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Weight Watchers Foodies: What Are You Cooking? Part 2


The previous thread, though a gold mine, is getting long and difficult to navigate. It seems there are enough of us to warrant an ongoing thread, so please...
Share your inspiring, motivating and just plain brilliant (or just plain)ideas for all of your weight conscience meals.

  1. After delivering goodies to a friend, I got home way too late to make the cioppino I'd planned on. A quick pot of brown rice, some stir-fried broccolinini and cabbage and silken cubed tofu, all made for a great last minute meal. I made a black bean-garlic-chile sauce from water and a host of condiments in my fridge and thickened the whole thing with a bit of cornstarch.
    It was a pretty satisfying meal, and came together quickly. All in all, I think 8 or 9 points, accounting for the oil in the sauce.
    The next night or two are work nights for me, but I'm looking forward to more shrimp and that cioppino soon.

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    1. I like to make quinoa salads....the last one I made was quinoa (1 cup uncooked), diced roasted beets, mint, parsley, lemon juice/zest, chopped walnuts and fat free feta (just to save a point...go for regular if you don't care about the point). I think the calculation was 7 points when the completed salad was split between 4 servings. It might be more filling if you added some white beans/chick peas to the salad before dividing it up.

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      1. re: Jeserf

        I'm going to steal this. What a great salad to keep in the fridge for quick, on-the-go meals. I think I'd like it with some canned salmon on top. Dave's salmon is delicious, although quite pricey. I treat myself to it sometimes though.
        Got to go dig out my quinoa!

        1. re: Jeserf

          This is delicous soundig - thanks!

            1. re: sunflwrsdh

              I add the walnuts and the cheese right before I pack it for lunch. That way, they don't mush up the salad. Serving it on top of arugula with some salmon would probably be an excellent light meal

        2. Honey and dijon chicken thighs, roasted with new red potatoes. I've been at goal for 4 years, and this was a hit at our house. Easy and 1 pot to clean.

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          1. re: pine time

            that sounds great, what do you put in the chicken dish?

            we had a cajun rubbed roasted pork loin roast last night with baked sweet potatos and salad. simple and easy, but oh-so-good!

            1. re: jujuthomas

              Really easy and good (altho' I doubled the sauce): 4 (6 ounce) boneless, skinless chx thighs/1/2 tsp salt, divided/fresh ground black pepper/1/4 c Dijon mustard/2 Tbl honey/1 minced shallot/1 Tbl fresh thyme or 1/2 tsp dried/1 lb small red potatoes, halved/ olive oil cooking spray.
              Oven to 375. Sprinkle chx w/ 1/4 tsp salt & pepper. Put in 13x9" baking dish. Combine mustard, honey, shallot, thyme, rub into chx. Add potatoes, spritz w/ olive oil spray. Sprinkle w/ 1/4 tsp s & p. Bake about 50 min, stirring once. (I zapped it under the broiler briefly to brown better). Supposedly serves 4, but the 2 of us ate it all! I also "harvested" the thyme from my kitchen garden, so it was as fresh as can be.
              280 calories/6 g fat/27 g carbs.
              From American Profile, an insert in our newspaper.

              1. re: pine time

                This sounds so good, thanks for providing the nutritional info, too.
                It would be perfect for a busy weeknight, but it may be my Sunday Supper tomorrow after working all day. I may sub the potatoes with cubed sweet potatoes though. I am a ways from goal, and still trying to shed in week four of WW.
                Only 5 lbs lost so far, which is good and I'm happy, but being around food all day at work has made this a bit more challenging. I try to save my cheats for something really good, but last week there seemed to be A LOT of really good things.

                1. re: rabaja

                  Some weeks are just like that. Sigh....I know; I've been losing and gaining the same two point something pounds for the past 3 or 4 weeks. But we will get there:)

            2. re: pine time

              Congratulations on being at goal for 4 years! That's wonderful! Your dijon chicken sounds good too.

            3. I go back and forth with my ww and some of my dh and mine favorite dinners are from when we we were taking ww and losing lbs more seriously. Now though we tend to float back and forth we go all out some months into ww mode. That being said, one of our favorites is salads with a cooked hot protein placed on the greens and I make a dressing or use a bottled (there's alot of good ones now) to zest it up.

              Last week I made a spinach and a roasted panko covered chicken breast with arugula, honey crisp apples, tomatoes, cukes, cucumbers and you can add or change these out.(we added hard boiled eggs to our salad too) I would of added cilantro had I thought of it, it would be perfect.

              The one good find is a low fat, cal dressing form Kraft, Sesame dressing that is sweet, but has sesame taste, and i think goes perfectly with the salad. The heat of the chicken wilts the greens underneath and it really is enjoyable. So the panko stickes, I used a beaten egg white, and white pepper. You could mix it with ginger root, rice vinegar, soy and sesame and let it marinate for a bit. Good recipes don't always happen the first time out, once you have the basic idea you can take it off the chart. In fact I was thinking how good panko crusted shrimp would be! or scallops. yum.

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              1. re: chef chicklet

                Sounds a looks wonderful Chef chicklet! And I just bought that Kraft asian sesame dressing today!

                1. re: chef chicklet

                  Chef Chicklet - how did you prepare the chicken breast? Egg, panko? Did it crisp in the oven or was olive oil used? I am not on this diet yet - have been lurking in the sidelines, and find reading these posts inspirational - so thank you all! I have defrosted chicken breasts for dinner tonight and was considering making them panko crusted topped with chopped arugula, mozz and tomatoes with a balsamic drizzle - but I am now considering a way to bake rather than fry the breasts to be a bit more conservative.

                  1. re: smilingal

                    It's beaten egg white (with a fork), so no egg yolk, either paint the egg white then salt and pepper or dip it, then roll the chicken in panko and pat it on in places missed.
                    Bake at 350 covered for about 15 mins and uncovered the rest. Middle of the oven center of rack. They are moist, and the panko gives it a nice crunch.

                    I'm really anal when I cook. Everyone better have their hands washed and be ready when I say dinner's ready. lol! Really I am like that/. oh but I hate cold food.

                    Anyway I make the salad right before the chicken comes out keep the plates in the fridge, and place the chicken on the greens because it wilts them slightly which is nice, I put 2 T of dressing on and more sometimes...

                    1. re: chef chicklet

                      I will remember trying this for the scallops! I was concerned it wouldn't come out crispy and moist so since we are not yet committed, trying to get over this fence!, I dipped it in breadcrumbs with lots of garlic powder, s+P, parsley and grated parm. cheese, then flash fried it - in oil - to get the crispy then finished it in the oven. I love the way I prepare it with the arugula, tomoatoes, onions, mozz and balsamic reduction. But I will definitely attempt your more "diet" (shh- it's not a diet it's a lifestyle!) friendly version for the scallops as you suggested. Thanks!

                      Edit - BTW - I too, love the wilted salad - so I had mesclun under the chicken with a little plain pasta on the side - no sauce nec on the pasta and it all kind of mixed together yummily!

                      1. re: smilingal

                        I've never tried this technique on scallops. You don't want to over cook the scallops, and I'd be worried the panko wouldn't brown by the time the scallops are done. Anyway, you try it, and let me know it works! I like cold and hot temperatures together with my food. I've made the same salad that you describe, it scrumptions just as you say.
                        I know my full time committment to ww is coming soon, very very soon. What I used to do was save points during the week and then eat what I like on one chosen weekend day,night.
                        Good Luck, please keep sharing ideas with me!

                        1. re: chef chicklet

                          I agree with your concern for the scallops - I actually was just picking up on your suggestion! Scratch the scallops! They are easier anyway without any coating!
                          WW is calling our names!

                  2. re: chef chicklet

                    Great Pic Chef Chicklet! Good ideas. Thanks.

                  3. I don't do weight watchers, but a friend of mine does, and she loved my Thai chicken soup recipe! As such, I think it warrants a post.

                    Coconut Lemongrass Chicken Soup

                    serves 2

                    4 C. low sodium chicken broth
                    1 lemongrass stalk, peeled, trimmed down to 5″ and minced finely
                    1-inch knob galangal root, microplaned
                    1 tsp. sambal oelek chili paste (Huy Fong)
                    1/2 lb. boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into 1″ pieces

                    1 C. (3 oz.) oyster mushrooms, sliced 1/4″ thick
                    1 large carrot, sliced 1/8″ thick on the diagonal
                    3/4 C. light coconut milk (Thai Kitchen)
                    2 1/2 Tbsp. lime juice, freshly squeezed
                    1 Tbsp. fish sauce (Three Crabs)
                    1 tsp. organic cane sugar

                    1/2 C. cilantro leaves
                    2 green onions, sliced thinly on the diagonal

                    1. Heat the broth in a medium (2-1/2 quart) saucepan over a medium-high flame.

                    2. When the broth comes to a boil, add the lemongrass, galangal, sambal oelek, and chicken breast. Turn heat down to medium-low and let simmer for 5 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through.

                    3. Add the mushrooms, sliced carrot, coconut milk, lime juice, fish sauce, and sugar. Turn heat back up to medium-high, let come up to a simmer, then turn down to low and let simmer another 2 minutes or so, until carrots are al dente.

                    5. Ladle the soup into bowls and garnish with cilantro and green onions.

                    1. I just made Rocco DiSpirito's Mushroom Lasagna. It is from his new book "The Now Eat This Diet" and it is great! I even pared it down more--his recipe calls for reduced fat ricotta and reduced fat mozzerella. I used the non-fat and added more pepper. The recipe is a keeper and the added bonus of his book is that he adds all the WW Point equivalents. I checked with my calculator and he is spot on. There are a ton of recipes and I am going to be cooking a lot more from this book!

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                      1. re: jarona

                        he publishes the WW points in the book?? That's great!

                        1. re: jarona

                          That really is great! I will look for that book!

                        2. Oh, you guys are here now! i'm going to post a link on that old thread to this new one for ease of finding it.

                          i'm making this tonight: http://find.myrecipes.com/recipes/rec... looks good, and pretty low in points - 7, from my little WW calculator (which is a piece of crap, by the way. does anyone else have probs with it? it was free, tho, so can't complain. but i would have been pissed if i'd paid for it! anyway, the rice seems to be included as part of the meal, but i'm not sure it's really included in the reckoning of the nutritional info...... so maybe it's more pts. for the rice and peas. i'm excited about sneaking anchovies into a dish my BF will eat!

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                          1. re: mariacarmen

                            Yeah, I have had some issues with the calculator not wanting to turn on, or sometimes not doing anything after I push "points plus", but mostly it works ok. Which is a good thing, because mine was $12 at the at work meeting.
                            your caramel pork sounds amazing!

                            1. re: sunflwrsdh

                              jeeze, return that crap! they told us they would charge $5 for them after the first time. i'm going to take mine in to weigh-in and complain.

                              the pork turned out ok, a little tough. didn't caramelize/thicken as much as i would have liked, even tho i added cornstarch. tasted good, but could have been more assertive - so i'd add more of everything next time. liked the rice with rice vinegar and peas, quite a bit.

                            2. re: mariacarmen

                              I'm making this tonight! Thanks mariacarmen :)

                                1. re: mariacarmen

                                  I actually didn't make it that night - didn't feel like caramelized flavours. However, here's what I made with my tenderloins - 5 pts+ if using the sauce, 4 otherwise. Surprisingly good for so little work...

                                  6 servings -
                                  2 lbs pork tenderloins sliced in 1-in thick medallions
                                  Sear in large pan. Add 1 chopped onion and some herbs, and stir to sauté everything together.
                                  Pour 1 small glass of white wine and deglaze pan (I didn't even remove the meat and onions). Add 1 very generous tablespoon of grainy mustard. Cover, simmer very gently for 10-12 minutes until the meat is cooked to your liking and is tender.

                                  I served with roasted cauliflower with lemon and garlic, and a quinoa pilaf (3 pts+) made as such: brown 1 onion, 2 celery stalks, 1 yellow pepper in 4 tsp oil. Add 1 cup of quinoa and 2 cups of broth (flavour of your choice). Makes 6 - 3/4 cup servings. This pilaf reheats very well so I make a batch over the weekend and we eat it throughout the week.

                            3. I have a suggestion.....when posting points, would anyone mind indicating whether they are old momentum points or new pointsplus? just a thought. i think the honey dijon chicken thighs are probably from momentum but I'm not a 100%

                              anyway....i'm having sicilian rice ball casserole tonight. i got the recipe from gina's skinny taste. it's 8 momentum pts, and 9 points+


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                              1. re: eLizard

                                the skinny taste recipes are all Points + i thought. I calculated the points for the cooking light recipe because they weren't already listed. I think you'll need to translate everything into Points+ points, since that's the program everyone is working now, right?

                                1. re: eLizard

                                  Whenever I post points, it is always in points plus. But I will say "points plus" from now on:)

                                2. A homemade turkey vegetable soup. Clean out the fridge soup. Didn't measure anything..it has turkey, some peas and corn and kidney beans...that's the only ingredients with points, so I have randomly assigned it 3 points plus per cup. Also, 1/2 of a turkey sandwich...about 3 oz white meat turkey on 1 slice of homemade whole wheat bread, with some ff mayo and coarse ground mustard spread on it. 5 points plus. 4 oz white zin. 4 points plus. 2 banana nutella wonton desserts from Slender Kitchen, which were only 1 point each and were very good.

