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WEIGHT WATCHERS FOODIES: WHAT ARE YOU COOKING? PART 4

Done! well, here we are again, whether we're trying to get remotivated, or meeting our goals, we all want to eat well but get healthy & trim doing it. I've started this new thread as a talisman for myself - need to get back on track! Let's hear what you're cooking that's smart, points friendly, and delicious....

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  1. good morning! Last night I made a baked breaded shrimp from skinnytaste. I think next time I"ll amp up the seasonings, but they were nice and crunchy!

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    1. re: jujuthomas

      Hi jujuthomas,
      I saw that recipe and thought it looked really good. Glad to hear a review of it! I'll try it next week, maybe!

    2. Good morning!
      Nice to post to this thread again, I've missed it. I seem to make the same three things, which I don't bother posting. Ratatouille and eggs, ratatouille and chicken breast, larb, boca burger, rinse and repeat. Maybe the cooler weather will inspire me to mix it up a bit.
      Tonight I have a bounty of vegetables left over from a work event. I mean a BOUNTY: sauteed onions, chanterelles, blanched chard, summer squash, confit tomatoes, herbs up the wazoo...too much for me to remember it all.
      I am thinking I will make a nice big tian to have on hand all week. A layer of onion, tomato, chard, roasted eggplant, thinly sliced squash and lots of herbs, just a smidge of olive oil. Covered, it cooks in the oven for an hour or more, until it all melts together in a lovely way. I could eat this everyday, and hope to during the end of the summer.
      To go with, I will slow roast a piece of wild salmon. I did this last week and it was so darn easy. I snagged a couple of fig leaves off my neighbors tree (shhh, I'll bring them cookies!) and lined a cazuela with them. The fish got salt and pepper and a little rub of oil. Put it on top of the leaves and into a 250F oven for about 25 minutes. It was a good size piece, the time varies and you just have to watch it. You want that almost raw, but not really quality.
      It's so moist this way, and the leaves impart this great aroma.
      That's my Sunday Supper. A martini may appear as well, it's been sooooooo long since I've had a martini.
      Oh, and I have a dozen oysters to get me started, too. The Italian doesn't know what he's missing, the big bozo.

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      1. re: rabaja

        Rabaja!
        Your salmon and tian sound wonderful! And the oysters as well! You definitely deserve a martini to celebrate reaching your goal! Go for it:)

      2. Thank you, mariacarmen:) For starting the new thread! Today I grocery shopped, and still need to run out to the farm stand for melons and tomatoes and red peppers. After I get back, I will be making: Copycat" Olive Garden " pasta e fagioli,( 3 points plus) and a couple of home made pizzas,( about 5 points plus a slice) and possibly a peach and plum claflouti-like dessert from skinnytaste (3 points plus) I've made that twice before, once with berries and once with peaches, and it is really quick to make and very good. Will be glad to post any recipes that anyone would like.

        1. Thank you for starting part 4!!!

          As of yesterday (I'm a Saturday weigh in gal) I am down 50.4. My husband has left for Afghanistan so I have been focusing on....well, I don't know what! Time goes by so fast - I wake up, an suddenly it's Sunday and I have to get ready to go back to work!

          Today, I am making white bean and vegetable soup, based on what's in the Points Plus cook book - just chopped up mirepoix, peppers, bay leaf, 2 cans of white beans and broth. I bought some fresh rainbow chard at the farmers market, so at the end, I am going to stir in strips of it. I've never made this before, so I will report back. Based on the WWPP cook book, I am estimating 6 points per cup.

          Also, I am making lemon herb barley with peas - also from the WWPP cook book. Lemon juice/zest, parsley, basil, barley, peas....it sounds like a great side dish to have available through the week and the cook book says 3 points per 2/3 cup. With my dinner tonight, because I earned so many APs, I'm going to mix in some lite feta.

          I went to Trader Joes today and got some GREAT PP friendly finds - individual bags of lite kettle corn (3), fiber fruit leather (1), and a few other things.

          ETA: I also bought what is probably the last farmers market peach today, so I think I'm going to saute it in a little butter, add some brown sugar splenda, and top with crushed amaretti cookies for a dessert. I have no frozen yogurt to top it with, unfortunately:(

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          1. re: Jeserf

            Jes, your white bean veg soup sounds delish!

            Last night I made a 1 pot recipe - my sister gave it to me and uses it to make "burritos", I like it by itself tho...
            1 pckg ground turkey browned
            add:
            taco seasoning - 1 packet store bought or equiv amt home made
            1 cup salsa
            1 can black beans
            1 can corn
            2 cups water or broth
            bring to a boil and add 2 cups quick cooking rice. cover and simmer until the rice is cooked through, 15-20 min. I have not figured out the ppv for this recipe. (bad juju!)

            dh had this on a low carb wrap with some fajita veggies we made him on saturday. it's very tasty.

            1. re: jujuthomas

              hm, that sounds good - I think for it to fill a wrap, it might have to be less moist for me (maybe cut back on the salsa) otherwise it is basically a turkey chili, right?

              I've been making chicken sausage and grilled veggies (no added oil, so 3-4 PP per sausage and 0 for the veggies) and topping it with what I call "southwestern slaw" in a tortilla for dinner often - it's delicious.

              I take the leftover slaw and add black beans to it and have it for lunch at work.

              Southwestern slaw - I am figuring 2PP per cup.
              -1 bag of shredded cabbage (or fresh if you want, I think they're 16 oz)
              - 1-2 jalapenos peppers, diced
              - 1/2 red or orange bell pepper, julliened
              - 1 cup corn (fresh is good, the roased corn from TJ is good too)
              - 1/2 cup packed cilantro, chopped
              - onions to taste (red is beautiful in this, and green onions are great, too - mix 'em up if you want).
              - 1 TSP (or more to taste) ground chipotle
              - juice of 2 limes
              - container of Chobani plain FF, thinned with lime juice from above
              - salt and pepper to taste

              combine everything and toss with dressing to coat...lasts well in the fridge and does not get soggy.

              GREAT on top of taco filling - I've been having this, the sausage/veggie mix, 100 cal pack of guacamole in the low carb tortillas for a great dinner.

              1. re: Jeserf

                you actually cook the turkey burrito stuff until the liquid is all absorbed, but it can be pretty messy. the rice is plenty for me, so I just eat it with a fork and skip the wrap. :)

                i'll have to show dh your southwestern slaw recipe and see what he thinks - it looks tasty! :)

                1. re: Jeserf

                  That slaw sounds really good!

              2. re: Jeserf

                the barley was REALLY good. I just cooked up the barley with a bay leaf, strained it, and made a dressing of 2 juiced lemons, a little grainy mustard, a little oil, salt and pepper and the herbs. Tossed the hot barley in it with the defrosted peas, and it was excellent. I added light feta to it with my dinner last night and it was an excellent side dish. I highly recommend.

                I served it with roasted farmers market fresh tomatoes and some grilled chicken (I bought it pre-grilled at trader joes, huge time saver for me, and keeps the heat/smells out of my apartment this way). Served it on top of the barley and feta. WW roll on the side. VERY filling and yummy.

                I think the barley would also be good if you made it a little more "wet" (don't drain it as well) and stir in some parmesean cheese for a risotto style side.

                1. re: Jeserf

                  Jeserf,
                  50.4 pounds is wonderful! Good for you! Both your white bean and vegetable soup and your herb barley peas sound good, although I might use brown rice instead of barley....have tried to like barley, and haven't yet succeeded!
                  I try to do a lot of stuff on the weekend too, ahead for meals during the week. I find if it's easier to stay on plan if my food is already to grab and go. So I usually have a bowl of cut up melon (one each of watermelon and cantelope.) for now, while they are in season, and a bowl of lettuce ready to throw in a salad...I like to use several different types of lettuce, so I mix them together...we have our own growing in window boxes ( we staggered plantings of it and have had it most of the summer) and I also buy small heads of 4 different kinds of artisanal lettuce at BJ's ( which is sort of like Costco or Sam's club) I buy large economy sized packages of boneless skinless chicken breasts at Walmart for $1.88/lb, and we have been marinating and grilling those ahead as well. They are great to chop p and thow in a salad. I also try to make some kind of main dish that is easy to just heat up. This week it was pasta e fagioli,,, last week it was stuffed peppers and eggplant parmiagiana, and I have been making my own sauce from fresh tomatoes, and I often make a fruit dessert on the weekend as well.

                  1. re: sunflwrsdh

                    I also cut up fruit on Sundays - a melon, a pineapple, and kiwi or whatnot.

                    And I ended up cutting up the peach and bringing it to work that way - they travel much better cut up!

                    I love having the fruit ready to go.

                    1. re: Jeserf

                      I love having the fruit ready to go too. My 3-year-old grandson started going to a new day care provider last week, and he now brings his lunch and snacks, and we often pack our meals for the next day together, which is fun. He absolutely loves the cut up melons.
                      I'm procrastinating tonight, because I did something to my lower back and it hurts, so I'm even happier that everything is all set to throw together in the morning! I usually bring breakfast and lunch to work; I make a pot of steel cut oats about once a week and scoop 1/2 cup of that into a container, I usually add a piece of fruit to that...either a cut up apple or banana or peach or some berries. Sometimes I switch to a whole grain low fat frozen waffle, with a teaspoon of my home made jam. For lunch, I usually have tossed salad, made with the lettuce I mentioned earlier, some matchstick carrots, cucumbers, and 3 ounces of cut up grilled chicken breast. I also have started adding different toppers to keep the salads interesting ( because I was starting to get tired of them and needed variety) . Tomorrow I'm adding some fresh raspberries and 1 oz goat cheese, and about 1 tbsp of glazed pecans. My grilled chicken was marinated in a raspberry walnut lite salad dressing, and I will also use that to dress the salad. The toppers add a few points to the salad, but if it keeps me eating healthy foods, it is worth it to me ( and the amount of cheese and nuts I add makes a total of like 4 points, I think, so with the chicken, it is like 7 points for lunch, not bad!)

                  2. re: Jeserf

                    jeserf, that is a great success story - congratulations! very best wishes to your hubby. so much on your mind.... can't imagine. my own little reasons for falling off the wagon are put into perspective.

                    1. re: mariacarmen

                      thank you, Mariacarmen. I'm fine - not many wives get 8 months to do nothing but focus on themselves! I worry a lot more about my friend, whose husband is gone for the first time, works fill time, has a three year old and one on the way (due while her husband is still away). She mentioned that she had a hard time putting a balanced meal together for them, so we're going to meet at a local Dutch market we've never been to - they have roasted chickens, pot pies, etc that are ready to go. So that'll help her and I love Dutch markets!

                      1. re: Jeserf

                        yikes, that is also a lot on her plate! (hah - no pun intended.) have fun at the market!

                  3. I just made a really filling fritatta for breakfast and thought I'd share. I sauteed vidalia onion with a summer squash in olive oil spray. Added some chopped, blanched chard and a spoonful of confit tomatoes. when this got cooked down and a little browned I crumbled 3/4 oz feta (real cheese, it's strong, so I don't use much and just like having the good stuff) on top and then pitched in three egg whites. Salt and pepper and turned the heat down to let the egg cook gently.
                    I know many don't like egg white omelettes, fritatta, etc., I happen to genuinely enjoy egg whites, but you could always use one egg and two whites.
                    This was so filling and good after my morning workout class, and will probably take me through mid-afternoon, along with a banana.
                    All in all, I think it was 4 points, what with the cheese, and a little oil in the tomatoes I used.

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                    1. re: rabaja

                      That frittata does sound really good. I make a lot of southwestern style omelettes, with the southwestern egg beaters, I saute some onions and peppers, then add the egg beaters, some pico di gallo and 1/4 cup of reduced fat Mexican cheese. Top with more pico di gallo and a teaspoon of fat free sour cream.

                    2. Tonight was a 93% lean hamburger, no bun or bread( 4points), and about 1/2 cup of sweet potato fries ( which are actually baked....3 points). It was very good, and even after 2 glasses of wine, I still have a few points left:)

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                      1. re: sunflwrsdh

                        don't you LOVE THAT??

                        1. re: mariacarmen

                          I do love that! Sadly, it's not the case tonight! 5-year-old granddaughter has started her dance classes again which usually means McDonald's after (we don't finish dance class till 6:30, so pretty much have to eat out, plus, she has become accustomed to it as part of our dance night routine)...so....bacon double, and unsweetened ice tea. Not very good or very healthy, but it was fun to watch the dance class:)

                          1. re: sunflwrsdh

                            that's what those extra points are for!

                      2. Tonight I layered some eggplant slices with Georgia polenta (sliced leftover grits), home-canned tomato-basil sauce, a dab of cottage cheese (lacking ricotta!), some pecorino romano and monterey jack, baked for about 1/2 hour. Served with fresh steamed green beans and a little bucatini with parmesan. 6 points for the eggplant dish.

                        Having lost 28 lbs as of today's WW meeting, when asked if I had anything to tell about that, I was proud to say that at the Atlanta Braves game last night, I sat in the seats and it didn't hurt my thighs! Anyone who's been to Turner Field or a ballpark with those narrow steel seats knows just what I mean.

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                        1. re: jmcarthur8

                          Congrats! That's fabulous! I've noticed I sit in some seats easier now too, and I can slip through small spaces, where before I'd get a little stuck.
                          Your eggplant dish sounds great too.

                          1. re: jmcarthur8

                            way to go on the loss!!!!

