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WEIGHT WATCHER FOODIES - What are You Cooking? PT. 7 [old]

rabaja Jun 28, 2012 11:05 AM

Hello fabulous, sexy WW foodies!
It's almost July and summer is settling in for most of us.
What's keeping you inspired, fending off your hunger and boosting your spirit this season?

I for one, am loving all of the berries and stone fruit I am seeing at the market, and eagerly anticipating good tomatoes and corn soon. Salads seem so much more doable this time of year, and go so well with pizza and fried chicken...woops, wrong thread...

Here's to better habits and enthusiasm along the way! What are you making?

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  1. juliejulez RE: rabaja Jun 28, 2012 11:17 AM

    Tonight I am grilling again, I am going to make these: http://www.thekitchn.com/pork-chop-re... Will probably also slice up some red potatoes, toss w/ some olive oil and rosemary, and grill those too, and then saute some fresh green beans with shallots and will throw in a bit of crumbled cooked bacon in the last few minutes of cooking. Yum!

    My dinner last night was sort of embarassing... I was on my own so I had some carrots and hummus, a leftover low carb tortilla dipped in hummus, and a leftover small slice of pepperoni pizza haha. Not the healthiest dinner, that's for sure but I think I still stayed pretty close to my 1200 calories for the day.

    As expected, the weight gain from earlier this week has gone down, I'm now only 1 pound over where I was one week ago, so not too bad considering what I consumed all weekend.

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      ChristinaMason RE: juliejulez Jul 2, 2012 05:07 PM

      1200 calories/day? Good lord, I have a hard enough time sticking to 1500! Is that sustainable?

      Back to food, though...those chops look great!

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        juliejulez RE: ChristinaMason Jul 2, 2012 07:54 PM

        I've been doing it for about 5 months so, so far so good :) During the week I usually stick pretty close to 1200 most days. But, I am not a big breakfast eater, I usually just have a Fiber Plus bar, and I have zero desire to eat more than that, so that helps out. I also have a decent arsenal of 100 calorie or less snacks that are filling and satisfying. I avoid eating out during the week unless it's Chipotle because I can eat there for 450-500 calories. Weekends though... that's a lot harder for me since that's when I do most of my eating out and drinking. Also a lot harder since I moved in with my boyfriend!

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      jujuthomas RE: rabaja Jun 28, 2012 11:54 AM

      i need to do some cooking... tonight I have a 6pm meeting tho, which means dinner @ 7 or later... later since I don't think I have anything to cook at home.
      i got some fabulous veggies at our local farm stand. tomatoes that taste like tomatoes, green and wax beans, zukes, cukes. life is good when veggies are in season!
      Julie, your dinner tonight sounds delish!

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        Jeserf RE: rabaja Jun 28, 2012 01:45 PM

        Made a lovely mediterranean orzo salad last night and served with warmed pita and some mezze (roasted eggplant dip, hummus, tabbouleh and some "crazy feta", all bought because I was lazy). the orzo had fresh kale that warmed with the hot pasta, some feta, lemon juice, onion and sundried tomatoes (which I forgot to put in, but wasn't a big deal). I estimated 6 PP per larger cup serving. My husband took it for leftover lunch today. This would be a good picnic dish.

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          Solstice444 RE: rabaja Jun 28, 2012 03:30 PM

          I need to get back on track with cooking as well! I plan on making General Tso's tofu sometime in the next couple of nights. I hope to go berry picking somewhere local when I get a chance in the next week or two!

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            Jeserf RE: Solstice444 Jun 28, 2012 06:07 PM

            What is your General Tso's tofu recipe? My husband loves it, but I can only do bottle sauce (granted, I haven't looked hard) and I loathe the bottled stuff personally

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              Solstice444 RE: Jeserf Jun 28, 2012 07:00 PM

              I haven't tried it yet actually! There are a few recipes out there...once I try it I will let you know how it was and post a link :-)

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                Elyssa RE: Jeserf Jun 29, 2012 09:40 AM

                I think there was a recipe in the WW Take Out cookbook. I'll take a look.

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              jujuthomas RE: rabaja Jun 29, 2012 05:08 PM

              I was searching for a light scampi recipe - this fit the bill and the instructions say it's good the next day cold! perfect for this hot weather we're having on the east coast. :)

              http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/shrim...

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                Elyssa RE: rabaja Jul 1, 2012 08:41 AM

                I made a delicious fish recipe last night for dinner. It was rockfish with zucchini and tomato. It really took advantage of the summer bounty found at the Farmers Markets. The original recipe was in Cooking Light magazine (and called for snapper...which they didn't have at my grocery store): http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/snapp...

                I also decided to throw the tomatoes in at the last few minutes of cooking (instead of waiting at the end) so they would sort of burst and add to the sauce. I served this was sauteed spinach and these itty bitty potatoes I found at Whole Foods which I roasted along with olive oil cooking spray and onions.

                The fish recipe is 7 points...not bad. The potatoes were an additional few points, so the entire meal was 9 points...which left room for fro-yo! :)

                1. juliejulez RE: rabaja Jul 2, 2012 08:55 AM

                  I made this last night: http://nutritionfor.us/2012/02/eat-sk... Mine was a little less "healthy" because the BF requested I add some ground beef to it, which I did after the onion step. But, it was very delicious and easy and really only dirtied up one pan, since the other pot I used to cook the pasta just needed to be rinsed and wiped real quick. We just had a salad with it, very easy dinner overall, and no need to turn on the oven.

                  Also I do think her calorie and points counts are a little deceiving, so this is more of a "special" dinner which is a bit higher in calories/points than normal (I tend to do those on Sunday nights to keep the BF satisfied, since he puts up with my "healthy" cooking all week long :)). She says it makes 4 servings, which is around 2 cups per serving based on what I ended up with. But then her calorie/point counts have it as per 1 cup. So, just something to keep in mind if you make this.

                  1. juliejulez RE: rabaja Jul 2, 2012 09:14 AM

                    Oh and tonight I'm making this: http://www.thekitchn.com/lunch-recipe... I doubled the recipe and I've made the marinade already, I subbed out greek yogurt for the regular yogurt. Still on the fence about doing it for the mayonnaise... Might try it out since I have another container of the greek yogurt and it was on sale at the grocery store. That should help lighten it up even more. I'll be leaving out the cucumber because I don't like them. I think I'll just make a spinach salad to go with it.

                    To be honest I'm not that excited about it, mainly cause it's outside of "the box", for me, at least. Whenever I do something different than my normal "comfort food" type foods I am worried it will turn out horrible. But it's been sitting on my pinboard for 14 weeks so I figured now is as good as anytime to try it, and maybe I'll be pleasantly surprised.

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                      juliejulez RE: juliejulez Jul 2, 2012 07:56 PM

                      As I was thinking, the chicken I made tonight wasn't that great. It wasn't bad by any means, just not great. BF didn't really like it that much either. Annoys the crap out of me... I hate making something that's not a home run!

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                        Jeserf RE: juliejulez Jul 3, 2012 08:32 AM

                        worse than that is the, "it's ok!" response from an SO.
                        If it's bad, I know never to make it again. If I like something, and get an "it's ok!" shrug, WTF? Should I make it again? Should I tweek it? ggrrr! :)

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                          juliejulez RE: Jeserf Jul 3, 2012 10:50 AM

                          Seriously! Most of the time I get "it's good" with no other input. He finally told me yesterday that after having leftovers of the lasagna, he thinks it could use more seasoning (after spending the past 2 years cooking for my seasoning averse parents, I think my palate is just used to not having a lot of seasoning). I told him thank you for finally giving me some real input!

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                      Jeserf RE: rabaja Jul 2, 2012 01:55 PM

                      last night we had a delivious variety of farmers market veggies with some polenta rounds I baked off. We have a bunch of squash/eggplant/bell pepers and asparagus from the farmers market (well, asparagus from the store) and I roasted farmers market cherry tomatoes with some EVOO, garlic, and a hot chili pepper. Served the tomatoes with the veggies and polenta.

                      It was delicious. I could live on summer time tomatoes!

                      1. juliejulez RE: rabaja Jul 5, 2012 09:12 AM

                        I'm making this tonight: http://www.skinnytaste.com/2010/12/po... along w/ some roasted cauliflower. BF and I are both hungover and would probably rather have pizza, but I got the pork chops out of the freezer so I HAVE to cook them :

                        )

                        Also I did my own weigh in and I'm down another couple pounds. That's exciting.

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                          jmcarthur8 RE: juliejulez Jul 7, 2012 12:25 PM

                          Congrats on the couple pounds off!

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                            mariacarmen RE: juliejulez Jul 9, 2012 08:54 PM

                            very exciting!

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                              ChairmanMeow RE: juliejulez Jul 9, 2012 10:06 PM

                              Meow! I'm sure you're looking fabulous for the summer!

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                              Elyssa RE: rabaja Jul 7, 2012 09:55 AM

                              I just bought Ellie Krieger's The Food You Crave cookbook. This is a great Weight Watchers cookbook because it includes all the nutritional info, so it's easy to convert to points.

                              I went through last night and converted all the recipes to points and found that almost every recipe is under 12 points...most being somewhere between 6-9, which is really good.

                              I'm looking forward to working my way through the recipes. The first on my list is the miso glazed cod (5 pts) and the steak tacos with cucumber-avocado salsa (10 points for 2 tacos).

                              Does anyone have this cookbook and any favorite recipes?

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                                juliejulez RE: Elyssa Jul 9, 2012 10:05 AM

                                I got that cookbook for my mom and she loves it. I have it and Ellie's other one on my Amazon wishlist. The fish tacos in that cookbook are really good, as is the chicken w/ the mango bbq sauce. Also, I can't remember if it's in that cookbook or not, but her turkey meatball recipe is really good too.

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                                  ChairmanMeow RE: Elyssa Jul 9, 2012 10:08 PM

                                  I like the sloppy joes. I think I'll make those soon.

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                                    Elyssa RE: ChairmanMeow Jul 10, 2012 07:15 PM

                                    All these recipes sound great! The fish tacos are 11 points for 2 tacos. And the chicken with mango BBQ sauce (which looks delicious) is only 5 points for 1 piece of chicken and 2 tablespoons of sauce.

                                    The Sloppy Joes do look awesome. I grew up eating Sloppy Joe sandwiches because they are my Dad's favorite. He would come home with an insane craving for Sloppy Joes and tater tots and my Mom would oblige. Ellie's are made with extra lean ground beef and 1 sandwich is only 7 points---not bad.

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                                      bsims76 RE: Elyssa Jul 12, 2012 09:32 AM

                                      Skinnytaste has a really good sloppy joe recipe, too - http://www.skinnytaste.com/2010/10/sk.... I can't even tell that veggies sub for some of the beef.

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                                        eLizard RE: bsims76 Jul 17, 2012 07:40 AM

                                        i've made this. ITA. it's very good. dh isn't a ww, and he really like it.

                                2. KitchenBarbarian RE: rabaja Jul 7, 2012 03:34 PM

                                  Lots and lots of stir-fry with Tofu shirataki noodles. 0 carb, 40 calories in an 8 oz serving, compared to about 250 calories in the same amount of prepared rice noodles. Had some awesome Tofu-Shirataki Pad Thai the other day.

