Slender Kitchen’s Spicy Green Bean Fries-2 Points+

GreenBeanFries Skinny KitchenTo start off our series featuring other foodies around the web, we reached out to Kristen from The Slender Kitchen, a great blog consisting of many healthy recipes and meal plans. She has given us a great substitute for French fries-Spicy Green Bean Fries:

French fries just may be every dieter’s nemesis. Salty, crispy, and oh-so-addictive; it is easy to quickly rack up hundreds of calories mindlessly eating a plateful of fries with a sandwich or burger. And sadly, even at home baked versions sometimes pack a caloric punch with lots of added calories from oil and starchy potatoes. So next time you crave fries, try these spicy green bean fries instead. They are packed with flavor and make a perfect as a snack, side dish, or appetizer that both kids and adults are sure to love.

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Cauliflower Hummus Recipe – 3 Points +

Cauliflower Hummus

Low Carb Cauliflower Hummus Recipes have been all the rage on Pinterest lately. And since I loooooove hummus, I was game to giving this dish a try and coming up with my own version. The key is simply substituting roasted cauliflower for the garbanzo beans in order to dramatically lower the carbohydrate count. Roasting the cauliflower helps to create a similar nuttiness-like flavor that the garbanzo beans have, so that’s a very important step. And while it doesn’t taste exactly identical to hummus, it does taste really good. The tahini and remaining ingredients blend together perfectly with the cauliflower, and the end result is one seriously delicious low carb hummus! And check this out, instead of a measly 2 tbsp serving that you would normally get for 3 Points + in a traditional hummus, you get a whopping 1/2 cup!! That’s a whole lotta delicious dipping. So grab your fresh veggies and pita bread, and go to town! This Cauliflower Hummus Recipe is a MUST try.

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California-Style Tilapia Nachos Recipe – 7 Points +

Tilapia Nachos

If you blinked, you missed it…but yesterday, I was very, very briefly shown on the Dr. Oz show in a segment for his Healthy Recipe Challenge. In case you missed it on my Facebook page, I was contacted by the producers of the Dr. Oz show on Friday, and asked if I’d be willing to submit a “healthier version of a California-style nacho recipe”. They were assigning other food bloggers a popular dish from the state where they lived, and would choose three finalists to actually appear on the show with Dr. Oz himself. Super exciting, right?! So, I agreed to submit a recipe, and got to work ASAP, as they needed my video submission in 48 hours! My husband was out of town, and I was entirely alone with both of my young kids. Worst possible timing ever. But after the kids were asleep, I managed to whip up some seriously AMAZING Tilapia Nachos! I’m not gonna lie…these nachos were unbelievably good. Though the footage I was submitting was pretty shotty, I was quite proud of the nachos themselves. And although I ended up not being chosen as one of three finalists (boo!), the producers did contact me to let me know that clips from my video submission were chosen to appear on today’s show. Well, after watching the show today, it turns out that just a mere two-word phrase of my entire video submission actually made it to the show (“sunny california!”), and none of the other 30-45 minutes of footage that I worked so hard making was shown. What’s funny is that they never even asked for my actual recipe…they just wanted the footage of me making it, plating it and eating it. So, who knows what they were looking for in order to make it as a finalist. But it was a fun experience, and I got to eat these incredible nachos at 1am while watching Sex and the City re-runs.

But no need to let this amazing, healthy nachos recipe go to waste! So, here it is…as “not” seen on the Dr. Oz show…..my California Style Tilapia Nachos Recipe! Baked tortilla chips, covered in cheese, including a bit of cojita cheese (yum!), and topped with lime marinated tilapia, fresh cabbage, black beans, red onions, cilantro, salsa verde, and a chipotle cream sauce that is to die for. These are a MUST make, folks.

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Greek Yogurt Chicken Recipe – 5 Points +

Greek Yogurt Chicken

Here’s another super easy and delicious Weight Watchers Chicken Recipe that will make weeknight dinner planning a breeze. This Greek Yogurt Chicken is a family hit for sure, as the end result is moist, juicy chicken with a slightly tangy coating of Greek yogurt seasoned with lemon, garlic, oregano, and parsley. I chose to spend the extra Point and use chicken thighs in this recipe instead of chicken breasts, simply because my kids prefer the thighs. But I think it would work just as easily with breasts. Serve with some steamed brown rice or wheat couscous, and a light salad for a very satisfying dinner. Enjoy!

