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Apple Pie Smoothie

Apple Pie Smoothie

Apple pie in a glass…count me in! OK so maybe it’s not exactly apple pie in a glass, but it’s a darn delicious smoothie that’s packed with protein and will keep you full all morning.

One quick tip, since apples and older blenders aren’t really friends, microwave the apple for 2 minutes first to soften it up. This will help everything come together so the smoothie has the right texture and isn’t gritty or chunky. Worried about it being cold? Just throw in a couple of ice cubes.

Apple Pie Smoothie
Servings: 1
Serving Size: whole recipe
Nutritional Information: 301 calories, 5.8g of fat, 54.9g of carbohydrates, 10.2g of fiber, 9g of protein, 35.1g of sugar
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 7 * (more…)

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Quinoa Fried Rice

Quinoa Fried Rice

Fried rice is a mainstay in our house. I find myself making it almost weekly with leftover brown rice and cauliflower rice, throwing in whatever veggies I have around and adjusting the spices to match the meal. This week I decided to whip up a batch using leftover rainbow quinoa and loved the result. The quinoa adds a great nuttiness to the dish and holds up well with the spices. It also makes delicious leftovers. My perfect favorite is wrapping it up with lots of veggies in a low carb wrap or tossing it into a big salad. You can also add chicken, shrimp, pork, or beef to make a complete meal.

Quinoa Fried Rice
Servings: 6
Serving Size: 3/4 cup
Nutritional Information: 178 calories, 5.4g of fat, 24.4g of carbohydrates, 4.8g of fiber, 8.3g of protein, 4g of sugar
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 4 * (more…)

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Slow Cooker Sunday: Beef Stroganoff

Slow Cooker Sunday:  Beef Stroganoff

I am going to be honest. I had my doubts about this dish. Until this recipe, I had never had beef stroganoff before and most of the recipes for it involved lots of condensed soups and packets. Not really my cup of tea. However after numerous requests for a lightened up version, I started to do some more research and found out that beef stroganoff is just a simple beef dish with sour cream and mushrooms. That I could get behind. This lightened up version uses a leaner cut of beef slow cooked with mushrooms, reduced fat sour cream, and a touch of cream cheese to really make it creamy. You can serve it traditionally with egg noodles and I also found it pairs great with spaghetti squash. Also not to worry, I had a friend who loves beef stroganoff try the end result and she loved it. (I wouldn’t be the best judge since this was my first, although not last, experience with the dish.)

Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff
Servings: 8
Serving Size: 3/4 cup
Nutritional Info: 241 calories, 7.4g of fat, 7.2g of carbohydrates, .4g of fiber, 35.7g of protein, Sugars: 1.2g
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 6 *
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Friday Five: Low Calorie Ways to Spice Up a Salad

Friday Five:  Low Calorie Ways to Spice Up a Salad

I love a good salad and lately they have been my go to for lunches. However when I am reaching for salad for a meal, I want volume, and I mean real volume. I just don’t feel satisfied with a small, dainty salad as a meal. I want one packed with ingredients so it feels like I am eating a lot. So I tend to add tons of veggies and then lots of add ins to make it interesting, filling, and voluminous. Here are some of my favorites, what are yours?

1. Olives: 10 olives, 37 calories, 1 PointsPlus®

I love the saltiness and texture of olives in virtually any salad and you can eat a lot of them for under 40 calories. Pretty amazing. I find they add a ton of flavor and depth, and with good olives they can almost serve as a dressing. My favorites usually come from the olive bar since it let’s me mix and match lots of different kinds.

2. Crumbled Reduced Fat Goat or Feta Cheese: 2 tbsp, 35 calories 1 PointsPlus®

I love any type of crumbly cheese on my salad, but my two favorites are goat cheese and feta cheese. You can add two tablespoons, which is actually plenty, to any salad to add a ton of flavor. With the olives above, and a squeeze of lemon juice, you really don’t even need dressing.

3. Sunflower Seeds: 1 tbsp, 37 calories, 1 PointsPlus®

I like to add some nuttiness and added protein to a salad by tossing in some sunflower seeds. The key is to toast them in a saute pan before adding them so the flavor deepens. And don’t be worried about the serving size – 1 tbsp is actually a ton of sunflower seeds.

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Spicy Peanut Chicken

Spicy Peanut Chicken

I am always on the lookout for quick and easy week night meals, and although at first glance this recipe may look complex, it’s actually super easy and you might even have most of the ingredients on hand. Chicken breast is transformed into spicy peanutty goodness with a quick sauce of sesame oil, lime juice, peanut butter, soy sauce, and ginger. Then it is quickly cooked along with your favorite veggies and tossed in the sauce. Easy peasy. Dinner in under 20 minutes.

Peanut Noodles with Chicken
Servings: 6
Serving Size: 1/6 recipe
Nutritional Info: 222 calories, 5.5g of fat, 15.3g of carbohydrates, 4g of fiber, 30.6g of protein, Sugars: 6.7g
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 5 *
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Crispy Parmesan Onion Straws

Crispy Parmesan Onion Straws

In the world of burger side dishes, I will choose onion rings every time. Not the french fries, not the sweet potato fries, never the coleslaw or potato salad, always the almighty onion ring.

Normally when I want to make a healthier version of onion rings at home, I make these Baked Barbecue Rings but lately I have been experimenting with some lower carb versions and this one came out terrific. The onions are sliced into thin strips and then tossed with olive oil, Parmesan, red pepper flakes, and lots of black pepper. Then they are roasted until they are just about to burn. Really…keep them in there until you think if you left them in one minute longer they would burn to a crisp, some of the really thin ones may even burn. If you love onions like me, these will quickly become a favorite, they are seriously addictive and delicious. Crispy Parmesan Onion Straws
Servings: 4
Serving Size: 1/4 recipe
Nutritional Information: 77 calories, 5.1g of fat, 5.5g of carbohydrates, 1.3g of fiber, 2.7g of protein, 2.4g of sugar
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 2 *
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