                                  There are 0 calories in straight shirataki noodles (no tofu in them) but they're twice as expensive and much harder to find. I can get the Tofu sort at either Trader Joe's or Whole Foods.

                                   
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                                    jujuthomas RE: rabaja Jul 10, 2012 06:27 AM

                                    last night i cut boneless chicken breasts in half so they would cook more quickly, coated them in Penzey's turkish seasoning blend and grilled them up on my stovetop grill. they were terrific!

                                    1. juliejulez RE: rabaja Jul 10, 2012 09:05 AM

                                      I haven't been cooking anything, except ramen noodles and the occasional peanut butter sandwich. I came down with a lung infection on Friday so I've been pretty sick with little appetite. One plus though, I've lost more, so now I'm only a half pound away from being in the 150s! Not the best way to lose weight but I had to figure out something positive about this icky sickness.

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                                        jujuthomas RE: juliejulez Jul 10, 2012 09:59 AM

                                        Oh gosh, I hope you feel better soon! That is one benefit to being sick with little appetite, but for me my appetite always comes ROARING back, lol.

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                                          rabaja RE: juliejulez Jul 10, 2012 10:23 AM

                                          Feel better, juliej, that sounds painful!

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                                            mariacarmen RE: juliejulez Jul 10, 2012 11:04 AM

                                            i don't want to make light of something so serious, jj, but good for you for finding the positive. my friends and i always say - stomach flu is my best friend!

                                            but seriously, take care of yourself - keep yourself well fed, even while being "good"!

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                                              Jeserf RE: juliejulez Jul 12, 2012 09:21 AM

                                              Goodness - get better soon!!!

                                            2. rabaja RE: rabaja Jul 10, 2012 10:25 AM

                                              Tonight I'm making salmon, slow-roasted over fig leaves, with just lemon zest, salt and pepper and a touch of olive oil. I was going to make a quinoa and corn salad to go with, but this recipe from Gina's website is kind of calling to me...
                                              http://www.skinnytaste.com/

                                              I'll use barilla plus, and definitely try to give us a "real" 2 oz of pasta.

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                                                smilingal RE: rabaja Jul 24, 2012 09:57 PM

                                                slow roasted over fig??? leaves??? please share more about this!

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                                                  rabaja RE: smilingal Aug 15, 2012 02:01 PM

                                                  I keep forgetting to reply to this smilingal, sorry for the delay...
                                                  it's the easiest way to prepare salmon ever, and does not make the house smell like fish. I absolutely love it, and we've been eating it at least once or twice a week lately.

                                                  What I do:
                                                  Take a nice piece or salmon, or cut fillets and lightly, salt and pepper, and grate some lemon zest over it. Place on top of several fig leaves, either on a sheet pan, or in a cazuela, and give a little drizzle of good olive oil. Put into a 250F oven for approx. 30 minutes. The timing is really determined by the size of your fillets/fish. If I am doing cut portions that are 5-8 oz, 3o minutes is generally enough, for a larger piece or side, it can take more like 45-60 minutes. Just poke the fish with your finger, and take it out when it gets as firm as you like.
                                                  My husband likes his salmon more cooked than mine; I love it just cooked, almost rare, you can achieve both results with this method.
                                                  I often will roast a large piece and then literally break it up with my hands when it is done, removing the skin, to serve. He gets the thinner pieces, which are more cooked and I take some of the thicker pieces. It is great the next day, and seriously, no fish smell to air out.
                                                  My parents have a big fig tree, so they keep me in leaves, but I've even asked neighbors for leaves when I'm caught without some. It's usually a pretty good conversation starter!

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                                                    smilingal RE: rabaja Aug 22, 2012 09:09 PM

                                                    i have never heard of cooking/baking with fig leaves - where do I get them if I don't know anyone with their own tree?
                                                    This sounds very good - must try!

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                                                      rabaja RE: smilingal Aug 23, 2012 08:25 AM

                                                      I can't recall seeing fig leaves at a farmers market before, but if you have a good fig vendor try asking them if they'd bring you some leaves. It doesn't hurt the tree at all to trim leaves here and there off of it.
                                                      I used to bring them in to a restaurant I worked at, and they'd give me .25 per leaf, but I bet a farmer would charge less.

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                                                        smilingal RE: rabaja Aug 24, 2012 09:52 PM

                                                        can you describe what the fig leaves contribute?

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                                                amyptucson RE: rabaja Jul 10, 2012 12:49 PM

                                                We've been eating exceedingly well using all of your recipe suggestions lately! Had the raw corn/tomato salad (EVOO & lemon, S&P) -- DH gave it a big thumbs up!
                                                Did the Bobby Flay-inspired mustard "glaze" (I'd have called it a marinade) for chicken tenders on the grill -- very good.
                                                Made a version of the crunchy Asian salad -- liked it a lot tho it got watery next day.
                                                The Sausage and Pumpkin pasta was good with Shirataki noodles -- no complaints (as usual) from DH about the noodles.
                                                Also tried an old James McNair recipe for cold shrimp and orange sections with fresh mint -- the dressing is 3T orange juice, 2T lime juice, 2tsp fish sauce, 3 cloves garlic, and chili flakes to taste. Easy and yummy!
                                                And I am down 25 lbs as of this morning's meeting -- thrilled to bits!

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                                                  jujuthomas RE: amyptucson Jul 10, 2012 01:18 PM

                                                  good work Amy!

                                                  My DH won't go NEAR those shirataki noodles, so I use barilla plus or similar.

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                                                    juliejulez RE: amyptucson Jul 10, 2012 02:50 PM

                                                    Good work on the 25lbs! I'm also glad you liked the mustard glaze!

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                                                      mariacarmen RE: amyptucson Jul 10, 2012 03:27 PM

                                                      so great!

                                                    2. jmcarthur8 RE: rabaja Jul 10, 2012 04:15 PM

                                                      We had burgers on the grill, which weren't so points friendly (12ish), but for our side dish, we had a cucumber-cherry tomato-basil salad dressed with a no-points balsamic vinaigrette that I mixed up a few days ago.
                                                      This was based on one from myrecipes.com. I did use the dried herbs, rather than fresh, because I made up a double batch to keep handy in the fridge, and the fresh ones get a little skunky after a while in there. The dressing turned a little jellified in the jar in the fridge, but I just plopped some out and mixed it up with the veggies, and it reliquified and tasted great.

                                                      1 cup low-salt vegetable broth
                                                      2 teaspoons cornstarch
                                                      2 garlic cloves, minced
                                                      1/4 cup red wine vinegar
                                                      3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
                                                      1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
                                                      1/2 teaspoon dried basil
                                                      1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
                                                      Preparation

                                                      Combine broth, cornstarch, and garlic in a small saucepan, and stir well. Bring to a boil, and cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat, and stir in remaining ingredients. Pour into a small bowl; cover and chill. Serve over mixed salad greens.

                                                      I got my 50# thingamabob at WW a few weeks ago, and it's good you don't have to give them back, because the past two weeks have been ....let's say....not so good. 1.8 lb back up, but if you saw what I ate at the 4th of July picnic, you'd think I should have gained 5!

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                                                        mariacarmen RE: jmcarthur8 Jul 10, 2012 04:20 PM

                                                        WOW, congrats on the 50! and, ehhh... you give a little back now and then, you take it off again.

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                                                          amyptucson RE: jmcarthur8 Jul 11, 2012 10:46 AM

                                                          Wow - major congrats on your major achievement! Hat's off to you!

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                                                            smilingal RE: jmcarthur8 Jul 25, 2012 07:41 AM

                                                            sometimes when a dressing gets "jellified" as you say --- I pop the dressing into the microwave for a second or two - even if it gets a tinge warm it kind of adds a different dimension to the salad!

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                                                              jmcarthur8 RE: smilingal Jul 25, 2012 01:53 PM

                                                              I like that! Thanks!

                                                          2. eLizard RE: rabaja Jul 11, 2012 07:04 AM

                                                            i love summer food. lots of peaches. and then there's gazpacho and the bittman cucumber barley dill salad. 3 pts per cup. not bad. add some chicken sausage, some peppers and onions, and it's a big delicious meal.

                                                            i've gone a bit off track in june. switchd jobs...week off, lots of food at the new office. weekends on the cape, and thus put on a few. i've taken some of them off, and have a few more to go before I'm back at goal.... more water. less wine. and i'm back to the workouts. it feels good. i feel good. and my clothes are feeling good.

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                                                              rabaja RE: eLizard Jul 11, 2012 09:12 AM

                                                              Very inspirational, eL. i've been going through a bit of that myself, and I'm enjoying feeling more directed towards my workouts and healthier eating.
                                                              I'm headed to New England next week, where I know I'll want to enjoy all the various food stuffs I don't find on the west coast, plus there will be the mother-in-laws cooking, which is delicious and wonderfully absent of whole grains. Luckily I have found a Jazzercise class to take in the am (yes, I am a Jazzercise geek, what can I say?) while the hubs is working, and they don't drink much, so my consumption should automatically go down too.

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                                                                mariacarmen RE: eLizard Jul 12, 2012 11:09 AM

                                                                i just looked up the bittman recipe - looks delicious! i'm going to try that.

                                                                great about feeling good again!

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                                                                  Elyssa RE: mariacarmen Jul 12, 2012 06:24 PM

                                                                  Can someone post it? Btw Bittman's Food Matters cookbook is an awesome cookbook.

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                                                                    GretchenS RE: Elyssa Jul 13, 2012 01:22 PM

                                                                    http://content.markbittman.com/node/211

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                                                                    eLizard RE: mariacarmen Jul 17, 2012 07:39 AM

                                                                    i sometimes use the oil. and sometimes don't. i really can't detect a difference, so more often than not, i leave it out.

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                                                                  jujuthomas RE: rabaja Jul 11, 2012 06:03 PM

                                                                  I had the loveliest dinner - we went to our local Asian place - the one where everyone knows our name. They are adding Thai dishes to the menu now, and one of today's specials was Thai style fish - you could get it steamed or fried. I had it steamed and OMG - it came with julienne scallions and ginger on top, with a side of steamed broccoli, carrots, baby corn and snow peas and just a drizzle of sauce. I told them they should add it to the regular menu - I'd get it every visit!

                                                                  I have to figure out a way to replicate it at home.

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                                                                    rabaja RE: jujuthomas Jul 11, 2012 06:17 PM

                                                                    that sounds so good! My mom used to make a dish like that, with chilean sea bass, before it was frowned upon. She used ginger, scallions and fermented black beans which she soaked. I actually made it for myself a couple of times last year, but cannot for the life of me remember what kind of fish I used...maybe halibut?
                                                                    What were they using?
                                                                    This may need to be dinner tomorrow or friday, yum.

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                                                                      jujuthomas RE: rabaja Jul 11, 2012 07:22 PM

                                                                      ya know, I forgot to ask what kind of fish it was! LOL!!! it was a delicate white fish. there are very few white fishes on their menu, most of the fish dishes are salmon. So, I wouldn't be surprised if it was yellowtail, since that's on the sushi menu.

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                                                                        mariacarmen RE: rabaja Jul 12, 2012 11:12 AM

                                                                        ooooh the addition of black beans sounds amazing! going to try that. to hell with the non-fish eating boyfriend! : )

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                                                                        mariacarmen RE: jujuthomas Jul 12, 2012 11:11 AM

                                                                        i've done something similar using tilapia, and just used my vegetable collapsible steamer thingy over a pan of water. you can put aromatics in the water (lemon juice, ginger, etc.) but then do the scallions ginger and soy over the top when it's done. it's yum!!

