Thursday, March 12, 2009

Putzerella

You know how when you're sick, you just don't feel like eating?? Okay, well explain that one to me because I have NO IDEA what that is like!!! I woke up feeling blah with a scratchy throat and yet, could not wait to eat my breakfast! I would need full blown bubonic plague to not be able to eat and that might not even do it!!



I gave my body its fuel; a delicious Ezekiel Cinnamon Raisin English Muffin with 1 tbsp. lite cream cheese (and a huge cup of green tea!) for 3 POINTS...





Then, I putzed. Cleaned a couple things here and there, did a load of laundry and putzed some more. I didn't have much energy for anything. It was such a nice bright sunny day and for a second, I thought I might go for a run. I quickly decided against it - too taxing for my body in my weakened state ;) But, the need to exercise was looming over me so I popped in the Shred! Whew, I DO NOT miss Jillian ;) Still rough as ever, although I can rock a push-up now!



Soup was on the menu for lunch today. I had planned to make this Stuffed Pepper Soup yesterday, but never got around to it. It's a tasty soup; actually reminds me a lot of chili without the beans. I think I may morph it into a chili by adding some beans and chili spices to it next time I eat it. Here's what you'll need to make it...


  • 1 lb. 96% lean ground beef
  • 1 c. finely chopped onion
  • 1 c. chopped green pepper
  • 1 (14oz. can) diced tomatoes
  • 1 (15 oz. can) tomato sauce
  • 1 c. fat free beef broth
  • 3 c. water
  • 1 c. cooked brown rice
  • 1/2 tsp. chopped basil
  • 1/2 tsp. chopped dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. pepper
  1. Brown beef with onion in a large pot sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Add in remaining ingredients and simmer uncovered for 30 min.
  3. Makes 6 servings - 3 POINTS per serving.


Along with my soup, I had a Golden Corn Vitatop and cantaloupe slices for 5 POINTS...


I was missing some crunch though, so I had a serving of TJ's Sour Cream and Onion Rice Chips for another 2 POINTS...



Then, more putzing. I actually got back in bed and soaked in the sun coming into my bedroom. Reminded me of 'the good ol days', when I was young and barely did anything, but still took naps on the weekend! *singing* Memories.......of the way we were...... Gotta love Babs:)
Back to my usual snack of Weight Watchers Yogurt topped with a serving of TJ's long name cereal for 2 POINTS...


I finally got my rear in gear to take little daughter to dance. I had planned on breakfast for dinner for the husband and daughters. There were squeals of delight, which I don't get because they just had breakfast for breakfast so what is the big deal??? But, it's easy for me, so I won't complain:) I wanted Spinach Artichoke Dip. Appetizer for dinner? I guess I'm just as bad!! So, I whipped up this dip for dipner (hehe)...
  • 2 tbsp. minced red onion
  • 7 oz. bag baby spinach
  • 3/4 c. chopped artichoke hearts (not marinated)
  • 4 wedges Laughing Cow Light Cheese
  • 2 tsp. Hidden Valley Ranch dry dip mix (packet)
  • 4 tsp. grated parmesan cheese
  • 3 tbsp fat free sour cream
  • 2 tsp. lemon juice
  1. Saute onion in nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray. Add spinach and cook until wilted. Add artichoke hearts.
  2. Add cheeses and stir until melted. Stir in sour cream and dry dip mix until heated through.
  3. Take off heat and add in lemon juice.
  4. Makes 4 (1/3 c.)servings - 2 POINTS

I used the dip to top a Kim's Light Bagel and had a side of carrots and a Fuji apple for a great 5 POINT dinner...


And for dessert....Banana Cream Pie! Oh yeah! I whirred one whole graham cracker sheet in a mini processor until finely crumbled, added in 2 tsp. melted light butter, pressed the cracker mixture into a small ramekin to form an even crust. Then, added 1/2 c. Jello Banana Cream Sugar Free Fat Free Pudding (made from the box) and topped it with 2 tbsp. fat free Reddi Whip. A yummy 3 POINTS....



