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The least I can do is start a new thread, even though I've been not so good of late - hurt my foot running, can't run, and instead of finding alternate exercise I've taken it as a sign that i can just eat a little more! but I'm still lurking here and at least trying to control portion size. You all sound like you're doing GREAT! Keep inspiring us!

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  1. Thank you for the new thread, mariacarmen! Sorry to hear about your hurt foot; and hope it is on the mend!
    I was up .6 today...I don't know why....weigh in lady said maybe I need to eat more of my activity points, so I'll try that next week.
    Sometimes it can be so discouraging.....but
    I am eating better than I ever have in my life, and am eating more mindfully, and even on my "worst" Weight Watcher's week, still doing better than I have most of my adult life.
    It is a process, and I will get to my goals, eventually:)
    Tonight was very lean (trimmed by my husband) sirloin steaks on the grill. Twice baked potatoes, stuffed with broccoli and topped with WW mexican cheese. Green salad, with reduced fat bleu cheese dressing. A glass of Shiraz.

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    1. re: sunflwrsdh

      Do you have a good homemade bleu cheese dressing that's not 100 points? I've tried various recipes, and I haven't found a good one yet.

      Next month will be my 6th anniversary at goal. It's still not exactly easy, but I've learned how to at least stay within my goal weight, even tho' I'm hardly an exerciser. Good luck to all!

      1. re: pine time

        I actually don't have such a recipe...we buy either Marie's or Marzetti light. My husband tried making it with fat free Greek yogurt, but not successfully.

        1. re: pine time

          Congrats, that's a great accomplishment!

          1. re: pine time

            I copied and pasted this WW-friendly bleu cheese dressing into my recipe file from an earlier thread. Sorry that I don't know who to give credit to. Maybe she/he will chime in.

            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.
            And … 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!

            1. re: GretchenS

              I've been making blue cheese dressing with yogurt, a tad bit of mayo and half & half (white wine vinegar & a good amount of fresh ground black pepper, too, of course). With the blue cheese, it's definitely rich enough.

        2. I haven't been posting much of anywhere lately, just trying to get settled in to my new job. week 4 coming up, and it's going well. I have been cooking quite a bit, mostly on Sunday so that we have good options thru the week. I've been craving comfort food as I've been fighting a cold AND allergies! wtf. ;)
          Last Sunday was a crock pot beef stew from my Fix it and Forget it Lightly cookbook. SO many great recipes in there - I need to use it more.
          Yesterday it was our favorite chicken w/ black beans and salsa in the crock. ended up placing an order on Penzey's because we were out of several spices after making taco seasoning for our recipe.
          Today I'm making an old family favorite - hamburger soup. it's basically a veggie soup with ground meat. these days I use ground turkey instead of beef, and cajun seasoning to kick it up a bit. I found a low fat corn muffin recipe on allrecipes.com to go with it.
          I'm planning to make a chicken parm meatloaf this week that my sister found on pinterest. So many good ideas there - and SO many terrible ones, lol!
          I need to drop about 6 pounds (AGAIN) so I can fit into my spring clothes, so I'm tracking, tracking tracking! thank goodness the candy jar @ work doesn't hold much I want to eat. :)

          1. I made this tonight:
            http://www.macheesmo.com/2010/12/sear...

            It got two big thumbs up from the hubby - I'll need to make more next time because he was asking for it!

            I used splenda brown sugar mix, actually, because I already had it open. It was really easy to make, too.

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            1. re: Jeserf

              that looks wonderful. i only recently discovered the joys of home-fried tofu.

              1. re: mariacarmen

                I really pressed it and it worked well - I would PROBABLY bake it in the future if I planned ahead enough, but it was really, really good.

                1. re: Jeserf

                  because of points or because of taste?

                  1. re: mariacarmen

                    Baked tofu is good, you just have to cook it for a while and on weeknights, I rarely have time to do that!

              2. re: Jeserf

                Jesserf:
                if you live near a Trader Joe's, you can cut the cooking time in half.
                1)TJ's sells their own brand Trader Joe's Organic, High Protein, Extra Firm Tofu.
                the stuff can be found in their refrigerator case.
                it does NOT come in a plastic tub.
                it is so firm that it needs NO pressing before frying/sauteeing
                (also contains about 14 grams of protein per serving)

                also
                2) in their freezer case, in a green box, Tader Joe's sells already prepared frozen organic brown rice.
                you just pour out the exact amount you need and nuke it until it's warm.
                it always comes out perfectly and there is no waste and very little clean up.

              3. Tonight, spaghetti squash, skinnytaste meatballs and sauce. good old standby, which everyone eats!
                Last night, grilled boneless skinless chicken breast, skinntyaste's coconut brown rice ( very good!) and brusells sprouts.
                Feeling a little discouraged and disheartened, and thinking about taking a ( very short ) break from the plan. Maybe a weekend getaway, and then right back to it:)

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                1. re: sunflwrsdh

                  you are doing SO WELL. it's so hard to be good for so long (I certainly haven't been) and to sometimes not see the results. could you change it up by making a totally new dish, one that would normally not even tempt you? a different cuisine? or maybe eating all protein for a day, but still trying to stick to points?

                  but by all means, take a break, and come right back. you're too inspiring and heartening to the rest of us to lose you!

                  1. re: mariacarmen

                    Thanks mariacarmen. I haven't given up yet, and I will keep trying. We are thinking about a weekend in Boston, where I absolutely love the North End, and no way I will count points there! But we will do a lot of walking, so the damage shouldn't be that bad.
                    I also joined a gym (Planet fitness) that is in the perfect location for me...right on the way home from work....but it doesn't open till May. So still doing my morning 15-30 minute Walk at Home DVD's and progress has been slow and erratic. But I know I will get to my goal....someday. It really is a process.

                    1. re: sunflwrsdh

                      one day at a time....don't despair....find some inspiration as maria suggested by making some totally new recipes. Let me know if you want suggestions!

                      1. re: sunflwrsdh

                        and remember, it's really not a goal, per se, (tho we have a goal weight in mind) but like you said, a process, a continuum. we have to think like this forever! and that's a good thing. you guys are a total inspiration to me, as i keep falling (way off) the wagon, but i keep coming back here to see how good everyone is and it motivates me again!

                        1. re: mariacarmen

                          I've been on WW for a year now, lost 45 pounds, so far. Now, I figure that it took me a lot longer than one year to put on that 45 pounds, so I am way ahead of the game already. I have another 45+ to go, and plan to be a lifer with WW. I love the support, and there is no way I can keep off the pounds without tracking.

                          All of you have been a great inspiration to me!

                          1. re: jmcarthur8

                            What an accomplishment

                            1. re: jmcarthur8

                              jm

                              Bravo ;:>}

                              1. re: iL Divo

                                (takes a bow) Thank you! ;-)

                    2. found on pinterest: http://joelens.blogspot.com/2010/06/c...
                      of course modified slightly - I used whole wheat breadcrumbs, 1/4 c egg substitute and soy parmesan. we both really liked it - DH liked my half w/o the mozzerella better than his half with. With my modifications, I calculated it at 4.25 points per serving - 5 servings for the loaf. Served it with some tiny potatoes roasted in a spritz of EVOO and the same seasonings as in the meatloaf.

                      I am working really hard on tracking, still adjusting to going back to the old points system and getting my day worked out right. Yesterday after counting up all my snacks, breakfast and lunch I had 6 points left for dinner. Fortunately, we had some healthy leftovers, so I saved the meatloaf recipe for tonight. Today was better. :)

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                      1. re: jujuthomas

                        that looks yummy!

                        Not tracking here this week - it's just been a mess since my husband returned.

                        While I'm COMPLETELY happy beyond all possible expression that he's out of Afghanistan, learning to cook for 2, and not overeat is not easy. He hasn't been home a week - and I've given myself a week to just try my best and get used to living as a couple again - before I go back to tracking and all that. I've also had off work until tomorrow, and having a work day actually makes WWing easier for me - I pack my food and that's that!

                        Tonight was veggie tacos - used soy crumbles instead of meat and I turned it in to a salad for me, and regular tacos for him.

                        Hope you are all well!

                        1. re: Jeserf

                          congratulations on getting your hubby back safe and sound, Jeserf!!!

                      2. I have been following WW for a while but I haven't been fully committed. These last few weeks, though, I have really stepped it up. And my husband is now on board so it makes it easier.

                        Tonight I made Skinnytaste Chicken Tikka Masala. It was ok, not sure I would make it again. I have made the Healthy Breaded Shrimp and we liked that.

                        I will have to start paying more attention to these threads...lots of good ideas!

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                        1. re: valerie

                          I felt the same way about the Skinnytaste Chicken Tikka Masala. It was decent, but I didn't love it as much as some of her other dishes, and it's no substitute for Indian restaurant tikka masala. It didn't have the right spices and such obviously.

                        2. Tonight: braised endive with an egg on top (Molly Stevens' recipe, from her braising book). Good, but I'm not sure I'm a fan of endive. On the subject of "egg on top", I'm MUCH more a fan of what I made this weekend: Roux brothers ratatouille with an egg on top. YEEEEUMMMMM!!!!! 9 points, besides. Not heinous!

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                          1. re: linengirl

                            Hi there,
                            I have been lurking and this is my first time posting on this board.
                            Been on WW for 3 yrs. Lost 60lbs in 2 yrs so reached goal this week last year. Since then I have put on 10lbs - soooooo disheartened!
                            Still on WW - points plus - but thinking of going back to the old plan for a while to change things up.

                            To whomever asked about dressings - Bolthouse Farms has a chunky blue cheese dressing - 2 tbsp = 1 point.

                            Made some coconut shrimp (from skinnytaste) last weekend - very good.

                            1. re: toopie28

                              Yes that dressing is great and you wouldn't know it's good for you - they also have a Ranch version for the same points plus value! I also noticed Thousand Island on the shelf.

                              1. re: Solstice444

                                Speaking of salad dressings - our WW leader just recommended Maple Grove Farms of Vermont fat-free Caesar dressing. A 2 Tbsp. serving is 0 P+.

                              2. re: toopie28

                                welcome!

                                wow - you've only gained back 10 lbs out of 60! that's something to crow about, not despair! i lost 24 lbs. 3 years ago and have been struggling to lose the 5-9 lbs. i keep gaining back. and i never hit my goal - YET.

                                i want to try that coconut shrimp....

                                1. re: toopie28

                                  Hey toopie! welcome and congrats. I am also a "lifer" who is 10lb over goal. if you ask me maintenance is MUCH harder than losing! :)
                                  We have ditched PP, DH and I both gained weight since they implemented it. So, it is back to what works for us.

                                  1. re: toopie28

                                    Welcome!

                                    1. re: toopie28

                                      I asked about the blue cheese dressing; thanks for the Bolthouse rec!

                                  2. jujuthomas - YES! It is so much harder to maintain, isn't it!

                                    Well, the 10lbs is very daunting to me - my fear is that it's the way I gained weight the first time - very slowly - 10lbs a year. Before you know it - I'm 60 overweight. So that's my panic.

                                    Not giving up though - back to the old plan next week. Good luck with the old plan - is there a thread for that on here, I wonder?

                                    Anyway, here is the coconut shrimp recipe link from skinnytaste:
                                    http://www.skinnytaste.com/2011/12/sk...

                                    1. I'm making Skinnytaste Corned Beef and Cabbage with Horseradish Cream tonight. I've never made corned beef before, so I hope it comes out okay!

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                                      1. re: Solstice444

                                        Made pasta last night. It's called Carba-nada - first time tasting it and it's quite good AND you get a lot for 2 oz. for 3 pp. (never got used to the taste of whole wheat pasta).

                                        Anyway, pasta, with sauteed mushrooms, my fresh tom sauce, wedge of LC light (which makes the sauce creamy) and 3 meatless meatballs - from T'J's.
                                        All together - 8pp.

                                      2. Skinny taste tuna noodle casserole tonight (http://www.skinnytaste.com/2011/01/sk...

                                        )

                                        it was delicious as usual. Nice side salad.

                                        I'll be making this pasta (with cauliflower) tomorrow: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/fo...

                                        which when I put it in the recipe builder for 6 servings, was 10 points per serving. I'm going to half the amount of pasta and olive oil, and omit the pine nuts. I'm still going to count it as 10 points, but not sure we'll get 6 servings. i'm going to serve it with roasted asparagus. YUM. I hope!

                                        re-learning to make dinner for two is VERY hard.

                                        1. I am officially entering maintenance today :-) For those of you who have been on maintenance before, did you still track, and pay for the program, or did you stop doing the official program? I'm thinking I'll still track for maybe a month and then try things on my own.

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                                          1. re: Solstice444

                                            i've been on maintenance since 2/15/2011. i still pay every month. it worked to get me here (45 lbs lost), so it will work to keep me here. i track still.

                                            1. re: eLizard

                                              I thought that once you hit your goal weight and maintain it for 6 consecutive weigh-ins that you are then considered to be a "lifetime" member and meetings are free from that point forward. Why are you paying?

                                              1. re: EM23

                                                i'm online only. never been to a meeting. if you're a meeting member, you get free etools.

                                                1. re: eLizard

                                                  I'm online only as well.

                                                  1. re: Solstice444

                                                    congrats! such an accomplishment! i love online. i'd never go to a meeting!

                                                    1. re: eLizard

                                                      I lost 20 lbs - your 45 is impressive! Great job especially keeping it off!

                                                    2. re: Solstice444

                                                      Congrats on reaching goal!

                                                    3. re: eLizard

                                                      I see. Congrats on the 45 lbs.!

                                                      1. re: EM23

                                                        thanks guys. shopping is fun again. not as fun as eating as much whenever i felt like it, but it's still something!!

                                                        1. re: eLizard

                                                          Congrats! Well done!! And yes, I still tracked and entered weight online for months afterwards. Just loved seeing that goal weight. I stopped tracking after the new PP came out and put on 10lbs so I'm back on it.

                                                          Track for a couple of months, then if you are doing okay, scale it back to every couple of weeks.

                                                          Again, well done on your weight loss!

                                                          1. re: toopie28

                                                            i hit goal in february 2011. so i've been tracking at maintenance for more than a year! keeps me honest.

                                              2. OK, not on WW, on a different diet, but thought I would share a very points-friendly soup I had for lunch today. Inspired by a recipe in my CIA Book of Soups cookbook, I threw together low-sodium chicken broth which I simmered with some "coins" of fresh ginger for a few minutes, sliced baby bok choy, reconsituted dried shitake mushrooms, sliced scallions, very small pieces of boneless, skinless chicken breast, and tofu shirataki noodles (fettucine-style) which I had rinsed and dried. Simmer a couple minutes, add a small sploosh of low-sodium soy. It was yummy and incredibly filling at lunch (there was a lot of bok choy). I think all you need to count is the shirataki (small package) and the chicken (6 oz) (please correct me if I am wrong) and it is 3 good-sized servings. Looking forward to tomorrow's lunch! First use of shirataki and I was very pleased.

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                                                1. re: GretchenS

                                                  that sounds like a totally pt. friendly meal, Gretchen! the 6 oz is for at least a couple of servings, yes? so that would be 3 pts for the chicken, and probably 2-3 for the noodles, making for a 5-6 pt. soup. awesome.

                                                  1. re: mariacarmen

                                                    Sorry, have not been back to this thread for awhile. 6 oz chicken and small pack shirataki noodles made 3 extremely filling servings. As I say, lots of bok choy. Didn't get hungry mid-afternoon either, those shirataki noodles had some staying power.

                                                  2. re: GretchenS

                                                    {waving hi} Shirataki noodles are actually zero points. That's a VERY points-friendly soup! :)

                                                    1. re: amyptucson

                                                      {waving back} Glad you reminded me about this soup, must make again, truly it didn't really need the chicken and that means it would be FREE!!!!!!!!!

                                                      1. re: GretchenS

                                                        Made the soup today (sans chicken). Mmmm!

                                                        1. re: amyptucson

                                                          Funny, was thinking today I should make it again for lunches next week.

                                                          1. re: amyptucson

                                                            you could make it with the dice-sized chopped high-protein, extra-firm, tofu, and you'd find that it will keep you satisfied longer.
                                                            also, water with a little salt will work just as well as the chicken stock.

                                                        2. re: amyptucson

                                                          whaaaa???? shirataki noodles are ZERO? i have to get me some!

                                                          1. re: mariacarmen

                                                            Don't be put off by the terrible smell, rinse like crazy and then pat dry before using.

                                                            1. re: GretchenS

                                                              good to know, thanks.

                                                              1. re: GretchenS

                                                                i ended up buying a package - it sat in my fridge for....ever - and eventually got tossed.

                                                                1. re: smilingal

                                                                  Haha! Same here! I haven't been able to bring myself to use them...and I think they expire soon. I guess I should try them.

                                                              2. re: mariacarmen

                                                                yes, it totally changes decisions about cooking yummy pasta dishes! Warning: they are very filling for some reason and keep you full for a long time afterwards. I dunno why.

                                                          2. I just want to share a really great points-friendly recipe from Smitten Kitchen for cauliflower soup. It was so good that I ate half of the whole recipe for lunch today - 7P+. But, I think that the recipe makes about 3 srvgs. (depending on the size of the head of cauliflower) at 4 P+ per srvg.
                                                            http://smittenkitchen.com/2006/09/the...

                                                            1. I made these Shrimp Burgers for dinner tonight. 5 points (plus 3 points for the bun that I had). I also had half of a baked potato and some roasted cauliflower, carrots and red onion. I am not a big fan of frozen shrimp but I bought a bag at Trader Joe's and it was perfect for this.

