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“Fifteen Minute” Black Bean Soup

“Fifteen Minute” Black Bean Soup

Most of the time when I make soup, I want it to simmer or slow cook for a few hours so the flavors can develop. However soup like that takes planning and foresight. This soup, on the other hand, requires hardly any planning at all. There’s not only a good chance you have everything you need already, it also only takes 15 minutes to cook. Quick, delicious, and hearty – a perfect quick meal on busy weeknights.

Black Bean Soup
Servings: 5 servings
Serving Size: 1/5 recipe, about 1 cup
Nutritional Info: 167.3 calories, 3.6g of fat, 30g of carbohydrates, 8.2g of fiber, 9g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 5 * (more…)

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Kale, Lemon, and White Bean Pasta

Kale, Lemon, and White Bean Pasta

Two kale recipes in one week? Please don’t jump ship. This is just what happens when I buy a huge amount of kale because it is finally on sale. However this simple and quick pasta dish will work with any veggie you like. It starts with some olive oil and garlic, gets some great flavor from roasted red peppers and veggies, then finishes off with some white beans for protein and lemon juice to round out the flavors. Topped with some Parmesan cheese and black pepper, it makes a terrific and speedy dinner.

Kale, Lemon, and White Bean Pasta
Servings: 4 servings
Serving Size: 1/4 recipe
Nutritional Info: 323.5 calories, 7.5g of fat, 54.7g of carbohydrates, 6.4g of fiber, 17.1g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 9 * (more…)

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Black Beans and Rice

Black Beans and Rice

Someone should warn you when you are searching for apartments that it is dangerous to live next door to an amazingly delicious Caribbean restaurant and across from a bakery that makes salted chocolate chip cookies I would be happy eating forever. In theory, these things start as a selling point, until all you want to do is order Jerk Chicken Enchiladas, fried plantains, black beans and rice, and Guava Caramel Flan every night and watch reruns of Felicity. And then beg your loving boyfriend to run out and buy a big, honking chocolate chip cookie to top things off.

So when those days come, I usually like to challenge myself to try and make things at home like this simple recipe for Black Beans and Rice. It makes a great side dish or full meal, and although not quite the ridiculous meal I described above, a much better choice in the end and one that I can feel food about. Meals like the one described above are best saved for out of town visitors and special occasions.

Black Beans and Rice
Servings: 8 servings
Serving Size: about 3/4 cup
Nutritional Info: 120.2 calories, 2g of fat, 23.1g of carbohydrates, 5.8g of fiber, 6.6g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 4 * (more…)

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Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes

There is something so romantic about waking up on weekend mornings and cooking pancakes for the people you love. That is unless you are staying with me where inevitably only the first two pancakes turn out delicious. The rest? Well they get ultra burned on the outside and stay gooey in the middle. And not good gooey, gross raw batter gooey. And if that wasn’t bad enough, usually I also set the fire alarm off while burning the pancakes, rounding out the relaxing morning atmosphere. It’s a disaster.

However this past weekend I think I finally broke my pancake curse when I went out and bought this griddle. I never knew the secret to a good pancake was a griddle. The heat stays even, nothing burns or sticks, and you can fit a bunch at once. It’s a win for weekend breakfasts.

Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes
Servings: 4 servings
Serving Size: 3 pancakes
Nutritional Info: 298 calories, 7g of fat, 50.4g of carbohydrates, 2.5g of fiber, 10.2g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 7 * (more…)

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Kale Chips with Lemon Yogurt Dip

Kale Chips with Lemon Yogurt Dip

So let’s start with a bit of honesty. These chips are not potato chips so don’t let anyone fool you. Now don’t get me wrong, I think these crispy vegetable chips are pretty delicious, they just aren’t potato chips, no matter how many people claim they are. What kale chips do bring to the table is a crispy, airy, salty chip that is packed with nutrients and tastes great in my opinion. If it’s your first time with kale chips, I recommend trying the higher calorie version to start, then slowly work down to less oil over time. I like to eat kale chips now with just a touch of cooking spray, but the olive oil definitely creates more crunch and adds a great flavor.

Kale Chips with Lemon Yogurt Dip
Servings: 4 servings
Serving Size: 1/4 of chips and 1/4 cup yogurt
Nutritional Info: 197 calories, 14g of fat, 9.6g of carbohydrates, 2.6g of fiber, 8.6g of protein
Lighter version: 101 calories, 4g of fat, 9.6g of carbohydrates, 2.6g of fiber, 8.6g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 6 (3 for lower calorie) * (more…)

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Sunday Slow Cooker: Buffalo Chicken

Sunday Slow Cooker:  Buffalo Chicken

Let’s talk about buffalo sauce for a minute. It’s one of those hidden gems I always have in my fridge for when something just tastes bland and needs a little something, something. Add it to a turkey sandwich and it magically tastes better. A few glugs in a quick weeknight hash – delish. I have even been known to sneak it on to my egg whites in the morning, rolled up in a tortilla with some cheese and veggies. However this recipe is for when you really want that buffalo flavor. Slow cooked chicken tossed with just the right amount of buffalo sauce. Use it in tacos, lettuce wraps, sandwiches, chicken salad, the list goes on and on. And if you really want it to taste like a buffalo wing, add in the butter at the end for a smoother, richer taste.

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken
Servings: 6 servings
Serving Size: 1/6 recipe, about 3/4 cup
Nutritional Info: 154.4 calories, 3.5g of fat, 8.1g of carbohydrates, 1.6g of fiber, 33.9g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 4 * (more…)

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