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Friday Five: Holiday Gifts For Your Favorite Home Cook

Friday Five:  Holiday Gifts For Your Favorite Home Cook

Holy Moly…Black Friday is complete craziness. I saw people lined up on Monday outside of Best Buy ready to wait four days for deals. The grocery store was bad enough for me the day before Thanksgiving. I can’t even imagine the pushing, shoving, yelling, and parking situation happening today. I saw two people almost brawl on Wednesday for the last spiral ham, imagine the lengths they may go to for a television or toy. I don’t even want to think about it. However what I can get behind – Cyber Monday. Finding great deals from the comfort of my own home, coffee in hand, and no one ready to pounce if I grab the last one. That’s much more my style. And in that spirit, here are some things I have my eye on for Monday.

And on a side note, if you want the adrenaline of Black Friday check out Amazon’s lightning deals. I am a bit obsessed. They release a limited number of items at a certain time and you have to race to complete your purchase before they run out. All the adrenaline without all the rude people and weird smells.

1. Burr Coffee Grinder and Bialetti Stovetop Espresso Maker
Ever wonder why coffee shop coffee tastes so much better? Most of the time it is because they grind the beans right before making the coffee. If you have any friends who love coffee, a burr coffee grinder is a perfect gift. Grinding the beans fresh right before making your coffee makes a huge difference in the taste and it doubles as a spice grinder which is pretty exciting. I also wholeheartedly recommend these Bialetti Stovetop Espresso makers. For under $20 they make an incredible cup of coffee.

2. Beautiful Cookbook with a Homemade Treat
One of my favorite gifts to give to my friends who love to cook is a cookbook with a homemade recipe from the very same cookbook. Choosing one of the recipes from the cookbook to bring along with the book makes it feel extra special and gets them excited to start using it. It also shows them just how delicious the recipes are. Some of my favorite cookbooks these days are Joy the Baker, The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook, and for those watching their waistlines Crazy Sexy Kitchen.

3. Better than a Bottle of Wine: Lillet Rose
If you have a friend who loves wine, and who doesn’t, then introduce them to this amazing French apertif. It’s a fortified wine that has orange and fruit undertones and is delicious on it’s own or mixed into a cocktail. It also makes the perfect gift for someone at your office or a friend that’s hard to buy for since it feels more special than a simple bottle of wine.

4. Journeys of Chefs in Print
One of my newest obsessions is reading personal stories of chefs and cooking. It all started after I read No White Jacket Required and since then I have been gobbling up novels based around food and cooking. If you have a friend who loves to read and cook, these books make the perfect gift. Some other good titles in this genre – Kitchen Confidential, Heat, and How I Learned to Cook: Culinary Educations from the World’s Greatest Chefs.

5. A Great Kitchen Knife
For any aspiring home cook, a great knife will change the way they cook and is essential for mincing, chopping, dicing, and everything in between. Honestly I never really bought into the whole knife talk until someone finally gave me a great one. It has saved me hours in the kitchen and honestly changed the way I cook.

What are you buying this year for the home cooks in your life?

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Sriracha Spaghetti Squash with Sausage

Sriracha Spaghetti Squash with Sausage

Sriracha and spaghetti squash? When I first saw this combination a couple of months ago it seemed crazy to me. Yet every time I saw the Sriracha in my fridge or roasted a spaghetti squash, this recipe came to mind. So I finally gave in and tried it and couldn’t believe how delicious the results were. It is an incredibly simple dish – just sausage, spaghetti squash, Sriracha, and some onions and garlic all sauteed together in minutes for a surprisingly delicious meal or side dish. In a rush? Here’s a quick way to cook your spaghetti squash. Simply poke a bunch of holes in it like you are making a baked potato and microwave it for ten minutes or until you can easily squeeze it. Then open carefully, scrape out the squash, and use in your favorite dish.

Sriracha Spaghetti Squash with Sausage
Servings: 4 servings
Serving Size: about 1 cup
Nutritional Info: 143.5 calories, 3.5g of fat, 8.5g of carbohydrates, 1.3g of fiber, .8g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 4 * (more…)

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

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Chicken Enchiladas

Chicken Enchiladas

Enchiladas are the perfect little treat for a quick and delicious weekday meal. You can put them together in minutes and to me the scream comfort full of spice and ooey, gooey cheese. However to create really delicious enchiladas, but still in a flash, we are going to start with a canned enchilada sauce and doctor it up a bit with onions, red peppers, garlic, cumin, and some extra spice. You’ll be amazed how just a few tweaks really transform the sauce into something special. Then simply roll up the enchiladas and pop them in the oven. These also make a great meal with leftover turkey, so keep them in mind post turkey day.

