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Friday Five: Kale, kale, kale….

Friday Five:  Kale, kale, kale….

Earlier this week I found myself with a boatload of extra kale. After churning through my typical kale recipes, I turned to all of you – my wonderful, creative, incredibly smart – internet friends. Seriously, y’all are awesome. Within about 30 minutes, I had over 60 ideas on Facebook for how to use kale. Here are some of my favorite ideas. Warning, there are definitely more than 5!

What are your favorite uses for kale? Share them in the comments and add to this list.

1. Kale chips
2. Kale smoothies
3. Massaged with tahini-ginger-lemon dressing – this pumpkin tahini lemon dressing would also be great
4. Cooked with red potatoes and fresh sausage in the crockpot – yum!
5. Grilled with olive oil, lemon zest, salt, pepper, garlic – can’t wait to try this!
6. Sauteed in chicken broth with a touch of salt – simple and super low calorie
7. Turkey sausage, white bean and kale soup – I see this in my future
8. Wilted with pancetta and cranberries in a sauce of chicken broth, Dijon mustard, and balsamic vinegar – wow!
9. Green lemonade juice: kale, lemons, apple, and ginger – more reason to buy a juicer
10. Zuppa Toscana (Tuscan Bean soup) made with kale as the green
11. Kale with sausage and beans – I love this combo
12. Served with any meat with BBQ sauce – just add cut kale strips and cook until bright green – BBQ Kale, I’m in!
13. A Kale pie with feta cheese – sounds delish
14. Sautéed with garlic, butter, sausage and Romano cheese – this would be great with ham, bacon, or pancetta
15. Cut. Blanch. Sauté with bacon. Add very small cut up potatoes and chicken broth. Cook down until potatoes are soft. Serve as a side – love the idea of adding potatoes…thinking sweet potatoes would also be delicious
16. Kale pesto – Kale, olive oil, walnuts and salt: served over spaghetti squash, frozen in ice cube trays, or served with pasta
17. Kale tossed in good salt, fresh lemon juice + olive oil then left to sit for 12hrs
18. Soup with potatoes, onions, Italian sausage, kale and hatch green chili – love the idea of the hatch chile!
19. Portuguese Kale soup
20. Kale for breakfast – Cook leftover salsa fresca, add kale and spinach, cook till dry and add to beaten egg whites cook eaten on a sandwich round.
21. Massaged kale salad with avocado and strawberries, strawberry vinaigrette dressing
22. Frozen chopped or whole for smoothies
23. Grilled nectarine and kale salad
24. Denigrate it and powder it and add it to all kinds of foods, even baked goods, for a little extra nutrition – sounds interesting…
25. Chopped fine with shredded purple cabbage, toasted pine nuts & pomegranate seeds. Dressed with honey/lemon vinaigrette. Can substitute slivered toasted almonds for pine nuts and dried cranberries for Pom seeds. Taste even better the 2nd day. Keeps in fridge several days – This sounds amazing!
26. Kale and coconut roasted and served over farro

Looking for a complete recipe. Consider….
27. Kale Chips with Lemon Yogurt Dip
28. Kale, Lemon, and White Bean Pasta
29. Spinach, Artichoke, and Kale Dip made in the slow cooker
30. Kale Waldorf Salad

How else do you enjoy kale??

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Baba Ganoush (Eggplant Dip)

Baba Ganoush (Eggplant Dip)

With the summer heat, I am constantly craving quick and cool ways to make a sandwich, wrap, or veggies more exciting. Hummus is a staple in my summer time fridge, as well as avocados and lightened up guacamole. Baba ganoush recently joined that list. Baba Ganoush is a Middle Eastern eggplant dip, typically made roasted or grilled eggplant paired with garlic, olive oil, and spices. I like to add some tahini in mine to bring in the flavor of sesame seeds as well. Dip your veggies in it, spread it on a sandwich or wrap, or pair it with a Mediterranean salad plate. It makes a great cool summer snack that only gets better after hanging in the fridge for a couple of days. It also makes a great low carb substitute for hummus or bean dip.