                            1. re: jmcarthur8

                              Your eggplant sounds wonderful, and congratulations on the 28 pound loss! That's great. And I do know what you mean about the smaller spaces.....I am thrilled with getting back into a size clothes that I haven't been able to fit into in over a decade...some of it may be "vanity sizing" but some is for real, and I love it! Bought a new pair of jeans for fall tonight in my new size,and I am so happy about it:)

                              1. re: jmcarthur8

                                congrats on the loss! I love that I can fit comfortably now in airplane seats! well... except for the legroom issue, but unless I chop myself off at the knees or fly first class, that one won't go away!

                                tonight's dinner was a pork loin roast covered in crushed garlic with salt, pepper and rosemary. divine.

                                1. re: jujuthomas

                                  Yum! that really sounds like fall to me:) I love pork, but my daughter doesn't eat it and since usually dinner involves my daughter and grandkids and me, we don't have pork very often. The kids are 3 and 5 and picky eaters, although we constantly encourage them to try new things, they always go back to the same old same old. 3 year old grandson wants either eggs or pizza or pasta, with a side of yogurt and fresh fruit, and 5 year old grand daughter wants a sandwich of some kind ( meatball or peanut butter and jelly usually) with cheese and fruit on the side. My daughter is also following Weight Watchers, and has lost over 50 pounds in the last 15 months, and has actually become a more adventurous eater on the plan than she was before. We have a lot of chicken ( done lots of different ways), salads, pasta , tacos, quesadillas ....things that can either be done in some quantity ahead, or are quick to make. I'm thinking about grilled chicken and baked potatoes stuffed with broccoli and light cheese for tomorrow night. And will probably make some soups and possibly chicken enchiladas from Skinnytaste over the weekend. I"m thinking my husband is off on Friday, and I can probably convince him to have home made whole wheat pizza dough ready when I get home from work, and pizza and a couple of glasses of that Italian red that I love will be a good Friday happy hour meal:)

                                  1. re: sunflwrsdh

                                    just to add to the fall flavor, I also roasted a butternut squash with some onion and garlic. o.m.g. so good! I missed winter squash over the summer. :)

                                    my sister's kids were super-picky also (well, still are) she used to tell them they were eating chicken-pork to get them to try her pork roasts, lol!

                                    pizza and a couple glasses of wine sounds like a perfect happy hour meal! :)

                                    1. re: jujuthomas

                                      That is the plan:)
                                      Roasted butternut squash sounds so good! It has been raining and chilly here in upstate NY today, so fall meals sound even better to me:) I've missed winter squash too!

                                2. re: jmcarthur8

                                  wheeeeeee - fabulous jm, just fabulous!

                                  1. re: mariacarmen

                                    ;-)

                                  2. re: jmcarthur8

                                    Thanks to everyone for the kudos!

                                  3. Enjoyed FAR too much veggie taco tonight - I served the mix (made with soy crumbles) over spaghetti squash and topped it with some crushed baked tortilla chips. It was really spicy tonight - those farmers market seranos did the trick! My nose is still running!

                                    I did eat too much of it, though. At least I did kickboxing tonight!

                                    I'll have the rest of the spaghetti squash with a little taco filling for lunch tomorrow.

                                    Ugh now I want to hibernate! :)

                                    1. SO worried about tomorrow's weigh in. I'm up on my home scale and I know I've been eating too much - hunger and hormones (I stopped birth control when my husband left for afghanistan and am not used to these ups and downs...ugh they're bad).

                                      But, I'll take whatever happens tomorrow in stride. I hit my 50....so hopefully it won't do too much damage. I worked out a lot this week, so that's a plus. I'll just be frustrated until I get back to 50lbs lost, I guess!

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                                      1. re: Jeserf

                                        good luck!

                                        1. re: Jeserf

                                          Yes, lots of luck, and don't beat yourself up over it! A couple of days of over eating can make you feel a little out of control, but it only takes one or two days of good choices to turn it all around -at least, I find.
                                          Day with my parents yesterday, felt good with my apple and popcorn at the fair, but who had to have cocktails and fried squash blossoms with dinner? My evil twin, that's who!

                                          1. re: rabaja

                                            I don't feel like Io over ate to any significant degree, just that what I had eaten was not as balanced and within range as I often am. It's annoying because after this much loss, it turns in to ONE event ruining your momentum, you know? Everything counts now, whereas previously, there was more room for "error".
                                            I'm not working out today, either - I'm tired. I promised I'd go to synagogue tonight, too....I sort of just want to do laundry and sleep. Tomorrow I'm meeting another Marine's wife to go to an Amish market. I'm allowing myself lee-way with that, and will workout extra on Sunday (or even add one tomorrow afternoon if I can).

                                        2. Last night I made a lamb shoulder arm chop. Very simply seared and finished in the oven (got too dark to grill, hello fall) after sitting in pounded herbs, garlic and olive oil for a few hours. It was good, but the fat made the points add up rather quickly. 5 oz was around 8 points. A nice treat once ion a while though. I guess lamb chops would be a better option, if I wanted to fork over 4x the cash.
                                          Tonight I'd like eggplant. And tomatoes and squash. Everything summer on a plate I think, before it's all gone!

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                                          1. re: rabaja

                                            dang that all sounds really, really good. you and lamb, rabaja - always making me drool!

                                            1. re: mariacarmen

                                              I actually thought of you last night, because it was so NOT gamey. I was thinking about how your boyfriend doesn't like lamb, per se, but this was a nice little steak.
                                              The new zealand lamb is on sale at WF right now, I got two bone in chops for around $5. The shoulder blade chops are even less, at $3.99/lb.
                                              It was a snap to cook too, few minutes on each side and perfectly med-rare.

                                              1. re: rabaja

                                                hmmmm.... i may have to go look for that. he'll turn up his nose, but he does like it if it's not gamey. which means he usually likes it most as heavily spiced and ground (meatballs) or in a curry. but even then.... me, my favorite is a big old pink garlic-rosemary-stuffed roasted leg o'lamb.

                                          2. ugh up a lot, feeling crappy physically....I bought too much junk at the Amish market I went to yesterday. Taking it to work tomorrow so they eat it all!

                                            Having egg beaters, Amish market maple turkey bacon and fruit for dinner. Hoping this makes me feel better....

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                                            1. re: Jeserf

                                              I hope you feel better too! I would totally buy too much junk at an Amish market too; sounds great; I've never been to one.

                                              1. re: sunflwrsdh

                                                I got a carrot loaf, some dried fruit (a WW no no), "monkey munch", one slice of pumpkin roll (still in my fridge) and two cookies for a coworker. Everything but the pumpkin roll is coming to work with me this morning! They had AMAZING stuff - apple cheesecake samples!!!

                                            2. Not such a WW friendly meal tonight, my mom's 72nd birthday,so I made her favorites! (I did do some lightening up, though!) Tossed salad, two lasagnas...traditional with turkey sausage, and 93% lean ground beef, and Paula Deen's seafood lasagna ( I used fat free half and half...and there was only 3 tbsp of butter in it!) didn't calculate points, and probably don't want to...lol
                                              Hershey's cocoa cake with mascarpone cream frosting. Wayyy too many points, but Mom loved everything! I packaged the lasagna up in single serving (small servings!) containers and froze it for lunches, to minimize the damages!

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                                              1. re: sunflwrsdh

                                                Good plan to freeze the lasagna - it's so nice to have those grab and go lunches! :) Last night we had pork spiedis, an Broome Co NY specialty - I had a nice lean pork loin roast that I cut up and marinated in spiedi sauce.

                                                this week is fridge clean out for us - vacation starts Sunday, so no baking if I don't have the ingredients in there... I really want to try last week's pumpkin cupcake recipe from skinny taste - my sister says it's amazing.

                                              2. On Sunday, I sauteed 2 chicken breasts that sat in broth and herbs for a little bit with fresh tomatoes, green beans, onions, and garlic until the tomatoes released their moisture and I added broth which I cooked down.

                                                Served it on top of barley that I mixed with a few chopped walnuts, chopped dried cherries and spinach.

                                                With the leftover chicken I heated it up in a little bit of canned Hunt's tomato sauce with garlic and oregano and then served it over the leftover barley.

                                                It was actually pretty tasty. The barley was delicious. It's my new thing, this barley!

                                                I have some 93% lean beef I might use tonight to make some pasta sauce. I just can't get over the points value of pasta....lol

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                                                1. re: Jeserf

                                                  That all sounds so good! I love brothy vegetable dishes like that, and with the chicken and barley, even better.

                                                  I hear you on the pasta, almost out of my repetoire because it takes up so many points. And 2 oz of barilla plus isn't squat. Friday night I came home after a terrible blind date and boiled up 3 oz of pasta (because I wanted to, dammit), and had it with some shredded short ribs and roasted tomatoes, and lots of parm. It was so decadent, and totally helped the evening to get better, with a big glass of red.
                                                  Of course, Saturday morning I woke up with the stomach flu, so everything got balanced out in the end. ;)
                                                  Is there a better pasta choice? I like the barilla plus, but the penne and rotelle seem more satisfying at 2 oz, with lots of veg mix-ins. I do Eden soba occassionally, too. Bulgur has been my preferred starch/carb/grain. It goes with everything and just seems so digestable.

                                                  1. re: rabaja

                                                    ...spaghetti squash?

                                                    I also have taken to measuring out 3oz of pasta - it's more doable as a dinner.

                                                    Tonight I did 93% lean beef, onion, garlic, pepper, mushrooms with a large can of San Marzano crushed tomatoes. Served it on top of the 3oz.

                                                    Nights are getting difficult - with husband unit gone, I've started finding myself craving again.............

                                                    1. re: rabaja

                                                      there you go again - "balanced out in the end."

                                                      1. re: mariacarmen

                                                        oh my god, shut up already. You're worse than my blind date. ;).

                                                        1. re: rabaja

                                                          ahahah! your blind date knows about your - ahem - issues? (snicker.) i can't stop. neither could you. AHAHAHAHAH. ok, i'm done!

                                                  2. Two point friendly dinners the last two nights, not super exciting, but I'm sharing anyway.
                                                    Sunday I really wanted pho. Pho like I used to get in the city, with a light broth, full of cilantro and delicious, tender noodles and white meat chicken. Some lemon and schirracha and it's heaven in a bowl. Well, I'm not in the city anymore, where this delicious soup is made so I tried to do it up at home. It was pretty good, but my noodles were mung bean -just NOT the same, although better point wise.
                                                    I simmered ginger and jalapeno in some homemade stock, poached the chicken broth in this, then shredded it and put it all over noodles with basil and beansprouts. It was pretty good, but next time I'm in SF I'm swinging by Turtle Tower to get a large pho ga to go.
                                                    Last night I made simple teriyaki chicken thighs, marinated for about 3 hours, cooked over a rack at 375 till tender. A bowl of Japanese brown rice (love this stuff, 1/2 c = 4 points and it's so similar to white asian rice. It has the bran attached, but hulled, or something like that. Pricey, but I've had my bag since last Winter. -not an everyday starch, maybe once a week.).
                                                    Anyway, I added teeny julienned ginger to the rice, and lots of chopped scallions over everything. Oh, and sauteed spinach with barely any oil served as a veg. So simple, and utterly satisfying.
                                                    Tonight, who knows, still getting my stomach-legs back after the flu, so probably something equally as simple.

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                                                    1. re: rabaja

                                                      sounds delicious - I don't eat chicken thighs, but I'm sure it's good with breast or even tofu!

                                                      1. re: rabaja

                                                        Sounds great, rabaja! Last night was son-in-law grilled a sirloin steak, big green salad, and sweet potato fries. Tonight was home made pizza on whole wheat crust with my own sauce and 2% pizza cheese. It was good, and fairly points friendly ( I think we figured 5 pts/slice) and quick, because I got home at 5 and we needed to have 5-year old gd to soccer practice by 6! And tomorrow night is her dance class, which means the one trip to McDonald's a week.....unless I can talk her into someplace else....if only restaurants with decent food also had play areas!

                                                      2. Matzo ball soup!

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                                                        1. re: Jeserf

                                                          Yum, I've been craving that. Maybe next week, as we have rain coming this way.
                                                          Did you figure out the points for a ball?

                                                          1. re: rabaja

                                                            they actually have recipes on the WW site for it - a couple. However, I bought it all ready to go from Whole Foods! Theirs had nutrition info - 5 a serving. It was very, very good - I'm usually skeptical of their stuff, and I like my matzo balls fluffy like my grandma (the trick is seltzer!)....that said, theirs was actually really good this year. I am going to buy more this weekend :)

                                                        2. I made a batch of caponata this week, and last night I enjoyed it with two poached eggs. Of course i had to break out a whole wheat roll to wipe out my bowl, but with all that veg, a judicious amount of olive oil and the eggs, I am guessing it was about 10 points. Not bad for dinner.

                                                          The caponata was from Slater's Tender, the current COTM. It's basically sauteed onions, peppers, garlic and celery, to which you add salted eggplant and some form of tomato. -I used peeled sun golds I had sitting around in the fridge, which made the whole dish very easy to pull together.
                                                          Oh, and capers, and raisins and vinegar to give it some tang. I added an arbol chile too, because I love them.

                                                          Will have it again, maybe with salmon or chicken. I kind of resist having eggs for dinner these days, but last night I realized that at two points each, you can make a very filling dinner with them. Not sure why I've been telling myself two would be too many points.

                                                          1. Has anyone found truly flavorful recipes using ground turkey? Have a coupon for BOGO, but passed it by 'cause it's just so very, very blah. Have tried several WW recipes, and nothing gives it any oomph. Ideas?

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                                                            1. re: pine time

                                                              My son made these turkey - blue cheese meatballs for us for dinner last night. They really were good!

                                                              http://allrecipes.com/recipe/tantaliz...

                                                              We didn't put a sauce on them, but we thought we might make a meatball sandwich with hubby's homemade tomato sauce and some mozzarella, with the leftovers.
                                                              I came up with 2 points each.

