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Spaghetti Squash Chopped Greek Salad

Spaghetti Squash Chopped Greek Salad

This holiday weekend was filled with pasta salads – the creamy, rich, stick to your thighs, types of pasta salads. And although my small stolen bites were delicious, it got me thinking about lower carb and healthier pasta salads and wondering how our dear friend spaghetti squash would hold up in a cold preparation. After a few failed attempts I found the key is tossing the spaghetti squash with an oil based dressing before serving. This helps prevent the spaghetti squash from sticking together and gives it more of a mouthfeel of a pasta salad in my opinion. I decided to layer this one up with my favorite Greek inspired ingredients (what were hiding out in my fridge) but you could doctor up your salad anyway you like.

Spaghetti Squash Chopped Greek Salad
Servings: 4
Serving Size: around 1.5 cups
Nutritional Info: 207 calories, 11.7g of fat, 14.9g carbohydrates, 2.2g dietary fiber, 17.5g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 6 * (more…)

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

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Cooking with McCormick FlavorPrint

Cooking with McCormick FlavorPrint

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of McCormick. All opinions are 100% mine.

Ever wished that someone could crawl into your brain and help you find the perfect recipe? One that is based the exact flavors you love so that it is sure to be a success. Well McCormick has done just that with their new FlavorPrint technology. It’s pretty amazing.

Here’s how it works. You go to the McCormick FlavorPrint website and fill out a quick quiz about what types of flavors you like. The quiz only takes a couple of minutes and asks you simple yes/no questions. Then from there, FlavorPrint suggests recipes based on your profile. You can select from all types of recipes – dinner, side dish, low calorie, celebrations, and more. Finally to tailor your profile even more, each time you make a recipe you rate it and the technology continues to refine it’s suggestions. Pretty awesome.

I decided to try out FlavorPrint one night while aimlessly staring into the fridge trying to figure out what to make for dinner. You know the kind of night. After spending less than two minutes filling out my profile, it identified Garlic/Onionish, Sour, and Coffee/Chocolately as my top flavors – pretty spot on. Then from there I started looking for recipes and ended up choosing the Grilled Asian Orange Chicken dish, which was a 99% match. The recipe was simple and the results were delicious. I will definitely be making it again. After dinner I went back to my profile and rated the recipe with a thumbs up and 5 stars. Rating the recipe helps FlavorPrint to continue to refine my profile and make better suggestions.

The next day I wanted to make a fun snack and went back into the FlavorPrint and found these delicious Southwest Deviled Eggs, a 93% match. I ended up loving the flavors – the seasoned salt and spice was perfect.

Southwest Deviled Eggs

Then for dinner that night, I used it again in search of a side dish. I ended up choosing this simple Summer Squash Saute with rosemary. It was another 99% match and another hit. I loved the combination of squash, rosemary, and tomatoes and was happy to find another simple side dish to add to my repertoire.

Summer Squash and Rosemary

So next time you are in search of a great recipe, try out FlavorPrint with McCormick!

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Cranberry Tuna Salad

Cranberry Tuna Salad

Lately summer lunches have had me stumped. Most days I am making some type of salad or wrap using leftover protein and veggies. However sometimes I want something different so I decided to create one of my favorite Whole Foods Cranberry Tuna Salads at home. The recipe itself is simple – some tuna, dried cranberries, a touch of apple and celery, and the secret ingredient – a couple tablespoons of sour cream. It takes a simple tuna salad to another level and will quickly be your new favorite summer lunch.

Cranberry Tuna Salad
Servings: 5
Serving Size: around 2/3 cup
Nutritional Info: 182 calories, 6.3g of fat, 8.6g of carbohydrates, 2g of fiber, 21.3g of protein, 4.1g of sugar
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 4 *
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* PointsPlus® calculated by Slender Kitchen; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.

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Baked Crispy Taco Shells: New and Improved

Baked Crispy Taco Shells:  New and Improved

With a summer full of tacos ahead of me, it’s important to have some quick and easy recipes up my sleeve to mix up the taco shells. Usually I reach for lightly grilled corn tortillas, low carb butter lettuce wraps, or warm soft flour tortillas; but every once in awhile I crave something crispy. That’s where these delicious crispy baked taco shells come into play. Awhile back I posted a similar (and delicious) recipe but ever since I have been continuing to work on it and I have finally found the trick to crispy, even bubbly, baked shells every time. The secret? Microwaving (or warming) the tortillas until they are extremely soft and pliable and then individually spraying them with cooking spray and carefully folding them over the oven rack. The result is crispy, crunchy shells that stand up all on their own. Taco perfection.

Baked Crispy Taco Shells
Servings: 4
Serving Size: 2 taco shells
Nutritional Information: around 110 calories (may vary based on tortilla brand)
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 2-4 * (more…)

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

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Sunday Slow Cooker: Tomato Chipotle Chicken Tacos

Sunday Slow Cooker:  Tomato Chipotle Chicken Tacos

Sorry (but not sorry) about all the taco recipes lately. I just can’t help myself since it is all I want to eat in the summer time. A few tacos, grilled corn, and a fresh salad and I couldn’t be happier. This taco recipe is a combination of two of my favorites – Chicken Tinga and a simple fire roasted tomato chicken dish. I love to add the chiptoles for some smokey heat. Just add enough to suit your palate. You can always use more adobo sauce on the taco itself after cooking if you need to please lots of different spice preferences. Served in some toasted corn tortillas with a sprinkling of cheese and you have an easy, affordable, and delicious meal.

Slow Cooker Tomato Chipotle Chicken
Servings: 6
Serving Size:
Nutritional Info: 194 calories, 3.4g of fat, 9.2g of carbohydrates, 2g of fiber, 31.2g of protein, 5.1g of sugar
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 5 *
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Friday Five: Trader Joe’s Summer Finds

Friday Five:  Trader Joe’s Summer Finds

Trader Joe’s is one of my favorite places to find unique snacks and treats that don’t break the calorie/PointsPlus® bank. Between their Gruyere, Caramelized Onion, and Ham Tart (just 15 PointsPlus® and 600 calories for the whole thing!), Chicken Lime Burgers (150 calories, 4 PointsPlus®), and their Spinach Artichoke Kale Dip (60 calories and 1 PointsPlus® for 1/4 cup), I could survive for weeks. However when the summer comes around I love to check out their new offerings and scoop up some old favorites. Here are some items on my shopping list, what’s on yours?>

1. Reduced Guilt Guacamole, 30 calories per 2 tablespoons, 1 PointsPlus® – made with Greek yogurt and has 40% less calories and 50% less fat than traditional guacamole and taste de-li-cious!

2. Turkey Corn Dogs, 150 calories, 4 PointsPlus® – don’t miss out on summer carnival fun and make these satisfying turkey corn dogs to satisfy your festival food cravings.

3. Raw Sauerkraut, 5 calories, 0 PointsPlus® – the perfect topping for dogs, burgers, and salads. This unique version includes pickled Persian cucumbers as well.

4. Toasted Coconut Cookie Thins, 130 calories per 8 cookies, 4 PointsPlus – no one would blame you if you smushed some light ice cream or frozen yogurt between two of these tasty coconutty cookies!

5. Hold the Cone! Mini Ice Cream Cones, 70 calories per cone, 2 PointsPlus® – 70 calories, 2 PointsPlus®, there isn’t really a need to say anything else.

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