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Chinese Broccoli with Garlic and Miso

Chinese Broccoli with Garlic and Miso

About once every couple of months I make the 40 minute trek to my absolute favorite Thai restaurant and completely throw away my diet for the night. It’s all about moderation and balance, right? They have the most incredible food and for about a year, when I lived one block away from it and weighed a bit more, I ate takeout from there almost weekly. Like out of the box, watching reality TV, stuffing my face take-out. It wasn’t pretty but the food is amazing. And one of my favorite dishes from there has the most delicious Chinese broccoli in it. So for the first time I decided to try and make my own at home and it turned out surprisingly delicious. Can’t find Chinese broccoli? This recipe would work with normal broccoli as well or perhaps broccolini if you can find it.

Broccoli with Garlic and Miso
Servings: 4
Serving Size: 1/4 reipe
Nutritional Info: 44.1 calories, 3.6g of fat, 2.6g carbohydrates, 1.3g dietary fiber, 1.4g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 2 * (more…)

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Sesame Chicken

Sesame Chicken

I have a feeling this meal is going to be making a lot of appearances in my house from now on. Not only is it delicious, it takes absolutely no time to put together, and tastes like real take-out sesame chicken. It can also be served in a million different ways – as a rice bowl with veggies, over Asian inspired greens as a salad, as an Asian burrito with Sriracha as the hot sauce, with the chicken cut into longer strips and served as chicken fingers – you get the idea. Not only that, I am pretty sure the base of this recipe could be used with lots of different flavor combinations. For example – what if we added dijon mustard, rosemary, garlic, and lemon juice to the chicken stock?

Sesame Chicken
Servings: 5
Serving Size: 1/5 recipe (about 6 oz chicken)
Nutritional Info: 180.1 calories, 6.5g of fat, 2.1g carbohydrates, .4g dietary fiber, 28.2g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 5 * (more…)

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Sunday Slow Cooker: Falafel

Sunday Slow Cooker:  Falafel

I know what your thinking. Really falafel in the crock pot. But yes, you can make delicious falafel in the crockpot. And it’s really simple and you probably have what you need at home already. Simply mash up some chickpeas, add spices and an egg to bind them, form cute little patties, and throw them in the crockpot. Three hours later you have falafel with a nice crispy outside and soft inside. Serve with your favorite yogurt sauce. I used yogurt, garlic, cilantro, lemon juice, salt, and pepper.Slow Cooker Falafel
Servings: 4
Serving Size: 3 falafel balls
Nutritional Info: 209.5 calories, 6.9g of fat, 28.7g carbohydrates, 5.5g dietary fiber, 8.8g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 6 * (more…)

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Friday Five: One Point Snacks

Friday Five:  One Point Snacks

Yesterday I was surrounded by candy. It was everywhere and I was hungry. Not the best combination. Fast forward. I definitely ate more candy that I would like to admit and may have even thrown some in my purse for later. It was not my proudest moment. So one the way home I decided that it was time to whip up some healthy one point snacks to grab before grabbing the candy, and I ordered some of these delicious candy concoctions to have around, because let’s be honest, it’s Halloween and I will be eating some candy. Looking for more Halloween candy ideas that won’t ruin your diet – check out last year’s Friday Five on Halloween Candy.

1. Quiche Cupcakes, 1 P+
These are perhaps one of my favorite one point snacks. It takes no time to whip up a batch – you can combine tons of different flavors, and they have enough protein to keep you satisfied for a little while. These can be made without the ham crust for a crustless quiche, with a wonton crust, or using another favorite deli meat to mix up the flavors. Lately I have been making a Greek inspired one with feta, black olives, and sun-dried tomatoes.

2. Banana Nutella Wontons, 1 P+
Need a sweet treat to stay away form the buckets of candy in your office. These will do the trick. Crispy baked wontons stuffed with Nutella and bananas. I prefer to eat them warm (just pop them in the microwave for a few seconds) but that taste good cold as well, and really good dipped in whipped cream. You can also use chocolate or peanut butter in place of the Nutella.

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Pumpkin Yogurt Parfait

Pumpkin Yogurt Parfait

I know. I know. Really more pumpkin, already? Only one day has passed since the pumpkin cheesecake wontons. But I just can’t help myself. And this is pretty much a version of what I will be eating for breakfast for the next month or until I burn myself out. For about a week now every morning I find myself wanting nothing else but some take on pumpkin yogurt. It starts with some Greek yogurt (but try vanilla if you like things sweet), then pumpkin puree, then pumpkin pie spices, and some maple syrup. Then I layer on something for texture – cereal, oats, quinoa, nuts, a crushed up granola bar – you get the idea. And this morning, out of all my usual suspects for crunch, I used golden grahams and was it delicious. The graham taste is the perfect addition to pumpkin.

Pumpkin Yogurt Parfait
Servings: 1
Serving Size: 1 parfait
Nutritional Info: 233.8 calories, 1.2g of fat, 41g carbohydrates, 4.3g dietary fiber, 14g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 6 * (more…)

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Double Bean Burgers

Double Bean Burgers

I have officially decided to try and stop buying veggie burgers in the grocery store. I know try isn’t all that convincing of a word, but it’s a first step. Why you may be wondering? Well first of all, they are just expensive. Five dollars for four little burger patties seems expensive, especially since the patties are small so many times I end up eating two at a time. Secondly, it is so easy to make delicious veggie burgers at home and they taste much better. This recipe is one example – a simple, fiber and protein packed, double bean burger – and there are so many more options. They freeze great and make a perfect quick meal. So here’s to making my own veggie burgers? What things to you try to make at home instead of buying? Looking for more veggie burger ideas? Check out this great cookbook: Veggie Burgers Every Which Way. Next up in my kitchen are the Thai Carrot Burgers.

WDouble Bean Burgers
Servings: 6
Serving Size: 1 patty
Nutritional Info: 131.2 calories, 1.4g of fat, 17.9g carbohydrates, 6.2g dietary fiber, 8.9g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 4 * (more…)

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