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                                  1. re: sunflwrsdh

                                    that sandwich made me hungry, and i just ate.

                                    1. re: mariacarmen

                                      Leftover roast turkey sandwiches have that effect on everyone I know:)

                                  2. Last night I made my usual sunday dinner of fish for husband, chicken for me but did mashed potatoes my WW way - I throw in chopped celery root to bulk up the mash without adding more potatoes. It goes further and the earthy taste of the celery root totally compliments it the mashed potatoes. I think the points plus 'per serving' the way I input it in to the online builder is like 6PP when I divide the pot in to three servings (husband eats 2, I eat 1)

                                    Tonight I am making Giada's stuffed pepper recipe:

                                    I calculated 7 points plus per pepper (using the recipe builder), so I'm going to serve it on top of a baby romaine salad with some light vinegrette and call it a meal. If it's worth remaking, I'll report back!

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                                    1. re: Jeserf

                                      I lied - by the time I got home and opened my wedding gift from my amazing Danish friend (so sweet!), it was late and I'm testing out the Weight Watchers chili mac recipe - peppers another night. Chili mac it is, and I'll report back. I'm already altering it - soy crumbles, not beef...and adding a little corn for crunch/texture and sweetness. Oh, and I added a serrano pepper!

                                      1. re: Jeserf

                                        that is a GREAT idea, I haven't experimented with celery root at all.

                                      2. Last night I was so exhausted from working all weekend that I actually fell asleep with my computer on my lap with my light on. All I'd managed to make for dinner was a chicken Boca burger with a slice of cheese and some lettuce on a whole wheat bun. It was good, but not the Sunday Supper I was hoping for.
                                        Today the sun is out, I am refreshed and feeling good and think some proper cooking is in order! I am going to give another skinnygirl recipe a try; one that I printed out weeks ago, shared with my crock-pot loving sister, and who's picture I have salivated over, but have not yet managed to make myself. It's this one:
                                        One thing, I don't own a crock-pot, so I'll be starting it on the stove and finishing it in a low oven. Also, I may use b/s thighs instead of breast. I know it will mean more points, but slow cooked breasts seem wrong to me.
                                        My fridge is positively groaning with all the leftover produce I've brought home from work in the last week, so I think a batch of minestrone is in my future as well. With chicken stock and some flageolets or cranberry beans, no pasta.
                                        I treated myself to a martini last night. After a hot shower, it was just the thing to enjoy by the fireplace. I'm sure the martini had nothing to do with me passing out in bed, heehee. No, really.

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                                        1. re: rabaja

                                          fireplace and martinis? Lets swap lives for a day! I'd kill to have a fireplace (and something bigger than 500 sq feet, but that's another story!)

                                          1. re: rabaja

                                            I've had my eye on that recipe too, rajaba, so I will be very interested to hear how you liked it.
                                            I've done the same thing with minestone! It is a great way to clean out the refrigerator.
                                            Martini sounds like a great treat after working all weekend!

                                            1. re: rabaja

                                              Ok, today was the day to make the Santa Fe chicken, it is now bubbling away happily in my oven.
                                              It was super easy to throw together, and I made a few modifications that i hope improve the final dish. I made them because I wanted to use what I had on hand, and I don't really have a need for onion or garlic powder.
                                              So first off, in a dutch oven I sauteed 2 large shallots, and a four inch long piece of green garlic -instead of using the called for 1 tsp of powder. This was sauteed in my olive oil spray until translucent. Then I pitched in a 4 oz can of diced Hatch green chiles, probably more than the recipe calls for, but I've had these in my pantry for a year or so and was ready to bid them adieu.
                                              You basically just throw everything in the crockpot/dutch oven, which I did, except I am adding the scallions and cilantro at the end, after I shred the chicken. With all the other ingredients, and my addition of fresh onions, why cook cilantro and scallions for hours...anyway, moving on.
                                              Ok, so I used homemade chicken stock, a can of black beans and a jar of tomatoes I'd put up last Summer. Oh, and frozen corn, which I love and never think to cook with.
                                              It calls for a teaspoon each of cumin and cayenne, which, in hindsight I wished I'd fried a bit with the onions and garlic, but c'est la vie.
                                              I bought a package of boneless, skinless thighs for this dish. I love me some breast meat, but not cooked like this. It calls for 1 1/2 lbs breast, I used 1 lb. thigh. Can't I just call the points even? Tell me if the answer is no, I'm just being lazy and it hurts my head sometimes to figure out points for meat.
                                              Seasoned the meat and broth with a bit of salt, brought it all to a good boil and into a 325F oven, cover on. I plan to turn the oven off after an hour or so and just leave it in there while I go to my exercise class. I figure the residual heat will keep it safe, and I should return to shred-worthy chicken meat. Or so I hope.
                                              Smells good so far. I plan to have it over bulgur, with a simple salad on the side. Truthfully, I will probably put the salad at the bottom of my bowl, with a little bulgur and then a cup of the hot chicken stew on top.

                                              1. re: rabaja

                                                Sounds yummy..I will be trying this in the near future...and, yes, I think you can just call the points even. There's no skin, and you used a lesser amount of thigh meat. I know what you mean about that whole figuring out of points thing being hurtful to your head....I made the kidney bean and quinoa salad, which has only 5 ingredients....cooked quinoa, kidney beans (equal parts of those...2 cups each) diced red onion, basil, lemon juice and olive oil (1/2 cup). I don't know how many servings that makes...I put some in a cup container and took it to work and ate it for lunch...container wasn't full....too lazy..whatever to figure out points...maybe like...4? Anyway, ate it during my WW meeting (and I lost 1 lb this week!....seemingly endless yo-yo ing has hopefully stopped) so after today...a new week begins, so not a big deal to have to figure it out today...will do so before the next time I eat it:)

                                                1. re: rabaja

                                                  rabaja - that sounds yummy! Was it?

                                                  1. re: smilingal

                                                    It was delicious! Seriously, it was very satisfying, incredibly easy and nicely spiced.
                                                    I can see having the leftovers in a corn tortilla, maybe rolled and covered with a slice of cheese to make a faux enchilada. I'm kind of amazed that the points for one cup were so low, 4 points+.
                                                    I'm having trouble posting my photo, will try again later.

                                                    1. re: rabaja

                                                      is the recipe on line? I searched - and came up with many different ones.

                                                      1. re: smilingal

                                                        It's a Gina recipe from Skinnytaste.com


                                                        By the way, I just had a bit for lunch, over a chicken tamale, it was great.
                                                        Our neighborhood tamale man came through this afternoon and I ran out to get three to bring to my friends this afternoon. They are good, but I don't buy them often. I mostly just love the idea of having a neighborhood tamale man!
                                                        Anyway, I caved and ate a chicken tamale with a scoop of mostly beans and corn from the stew over the top. Now I have to go look at how many points I used up for that. At least I have an exercise class tonight.
                                                        It WAS really good, thank you, tamale man.

                                                        1. re: rabaja

                                                          thanks so much for the recipe - -- and lucky girl you - a hot tamale man! I know - I had to interject that "hot" - but still - what a treat to have a tamale man circulate the neighborhood. I actually never heard of this! I am thinking it is like the good humor man!!

                                                          1. re: smilingal

                                                            Actually the 'door-to-door' tamale person is pretty popular in the SW USA. More traditional during the holiday season but ALWAYS appreciated. Good tamales are a lot of work to make. And glad you enjoyed Rabaja!

                                              2. the WW recipe for chili mac was REALLY good. It made a huge pot - I could not have 1 cup of it, it was that good. I had 2, which for the amount of food was only 14 points. After a good work out, that's a decent meal - I usually allocate 15 points for dinner, give or take a couple, since we rarely eat meat and grains/tofu/beans are a little higher in points for the amount that fills me up.

                                                I recommend the meal - it was really good and I can't wait to have the leftovers tomorrow at lunch when the flavors have married. I DID measure 1 cup to take to lunch :)

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                                                1. re: Jeserf

                                                  recipe for Cheesy Chili Mac (we swapped out soy crumbles for the beef, and hubby added a laughing cow chipotle wedge which, when it melted, was actually a wonderful addition if you don't want the cheddar - I stole the idea for my lunch leftovers)

                                                  Course: main meals
                                                  PointsPlus™ Value: 7
                                                  Servings: 8
                                                  Preparation Time: 16 min
                                                  Cooking Time: 28 min
                                                  Level of Difficulty: Easy

                                                  A hearty meal in a bowl. It's full of great stuff like lean beef, pinto beans and chili peppers. Turn leftovers into burritos.

                                                  1 spray(s) cooking spray
                                                  2/3 pound(s) raw lean ground beef
                                                  2 medium onion(s), chopped
                                                  29 oz canned stewed tomatoes, Mexican-style (undrained)
                                                  2 1/2 cup(s) canned tomato juice
                                                  4 oz canned green chili peppers, diced, drained
                                                  2 tsp chili powder
                                                  1 1/2 cup(s) uncooked macaroni, elbow-size
                                                  31 oz canned pinto beans, rinsed and drained
                                                  1/2 cup(s) low-fat shredded cheddar cheese

                                                  * Coat a large skillet with cooking spray; set over medium-high heat. Cook beef and onion until meat is browned, stirring and breaking up meat with a spoon as it cooks, about 10 minutes; drain off fat.

                                                  * Stir in undrained tomatoes and their juice, tomato juice, chili peppers and chili powder; bring mixture to a boil.

                                                  * Stir in macaroni and beans; return to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until macaroni is tender, about 15 minutes. Spoon chili into bowls and sprinkle with cheese. Yields about 1 cup chili and 1 tablespoon cheese per serving.

                                                  1. re: Jeserf

                                                    That sounds so good! I will be making this once I wade my way through my pot of Santa Fe chicken.

                                                    1. re: rabaja

                                                      It's a definite make-ahead keeper if you're a make-ahead person (I'm not).

                                                      1. re: Jeserf

                                                        I am a make ahead person, sort of by necessity. Feeding 6 people, 2 of whom are small children who need to eat by 5:30 or 6 (and I almost never get home before 5), one picky weight watcher following daughter, and 2 meat loving men. full time job, with variable schedule, and need to pack breakfasts, lunches and sometimes dinners for me for work. Yep, make ahead sort of person That's me. This recipe does sound like a keeper!

                                                    2. re: Jeserf

                                                      what what what? Chipotle laughing cow cheese?? where do they have such a magical thing??

                                                      1. re: mariacarmen

                                                        I was actually wondering that too. Sounds like a good one to throw into the rotation: melted in a quesadilla, in scrambled eggs, in enchiLADAS!!!

                                                        1. re: rabaja

                                                          Yes - Laughing Cow chipotle queso fresco. We get it at Wegmans - not sure if we have purchased it anywhere else. It's pretty good for 1 point.

                                                          1. re: Jeserf

                                                            wah, no Wegman's here. Why would LC not sell that in such a latino-populated state like CA?

                                                            1. re: mariacarmen

                                                              they might! Call around to larger supermarkets and target/walmart - maybe they have it!

                                                              1. re: Jeserf

                                                                I will be on the lookout for this too. Target bound in the coming days.

                                                                1. re: rabaja

                                                                  good thinking, Jeserf, thanks.
                                                                  Rabaja, let me know what your sleuthing turns up, and I'll do the same!

                                                                  1. re: rabaja

                                                                    Looked at Target in Walnut Creek Sunday, no luck.
                                                                    Not giving up though!
                                                                    WW has been a great excuse to go into all the supermarkets I never really shop at. Now Lucky's, Safeways, Raley's and the like are all shiny beacons that promise a wealth of items with Points on their labels!
                                                                    One thing I wonder, why hasn't a place like Trader Joes contracted with WW to provide info on their labels? It's in most states across the country, and I was so surprised to not find TJ items in the WW nutrional data base.
                                                                    It would help me more than all of the Kraft and fast food info they have in there.

                                                                    1. re: rabaja

                                                                      there was an independent website page that i printed once, years ago, with a ton of TJ items and their points, but they would be out-of-date now, products-wise and points-wise.... i just tried googling it but came up with nothing. i think because TJs changes its stock so often (you know, they sometimes stop carrying your fave thing?) that they can't do that, maybe?

                                                                      1. re: rabaja

                                                                        They just started advertising pretty heavily, so maybe it will be more available now!

                                                            2. re: mariacarmen

                                                              check the LC website, i'm sure they have a product finder. We get it in the dairy case at our Giant here in PA.

                                                              1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                CHIPOTLE LAUGHING COW CHEESE SIGHTING.
                                                                Sorry for yelling, but this is very important business...
                                                                At Lucky's in Sonoma I saw the space where it WOULD have been if they hadn't been SOLD OUT.
                                                                I am getting warmer, I can feel it.
                                                                Trying to think where a Lucky's is in SF? I also wonder if Cala Foods would have it? It's sad how janky Cala has become, but they seem like they'd have it.

