Check out Slender Kitchen Healthy Meal Plans

Dark Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffin

Dark Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffin

This past Sunday morning was amazing – it was the kind of Sunday that I wished all the time but somehow only happens once in a blue moon. I woke up without an alarm clock, strolled down to the farmer’s market where I bought some incredibly huge zucchini for this recipe, drank delicious coffee, and then strolled home to bake muffins and drink more coffee. Then I preceded to plunk down and finally watch the season finale of Weeds. I still have mixed feelings about the season finale, but not about these muffins. They are light and delicious and have a great subtle flavor of zucchini running through out.

I like to grate my zucchini for these muffins so I am not biting into a big hunk of zucchini, but shredded or grated works great. If someone in your life is scared of zucchini in their muffins, then go with the grating. They will never know. And the dark chocolate is pretty special with zucchini as well.

Dark Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffin
Servings: 12
Serving Size: 1 muffin
Nutritional Info: 171.7 calories, 3.7g of fat, 33.5g carbohydrates, 2.1g dietary fiber, 3g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 4 * (more…)

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

You May Also Enjoy:

Read More →

Baked Chili Cheese Fries

Baked Chili Cheese Fries

I have been drooling thinking about these french fries ever since Joy the Baker posted them on her blog close to two weeks ago. They are ingenious and oh-so-good. Instead of topping the fries with traditional chili she uses all the same flavors of a traditional chili to coat and then bake the fries. They come out perfectly thin and crispy. Then to top things off – you add melted cheese. I am getting hungry just thinking about them. I seriously recommend going out and making these as soon as possible.

Baked Chili Cheese Fries
Servings: 6
Serving Size: 1/6 of recipe
Nutritional Info: 179.5 calories, 3.8g of fat, 38.8g carbohydrates, 4.7g dietary fiber, 7g of protein * 4 P+

(more…)

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

You May Also Enjoy:

Read More →

Sunday Slow Cooker: BBQ Beer Chicken

Sunday Slow Cooker:  BBQ Beer Chicken

Today just got away from me, you know those days? My plan was to wake up, get this chicken going, and have it up on the blog early this afternoon while enjoying it and watching some college football. Instead the chicken finished cooking around 8 at night and instead of a yummy football snack it became a post game meal. But it was totally worth the wait. Chicken breasts, beer, and barbecue sauce blend to make a delicious meal that can be served in a million ways. Tonight I decided to make little Hawaiian Barbecue sliders by tossing together some quick pineapple, mango salsa and honey wheat Hawaiian rolls. Tomorrow I will probably eat this again either as tacos or over some salad greens with skinny ranch. It’s sure to please any man in your life – I mean beer and barbecue sauce – and also made me a very happy camper.

BBQ Beer Chicken
Servings: 8
Serving Size: about 1 cup
Nutritional Info: 245.5 calories, 2.1g of fat, 11.8g carbohydrates, 0g dietary fiber, 39.3g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 7 * (more…)

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

You May Also Enjoy:

Read More →

Friday Five: Dinners Under $10

Friday Five:  Dinners Under $10

Sometimes it is a little scary when I actually open up my account and look at how much I spend at the grocery store. You see the thing is my bank provides one of those options to create a pie graph showing how you spend your money. Have you ever tried that? It seems all innocent, but the results, ugh – not so innocent. I hadn’t tried it before and decided to last night. And well – the grocery/food section of that graph is out of control. You would think I was feeding 10 people. Am I the only one?

So here is my attempt to bring some control to that little section of the pie graph. I love food too much to ever make it too small, but maybe I can cut back a bit. And if you are trying to cut back on dinner spending, I recommend the Ten Dollar Dinners book from Melissa d’Arabian. It is full of great recipes and many are healthy and work well with Weight Watchers. And a note about these recipes, they do assume you have some basic ingredients on hand and costs may vary slightly due to varying grocery store prices.

1. Butternut Squash and Black Bean Tacos, 4 points plus
I love these tacos and they definitely make a great and really affordable dinner that will please vegetarians and meat eaters alike. All you need are some corn tortillas, a can of black beans, a butternut squash, and some cilantro and you can serve a crowd. Serve them with some simple Cilantro Lime Rice or corn on the cob which is on sale everywhere right now and you have a complete meal that costs under $10.

2. Picadillo, 5 weight watchers points plus
Ground beef is always a great ingredient to consider when you are trying to cut back on grocery store spending, especially if you buy it in bulk and freeze what you aren’t using. Although lean ground beef is slightly more expensive and still costs less than most other lean cuts of beef per pound. Serve this picadillo, sort of like a Mexican sloppy joe with potatoes, as tacos, over rice, or on sandwich buns.

(more…)

You May Also Enjoy:

Read More →

Caprese Bites

Caprese Bites

I am planning on having some people over this weekend which both excites me and terrifies me at the same time. Now normally having people over wouldn’t have me in a tizzy – in fact it would be the opposite – I would be excited to prepare the menu, cook, and entertain. I love it….when it’s people I know well and/or friends who likely use their stove for storage and appreciate anything. But this weekend is a little different – there will definitely be faces I haven’t seen before.

So I am not doing something I never thought I would and testing some recipes before the weekend. Usually I am more in the spirit of just winging it, crossing my fingers, and hoping for the best, but this weekend calls for more So here is one of the recipes I tried and liked- a simple, easy to make Caprese appetizer. the trick is marinating the mozzerella and tomatoes before placing on the skewers. I am also making some with prosciutto in the middle and using grilled peaches instead of tomato for some others, but those all disappeared before I had a chance to take a picture.

Caprese Bites
Servings: 60 skewers
Serving Size: 1 skewer
Nutritional Info: 37.5 calories, 2.9g of fat, .3g carbohydrates, .1g dietary fiber, 2.5g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 1 * (more…)

You May Also Enjoy:

Read More →

Creamy Zucchini Pesto Pasta with Chicken

Creamy Zucchini Pesto Pasta with Chicken

Last night there was just a slight chill in the air – enough so that it was the perfect excuse to make a warm, creamy pasta dish for dinner. And maybe just cold enough to sit and eat said pasta dish in front of the TV watching shows I am too embarrassed to admit I like. You all know the kind, that you secretly watch and pray no one walks in the door. Both because you don’t want to be caught, but also because you don’t want to miss a moment. Do you have those shows? My list is way too long. But back to the pasta. This simple dish combines yummy spinach noodles (you can use any high fiber noodle) with chicken, homemade pesto, and zucchini. A touch of cream cheese and water from cooking the pasta add just the right amount of creaminess and it is still under 300 calories for a hearty 1 1/2 cup serving.


Creamy Zucchini Pesto Pasta
Servings: 6
Serving Size: 1 1/2 cups
Nutritional Info: 292.2 calories, 10.5g of fat, 31.8g carbohydrates, 5.3g dietary fiber, 21.9g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 8 * (more…)

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

You May Also Enjoy:

Read More →