Skinny Queso and a Giveaway

Happy Monday!

As most of you know, one of the things I love about my routine is meal planning.  Not only does it aid for better weight loss success, but it also saves you money and keeps your organized!  I am ALWAYS healthier during the week when I stick to my meal plans, but sometimes it’s tough to know where to begin.  Well lucky for you my lovely friend Kristen has got you covered in that department!  She started a website called Slender Kitchen which not only shares delicious recipes and fun tips/tricks for getting in shape, but she also has customizable meal plans!  The best part??  They’re centered around Weight Watchers points!  I know I’ve said this before, but I absolutely LOVE this program and believe it’s a great way to keep track of your eating habits without having to constantly count calories.  Even if WW isn’t for you, these meal plans are still great for those who either want to start eating better and losing weight, but just need a little direction OR even those who already have a great nutrition plan, but simply want to mix it up a bit!  There is truly something for everyone.

One of the many recipes you’ll find from Kristen on her site is this super delicious Skinny Queso.  With football season now upon us, it’s the perfect appetizer to serve to your friends and family without all the guilt!  Pair with homemade pita chips or even some sliced bell peppers and enjoy this perfect alternative to the pre-made full-fat stuff that comes in a jar (bleh!)  If you don’t like a lot of spice, feel free to omit the jalapeno, but if you’re anything like me you may just add two!

Here see for yourself how easy this is!

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Skinny Queso by Slender Kitchen

Yield: 16 servings

Recipe from Slender Kitchen

Ingredients

  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 poblano, diced
  • 1 jalapeno, diced
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 1/4 cup skim milk
  • 3 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 (10-ounce) can tomatoes with chiles, diced and drained, like Rotel
  • 1 3/4 cups reduced fat sharp Cheddar, shredded
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ancho chili powder

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together 1/4 cup milk with 3 tsbp of cornstarch. Set aside, this will serve as the thickener.
  2. Bring a medium to large sauce pan up to medium heat and spray non fat coking spray. Add the onions, garlic, poblano, and jalapeno and cook for 5-7 minutes until they begin to soften.
  3. Add the chicken broth and milk. Bring to a simmer and let cook for about 3 minutes to reduce slightly.
  4. Add the cornstarch mixture to the pan and stir quickly. It will immediately thicken up and begin to bubble. Once you see it thicken up, turn the heat to low.
  5. Add the cheese and stir until it melts completely. Then add the tomatoes, cilantro, lime juice, chili powder, cumin, salt, and pepper.
  6. Serve with homemade baked tortilla chips. To cook, preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut corn tortillas in 1/4’s and place onto a sheet of parchment paper. Spray with cooking spray and sprinkle with salt. Cook for 10-15 minutes until crispy.

Nutritional Information

Serving Size: 1/4 cup • Calories: 75 • Fat: 2 g • Carbs: 3.1 g • Fiber: 1.1 g • Protein: 4 g • WW Points+: 1 pt

http://www.eat-yourself-skinny.com/2014/09/skinny-queso-and-a-giveaway.html

Often times the hardest part about losing weight successfully is the lack of planning meals out in advance or simply not knowing which meals to eat and when.  I just love Kristen’s meal plans because they’re healthy, well-balanced and super easy to follow!  She gives you the ease of convenience by listing the points for each meal along with the recipe and a grocery list of items needed for that week.  Not only that, but she has all sorts of different plans to fit your personal diet – everything from vegetarian to low-carb to just plain healthy!  Well lucky for YOU, she’s giving one reader a chance to win an entire year of meal plans to help you get that bikini bod just in time for summer next season!  This is a $72 value and totally worth it in my opinion!
If you don’t feel like waiting until the end of this giveaway to begin your new eating regimen, you can start now for just $6 per month!  ALSO, Kristen is giving my sweet readers all a limited time special yearly price of $25 if you sign up now!  Simply use the password SKMEALPLAN and it’s all yours!  Get started right here!
sample meal plan
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I’ll announce the winner this Friday, September 26th so you have all week to enter this giveaway so please don’t miss out!  I know for me fall is the best time to plan out my meals because it’s so easy to give in to those yummy pumpkin pies and sinful football apps!  Always remember “fail to plan, plan to fail!” so why not start with a plan like this??  Good luck loves!

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Wedding Update

Soo I promise there are in fact more recipes coming your way, but I just got back from spending a week at the lake for our last summer hoorah and of course to get one last tan (ah so depressing), but recently I’ve been getting a lot done with our wedding!  Since this is a personal blog aside from recipes I figure I’ll just document my whole wedding journey on here as well, hopefully I don’t bore you too much!