                                                                1. re: rabaja

                                                                  THANKS RABAJA - I TOTALLY SHARE YOUR ENTHUSIASM!!! maybe safeway too? oh there's a Lucky's by my dad's house in the east bay!!! i'll check it out.

                                                                  people are hoarding them, I CAN FEEL IT! i want a shot at some hoarding too! THANKS AGAIN!!

                                                          2. no cooking tonight...took 5 yo grand daughter to her dance class, which meets from 5:30-6:30, and which she takes with her 4 yo cousin, who has been on vacation for a week, and sorely missed. Their favorite thing to do after dance is have supper at McDonald's, because of the play place. ( I'm not so much worried about them eating there...they order chicken nugget happy meals, and then off to play..seldom eat much!) So..honey mustard grilled chicken snack wrap.....6 points (not worth it!) making my two favorite little girls (who will be performing "Has Anybody Seen My Gal?" in their recital, and will sometimes randomly break into a duet of it!) happy...priceless!

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                                                            1. re: sunflwrsdh

                                                              love this! ---- I came back to edit to say --- I feel like this is facebook - there was no Like button to click.

                                                              1. re: smilingal

                                                                I know.sometimes I think there should be a like or a "yumm" button too!

                                                              2. re: sunflwrsdh

                                                                That is adorable. If we were on Facebook you could post a video of it too.

                                                              3. Tonight I FINALLY made Giada's stuffed peppers:

                                                                Input in to the online recipe builder gave me 7 points, but I put in 8 on my tracker just for good measure.

                                                                Followed everything to a T but the tomatoes - I bought already diced stewed tomatoes with 'Italian'. Oh, and I added red pepper flakes. It was good. A little boring, but VERY filling - even by husband couldn't finish two peppers. I only made 4 and we have leftover stuffing for a couple of lunches - I'll take a whole pepper to lunch tomorrow because the actual pepper is the insanely filling part. I'd think this would be an excellent nice fall lunch vs. a dinner.

                                                                I served with a salad including roasted beets and some walnuts and homemade (duhh) Parmesan crisps (they're a point each). The combos made a good light meal all together.

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                                                                1. re: Jeserf

                                                                  Sounds like a great supper, Jeserf!

                                                                2. Home made pizza, with my husband's home made whole wheat exceptionally thin crust. ( He made the dough, I prepared the pizzas....and what I did with his dough, which came out great, was roll it out with a rolling pin, like a pie crust. I was able to get it rolled out thinner than by stretching/patting it into the pizza pan. Topped with tomato sauce (really just plain canned Tutorrosa tomato sauce), combination of fat free mozzarella and 2% mixed shredded Italian cheeses, roasted red pepper strips, thinly sliced onion rings, and about 1/4 lb total of some mixed Italian cold cuts I had in the freezer from an antipasto I had made awhile back... dry salami, genoa salami and cappicola, and a few sliced black olives. Very good pizza, and I would give the meat one 6 points a slice. Served with a green salad, romaine, some mixed baby artisan lettuces, thinly sliced cucumbers and onion, a couple of chunks of roma tomatoes, topped with some fat free feta. A glass of Chianti. A skinny cow ice cream sandwich for dessert.

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                                                                  1. re: sunflwrsdh

                                                                    Sounds good! I can't make pizza because I'll totally need more than once slice. I used to make a pizza with a balsamic fig spread, halloumi, sliced pears, walnuts and honey. It was bangin'. But file that under why I'm doing WW :)

                                                                    1. re: Jeserf

                                                                      OMG! Sounds heavenly. Guess I shouldn't ask for the recipe! :(

                                                                      1. re: smilingal

                                                                        I buy everything! The fig spread and haloumi from whole foods, etc. It would probably be a very good panini.

                                                                        I also used to make a very spicy one with fresh mozz and sauteed onions/serranos/pepper flakes. But alas...no more!

                                                                      2. re: Jeserf

                                                                        I hear you on the pizza thing.
                                                                        I used to keep Amy's roasted vegetable pizza's around for days when I worked from sun-up to sun-down. -I know, it's nowhere as good as homemade, but it was my attempt at "healthy" junk food, and I like the roasted artichokes and caramelized onions. Pretty good with some ranch too!- Anyway, I tracked the points on one of those suckers and, Wow, that right there could be the cause of my second butt.

                                                                        1. re: rabaja

                                                                          yeah I have pizza, but usually at a restaurant to avoid eating a whole pie, and to ensure I'm at least eating good stuff (we have a few neopolitan style places I enjoy in DC), but VERY rarely. delivery is tasty, too, but I'll eat 3-4 slices, easy. And just because there's pineapple chunks on it doesn't make it healthy :)

                                                                    2. Tonight was tacos. I found some fat free taco shells (which I wasn't awfully pleased with after trying them...they fell apart really easily) browned some of our home ground sirloin, (which my husband trims before he grinds to about 97 or 98% fat free) 2% Mexican shredded cheese, some diced tomatoes and thinly shredded lettuce, pico de gallo and fat free sour cream. They were fast easy and ok. I'm not a big taco fan, but the kids (usually) like them and I (usually) don't have to make something else for them. Tonight, however, 2 year old grandson said "No tacos. I want eggs. Eggs are his favorite food these days. His mom said, "No. We are having tacos." I compromised and made him a scrambled egg taco, with Mom's permission. He ate every bite:)

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                                                                      1. re: sunflwrsdh

                                                                        mmm scrambled egg taco! sounds delish.

                                                                        1. re: jujuthomas

                                                                          He loved it and ate every bite:)

                                                                      2. Funny that this is coming up on my screen.
                                                                        I'm going to get out my 3 WW cookbooks and cook that way for my family until we head for Hawaii 1st of July.
                                                                        I won't tell the family. I'll just hope they feel better and drop a pound or 2.
                                                                        Bathing suits are so skimpy and hearts are hard to replace.
                                                                        Raising my cup to healthy eating.

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                                                                        1. re: iL Divo

                                                                          I cook mostly WW friendly recipes for my family..but it doesn't really matter what I cook; my grandchildren often want something else, and I tend to indulge them (Just a bit:) Their mom sometimes wants something else as well, and I have tended to indulge her for almost 33 years:) They don't want something else because we are eating Weight Watcher friendly food, they just want something else. Anyway, we have actually enjoyed most of the healthier, weight watcher friendly foods I've been cooking. I don't really cook a lot of different foods, just lighter versions, and if it isn't something particularly light, my daughter (who is also following the plan) and I just eat smaller portions to fit it into the plan. Also, we usually have a large salad with dinner. Enjoy your trip to Hawaii!

                                                                          1. re: iL Divo

                                                                            good plan, and it always helps to have a goal to shoot for...

                                                                          2. The BF made this tonight: http://www.skinnytaste.com/2011/03/ch...

                                                                            I loved it! great flavor, tho simple. the chicken came out tender and juicy. I loved the tang of the wine and the garlicky-ness, I think this may be my favorite skinny taste recipe so far. He said it was very simple to make, too. served with 3 tbls. of mashed potatoes and salad. Yum.

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                                                                            1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                              Maria - 3 TBS of mashed?? GOOD FOR YOU GIRL!

                                                                              1. re: smilingal

                                                                                Seriously, it's not as Spartan as it seems. it turns out to be plenty!

                                                                                1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                  If you make your own mashed, a trick I use to bulk it up without the points is to add celery root to it. I put the celery root in to boil about 10 min before the potato because it's tougher, and mash it all together. It's excellent that way in terms of taste and amount you can have!

                                                                                  1. re: Jeserf

                                                                                    yeah, i saw you posted that somewhere - it sounds excellent and I'm going to try it. just have to find some - none in my local latino markets, have to go to the big market.

                                                                                    1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                      in case you don't know, it is also called celeriac. I can't find it at my regular market, I buy it at Whole Foods or Wegmans.

                                                                                      1. re: Jeserf

                                                                                        yep, know it. i have WF, Berkeley Bowl, Rainbow Grocery all nearish me - just need to get to one. Thanks!

                                                                                    2. re: Jeserf

                                                                                      Cauliflower also works to bulk up mashed potatoes. We like pureed cauliflower as much as mashed potatoes.

                                                                                      1. re: scubadoo97

                                                                                        i've done pure cauliflower purees, with a bit of parm regg on them. yum.

                                                                                2. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                  Sounds really great. I've done 3 tbsp mashed potatoes too, and you're right, it isn't that bad.

                                                                                3. Tonight's dinner was nothing special...leftovers eaten at work. tossed salad, quinoa and kidney bean salad, that I'm really not crazy about, and turkey veg soup and a vanilla fat free yogurt.

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                                                                                  1. re: sunflwrsdh

                                                                                    i've been in a rut. next week I'm going to pull something wonderful off Skinnytaste (or make the chili mac Jeseref posted above). Dh is CRAZY about the skinnytaste oven fried chicken, I've done it 3 times in the last 3 weeks! it is tasty, this time I used 1 cup breadcrumbs and 1 heaping Tblsp of our home made cajun seasoning blend. it was just enough spice and heat, and the chicken comes out so moist. we'll have the last of that with a salad tonight before we hit the road for a weekend with the family.

                                                                                    1. re: jujuthomas

                                                                                      The oven fried chicken sounds great. I have a bone-in chicken breast I may turn into "tenders" and try this out for dinner tonight. Do you use the mayo called for? I am thinking a mixture of dijon and buttermilk could work too, although it may not stick as well.

                                                                                      1. re: rabaja

                                                                                        I do use the mayo. I was skeptical at first, but it's really good! and it makes the breadcrumbs stick really well so you get a nice thick coating.

                                                                                        1. re: jujuthomas

                                                                                          I made this and it was quite good. However, I was out of mayo so I thinned down some Greek yogurt with a liitle skim milk until the mixture was the consistency of buttermilk. Seasoned it well and the coating stuck perfectly.

                                                                                      2. re: jujuthomas

                                                                                        Your chicken sounds amazing! I'll have to try that soon. Picky eater daughter is also following the WW plan, and chicken is one of her favorite foods. We make our own cajun seasoning blend also!

                                                                                        1. re: jujuthomas

                                                                                          I, too, am in a cooking rut. Maybe I'll try this oven fried chicken recipe tonight with the boneless, skinless thighs that are defrosting. Oven baked sweet potato fries and some slaw to make it seem like a backyard summer meal ought to give us a boost.
                                                                                          Thanks for the inspiration!

                                                                                          1. re: Nicolette S

                                                                                            I made the Skinnytaste oven fried chicken and we really liked it. For some reason I don't seem to make oven fried chicken often, not sure why not. It was a nice change and delicious treat for us. Went the all-out lazy way and just baked sweet potatoes and roasted some broccoli. We'll have this again!
                                                                                            oh, I didn't use as much salt as called for. Still great. Thanks for the recipe!

                                                                                      3. cop out dinner tonight - hubby had leftover tuna noodle casserole and I had canadian bacon and scrambled eggs. I usually don't eat whole eggs, only whites, but tonight whole eggs and MAN the points add up - 4 points for 2 egg? I should have looked first!

                                                                                        bagel thin and cottage cheese and fruit salad.

                                                                                        It actually ended up being really good despite more points than I would have liked. I try to eat light on Fridays - I'm a Saturday morning weigh in person.

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                                                                                        1. re: Jeserf

                                                                                          Don't feel so bad, I'm getting ready to eat my weight in homemade cornbread. :)

                                                                                          1. re: rabaja

                                                                                            Homemade cornbread sounds wonderful!

                                                                                          2. re: Jeserf

                                                                                            what I do is scramble one whole egg and one egg white...then it is the right color and texture for scrambled eggs:)
                                                                                            I hope your weigh in goes well:)

                                                                                            1. re: sunflwrsdh

                                                                                              I love that combo. Sometimes I do one egg with two white, very filling.
                                                                                              One scramble I've grown to really love and crave is scrambled eggs with cottage cheese.
                                                                                              I warm up a measured amount of cottage cheese (lately, 125 g), and when the liquid is evaporated somewhat I stir in two or three beaten egg whites.
                                                                                              The cottage cheese continues to give off quite a bit of liquid, so you can either leave it on low to evaporate, or drain it before putting into your bowl. It is just a very light yet filling scramble, and easy as can be.
                                                                                              It doesn't need salt, as the cottage cheese seems to add enough, but a little fresh pepper brings it all together. You could top this with salsa or hot sauce, but I usually enjoy it plain.
                                                                                              It reminds me of a Hungarian dish we had growing up that my Mom would serve with egg noodles. Basically sour cream and cottage cheese with pasta. The first dish you ate with salt and pepper, the second with poppyseeds and sugar. The latter was dessert!
                                                                                              This may explain why I wanted to go to the Diet Center as an adolescent...

                                                                                              1. re: rabaja

                                                                                                Did you call it luckshen (sp?) cheese and butter? I had a hungarian grandmother who also served noodles with cabbage.

                                                                                                1. re: rabaja

                                                                                                  I'm going to try your egg white and cottage cheese dish this weekend, sounds great, and I'm always looking for ways to get in a dairy serving.

