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Sunday Slow Cooker: Ancho Chile Tri Tip and Black Beans

Sunday Slow Cooker: Ancho Chile Tri Tip and Black Beans

Remember a couple of weeks back when I made these Slow Cooker Tri Tip Tacos? Well….I have made them two more times since…we are a bit in love over here. And this last time I made them, I decided to throw in some black beans, beef broth, and dried Ancho chiles. The result? Delicious slow roasted meat and beans all cooked at once. No need to make an extra side dish. Served up with a simple green salad and you have a deliciously easy meal.

Ancho Chile Tri-Tip and Black Beans
Servings: 8
Serving Size: 4 oz. meat with 3/4 cup beans
Nutritional Information: 361 calories, 8.7g of fat, 33.7g of carbohydrates, 8.1g of fiber, 37.7g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 9 *

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

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Weight Watchers ® Friendly Meal Plans

Weight Watchers ® Friendly Meal Plans

Starting any diet can be difficult but having a meal plan can make it easier to stick to your plan and lose weight. For this reason Slender Kitchen offers Weight Watchers ® meal plans. These meal plans, created by Slender Kitchen, offer a variety of delicious breakfast, lunch, and dinner recipes all with nutritional information and Weight Watchers Points Plus ®.

What To Expect in Slender Kitchen Weight Watchers ® Meal Plans

In each of our weekly meal plans you find recipes for 2 or 4 people for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. There are regular, vegetarian, and low carb options that can work as a healthy eating plan or Weight Watchers meal plan since the PointsPlus ® are included.

To make the plan work for people with different daily points targets, the plans include breakfast, lunch, and dinner recipes that add up to between 19-24 points daily. Then from there you can adjust the plan using snacks, extra servings, or beverages to reach your target. People with much higher limits could also double the plan and eat two servings of each recipe and slowly scale back as the weight comes off.

Some types of recipes you might see in the meal plans include:

  • Baked Chicken Parmesan with Pasta or Spaghetti Squash
  • Crispy Pork Tenderloin with Roasted Broccoli
  • Buffalo Chicken Burgers with “Ranch Fries”
  • Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore
  • Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes
  • Baked Strawberry Oatmeal
  • Tomato Basil Egg Mugs
  • And much more!

Ready to learn more about our Weight Watchers ® friendly Meal Plans? Click here to see a sample plan, read FAQs, see testimonials from members, and sign up!

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Spaghetti Squash with Healthy Romesco

Spaghetti Squash with Healthy Romesco

You know that green cauliflower like vegetable – romenesco? Well I always call it Romesco. Literally every time I see it or talk about it or try to write about it, Romesco always comes out instead of Romanesco. The last time I did this, a lovely friend kindly corrected me and filled me in on what the real Romesco is – a ridiculously delicious Spanish sauce made with roasted red peppers and almonds. Its similar to a pesto but (red!) smoky with hints of red pepper, tomatoes, garlic, paprika, and fresh herbs. It works great as a dip, sandwich spread, and sauce for vegetables and pasta. This version is lightened up by adding in some extra tomatoes for liquid and using less olive oil. I also used Balsamic vinegar because that is what I had on hand. Traditional Romesco calls for sherry vinegar instead.

Spaghetti Squash with Healthy Romesco
Servings: 4
Serving Size: 1/2 spaghetti squash with 1/4 romesco
Nutritional Information: 145 calories, 9.6g of fat, 11.1g of carbohydrates, 3.7g of fiber, 4.4g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 4 *

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

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Paprika Lime Chicken

Paprika Lime Chicken

Every time I mention we are eating chicken (which is often), the boy asks if I am making paprika chicken. First let’s talk about his rendition of paprika chicken – shredded chicken marinated in boatloads of lime and paprika and then fried to an inch of life in about 2 inches of oil. It’s hard, crunchy, and comes with the lovely bonus of covering your entire stove in oily red spatter. Not exactly my idea of dinner. However recently I decided to compromise and try a new version of Lime Paprika Chicken. In this version, the chicken hangs out and marinates with paprika, lime juice, and some other spices before being quickly cooked on the grill or stove-top. It makes a delicious main dish and also tastes great rolled up in tortillas. Let’s be real – almost everything tastes better as a taco.

Paprika Lime Chicken
Servings: 4
Serving Size: 4 oz. chicken
Nutritional Information: 170.9 calories, 7.5g of fat, 0g of carbohydrates, 0g of fiber, 25g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 4 *

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

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Polenta Berry Pancakes

Polenta Berry Pancakes

Pancakes are the perfect way to spend weekend mornings. Preferably still in bed with a strong cup of coffee or lounging outside in pajamas with a pretty view. Or as I ate mine this weekend, standing over the kitchen sink trying to shove in every last bite before having to run out after sleeping in 20 minutes too late. The wise decision would have been to postpone the pancakes, but once the idea hit, I couldn’t let it go. Pancakes were going to happen no matter what the cost. Luckily these pancakes were worth all the trouble and rushing around. Packed with polenta and fresh berries, they make a hearty and delicious twist on a traditional pancake. Imagine a pancake and a corn muffin had a beautiful baby.

Polenta Pancakes with Fresh Berries
Servings: 4
Serving Size: 3 pancakes
Nutritional Information: 247 calories, 3.1g of fat, 47.2g of carbohydrates, 4.3g of fiber, 8.4g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 6 *

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

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Zucchini Spaghetti and Meatballs

Zucchini Spaghetti and Meatballs

About two weeks ago I finally caved and bought a spiral slicer. I have been eying one for a couple of months and although I can easily rationalize spending $3 on coffee five days a week and buying pre-sliced, ridiculously overpriced veggies from the salad bar on lazy nights, I had trouble convincing myself to take the plunge and buy one for myself. My brain can be kind of slow that way sometimes. In fact, it is currently having that same internal fight about breaking down and buying an ice cream maker. But that’s a story for another post.

Back to the spiral slicer. So guys, this thing is seriously amazing. In just a couple of minutes you have incredibly low calorie/zero point spaghetti that works great as a pasta replacement, in salads, or just as a prettier side dish. I have been using it as pasta all week – either replacing all the pasta with veggies or half depending on the meal. It’s delicious – really, really, delicious.

In terms of the slicer, there are two options I have heard really good things about. The first is this hand held version from GEFU. It’s under $30, small and easy to store, and works great with most veggies. The only drawback I have read is that it can be tricky to use with harder veggies and potatoes. The second one, that I ended up purchasing, is this one from Benriner that is a table top version. It works really well with all types of veggies – potatoes, carrots, squash, etc. However it is about double to price and takes up more room. Either one would work great. You could also use a mandoline with a spiral attachment or a julienne slicer.

Zucchini Pasta with Meatballs
Servings: 2 servings
Serving Size: 1/2 vegetable noodles
Nutritional Info: 63 calories, .7g of fat, 13.5g of carbohydrates, 4.3g of fiber, 4.7g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 0 for noodles*

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

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