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Strawberry Kale Smoothie Recipe – 6 Points +

Strawberry Kale Smoothie

In the morning, I’m often just too busy to eat a good breakfast. And truthfully, after my morning coffee, I’m really just not that hungry yet. I’m stressed and rushing to get out the door, get my son to school, and get to my cardio class at the gym on time. But, if I skip eating something, then by the time I finish school drop off and my workout at the gym, it’s 1030am, I’m hungry, and my body really needs those nutrients. So I’ve found that this Strawberry Kale Smoothie Recipe is a fantastic breakfast for me because I can have it made in just minutes, pour it into a tall travel cup, and drink it in the car on the way to my son’s school. It’s light enough that it doesn’t make my tummy feel too full and heavy, but the coconut oil and almond milk in it help me to feel perfectly satisfied until lunchtime. Plus, it packs in tons of vitamins and nutrients. And if you are not a fan of kale, fear not, because you cannot taste it at all in this smoothie. Now, one word hear about how I calculated it to be 6 Points +. My Weight Watchers leader told me that you need to calculate the nutritional info for all the ingredients of a smoothie (including the fruits and veggies which are normally 0 Points +), because blending them all up together with other ingredients changes the composition of them and the way your body processes them. That being said, there are some of you who prefer to ONLY calculate the non-0 Points Plus ingredients, thus excluding the fruits and veggies from the nutritional stats. Either way, it’s your choice entirely. But the 6 Points + I have posted here includes the fruit and the kale. Calculating only the other ingredients would make this a 3 Points Plus smoothie. Whichever way you choose to track this, I definitely recommend giving it a try if you are poking for a healthy smoothie recipe to fill you up and give your body a wonderful nutritional boost. Enjoy!

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Applegate Reduced Sodium Sunday Bacon – 2 Points +

Applegate Reduced Sodium Sunday Bacon

Bacon. BACON!! I love it. But I have yet to find a good, quality low Points bacon that I truly adore. Until now, that is. I’ve been in love with their hot dogs for sometime now, but they’ve really stolen my heart with their incredible bacon! Applegate Reduced Sodium Sunday Bacon is not only delicious, but it’s all natural – no nitrates and no added nitrates. It’s also lower in sodium than regular bacon, and is just 2 Points for 2 slices.

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Eggplant and Tofu Stir Fry Recipe – 4 Points +

Eggplant and Tofu Stir Fry Recipe

Because I adore Chinese fast food, I am always on the lookout for healthier versions of my favorite food. Well, one day, I came across a stir fry recipe that used tofu. I was a bit skeptical, as tofu has never been a favorite of mine. Bu, to my surprise, the tofu stir fry wasn’t half bad. And it inspired me to create a new stir fry recipe of my own, using some fresh eggplant I had just bought. I was thrilled with how delicious it was! Even my 15 month old daughter gobbled it up! This Eggplant and Tofu Stir Fry Recipe will definitely be made again…it’s now one of my favorite Weight Watchers Recipes.

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Introducing ZipList’s Personalized Online Recipe Box at LaaLoosh

After numerous requests from some of my readers, I am thrilled to announce that LaaLoosh now has an exciting new feature! You’ll notice that each recipe now has a “Save Recipe” button. This button allows you to save all of your favorite recipes from LaaLoosh to your own, personal online recipe box. You can even save recipes from other websites too, so no more hunting from site-to-site to find your most loved recipes. Additionally, this feature lets you save the ingredients to each recipe to your own online shopping list. And if you already have some of the ingredients, you can easily remove items or change the quantities of others. You can even indicate if you have a coupon for a certain ingredient, or specify if you need to go to a special store! How fabulous is that!??

In order to bring you these new, helpful tools, I’ve partnered with ZipList. They are the superstars responsible for powering the online recipe boxes and shopping lists that you’ll see on many of the web’s biggest cooking sites and blogs, including MarthaStewart.com, The Joy of Baking and The Daily Meal.

So here’s how the new Recipe Box feature works: Once you create your free online recipe box with ZipList (yes, I swear, it’s totally free), you can start saving your recipes and shopping lists right away. And you can access your recipe box and shopping list from LaaLoosh, from ZipList.com, and from their free mobile apps so you have what you need on hand in order to plan your meals and grocery shop wherever you go. These features will help make it easy for you to keep all your favorite Weight Watchers recipes organized and easy to find. With the ability to have all your favorite recipes in one place, plan your menus, and add the items you need for those recipes to your shopping list with just a few clicks, healthy cooking should be a breeze!

Additionally, you’ll see that I’ve also added a Pinterest button at the end of each recipe. This tool helps you quickly pin your favorite recipes to your boards and share them with your followers. If you aren’t familiar with Pinterest, go and check it out asap. But be careful — it’s addicting!!

