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Sunday Slow Cooker: Paprika Pork Tenderloin

Sunday Slow Cooker:  Paprika Pork Tenderloin

It has been raining in LA for days, which is a pretty rare occurrence. As someone who grew up with weather, its funny to watch the world shut down around you due to a little drizzle, but it’s also kind of lovely. There are less people on the streets, its actually acceptable and necessary to wear rain boots, and its the perfect reason to throw something in the slow cooker and stay in all weekend. Just don’t try to go bowling. I tried this weekend and there was a ninety minute wait…to bowl! I almost fell over when they told me. Ninety minutes to wear dirty shoes. Only here.

But let’s get back to this delicious paprika pulled pork. It is incredibly lean and low calorie since its made with pork tenderloin and it becomes deliciously tender after some time to hang out in the crockpot with chicken broth, some salsa, and lots of smoked paprika. Serve it over rice, in little rolled tacos, or over cheesy polenta. In other news I had some technical issues this weekend, which is why the Sunday Slow Cooker is coming out on Monday. A couple of days late but definitely worth it.

Slow Cooker Paprika Pork Tenderloin
Servings: 6
Serving Size: 4 oz
Nutritional Info: 160.1 calories, 8.2g of fat, 2.4g of carbohydrates, .3g of fiber, 21.7 of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 3 *
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Friday Five: National Peanut Butter Month

Friday Five:  National Peanut Butter Month

Didn’t anyone else know it was National Peanut Butter Month? Had I known, it definitely would have been a perfect excuse to create and eat peanut butter recipes all month. However I have to be honest, I don’t really understand the whole National X month. It’s a bit strange, don’t you think? For instance I just learned that next month is National Quince and Watermelon month. It’s also National Write a Business Plan Month, National Tie Month, and National Root Vegetables and Exotic Fruit Month. Yes – those two things are paired, much like Watermelon and Quince. It’s strange, it’s not even watermelon season.

But anyway, I digress, back to the peanut butter. That I can get behind and celebrate. Here are some of my favorite peanut butter recipes. As always feel free to substitute in PB2 if you want a much lower calorie option that still taste great. And if you are looking for more peanut butter goodness, check out this old Friday Friday Five on peanut butter. It’s been a long time obsession.

1. Microwave Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake, 5 P+

This delicious dessert takes only 2 minutes to cook up in the microwave and is absolutely delicious. Banana, peanut butter, and chocolate are stirred together in a mug, tossed in the microwave for 2 minutes, and a delicious cake pops out. I am always in for a dessert that can be made this quick.

2. Simple Peanut Butter Cookies, 2 P+

If you love peanut butter cookies, this is a great recipe for them that cuts down on the typical sugar and fat. It is made almost exclusively of peanut butter and apple sauce with just 3 tbsp of flour. Each cookie only has 50 calories. This is about 150 calories less than a typical peanut butter cookie.

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Chipotle Chicken Meatballs

Chipotle Chicken Meatballs

Lately it has been lovely and rainy in Los Angeles. For me that’s kind of perfect because it feels a bit more like being back at home during the holidays. There isn’t any snow, but curling up on the couch under a blanket feels just perfect without any guilt that I should be outside. And a bowl of these yummy meatballs on my lap? Even better. They are warm, spicy, and make a perfect taco or entree with rice. I enjoyed mine over a bowl of cauliflower rice (trying to cut back this week after the holiday) and was completely content.

Chipotle Chicken Meatballs
Servings: 4
Serving Size: 4 meatballs
Nutritional Info: 245.2 calories, 9.5g of fat, 13g of carbohydrates, 1g of fiber, 24.3g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 6 * (more…)

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Turkey Pot Pie

Turkey Pot Pie

Last night I started making a turkey pot pie around nine at night. I had pretty much snacked my way through the afternoon, didn’t have any official dinner, and decided in that instant that I couldn’t wait until tomorrow for a warm, comforting pot pie. So I defrosted the leftover turkey breast, rounded up the veggies I had on hand, and luckily found some store bought reduced fat biscuits that saved me from having to attempt homemade biscuits. After that it couldn’t be easier. Throw in whatever veggies you like, sweet potato and cremini mushrooms would be dreamy, a protein of your choice, some herbs, and in about 30 minutes you will have a delicious pot pie. And if you are anything like me and sometimes make too much filling as you toss in everything in your fridge, just add some more broth and eat what’s left as soup or make and freeze another pie for later.

Turkey Pot Pie
Servings: 8
Serving Size: 1/8 pot pie
Nutritional Info: 227.1 calories, 7.3g of fat, 26.9g of carbohydrates, 2.5g of fiber, 14.3g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 5 * (more…)

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Baked Buffalo Wings

Baked Buffalo Wings

Buffalo wings have been my arch nemesis for quite awhile. I have tried making them so many times with various wings and sauces and even though they taste good, they are never crunchy enough. I have tried recipe after recipe, but every batch comes out missing that yummy crispy outside that any good wing has…until now. I learned the secret is actually par-cooking the wings and then getting them nice and dry before sticking them in the oven. This allows the skins to get really crispy and delicious. This time I was working with frozen wings so I par-cooked them in the microwave in some water but a steam basket would also work. Then once you take them out of the oven, toss them with some butter and buffalo sauce, and serve with skinny ranch or blue cheese.

Buffalo Wings
Servings: 8
Serving Size: 3 wings
Nutritional Info: 245.5 calories, 19.9g of fat, 0g of carbohydrates, 0g of fiber, 17g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 5 * (more…)

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