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                                                                          jujuthomas RE: mariacarmen Jul 12, 2012 11:46 AM

                                                                          thanks for the idea! I was thinking of trying to make it in a foil packet in the oven.

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                                                                        Jeserf RE: rabaja Jul 12, 2012 09:25 AM

                                                                        I've been really bad lately - hungry, and not tracking. I'm not sure what's up.
                                                                        I didn't go to my meeting last week because I knew it would be bad. Am going this week, and other than the housewarming party I'm throwing Sunday (which has nothing healthy on the menu), I plan to pick up the pieces. I SORT OF talked to my husband and was like "this needs to happen - if you want junk, you have to make it for yourself".
                                                                        I'm going to make another big batch of gazpacho and pick up my usual light english muffins to have with yogurt at work, too (only plain FF greek yogurt - a GREAT deal at Costco).
                                                                        Last night I made greek-style quinoa stuffed peppers with feta and leftover grilled veggies mixed in with the quinoa. It was good and filling. Not sure my husband liked them as much, but he doesn't cook so at what point do you just cook and not care? We've only been married 15 months, 7+ of which he was in Afghanistan, so I'm already starting that lol
                                                                        Inspire me with some great dinner choices, friends!

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                                                                          mariacarmen RE: Jeserf Jul 12, 2012 11:13 AM

                                                                          hubby will be happy when you feel great about yourself!

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                                                                            amyptucson RE: Jeserf Jul 12, 2012 11:18 AM

                                                                            Ah yes, the delicate marital negotiations. Luckly my DH is very easy to please, food-wise. Last night I made so-called stuffed cabbage:
                                                                            http://www.skinnytaste.com/2012/01/ka...
                                                                            It was much easier to make than the stuffed cabbage rolls I had made last winter, but it tasted just as good. I simplified the recipe further by doing it all in one dutch-oven-type pan, and skipping the layering. I also skipped the cheese just to save a couple of points -- didn't seem authentic to the Polish origins of the dish anyway :)

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                                                                              Jeserf RE: amyptucson Jul 12, 2012 12:51 PM

                                                                              oh, mine doesn't care at all what is in front of him, but I definitely feel required to feed him large amounts of food that is enough to sustain him. I could PROBABLY add heft to most of his meals by adding bread for him. My normal rotations get boring, though. I've added soft tacos - fish for him, chicken for me, and he seems to like that. lots of condiments (I make a slaw).

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                                                                                Elyssa RE: Jeserf Jul 12, 2012 06:32 PM

                                                                                Do you both eat chicken? If so I love the various rollatini recipes on Skinnytaste.com. I've made the zucchini, the chicken parm and a few others. All have been awesome. When I made the zucchini one for my bf I had one rollatini and he had 2. He certainly eats much more than me. Usually I'll make enough roast veggies to last 2-3 days, but when he is in town he usually eats most of what would be my left overs.

                                                                                Also maybe you can make your regular meal and just throw a baked potato in the oven for him. Something that doesn't require a whole lot of extra effort on your half but will fill him up more. He can add whatever he wants to the potato and you can avoid it all together (or have a sweet potato instead...healthier).

                                                                                Also have you tried various types of stir fries? That seems like something where he can easily double his portion with extra stir-fry and brown rice, and you can keep to your regular portion. The Take Out WW book I have has some stir-fry style recipes. Let me know if you want me to scan some and send to you.

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                                                                                  Jeserf RE: Elyssa Jul 13, 2012 12:04 PM

                                                                                  nope, he only eats some fish. We just make everything with tofu or I make some with chicken, some with fish.

                                                                                  Good idea on the baked potato, though. I can make him a couple at a time. He loves sweet potatoes, so I can do that I do make rice and give him a big portion, same with any grain or roasted potatoes.

                                                                                  We make stir fry a lot. I bulk my portion up with veggies.

                                                                                  It just gets repetitive. I like turkey meat loaf and that type of stuff, which are easily made healthy (look at skinny girl's latest meat loaf!). I have the stuff from the Take Out cook book - haven't made much from it yet (some stuff, and it's been good). I also have the WW complete cookbook and there have been great things from there. It's just SO much easier when I can grill a piece of chicken, have some grains and veg, and call it a day. Much harder when one is a pain in the butt!

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                                                                                    Elyssa RE: Jeserf Jul 16, 2012 05:17 AM

                                                                                    Check out the dish piccata dish on Skinnytaste. I think you both will like it.

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                                                                                      amyptucson RE: Elyssa Jul 16, 2012 04:47 PM

                                                                                      Mmm, it sounds good! Lemon is practically my new best friend.

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                                                                                        Elyssa RE: Elyssa Jul 17, 2012 04:08 PM

                                                                                        Sorry that should be the FISH piccata dish. It's great.

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                                                                              jujuthomas RE: rabaja Jul 13, 2012 05:44 PM

                                                                              tonight I sliced 1/2 an onion (all I had) and sauteed in a little evoo. I sliced the rest of the boneless chicken breasts in 1/2 and covered them with Penzey's trinidad seasoning. they went in on top of the onions, then sliced tomatoes on top. I added a little chicken broth and cooked until done. served with some jasmine rice and steamed zucchini, it was delicious.

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                                                                                smilingal RE: jujuthomas Jul 25, 2012 07:49 AM

                                                                                sounds like a great improv!

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                                                                                Solstice444 RE: rabaja Jul 16, 2012 05:16 AM

                                                                                Eek, my friend's wedding is in 12 days, and the wedding was the motivation for me to lose weight in the first place! I was in a friend's wedding last September, saw the photos, and thought "I don't want to look like that when I'm in my friend's wedding next summer!" I was away last week so I'm 1 lb above my goal weight. It shouldn't be too hard to shed that 1 lb in 12 days but you never know. It would just make me mad if I wasn't at my goal weight for the wedding, when I've been up to 3 lbs below it. I have to try hard to cook at home so I can better control what I'm eating!

                                                                                1. juliejulez RE: rabaja Jul 17, 2012 11:08 AM

                                                                                  Well I am still recovering from my sickness, but I feel a lot better and (unfortunately) my appetite is back. I never made it into the 150s. I got down to 160.5 (grrrr!!) but now I'm back up to 162. Anyway, last night I made this for dinner, only I subbed out chicken for shrimp (I don't like shrimp). I really liked the sauce, I never would have thought of using greek yogurt instead of heavy cream to make the cream sauce. It really tasted the same. I'll definitely use that trick again since I love cream sauces. This is also one of those recipes where you can throw in all kinds of different things and it would probably still be good.

                                                                                  http://backtoherroots.com/2012/03/20/...

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                                                                                    smilingal RE: juliejulez Jul 25, 2012 07:59 AM

                                                                                    thanks for that recipe - i copied it - i am needing to get better motivated - it seems the summer is difficult for many of us!

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                                                                                    Jeserf RE: rabaja Jul 17, 2012 12:06 PM

                                                                                    I had a successful housewarming party on Sunday - 20-22 people and lots of food. We did have a good bit of leftovers, but my husband managed to eat a lot of what I didn't want to keep, mainly cheese that had come to room temperature and some puffed things. We had LOTS of desserts leftover, but they came to work with me.

                                                                                    I never thought two of the most popular items would have been last minute pick ups - some sliced italian cured meat (sausage? pepperoni? I have no idea) added to the cheese plate and a loaf of good raisin bread with room temperature butter in a nice bowl and peach jam. For real - they ate it up!

                                                                                    We had lots of leftovers so I made 'farmers market pasta' last night with sauteed tomatoes, corn I took off the cob, and peppers all from the market. I had leftover squash so for me, I steamed it and put it at the bottom of the bowl and served the pasta on TOP of the squash to bulk up my meal so it looked like a full bowl of pasta. It was GREAT because the sauce coated it. I'll definitely do that trick again. Sauteed tomatoes and corn are pure summer to me.

                                                                                    Tonight I'm doing tofu and broccoli stir fry - rice for the hubby, none for me. I'll have lots of stir fry. I might quick-pickle some cucumbers my coworker brought me from his garden for me as a nice side.

                                                                                    I have LOADS of peppers from the farmers market and my coworkers garden (sweet and hot). I'm thinking of roasting them tonight and then pureeing to make a sauce for something but not sure what - anyone have any ideas?

                                                                                    I'm about 90% good so far this week. It feels good. I've definitely had a few treats, but nothing crazy and I feel in control and satisfied with what I've packed for lunches/work. Must make more gazpacho tonight though!

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                                                                                      juliejulez RE: Jeserf Jul 17, 2012 03:14 PM

                                                                                      What kind of peppers? You could make a roasted red pepper hummus. If they're more of the jalapeno variety, you could make pico de gallo to top some chicken, or you could make a carne asada marinade. Umm those are just ideas off the top of my head, I'll keep thinking :)

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                                                                                        Elyssa RE: Jeserf Jul 17, 2012 04:11 PM

                                                                                        Really smart trick with the pasta!

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                                                                                          Elyssa RE: Jeserf Jul 17, 2012 04:13 PM

                                                                                          You can put the roast pepper sauce over grilled chicken or fish. Maybe toss with some shrimp and serve of quinoa.

                                                                                          Also you can make a dip like this one: http://www.skinnytaste.com/2009/05/ch... Sounds good and a nice alternative to hummus.

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                                                                                            Jeserf RE: Elyssa Jul 17, 2012 04:42 PM

                                                                                            I think I'm going to make a modified romesco sauce and just use the peppers and find something to do with them!
                                                                                            the peppers are a mix of every kind - sweet and hot. They are great, but I can only have so much (they were supposed to go in to a few dishes for my party but I ran out of time:) )

                                                                                            I came up with the squash trick from my Weight Watchers meeting - someone said when they go get frozen yogurt, they put fruit on the bottom, put in some yogurt, and then top with more fruit. I figured...can't be too different with regular food!

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                                                                                              ChristinaMason RE: Jeserf Jul 17, 2012 07:54 PM

                                                                                              The dressing on this is great if you have roasted peppers to spare! It's excellent on green salads, too. http://www.chow.com/recipes/29671-spa...

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                                                                                            herby RE: Jeserf Jul 17, 2012 05:51 PM

                                                                                            Jeserf, someone posted a gaspacho recipe that I wanted to try but can't find it. Is your very low cal/points? Could you post or point me in the right direction, please?

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                                                                                              Jeserf RE: herby Jul 18, 2012 04:40 AM

                                                                                              Mine is just veggies and tomato juice. It's a technique not a recipe, per se.

                                                                                              1 bottle of tomato juice, pref low sodium
                                                                                              1 english cucumber (or more to taste)
                                                                                              1 large sweet onion (or more to taste)
                                                                                              2 hot peppers (to taste)
                                                                                              1 green bell pepper
                                                                                              1 red or orange or yellow pepper
                                                                                              salt/pepper
                                                                                              red wine vinegar

                                                                                              for all of the veggies, half them. With one half of each veggie, dice to size you'd like to be chunks in your gazpacho. The other half, toss in a blender/processor. Add some of the tomato juice to the blender and pulse to combine. In the container with the diced veggies, add the pulsed veggies and remainder of the tomato juice and stir - you want a thick soup with chunks of fresh veggies. Add salt and pepper to taste, add red wine vinegar to taste.