                                                              1. re: jmcarthur8

                                                                Thanks--will give these a try (for me only, sadly Mr Pine doesn't like bleu cheese).

                                                                1. re: pine time

                                                                  Would he go for feta or chevre or maybe even ricotta salata? I think any of those would work. The feta or chevre would give it the moisture that the blue cheese does.

                                                                  1. re: jmcarthur8

                                                                    Thanks. Maybe ricotta 'cause he doesn't like feta, either. Hey, I consider myself lucky that he finally will eat Parmesan--only took me 35 yrs of marriage to get him over that eating hurdle!

                                                              2. re: pine time

                                                                I've been using turkey in chili, spaghetti sauce, and tacos lately. It's not the same flavor that I normally get in those dishes, but not too bad. I just can't stand the blah factor in dishes where the meat has to stand alone (like burgers), but subbing it in dishes where it becomes part of a sauce is a little easier for me to stomach.

                                                              3. Tonight was spaghetti and meatballs...Skinnytaste recipe, and it came out great. I love her spinach meatballs, because my grandchildren eat them and they contain vegetables, which we usually have to find some way to sneak into them! And, they really taste good! I'm sort of stuck on ideas for the rest of this week,,,,have been wanting to make chicken pot pie, and may try to figure out a points friendly way to do that. I usually make it with a cheddar cheese double crust...hmmm, maybe the same crust with 2% cheddar and only one crust instead of 2. nothing else that's in it should be a problem. We'll see.

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                                                                1. re: sunflwrsdh

                                                                  Chicken pot pie is going to have to be on the menu this month. I usually make a single, top-crust one, with breast meat, lots of veggies and milk and wine. It's not too heavy, but the best trick is to make it, bring it to my sisters for dinner and leave the rest for her and her family.
                                                                  Tuna noodle casserole is another craving I've been having lately. I bet Cooking Light has some good recipes.

                                                                  1. re: rabaja

                                                                    the tuna noodle casserole from skinnytaste is REALLY good. It is seriously delicious. The only difference I make is I add broccoli. It is so good, that I want some now.

                                                                    I think for chicken pot pie, it might be worth making the filling like a stew, and then with the puffed pastry, making "biscuits" out of them and just using them as toppers might be pretty light. Just an idea. I know skinnytaste has a "chicken pot pie soup" recipe. I make root vegetable pot pie filling and use that at soup. It's delicious.

                                                                    1. re: Jeserf

                                                                      It looks really good, thanks for mentioning it. I will add in some broccoli too, that's smart.

                                                                2. the other points friendly and delicious thing I made recently was a roasted sweet potato salad, with cranberries and pumpkin seeds. It was from this month's Cooking Light Magazine and it was really good with last weekend's meat loaf:)

                                                                  1. chicken...roasted delicata squash and some roasted brussels sprouts. For lunch, split pea soup and some corn bread. It's far too cold for anything else. Or October for that matter! :)

                                                                    I need to get off this yo-yo. of losing a good number, gaining a little. It's a quasi-plateau. Down 51lbs...it's very annoying. I'm taking extra cardio classes this week in the hopes that it'll help, but I DID go to an amazing DC restaurant last night with my girlfriends. I only ate 1/2 my burger, but did have a cocktail and dessert. I estimated 35 points for dinner, but I earned 7 APs and ate very small earlier in the day. Hopefully it won't do a huge dent. I'm vigilant for now and have good things ready for the week ahead.

                                                                    1. Kimchi is my new favorite super WW food! a 1/2 cup is ZERO PTS, and 2-1/2 cups is 2 pts! to me the stuff is addictive, and a little goes a long way. had it over steamed rice today, with a little bit of just the leftover sauce from a pork stew, which i calculated as a total of 4-5 pts. for lunch, and totally satisfying and delicious. the other night i made that stew with kimchi and other flavorings, only a tiny bit of sesame oil for the whole pot, and we had that for tacos tonight.

                                                                      1. Last night I made a super simple chicken soup. I love the warm months of summer, but damn am I looking forward to soups and stews, and hot, brothy things.
                                                                        Sauteed an onion, with some chard stems, and diced carrot, in olive oil, enough to moisten everything. A bay leaf, some arbol chile and thyme were added, then the chopped chard leaves, some homemade oven roasted tomatoes and a quart of chicken stock.
                                                                        While this sauteed I roasted four b/s chicken thighs, which I then diced and added into the piping hot soup. A good amount of salt and pepper and a cup of hydrated bulgur for some ooomph.
                                                                        I had two bowls, not sure how many points it was, but it was very satisfying.

                                                                        1. More matzo ball soup!

                                                                          I also had split pea soup (vegetarian). It was excellent.

                                                                          1. Salad with baby romaine, beets, balsamic glaze and topped with a roasted winter squash and pear salad...AND Curried Peanut Butternut Squash and Brown Rice Soup from:
                                                                            http://www.thesoupergirl.com/how-it-w...

                                                                            I went there today and stocked up!

                                                                            Down 53.4lbs so far....hoping to keep momentum

                                                                            1. A recipe in cookbook " WW great cooking every day" which I have improvised: Bass & Scallops
                                                                              en Papilote. This is very easy and tasty.

                                                                              1. I hope this doesn't count as thread necromancy- it's only been 10 days or so since the last post. I started WW 2 weeks ago, and I sailed through the first week by eating mostly salads, but this week I felt the urge to cook "for real" again, and I got a little bit depressed by some of the recipes they had on their site. It makes me really happy to see that there are chowhounds who are also WW-ers.
                                                                                Yesterday I made butternut squash and shallot tagine (I adapted what I think is Bittman's recipe by cutting back on the oil and the almonds) with cous cous. It ended up being 7 pts per serving for the tagine (I rounded up to be on the safe side) and 4 for the cous cous.
                                                                                The day before I made broiled tandoori-style seasoned chicken and served it with cauliflower and a scoop of brown rice. 2 thighs were 7 pts (I didn't have chicken breasts on hand), plus 2 for the scoop of rice, and 1 for the roasted cauliflower (I rubbed the pan with oil).
                                                                                I'm excited to try out some of the recipes here. Why didn't I think of making ratatouille?
                                                                                Guess that's what chowhound is about.

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                                                                                1. re: nerdette

                                                                                  Wow sounds like you're diving in to delicious points-friendly meals! that's great! Do you have the recipe for the tagine?

                                                                                  I've been eating mostly soup for dinner these days because by the time I get home from the gym and walking the dog, I just want to eat something! I've been getting my soup from the Soupergirl cafe in DC and adding a salad before I dig in to the soup - usually with beets for iron. I'm going to try to cook more this week.

                                                                                  Stick with it - it's a great plan! I'm down 55lbs....lets home tomorrow keeps me going strong, because I like the sound of 55 vs 54 if I gain :)

                                                                                  1. re: Jeserf

                                                                                    Congratulations on your 55 # loss!

                                                                                    1. re: Jeserf

                                                                                      Congrats, Jeserf ! 55 pounds is really impressive!

                                                                                      Below is the recipe for the tagine. The WW-friendly modifications are in parenthesis. The recipe was e-mailed me by an acquaintance, so I am not sure where exactly it's from, but I think it might be Bittman's recipe. If somebody recognizes it and knows who's the author, let me know. The recipe says that it makes 3 servings, but I have always gotten 6 out of it and even the 6 are on the large side. My husband is tall and has a very healthy appetite, and even he found that dividing it into 6 servings was pretty reasonable.

                                                                                      3 T olive oil with a pat of butter (I only use 1 T of oil, no butter)
                                                                                      12 shallots, peeled but left whole
                                                                                      8 garlic cloves
                                                                                      2/3 cup golden raisins (I use 1/2 cup)
                                                                                      2/3 cup almonds (again, I cut back to 1/2 cup)
                                                                                      1-2 tablespoons dark honey
                                                                                      1 medium butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and sliced
                                                                                      salt and pepper
                                                                                      small bunch of cilantro
                                                                                      1 lemon cut into wedges

                                                                                      Heat the oil (and butter, if you're using it) in a tagine or a heavy dish. Stir in the shallots and the garlic and saute until they begin to color. Add the raisins and the almonds, stir in the harissa and honey. Add the squash, toss, and pour enough water to cover the base. Cover and cook gently for 15-20 min. Season with salt and pepper, sprinkle the cilantro over the top, and serve with wedges of lemon to squeeze over the dish.

                                                                                      I weighed the squash I used (it was large), and the WW recipe was about 7 pts per serving after the modifications (if you split it into 6 servings).
                                                                                      The points are a lot higher if you use the original u recipe, but the modifications didn't affect the taste too much and it was my first attempt at modifying a non-WW recipe.

                                                                                      Tonight I'll be trying skinny kitchen's pollo in pottachio (6 pts for 2 thighs + 2 for a serving of polenta), and tomorrow I'll make her roasted potatoes with peppers and chicken sausage.

                                                                                  2. These threads inspired me to try out WW for the first time a few months ago. I'm down nearly 20 lbs in the last 6 months or so, 12 of them since WW. So in the spirit of the thread, I wanted to offer up a delicious, points-friendly dish I made the other day...winter tabbouleh from Gourmet Today based on a dish from Moro in London apparently.

                                                                                    It's not like any tabbouleh you've had -- it's raw cauliflower, endive, fennel, pomegranate seeds, walnuts, parsley and mint with bulgur and a pomegranate molasses dressing. I made some substitutions -- cucumber and jalapeno and scallion instead of endive and fennel (I'm sure they'd be delicious but didn't have them in the house) and also used whole-wheat couscous instead of barley and and marcona almonds instead of walnuts and cut the oil in the dressing in half. With those changes, I calculated 5 points a serving -- very filling, tons of veg, great pop from the pomegranate seeds, altogether delicious!

                                                                                    Recipe if you're interested:
                                                                                    http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/mem...

                                                                                    I've also been making a pomegranate slaw-like thing to go in carne asada tacos -- shredded green cabbage, chopped jalapeno, pomegranate seeds and scallion with lemon juice squeezed over it to soften it up a bit (no oil -- I'd rather use my fat calories on cheese!). Just a bit of meat, a tablespoon of goat cheese and a bunch of the slaw makes for a delicious taco and then the leftover slaw with some added cabbage becomes the base for a salad the next day with a bit of the leftover carne asada.

                                                                                    Can you tell I like pomegranates?!

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                                                                                    1. re: mebby

                                                                                      Both of those dishes sound right up my alley, thanks for sharing.
                                                                                      COngrats on your weight loss, too! 20 lbs is huge, isn't it? Very inspiring and I bet you feel so good these days.
                                                                                      I am going to try both of your suggestions just as soon as my schedule irons itself out. The taco idea is great, as I find a little meat and a ton of crunchy veg like cabbage is really what makes the difference in meals. You fill yourself up, but your body uses it as fuel, not winter layering!

                                                                                      1. re: mebby

                                                                                        That slaw sounds really good!

                                                                                      2. http://www.skinnytaste.com/2011/10/cr...

                                                                                        This was dinner Sunday, lunch yesterday and today. it is so good! next time tho I'll add more hot chili powder or some more serious chilis because there's no heat to it and chili should have some heat IMO. :)

                                                                                        1. I made a macaroni and cheese recipe from Cooking Light the other day. It had butternut squash instead of bechamel, and though I loved the flavor of it, nothing can replace the real thing. It calls for parmesan and gruyere, and I followed the recipe, but it was better with some grated cheddar on top. The points really weren't a big savings, but the amount of fat in the dish was much healthier than traditional mac and cheese.

                                                                                          1. Does anyone have a recipe for a good low point bread - sandwich-type bread? I have a bread machine but it doesn't have to be a recipe for the machine. I'm just SO OVER the ww, the sara lee de-lite-ful, the whatever bread that seems more air than anything else.

                                                                                            1. 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/774503 - will post on both and hopefully someone will explain the reason:)

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                                                                                              1. re: herby

                                                                                                if you notice, this is #4... the other is #2. when the thread gets too long to load or read easily, we start a new one.
                                                                                                we really should post links in the old ones to the new threads, then ask the mods to lock them.

                                                                                                did you have a specific something to say about WW herby or were you just curious about the threads?

                                                                                                1. re: jujuthomas

                                                                                                  Oh, I have been lurking, trying to learn from you guys what do I need to change in my cooking/eating habits to be able to loose weight. Going to WW is so inconvenient that I know I'll start and not go after a short while. Is anyone doing it online? Is anyone just following WW cookbooks? Grateful for your advice .

                                                                                                  1. re: herby

                                                                                                    Lots of people do it online, and their website is very useful for that. DH and I have been going to WW meetings for almost 4 years now - it's just become part of our weekly routine. I find that it doesn't really work for me unless I track what I eat, even tho I'm lifetime now. If I don't track I don't maintain. :\

                                                                                                    1. re: herby

                                                                                                      herby, I have been going to WW meetings since April, and tracking online daily. I've lost 37 lbs and it hasn't been a struggle at all. I agree with juju that I must track what I eat to make it work. I haven't changed what I eat as much as I have changed the proportions of what I eat.
                                                                                                      I love the meetings for the camaraderie and the support. We have a bunch of funny, smart and upbeat members, along with a leader who has lots of personality and energy. New people come all the time, and everyone is welcomed and appreciated. I plan to continue going weekly indefinitely.

                                                                                                      The online tracking is the way to go. I don't have to figure anything out, it's all in the program. I just have to plug in what I ate and how much, and the program figures out the 'points'. In my case, I am allowed 29 points per day. Hubby has 36 points per day. Having that guideline helps me pace myself through the day with meals and snacks.

