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Dill Salmon Burgers

Dill Salmon Burgers

I am back in California after a week home in Massachusetts and happy to be back to work and back at home on the blog. I missed it and all of you a lot. With the sun shining and Memorial Day just around the corner, all I am thinking about is burgers and delicious summer recipes. This simple salmon burger recipe is a great alternative to a traditional burger and is perfect over a bed of greens or on your favorite bread. You can mix up the spices and add whatever you like – Cajun or blackened is delicious – and it can be a quick go to dinner or lunch since it freezes really well. The trick to this recipe is blending about 1/4 of the salmon into a paste to serve as the binding agent in the recipe. This means that you can avoid adding eggs or mayo which typically binds the salmon. Also, since I was eating alone last night I just cooked my burger in a pan but these work great on the grill as well.

Dill Salmon Burgers
Servings: 4
Serving Size: 1 burger
Nutritional Info: 158 calories, 4.5g of fat, 6.7g carbohydrates, .3g dietary fiber, 21.6g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 4 * (more…)

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

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Grilled Sriracha Barbecue Chicken

Grilled Sriracha Barbecue Chicken

As I mentioned earlier this week, I am home in Massachusetts this week and having such a wonderful time with my family despite the circumstances. It is so nice to have everyone home sharing meals, laughing, and just being together. With a brother in Florida, cousins in Texas, and with me in California – we all only get a chance to get together a few times a year and there really isn’t anything I love more. My brother volunteered to cook last night and ended up making this amazing Sriracha Barbecue Chicken from Cooking Light. Wait? My brother can cook. I had no idea. Then he said, it is one of his favorite recipes and can be used for chicken thighs, chicken breasts, or even pork and is great. Wait? My brother cooks enough to have favorite recipes. More Shock. And wait? I want to swim in the Sriracha dipping sauce it is so good. Mouth open with shock.

Want a little extra heat? Add 1-2 tbsp of Sriracha to the marinade as well. This is something I know I will be making all summer.

Grilled Sriracha Barbecue Chicken
Servings: 4
Serving Size: 2 thighs and 1 tbsp dipping sauce
Nutritional Info: 184 calories, 10.5g of fat, 11.7g carbohydrates, .3g dietary fiber, 22.8g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 5 * (more…)

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

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Skinny Breakfast Hot Pockets

Skinny Breakfast Hot Pockets

Today’s post is going to be short, but sweet, as I am headed home to Massachusetts because my grandmother passed away and in a way today’s post will be a quick tribute to her. You could say that almost all of my cooking inspiration grew from her, a woman who grew up in the Great Depression with 17 siblings, and could turn absolutely anything into a delicious meal. Her love for us seeped through every piece of food she made and I learned to cook watching her stand over the stove whipping up magic in her apron from was seemed like morning to night. Although today’s recipe wasn’t something that my grandmother made, her love for food and cooking is part of everything I made. She will be dearly missed but lived a wonderful life, passing at 93 years old. Posts this week will also probably be a little sporadic as I will be home and traveling (also why I missed Friday’s post), but look forward to many recipes to come inspired by Cecile.

Skinny Breakfast Hot Pockets
Servings: 8
Serving Size: 1 breakfast hot pocket
Nutritional Info: 175.6 calories, 3g of fat, 29g carbohydrates, 5.2g dietary fiber, 8.6g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 5 * (more…)

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Peanut Butter Pretzel Rice Crispies Bars

Peanut Butter Pretzel Rice Crispies Bars

I was obsessed with rice crispies treats as a kid. I loved making them, covering the kitchen with melted marshmallows (sorry Mom!) and mostly loved eating them. My mind may have been blown the first time I ever had one with peanut butter. Crispy, sweet, and salty – a perfect combination. This recipe is inspired by those childhood memories and adapted from a recipe I saw on Chocolate Covered Katie. I switched out the peanut butter for PB2 and subbed some honey for agave since it isn’t my favorite ingredient. You could easily add some chocolate chips to this recipe and it would be delicious, or serve them with some vanilla ice cream. Yum.

Peanut Butter Rice Crispies Bars
Servings: 8
Serving Size: 1 bar
Nutritional Info: 93.2 calories, 1g of fat, 19.5g carbohydrates, 1.1g dietary fiber, 2.3g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 2 * (more…)

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Get Your Greens Salad

Get Your Greens Salad

I had a couple of indulgent days. A weekend away with a best friend, free from counting points and watching what I ate. Also full of lots of sunshine, a little too much wine, and more amazing conversations than I can count. Nothing is better than catching up with an old friend who has moved far away for the weekend. However, coming back I am definitely feeling like I need to cleanse for a few days. Not a full on cleanse, just lots of greens and the occasional cookie in all likelihood. In my opinion, days or weekends like this are actually a healthy part of any diet as long as they don’t happen too often. We all need them to not feel like we are missing out and sometimes they actually help me stay on track in the long run because it helps me realize how much food really does affect my energy levels. This salad is perfect on it’s own – have a few servings for a few meal, or great as a side dish, appetizer, or tossed with some chicken or shrimp.

Get Your Greens Salad
Servings: 4
Serving Size: 1 1/4 cup
Nutritional Info: 104 calories, 4.7g of fat, 14.2g carbohydrates, 6g dietary fiber, 9.4g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 2 * (more…)

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Friday Five: Cinco de Mayo

Friday Five:  Cinco de Mayo

Happy Almost Cinco de Mayo!! To celebrate Cinco de Mayo I am heading down to San Diego for the weekend. I am taking the train. Trains are kind of amazing. Completely nostalgic conjuring daydreams of times before us. Not to mention that you can take your own picnic, complete with wine, yummy cheese and crackers. I wish you could do that on airplanes. It may make it a more enjoyable experience. Not to mention the free internet, it’s pretty great. I am definitely content.

For today’s Friday Five I wanted to share some of my favorite Mexican recipes and some skinny cocktail inspirations. You can also check out my Cinco de Mayo Pinterest board for more inspiration.

What are your favorite Cinco de Mayo recipes?

1. Skinny Guacamole and Baked Chips, 1 P+, 77 calories per 1/4 cup
In my opinion, it is almost impossible to have a Cinco de Mayo feat without Guacamole. This recipe is lightened up so you can really indulge and you can quickly make your own baked chips for a healthy snack all weekend. Want to jazz the recipe up? Add 1/4 cups of dried cranberries. It does something magical you would never expect.

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