                                                                                              If you refer a fully blended soup, just blend everything together - I prefer the chunks of cucumber and onion, they are very refreshing.

                                                                                              I always say it's 2 points, but I have no idea. It's just veggies. It's delicious topped with avocado (not 2 points then :) )

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                                                                                                herby RE: Jeserf Jul 18, 2012 06:46 AM

                                                                                                Thank you, Jeserf! I am doing grocery shopping today and will make gazpacho - could be a healthy snack and/or a meal.

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                                                                                                  jmcarthur8 RE: Jeserf Jul 18, 2012 07:44 AM

                                                                                                  I list my gazpacho as two points, too, Jeserf. Pretty much the same recipe, too. I love that stuff when the garden's overflowing!
                                                                                                  I just had one jalapeno in it, and I think it could have used another one. We splurted some Frank's Hot Sauce into our bowls to jazz it up a little.

                                                                                                  We had it for dinner along with egg salad sandwiches. I was so full of gazpacho, I saved half the sandwich for lunch the next day (with the leftover gazpacho). It wasn't diet egg salad, it was Duke's regular, but it's just a few points for a quarter cup of it. It was worth it!

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                                                                                                    Elyssa RE: Jeserf Jul 18, 2012 07:49 AM

                                                                                                    It's easy to figure out the points for this type of stuff with the recipe builder--both on the online WW tool and the app. I'm not sure how many people this is supposed to serve but say 3 or 4. I would estimate using the Recipe Builder it is about: 1 point without the avocado, 3 points with the avocado.

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                                                                                                      jmcarthur8 RE: Elyssa Jul 18, 2012 07:51 AM

                                                                                                      Elyssa, I love the recipe builder! I've used it for so many of my old favorites. Unfortunately most of my old favorites are pasta dishes, and WW is unforgiving with pasta points!

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                                                                                                        Jeserf RE: Elyssa Jul 18, 2012 12:05 PM

                                                                                                        the problem with the recipe builder for something like gazpacho is that I have no idea how many servings will be in it - sometimes it's a huge container, other times it's just a medium one. I use different tomato juices/vegetable juices depending on what store I go to. I know about the recipe builder. It's hard to make it for 3-4 servings (the servings would be huuuge how I make it) so I just guestimate with this one!

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                                                                                                          eLizard RE: Jeserf Jul 18, 2012 12:58 PM

                                                                                                          i clock my gazpacho in as zero. one tops if i'm having a gigantic portion.

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                                                                                                    amyptucson RE: Jeserf Jul 26, 2012 10:16 AM

                                                                                                    I put roast peppers into a blender with light or FF mayo as a quick sauce for grilled fish. Trader Joe's has these Mahi Burgers...

                                                                                                  3. juliejulez RE: rabaja Jul 18, 2012 08:57 AM

                                                                                                    I made this last night. http://www.skinnytaste.com/2010/12/sk... I had made something similar for my parents earlier this year, from Cooking Light. It's very tasty,sort of chicken marsala-ish, although when you're making the sauce at first you're like "WTF" because it smells very vinegary. This time I forgot to add the sour cream so my sauce was rather runny, oops. I also didn't have any white wine on hand so I just used extra chicken stock. Had it with some egg noodles that I had on hand. I was going to do roasted asparagus too but it was late and BF and I weren't that hungry.

                                                                                                    Tonight I'm on my own so I'll probably eat leftovers from Monday night if they're still there, or, just make a sandwich or something. BF has requested that I make manicotti tomorrow night. Not healthy at all, and I'm not going to even attempt to make it healthier. Since he's such a good sport about eating my "healthy" dinners, I'm going to make it for him, so I'll start working on that tonight too. Thankfully it's not my favorite thing to eat so I'll probably just eat a little bit of it.

                                                                                                    1. eLizard RE: rabaja Jul 25, 2012 07:45 AM

                                                                                                      not sure how chowish this is, but it's pointsplus friendly. i take 2 frozen chicken breasts, put em in the crock, cover em with franks hot sauce. cook on low for 4 hours. shred and return to the crock for 1/2 an hour or so. i add chopped celery when it's done. i serve it over salad with rf bleu cheese crumbles or yogurt bleu cheese dressing. i mix in some rf cr cheese and spread on celery. or a pile it on a bagel thin. the other day i added brown rice and wrapped in a pita with bleu cheese dressing.

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                                                                                                        jmcarthur8 RE: eLizard Jul 25, 2012 01:54 PM

                                                                                                        It sounds delicious. Easy peasy. Nothing wrong with that!

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                                                                                                          Elyssa RE: eLizard Jul 26, 2012 07:29 AM

                                                                                                          I think that sounds delicious! I really want a slow cooker/crock pot but don't have any space in my tiny kitchen right now. I'm moving in a year and will have a larger kitchen. The first thing on my list to get is a slow cooker----it seems like it really comes in handy when planning out menus. And Skinnytaste and other sites have so many great sounding recipes.

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                                                                                                          Elyssa RE: rabaja Jul 26, 2012 07:27 AM

                                                                                                          I just got back from a vacation/work trip in Austin where I didn't even attempt to keep track of my points. I didn't gouge myself....but I certainly didn't control myself either. Really "interested" to see how much I've gained. I know it's at least a few pounds since I can tell the difference in some of my pants. Still---the food scene is amazing there!

                                                                                                          One thing I can tell for sure though is I've at least shrunk my stomach a little bit because I fill up MUCH sooner now. And if I keep eating beyond the initial feeling of being full I get pretty uncomfortable, pretty fast. It's a good thing I guess.

                                                                                                          Hoping to start working in some more exercise now that I'm on a bit of hiatus from grad school. I have a month until my big vacation with my boyfriend. I would love to lose about 5+ pounds before then so I can show off my slimmer self in my bathing suit.

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                                                                                                            amyptucson RE: rabaja Jul 26, 2012 10:20 AM

                                                                                                            I made the Oven Fried Chicken from WW's "Best Darn Food Ever" cookbook last night. Not bad. Plenty of flavor.

                                                                                                            Also found a new brand of yogurt -- pardon me, yoghurt -- called Noosa that is so good you'd swear it was bad for you. It has the mouth-feel of a rich, full-fat yogurt but it's only 4PP/serving. I had strawberry rhubarb -- yum!

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                                                                                                              nerdette RE: rabaja Jul 26, 2012 01:16 PM

                                                                                                              I've been away from this thread for almost 2 months because work has been super crazy and I've been traveling, but fortunately I managed to mostly stick to eating healthy. I survived a 3 week trip to Europe, including Bavaria and Prague, and I maintained while having lots of beer and eating dessert every night , so I count that as a huge NSV.

                                                                                                              Lately I've been really into fruit salsas and chutneys. Dinner tonight will be broiled pork chops with mango peach salsa (1 peach+ 1 mango+1-2 jalapenos+cilantro+s&p+whatever else you happen to like= 4 servings). I'll most likely add 1/2-1 cup of cilantro rice.
                                                                                                              Yesterday we had Alton Brown's fish tacos, but we used Mission small corn tortillas and skipped the crema to cut back on the points. I'm not a huge tilapia fan, but I really liked it prepared this way.

                                                                                                              I have a huge head of cabbage and lots of apples that I need to use up soon. I'm thinking about making some kind of slaw, because it's too hot to cook something elaborate, but I'm very open to suggestions.

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                                                                                                                amyptucson RE: nerdette Jul 27, 2012 02:09 PM

                                                                                                                Both would work in an Asian slaw, no? Or chopped and sauteed with cinnamon? Or maybe sliced and dressed with cucumbers and yogurt? Or a lemony dressing, or a sesame-ginger...

                                                                                                                Am I hungry, or what?

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                                                                                                                Jeserf RE: rabaja Jul 26, 2012 01:30 PM

                                                                                                                I've been tracking with MyFitnessPal all week, and will keep that up for 2 more full weeks to see how it works compared to WW. I'm concerned that I'm eating too much fruit and too many low-point options, which is why I end up being hungry.
                                                                                                                But something has to give!
                                                                                                                Produce has been so good, so every night it's been something with summer produce - tonight, my polenta, eggplant, zucchini, and a sauce of tomatoes I roasted last night. So good. I could eat just roasted tomatoes every day!

                                                                                                                1. juliejulez RE: rabaja Jul 31, 2012 09:10 AM

                                                                                                                  So I learned something interesting this past couple weeks. My weight had pretty much plateaued, I was stuck around 163-165 for awhile. But, based on my amateur internet research, I think I was putting my body in starvation mode by sticking to 1200 calories. In the past month or so between my sickness and my boss constantly offering to buy me lunch if I go pick it up for both of us (ie at places that aren't that healthy), I had been consuming more than 1200... more like 1500-1800. And, well, I lost weight. I'm at 155 now. That's 33 pounds down from last December, and 40-45lbs down since I left Chicago in December of 2010. My size 14's used to be really really tight... like I should have been in a 16. Now my 12's are hanging off me. I'm heading back to CA for Labor day weekend to pack up the rest of my stuff that's in storage, and I'm hoping I have some old size 10's laying around, otherwise I'm going to have to find room in my budget for new clothes (oh darn).

                                                                                                                  But, it's interesting now... I'm having a hard time eating MORE and keeping it healthy! It's like I have the 1200 calorie thing ingrained in my head and can't shake the habits...the opposite problem I had when I first started working on losing weight. So, I'm working on increasing my calories but still keeping it healthy... not increasing them by eating cookies :)

                                                                                                                  As for what I'm cooking, I'm trying this out tonight with some rice and green beans: http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/chick... Looks pretty tasty, I'll let y'all know how it turns out.

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                                                                                                                    jmcarthur8 RE: juliejulez Jul 31, 2012 01:04 PM

                                                                                                                    Kudo, juliejulez, for all the pounds dropped!

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                                                                                                                      herby RE: juliejulez Jul 31, 2012 06:03 PM

                                                                                                                      Julie, what did your research directed you to do? The number of calories is very personal and depends on variety of factors. Please share - super curious:)

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                                                                                                                        juliejulez RE: herby Aug 1, 2012 09:29 AM

                                                                                                                        Well I don't have the links anymore but a few different sources basically said that if you eat too little, your body goes into starvation mode, and will stop burning fat. Now, that doesn't really explain why the 1200 calories limit worked for me for 5ish months, then stopped working, but I guess it's sort of the same idea as doing the same workout over and over will eventually cause you to plateau. I use sparkpeople.com and their suggested range for me is 1420-1770, so I guess it makes sense that 1200 is too low.

                                                                                                                        Also, my BMR (Base Metabolic Rate) is 1484.35 based on this calculator: http://www.bmi-calculator.net/bmr-cal...

                                                                                                                        Then, when I take that and use it w/ the Harris Benedict Equation (I'm using the 1.2 number since I do not exercise): http://www.bmi-calculator.net/bmr-cal...

                                                                                                                        I get 1781.22. So, if I'm just wanting to maintain, I can eat that much to maintain. Based on that, I came up with 1500 calories a day to slowly lose weight.

