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Sunday Slow Cooker: Thai Curry Ground Beef

Sunday Slow Cooker: Thai Curry Ground Beef

It is utterly impossible to take a pretty picture of this recipe. I tried over and over again to the point the food was cold and the house was hungry, but every photo came out the same – completely unappetizing. However, I challenge you to get past the photos and give this recipe a try. It’s full of delicious Thai flavors, including coconut milk and curry, and tastes great on a bed of rice or rolled up in cabbage leaves.

Also as some of you saw on Instagram (you can follow here), I shattered the lid to my crock pot earlier this week, so I ended up making this stovetop. However it is perfect for the slow cooker and will work great either way. Slow Cooker Thai Curry Ground Beef
Servings: 4 servings
Serving Size: 1/4 recipe
Nutritional Info: 223.2 calories, 8.7g of fat, 8g of carbohydrates, 1.6g of fiber, 25.2g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 5 * (more…)

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Friday Five: Summer Salads

Friday Five: Summer Salads

As it gets warmer, its harder and harder to turn on the stove. Instead whip up one of these delicious summer salads and top with your favorite protein for a quick and easy summer meal. And since I couldn’t decide on just five, here’s nine to add to your summer line-up. What are your favorite summer salads?

  1. One of my favorite summer salads with an out of this world dressing – Broccoli and Apple Salad with Maple Mustard Dressing
  2. Crunchy Brussels Sprout Salad – perfect for when you want to bring something a little out of the ordinary that still tastes refreshing for summer –
  3. Peach Caprese Salad
  4. A popular combination from last summer that I still want to eat every weekend – Watermelon, Feta, and Mint Salad
  5. Corn BLT Lettuce Wraps – a great way to take a light lunch on the go and enjoy summer corn at its finest.
  6. If you have been looking for a lighter version of balsamic vinegar, this is for you – Grapes, Greens, and Skinny Balsamic
  7. A classic combination of Tomato, Cucumber, and Dill Salad that works with almost any grilled dish.
  8. For something a little unexpected, try this Celery, Apple, and Hearts of Palm Salad that is crispy, crunchy, and refreshing.
  9. Since I couldn’t be more excited that corn is started to make its way back onto shelves, one more Summer Fresh Corn Salad to take advantage of this delicious ingredient.

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Tropical Green Smoothie

Tropical Green Smoothie

This week is all about putting back some balance into my routine after over indulging a bit this past weekend. Normally I am pretty good at keeping balance on the daily level, but this weekend I just let things go with a best friend’s wedding and surprise visit with a favorite cousin. So to bring back some balance this week, I am kicking off the day with green smoothies. I have tried out some different recipes this week, but this has been my favorite by far – a heaping pile of spinach, some mango and pineapple, a touch of banana, and some Amazing Grass Superfood Powder to really pack in a nutritional punch.

What’s your favorite green smoothie?

Tropical Green Smoothie
Servings: 2 servings
Serving Size: about 1.25 cups
Nutritional Info: 139.9 calories, 2g of fat, 32g of carbohydrates, 4.4g of fiber, 2.4g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 4 * (more…)

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Simple Garlic Butter Shellfish

Simple Garlic Butter Shellfish

Over long holiday weekends I almost always crave New England lobsters and steamers, which is what I would be eating if I were back at home with my family in New Hampshire. So this Memorial Day weekend knowing I wouldn’t be able to find traditional New England steamers (they don’t exist in LA as far as I have looked) and lobster would be crazy expensive, I decided to make some simple and quick shellfish steamed in garlic, butter, and white wine. Not exactly a New England clambake, but close enough that I could get my hands dirty cracking into some delicious seafood, spend time around a table with good friends, and say thank you to all the wonderful service people who we honor on Memorial Day.

Simple Garlic Butter Shellfish
Servings: 4 servings
Serving Size: 1/4 recipe (1/2 lb. shellfish)
Nutritional Info: 293.8 calories, 8.3g of fat, 6g of carbohydrates, .7g of fiber, 46.6.1g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 4 * (more…)

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Sunday Slow Cooker: Greek Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Sunday Slow Cooker:  Greek Stuffed Chicken Breasts

My mind was blown last week. Did y’all know it was possible to stuff a chicken breast and then cook it in the crockpot!!? Literally stuffing it with anything and a few hours later, deliciousness. And in case you were thinking what I was, this isn’t like bad wedding food stuffed chicken breasts. These are delicious, moist, slow cooked stuffed chicken breasts. Last week in the meal plans, members got a taste of a yummy version stuffed with wild rice. Since then I have been stuffing chicken with everything you can imagine and throwing it in the crockpot – ham and cheese, today’s Greek version, wild rice with apples and sausage, spicy corn and poblano peppers with cheese – you get the idea. Today’s version was one of my favorites stuffed with spinach, olives, roasted red peppers, artichoke hearts, and feta cheese.

Slow Cooker Greek Stuffed Chicken Breasts
Servings: 6 servings
Serving Size: 1 stuffed chicken breast
Nutritional Info: 209.8 calories, 5.7g of fat, 4.3g of carbohydrates, .5g of fiber, 34.1g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 6 * (more…)

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Honey Roasted Carrots with Balsamic

Honey Roasted Carrots with Balsamic

This weekend I woke up obscenely early on Sunday morning. Literally at 6 a.m. my eyes popped open. I then laid in bed unsuccessfully willing myself to fall back asleep and finally gave in 15 minutes later and decided to go for a run. By the time I got back it was only 7:15. So so very early for Sunday.

(On a sidenote, this is confirming a growing fear that I am indeed growing up. You know what I mean. Waking up without an alarm at six on weekends is one of those things that only happens to grown ups. Eeek.)

So I showered and headed to the farmer’s market after turning my morning freakout to excitement about finally making it to the farmer’s market before all the good produce was snapped up. But – shock, gasp – they weren’t even open yet. What!!! Aren’t farmers supposed to be early risers? So I had to go get coffee, walk around a bit, and when I finally came back I was at least rewarded with some fabulous spring produce including a bunch of rainbow carrots that I used for this simple and delicious recipe.

Honey Roasted Carrots with Balsamic
Servings: 4 servings
Serving Size: 1/4 recipe
Nutritional Info: 88 calories, 3.5g of fat, 14.7g of carbohydrates, 1.8g of fiber, .7g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 3 * (more…)

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