                                                              My husband, daughter and I liked these "burgers" for a change but next time I would add an egg white to the mixture to hold them together a little better....they were a bit crumbly. And I left out the cayenne pepper since I thought it might be too spicy for my daughter. I think a little spice would have been good.

                                                              http://traceysculinaryadventures.blog...

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                                                              1. re: valerie

                                                                Ooo, thank you! I was looking for a new recipe for shrimp - will try this tonite.

                                                                1. re: valerie

                                                                  Tried this two nights ago. Wow, was it good! My husband thought so, too! Thx! (I used your suggestion of an egg white; otherwise made it exactly per recipe, I think. We didn't use buns or condiments -- didn't need 'em.)

                                                                  1. re: amyptucson

                                                                    I just saw your post...glad you liked it. I made them again tonight and used an egg white. It held together a little better but is still tasty even if a little crumbly. I skipped the bun this time too, and did use a pinch of cayenne for a little kick. And I had roasted vegetables on the side again, didn't even need the baked potato.

                                                                2. Perdue short cuts chicken was a great alternative to cooking tonight. Just heated it up in a non-stick skillet, boiled some whole wheat ziti, roasted some brussel sprouts and red pepper and enjoyed it all together with some great finishing olive oil. Added a salad on the side as well. I usually never use pre-packaged goods but DH had bought this box of chicken and it really was very enjoyable - so much so that I put it on my list for me to find the next shopping trip!

                                                                  1. Tonight we're having shrimp kebabs (shrimp, onion, pineapple, and peppers) on top of skinny taste's coconut brown rice (topped with lots of cilantro).
                                                                    Yesterday I made a giant batch of spicy soup with tofu and all kinds of vegetables, and I just stir in a little bit of napa or bok choy, and some snap peas when I warm up a batch right before serving it. It's really filling, and it's 3 pts for a giant bowl (5 if I add some noodles to the batch).

                                                                    I just got my order of PB2 in the mail- I like it much better than the Better'n Peanut Butter because it actually tastes like peanut butter. Real PB is my trigger food, so I try to keep it away from me. The PB2 is actually pretty decent, but it's not exactly like real PB, so I don't want to eat the entire jar at once. I think I'll try to make spicy peanut noodles with chicken tomorrow- either using skinny taste's or emilybites' recipe. I'm not a huge smoothie person, but DH is, so I think I'll also try to recreate a mock reese's cup "milkshake" with pb2 and nectar chocolate protein.

                                                                    1. What are al the weight watchers making for Easter brunch or dinner? I will be hosting and have a few Ww coming. I would like my menu to be friendly to them. Thanks!!

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                                                                      1. re: sandramrma

                                                                        New post on skinny taste this week 4 braised brisket. Think that's our Easter dinner!

                                                                      2. Here I am, shamefully sneaking back again-I'm the poster that created this thread originally. I'm beyond thrilled that it's gone on so long, and am excited to start reading through to get motivated. Girlfriends and I all joined up this week, online only, and I was initially discouraged to see that my point allocation has dropped three from last year. However, it was great incentive to take advantage of our first nice day in a while and get out for a run and long walk (I'm working up to a 4 mile dirty dash mud run this summer) with the kids. Nothing is a greater incentive to get me running that knowing I can earn a glass of wine :). I've been pretty good today, but am facing dinner with small children tonight while my husband works late. Pizza is normally very tempting on these nights.

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                                                                        1. re: girlwonder88

                                                                          Pizza isn't all that bad, points wise. And if you have a salad with it, also fairly healthy. You just have to watch the "toppings" on the pizza. And thank you for starting this thread! It's been very inspiring and helpful to lots of us. I have been "off the wagon" for a couple of weeks, and will be working on jumping back on as well.

                                                                          1. re: sunflwrsdh

                                                                            The WW app has a fun little pizza counter. You can put on different toppings and see if it affects the points.

                                                                            1. re: sunflwrsdh

                                                                              Sun - how many points are you counting for pizza? We were discussing pizza at a meeting recently and the consensus was that a New York slice is about 12 - 13 P+ w/ no toppings. This makes me sad.

                                                                              1. re: EM23

                                                                                No way is one New York slice 12-13PP. Thin Crust Pizza - New York Slice - 1/8 of a full pie at a Pizzeria - just regular cheese topping - no extras - no extra cheese - is around 7 PP. I've been counting 2 New York slices with no extra toppings as 13 PP since PP started and I haven't had any problems. You should blot down the slice to get rid of the extra oil. If you get toppings or extra cheese or a Siclian Slice than the points do start adding up.

                                                                                1. re: EM23

                                                                                  I have NY Style pizza in my area (NYC suburbs), although the slices might not be quite as large as in NYC itself. I've been counting a plain slice as 5, pepperoni as 7, sausage as 8, any type of chicken topping 7, etc. I've been relying on pizza alot since it's so point friendly (compared to many other fast or take out foods) and I haven't had any issues with those point counts. I lost 20 pounds in 4-5 months :-)

                                                                                  1. re: Solstice444

                                                                                    ny style pizza with no toppings is around 7 points. i've even weighed it on my scale.

                                                                                    1. re: eLizard

                                                                                      Maybe the slices I get around here smaller then? I don't know how large a NY style slice is by definition.

                                                                                    2. re: Solstice444

                                                                                      I have been counting a slice as 10 P+. A couple of years ago, I did some totally non-scientific research on a calorie counter site, myfitnesspal.com, where I compared the nutrition info for about 15 listings for a New York slice (no toppings). I plugged the average of that nutrition data in to WW’s point calculator and came up w/ 10 P+.
                                                                                      And then last year Kenji on Serious Eats did one of his food lab experiments on NY pizza. I plugged his recipe in to the WW recipe builder and it came to 10 P+ per slice.

                                                                                      So when it came up at a recent WW meeting, I was kind of shocked to learn that the leader, and the majority of people in the room (big mtg. /50+ ppl.), called a slice at 12 – 13 P+. Since then, I checked the stats on a Sbarro slice, which is bigger than your average NY slice, and it comes in at 12 P+.

                                                                                      So, for me, 10 P+ seems like pretty realistic number for a NY slice. Sorry to rock the boat with the 12 -13 P+ slice but that was the consensus at my WW mtg.:-)

                                                                                      Serious Eats recipe http://slice.seriouseats.com/archives...

                                                                                      Nutrition info for a Sbarro slice http://www.myfitnesspal.com/food/calo...

                                                                              2. DH and I had big salads for dinner - romaine, spinach, radishes, carrot and onion with 3 oz yellow lake perch and 2 oz shrimp on top, both sauteed in a little olive oil and butter, seasoned with Penzey's "Forward" seasoning blend.

                                                                                For dessert BEFORE dinner (because I was doing some digging in the garden and was famished) we had a cake I made earlier this afternoon. It's called Salt-kissed Buttermilk Cake. It is delicious:
                                                                                http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/...

                                                                                5 PP, and full of healthy stuff. I used blackberries on top. I think I worked off enough activity points in the garden to have another piece with some frozen yogurt on the side.

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                                                                                1. re: jmcarthur8

                                                                                  how did you manage to work out the points, jm? it looks really good...

                                                                                  1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                    I use the recipe builder on WW's online. You just enter all the ingredients and how many servings, and it automatically figures out the points. I probably have about a hundred recipes saved in there - all my regular favorites.

                                                                                  2. re: jmcarthur8

                                                                                    wondering..... I always ditch the rest of the container of buttermilk - never having other uses at the moment - so I wonder if subbing in skim milk with vinegar or lemon juice would be suitable? ANYONE???

                                                                                    1. re: smilingal

                                                                                      dunno, but you can always get buttermilk powder.....

                                                                                      1. re: smilingal

                                                                                        I recently bookmarked this discussion on making buttermilk. Sounds like it doesn't work with skim though...
                                                                                        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/578336

                                                                                        1. re: smilingal

                                                                                          I always have buttermilk in the way back of the fridge where it's really cold. It lasts for months beyond the expiration date, so I don't pitch it as long as it smells fresh. It's easy to tell when it goes bad - it smells rank or grows blue stuff.
                                                                                          Yogurt and buttermilk are the two things that I don't worry about expiration dates.

                                                                                          But to answer your question, I suppose you could use milk and lemon juice - don't know about skim.. my mother always did that with 2%. I just like the richness of the buttermilk. Even the lowfat one. I always have to read the labels on every brand, though, since a lot of the dairies use thickeners in the buttermilk, and I only get the natural ones with no additives like that.

                                                                                          1. re: jmcarthur8

                                                                                            EM23 - thanks for that informative link - so many different opinions - as with anything!
                                                                                            I think I might look for the powdered envelopes to have around ---- because ---- that cake the jmcarthur posted looks too good not to try! Thanks to you both!

                                                                                            1. re: jmcarthur8

                                                                                              ditto. i find buttermilk lasts forever!

                                                                                              1. re: jmcarthur8

                                                                                                I always buy a big container of Buttermilk for a single recipe and end up tossing the rest as well....because there is no way to use it all up.

                                                                                                I recently read in a cooking magazine that you can freeze buttermilk! I can't remember the magazine but I just looked it up and found this info on a food blog: http://www.thekitchn.com/good-tip-fre....

                                                                                                Apparently it works. I've never tried it but it's a good idea.

                                                                                            2. re: jmcarthur8

                                                                                              Update on the Salt-kissed Buttermilk Cake - hubby and I couldn't eat the whole cake by ourselves, so now it's two days later and the cake got pretty dry. Plus the nice crunchy sparkles of sugar and salt on the top were no longer crunchy. That part got damp.

                                                                                              So I cubed the cake (half the cake was leftover), tossed it in a glass bowl with some dried cranberries, and covered with a cooked custard. It's in the fridge now, to set until after dinner. Hopefully it will be another yummy dessert!
                                                                                              Here's what's in the custard: (it's 1 PP per 1/4 cup)
                                                                                              2 1/4 cups Blue Diamond Almond/Coconut milk
                                                                                              1/4 cup sugar
                                                                                              2 tsp cornstarch
                                                                                              2 eggs
                                                                                              1 tsp almond extract

                                                                                              I had the almond/ coconut milk because I had a coupon and it was on sale, but I don't care for the coconut taste for drinking and cereal as well as I like almond milk. I do like it for baking and desserts, though.

                                                                                              1. re: jmcarthur8

                                                                                                thanks for that update - so I guess the cake isn't a total favorite? - I like how creative you are re-using it! The custard sounds yummy too!

                                                                                                1. re: smilingal

                                                                                                  We actually loved the cake...but it is one of those you must eat the day it's made. Since there's no frosting, its' crunchy top is the fun part. Overnight under cling wrap, it lost the crunch.
                                                                                                  Anyway, after letting it soak in the fridge all afternoon in the custard, it was delicious in a whole different way! And at 6 PP, even better. We put a dollop of Cool Whip on top.

                                                                                            3. Last night we had a shrimp boil w/ potatoes, corn, and sausage. Super fun w/ my 3-year-old son. Corn is 1 pt. for half of an ear. Careful w/ the potatoes. The smoked sausage I used was 4 pts/sausage and shrimp is sort of nothing. Tonight it's roasted chicken marinating in a yogurt sauce w/ asparagus salad.

                                                                                              1. I made the general tso chicken from takeout tonight, which bears no resemblance to general tso's chicken. but was spicy and delicious. and i added jalapeno and broccoli. i also made a crock full of turkey chili with some chicken sausage removed from their casing and thrown in. both are about 5pp per cup.

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                                                                                                1. re: eLizard

                                                                                                  What is Takeout Tonight? Is it a website? I just started WW (again....after a 3 year hiatus. Didn't really give it much of a chance the first time around but now I think I'm more serious). I think one of the big things I'm going to have to avoid is Chinese and Indian takeout which I love (also usually fall back on when I don't want to cook since I work full time and go to grad school at night and live alone). Would love the General Tso recipe (or other good Chinese takeout style recipes). Thanks!

                                                                                                  1. re: Elyssa

                                                                                                    it's a ww cookbook. they have the points from the previous plan, but with the nutritional info you can recalculate them to pointsplus. they have some good indian dishes, too.

                                                                                                    1. re: eLizard

                                                                                                      Thanks! I just ordered the new cookbook and it should be arriving anyday. Looking forward to finding some fun recipes there.

                                                                                                      1. re: Elyssa

                                                                                                        let me know how you like it!

                                                                                                        1. re: eLizard

                                                                                                          So it turns out the "new" book I bought was actually exactly the same as my old cookbook but with different updated points. So I might end up getting the Takeout Tonight book instead and just update the recipes I like on my own.

                                                                                                2. Tonight we're cooking on the grill - chicken breast kebabs in a sesame ginger marinade, steamed asparagus and brown basmati rice.

                                                                                                  After dinner, more of last night's Salt-kissed Buttermilk cake with frozen yogurt on the side.

                                                                                                  I don't care how many points. I spent over 4 hours working in the garden today. Whatever I eat, I already worked it off!

                                                                                                  1. I've been bad and not posting here! Life has been a bit crazy - my husband came home and we found a new condo, so we put in an offer and it was accepted...so between getting ready to buy a place and trying to find tenants for our current place (to use as an investment property), I also had to serve on Jury Duty today! Ugh (it wasn't that bad, but still).

                                                                                                    So I've sort of been mindfully not tracking. I'm not attending this weekend because of Passover, so I'm just in the state of mind where I'm doing the best that I can and keeping with my workouts (though, I skipped tonight because I'm pooped). It's worked OK so far since hubby has returned - down 74.4. SO CLOSE to 75 it's maddening.

                                                                                                    Last night I made mandarin orange and ginger baked tofu from Whole Foods' web site:
                                                                                                    http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recip...

                                                                                                    No idea what the point value was, but if you use a small amount of rice (or even better, quinoa!) and watch the amount of sauce, it can't be so bad. It was tasty - and definitely easy!

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                                                                                                    1. re: Jeserf

                                                                                                      Jeserf, that last .6 was your socks. Consider yourself at 75, girlfriend! Congratulations!

                                                                                                    2. Last night I made this Honey Lemon Chicken. I doubled the sauce, but less than doubled the honey to keep the points down. A serving was 6 points. Served with steamed white rice and steamed broccoli, it was really good.

                                                                                                      http://www.closetcooking.com/2009/06/...

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                                                                                                      1. re: valerie

                                                                                                        I have everything right here to make that Honey Lemon Chicken! Looks delicious - I think that may be tomorrow night's dinner. I've got some broccoli in the crisper drawer, and leftover brown basmati rice from last night. Yum.

                                                                                                      2. I am back to tracking with a vengeance! Leaving for Hawaii in less than two weeks and now I need to fit into my wedding dress too! Holy crap, what happened to a simple elopement...?
                                                                                                        Anyway, I am kind of glad to get back on track with WW, and it's bringing back memories of my good habits last summer, when the weight came off. I was really exercising, eating lots of good, healthy and delicious food and it wasn't a chore. I know this program works, and it's refreshing to remember that.

                                                                                                        It's been lots of hard boiled eggs in the am, which I love when I have good eggs, so no sacrifice felt here (except to my pocket book) and I usually eat one egg and two whites, so I can have some 0% face, or 1/4 c granola or whatever. Three different types of fruit get cut up and this takes me through the am. My current faves are tangelos, strawberries and a kiwi. It will be nice when the berries really come in, but I'm enjoying the last of the good citrus.
                                                                                                        If I'm still peckish I reach for a banana. I know some people think too much fruit is a bad thing, but for me, too many carb-heavy meals with lots of fat and red wine were the bad things. Fruit didn't make me fat. :)

                                                                                                        Lunches have been salads, mostly, with smoked trout or half a can of oil-packed tuna. A baby bell (hey, I like em!) and maybe some kasha crackers to go with. Again with the fruit, and lots of water, which I've been bad about.

                                                                                                        Dinner has been less rigid, last night we had leftover pork posole over bulgur. I de-fatted the stew the best I could and figured 9 points for it. Not awful for dinner, but I like it when I can add up real points instead of guessing...

                                                                                                        There's candy all over the house, mostly due to work, but it helps to just go ahead and figure out what the points would be if I ate the stuff. I just figured out 10 gummy cola bottles = 4 pts! So not worth it! I had five, but will rethink things before I open that bag again. I could have had TWO baby bells!

                                                                                                        Anyway, I think sante fe chicken is in our future, along with ho-hum grilled chicken breasts, and boca burgers. Once we are on the Island I'm eating raw fish and tropical fruit all day long, so I just have to be creative through the 16th...mercury poisoning here I come.. Kidding, but I do plan to over do it on the tuna!

                                                                                                        Lucky for me the fiancé wants to lose a few before we go too, so these leaner meals shouldn't bring too much grumbling.

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                                                                                                        1. re: rabaja

                                                                                                          Awesome! Good luck and congrats in advance!

                                                                                                          1. re: Solstice444

                                                                                                            thank you!
                                                                                                            I'm seriously contemplating a pair of spanx...

                                                                                                          2. re: rabaja

                                                                                                            Wow...rabaja! Congratulations!!! Sounds like you are on the right track! Best wishes to you and your lucky finacee:)

                                                                                                          3. I have been sort of on/off ww the last few weeks. Work is super busy so it's hard to focus on my food intake. on the good side, there's a great salad bar in our cafeteria, so if my lunch is not enough, I know where to go to supplement it. :)

                                                                                                            Last night made a great, simple dish... had bone in chicken pieces which I put in a large casserole dish with some olive oil, potatoes, baby carrots and onions. I sprinkled everything with this Turkish Seasoning blend we got as a free sample from Penzeys when we placed an order in march. It was OMG good! We're going to try that again with a bone in turkey breast. :)

                                                                                                            1. 1 word: PASSOVER.

