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Cumin Chicken

Cumin Chicken

Whenever I feel myself on the edge of falling off the healthy eating wagon, I pack my fridge with healthy options so I have no excuses. Then I give into to one indulgence. This sets me up for success but lets me give into temptation at the same time. It usually works to get my head back in the game. What works for you?

Recently as I felt myself getting close to giving up the diet for awhile, I filled my fridge with veggies, fruit, and lots of this simple and delicious chicken. It’s perfect over greens, rolled into wraps, stuffed in tacos, mixed into chicken salad, added to store bought soup, or used in any variety of meals and snacks. Having it around helps me make healthier choices without too much thinking.

Cumin Chicken
Servings: 4 servings
Serving Size: 6 oz. chicken
Nutritional Info: 182 calories, 4.2 of fat, 0g of carbohydrates, 0g of fiber, 35.1g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 5 *

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Grilled Honey Lime Salmon

Grilled Honey Lime Salmon

The sun is starting to shine more often and that means it’s time to get out and grill. I absolutely love cooking on the grill and find it is one of the easiest ways to make tasty, healthy, quick meals that require little to no clean up. For this meal, we are going to make a simple marinade for the fish with lime juice, lime zest, soy sauce, and honey and then cook the salmon on the grill until just cooked through. I paired it with some simple green beans that I cooked on the grill in a foil packet and dinner was cooked in no time.

Grilled Honey Lime Salmon
Servings: 4 servings
Serving Size: 4 oz. salmon
Nutritional Info: 216.5 calories, 8.2 of fat, 4.9g of carbohydrates, .1g of fiber, 29.4g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 5 *

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Skinny Cilantro Pesto

Skinny Cilantro Pesto

There is almost nothing better to me than a delicious pesto. I love the combination of delicious herbs, nuts, lemon juice, garlic, and just a touch of cheese. However if you have ever made pesto or checked out the stats on store bought versions, you know it is packed with calories. Sometimes over 100 calories per 2 tablespooons. Luckily with a few slight modifications, namely using vegetable broth to replace some of the oil, you can make a delicious pesto for half the calories and fat. This version uses cilantro instead of the traditional basil. I love using it as a dipping sauce or sandwich spread, but it also works with pastas and roasted meat or vegetable dishes. Just drizzle some on top before serving. Delicious.

Skinny Cilantro 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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Roasted Cajun Potatoes

Roasted Cajun Potatoes

Here are how things normally go down around dinner time in my house. It always starts with a simple “What’s for dinner?” and unless the answer is pasta or tacos, it end with another simple question “with potatoes?”. So to please the masses, I often make simple side dishes of roasted potatoes. Sometimes I just use olive oil, sometimes I mix in lot of garlic, sometimes there are other vegetables, and lately I have been making this Cajun version with a homemade spice blend and some green onions. It pairs great with roasted chicken or pork and you can make it as spicy as you like. For low carb and Paleo dieters, this recipe is delicious with sweet potatoes, butternut squash, turnips, rutabaga, or celery root.

Roasted Cajun Potatoes
Servings: 4
Serving Size: 2/3 cup
Nutritional Info: 110 calories, 2g of fat, 20g of carbohydrates, 3g of fiber, 2g of protein, 1g of sugar
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 3 * (more…)

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Creative Meals and Snacks in Minutes with Flatout Flatbread

Creative Meals and Snacks in Minutes with Flatout Flatbread

I couldn’t be happier today to team up with Flatout Flatbread once more to bring you creative ideas for using their incredible flatbreads and wraps to create delicious and simple meals and snacks. As I told you before, I am pretty much obsessed with their 90 calorie, low carb, 2 PointsPlus® Light Original wraps and they are always in my fridge. Whether I am reaching for a quick breakfast, hankering for pizza, or need a snack – I know it is a healthy and low calorie way to build something delicious.

The building block for all the meals and snacks I will be sharing today is a delicious Flatout flatbread. They come in traditional flatbreads (Light, Original, Spinach, Sundried Tomato, Italian Herb, and lots of Whole Grain options), Artisan Pizza Crusts (in 3 flavors), Fold It Flatbreads, and even a Lavash bread version. Every flatbread variety is low in fat, a good source of fiber and of course, perfect for wraps, pinwheels and super easy pizza. So with Flatout less is more…less calories, carbs, time with more flavor, protein and options! Perfect for a healthy meal or snack.

Now on to the meals and snacks!

1. Flatout + Nut Butter + Bananas/Apples/Grapes + Chia Seeds = Post Workout Energy Wrap

2. Flatout + Veggies + Leftover Protein + Reduced Fat Cheese = Speedy Low Calorie Pizza

3. Flatout + Canned Black Beans + Salsa + Chopped Veggies + Reduced Fat Cheese = Fiber Packed Burrito or Quesadilla

4. Flatout + Reduced Calorie Cream Cheese + Deli Meat + Mediterranean Veggies + Olives = Greek Inspired Pinwheels

5. Flatout + Thinly Sliced Peaches/Pears/Apples + Blue Cheese/Goat Cheese + Balsamic Vinegar = Cocktail Party Approved Flatbread Appetizer

6. Oven Baked Flatout + Microwaved Salsa & Cream Cheese = Creamy Spicy Salsa Dip and Chips

7. Flatout + Reduced Fat Cool Whip + Diced Fruit + Chocolate Drizzle = Delectable Kid Friendly Dessert Pizza

8. Flatout + Last Night’s Leftover Meat & Veggies + Lettuce = Lazy Lunchtime Wrap

Now some exciting news! If you haven’t tried Flatout Flatbreads yet and want to try them out before purchasing, Flatout is doing in store demos at Walmart from from April 9th-12th! During the demos, they will be sharing the their yummy flatbreads with cream cheese and berries.

Along with this, they are offering a great buy one, get one coupon so you can stock up on your favorite flavors. Just click here to get your coupon!

Flatout Coupon

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

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Sunday Slow Cooker: Sesame Ginger Chicken

Sunday Slow Cooker:  Sesame Ginger Chicken

Sesame chicken in the slow cooker! I couldn’t be more excited to share this recipe with you today since sesame chicken is one of the most popular recipes on Slender Kitchen. This slow cooker version combines similar ingredients but I amped up the ginger for extra flavor. It is cooked low and slow until it is fall apart tender and then broiled quickly to crisp everything up.

Depending on your preferences, you can play around with the flavors. Use less ginger for a more traditional sesame chicken, add extra sugar if you like things sweet, add Sriracha for a spicy take, or add some orange marmalade for a flavor similar to orange chicken. You can also switch out the chicken for pork, and if you don’t want to broil things, strain the sauce out and quickly boil it to thicken the sauce.

Slow Cooker Sesame Ginger Chicken
Servings: 6
Serving Size: 6 oz.
Nutritional Info: 240 calories, 8g of fat, 7.8g carbohydrates, 0g dietary fiber, 29.3g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 5 * (more…)

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