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Spaghetti Squash Carbonara

Spaghetti Squash Carbonara

Pasta Carbonara has been one of those recipes that I have been thinking about trying to lighten up forever, but have always been a bit gun shy. Between the raw egg, cheese, cream, and incredibly velvety texture of a true Carbonara, I wasn’t sure if it was one of those dishes that just shouldn’t be messed with. However my competitive nature got the best of me so I started testing recipes and fell in love with this one from Cooking Light. I decided to use spaghetti squash in place of traditional pasta because I love the taste of spaghetti squash with Parmesan cheese and pepper, but regular pasta would work as well. I also went the traditional route and used pancetta, but you could easily substitute in bacon. Happy eating.

Spaghetti Squash Carbonara
Servings: 2 servings
Serving Size: 1/2 recipe
Nutritional Info: 214.5 calories, 10.9 of fat, 15.8g of carbohydrates, 2.6g of fiber, 14.2g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 7 *

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Sunday Slow Cooker: Italian Meatballs

Sunday Slow Cooker:  Italian Meatballs

Few things are more delicious and comforting than meatballs simmered low and slow in tomato sauce with hints of Parmesan, parsley, and sausage studded throughout. True Italian meatballs normally combine pork, beef, and veal to create rich deep flavors. These lightened up slow cooker meatballs use lighter turkey sausage to deepen the flavor without all the added calories and fat. They are cooked in a rich tomato sauce in the slow cooker to create delicious and moist meatballs. Try them over pasta, spaghetti squash, or stuffed in crusty rolls to make meatball sandwiches.

Crockpot Italian Meatballs
Servings: 8 servings
Serving Size: 3 meatballs
Nutritional Info: 214.7 calories, 8.6 of fat, 12.2g of carbohydrates, 2.4g of fiber, 21.2g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 5 *

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

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Skinny Crab Rangoon

Skinny Crab Rangoon

Perhaps the most requested appetizer recipe I receive is for a lightened up version of crab rangoon. Personally I absolutely love crab rangoon so it took quite awhile to find a version and recipe that I liked. The recipe below finally met the bar and creates a delicious baked version of crab rangoon. However if you love crab rangoon for the extra crispy crunchy shell then I recommend pan frying these instead of baking them. The points value only increases to 3 points plus for 2 pieces when they are pan fried and they will definitely be closer to the real thing.

Crab Rangoon
Servings: 20 servings
Serving Size: 1 crab rangoon
Nutritional Info: 51.6 calories, 2g of fat, 5.6g of carbohydrates, .2g of fiber, 2.8g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 1 *

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Friday Five: Superbowl Recipe Roundup

Friday Five:  Superbowl Recipe Roundup

This week has been all about sharing Superbowl inspired recipes that taste great and let you indulge without ruining your diet. There are still a few more recipes on their way (slow cooker meatballs tomorrow!) but here are some of my favorite party recipes. If only I could decide what I want to make. Too many choices! What are you making this weekend?

1. Skinny Cheeseburger Dip

2. Baked Buffalo Wings

3. Firecracker Shrimp

4. Slow Cooker Spinach and Artichoke Dip

5. BBQ Beer Chicken or Chipotle BBQ Beef

6. Macaroni and Cheese Cupcakes

Some other things I am thinking about: Korean Beef Tacos, Buffalo Wing Hummus, Skinny Queso, and Skinny Cookie Pie in the shape of a football.

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Cranberry Cornbread Jalapeno Bites

Cranberry Cornbread Jalapeno Bites

I am in love with these adorable cornbread stuffed jalapenos. They are incredibly simple to make and make the perfect snack or side dish. I am planning on serving them alongside some chili instead of basic cornbread. You can mix virtually anything into the cornbread mix – cheese, green onions, creamed corn, bacon, pineapple – you name it. I personally like adding in some sweetness with the cranberries which I think pair perfectly with the spiciness of the pepper. And at one point plus and 40 calories a piece, they are a perfect snack or appetizer.

Cranberry Cornbread Jalapeno Bites
Servings: 15 servings
Serving Size: 2 peppers
Nutritional Info: 80 calories, 2.1g of fat, 11.1g of carbohydrates, 1.1g of fiber, 1.2g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 2 *

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Irish Nachos

Irish Nachos

I am pretty sure I could live on just nachos. Between the chips, cheese, and salsa I am one happy girl. Usually I make mine with baked tortilla chips and all kinds of yummy toppings. However sometimes it’s necessary to mix things up, and who ever came up with these Irish Nachos is my hero. They are the perfect mix of nachos and potato skins, and make the perfect addition to any appetizer spread. You can also make these with sweet potatoes and they turn out pretty delish.

Irish Nachos
Servings: 4 servings
Serving Size: 1/4 recipe
Nutritional Info: 159.4 calories, .4.7g of fat, 21.2g of carbohydrates, 3.9g of fiber, 9g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 4 *

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