                                                                                                                        And, like you said, the calorie thing is VERY personal, it's not all mathematical. So, perhaps I burn a little more than what the calculations give me. Who knows for sure really. I'm going to try out the 1500 calories for a few weeks to see what it does, and then tweak if necessary. I'm pretty happy at this 155 weight but it would be great to lose 5 more just because 150 sounds good to me and it's what I weighed when I was 22 haha.

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                                                                                                                        juliejulez RE: juliejulez Aug 1, 2012 09:31 AM

                                                                                                                        Oh and that recipe for the chicken w/ cider bacon sauce wasn't that great. the sauce didn't thicken up until I added some dijon mustard. It also tasted way better once I did that. Still, it was a long cooking process and not something I think I'd do again.

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                                                                                                                          mariacarmen RE: juliejulez Aug 8, 2012 05:08 PM

                                                                                                                          wow, that is great, jj!

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                                                                                                                          jujuthomas RE: rabaja Jul 31, 2012 09:14 AM

                                                                                                                          due to a distressing lack of ingredients - MUST get to the grocery store tonight - I have 4 frozen pork chops in the slow cooker with about 2 cups of bbq sauce. not even sure what we're having with that!

                                                                                                                          1. herby RE: rabaja Jul 31, 2012 09:22 AM

                                                                                                                            I am off to make yet another batch of Jeserf's gazpacho - so tasty and light and fresh - just screams summer:) Also found a couple of healthy looking salads and will give them a try.

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                                                                                                                              herby RE: herby Jul 31, 2012 06:01 PM

                                                                                                                              I added some parsley to the gazpacho and used just red peppers since I did not have any green ones - success! Did not make any salads; lots of rice/quinoa salad left and I roasted some broccoli which was very nice until my daughter decided to re-heat it:(

                                                                                                                              Tomorrow will be baking fruit pie with whole wheat crust with my grandboys - the last one turned out very good.

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                                                                                                                                jujuthomas RE: herby Aug 1, 2012 06:24 AM

                                                                                                                                Herby, what's in your rice/quinoa salad? I'm really interested in making quinoa but don't want it just plain. Thanks!

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                                                                                                                                  herby RE: jujuthomas Aug 1, 2012 06:48 AM

                                                                                                                                  Quinoa/rice salad is from Plenty - I subbed some ingredients but basically followed his directions - http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyl...

                                                                                                                                  200g rice/quinoa = 1 cup

                                                                                                                                  I cook quinoa very often and find it great neutral base for many things - roasted veggies, grilled sliced chicken, etc. Use it in any taboule recipes and it will turn out great. My recent "discovery" was to serve Simple Salsa (from Fish Without A Doubt) - you an make it year around and it keeps for 2-3 days in the fridge:

                                                                                                                                  1 onion, diced
                                                                                                                                  1 red papper, diced
                                                                                                                                  1 pint cherry/grape tomatoes, quartered or halved
                                                                                                                                  1 garlic clove, minced
                                                                                                                                  1/3 C olive oil
                                                                                                                                  2T lime juice
                                                                                                                                  1/4 basil and cilantro, chopped
                                                                                                                                  Salt

                                                                                                                                  Mix all ingredients together and allow to rest for an hour. Serve on top of quinoa or use as you would any salsa - very tasty and you could omit or reduce oil without too much damage to the taste.

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                                                                                                                                Jeserf RE: herby Aug 1, 2012 06:19 AM

                                                                                                                                YAY glad you liked it. I didn't make any this week, but will this coming week - it really is fantastic. It's great to bring to work and I love to crush up some wheat thins or pita chips in it - a little goes a long way.

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                                                                                                                                Jeserf RE: rabaja Aug 1, 2012 06:23 AM

                                                                                                                                I canceled my WW membership - probably temporarily - and am using MyFitnessPal excusively right now. It's amazing how much the "free" stuff adds up in your day and how you make decisions on points that might not be the best (for example, a 100 calorie pack of plain almonds is great before I hit the gym, but it's high in points so I'd pick a banana). If you're on MFP, my username is the same as it is here.

                                                                                                                                I'm loving my polenta and veggie stacks - last night I cooked the polenta rounds in a 400 oven for about 30 minutes and they were deliciously crispy. Lots of garlic with the tomatoes.

                                                                                                                                Anyone have any other favorite ways to use summer produce? I was thinking of making squash fritters or something this weekend. I also want to eat more tomatoes before they are gone. And summer fruit - maybe a light stone fruit crisp on Sunday night.

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                                                                                                                                  jujuthomas RE: Jeserf Aug 1, 2012 07:32 AM

                                                                                                                                  a couple days ago I got a veggie side dish from our cafeteria - grilled zucchini with tomatoes. it was so good, I'm going to make something similar at home.
                                                                                                                                  I'll have to check out fitness pal. I'm still slightly out of control and not interested right now in counting points. :\

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                                                                                                                                    Jeserf RE: jujuthomas Aug 1, 2012 01:21 PM

                                                                                                                                    For a while I was tracking on both WW and MFP - you have to be careful on MFP to make sure the nutritionals are right (it's user populated for the most part), but if you track both you can see how many calories your "free" things are adding and how many your "high points" (think almonds, avocados) are adding. I was staying away from the healthy fats because of the high point content, but since I don't eat fish or really any meat, those are essential nutrients- and delicious!

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                                                                                                                                      Jeserf RE: jujuthomas Aug 1, 2012 01:22 PM

                                                                                                                                      Last night I grilled a bunch of squash and eggplant to stack with the polenta.

                                                                                                                                      I should get a vegetarian stuffed zucchini recipe....

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                                                                                                                                      Elyssa RE: Jeserf Aug 1, 2012 08:24 AM

                                                                                                                                      I thought these little guys looked delicious! http://www.skinnytaste.com/2012/07/zu... You get 4 of them for 3 points which is pretty generous as a side with a protein and maybe a salad.

                                                                                                                                      I roast asparagus almost every night. I like to keep the summer veggies simple. Lately I've been sauteing green beans in olive oil spray, onions, and red pepper flakes. I then will add in a little chicken broth to create a bit of a thickened sauce and let it cook down. Very tasty and only a few points.

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                                                                                                                                        jujuthomas RE: Elyssa Aug 1, 2012 09:31 AM

                                                                                                                                        Those look SO GOOD. the recipe reminds me of my mother's zucchini pancakes from my childhood. I'd eat it with a sliced tomato next to it, the juices running into the pancake. mmm...
                                                                                                                                        I have not been able to find nice green beans in a few weeks - even at my local farm they are dry and tough. I'm hoping with our recent rain they'll be nicer today. Your recipes sounds very tasty, I usually just steam 'em.

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                                                                                                                                          Elyssa RE: jujuthomas Aug 1, 2012 09:51 AM

                                                                                                                                          We've been lucky in DC. For about 2 months now we've have big, plump delicious green beans.

                                                                                                                                          I was thinking the same thing about the zucchini tots. My Mom use to make zucchini fritters for appetizers.

                                                                                                                                          When I was in Austin I had an unbelievable breakfast Benedict. That had tasty squash cakes (sort of like a savory pancake) instead of the bread, then a poached egg, hollandaise sauce and burstcherry tomatoes. It was unbelievable. I bet you can make a healthier version sans the hollandaise.

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                                                                                                                                            jujuthomas RE: Elyssa Aug 1, 2012 10:00 AM

                                                                                                                                            that Benedict sounds a.mazing!

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                                                                                                                                              Elyssa RE: jujuthomas Aug 1, 2012 12:30 PM

                                                                                                                                              It was at Kerbey Lane in Austin, Texas.....and it was amazing!

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                                                                                                                                              boogiebaby RE: Elyssa Sep 19, 2012 03:52 PM

                                                                                                                                              I know I'm late to the party, but Knorrs makes a packaged (powdered) Hollandaise sauce mix that's WW friendly. If you mix it with reduced fat milk and half the butter, it's only a couple points per serving. I like to add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice to it to up the lemon flavor. I've used sandwich thins, canadian bacon, and scrambled egg whites to make LF egg benedict with the Knorr's sauce. Comes out to 8 points total.

                                                                                                                                              I want to try make the squash cakes -- that's a great idea!

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                                                                                                                                            juliejulez RE: Elyssa Aug 1, 2012 09:44 AM

                                                                                                                                            I love the idea of adding in some chicken broth to make a little sauce. Green beans are one of my favorite veggies, we're having them twice this week because they were on sale at the grocery store for 99 cents a lb.

                                                                                                                                            Another simple preparation I do is saute some chopped up shallots in olive oil, then add in some blanched green beans with pepper and let it cook for a few, then top with some bacon bits. Or, instead of bacon, you can added in some soy sauce.

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                                                                                                                                              herby RE: Elyssa Aug 1, 2012 11:29 AM

                                                                                                                                              I made zucchini fritters from new "Turkey" (as in country) book and they were delicious. Served with FF greek yogurt as a part of the meal.

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                                                                                                                                              herby RE: Jeserf Aug 1, 2012 08:27 AM

                                                                                                                                              OK, I just joined MFP - it is free and easy to enter foods. Let's see how it will work for me since WW are not working too well - I find counting points tiresome and meaningless...

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                                                                                                                                              Elyssa RE: rabaja Aug 1, 2012 08:19 AM

                                                                                                                                              Trying to get back in the saddle again after taking about a week off and allowing myself to eat whatever I darn well pleased in Austin (and then when I got back home). Weighed myself today and I gained a pound---not thrilled about that. Really need to start getting the eating back on track and then reallllllllly need to start working in some exercising. One would think spending 4 solid days watching the Olympics would give me some inspiration but really it just makes me want to eat ice cream.

                                                                                                                                              I'm going to start trying out some new recipes from the Ellie Kriger cookbook and try to plan things out again with salads for lunch and healthy dinners.

                                                                                                                                              Anyone cooking any great summer favorites at the moment that I might be able to copy?

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                                                                                                                                                Solstice444 RE: rabaja Aug 1, 2012 09:05 AM

                                                                                                                                                I'm stopping tracking as of this week and just seeing how I do. If I gain one week, I know what to do to not gain the next. I was below my goal weight for my friend's wedding (which was the reason I started WW in the first place!) so now that that's past I want to stop tracking and see how it goes. I got the cutest baby eggplants at the farmers market and I'm going to roast them and put some ricotta and tomato sauce on top. I recently made a squash, onion, and mushroom veggie side dish, sauteed it all together and that was pretty tasty.

                                                                                                                                                1. juliejulez RE: rabaja Aug 7, 2012 11:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                  I made this last night, and it was ridiculously good. I did the marinade on Sunday night so it marinated for the full 24 hours. I used a whole cut up chicken but I think you could do it with boneless skinless breasts and it would be just as good... just drop the cooking time. I also left out the sesame oil. http://www.chow.com/recipes/30350-asi...

                                                                                                                                                  I made this as a side... didn't use the sesame or peanut oil ( just a bit of vegetable oil) and they were super delicious and QUICK. http://www.kalynskitchen.com/2011/02/...

                                                                                                                                                  Also did some plain white rice.

                                                                                                                                                  And, on a side note, I found this site through that Kalyn's Kitchen site... basically you can either type in or copy and paste your recipe and it will give you the nutritional info.... no inputting ingredients one at a time like you have to do on other recipe analysis sites. http://caloriecount.about.com/cc/reci...

