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Gingerbread Oatmeal

Gingerbread Oatmeal

This morning started out with a very happy accident. Although it didn’t begin that way. Anyone who witnessed me this morning would have described the morning as a complete mess, and that would be kind. First I woke up way too late. Initial panic set in. Then I realized there was no toilet paper, paper towels, or any semblance of a paper product anywhere in the house. Great. Then as I began making coffee, I spilled about half the contents of the French press all over myself. Good-bye new favorite sweater. Then when I finished making the next batch of coffee, after changing, no half and half. Initial panic has turned into irrational frustration. Then it happened – the happy accident – with no other options I decided to use Eggnog in place of cream, and it was magical. Who would have thought that eggnog tasted so good in coffee? (And for just 1 point per 2 tbsp.) That paired with this yummy gingerbread oatmeal and the morning turned out pretty perfect.

Gingerbread Oatmeal
Servings: 1 bowl
Serving Size: 1 bowl
Nutritional Info: 223.2 calories, 2.3g of fat, 42.9g of carbohydrates, 2.6g of fiber, 8.9g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 6 * (more…)

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

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Skinny Alfredo Sauce

Skinny Alfredo Sauce

First, a HUGE THANK YOU for all the positive and excited responses to the Slender Kitchen meal plans I shared yesterday. It is something I have been excited about sharing for months and am so happy it is finally off the ground. Meal planning truly changed everything for me when it came to really sticking to a diet and losing weight. This is exactly why I wanted to start creating meal plans to share.

And now for today’s recipe. I don’t know if there is anyone out there who doesn’t enjoy a delicious, cheesy, Alfredo sauce but the average sauce has over 10 points plus plus. However since I was craving Alfredo, I started the inevitable internet search for a lighter version and came across a brilliant idea – cauliflower. By using cauliflower in place of most of the cream and butter you can create a delicious, creamy Alfredo sauce with 70% less calories. I recommend making some as soon as possible. Also with this recipe, the better the Parmesan, the better the sauce will taste, so it is worth it to spend a little extra.

Skinny Alfredo Sauce
Servings: 8
Serving Size: 1/2 cup
Nutritional Info: 80.1 calories, 5.5g of fat, 2.2g carbohydrates, .7g dietary fiber, 5.7g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 3 * (more…)

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

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Introducing Slender Kitchen Meal Plans!

Introducing Slender Kitchen Meal Plans!

I have something I am incredibly excited to share with all of you today!

Slender Kitchen is launching Healthy and Weight Watcher Friendly Meal Plans!

Starting in the New Year I will be offering complete meal plans on Slender Kitchen that include points plus and nutritional information; complete meals and recipes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner; categorized shopping lists; snack suggestions; and more!

Never worry again about spending hours creating meal plans and grocery lists, gaining weight due to last minute meal decisions, wasting money on food you don’t need, and scrambling to calculate points plus or nutritional info. These meal plans are designed to put everything you need to lose weight and eat healthy right at your fingertips. Just imagine the extra weight you can lose and time you will have when the guesswork is taken out of meal planning and dieting!

Slender Kitchen Meal Plans will be offered through a new membership area where you will be able to access weekly meal plans, bonus recipes, meal planning resources, and more. And to thank you for being a dedicated reader, you will have access to special pre-sale pricing, which gives you access to everything – weekly meal plans, shopping lists, bonus recipes, and more – for less than the price of a cup of coffee a month. You will probably save more than that in your first planned grocery store trip.

Here’s what the meal plans will include:

  • Weekly Meals Plans for 2 or 4
  • All points plus and nutritional information
  • Complete, categorized shopping lists
  • Quick and easy breakfasts
  • Packable lunches
  • Delicious dinners
  • Fallback meals to swap in case you don’t like something
  • Bonus recipes just for members
  • Ideas for snacks and desserts
  • Time saving tips on meal preparation
  • Perfect for people on Weight Watchers or any healthy eating plans
  • And more

I decided to begin offering meal plans on Slender Kitchen because I believe meal planning is a critical component of weight loss. Before I began sitting down weekly to map out my eating for the week, I inevitably ate things that threw my diet off track. I found myself frustrating that I was gaining weight instead of losing it. My impromptu eating erased the hard work I did during other meals to make healthy choices. This frustrated me to no end.

Then I started meal planning and everything changed. Not only did the weight begin to fall off, I saved tons of money by only buying what I needed instead of what looked good in the store. It truly changed things for me. I know these meal plans can change things for you and make your life easier. Imagine what you can do with all the extra hours that won’t be spent on meal planning, last minute grocery trips, and searching for points/nutritional info. Not to mention the extra weight you will lose.