                                                                                            2. I didn't cook anything today. I did make a tossed salad, which i brought to work, along with a Smart Ones Fettucini Alfredo with broccoli, which was not as bad as I thought it would be. When I got home, though, i had a nice treat. Glass of Chianti, and a small plate with 8 Special K crackers (which are quite tasty!) spread with 1 wedge of laughing cow light swiss, a sliced apple and some grapes. Enjoyed that way more then my dinner and only 3 points for the food and 4 for the wine.
                                                                                              This weekend, I'm planning to make the following:
                                                                                              Ina Garten's Outrageous Brownies
                                                                                              " " Lemon Bars
                                                                                              Cooking Light Carrot Cupcakes
                                                                                              Skinny Kitchen Chicken Enchiladas for Saturday's dinner, with exrtas for one week night's meal as well
                                                                                              Slow Roasted Sirloin, which I will dry brine first
                                                                                              Roasted Garlic Mashed potatoes
                                                                                              Carrots for Sunday's dinner
                                                                                              More Gina's skinny kitchen spinach meatballs,seasoned a little more like Swedish meatballs and I will come up with a lightened version of Swedish meatball sauce, which will be served with whole wheat noodles and tossed salad later in the week
                                                                                              Chicken noodle soup, with whole wheat noodles and heavy on the vegetables ( using the broth created by slow-cooking the chicken breasts for the enchiladas)
                                                                                              The brownies and the lemon bars are for my mom to take to my aunt and uncle, who is undergoing post stroke rehab. I will keep some really tiny pieces for dessert for us.
                                                                                              The carrot cake cupcakes will be made in miniature muffin pans, and the recipe is for a sheet cake, of which 1/16th is 9 points plus. I'm hoping to get the mini cupcakes down to 3 points plus each.
                                                                                              Looking forward to cooking this weekend:)

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                                                                                              1. re: sunflwrsdh

                                                                                                wow lady, you were busy! no cooking here for the last two days (well, the BF has been cooking during the week lately) - happy hour last night that got waaaay too happy (pts galore!) and then sushi out tonight. tomorrow, have a lunch date with MAC-N-CHEESE. back on track Sunday!

                                                                                                1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                  Yes, pretty busy. Brownies and lemon bars are done. Chicken enchiladas were made and eaten. Beef is dry brining in the fridge. more beef waiting to be trimmed and ground by dear husband, and then I will be making at least a double batch of Gina's skinny kitchen spinach meatballs, can't keep those in the house!I'll do the carrot cupcakes in the morning as well, and the chicken noodle soup. I try to cook ahead as much as I can for the week, especially this week, I will have two 1pm-9pm days again.
                                                                                                  I hear you about the Happy Hour....I love Happy Hours, and that has been my points downfall on more than one occasion! (One exceptionally happy afternoon/evening led to 54 points. That I could remember to count:) But it is great at the time.....And then you can get back on track.

                                                                                              2. Met 10% goal today. Wheee.
                                                                                                Not cooking tonight, but as on Saturdays I usually eat a bit more/treat myself...so as my reward today I'm going to try to avoid going TOO far in to weeklies to see how that works :)

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                                                                                                1. re: Jeserf

                                                                                                  Congrats! That's great, enjoy your weekend!

                                                                                                  It really does work, doesn't it? I am trying to track everything and I can really see where my portions sizes had gotten too big. That, and now choosing leaner proteins over fattier favorites that I'd begun to eat too often.

                                                                                                  As far as my cornbread, I did have 3 1/2 ounces, no butter, it was warm out of the oven and didn't need it. Worth all 9 points! Gotta reward being strong all week.

                                                                                                  1. re: rabaja

                                                                                                    I started on 5 December and have only gained twice...during this time, we have Christmas (I'm Jewish but still lots of goodies everywhere!), the death of my grandmother, Valentines, Wedding weekend, my 30th birthday...and only 2 minor gains. I'm holding my breath because I feel like our bodies don't work in 7 day increments so one is just around the corner if I don't up my cardio....but still, so far, so good. And with the rare occasion, I'm pretty much never hungry. This program does work far better than any other I've ever tried.

                                                                                                    1. re: Jeserf

                                                                                                      Jeserf - so sorry to hear about your grandmother. You were lucky to have so many treasured years with her!
                                                                                                      Keep up the great work! I will get there - one of these days!

                                                                                                    2. re: rabaja

                                                                                                      Yes, it really does work. And it's important to me that you are the one making all of the decisions about what you will eat. I think that is what trains you in eating healthy and leads to success.
                                                                                                      And yeah, you definitely have to treat yourself once in awhile. I love that that's built right into the program!

                                                                                                    3. re: Jeserf

                                                                                                      Congratulations on your 10%, Jersef! That is wonderful! Go you!

                                                                                                    4. Dinner last night was frozen yogurt, out in the East Bay with some girlfriends. I tried to add up the points and I think it was basically a point per ounce. Anyone else figured out fro yo points? I know it can vary.
                                                                                                      This was a pretty cool, new place in Walnut Creek, but there smallest size was still a pretty good bucket (tsk, tsk). It was self serve though, so you have some control. IF you have some control, haha. They were kind enough to dig up nutritional info for me -yes, I've become THAT person. Best I could tell was 4 oz was about 4 points.
                                                                                                      Tonight I'm at work. Work = the place with fatty, fried and otherwise, big girl food. Especially tonight, as it's a NCAA boy's party night. I am going in with a salad, some bulgur and lots of good intentions.

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                                                                                                      1. re: rabaja

                                                                                                        <Tonight I'm at work. Work = the place with fatty, fried and otherwise, big girl food. Especially tonight, as it's a NCAA boy's party night. I am going in with a salad, some bulgur and lots of good intentions.>

                                                                                                        Oh, goodness; I feel your pain. This is my trouble, too. You'd think I'd LOSE weight running around a restaurant 4 nights a week, but no...

                                                                                                        That fried food and the accompanying alcohol are doing me in. Need to start bringing meals to work more consistently.

                                                                                                        1. re: ChristinaMason

                                                                                                          I am finding planning ahead and yes, bringing meals, is key.
                                                                                                          Last night I made dinner out of 3 oz of sliced turkey (real turkey, sliced for sandwiches), some asparagus and one small piece of fried chicken. A boneless, skinless quarter-breast, so it was more of a tender.
                                                                                                          I waited until my work was largely done, picked out a piece (I'd been smelling and eyeing it all evening), sat down with it, and thoroughly enjoyed it.
                                                                                                          It was Mary's chicken and made with love by my good friend who is an excellent cook, so totally worth it.
                                                                                                          I put it in at 5 points, hope I'm not kidding myself.
                                                                                                          Tomorrow there is talk of brisket for family meal. I will be packing some lean protein and sides for sure!
                                                                                                          Oh, and I totally stopped taking the proffered champagne/wine/tequila that many have at the end of their shift -or in the middle, to be totally honest. Just not worth the calories, plus I don't stay focused on my work when drinking AND I now have a 1hour drive home. All good reasons to wait until I get home and treat myself to a glass of wine.

                                                                                                      2. I finally decided that today was the day to get back to WW, and I have to say that seeing this thread inspired me.

                                                                                                        For lunch today, I made a really delicious Pasta Fagioli for 5 points.

                                                                                                        I briefly sauteed two finely chopped cloves of garlic in a pot with a spray of Pam, then added a can of cannelini beans and about a half cup of chopped tomatoes ( I used the Pomi in the carton, which comes chopped). To that I added a good amount of red pepper flakes, a healthy pintch of oregano and some salt and let that cook. Meanwhile, I cooked some whole wheat fussili and when almost done, added it to the beans with some of the pasta water to finish cooking. I have enough for 2 1/2 servings, and according to the calculator, that is 5 points+. Very satisfying, indeed.

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                                                                                                        1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                          sounds great rox! Good luck on the program!

                                                                                                          1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                            Your Pasta Fagioli sounds great, and I'm glad you're joining us, Roxlet.

                                                                                                            1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                              that looks terrific and so simple! thanks for sharing.

                                                                                                              1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                The WW thread I first read here on Chowhound was what made me check out the website and initially sign-up.
                                                                                                                Your post particularly spoke to me, I think I just related to what you wrote. Anyway, you absolutely inspired me to start WW, so thank you!

                                                                                                                1. re: rabaja

                                                                                                                  My goodness, you're welcome! I have been struggling to get with the program for months now, and it is so difficult when you have a husband who loves to cook. This morning he took a chicken out of the freezer to defrost and said, "Maybe I'll make a chicken pot pie tonight." Now, when he makes a chicken pot pie, I can assure you that it is not something you can easily account for with points +! He always says that I should just eat a smaller portion, which would be more practical if a) I wasn't so hungry by the time he gets dinner on the table (rarely before 8:30 or 9PM), or b) it wasn't so damn delicious!

                                                                                                                  1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                    this is so funny - my BF made CPP last night, his first time! it was delicious, and he used puff pastry which he cut into little biscuit-like forms. he served me a 3 oz serving and it was FANTASTIC! nothing pt. friendly about it, but that serving, according to the website calculator was 4 pts, and it was soooooo good that i had another tablespoon of both the filling and the pastry, which i calculated to be another 1.5 pts., just for good measure. i was completely satisfied, with a salad alongside, and then worked out later on, so i do believe you can do high pts-item things if you're able to cut down the portion. i know i don't do that when i go out, but at home it's much easier to do. (and yes, roxlet, i could not wait til 8:30 or 9:00 to eat!)

                                                                                                                    1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                      I've been doing some of the "intense portion control" lately. We actually do sort of a combination of low point suppers, and "regular" meals which I intensely portion control. The roasted garlic mashed potatoes with aged gouda that I made on Sunday were lightened up by using a buttermilk mix (saco) and fat free sour cream and no butter, but then I added some grated aged gouda. So..probably like 5 points for 1/2 cup. I had 2 tablespoons, so probably 2 points worth. Also, the carrot cake I made was from Cooking Light, but was still 9 pp for 1/16th of the cake. So.....mini carrot cupcakes, which we figured at 3 points each. Both of those chicken pot pies sound great!

                                                                                                              2. I just made Asian Glazed Drumsticks from skinnytaste, they are so good I can't stop eating them! I just keep retallying my points!

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                                                                                                                1. re: EllenGanssle

                                                                                                                  Lol when I read your post, because I've done that on occasion too. My tracker has had cross outs on many occasions! Asian glazed drumsticks sound yummy!

                                                                                                                2. not a great dinner tonight - in my head it was better. Mine, anyway - hubby ate everything on his plate. I didn't get to Wegmans this weekend, so I was out of it.

                                                                                                                  1 piece of whole foods cilantro chicken sausage, roasted asparagus, a little of some sort of frozen butternut squash, cranberry and spinach thing from Wegman's freezer section (icky) and a salad of spring onion, tomatoes, cucumbers, basil, serrano pepper and 1/4 avocado.

                                                                                                                  Everything just didn't go well - the serrano was too much for a salad.

                                                                                                                  Tomorrow, the Weight Watchers baked eggplant parm over pasta which is AMAZING:

                                                                                                                  I LOVE that recipe

                                                                                                                  ETA: The dinner was capped off with the rest of the container of Stonyfield Farms cookies and cream FroYo. Now THAT's good stuff

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                                                                                                                  1. re: Jeserf

                                                                                                                    I've had dinners like that too, Jerserf, where it seemed like it would be better than it actually turned out to be. Glad your dessert was good:)

                                                                                                                  2. So...another Monday night dance class with five year old grand daughter, and out to dinner after. I started to get a little excited at first, because the little girls decided to let my 8-year old nephew have a turn in selecting where we would go for dinner, and he doesn't especially like McDonald's either. but....apparently he does love KFC. So that's where we went tonight. I was pleasantly surprised by one thing...the 2-piece grilled chicken only had 7 points, and I only ate 2 points worth of coleslaw. Oh, well, in two weeks, it will be my turn to pick where we go to eat:)

                                                                                                                    1. I am thinking of making a nice big batch of Chinese Chicken Salad. I have some breasts to use up, which will get poached and shredded, and I will make salad mix of green cabbage, maybe some romaine too, carrots, celery and red pepper if it looks good at the store. Oh, and some chopped peanuts or cahews for crunch and satiety.

                                                                                                                      I finally opened this Newman's Own dressing I purchased last month, and it's pretty good. It's the Sesame Ginger low-fat dressing, and it instantly said CCSalad to me when I tasted it Sunday.

                                                                                                                      I have to say, I've been a little wary of all the bottled dressings I've looked at. They all seem to be full of fake stuff, but the Newman's was approachable for me. I usually make my own dressing, but I've been getting sick of simple red wine vinegar and olive oil, and I can't really use enough oil to balance them properly. Once in a while, I am fine with my vinaigrettes, but the low-fat, bottled saves me points, and is super convenient to boot.

                                                                                                                      Any dressings anyone has discovered and loved, please share!

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                                                                                                                      1. re: rabaja

                                                                                                                        it's so true about needing the olive oil to balance the dressing out. last night the BF (i know, can't shut up about him!) made my lemon/dijon/shallot vinaigrette, but he added less oil than i would have, in an effort to be pt. friendly. the result was way too tangy. i prefer to add more oil and just take a smaller portion. if you dress a salad for two in 1 tbs. of dressing, the olive oil does not comprise the entirety of that tbs., so even tho a tbs. of oil would be 4 pts., i figure per salad serving at most i'm getting 1 or 2 pts, especially when you consider that some of the dressing ends up in the bowl and not on your plate.

