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Sunday Slow Cooker: Eggplant Bolognese

Sunday Slow Cooker:  Eggplant Bolognese

I think I have officially only checked off one item on my to do list, but have added at least ten. At this rate the next couple of days will likely be a bit crazy, but that’s ok and kind of expected in a good way at this time of year. Knowing the importance of refueling between errands, one thing I do every year is have something warm and comforting in the crock pot that I can eat in a minute’s notice. This year it’s this delicious eggplant bolognese that you can quickly toss with some pasta, spread on a sandwich of roasted veggies, or toss on rice for a meal in minutes. It can be made with ground beef, ground turkey, or even beef stew meat; and can also be made vegetarian by replacing the meat with about 1 pound of chopped zucchini or mushrooms. It freezes great and is one of those recipes that tastes even better the next day.

Eggplant Bolognese
Servings: 8
Serving Size: 1 cup
Nutritional Info: 146.9 calories, 6.1g of fat, 8g of carbohydrates, 2.6g of fiber, 15.9g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 4 * (more…)

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Friday Five: Holiday Things

Friday Five:  Holiday Things

I have already gotten four (count ‘em four!) emails this morning for post holiday cleanses. It’s almost like they can see me teetering on the edge of eating every cookie, cake, and delicious holiday treat that seem to be everywhere. And I really mean everywhere. Yesterday at the grocery store they had a complete five course holiday meal for sampling with three desserts. Really? I don’t know if anyone has this kind of willpower. I am really trying to channel balance here and eat healthy during the day if I know I want to indulge that night, but the holiday smorgasbord at the grocery store. I didn’t plan on that.

Onto today’s Friday Five. As I sit here listening to the She & Him holiday mix (I’m obsessed), I thought it would be fun to share what we are all up to for the holidays. Share what you are most excited about, what you can’t wait to cook, what you are listening to, what you will be doing, anything!

1.The holidays always remind just how blessed I am to have the family I do. Living 3,000 miles away from them, there is nothing that makes me more excited than heading home for the holidays. We’ll laugh a lot, I’ll cry buckets when I leave, we’ll eat lobster and steamers and so many other delicious treats, and just be together. Honestly I love it all – from the quick trips to the store with my Mom to morning coffee when everyone is there to big meals and long, late night conversations. I can’t wait.

2. This weekend I plan on making some last minute DIY gifts for friends and neighbors. I plan to play holiday music, drink holiday coffee until an appropriate hour for a glass of mulled wine, and then try my best shot at these: Chalkboard Cheese Plate, Matzo Brittle, Homemade Vanilla Extract, and these cute Scrabble Ornaments.
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Crunchy Brussels Sprout Salad

Crunchy Brussels Sprout Salad

Was I the only one who didn’t know it was Brussels sprouts, not brussel sprouts? It makes it a bit of a tongue twister when it’s plural, for me anyway. The name, as it turns out, comes from the fact that the modern Brussels sprout was largely cultivated in Belgium, hence the name. This also implies it needs to be capitalized every time you use it, but for some reason the apostrophe has been dropped. Lots of vegetable grammar education happening here this morning. Ha. No matter how it’s spelled or pronounced, this salad is a perfect way to enjoy these delicious little sprouts. Crunchy raw sprouts, cranberries, almonds, and a creamy pumpkin tahini dreessing. This would make a great holiday starter and also makes a great lunch with some shredded chicken on top.

Crunchy Brussels Sprout Salad
Servings: 7
Serving Size: 1 cup
Nutritional Info: 149.1 calories, 8.5g of fat, 34.6g of carbohydrates, 4.5g of fiber, 5.1g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 4 * (more…)

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Eggnog Bread Pudding

Eggnog Bread Pudding

Eggnog is kind of a funny thing. People usually either love it or hate it. Personally I fall somewhere in between. My Aunt makes a killer eggnog, more aptly called booze pudding. It is dreamy and dream inducing after a couple glasses. It’s definitely my favorite rendition but not diet friendly by any means.

The store bought stuff, I fall squarely in the middle. Doctored up with enough stuff it can taste good, but on it’s own I am normally not a fan. That is unless it is being used in either coffee or baked goods. Store bought eggnog in baked goods brings just the right amount of spice and richness. I have started using it to replace milk in lots of recipes and loving it. Try it in oatmeal, you won’t be disappointed. And in this bread pudding it works perfectly and couldn’t be any easier. Just four ingredients and about 2 minutes of prep.

Eggnog Bread Pudding
Servings: 2
Serving Size: 1 ramekin
Nutritional Info: 270.8 calories, 11.5g of fat, 34.6g of carbohydrates, 3g of fiber, 8.9g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 7 * (more…)

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Sample Slender Kitchen Meal Plan

Sample Slender Kitchen Meal Plan

Hey everyone – Happy Tuesday! I can’t believe there are only seven days left until the holidays. Eeek! I am completely overwhelmed, have a to-do list that only seems to be growing, yet couldn’t be more grateful that in just one week I get to see my family. It makes this week’s craziness totally worth it.

I heard from many of you that you would love to see a sample of the meal plan so I added one! You can download it below (or on the meal plan page) to get a feel for what the meal plans will look like and contain. One thing you will likely notice when looking at the meal plans is that there are no snacks included. Snack ideas will be provided but on a separate page in the members area that you will be able to access on the 28th when the Meal Plan Membership area goes live. There will also be lots of other fun bonus items available.

Have other questions? Please do not hesitate to ask! I am happy to answer any and all questions you have.

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Gingerbread Oatmeal

Gingerbread Oatmeal

This morning started out with a very happy accident. Although it didn’t begin that way. Anyone who witnessed me this morning would have described the morning as a complete mess, and that would be kind. First I woke up way too late. Initial panic set in. Then I realized there was no toilet paper, paper towels, or any semblance of a paper product anywhere in the house. Great. Then as I began making coffee, I spilled about half the contents of the French press all over myself. Good-bye new favorite sweater. Then when I finished making the next batch of coffee, after changing, no half and half. Initial panic has turned into irrational frustration. Then it happened – the happy accident – with no other options I decided to use Eggnog in place of cream, and it was magical. Who would have thought that eggnog tasted so good in coffee? (And for just 1 point per 2 tbsp.) That paired with this yummy gingerbread oatmeal and the morning turned out pretty perfect.

Gingerbread Oatmeal
Servings: 1 bowl
Serving Size: 1 bowl
Nutritional Info: 223.2 calories, 2.3g of fat, 42.9g of carbohydrates, 2.6g of fiber, 8.9g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 6 * (more…)

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