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Corn, Jalapeno, Bacon, and Onion Frittata

Corn, Jalapeno, Bacon, and Onion Frittata

I think at heart I may be a bit of a freezer hoarder. It hasn’t come to a second freezer yet, but I would rather freeze almost anything than throw it away. Leftover coconut milk to the freezer in cubes, bags of chopped leeks, onions, carrots, and spinach frozen before heading on vacation, countless containers of soup, stewed meat, and way more frozen fruit than one should ever admit to. So lately I have been on a quest to eat my way through the freezer, mostly because I have no space to shove more food into the freezer not the more noble reason.

So we have been eating lots of this turkey tomatillo chili, Asian meatballs, and countless other creations including this delicious corn frittata made after defrosting some leftover bacon and corn I had stashed away. Also cooking this recipe made me really want a nice cast iron skillet, I am thinking about this one but would love to hear what y’all recommend and to know if I should buy one that is pre-seasoned. Thoughts?

Corn, Jalapeno, Bacon, and Onion Frittata
Servings: 8
Serving Size: 1/8 pie
Nutritional Information: 63.7 calories, 2.9g of fat, 4.5g of carbohydrates, .5g of fiber, 5.7g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 2 * (more…)

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

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Friday Five: Starting a Food Blog in Five Simple Steps

Friday Five:  Starting a Food Blog in Five Simple Steps

Today we are going to switch things up a bit and talk about being a food blogger, and more specifically starting a food blog. It’s probably the question I get most often from folks and it’s a question that gets me really excited because I truly LOVE food blogging. Although its hard work, really hard work sometimes, and sometimes means your food will be slightly cold after you take the 100th photo of it – it’s really incredible and brings me lots of joy. I love sharing things from my kitchen and adore hearing from all of you.

So here goes! You love to cook, you love to read recipes, and likely in the back of your mind you have thought about food blogging before? Well – why not get started this weekend? It’s takes under 15 minutes to be up and running.

1. Find Your Food Passion

In my opinion, this part is the most fun. Start by brainstorming your passions when it comes to food. Do you love healthy cooking? Creating family friendly meals? Eating out and sharing your experience? Cooking on a budget? Foodie traveling? Find something that will get you excited. Blogging is really fun, but it is also hard work – so you want to choose something you love to write about and share.

2. Buy a Domain and Hosting

Now it’s time to come up with a name for your food blog. Get creative and find a name that suits you and your passion. Then head over to Blue Host (or another hosting/domain company, I personally love Blue Host and think it’s the most affordable) and click Sign Up Now. Then type the name you want into the box to find out if that domain (a fancy name for the address of your website) is available.

Once you find a name you love, you will need to purchase hosting.* Hosting is basically like renting space to house your website. There are all different types of hosting, but to start you just need a simple hosting plan. You can always upgrade later. One great thing about hosting with Blue Host is that they give you a free domain with hosting, and it starts for as little as $6.95/month for one year or 4.95/month for three years.

step 2 how to start food blogging

*You can also use free hosting through wordpress.com but your website will have wordpress.com in the domain name. For instance if I hosted Slender Kitchen on wordpress instead of my own hosting, it would read www.slenderkitchen.wordpress.com.

3. One Click WordPress Installation

Now that you have your domain and hosting, it is time to install WordPress. WordPress is a blogging platform that makes it incredibly simple to post and share your content. (There are also other blogging platforms but WordPress is by far the easiest to use and the most versatile.) And luckily Blue Host makes it very easy to install WordPress in just one click.

Make sure you are logged into your account and scroll down to the Sitebuilder section. Find the WordPress icon and click on it.

step 3 starting a food blog

On the next page, simply click Install and Bluehost will begin to build your brand new blog! You will want to choose the latest version of WordPress.

step 4 starting a food blog

Congrats! Your blog is now installed. Write down the password and URL for your blog and get ready to begin. Go there and sign into your very own WordPress blog!

step 5 starting a food blog

4. Spice Up Your Food Blog

Woohoo! You now have your very own food blog. I already can’t wait to see your first recipe, foodie experience, or tip. Send me an email with your blog so I can check it out! Now it’s time to spice up your blog and add your own personal design touches. You have two options for themes with WordPress. You can choose a free theme from WordPress – there are thousands or you can buy a premium theme from a company like Theme Forest or Woothemes. Personally, I started with a free theme and then upgraded later on once I had more traffic. It’s completely up to you!