                                                                                                              there goes 74.4lbs, I'm sure.

                                                                                                              But, that's ok. I'm looking forward to the holiday being over - I didn't weigh in because I was home and I had the Seder the night before. But I must weigh in saturday and move on!

                                                                                                              On the plus side, my mom made delicious food!

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                                                                                                              1. re: Jeserf

                                                                                                                this is part of a saying which I used to have posted in my kitchen.....DON'T LET A LAPSE TURN INTO A RELAPSE THAT TURNS INTO A COLLAPSE!!!

                                                                                                                I'm right with you - the past two nights were sedars - tonight it was back to my daughters for yummy leftovers without all the hubbub - and we have lots of special occasions this week coming up. We, too, get weighed in on Saturdays - oh well - just have to go with it and keep moving forward. BUT IT IS NOT THE END OF YOUR WEIGHT LOSS!!!

                                                                                                                1. re: smilingal

                                                                                                                  oh, I know...it's just bad timing! :)

                                                                                                              2. Does anyone have a great mashed cauliflower recipe? I love having a starch on the plate (especially mashed potatoes which is probably one of my most favorite foods) but it has a tendency to spiral out of control points wise. People tell me mashed cauliflower is a good alternative.

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                                                                                                                1. re: Elyssa

                                                                                                                  I love mashed cauliflower! You can mix it with some steamed potatoes, or mash it straight. I like it with lots of garlic. Add a little butter, some non fat greek yogurt or low fat milk, salt and pepper, chives. Really, just make it like you do mashed potatoes, but lighten up on the fats. If you like it cheesy, add a little grated parmesan or cheddar on top.
                                                                                                                  I saw a recipe that had steamed carrots in it, too - it sounds intriguing - it would give it a little sweetness on top of the earthiness of the cauliflower.

                                                                                                                  BTW, Ruby Tuesday's has mashed cauliflower on their menu, if you want to try it before you make it at home. It is 4 PP for a serving. I think theirs is excellent!

                                                                                                                  1. re: jmcarthur8

                                                                                                                    That is exacly how i do it too.

                                                                                                                  2. re: Elyssa

                                                                                                                    I like it best with some potato because it adds a thickness to the mash. I steam the potatoes and cauliflower in chicken stock first to add a rich flavor without using butter, and mash with a LITTLE light sour cream and some more stock. It's VERY good to add broccoli, too - more nutrients!

                                                                                                                    Don't forget a root veggie mash - celery root is excellent, as are rutabaga, instead of cauliflower.

                                                                                                                    1. re: Jeserf

                                                                                                                      I found a good recipe for just plain cauliflower mash and then the Skinnytaste recipe which I think has just a few potatoes. Over the next few weeks I'm going to try out both and see which I like better. I'll post what my results are for other potato-addicts out there. Seriously----when people ask my favorite food I almost always say "potatoes----in all it's great many forms".

                                                                                                                      1. re: Elyssa

                                                                                                                        I'm doing WW, just dropping a few pounds I gained but we found we prefer cauliflower fauxtatoes over mashed potatoes now. I do not use any potatoes in it, I thicken it by keeping it over very very low heat after it's mashed and stirring frequently to get rid of the excess moisture. I probably put about 2-3 tablespoons of cream cheese in for a super large head or two medium heads of cauliflower, s&p to taste instead of adding butter or cream.

                                                                                                                  3. Do you guys have a Tasti D-Lite near you? One opened near my apartment a few months ago and I just discovered that a small cup (4 oz) is only 2 points. 2 POINTS!!!! That is for basically any flavor. How they do this is beyond me. But last night I had 7 extra points (I think I did a little too well that day because by the time I got to dinner I was starving). I took an evening walk after dinner and got a small cookies and cream from Tasti D-Lite.

                                                                                                                    I was so happy to discover I could get a satisfying ice cream/fro-yo option for so few points. And with all the different flavors/mix-ins you don't have to waste points on toppings (unless it's fruit---then go for it). They also have all of their nutritional info on their website so if you are planning to get a different flavor or one of their shakes you can calculate the points.

                                                                                                                    In the summer I like to take an evening walk after dinner and usually will stop for ice cream or fro-yo since there are so many spots in my neighborhood. It's nice to know this is still an option once the weather gets warmer. If I do really well with my points throughout the day I can reward myself with a 2 point Tasti D-Lite!

                                                                                                                    1. I just received the new Points Plus WW cookbook from Amazon. Turns out it is the EXACT same cookbook as the old one, just with a new cover and updated points system. Disappointed----I thought it was going to be all new recipes. From what I could tell the only new section was the slow cooker section.

                                                                                                                      I'm sending it back because I already went through my old cookbook and updated the points on the recipes I thought sounded good.

                                                                                                                      1. Made an awesome dinner tonight! I made Skinnytaste's Chicken and Mushrooms in a Garlic White Wine Sauce (http://www.skinnytaste.com/2011/03/ch...). It was very flavorful. I squirted some lemon in at the end just to add some citrus.

                                                                                                                        I served it with 1/2 a cup of brown rice with frozen spinach mixed in and a TON of roasted veggies (broccoli, Brussels sprouts and onions). The whole meal was 8 points.

                                                                                                                        This afternoon I also made Strawberry Swirl Cheesecake (http://www.skinnytaste.com/2011/03/st...). Looking forward to having dessert for the first time in awhile. This is also a good dessert to have because the pieces are a decent enough size and I won't feel tempted to go back for more (as I might with cookies or brownies).

                                                                                                                        I've been really, really disciplined this first week. My weigh in is on Wednesday and I'll be interested to see if I lost any weight. I have stayed within my daily point allowance each day except the past 2 (when I'm starting to use some of my weekly points). But I haven't gone out of control. Still sticking to 3 meals a day and only going over by 4-6 points. What I really need to do now is figure out a workout schedule (maybe I'll sit down next weekend to work that out). This will be the real challenge between work, school, and being smack in the middle of finals.

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                                                                                                                        1. re: Elyssa

                                                                                                                          An important thing to remember ("non-scale victory") is that you're sticking with it every day. The routine will pay off. If you can stick with even just the food part during a stressful time, you're making a fantastic life change.

                                                                                                                          1. re: Elyssa

                                                                                                                            Just to clarify---I only went over 4-6 points on Friday and Saturday when I used my weekly points. Have been sticking solidly to 26 points a day during the week (a few days I didn't use all my points and still felt satisfied after dinner).

                                                                                                                          2. I made delicious baked falafel courtesy of Macheesmo:
                                                                                                                            http://www.macheesmo.com/2012/04/bake...

                                                                                                                            I input the recipe into the recipe builder...if you do it as written for 4 servings, it's 10 points for just the falafal. If you make the recipe a written but divide in to 6 servings, it's 7 points. However, it's just us so I halved it, and he ate more than me so I'm estimating 8 PP for just the falafel.

                                                                                                                            I also made homemade Tzatziki:
                                                                                                                            1 container of fage free fage
                                                                                                                            3/4 english cucumber, grated and drained
                                                                                                                            3 grated garlic cloves
                                                                                                                            1/4 cup parsley
                                                                                                                            half a lemon, juiced and zested
                                                                                                                            salt
                                                                                                                            pepper
                                                                                                                            Mix all together and let sit for a little it.
                                                                                                                            4 servings = 2 PP.

                                                                                                                            We had that with a beet and orange salad topped with some chopped pistachios and feta. The store didn't have whole wheat pita, but c'est la vie. We each had one pita and I made some homemade pita chips to enjoy the tzatziki with. The pita puts it as a "sometimes" meal, however I had one of the falafel balls in some lettuce from the salad and it was really good. So you could easily do that to save points and have it still be delicious.

                                                                                                                            The falafel was easy to make and it will stay in our rotation!

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                                                                                                                            1. re: Jeserf

                                                                                                                              Jeserf - I love falafels but never made them - on WW or not! Are you saying you only had one falafel ball for the 8 PP?

                                                                                                                              1. re: smilingal

                                                                                                                                No way - this recipe (which I halved) made a bowl of the "dough' and I portioned out about 12 individual small falafel that I baked. I ate about 5 of them, so I estimated 8 based on the recipe builder. I made golf ball sized falafel and flatened them a little before putting them on the sheet pan, then spraying with cooking spray.

                                                                                                                                1. re: Jeserf

                                                                                                                                  whew - more encouraging! I was almost destined for disaster knowing I couldn't have but just one!

                                                                                                                            2. Just came across this great sounding turkey burger recipe on Bethenny Frankel's website. I put the ingredients into my recipe builder and depending on what cheese and pasta sauce you use, it should be only 4 points (no bun). It's also a great idea to serve this on a whole wheat English muffin....even open face!

                                                                                                                              Serves 5

                                                                                                                              1 lb ground white turkey meat
                                                                                                                              1 cup marinara (or your favorite Italian pasta) sauce
                                                                                                                              1/2 cup your favorite shredded Italian cheese (can be provolone, mozzarrella or combo-strong flavored cheeses are best)
                                                                                                                              Add salt and pepper to taste

                                                                                                                              Preparation

                                                                                                                              Combine ingredients into 5 patties.
                                                                                                                              Bake at 450 for 15 to 20 mins or until cooked.
                                                                                                                              Serve on whole grain toasted english muffins.

                                                                                                                              I have a to-die-for turkey burger recipe (http://statedinner.wordpress.com/2010...) but I'm fairly certain it's many more points.

                                                                                                                              1. I'm looking for recs for the best WW-friendly crackers out there. I'm looking for something with a very low point count for snacks----maybe 1-2 points for anywhere from 4+ crackers. Something I can put peanutbutter or cheese on for a quick snack with our creating a ton of points.

                                                                                                                                What do you guys use?

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                                                                                                                                1. re: Elyssa

                                                                                                                                  Wasa has these crackers - to me they are so good - you get 3 long crackers for ONE point. I usually have them with a LC light. Delish.

                                                                                                                                  Anyway, they are called: Crisp'n Light 7 Grain. They have others but I like that I can get three of these in a serving.

                                                                                                                                  1. re: Elyssa

                                                                                                                                    I second the Wasa crackers. They don't taste that good with peanut butter, but they are great with cheese, hummus, or vegetable spreads.
                                                                                                                                    When I have time and I feel like actually making snacks, I make pita or bagel chips/ crackers. You get quite a bit for 2-3 pts, and you can control the sodium and spices.

                                                                                                                                    1. re: nerdette

                                                                                                                                      Great! Thanks.

                                                                                                                                  2. So I'm back to doing WW full-time. After couple weeks of playing with the same 1 lb, I was getting really discouraged. Then I went to Turkey, gorged on baklava, and when I came back I finally managed to hit -50lbs, so I think the change of pace was helpful.
                                                                                                                                    DH hit -65, so we're both pretty close to goal now (5-10lbs), and I'm training for a half marathon, and I'm trying to strike the balance between being able to lose and fueling my body with the right foods.
                                                                                                                                    I've been on a tofu kick lately. I discovered that extra firm tofu makes a pretty decent substitute for French toast, so I've been having that for breakfast couple times a week. It's not real French toast, but I get a lot of food and maple syrup for 5-6 pts, so it's good for those days when I crave something sweet, but don't want to spend the points.
                                                                                                                                    Tonight we're having super-garlicky hummus with homemade pita and crudites.
                                                                                                                                    Tomorrow we'll probably have channa masala (I cooked way more chickpeas than I needed for the hummus).

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                                                                                                                                    1. re: nerdette

                                                                                                                                      I'm kind of intrigued by the tofu "french toast." How do you make it?

                                                                                                                                      1. re: Elyssa

                                                                                                                                        I start with extra firm tofu, slice it in big squares and about 1/4-1/2 inch thick, and press it to get rid of some of the moisture. While it's draining, I make a spice rub - cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cardamom (anything you'd like). If you are not avoiding sugar and can afford an extra point, adding 1-2 tsp of brown sugar to the rub creates nice caramelization.
                                                                                                                                        Sprinkle with spices (pat the rub on if you're adding sugar), and pan fry with butter or spray (1tsp of butter is sufficient in a nonstick pan, but I usually use spray). You can also bake it at 400 until it's heated and caramelized. Baking takes about 5-10 min/side, but it really depends on your oven-my regular oven takes 10 min, my toaster oven takes 4. With the right spices, it is great mimic for the inside of french toast.

                                                                                                                                        1. re: nerdette

                                                                                                                                          wow that actually sounds like if you add some soy sauce and serve it with rice, it'd be a great dinner!!

                                                                                                                                          1. re: Jeserf

                                                                                                                                            I usually go really heavy on the cinnamon and nutmeg to mimic French toast, and I serve it with maple syrup. You're right though, if you adjust the spice ratios and add some heat and shoy it's a good quick baked tofu dinner/ lunch. I usually use half a pack for breakfast, half a pack for an unexciting but quick savory dinner.

                                                                                                                                          2. re: nerdette

                                                                                                                                            How interesting. Maybe I'll try it sometime....although I've never cooked with tofu.

                                                                                                                                      2. bought a chuck roast (before making my way to the gym yesterday) at Von's.
                                                                                                                                        giant Dutch oven with 1 T olive oil seared seasoned beef then added white wine and cut onions/carrots/potatoes and a 1/2 rib celery. frozen container of my red sauce.
                                                                                                                                        braised 6 hours on lowest low flame.

                                                                                                                                        who knew I could make a pot roast?
                                                                                                                                        portioning out for me was easy, for hubby a little harder. he was satisfied but wanted more.

                                                                                                                                        1. I had my first weigh in yesterday.....and I lost 1 lb! Hooray!!! I was a little taken back by how excited I was over one little pound. But I've really committed myself to the program over the past week and have been incredibly disciplined (I turned down ice cream cake in my office....twice!).

                                                                                                                                          I've also been pretty surprised by how satisfied I've been at the end of the day and not feeling hungry all the time. For whatever reason the last time I did this diet I was hungry all the darn time. It made it too easy to fall off the wagon.

                                                                                                                                          But just the other night I made a great dinner. I baked two slices of the prepared polenta (the type that comes in the tube). I put a little tomato sauce and a tiny bit of low-fat mozzarella on top. Then I sauteed spinach, garlic, and the Trader Joe's chicken sausage (1 link is only 3 points and cut up into bit-sized pieces it's all you need), and olive oil spray. I served that mixture on top of the polenta and it was delicious. To round out the meal I roasted a ton of green veggies.

                                                                                                                                          I've always roasted veggies each night but I usually had 1/3 of my plate veggies, 1/3 meat and 1/3 starch (potato, rice, polenta etc). I really changed around the proportions and have made a real effort to cut out carbs, since that is my major weakness.

                                                                                                                                          So far it's been working. And I have to say this thread (and Skinnytaste) have been a tremendous help!

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                                                                                                                                          1. re: Elyssa

                                                                                                                                            NICE JOB on the 1lb!!! AND in sticking with the routine - you're doing great!

                                                                                                                                            I saw in my Every Day Food magazine a lovely looking polenta and sausage bake - I'm trying to figure out how to make it vegetarian. I might play off what you did and use eggplant - bake eggplant cutlets while I crisp up rounds of polenta and then serve the eggplant on top of the polenta round with some sauce and cheese. Easy portion control, maybe?

                                                                                                                                            How did you find the polenta in terms of points for the prepared stuff?

                                                                                                                                            1. re: Jeserf

                                                                                                                                              Thank you!

                                                                                                                                              I saw that recipe as well yesterday. I figured out that points for that recipe as well but it's at home. I also got the feeling that they didn't use chicken sausage since it just said sausage. I'm sure chicken or turkey sausage lowers the points. You could probably just use portabellas chopped up or those veggie crumbles.

                                                                                                                                              The polenta I bought was the organic polenta from Trader Joe's. And I think 1/5 of the tube was considered a serving. I had slightly less slices but I think it still worked out to 2 points or something---not bad at all. (Unless of course I did the math wrong).

                                                                                                                                              1. re: Elyssa

                                                                                                                                                Portabellos might work, but he isn't a big mushroom fan - Morningstar Farms sells sausage crumbles but I've NEVER been able to find it.

                                                                                                                                                1. re: Jeserf

                                                                                                                                                  I thought I saw something like that at Whole Foods before. Maybe in the fridge section near the tofu?

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Elyssa

                                                                                                                                                    possibly - I"m picky about my fake meat though! They have "field loaf" and other weird things that I can't get my head around purchasing when veggies and beans are usually fine!

                                                                                                                                                2. re: Elyssa

                                                                                                                                                  The Everyday Food Baked Polenta w/ Sausage and Artichoke Hearts recipe is 9 points for one serving (the whole recipe serves 4). I bet you could easily bring that number down by using chicken sausage and frozen artichoke hearts vs marinated. But seeing from the picture one serving will give you a healthy portion of 3 pieces of polenta and the chopped up sausage/artichoke topping.

                                                                                                                                            2. Made another really excellent dinner last night using a Skinnytaste.com recipe. I made her chicken rollatini stuffed with zucchini and mozzarella (http://www.skinnytaste.com/2011/08/ch...). When I took my first bite I literally said out loud "Damn that's good!". I kind of wanted to give myself a high five!

                                                                                                                                              The zucchini/cheese stuffing kind of tastes like zucchini pancakes, if you've ever made those before (my Mom makes them for appetizers sometimes). For me 1 chicken rollatini was enough because I had a lot of vegetable sides as well. For bigger appetites maybe serve 2. They are only 4 points each---still can't figure out how she has recipes with SO many ingredients and SO much taste for SO few points.

