Monday, November 24, 2008

Keeping it warm

My workout was really fun this afternoon. I am addicted to the Wii Fit now! I am surprised at what a good workout it is; there is everything from yoga to aerobics to strength training. I worked out on the elliptical for 20 min., then the Wii Fit for 20 min.! Time flew by.

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...

I used it to make a Chicken, Spinach and Cheese Quesadilla. I added 2 0z. chicken, handful of baby spinach, 1 oz. of this great cheese to a 1 pt. tortilla. I sprayed a nonstick skillet and heated the quesadillas on both sides until brown and cheese melted. I used 2 tbsp. of salsa on the side for dipping. I also had a sliced pear with the Lighthouse Reduced Sugar Caramel Dip which I warmed a little in the microwave. The pear and caramel dip was fabulous! I don't know why I always equate apple with caramel, but now pear is on the list! This was another great 6 pt. lunch...

For dinner, I had planned on making chili with some lean pork chops and black beans. I had a lone uncooked sweet potato and decided to add that in. What a nice combo! Here's the recipe for Pork, Black Bean and Sweet Potato Chili...
  • 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...

Off to put on some warm pjs - nite:)


Anonymous said...

Whatis the recipe for your banana and/or pumpkin bread? Looks delicious!


Marisa said...

Amanda - I'll try and post it later or you can give me your email and I'll send it to you. I think you'll love it!

Anonymous said...

My email is

Thanks so much. Would love the recipe. I have one for banana bread but I think it ends up being 3 pts w/ all my adjustments.

Marisa said...

Amanda - I sent that off to you. Let me know if you have any questions.
Also, let me know how you like it!
Thanks so much for reading.

Anonymous said...

Weird Marisa, I didn't get it. can you try re-sending it? I double checked and the email I listed is correct. Thanks so much, I really appreciate it. I'll let you know what I think!