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Mediterranean Chickpea Flatbread with Herbed Yogurt

Mediterranean Chickpea Flatbread with Herbed Yogurt

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Albertsons & Safeway. The opinions and text are all mine.

I don’t know about you, but I am always on the lookout for quick, easy, and nutritious meals I can make with ingredients I already have at home. That’s why I couldn’t be more excited to team up with Albertson’s/Safeway to bring you today’s recipe as part of their Cans Get You Cooking showcase.

From delicious recipes and meal solutions to nutrition and sustainability information, Cans Get You Cooking showcases the nutrition, freshness and flavor that canned foods offer. With a well-stocked pantry —or Cantry— you can get through the week with creative healthy, homemade meals.

Healthy Chickpea Flatbread Personally, having a well stocked Cantry has always been one my strategies for avoiding unhealthy takeout or drive-throughs when I don’t have time to run to the market. I find that with a few nutritious canned items combined with some fresh ingredients I have on hand, I can make a delicious meal that’s healthy and tasty. And that was the inspiration for today’s recipe.

Using canned artichoke hearts, chickpeas, and black olives paired with some fresh tomatoes, parsley, cucumbers, and Greek yogurt (things I almost always have at home), this Mediterranean Chickpea Flatbread makes the perfect quick lunch or dinner. It only takes about 20 minutes to make from start to finish, and is packed with good for you ingredients.

Ready to try more delicious recipes using products in your Cantry, head over to Cans Get You Cooking and check out all the yummy recipes.

Healthy Chickpea FlatbreadMediterranean Chickpea Flatbread with Herbed Yogurt
Servings: 4
Serving Size: 1 flatbread
Nutritional Info: 382 calories, 14.3g of fat, 55.1g of carbohydrates, 15.1g of fiber, 19.3g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 9 *

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Low Carb Creamy Tomato, Mushroom, and Spinach “Pasta”

Low Carb Creamy Tomato, Mushroom, and Spinach “Pasta”

Just because it’s summer doesn’t mean I am ready to completely abandon my favorite pasta. Although during summer months, you will almost always find me substituting spaghetti squash or zucchini noodles to keep things light, fresh, and bathing suit friendly.

Today’s dish is a classic and delicious combination of Italian sausage, tomatoes, mushrooms, and spinach. Everything comes together with a creamy sauce made from low fat cream cheese paired with some Parmesan and fresh basil. It’s an easy dinner that takes under 30 minutes and is packed with flavor.

Low Carb Creamy Tomato, Mushroom, and Spinach “Pasta”
Servings: 4
Serving Size: 1.5-2 cups
Nutritional Info: 343 calories, 20.3g of fat, 18g of carbohydrates, 3.4g of fiber, 25.2g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 9 *

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

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Lemon Chia Seed Pudding

Lemon Chia Seed Pudding

It’s been quite a while since I shared a chia seed pudding recipe, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been enjoying my fair share of the nutritious treats. While normally I make up a big batch of plain chia seed pudding and just adds lots of yummy toppings, lately I have been loving adding citrus to my chia seed pudding mixes. Lemon, lime, and grapefruit have been the favorites. You want about 1 tbsp. of juice and 1 tsp. of zest for each serving. You’ll love the tang of the citrus and it really makes your chia seed pudding pop.

Lemon Chia Seed Pudding
Servings: 1
Serving Size: 1 cup
Nutritional Info: 267 calories, 7.7g of fat, 24.8g of carbohydrates, 11.7g of fiber, 17.6g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 6 *

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Jalapeno Popper Chicken

Jalapeno Popper Chicken

We’re keeping it simple today with this grilled or baked Jalapeno Popper Chicken. It couldn’t be any easier and is seriously delicious. Let’s talk about the players involved – fresh diced jalapenos, green onions, cream cheese, and cheddar cheese. And no one would judge you if you added in some chopped bacon, just saying. Everything is baked on a juicy chicken breast to create a quick and surprisingly low calorie meal with under 250 calories.

Worried about the spice level? You could substitute in some roasted red peppers for a spice free version or use Poblano peppers for a milder spice. Regular bell peppers would also work and you could even use some shredded zucchini but you would lose the whole jalapeno popper theme. However with cream cheese, cheddar cheese, and green onions – no matter what veggies you use, you are guaranteed a yummy dish.