                                                                                                                        1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                          Yes, I've choked down one or two too tart salads in the name of saving points. Not worth it if it puts you off salads.
                                                                                                                          I love seeing the dressing, sauce, cream at the bottom of my bowl. The other night I decided I'd barely ingested the cream because most of it was still in the bowl when I'd finished my pasta. -This kind of deluded thinking is what made my pants get tight in the first place, but I totally see your point in terms of salad dressings. I'm not going to sweat over a little olive oil. It wasn't SALADS that got me fat. ;)
                                                                                                                          ps I love hearing about the BF and his WW (and otherwise) cooking efforts!

                                                                                                                          1. re: rabaja

                                                                                                                            I have done the same, and you are absolutely right....it's not worth it if it puts you off salads. Take the extra point or even two if you need to. I had the eewww...too tart experience when I was trying to use those nasty spray dressing things....I don't like them at all. I also agree that the bottled dressings are a huge convenience...I take salad to work almost every day, and bringing a bottle, especially a plastic bottle of dressing (which the Kraft ones are) is very easy.

                                                                                                                        2. re: rabaja

                                                                                                                          Went searching on Gina's skinnytaste website for CCS, and lo and behold:
                                                                                                                          See, I knew Gina and I were tight. I bet she even reads me on Chowhound.
                                                                                                                          I know it's not the same thing, but I am definitely stealing some of her ideas for my dinner tonight. Noodles are possible.

                                                                                                                          1. re: rabaja

                                                                                                                            it's not a dressing, but balsamic cream is amazing. sometimes called glaze. That's pretty much all I use - i add honey, mustard, and lemon to it with oil if I want to be fancy! So good!

                                                                                                                            1. re: rabaja

                                                                                                                              Kraft makes a couple of light ones that I like. I have been using the Parmesan-Asiago balsamic viniagrette,( 1pp for 2 tbsp) and recently bought but haven't opened yet a lite Asian one (same points). Today I bought Simply Dressed (it's in the refrigerated area, near the produce) Raspberry Cabernet, which is about the same points and very tasty.

                                                                                                                            2. How many of you all are finding that the Points Plus system is working for you? I track, but I can't seem to lose weight. It goes up about 2lbs during the day and those come off at night..

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                                                                                                                              1. re: burgeoningfoodie

                                                                                                                                I never did the other Points program so I can't compare. First, though - don't weigh yourself every day...or at all ifyou can help it and weigh in at the meeting.

                                                                                                                                Second, bring your food diary to your meeting (if you go to them) and discuss with your group leader.

                                                                                                                                Otherwise...do the typical "is this really all your eating?" stuff...and then go from there? Good luck - we're here to support ya!

                                                                                                                                1. re: Jeserf

                                                                                                                                  I agree with the don't weigh yourself too much. I weigh myself once a week, in the morning. The rest of the week I just use clothes as my judge for how I'm doing.
                                                                                                                                  Last week my gym shirt just "hung" better. That was pretty exciting.
                                                                                                                                  Being honest with yourself about what you are eating and amounts you are eating is pretty imperative as well.
                                                                                                                                  Whenever I want to cheat, or have an extra handful/bite/snack, I realize I am only cheating MYSELF so that helps in my ultimate decision of whether or not to indulge. Truthfully, sometimes I choose yes, but lately the benefits of saying No are hitting home.
                                                                                                                                  I weigh most foods now, and I have to be careful not to lick the spoon too much, or one point can easily turn into two or three.

                                                                                                                                  1. re: rabaja

                                                                                                                                    I agree with everything Rajaba and Jersef said, and would add are you exercising? If not, you will lose weight at first, but then you may plateau and it will stop. That happened to me, and once I started, I yo-yo-ed a little bit for a couple of weeks, then went back to fairly steadily losing. I'm still not exercising at the 4 activity points per day rate that is recommended, but I am steadily earning at least 2 every day, with the goal of adding more work out time into my day soon. The other thing that really helps is to make sure you drink plenty of water, and follow all of the other good health guidelines. Stick with it and you will lose...this program really does seem to work. Also, don't estimate portion sizes if you are not losing.....measure/weigh them carefully.

                                                                                                                                    1. re: rabaja

                                                                                                                                      I also weigh myself about once a week in the morning to make sure I'm not up (or up much), but my scale is off at home from the WW scale...it's hard to not check every morning. Oh is it hard. Maybe if I had done that my whole life I wouldn't be at WW :)

                                                                                                                                      1. re: Jeserf

                                                                                                                                        I actually do weigh myself every morning, just to see how I'm doing. I don't really change anything i do based on the morning weight, i just like to see. And my scale is about 4 lbs under the WW scale.

                                                                                                                                  2. re: burgeoningfoodie

                                                                                                                                    Thanks all. I do exercise at least 3 times a week (Zumba classes) and otherwise I'll hit the treadmill or bike at the gym, but nothing seems to be working. I drink plenty of fluids and I stay in my point range. I weigh everything (I bake so weighing everything is partly instilled in me) that isn't prepackaged (like jello).

                                                                                                                                    1. re: burgeoningfoodie

                                                                                                                                      If you do in-person WW meetings and not online, I would second what Jeserf said and talk to your leader about what you're eating. I just hit goal (85 lbs!) yesterday on Points Plus. I lost probably the first 70 on the old Points system and found the weight didn't come off as easily when I first switched to PP, but once I started exercising, the last 15 were actually pretty easy. I think exercise makes a bigger difference on PP than it did on old Points, but it sounds like you're already doing that -- as well as a lot of other good stuff. A leader might be able to help by looking at exactly what you're doing.

                                                                                                                                      1. re: stomachofsteel

                                                                                                                                        Wow, congratulations on meeting your goal! Wonderful accomplishment! Maybe I'll take a look at the PP system. I am sort of an on-again off-again fringe player. Your success is inspiring, I'll look into PP this weekend.
                                                                                                                                        Thanks for the boost and, again, BRAVO to you!

                                                                                                                                        1. re: Nicolette S

                                                                                                                                          Thanks! Best part of switching to maintenance: I get to eat more FOOD!

                                                                                                                                        2. re: stomachofsteel

                                                                                                                                          Congratulations! That is so exciting, you must feel great!
                                                                                                                                          When I first started WW one month ago, I almost tricked myself into thinking my new exercise classes weren't as important now that I was "dieting". Thank goodness I wizened up and kept working out.
                                                                                                                                          On days I get to class, I feel like I'm really making head way, and it motivates me to choose snacks and meals wisely -after making a sweaty effort, I'm less likely to reach for fatty treats.
                                                                                                                                          Tomorrow is my fifth week weigh-in, and I'm hoping for a two pound loss, which probably wouldn't be possible if I wasn't working out four days a week.
                                                                                                                                          Truthfully, I will be happy with a one pound loss too, it will instill in me the need to be more diligent and get to class!

                                                                                                                                          1. re: stomachofsteel

                                                                                                                                            Congatulations on meeting you goal. What an accomplishment! Good for you!

                                                                                                                                      2. Yesterday I put together some of my baked ratatouille, and that is something I find very useful. It's great for a snack, but my favorite use is to make a fritatta with it in the morning. I take one whole egg and two egg whites and beat them very well. I put some of the ratatouille in a small non-stick frying pan and let it heat up. The vegetables have a little olive oil on them, so I don't add any additional. When the rat is heated through, I pour in the eggs an swirl until there is no more liquid. I let it cook for a bit and then flip it onto a plate. I then put the fitatta back in the pan, top side down, to firm it up. It's delicious and pretty filling too.

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                                                                                                                                        1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                          Sounds wonderful. I made ratatouille a couple of weeks ago, and really enjoyed it too. Love the frittata idea; will try it next time I make ratatouille.

                                                                                                                                        2. decided to seek help from recipes online for WW dinner ideas.

                                                                                                                                          although I have cookbooks of theirs and they do help, somehow it's easier to see things online that may perk my interest such as this one I just found.

                                                                                                                                          it's what's for dinner tonight and what's for our sweet ending too



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                                                                                                                                          1. re: iL Divo

                                                                                                                                            Yum. both sound great! I agree...I find the recipes from WW mostly pretty blah, or they don't use "real food" and have never been very inspired or pleased with them. I like lightening up "regular " recipes, and I also like Cooking Light (some of which also have to be lightened up some...fairly high points for "light") and Gina's skinny kitchen as well as Slender Kitchen.

                                                                                                                                            1. re: sunflwrsdh

                                                                                                                                              pretty much thinking I'll be going with what I know to be ww friendly ideas and then go on my own.

                                                                                                                                              tonight I'll do quick flashed sauteed flattened boneless pounded thin pork chop, sized to downsize so it's legal, and steamed veggies [portabello, pasilla peppers, tomatoes, onions, rosemary and thyme s&p] and brown rice. using a T of oil total can make it work without going over. also will make a green salad with spritzer Caesar Salad dressing.
                                                                                                                                              lots of water for both of us too.

                                                                                                                                          2. made the baked eggplant with whole wheat pasta....whenever I do WW recipes I always input 1.25 or 1.5 servings because I assume I've not measured something properly. Was still within points.

                                                                                                                                            Until I snuck a small slice of wedding cake from the freezer. unfrozen. you can tell it's desperation when it's not even thawed!

                                                                                                                                            1. I made a flatbread pizza using a Damascus Bakery whole wheat roll up. I made my own pizza sauce by misting a saute pan and adding canned diced tomatoes that I pureed, red pepper flackes, hot sauce and salt. I did use fresh mozz and guestimated 4 oz. I topped it with pepperoni and mushrooms. It came up to 12 points but I still had 11 left for the day, plus I did the elliptical for 30 minutes as well. I haven't lost any weight yet but this is just my second week. Hopefully the scale will start to move n the right direction soon.

                                                                                                                                              1. I have made the Mexican Rice Casserole that was in the WW weekly guide a few weeks ago. It was layer of brown rice, layer of fat free refried beans, salsa, cumin, a small amount of shredded cheddar with cilantro to put on top. It was I believe 8 points plus per serving. I added hamburger which added 2 points per serving but made it a "complete" meal for me, an avowed meatatarian.

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                                                                                                                                                1. re: Shann

                                                                                                                                                  there is a great riceball casserole recipe on skinny taste. it's wonderful, and it's like the mexican one except with meat (and italian). points are 9.

                                                                                                                                                2. Today I picked up a package of Al Fresco Spicy Jalapeno Chicken Sausage, which works out to 3 points + for each good-sized link. They are about the size of an Italian sausage. I sauteed some red peppers and onions in some pam and added the sausage sliced into coins, and cooked until the sausage was browned on each side. I heated a whole wheat taco-sized tortilla over the flame and then dumped the ingredients from the frying pan onto the tortilla. That was really good, and I loved the sausage since it was super spicy. Pretty satisfying, I have to say, but maybe I would add some additional veg the next time.

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                                                                                                                                                  1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                    that sounds awesome.
                                                                                                                                                    i've been living off my couscous/black bean salad for lunches, adding things to it daily that still keep it pts friendly, but add flavor (this batch wasn't as good as the last)- pop chips (like an ounce) or a wedge of Laughing Cow light cheese, cut up in little pieces, arugula, brussels sprouts, chili garlic sauce, or sriracha. depending on what i put it in it, it's either heated or left cold. it's a mishmash but it satisfies, fills, and is quick and easy to eat at my desk

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                      I really like the al Fresco Chicken sausage too.

                                                                                                                                                    2. tonight for dinner, I'm thinking of the 3 small pieces of boneless pork I have left from last nights' dinner. I cooked them separately from the real dinner I made, and grilled them only with lemon/salt/garlic powder/pepper/onion powder.

                                                                                                                                                      if I do a big pot of steamed spinach tonight and cut them [the pieces of cooked pork] up and toss them in, with a salad and tri colored zukes on the plate as well < sprayed with the spritzer of red wine vinegar and olive oil and a flat whole wheat thin bun for each of us, would that be an okay dinner? the vegs are all fine, the small amount of pork is also fine, since I know the amounts we both can have. hum pondering

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                                                                                                                                                      1. re: iL Divo

                                                                                                                                                        You could use all those ingredients and make a stir-fry, which is really WW friendly, I've found (just watch your oil amounts).
                                                                                                                                                        My mother always uses leftover pork in stir-fries, so that's just what comes to mind.
                                                                                                                                                        With the zucchini and spinach, and maybe a little black bean chile sauce, over (brown) rice it would be delicious.

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: rabaja

                                                                                                                                                          Is it homemade black bean chile sauce or bottled? I have a bottle of something like black bean chile sauce I bought on a whim but it has no directions so I have no idea if I should cut it, just it alone or what! I'm a great cook, too, so I don't know why I'm worried, but maybe the no directions thing throws me off!

                                                                                                                                                          Also - I can't eat sandwich thins as bread with a meal. I think they have such terrible or no flavor, that I just use them as a fiber vehicle for other things when necessary (and they are great fiber). For me when I'm serving rolls, I use Alexa frozen whole wheat rolls which are two points each.

