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Friday Five: Skinny Desserts

Friday Five:  Skinny Desserts

Today I really wanted to post some kind of Thanksgiving recipe round up, but the reality is I still have never cooked a real

Thanksgiving meal before. I have made bits of pieces of meals and yesterday even dropped a turkey into the crock pot which I will be sharing tomorrow, but just don’t consider myself expert enough to share tried and true Thanksgiving recipes. Living far away from home I still have yet to stand by my Mom next to the stove all day and learn her secrets and sinc eThanksgiving is all about traditions, a true Thanksgiving round up will have to wait. So until then, I am perfectly content being in charge of bringing desserts and sharing some favorites with you. I haven’t decided exactly what I bring this year, but I can guarantee that the oatmeal cranberry white chocolate cookies will be there. They were already requested last week.

1. Slow Cooker Apple Crisp: 7 P+

The great thing about this dessert recipe for a holiday is that it can literally cook all day and then just hang out warm until people are ready for dessert. And since it stays warm it works for everyone from those who eat dessert immediately following the meal, or those like me who stuff themselves silly and then a couple of hours before dessert can begin.

2. Pumpkin Rice Crispy Treats: 4 P+

I fell in love with these pumpkin rice crispy treats the first time I made them. And although rice crispy treats are the fanciest of desserts, these are extra special because they are made with pumpkin. However since these do not keep well I would plan on making them the day of, or even making them after dinner. It would be a fun activity with kids.

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Chicken with Jalapeno Cream

Chicken with Jalapeno Cream

Last night I really wanted something rich and indulgent. More specifically I wanted to run across the street and purchase this insanely good jalapeno chicken pasta that is the stuff dreams are made of and sit on my couch and catch up on some TV I am embarrassed to admit I watch. Yes Gossip Girl was part of it and I may be in denial it is coming to an end. So instead of completely indulging, I whipped up this delicious chicken with jalapeno cream sauce. It is perfect on it’s own, over rice, cauliflower rice, or pasta and is very easy to make. It also keeps in the fridge really well, which is where my three other pieces of chicken are currently hanging out, calling my name.

Chicken with Jalapeno Cream
Servings: 4 servings
Serving Size: 1 chicken breast with 1/4 sauce
Nutritional Info: 292.4 calories, 8.1g of fat, 11g of carbohydrates, .5g of fiber, 42.8g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 8 * (more…)

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

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Healthy Fried Rice

Healthy Fried Rice

This isn’t my first rodeo with fried rice. We have a bit of a storied past, meaning most times I make it, it turns into a weird, usually soggy, mess. Luckily I have persistence and keep coming back for more and this time I finally figured it out. Here’s the deal with cooking fried rice. First, the rice needs to be cold and ideally one day old. When rice cools it lets out some of the excess moisture which makes it better for frying. The soggy rice of my past was caused by cooking the rice and then immediately using it. Secondly, don’t be scared to get your pan really hot. Fried rice should be cooked quickly and constantly stirred to avoid burning. Finally, cook your eggs first. Even though you’ve seen people pout the eggs in with the veggies and rice and somehow still get delicious fried egg pieces – it likely won’t happen for you. You will probably end up with soggy, eggy rice like I have. And that is the secret to delicious fried rice. Add in whatever veggies you like and if you really want an authentic flavor, consider adding in a few dashes of fish sauce.

Healthy Fried Rice
Servings: 6
Serving Size: 3/4 cup
Nutritional Information: 128.7 calories, 3.7g of fat, 15.9g of carbohydrates, 1.5g of fiber, 3.5g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 3 * (more…)

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

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Corn, Jalapeno, Bacon, and Onion Frittata

Corn, Jalapeno, Bacon, and Onion Frittata

I think at heart I may be a bit of a freezer hoarder. It hasn’t come to a second freezer yet, but I would rather freeze almost anything than throw it away. Leftover coconut milk to the freezer in cubes, bags of chopped leeks, onions, carrots, and spinach frozen before heading on vacation, countless containers of soup, stewed meat, and way more frozen fruit than one should ever admit to. So lately I have been on a quest to eat my way through the freezer, mostly because I have no space to shove more food into the freezer not the more noble reason.

So we have been eating lots of this turkey tomatillo chili, Asian meatballs, and countless other creations including this delicious corn frittata made after defrosting some leftover bacon and corn I had stashed away. Also cooking this recipe made me really want a nice cast iron skillet, I am thinking about this one but would love to hear what y’all recommend and to know if I should buy one that is pre-seasoned. Thoughts?