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                                                                                                                                                    amyptucson RE: juliejulez Aug 7, 2012 04:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                    Thx for the tip on the site! Sounds good!

                                                                                                                                                    I have been, ahem, celebrating non-scale victories the past few weeks.

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                                                                                                                                                    jujuthomas RE: rabaja Aug 9, 2012 08:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                    last night I made some fantastic pork chops. I got sirloin pork cutlets... will definitely buy them again. This is a recipe I've been making for years:
                                                                                                                                                    Spicy BBQ Pork Chops
                                                                                                                                                    4 pork chops - I use boneless these days. the original recipe called for bone in and 45 min of cook time.
                                                                                                                                                    while the pork browns in a deep saute pan mix
                                                                                                                                                    3/4 c ketchup
                                                                                                                                                    1/4 c soy sauce
                                                                                                                                                    3 T brown sugar
                                                                                                                                                    1 T Worcestershire
                                                                                                                                                    3 T red wine vinegar
                                                                                                                                                    2 T cooking or dry sherry (Optional)
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                                                                                                                                                    pour over pork and simmer, covered, until the pork is cooked through and the sauce is slightly thickened.

                                                                                                                                                    Last night I served this with a few new red potatoes, steamed fresh green and wax beans and a tossed salad.

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                                                                                                                                                      jujuthomas RE: rabaja Aug 15, 2012 05:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                      tonight to go with my dinner I sauteed onion, zucchini, broccoli and a tomato together with evoo, garlic, salt and pepper

                                                                                                                                                      1. junescook RE: rabaja Aug 15, 2012 06:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                        Tonight I made a pot of lightened up chili for two. I browned up 4 oz 90% beef and a diced green pepper. Then I added a couple of cloves of garlic and turned it way down. Then I added 5 fresh tomatoes diced up. While all that was going on, I cut two medium zucchini into a large dice ( 1/2 x 3/4 "), spread that out onto a sheet pan, seasoned them and gave them a spray, and roasted them in a 450 oven until they were firm and lightly brown), 18 minutes and set them aside. Then I added one can of kidney beans to the pot, and seasoned the pot with 4 Tbs Gebharts chili powder, 1 tsp cumin, 1/2 tsp coriander, and 1 tsp Minor's beef base. I cooked the chili in the pot slowly so the flavors could mellow. When the chili tasted ready, I added a couple of teaspoons of masa to thicken and for flavor, and stirred in the zucchini. Then I heated until all was heated through. The entire recipe came out to ca 22-23 points, and takes advantage of all the great veggies coming out of the garden now. We had it with a big salad. So these are the ggod times to be eating light fare. I know I won't be feeling that way in the fall and winter when I crave all those braises that are my specialty.

                                                                                                                                                        1. weezieduzzit RE: rabaja Aug 17, 2012 05:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                          Here's a recipe for a delicious treat/breakfast or savory dinner component. Be sure to read all of the comments for people's experience with them as well as more ideas for using them.

                                                                                                                                                          Cream Cheese Pancakes (grain free, gluten free, low carb)

                                                                                                                                                          http://www.ibreatheimhungry.com/2012/...

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                                                                                                                                                            sunflwrsdh RE: rabaja Aug 27, 2012 08:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                            Hi WW Foodie Friends!
                                                                                                                                                            I have been "off the wagon" for several months now, but went back to a meeting and weighed in on Saturday, and have been tracking and counting, eating less and (planning on!) moving more since the meeting. The weigh in was not good...up 10 pounds since my last meeting...but not unexpected either. I have totally taken a break and done whatever I wanted for the last 4 months or so. But....feeling like I really want to be healthier, and get back on track. So....since Saturday, I have stayed within my points, except for today (I know, it's only Monday!), when I used 3 of my weekly points. because my neice is in town and wanted to go to her childhood favorite ice cream place for a sundae. I did have the kids size sundae with the fat free frozen yogurt, and was very satisfied with it, but it was 7 points! Anyway, tonight for supper, had a six-inch Subway sub, which was 9 points. Aside from those two things, I have been having my own smoothies for breakfast ( 1/4 cup of my husband's homemade ff greek yogurt, about a cup of frozen berry medley, 1/2 banana, and 1 cup of almond milk, whirled in the blender= 2 points) Lunch has been mostly salad...I like the Artisan Harvest baby lettuces (it's 4 heads in a plastic container) chopped, mixed with carrots, cucumbers, onions, and grilled chicken breast. For the last couple of days, I had some leftover southwest pasta salad, which is delicious and pretty healthy, but not terribly points friendly, so I sort of used it as a condiment on the tossed salad, and added some salsa, and a little viniagrette. That and cut up mixed fresh fruit was supper last night, along with grilled chicken. Same salad and fruit for lunch today, and tomorrow will be green salad, with a cut up pear, 2 oz grilled chicken breast, some reduced fat bleu cheese, about 1/2 tablespoon of glazed walnuts and a new reduced fat pear gorgonzola dressing. More cut up fruit on the side. Tomorrow after work, it's back to the grocery store, and I am getting stuff to make gazpacho, which I love and thinking about a sort of light chef's salad with it. Looking forward to doing some "pick your own" tomatoes, eggplant, peppers and raspberries this weekend. Glad to be back and reading all of your great ideas! Having a little trouble making the transition back to the planning and packing and shopping that is needed to eat healthier, but I will get there. Thanks for all your inspirations!

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                                                                                                                                                              Solstice444 RE: sunflwrsdh Aug 28, 2012 08:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                              Good luck getting back on the wagon! As for me, I stopped tracking a month ago and have wavered between about 2 pounds below and 2 pounds above my goal weight, which is fine with me. Last night I made a Thai stir fry dish that I usually make with ground pork, but made it with ground chicken instead and had it over rice. It was very dry, but still tasted pretty good, so once in awhile maybe I'll substitute with the chicken from now on. Used Thai chiles from my dad's garden and my mom's friend's garden, and Thai basil from my own mini-garden!

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                                                                                                                                                                sunflwrsdh RE: Solstice444 Aug 28, 2012 07:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                Thanks, Solstice. Congratulations on reaching your goal...that's great! I'll get there someday! Your Thai stir fry sounds great! Could you add some fat free chicken broth to moisten it up a little?

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                                                                                                                                                                rabaja RE: sunflwrsdh Aug 28, 2012 12:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                Nice to see you on this thread again, sunflwrsdh! I too, am trying to get back on board and address these pesky ten pounds that seem to have re-attached themselves to my cheeks and thighs.

                                                                                                                                                                I have started tracking again, and I am trying to stick to my workout routine in the morning, so I don't have to think about fitting something in later in the day. It's just too easy to say, forget about it, once my better half comes home and we want to relax together.

                                                                                                                                                                I am trying to cook and plan healthy things for both of us, as he's recently had some health issues that are forcing us to make better choices, and quick!
                                                                                                                                                                We have until mid November to get his blood pressure, i.e., weight, down or his doctor will likely be prescribing medication. I am determined to keep him off the meds, but that means no more cheating or "spoiling" with food.

                                                                                                                                                                So that leaves me motivated! We are embracing lean meat and fish, and trying to get used to smaller portions once again.
                                                                                                                                                                I am trying to get him to join WW for a trial run, just so we can see how many points he'd get, and if he likes/loses with the program. He is resisting, which I kind of get, but I'd still like to try and track what he's eating so we can see where he falls down. I know tracking has helped me see where I fail, so I'm hoping this will make things clear.
                                                                                                                                                                Is it true most men get around 46 points, more or less, which slowly decrease as they lose?
                                                                                                                                                                If anyone has answers re; points for men, I'd be most appreciative. I know it's not a blanket number, but it seems like 41-46 points is what I'm finding when I look on google...

                                                                                                                                                                Hope to be more active on this board now, and well into fall. When I think of all of the cute clothes I was wearing this time last year, I am motivated to lose these ten pounds before the rain starts! I guess falling in love has a way of helping you lose focus on things like WW's. Oh well, I'll take that sacrifice. Now to get us both healthy.

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                                                                                                                                                                  jmcarthur8 RE: rabaja Aug 28, 2012 02:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  rabaja, my husband started with 38 or 39 points, and is now down to 34 after losing 25 lb. It all depends on how tall they are and how much they weigh. He's about 5'9", so a taller guy would have a higher point limit.

                                                                                                                                                                  It's interesting to see that some of us (besides me!) have had a hard time this summer with our motivation. I've been hovering around the same weight for a few months, since I lost 50 lb. Even though we go to meetings every week and track online every day, my heart's just not in it like it was a year ago. I'm hoping that cooler weather will help me get my mojo back!

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                                                                                                                                                                    rabaja RE: jmcarthur8 Aug 28, 2012 03:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    Thanks jmc, that gives me a more realistic number for him, as he's 5'8.

                                                                                                                                                                    It's nice to see the people who are still motivated and losing/maintaining on here, makes me yearn for those days.
                                                                                                                                                                    I'd take hovering at my goal weight to being ten pounds over (with a nice muffin top-ugh) any day of the week.
                                                                                                                                                                    I am now going to go throw out the potato salad my husband thinks will be his dinner. Ok, I'll save him a half cup.

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                                                                                                                                                                      jmcarthur8 RE: rabaja Aug 28, 2012 07:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      Oh, I would love to hover at my goal weight, but that's another 45 pounds down the road!

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                                                                                                                                                                    sunflwrsdh RE: rabaja Aug 28, 2012 08:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    Thanks for the warm welcome back, rabaja! I've missed being here and all of the creative and healthy ideas that are shared here. Men do typically get more points than women, but it is also based on their age, size, activity level, etc. My husband sort of follows the plan, by which I mean he ates what we eat, and is very conscious of fat, sugar, etc. He does a lot of our cooking, and also embraces healthy eating. But I have to admit, we both "spoiled" the whole family while I was "taking my break", with lots of pies etc. The planning is key to success with Weight Watchers and healthy eating, for sure. My three day weekend will be spent cleaning out and organizing our fridge, freezers, pantry and recipes and doing some planning ahead for healthy eating into the fall. I'm looking forward to researching and trying out new recipes:)

                                                                                                                                                                2. rabaja RE: rabaja Aug 28, 2012 12:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  By the way, for all you yogurt lovers out there.
                                                                                                                                                                  I recently tried and fell in love with Wallaby organic Greek yogurt, the low fat, plain style. It is creamy and delicious and to me, better than the 0% fage I was using.
                                                                                                                                                                  At 4 points for every cup, it is pretty diet friendly too, with a little fat for satiety.
                                                                                                                                                                  A half cup with berries or granola is often a perfect breakfast for me, which brings the points in even lower (allowing for 1/4 c of Nature's Path Pumpkin Flax granola, which is quite tasty).

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                                                                                                                                                                    mariacarmen RE: rabaja Aug 31, 2012 11:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    i'm lurking here, is i have not made it back onto the wagon yet - but soon, soon! hurt my foot (chip fracture from running) earlier in the year and have not been able to work out and so there went all the motivation out the window. but i'm slowly getting better and running out of clothes so i'll be back up there again with you soon.

                                                                                                                                                                    but ANYWAY, rabaja, i just wanted to mention that Chobani yogurts are 4 pts with fruit in them, and the passion fruit one is TO DIE FOR.