                                                                                                                                                          il Divo - maybe try adding a few small potatoes and herbs and roast everything? That might be more satisfying with the pork. Or mash some root veggies and serve the pork and spinach over that?

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Jeserf

                                                                                                                                                            Oh no, not homemade. I use a combo of Yank Sing chile sauce and garlic black bean chile sauce, all conveniently purchased sauces for stir fries. I add a scoop of each to my water/cornstarch slurry, sometimes with a bit of Rooster sauce too. Chicken stock if it's around works well too, for any thinning necessary.
                                                                                                                                                            Thanks for the tip on those rolls. I've seen them in the freezer section and wondered if they were good. They look like the La Brea rolls I used to get at Whole Foods, which I really like.

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: rabaja

                                                                                                                                                              oh yes they're really pretty good for freezer rolls and I can know the points value for each and make as many or as few as I want. They have far more flavor than sandwich thins for fewer points, too, if you eat the whole sandwich thin. I like them!

                                                                                                                                                              I'll have to check out what I have - it SAYS black bean chili sauce on the label but nothing else....I should just bite the bullet and try it on a small batch of something!

                                                                                                                                                      2. another lunch and dinner hauled to work day. lunch was tossed salad with a tbsp of the Kraft sesame ginger dressing, and a cup of the chicken noodle soup I made on the weekend. Supper was more salad, and two chicken enchiladas also leftover from Saturday, topped with salsa, cilanto and ff sou cream. I did make a beautiful, non WW clam chowder for my sister today, and only "tasted"....but I plan to make a lightened up version of it soon. Tomorow, I will have very few points to worry about .on clear liquid diet..prep for a procedure on Saturday...will do some inspired cooking this weekend:)

                                                                                                                                                        1. Today I made the pork carnita recipe from skinnytaste.com. it was delicious and easy with rice and a salad. blogs like hers make it easy to stay on program. :)

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                                                                                                                                                          1. re: jujuthomas

                                                                                                                                                            ooh i want to try that. will look for it.

                                                                                                                                                          2. about to sit down to this: http://www.skinnytaste.com/2011/03/as...

                                                                                                                                                            and to a little side salad of homemade mozzarella with basil and cherry tomatoes.

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                                                                                                                                                              1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                Looks amazing! I will try to get it into this week's rotation!

                                                                                                                                                              2. I was resting up from a medical procedure, which went well, but which had involved clear liquids for 24 hours. So no point counting for me today:) My husband made the most delicious dinner ever...first of the season Cornell barbecued chicken breasts, egg noodles and broccoli. Perfect:)

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                                                                                                                                                                1. re: sunflwrsdh

                                                                                                                                                                  sounds good! I love egg noodles (but not their points!)

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: sunflwrsdh

                                                                                                                                                                    Wishing you a speedy recovery!

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: rabaja

                                                                                                                                                                      Oh, I'm fine today.....thank you for the good wishes! Beautiful day here....close to 70, husband grilled some more chicken beasts (with his special blend of seasoning) which we sliced into rigatoni carbonara ( it's a Rachael Ray recipe, and not especially light...15 points per 1 cup serving, so I had 1/2 cup) along with a beautiful spring salad..mixed baby greens, with matchstick cucumbers and carrots, thinly sliced red onions, sliced strawberries,, and some toasted pecans. I used some of that Mazretti's light raspberry/ cabernet dressing, which was great on that salad. ( and 2 points for 2 tablespoons!) Husband's home made whole wheat baguette. And little teeny tiny individual berry tiramisus ( about 1 tablespoon each, I served them in cordial glasses) My daughter put the recipe into WW recipe builder thing and came up with 1 point each:)

                                                                                                                                                                  2. After two nights of houseguests I am getting back on track tonight. Friday night I succumbed to the 14 year-olds bocconcini with artichoke hearts on a split roll combo. -It was quite good, with some roasted tomatoes thrown in, and I groaned inwardly when I ate it, so it must have been worth it. Oh, and we split it! She helped me track points all weekend, love that girl.
                                                                                                                                                                    Last night I had a very large meatball from a local pizzeria. And a slice of roasted garlic-chicken pizza. And a glass of white wine. And a glass of red. And another glass of white. I know, so bad, but the 14 year olds Mother had joined us by now and we had a lot of chatting to do.
                                                                                                                                                                    Sooo anyway, tonight I'm trying to get back on track with roasted salmon. I roasted some teeny, tiny pebble-sized potatoes and some spring onion and asparagus along with and I'm very excited to have it soon, as it smells wonderful. The whole mix got olive oil, salt and pepper and maras pepper and thyme.
                                                                                                                                                                    I am steaming artichokes to enjoy during the week and I am very much looking forward to following the plan more closely. Clothes are fitting better and that's enough motivation.
                                                                                                                                                                    I am thinking of making my own chocolate dipped frozen bananas to enjoy during the coming warmer months. It would be easy enough to weigh the chocolate on each banana, and it makes a yummy treat with I THINK few points. I will experiment and share with you all.

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                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: rabaja

                                                                                                                                                                      Roasted garlic chicken pizza is inspirational, Rajaba! And what a sweet house guest! My daughter, who is also following the program helps me track points all the time...we are sort of WW buddies, and it really does help. And three glasses of wine with a good friend, while catching up? That's what weekly points are for!
                                                                                                                                                                      You salmon sounds great! I have never attempted to cook fresh artichokes, but I'm thinking I would like to. And that banana idea sounds great! Please let us know the results, definitely something I would try.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: sunflwrsdh

                                                                                                                                                                        Roasted garlic chicken pizza sounds divine!

                                                                                                                                                                    2. I had this http://www.skinnytaste.com/2009/08/ba...
                                                                                                                                                                      with sauteed haricots vert and a wild rice blend

                                                                                                                                                                      1. so....monday night is the night I take my granddaughter to her dance class, so never a great dinner night. But...there is a bouncy place at the food court at the mall, so we were able to talk her into the half step up from McDonald's! Mall food court chinese food tonight.....at least there were vegetables.

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                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: sunflwrsdh

                                                                                                                                                                          Staff meal Monday night was Chinese delivery -everyone was too busy to cook staff meal.

                                                                                                                                                                          It was a bit of a challenge, but I managed to avoid the potstickers and crab rangoon, and they ordered brown rice, which was sweet of them.

                                                                                                                                                                          I tried to fill up on pea shoots and bok choy, but the faux chicken dish was so good, I couldn't not have a bit.
                                                                                                                                                                          After a bit of discussion we decided the faux part was probably seiten which is what, wheat gluten, right? Probably pretty calorie dense and probably fried as well. Oh well, next time I'll request the steamed fish dish!

                                                                                                                                                                        2. I am thinking of making a spin-off of tuna noodle casserole out of the smoked trout my Dad gave me last weekend. It could be really good, or a perfectly good waste of smoked trout, not sure.
                                                                                                                                                                          We enjoyed it over the weekend and I have about a good 1/2 cup picked off the bone and waiting for some delicious incarnation. Maybe just scrambled into eggs with asparagus? I just know I want dinner to be a make-ahead meal, as I'd like to come home from class, shower and hit sofa city with a good movie (The Fighter).
                                                                                                                                                                          Alternatively, I have two or three slices of delicious roast pork I could turn into something.
                                                                                                                                                                          Also, I bought extra-lean grass fed ground beef last week, with every intention of trying it out for burgers. Oh, the possibilities

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                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: rabaja

                                                                                                                                                                            I'm doing burgers on the grill tomorrow night, my husband's home ground round ( he trims it to about 99% lean) with butternut squash "fries" on the side. I bought some whole gran sandwich thins to use for rolls. Probably tossed salad with. Tonight was Chinese chicken salad, chicken stir fry and brown rice, and pineapple. Enough left over for tomorrow's work lunch.

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: sunflwrsdh

                                                                                                                                                                              Sounds delicious, how do you do the fries?
                                                                                                                                                                              I have a butternut squash (or two) that needs using up, and those sound like something I could make a batch of and keep around a couple days.
                                                                                                                                                                              Woke up to light rain, so I'm not uncovering the grill quite yet. Very likely this weekend though!
                                                                                                                                                                              Also, which sandwich thins do you like? I bought Earth Grains a couple of weeks ago and they aren't bad, but I can't imagine them holding up to a burger. Might just save points for an Alvarado whole wheat burger bun which I love. 4 points per bun, but very satisfying.

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: rabaja

                                                                                                                                                                                Just cut (or in my case, ask your husband to cut) the neck part of the squash into french fry size strips, and then spray a baking sheet and the strips with non-stick spray (actually I think we probably used the misto and spritzed with olive oil, and sprinkle with some chili powder. 450 for ....not sure how long, but longer than the WW recipe says.maybe 25-30 minutes? I didn't actually make them. husband prepped them and daughter cooked them, as I had an appointment after work, got home late and dinner needed to be done early for 5 yr old gd's T-ball practice. Burgers were also good, and were grilled by my son-in-law. I think my sandwich thins were Pepperidge Farms, and they were pretty good. They don't save that many points though...the ones I had were 3 points....you might better have the 4 point one you love:)

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: sunflwrsdh

                                                                                                                                                                                  Thanks for the tips, they are tentatively on my menu for Saturday night, along with a burger and very large salad. Unless we get rain, which it's threatening to do in a very on-again, off-again annoying fashion.
                                                                                                                                                                                  April showers and all that jazz...

                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: rabaja

                                                                                                                                                                                  I really like the Alvarado Street buns, too; great flavor. Here's an idea, rabaja: What about pulling out a bit of the interior bready part of the top of the roll to reduce the amount you're eating? More space for veggie fixings on top of your burger. I guess you could weigh the bun before and after and work percentages if you want precise point reduction. Might not be worth the trouble, but then again, could mean a bit more cheese or wine...

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                                                                                                                                                                                    Scooping! Of course, what a great idea, thank you!
                                                                                                                                                                                    Anything to allow more cheese and wine ;)

                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: rabaja

                                                                                                                                                                                the trout and egg thing sounds amazing.(enjoy your night! Fighter was excellent)

                                                                                                                                                                              3. haven't made anything noteworthy so far this week - Monday it was hot out, so we had salad with pan-fried goat cheese medallions and beets...also made some tuna salad to have with crackers. It was decent for a light warm-weather meal, and yesterday we had pasta. Well, husband had pasta and rolls and I had a salad with a small serving of pasta. Boring, but sometimes pasta is tasty. Tonight, probably stir fry....

                                                                                                                                                                                1. tonight I'm making an experiment... I think. I saw 10 dollar dinners the other day, she made an sesame chicken that looked really good.

                                                                                                                                                                                  Since I don't have the orange marmalade she calls for in her recipe, I'm going to marinate my chicken in a spicy sweet citrus sauce I bought at Wegmans, then coat in flour, sesame seeds and bake. hmmm... but I need to run to whole foods and get some veggies to go with it. Dh doesn't eat broccoli, which I would love with this, maybe I can get some snow peas or at least some green beans.

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Tonight, as I mentioned upthread was a 3 oz burger and butternut squash fries, which were good, but next time I would cook them longer, ours were a little soggy. I had 11 points left ove after dinner (busy and low point day!) so I had some Okios (? sp) greek yogurt dip (2 tbsp= 2 points) chipotle cheddar flavor, with some baked tortilla chips (scoops) 14= 3 points, and a glass of wine. then I had a banana sliced and with some nutella spread on it.yum, and 3 points. So I guess I ended up being one point over for the day.but so worth it!

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                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: sunflwrsdh

                                                                                                                                                                                      i can't find where i asked you, to see if you already answered, sunflwrsdh, but how did you cook your bs fries? roasted, sauteed?

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                        Baked on a cookie sheet spayed with non stick cooking spray at 450 for 20-25 minutes...I didn't actually do them, my husband and daughter did, but that is what I told them to do

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: sunflwrsdh

                                                                                                                                                                                          I have some in the oven as i type this.
                                                                                                                                                                                          I did as you suggested and used the neck of my squash to make batons.
                                                                                                                                                                                          Sprayed them with olive oil, salt, pepper and a bit of cayenne.
                                                                                                                                                                                          I started mine at 350F because I knew I'd forget about them while cleaning up outside, but just cranked the oven to 400F in the hope that they finish crispy.
                                                                                                                                                                                          Thanks for mentioning these, they smell good already.

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: rabaja

                                                                                                                                                                                            I did do the butternut squash fries again on Saturday, @ 450 for about 25 minutes. they didn't get really crisp, but were still very good. Perfect low point side for a burger.

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: sunflwrsdh

                                                                                                                                                                                              I had these again last night, and the leftovers for lunch today.
                                                                                                                                                                                              I love them. I am so glad to have another butternut in my garage waiting for me, but sad to know I went all winter not eating these ZERO point bits of deliciousness.
                                                                                                                                                                                              Thanks again for this delicious snack/side!

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: rabaja

                                                                                                                                                                                                You're welcome. I love them too! They really are awesome, and I actually got the recipe in one of the weekly pamphlets they hand out at the WW meetings.

                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Tonight I made up an easy quinoa-chicken casserole after my workout class. I had roasted a bone-in breast last night, so I picked off the remaining meat and tossed it with quinoa that had been sauteed with chard, then covered and steamed, and some roasted fennel, winter squash and onions. I dabbed the whole thing with a laughing cow wedge, which didn't really melt so well.

