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Slow Cooker Sunday: Chicken Quinoa Soup with Kale

Slow Cooker Sunday:  Chicken Quinoa Soup with Kale

Hearty warm soups are my dinner of choice right now, and this soup doesn’t disappoint. The quinoa adds even more protein to the dish, making it a soup that will fill any eater. I like to use poblano peppers in it to give it the slightest touch of spice in the background, but bell peppers work great as well. You could also add a can of diced tomatoes to deepen the flavor. Also since this freezes great, make up a big batch and save individual portions for quick meals in the future.

Slow Cooker Chicken Quinoa Soup
Servings: 8
Serving Size: 1.5 cups
Nutritional Info: 269 calories, 9.8g of fat, 19.5g of carbohydrates, 2.8g of fiber, 26.7g of protein,
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 7 *
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Ode to Oatmeal: 50 Recipes to Spice Up Breakfast

Ode to Oatmeal:  50 Recipes to Spice Up Breakfast

This time of year I pretty much wake up craving something warm daily. The shock of leaving my warm, cozy bed and venturing into the not yet warm house means all I want is steaming hot coffee and a warm bowl of something delicious. That something delicious usually is some type of oatmeal. So here are 50 ways to enjoy oatmeal for breakfast including calorie information and Weight Watchers Points Plus. What are your favorite ways to eat oatmeal?

Traditionally Prepared Oats (That are anything but traditional)

Homemade Instant Oatmeal Packets, varies based on add-in ingredients
Oatmeal Brulee with Maple Cinnamon Cream, 252 calories, 6 PointsPlus
Apple Pie Oatmeal, 312 calories, 7 PointsPlus
Strawberry Rhubarb Oatmeal, 220 calories, 6 PointsPlus
Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Oatmeal, 230 calories, 5 PointsPlus
Basic Chocolate Oatmeal, 160 calories, 4 PointsPlus
Coffee Frappucino Oatmeal, 170 calories, 4 PointsPlus
10 Minute Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal, 200 calories, 5 PointsPlus
Whipped Banana Oatmeal, 221 calories, 5 PointsPlus
Mixed Berry and Almond Oatmeal, 264 calories, 7 PointsPlus (for 6 servings)
Dark Chocolate Raspberry Oatmeal, 260 calories, 7 PointsPlus
Savory Ham and Cheese Oatmeal, 222 calories, 6 PointsPlus

Baked Oatmeal

Apple Cranberry Oatmeal Bake, 209 calories, 5 PointsPlus, (based on 6 servings)
Baked Peach Oatmeal Cups, 246 calories, 6 PointsPlus
Baked Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Oatmeal, 256 calories, 6 PointsPlus
Strawberry Banana Baked Oatmeal with Chocolate Chips, 260 calories, 6 PointsPlus
Blueberry Baked Oatmeal with Meyer Lemon, 234 calories, 6 PointsPlus
Baked Almond Peach Oatmeal, 273 calories, 7 PointsPlus
Spiced Pear Baked Oatmeal, 168 calories, 4 PointsPlus (for 8 servings)

Steel Cut Oats

Baked Steel Cut Oats, 254 calories, 6 PointsPlus
Banana Walnut Steel Cut Oats, 275 calories, 7 PointsPlus
Baked Pumpkin Steel Cut Oats, 274 calories, 7 PointsPlus (for 6 servings)
Peanut Butter and Jelly Steel Cut Oats, 280 calories, 7 Points
Clean Eating Coconut Steel Cut Oats, 265 calories, 7 PointsPlus

Oatmeal on the Go

Chocolate Cherry Baked Oatmeal Singles, 127 calories, 3 PointsPlus
Steel Cut Oatmeal Muffins, 154 calories, 4 PointsPlus
Baked Cranberry Oatmeal On the Go, 119 calories, 3 PointsPlus
Oatmeal Breakfast Clafoutis, 260 calories, 7 PointsPlus
Personal Sized Baked Oatmeal Cups with Individual Toppings, 143 calories, 4 PointsPlus
Banana Chocolate Chip Baked Oatmeal Singles, 127 calories, 3 PointsPlus

Crockpot Oatmeal

Brown Sugar Blueberry Banana Crockpot Oatmeal, 214 calories (for 8 servings), 6 PointsPlus
Crockpot Steel Cut Oats with Peaches and Blueberries, 216 calories, 4 PointsPlus
Crockpot Nutella Cinnamon Steel Cut Oats, 221 calories, 5 PointsPlus
Slow Cooker Oatmeal with Apricots and Buttermilk, 235 calories, 6 PointsPlus (for 4 servings with lowfat buttermilk)
Slow Cooker Pumpkin Pecan Steel Cut Oats, 180 calories, 4 PointsPlus (for 4 servings)
Slow Cooker Gluten Free Hot Cocoa Oatmeal, 183 calories, 5 PointsPlus

Overnight Oats

Overnight Apple and Cinnamon Steel Cut Oats, 193 calories, 5 PointsPlus, (for 5 servings made with lowfat milk)
Skinny Overnight Oats in a Jar with Chia, Blueberry, and Banana, 243 calories, 6 PointsPlus
Overnight Oatmeal with Greek Yogurt, 314 calories, 7 PointsPlus
Chocolate Cake Batter Overnight Oats, 209 calories, 6 PointsPlus
Carrot Cake Overnight Oat, 259 calories, 7 PointsPlus
Overnight Chai Steel Cut Oats, 200 calories, 5 PointsPlus