Corn, Jalapeno, Bacon, and Onion Frittata
Servings: 8
Serving Size: 1/8 pie
Nutritional Information: 63.7 calories, 2.9g of fat, 4.5g of carbohydrates, .5g of fiber, 5.7g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 2 * (more…)

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

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Friday Five: Starting a Food Blog in Five Simple Steps

Friday Five:  Starting a Food Blog in Five Simple Steps

Today we are going to switch things up a bit and talk about being a food blogger, and more specifically starting a food blog. It’s probably the question I get most often from folks and it’s a question that gets me really excited because I truly LOVE food blogging. Although its hard work, really hard work sometimes, and sometimes means your food will be slightly cold after you take the 100th photo of it – it’s really incredible and brings me lots of joy. I love sharing things from my kitchen and adore hearing from all of you.

So here goes! You love to cook, you love to read recipes, and likely in the back of your mind you have thought about food blogging before? Well – why not get started this weekend? It’s takes under 15 minutes to be up and running.

1. Find Your Food Passion

In my opinion, this part is the most fun. Start by brainstorming your passions when it comes to food. Do you love healthy cooking? Creating family friendly meals? Eating out and sharing your experience? Cooking on a budget? Foodie traveling? Find something that will get you excited. Blogging is really fun, but it is also hard work – so you want to choose something you love to write about and share.

2. Buy a Domain and Hosting

Now it’s time to come up with a name for your food blog. Get creative and find a name that suits you and your passion. Then head over to Blue Host (or another hosting/domain company, I personally love Blue Host and think it’s the most affordable) and click Sign Up Now. Then type the name you want into the box to find out if that domain (a fancy name for the address of your website) is available.

Once you find a name you love, you will need to purchase hosting.* Hosting is basically like renting space to house your website. There are all different types of hosting, but to start you just need a simple hosting plan. You can always upgrade later. One great thing about hosting with Blue Host is that they give you a free domain with hosting, and it starts for as little as $6.95/month for one year or 4.95/month for three years.

step 2 how to start food blogging

*You can also use free hosting through wordpress.com but your website will have wordpress.com in the domain name. For instance if I hosted Slender Kitchen on wordpress instead of my own hosting, it would read www.slenderkitchen.wordpress.com.

3. One Click WordPress Installation

Now that you have your domain and hosting, it is time to install WordPress. WordPress is a blogging platform that makes it incredibly simple to post and share your content. (There are also other blogging platforms but WordPress is by far the easiest to use and the most versatile.) And luckily Blue Host makes it very easy to install WordPress in just one click.

Make sure you are logged into your account and scroll down to the Sitebuilder section. Find the WordPress icon and click on it.

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On the next page, simply click Install and Bluehost will begin to build your brand new blog! You will want to choose the latest version of WordPress.

step 4 starting a food blog

Congrats! Your blog is now installed. Write down the password and URL for your blog and get ready to begin. Go there and sign into your very own WordPress blog!

step 5 starting a food blog

4. Spice Up Your Food Blog

Woohoo! You now have your very own food blog. I already can’t wait to see your first recipe, foodie experience, or tip. Send me an email with your blog so I can check it out! Now it’s time to spice up your blog and add your own personal design touches. You have two options for themes with WordPress. You can choose a free theme from WordPress – there are thousands or you can buy a premium theme from a company like Theme Forest or Woothemes. Personally, I started with a free theme and then upgraded later on once I had more traffic. It’s completely up to you!

5. Start Blogging!

Now it’s time to start blogging! Write your first post and begin to share it with friends, family, and me! I would LOVE to check out your blogs.

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Sesame Beef

Sesame Beef

So it has been exactly 9 days since I posted the Sesame Chicken recipe, and 12 days since the first time I made it. I have since made it, count it, five times and eaten it every way possible – tossed over rice, wrapped up in lettuce wraps, in an Asian inspired salad, and even once for breakfast. I think there may be something slightly wrong with me, that’s almost every other day. So last night while I stared into my fridge waiting for it to tell me what to make (there was no chicken), it spoke to me. Sesame beef! Of course. So my obsession continues with this recipe…

Sesame Beef
Servings: 6
Serving Size: 1/6 recipe (about 6 oz beef)
Nutritional Info: 229.1 calories, 12.3g of fat, 2.7g carbohydrates, .4g dietary fiber, 23.7g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 6 * (more…)

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