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Banana Cake with Chocolate Glaze

Banana Cake with Chocolate Glaze

This weekend I set out to make breakfast but in all honesty all I really wanted was coffee and cake and cooking movies. I couldn’t really plan a better day than passing the time experimenting in the kitchen and watching movies where people cook, and preferably fall in and out of love. You know the kind. And eating this banana cake, drinking coffee, and watching multiple cooking movies – perfect day.

Banana Cake with Chocolate Glaze
Servings: 12
Serving Size: 1/12 cake or 1 cupcake
Nutritional Info: 161.9 calories, 4.8g of fat, 28.2g of carbohydrates, .7g of fiber, 2.4g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 4 * (more…)

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

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Sunday Slow Cooker: Pork Tenderloin and Apples

Sunday Slow Cooker:  Pork Tenderloin and Apples

When I saw this recipe about a week ago, I couldn’t wait to make it. Pork, apples, mustard, and the crockpot. I mean, c’mon. It sounds entirely easy and delicious, and it was. Soft apples that basically melt into a sauce, just a hint of mustard, and delicious pork. You can make this with pork chops or a pork loin and any kind of apples you like. I adapted the recipes slightly based on what I had on hand.

Slow Cooker: Pork Tenderloin and Apples
Servings: 8
Serving Size: about 4 oz with 1/2 cup apples
Nutritional Info: 242.9 calories, 5.2g of fat, 13.4g of carbohydrates, 1.7g of fiber, 40.1g 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: Transforming Leftovers

Friday Five:  Transforming Leftovers

Since the New Year is all about transformations for many people, I thought it would be fun to focus on transforming food. Not only is it a great way to save time since you can double/triple a recipe and eat it all week, it can also be a great way for people in smaller households to use up their leftovers. What are your favorite ways to transform leftovers?

1. Slow Cooker Beef Machaca

  • Meal 1: Shredded Beef Machaca Tacos: Serve up this yummy slow cooker beef with corn tortillas and your favorite taco toppings the first night.
  • Meal 2: Breakfast Burritos: Use a 1/4 cup of beef mixed with some scrambled eggs, black beans, and shredded cheese to make a quick on the go breakfast burrito.
  • Meal 3: Burrito Bowls: Copy your favorite Chipotle Burrito Bowl by using this beef machaca, brown rice, black beans, lettuce, and your favorite salsa.

2. Your Favorite Lean Burgers

  • Meal 1: Burgers and Chili Cheese Fries: Serve the burgers up the traditional way the first time you make them with some crispy chili cheese fries.
  • Meal 2: Quick Pasta Bolognese: Crumble up some of the remaining patties to make a quick bolognese sauce. All you have to do is mix it into your favorite store bought sauce, saute some veggies, and serve over high fiber pasta.
  • Meal 3: Stuffed Peppers: You can make a quick stuffed pepper by cooking some brown rice and mixing it with crumbled burger meat and any veggies you like. Place them in a baking dish and cover with diced tomatoes. Cook for about 30 minutes at 400 degrees for a delicious stuffed pepper.

3. Maple Mustard Chicken

  • Meal 1: Maple Mustard Chicken with veggies: The first time you cook it serve it up with some of your favorite veggies and a half a baked potato. Shred the leftover chicken and refrigerate it.
  • Meal 2: Chicken Salad Sandwiches: Mix the shredded chicken up with 1-2 tablespoons of fat free Greek yogurt or low fat mayo, a teaspoon of mustard, and some chopped celery to make quick and delicious chicken salad sandwiches.
  • Meal 3: Mediterranean Chicken Quesadillas: Make a spin on a traditional chicken quesadilla by using the shredded chicken with chopped tomatoes, olives, artichoke hearts, red peppers, and some feta cheese for a quick and delicious lunch or dinner.

4. Crustless Corn and Bacon Pie

  • Meal 1: Crustless Corn and Bacon Pie with green salad: Start out your week serving this healthy quiche with a green salad or low calorie soup.
  • Meal 2: Weekend Egg Sandwiches: Toast up some low calorie bread or English muffins and stuff a piece of the corn and bacon pie between the bread. Add some spicy mustard, salad greens, and tomato slices for a yummy weekend breakfast sandwich.
  • Meal 3: Cobb Salad: Instead of using traditional boiled egg, make your own version of a Cobb Salad by mixing your favorite veggies with crumbled pieces of leftover corn and bacon pie, some sliced deli turkey, blue cheese crumbles, tomatoes, and more.

5. Beef Chili

  • Meal 1: Chili and Cornbread: The first serve up this yummy beef chili with some homemade cranberry cornbread or store bought rolls for a delicious and comforting meal.
  • Meal 2: Quick Chili Mac: Cook up some high fiber pasta according to package directions and top with the chli, green onions, and a tablespoon of low fat cheddar cheese for a quick chili mac.
  • Meal 3: Chili and Cheese Baked Potatoes: Bake a potato in the oven of microwave and top with 1/2 cup of chili and some cheese for a quick lunch of dinner.

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Crispy Potato Wedges

Crispy Potato Wedges

I have at least ten friends who have given up fried food for their New Year’s Resolutions. Some have also given up food entirely (juice cleanses personally scare me). So when I wanted to have everyone over for weekend burgers, I knew I needed a good side dish that wouldn’t leave anyone wishing for their beloved fries. The solution – these crispy potato wedges. The secret is a really hot oven and of all things – egg whites. Coat the potatoes in egg whites and spices before baking and you can get a really crispy potato wedge. No one missed their fries and three friends gave up their juice cleanses mid meal. Oops.

Also if you want a lower point/calorie dish, this can easily work for 4 servings with everyone getting about half a potato’s worth of wedges.

Crispy Potato Wedges
Servings: 2
Serving Size: 1/2 recipe
Nutritional Info: 174 calories, .3g of fat, 37.6g of carbohydrates, 4.9g of fiber, 6.9g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 4 * (more…)

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Coconut Curry Shrimp

Coconut Curry Shrimp

I used to be completely petrified of cooking Asian food. Like scared to death. That all changed when a friend finally convinced me to buy fish sauce and start using it at home. It changes everything. Yes it smells. It’s atrocious if you put your nose close. Yes the idea of it is pretty gross, fermented fish. But the flavor it adds, totally worth it. It really helps to create the authentic flavor you are looking for. Still not convinced? It will still taste great without it but I recommend picking up a bottle as soon as possible.

Coconut Curry Shrimp
Servings: 4
Serving Size: 1/4 recipe, about 1.5 cups
Nutritional Info: 161.3 calories, 4.2g of fat, 5.2g of carbohydrates, 1.2g of fiber, 24.8g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 4 * (more…)

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Baked Bourbon Apples

Baked Bourbon Apples

You should make this dessert immediately. Forget what you’ve heard that when you diet you must stay away from booze and desserts and make this. There’s butter, apples, oats, and bourbon and it doesn’t require fat pants. In fact it is pretty guilt free coming in under 200 calories. It’s a dessert to pull out when you have friends over or want to impress someone special. I mean it has bourbon baked right in. Topped with some vanilla ice cream and it’s pretty dreamy. It is also completely appropriate to serve for weekend brunch and you can be sure your guests will leave happy. Don’t like bourbon? You can just use more apple cider or substitute in another alcohol. Dark rum would be delicious.

Baked Bourbon Apples
Servings: 4
Serving Size: 1 apple
Nutritional Info: 160.3 calories, 3.2g of fat, 27.5g of carbohydrates, 1.4g of fiber, .7g of protein * 6 P+ (4 P+ if you don’t count the apple)
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 6 (4 if you don’t count fruit) * (more…)

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