5. Start Blogging!

Now it’s time to start blogging! Write your first post and begin to share it with friends, family, and me! I would LOVE to check out your blogs.

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Sesame Beef

Sesame Beef

So it has been exactly 9 days since I posted the Sesame Chicken recipe, and 12 days since the first time I made it. I have since made it, count it, five times and eaten it every way possible – tossed over rice, wrapped up in lettuce wraps, in an Asian inspired salad, and even once for breakfast. I think there may be something slightly wrong with me, that’s almost every other day. So last night while I stared into my fridge waiting for it to tell me what to make (there was no chicken), it spoke to me. Sesame beef! Of course. So my obsession continues with this recipe…

Sesame Beef
Servings: 6
Serving Size: 1/6 recipe (about 6 oz beef)
Nutritional Info: 229.1 calories, 12.3g of fat, 2.7g carbohydrates, .4g dietary fiber, 23.7g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 6 * (more…)

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Broccoli Cheddar Rice Cups

Broccoli Cheddar Rice Cups

Awhile back I went on a bit of a cupcake spree making lasagna, barbecue meatloaf, quiche, and macaroni and cheese cupcakes. They were the perfect little snack to have around the house and made a great companion to soup or a quick salad for lunch. And my four year old self loves eating anything shaped like a cupcake. So today’s recipe is a trip back down memory lane to my days of turning real food into cupcakes or muffins or cups – whatever you want to call them. And I am quite sure these would trick any child (or adult) into scarfing down their vegetables. Feel free to try different cheese, veggie, and spice combinations. Next time I am thinking maybe diced peppers and a little ground beef for a twist on a stuffed pepper.

Broccoli Cheddar Rice Cups
Servings: 8
Serving Size: 1 rice cup
Nutritional Info: 95.7 calories, 2.8g of fat, 13.2g carbohydrates, 1.9g dietary fiber, 5.4g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 2 * (more…)

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

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Pumpkin Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Pumpkin Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

If you are not a pumpkin lover, feel free to cover your eyes. Yes, there is more pumpkin coming, this time in the form of healthy pumpkin, oatmeal, chocolate chip cookies. Now a slight warning about these cookies – it may be more appropriate to call them a mix between a granola bar, a cookie, and dare I say baked oatmeal. They are soft and sweet and really delicious with lots of pumpkin flavor and chocolate studded throughout. I definitely had two this morning with my coffee. But they are not a traditional cookie with only 1 tbsp of oil and honey as the only sweetener (besides the chocolate). Not a fan of pumpkin? Although I haven’t tried it, I bet mashed banana would work great in this recipe.

Pumpkin Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
Servings: 18
Serving Size: 1 cookie
Nutritional Info: 82.7 calories, 3.3g of fat, 12.2g carbohydrates, 1.5g dietary fiber, 2g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 2 * (more…)

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

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Sunday Slow Cooker: Beef Ragu

Sunday Slow Cooker:  Beef Ragu

As a kid the most amazing thing happened in my house every Friday. My Dad would get home from work and inevitably be carrying a large, overflowing cardboard box. He would drop it on the kitchen table and we would all run to the kitchen to see what was inside. Most of the time we were looking for dough-doughs – a magical fried dough creation I think my grandmother invented that we would toast and cover in cinnamon and sugar – but there were always other delicious treats as well – homemade macaroni and cheese (the best you’ve ever had), homemade pizza, the occasional chop suey, and always delicious, unbelievable spaghetti sauce.

Thinking back she must have made sauce every week because we were always stacked three high in the freezer and more always came. Neighbors and friends would ask for it and relatives would almost always take some home. Her sauce was famous. I really wish I would have learned to make that sauce. And today as I start to build my own repertoire of sauces, including today’s beef ragu – a slow cooked tomato sauce with shredded beef – I think a lot about my grandmother and make a mental note that someday, in the the very far off future, I want to be just like her and her magical Friday boxes.

Slow Cooker Beef Ragu
Servings: 10
Serving Size: 3/4 cup
Nutritional Info: 175.8 calories, 5.4g of fat, 3.8g carbohydrates, .9g dietary fiber, 27.4g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 4 * (more…)

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

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