Baba Ganoush (Eggplant Dip)
Servings: 8
Serving Size: about 1/4 cup
Nutritional Information: 68.7 calories, 5.7g of fat, 4.4g of carbohydrates, 2.4g of fiber, 1.3g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 2 *

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

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Barbecue Beef Sliders

Barbecue Beef Sliders

This weekend I needed to make some quick lunches but wanted something a little more interesting than a basic sandwich. Scouring my fridge and seeing hardly any options, I opened up the freezer to see if I could reinvent anything in there. Spotting some Barbecue Chiptole Beef, I decided to throw together some quick sliders. I happened to have light slider rolls in the house, but if you can’t find small light rolls you can also just cut a low calorie hot dog roll in half. Topped with some cabbage and a pickle, it makes a great quick summer meal.

Barbecue Beef Sliders
Servings: 4
Serving Size: 2 sliders
Nutritional Information: 243.5 calories, 9.1g of fat, 26.4g of carbohydrates, 4g of fiber, 26.1g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 7 *

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

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Crockpot Freezer Meals for Summer

Crockpot Freezer Meals for Summer

With summer in full swing and temperatures rising in lots of locales, many people are on the look out for recipes that don’t require turning on a hot stove. And although the grill is a great option for summer cooking, sometimes its nice to be able to pull a ready-to-go meal out of the freezer and have dinner ready when you get home. All of today’s recipes can be made in advance and frozen in a ziploc bag until you are ready to cook them. Then when you are ready, pop them out of the fridge and right into the crockpot. Increase the cooking time by about 1 hour and you will have a great summer meal with no work. I usually try to have 3-4 of these in the freezer for days I don’t have time to cook.

1. Honey Garlic Chicken

2. Chicken Barbacoa

3. Buffalo Chicken

4. BBQ Beef Chicken

5. Beef Barbacoa

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Friday Five: No Cook Meals

Friday Five:  No Cook Meals

Some days it is just too hot to turn on the stove or think about cooking. On nights like that it is great to turn on the grill, fire up the crockpot, or throw together a no cook meal that keeps everyone nice and cool. Here are some great no cook meals to try out this summer.

1. Vegetable Spring Rolls with Peanut Sauce, 5 P+, 200 calories

These simple vegetable spring rolls require absolutely no cooking. If your family wants more protein, consider adding in cold shrimp, rotisserie chicken, ahi tuna, or another protein your family enjoys.

2. Chicken Tostadas, 5 P+, 210 calories

These simple chicken tostadas can easily be made with store bought rotisserie chicken or made meatless with avocado. Instead of crisping up the tortillas in the oven, pop them in the toaster oven to crisp them up to avoid heating up your kitchen with the oven. You can also look for store-bought baked tostadas.

3. Sweet Chili Chicken Salad, 6 P+, 248 calories

This simple summer salad is full of sweet and spicy notes and can be made with pre-cooked or store bought chicken to eliminate the need for the stove. It is also delicious with cocktail shrimp, leftover cold pasta or rice, or with sliced avocado for added protein.

4. Cold Asian Noodle Salad, 4 P+, 164 calories

Although this cold noodle salad normally calls for using the stove to cook the noodles, you can cut out this step by buying rice noodles that only require soaking. Check out the directions before purchasing and find a rice or Asian noodle that calls for soaking in hot water instead of boiling to make this yummy summer salad. Add your favorite protein for a more complete meal.

5. Summer Fresh Corn Salad, 3 P+, 123 calories

This delicious summer salad incorporates raw corn, fresh mozzarella, and avocado making it perfect for summer. You can easily make it more hearty by adding shrimp, chicken, or black beans for a complete and well-rounded meal.

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Grilled Tandoori Chicken

Grilled Tandoori Chicken

Since summer started, the requests have been flying in for grilling recipes. Specifically everyone seems to be on the lookout for new ways to cook up chicken breasts with added flavor and spice, so when I saw this recipe I knew I had to try it. Traditionally an Indian dish, Tandoori chicken is a great way to add tons of flavor to your chicken without all the added fat. Make up a big batch of chicken and marinade and use the leftovers for sandwiches, wraps, and rice bowls throughout the week. It also makes a great pizza topping with store-bought Naan bread and some fresh greens.

Grilled Tandoori Chicken
Servings: 8
Serving Size: 4 oz. chicken
Nutritional Information: 189 calories, 6.5g of fat, 2.3g of carbohydrates, 0g of fiber, 33.3g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 4 *

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