The Slender Meal Plans will officially launch on December 28th* but I am offering an exclusive pre-sale to readers who sign up before the New Year. The price is only $25 to have access to meal plans, bonus recipes, and special member only resources for all of 2013. This is over 65% off the regular price and costs less $0.50 a week. Sign up today and start the New Year off right. Click the learn more button below to see a preview, find the answers to common questions, and sign up.

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*Why the 28th? That way you have time to download the first meal plan and shopping list in time to start on January 1st. It’s always good to plan ahead

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

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Sunday Slow Cooker: Asian Shredded Beef

Sunday Slow Cooker:  Asian Shredded Beef

Have you hit the holiday cooking wall? First there is Thanksgiving. Normally around Thanksgiving I can’t wait to dive into the holiday cooking – cookies, pies, ham, turkey – you name it, I want to cook it. Then the holiday parties, brunches, work events, etc. etc. etc. start to kick in. The first few are fun, the next few are stressful, the last couple leave me tempted to buy a store bought treat and put it on a fancy plate. And there are likely still many more holiday meals in front of you. So instead of teetering on the edge of cooking insanity, why not drop a delicious meal in the crockpot, watch a holiday movie, and relax for the day so you can get excited again about all the wonderful holiday food in your future.

This meal lets you to just that. Wrap the beef in lettuce, serve it as tacos with cabbage slaw and hot sauce, or serve over a bed of Asian veggies and brown rice. Or if you are like me, eat it directly out of the crock pot by the forkful. The seasoning would also work great with chicken or pork. So take two minutes to get this in the crockpot and sit back and relax. No cooking today.

Shredded Asian Beef
Servings: 10
Serving Size: 4 oz
Nutritional Info: 169.4 calories, 5g of fat, 3.8g carbohydrates, .7g dietary fiber, 24.8g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 4 * (more…)

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

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Friday Five: Trader Joe’s Holiday Treats

Friday Five:  Trader Joe’s Holiday Treats

Does anyone else feel like a kid in a candy store during the holidays at Trader Joe’s? Between the holiday flowers and decorations, endless specialty items, and huge wine selection – I could be lost inside for hours. You don’t even have to get worried about caffeine withdrawals or hunger pangs with the delectable little samples. Although embarrassment does set in around coffee refill number four. I don’t think they really consider that sampling. Next time I may need to bring a disguise. And the Peppermint Jojo’s, don’t even get me started. It’s a good thing for me they are only offered once a year. Here are some of my favorite things – what are yours? And on a side note if you have a friend or family member who lives off TJ’s, consider gifting them a Trader Joe’s cookbook with a little basket of your favorite TJ’s items. It’s a hit every time.

1. Candy Cane Jojo’s, 2 P+ per cookie (70 calories)
If these were available year round or if I allowed myself to freeze these and eat them all year, which I am told definitely works, I think I would have to start buying jeans at least a few sizes bigger. At 2 points per cookie, they aren’t the worst thing for you, the tricky part is stopping at a couple of cookies. I recommend only opening a package when there are lots of people around. Unless you have self control, then I applaud you.

2. Gingerbread Coffee, 0 P+ (5 calories)
I love the subtle spice blend in this coffee. It invokes just the right amount of holiday spice without being completely overwhelming. I also find I use less cream and sugar with this coffee with a great added bonus. The pumpkin blend is pretty special as well if you can still find it.

3. Candy Cane Green Tea, 0 P+ (0 calories)
Let’s start by being honest. Flavored teas don’t always deliver. For example, chocolate tea – doesn’t really taste like chocolate and doesn’t curb my chocolate cravings. However this candy cane green tea is a really great version of mint tea. Add a little vanilla almond milk or honey and you have a really great cup of tea for any cold winter night.

4. Pretzel Thins, 1 P+ per pretzel thin (35 calories)
These pretzel thins are another item where it is important to assess your willpower before opening a bag. It would be all too easy to consume the whole bag on the car ride home if you aren’t paying attention. Pretzels covered in chocolate and candy can pieces – really nothing can go wrong.

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

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Pumpkin Tahini Dressing

Pumpkin Tahini Dressing

I feel a bit like pumpkin just broke up with me. For the last couple of months, pumpkin has stood squarely at my side. He took me out for dreamy pasta dishes, made me coffee and chocolate chip studded oats in the morning, and even brought homemade brownies and made breakfast for dinner. But then he vanished. Gone was my beloved sidekick. And even though lots of new and shiny things have surfaced to take his place, tonight I am fighting to bring pumpkin back, one salad at a time.

Pumpkin Tahini Dressing
Servings: 7
Serving Size: 2 tbsp
Nutritional Info: 46.4 calories, 4.2g of fat, 1.5g carbohydrates, .5g dietary fiber, 1.2g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 1 * (more…)

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

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