                                                                                                                                              Also interesting observation I've made over the past few days, I think I'm beginning to succeed in my portion control and meal satisfaction. I've noticed that I feel full after many of my meals, even if I don't finish the whole plate. I went out to brunch with some friends today (one friend commented that she thought I looked like I lost some weight---it's 3 pounds so far but it made me so happy that it's noticeable, mostly in my face). I didn't finish my whole plate of eggs, hash browns and toast and have been feeling full all afternoon. In the past I would have probably eaten the whole plate and then had a snack mid-afternoon. I think this proves once and for all portion control has been my true enemy and not necessarily eating unhealthy foods.

                                                                                                                                              1. Spent the whole rainy day cooking....
                                                                                                                                                - "1 point veggie soup" which I tend to count as 2 by choice. I add a small yukon gold potato and this time used chard - I prefer cabbage but COULDNT FIND ANY. What the heck?! I added a little tomato paste, too, while the veggie sauteed. Finished with half a lemon, juiced.
                                                                                                                                                - Barley with steamed beets, some feta, walnuts, golden raisins and lemon juice. Per the recipe builder, it's 7 points a serving (I used 1 cup of uncooked barley and used 4 servings of the whole dish). The servings aren't huge, so I need to find a way to bulk this type of recipe up - probably with some spinach.

                                                                                                                                                For dinner, my fave Skinny Taste recipe: tuna noodle casserole. I used 75% reduced fat sharp cabbot. It's in the oven now :)

                                                                                                                                                I've been doing very poorly in my weigh ins, so I've got my whole week planned out (including EVERY meal!) and hope that works - something has to.

                                                                                                                                                1. I made a very good marinade last night...
                                                                                                                                                  2 tbsp of red miso, 1 tbsp honey, 1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce, 1/2 cup rice wine vinegar, 2 grated cloves of garlic.

                                                                                                                                                  I marinaded chicken (which I then grilled) for me and salmon (which I baked) for my honey. I calculated 2 points for the marinade. It was very good and I think if you tweeked it (less miso) and cooked it down, it would be a good sauce as well.

                                                                                                                                                  I served it with some sauteed chard, brown rice and garlic (sauteed together in 2 tsp of sesame oil) and steamed snap peas. My tracker tells me this meal was 12 PP

                                                                                                                                                  1. Last night we had fish tacos (Penzey's Arizona Dreaming on pollock, seared and chopped up), with scallions, red peppers and kale chiffonaded and drenched in vinegar. We had some leftover tzatziki sauce that I had made the day before, so I loaded that full of cilantro, and dressed the tacos with it. Low points - I think it was 5 for each taco.

                                                                                                                                                    Tonight is weigh in. Dinner will depend on what the scale says!

                                                                                                                                                    1. This morning was Weigh In Day and I lost another pound! That makes 4 pounds total, which is pretty exciting. I've more or less been averaging a pound a week---which seems healthy and good. I imagine if I finally upped the ante on a real workout I could lose even more but until things calm down with my schedule, I will just have to keep focused on the eating part.

                                                                                                                                                      On Friday I go out of town for 10 days for a work trip and then to visit my boyfriend. I'm a little nervous about being away from my kitchen and not being in control of my own meals (in particular when I'm at a work conference). The good news is at the conference most of the meals are usually buffet so I can attempt to make the healthiest choices. I'm hoping there will always be a salad option so I can load up on that and then have a small portion of whatever fish or chicken they are offering.

                                                                                                                                                      I also will be going out to a lot of restaurants with my boyfriend, which actually isn't that bad. If I'm able to check out the menu ahead of time, then I can usually make the healthiest option possible. I also will cook dinner for him once or twice and I'm looking forward to showing him how delicious some of my WW recipes are.

                                                                                                                                                      My plan right now is to try to have a salad for lunch every day, and something healthy for breakfast (yogurt or cereal will likely be my option at the conference), so I don't have to stress so much around dinner time. And for God's sake---stay away from the sweet's table! haha

                                                                                                                                                      Any suggestions for WW during work travel?

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                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Elyssa

                                                                                                                                                        The best way to travel on plan is to travel prepared. Have some low-point snacks WITH you - a pre-portioned out bag of trail mix, kashi bars, a clementine or a banana (they'll keep in a bag), or light baby bell cheese (doesn't need a fridge). If you have a couple healthier things in your bag, you'l have options and avoid becoming so hungry you go a little crazy. I wouldn't worry about the overall point intake for your day vs. the quality of the points which might help you avoid just going off completely.

                                                                                                                                                        if you want sweets, pick things that last longer in your mouth like a small serving of ice cream.

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Jeserf

                                                                                                                                                          Baby bel cheeses don't need a fridge??? For how long?

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Elyssa

                                                                                                                                                            I've seen Laughing Cow brand kept out for a long time. I was under the impression it was shelf stable (though I've never tried). World Market sells it that way.
                                                                                                                                                            I've kept it out, personally, all day, when I worked without a fridge.

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Jeserf

                                                                                                                                                              I love to pack the light baby bels that come wrapped in wax in my carry-on bag for any kind of travel. They are just fine out of the fridge for 20 hours or so, and with a serving of Kashi 7 grain crackers, a perfect snack to have on hand. I don't know how many times this simple snack has saved me from caving in to a craving. The cheese is only 1 point!

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Jeserf

                                                                                                                                                                Yes, I saw that at Cost Plus too. I thought that was odd since every other place I have seen it - it's in the fridge. Odd.

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: toopie28

                                                                                                                                                                  I'm starting a new thread on dieting during work travel. I hate it.

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: sweetpotater

                                                                                                                                                                    Will you post the name of the thread so we can track it? Thanks!

                                                                                                                                                          2. re: Elyssa

                                                                                                                                                            Elyssa, it's so hard to watch the points when I travel, that sometimes I pre-track (I use the phone app for tracking) just to keep myself from being tempted. You really have to make a conscious decision to stick with it.
                                                                                                                                                            Congratulations on your weight loss - it takes a lot of strength to do it, but the ego rewards are worth it!

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: jmcarthur8

                                                                                                                                                              I use the phone app as well. How do you pre-track? Just track out the meals you know you have and then fill in the rest when you show up to the meal?

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Elyssa

                                                                                                                                                                Yes, I make my choices early in the day for what I will order at restaurants. It helps if you can check the menus ahead, and get specific. If I know we will be going out for seafood, I can plan on a broiled filet of something or other, and some steamed veggies or salad. Find that in the PP tracker, and click it in before you go. I am much more inclined not to cheat if I have already made the choices before I'm famished.
                                                                                                                                                                With that said, it's still hard to lose when you're not cooking! You have no control over hidden fats, and it's just not fun to obsess over every meal. I've been trying to simply maintain my weight when we travel, so we walk as much as possible to offset the long car time.
                                                                                                                                                                Hubby has lost 24+ lb, and I have lost 46+ in the past year. We plan to be lifers with WW. He has 20 more to go, and I have 50 to go. I want to reach that in one more year.

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: jmcarthur8

                                                                                                                                                                  That's amazing! Your loss is inspiring!

                                                                                                                                                                  I think restaurants are much easier to deal with than conference meals where you don't really know what will be served. I'm just hoping it's buffet. I know that seems odd but at least I'll have a choice there and can eat lots of salad.

                                                                                                                                                                  Jeserf gave me a great tip, which she learned from a food writer who is also on WW, that when you go out to dinner just add a tablespoon of butter to your points, since that will likely even out hidden ingredients. I've been adding a tablespoon or so of oil since I have no idea what the stir-fried or sauteed veggies are sauteed in and I'm guessing it's not the olive oil spray haha

                                                                                                                                                          3. This is for weezieduzzit, if she makes it over here.... bacon is 3 slices (cooked crisp) for 4 pts. a little goes a long way! i often make BLTs with 2 slices! your cauliflower dish is genius, because veggies are FREE!

                                                                                                                                                            eta - wait, i just found you above, weezie! you ARE on WW!

                                                                                                                                                            i need to get back to it in the WORST WAY. i sprained my foot three months ago and haven't been running since. and of course gave myself permission to eat instead. i have sooooo many food events, though, for the next two weeks, it's going to be tough.

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                                                                                                                                                            1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                              No, I'm not on it- that was a typo on my part!

                                                                                                                                                              But thank you for checking bacon for me. It's helpful to know food "values" so I can balance the ingredients and come up with an acceptable- and tasty- dish. Things like bacon are deceptive because you think its pure evil and it would be in large quantities but as you said, a little goes a long way when its an ingredient and not the main focus. I like this thread, even though I don't use the program, to read other tips and tricks people have learned. Its nice to pick up a couple of new go-to meals to balance a week of heavy food.

                                                                                                                                                              I'm a vintage clothing dealer and it's spring- about to be my busiest time of year- and being able to fit into all of my killer spring and summer 1950s dresses is more than just vanity, it's my best advertising.

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: weezieduzzit

                                                                                                                                                                totally! and what a cool biz to be in!

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: weezieduzzit

                                                                                                                                                                  you wouldn't happen to have a website, weezie? i'm a vintage clothing shopper, specializing in late 50s early 60s dresses :-)

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                    +1 Lingau, love the vintage clothing; tho I don't have the wasp-waist those clothes want (my mom and sister have that..), I love vintage shirts and kitchen aprons and tableware..

                                                                                                                                                                    Would love to hear Weezie, if you have a shop we can shop!

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: gingershelley

                                                                                                                                                                      Haven't found too much in Berlin yet. Well, ok. Two dresses (both 70s I think, or GDR 90s hahahaha, at least one of them), 8 € and 25 €. Not too shabby.

                                                                                                                                                                      But I want more. Mooooooooooooore.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                        Most off my stuff is offline right now because there are so many events to sell at... I'll let you know when I put more online!

                                                                                                                                                                        Can you message people through Chowhound? I don't wanna spam the board.

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: weezieduzzit

                                                                                                                                                                          if you've put your email on your profile people can find it there, or vice-versa.

                                                                                                                                                              2. Ok, I have waited long enough. It's been a year since I have made homemade macaroni and cheese. The withdrawal symptoms have not subsided. We clothes shopped too late this afternoon to make the pork rib roast that I had brining, so DH and I decided we wanted Spam. Yes, Spam. Haven't had that in years, but there it was in the pantry from one of our wild and crazy ;-) grocery shopping trips a few weeks ago.
                                                                                                                                                                I even figured out the points. Hide your eyes, ladies, it's ugly. One cup of Spamaroni and cheese is 14 points.
                                                                                                                                                                Sometimes you just have to step off that WW pedestal and eat like the regular people.
                                                                                                                                                                Just happened I had that many points left after lunch, so no snacks for me tonight. I'll take my time with the mac & cheese so I can savor every bite.

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                                                                                                                                                                1. re: jmcarthur8

                                                                                                                                                                  I won't soon forget "Sometimes you just have to step off that WW pedestal and eat like the regular people."! LOL

                                                                                                                                                                  Hi I'm a newbie to this thread. {waving} I've been doing WW since just before Thgiving and am down 21. My hat's off to you on your wonderful results!

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: amyptucson

                                                                                                                                                                    welcome amyp! That's a very good loss! I joined WW in March of '11. Down 28 lbs and now I just play with five or six pounds. I'm about to get serious again though.
                                                                                                                                                                    Good to have you here!

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: amyptucson

                                                                                                                                                                      (waving back) Hi, yourself, amyptucson! Good job on the 21# - I know it's not easy!

                                                                                                                                                                      Why didn't I try WW years ago? How come I didn't know how fun the meetings are? It's the best decision I have ever made, healthwise, and ego-wise. Thank goodness for all of you!

                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: jmcarthur8

                                                                                                                                                                      I love that you wrote that. Sometimes you really do just have to relax and enjoy a good meal, like regular people!
                                                                                                                                                                      Last weekend I left dinner up to the Hubs. He came home with ground chuck, buns and all the fixings for hamburgers, bless him. The buns he chose were 10 points. 10 points! That's more than my daily wine allocation. Anyway, I scooped mine a little and then said screw it, this is going to be one damn good burger. And with the extra avocado, it sure was :)

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: rabaja

                                                                                                                                                                        Oh my goodness - a 10 point bun - that's a party!

                                                                                                                                                                        Congratulations to you on your 28. That's a lot of burgers passed by!

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: rabaja

                                                                                                                                                                          Hahahaha "daily wine allocation." A poster after my own heart. The other night I was having a glass of wine and I kept thinking "Really? I have to track this? REALLLLY?" Wine should be a freebie!

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: rabaja

                                                                                                                                                                            Speaking of "daily wine allocations," why oh why do they count a glass of red as 4PP and white as only 3?!? Makes no sense to me -- I've always heard red was better for you, and white has more sugar.

                                                                                                                                                                            Also, they have no way to separately track wine that you cook with, where presumably the alcohol is gone. Or at least, I haven't found a way yet...

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: amyptucson

                                                                                                                                                                              Hmmm, not much help to you here, maybe someone else will answer.
                                                                                                                                                                              I usually measure out 1 1/4 cups of red, and enjoy it during the course of an evening, if I'm being good. Other times, I let the Hubs just pour me a glass and don't give it much thought.
                                                                                                                                                                              10 oz of red is 8 points, IIRC. I did this through most of last year and had good success losing one to two lbs. per week. I do exercise 4-5 times per week as well.
                                                                                                                                                                              On weekends, when we have cocktails, I throw caution to the wind. Mariacarmen told me last year she never counts alcohol, so I just don't worry too much. I eat most of my calories, so a drink here or there shouldn't pack all of the weight back on.
                                                                                                                                                                              If I couldn't have my daily wine and the occasional drink out/weekend cocktail, I probably wouldn't love the program so much, but I can, and so I do!

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: rabaja

                                                                                                                                                                                it's very true, i don't count the booze, and lost 24 lbs. my recent weight regain had little to do with vino and tanq & tonics, and more to do with not working out (sprained foot) and unabated eating of whatever the hell i wanted.

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                  very motivating to work out in order to earn some vino, I'd say!

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: amyptucson

                                                                                                                                                                                    Welcome, amy!
                                                                                                                                                                                    yep, it sure is. a drink tastes so much better after a good work-out!

                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: jmcarthur8

                                                                                                                                                                            "Sometimes you just have to step off that WW pedestal and eat like the regular people."
                                                                                                                                                                            OMG - really!
                                                                                                                                                                            This is my 3rd year on WW and I don't know about you guys but I find it HARDER than the first year. I hate it when I meet people and they are like: "oh, but it must be really easy now..."
                                                                                                                                                                            Nooooooooo, it's not. It's love/hate! I HATE it! I love what it does for my health and body but I hate having to weigh, count, measure everything.
                                                                                                                                                                            Ok, sorry. Having a rough day today.

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: toopie28

                                                                                                                                                                              toopie, at least you're still doing it!! i've been off so many times over the last 4 years, though i'm going to get back on again and get serious. i have a (really tacky kitschy but fun!) cruise to get in shape for by September!

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                Yeh, still on it but... ugh... you know.

                                                                                                                                                                                I actually gained back 10 of the 60 that I lost. I had to go back to the start. Basically everything I enjoy - out of the house. I do not buy chips, snacks, my beloved chocolate, ice cream - anything. I'm a binger and do not stop at one.

                                                                                                                                                                                I also sprained my calf muscle and that screwed me up for a couple of months.

                                                                                                                                                                                Weighing everything again, trying to get creative with cooking again, not eating out. Working out at least 5-6 days a week. Back to the start.

                                                                                                                                                                                I don't know if that helps but to me I'm trying to think of it like a NEW diet. Just take it one day at a time.

                                                                                                                                                                                I envy your cruise!!! I wanna go.

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: toopie28

                                                                                                                                                                                  toopie, i lost 24 and gained 9 of it back, so percentage-wise, you're way ahead of me! don't despair! that you've managed to keep most of it at bay is a huge accomplishment.

                                                                                                                                                                                  i need to commit to at the very LEAST looking at this thread every damned day for inspiration and motivation. i find myself avoiding this thread when i'm not fully "on plan" and that's a mistake. reading this thread is akin to going to meetings.

                                                                                                                                                                                  the not eating out thing is the hardest thing for me. i'm hugely social, and i live in a city with tons of great places to eat. but i managed it before, so i need to do it again.

                                                                                                                                                                                  new diet idea does help - great way to think about it actually, instead of "oh god, i've got to do THIS OLD THING again!" you're brilliant - thanks so much for that thought.

                                                                                                                                                                          3. Help with a recipe from a WW cookbook. The cookbook is presently in the WW centers - not sure of the title. It is a recipe titled "Quick Gazpacho". I would greatly appreciate this recipe if anyone has this book. It was 1 point - I have found other recipes on line - and it is not that I am concerned with the points - but I know that the 1 point will confirm that it is one and the same recipe. It was served at our meeting as was delicious.

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                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: smilingal

                                                                                                                                                                              here you go - for those that might be interested.....

                                                                                                                                                                              2 (14 1/2 ounce) cans petite diced tomatoes
                                                                                                                                                                              2 cups reduced-sodium tomato-vegetable juice
                                                                                                                                                                              1 red bell pepper, diced
                                                                                                                                                                              1 English (seedless) cucumber, diced
                                                                                                                                                                              1 jalapeno pepper, seeded & minced
                                                                                                                                                                              1 small red onion, minced
                                                                                                                                                                              1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
                                                                                                                                                                              1/4 teaspoon salt

                                                                                                                                                                              Stir together all ingredients in large bowl. Refrigerate, covered, until chilled, about 4 hours.

                                                                                                                                                                            2. For breakfast, I had cooked up some thick bacon from the farmer's market, and after draining out the grease from the pan, hated to waste the tasty bits in the bottom. I chopped up an onion, let that cook for a while and added the Tuscan Kale that we also got from the farmer's market, with a half cup of chicken broth. Cooked it down for about a half hour. It made a great lunch.