Chicken Enchiladas
Servings: 8 servings
Serving Size: 1 enchilada
Nutritional Info: 159 calories, 5.6g of fat, 13.2g of carbohydrates, 2.2g of fiber, 14.4g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 4 * (more…)

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

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Sunday Slow Cooker: Slow Cooked Turkey Breast and a Giveaway!

Sunday Slow Cooker:  Slow Cooked Turkey Breast and a Giveaway!

I couldn’t be more excited to share today’s post. Not only is it the very first time I ever attempted to cook a turkey, it is just about the simplest recipe in the world, comes with a great giveaway from Stubb’s Legendary Bar-B-Q, and tastes really great. It also means that I can eat turkey way more often and it no longer has to be reserved for special occasions. I’m excited.

So here is how the recipe works, it really couldn’t be any easier. Start with bone-in, skin on turkey breast. Then infuse some flavor into the turkey with your favorite marinade, spice rub, or sauce. I personally recommend trying out the Stubb’s Injectable marinades for this recipe which only has 10 calories per tbsp and us delicious. I used the Chipotle Butter for this one and am already planning on using the Bar-B-Q spice rub on the next one. Then pop it in the crock pot and let it cook. That’s it! Simple and delicious.

And now for the giveaway! Stubb’s is giving away Stubb’s sampler packs to 4 lucky readers. Each winner will receive 3 coupons for free Stubb’s Bar-B-Q products. Winners will be able to try out whatever products they like. To enter, simply follow the directions below. Winners will be chosen on Tuesday!

  1. Leave your FIRST comment telling me which flavor of the Stubb’s Bar-B-Que products you are excited to try.
  2. Like the Slender Kitchen on Facebook and leave the SECOND comment letting me know you did. Already a fan on Facebook? Just let me know in your SECOND Comment.
  3. If you have a blog, LINK back to this contest and leave a THIRD comment letting me know you did. If you do not have a blog, just leave a comment below telling me someone you told about this giveaway.


Slow Cooker Turkey
Servings: depends on size
Serving Size: 3 oz
Nutritional Info: 117 calories, 3g of fat, 0g of carbohydrates, 0g of fiber, 19g 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: Skinny Desserts

Friday Five:  Skinny Desserts

Today I really wanted to post some kind of Thanksgiving recipe round up, but the reality is I still have never cooked a real

Thanksgiving meal before. I have made bits of pieces of meals and yesterday even dropped a turkey into the crock pot which I will be sharing tomorrow, but just don’t consider myself expert enough to share tried and true Thanksgiving recipes. Living far away from home I still have yet to stand by my Mom next to the stove all day and learn her secrets and sinc eThanksgiving is all about traditions, a true Thanksgiving round up will have to wait. So until then, I am perfectly content being in charge of bringing desserts and sharing some favorites with you. I haven’t decided exactly what I bring this year, but I can guarantee that the oatmeal cranberry white chocolate cookies will be there. They were already requested last week.

1. Slow Cooker Apple Crisp: 7 P+

The great thing about this dessert recipe for a holiday is that it can literally cook all day and then just hang out warm until people are ready for dessert. And since it stays warm it works for everyone from those who eat dessert immediately following the meal, or those like me who stuff themselves silly and then a couple of hours before dessert can begin.

2. Pumpkin Rice Crispy Treats: 4 P+

I fell in love with these pumpkin rice crispy treats the first time I made them. And although rice crispy treats are the fanciest of desserts, these are extra special because they are made with pumpkin. However since these do not keep well I would plan on making them the day of, or even making them after dinner. It would be a fun activity with kids.

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Chicken with Jalapeno Cream

Chicken with Jalapeno Cream

Last night I really wanted something rich and indulgent. More specifically I wanted to run across the street and purchase this insanely good jalapeno chicken pasta that is the stuff dreams are made of and sit on my couch and catch up on some TV I am embarrassed to admit I watch. Yes Gossip Girl was part of it and I may be in denial it is coming to an end. So instead of completely indulging, I whipped up this delicious chicken with jalapeno cream sauce. It is perfect on it’s own, over rice, cauliflower rice, or pasta and is very easy to make. It also keeps in the fridge really well, which is where my three other pieces of chicken are currently hanging out, calling my name.

Chicken with Jalapeno Cream
Servings: 4 servings
Serving Size: 1 chicken breast with 1/4 sauce
Nutritional Info: 292.4 calories, 8.1g of fat, 11g of carbohydrates, .5g of fiber, 42.8g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 8 * (more…)

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

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