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Weight Watchers Foodies: What are you Cooking? Part 3 [old]

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Hello everyone, and Happy Spring!

Please share your good ideas for healthy, balanced meals here.

I for one, cannot wait to uncover the grill and enjoy the bounty at my farm stands and farmers markets. What are you all looking forward to and cooking up?

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  1. the farm stand. omg. fresh local veggies. i'm dying here! I *think* our farm is advertising their own asparagus this week. I'm going to have to swing by and check!

    tonight I'm finally going to make carbonara, provided the thunderstorms we're having don't knock out our power! I have high fiber/protein pasta, leftover ham, soy parm (gosh I hope it isn't gross), and asparagus. DH has some real parm to sprinkle on his portion. I'm using a skinnytaste recipe as inspiration.

    1. I just want to say how grateful I am for all of you and all of this. I was really fearful when I joined WW that I was going to have to being a CH. It's wonderful to have the support to have it all!

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      1. re: chicgail

        I had the same concerns, chicgail, but the support here is great, and we have found and shared some good recipes and ideas for WW friendly food!

      2. Tonight I was shot on time, got home from work at 5, granddaughter had t-ball practice at 6, so.."Cobbed up chicken cobb salad"....bed of baby greens, mixed with shredded carrots, topped with sliced red onion, bacon ( about 1/2 cup total, for like a 6-serving salad), chopped hard boiled eggs, shredded chicken, sliced strawberries ( which I had on hand, needed to use up, and didn't have tomatoes, or time to get any, and wanted something red!) and bottled dressing of choice..mine was Kraft light parmesan asiago balsamic viniagrette. Husband's home made wheat bread, and a glass of reisling. 10 points, counting the wine:)

        1. Does anybody have ideas for warm weather portable breakfasts? I've been having a smoothie ( 1 cup almond milk, 1 banana and one cup of frozen mixed berries whirled in the blender, (1 point)sometimes with 1/2 scoop of protein powder, which brings the points up to 3. I usually drink this in the car on the way to work, and then after I'm at work for awhile ( between 9 and 10 am) I have 1/2 cup steel cut oats, with 1 cut up apple, sprinkled with cinnamon, and 1 packet of truvia and 1/2 cup almond milk. I make a batch of the steel cut oats like once a week, and that pretty much lasts all week. But I was thinking about something cooler for spring and summer, like either cold cereal, which I have never eaten much of since I was a kid, or muffins. Any thoughts, or good muffin recipes? I'll also check skinny taste, and see if she has any. I'm not a huge fan of the weight watcher brand muffins, and I don't mind baking my own once a week or so.

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          1. re: sunflwrsdh

            I can't eat breakfast when I first wake up, so I bring it to work...but I LOVE Chobani lemon with blueberries and 1/2 cup of kashi go lean - 7 points and really filling. I also love chocolate cherry protein smoothies when I'm on leave or a weekend - greek FF yogurt, frozen cherries, chocolate protein powder - what could be bad about that!

            I know Gina has muffin recipes, but I don't bake, really...nor would a muffin satisfy me. The most filling breakfast I eat is cottage cheese and fruit (usually mixed pineapple and melon). It's 5 points and really filling.

            1. re: sunflwrsdh

              i do tupperwares of fresh cut-up fruit, SF. Pineapple, in particular.... 0 pts.....
              and/or a hard boiled egg, and/or a wedge of the Lite Laughing Cow cheese. total would be 3 pts. for bkfast if you did both. AND you could still have the fruit to fill up on.

              1. re: sunflwrsdh

                Thanks for the suggestions, maria and jeserf. They all sound more summery than my oatmeal. I did make another batch of that tonight, but am still looking for better warm weather options.

                1. re: sunflwrsdh

                  This might sound strange, but cold steel-cut oatmeal is actually good with fresh fruit on it. I do the same as you, make a batch that lasts the week. Often I'll eat it cold with sliced strawberries or other juicy fruit on top, and/or you can add a splash of fruit juice (I've used cherry) or honey on top to sweeten if needed. If you put the fruit/ juice on it the night before, it partially soaks into the oats. Eating it cold is somewhat like eating a pudding.

                  1. re: poptart

                    Hadn't though of that, but now that you mention it, I bet it would be, I will try it this week. I have a batch made up, and will try some different fruits with it and try it cold. I bet it would also be good with some vanilla yogurt mixed in with the berries (or I'm also thinking about peaches) and maybe a sprinkle of nuts. Thanks for the idea!

                  2. re: sunflwrsdh

                    I've made Gina's whole wheat blueberry muffins, which are REALLY tasty and with a hardboiled egg and a banana, satisfy me until my mid-morning snack.

                    1. re: jujuthomas

                      Thanks, I saw those and will try them soon.

                    2. re: sunflwrsdh

                      Faye yogurt. Acai/blueberry or peach. They are very filling and keep me going for awhile. I get them at trader joes. Easy and 3 points.

                      1. re: sunflwrsdh

                        I make a smoothie with the Fiber One vanilla yogurt, a frozen banana and a 1/2 cup of skim milk. The frozen banana makes it nice and thick and its only 2 points! Add a slice of whole wheat toast with some PB and you are only up to 4 points.

                        1. re: anunez

                          Sounds really good, thanks for the idea, anunez!

                        2. re: sunflwrsdh

                          Soak oats in milk to soften. Mix in Greek yogurt, almonds, fruits of your choosing. Honey if you like it sweeter. I make it at night, pop it in the fridge and enjoy in the morning. Very tasty, satisfying, filling. Tastes 10x better than it sounds.

                          1. re: sunflwrsdh

                            I often eat a high fibre tortilla (1 point) with 1 Tbsp light pb and a banana. Delicious, filling and portable.

                            1. re: CanadaGirl

                              Do people not know that a regular (corn, is that what we're talking about?) tortilla is already only one point, without being a special high fibre one? I love that!! As we make tacos of whatever leftover meet we have at least once a week. such a great low-point dinner.

                              1. re: mariacarmen

                                I did not know that! All my grocery store has are high point flour, or the high fiber (EXPENSIVE) tortillas. I'm going to have to keep an eye out for corn tortillas, thanks for the info. :)

                                1. re: jujuthomas

                                  It also depends on size (well, doesn't everything?). The normal sized corn tortillas that are about 6-inches in diameter are one point.

                                2. re: mariacarmen

                                  Nope, I'm not talking about corn. I don't think that would go well with my banana and pb!! But I love corn tortillas at dinner.

                                  1. re: mariacarmen

                                    I preach that all the time to my husband and friends. If we are out for a Mexican dinner I also sub a corn tortilla in place of flour. Back in old, old WW you could have 2 corn tortillas as one bread. Where a flour was really considered 2 Breads. The High Fiber breads and tortillas upset my tummy.

                              2. finally had pasta tonight - 3oz of whole grain barilla (3oz is SO SMALL), 2 tablespoons of pesto mixed with fresh lemon juice and roasted tomatoes....and a huge salad with fresh roasted beets, 1tbls walnuts, veggies...so good. Beets are truly wonderful!