                                                                                                                                                                              Here's the funny thing. I entered it in the WW recipe builder, which shows 1 point for the teaspoon of bacon fat left in the pan, 0 points for the kale, 0 for the onion. Per serving it shows 4 points! I get that it changes the points in a dish, but now I don't know how to count this!

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                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: jmcarthur8

                                                                                                                                                                                The recipe builder on WW assigns points to all ingredients. If you don't want to count the vegetable points just enter them through "add food" in the tracker instead of using the recipe builder.

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: jmcarthur8

                                                                                                                                                                                  When I use Recipe Builder, I only enter the foods that have points I'm going to count (in your case, only the bacon fat). Of course it means the recipe is useless but that's not where I store recipes anyway.

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: amyptucson

                                                                                                                                                                                    This one just had three ingredients, so I just entered it to see how it would compute, knowing that it changes the points once you make it a 'recipe'. I'm like you, I don't store recipes in it, but I do save the ingredients list so I can get to the points value easily next time I make the same dish. Once in a blue moon, if I love a dish, I'll put the instructions and everything in and post it.

                                                                                                                                                                                    Hubby and I agree, that was a fantastic kale lunch - especially for less than one point! He put hot pepper vinegar on his, and I steamed an egg from the farmer's market in the pan while the kale was still in there, and had that in mine. So 2 PP for the egg.

                                                                                                                                                                                2. Farmer's market had the first local asparagus in this Saturday. So yesterday I made Dorie Greenspan's bacon, egg and asparagus salad. Gosh, it was good. I calculate about 9 points/serving. Ish. Entirely worth it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: linengirl

                                                                                                                                                                                    I am looking that up! Sounds delicious.

                                                                                                                                                                                  2. I tried a new breakfast recipe from GretchenS called Summer Oatmeal.

                                                                                                                                                                                    It's 1/3 cup rolled oats (not instant, not steel cut), 1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt (I used 2% Fage), 1/3 cup milk or soymilk, and 1/3 cup or more of berries (fresh or frozen). Stir together and refridgerate the night before. No cooking! Delish. I calculate it to be 5 PP.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: amyptucson

                                                                                                                                                                                      Credit where it is due, I got this from another post: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/846545

                                                                                                                                                                                    2. I just baked a loaf of banana bread from a Skinny Taste recipe I found on-line. It's actually a recipe for peanut butter banana muffins, but I used a loaf pan and crunchy soy nut butter.
                                                                                                                                                                                      http://www.skinnytaste.com/2011/07/lo...
                                                                                                                                                                                      The loaf is still warm, but I just ate a slice (one 9" loaf, sliced into 12 portions, so I can say a slice is 4 points, like the muffins would be) and it's pretty damn satisfying.
                                                                                                                                                                                      I had very ripe bananas and bartlett pears to use up, so I made pear sauce to sub in for the applesauce called for. It seems to have kept things moist, and the crumb is still nice, not too heavy either.
                                                                                                                                                                                      It calls for 1 ounce of butter and two egg whites, so it could have been leaden and dry, but I rather like it. I think it will make a nice breakfast/snack. I'm trying to get the Hubs off his daily Clif Bar for breakfast, and I think a slice or two of this should tempt him.
                                                                                                                                                                                      The crunchy soy nut butter worked nicely, gives some good texture, although peanut butter would have been good. I just never seem to have any on hand.

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. After getting takeout way too often recently, I'm back on the cooking bandwagon! Made a crock pot chicken taco chili last night that was just okay, and tonight made Asian chicken and veggies with spicy peanut sauce from Emily Bites. It was pretty good but the sauce needed more oomph, I think.

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. DH cooked last night. Fish cakes, pasta with marinara and roasted cauliflower. Now, I had made roasted cauliflower before and it was okay.. but I preferred steamed still.

                                                                                                                                                                                          But the way Mr. hubby made these...oh my, they were delicious. We saw a picture in a magazine that showed the cauliflower cut straight through into big slabs, and I asked him to try that. He cut the slabs about 1/2" thick, rubbed a little olive oil in, and roasted them on the broiler pan for about 30 or 40 minutes at 375 or 400'. I think these could be 0 PP - it's such a little bit of oil on each one.

                                                                                                                                                                                          Here's a picture I found at mymansbelly.com.

                                                                                                                                                                                           
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                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: jmcarthur8

                                                                                                                                                                                            I love cauliflower roasted like that. Especially with a little espellette and some whole coriander seeds. May have to make this tonight to go with the enormous bone-in rib eye we are sharing. Thanks for the reminder!

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: jmcarthur8

                                                                                                                                                                                              Hmmm, I'll have to try it this way. I'd never think to cut it like that!

                                                                                                                                                                                            2. today's lunch will be a raw salad i made of chopped zucchini, shaved broccoli, scallions, celery, fresh dill and a tablespoon or so of homemade lemony mayo (with lotsa garlic). the mayo may be 5-6 points but that's it for the whole lunch! veggies are free and it feels very decadent. with strawberries for bfast i've got points galore for a dinner out tonight.

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. I made this sicilian rice ball casserole last night: http://www.skinnytaste.com/2011_02_24...
                                                                                                                                                                                                delicious and the non-WW husband likes it a lot, too. the portions are gigantic.

                                                                                                                                                                                                i have 10 ounces of leftover ground turkey. might turn that into a small crock of turkey chili.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: eLizard

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Is it bland or does it have pizzazz? What if I substituted brown rice? (not for extra taste; I just don't really use white rice anymore)

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: amyptucson

                                                                                                                                                                                                    well, my sauce is pretty pizzazz-y. and i used crushed red pepper flakes and seasoned well. i thought it was good. i don't see why you couldn't use brown rice. WW has a brown rice "mexican" casserole that is vegetarian. i can see if i can find it you'd like.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: eLizard

                                                                                                                                                                                                    That looks very interesting. I do love that site. Everything I have made from it has been very good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  3. Have not been behaving myself lately - well, I have up until mid-week last week. We were due to close LAST friday on our new place, and it was delayed so I kept not buying many groceries because I didn't know what our deal was.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    We closed this past Friday. I spent all Friday night packing (we ate out at a local favorite place, which I can eat healthily at but didn't) and then Saturday we spent ALL DAY moving and unpacking until late at night. Had donuts, BBQ at a local spot (we treated our friends who helped us move), and then Chinese delivery Saturday night. Also not been the best gym-goer as we spent most evenings packing.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    However, today...trying to start over with being good. I'll probably skip weigh in this coming Saturday (2 weeks in a row....tisk tisk) simply because I want to get a good week in before I weigh in.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    I'll be OK, but it's hard to get back to a schedule in a new kitchen! I didn't have a grocery list, either, so I winged it. We have veggie burgers/corn, some salad greens and such. We have eggs and veggie sausage. I'll spend this week putting together a solid meal plan for next week.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Oy vey moving stinks!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Jeserf

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Jeserf, you spent all that time and energy moving and packing and are worried about not going to the gym?! You should be proud of yourself for all those activity points!
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Congratulations on your new home. That's exciting!

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: jmcarthur8

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Yes, PLUS you climbed right back on the wagon first thing Monday morning. Kudos to you!!! And congrats on your new home, may it be happy and healthy for both of you!

                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: Jeserf

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Jeserf - I have found that I am better apt to get back into the swing of it if I push myself to the meeting. I tell myself to face the music, anticipating a gain, but appreciate the non-scale victory of what I am doing for myself by being at the meeting. Good luck ---- and enjoy putting the new kitchen together!

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: smilingal

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Yes, meetings are helpful - maybe I'll go and then not weigh in. "back on the wagon" is not 100% - I haven't been tracking because I'm too disorganized. I do, however, have my planning sheet filled out to hit the grocery store this weekend. We have so much to do that it seems like a better use of my time would be a work out.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          And then over the holiday weekend, we're going to the midwest...so I'm screwed! LOL. It's all mental, though (not sure that makes sense). A gain isn't the end of the world FOR REAL but it does feel like you've hurt progress by doing things you must do in life, like move. My pants don't feel tight, though, and we're going to the gym as much as we can. Looking forward to our trip being over so we can get started living here in a healthy way.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      3. La Tortilla factory has flatbreads now - they're about 5 inches round, 2 points each. very satisfying. I used one as a pizza crust the other day, today I toasted one to go with my lunch salad.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: jujuthomas

                                                                                                                                                                                                          nice! Wonder if I can find them in the DC area - I like their tortillas a lot!

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Jeserf

                                                                                                                                                                                                            they were right with the tortillas in my store here in Philly. :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                            I was just filling my water bottle and plotting what to do with one for lunch today. (I LOVE work from home days)

                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. sigh. what with a bad foot keeping me from the gym, i'm hobbling back on the wagon (which is harder now with the extra pounds!) dinner was a chicken burger over a couple of tbls. of israeli couscous and a salad, with a bowl of steamed broccoli drizzled with olive oil for starters. i found last time that i lost weight that if i ate a bowl of brocc before dinner i would feel full much faster. and i love broccoli.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          how's everyone doing here? *chirp* *chirp* *chirp*.....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                            horridly!
                                                                                                                                                                                                            moved, went on vacation (to the midwest, so much cheese!), then my husband got his by a car on his bike so I needed to tend to him, and then today while I was at the gym, he called me from the DMV saying I needed to bring more documents to him so he could get a DC drivers license. I got some work out in, but I haven't been to WW in forever.
                                                                                                                                                                                                            On top of that, my gym changed to a "summer schedule" with fewer cardio classes - WTH!?!

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Ugh.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            However, he's OK and will probably get hit stitches out tomorrow (hopefully!) and THAT'S more important than anything else, right? :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Jeserf

                                                                                                                                                                                                              come on guys-- we are all struggling - but we are all doing it together! I was happy when I noticed a new entry on this thread - it's been a while - and today - when I went to my meeting, after not going last week, I was very satisfied dropping the .6. Considering I was part of polishing off 4 bottles of champagne at my house memorial day, plus a few vodka fancy drinks, and that I not only ate my yummy fixings, but then gorged myself all week on the leftovers.... I was lucky. But we CAN NOT and WILL NOT give in totally. Just keep trying.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Jeserf

                                                                                                                                                                                                                so sorry about your hubby! and yes, more important than a few calories here and there!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                i hear you on the summer schedule, what a bummer. but you'll get back on that wagon with me, too, soon!

                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Thanks for bringing this thread up again - I surely need it. I fell off the WW wagon and have been repeatedly run over by those big wheels (I should say, meals) since my Memorial Day bbq, last Saturday.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Prepping for the bbq, cleaning the house, etc., I didn’t eat anything on Saturday until around 4pm. The hotdogs were the first items off the grill, and being really hungry and kinda tipsy, I had 2 of them right away. I know better than to let myself get that hungry but, it appears that the martinis were guiding me at that point. We went on to a beautiful piece of Copper River salmon, pork tenderloins, galbi and potato packets and so much more. I had a little bit of everything figuring that I had enough wiggle room with most of my weekly points to borrow from. And for dessert, white chocolate covered truffles and triple layered brownies topped with ganache that my baker friend threw together – hah!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Anywho, the next day I logged on to WW to track my food from Saturday only to learn that I had consumed my entire daily points by just eating those 2 hotdogs. This is not even including the buns! UGH!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                So today is the first day I am keeping to points and tracking again. Your broccoli idea is a good one – it really does help me feel full faster. And I’m about to go make a big bowl of salad for the week using Janiecooks “happy accident” advice. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8420....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: EM23

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  jeez louise, what kinda dogs were those??

                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Doing pretty well since I got back on track. I reached the 5 pound mark and got a fun little star on the online tracker.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Memorial Day weekend with my family actually brought me to that point which is shocking. I think the key to weight loss is swimming in a pool for over an hour with a 2 year old!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Really want to up the ante on working out more or just getting more movement but it's very hard between work and an insane class schedule. I just need to get through the next month and then I'll have part of July and August off from school so I'll be able to get more swimming and running in hopefully.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                3. I made bulgur waldorf salad from Clean Eating yesterday to bring to work.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Recipe is here:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  http://www.cleaneatingmag.com/Recipes...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Only difference is that I didn't use mint because I wouldn't have another purpose for it, so I used parsley....and I used green grapes because grapes are grapes! I couldn't fine plain fat free yogurt, so I used greek yogurt. I think this would better with plain, non-thick, yogurt.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I packaged a cup of in with a few walnuts on top with about 2.5oz grilled chicken, diced up, for lunch today. The web site nutrition info makes it 6PP per cup, plus 2 points for the chicken.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Made scallops fra diavolo tonight for dinner. Baby zucchini for the veg.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The scallops are very points-friendly, if you use shirataki fettucine. I was inspired by last week's visit to Boston's North End :) Easy to make, too: EVOO, garlic, wine, shallots, tomato, pepper, herbs.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    It brought me back to my question about what happens calorically/points-wise to wine when you cook it. Interesting debates and lack of clarity on the subject when I googled it. Apparently some alcohol remains in the sauce, unless you cook it for 2.5 hrs (I didn't.. hic!).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Inspired by many of you, I joined WW online. My first day, yesterday, amounted to...41 points?!!! Yowza. I was famished after spin class so I purchased a nonfat yogurt parfait from Starbucks, which had 300 calories. Not bad I thought. Turns out it is worth 8 points! I am rapidly discovering that everything I eat has far more points than I imagined. My 90 minute spin class gave me 17 activity points though, which seems awfully high. I don't mind working out, but watching what I eat is such a drag!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Today, I've already eaten all 26 points of food and haven't even gotten to dinner yet. Eek! I planned out my week's worth of meals, but I did not factor in all the snacks I would need between meals. I will need to scour these threads for ideas on snacks that will keep me full without pushing me over the points edge.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Edit - neglected to mention what I'm actually cooking. For breakfast I had a garbanzo burger patty from Heidi Swanson's lovely Super Natural Cooking (5 points), topped with an egg fried in 1 tsp of oil (3 points) and loaded up with veggies, including radish sprouts and tomatoes, with a bit of chile garlic sauce (from the "rooster" company). 8 points but I was hungry again three hours later! Sigh.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: ChairmanMeow

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Welcome ChairmanMeow. You'll get the hang of it after a week or so. Do you have an iPhone or smart phone? I HIGHLY recommend downloading the WW app. That way you can calculate points on the go.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I also think planning all meals (snacks included) works very well.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        My big thing was using a lot of olive oil when I cook. It really adds up. Instead use the olive oil cooking spray. You can get upwards to 10 or more sprays with it still being zero points. And reallllly load up with veggies, especially stuff like broccoli, brussels sprouts etc...stuff that are a little heavier. Now that I'm on WW, most of my dinner plates are 3/4 veggies and then 1/4 protein.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        It also takes awhile to literally shrink your stomach to be able to be satisfied with the size meals you are going to have to consume. But it will shrink eventually.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        This board is very very helpful so feel free to ask questions about low point snacks etc.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Elyssa

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I agree that it does take awhile to shrink your stomach. I used to eat 4000-5000 calories A DAY. It was no problem for me to eat two sausage mc muffins for breakfast, and two hamburgers for dinner. So, to get myself down to 1200-1800 calories a day took awhile. I just slowly made changes... adjusted my portions at just one meal. Yes I was hungry sometimes. Yes I was cranky sometimes... but eventually it started working! The key is to just stick with it, IT WILL WORK!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: ChairmanMeow

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          yes, welcome! it is amazing to learn how many points everything has, but it helps explain how we got to where we got!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          and you'll find lots of "cheater" tips here - things that satisfy that others have found that stretch your points out. f'rinstance: i just had for bfast a 5 pt. carton of 2% cottage cheese mixed with 2 tbls. of this Peruvian hot sauce i made. the hot sauce was probably 0-1 pts (it has cottage cheese itself in it, and milk, but since i used so little, it was negligible.) a completely satisfying bfast, to me - spicy, cheese, filling. you'll find that adding spices and herbs to everything helps a lot in making you feel satisfied.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          plus, fill up on fruit! the more you eat the more you'll realize you were missing it all your life (unless you were already a big fruit eater). i will have 2-4 pieces of fruit a day because, as they say, no one ever got fat on eating fruit. so even though you wouldn't want to overboard just because they're points-free now, they really help a lot.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          p.s. - love your moniker.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I am too new here to comment on a moniker, bot Chairman Meow sure is a winner in my book - with you MC..

