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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies with Walnuts

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies with Walnuts

Oatmeal chocolate chip cookies with walnuts are the perfect recipe to kick off the week. In fact, I can almost guarantee that at this moment I am eating one (or three) with my morning coffee, which I believe is completely acceptable since they are made with oatmeal. Whether you decide to eat these for breakfast, a snack, or anytime in between – they make a delicious, soft & chewy cookie with a bit of crunch from the walnuts. I recommend making up a big batch because these will go fast.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies with Walnuts
Servings: 36 servings
Serving Size: 1 cookie
Nutritional Info: 87 calories, 3.2g of fat, 12.2g of carbohydrates, .7g of fiber, 1.6g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 2 * (more…)

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Sunday Slow Cooker: Birria de Res

Sunday Slow Cooker:  Birria de Res

One of my favorite Mexican dishes is Birria de Res, a stewed spicy beef dish made with dried chiles. Normally it is only served on weekend and sometimes made with beef, goat, or lamb. Serve it up in tortillas, burritos, burrito bowls, or even stuffed in sandwiches for a delicious meal.

Crockpot Birria de Res
Servings: 8
Serving Size: 4 oz
Nutritional Info: 232 calories, 7.5g of fat, 3.2g of carbohydrates, .8g of fiber, 36g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 5 *
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Friday Five: Cheesy Snacks

Friday Five: Cheesy Snacks

I am a bit embarrassed to admit my love for cheesy snack foods. And I don’t mean the real deal snacks made with cheese (although I love those as well) – but instead the leave your fingers orange, packaged, sometimes artificial cheesy kind of snack. So today let’s talk about the best of best when it comes to cheesy snacks that won’t ruin your diet. What are your favorites?

  1. Kim’s Magic Pops in Cheddar Cheese, 0 PointsPlus, 15 calories per piece
  2. I just had these pops for the first time a couple of weeks ago and am pretty impressed. They come in all sorts of flavors and are only 15 calories per pop. It’s low calorie, low carb, and has lots of crunch. Think about it sort of like an improved version of a rice cake. They are perfect for building sandwiches, breaking up to dip, or just eating on their own. Unfortunately these can be hard to find in stores right now, so ordering online may be the best option.

  3. Popcorners Cheesy Jalapeno Chips, 4 PointsPlus, 150 calories per serving
  4. Although I am in the minority of people who don’t love popchips, I do love these Cheesy Jalapeno Popcorners. They bring a nice amount of spice and cheese flavor with a good amount of crunch. I usually stick towards the individual sized serving bags so not to overindulge. It is incredibly easy to down a whole bag in one sitting.

  5. Wellaby’s Cheese Puffs 3 PointsPlus, 120 calories per cup
  6. These airy cheese crackers are like puffed up triangles and are full of cheddar cheese flavor. They are also gluten free and commonly get compared to Cheeze-its. For just 120 calories per cup, they make a great snack.

  7. Van’s Say Cheese Crackers, 4 PointsPlus, for 30 crackers
  8. Normally I stay away from gluten free crackers because I don’t love the texture, but these crackers are delish. You are able to eat a full 30 crackers per serving so they feel like a substantial snack.

  9. Baked Cheetos or Cheese Puffs, 4 PointsPlus, 130 calories for 34 pieces
  10. What can I say, I will always always always love the Baked Cheeto!

What are your favorites?

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Roasted Garlic Pepperoni Parmesan Meatballs

Roasted Garlic Pepperoni Parmesan Meatballs

With the weather getting cold, I am more than happy to bring back warm and cozy dinners. Recently I was planning on just making spaghetti and meatballs, but decided on a whim to throw in some roasted garlic and pepperoni and magic happened. The roasted garlic adds deep rich flavor and the pepperoni adds some spice and smokiness. If you don’t have time for roasting the garlic, just add three cloves of minced garlic instead. I recommend serving it up over pasta, spaghetti squash, or stuffed in a light roll for a sandwich. It sorts of like a pepperoni pizza meatball. Yum.

Pepperoni Parmesan Meatballs
Servings: 4 servings
Serving Size: 3 meatballs
Nutritional Info: 210 calories, 9.1 of fat, 2g of carbohydrates, 0g of fiber, 30.1g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 5 *

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Chipotle Hummus

Chipotle Hummus

Recently I have been on a hummus kick and love making my own varieties at home. Packed with protein from the chickpeas, hummus is a healthy option that has staying power as between meal snack. My current favorite is this simple chipotle hummus that has a spicy and smoky kick from the chipotles. Adjust the amount of chipotle peppers based on how much heat you want. If you want very subtle heat, leave the whole peppers out completely and just use a couple of tablespoons of the adobo sauce.

Chipotle Hummus
Servings: 6
Serving Size: 1/4 cup
Nutritional Info: 139 calories, 5.9g of fat, 18g of carbohydrates, 4g of fiber, 4.6g of protein,
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 3 *
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Sunday Slow Cooker: Chicken Enchilada Soup

Sunday Slow Cooker:  Chicken Enchilada Soup

Chicken enchilada soup is definitely one of my favorites. Many times it is compared to a thicker version of chicken tortilla soup and when done right, should taste just you are slurping up an enchilada. In a good way, a delicious way. It’s the perfect soup to make as nights begin to get a little colder and you want to curl up with something warm. Depending on your preference you can up the spice level in this soup by using more chili powder or a few diced jalapeno peppers. Consider making up a big batch and freezing the leftovers for meals on the go. It is also great without the chicken for vegetarians. Just use vegeatble broth and add in a can of pinto beans or corn.

Crockpot Chicken Enchilada Soup
Servings: 8
Serving Size: 1.25 cups
Nutritional Info: 257 calories, 4.1g of fat, 24.9g of carbohydrates, 7.8g of fiber, 29g of protein, Sugars: 3.9g
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 6 *
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