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Cilantro Lime Chicken

Cilantro Lime Chicken

Let me just put it out there, this isn’t the best of Valentine’s Day recipes. It is known to create stinky breath, it has been accused of tasting like soap from many a cilantro hater, it’s really bright green (definitely not red and not really sexy), and it’s best eaten stuffed in tortillas thus creating the very real possibility of chicken or salsa or both on your fancy outfit. I think my subconscious may be fighting back against the whole idea of the day and forcing me to share bright green chicken. However for everything this recipe isn’t, it is one thing – delicious. That is if you love cilantro. The chicken hangs out in a ton of cilantro and garlic overnight and then gets cooked up in a skillet or on the grill. Easy, peasy.

Cilantro Lime Chicken
Servings: 4 servings
Serving Size: 1/4 recipe
Nutritional Info: 193.2 calories, 7.4g of fat, 6.4g of carbohydrates, .1g of fiber, 25.3g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 4 *

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

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Chocolate Cupcakes with Almond Cream Cheese Frosting For Two

Chocolate Cupcakes with Almond Cream Cheese Frosting For Two

I have completely mixed feelings about Valentine’s Day, and I am well aware I am not the only one. Part of me thinks it’s a bit of an invented holiday and that we should all celebrate our love for significant others, friends, and family everyday. But the other part of me can’t wait to decorate, eat and analyze way too many conversation hearts, indulge on chocolate and hearts and sprinkles, and finally make the time to make all those adorable homemade cards I think about but never find the time to create. Eeek….what do you think?

However no matter where you fall on the love/hate Valentine’s Day spectrum, you should find a friend or loved one and make these cupcakes for two. Indulgent chocolate, almond cream cheese frosting, and built in portion control. Valentine’s Day or not, they make a special and yummy dessert.

Chocolate Cupcakes with Almond Cream Cheese Frosting For Two
Servings: 2 servings
Serving Size: 1 cupcake
Nutritional Info: 204.1 calories, 10.1g of fat, 33.3g of carbohydrates, 1.7g of fiber, 3.4g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 6 * (more…)

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

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Meyer Lemon Blueberry Bars with Oatmeal Crust

Meyer Lemon Blueberry Bars with Oatmeal Crust

It has been way too long since I have shared a good dessert recipe and this one has quickly become one of my favorites. Tart and sweet lemon bars studded with blueberries all on a crunchy, hearty oatmeal crust. For those unfamiliar with Meyer lemons, they are my newest obsession, along with feeling awkward watching Girls, this book, this feature on the morning routines of celebrities, and this Time magazine photo essay on what the world eats – fascinating. But back to the lemons. Meyer lemons are thought to be a cross between a lemon and perhaps a mandarin (no one really knows exactly) and have the tartness of a lemon with a delicate sweetness. They are dreamy and make a great substitute in any recipe calling for lemons. Don’t worry though, if you can’t find Meyer lemons, regular lemons will work fine.

Meyer Lemon Blueberry Bars with Oatmeal Crust
Servings: 9 servings
Serving Size: 1/9 of recipe
Nutritional Info: 171.8 calories, 6.8g of fat, 26.3g of carbohydrates, 1.9g of fiber, 4.2g 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: Korean Chicken

Sunday Slow Cooker:  Korean Chicken

One of my favorite recipes is for Korean beef tacos. They are a bit spicy and a bit sweet – a perfect combo in my book. I was craving them this week but didn’t have any beef on hand so decided to give the recipe a try with chicken. I combined a pound of chicken thighs (for moisture) and a pound of chicken breast and it came out great. The recipe makes a great base for tacos or burritos, can be served over rice, and also works perfectly for lettuce wraps. It also gets better over time so plan on using the leftovers for lunches or quick dinners during the week.