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I clearly have to 'get down' with the losing weight now that I am a 'singleton' - in some ways, willbe easier as no potatoes to haveto wrangle...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            happy to hear that fruit is FREE?!!! I can eat a pint of raspberries for breakfast, a melon/bluberry/celery/roasted chicken and red pepper salad for lunch and only have to count chicken and low-fat dressing? I am signing up for all this...:)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: gingershelley

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Fruit IS free, with one caveat - in WW, the limit is 2 1/2 cups total per day, all of which is free. DH is also on WW, and last summer took the 'free' to the extremes. He would eat a third of a watermelon at a sitting, and wondered why the weight wasn't coming off.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              'Free' PP doesn't mean it has no calories, he had to be reminded at the next meeting - it just means you don't have to count the 5 servings that are recommended each day of fruits and vegetables ( in many cases, a serving is 1/2 cup).
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              We both love all vegetables and fruits, so keeping down the quantity is a problem for us, especially when there's good melon in the house!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: jmcarthur8

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Alas, it was too good to be true. I am accustomed to eating fruit, unabated, during the summer so this might be a problem. The cherries and strawberries at the farmers market are so delicious! Thank you for sharing the information jmcarthur8!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: ChairmanMeow

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Welcome, CharmanMeow, to our support group/cooking club/cheerleading section!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            As mariacarmen said, your secret weapon is fruit. It fills you up, and takes off the edge.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I have a big problem with breakfast. I'm pretty hungry in the morning, and love a good breakfast, like you do. But that blows so many points, I have a hard time keeping to 27 PP for the day. If I have a light breakfast, I'm hungry again at 10. Haven't quite resolved that one, yet.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Our WW leaders have suggested starting the points count at dinner, instead, so that your smaller portion of points are left to divide for breakfast and lunch the next day. That kind of makes sense, and I just may try it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: ChairmanMeow

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Thank you all for the lovely words of support and encouragement! I do have the marvelous smartphone app to help keep me in line.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I also overuse olive oil, so I'll have to consider some sort of cooking spray. I dislike using Pam and the like because they seem to leave a horrible residue on my cookware, but maybe I can invest in one of those spray can things.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Fruit fruit fruit! I fear that I may be consuming excessive amounts of fruit. I am currently eating (per day) about 2 bananas, probably 2-3 cups of blueberries and strawberries (combined), and about 2 cups of cherries. It helps me manage my hunger, but I may need to branch out into veggies or mix it up a bit.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Today, I packed my breakfast, lunch and snacks for the day. I looked at the amount of food, which would normally be equivalent to a meal and a half for me. <Heavy sigh> I hope my stomach starts shrinking soon.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              On the bright side, I am now eating more fruits and veggies than ever so that has to be good for me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: ChairmanMeow

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Experiment until you find what works for you- fruit stalls my weight loss big time- I'm jealous of those that can eat large amounts of it. I have to really watch it. I eat an insane amount of veggies instead and have dropped weight the fastest (not to mention my body composition changing more rapidly,) since I cut fruit and upped fat.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: weezieduzzit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Weezie, do you have any links and/or insight into why cutting fruit and upping fat works for you? I know WW is a great system for most, but there are varying ideas about what takes fat off certain body types, and have heard of the more fat (good fats), and less fruits in other camps. Anything to share that might be - slightly outside of WW concepts?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Thanks for anything you can share...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: gingershelley

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Apparently, the "right" kind of fats can help you burn more calories and go straight to your liver to be used as energy instead of being stored as fat. As for the fruit, maybe I'm super sugar/ carb sensitive (I've also had a lot of success since I stopped eating wheat and corn and only eat other grains once a week or less.)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Maybe it has to do with how and why the weight was gained in the first place- I gained 40 pounds in 4 months because the prescription I was on whacked out my hormones and messed up my thyroid. Coconut oil is supposed to support thyroid function.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: weezieduzzit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    wow, you are turning my world upside down, in a good way!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    can you expound a little on insane amount of veggies and more fat? i mean, would a giant veggie-filled salad with a fat-full dressing do it?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I love big veggie salads and I don't eat low fat anything, I just make sure it's the kind of fats I want to eat (coconut oil, olive oil, avocado,) and keep the amount reasonable. A big salad with 2 poached eggs, lots of freshly ground black pepper and a drizzle of coconut oil over the top is my usual lunch these days. I'm making sure I eat protein every time I eat. I love the volume of the veggies and the protein/fat keeps hunger at bay for the longest amount of time for me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      There are a lot of things that make sense to me (and work for my lifestyle,) in Paleo, Protein Sparing Modified Fast, and Ketogenic plans (I'm not morbidly obese and don't have medical conditions so I see no need to do anything drastic but some of the concepts interested me enough to try and see what works best for me.) I do make a point to "refeed" one a week/ 10 days by eating higher carbs so I don't plateau (and it's nice if we're out with friends and I don't have to be fussy or picky about what's on the menu.)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: weezieduzzit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        thanks weezie, this is all very helpful. are you actually following WW, though? it sounds like you can make it work, but may just at higher points? whatever, as long as the results are showing up in the jeans, who cares!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          There are things I like about WW (giving foods "values" so that you're mindful of balancing those that should be eaten less frequently with ones you can eat more often is great, this thread is great because of the tried and true recipes and the support,) but I found WW overall isn't effective enough for me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The idea of things being "free" doesn't work for me- I get better results when everything counts... because in reality, everything counts. :) Calories in, calories out and all that. For me, calorie cycling (the once a week refeed of carbs and not keeping the same amount of calories/ points each day) keeps the loss steady. Also, I don't want to be told that I have to eat certain foods or food groups- I feel a million times better and have much higher energy now than when I was eating grains- even healthy whole grains. WW counselors seem to have a problem with that and the high fat thing, which has also proven to work well for me. I've never seen my body composition change as rapidly as when I upped good fats.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I think the human body understands good fats, I don't think it understands the fillers in low fat foods (many of which are carbs,) and WW has a lot of focus on low fat products.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: weezieduzzit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Word. I lost so much more weight on healthy fats, protein & vegetables and always being satisfied than I ever was on WW counting points. I was always hungry.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            But different approaches work for different people. I like that I don't have to count calories (though I started off that way - keeping track of what I ate, which kept me in check).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            And if I feel like having an entire pizza to myself every once in a while, I do it. Same for a plate of pasta.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I am happy that WW seems to work for so many other folks, and that they can (generally) stick to the program for a long time. It just wasn't working for me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: weezieduzzit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Refeed??? Is this like the "cheat day" some people use on diets?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Elyssa

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Having a higher carb day (good quality carbs, of course,) replenishes the glycogen stores in your muscles. It keeps leptin and hormone production from dipping and your energy and metabolism up. Otherwise your body protects itself by slowing your metabolism, it will think it's starving.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: weezieduzzit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Weezie, keep it coming. I like the idea of combining the WW pts to keep portions in control (that part of WW works for me) with a lower carb, higher fat program. Thanks!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: weezieduzzit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        i have to watch the fruits as well, I generally stick to 1 serving per day - sometimes 2 if I'm feeling crazy, lol.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I use veggies and protein to fill up - salads with a low fat dressing, steamed veggies in my lunch and with dinner. I always try to cook extra veggies and break it up into servings to pack quickly into my lunch bag.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        today my lunch bag had 2 hard boiled eggs for my morning snack - I threw the yolks away, a small container of roasted beets, a container of steamed green beans, a banana for my afternoon snack, a 90 calorie fiber one bar for the train ride home, and a frozen lunch.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I'd been taking leftovers from dinner for my lunches, but found that was too many points and I wasn't calculating correctly I think. So I'm back to lean cuisines, etc. for my lunches.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I've been maintaining at about 10lbs over goal for almost a year - I'm trying to reconcile myself to the fact that this is where my body is happy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  3. I'm working @ home today, trying to decide what to do with the boneless pork chops I have in the fridge...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    sunday's dinner was grilled chicken, roasted fingerling potatoes and fresh corn on the cob! wheee! love summer veggies.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    tonight I have few summer squashes to cook - might roast them but I might just saute with some onions - that's my favorite.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Hi Everyone. This is my first post here...sorry it's kinda long :). I am not using WW, but I am a calorie counter. I have lost about 25lbs since December 2011, and almost 35 since December 2010. I would like to lose 15 more. I have hit a bit of a roadblock, I moved in with my long-distance boyfriend so while I've been maintaining ok, the weight loss has stopped. Basically, he is trying to eat to gain weight, while I've been trying to eat to lose. My lifestyle changed a bit too in that I have more of a social life now that we're together in the same place, so we eat out 1-2 times a week and go to the bar 1-2 times a week also.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Thankfully at least, I do all the cooking at home, so I control what's being made. Since he is trying to gain weight, I cook for 3 people... 1 portion for me, 2 portions for him. Also thankfully, he loves things like fish and vegetables and does not have a sweet tooth so that makes it easier. I also have not been able to figure out an exercise routine. I work 9-6 with an hour commute each way, so by the time I get off work, and make it home and make dinner and spend an hour or two with the boyfriend, it's pretty late and I'm pretty tired. However, it looks like the BF will be starting a travel job soon so that will make it a lot easier for me to fit in a workout in the evenings on weeknights, and that may be the key to jumpstart my weight loss again.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I am not a breakfast person at all so I just have a Fiber One fiber bar (125 calories) when I get to work, followed by some string cheese around 11 (80 calories). Most days I have a Healthy Choice steamer bowl for lunch (240-310 calories), with some kind of small sweet snack mid-afternoon. Once a week as a treat I will get a Chipotle steak bowl (480 calories) for lunch. Dinner is where I like to use up most of my calories. I try to stick as close to 1200 calories. According to the BMR calculator, I can have up to 1800 to maintain, so on weekends I tend to be closer to that since that's when we do our eating out.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I am a sweets and carbs junky, so for snacks I loooove baby carrots and super spicy hummus as a snack, or a single serving of crackers with laughing cow cheese. My "guilty pleasure" snack is 1 cup of froot loops LOL 1 cup is 110 calories, and while they provide no nutrition whatsoever, they help me get over my sweet tooth, especially late at night. If I'm in the need of an adult beverage after a stressful day, I put 1-2 oz (depending on how bad of a day it was! haha) vodka in with some diet cherry 7-up. 1 oz is 69 calories. The key for me was figuring out ways to still get in the things I crave, just in a healthier way. Every time I tried to cut things out altogether, I would fail miserably. If I have a bad way where I go over, I don't beat myself up, and just start over the next day.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I also wanted to share a blog that I like getting recipes from... it's similar to skinnytaste, and she provides WW points values, in addition to other nutrition information. http://www.eat-yourself-skinny.com/p/...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Last night I made this and the BF loved it. I am not a huge salmon fan so it was just OK for me... but super easy to do: http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipe.... I would guess you could make it even more healthy by using brown rice instead of the white.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Tonight I am making this, only using boneless pork chops. http://www.skinnytaste.com/2008/06/po... I will also be making roasted asparagus with a little parmesan cheese sprinkled on top, and some roasted rosemary red skinned potatoes. I use this recipe... I tend to eat too large of a portion if I make mashed potatoes, and these I can eat one by one and so even with a small portion, it is very satisfying, especially with the slight crunch they get. http://www.thekitchn.com/side-dish-re...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I love to cook!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: juliejulez

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Congratulations juliejulez!!! Your weight loss is amazing and inspiring. Your post was jam packed with useful information and tips that I really appreciate. My mouth watered at the thought of a Chipotle steak bowl and it's nice to know that such things are still possible. I'm going to check out Eat Yourself Skinny too, thanks!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: ChairmanMeow

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ChairmanMeow, your name is so cool, I think I want my kitties to take 2 pounds for you. I have 2, so that's only 1 lb. each.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Nice job, and your posts are allready an encouragment. I am new too. Let's all lose together here on WWFoodies:)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: gingershelley

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ChairmanMeow was my much beloved cat who passed away several years ago. I used to say he was a king (or chairman) among cats!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Thanks for the encouragement gingershelley! I'm willing my stomach to shrink faster so I don't have to think constantly about my next meal.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: juliejulez

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Hey juliejulez - you're doing great already! you'll work it out with the new lifestyle - i still go out 3-4 times a week, which means cocktails, and have always managed to lose weight doing it. (right now i'm at a standstill, hurt my foot months ago and haven't been able to work out at all but that's a different story.) thanks for the link to eat-yourself-skinny!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          this may be hard for you, but when i AM working out, i tend to go at 9:30 or 10:00 at night because my gym is really close to my house (4 blocks) and when i get there, there is no one there, and it is open until 11:00. it gives me most of my evening at home, and then i go to bed feeling really good about myself. don't know if this is an option for you....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Maria, You're right, I will get it figured out eventually. Lots of transitions for me in the past three weeks... moved in with the BF, started a new job, and turned 30!! Yikes!! I'm glad I haven't gained any weight during this time... I'm a huge stress eater normally so I'm glad I've been keeping it together. Unfortunately there are no gyms near my house to make going later at night a possibility :( Before I got this job, I was working from home and didn't start til 10am, so I had a grand plan to work out at home with some DVDs and Netflix before starting work. But then the day after I moved out here I got offered this new job, so my plan was foiled!! We live kind of out in the middle of nowhere... even the closest grocery store (not counting a truck stop) is a 15-20 minute drive, although thankfully they're opening a new store at the end of the month that's only about 5 minutes away. When I do join one, there's a gym right near my office that I plan on joining... won't be convenient for weekends but if BF is going to be gone all week I doubt I'd be wanting to go to the gym on weekends when he's home anyway.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ChairmanMeow (Love that handle!), The bowls at Chipotle are a great option I think for a treat (and a WAY better option than pretty much any other fast food), and they offer brown rice now too. I just do rice, steak, the hot salsa (I love spicy food), and some cheese. It's so filling too, on my "Chipotle Days" I don't even want an afternoon snack. This site has a really easy to use nutrition calculator for Chipotle http://www.chipotlefan.com/index.php?.... It's fun to play around with different combinations to get what works for you. The worst stuff there is the tortillas and the chips.... the tortilla alone is like 300 calories, and a bag of chips w/ salsa is almost 600 calories!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: juliejulez

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              what?? what kind of a tortilla is 300 calories? what is made of, bacon??

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Haha well it's ginormous, so that's probably why it's 300 calories. My old favorite was to get the same ingredients I get in the bowl, but in a tortilla, and then I would open it up and eat the insides with a fork, and then roll up the tortilla with all the juices on it and eat it... mmmmm.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: juliejulez

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  mmm soaked tortilla....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: juliejulez

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                i love chipotle bowls... gonna have to try the steak! yum

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: juliejulez

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              BTW the pork chops turned out AMAZING. You all should try them, they're so good and flavorful and easy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: juliejulez

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I'll put it on my list! I've been eating a lot of this salad from SkinnyTaste this week -
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                http://www.skinnytaste.com/2011/05/ma...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I used a smaller amount of tuna packed in oil instead (about 3 oz). I also threw in a handful of cherry tomatoes. Simple but tasty.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: ChairmanMeow

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  That does look tasty, I'll just skip the pasta. Thanks for the link.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: ChairmanMeow

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I've been making this Skinnytaste.com salad a lot...with a few different variations: http://www.skinnytaste.com/2012/05/ar...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I'll add roasted asparagus or broccoli in as well. Adding more veggies makes it more filling and no extra points. It's the perfect summer salad!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: juliejulez

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  You and I have the same "issues" - my husband is a Marine and SKINNY as heck - I spend much of my food-planning time thinking of how best to fill him up and get him to stay at his heavier weight. That is completely the opposite of me - I did SO well while he was in Afghanistan, and have backslid since his return (including a move and trip didn't help).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I lost 74lbs, but then gained 7. Le Sigh. Last weigh in, though, I got a new book and have been doing pretty well this week - I'm super hungry, though - I think I need to pack a big container of veggies for work vs. fruit. Celery, cucumber, tomatoes - I can snack on them all day, a little here, a little there, and it's probably healthier than fruit. I have completely switched to plain FF greek yogurt vs. flavored - I've been adding All Bran buds to it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  A cup of Greek yogurt (FF), fruit, and 1/3 cup of all bran buds is 4 points, and I add berries to it. I've also been making grain salads for work as of late - this week it's mexican quinoa salad with fresh corn, black beans, peppers, cilantro, and a little olive oil. I count it as 7 PP but it might be less. I plan on making some gazpacho tonight to bring it/snack on this weekend.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Glad there's someone with similar lifestyle challenges to me here! Our signficant others need to help, too, and it's hard to get them to that. I've had my husband bring big bags of trailmix/granola bars to work so he has snacks that aren't in the house.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I also love to cook - some winners have been the skinny taste tuna noodle cassarole and the baked falafel from Macheesmo - SO good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Jeserf

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Yeah thankfully my boyfriend is pretty supportive and will eat anything I put in front of him, even if it's one of my "healthy" meals. I also make him banana bread or blueberry muffins, because I don't like either of them, but he still gets to have a treat. It also gets the "I want to bake something" out of my system. Cooking for 3 has been my best idea to make sure he has enough to eat... sometimes I even do for 4, that way he can eat the leftovers the next day. He works from home so I can usually rely on him to eat up the leftovers before I get home at night :) Also, I buy most of my meat from Costco, so when I portion out and freeze, I try to make sure there's a smaller portion of meat in there for me, and a bigger one for him. His porkchop last night was huge, where mine was small. Doing it that way forces me to eat a small portion!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: juliejulez

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    This post was SO helpful for me! I too am in a long distance relationship, which will be ending within the next year. I always hear from my friends that it's easier to maintain WW when you are by yourself vs. with your significant other, so this is a bit of my fear. He's super supportive of my weight loss plan, and has loved the Skinnytaste meals I've made him...but he also loves ice cream and eating out. I have a year until the official move in happens, so we'll see where I am then. But just reading about your struggles and how you are trying to rectify them is helpful.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I will have a major life style change as well. I'll be getting a car (now I walk everywhere, which helps with the activity points) and might have a commute. It's just a different way of living.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Elyssa