                                                                                                      1. re: jmcarthur8

                                                                                                        it's so critical, I think, to find a ww leader that you like. I don't believe I'd be where I am today without my leader. A good meeting isn't a chore - it's an inspiration to find and try new things. :)

                                                                                                        gah - I sound like some crazy ww cheerleader, don't I?!?! lol

                                                                                                        1. re: jujuthomas

                                                                                                          A good meeting is absolutely not a chore! You are so right, juju. We have a member who reached her goal weight over 7 years ago, and she is there every week for the support and inspiration that the group gives her.

                                                                                                2. i want back on this wagon! 5 lb. gain since mid-October is shockingly uncomfortable, and all you people are very inspiring. congrats to all who have been diligent and losing weight!

                                                                                                  Not a lot of cooking, but i paired pre-cooked duck confit (just heat and crisp) from Costco with an Israeli couscous dish. the WW recipe called for apricots, but i thought i only had dried cherries. upon pouring some from the bag they were in, it turned out they were fresh frozen cranberries! I had already put some dill in the pot, and some pine nuts, but it all worked out ok. The entire meal, with a slaw-like salad, was about 10 pts. The duck was tasty tho a tad dry. And it's 5 pts. for one little leg, but it was plenty for me. the BF is joining me in solidarity (he can snack when i'm not around), but he had also made a zucchini potato dish that was exceptionally tasty, and I just ate the zucchini out of it.

                                                                                                  Here's to a thinner, healthier us for 2012!

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                                                                                                  1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                    So happy to see your posting, mariacarmen! Just joined WW on line and definitely support and help to figure out how to adjust my cooking so the dishes are point friendly. Made chicken fricassee last night from 150 Best with skinless thighs and reduced oil. Will enter recipe into WW site to figure out how well (or not) did I do on the points.

                                                                                                    Happy and healthy NY to all!

                                                                                                    1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                      so glad you guys pushed up this thread, I've missed it! After a decadent December (travel, tons of sweets, a total of four workouts for the month, holiday drinks and movie marathons - pure heaven) I am sure i am up 5 lbs., but I won't weigh myself until next week. Yes, I am that scared and don't want to depress myself. I figure a week of workouts and eating right will better prepare me for what the scale says.

                                                                                                      Last night I braised green cabbage with apples and roasted some butternut squash with a russet and a bulb of fennel. We had those sides with gently re-heated pork loin from New Years day dinner. It was satisfying and not too heavy. I am trying to ease myself (and my better half) into lighter meals, don't want to shock the system or anything!

                                                                                                      The night before we had a really comforting brothy vegetable soup. I trimmed up some prime rib slices and added that to sauteed chard stems, onions, carrots, celery, celeriac and mushrooms. A 1/4 cup of pearl barley gave some oomph and I used a chicken/turkey stock I'd made over the weekend. I added the usual bay leaf, arbol chile and cheese rind, which I think always makes for better soup. It was great, and the next day I was able to de-fat it, so even better leftovers.

                                                                                                      I try to make veg heavy soups, but with some meat and grain so you fill up and stay satisfied.

                                                                                                      Next up, I am craving green chile-chicken soup with bulgur, cilantro and corn.

                                                                                                      Tonight I am toying with the idea of mapo tofu, but a rotiserie chicken may win out.

                                                                                                      MC -I've had that CostCo duck confit, not too shabby. I warmed it and served it alongside sliced duck breast last month. Oh wait, maybe that's why I'm five lbs. heavier!

                                                                                                      1. re: rabaja

                                                                                                        Nice to see you posting too, Rabaja! I've also missed this thread....your soup sounds great! I also tend to make veg heavy soups, and will be making some this weekend for sure; made split pea with ham bone leftover from New Year's Eve ham dinner. It was only 4 points per cup; not too bad.
                                                                                                        May we all get 5 pound stars soon:)

                                                                                                      2. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                        I love that you've managed to successfully combine "duck confit" and "weight watchers" -- only on Chowhound!

                                                                                                        1. re: mebby

                                                                                                          yep, we'll see how successful i actually was at that, come weigh time!

                                                                                                          glad to see you all here!

                                                                                                          today i had for lunch a cup of the WW (sort of altered) recipe for israeli couscous. 5 pts. followed by a banana and a package of tasted wasabi-flavored seaweed (tastes like chips to me) - 2 pts.!

                                                                                                          tonight... uh-oh.... going to a friend's local restaurant that serves 99% MAC-N-CHEESE DISHES luckily I have 19 pts left for the day!

                                                                                                          1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                            How did you manage to have 19 pts left?! I have only 8 pts left:( What did you have for breakfast? I am going to make veg soup this weekend that is 1pt per cup and eat it for lunch next week with fruit cup and some protein. Maybe I will have some pts left for dinner this way.

                                                                                                            1. re: herby

                                                                                                              Exactly. I have 11 left post-lunch (I'm guessing that MC must not be a breakfast eater). I'm finding that this reduction from 29 to 26 daily points is unexpectedly difficult. I worked out for nearly 2 hours this morning in an effort to undo the effects of last night's girls' night out at the wine and small plates bar, but I'm still - ahem - slightly negative for the week. I'm going out again tonight, so I've made a running date with a girlfriend for tomorrow morning. Onward in my WW hamster wheel!

                                                                                                              On the other hand, I did just have a delicious lunch of leftover sauteed chorizo and kale in a corn tortilla quesadilla with goat cheese and red pepper spread. 7 points is a little higher than I like to go for lunch, but I don't feel the least bit deprived right now!

                                                                                                              And, herby, it just takes a week or two to find a few things that are go-to easy items for lunches and snacks so you can save more points for dinner. For me it helped to specifically address my cravings, particularly for carbs and cheese. So for me 1-point corn tortillas and 2 points for 3 Tbsp of crumbled goat cheese with a bunch of healthy and filling greens and some spices thrown in is a great entry point into a quick breakfast or lunch that tastes delicious.

                                                                                                              1. re: mebby

                                                                                                                I agree that the reduction from 29 to 26 points is unexpectedly difficult, and I am not ready yet to switch back and forth from tracking to Simply Filling. ( I need to get the habit of tracking more firmly entrenched before I deviate from it.)
                                                                                                                I tend to have a really low points breakfast and lower points at lunch and usually end up with between 10 and 15 points left at dinner time.
                                                                                                                I also hear you about the hamster wheel of WW...I have often felt that way! And the cravings for carbs and cheese....those are my downfalls too, and I also try to spice up the lighter cheeses. I use a lot of salsa.

                                                                                                              2. re: herby

                                                                                                                One of my favourite breakfasts is a high fibre tortilla (1 point) with 1 tbsp peanut butter (2 points) wrapped around a banana (0 points). Filling and quick.

                                                                                                                Eggs are also my friend. An egg with a little cheese on a high fibre tortila is only 4 points.

                                                                                                                1. re: CanadaGirl

                                                                                                                  I agree...eggs are good! I've been making some of the Hungry Girl egg mugs lately as well.

                                                                                                                2. re: herby

                                                                                                                  i have fruit for breakfast, and fruit is free (unless they changed that?? please don't tell me they changed that!!) i had three small clementines, and then a cup of 5 pts. israeli couscous, and a bag of 2 pt. toasted seaweed at lunch. i ended up eating another bag of the seaweed in the late afternoon, so i really only had 17 pts. left for dinner.

                                                                                                                  i didn't finish the mac-n-cheese, but i'm sure i used up all 17 pts. oh, also had a glass of dry riesling with that. but I NEVER. COUNT. ALCOHOL.

                                                                                                                  1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                    If I never counted alcohol, I might actually be within my points limit this week! Tonight I am going out for the third night in a row and, yes, there will once again be wine. Dating and dieting really don't mix. But, inspired by you, I had an essential greens juice and a clementine for breakfast this morning and coffee with soy milk, so I've only used one point so far today (and, not they didn't change the fruit and veg is free thing).

                                                                                                                    1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                      Fruit is still free. And if you operate under the assumption that wine is made from grapes, then I guess you don't need to count that either:)

                                                                                                                      1. re: sunflwrsdh

                                                                                                                        i think rationalizing is points-free too!

                                                                                                                        1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                          It sure is:)
                                                                                                                          May even be worth a couple of activity points!

                                                                                                                          1. re: sunflwrsdh

                                                                                                                            yessssss!

                                                                                                                      2. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                        I used to tell people that I was on European WW, meaning that alcohol didn't have any points! I managed to lose and keep off 45lbs!

                                                                                                                        1. re: ludmilasdaughter

                                                                                                                          haha- love it! see! i knew it could be done! thanks for this!

                                                                                                                          1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                            +1 for the European WW!

                                                                                                                3. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                  Also "back on the wagon" and also have gained about 5 lbs since October! And it is very uncomfortable, I completely agree. So....although I rededicated to WW about 3 weeks ago, and went to all the meetings about the 2012 new plan, (it's still points plus, seems like just less of them! My target is now 26 instead of 29.) I hadn't really gotten serious about following the program until New Year's. This week I have tracked everything, and have stayed within my target every day. I have been exercising 15 minutes every morning, which I still don't love, never have:)
                                                                                                                  I have actually been trying some repetition this time, because some of my friends who have been very successful with WW have done well with repetition. So I have been having 1/2 cup of steel cut oats with a chopped apple, a teaspoon of brown sugar and a sprinkle of cinnamon and nutmeg every day for breakfast. (I make it the night before and microwave it at work.) I have it with about 1/2 cup of almond milk. This is all only 3 points. I also make a smoothie every morning with 1/2 of a banana, about a cup of frozen mixed berries, and a cup of almond milk, which I drink on my way to work.
                                                                                                                  For lunch, I usually take leftovers from supper from the night before. Tonight we had a lightened up beef stroganoff, which I had with 1/2 cup of egg noodles, (5 points including the noodles) and a large portion of steamed broccoli. ( I didn't actually cook, my husband did. He is home all the time now and has been wonderful about cooking healthy points friendly meals!) I'll take leftovers to work for lunch tomorow.
                                                                                                                  This weekend, I'm planning on trying a new recipe for a chicken teriyaki salad, as well as Skinnytaste's chicken enhiladas, which I love and are only 4 points each. My husband also made her spinach stuffed chicken rollatini this week and it was great. Also thinking about some soup...not sure what yet. Glad to see you back and happy for the camaraderie and support!

                                                                                                                  1. re: sunflwrsdh

                                                                                                                    Good work! I love steel cut oats also. If you've got a slowcooker, I highly recommend doing up a big batch in there. They hold up well for a few days.

                                                                                                                    1. re: CanadaGirl

                                                                                                                      Steel cut oats are the best. I may try some in the slow cooker; I have a recipe for slow cooker pumpkin oats, but I think it uses long cooking oats, not steel cut. Do you think I could just substitute the steel cut?

                                                                                                                      1. re: sunflwrsdh

                                                                                                                        I dont see why not. As long as you use the appropriate amount of liquid for the oats.

                                                                                                                        1. re: CanadaGirl

                                                                                                                          recently fell in love with roasted butternut squash - what do you think of putting roasted squash (with no spices) diced into steel cut oats mixed with nutmeg and cinnamon? I am going to try this!

                                                                                                                          1. re: smilingal

                                                                                                                            That sounds good! Review please :)

                                                                                                                            1. re: CanadaGirl

                                                                                                                              i forgot my idea! this week's three butternut squashes (they were little!) were all made with s+p+thyme leaves --- i will try this in the upcoming week after i get to the market for more squash! I am thinking it will be good and filling as well.

                                                                                                                    2. re: sunflwrsdh

                                                                                                                      it really is hard to get back in the groove, SF. i haven't gone to a meeting yet to hear about the new program, but i'm trying to stick to 26 pts. too.

                                                                                                                      right now, my work-outs are 40 minutes of a very fast walk and part run on a treadmill at a level 6 incline, so i figure each one is like 6-7 pts. when i was really "in the zone" i was working out 3-4 days a week, 45-60 minutes at a time. have to work up to that again.

                                                                                                                      i do love skinnytaste's recipes!

                                                                                                                      1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                        I've had a pretty good week, I think. Except for the exercise part, which I continue to struggle with, but I bought 2 new walk at home dvds yesterday, and hope to become inspired by them.
                                                                                                                        40 minutes of a very fast walk/run is at least 6 or 7 activity points....good for you!
                                                                                                                        I love Skinnytaste also....I've never made anything of hers that wasn't great.

                                                                                                                  2. I have a favourite new dessert/snack that seems completely decadent but isn't.
                                                                                                                    - 1 cup frozen cherries (0 points)
                                                                                                                    - 3/4 cup 0% fat plain Greek yogurt (my brand is 3 points)
                                                                                                                    - 1 tbsp hot chocolate mix (my brand is 1 point)

                                                                                                                    Blend until combined but cherries are still chunky. Way too delicious to be as low point as it is.

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                                                                                                                    1. re: CanadaGirl

                                                                                                                      Thanks for the idea! I had 5 pts left after dinner and I needed 0.5 cup of milk or yogurt to hit the 2 servings, and this fit perfectly. Plus it was very simple and absolutely delicious.
                                                                                                                      I bet it would also be delicious with blackberries or blueberries.

                                                                                                                      I'm glad this thread got resurrected- I could always use some more healthy and delicious recipes. I'm very pleased with being a "dual citizen" of WW and chow so far. My husband is down 40lbs and I'm down 25lbs since October, and we're still cooking, experimenting, and enjoying food- we just have to be more careful with some dishes.

                                                                                                                      1. re: nerdette

                                                                                                                        Good for you and your husband, Nerdette! This thread is wonderful for getting delicious points friendly ideas! Two sites that I like and use quite a bit are Skinnytaste.com and Emily Bites. Both are currently featuring top 10 best recipes of 2011, and I've gotten great recipes from both sites.

