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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…)

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

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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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Cold Asian Noodle Salad

Cold Asian Noodle Salad

So pasta salad?

Unlike most I actually usually can’t stand pasta salad. I don’t like the mayo, I don’t like the Italian dressing, I don’t like the soggy veggies. It’s usually just not my thing. But this one? I love this one. It’s starts with a yummy, Asian inspired dressing with some heat and sweetness and then comes together with bean thread noodles (or any type of Asian noodle) and lots of veggies for crunch. Serve it with any Asian dish for a great side dish or cool salad.

Cold Asian Noodle Salad
Servings: 8
Serving Size: 3/4 cup
Nutritional Info: 164.1 calories, 1.1g of fat, 39.3g carbohydrates, 2.4g dietary fiber, .4g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 4 * (more…)

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

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Fish Tacos and Avocado Cream

Fish Tacos and Avocado Cream

It’s a little scary how much I love fish tacos. I love them so much in fact that I never make them at home because I am quite convinced that I may start eating them daily. There is just something magical about fish and cabbage and lime juice and avocado crammed into a warm corn tortilla. Or maybe that’s just me? But I LOVE them. And a couple of days ago I was staring blankly into my fridge at lunch trying to figure out what to eat and decided to finally give them a try. I went with a simple baked version because I was starving and couldn’t deal with marinating or grilling and they came out delicious. Topped with a lower calorie avocado crema made with yogurt and I was one happy girl.

Fish Tacos and Avocado Cream
Servings: 4
Serving Size: 2 tacos with 2 tbsp avocado crema
Nutritional Info: 240 calories, 6.3g of fat, 22.7g carbohydrates, 4.4g dietary fiber, 27.2g 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: Meals for Under Five Points Plus

Friday Five:  Meals for Under Five Points Plus

Sometimes by the end of the day I have hardly any points left. Usually this is a result of either Happy Hour or a lunch away from my desk with friends or co-workers who aren’t watching what they eat. Sometimes I am good and just order something light, but sometimes I want to indulge like everyone else and luckily on Weight Watchers or any healthy eating plan, it’s just about balance and moderation so I don’t have to ever feel like I am missing out. Here are five meals that will leave you feeling satisfied but keep you within your daily points budget.

1. Chorizo Stuffed Poblano Peppers, 4 P+
I almost always have a stockpile of these peppers in my freezer and also love them because you can throw them together in minutes. Take a poblano pepper, stuff it with soy chorizo and cauliflower, and bake them up with melted cheese. They satisfy any sort of spicy craving and taste like they have way more calories than they do. Have one with a simple salad and your meal is complete.

2. Chicken Tostadas, 5 P+
This is one of those meals that you can make from leftovers in your fridge. Start with a baked tortilla and pile on whatever you have around – roasted chicken, beans, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, salsa, and avocado get you off to a great start. Not only that – you can eat two for under five points plus. It will feel like you are still indulging even though you are having a light meal.

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Stuffed Zucchini with Ham and Cheese

Stuffed Zucchini with Ham and Cheese

This is one of my favorite snacks or side dishes. It is incredibly easy to make and is reminiscent of this yummy zucchini pizza that I find myself eating at least once a week. It starts off simple enough, with a roasted zucchini. Then you stuff that zucchini with ham and cheese and bake it until everything is brown and crispy. Serve it up on it’s own or with either marinara or a spicy tomato sauce for a delicious treat.

Stuffed Zucchini with Ham and Cheese
Servings: 4
Serving Size: 1 zucchini half
Nutritional Info: 60.9 calories, 1.9g of fat, 4g carbohydrates, 1.3g dietary fiber, 7.3g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 2 * (more…)

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

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