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Low Carb Cauliflower Fried “Rice”

Low Carb Cauliflower Fried “Rice”

Did anyone else notice that tomorrow is the official first day of summer? Really! It feels like January was last week. I know, I know – everyone always talks about how fast time is passing, but seriously. Also from the deluge of emails this past week requesting low carb recipes, it sounds I am not the only one shocked by the sudden onslaught on summer. It sounds like lots of folks are going low-carb to cut those final pounds before having to put on a bathing suit. And the most common question in those emails is about sides. So today, in the spirit of low carb recipes and sides, I wanted to share one of my favorite side dishes, made from cauliflower rice.

Low Carb Cauliflower Fried Rice
Servings: 4
Serving Size: 1 cup
Nutritional Information: 75.7 calories, 3g of fat, 2.9g of carbohydrates, .9g of fiber, 1.5g of protein * 2 P+
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 2 *

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

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Mexican Street Corn

Mexican Street Corn

Thankfully the first time I ever had traditional Mexican Street Corn no one told me what was on it. I assumed it was just cheese, chile, and lime juice and never would have taken a bite had I known there was mayonnaise lurking underneath. Mayo just isn’t my thing. However luckily I took that first magical bite before asking and haven’t stopped eating it since. It is a perfect combination of sweet, smoky, a bit sour, and spicy and I highly recommend giving it a try this summer. For anyone who is cob-averse, you can definitely cut the corn off the cob and mix this all up in a big bowl and it will be equally delicious. Elote anyone?

Mexican Street Corn
Servings: 4 servings
Serving Size: 1 ear of corn
Nutritional Info: 192.9 calories, 9.7g of fat, 1.1g of carbohydrates, .1g of fiber, 24.1 of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 5 *
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Sesame Crusted Tuna

Sesame Crusted Tuna

Last night I really didn’t want to cook dinner. More specifically I wanted to have someone wait on me, not have a dirty kitchen, and eat something delicious without doing any work. Then I quickly remembered I had recently splurged on some fresh Ahi tun and there was no way I was going to let it go bad in the fridge. The solution? Figure out the quickest dish I could make that would still feel fancy and be tasty. The result? This incredibly easy and quick recipe for sesame crusted tuna. All it takes is about 1 minute of covering the tuna in sesame seeds and 2 minutes of cooking. Easy, quick, and delicious.

Sesame Crusted Tuna
Servings: 4 servings
Serving Size: 1 piece tuna
Nutritional Info: 262 calories, 10.2g of fat, 8g of carbohydrates, 1.1g of fiber, 39.1g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 6 *

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Chocolate Cherry Chia Seed Pudding

Chocolate Cherry Chia Seed Pudding

Who knew Chia Seed Pudding could be so exciting? But since giving in and making this Banana Coconut Chia Seed Pudding, I have been on a bit of a Chia Seed kick. Let’s just say I have fully jumped on the bandwagon. Today’s version adds cherries and chocolate, one of my favorite combinations, and works great as a breakfast or dessert. Normally I add some yogurt to the pudding when enjoying it for breakfast and whipped cream or a scoop of ice cream when its for dessert. Don’t like the texture of chia seeds? Try blending the pudding before serving for a smooth version. Just make sure to let the chia seeds absorb the liquid first so when you blend, you get a nice and smooth texture.

Chocolate Cherry Chia Seed Pudding
Servings: 1 serving
Serving Size: full recipe
Nutritional Info: 136 calories, 3.7g of fat, 18.5g of carbohydrates, 9.2g of fiber, 4g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 3 *
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Sunday Slow Cooker: Tri-Tip Tacos

Sunday Slow Cooker:  Tri-Tip Tacos

My old roommate used to make a killer Grilled Tri-tip. I don’t remember exactly what he put on it but I know it involved paprika, chili powder, and a solid amount of black pepper. Usually we would slice it thin, scoop it up on tortillas, and kick back outside to enjoy the rare home cooked meal. At the time I was one year out of college and my idea of cooking was microwaving takeout leftovers or the random TJ’s frozen entree, so this was a real treat. So when I saw tri-tip this week at the market, I couldn’t help but pick one up. My original plan was to grill it but since my grill pan was a bit too small, I decided to throw it in the slow cooker and let it go, low and slow. No matter how you choose to cook it, the meat turns out tender and makes the perfect taco filling. Save leftovers to make lettuce wraps, burrito bowls, and spicy beef and cheese quesadillas.

Slow Cooker Tri-Tip Tacos
Servings: 8 servings
Serving Size: about 1/2 cup
Nutritional Info: 192.9 calories, 9.7g of fat, 1.1g of carbohydrates, .1g of fiber, 24.1 of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 6 *
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Friday Five: Summer Sipping

Friday Five:  Summer Sipping

In my old apartment I had this incredible patio. My girlfriends and I literally sat outside on said patio every weekend for months on end sipping wine or summer cocktails and chatting about our lives, dreams, boys, and any interesting tidbits we had learned that week. We all had a thing for This American Life, documentaries, strange viral news stories, and Law & Order that kept us gabbing for hours and solidified our friendship very quickly. Since then I have moved to a new apartment without a beloved patio and my two beloved patio buddies have moved out of LA. Yet as soon as summer comes, I find myself dreaming about that patio and those times. Here are some summer sips that I could picture us enjoying….what are your favorite summer beverages?

1. Rosemary Infused Cucumber Lemonade, 71 calories, 2 P+

This simple cucumber and rosemary lemonade makes a delicious and refreshing summer drink to have on hand in the fridge or make special for an outdoor gathering. The rosemary pumps up the flavor and makes it feel special but can easily be left out if herbal lemonades aren’t your thing.

2. Skinny Beer-garitas, 213 calories, 4 P+

I love this lightened up summer margarita recipe made with beer instead of tequila. Not only does it lower the calories, it also is a great alternative for a milder drink for those who don’t like hard alcohol or the strong taste of tequila. You could also substitute in sparking water for a kid-friendly, non-alcoholic version.

3. Watermelon Spritzers, 67 calories, 2 P+

This delicious summer watermelon spritzer is the perfect refreshing drink for any summer get together. The simple combination of watermelon, lemon, mint, and sparkling water make a light summer drink, and no one would judge you if you added some alcohol into the mix or replaced the sparking water with champagne.

4. Clementine Sparkler, 77 calories, 2 P+

If you love Mimosas, these Clementine Sparklers will be right up your alley without the added sugar and calories of processed orange juice. Mix up the citrus for different takes on this summer drink and replace the sparking wine with water when you don’t want the alcohol or extra calories.

5. Campari and Orange Summer Spritzer, 127 calories, 3 P+

Although I have been referred to as “an old Italian man” for my love of Campari on more than one occasion – I can’t get enough of the herbal Italian aperitif. Paired with orange and sparkling rose wine, this makes a delicious and fancy summer drink for brunch and special occasions.

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