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Baked Za’atar Chips

Baked Za’atar Chips

After sharing this simple, 25 calorie Artichoke Dip last week, I got lots of questions about the chips in the photo. Basically they are just a simple twist on a baked tortilla chip using Za’atar and red pepper flakes. Za’atar is a Middle Eastern spice blend that usually contains a mix of spices including sumac, thyme, oregano, marjoram, salt, and toasted sesame seeds. In my opinion it is the perfect complement to the cumin scented artichoke dip. I am able to find Za’atar at my local market in the spice aisle, but if not you can’t, it’s available on Amazon. It is a great spice to have around to season chicken, beef, kabobs, and veggie burgers.

Baked Za’atar Chips
Servings: 4 servings
Serving Size: 12 chips
Nutritional Info: varies based on tortillas
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 2 *
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Grilled Thai Steak Salad

Grilled Thai Steak Salad

Thanks to all your tips, I am finally starting to get the hang of the grill pan. Now there’s still smoke and lots of it, but I seem to get it controlled just enough to not set off the fire alarm which is a win in my book. Smoke I can deal with. Screaming fire alarms, that’s a whole other ball game. And naturally since I easily get obsessed with things, I am using my grill pan all the time these days. Last night was to whip up this simple, Asian inspired steak salad made with a lean, grilled flank steak and a simple Asian inspired dressing. Surprisingly the boy even liked it who normally bawks at the idea of eating “salad” for dinner. It would be delicious with chicken, pork, shrimp, or tofu as well.

Thai Steak Salad
Servings: 4 servings
Serving Size: 1/4 recipe
Nutritional Info: 134.4 calories, 6.5g of fat, 8.4g of carbohydrates, 1.5g of fiber, 26.3g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 6 *
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Apricot Crisp

Apricot Crisp

So this is a bit weird. I realized about six months ago that I had never actually tried a fresh apricot before. Not only that, I had built up this weird aversion to them in my mind and had no desire to try them even though I absolutely love the dried version. Weird. It’s sort of like people who love spaghetti sauce and ketchup but won’t dare touch a real tomato. True story, I live with one of those people and it sometimes drives me crazy.

However, a few weeks back a friend snuck some cut apricots into a salad that I mistakenly took as peaches and presto chango, I immediately fell in love….and proceeded to buy like 4 lbs. of them the next time I went to the market.

So this past weekend when contemplating what to bring to brunch with some girlfriends and staring at the mountain of apricots in my kitchen, I decided to make a lightened up version of this delicious recipe for Apricot Breakfast Crisp from Smitten Kitchen. It tastes delicious on its own, served with some yogurt for added protein, and also makes a killer dessert.

Apricot Crisp
Servings: 8 servings
Serving Size: 1/8 recipe
Nutritional Info: 134.4 calories, 5.5g of fat, 20.7g of carbohydrates, 2.1g of fiber, 2.8g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 4 *
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Indian Spiced Shrimp with Mango Salad

Indian Spiced Shrimp with Mango Salad

I have started to fall in love with the Indian spices in my cabinet (aka completely unorganized black hole of spices above my sink.) They hid out for a really long time in the back and I finally rooted them out to make the Slow Cooker Saag Paneer I shared this past weekend. Since then I have been experimenting with them in quite a few recipes, including this simple Grilled Shrimp dish. The spice combination adds just a bit of heat and touch of smokiness to any dish. Don’t like shrimp? You can easily substitute in chicken breast or thighs, but into strips.

Indian Spiced Shrimp with Mango Salad
Servings: 4 servings
Serving Size: 1/4 recipe
Nutritional Info: 244 calories, 5.4g of fat, 3.3g of carbohydrates, 2.2g of fiber, 16g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 7 (4 without counting mango) *
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Sunday Slow Cooker: Saag Paneer

Sunday Slow Cooker:  Saag Paneer

A couple of weeks back I included this Healthy Saag Paneer recipe in the vegetarian meal plans and after getting some really positive responses it seemed like the perfect thing to share this weekend. Packed with vegetables, fiber, and protein, this delicious Indian dish made primarily with spinach is a great vegetarian meal. It also tastes delicious over chicken or beef if you want to a meat friendly option. Have leftovers? Serve on flatbread to make an Indian inspired pizza.

Sunday Slow Cooker: Healthy Saag Paneer
Servings: 8 servings
Serving Size: 1 cup
Nutritional Info: 192.9 calories, 12.1g of fat, 10.5g of carbohydrates, 4.4g of fiber, 13.9g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 5 *
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Friday Five: Summer Crockpot Meals

Friday Five:  Summer Crockpot Meals

On hot summer days, the last thing I want to do is turn on the stove. It’s already hot and in my non air conditioned apartment, cranking up the oven can make it almost unbearable. And true story, you can only sustain yourself on salads and ice cream for so long. So what’s a girl to do? Crockpot of course. (Can I use crockpot as a verb? I’m going to start trying.) The crockpot is the perfect little solution for summer meals since it emits almost no heat and creates perfect summer barbecue and slow cooked meats. Here are some of my favorite summer slow cooker meals, what are yours?

On a side note, to really prepare for summer and stay away from my stove, I invested in this new crockpot from Ninja that lets you brown and sear meat right in the bottom, which means no extra dishes and no extra stove time. So far I am really loving it.

1. Slow Cooker Jerk Chicken, 106 calories, 4 P+

This Jerk Chicken comes from the Caribbean, it always seems like the perfect summer meal bringing together sweet and spicy elements. Surprisingly, jerk chicken is pretty easy to make at home and takes a simple blend of spices and citrus. Blend up some jerk sauce, add some chicken, and in just 6 hours you have a delicious, island inspired meal.

2. Barbecue Chipotle Beef, 155 calories, 5 P+

Beef, barbecue, and smoky spice from the chipotles make this a great summer recipe for sandwiches, tacos, and more. It only involves 3 ingredients – beef, barbecue sauce, and chiptole peppers – so it couldn’t be any easier and you may even have everything you need at home already.

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