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Seven Layer Greek Dip

Seven Layer Greek Dip

I have been eating feta dip on just about everything this past week – spread on sandwiches and wraps, melted over a delicious Greek turkey burger, scooped up with lots of veggies, and finally in this delicious seven layer Greek dip, dreamed up by the same creator of the feta dip, How Sweet Eats. (On a side note, I am completely obsessed with her blog at the moment. Talk about inspiration.) This delicious dip combines lots of traditional Greek flavors all in one dish, but is packed with veggies, yogurt, and good for you hummus that keeps it surprisingly healthy and light at only 3 points plus for 1/2 cup.

Seven Layer Greek Dip
Servings: 12
Serving Size: about 1/2 of a cup
Nutritional Info: 138 calories, 8.5g of fat, 9.9g of carbohydrates, 2.7g of fiber, 6.3g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 3 * (more…)

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

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Slow Cooker Beef Machaca

Slow Cooker Beef Machaca

Last night I dreamed about being a cowboy, about long nights on the trail and campfires and ….smores. So maybe it was more like camping than cowboying, but I was riding a horse and dressed in the best of cowboy attire. Where did this cowboy dream come from ? I think the blame lies with this Machaca which I ate much too much of last night. You see, Machaca traditionally was a dish made by cowboys and ranchers involving dehydrated beef, some chilis, and eaten with whatever was handy. Sometimes it was rolled into flour tortillas, many times it was scrambled up with eggs, and sometimes it was fried into crispy little taquitos. This version skips the dehydrated beef but uses all the traditional flavors and can be eaten a thousand different ways. Make extra. You can always freeze it if you don’t finish it.

Slow Cooker Beef Machaca
Servings: 4 oz servings
Serving Size: 12 recipe
Nutritional Info: 157.1 calories, 4.4g of fat, 3g of carbohydrates, .8g of fiber, 24.9g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 5 * (more…)

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Friday Five: Tailgating Recipes

Friday Five:  Tailgating Recipes

I am starting to get excited for Saturdays. For fall days where it is perfectly acceptable to eat a cheeseburger for breakfast and hang out around a truck bed with a coozie in hand. Is that how you spell coozie? I’m not quite sure. The delicious food, friends, crisp weather, and some college football. It is one of my favorite times of year and let’s be honest, I would tailgate for just about anything. I love it. And just in case you were curious, here is what I will be wearing, and maybe these if I can ever justify the splurge.

What are you favorite tailgating recipes?

1. Grilled Sriracha Chicken, 5 P+
I love this chicken. It’s spicy, it’s a touch sweet, it’s crispy and juicy at the same time, and it is perfect to bring to a tailgate. Why? Well at most tailgates I have been to, chicken breast is normally the last thing someone thinks about. It is purchased last minute in case someone doesn’t want a burger or ribs or a brat or some other yummy creation, and thrown on the grill without much thought or flavor. This will change things. Everyone will want the chicken.

2. Skinny Queso, 2 P+
Tailgates always have chips, usually lots of them and usually lots of dips. Personally I don’t have enough restraint to stay away form the dips, so I make sure to bring one that I can eat without worry. A baked of baked chips or even some homemade ones and a big bowl of skinny queso and I am happy.

3. Black Bean, Corn, and Avocado Salad, 4 P+
This black bean, corn, and avocado salad is delicious with the Sriracha chicken above and makes a great, easy side dish for a tailgate. It’s good to have some veggies around. It is also delicious on top of the cowboy turkey burger below. Skip the bread, add some of this salad, and you are good to go.

4. Cowboy Turkey Burgers, 6 P+
I always run out of space when I am packing for a tailgate, as in my cooler is overflowing and I have packed way too many things. These burgers can help you free up some space since everything is already mixed into the patty. The cheese, jalapenos, and mustard is already inside so you just need to throw them on the grill and let them do their thing.

5. Teriyaki Chicken Wings, 5 P+
No tailgate is complete without some chicken wings and these ones will make everyone happy. Cook them at home before the tailgate and then just toss them on grill to heat them up before serving. Or eat them cold, I may or may not stand over the sink eating cold wings in the morning every time I make these.

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Crazy Feta Dip

Crazy Feta Dip

Invite some friends over immediately. Cut up some cucumber slices, red peppers, celery, and ration out some pita chips. Maybe open a bottle of wine. And start dipping. Or if you have self control, just make sure to portion out this delicious dip because before you know it, way more than 1/4 of a cup is gone and your afternoon snack has quickly consumed all your points for dinner. Honestly I am not quite sure what makes this dip so good. It’s just a combination of simple ingredients – lemon, jalapenos, and garlic – but something magical happens when you put them altogether. Really. Give it a try, stuff some between cucumber slices, spread some on a sandwich, just make sure to invite friends.

Crazy Feta Dip
Servings: 8 servings
Serving Size: 1/4 cup
Nutritional Info: 107.7 calories, 6.1g of fat, 2.5g of carbohydrates, .4g of fiber, 10.8g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 3 * (more…)

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

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Celery, Apple, and Palm Salad

Celery, Apple, and Palm Salad

Yesterday I wanted to be really productive. Instead I spent way too long organizing pictures from our recent trip to Mexico and making this yummy celery salad. It’s simple and refreshing and perfect for the remaining weeks of summer. The apple, celery, hearts of palm, and corn make a great combo and only need a bit of lime juice for dressing. Make sure to add the celery leaves to the salad and feel free to throw in any other herbs. Next time I will be adding some fresh fennel and fennel fronds and perhaps some sliced almonds.

Celery, Apple, and Palm Salad
Servings: 4 servings
Serving Size: about 1 cup
Nutritional Info: 73.1 calories, 1.4g of fat, 15.1g of carbohydrates, 3.6g of fiber, 2.4g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 2 * (more…)

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Braised Spinach and Mushroom Tacos

Braised Spinach and Mushroom Tacos

So these tacos are de-li-cious. Seriously. But the photo? Ugh, not so much. My camera is currently being repaired after an unfortunate run in with a surprise thunder storm, so I am using my phone for photos this week. I downloaded Instagram hoping that would help, but they still aren’t coming out all that great, even though I see amazing Instagram photos all the time. Any advice?

But back to the tacos. This tacos make a great quick meal because they come together in a flash and don’t need too much attention. You just heat up some salsa, drop in the spinach and mushrooms, and then stir in some cheese before you are ready to eat. You could easily add some more veggies – squash blossoms, sweet potato, or zucchini would be great I think – or even add in some tofu or chicken. Serve them in warm tortillas or over brown rice. I also learned this works perfect over eggs in the morning.

Braised Spinach and Mushroom Tacos
Servings: 4 servings
Serving Size: 1/4 recipe
Nutritional Info: 101.5 calories, 3.4g of fat, 7.3g of carbohydrates, 1.7g of fiber, 5.8g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 3 * (more…)

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