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      It definitely is harder to keep up with it with someone else around. Remember you can still have things like ice cream, but you do have to limit yourself to one serving. I think the biggest thing to work on before you do the move-in is your self control... just because the carton of ice cream is sitting there in the freezer doesn't mean you have to eat it! I keep things like the little cups of sugar free pudding or jello around to help combat cravings for things like ice cream since they are similar texture and eating process. I keep sweet drinks around to help w/ sugar cravings. I like the XXX flavor vitamin water zero, or diet cherry 7-up. Eating out is harder, so I eat light on the days I know we're going to eat out, and I try to plan ahead of time what I'm going to eat.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Speaking of, Planning is another huge factor to success. For example, every Saturday morning I get up and go through the store ads online for what's on sale at the closest grocery store. I write down things of interest that are on sale. Then, I do an inventory of my freezer and pantry Then, I go through my pinterest (which is where I keep most of my recipes) and a few select cookbooks that I've already flagged for recipes to try and plan out the week's dinners based on my freezer/pantry inventory and what's on sale, and write my grocery list based on that. I also keep a pad of paper on the fridge for the BF to write down anything he wants me to buy for him, he knows if it doesn't go on the list I'm not buying it. Having that very specific list helps out at the grocery store since I will not buy anything that is not on the list. If I don't need something in a particular aisle, I don't even walk down that aisle so I'm not tempted to buy things like cookies that are on sale. The planning does take some time to do, but it's not more than an hour usually, and it helps get me through the grocery store faster, so it sort of evens out. I do not even step foot in a grocery store during the week unless there's something I absolutely have to have for what I'm making for dinner and I forgot to get it over the weekend (last week it was pesto). If that happens, I walk in, get what I need, and walk out (after paying of course haha). No wandering around... I'm a woman on a mission! Also the planning helps with with the financial side of groceries too. Also knowing what I"m going to have for dinner that night helps me stay on track the rest of the day... I know I'll at least be having a delicious dinner!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Oh also, thought of another cooking resource.... Ellie Krieger's cookbooks. She used to have a cooking show on Food Network. Everything I've made out of this book has been really delicious http://www.amazon.com/The-Food-You-Cr... and I have her other books on my amazon wishlist.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Elyssa

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        It is MUCH harder with a second person at home - even if you don't mean to, you WANT to feed them!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Planning totally helps (I showed you my anal retentive spreadsheet!)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        My husband is VERY supportive, but I think there's many ways to be supportive - "you're beautiful no matter what" doesn't get me to goal :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. I seem to remember one of you posting that corn tortillas had only 1 PP (for a six-inch) so I bought some but when I calculate PP according to the package, it says they have 3 PP each. Wahh :(

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: amyptucson

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I think it depends on the brand of corn tortilla...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Well, I am back to tracking points and taking WW's more seriously again. Our wedding reception this past weekend forced me to get real about making better choices. That's what I get for picking something tight and strapless...not the empire waist that would have allowed for hoovering down all three courses Saturday night! I did get into the dress though, thanks to WW's and all of you who have shared your tips, and once again realized, this shxx works!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        My now husband is getting on my WW bandwagon too, which is only going to make things easier. Sunday night we were thinking burgers or steaks with something decadent to make our slightly hungover tummies less rumbly, when suddenly he turns to me in the grocery store and suggests salad! With lean steak! Nothing else! I was all, ok, but that burger sounded good, yo...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Anyway, that's been our kick all week now. Romaine and spring mix with lots of tomatoes, cucumbers, a little corn, bulgur and marinated flank one night, more lettuce mix with a pork steak sliced thin and quinoa, and last night I made a salad mix of endive and arugula. A small scoop of whole wheat orzo with pesto, grilled zuke's and corn and tomatoes went on top and then about 4 oz of slow-roasted salmon, baked with lemon and herbs. This was especially good.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Tonight I was thinking larb/laab, but am seriously considering the hoisin burger tiffannee posted on the WFD thread. We can't be virtuous every night, can we?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Oh, and I am measuring my wine pours again, sob. It must be done, and I know I can still have tequila here and there so I'm not getting the shakes quite yet...:)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I love me my fruit, and am really trying to stay hydrated and reach for sparkling water with tiny amounts of juice in it so that I continue to drink more during the day.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I must be rambling by now, but I am excited to be back among you all here.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Got some cranberry beans on the stove, with garlic and a ham bone. Those will go into a quinoa salad with some tuna for lunches tomorrow.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: rabaja

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          CONGRATS!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: rabaja

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            congrats! I don't know what I'd do if DH wasn't on WW as well - altho he doesn't follow it very religiously - it helps immensely.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I have been meaning to try some quinoa, my bff makes hers into a pilaf - can you believe I've never made a pilaf? I have no idea how to go about it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: jujuthomas

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I don't make a pilaf, although that would be good. I just toast a cup or two and add double the amount of cold water when it starts to smell good. Cook uncovered until most of the water is absorbed (cooking uncovered initially, helps prevent overcooking the quinoa, which I was doing for a while at first) then cover and lower the heat for five or ten minutes.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I love the red but have only had the white around lately, and we love that too.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Whole foods has a salad my husband enjoyed, with raisins and green onions, so I am trying to kind of duplicate that for tomorrow. Simple, but good. Points for it add up though, so I usually try to stick to just a half cup per serving.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: rabaja

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                If whole foods makes a salad you like, you can probably google it to get the recipe. I did it to get their smoked mozzarella salad recipe. Once I had the list of actual ingredients I was able to do my "healthier" swap outs.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: rabaja

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Yay Mrs. Rabaja!!!!!! Congratulations, sweetie! Hope your wedding day was splendid.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              steak salads are good, and the BF loves them too. going to make that WFD next week. Love that your husband is helping you get back up on that wagon, and staying up there with you. I'm fortunate my BF actually will cook WW, pts-friendly meals for me - he even weighs and portions things out - and doesn't eat giant amounts next to me. (he thinks he's a little pudgy so he's trying to keep himself in check. i WISH i had his little belly.) last night we were out after a game of pool and went into the corner store where he grabbed a bag of chips (my biggest weakness), but i saw him think better of it, and he turned around and put them right back. *sigh* - i'm lucky.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              and you are too, rabaja! glad to have you back here again.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Thanks, MC! We are having a blast as newlyweds! One reception down, one more to go! East coast next time, we are thinking lobstah and clam strips, super casual if the weather holds until early October.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I love that chip story! That's kind of how I felt when he went for salad instead of burgers on Sunday.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                it was like, we are in this together! He even got behind my measuring my glass of wine this week, and gave himself a similar pour, which is huge as we like our red in the evening. :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Last night we did the hoisin burgers with beef, as my pork was aged in not a good way. They were a nice change, but I think we both agreed we like our burgers on the plain side, although I loved the scallions and avocado.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Tonight I'm thinking larb, but with a different ground meat to mix it up, probably chicken.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I actually got a text from the Hubs this morning asking for bulgur with dinner tonight...this from the man who brought home 10 point burger buns last month...amazing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            3. Well, last night I didn't take my own advice about planning ahead. I got home at around 730 with no clue what I was going to make for dinner. I am on my own on Wednesday nights and usually I just pick through leftovers, but we didn't have any (wish I had made more of those yummy porkchops). So, since my only other option was popcorn, I ended up with a bowl of pasta with some leftover sauce. I had made the sauce a week ago from this recipe, http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/grill... I used it on some chicken raviolis from Costco...5 of those raviolis are only 230 calories. But, since I didn't have any protein I ended up eatiing too large of a portion... oh well I guess. I was a little concerned because it was a week old, but I haven't died yet so I guess it was OK.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Tonight will be even worse, a friend of mine invited me to an event downtown at a high end restaurant where we will be having an Italian wine and food sampling dinner. It's going to be soooo good. But so bad haha. The BF just told me his mom and his sister are arriving in town tonight (and staying at our house, and I didn't clean, but that's another topic for another board haha... stupid boys), so I'm guessing we might be eating out w/ them tomorrow night. Then, on Saturday, we are going to a wedding, so I'm sure most of my calories that day will be alcohol and cake related.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              So anyway, not a great couple of days for me. But, in an attempt to be positive, the dress I'm wearing today is fitting better than when I bought it at the beginning of May, so that's good. I also got my very first airbrush tan yesterday, and it's amazing how having a bit of a "glow" makes you look thinner :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: juliejulez

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Sounds like a fun few days! Enjoy them, then hop right back on the wagon on monday! :) So many people let a couple "bad" days derail their whole effort.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: jujuthomas

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Yup, I'll be right back on even on Sunday! But then I'll be off again cause we're headed out to a 4 day country music festival next Thursday through Monday...4 days of music, camping, and... of course...drinking... lotsa fun but not so fun for my diet, but oh well. I will be coming armed to that with a large bottle of ketel one and a couple 12 packs of my diet cherry 7-up though. After that we have no other plans for the summer so I'll be able to put my focus back on.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: juliejulez

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Your post made me smile, it does sound like a fun, whirlwind weekend. Enjoy!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The fact that your dress is fitting better means you are doing something right!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Always wondered about those spray tans...do you love it?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: rabaja

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I'm not in love with the spray tan. I actually really like the color in some places (like my upper arms/shoulders) but some of it in other places is uneven (like some parts are darker than others), so that was probably an application error. I might try it again at a different place with a different technician, if I need to for a special event. Definitely not something I can afford to do often though. It was $20 w/ a groupon, and it's normally $35.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: juliejulez

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Oh it sounds like you'll be having so much! You inspired me to plan rigorously, which I've been doing. It's easier for me though, there is a green grocer one block away from my apartment and when I'm low on food I can run out and grab some mixed greens and veggies. Also, I ordered a huge supply of tuna packed in oil from Amazon that comes in 3 ounce cans so portion control is easier. (But I also have to fend my cats off.) So now my default is salad with a bit of tuna and farro or wheat berries. Next week, I think I'll ease off the tuna and incorporate more tofu into my salads since I love that stuff. I hope that grocery store opens near you soon!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I'm sure you'll look fabulous this weekend, so reward yourself with a bit of champagne and cake. It's all about balance and moderation right?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: ChairmanMeow

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Good work on planning! You're so lucky to have a greengrocer so close by! Tuna and tofu is a great idea to add some "substance" to your salads. You could even roast some chicken breasts over the weekend and then cut them up and portion them out in baggies, that way you could just grab the baggie and dump it into the salad too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I've already tipped the balance scales wayyy in one direction. The event last night was ridiculous... first it was passed appetizers during a cocktail hour, then a ravioli making contest (my team got first runner up thanks to my filling and sauce making skills, most of my team just watched and one other lady rolled). Then they moved us to another room where we sat down and they did a "farm platter" which was basically a huge antipasti platter with stuff like breads and tapenades and cheeses and cured meats and apples and so many other things that I LOVE, plus these amazing roasted brussel sprouts. I thought that would be it, since that seemed like a good dinner to me, but then we had a 3 course dinner, with each course having it's own paired wine. All of it was so delicious and good but I pretty much felt sick by the time I got home.... not used to eating (and drinking) like that! I did sleep well at least, and it's 930am and I'm still not hungry really.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: juliejulez

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        On Saturday I went to a Korean BBQ restaurant, then to a bar for cocktails, then to karaoke where more cocktails and beer were consumed. Good grief, I shudder to think at the amount of calories I consumed. I totally understand! I won't be doing a karaoke night again anytime soon.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  3. My WFD was in a rut this week, but I'm breaking out tonight with buffalo burgers and a sesame kale salad:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    http://www.crazyauntpurl.com/archives...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Summer having arrived, I keep thinking about pesto. Does anyone have a good, points-friendly recipe? I'm trying a few from the WW website, but they use nontraditional herbs. I'm not using pine-nuts though -- might as well just hang them under my chin!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: amyptucson

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I'm huge pesto fan as well. Actually my comfort food is gnocchi with pesto---certainly not WW friendly!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I found this recipe on Skinnytaste and have it saved for when our rooftop garden gets a little more basil in. She seems to leave the nuts out all together. I've also seen it made with walnuts before (not sure how that alters the points though).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      http://www.skinnytaste.com/2010/07/sp...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: amyptucson

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I love the sesame kale salad recipe! Thanks for sharing. I think I will throw some tofu and brown rice or soba noodles into the salad for lunches.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Wow, I went away on vacation and this thread exploded with action! I gained 4 pounds over the last 2 weeks, but I'm only 1.8 over goal so it could've been worse. (I pre-emptively lost a couple of pounds so that I could enjoy myself while I was away!) I was at a friend's bachelorette party in Burlington, VT and then in Las Vegas with my dad! Now it's time to go food shopping and get back on track.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. last night for dinner I baked some boneless skinless chicken breasts with Penzey's Trinidad seasoning blend, sliced onions and tomatoes. I roasted some fingerling potatoes, and golden beets from our farm stand - i mean if you've got the oven going already, right? So today's lunch is leftover chicken with a little rice. I already ate my portion of beets (YUM).
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          tonight's dinner with be leftover pork roast DH did on the grill with a rosemary cinnamon rub.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          tomorrow I'm planning something with ground turkey - not sure what yet.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Hi fellow CH'ers and WW'ers!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I've been lurking on this board for quite a while, but this is my first post. I started WW in January and lost 18 pounds over about four months, but after a trip to Las Vegas over Memorial Day (where I literally ate and drank whatever I felt like eating or drinking whenever I felt like eating or drinking it!), I couldn't get back on track and gained 4. I loved the way I felt while on WW, so I am really making an effort to start tracking and getting serious again. It's just so hard after you get out of the routine for a while, but the support on this board is fantastic. (Thanks for that!)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I really want to start exercising with some regularity again, but I typically don't get home from work until around 8:30 and, after I cook and eat dinner, it's 10:00. I know I should probably try to work out in the morning, but I am SO not a morning person. My boyfriend and I tried it for a week and gave up when the alarm clock went off at 6 a.m. on the fifth day. What are all of your exercise routines and/or motivations when you are tired and hungry after a long day of work??

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I was also wondering if anyone had any tips for pre-preparing meals over the weekend so that prep time is minimized when cooking during the week.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Hoping to gain some inspiration and start loosing again!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: kmbeer

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Glad you de-lurked! This is old hat, but my favorite do-ahead trick is "cook once, eat twice." Make double and use it for leftovers during the week, or freeze it for another week.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Either that, or just use the protein in multiple meals, like a big piece of salmon or a roast chicken that you can prepare different ways on different days. Sorry if this all sounds obvious.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I so do not have any ideas about how to motivate yourself to exercise -- major stumbling block for me and the summer heat just makes it worse :(

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: kmbeer

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I get up at 7am these days to hit a 7:30am class (used to be 8:45am, but they changed the time for the summer, sob) and I am then done for the day by 8:30, unless I go for a bike ride in the evening. It stinks, and I swear at my alarm every morning when it goes off at 6:46am, but i am hoping I will get used to it. This will likely occur around August, when the time gets changed again...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Any chance you can get up slightly later than 6am for 60 minutes of exercise? Sounds like a rough schedule you have, and 6am would be hard for anyone.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: kmbeer

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Welcome, kmbeer! Keep working at tracking your points - that's the best advice I can give you.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I don't blame you for giving up on the morning exercise. If I have yardwork or gardening to do, I'm right out there early, but to go to the gym...can't get motivated. I get home much earlier than you do from work, about 5, so we eat dinner and go for a walk at one of the county parks. That's more fun than the gym, to me. Would a walk or jog in the morning be more your style than the gym?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  When my son was staying with us after college for a few months, he had his Wii Fit hooked up all the time in the family room. He mostly used it when we weren't home, but got me doing it too, sometimes, and it was a lot of work and a lot of fun.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: jmcarthur8

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I have a bunch of friends that use Wii as a work out tool and swear by it. It seems like a really fun way to work out (even though its a little pricey to buy).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I'm seriously considering getting one when I move to an apartment with a little more space. I've always said if I lived in one of those apartments with a work out room in the basement I would be all set. Wii Fit is basically the same thing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: kmbeer

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    If you don't mind eating the same thing a few nights or lunches in a row you can make extra of whatever you are planning for your Sunday supper and use that as a pre-planned meal through part of the week. What I usually like to do it wrap the meal in foil or put it in individual tupperware containers right away so I don't feel tempted to go back for more.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    You also can do something like grill a bunch of piece of chicken and use them for salads, chicken parm (just put sauce and cheese on them, throw in the oven and you are ready to go) etc.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I would suggest checking out Skinnytaste.com. She has a lot of good recipes and sometimes talks about preparing stuff ahead of time so you can use it throughout the week. Martha Stewart's Every Day Food magazine also has some great articles like this (although not always WW friendly).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    My issue is exercise as well right now. I'm working full time taking grad school classes Monday-Thursday for the first part of the summer. I know I need to be more active and exercise more but there is just no way with my schedule at the moment. I'm maintaining my weight for the most part (although who knows after this weekend when I was stuck in my apartment all weekend writing a paper) but I would love to get back to losing a pound each week like I did in the beginning. Luckily classes are over July 13th and I'll have the rest of the summer free. I'm hoping I can take advantage of my pool and the warm weather and get into a real exercise routine. I'll have an easier fall class schedule so I really want to make working out a priority now that I've got the eating under control for the most part.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: kmbeer

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      welcome. I don't *do* exercise, so can't help you with that... and I totally hear ya about getting back on program after a few days off. it's HARD! We do have a treadmill. The idea is that I'll walk on it a few days a week while I watch tv or while dinner cooks. yeah right. :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sundays are my crazy cooking days. DH and I both bring lunch to work most of the time. DH also needs a grab-and-go breakfast. So Sunday I make:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      a casserole, soup or generous portion of meat - so we have leftovers for lunches/dinners. I get lots of ideas from skinnytaste.com, as do many of our fellow WW posters. we really like her pasta fagioli soup, turkey meatballs, and garlic shrimp. She has tons of casserole and crock pot recipes as well.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      hard boiled eggs - for my mid morning protein snack
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      baked oatmeal for our breakfasts - this week it's peach raspberry, yum.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      lots of roasted/steamed/sauteed veggies to augment whatever we're taking for lunch. This is particularly helpful if I'm taking frozen lunches having failed to come up with something for leftovers.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      hope this helps!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: kmbeer

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Thanks so much, everyone! Great suggestions, as to be expected :). Plus, I feel a little more motivated already -- even just feeling like part of a group can give the extra support to push yourself that much further!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I think maybe I'll start walking in the mornings so it's not too daunting to have to wake up early AND get to the gym or go for a run. I can probably swing getting up at 6:30.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Juju - that baked oatmeal sounds great -- how do you make that?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: kmbeer