While on vacation I was super excited to see that all our photos were back from the fabulously talented Jodi Miller and let me just say whoah……..they are just amazing.  I couldn’t be happier with them and I have a feeling my house is going to be decked out in gorgeous canvases in the near future so I hope people don’t think we’re TOO self-absorbed!  We also finally ordered our Save-the-Dates.  I don’t have the slightest clue why I made this decision so unbelievably difficult for myself, but I literally could NOT decide on which ones to order!  I must have created over 20 Save-the-Dates and sent emails back and forth to my fiance on which ones to choose (which of course he thought they all looked the same and had no opinion whatsoever // typical)  I sure hope this isn’t a prelude to how things are going to be down the road for every decision I need to make for the wedding…..although I have a pretty sneaky suspicion it will between my OCD and perfectionist issues.  Yikes.  Anyway, we knew we wanted magnets with our engagement photos on them, so we finally decided on this little number from Minted.com, let me know how you like it!

Save the Date FINAL 2

I wanted something clean and simple and since I couldn’t decide on which photos to use, I figured why not use two!  And yes if you couldn’t tell from the Save-the-Date above, we have a website too!  This was such a labor of love for me, mostly because, as I said before, I’m such a perfectionist.  After looking at all the wedding websites that were offered out there such as Wedding Wire and The Knot, for example, I honestly just wasn’t the biggest fan.  Maybe this is because I have my own website that I use each day or maybe because I’m just super hard to please (I think Chris would definitely agree with this one), but either way I decided if I couldn’t find a wedding website that I liked then I would just make my own!  So yeah I did.  Feel free to check it out at www.gellnerwedding.com!  I had so much fun creating this little space for our friends and family to share in our big day.  Here’s a little preview of what I created:

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So with our website finalized, vendors set up, color scheme finally decided and Save-the-Dates all prettied up and ready to be mailed, I’d say I’m doing pretty good on the wedding front!  I swear I would totally be a wedding planner in another life (or this one if the opportunity presented itself haha) because this is just too much fun for me, I really don’t know why people stress over planning so much.

Okay I definitely do, but at least the end result is totally worth it right?!

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Thanks for allowing me share my wedding journey with you!  Tons of recipes coming SOON!!  Images above shared from my Instagram account if you’d like to follow along.  Happy Tuesday loves!!

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DIY: How to Make Glitter Letters

Hope you all enjoyed my recap yesterday of our awesome engagement party!  I had so much fun DIYing, well, pretty much everrrrrrything!  Can you tell I’m just a little obsessed with gold and glitter??  I only had two weeks to plan our engagement party since we had to move the date up last minute and I wanted to save some money by making things myself.  A lot of you on Instagram previously asked how I made the glitter drink sign and table accents.  Well lemme just tell you these were SO incredibly easy to make!  Trust me on this.  I’m actually planning on doing my table numbers at our wedding reception like this.  You can see an example of that HERE on my Pinterest page.  So simple yet gorgeous, no?

Alright well here’s the skinny on how to make these!

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1.  First lay a tarp down (or trash bag) in your garage or backyard and spray the letters with gold spray paint.  Spray the front side, allowing them to dry for several hours then spray the back.  Feel free to spray a second coat if needed and allow to dry overnight.

2.  Next pour some Modge Podge into a bowl and begin painting over top of the letters with a foam brush.  Make sure your letters are on a paper plate (or anything that can catch all the excess glitter) and shake out the glitter over top of the letters, completely covering the entire area.

3.  Allow the letters to dry for a few minutes then shake the excess glitter onto your paper plate and set aside.  Bend the plate and allow the excess glitter to go back into the jar.  (You’ll have tons left over for more projects!)

4.  Once all your letters are coated with glitter and they have dried completely, spray over top with the clear acrylic spray.  This ensures that the glitter stays on the letters and makes it much easier to transport or save for future use.  Note: don’t spray the acrylic too close to the letters as the spray can dull the glitter making it less shiny.  I’d say spray about two feet away just to be on the safe side!

Viola!  You’ve got yourself some gorgeous accents perfect for any soiree or even gorgeous decor around your house!  Currently these letters make the perfect addition to my office and will be used at our wedding next summer.  You can really use this method with anything you want to revamp – for example, glitter on mason jars makes for stunning flower vases!  For the drink sign, do this exactly the same way, but drill the holes in the top of the letters before you add glitter.  Also make sure the holes are big enough because twine tends to unravel and I was having difficulty feeding it through the wood.  It may even be easier to use cardboard letters if you can find them since they won’t be as heavy when you hang the sign, but I just worked with what I had.  Once the twine is through the holes then you can hang the sign wherever you’d like!

Hope you enjoyed this easy peasy DIY project!  Tag me on Instagram if you decide to make these yourself, I love getting new ideas for parties and my home!

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