Jalapeno Popper Chicken
Servings: 4
Serving Size: 6 oz. chicken
Nutritional Info: 240 calories, 8.8g of fat, 2.5g of carbohydrates, 0g of fiber, 38.1g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 6 *

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Healthy Meal Planning Made Easy & Week 28 Meal Plan

Healthy Meal Planning Made Easy & Week 28 Meal Plan

“If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.”

Once a week, I am going to start sharing a tip, trick, or some interesting information about meal planning. I believe meal planning is critical to any long term and effective healthy living or weight loss goals. For me it was the single thing that finally made permanent weight loss achievable. The quote stood true, when I failed to plan, I failed, and I don’t want that to happen to others.

Additionally, I believe that meal planning is a skill that takes time to master and we can all use some help! When I first started meal planning it took up countless hours pouring over recipes, calculating nutritional info and/or points, and creating elaborate calendars. It was painful. Anything I can do to ease that pain for someone else is a win-win in my book.

Finally, I hope by sharing meal planning strategies, it will help you find a system that works for you. Whether it’s using our meal plans, scratching one into your weekly planner, or creating your own meal planning system – I hope this feature inspires you to start planning at least a few meals every week. It will save you time, money, and it truly will help you reach your weight loss and healthy living goals. So with that, on to this week’s tip!

Meal Planning Made Easy: Plan Around Proteins

Creating an entire meal plan from scratch every week can take a lot of time. Not only do you have to build your grocery list and find healthy recipes, you also have to make sure that there is variety in your plan. No one wants to eat chicken breast five nights a week. To make meal planning easier, start by planning out your proteins.

Here’s how it works. Think about the proteins that your family likes to eat and then pencil those in for each weeknight. For example, plan on having chicken breast Monday, pork on Tuesday, ground turkey or beef on Wednesday, chicken thighs on Thursday, seafood on Friday, and going meatless on Saturday. From there, it’s easier to find recipes (or pull your favorites) for each protein. This not only guarantees some variety, it also greatly reduces the time it takes to build out your plan. Starting with a protein in mind is much more efficient than blindly searching for dinner recipes.

Love the idea of meal planning but don’t want to do all the work? Since I know that many people simply don’t have the time to create their own healthy meal plans, we provide delicious and healthy meal plans at Slender Kitchen.

Here are some highlights from this week’s healthy meal plans:

  • Slow Cooker Pork
  • One Pot Spinach Artichoke Pasta
  • Grilled Cilantro Lime Chicken
  • Zucchini Chocolate Chip Pancakes
  • Butternut Squash and Spinach Egg Muffins
  • Teriyaki Steak Tips
  • Asian Pork Tacos
  • Honey Mustard Salmon
  • Grilled Chicken and Avocado Sandwiches
  • Orzo, Kale, and Goat Cheese Salad (vegetarian plan)
  • Hawaiian Flatbread Pizzas
  • & more

Each healthy weekly meal plan comes full of delicious recipes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The meal plans come in regular, vegetarian, and low carb options. All feature complete nutritional information, Weight Watchers PointsPlus®, and categorized shopping lists! There are also two bonus fallback recipes weekly and the option for either a complete meal plan or a Dinner Only plan. All that for less the cost of one cup of coffee per month with the yearly plan.

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Friday Five: July 4th Recipe Round Up

Friday Five:  July 4th Recipe Round Up

With July Fourth coming up this weekend, I am already deep in thought about all the amazing food choices out there. I still haven’t decided exactly what I am going to make, but here are some ideas for a Fourth of July celebration. What are you making?

1. Thinking about grilling out? What about some Sriracha BBQ Chicken, Honey Chipotle Grilled Chicken, Ribeyes with Chimichurri, Cowboy Burgers, or these Dill Salmon Burgers.

2. Don’t forget the veggies? Consider bringing along Mexican Street Corn, Watermelon and Feta Salad, Broccoli and Apple Salad with Maple Mustard Dressing, Peach Caprese, Caprese Bites, or Corn BLT Lettuce Wraps.

3. In the mood for slow cooked barbecue? Why not try a BBQ Beer Chicken, BBQ Chipotle Beef, or a traditional Pulled Pork?

4. In the mood for something a little off the beaten path? Consider serving Carnitas, Barbacoa, or Korean Beef Tacos with Skinny Guacamole, Baked Tortilla Chips, and Frijoles Charros (Cowboy Beans).

5. What’s a party without some dip? Every get together tastes better with dip – Skinny Queso Dip, Crazy Feta Dip, 25 Calorie Artichoke Dip, Skinny Spinach and Artichoke Dip, Buffalo Wing Hummus, or Seven Layer Greek Dip.

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