                                                                                                                    2. I made some delicious soup tonight. Sauté about 1 tbsp red Thai curry paste until fragrant in saucepan. Add chopped head of cauliflower (frozen would be fine, I'm sure) and 4 cups chicken broth. Simmer until cauliflower is softened. Add about 1/2 cup coconut milk and purée until smooth. Season with salt (if needed), pepper and lime juice. The point value would change depending on brand of curry paste and coconut milk, but I had a very large bowl for 4 points!!

                                                                                                                      1. Great to see this thread again! I've been at goal since 2006. Don't want to squash anyone's fantasy, but it's still hard at times (well, especially the holidays). Just continue to track, convert real recipes to lower P+, and move more. Best wishes for a great 2012.

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                                                                                                                        1. re: pine time

                                                                                                                          still at goal for 6 years! that's awesome and very inspiring - but you're right, it's never going to be easy. this article says it all: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/01/mag...

                                                                                                                          it's a forever thing, a continuum. this thread helps.

                                                                                                                          1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                            Yup, I was delusionally hoping that I'd "be cured" once I was a Lifer, but it's still a challenge, albeit, many things do become healthier habits and on auto-pilot.

                                                                                                                          2. re: pine time

                                                                                                                            Thanks for the encouraging and inspiring words, pine time! At goal for 6 years is wonderful...good for you! I'm sure that maintaining can be as difficult as losing, maybe even more so. good for you!

                                                                                                                            1. re: sunflwrsdh

                                                                                                                              Still "legal" for January! BTW, I can now get the e-tools free (Lifer at goal; it's a new deal for 2012), but I've never used it before--is it worth it? Do you use e-tools to figure out the P+ for your recipes?

                                                                                                                              1. re: pine time

                                                                                                                                eTools is the absolute bomb! I could not have lost the 42+ pounds that I have lost since April if I hadn't had eTools. I use it for tracking, of course,( there are zillions of items listed in there at the click of a button) and also use the Recipe Builder to enter my own recipes to find the PPV. It saves the recipes, so next time I make it, I just enter the servings I've had ( or plan to have - if I love something, I pre-track so I don't overdo it ). I enter my activity points, too, on eTools, and it automatically swaps my Bonus points or Activity points for Daily points if I go over.
                                                                                                                                Since I recently got a smartphone, I have WW apps that I use daily including the PP tracker that is synched with the data I've entered on the PC at home (WW Mobile). Also I loaded an app called WW ScanCalc that reads the bar code on canned and packaged foods and tells me the PPV per serving, going by the nutrition label's serving size. I have used that at the grocery store to help me decide if I want to purchase the item.

                                                                                                                                Can you tell I'm a big fan? Even at $42.95 a month for the fee with eTools, I feel like it's a bargain. Heck, I'm eating a good ten bucks a week less than before, so WW pays for itself!

                                                                                                                                1. re: pine time

                                                                                                                                  Love etools! Makes WW so much easier to use. Very excite about the free etools - I was wondering how I would manage once I reached goal and could no longer justify paying the fee.

                                                                                                                            2. Hi friends! Glad this thread is alive!
                                                                                                                              I haven't been cooking much because DH is still deployed and I found that buying soup from a local business (all vegan and as local as possible) is easier - i would come home from the gym, walk/feed the dog and BAM soup was ready to be heated up!

                                                                                                                              However, I had to try to start cooking more so I have been this week. I found http://www.carascravings.com and made a chicken curry recipe in my crock put that was good for two meals (http://www.carascravings.com/2009/09/...) which I used the recipe builder to calculate the points for (8), served with rice and some steamed broccoli. It was very good.
                                                                                                                              I plan on making this: http://www.carascravings.com/2011/03/... this sunday for dinner for a couple of nights over quinoa, maybe.

                                                                                                                              My daily PPV is 32 - 26 seems IMPOSSIBLE. 32 is hard! I've switched to cottage cheese breakfasts, and have egg whites for dinner when I'm low on DPVs.

                                                                                                                              However, as of today, I'm down 63.4 but have been on the same up and down for a month, and it sucks. But as long as I'm eating well and moving, I'm still 'healthier', but it'd be nice if the scale moved as much as I did in the down direction a bit more lately!

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                                                                                                                              1. re: Jeserf

                                                                                                                                Jeserf, 63.4 is a fantastic accomplishment! Bravo!

                                                                                                                                what are PPV and DPV? is that something new with the program? I thought everyone was down to 26... ? i was planning on going in to get weighed today at lunch but not stay for the meeting.... but it looks like i'd better.

                                                                                                                                1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                  I think PPV is Points Plus Values (vs. old points) and DPV is Daily Points Value (or allowance). And I think 26 is the new minimum and the most common, but your daily allowance is adjusted to reflect where you are and your goals.

                                                                                                                                  And, agreed, Jeserf, your 63.4 lb loss is inspiring!

                                                                                                                                  1. re: mebby

                                                                                                                                    yes, I used PPV and DPV that way :)

                                                                                                                                    the shift to 26 is optional, and you can change a few more settings like swapping activity points or weeklies (though in reality it doesn't matter where you take it from!)

                                                                                                                                    I can't even imagine 29 points a day, let alone 26. I think it makes people just eat incomplete breakfasts! I know I stick to 2points of cottage cheese if I want more room later in the day but I'm SO hungry by about 10am!

                                                                                                                                  2. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                    What the heck is up with them taking away three points? I was doing fine with 29 points, yo!!!
                                                                                                                                    I just saw this and went to track -clearly have not been tracking since early November.
                                                                                                                                    Fruit is still free, as far as I can tell. My banana and blueberries for breakfast didn't cost me anything at least.
                                                                                                                                    I know there was a lot of resistance from veteran members when they switched to PP, the only system I know. I will try to keep an open mind, but I LIKED my 29 points and it's WORKED!
                                                                                                                                    I may very well ignore this change...but I don't want to be stubborn so maybe someone here can enlighten me.

                                                                                                                                    1. re: rabaja

                                                                                                                                      Supposedly they were getting complaints from some people (mostly those who had been on the plan previously I believe) that they weren't losing weight fast enough with the 29 minimum, so they dialed it back. But when I tried to find out more, I really couldn't find much that they were willing to say publicly at least.

                                                                                                                                      I say we should all do what feels right -- as long as we track and move and we see results, that's all we need, right?

                                                                                                                                      I am trying to stick with the 26 but I frequently blow past it and try to make up for it by dialing up the workouts. But I was down a pound from Monday this morning, so I'll take it.

                                                                                                                                      1. re: rabaja

                                                                                                                                        You don't have to go to 26 if you were happy at 29. The modification was made to make people who thought 29 was too high happy. If you use etools, you can even change it there.

                                                                                                                                        1. re: CanadaGirl

                                                                                                                                          Ok, thanks me by and CG. I shouldn't get so hysterical.
                                                                                                                                          Seeing as how I'm just now finally tracking again, I'll just see how 26 points feels.
                                                                                                                                          I often went a few points over 29 and still lost every week. I do workout 4-5 x per week for an hour, so maybe that's the difference...back to my workouts this week too. It's amazing how three weeks off can make you feel like you're just starting out. Thank goodness for muscle memory. I'm hoping my muscles remember working out sometime next week...
                                                                                                                                          I am just happy to be back on track and really enjoy the WW discussion here with all of you.

                                                                                                                                          1. re: rabaja

                                                                                                                                            Happy to be back on track and enjoying this discussion too, Rabaja!

                                                                                                                                    2. re: Jeserf

                                                                                                                                      Jesef! Nice to hear from you....63.4 pounds is great!! Congratulations!!! It does suck when that yo-yo thing happens, I know! I must have lost the same 5 lbs, like 4 times.
                                                                                                                                      26 pp is tough, but not impossible. I have stayed right on target all this week, and have had a couple of nights when I had several points left after supper and wasn't really even hungry. I do sometimes get hungry late in the afternoons, and need to plan a 3:00 snack. A couple of days this week I had either a piece of fruit or sugar free jello with fat free cool whip in the afternoon,
                                                                                                                                      ( both of those snacks have 0 points) and I did better on those days. I did use up half of my weekly allowance on New Year's Eve, but haven't used any of that for the rest of this week. And....if I would amp up the exercise, I could have more points.

                                                                                                                                    3. My husband grilled boneless skinless chicken breast which he had marinated in rum and seasoned with jerk seasoning. It was delicious, served with butternut squash risotto ( 1/2 cup= 8 points, though...next time we are trying Skinnytaste's recipe, which is only 6 points for 1/2 cup) and a green salad. Tomorrow is my weekly weigh- in, so I will let you know.....
                                                                                                                                      I'm planning on switching my repetitive meals a little bit this week...instead of oatmeal every day fo breakfast, I think I'll have eggs this week. Along with my smoothie. And I will try to take a salad or vegetable every day for lunch, along with whatever is leftover from supper from the previous night. I may also add yogurt at 3:00, because I am sometimes low on dairy servings and I get hungry about then if I don't have something. Do most of you snack throughout the day? I have not normally been a daytime snacker, but I also didn't used to eat breakfast. Since I have started eating a healthy breakfast (smoothie around 8, and oatmeal or whatever around 9:30 or 10) I never get hungry before lunch time,which is noon, usually. But I find I do get hungry around 3 every day, and if I don't have a snack, am starving by supper time (about 5:30)

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                                                                                                                                      1. re: sunflwrsdh

                                                                                                                                        I often snack on fruit. I am a HUGE fan of fat free Greek yogurt. All the extra protein really keeps me full for a long time.

                                                                                                                                        1. re: CanadaGirl

                                                                                                                                          The 1st time I had Fage FF Greek yogurt, I checked the nutritional info 3 times, 'cause I was sure I had calculcated the points+ wrong. Sooo good, especially with a (little) drizzle of honey. Filling and nutritious.

                                                                                                                                          1. re: pine time

                                                                                                                                            I had tried Greek yogurt in the past, and wasn't crazy about it, but it may be time to give it another try. Maybe with some fruit, and/or honey.....I know it is really high in protein, and am hoping I can learn to like it. Oddly, I don't mind it in savory things...there is a yogurt based chipotle cheddar dip that I love, and I think I could use the ff greek yogurt in tuna or chicken salad instead of mayo. Thanks for reminding me to try it again.

                                                                                                                                            1. re: sunflwrsdh

                                                                                                                                              You may need to try various brands before you find the one you like. I'll only eat the Fage brand, but I know there are other strong opinions out there, too :)

                                                                                                                                              1. re: pine time

                                                                                                                                                I bought some Chobani today, plain and cherry flavored. I'll let you know:)

                                                                                                                                                1. re: sunflwrsdh

                                                                                                                                                  my favorite greek yogurts are the chobani lemon and cherry flavors - SO good. With the lemon one, I pile fresh blueberries in to it. Amazing.

                                                                                                                                                  However, they are 4 points whereas peach and strawberry Chobani are three. Plain chobani/fage 0% are 2 points. I tend to couple with with 1/4 cup of Kashi go lean crunch 1 point) for fiber and maybe more fresh fruit.

                                                                                                                                                  I had lemon the other day, though - I love it. Cherry is delicious with GoLean Crunch.

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Jeserf

                                                                                                                                                    Thanks, Jeserf. I'm trying the plain with some fruit (probably mixed berries) with a little sugar tomorrow. Actually, I may just add it to my morning smoothie, and have a sugar free pudding cup (2 points) for the afternoon snack.

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: sunflwrsdh

                                                                                                                                                      I had plain chobani with berries, a little GoLean crunch and some agave this A.M. It's good - I don't miss the fruit when I have plain w/ fruit. That extra point saved makes me feel better, though if you put too much agave in, it's negates that!

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Jeserf

                                                                                                                                                        I did add the plain chobani greek yogurt to my am smoothie ( which I drink in the car on the way to work) and it was good. Made the smoothie a little thicker, and I liked the tang, with the berries and banana. And it counts as dairy. I didn't add any sweetener.

                                                                                                                                        2. re: sunflwrsdh

                                                                                                                                          I'm back on the bandwagon myself these days - gained about 12lbs over the summer/vacation/holidays. but - I'm done with the horrible commute, done with the junk food/candy filled office. on to new and thinner things! butternut squash risotto sounds divine. I am going to have to look that up! I need to make some SCO for my breakfasts - stuck in an egg beater rut at the moment. I think tomorrow's dinner with me the beef stroganoff recipe from skinny taste. it looked really good!

                                                                                                                                          1. re: jujuthomas

                                                                                                                                            The risotto was really delicious. I absolutely love skinnytaste's recipes. And butternut squash. Her butternut squash "fries" are wonderful!

                                                                                                                                        3. stayed the same this week.....which I guess officially means I'm at a plateau? I'm so irritated.
                                                                                                                                          Hoping to cook crock pot stuff tomorrow, then have soup the rest of the week for dinner.

                                                                                                                                          So. Frustrated.

                                                                                                                                          Making this tomorrow:
                                                                                                                                          http://www.carascravings.com/2011/03/...

                                                                                                                                          then having soup from http://www.thesoupergirl.com/ most of the rest of the week. Hard to calculate points, but I figure a cup of soup (which I'll measure) without cream can be 5P+. Beans, maybe 6P+. They're all vegan and stuff, so it can't be TOO bad on the points scale.

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                                                                                                                                          1. re: Jeserf

                                                                                                                                            Jeserf, I saw somewhere vegetable soup which is 1P per cup. Do you want me to try and find it? I might've written it down somewhere.