Well, it was a day of accomplishing nothing around here. I was Putzerella. But, I am feeling better; I think I killed the cold with B-12 and Vitamin C :) Thanks to everyone for the well wishes, too!!!
One more thing before I go....

I got a Blog Award!!! What a surprise! I have no speech planned, DARN! My BWWF (Best Weight Watcher Forever!) Heather - the ww chick sent me this cool award! Thanks, Heather - you are so awesome and my IDOL!!! I'll continue the blog award love and send this off to Angie of Angie All The Way. She has lost an amazing 130 lbs., is a team leader for the Biggest Loser Blog Edition and has a wonderful inspirational blog!
Have a great night everyone!
Putzerella...out :)

23 comments:

Manderz said...

You always come up with such creative meals!

Congrats on your award! I love reading your blog!

Sharon said...

YAH on the award!!! And scrumptious eats!!!

Kari said...

Yep you always amaze with me with your food picks. Just out of curiousity do you make a seperate meal for the rest of the family?

Vickie said...

Your meals look so good! I am going to make a run to Trader Joe's simply to get that long name cereal I see mentioned on your blog!

eco said...

Your cake is so adorable!!!

Graciela said...

Hope you are feeling better! The only time I don't feel like eating is if I feel pukey. Any other illness...bring on the chow! lol

Melissa said...

Great meals!! I have some vitalicious stuff on the way and because of your blog I CAN'T WAIT!!!

Sue said...

So glad you are feeling a little bit better!~ Your food always looks so amazing. You rock, girl! :)

The Incredible Shrinking Family said...

Putzerella- love that name ! My grandmother use to call just doing odd things here and there puttering around the house. And breakfast for dinner- my MIL did this all the time when her kids were growing up. She had 6 , and the thought of making that many pancakes or eggs early on was more than she could stand.

I have to get some of those Vita Tops !

Jen, a priorfatgirl said...

oooohhhh......those corn vita-top muffins are so amazing! I LOVE THEM!

Betsy said...

Love the use of the word putz. :)

Vickie said...

I forgot to say, I sooo know what you mean about not knowing the feeling of being unable to eat! I can be sick with the stomach bug and STILL want to eat!

TJ said...

Congrats on the well-deserved award!

Putzerella, huh? hehehe

Amanda said...

Love the recipes. Thanks!!

Marisa (Trim The Fat) said...

Aw, thanks for the congrats and nice words everyone!

Kari - YES, I do often make a seperate meal - how annoying is that??!! Always trying to make everyone happy - that's me:)

Vickie- It is so good! Shake up the box every time you go to scoop it out so that you'll get the fruits and nuts which tend to hang out on the bottom.

TJ - yeah, Putzerella is the twin sister of Bitcherella who visited you a while ago!!LOL!

T in T.O said...

you have such creative and amazing looking menus all the time Marisa! i look forward to reading your blog daily for inspiration !!

katecooks said...

wow what a great spinach dip recipe! i cant wait to try that one!!

sweetandfit said...

that dip looks so good! congrats on the award - I really hope you feel better too!

Angie All The Way said...

You are so sweet ;-) Thanks so much buddy! Awwwwwwwwwwww *sniff* I'll pay it forward next post ;-)

Your banana cream pie looks YUM-O! Hope your feelin' better tomorrow!

Amanda said...

Marissa - I guess maybe you didn't since you were not feeling well, but did you WI today?? I just love hearing about your success. Makes me want to keep motivated too.

Katie said...

That spinach artichoke dip looks incredible. Hope you feel better soon!

healthydelicious said...

feel better! I've been feeling icky the past 2 days too.

Marisa (Trim The Fat) said...

Amanda - Sad to say, I didn't go to my WW meeting but, I did have to weigh-in for the BLBE challenge. Not pretty; I was up 1.6 lbs. I had a feeling the eats from the day before were going to show up and it did. I feel o.k. though; I know it's not "real weight" mainly just the salty stuff I ate and I should have that off in no time! As you can tell, I go back and forth a lot. That's how my entire weight loss journey has been. Up and down. Two steps forward, one step back. It's frustrating that I keep doing that, but I just keep trying. I know I'll have to do it forever, so no use trying to constantly debunk it. It is what it is and I try to keep moving along!