Time to Make a Plan: Slender Kitchen

August 19, 2018   7 Comments

How was your summer? Was it filled with barbecues and a lack of restraint?

White Bean Quesadilla

Join the club! Fall is a great time to get it back together and I know that planning is the key to success.

My friend, Kristen, came up with tool that works - Slender Kitchen Meal Plans. Below you will find her Rosemary, White Bean and Kale Quesadilla which is both nutritious and smart (and only 5 Freestyle SmartPts).

This quesadilla recipe uses white beans to create creaminess so you need less cheese – and it is still delicious! She uses kale but you can use spinach, broccoli, or your favorite vegetable if you want to change it up.

The Slender Kitchen meal plan concept is simple and powerful. Every week, Kristen sends you a plan each week - you shop and cook the meals. The meals are healthy, easy, and have all the nutrition information (including Freestyle SmartPoints and the old SmartPoints for those using Weight Watchers).

You can sign up here - Slender Kitchen Meal Plans for either $8 per month or $48 for the year ($4 per month). Both subscriptions include a 14 day money back guarantee.

The meal plans include options:

  • For healthy, low carb, or vegetarian
  • To customize number of servings you plan to cook
  • To choose the meals you need to make for the week

You can go with breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks or you can do what I did and make 4 dinners with 6 servings each. My family of four typically takes a serving of dinner to lunch so I frequently cook more dinner than we eat for leftovers.

If you don’t like a meal that Kristen has included – you can choose another recipe or add your own. You can also create your own meal plan from the large library of recipes provided.

What I love about Slender Kitchen Meal Plans is that I don’t have to think. I print out the shopping list (and it is organized so my trip to the store is shorter), and cook the recipes after work throughout the week. Done.

The recipes are packed with vegetables (hallelujah) so I don’t have to worry if I am cooking enough healthy options.

Try the quesadilla recipe below and check out Slender Kitchen Meal Plans for either $8 per month or $48 for the year ($4 per month). Both subscriptions include a 14 day money back guarantee.

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Rosemary White Bean and Kale Quesadillas Recipe

1.6 from 15 reviews

reprinted with permission from Slender Kitchen

Makes 4 servings, 1 quesadilla per serving

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2 tsp. olive oil
1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
1 shallot, minced
2 garlic cloves
4 cups kale, sliced thin
2 cups canned cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
1 tsp. dried rosemary
1 cup part skim shredded mozzarella cheese
4 low carb wraps


Heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the shallot, garlic, and red pepper flakes. Cook for 1-2 minutes until fragrant. Add the kale and cook until tender, adding 1-2 tablespoons of water to prevent burning if needed. Add the cannellini beans and rosemary. Cook for 4-5 minutes until warm and tender. Remove and place in a bowl. Using a fork or potato masher, mash the beans. Season with salt and pepper. To make the quesadillas, spray the skillet with cooking spray. Cover one half of the wrap/tortilla with 2 tbsp. cheese. Top with white bean and kale mixture. Then sprinkle with 2 tablespoons cheese. Fold over. Cook on one side until tortilla is crispy and cheese has melted. Carefully flip and cook on the other side. Consider serving with marinara sauce, salsa, harissa, or tzatziki.

Nutrition Facts

For one quesadilla = 373 calories, 10 g fat, 3 g saturated fat, 56 g carbohydrates, 2 g sugar, 26 g protein, 17 g fiber, 394 mg sodium, 5 Freestyle SmartPts

Points values are calculated by Snack Girl and are provided for information only. See all Snack Girl Recipes

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If you use frozen kale or spinach, how much would you need? Thanks!

I started with Slender Kitchen back in February with the Low Carb meal plan. I find the recipes to be redundant and unimaginative. Also, there have been a few recipes that didn’t work... almost as if she tweaked a different recipe but never tested her “low carb” version. I find myself searching her database for different recipes that she uses for the Healthy Meal Plan and they are better and more reliable. I do like getting a new meal plan every week to jump start my imagination even if I only use one or two of her recipes. Overall, I’m glad I signed up for Slender Kitchen but doubt that I will re-enroll when my year is up.

I went to the Slender Kitchen website because it seemed interesting. I was disappointed that you could not preview any information or sample menus before you bought into it. I would not subscribe without learning more.

I have signed on to Slender Kitchen for the last two years. I love it. I have made

many recipes and have found them tasty and fairly easy to make. I pick and choose each week what I will make. I admit that like "most" cooks I will tweak the recipes once in awhile but overall am happy with the subscription.

Sorry to be the crepe hanger here, but according to my Freestyle points finder, using the nutritipn info provided, the quesadilla is 10 Freestyle points not 5.

I'm thinking that Lisa counted only the cheese & wraps cause beans are zero points?

I have enjoyed having the structure of Slender Kitchen Healthy Meal Plans when I'm having a hard time imposing some structure on my eating. Some of her recipes are great and real favorites of mine. The annual price is very reasonable compared to some other options. For me, part of the fun of cooking is in the tweaking!

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