                                                                                                                                            1. re: herby

                                                                                                                                              Herby - thanks...they have a bunch of veggie soups on the WW web site. I have a hard time believing that's healthy enough for a dinner, but maybe I will make a pot instead of buying, and add some beans or serve a veggie soup with some quinoa in it.

                                                                                                                                              It's easy to see why (like in that NYTimes article) people can't sustain weight loss - it's almost impossible to find the balance of calories and fitness. I can't stand it!

                                                                                                                                              1. re: Jeserf

                                                                                                                                                I was thinking about making this soup to take to work for lunch along with a sandwich or a salad. I am new to WW - just joined last week - very likely not getting it yet but this is my plan for next week.

                                                                                                                                            2. re: Jeserf

                                                                                                                                              Jeserf,
                                                                                                                                              Those plateaus are so discouraging! Hang in there and you will get past it! Look at how far you have come already!
                                                                                                                                              And....at least you didn't gain. For my first "back on the wagon" week, I tracked every single mouthful, stayed within points every day, exercised 3 days, drank 72 oz of water every day, drank no alcohol 5 of the 7 days, and was up 0.4. Last week, I didn't do anything right, (except weigh in) and I was down 1.4. Go figure!

                                                                                                                                              1. re: sunflwrsdh

                                                                                                                                                were those two weigh-ins back-to-back? because i always think that it takes your body a week to figure out what you've done. the results of what you do this week are always delayed until next week on the scale. that's the way it seems to me.

                                                                                                                                                i weighed in on 12/1 and then had xmas and new year's, and then weighed in again Friday, having started WW again Tuesday. down .8 - totally happy with that!

                                                                                                                                                1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                  that is fabulous! Yes, the two weigh ins were a week apart. And you may be right, maybe it does take my body a week to figure out what's going on! I'm sticking with the plan for this week!

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: sunflwrsdh

                                                                                                                                                    I go on the assumption that a week isn't 7 days in terms of weight loss. I'm doing OK and have a meal plan in place including the WW 1P+ soup, including a few farmers market ingredients. I think I am going to bulk it up with a can of white beans and use it for lunches. I got fresh sunflower bread from the farmers market, too (I'll make a slice 2P+ because it's a small loaf).

                                                                                                                                                    Here's hoping! And off to the gym now...

                                                                                                                                                  2. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                    FWIW, my trainer says that it takes 1-2 weeks to see results because it takes a reduction of 3500 calories to lose a pound and she claims it's harder than you think to eat that many calories so the reduction of them takes a while (I personally think she is underestimating my ability to overeat!). For me I don't find that it takes that long, but it does take a number of days and there's a point -- for me at least -- when I can feel that I'm hovering on the brink of weight loss and then boom it's 2-3 lbs gone in a day or two.

                                                                                                                                                    My weigh-in day (at home, not meetings) is tomorrow and I'm very hopeful for my first week of re-committing!

                                                                                                                                              2. I'm happy to be reading this tonight.

                                                                                                                                                it's been a struggle to fight off weight gain just because it's so easy to drop something in your face when you're hungry.

                                                                                                                                                I think tomorrow is the day to go through both freezers and rid them of anything that is tempting and fill them with only things that I know will be good towards losing the extra pounds gained over the last year or so.

                                                                                                                                                you guys, I knew nothing of skinnytastes. glad I read today so I could see what all the talk was about and also to be able to log into that web site, who knew? :) thanks

                                                                                                                                                by the way, is DWLZ > Dotti's Weight Loss Zone still doing it's thing? can you still log on and in to view recipes and daily menu ideas, anyone know?

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                                                                                                                                                1. re: iL Divo

                                                                                                                                                  I haven't looked at DWLZ in about 3 years - I find these days it's just easier to look up what I need on the actual restaurant website.

                                                                                                                                                2. Since it is the weekend, I cooked tonight. Avocados were reasonably priced, for a change, so I made guacamole,( 3 points per 1/4 cup) served it with baked Tostidos scoops.( 3 points for 14 chips) Also made a big pot of black bean and sweet potato soup, which was great.(4 points per cup)
                                                                                                                                                  And Skinnytaste's chicken enchiladas ( 4 points per enchilada). I also made Skinnytaste's mixed berry flaungarde (sort of a berry pudding cake) (4 points per 1/8th of the cake). I also had a Corona with dinner ( 5 points, or 0 if you don't count alcohol points!), since it is the weekend:) I went 6 points over my daily target, and used some of my weekly allotment, again, since it is the weekend:) and I really enjoyed my dinner.
                                                                                                                                                  Tomorrow I am making a greek inspired meatloaf from Fine Cooking, lightened up. It has feta, kalamata olives, onions, garlic, red wine, and you're supposed to use lamb, which I would love, but some of my family wouldn't eat, so I will use lean ground beef instead. Not sure what I'll serve with it yet, thinking about Skinnytaste's loaded baked potato soup, but we'll see. Also considering roasting some vegetables and making a lot of them and using them to top salads for my lunches this week.

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                                                                                                                                                  1. re: sunflwrsdh

                                                                                                                                                    is there a link to that meatloaf recipe sunfl?

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: iL Divo

                                                                                                                                                      I don't know how to post a link, iL divo, but if you google fine cooking, you should be able to find it. If not, let me know and I will paraphrase for you.

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: sunflwrsdh

                                                                                                                                                        sunfl, is this the web site you're talking about?
                                                                                                                                                        I googled fine living and come up with 2 sites, one for cooking channel and one for some other fine living.
                                                                                                                                                        I went to recipes on this one and here's the page with meatloaves, if this is it, which meatloaf are you referring to lightened up?
                                                                                                                                                        http://www.cookingchanneltv.com/searc...

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: iL Divo

                                                                                                                                                          iL Divo, I think this one is what sunflwrdh is referring to -- looks delicious.
                                                                                                                                                          http://www.finecooking.com/recipes/gr...

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: mebby

                                                                                                                                                            Yes, the one mebby posted the link for is the one I am making tonight.

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: sunflwrsdh

                                                                                                                                                              ok thanks Mebby, sorry sunfl, couldn't figure which one you were using.....

                                                                                                                                                              so how do you cut it to make it more WW friendly? by making the whole milk FF and using reduced fat feta and maybe a full whole grain bread instead of crusty white or Italian? do you have to cut the olives? can you tell, I'm new at this again it's been a while plus not familiar with these type recipes and how to chop the point value

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: iL Divo

                                                                                                                                                                First, to make it more points as well as pocketbook friendly, we used ground round instead of lamb. My husband grinds our beef with the KitchenAid grinder attachment, which enables him to trim it down to about 98% lean. We did end up using about 1/2 lb ground lamb to 1 1/2 pounds ground round. We bought shoulder lamb chops and he trimmed and ground those too. And yes, fat free milk, fat free feta, and homemade whole wheat bread (husband makes that too, but I don't see why you couldn't use any lite whole grain bread with the same results.) I didn't cut the olives, they are pretty low points as it is, I figured 4 points for the about 1/2 inch by 2 1/2 inch slice I had. I served it with baked potatoes ( I had a half of a small one) and great roasted vegetables....beets ( which got roasted in a separate pan, so they didn't discolor everything else!) brussel sprouts, carrots and garlic, tossed with a total of 2 tablespoons olive oil, sprinkled with thyme and salt and pepper.

                                                                                                                                                  2. I made Crock Pot Santa Fe Chicken from Skinnytaste and it came out quite good! My first meal in the new slow cooker I got for Christmas :-) It's low point enough that you can have 2 servings for only 8 points. I had it with low carb tortillas. It was really easy to throw together too.

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                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Solstice444

                                                                                                                                                      Thanks for the review Solstice444. Sante Fe chicken is one that I haven't tried yet, and now I will be sure to try it.

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Solstice444

                                                                                                                                                        That's what I making tonight! I was going to do a different recipe, but I thought this one would have more ways to use leftovers. I'm glad it was good - I'm going to add more heat to it and serve it over brown rice tonight, then maybe a "taco salad" with it tomorrow. I have a 3.5 qt slow cooker so I'm hoping it'll work out....

                                                                                                                                                        I just saw it can cook for 10 hours on low, so scratch that - making it tomorrow while I'm at work and tonight will have something else. Wonder if 10 hours in a small slow cooker is a bad idea....any thoughts?

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Jeserf

                                                                                                                                                          Yes, it's pretty versatile, since you can have it with rice, tortillas, tortilla chips, and it would probably be good as a salad too! I added a chopped up jalapeno for some heat.

                                                                                                                                                        2. re: Solstice444

                                                                                                                                                          Made this tonight - was worried it would be sitting too long...but it was very good! I only used two chicken breasts (it's just me, and I have a 3.5Q slow cooker) and it was great. my only difference was 1) I had no cilantro (whole foods near me is ALWAYS out...wtf?) and 2) added a can of hot hatch chilis. I shredded the chicken and had a bowl just now - I have a feeling that it'll be better tomorrow when the shredded meat has sat in the broth.

                                                                                                                                                          I calculated 7PP per serving because of my using the smaller slow cooker and estimated 4 servings (I used the recipe builder to get 7). I added a little salsa, some chopped raw onion, light sour cream, diced avocado and some small tortilla rounds.

                                                                                                                                                          VERY good!

                                                                                                                                                        3. Lunch yesterday was grilled swordfish with spicy yogurt sauce from this month's COTM (Essential Pepin). Estimated 8 points plus for 7 oz swordfish steak and 2/3 cups yogurt sauce (served under and on fish and I dipped treviso radicchio spears into the additional sauce). I used fat-free greek yogurt and that was whizzed up with cilantro, mint, garlic, ginger and jalapeno (serrano in my case -- too spicy though, I don't recommend, particularly as I didn't deseed).

                                                                                                                                                          The yogurt sauce is highly recommended and very versatile -- could be a dip, salad dressing or sauce for any protein and 2/3 cups comes in at 2 points since the only element that includes points is the yogurt!

                                                                                                                                                          1. We are having ribeyes tonight. Not very points friendly, but here's the blue cheese dressing I just made to go with the steak and salad:

                                                                                                                                                            1/2 cup buttermilk
                                                                                                                                                            1/4 cup greek yogurt
                                                                                                                                                            1 cup (5 oz) blue cheese, crumbled
                                                                                                                                                            2 small garlic cloves (I microplaned them)
                                                                                                                                                            couple of grinds of black pepper

                                                                                                                                                            Right there in the mixing bowl it tasted delicious! And only 1 PP per tablespoon. I can finally have blue cheese dressing again!
                                                                                                                                                            My favorite mainstay blue cheese dressing recipe has mayo and sour cream in it, and it is wonderful, but I refuse to use fat free mayo or fat free sour cream. There are too many ingredients in those. So, I dithered around the internet for ideas on a blue cheese / yogurt dressing, and cobbled this together from a couple of other recipes. Two tablespoons will do me nicely, I think.

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                                                                                                                                                            1. re: jmcarthur8

                                                                                                                                                              Sounds like a great dressing, jm!

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: sunflwrsdh

                                                                                                                                                                sunflwrsdh, it was an OMG dressing. I am so glad I made it. I've really missed my high fat zillion calorie blue cheese dressing, and this is a great sub.

                                                                                                                                                                Oh...after it sat in the fridge for a couple of hours, I tasted it and thought it needed something, so I added about 2 tsp of apple cider vinegar right before serving. Perfecto!

                                                                                                                                                              2. re: jmcarthur8

                                                                                                                                                                you're brill jm! sounds like one I'd like to make. dumb question here: is buttermilk ff or low fat or regular or are all buttermilks the same? sorry dum bunny here

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: iL Divo

                                                                                                                                                                  I used whole milk buttermilk ( 4PP per cup), but it ends up the same points per +tablespoon+ as low fat (2 PP per cup).

                                                                                                                                                                2. re: jmcarthur8

                                                                                                                                                                  it really does sound great! going to try that.

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: jmcarthur8

                                                                                                                                                                    OK so this thread is a little old..but ive just rediscovered it, and joined WW :) down 7.1 in 3 weeks. BUT I hate plain veggies-so for a snack I have Bolthouse Farms Blue cheese (its been on sale!) its 2 PP for 3 tbsp! Its yogurt based and delish-sometimes even a few dashes of franks with some celery-yum!
                                                                                                                                                                    my 2 cents :)
                                                                                                                                                                    these recipes are making me want to cook! Im looking for comfort food :)

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: cookfood

                                                                                                                                                                      I bought the Bolthouse Farms ranch and love it! Can't wait to try the blue cheese!

                                                                                                                                                                  2. today for lunch we had a BLT salad - chopped up iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, thinly sliced shallots, 2 slices of crisp bacon crumbled, 2 tbs. blue cheese dressing (Marie's), lots of cracked pepper - since we split it (2 of us), i gave myself pts for 1 tbs of the dressing, and 1 slice of the bacon. 3 pts. for the dressing, 1 for the bacon. 4 pts. total - totally satisfying.

                                                                                                                                                                    dinner was a bit more decadent, but i'd planned for that, and since i'd had that salad, and a tangerine all day before that, i was ok with the pts. Made some vietnamese street tacos with a habanero lime crema, and i figured 3 of them were about 18 pts.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. Made Thai Pineapple Chicken Stir Fry from Skinnytaste, which is one of my favorites of the few recipes I've tried from her site so far. Tonight I plan on making either a soba nooodles & spinach recipe or an eggplant mushroom lasagna recipe, both WW recipes. I haven't tried any actual WW recipes yet so hopefully it will be good.

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                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Solstice444

                                                                                                                                                                        oohhh pineapple chicken stir fry!

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Solstice444

                                                                                                                                                                          We had stir fry tonight as well....just chicken stir fried with a package of stir fry vegetables and sauce from Walmart, over brown rice.. It was ok with the addition of some siracha and very low in points. thanks for the review of Skinnytaste's pineapple one...will definitiely try that sometime!

