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Mushroom and Rice Stuffed Squash

Mushroom and Rice Stuffed Squash

This recipe is a bit out of place for this time of year. It feels much more like fall than spring. But sometimes it’s good to just go with what looks good. And when I spotted some acorn squash in the market earlier this week, I couldn’t help myself from picking one up.

Or perhaps my subconscious was just rejecting the notion that bathing suit season is right around the corner and instead pining for the change in season that welcomes more clothes. Either way, this recipe is light, hearty, and makes a quick and yummy lunch or dinner. Feel free to mix up the spices, add in some ground beef, or change up the veggies to make it your own.Mushroom and Rice Stuffed Squash
Servings: 2 servings
Serving Size: 1 stuffed squash half
Nutritional Info: 224.8 calories, 3.6g of fat, 46.4g of carbohydrates, 5.6g of fiber, 5.2g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 6 * (more…)

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Vegetable Spring Rolls with Peanut Sauce

Vegetable Spring Rolls with Peanut Sauce

One of the very first things I learned when I started trying to lose weight was the importance of having healthy snacks and quick lunches around so I wouldn’t be tempted to grab something high in calories when suddenly mid afternoon I felt like I could eat my arm. So instead of leaving things to chance, I started stocking my fridge with healthy options like these veggie spring rolls. Packed with vegetables and tofu they make the perfect snack or lunch and can be eaten on the go. Not a fan of tofu? Just use ground chicken, ground turkey, shrimp, or any mild fish.

Vegetable Spring Rolls
Servings: 4 servings
Serving Size: 2 spring rolls with 2 tbsp. sauce
Nutritional Info: 188.9 calories, 7.8g of fat, 27.4g of carbohydrates, 4.5g of fiber, 13.2g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 5 * (more…)

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

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Sunday Slow Cooker: Rotisserie Chicken

Sunday Slow Cooker:  Rotisserie Chicken

Pretty much at any given time you can find a rotisserie chicken in my fridge. It makes the perfect quick lunch or dinner and there are a million and one ways to jazz it up in recipes. Tacos, salads, lettuce wraps, quick soups, pasta, the options are endless. So when I first saw a recipe for a slow cooker rotisserie chicken, I couldn’t wait to try it. The result is a perfectly moist and tender chicken that can be seasoned any way you wish. Roast it at the end for crispy skin or you can remove the skin before cooking for a lower calorie option. Simple and delicious.

Slow Cooker Rotisserie Chicken
Servings: varies
Serving Size: varies
Nutritional Info: varies
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: drumstick 2, wing 3, thigh 4, 4 oz. breast 5 * (more…)

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Friday Five: March Madness Munchies

Friday Five:  March Madness Munchies

Did y’all fill out a tournament bracket this year? I did choosing my teams using a surefire strategy. First, choose my alma mater and the alma maters of any close family or friends. Two, choose underdogs. I am also a sucker for the underdog. Three, choose teams from cities I love or with really great uniforms. Four, blindly fill out anything left because at this point I have likely lost interest and started to think about something else, like food. The food is definitely the most important part of my basketball watching weekend. Here are some things I am thinking about serving. What are you making?

1. BBQ Beer Chicken, 7 P+, 245 calories

In my opinion, when a long day of sports watching is about to happen, something needs to hang out in the crockpot all day long so people can help themselves as they get hungry. This recipe is perfect for that and can be served in many different ways. Make sandwiches, lettuce wraps, throw some on nachos, make BBQ tacos, you get the idea.

2. Cheeseburger Dip, 3 P+, 105 calories

Every good sports gathering needs a good dip and this one won’t disappoint. Cheese, ground beef, tomatoes, and a little bit of spice. It also works great with ground chicken or turkey.

3. Corn, Bacon, and Poblano Pepper Pizza, 5 P+, 203 calories

If I don’t make pizza I can guarantee that at some point during the day or night, it will be ordered. So I always try to make a couple of pizzas or pizza puffs for any big game day. This is probably my favorite pizza, studded with bacon, corn, and just a touch of heat from poblano chilis.

4. Irish Nachos, 4 P+, 159 calories

What’s not to like about a potato skin and nacho combined? Top them with some of the BBQ chicken and you have an amazing snack that no one will ever believe is healthy.

5. Skinny Cookie Dough Dip, 6 P+, 166 calories

This recipe was created to make a cookie pie, but actually makes an incredibly delicious cookie dough dip. Just follow all the instructions up until the point you would put it in the oven. Instead cut up some fruit, grab some graham crackers or your finger, and dig into this indulgent cookie dough dip.

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Broccoli and Apple Salad with Maple Mustard Dressing

Broccoli and Apple Salad with Maple Mustard Dressing

Naming salads is virtually impossible for me. Where do you even start? I usually start with listing out the main ingredients, but then I end up with something like Broccoli, Apple, Sugar Snap Pea, Goat Cheese, Cranberry Salad with Maple Mustard Dressing. Oh and there are sunflower seeds, so throw those in the mix as well. That leaves us with a thirteen word title, fifteen with the seeds. Not really going to work.

Next up is trying to pick a theme for the salad. Spring? Well, not really – apples are a fall fruit, but it is spring time now. A regional name like Mediterranean or Californian? But this salad isn’t really from or inspired by any region. You see where this is headed.

So what’s a girl to do? For now just pick out the two feature ingredients I guess and cross her fingers that her incredibly smart, talented, beautiful internet friends can help her with a better name.

Broccoli and Apple Salad with Maple Mustard Dressing
Servings: 2 large servings
Serving Size: 1/2 salad
Nutritional Info: 215.8 calories, 8g of fat, 38.4g of carbohydrates, 8.9g of fiber, 7g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 4 * (more…)

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Sesame Salmon with Baby Bok Choy

Sesame Salmon with Baby Bok Choy

Sometimes a girl only has 15 minutes to cook, and for nights like that this salmon recipe is perfect. The salmon is dusted with sesame seeds, salt, and a touch of ginger. Then the veggies are sauteed in a little butter, olive oil, and lemon. Everything is placed together and bada-bing, dinner is served.

Sesame Salmon with Baby Bok Choy
Servings: 4 servings
Serving Size: 1 piece fish with 1/4 veggies
Nutritional Info: 336.8 calories, 11g of fat, 4.4g of carbohydrates, 2.3g of fiber, 44.9g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 8 * (more…)

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

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