Sunday, November 30, 2008
My lunch was not yucky; it was YUMMY! Yucky weather = soup; soup= sammie. I had a delish grilled cheese, spinach and bacon!! Really easy- just a slice of 2 % cheese, handful of baby spinach and a slice of center cut bacon cooked in the micro (gets a lot of the fat out this way) between 2 slices of light seedless rye -spritzed and grilled. My soup was the Trader Joes Creamy Tomato. My cup runneth over...
I was munchie again today. I have been picking all day. Little bites of this and that; I didn't even keep track. The pudge will continue I guess. In an effort to clamp down on this picking, I decided to have a real snack. I picked popcorn for its volume factor...
Dinner was "heat and eat"again. Remember this dinner?? I had made my own "frozen dinner" with leftovers from the other week. I nuked it and ate it right out of the container! Laaaaazy!
I had to get going quick this morning for an errand, so I'm getting a late start on breakfast and exercise. For breakfast, I toasted a Maple Cornbread Muffin and spritzed it with some I Can't Believe It's Not Butter (ICNINB) spray and a tsp. of Smucker's Sugar Free Seedless Strawberry Jam. Mmmm, that was a tasty combo! I also had 1/4 c. nonfat cottage cheese with 1/2 c. crushed pineapple...
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Along with my minis, I had a sliced plum and 1 oz. Kettle Baked Potato Chips (haven't seen these in a while, right?? I'm trying to break my chip obsession!)...
My afternoon snack was wine! The husband and I met an out-of-town friend of his for drinks this afternoon. I had a glass of Shiraz and no "pickies" - pretty good, eh?
Dinner was Thanksgiving revisited. I love heat and eat dinners!!! I had a little of everything again, this time I concentrated more on the veg and plain turkey breast. I had uncooked butternut squash leftover from the "yucky Tyler Florence slaw" (sorry, Tyler), so I just microwaved it for about 5 min. and sprayed with I Can't Believe It's Not Butter Spray. Awesome and easy - I will definitely make that again! I also ate the last two spaghetti squash pancakes from the other night - another winner!
Now, what do you do to make this taste good, you say? You make Warm Pumpkin Pie Cream of Wheat! I adapted this recipe from The Biggest Loser Cookbook...
- 3 tbsp. Cream of Wheat (use the amount of water needed for your choice of preparation -stovetop or micro)
- dash of salt
- 2 packets of Splenda
- 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/4 c. pumpkin puree
- 1 small rectangle of graham cracker
Cook Cream of Wheat according to package directions. You can add the spices before cooking. Stir in pumpkin puree at the end and top with crushed graham cracker.
*You can enhance this to your own taste. The original recipe called for the addition of ginger and cloves, but I'm not a lover of too much spice. So, play with this to come up with the flavors that remind you of pumpkin pie. A little vanilla extract would probably be good , also. Next time...
Friday, November 28, 2008
Dinnertime was hectic. The in-laws came to visit, the daughters had a friend over and everyone was wanting something different to eat. They decided that raviolis was their dinner of choice, so they got that with some wonderful crusty bread and a salad. I wanted to try and make a "baked potato soup" using some of the leftover mashed potatoes from Thanksgiving. I liked the way this turned out and it couldn't have been easier! I really can't call this a recipe. All I did was use about 1 1/2c. of leftover mashed potatoes (these were lowfat) and add about 1 c. chicken broth and whisk it in a saucepan until heated through. I topped it with 1 oz. 2% cheddar cheese grated, slice of center cut bacon, crumbled and a little chopped scallion. Just like a "loaded" baked potato! It was awesome. I will definitely try this on the husband and daughters for one of our "quick" night dinners. I had some leftover asparagus and broccoli rabe as a side. Veggies all the way!
A nice filling dinner, but I had to end with a sweet. I dug into the Holiday Ginger Cookies - just three - well, and a couple tastes of little daughter's chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream. It wasn't good AT ALL. Was that convincing??? :p
To go with my soup, I had a Western Alternative Bagel with thinly sliced ham, cranberry honey mustard and Brie. Yes, BRIE!! I love all cheese, but brie is one of my top faves. I was lucky enough to find a light brie. It is only 70 cal. and 4.5 gr. fat for 1 oz.! I spread the cranberry honey mustard on the bagel, layered on the ham and topped it with the brie. I ran it under the broiler to get the cheese all melty. I loved this lunch!!!! Bread and cheese, what's not to like!
- 1/2 c. plain nonfat greek yogurt
- 1/2 c. crushed pineapple
- slice of pumpkin bread (yes, I still have a few pieces left!)
