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Zucchini Spaghetti and Meatballs

Zucchini Spaghetti and Meatballs

About two weeks ago I finally caved and bought a spiral slicer. I have been eying one for a couple of months and although I can easily rationalize spending $3 on coffee five days a week and buying pre-sliced, ridiculously overpriced veggies from the salad bar on lazy nights, I had trouble convincing myself to take the plunge and buy one for myself. My brain can be kind of slow that way sometimes. In fact, it is currently having that same internal fight about breaking down and buying an ice cream maker. But that’s a story for another post.

Back to the spiral slicer. So guys, this thing is seriously amazing. In just a couple of minutes you have incredibly low calorie/zero point spaghetti that works great as a pasta replacement, in salads, or just as a prettier side dish. I have been using it as pasta all week – either replacing all the pasta with veggies or half depending on the meal. It’s delicious – really, really, delicious.

In terms of the slicer, there are two options I have heard really good things about. The first is this hand held version from GEFU. It’s under $30, small and easy to store, and works great with most veggies. The only drawback I have read is that it can be tricky to use with harder veggies and potatoes. The second one, that I ended up purchasing, is this one from Benriner that is a table top version. It works really well with all types of veggies – potatoes, carrots, squash, etc. However it is about double to price and takes up more room. Either one would work great. You could also use a mandoline with a spiral attachment or a julienne slicer.

Zucchini Pasta with Meatballs
Servings: 2 servings
Serving Size: 1/2 vegetable noodles
Nutritional Info: 63 calories, .7g of fat, 13.5g of carbohydrates, 4.3g of fiber, 4.7g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 0 for noodles*

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Slow Cooker Sunday: Honey Garlic Chicken

Slow Cooker Sunday:  Honey Garlic Chicken

Sometimes there just isn’t time to go to the store. We need a recipe that we can throw together in a couple of minutes with things we already have in the house. This is that kind of recipe. Likely you already have everything you need to make it at home and it takes less than 5 minutes to get into the crockpot. Easy, peasy. Once it’s done there are endless serving possibilities – serve it over rice, stuff it into a sandwich, toss is on a salad, wrap it up in some lettuce, or add it to stir-fried vegetables. Since this recipe is so versatile, consider doubling up for leftovers during the week. It makes a terrific lunch or dinner.

Sunday Slow Cooker: Honey Garlic Chicken
Servings: 8 servings
Serving Size: about 2/3 cup
Nutritional Info: 177 calories, 3g of fat, 16.6g of carbohydrates, .2g of fiber, 24.6g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 5 *

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Friday Five: Get Your Slaw On

Friday Five: Get Your Slaw On

Real world blogger honesty. It is hard to come up with ideas each week for the Friday Five. Sometimes I feel like my brain has simply turned off. Sometimes coffee helps, but most of the time I turn to you – my wonderful internet friends to help me with ideas. (love you all, seriously.) Today’s fantastic idea came from the Facebook page and couldn’t be more appropriate on the first day of summer. Have an idea for a future Friday Five, recipe, or a favorite slaw recipe to add to our list? Let us all in on it in the comments.

1. No-Mayo Coleslaw

This is one of my favorite slaws and I make it year round to pair with any type of smoky, sweet slow cooked meat. Instead of mayo it uses a combination of lemon, olive oil, and honey. It’s refreshing and delicious. To make it lower calorie, reduce the olive oil in half and just use 2 tbsp. You can also use sesame oil if you want to give it an Asian spin.

2. Super Healthy Slaw

I love everything about this “Super Healthy Slaw” from The Healthy Foodie. It starts with traditional slaw ingredients and then works in fresh grated coconut, sunflower seeds, dried cranberries, ginger, a touch of Asian hot sauce, and some vinegar. Completely satisfying and a great combination of sweet and savory.

3. Broccoli Slaw

I love this recipe for Broccoli Slaw from the Smitten Kitchen. Its fairly traditional with broccoli, almonds, cranberries, red onion, and a creamy dressing. The trick to lighten up this delicious recipe is to use low fat or fat free mayo and buttermilk. You can cut out major calories this way and still enjoy a delicious, creamy slaw.


4. Stone Fruit Slaw

With the abundance of stone fruit starting to show up in markets, this fruit based slaw that only has 72 calories per serving is perfect for summer gatherings. The recipe calls for 1.5 pounds of any type of stone fruit paired with scallions, a hint of curry powder, ginger, and rice wine vinegar. Sometimes I like to add about 1/4 cup of mint or cilantro to add a fresh flavor.


5. Asian Peanut Slaw

This simple slaw relies on crunchy cabbage, jicama, and celery all brought together with store bought peanut dressing. It pairs great with any Asian inspired dish and can serve as a base for a meal when topped with chicken, shrimp, pork, or steak.

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Low Carb Cauliflower Fried “Rice”

Low Carb Cauliflower Fried “Rice”

Did anyone else notice that tomorrow is the official first day of summer? Really! It feels like January was last week. I know, I know – everyone always talks about how fast time is passing, but seriously. Also from the deluge of emails this past week requesting low carb recipes, it sounds I am not the only one shocked by the sudden onslaught on summer. It sounds like lots of folks are going low-carb to cut those final pounds before having to put on a bathing suit. And the most common question in those emails is about sides. So today, in the spirit of low carb recipes and sides, I wanted to share one of my favorite side dishes, made from cauliflower rice.

Low Carb Cauliflower Fried Rice
Servings: 4
Serving Size: 1 cup
Nutritional Information: 75.7 calories, 3g of fat, 2.9g of carbohydrates, .9g of fiber, 1.5g of protein * 2 P+
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 2 *

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Mexican Street Corn

Mexican Street Corn

Thankfully the first time I ever had traditional Mexican Street Corn no one told me what was on it. I assumed it was just cheese, chile, and lime juice and never would have taken a bite had I known there was mayonnaise lurking underneath. Mayo just isn’t my thing. However luckily I took that first magical bite before asking and haven’t stopped eating it since. It is a perfect combination of sweet, smoky, a bit sour, and spicy and I highly recommend giving it a try this summer. For anyone who is cob-averse, you can definitely cut the corn off the cob and mix this all up in a big bowl and it will be equally delicious. Elote anyone?

Mexican Street Corn
Servings: 4 servings
Serving Size: 1 ear of corn
Nutritional Info: 192.9 calories, 9.7g of fat, 1.1g of carbohydrates, .1g of fiber, 24.1 of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 5 *
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Sesame Crusted Tuna

Sesame Crusted Tuna

Last night I really didn’t want to cook dinner. More specifically I wanted to have someone wait on me, not have a dirty kitchen, and eat something delicious without doing any work. Then I quickly remembered I had recently splurged on some fresh Ahi tun and there was no way I was going to let it go bad in the fridge. The solution? Figure out the quickest dish I could make that would still feel fancy and be tasty. The result? This incredibly easy and quick recipe for sesame crusted tuna. All it takes is about 1 minute of covering the tuna in sesame seeds and 2 minutes of cooking. Easy, quick, and delicious.

Sesame Crusted Tuna
Servings: 4 servings
Serving Size: 1 piece tuna
Nutritional Info: 262 calories, 10.2g of fat, 8g of carbohydrates, 1.1g of fiber, 39.1g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 6 *

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