                                                                                                                                                                        2. Yesterday I made cabbage rolls and served them with mashed potatoes (4pts for 2 very large rolls) + 4 pts for a reasonable (but not very buttery) serving of mashed potatoes and turnips.
                                                                                                                                                                          I also really felt like baking, and I tinkered with muffin recipes a bit, trying to lower the pts to below 4 a serving. Bittman's basic recipe (made with FF milk and subbing 50% of the flour with whole wheat flour) made wonderful rosemary-roasted garlic muffins that ended up being 3.5 pts a serving (2 muffins are 7).
                                                                                                                                                                          Today we're having broiled cod with two sides: sauteed garlicky kale and roasted broccoli and cauliflower. My husband is also having a small side of couscous mixed with his kale, I'm saving my points for a glass of wine.

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                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: nerdette

                                                                                                                                                                            Your muffins sound great!

                                                                                                                                                                          2. FISH TACOS! 6 oz. tilapia, lightly dredged in flour seasoned with paprika, cayennne, granulated garlic, s&p, then quickly sauteed in a tbs of oil until golden and crispy, on charred corn tortillas with cilantro, red cabbage & red onions sliced thin. made a quick sauce of mexican crema (two tbs.= 1 pt!) lime juice, salt, and habanero salsa. the tacos were wonderful. roasted broccoli on the side. 13 pts and i've still got pts left!

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                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                              That sounds very delicious!

                                                                                                                                                                            2. Chicken rollatini from Skinnytaste again, with pasta, sauce green salad and my husband's home made french bread.. Once my husband gets his hands on a recipe that everyone likes, he will make it over and over:) Not complaining, the keywords here are "he will make it" (so supper is all ready when I get home from work!) and it is yummy. All I did after supper was cook up some steel cut oats and chop an apple, spinkle 1 tsp brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg, and pack the leftovers from supper in a plastic container and I'm all set for tomorrow too. And I had a glass of wine. And only went 2 points over for the day.

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                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: sunflwrsdh

                                                                                                                                                                                is your husband's french bread point friendly? does it use a bread maker? If not, would he share the recipe?

                                                                                                                                                                              2. Just joined WW a week ago for the first time. 26 points a day for me, which is sometimes hard and sometimes not too hard (I wouldn't say easy). I find the weekly 49 points really help out because I can splurge on the weekend and still stay within my points. It's nice to have one splurge meal a week where I can eat as much as I want, so I try to save those weekly points for that.

                                                                                                                                                                                Also, I found an easy fix when I'm craving something sweet. A tablespoon of Nutella is 3 points (5 points for 2 T), and if I slice a banana and top with a dollop of aerosol whipped cream, it takes like a banana split. A decent and satisfying dessert for those days when you need something sweet, for only 3 points (5 if you have 2 T, but a little goes a long way).

                                                                                                                                                                                I do find myself debating quite often whether I want wine or dessert more. I want both, dammit!

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                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: jlnick

                                                                                                                                                                                  Haha! I'm not usually a dessert person, but sometimes I do have the same dilemma!

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Solstice444

                                                                                                                                                                                    +1 on that!

                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: jlnick

                                                                                                                                                                                    welcome, jlnick! i am fortunate that i do not have that dilmma - booze will always be the first choice for me.

                                                                                                                                                                                  3. A few meals from the past few days…

                                                                                                                                                                                    3-point “noodle” stir fry with Shirataki tofu fettucine, bok choy, snow peas and scallions and an improvised sauce of kecap manis, chinese sesame paste, scallions, ginger and sambal oelek thinned with some warm water. Was going to add some chicken for protein, but found it had gone off. This was my first time trying Shirataki noodles and Chowhound was, as always, a great source of information. I know that Hungry Girl uses them for fake fettucine alfredo and similar italianish dishes, but that sounds really gross to me. I rinsed and then boiled them briefly, then drained and let them dry out in a skillet over low heat before adding in the sauce and veggies (no oil since there’s already a lot in the sesame paste). The texture was definitely different than a western noodle, but using this method it was far from the “gelatinous” mouth-feel that many describe. It was delicious and leftovers reheated well the next day. If you think of them as their own thing, rather than a replacement for pasta, and apply asian flavors, they are a pretty great basis for a low-point meal. You just have to make sure to get nutrition in somewhere else, as there really is none.

                                                                                                                                                                                    Go-to dinner of carne asada tacos with pomegranate/cabbage/jalapeno slaw with a bit of the spicy cilantro/mint yogurt sauce from my fish the other night thinned with lemon juice and with a Tbsp of goat cheese added in. This was 6 points for one taco, although I have also split the same amount of meat into two tacos and added more slaw and another Tbsp of goat cheese when I’ve been hungrier. Had some leftover carne asada over leftover slaw the next day for lunch.

                                                                                                                                                                                    Lunch yesterday was an odds and ends egg scramble with one whole egg, one egg white, a bit of leftover andouille sausage, roasted red pepper, jalapeno, cilantro, tomatoes and a spoonful of Trader Joe’s red pepper spread. Not going to win any culinary awards, but a huge plate of food and a ton of veggies for 4 points.

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. I just ate the most amazing beet, fennel and blood orange salad. The only ingredient with points is the oil. I used 1 tbsp walnut oil, and had a large salad that was 2 points in total. I had half, so it was a fabulous ONE POINT side.

                                                                                                                                                                                      http://epicurious.com/recipes/food/vi...

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                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: CanadaGirl

                                                                                                                                                                                        Wow! I saw that salad today and made a note to make it...now I will make it sooner rather than later!

                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Only thing i cooked today was my steel cut oats for tomorrow morning's breakfast. On Wednesdays, i take my granddaughter to her dance class and we go out for supper after. Tonight was Friendly's and I had the tomato soup and grilled cheese, which is 830 calories, didn't figure points yet. A lot, I'm sure. But it was good, and sometimes traditions are more important than points. Also, I have only used 7 of my weekly points this week, and my week will be up on
                                                                                                                                                                                        Saturday, so I am good.
                                                                                                                                                                                        Lean Cuisine chicken pot stickers for lunch tomorrow, since there are no supper leftovers.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: sunflwrsdh

                                                                                                                                                                                          Being able to keep traditions is what will keep you with WW. 830 calories is a lot, but it's still better than a lot of choices.

                                                                                                                                                                                          Good decision :)

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: CanadaGirl

                                                                                                                                                                                            You're right, CanadGirl! I looked up the points today and there are 21 points in a Friendly's grilled cheese sandwich! but...I just took them out of my weekly points allowance and kept going. That is what is nice about WW....you really can just keep going and do normal things like have that grilled cheese once in awhile. And you are also right about there being lots of worse choices.....Friendly's has their calories on the menu, which is good, but there are very few meals under 1000 calories! They do have an under 555 calorie menu, but there are like 4 choices in it. And...it was a really good grilled cheese!

                                                                                                                                                                                        2. made the swedish meatballs recipes from skinnytaste the other night - VERY tasty! I swear we haven't found one bad recipe on there yet! :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: jujuthomas

                                                                                                                                                                                            I have also loved everything I've made from that site!

                                                                                                                                                                                          2. I didn't cook anything again tonight...but my husband made Skinnytaste's spaghetti and spinach meatballs, which are wonderful and only a point for each meatball. It was a yummy dinner, with a salad. one slice of his home made bread, and a glass of red:) I think 13 points for everything.

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. FINALLY finished my santa fe chicken from skinny taste. Cooking for 1 sucks! 4 nights in a row of that, and tomorrow will be my 5th day in a row of the WW 1 point veggie soup for lunch.

                                                                                                                                                                                              SSnnnoooorrreeee

                                                                                                                                                                                              lol

                                                                                                                                                                                              if anyone cooks WW for one, post your ideas!

                                                                                                                                                                                              And yeah I can freeze things but I never do! lol

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                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Jeserf

                                                                                                                                                                                                hah - Jeserf, I was JUST going to say "freeze half!" when i scrolled down and saw that you never do. all i can say is, start! i have to freeze things all the time for my dad because he eats so little and it's really hard to cook in such a small portion. i just double-bag everything in ziplock freezer bags.

                                                                                                                                                                                                OR, make something new the next night, and at least alternate leftovers - one night the chicken, the next night pasta.

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                  I don't freeze because 1) I keep a lot of dog food in the freezer so space is limited (she eats raw meat) and 2) I never think enough in advance to remember to thaw food!

                                                                                                                                                                                                  I ate the slow cooker chicken on a salad, in tortillas, etc. It's fine, I just get sick of it and end up wanting to add a ton of tortilla chips, negating the healthy bowl of food:)

                                                                                                                                                                                                  My go-to living alone meal is eggs. that's tomorrow night! Egg beaters, veggie sausage, and kashi waffles!

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Jeserf

                                                                                                                                                                                                    i totally understand getting sick of eating something every night. and like sunflwrsdh, my BF is a stickler for not wasting anything. but he's also very good at two things: eating leftovers by himself after i've gone to bed, thereby also saving me pts! and repurposing leftovers so they don't really resemble the original too much.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    and yes, sunflwrsdh! i have tried to like the WW soup too! again, the poor BF ends up eating most of it because i get so sick of it. i'm going to stop making it. (hah- i've only made it twice, but there's half a pot sitting on the stove right now. every few months i think i should try to make it and like it.)

                                                                                                                                                                                                    So, Jeserf, i've had fish tacos now twice this week - my BF doesn't eat fish much so they were just for me, and i had them on Monday night and then tonight. so i didn't get sick of them, but the fish kept for that many days without me having to cook it all up Monday. just a thought, if you like fish. one filet made 5 fish tacos spread over two days.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    and your go-to meal sounds really good to me!

                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: Jeserf

                                                                                                                                                                                                  I hear you. My husband, who is wonderful and does a lot of our healthy cooking is kind of a fanatic about finishing up leftovers, which is not a bad thing, but sometimes I get really really tired of the same thing over and over. I had the same experience with the WW veggie soup, which is a) not my favorite soup, I was trying to like it better, and b) makes a huge amount, and I was the only one eating it. Seemed like it lasted forever! Whereas, the black bean or split pea soup was gone in a flash:)
                                                                                                                                                                                                  +1 on trying to get in the habit of freezing stuff, although I'm not so great about that either. I either don't freeze it, or if I do, I tend to forget about it, and then I'm left with blobs of frozen...wtf is that?
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Or....if you are getting sick of something, bring it to work. Some of the people I work with will eat anything, and then it's not wasted, at least.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Jeserf

                                                                                                                                                                                                    I cook for one, and there's just no way to avoid leftovers. My biggest dilemma is using up ingredients before they go bad. I seem to throw things out more than I should. I don't usually freeze things either, but I just got some Tupperware containers for Christmas that are perfect for freezing, so I have about 4 containers in the freezer of the Skinny Taste Santa Fe Chicken and Barbaoca Pork that will be easy for defrosting! I have 2 servings in each so 10 pts in each container.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Last night I made soba noodles with spinach and mushrooms, a recipe from the WW site and I added the mushrooms. Had leftovers today. Tomorrow I'm going to dinner with my boyfriend and I want to be able to splurge, and I have 29 weekly points left. I did have 40 before tonight, but I read an article about Hostess declaring bankruptcy, got a craving for Hostess cupcakes, and bought and ate 2 of them. Oops! I never have dessert though so what the hell! They were tasty.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Solstice444

                                                                                                                                                                                                      The web site carascravings has a lot of recipes for 2, which is nice, including crock pot recipes - I made her chicken coconut peanut curry for 2 and it was excellent, and I only had leftovers for 1 night!

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Jeserf

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Thanks for the tip - her recipes look good! I love when nutritional info is included.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Solstice444

                                                                                                                                                                                                          +1 on thank you for the tip; I will check out carascravings too:) I bought a magazine (Maybe a Better Homes and Gardens special edition?) full of "Skinny Slow Cooker Recipes", many of which sound excellent, and bonus...use less expensive cuts of meat, like chuck roast and chicken thighs. We will be making some of them in the next week or so, will post and let you know how they turn out!

                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. fish tacos again - which i figured to be about 8 pts. for two. corn tortillas are the bomb, and only 1 pt. each! i also took a very small red potato and shoestringed it, sprayed with Pam, tossed with s&p, cayenne, cumin, & paprika, and tossed them in a hot pan. 3 pts. yum.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                      How do you shoestring your potatoes?

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: CanadaGirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                        The potatoes sound great, and I also want to know how you shoestring them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: CanadaGirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                          i cut them with my very sharp, very inexpensive knife: http://www.wokshop.com/HTML/products/...

                                                                                                                                                                                                          i was never able to cut things that thinly, that finely, before i got these. i have no real knife skills to speak of, but these knives are great. here's a pick of the fries (and the fish tacos!) the fries look a little dark, but they were really tasty. you can buy and have them shipped (TWO of them) for probably under $25!

                                                                                                                                                                                                          )

                                                                                                                                                                                                          (actually, looking at this pic again, you can't really see how thin the potatoes are, but they really were!)

                                                                                                                                                                                                          weighed in today, down .8. i'll take it! i wasn't all that good this week, but a loss is a loss, and my clothes are starting to fit better again.

                                                                                                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Thanks for the info on the knives! And congratulations on your weigh in...a loss is a loss, and that is great!

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: sunflwrsdh

                                                                                                                                                                                                              egad, i just re-read that post - so jumbled up! sorry for that. glad you were able to get the gist of it....

