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Slow Cooker Sundays: Sloppy Joes

Slow Cooker Sundays:  Sloppy Joes

It’s funny how some things that you absolutely refuse to eat as a child – brussel sprouts, asparagus, meatloaf, and sloppy joes – become things that you enjoy, or even love, as an adult. As a kid I hated sloppy joes. Perhaps due to the Adam Sandler Lunch Lady song, anyone remember, Sloppy joe, slop, sloppy, joe or perhaps just because I thought it was weird to eat a sandwich for dinner. Either way, I am happy my taste buds have changed and am in love with this slow cooker sloppy joe recipe. I prefer mine with ground beef but ground chicken or turkey would work as well. Makes a quick and delicious meal that will last all week.

Sloppy Joes
Servings: 8
Serving Size: about 3/4 cup
Nutritional Info: 235.5 calories, 8.1g of fat, 14.2g carbohydrates, 1.2g dietary fiber, 28g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 5 * (more…)

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

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Friday Five: Fall Apple Dishes

Friday Five:  Fall Apple Dishes

After the incredible McIntosh apples (ugh I had two, ok, well three) I found in the market yesterday, all I am thinking about is apples. As a kid we went apple picking almost every year and I remember bringing home bags full of apples to enjoy throughout the fall. Then in college, my incredible Mom went through the trouble of mailing me my beloved Mcintosh apples since I couldn’t find them in Indiana. Definitely not the typical college care package, but I couldn’t have been happier. And now I sit dreaming of apple picking, apple cider, and delicious apple treats in California, love/hating that the grocery store carries them but charges me three times as much, here are some of my favorite apple dishes for fall. And although there isn’t a pie on this list, there will definitely be one coming since I just ordered these adorable mini pie plates. What are your favorite fall apple dishes?

1. Sausage, Sage, Apples, and Onions, calories and points vary
Generally I eat some type of sauteed chicken sausage and veggies at least once a week. It’s quick, easy, and tastes delicious. In the fall my favorite way to whip this up is with apples, some sage, and whatever veggies I have around. Cabbage makes a great addition, as do sugar snap peas, celery, onions, spinach, and more. For thos who follow the recipe above, there is no need for all the olive oil, just replace most of it with cooking spray and find a lower point sausage.

2. Apple Butter, 1 P+
One great way to preserve the wonderful fall apple flavors for the whole year is to make apple butter and it couldn’t be any easier to make at home. You can make it stove top or in the crockpot and combine any combination of apples, spices, and flavors you like. Consider infusing your apple butter with sage and a touch of salt for something more savory or using a mixture of apples and pears for a slightly different flavor.

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Oatmeal Protein Pancakes

Oatmeal Protein Pancakes

Breakfast for me is usually a pretty utilitarian meal. Not because I want it to be. I actually love breakfast food and would be the first to line up if a restaurant starting to serve a multiple course breakfast. Imagine breakfast appetizers, entrees, and desserts. I would never have to choose between savory and sweet again. It would be lovely.

But back to breakfast. I hear a lot from folks that breakfast can be a tough meal – you don’t want to use too many points but you definitely don’t want to hungry two hours after eating. That’s the worst – when your stomach begins growling in a work meeting and every body casually tries to ignore it but you know that everyone knows it is you. This won’t happen with these oatmeal pancakes. They are hearty, satisfying, and delicious. Top them with anything you love – blueberries, bananas, shredded coconut, maple syrup, or pumpkin butter.

Oatmeal Protein Pancakes
Servings: 2
Serving Size: 4 pancakes (1/2 recipe)
Nutritional Info: 258.8 calories, 3.1g of fat, 28.5g carbohydrates, 4g dietary fiber, 5.3g dietary fiber, 28g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 6 * (more…)

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

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Toblerone Rice Crispy Treats

Toblerone Rice Crispy Treats

Every since those pumpkin rice crispy treats, all I want to do is make more. And this time around while staring into my pantry, I noticed a lonely, half eaten Toblerone bar and that’s all it took. Rice crispy treats with chocolatey bits of Toblerone throughout makes an excellent dessert or snack. Want them to be a little healthier and still taste great? Use brown rice cereal to replace the regular puffed cereal to up the fiber content.

Toblerone Rice Crispy Treats
Servings: 8
Serving Size: 1 bar
Nutritional Info: 126.5 calories, 4.1g of fat, 21.6g carbohydrates, .2g dietary fiber,5.3g dietary fiber, 1.8g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 4 * (more…)

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Sunday Slow Cooker: Apple Crisp

Sunday Slow Cooker:  Apple Crisp

Have you seen the honey crisp apples that are available right now? Around me they are amazing. Crisp and sweet and delicious. They are almost as good as the Macintosh apples I miss dearly from growing up in New England. And my favorite way to eat apples, apple crisp. Normally apple crisp is loaded with butter – the recipes I looked at had over a stick – but this one is lightened up but still packed with flavor. This is a rift on a weight watchers recipe that ingeniously uses apple butter to mimic some of the richness from the butter and made a bit more healthy with whole wheat flour. And just in case it suits you, this makes a delicious breakfast over some Greek yogurt.

Slow Cooker Apple Crisp
Servings: 8
Serving Size: 1/8 recipe
Nutritional Info: 251 calories, 6g of fat, 41g carbohydrates, 4g dietary fiber, 3g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 7 * (more…)

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Friday Five: Weight Watcher Magazine Ideas

Friday Five:  Weight Watcher Magazine Ideas

Everyone needs new and fresh ideas to make sure eating healthy and following Weight Watchers or any other diet plan is fun and stays interesting. More importantly – every needs real mail in their lives. I love getting real mail and have a slight magazine addiction that may or may not cause my mailbox to overflow a couple of times a month. I am constantly signing up for and finding new magazines. Here are some of my current favorites. What are yours?

Also my other trick for magazine recipes. As soon as I see something I want to make I immediately calculate the points value and write it in sharpie next to the recipe. This way I am never running to calculate something when it is time to cook or looking at multiple recipes for one that fits my points plan for the day.

1. Weight Watchers Magazine
So the reason I love Weight Watchers magazine is simple. Every month when it arrives, I find myself getting re-inspired and excited about the diet. Usually before it comes I sometimes start to get a little bored with WW. But then the magazine shows up and I read the tips, tricks, recipes, and success stories and always finished excited to try something new. I recommend for this reason along and because the content is great.

2. Living Without
If you have any type of special diet due to food allergies, this is the magazine for you. Living Without features tons of delicious recipes that speak to all types of food allergies including gluten allergies, lactose allergies, and more. I have recently started trying out a lot of their gluten free recipes as it has become a more popular request on the blog. Moreover they provide lots of substitution ideas for people with food allergies both in their recipes and in the magazine. These are great for learning to cope with a food allergy and find replacements when cooking.

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