                                                                                                                                                                    good to see all of you doing so well and keepin on keepin' on, and i'm going to rejoin you soon!

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                                                                                                                                                                      rabaja RE: mariacarmen Sep 1, 2012 08:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      I will totally be picking up that yogurt this coming week, thanks! Passion fruit is something I can get behind.

                                                                                                                                                                      Glad to see you on here, mc! Sucks to be injured, I hope you are feeling better every day!

                                                                                                                                                                      I hear you on the running out of clothes...I used to have such a cute summer wardrobe, but lately I'm reaching for the same three things. Ugh.

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                                                                                                                                                                        smilingal RE: mariacarmen Sep 2, 2012 06:05 AM

                                                                                                                                                                        mariacarmen- compare yourself to those of us who don't exercise at all - although I greatly admire those that do! - and without the exercise component - try to embrace the WW lifestyle as much as possible - (and when it's im-possible - or decidedly not fun to be possible ) attempt to get back ASAP! Good luck - you can do it - come on back onboard!

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                                                                                                                                                                          mariacarmen RE: smilingal Sep 4, 2012 10:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          you are SO right, i totally gave myself an out to go crazy with food when i stopped working out. so stupid and illogical! thanks for the encouraging words!

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                                                                                                                                                                          sunflwrsdh RE: mariacarmen Sep 2, 2012 05:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          Good to see you, mariacarmen. I have no such chip fracture for an excuse for not working out, just slacking! And am trying to make my way back to healthiness. The support I find here helps a lot!!

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                                                                                                                                                                            mariacarmen RE: sunflwrsdh Sep 4, 2012 10:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            thanks sun! i am trying and will continue to try - i so agree about the support here!

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                                                                                                                                                                        sunflwrsdh RE: rabaja Aug 28, 2012 08:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        Tonight I made gazpacho and a chef's salad with about 4 oz of 97% fat free deli ham, about 2 oz Finlandia light swiss cheese, about the same amount of 50% reduced fat Cabot cheddar, 2 oz julienned smoked turkey breast and 2 oz regular turkey breast ( to feed four adults, and there is enough left over for lunch tomorrow,) Also a fresh fruit salad with local watermelon, cantelope, and some peaches, pluots, raspberries, blackberries, grapes, an apple, and a banana. Enough of that left for tomorrow's lunch too. Great summer supper!

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                                                                                                                                                                          sunflwrsdh RE: rabaja Aug 29, 2012 04:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          Didn't really cook anything new tonight....husband grilled siroin, and we had tossed salad, a slice of home made bread and fruit salad, A little of the gazpacho from last night, which was not totally successful, because I couldn't find my regular hot sauce, so I used some of my son-in-law's :Ghost sauce, which is wayyyy too hot. So it has much more of a kick than I would like. I tried adding another 12 oz can of V-8, but still too hot. We're going to make a chicken vegetable soup in the next few days, may try adding some of the too hot gazpacho to that as a seasoning. Any other ideas for it? Hate to waste the nice fresh vegetables!

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                                                                                                                                                                            smilingal RE: sunflwrsdh Aug 29, 2012 08:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            what about softening it with some yogurt or sourcream?

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                                                                                                                                                                              sunflwrsdh RE: smilingal Aug 30, 2012 07:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                              I'll try that with some fat free greek yogurt. Thanks:)

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                                                                                                                                                                              sorry for the late reply, but if this happens:
                                                                                                                                                                              top it with dairy (yogo/sour cream
                                                                                                                                                                              add more tomato juice to think it out
                                                                                                                                                                              add a little vinegar

                                                                                                                                                                              or, reuse it as a salsa and add more veggies!

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                                                                                                                                                                                sunflwrsdh RE: Jeserf Sep 8, 2012 03:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                Thanks! I ended up tossing the rest...veggies were getting soggy after two days anyway. But those were great suggestions!

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                                                                                                                                                                              sunflwrsdh RE: rabaja Aug 30, 2012 07:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                              Today was tough. I brought my breakfast to work, and never got a minute to eat it. Lunch was good...tossed salad with 2 oz grilled chicken and 2 tablespoons of lite pear gorgonzola dressing. And a cup of fresh cut up mixed fruits. Desperately needed my 3 pm snack....fat free sugar free banana cream pudding, with fat free cool whip. Supper was a really good take out greek salad, dressing on the side, and enough left with the addition of a little lettuce to bring for lunch tomorrow, and one slice of take out "Athena" pizza....feta, calmata olive, peppers. broccoli and tomatoes. And a glass of a really nice Sangivese. Then I was really hungry about 8:30pm, and had 2 points left, so I had 1/2 cup of ice cream, which is 4 points, but I have only used a total of my weekly points allowance, and a new week starts on Saturday, so I am good. Lunch all packed for tomorrow, and looking forward to the weekend, when I will have some time to organize and plan ahead. Any suggestions for recipe sites? I know about skinny taste, emily bites and skinny kitchen, and have found a couple of others by googling, but if anyone has found great ones, please share:)

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                                                                                                                                                                                I've been making a lot of eggplant dishes these days. We planted 2 Japanese and 2 regular eggplant plants in our garden this year, and from just those four plants got way too much eggplant!
                                                                                                                                                                                Last night I made a layered casserole of eggplant, spinach, mushrooms, mozzarella and pecorino romano with meat sauce left over from the spaghetti a day before. Our dinner guests had a member with a gluten allergy and a poultry allergy, so no noodles or egg based bechamel in it. And no bread crumbs on fried eggplant. I brushed the slices with a little olive oil and baked them for 1/2 hour before assembling the 'lasagna'.
                                                                                                                                                                                For the risotto, I used a vegan vegetable broth instead of the chicken broth the recipe called for.

                                                                                                                                                                                I didn't figure up the points, but the eggplant dish was almost all veggie, so I think not too bad. The risotto, though...it had heavy cream and lots of cheese in it, but it was so flavorful that a small serving was plenty.

                                                                                                                                                                                In the past few weeks, we've traveled some and I've had some hormonal food cravings, so I thought I'd gained a couple pounds. Weighed in at the Wed. WW meeting after missing one week, and had lost 1.6 lb! So now I'm down 52 lb...and feeling better about falling somewhat off the wagon.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  sunflwrsdh RE: jmcarthur8 Sep 2, 2012 05:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  Good for you, jmcarthur8!!! 52 pounds is wonderful!!! I was a little disappointed at Saturday's weigh in; I stayed the same. Stayed for the meeting, and the Power Start or whatver the thing the leader does at the end of the meeting is. Discussed with leader and my daughter, and seems as if the problem might be 2 things....#1...I haven't gotten back into exercising yet, and #2...I haven't been eating all of my daily points, and if I have, I have counted things like my glass of wine with dinner or ice cream into the 26 points, so seems like I may not have been eating enough. I'm going to try eating all of my points as "food" and using some of the weekly point for wine and treats, instead of trying to "save" my daily points for those types of things. And I will try to start exercising as well. Also, yesterday was a family picnic, but I "shared" a plate with my husband, and only took a small taste of things, and took away 12 of my weekly points. Today was good....husband cooked a round roast on the rotissirie, and I made mashed potatoes with cauliflower, which were really tasty, and some carrots, as tossed salad, and grilled peaches with fat free sugar free cheesecake pudding for dessert. A delicious and low point supper. I also got my refrigerator, freezer, pantry and recipes organized, and tomorrow will plan meals for the rest of the week. May also pick some fresh vegetables.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    jmcarthur8 RE: sunflwrsdh Sep 4, 2012 02:04 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                    Thanks, sunflwr! Maybe as the weather cools, it will be easier to get back to exercising. I know the heat sucks all the energy out of me.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      nerdette RE: sunflwrsdh Sep 5, 2012 01:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                      Sun- don't get disappointed. I also stall out when I eat too many treats and not enough real food, even when I'm within my calories (or points). For DH and me, what we eat makes as much of a difference as how much we eat - we both do best when we eat relatively clean and when we don't undereat (doesn't make sense, but it works).
                                                                                                                                                                                      I'm sure you will get back into the swing of things soon enough.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    nerdette RE: rabaja Sep 5, 2012 01:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                    I've been away from this thread for awhile. Work was crazy, and I've been working out a lot too, so I could afford to be a bit lax with calories (switched from WW to MFP because of cost, but still eating pretty much the same).
                                                                                                                                                                                    I'm just getting back into cooking actual food rather than assembling sandwiches and basic salads.
                                                                                                                                                                                    Finally tried the skinny taste lasagna rolls. The basic recipe was kind of underwhelming- it was okay, but really bland and unimpressive. The second time I made them, I added garlic, onions, oregano, rosemary, and pepper flakes, and it turned out fantastic.
                                                                                                                                                                                    The buffalo chicken from Emily bites was surprisingly awesome, and it was super easy to make. I normally sneer at ranch seasoning, but it works really nicely in this recipe.

                                                                                                                                                                                    Tonight DH is making spaghetti squash with olive oil, garlic, parmesan, and chicken sausage. I have lots of frozen chicken breasts that I need to use up before it gets freezerburnt, so I foresee lots of chicken in my near future.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      Jeserf RE: rabaja Sep 7, 2012 09:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                      I'm back, too!

                                                                                                                                                                                      Well, sorta. I'm still doing MFP. MAN I eat a lot of carbs. I REALLY need to get off that. Difficult when you're a veggie. I have not yet gotten used to cooking for both myself and my husband. It's much harder than I thought - those who have husbands/wives that also need to cut back are WAY luckier! I don't know how to work this all out. I know I've gained, but nothing insane. My trainer and I are working hard to get me back on track. But learning how to feed myself AND my husband is very, very hard still.

                                                                                                                                                                                      That said, I'm going to make a few skinny taste things this week. Santa Fe chicken to have for lunches (low carb!), tuna noodle cassarole, too.

                                                                                                                                                                                      I've also started making cauliflower tacos - which are excellent. Way better than just beans or even the fake meat. I cut the cauliflower up pretty small and use that as the base and add from there (beans, veggies, etc). I use frontera sauce in the pouch and it's deeelicious. And the leftovers are great, too.

                                                                                                                                                                                      Back to reality for all of us after a summer, huh?

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                                                                                                                                                                                        sunflwrsdh RE: Jeserf Sep 8, 2012 03:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                        Absolutely back to reality after a summer! I can see where it would be really hard to cook for someone who doesn't need to cut down, while cooking skiny for yourself. Can you cook what you need to eat, and add some starches for your husband? Whole grain breads, brown rice, pasta? Or higher point healthy fats....avocadoes, nuts, dried fruits?

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                                                                                                                                                                                          Jeserf RE: sunflwrsdh Sep 10, 2012 08:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                          He doesn't like avocados, and rice for one is really difficult. And the tip to add a baked potato to his meals, which smart, isn't realistic for someone who doesn't get home until 7PM every night.

                                                                                                                                                                                          It'll work itself out! sigh.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        Tonight's dinner will be a vegetable soup made with odds and ends..onion, garlic, celery, carrot, mushrooms, broccoli, cauliflower, cannellini, new potatoes and barley, in a tomato juice broth flavored with some herbs and vegan soup base. In the WW recipe builder, it's showing 2 PP per serving.