                                                                                                                                                                                      I topped the whole thing with a T of sour cream, and was very surprised to see sour cream doesn't add a ton of points...at least one tablespoon doesn't.

                                                                                                                                                                                      It was not the best thing I've ever made, but certainly not the worst either. I was hungry after gardening all day, so that probably helped.
                                                                                                                                                                                      Tomorrow a work buddy is coming over to make candy, probably into the night. Whatever will we have for dinner? Boca burgers? She can have a burrito, she's skinny. ;)

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                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: rabaja

                                                                                                                                                                                        ooh, let's hate her! ( :

                                                                                                                                                                                        i've done the same thing with the laughing cow cheese in my quinoa, then nuked it at work. didn't melt but it was good getting those random bites of cheese.

                                                                                                                                                                                        Today's lunch was the last of the quinoa salad, to which i added about a quarter cup of steamed lentils (the TJ kind), with a squirt of sriracha. very yum.

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                          Look at you guys go with the quinoa, which I haven't quite figured out yet. I was planning to try to like it by making something with it this weekend ( you have both given me great ideas!) but my husband has requested that since I am the only one in our household who is NOT on spring vacation this week, that I let somebody else take responsibility for cooking for a change. So....this Friday, I have no menu planned for next week, no grocery list made out, and nothing planned to cook for the weekend. I am having a little bit of anxiety, but will survive!

                                                                                                                                                                                      2. I'm going to have to search skinnytaste today, i have a package of boneless chicken breasts I need to cook, and a partial can of chipotles just begging to be used! I may get another pork roast and make her pork barbacoa tomorrow, and she just posted a whole wheat blueberry muffin that I MUST make.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: jujuthomas

                                                                                                                                                                                          Thanks for the heads up on the blueberry muffins. I am making them this weekend for sure.

                                                                                                                                                                                          At 4 points each, they could be an occasional snack too.

                                                                                                                                                                                          I'm having my parents to breakfast Monday morning, these may replace the scones I was thinking of making for them.


                                                                                                                                                                                        2. I didn't really cook again today, and probably won't be doing much cooking for the coming week. Anyway, tonight's dinner was whole wheat penne with spinach meat balls from skinny taste, and a really excellent florentine sauce my husband made, along with a salad, and some sugar free strawberry-kiwi jello with cool whip free, which was surprisingly good. Later on, for snack ( and because I was at work and people I work with wanted to go out for ice cream) I had a only 8 frozen yogurt cone, which was also very good.

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                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: sunflwrsdh

                                                                                                                                                                                            i saw that spinach meatball recipe - too bad DH doesn't eat spinach even if it's "hidden". :( I'll have to make those meatballs for my mom sometime.
                                                                                                                                                                                            this weekend's cooking plans are all from skinnytaste!
                                                                                                                                                                                            spaghetti with sauteed chicken and grape tomatoes - tomorrow's dinner
                                                                                                                                                                                            whole wheat blueberry muffins
                                                                                                                                                                                            banana oatmeal cookies - her recipe calls for walnuts, trying to decide if I want to use peanuts or choc chips instead. (i'm allergic to walnuts)
                                                                                                                                                                                            beef or pork barbacoa - for Sunday's dinner - depending on what I can find at GIant. YUM!

                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Head on shrimp from LA is going into a boil momentarily. Butternut squash fries are roasting and I have an entire bunch of local asparagus to myself.
                                                                                                                                                                                            Sometimes its the simple things.
                                                                                                                                                                                            Happy Friday all!

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. I'm going to marinate the pork for this tonight:

                                                                                                                                                                                              I might servie this with corn tortillas, low fat cheese, salsa, and ff Greek yogurt with a vegetable on the side or over a wild rice medley with the same accompaniments for dinner tomorrow.

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                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: amethiste

                                                                                                                                                                                                i'm making the barbacoa beef today. it smells great. should be done soon!

                                                                                                                                                                                              2. My wonderful BF made me a delicious vegetarian dinner - a first, since he is such a meat hound. a simple green salad, a soup of broth (veg and chicken - ok, not totally vegetarian!) and broccoli, a cup of curried lentils, a quarter cup of white rice, and a cup of roasted butternut squash - which i just found out this weekend is 0 pts!! It was a very satisfying, delicious dinner, and the grand total was: 4 pts! i've got lentils and broccoli and squash to take for lunch tomorrow too.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Wow..sounds like an awesome 4 point meal! And lunch to take to work.wow!

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                    The Slow Cooked Sweet Barbacoa Pork came out great. I made the Chepotle's Cilantro Lime Rice but I used a brown and wild rice medley instead of jasmine rice. I topped it with sauteed onions and green peppers, FF Greek yogurt, salsa, avocado and spinach. It was a great alternative to the burrito bowl at Chipotle's.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    I'm thinking I need to freeze some of this as I don't think it's a great idea to eat this all week.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                      I've got to get another butternut to roast. I love the stuff with some onions... turnips... yum.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: jujuthomas

                                                                                                                                                                                                        you know what's the BEST on roasted butternut? SRIRACHA! just discovered this (i am SUCH the adventurer - hehheh) - something about the sweetness of the squash with the tart spiciness of the sauce... heaven.)

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                          ohmy! I'm a leetle bit scared of straight up sriracha, I admit. perhaps i'll work up the courage to try - better do it when DH is out of the house tho, he'd faint! LOL

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: jujuthomas

                                                                                                                                                                                                            yeah, i'm a spice hound, hotter the better. work your way up! just a dab at first....

                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                            That does sound like it would be good! I'm going to try it soon

                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Tonight was a lasagna I made "doubles" of, some to bring to some family members and some for home. I used whole grain lasagna, and part skim ricotta, and 2% mixed Italian shredded cheese, and 90% lean ground beef. (I did add a touch of bacon, and some Italian sausage to the meat sauce, so it wasn't terribly low in points, didn't figure out exact points for it) A nice green salad, and 1 slice of my husband's bread. Ricotta orange cake for dessert.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. I just rejoined WW today. For lunch, a soup with a potato, black eyed beans and shredded chard with harissa. A banana for snack. Lupini beans, my new favourite healthy snack food, while I cooked dinner. And then a lemony roasted asparagus and radish risotto with a side salad with mint, avocado and blood oranges.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: relizabeth

                                                                                                                                                                                                            That risotto sounds delicious. Love the radish idea.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Nothing too exciting tonight. Leftover lasagna, carted to work, but it was ok, and a salad on the side and an apple with peanut butter for dessert. I was really tired when i got home from work at 9:30, and have to be in for 8:30AM, felt a little cranky, didn't even feel like making a salad,(which has become my lunch stand by!) so I made a "little kids" lunch..Campbell's Light Harvest Tomato Basil soup (1 cup = 2 points) and a peanut butter (reduced fat Jif.1 tablespoon = 2 points) and jelly (Polaner bluebery all fruit; 1 serving = 30 calories,so maybe 1 point, if any) Baked scoops and dip ( 5 points.3 for 14 baked scoops and 2 for 2 tbsp greek yogurt Chipotle Cheddar dip, which is great!) and strawbery banana sugar free jello with cool whip free ( no points) so 10 points for lunch and snack ( chips and dip will actually be a snack, either late morning or late afternoon) Not bad!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: sunflwrsdh

                                                                                                                                                                                                              now I want a pb&j. Yum.
                                                                                                                                                                                                              That dip sounds good too, is there a recipe or do you buy it?

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Btw, I love, love, love the butternut squash fries. I ate an entire squash in two days. Is that bad? ;)

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: rabaja

                                                                                                                                                                                                                The dip is Otria, made by Marzetti, found in the produce section, near the Marzetti and Marie's salad dressings. There are several flavors, my favorite is the chipotle cheddar.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Glad to hear you like the squash fries. they are pretty amazing!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: sunflwrsdh

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I can't find this stuff! Someone brought it in to our meeting, too and I've been trying - it sounds good!

                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Tonight I'm making (yet again) Ma Po Tofu, this time with ground beef as I have some to use up.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              It's easy and delicious, and with more tofu than meat, it is point friendly.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              With some leftover brown rice and fresh broccolini it should hit the spot tonight.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              I am in the midst of serious candy making -chocolate bunnies and matzo crack. Hard to be good right now, especially when I see that crack.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: rabaja

                                                                                                                                                                                                                what's the ma po tofu recipe and the point value if you know...? We wouldn't add beef or meat, but just the tofu would work!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Jeserf

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Interested to see what rabaja is making, but I wanted to add that I've made a Cooking Light recipe for Mao Pao Tofu that I really enjoy. I make the following changes: brown rice instead of white, throw in some baby bok choy, cut back on the oil, sherry vinegar instead of sherry and double the chili paste. I've made it without the pork and it's delicious that way too (and of course lower in points), but I do prefer it with meat.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I make it 6 servings rather than 4 as the recipe suggests (the baby bok choy bulks it up), and it's 9 PP per serving.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: stomachofsteel

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    thanks - I'll have to give this a try!

                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Have been home for Passover....just got in and finished unpacking!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Hubby made himself matzo-meal fried fish, a latke and some eggs.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                I had matzo ball soup and a salad with avocado, onion, tomatoes and grapefruit - YUM. Would be better if it didn't have a matzo ball soup chaser :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                I also made vegetarian "chopped liver", which seems to be about 8 points if I consider the batch 8 servings, but it's probably far more than that, so 4 points is more likely. Hubby LOVES it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Tonight, my husband cooked He made a great meatloaf, maybe 4 points plus(?) I'm guessing. He trims and grinds our beef, which is sirloin, to about 99% lean. He also used a lot of vegetables (which we needed to use up!)..leeks, butternut squash, peppers, some carrots and celery, which he sauteed and then pureed. An egg, and some grated parm, as well as steel cut oats. I had 1/2 of a slice that was probably two or three ounces. 1/3 cup of roasted garlic mashed potatoes, and some mixed vegetables, along with 4 oz of Cabernet. A great meal:)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: sunflwrsdh

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    sounds delish - great husband you've got to make that!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Jeserf

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      He truly is a great husband! And thanks, it was delicious:)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Simple - 3/4 cup lentils, mixed with chili garlic sauce & sriracha, lots of chopped green onions, and a bit of garlic salt. a cup of won ton soup. 8 pts. total. since breakfast was two pieces of fruit, i still have 21 pts. for dinner, and i'm stuffed!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. All of my good intentions have been derailed the last few nights due to long work days/gettinghome late. Coming off my birthday weekend hasn't helped things. My gifts of a couple extra ounces of wine on one or three evenings have not helped my waistline, I am sure.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Last night I caved and stopped to get a chicken burrito at my local taco truck. Oh no, two little chicken tacos wouldn't satisfy, i had to go for the big white tortilla wrapped up with chicken, rice and onions. It was delicious, but it weighed 1 1/2 lbs.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Well, no, I didn't eat the entire thing, but pretty much -I was starving and tired, not a good combo when dieting.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I did the math this morning and it looks like my dinner could have been 27 points. Holy crap!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Today I am back on track. Fruit and yogurt, salmon and salad and tonight I am finally making that ma po tofu. (I will try to figure out the points for this dish Jersef. I saw you asked, and it is really good without the meat too).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I have to weigh-in tomorrow morning. Not expecting a loss, and hoping for no gain either. Birthday celebration is over! Thank goodness I've made it to my exercise classes.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I plan on making healthy dishes this weekend, and will share some ideas if I come across something good.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sorry, this was more of a rant than anything :(

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: rabaja

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        rant away! but maybe, just maybe, you didn't use all your 35 extra pts. for the week!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        good luck tomorrow, and whatever the result, you'll be fine. it's a continuum, not an end every week.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: rabaja

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I don't know about you, but every day of the week I'm always worried about a gain. I've been OP since 12/5/10 and have only had three gains (minor ones, all around a pound) but it totally deflates me. Passover is killing me, too, because during the day I get no soluble fiber from my normal high fiber breads so i'm too hungry! I really need that combo of high fiber bread and protein together (usually a high fiber english muffin or sandwich thin and hardboiled egg white). It has busted my routine completely! Then I was at my folks from Fri-Tues, so only worked out once there. BUT I've been to the gym yesterday (trainer) and today (kickboxing) and will do a little cardio tomorrow before my Sat AM weigh in.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          It's so nerve wracking to me - I do have a scale at home, but it's not the same as the WW one. I don't know what I'd do if I had to gains in a row.....so I'm with you (during this rant!) in hoping for a 'stay the same'!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Jeserf

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Just realized Passover lasts through Monday, so I need to find some non-flour solutions to our Easter meal (we are a family that likes to celebrate all the holidays). Rolls and dessert are my issue, I think I'll just make matzo crack. -Not that I can eat it!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I actually weighed myself this morning, and I lost one pound. Must have been all the fear and loathing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I don't envy your having to give up the high fiber items. I've become deeply attached to my Wasa and Alvarado products. I had a matzo on Monday and then looked it up...3 points! For a matzo! Good thing I didn't sit down with a box and a stick of butter.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I bet you are counting the minutes until Tuesday.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: rabaja