I’m really looking forward to hearing what you all think about these new features, and I hope it helps make your cooking/shopping/recipe planning a little easier :).
Thanks to all of you for your helpful suggestions and input, and here’s to a happy and healthy 2012!!!

Brownie Maker Winner Announced!

A HUGE thank you to everyone for participating in the Brownie Maker Giveaway! I really enjoyed reading all of your comments, and though I wish I could give you ALL one of these awesome prizes, there can only be one winner.

And our winner is… “Lorraine Devine”!!! (comment #169)

Congrats, Lorraine! Enjoy your new electric brownie maker and enjoy making cute, portion controlled brownies. Thank you all again for entering, and stay tuned to the blog for more delicious Weight Watchers Recipes coming soon to help us get on track for the new year!

ENTER TO WIN a new Electric Brownie Maker!

Bella Brownie Maker

Do you ever find yourself making the most delicious brownie batter, only to have them look wonky when you cut them out of the pan? Well I do. And I hate the painstaking task of trying to cut them all cute and pretty. So, with Thanksgiving fast approaching, and to continue expressing my gratitude to all of my loyal readers, up next is a giveaway for a new Bella Brownie Maker! The perfect brownie is yours in only a matter of minutes—just pour the batter, insert the divider and watch as this master of desserts bakes your goodies faster than a traditional oven. The easy-to-use design includes a nonstick baking plate for fast cleanup. It’s a great tool for making healthy, low calorie brownie recipes that will result in beautiful brownies that are not only Weight Watchers friendly, but aesthetically pleasing too.

To enter, simply comment on this post telling me why you want this super cool brownie maker!
RULES: One entry per person. Contest ends 10:00 pm (PST) Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011 (US only). One winner will be selected at random.
Be sure there is a way for me to contact you via email if you win, so please enter your correct email address when you submit a comment (emails are kept private)!

Stay tuned to the LaaLoosh weight watchers recipes blog by subscribing to my RSS feed and my Facebook fan page for delicious, low calorie Thanksgiving Recipes over the next week! And if you haven’t already, make sure to “Like” LaaLoosh on Facebook and share comments, tips and recipe with other readers. It’s a great way to stay connected with other Weight Watchers!

Mini Doughnut Maker Winner Announced!!

A HUGE thank you to everyone for participating in the Mini Doughnut Maker Giveaway! I loved reading all of your comments, and though I wish I could give you ALL a doughnut maker, alas, there can only be one winner.

And our winner is… “Jenn”!!! (comment #133)

Congrats, Jenn! Enjoy making healthy doughnuts, and we hope you’ll come back and share your yummy, low calorie doughnut recipes with us. Thank you all again for playing and for your sweet comments — you guys are AWESOME.

ENTER TO WIN a new Mini Donut Maker for Making Healthy, Baked Doughnuts!

Bella Cucina Mini Donut Maker

To celebrate reaching over 5,000 fans on my LaaLoosh Facebook fan page, I’m celebrating by giving away two AWESOME gifts – one this week, and one next week. The first prize up for grabs is this very cool mini doughnut maker. This do-it-all doughnut maker from Bella Cucina lets you serve up homemade mini doughnuts in no time! Baked instead of deep fried, these delicious treats are a healthier choice whenever you crave something sweet. The instruction booklet contains some yummy doughnut recipes that look so good! And they are SO much fun to decorate! If you have kids, they’ll have a blast decorating their own healthy donuts. You can get really creative and make sweet or savory donuts that are healthy and low calorie and a scrumptious snack for the whole family. This thing was so much fun, I got one for myself and am in the process of working on some tasty new Weight Watchers Doughnut Recipes that I’ll be posting about.

To enter, simply comment on this post telling me why you want this super cool mini doughnut maker!
RULES: One entry per person. Contest ends 10:00 pm (PST) Saturday, November 12th, 2011 (US only). One winner will be selected at random.
Be sure there is a way for me to contact you via email if you win!

Stay tuned to the LaaLoosh weight watchers recipes blog by subscribing to my RSS feed and my Facebook fan page for the Brownie Maker I’m giving away next week! The perfect low calorie brownie can be yours in only a matter of minutes—just pour the batter, insert the divider and watch as this master of desserts bakes your goodies faster than a traditional oven. The easy-to-use design includes a nonstick baking plate for fast cleanup.
If you haven’t already, make sure to “Like” LaaLoosh on Facebook and share comments, tips and recipe with other readers. It’s a great way to stay connected with other Weight Watchers!

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