side dishes instead of sweet treats.

Personally, I find that bringing along a healthy and delicious side dish (where I control the calories and ingredients) can be a huge factor in staying on track on within reason on any big eating holiday. Here’s how it works for me. By bringing a healthy and hearty side dish, I can easily make that the center of my plate and main part of my meal. From there I can add small portions of more indulgent treats along with some lean turkey breast and easily keep from calorie overload. This not only saves me from trying to guess how much butter the potatoes and veggies have, but helps me fill up on something healthy and delicious while still leaving some room for indulgent treats. I mean Thanksgiving isn’t Thanksgiving without stuffing, right?

So now let’s talk about this side dish. I have already eaten it three times this week for lunch. By combining rainbow quinoa, roasted curried cauliflower, and sweet pomegranate seeds you get a hearty, healthy, and seriously good salad. The cauliflower has enough flavor that you don’t really need much for dressing – just some lemon and olive oil – and you can add any fresh herbs you to brighten things up. It also keeps great so it can be made ahead of time and served cold or at room temperature.

Curried Cauliflower, Pomegranate, & Quinoa Salad
Servings: 6
Serving Size: 1 cup
Nutritional Information: 171 calories, 6.5g of fat, 24.9g of carbohydrates, 3.9g of fiber, 5.4g of protein, 4.7g of sugar
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 4 *
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Healthier Cheddar Broccoli Soup

Healthier Cheddar Broccoli Soup

As much as I love buying fresh veggies at the farmer’s market, with colder weather and winter approaching it isn’t always easy (or affordable!) to find your favorite fruits and veggies. Luckily when that happens, I know I can turn to frozen fruits and vegetables to get the same nutritional punch. That’s why today I am excited to team up with the Frozen Food Foundation to share a delicious recipe for Healthier Broccoli Cheddar Soup made with frozen broccoli and to clear up some common misconceptions about frozen food based on a recent University of California, Davis study.

Let’s talk about frozen fruits and vegetables for a minute. Contrary to popular belief, a University of California, Davis study revealed that frozen fruits and vegetables are generally as rich in nutrients, and often more so, than their fresh counterparts. They found that freezing is basically nature’s “pause button.” When produce is picked at its peak ripeness, this locks in nutrient value meaning it is just as healthy as when it fresh.

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Healthy Low Carb Zucchini Lasagna with Daisy Cottage Cheese & A Giveaway

Healthy Low Carb Zucchini Lasagna with Daisy Cottage Cheese & A Giveaway

This post is brought to you by Daisy Cottage Cheese but all opinions are 100% mine.

Every year around this time I like to set a fitness goal to keep me on track through the holiday season. With more gatherings focused on food, so many tempting holiday treats, and colder weather coming in; it can be incredibly easy to stay indoors and wrap my extra pounds in winter clothing. So to combat that (and burn extra calories so I can still indulge a bit!), I always set a goal to stay motivated. This year my goal is running a holiday 10K the third week of December. It will ensure that I continue with my weekly runs and don’t go into winter hibernation mode. Do you have any holiday fitness goals?

However knowing that a fitness goal is only one step to setting myself up for success, I also focus on keeping my fridge full of healthy meals and foods over this month. One recipe I make sure to have around (with one in the freezer) is this delicious Low Carb Zucchini Lasagna made with Low Fat Daisy Cottage Cheese instead of ricotta. With 13g of protein and only 90 calories per serving, it’s a healthier addition to this lasagna recipe and serves as a great high protein snack as well. It also doesn’t contain many of the preservatives and additives of other brands with less than 4 ingredients. Love that.

One more quick and delicious idea! If you don’t feel like making a full lasagna, just mix up the cottage cheese, Parmesan cheese, and spices and add it to your pasta. You’ll get extra lean protein and all the great flavor or lasagna without all the work.

Cottage cheese lasagna

Low Carb Zucchini Lasagna
Servings: 8
Serving Size: 1 slice
Nutritional Information: 278 calories, 10.1g of fat, 16.6g of carbohydrates, 4g of fiber, 30.7g of protein, 7.7 g of sugar
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 7 *
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Sunday Slow Cooker: Banh Mi Pork

Sunday Slow Cooker:  Banh Mi Pork

Bánh Mì are delicious sweet and spicy Vietnamese sandwiches packed with flavor. They typically come packed in a French baguette with savory pork, pickled veggies, and a creamy mayonnaise based spicy spread. They are one of my favorite sandwiches ever. So when a craving hit this week, I set out to recreate a bánh mì style meal at home using the slow cooker. The meat is cooked with jalapeno, ginger, garlic, soy sauce, rice vinegar, and sugar to give it tons of flavor. This gives it a deep, rich, and seriously delicious flavor. From there, you can serve it up however you like. I went for a bánh mì style taco with some quick home pickled carrots and jalapenos and a squirt of Sriracha. So so good.

Slow Cooker Banh Mi Pork
Servings: 6
Serving Size: 2/3 cup
Nutritional Information: 237 calories, 3.5g of fat, 11.7g of carbohydrates, 0g of fiber, 36.9g of protein, 5.5 g of sugar
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 5 *
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