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              3 flippin' points for cardboard - you don't have to tell me! like I said, my lunch generally consists of something high fiber with soup - two more lunches!! I'm very sick of dairy at this point :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              However, I lost 3.2 lbs and have made it to a 30.2lb loss so far. Now, time to worry about going back to below a 30lb loss next week! It's all worry all the time!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              That said, husband unit is leaving all weekend for military duty, then a week later leaves for two weeks of more pre-deployment training so it'll just be me - time to focus on salads and egg white dinners. I want to challenge myself to eat in a good way to I know I won't totally misbehave while he's in Afghanistan (use deployment loneliness as an excuse to eat). It will be a good weekend and then two weeks of trial and error. The only thing more difficult than cooking for two is cooking for one! :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Jeserf

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Wow! 3.2 lbs is a great loss for a week! And 30 lbs since December is also really good. I have been following Weight Watchers since 11/4/10, and am at 23 lbs. I have gained and lost the same 4 lbs several times. I am about 15 lbs from my "goal" weight. I have three more weeks left in this 12 week program, and will do another 12 weeks, at least. I absolutely hope to reach my goal weight before the end of another 12 week session, and begin maintenance. It sounds to me like you are really doing a fantastic job with following the program, and you are worrying too much about it. I love your idea of challenging yourself to eat in a good way while your husband is deployed, and salads are actually a pretty easy thing to cook for one person. There are just endless varieties of salads, and they seem to work best for my weight loss too. I have done best when I eat salad (along with protein) for lunch and dinner, and I usually add a starch to only one of those two meals. I have found that when I have a sandwich for lunch and a starch at dinner is when I either don't lose or start to gain. That and watching the sodium, and wine are the factors that seem to most affect my weight loss.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: rabaja

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Matzoh may be 3 points but one gefilte fish is only 1 point.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: scubadoo97

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  yes, I love fish even more now. That gefilte is especially good on the matzo, no?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I made some steamed fish the other night with black bean-garlic sauce and ginger. I almost ate all three filets and it was like, 3 points. Delicious.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Salmon is higher in points (I guess, being an oilier fish), but oh, so good for you. I see a lot of salmon in my meals this season.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: rabaja

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ooh rabaja, recipe, please, if you have one, for the fish sauce?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Not much of a recipe, I just tried to duplicate what my Mom used to make for us growing up. It's really good with Chilean Sea Bass -back in the day when we could eat it without guilt. Now I just get any white fish that appeals, cod, sole, halibut, etc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Super simple once you get your steamer set up. I use a pot, a small rack and a plate. Just lay your fish out on the plate and cover with sliced ginger coins (I like to slice these on the mandolin so I can eat a few with the dish. Julienning them would be good too), sliced scallions and a generous schmear of black bean garlic sauce. My Mom used the fermented black beans that come in a bag, which you can reconstitute/rinse in a bit water. I haven't had these on hand for a while, but they are a great ingredient to have. They will last forever in a jar in the fridge.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Cover and steam lightly until done. The ginger really permeates the fish and you get a lovely sauce at the bottom of the plate. The trickiest part is getting the plate out of the steamer so you can capture the sauce. -There's a tool for that, I need to get one.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: scubadoo97

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Something I can only stomach for a day or two, sadly. I don't like fish - husband does though. Black bean garlic sauce sounds amazing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. I haven't been cooking (or eating) much for the last couple of days. I had two teeth extracted surgically yesterday, and am in the healing process. I've been eating lots of sugar free jello:) I did have some ice cream yesterday, actually that is all I had, because it was all I could manage. doing better today, with some soft foods. I had some soup for lunch and some mashed potatoes and mashed butternut squash for dinner. I am, however planning some good meals. I'm cooking a turkey for Easter dinner, with stuffing, mashed potatoes and a "cheesy" broccoli casserole (the one that uses Velveeta and Ritz crackers, but my family loves it!) I did get the Velveeta made with 2% milk:) Dessert will be an angel food cake filled with strawberries and cool whip free. Also this week, I am making still more of the spinach meatballs (they make such a great quick and low point meal! and everyone in my house likes them) Macaroni and cheese, Chicken enchiladas , a slow cooker Thai peanut chicken, chicken ropa vieja, also made in the slow cooker, all from Gina's skinny recipes. I'm also doing an asian inspired one point vegetable soup from the WW site that sounded good, for lunches. I will probably also make some of those banana Nutella wonton desserts as well. My husband is back to work full time starting this week, and I am working all 8:30-4:30 days as well, so slow cooker and cooked ahead stuff works great for us.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: IEatMyVeggies

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Spinach meatballs are excellent. Had them this week. I loved them and so did not-dieting Mr. CH. The recipe is on the Gina's skinny recipe website.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: chicgail

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I know, everyone in my family loves them, even the kids, who are definitely not big vegetable fans. They are quick and easy to make, and although Gina's recipe calls for frying them, I actually bake mine on a Pam sprayed non-stick baking sheet, at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. If you have Frontera Kitchens Foods (Rick Bayless) in your area, their chili starters are delicious and cook up with a simple can of added beans and ground turkey to 5 - 7 pts/serving. Happy me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. i made skinnytaste's cauliflower fritters tonight, and LOVED THEM.i can't believe they're only 3 pts. for 2. i steamed some celeriac along with the cauliflower and added that to them too - love the celeriac and will use that more often. and, as someone else mentioned to me on this board (sorry, can't remember who), the celery root would be awesome in mashed potatoes too, and also just a cauliflower mash.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  also made skinless chicken thighs that i marinated for about an hour with sriracha, juice of 3 lemons, sambal, granulated garlic, green onion, cilantro, fresh ground coriander seed, dried basil (had no fresh on hand), minced ginger, sesame oil, rice wine vinegar, rice wine. Poured the marinade off, salted and placed thighs in baking pan for 20 mins at 375 degrees, then stuck them under the broiler for 5 or so. Simmered down the marinade in a pot and then spooned over the thighs. Really good and spicy. Also made a roast butternut squash that i sprinkled some of the coriander over, with drizzles of sriracha and chopped cilantro. also a salad of thinly sliced cukes, cabbage, green onions, little bit of chopped cashews, with very spare drizzles of pomegranate syrup, sesame oil, olive oil, and a good squeeze of lemon juice, rice wine vinegar, s&p. Pretty tasty.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  i LOVE those fritters. didn't use all the flour it called for, nor all the oil, but i still can't believe they're so low in pts - recipe calls for 1/4 cup oil to fry! of course, that's spread among about 14 or 15 fritters.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I am stuffed and feeling i should NOT get weighed tomorrow, but i really must. yesterday i was at an after party for a performance i was in, which included tons of good cheese, bread, dolmades, hummus and crackers, and blue corn tortilla chips with salsa, among other things..... it was not a pt. friendly day, but hey, i was celebrating! Oh yeah, and QUITE a bit of vino with that..... i was celebrating!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    that marinade sounds wonderful!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Jeserf

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      thanks, it was pretty good! and today i took a couple of tbls of it and mixed it into a pot of lentils, and i'll be taking that to work for lunches this week.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Your chicken thighs sound great! And so does the salad and the squash. I have to weigh in tomorrow, and I did not have a very points friendly day today, either. Granddaughter's dance night, and the grown ups got to pick the place for dinner out after dance (so..for a change, not McDonald's, where actually I am better off points wise, because the food is so bad I am not even tempted by it!) We ate at Friendly's and I had some coconut shrimp, and a small hot fudge and peanut butter sundae for dessert. But....went light the rest of the day, and hadn't touched my weekly points yet, so I think I'm ok, overall.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: sunflwrsdh

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        i weighed in today - 3.6 lbs down! whooo! of course, that's not having weighed in for 3 wks, but still, that's 1.2 lbs a week. i'm taking a big trip in 6 wks so i want to lose 10 by then. i think can do it! of course, i just splurged on a 15 pt. bahn mi sandwich, as a reward! i'll go light the rest of the day. it was totally worth it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        sf- you didn't have teeth to eat for days! i'm sure you'll be fine tomorrow. get a work-out in.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        oh wait, that was yesterday's post.... how did it go?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          3.6....wwwhhoooo! Good for you!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            3.6 down is awesome for you! I weighed in today and was down 1.8, for a total of 24. I was very pleased, and re-motivated to keep at it.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Of course you can lose the 10 in 6 weeks, you are doing great!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I am back to my workouts, took a couple of days off when I wasn't feeling well, and had some jaw swelling, but started them up again yesterday. I actually had a stress test today, and the PA and tech who did the test told me I am in great shape, which felt very good to hear!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I am 15 pounds away from my goal weight, and I have 2 more weeks left in this session of Weight Watchers, and will sign up for another 12 weeks. I hope to reach my goal before the end of the next session, and maybe even go 3-5 pounds below my actual goal to have some "wiggle" room. I'd like to continue doing the weekly meetings while I start maintenance, I think it will be very helpful to have that initial support and accountability.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: sunflwrsdh

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Thanks, J & S! again, 3.6 is not so impressive spread over 3 weeks, but a loss is a loss. Good for you S - you'll do it too! i'm also about 14 lbs. to goal, but i'd be thrilled with even 12 more - that would be the least i'll have weighed since i was in my mid 20s. i'm finding what's helping the most, besides exercise, is having most of my lunches be something like couscous, quinoa, lentils, etc., with some squash or other veg, highly seasoned and usually spicy - keeps it from being boring. also, very filling - that banh mi today was delicious, and i enjoyed every minute of it, but while it left me as full as my other lunches, it was at double the pts. value. so, even though i'm still within pts, it's really just good for a splurge. also, doing a lot of grains/beans (high fiber) seems to allow me to snack more. weekends, the BF and i will have cocktails (i've definitely cut down on that - used to be more often during the week) and i'll eat chips and cheese and olives and it seems to all even out. of course, i try to keep the pts low during the day leading up to our evening fetes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              anyway, thanks for the encouragement - we can all do this!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I would be very happy with that loss! Congrats, thanks for the motivating post!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                And good for you for treating yourself too! That's why this program works, you don't have to put your life on hold!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. I had the afternoon off today, due to a dr's appointment, and after I was done with the appointment, I came home and relaxed....time at home by myself is a rare commodity, so I caught up on the three episodes I was behind on a favorite tv show. Then I felt pretty lazy, and not too much like cooking supper (only myself, my daughter and te grandchildren were eating) so I cooked some Barilla Plus farfalle, threw together a quick red sauce (quartered an onion and simmered it with some crushed tomatoes seasoned with kosher salt and pepper while the pasta water came to a boil and the pasta cooked) and took some of the spinach meatballs I had made on Saturday out of the freezer, and heated them in the sauce. Then after supper, my daughter and I took the kids out for ice cream to the Ice Cream Man in Greenwich NY, which has great home made ice cream. They were in a throwdown a few years ago with Bobby Flay ( I don't actually know who won:) So I tried their throwdown sundae ( a warm apple and nuts sauce...very good!) on fat free sugar free vanilla ice cream, in the kiddie sundae size. I don't know exactly how many points, but it was really good!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: sunflwrsdh

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I still need to try your spinach meatballs. Sounds like a great, easy dinner.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: sunflwrsdh

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            You make a good point The next time I make those spinach meatballs, I will make a double recipe for future meals!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Anyone up for starting a new thread? This one's getting awfully long, although it's nice to go back and see where we all were one month ago. I was about 6 lbs heavier, I think!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: rabaja

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              go for it! :) I was going to post somethign here, but will wait until I see the new thread.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: jujuthomas

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I can start a new one, but then MC has to come in and do the clean-up for me, i.e., redirect posters, provide a link here, etc. I am so not computer savvy, sorry!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                eta: I'm gonna give it my best shot. The mods can always correct me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. NEW Part 3 here:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Please join us and continue the fun of combining WW and Chowhound!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. I've been posting on Chowhound for several years and (Coincidence? You tell me.) I've climbed up to 15 pounds over my best weight, which on me is the equivalent of two dress sizes. I feel like Shamu's older sister.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I was a WW member about six years ago and had such success that I decided - Ha, I don't need no stinking Weight Watchers. Thankfully the WW Online site has graciously welcomed me back with all my previous information intact. I'm dealing with the Old Points - Points Plus issue which I suppose is no big deal for someone who's been away for five years and is pretty much starting all over again.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Thanks to all of you who mentioned the Skinnytaste site, a new one to me. Very nice.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: mandycat

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Good luck - be sure to post recipes!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  SkinnyTaste is great, I love the tuna noodle casserole - I need to make that!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Jeserf

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    So far I've made the Healthy Baked Chicken Nuggets. I marinated the chicken pieces in buttermilk rather than coating them in oil, so I got more tang but less crunch. Still very good and will stay in my recipe box. If I can ever remember to pick up fat free sour cream, the next thing to try is the Buttermilk Ranch Dressing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I got a giggle out of the "save to shopping list" function. It's a very handy tool but I had to smile when I found things like "2 tablespoons water" on my list of thing to buy at the grocery store.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. I am very confused by these two threads by the same name existing at the same time - this one and http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/806541 - will post on both and hopefully someone will explain the reason:)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Hey all, lets please post in the latest thread, part 4