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Friday Five: Delicious Zucchini Recipes

Friday Five:  Delicious Zucchini Recipes

With the end of zucchini season in sight, now is the time to savor this delicious and versatile vegetable to make some delicious healthy recipes. From salads to baked goods to pasta to meatballs, zucchini is a great way to eat more veggies and make some seriously yummy food. Here are some of my favorite ways to use zucchini, what are yours?

1. Quinoa Zucchini Meatballs, 192 calories, 4 PointsPlus®

2. Blackened Zucchini Wrapped Fish, 198 calories, 4 PointsPlus®

3. Grilled Zucchini, Chicken, and Quinoa Salad, 343 calories, 7 PointsPlus®

4. Carrot and Zucchini Bread, 165 calories, 4 PointsPlus®

5. Tex Mex Stuffed Zucchini, 256 calories, 6 PointsPlus®

6. Zucchini and Poblano Pepper Saute, 45 calories, 1 PointsPlus®

7. Zucchini Beef Burgers, 195 calories, 4 PointsPlus®

8. Low Carb Zucchini Lasagna, 278 calories, 7 PointsPlus®

9. Zucchini and Ground Turkey Pizza Boats, 245 calories, 5 PointsPlus®

10. Citrus Butter Shrimp with Zucchini Noodles, 282 calories, 7 PointsPlus®

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Banana Peanut Butter Oat Bars with Dates

Banana Peanut Butter Oat Bars with Dates

With many schools starting in the upcoming weeks, easy healthy breakfasts and snacks are on the brains of many. These delicious Banana Peanut Butter Oat Bars with dates are the perfect solution. They have no added sugar, are gluten free, and are completely portable making them perfect for busy mornings. If you have a peanut allergy, you can use almond or cashew butter instead and they can be customized any way you like. Consider adding some chopped nuts, chocolate chips, or dried fruit.

Banana Peanut Butter Oat Bars with Dates
Servings: 6
Serving Size: 1 bar
Nutritional Info: 225 calories, 7.4g of fat, 35.4g of carbohydrates, 5.1g of fiber, 6.9g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 6 *

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

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Garlic Parmesan Zucchini Noodles with Sausage

Garlic Parmesan Zucchini Noodles with Sausage

Since everyone seems to searching for more ways to use up all that summer zucchini, let’s talk about this simple zucchini noodle recipe that’s packed with flavor. I have been making a version of this at least once a week for dinner and the latest one with turkey sausage by far has been my favorite. I normally make it with all zucchini for me and then add some real pasta for bigger eaters. The garlic, red pepper flakes, olive oil, butter, and Parmesan create a perfect light sauce and the sausage brings lots of earthy flavors and some needed protein. It’s also ready in about 20 minutes, which makes it perfect for a busy weeknight.

Garlic Parmesan Zucchini Noodles with Sausage
Servings: 4
Serving Size: 1.5 cups
Nutritional Info: 302 calories, 20.5g of fat, 6.7g of carbohydrates, 1.8g of fiber, 24..8g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 8 *

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

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Spicy Cabbage and Corn Slaw

Spicy Cabbage and Corn Slaw

This slaw. Seriously. Run out and make it immediately. Crunchy cabbage, sweet summer corn, spicy jalapenos, tangy lime juice, and smoky chili powder come together to make one amazingly delicious summer side dish. While I wish I could take credit for this Mexican Street Corn inspired slaw, the credit belongs to Serious Eats who created this delectable dish. Make it as a side dish on its own, use it to top tacos or pulled pork, eat practically the whole recipe out of the bowl over the sink. It’s delish.

Spicy Cabbage and Corn Slaw
Servings: 8
Serving Size: 2/3 cup
Nutritional Info: 82 calories, 3g of fat, 14.1g of carbohydrates, 2.7g of fiber, 1.9g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 2 *

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Cajun Shrimp Kabobs

Cajun Shrimp Kabobs

I made this recipe over the weekend, inspired by a house full of people who were “sick of everything.” Each and every suggestion I threw out was greeted by a shrug of the shoulders or emotionless nod. Before resorting to take-out or telling everyone to fend for themselves, I got some inspiration to make Cajun shrimp kabobs, something we hadn’t had before and something I knew everyone would love. The spice rub is smoky and spicy, which pairs great with the sweetness of the shrimp. Plus they only take 10 minutes and are under 200 calories. Win-win.

Cajun Shrimp Kabobs
Servings: 4
Serving Size: 2-3 skewers (depending on size)
Nutritional Info: 179 calories, 2.5g of fat, 2.3g of carbohydrates, 0g of fiber, 34.4g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 4 *

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Healthy Meal Planning Made Easy & Week 33 Meal Plan

Healthy Meal Planning Made Easy & Week 33 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: Healthy Salad Dressing

Simple green salads are one of my favorite side dishes but things can get boring quickly if you don’t mix up the veggies and especially the dressing. Here are some of my favorite homemade low calorie salad dressings to keep your side salads delicious and exciting!

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 Chicken Cacciatore with Mushrooms
  • Parmesan Zucchini Noodles
  • Healthy Peanut Noodles
  • Grilled Southwestern Pork Chops with Grilled Potaotes
  • Spaghetti Squash Peanut Noodles with Chicken (low carb plan)
  • Coconut Crusted Salmon
  • Zucchini Beef Burgers
  • Grilled Cilantro Tofu & Veggie Kabobs (vegetarian plan)
  • Strawberry Banana Oat Pancakes
  • Coconut Strawberry Pancakes (low carb plan)
  • Grilled Honey Mustard Chicken
  • & 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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