                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. This week I made WW online recipes: lamb tagine and lamgostino fra diavolo. I recommend both.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Yesterday DH made braised beef tongue with sauteed kale and parsnip puree on the side (and a glass of wine). It wasn't as point friendly as lean chicken breast, but with some planning I was able to fit it in without having to dip into my weeklies.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Today it's leftover day - I thawed cabbage rolls for lunch, and I had leftover tandoori chicken with quinoa for dinner.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          The tentative plan for next week is : spicy beef soup, bison chili, adobo chicken from skinny taste (all make good leftovers for lunch), and a probably night or two of leftovers/ broiled fish/ whatever we can manage to assemble.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Well, end of a long seeming WW week. I think I did pretty well, stayed within my daily points allowance most days, and even when I didn't (except for that one huge grilled cheese splurge...yikes, what could they have put in that thing to make it 850 calories anyway? But, whatever it was, it tasted really good!) I stayed well within the weekly points allowance (tomorrow is weigh in and I still have 27 left). I also made two new food discoveries....Fiber One 90 calorie bars (peanut butter chocolate are great!) and I have learned to like, nope love Greek yogurt. I didn't even really like regular yogurt until last year, (when I quit smoking and joined Weight watcher's) and then I tried fat free Yoplait in some of the flavors, and like that. Around the same time, I tried Greek yogurt, and it tasted like sour chalk to me then. I did, however like it in savory uses, like dip and salad dressings. So this week, in an effort to increase my dairy consumption, and have something at that 3pm ish time when I am feeling hungry and if I don't find something satisfying, will continue to try various things until dinner time...I tried it again. First I put the unflavored fat free Chobani in my morning smoothie, which has usually a half a banana, about a cup of frozen mixed berries and used to have about a cup of almond milk, but since I started adding the yogurt, I use maybe 1/2-3/4 cup of almond milk. It makes the most delicious smoothie, and only 3 points! Then I tried the fruit flavored Greek yogurts, and like those too. I think it has something to do with smoking and my sense of taste...but I am glad I quit smoking (again, and for good this time!) and learned to like Greek yogurt.
                                                                                                                                                                                                            This week's plans for WW friendly cooking will involve recipes from the new "Skinny Slow Cooker" magazine I bought today, not sure what yet, lots of them sound good. Tomorrow we are having friends over for dinner, so I will be using some of my weekly allotment early in the week:) Home made guacamole, french onion soup, Apple, endive, cheddar and walnut salad, Slow roasted sirloin, horseradish cream sauce (which I am making with unflavored greek yogurt) ,mashed potatoes, carrots and apple pie, washed down with quantities of good red wine:) I will fill up on salad as much as possible, and portion control and use weekly points. The rest of the week will be as healthy as possible. One think I have been planning to make, but haven't yet is this Negamaki salad. Teriyaki marinated sirloin, tossed with carrots, radishes, greens and spinach noodles. I also bought black beans to make black bean soup again. We have some chicken leg quarters to do something with...I had seen a recipe for braising them with kale that sounded good. And I have to work 2 evenings this week, so we shall see how it all goes. I'll let you know the "verdict" after weigh in tomorrow.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: sunflwrsdh

                                                                                                                                                                                                              SF - planning like this is really inspirational - it's a great way to keep control of ourselves. and yet you're allowing yourself to splurge. awesome, love it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              good luck at the weigh-in!

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: sunflwrsdh

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Awesome. Clothes fitting better is better than the scale moving lots.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. I've just discovered shirataki noodles made from yams. Once they're cooked the texture is great, and they have ZERO points!!!!! Obviously they won't fill you up alone, but they are great added to a veggie stirfry. A huge plate of food for almost no points - perfect when lunch was over budget :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: CanadaGirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I just started WW and have been reading through this thread (SUPER helpful btw). Where can one find shirataki noodles? I've never heard of them before but if it's a pasta worth zero points then I'm in. Can you get them at Whole Foods? Trader Joes?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Elyssa

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Not CG here, but you should be able to find them at WF, in the refrigerator section, maybe by the tofu.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I am currently in love with sweet potato starch noodles, like the ones you use for japchae. I don't always make japchae out of them, and in fact cooked some up over the weekend, tossed them in some Newman's light sesame dressing and had them on hand for salads and just snacking for a few meals. The info on them shows they are point free unless you eat a whole bag, so I eat a reasonable portion and love feeling like I am getting some noodles. These are the dried sweet potato noodles you can get at Asian markets.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I do find that they need to be cooked longer than the bag says...more like eight minutes instead of five.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: rabaja

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Do they taste like sweet potatoes or noodles/pasta?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: Elyssa

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I don't have Whole Foods or trader Joes near me. But I find the noodles in my regular grocery store. One has them with the Asian foods, the others in the organics section

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: CanadaGirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Thanks! I'll look for them when I go food shopping this weekend. What a great find!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Elyssa

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          They have them (or a different brand but the same thing) at the WF on P Street in the dairy area near the tofu....(if milk is on your right, the tofu on your left). I've never tried them....too freaky for me but I know I've seen 'em there!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Jeserf

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Thanks! I'll try them and let you know what I think.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. went out with a girlfriend for dinner at a new place in town...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    scoped out the menu before hand, made a decision and stuck with it - a hamburger with cheddar cheese. An order of small aranini (risotto balls) - my friend took a couple - and we split a piece of chocolate hazelnut devils food cake.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    All in all, yummy - I'm estimating 25 points....Sound about right? LOL
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    back to the grind tomorrow....gotta plan my cooking- I'm behind!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Weigh in yesterday went exceptionally well....down 2 pounds!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      then we had dinner with our friends, and I had lots of wine, used 36 of my weekly points, for one meal, but I was planning to, and I tracked everything, and that's what they are for. Now I just have to make the remaining 14 weekly points last all week. Cooking a ham today, which we will have for supper tonight, along with baked sweet potatoes and spinach, and then I will make split pea soup, and black bean soup. Will dice up and freeze the est of it in small packages for flavoring for future soups, etc.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: sunflwrsdh

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        That's great!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: sunflwrsdh

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          congratulations SF! two lbs is a great loss for the week!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: sunflwrsdh

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Really frustrated, I am a lifetime member and have gained 15lbs over the last 2 years. I restarted on my own and have been following he quick start menu and got bored with it. So I decided to join this site and mix up my meals and try new things. I gained 3 lbs this week.. I am following the plan really carefully and worked out 5 x this week. Really mad...perhaps too much salt or not enough points being used. I switched to the 26 pts. I maybe should go into a meeting. Just venting. This is a great site better than the ww official site, where they watch you like a vampire needing to feed. You have to be so careful what you write.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: annaharding

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Welcome! I am in sort of the same boat as you....I joined WW 15 months ago. Didn't quite make lifetime, because I didn't quite make my goal. Was about 6 pounds away at one point, then sort of "fell off the wagon" vacation in October, then the holidays, whatever, and gained back about 12 pounds. So, right before New Year's, I rededicated myself, and have been at least weighing in every week, and tracking everything. Maybe going to a meeting would help you, the ones where they explained the new 2012 program were helpful to me (although I still struggle with the 26 points!) and I have started losing again, but I also had a week a couple of weeks back where I had done everything according to plan and gained 3lbs. The folks on this board were very supportive and helpful, and I stuck with it and have lost over a pound for both of the last two weeks. It is sooooo frustrating when you are trying so hard and then you see that gain. Somebody on here said that sometimes it takes a couple of weeks for your body to catch up with what you're doing and start losing, and maybe that is true. Anyway, stick with it....and the other thing that I hadn't always been doing religiously that I think may help is drinking water. I had started to count "any liquid", tea, coffee, smoothie, whatever..and I think I really lose better when I actually drink at least 64 oz of water/day. Just my opinion. Anyway, welcome and good luck to you!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. I weighed in this morning and I'm down 1.6 pounds. I have 0.2 more pounds to go to reach my 10% target! Today I'm having lunch at my grandfather's but it should be cold cuts, so fairly easy to figure out points. Not sure about tonight, probably dinner out with my mom so that might be more difficult. I have to figure out what I'm going to cook for later this week. Probably will defrost some chicken, maybe cook some pasta. I can't use any weekly points until this weekend, I have to save up b/c my boyfriend's birthday is this weekend, so there will be lots of drinking and eating!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Solstice444

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Good for you, Solstice 444:)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Solstice444

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                yes, very good. i'm hoping this Friday i do the same.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Whew where did this 3 day weekend go? Holy gosh!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I've got santa fe chicken in the crock pot - smells awesome! I made it less wet than last time - I was worried it would dry out last time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I have some tortillas for it for one night, and I bought a spaghetti squash as well to serve as a bed for the chicken.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I need to make my 1 point soup, too...I'm so sick of it, but it's easy to bring to lunch at work.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Jeserf

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The one point soup just begs to have different spices added to mix it up.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Would anyone have a problem if I started part 5?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Tonight, Sante Fe crock pot chicken - much less watery tonight....definitely added too much corn, but whatever it's tasty!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  topped with some HOT salsa, light sour cream, avocado and baked tortilla chips.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I have 1 PP soup on the stove now, and hope to find time to make the spaghetti squash tomorrow night because I think it'd be a good base for the santa fe chicken.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Jeserf

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    No problem at all if you want to start Part 5...i was hoping somebody who knows how to do that would! Your chicken sounds really great!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I made split pea soup today with yesterday's ham bone, and cooked some black beans for soup later in the week.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I also made egg salad with one egg, three egg yolks, 1 tbsp low fat mayo, and some diced sweet pickle and onion, It was pretty good, and 4 points for lunch with a little green salad.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Part 5 posted here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/828701

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Work has been CRAZY....I worked out a bit so far this week but tonight, my trainer was sick so instead of hitting the cardio, I went home.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      work is CRAZY but I pre-cooked some of the Senegalese Peanut Stew stuff AND turkey chili - I'm still eating the stew. It's such a good stew and I swap the kale for the spinach - the kale holds up very well and is chewy. I have been adding some salted peanuts, chopped, to the top but am fresh out of them, sadly. I highly recommend this stew - the leftovers are better than fresh. I have never freezed it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Turkey chili. Eh. Turkey chili can be bland - I added some spice, but I find that I search for crunchies and I think adding to many baked tortilla chips will do me in.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I'm bracing for a gain on Saturday based purely on how much is going on at work. I'm not doing well on my scale at home, but I'm sticking to eating as well as I can and really, that's the best anyone can do...right?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I hit 70lb exactly this past Saturday, so a gain this weekend will definitely bum me out, but I'm expecting it and won't be upset given the other stuff going on in my life.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Jeserf

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        70 Lb...wow! You are my hero.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. I don't know where to post this - hoping someone can help me!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I had read a couple of posts on a thread where people were discussing Key lime pie and then it went into a discussion of things put together to taste like a creamsicle. perhaps using Jello (?) - not totally sure about the Jello - I can't seem to find it - can someone help??

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. motivated????, I am very ticked off. I worked hard all week worked out 5 days followed the plan and gained 2 lbs, very slow and very mad, this is the reason I always stop going to meetings and stop following the plan, i figure if i am going to gain weight i might as well do it without counting stupid points, and i know i am NOt alone in feeling this way

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: annaharding

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            hang on --- stay strong - KEEP UP your great work - you know you will eventually see the rewards.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            one day at a time. DO NOT GIVE IN!!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. So, it's interesting to find this thread. I'm new to chow.com btw. I've been a W.W member in the past, but since I discovered cooking, I'm just too afraid to do it. The first time I did it I relied heavily on frozen food. How do you guys do it without eating processed carp?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: LN2008

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I know this site has been mentioned to death on this board, but www.skinnytaste.com - she has wonderful recipes, many of them simple. You know exactly how many points you're getting with each serving. There are other sites too, but this one, IMO, is the best. Sure, I eat Lean Cuisines too when I don't have leftovers to bring to work, but I don't really find that I'm relying more on frozen food than I was prior to dieting.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Solstice444

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I agree! Skinnytaste has made my first week on WW a pure delight. I've tried 3 recipes now and everything has been delicious. Before WW I also cooked almost every weeknight, so this site just makes the adjustment easier.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: LN2008

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Veggies, veggies, veggies. Fill your plate at least 1/2 with veggies and then have a smaller portion of whatever you want. Portion control is the name of my WW game!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: LN2008

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I don't really buy any processed food and have been doing WW over a year now. Down 20something lbs too.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I do buy Boca burgers, but otherwise I cook everyday, using lots of fresh veggies and eating a great deal of fruit every morning.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Lean proteins and eggs, the occasional red meat, and lots of fish and shellfish.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Also, bulgur, brown rice, butternut squash (which is 0 points -shocking, I know!) are your friends.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: rabaja

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    There are certain 'processed' things that I eat, like Thomas' high fiber english muffins and I keep a stock of 90 calorie fiber one bars and canned soup at work, but even that stuff is far healthier than anything I'm likely to buy at work.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I go through easily $70 worth of produce and fat free/light dairy a week.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    With Points Plus, frozen food is too high in points for how little food you actually get. It's good to have a couple on hand in case you're in a rush or out of food (which happens!) and it keeps you from dialing in delivery....but planning to cook on WW is actually great with the recipe builder.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: LN2008

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Cook.....a lot!! And download the WW app to your phone so you can check things on the go as you shop, that way if you have to buy pre-packaged or processed food, at least you know what you are getting into.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The app makes this whole process SOOOO much easier btw.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  3. Tonight I made salmon patties (8PP), and served them over a salad of romaine, spinach, cukes, mushrooms, radishes and broccoli with a homemade lemon-dill vinaigrette (2PP).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    And I made a cherry chocolate cake with chocolate cream cheese frosting, to take to a pot luck tomorrow. WW weigh in is at 5:30, potluck at 6:30. Guess that will keep us from overloading at the buffet table!