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Honey Lime Shrimp

Honey Lime Shrimp

Lately I have been craving lots of seafood – shrimp, fish, scallops, almost anything. Maybe it’s because summer is approaching and with that fond memories of weekends spent eating fresh amazing seafood in New England gathered with family and friends. Or maybe it’s my body unconsciously telling me that there are only a few weeks left before I need to wear a bathing suit so it’s time to pack in the low calorie meals. I like to think it’s the first reason but it’s realistically probably a bit of each. So when you are feeling that way, shrimp is a great option. With only 120 calories and 3 PointsPlus® per 4 oz. they are a delicious option, especially when jazzed up with honey and lime like in this recipe.

Honey Lime Shrimp
Servings: 4
Serving Size: 4 oz. shrimp
Nutritional Information: 159 calories, 1.9g of fat, 7.6g of carbohydrates, 0g of fiber, 26g of protein, 4.3g 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: Memorial Day Menu

Friday Five:  Memorial Day Menu

Let’s talk Memorial Day menus! What are you planning on whipping up to celebrate the 3 day weekend? Although I haven’t quite figured out what I am going to cook, here are some things I am thinking about.

Salads and Sides

Grilled Sweet Potatoes with Rosemary (from The Lemon Bowl)
Butternut Squash and Quinoa Salad
Brussel’s Sprout and Pear Slaw
Mexican Street Corn
Black Bean and Corn Salad (from Food Network)

Main Dishes

Honey Chiptole Salmon
Double Bean Burgers
Beer Can Chicken (from How Sweet Eats)
Grilled Summer Pizza (from Bev Cooks)
Adobo Flank Steak with Corn Relish from Cooking Light)

Dessert

Lemon Berry Angel Food Trifle (from The Lemon Bowl)
Red, White, and Blueberry Yogurt Cupcakes (from SkinnyTaste)
Red, White, and Blue Fruit Skewers with Cheescake Dip from SkinnyTaste)
Raspberry Cheesecake Popsicles

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Strawberry Steel Cut Oats

Strawberry Steel Cut Oats

Baked steel cut strawberry oats- perfect for a delicious at home or on the go breakfast.

Lately I have been eating bowls and bowls of steel cut oats, usually made overnight in the fridge but this past weekend it was particularly chilly and I wanted warm baked oatmeal instead. Usually for a recipe like that I would reach for regular oats but since steel cut oats were all I had on hand, I decided to take a chance and make baked steel cut oats instead. The result was hearty, delicious, and full of strawberry goodness. Served with some yogurt in the morning or dare I say ice cream at night, it’s a delicious healthy option.

But enough about oats, let’s get to the recipe. I am excited to be sharing it over on my friend Ashley’s lovely blog Wishes and Dishes. Head over to check out the recipe and spend some time checking out her other delicious dishes.

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

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Roasted Hoisin Glazed Cabbage

Roasted Hoisin Glazed Cabbage

There are certain “shortcut” sauces out there that I almost always reach for when I want to infuse a bunch of delicious flavor without spending lots of time time chopping, blending, peeling, or pulsing. Some are easy to make at home and others would take hours. Homemade sriracha sounds like a great challenge but the thought of the chile fumes and fingers sends me packing.

One of my favorite shortcut sauces is Hoisin sauce, which is the star of today’s recipe. Hoisin is a Chinese sweet, salty, slightly spicy sauce that pairs great with proteins, stir frys, and veggies. It can usually be found with other Asian sauces and ingredients or you can make your own version at home in about 10 minutes. Either way it infuses great, rich flavors into dishes and makes the perfect pairing for earthy cabbage in this simple roasted side dish. For glazing, like in this recipe, I like to thin out the sauce with a touch of soy and rice vinegar, but you could also use the sauce as is. I recommend giving the Hoisin a quick taste before adding soy since some versions are very salty. If yours is already plenty salty, just add water instead or leave it out.Roasted Hoisin Glazed Cabbage
Servings: 4
Serving Size: 1/4 of cabbage, around 3 pieces.
Nutritional Information: 40 calories, 0.3g of fat, 7.9g of carbohydrates, 2.9g of fiber, 1.4g of protein, 4.5g of sugar
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 1 * (more…)

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

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Honey Chipotle Salmon

Honey Chipotle Salmon

This super simple salmon dish warranted a this is the best salmon I have ever had from my father. Pretty big news around here for a man who dislikes salmon and usually doles out it’s pretty good even when I pull out my very best recipes. And even though this didn’t take too much in terms of cooking skills, I’ll take the complement every time because sometimes simple really is best. The sweet honey and spicy chipotle make a perfect glaze for the fish and would probably be delicious on all sorts of proteins. Cook on the grill or in the oven and you’ll have a delicious meal in about 15 minutes.

Honey Chipotle Salmon
Servings: 4
Serving Size: 4 oz.
Nutritional Information: 225 calories, 12g of fat, 6.5g of carbohydrates, 0g of fiber, 22.5g of protein, 6.5g of sugar
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 5 * (more…)

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Slow Cooker Sunday: Shredded Beef Tacos

Slow Cooker Sunday:  Shredded Beef Tacos

I make a ton, seriously TON, of tacos. They show up on the dinner table all the time and have become a staple in my house for quick weeknight meals and for almost any gathering I host. Really what could be easier? A crockpot of delicious slow cooked meat, a bunch of yummy taco add-ons, some guacamole or bean dip, chips, and a simple salad and I have a feast that can feed people all day without me ever having to go back to the kitchen. Love it.So with this in mind, lately I have been brainstorming new ideas for my next taco gathering. I wanted to come up with something new, authentic, unexpected. Something guests hadn’t had before. After some thought, I knew the answer would live in using dried chiles. (Don’t be scared – they are really easy to use and will create rich, complex, authentic flavors.) I decided to go with ancho chiles, which have a milder and less spicy flavor, paired with some guajillo peppers to kick things up. When making the sauce at home, add one of each chile (ancho, guajillo, and a chipotle) and taste the sauce. Then keep adding until it reaches a spice level you think will work for your guests. Then pour it into the slow cooker and let the magic happen. If you can I recommend making this 1-2 days in advance because it only gets better as the flavors continue to combine.

Slow Cooker Shredded Beef Tacos
Servings: 8
Serving Size: 2/3 cup beef
Nutritional Information: 218 calories, 6.4g of fat, 2g of carbohydrates, 0g of fiber, 38.5g of protein, .6g of sugar
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 5 * (more…)

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

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