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Creamy Coconut Cauliflower Rice

Creamy Coconut Cauliflower Rice

I’ve been on a bit of a cauliflower rice kick, eating it with almost everything even breakfast, sauteed with some onions, peppers, and spinach with a poached egg – delish. However the other night I wanted something with a little more flavor that paired well with spice. I decided to cook the cauliflower in coconut milk with a touch of lime juice and cilantro. Makes the perfect pairing for any spicy dish and is great with the Cilantro Chicken.

Coconut Cauliflower Rice
Servings: 6
Serving Size: 3/4 cup
Nutritional Information: 53.6 calories, 2.5g of fat, 7.2g of carbohydrates, 2.4g of fiber, 2.2g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 1 * (more…)

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Sunday Slow Cooker: Chicken and Cauliflower Tikka Masala

Sunday Slow Cooker: Chicken and Cauliflower Tikka Masala

Don’t let this recipe fool you – the ingredient list is long, the name might be unfamiliar, cooking Indian food might be way out of your comfort zone, and other members of your household might make more than one questionable face when you tell them what’s for dinner – but it is totally worth it. I was introduced to Chicken Tikka Masala a few years back and was it was love from first bite. However I never even thought to attempt to make it on my own until I ran across this recipe for a slow cooker version. It has a few more steps than I normally like for a slow cooker recipe (dump in and turn on) but makes up for the extra time in flavor. At the end you have a delicious chicken dish that is packed with flavor and will quickly become a favorite.

Crockpot Chicken and Cauliflower Tikka Masala
Servings: 10 servings
Serving Size: about 3/4 cup
Nutritional Info: 191.7 calories, 5.8g of fat, 12.3g of carbohydrates, 1.7g of fiber, 22.8g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 6 *

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Friday Five: Summer in Your Kitchen

Friday Five:  Summer in Your Kitchen

Here’s a bird eye’s view into my life this past week – papers and post-its everywhere, literally everywhere; waking up way too early and staying up way too late staring at my computer; happy neighbors welcoming mountains of leftover treats; and the Beach Boys playing the background. It’s been chaos, but the good happy chaos that ensues before any vacation. Today I am headed out to Puerto Vallarta for a wedding and then to a little beach town called Sayulita for a week of sun, surf camp (eek!), relaxation, and likely eating my own body weight in chips.

The recipes and meal plans are all scheduled and ready to go, but I may be a bit slower when responding to email and comments. I have a hard time disconnecting completely, even on vacation, but am going to do my best to stay away from the computer as much as possible. So since all I can think about it the beach at this moment (and the fact that I still haven’t packed or cleaned my house) I thought it would be fun to share some recipes to bring a little sunshine into your home since we can’t have it outside. Put on the Beach Boys, break out the grill, and pretend for the moment it’s warm and sunny.

1. Ceviche, 3 P+
I love this simple and low point Ceviche recipe made with fresh fish, lots of citrus juice, and veggies. It is perfect on it’s own by the spoonful, scooped up with some baked tortilla chips, or as a tostada with some black beans, cabbage slaw, and avocado, which is my personal favorite.

2. Fish Tacos with Avocado Cream, 5 P+
These fish tacos are incredibly quick and easy to make. They come together in just minutes and can easily transport to a beach somewhere. They also make a great meal for anyone observing Lent and looking for more fish dishes.

3. Cowboy Turkey Burgers, 6 P+
Summer usually means grilling, so why not clean the snow off the grill (or grab a grill pan) and cook up some burgers. These turkey burgers, studded with cheese and jalapenos, make a great quick dinner that will bring back memories of summer.

4. Slow Cooker Jerk Chicken, 4 P+
Although most of us don’t use our slow cookers too often in the summer, this Jerk Chicken recipe reminds me of summer with its Caribbean inspiration. Toss it all in the crockpot and when you get home have a yummy, sweet, and spicy meal. The leftovers also make delicious enchiladas.

5. Mango Sorbettos, 0-1 P+
Last but not least is a favorite summer dessert that can work equally well in the winter, especially since I have started to see mangoes on sale at every market nearby. You can make this recipe with almost any fruit and it is the perfect frozen dessert after any meal.

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Cilantro Lime Chicken

Cilantro Lime Chicken

Let me just put it out there, this isn’t the best of Valentine’s Day recipes. It is known to create stinky breath, it has been accused of tasting like soap from many a cilantro hater, it’s really bright green (definitely not red and not really sexy), and it’s best eaten stuffed in tortillas thus creating the very real possibility of chicken or salsa or both on your fancy outfit. I think my subconscious may be fighting back against the whole idea of the day and forcing me to share bright green chicken. However for everything this recipe isn’t, it is one thing – delicious. That is if you love cilantro. The chicken hangs out in a ton of cilantro and garlic overnight and then gets cooked up in a skillet or on the grill. Easy, peasy.

Cilantro Lime Chicken
Servings: 4 servings
Serving Size: 1/4 recipe
Nutritional Info: 193.2 calories, 7.4g of fat, 6.4g of carbohydrates, .1g of fiber, 25.3g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 4 *

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Chocolate Cupcakes with Almond Cream Cheese Frosting For Two

Chocolate Cupcakes with Almond Cream Cheese Frosting For Two

I have completely mixed feelings about Valentine’s Day, and I am well aware I am not the only one. Part of me thinks it’s a bit of an invented holiday and that we should all celebrate our love for significant others, friends, and family everyday. But the other part of me can’t wait to decorate, eat and analyze way too many conversation hearts, indulge on chocolate and hearts and sprinkles, and finally make the time to make all those adorable homemade cards I think about but never find the time to create. Eeek….what do you think?

However no matter where you fall on the love/hate Valentine’s Day spectrum, you should find a friend or loved one and make these cupcakes for two. Indulgent chocolate, almond cream cheese frosting, and built in portion control. Valentine’s Day or not, they make a special and yummy dessert.

Chocolate Cupcakes with Almond Cream Cheese Frosting For Two
Servings: 2 servings
Serving Size: 1 cupcake
Nutritional Info: 204.1 calories, 10.1g of fat, 33.3g of carbohydrates, 1.7g of fiber, 3.4g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 6 * (more…)

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Meyer Lemon Blueberry Bars with Oatmeal Crust

Meyer Lemon Blueberry Bars with Oatmeal Crust

It has been way too long since I have shared a good dessert recipe and this one has quickly become one of my favorites. Tart and sweet lemon bars studded with blueberries all on a crunchy, hearty oatmeal crust. For those unfamiliar with Meyer lemons, they are my newest obsession, along with feeling awkward watching Girls, this book, this feature on the morning routines of celebrities, and this Time magazine photo essay on what the world eats – fascinating. But back to the lemons. Meyer lemons are thought to be a cross between a lemon and perhaps a mandarin (no one really knows exactly) and have the tartness of a lemon with a delicate sweetness. They are dreamy and make a great substitute in any recipe calling for lemons. Don’t worry though, if you can’t find Meyer lemons, regular lemons will work fine.

Meyer Lemon Blueberry Bars with Oatmeal Crust
Servings: 9 servings
Serving Size: 1/9 of recipe
Nutritional Info: 171.8 calories, 6.8g of fat, 26.3g of carbohydrates, 1.9g of fiber, 4.2g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 5 * (more…)

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