Crockpot Korean Chicken
Servings: 8 servings
Serving Size: 3/4 cup
Nutritional Info: 225.3 calories, 6.2g of fat, 15.7g of carbohydrates, .7g of fiber, 16.7g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 6 * (more…)

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Friday Five: Weight Watchers Vegetarian Meals

Friday Five:  Weight Watchers Vegetarian Meals

To celebrate the launch of the new vegetarian meal plans I thought it would be fun this week to share some of my favorite Weight Watchers vegetarian recipes. Although I do eat meat now, I was a vegetarian for almost ten years and have a deep love for meatless meals. Not only can they be a healthy addition to anyone’s eating, they can also be packed with protein and nutrients.

1. Vegetable Korma, 5 points plus, 198 calories
This classic Indian dish is loaded with vegetables, curry powder, coconut milk, and cashews making it both hearty and delicious. You can use almost any combination of veggies you have at home and could add chickpeas or beans to add more protein if you chose. It also freezes great and makes a great quick lunch or dinner for future meals.

2. Papas Con Rajas, 4 points plus, 173 calories
Papas con Rajas is a traditional Mexican dish made with potatoes and poblano pepper strips and in this case, yummy goat cheese. It makes the perfect filling for vegetarian tacos and can be a fun, unexpected way to create a vegetarian Mexican meal that is something a little out of the ordinary. It also makes a phenomenal side dish if you want a twist of classic mashed potatoes.

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Introducing Slender Kitchen Vegetarian Meal Plans

Introducing Slender Kitchen Vegetarian Meal Plans

After many requests and lots of hard work in the kitchen, I couldn’t be more excited to tell you about the newest addition to Slender Kitchen.

Slender Kitchen is launching Healthy and Weight Watcher Friendly Vegetarian Meal Plans!

Starting today in addition to the regular meal plans, Slender Kitchen will also be offering complete vegetarian meal plans that include points plus and nutritional information; complete meals and recipes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner; categorized shopping lists; snack suggestions; and more all tailored to meet the needs of a vegetarian. The meal plans feature vegetarian friendly recipes that are also weight watchers friendly and can work for any healthy eating plan.

Not a vegetarian but interested in more meatless meals? Have both meat eaters and vegetarians in your home? These vegetarian meal plans are designed to be used on their own for full vegetarians, or as a complement to the current meal plans. Knowing that many people have both meat eaters and vegetarians in their homes or just want to eat more meatless meals, these plans provide meatless versions of many of the recipes featured in the current weekly meal plan. That way you can easily add as many meatless meals to your eating plan as you like or easily prepare a version that works for everyone in your home.

Slender Kitchen Vegetarian Meal Plans will be offered through the same membership area and you will have the option to download all weekly meal plans (vegetarian and non-vegetarian) for two or four people, bonus recipes, meal planning resources, and more. That’s access to four meal plans each and every week for less than $3 a month with the yearly option.

Here’s what the meal plans will include:

  • Weekly Meals Plans for 2 or 4
  • All points plus and nutritional information
  • Complete, categorized shopping lists
  • Quick and easy breakfasts
  • Packable lunches
  • Delicious dinners
  • Fallback meals to swap in case you don’t like something
  • Bonus recipes just for members
  • Ideas for snacks and desserts
  • Time saving tips on meal preparation
  • Perfect for people on Weight Watchers or any healthy eating plans
  • Includes both a vegetarian and non-vegetarian meal plan each week.
  • And more!

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Do the vegetarian meal plans include dairy and eggs?

Yes. The vegetarian meal plans do include dairy products as well as eggs, however you should be able to easily make substitutions if you do not consume these products. They do not contain any fish, chicken, or other meat or animal products.

Do the vegetarian meal plans use lots of “fake” meat products?

The vegetarian meal plans may sometimes contain small amounts of substitute meat products that are meant to add to the flavor to a dish, but will never be the main ingredient of a dish or neccessary. Knowing that some people prefer not to eat these products, the meal plans focus instead on using whole and natural foods as much as possible.

Do you have any experience with vegetarian cooking and meal planning?

In fact, I do. I was a vegetarian myself for almost ten years and abstained from all meat products. Although I have decided that I will include meat in my current diet, I still eat many meatless meals and have lots of experience with vegetarian cooking.

Have another question? Please email or ask in the comment area.

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