Other Amazing Oatmeal Treats

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Smoothie, 298 calories, 8 PointsPlus
Cranberry Oatmeal Bars, 133 calories, 4 PointsPlus
Blueberry Banana Oatmeal Smoothie, 180 calories, 5 PointsPlus
Oat Fruit Breakfast Bars, 225 calories, 4 PointsPlus
Chewy Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Breakfast Cookie, 99 calories, 2 PointsPlus
Oatmeal Raisin Quinoa Breakfast Cookies, 101 calories, 3 PointsPlus (per cookie)
Whole Wheat Oatmeal Pancakes, 110 calories, 3 PointsPlus (per pancake for 8 pancakes)
Banana Almond Oat Pancakes, 75 calories, 2 PointsPlus

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Carrot and Zucchini Bread

Carrot and Zucchini Bread

Sometimes we all need a little extra motivation to get out of bed, especially this time of year when it is easier to stay cuddled up than brave the cold air waiting for you the minute you get up. Ugh, I just want to stay in bed all day. My new strategy – make something delicious that I am excited to eat in the morning and program the coffee machine so that I can smell fresh coffee before even getting up. It’s kind of working, and this delicious zucchini and carrot bread is helping. It’s the perfect blend of traditional zucchini bread and carrot cake, and tastes great with a light spread of cream cheese warmed up in the morning.

Carrot and Zucchini Bread
Servings: 12
Serving Size: 1 slice
Nutritional Info: 165 calories, 5.2g of fat, 26.8g of carbohydrates, 1g of fiber, 3.3g of protein,
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 4 *
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Roasted Vegetable Panini

Roasted Vegetable Panini

I get asked a lot about quick lunch options and almost all my favorite lunches are actually leftovers in disguise. Sometimes it’s lettuce wraps, sometimes burritos, sometimes quesadillas, and many times it is a roasted vegetable panini like this one. I almost always make quick roasted veggies as a side dish during the week and I always make a couple extra portions for salads and this sandwich. To roast the vegetables, simply toss them in cooking spray or a touch of olive oil with salt, pepper, and some spices and roast in a 425 degree oven for 10-25 minutes depending on the vegetables. Then store the leftovers for a delicious, healthy, low calorie lunch during the week.

Roasted Vegetable Panini
Servings: 1
Serving Size: 1 panini
Nutritional Info: 197 calories, 7.9g of fat, 21.9g of carbohydrates, 11.1g of fiber, 17.4g of protein, 1.2g of Sugar
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 5 *
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Breakfast Apple Crisp

Breakfast Apple Crisp

I don’t know about you but I am not quite ready to give up on holiday food yet, so what better way to keep the holidays going with a simple, healthy, and low calorie Breakfast Apple Crisp. So instead of continuing to indulge on leftover Pumpkin Pie or stuffing (my breakfast of champions from this weekend), make up a big batch of this Apple Crisp and serve it up with some hearty, protein packed vanilla yogurt for breakfast. And just in case your wondering, this also makes a terrific snack or dessert – I just prefer eating it as a special morning breakfast treat.

Breakfast Apple Crisp
Servings: 8
Serving Size: 1/8 recipe
Nutritional Info: 186 calories, 4.2g of fat, 34.4g of carbohydrates, 4.8g of fiber, 3.3g of protein, 16.7g of Sugar
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 4 *
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Black Friday $25 Special: Meal Plan Q&A

Black Friday $25 Special:  Meal Plan Q&A

After sharing this weekend’s Black Friday $25 special price for the yearly meal plan membership, a lot of questions came in about the meal plan membership and how it works. The Q&A below should help answer any questions you have and also contains links to a sample plan. Take advantage of this special and sign up for less than 50 cents per week for complete regular or vegetarian meal plans.

1. Are the meal plans only for people on Weight Watchers?

Not at all! The meal plans are for anyone who wants to follow a healthy eating plan. All the meals include the nutritional information and Weight Watchers PointsPlus so it is easily adaptable to any healthy eating plan you are following.

2. When will new meal plans be posted?

New meal plans will be posted the Thursday before the meal plan is scheduled to start. That means that every week on Thursday you can expect to find a new meal plan in the member’s area.

3. What day of the week do meal plans begin?

Meal plans begin on Sunday for breakfast and end on Saturday. They include all breakfasts, lunches, and dinners.

4. Are snacks included in the meal plan?

Snacks are not included in the meal plan, but you will have access to a comprehensive resource with snack ideas for all different point amounts. Since everyone has a different number of daily points allowed, letting people choose their own snacks allows people to customize the plan for their daily points allowance.

5. What is the difference between the yearly and monthly subscription options?

The yearly subscription option gives you access to meal plans for the entire year for a reduced price. The monthly subscription gives you access to all the same meal plans but is a monthly fee of $6 instead of the annual fee. In terms of content, meal plans, and bonus materials, there is no difference between the two plans.

6. What happens if I do not like a meal?

There are two fallback recipes included in each weekly meal plan to substitute in case you don’t like a recipe. The fallback recipe ingredients are not included in the weekly shopping list.

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