I also did 30 min. on the elliptical and plan on doing the Wii Fit later. I am going to drown myself in water today to combat some of the sodium from yesterday! Hopefully, I won't grow gills... :)
Thursday, November 27, 2008
and a turkey breast that my Mom stuffed with some amazing stuffing and rolled, plus a plain turkey breast, turkey legs and wings, sicilian olive and pepper salad, pancetta stuffing...
and asparagus, mashed potatoes and gravy!!!! What a spread...
So, this is a day that really focuses on food. How appropriate, since I woke up feeling like I could eat my right arm! Not a good sign considering there will be MUCHO opportunity to eat large quantities of food today. But, I'll do the best I can to eat in moderation. Check back later, I hope I don't have to "eat my words", too! Enough chatter, on to the food. I went for a big, bold breakfast this morning. I made a Breakfast Burrito with 3 egg whites, chopped green pepper, a handful of baby spinach, a slice of 2 % cheese and a few tbsp. of salsa all rolled up in a 1 pt. tortilla. Mmmm, mmmm!
( * sorry, the picture is a little blurred-I have been fooling with the settings on my camera in an effort to take a better picture for you. However, since I am technologically inept, this didn't happen! Try, try again...)
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Well, I have eaten a lot today. But, I always feel like I need something sweet after dinner. I had the points left, so I chose these nice Holiday Ginger Cookies from Trader Joes. They are tasty, not overboard on the ginger and a good "bargain" points-wise. They are only 110 cal., 3.5 gr. fat and 2 gr. fiber for 3 cookies. Great with tea...
Anyway, Dad is awesome and a very busy guy for being "retired". He has 3 part-time businesses, but the one that keeps him the busiest is his "video to DVD" transfer business. He converts videos, slides and pictures to DVD. You can check out his website for more info: http://www.digitalkeepsakeservices.com/. That was my shameless plug for Dad - Happy Birthday, Dad!!!!!
On to the food. We went to Appleby's for lunch today at my request. I knew the Weight Watcher Menu they have would keep me on the straight and narrow. I am feeling a little "chompy" today. I went with the Grilled Chili Lime Chicken Salad which is huge and only 5 pts. Very good for chompyness....
- 3/4 c. whole wheat pastry flour
- 1/4 c. all purpose flour
- 2 tbsp. unpacked brown sugar
- 1 tbsp. baking powder
- 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1 egg
- 1/2 c. canned pumpkin puree
- 3/4 c. fat free milk
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
Mix dry ingredients together and set aside. In another bowl, combine wet ingredients. Gradually add dry ingredients to wet until fully incorporated. Let sit for 5 min. Meanwhile heat a large nonstick skillet. Spray lightly with cooking spray. Using a 1/4 c. measuring cup, pour batter in pan and spread into about a 4" pancake. Cook until small bubbles form and slightly brown, then flip and cook other side until slightly brown. Makes 8 pancakes. 2 pancakes per serving = 3 pts.
I ate these with a little low calorie syrup (but honestly, they were great plain, too) and 1/2 c. unsweetened applesauce with a dash of cinnamon. These were no wimpy pancakes...Hey, did you know that just 1/2c. of pumpkin puree is LOADED with vitamin A (with 80% as Beta Carotene) and also, loaded with fiber! The whole wheat pastry flour is also high in fiber and contains a good amount of iron and some protein!
What a great way to start the day! Even the daughters ate these for breakfast! No, that is not a typo..... :)
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
I was too busy and frankly, too full for a snack this afternoon. I spent time making a nice dinner for the family (that I knew they would like- homemade "Spaghetti O's with Mini Meatballs") and made something quick for myself. I had these Salmon Roulettes from Trader Joes in my freezer. I made one with a side of leftover broccoli rabe. It was just right for me tonight...
I was still feeling full, well maybe, satisfied is the right word. Buuuut, I couldn't let Pumpkin Day go without a pumpkin ending. So, I had another piece of Whole Grain Pumpkin Bread. Are you tired of seeing this????
I knew the daughters wouldn't be able to wait for a later lunch, so I treated them to clogged arteries at the local Wendy's fast food joint. They haven't had this in many months, so I was proclaimed a rock star today!
When we finally got home, I got to work on my salad idea. I used baby spinach, chopped Golden Delicious apple and 1/4 c. dried cranberries. Then, I made a dressing using my homemade pumpkin butter, 1 tsp. olive oil and 2 tsp. apple cider vinegar. I tossed it all together...
Today I thought I would try to incorporate as much pumpkin in my meals as possible since I have so many cans of it. For breakfast I had a piece of Whole Grain Pumpkin Bread (I did put a tbsp. of mini chocolate chips in the batter - so those are the dark spots you see) and 1/3 c. of nonfat cottage cheese with pumpkin butter and a sprinkle of bran cereal...