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          baked oatmeal - this is what I do:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          preheat oven to 350
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          spray a 9x9 pan with cooking spray

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          combine:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          3 cups old fashioned oats - I've tried quick cooking and the texture is too dense
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2 tsp baking powder
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2 Tbsp Splenda
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1 tsp cinnamon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1/2 tsp salt
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          splash of vanilla extract
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1/2 cup egg substitute
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1 cup ff vanilla soy milk
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1 smashed banana

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          add frozen fruit of your choice, about 1 1/2 cups worth. the original recipe called for blueberries and strawberries. we also use peaches and raspberries. I like to mix it up each week - use a different combination to keep us interested. :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          bake for 35 minutes. Makes 9 servings, about 4 points per serving.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          of course, you can use regular milk, sugar, real eggs - just recalculate the points. :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: jujuthomas

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Sounds great! I'll definitely make that this week. Thanks!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: kmbeer

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I hope you like it. it's very filling. :) I heat mine in the microwave for about 45 seconds, then drizzle with some lite pancake syrup.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: kmbeer

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Haha - I was just in Vegas, and had a friend's bachelorette party in Burlington, VT beforehand, and gained 4 pounds so I understand! While you're there you might as well eat and drink whatever you want. Welcome! Unfortunatey I dont really have any tips. Exercising is something I am not good at - I lost 20 lbs without exercising. But I know I really should start.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: kmbeer

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Welcome! I'm only one week into the WW plan, so the others are much better about advice regarding points and food. Exercise is the only thing I do fairly well, since I did it before joining WW. So here is how I stay motivated to work out:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1) Find an activity you actually enjoy. If the treadmill/bike/elliptical is boring for you, it will be hard to stay motivated and committed. You must find something you love. I love spin classes, so I go to spin regularly. I also love running. When I'm on a treadmill, I will do interval training - one minute of walking, one minute of running. The run must be hard enough for you to have difficulty holding a conversation while running. You should not be able to run more than about 15-20 seconds after the minute (meaning, you should be sprinting if you can). The constant change keeps me engaged so I don't get bored.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2) Find a time that you can commit to. It may only be weekends. But do something on the weekends. Two days of activity are better than none! I also do not like waking up early for working out, so I don't do it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            3) Make workouts a social activity. On the weekends I will try to hike with friends or go running with friends who are in much better shape than me (because they will yell at me to keep running). Do something somewhat challenging - get the heart rate up! And go with people who will shame you into continuing!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            5) Don't be afraid to start slow! When I first started running, I could not run for more than a few minutes. But over time, your stamina will increase. Start by walk/jogging and slowly increase the jogging over time. Just do 20 minutes in the morning! Even that will dramatically increase your stamina and you will notice a change in your body. (Only if you like running and want to do it.) I'm in San Francisco, so even if I don't want to run, I just walk through some of the hills in our city and I'm winded.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Finally, one last note. I used to HATE running. Seriously, it seemed like the most painful way to spend your time. But I started running with a running club whose members were so sweet and supportive (at that time I thought "I would rather run than stop eating" - that's how much I love to eat!). We all ran slow, but it was fun and beautiful (we would run through some of the most gorgeous parts of San Francisco). That's how I got motivated to work out. So perhaps you can find a local club in your area that focuses on an activity that you enjoy!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Good luck!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: ChairmanMeow

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Great advice, Chairman. It seems almost impossible to believe that I could ever view running as "fun," but you're right -- maybe if I start slow and build up my endurance it won't be as bad. The interval idea is smart also -- I feel like it would be much easier to stomach one or two minutes of faster running than setting out for a three mile jog. I think I might start running a block and walking a block near my apartment when I get home from work since it's been really nice in New York during the evenings lately. Thanks again!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: kmbeer

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                And put together a good playlist for your ipod/iPhone. My playlist is basically made up of the Glee playlist and Lady Gaga---guilty pleasures but it's a fun work out playlist!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: ChairmanMeow

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Hey, Meow - I've only run at my gym, on the treadmill. where all does your running club run (i live in the mission)? I have one of those boots on right now - running and got a tiny chip fracture on the top of my foot back in February - and it's still not healed! but i've got PT for it now and i'm hoping to get back to running next month.....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                and i agree, running became fun! still hard to motivate getting up and out of the house, but once you're there, it feels great!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The club is called the Dolphin South End Runners - http://www.dserunners.com. It is a fantastic club with a great group of people. I really love their races every Sunday. I also suffered some injuries from running, which is why I had to switch to other activities. But I hope to get back to running soon.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: ChairmanMeow

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    just saw this, Chairman, thanks!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. The hubster wanted 2 things for dinner for Father's Day. First was a crab pasta salad made with the surimi crab flavor, so I made it with radishes, celery, black olives, mayo, sour cream, celery seed with fresh basil, dill and oregano from the garden. Not low cal, but summery and refreshing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The other dish, which was way better for us was some Japanese eggplant from the garden, and some small yellow squash and zucchini from the farmer's market, sliced thick and sauteed hot and quick in butter and Penzey's Forward spice blend. I am not a crazy nut about squash, but with the Forward blend on it, it was delicious.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: jmcarthur8

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                that crab salad sounds so good! I love the crab salad you get in deli cases, although I won't let myself get it very often. Yours sounds so much better, though. What kind of pasta did you use?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Do you buy the surimi from an asian market? I've seriously never thought to make my own.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: rabaja

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Hubby chose a fat elbow macaroni for the pasta salad. The surimi was just the Crab Classics from the fish department at Kroger.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I had a tablespoon of vinegar and a half tablespoon of lemon juice in the salad, too. They gave it just enough tang.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. does anyone have a good points friendly granola bar recipe? I've been eating fiber one bars which I really like. They are tasty, and 1 point for the 90 cal bars... but they have dairy in them, as well as a nut contamination warning - two things I should avoid.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: jujuthomas

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I'd be interested in this too. I have a Kellogg's fiber bar (I think they're called FiberPlus) every morning for breakfast, I love it because it feels like I'm eating a candy bar. Only 120 calories, not sure on points and I'm too lazy to go look :) But, I'm guessing it would have the same issues for you that the Fiber One does though.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Those oatmeal bars posted above look pretty interesting, I might try making those.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: jujuthomas

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I think the 90 cal ones are 2 PP....you should double check that. I'm trying to get myself off those, too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Jeserf

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I do points tho, not pp. :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Well after my weekend of debauchery, I didn't gain any weight, so that's good! I'm sure I won't be so lucky after this next weekend at the music festival. I'm already setting myself up for failure... I'm baking cookies tomorrow night to bring with us :) Oh well.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Tonight I had a pretty good dinner, I made these http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/spicy... only I grilled instead of broiled. Really really flavorful and quick to make, and I'm sure could be made w/ chicken breasts too to make healthier, although even as they are they are not bad at all. 2 thighs was very filling.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I made this side to go with, not super duper healthy but not horrible either. http://www.eat-yourself-skinny.com/20... Also very good! Made a huge quantity though, thankfully BF will eat it all tomorrow probably so I won't be tempted w/ the leftovers tomorrow night :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Meant to make some corn on the cob with it, but the corn I bought went bad... so no veggies. Bad me. I was trying to use up stuff we had in the fridge since we'll be going out of town, so I didn't buy anything at the store this week.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Made the skinny taste oven fried pickles last night - they were pretty good!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      My downfall lately has been the ice cream maker. I think I can manage to avoid it the rest of the week, though. Hopefully. I lost 2 and change on Saturday - here's hoping I can shave another 1lb off that, given the ice cream tastings of late!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. I think I'm going to make this zucchini-ribbons salad tonight:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        http://www.hungry-girl.com/weighin/pr...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Maybe I'll add some olives for extra zip.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I got Mahi burgers at Trader Joe's after tasting the sample in the store. Mmmm!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: amyptucson

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I love zucchini ribbon salads, especially this time of year when I have zucchini coming out my ears because I always plant too much! The texture of the zucchini benefits greatly from being salted and drained, which I didn't see mentioned in that recipe. Just salt like you would eggplant, drain in a colander for a half hour or so and then give it a quick rinse and shake the water off (or pat it dry so your dressing will adhere.)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: weezieduzzit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Okay -- I'll try it that way. Thx for tip!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: amyptucson

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            That salad looks great. I made a similar zucchini capracio salad topped with toasted pine nuts and mint on father's day via a ChowHound "no-cook" recipe. Also made corn and tomato salad with raw sweet corn, halved cherry tomatoes, a tablespoon of olive oil, the juice of a lemon, salt, pepper, and cilantro -- it was super easy, healthy, and awesome. A huge hit at my house.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          3. I've been doing a lot of salads. Just made the buttermilk ranch dressing from SkinnyTaste and it's not bad. I think it's a great base for adding flavors. Next time, I think I'll add a serrano chile and some fresh garlic for more of a kick. http://www.skinnytaste.com/2011/09/lo...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            For lunch tomorrow is the buttermilk ranch dressing with a salad of mixed greens, shaved fennel, shaved zucchini, lots of dill and a bit of farro (dressing + salad is about 6 points, I'll throw some protein in there too). I adapted my salad from Heidi Swanson's lovely recipe mentioned here: http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I also made a stuffed cabbage casserole from Skinny Taste, except I used swiss chard instead of cabbage. It is delicious and freezes really well. I added lots of crushed red pepper and smoked Spanish paprika instead. It's got a nice kick now. http://www.skinnytaste.com/2012/01/ka...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            This is week 3 of the WW program for me. There are good days and bad days. I went a little bonkers this weekend because I missed eating chocolate and drinking wine. So I did a bit of both (well, a little chocolate and lots of wine). I've decided I'm going to incorporate tiny bits of "bad" food that I really enjoy so I don't binge eat. There are still potato chips, Cheez-its and two bags (!!!) of mini Reese's peanut butter cups in the house. I'm sure the cats will find me one night, sitting on the kitchen floor, drinking out of a wine bottle while shoving potato chips in my mouth. Oh the shame.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Made blackened chicken last night - I use this seasoning mix: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/blackene... But I find that the amount is too small to really get a good coating. I doubled it and didn't have enough even for 4 3 oz. thin chicken cutlets. But the flavor is great and quite spicy!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Tonight I'm making an Emily Bites recipe - Sausage and Pumpkin Pasta. Hoping it comes out good! http://www.emilybites.com/2011/01/sau...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Solstice444

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The sausage and pumpkin pasta was yummy! But I don't think the pumpkin added too much to the dish, so next time I'd probably leave it out and save a couple of points. The pasta with turkey sausage, mushrooms, onion, and white wine probably would've been good enough.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. I made the Tabbouleh with White Beans and Artichokes from the "Take Out" WW cookbook - the older with the old points that I borrowed from Elyssa. I re-calculated and it still said 4 points for 1.5 cups. I added 5 points to my tracker just to be safe. I added some leftover chicken to it for two of the servings. It's pretty tasty, I'd imagine if you eat shrimp, it'd be a nice base for some grilled shrimp.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Last night I cooked tempeh for the first time - I wasn't a fan, but husband was. It's ok, I didn't eat much (sadly, that left room for homemade red velvet cake ice cream). Tonight I'm making a pasta with broccoli and goat cheese dish wtih the WW complete cookbook - 9points for more than a cup, and I'll have salad with it (plus husband will have work-friendly leftovers).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                And I'll make my husband finish the ice cream tonight! :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I didn't weigh in last week, but I've been pretty active every day (good work outs), so hopefully this week it'll pay off. Or the homemade ice cream will bite me in the butt. But hopefully not.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Jeserf

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Jeserf, how did you prepare the tempeh? I'm generally not a fan either, but I do like this tempeh curry, which can easily be lightened up. I just a bit of coconut oil to get it a subtle coconut flavor. http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I also had seitan the other night for the first time. It is...strange. Not bad, tastes vaguely like soy sauce. But the texture is different.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Today, I thought of several people on the board who complained about their skinny SOs. Somebody just asked me how my bf lost so much weight (he was skinny to begin with!). I came home and announced "that's it, I've had enough. Eat a burrito."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: ChairmanMeow

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I pan-fried it according to a 101 cookbooks recipe (orange tempeh, with orange juice, garlic, ginger, soy sauce..) over brown rice with some steamed snap peas.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    It wasn't bad - husband liked it - the texture was just odd and it had a taste that tofu doesn't. Not enough to bother me, but I'm not sure I'd make it again. It was plain tempeh, not flax or anything like that

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. I survived weekend 2 of debauchery, but my weight loss did not. Gained 3lbs when weighing this morning :( But hopefully some of that will come off this week... it seems when I have a "fun" weekend that I always gain a couple pounds at the beginning of the week, but then they go away by the end of the week. So we'll see. Either way, I'm going to try to take it easy food-wise (I had corn dogs for dinner 4 nights in a row over the weekend! I love corn dogs.). But, the BF has been requesting enchiladas for 2 weeks now, so I"m going to make them tonight. I'm attempting to lighten them up by using low carb tortillas (which by the way are ridiculously expensive... almost $5 for a pack of 8, when the cheapo ones are $2... but 70 calories difference per tortilla) and by using some lower fat cheeses. I'm using SkinnyTaste's recipe for making the chicken to go in them, but I'm using canned sauce, don't have time to make my own.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Last night I made this:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  http://smittenkitchen.com/2008/07/gar... I've made these a few times w/ chicken breast meat on the skewers, and they are SO GOOD. No nutrition info available but based on what's in them, I can't imagine them being all that unhealthy. I love mustard and rosemary together.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Also made this to go with: http://www.eat-yourself-skinny.com/20...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Also did some grilled corn on the cob with a bit of butter that I mixed paprika and red pepper flakes into. I put the butter on and then wrapped in foil and grilled on the top shelf of the grill... I think doing it that way cuts down on the butter content because a lot does melt off in the cooking process, but you still get the good flavor... versus slathering it on after cooking. Or maybe I'm just kiddng myself :) Either way it's good.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: juliejulez

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    julie, I want the dinner you made last night! That sounds delicious!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I printed up the chicken recipe so I can make it this week.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    If you haven't had the low carb tortillas before, don't expect much flavor from them. I never had anything so lacking in flavor and texture in my life. We fed the rest of them to the ducks out back.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: jmcarthur8

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Great! Glad I spent nearly $10 on 16 crappy tortillas :) At least they'll be covered in sauce and cheese and stuff, so hopefully that will make up for the lack of flavor.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: juliejulez

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I agree - I detest them. I have them just to cover them with sauce.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I made this chicken dish the other night - really good. I'll print the actual recipe and add my notes beside them. I think I may have gotten it from here - sorry if it's a reprint.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Ingredients:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1.5 lbs chicken breast cut into 1" strips (or boneless, skinless thighs)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1/3 cup orange marmalade (I use sugar free)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        8-10 garlic cloves minced (I only use about 2-3)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1 teaspoon salt
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Pepper to taste
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1 teaspoon Rosemary
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1/4 cup olive oil (I use a couple of teaspoons - all to lower the points)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Juice of 1/2 small lemon plus it's zest
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1/4 cup honey

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Instructions:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Combine all ingredients in a pan and bake in a PREHEATED oven at 450 for 25-30 minutes or until golden on top. No need to turn it!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Serves 5

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Julia's Healthy Italian Cooking

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: toopie28

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          That sounds really tasty... I have this recipe pinned http://traceysculinaryadventures.blog... which sounds pretty similar, but yours sounds healthier since it uses breast meat and doesn't have the sugar in it. I'm going to save yours, and I'm sure it'll work to grill it. I love grilling, especially in the summer!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: juliejulez

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            oooo, that lovely - I will try that sweet and sour orange sauce.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Also, forgot to mention - I also halved the honey.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: juliejulez

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The tortillas are crappy on their own, but I've made the Skinnytaste enchiladas with them before and having the sauce and cheese helps some with the flavor. The texture is still kind of tough, though.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Solstice444

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Yeah they ended up being fine in the enchiladas. the biggest issue was they stuck together when I took out of the package so it took me awhile to separate them, and a few ended up with holes and rips etc.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. For those of you that shop at Trader Joe's, The Slender Kitchen has put together this great list of Trader Joe's products and their points plus values. It is constantly updated and they encourage people to leave comments with new points values. http://www.slenderkitchen.com/weight-...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Elyssa

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        that's great to know, thank you.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I've wondered why there aren't any TJ products in the food tracker. This will be a nice resource.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Made Weight Watchers pasta with broccoli and goat cheese from the new complete cookbook last night - it was very good. I added more garlic (cuz we like garlic) and a few chopped olives for some brine. It was also VERY quick which I appreciated. Not a ton of ingredients and fast to come together. Essentially it's 1/2lb pasta, some of the cooking liquid reserved; 2 cups broccoli, 2 tbsp EVOO and 3-4 cloves of garlic sauteed together. Stir with hot, cooked pasta and liquid and add zest of one lemon, red pepper flakes, goat cheese and salt/pepper. According to the book, it's 7 PP for 1 1/4 cup (I think, or 1 1/2 cup). I added 3 diced olives.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I thought that added sundried tomatoes would be a nice touch, so maybe next time I'll do that instead of the olives.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. As this thread has gotten pretty long, I am going to start a new, pt. 7.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Hope to see you all there, actually I hope to be there more often! Got to get back on plan!
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: rabaja

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            thanks rabaja, me TOO. the boot came off today and i need to get a bit active again and start working on losing those injury-caused pounds (although, who am i kidding? it was the permission i gave myself to eat while not being able to work out that was the real cause!) see you on the new thread!