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Blueberry Baked Oatmeal with Meyer Lemon

Blueberry Baked Oatmeal with Meyer Lemon

Yesterday morning felt like the perfect time to break out the baked oatmeal. I woke up for the first time in months having not kicked all my covers to the floor, the air was crisp, the house smelled like coffee (I love that), and oatmeal felt the perfect thing. But not just any regular oatmeal – I wanted warm, baked oatmeal that would fill the house with the smell of cinnamon but still hold on to some bits of summer. I am not ready to let go yet. This oatmeal does just that combining the delicious, warm flavors of blueberries with a bright burst of Meyer Lemon. Meyers lemons are a touch sweeter than a regular lemon, but if you can’t find any, regular lemon juice will work, you just might need a touch more sugar. Taste the mix before popping it in the oven, and you’ll be able to tell.

Want an oatmeal bar or enough to feed the whole family? Just quadruple the recipe and press into an 8 X 8 baking dish.

Blueberry Baked Oatmeal with Meyer Lemon
Servings: 1
Serving Size: 1 ramekin
Nutritional Info: 234.6 calories, 3.1g of fat, 48.2g carbohydrates, 6g dietary fiber, 7.6g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 6 * (more…)

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

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Friday Five: Back to School Snacks

Friday Five:  Back to School Snacks

This week I asked for some Friday Five inspiration on Facebook and heard back that y’all would love some ideas for back to school snacks that are healthy and parent friendly. And although I have no children yet and am not heading back to school, although I wish I was, we can all use some snack remixing in our lives in my opinion, and maybe some back to school shopping. If only I could still convince my Mom that this was a necessity at my age. Here are some yummy snacks that parents and kids will love, and will hopefully add some excitement to your day, especially if you pack them up in this or this. Also if you are looking for more ideas, my friend swears by these two books for lunches for her kids Yum-Yum Bento Box: Fresh Recipes for Adorable Lunches and Cooking With Trader Joe’s: Pack a Lunch.

What are your favorite snacks?

1. Chocolate Meringue Cookies, 2 weight watchers points plus for 12 cookies
In my opinion, meringue cookies are the way to go when you want a sweet, crunchy, melt in your mouth treat that both kids and parents will love. If you have the time, I recommend making your own at home using this great recipe from Weight Watchers that lets you have 12 cookies for just 2 points. If you don’t have time, then look for some at your local grocery store. I usually buy the ones from Miss Meringue or Trader Joe’s, just make sure to check the points value, especially if the cookies are mini sized.

2. Fruit Kabobs, 0 weight watchers points plus
Sometimes for kids (and me!) fruit gets, well, a little dull. But magically when you make it into a beautiful kabob, everything changes. Make it even more exciting by adding something to dip it into like this yogurt and condensed milk dip or combine some vanilla yogurt and peanut butter or PB2, a low calorie peanut butter powder.

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Papas Con Rajas (Potatoes with Poblano Peppers and Goat Cheese)

Papas Con Rajas (Potatoes with Poblano Peppers and Goat Cheese)

Last month when I was in Mexico City, I discovered this delicious filling that sometimes is found in tacos, squished into a quesadilla, or eaten on its own as a side dish. I immediately fell in love with it. There really isn’t much not too like – potatoes, cheese, and a little spice. I have been meaning to recreate it since I got back and finally got around to it this week. It’s affordable, it’s easy, and it really is delicious. If you have time let it sit overnight so the flavors can combine even more.

Papas Con Rajas
Servings: 6 servings
Serving Size: 3/4 cup
Nutritional Info: 173.4 calories, 4.3g of fat, 29.1g of carbohydrates, 3.9g of fiber, 5.7g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 4 * (more…)

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Zen Society Giveaway Winners

Zen Society Giveaway Winners

I am excited to announce the winners of the Zen Society Skincare Contest! Chosen through a random drawing, the winners are:

1. Tess
2. Ana Rodriguez Martinez
3. Jenny Coulson Carroll

Please email me at [email protected] with your address so we can ship your prize. Thanks for entering!

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Green Chile and Corn Hash

Green Chile and Corn Hash

Have you ever driven by a market when they are roasting hatch chiles? The smell is incredible, like stop the car and immediately buy pounds of chiles incredible. The man in front of me in line bought 50 pounds of chiles, kind of crazy, but in a good way. I only bought 5 pounds worth and was asked three times if I was sure that was all I wanted. I am able to buy the chiles already roasted at the market, but if you can’t you easily roast them yourself at home. And if you can’t find them, you could also use canned green chiles in this recipe or poblano peppers. This hash makes a great breakfast, lunch, or dinner and tastes delicious with a fried egg and some crunchy bread.

Green Chile and Corn Hash
Servings: 4
Serving Size: about 1 cup
Nutritional Info: 64.6 calories, .6g of fat, 14.6g of carbohydrates, 2.6g of fiber 2.2g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 2 * (more…)

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Friday Five: Labor Day Love

Friday Five:  Labor Day Love

Oh how I love three day weekends. I am heading to Denver to see my one of my favorite friends in the world and ring in her birthday. I couldn’t be more excited. Early fall weekends in beautiful places always make me happy, and especially when I get to spend it with one of my favorites. In the spirit of the holiday weekend, here are some great recipes to share this holiday weekend. Hopefully you are spending it with family, friends, and people who make you smile. I am definitely planning on using this and this.

1. Pimento Cheese, 3 P+
So if you wander over to this post, which I hope you will, I was definitely one of the seven girls who had never heard of Pimento Cheese. But I am ever so happy I was introduced to it. This recipe is delicious and perfect for a late summer barbecue. And Jennifer who self admittedly comes from a family where gravy may well be considered a beverage is serving up lots of yummy Southern dishes with a healthy spin.

2. Bacon Inside Out Cheeseburger Sliders, 5 P+
Every good Labor Day Barbecue needs a good burger and this one does not disappoint. Stuffing bacon inside a burger is never bad and then adding cheese and delicious fixings and you are ready for the long weekend. This recipe comes from one of my favorite blogs – Danica’s Daily – a great place for inspiration for anyone on Weight Watchers.

3. Spicy Grilled Shrimp Tacos, 5 P+
With the summer heat, sometimes you just want something light, fresh, and flavorful and these shrimp tacos deliver. They are full of delicious heat and spice and make a quick, yummy meal on the grill. Eat them on their own or stuffed in tortillas – they are sure to please either way.

4. Crazy Feta Dip, 3 P+
So my obsession with this dip has not ended. I have actually made it approximately every 4 days since the original post and eat it on just about anything. A boring turkey burger is transformed with this stuff, smeared on some grilled chicken it’s perfect, and spread on veggies it’s magic. Honestly go make this stuff, it’s that good.

5. Frijoles Charros aka Cowboy Beans, 3 P+
To be honest I had kind of forgotten about this recipe until last week when someone left a comment (I love comments) about how much they enjoyed it. Immediately I ran to the store and bought what I needed to make some of my own. Bacon, jalapenos, tomatoes, and onions make these beans sing.

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