I really like this bread. I think I will be eating the whole thing. Not all at once. I hope :0
Monday, November 24, 2008
For lunch, I wanted another warm meal. I got this great new cheese by Cabot...
It has these markings on the side to help you measure so you don't even need to weigh it. Isn't that clever? One oz. is only 60 cal. and 2.5 gr. of fat - 1 pt. on WW...
- 1 onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 tsp. olive oil
- 12 oz. lean pork chops, cut into small chunks
- 1 tbsp. chili powder
- 1/2 tsp. cumin
- 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/2 c. chicken broth
- 6 oz. sweet potato, peeled and cut into small cubes
- 14 oz. can diced tomatoes
- 14 oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed
- salt and pepper to taste
Saute onions and garlic with olive oil in a large saucepan until soft. Add pork and spices. Cook for 5 min. Add broth, sweet potato, tomatoes and beans. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer covered for 20 min.
The addition of the cinnamon really makes this dish. There is just a hint of it and it goes perfect with the pork and sweet potatoes. This makes 4 servings. Not huge, but very filling and packed full of nutrition! I added 1 tbsp. of light sour cream to the top and had a zucchini corn cake with it (I had these in the freezer for a while!)...
I ended the night with a big slice of Whole Grain Pumpkin Bread. Just like the banana bread, but I made it with pumpkin instead! Awesome! I will be making lots of pumpkin dishes in the next few days. It is Thanksgiving week, after all! This pumpkin bread came out to the same point value as the banana - 2 pts. a serving! I topped it with some homemade pumpkin butter and a dollop of fat free Cool Whip. Dipped some strawberries in that, too...
- 1 small apple, sliced (I left peel on for extra fiber!)
- 2 tsp. brown sugar (not packed)
- 1 1/2 tbsp. rolled oats
- 1 tsp. light butter (I use Land O Lakes Whipped Light Butter)
- 1/8 tsp. cinnamon
- dash of salt
- 1 tbsp. dried cranberries
- 2 tbsp. nonfat cottage cheese
Put the sliced apple in a small oven safe dish or 6 oz. ramekin. Sprinkle cranberries over apple. In another small bowl, combine brown sugar, oats, cinnamon, salt and rolled oats. Add this over the apples and bake in a 400 degree oven for about 18 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes. Top with cottage cheese and an additional dash of cinnamon.
This was soooo worth the wait and it was only 3 pts.!
You can alway put this together the night before (minus the cottage cheese, of course) and bake while you're getting ready in the morning. Hey, and if you don't want to do the cottage cheese, you can always add a mini scoop of fat free or light vanilla ice cream! Who says you can't have dessert for breakfast???
Sunday, November 23, 2008
I was pretty full after this dinner, but I had a little sweet tooth (maybe because the family was eating leftover chocolate cake!), so I made some tea and had these Hostess 100 calorie Strawberry Snack Cakes. Just right....
- 1 Amoroso Club Roll or similar club roll
- I Can't Believe It's Not Butter Spray
- 3 thin slices of ham
- 3 thin slices of turkey
- 1 slice 2% swiss cheese
- few pickle slices
- yellow mustard
Split the roll and spray inside with a little ICBINB spray. On one side of roll, layer ham, turkey and cheese. Add pickle slices and spread remaining side of roll with mustard. Heat a medium nonstick skillet, spray top side of roll with a little ICBINB spray, place sandwich sprayed side down in skillet and press and hold down firmly until bottom is browned. Add spray to top side and flip sandwich over, pressing firmly until browned. * You can also cover sandwich with a flat lid or heavy duty foil and weight it down with a soup can.
This sandwich had great flavors and seemed really sinful. I paired it with some grapes. This delicioso lunch was only 6 pts.! What, no chips you ask? I know, I gotta check my temperature - I must have a fever....
For breakfast, I was craving protein and fruit. I decided to make a Strawberry Breakfast Sundae. Here's what I used...
- 1/2 c. nonfat cottage cheese
- 1 tbsp. Smucker's Sugar Free Seedless Strawberry Jam
- 4 strawberries, diced
- 2 tbsp. Fiber One Bran Cereal
Sundaes on Sundays Rock!
Saturday, November 22, 2008
We started off with an appetizer plate of baby pitas filled with hummus, carrots and peppers with dressing, mini bagel dogs and green bean "fries". Mom did her best to provide a healthy option, but the green bean "fries" were irresistable! They are breaded and deep fried - need I say more???
We are Italian, so we always have pasta. There would never be a "special" occassion without it. It would be a sacrilege. We had paparadelle pasta with my Gram's meat sauce. Gram made a whole wheat paparadelle AND regular. I had a bit of both...
This whole lunch was only 6 pts.! Not too shabby....