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Chocolate Cherry Cupcakes

Chocolate Cherry Cupcakes

A few weeks ago I let you in on a little secret, that I shamelessly eat cherries everyday and probably go through pounds every week. I don’t know what to say other than I simply love them and cherish the short season when they are in abundance. This recipe combines two star crossed lovers – chocolates and cherries – in a light, sweet cupcake for only 3 points and 100 calories. Not a cherry fan – consider replacing the cherries with raspberries, strawberries, or just leaving them out. The base recipe for the chocolate cupcakes comes from Chocolate Covered Katie, a wonderful blog full of healhty, mostly vegan desserts.

Weight Watchers Chocolate Cherry Cupcakes
Servings: 15
Serving Size: 1 cupcake
Nutritional Information: 104.5 calories, 1.5g of fat, 22.6g of carbohydrates, 1.5g of fiber, 1.7g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 3 * (more…)

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Corn BLT Lettuce Wraps

Corn BLT Lettuce Wraps

Is it weird that I am dreaming about corn and bacon? I am a little worried myself. Ever since the corn and bacon pie, I am constantly thinking about new ways to bring these two ingredients together. If you have idea, please share! This recipe is a spin on a traditional BLT combining bacon, lettuce, tomato and then adding fresh corn, cilantro, a jalapeno, and a touch of lime juice. Served up in adorable lettuce cups for a simple lunch or dinner. Consider adding chicken, shrimp, or avocado if you want some additional protein.

Corn BLT Lettuce Wraps
Servings: 4
Serving Size: 3 lettuce cups
Nutritional Information: 96.2 calories, 4.8g of fat, 11.3g of carbohydrates, 1.8g of fiber, 3.8g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 3 * (more…)

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

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Friday Five: Breakfast on the Go

Friday Five:  Breakfast on the Go

This morning I am running out the door to catch a plane to Cabo San Lucas. I couldn’t be more excited to sit by a pool, swim in a warm ocean, and explore a new locale. And the food – I am so excited about the food. I will definitely be eating lots of seafood and I am sure using lots of flex points on chips, guacamole, and margaritas. I will be posting lots of photos to Instagram of the trip, which will post to Twitter or you can follow me on Instagram, username Slender Kitchen. As I am running out the door, my mind is thinking about breakfast on the go. Here are some of my favorites. What are yours?

Also, just in case you were wondering, recipes will still be coming while I am away :) I scheduled them ahead of time. My response time to comments and emails just may be a little delayed.

1. Jimmy D’s Breakfast Minis, 115 calories each, 3 P+ each
Why does everything mini always taste so much better? As much as I hate to admit it, I kind of love these breakfast minis from Jimmy Dean. I normally have two when I am grabbing them and running out the door along with a banana or some fruit. They taste naughty and can squelch any craving for egg sausage mcmuffins, unless I am the only one who craves one every time they see a Mickey D’s. I also love their Jimmy Dean Delights Turkey Sausage Quesadilla for 6 points plus.

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Honey Lime Strawberries

Honey Lime Strawberries

Sometimes you need something a little exciting to spice up your yogurt (or frozen yogurt or pancakes or angel food cake) and these strawberries are perfect for that. The recipe is incredible simple – just boil some honey and lime juice and let the strawberries hang out and do their thing – and they transform into a perfect sweet and tart treat. Pretty soon you will be putting them on just about everything. This recipe is inspired by one from Food and Wine, where they place them on lemon sorbet and add some whipped cream. Yum.

Honey Lime Strawberries
Servings: 6
Serving Size: about 3/4 cup
Nutritional Information: 69.6 calories, .5g of fat, 17.5g of carbohydrates, 2.9g of fiber, .8g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 2 * (more…)

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

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Grapes and Greens Salad with Skinny Balsamic

Grapes and Greens Salad with Skinny Balsamic

I find myself flip flopping between salad and ice cream a lot in the summer. Sometimes I want ice cream for lunch, and this generally leads to salad for dinner or vice versa. The beach is too close and there are too many bikinis nearby for me to forget to balance all the yummy summer ice cream with some greens. And in my opinion, sometimes there is nothing better than a yummy, crispy salad on a hot day. This simple salad combines greens, grapes, and pecans with a low calorie balsamic made with tomato juice. You could easily add goat cheese and some chicken to this salad and it would be divine.

Grapes and Greens Salad
Servings: 4
Serving Size: 1/4 salad
Nutritional Information: 103.4 calories, 5.6g of fat, 11.9g of carbohydrates, 3.4g of fiber, 3.2g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 2 * (more…)

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Crustless Corn and Bacon Pie

Crustless Corn and Bacon Pie

Something special happens when corn, cheese, and bacon come together – especially when it happens and is still only 3 points plus. It’s a happy world when I can eat these three things and still not be scared to put on a bathing suit. This recipe is inspired by a classic Southern Corn and Bacon Pie, but to save calories I eliminated the crust and use skim milk instead of half and half. It still tastes rich and decadent with the bacon and the cheese and no one will ever believe it’s healthy. Serve up with a little salad and it makes a perfect meal. If you decide to add a crust, I would recommend one with cornmeal – that would be delicious. Like a little spice? Replace the red pepper with a poblano.

Crustless Corn and Bacon Pie
Servings: 8
Serving Size: 1/8 pie
Nutritional Information: 113.8 calories, 5.5g of fat, 8.7g of carbohydrates, 1.2g of fiber, 8.7g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 3 * (more…)

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

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