                                                                                                                                                                                        Already had dessert. I made Skinnytaste's pumpkin spice cupcakes with pumpkin cream cheese frosting. The recipe says 3 PP each, with the frosting, but after DH and I each had one for a snack, I noticed that Gina made 24 cupcakes out of her recipe, and I'd only made 12. So 6 PP each, but with dinner being low PP soup, I can afford another cupcake!

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                                                                                                                                                                                          sunflwrsdh RE: jmcarthur8 Sep 8, 2012 03:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                          Those cupcakes will be in my future too! One of the things I love most about fall is pumpkin flavor anything! Your soup sounds great too.

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                                                                                                                                                                                          sunflwrsdh RE: rabaja Sep 8, 2012 03:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                          A great supper tonight...Skinnytaste's Chicken Milano, which is wonderful and extremely filling, and this is the time of year to make that tomato salad that it is topped with! I cooked farfalle with steamed broccoli on the side and sort of mixed everything together on my plate, which made a delicious, chicken, arugula, tomato pasta salad. And down 1.8 today! Yay!

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                                                                                                                                                                                            Jeserf RE: sunflwrsdh Sep 10, 2012 08:32 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                            way to go!

                                                                                                                                                                                            I have santa fe crock pot chicken going right now. I'll have that for dinner, husband will have salmon. Not sure what on the side yet - I might rice and serve my chicken on top of it for me

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                                                                                                                                                                                              jujuthomas RE: sunflwrsdh Sep 19, 2012 10:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                              that sounds fantastic. gonna have to look up the chicken milano. :)
                                                                                                                                                                                              I think I'm going to make her Pasta Fagioli soup this weekend. that makes a great option for our work lunches. I have to start making more dinners that translate into good, low point lunches.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                sunflwrsdh RE: jujuthomas Sep 19, 2012 07:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                Thanks for reminding me about the Pasta Fagioli soup! I may make that this weekend...I love it and it would make great work lunches!

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                                                                                                                                                                                              jujuthomas RE: rabaja Sep 19, 2012 10:48 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                              Got back from vacation LATE Sunday night... what a fun trip. I've been kind of "off" ww all summer, disregarding most everything I learned. SO. Now to pay the piper. My clothes are getting tight, and when I stepped on the scale this morning I saw I'd crossed a barrier I wanted to NEVER cross again! EEEEKS!
                                                                                                                                                                                              SO. sososo... cutting back on the drinking. getting the portions back under control. drinking lots of water.
                                                                                                                                                                                              Last night I roasted broccoli, cauliflower and 1/2 an onion with a little evoo and a good dash of Penzey's turkish seasoning. Since the oven was on, I put some boneless chicken on the broiler pan and threw that in to bake as well. big salad on the side, a couple chunks (probably too many) of boiled potato. delish.

                                                                                                                                                                                              Have to talk to my DH, he likes to bring me a chocolate martini, glass of wine or a chunk of chocolate (Where DID all those specialty chocolate bars in the fridge come from???). No more. He must now ask me if I have the points for a treat.

                                                                                                                                                                                              Tonight's dinner will be leftover chicken, a little basmati rice, and some summer squash. probably a salad for him, he doesn't eat squash.

                                                                                                                                                                                              tomorrow... I have ground turkey thawing, or a small ham steak.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                jmcarthur8 RE: jujuthomas Sep 19, 2012 12:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                This has been a summer of no self discipline. No net gain, but no loss either.
                                                                                                                                                                                                SO. The plan is to stick to my 27 points per day, and save the 49 for weekends or special nights.
                                                                                                                                                                                                And bump up the activity, since it's no longer too hot to go out and work in the yard.
                                                                                                                                                                                                Arrgh.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  sunflwrsdh RE: jmcarthur8 Sep 19, 2012 07:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  I completely agree! Summer of no self discipline for me too. Why is it that weight comes off so hard, but goes on so quickly and easily!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  rabaja RE: jujuthomas Sep 19, 2012 02:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  That's so funny, my DH is a wine pusher too. Meets me at the door with a glass of red when I work late. Not that I resist much, but my jeans are getting tighter and tighter.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Hoping fall will bring more discipline, and yes, more motivation to stay within my 29 points.
                                                                                                                                                                                                  How did I do this last year? It seemed so much easier when I was single!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    jujuthomas RE: rabaja Sep 19, 2012 04:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    i counted all my points today and carefully portioned out my dinner, so I could add a glass of riesling! YUM. I have a point left for a piece of chocolate later, or maybe some popcorn. I told him I'm not going to stop drinking wine, just want to make sure it fits in my day. :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                    If your DH isn't on the plan, like jeserf, it's much harder. luckily for me, DH has been along for the ride the whole way. He agreed this evening that we MUST stop eating tortilla chips!!! oh, they are sooo tempting and sooo bad.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      sunflwrsdh RE: jujuthomas Sep 19, 2012 07:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      I actually find that I lose more weight if I factor my glass of wine with dinner into my Weekly rather than daily points. I get 26 daily points, and when I was trying to fit 4 in for the glass of wine I have every night with dinner, apparently I wasn't eating enough, which may have caused my weight loss to slow down. I've been taking the wine out of the weekly points, and it seems to go better.
                                                                                                                                                                                                      But different strategies work for different people.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        jujuthomas RE: sunflwrsdh Sep 20, 2012 06:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        I'll keep that option in mind sunflwrsdh, thanks... during my initial weight loss I didn't drink much at all. Now I'd really miss my wine! :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  sunflwrsdh RE: rabaja Sep 19, 2012 07:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  I haven't cooked much of anything lately...my husband is doing most of the regular meal cooking; I cook on weekends and usually make the side dishes for whatever meat he is grilling. Two of my favorite sides this week have been butternut squash fries, ( which we had with burgers on sandwich thins) and mashed potatoes mixed half and half with cauliflower, which I have been using frozen, just toss in the pot shortly before the potatoes are done, drain and mash both. I usually add a little salt and pepper, fat free sour cream and some chives from the garden. We had those with a pork, smoked turkey sausage and sauerkraut goulash my husband made. And I have been having lots of Greek salads, with Calmata olives and fat free feta.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    Elyssa RE: rabaja Sep 23, 2012 06:14 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    I'm in desperate need of getting "back on the wagon." I got engaged a few weeks ago and now I'm hell bent to lose some weight before I even think about going dress shopping (likely in March or April...although now I'm being told I need to go earlier). I also in general want to lose weight for the wedding.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    I haven't been going crazy but I also haven't been tracking my points much since mid-August until now between vacations, holidays etc. Luckily I haven't gained but I've been plateaued for about a month or so now and I just know it's because I'm not exercising. I just hate going to the gym but I know it's a necessary evil. I have so little free time I just hate the idea that I'm spending part of it at a gym or in a workout class. I'm probably going to have to hire a personal trainer at some point to get in wedding ready shape but I'm holding off on that for awhile since it's so expensive.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    I just need to get through Yom Kippur this week and my birthday this weekend and then I'm going to figure out a realistic work out plan and start tracking my points more regularly.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    When I was at my fiance's family's house for Rosh Hashanah a bunch of his Aunts started to make a big deal about how much weight I have lost. Overall I have lost about 5 pounds. But I felt like a bit of a fraud since I haven't actually lost a whole lot in the past few months. But I'll take the compliments wherever they come from (plus my fiance was standing right there when they said it and was impressed that it was noticeable to people. I think it's good that he hears this stuff so then maybe he'll pay me the compliments more regularly as well....that help with the motivation).

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Anyway all good things coming up, I just would like my waist line to agree and start dropping the pounds like when I started WW 6 months ago!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      jmcarthur8 RE: Elyssa Sep 23, 2012 06:32 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Congratulations on your engagement! I too, am working on getting back on track after a summer of hovering. Activity points really make a difference!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        sunflwrsdh RE: jmcarthur8 Sep 23, 2012 04:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Congratulations on your engagement! You can do this...getting back on the wagon is hard (I know from experience!) but it is so worth it!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        rabaja RE: Elyssa Sep 24, 2012 12:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Five pounds is an accomplishment to be proud of! I'd love to lose five pounds again...sigh...those were the days...
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Life gets crazy, we all fall off our wagons, you just have to jump back on, and forgive yourself.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Congrats on the engagement, and don't worry so much about the details, try to have fun with your wedding plans.
                                                                                                                                                                                                        I know there are rules and people say you need years to plan, blah, blah, blah, but we got married last April and planned the whole thing in about 45 days. I found a dress at the first shop I tried, and have no regrets.
                                                                                                                                                                                                        One thing though, if you really want to lose before a certain date, watch that that date doesn't sneak up on you! I can remember thinking six weeks ago (and probably lamenting about here!) that I really need to address my ten pound gain before our East Coast reception. Well, it's in less than two weeks and I do believe I've lost one or two pounds, certainly not ten!
                                                                                                                                                                                                        What are you going to do, though. Enjoy, focus on love and good times and try to keep moving along the way.
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Oh, and eat fruit! She says as she puts down the box of dry cereal...how did that get here?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          sunflwrsdh RE: rabaja Sep 25, 2012 06:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          hahaha about the cereal, Rabaja. Your advice is sound, and I completely agree with it!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            Jeserf RE: rabaja Sep 26, 2012 02:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Agree - I don't know how people have long engagements - my husband and I had 6 months and it was WAY too long. The closer you get to the date, the more money you spend on stupid stuff that is completely not necessary in any way. Out of town visitor bags? Why?!

                                                                                                                                                                                                            I focused on what was important - the food and the photography. Everything else is the weeds - so much money can be spent on a dress. We took new wedding photos in Vegas this summer (I've lost weight, husband got promoted [military]) and my David's Bridal $125 dress was SO much more me than the dress I wore.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            But the food...my god - beet risotto, spring asparagus soup and the cake! THAT'S what I remember :) Oh, and my dog walking down the aisle. And our sword arch. A goodie bag? No.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              sunflwrsdh RE: Jeserf Sep 26, 2012 04:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              That sounds like a wonderful and memorable wedding, Jeserf.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          sunflwrsdh RE: rabaja Sep 25, 2012 06:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Do all of you folks know about the newer thread...Weight Watcher Foodies Fall Edition? Don't know how to link to it, or I would. There are only a couple of us posting on it, and we would love your company:)
                                                                                                                                                                                                          This weekend I made an oven beef stew on Saturday ( which turned out to be 11 points, according to Recipe Builder, which I do not like or neccesarily agree with.)
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Sunday I made Cooking Light's Lemon Rosemary Roast chicken with potatoes, which was wonderful and I tried using Recipe Builder and gave up, because you couldn't put in as an ingredient, a whole roasting chicken (?!!) so I went by the points in the book, which was 3 for 3 oz of breast without skin and 4 for 3 oz of breast with skin, and added a point for the olive oil, and 3 points per serving for the potatoes. so a total of 7 points, and it was great!
                                                                                                                                                                                                          I also amde a lightened up apple crisp, probably 5 or 6 points per serving. Used Brummel and Brown spread instead of butter, and only 1/4 cup of brown sugar and oats in the topping and the apples are tossed with 1 teaspoon sugar, 1 teaspoon each cinnamon and nutmeg and 1 tablespoon flour. It came out very well, also. I've been eating the chicken leftovers every day for work lunches. And my husband made a great stock out of the carcass.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            rabaja RE: sunflwrsdh Sep 25, 2012 07:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            le link:
                                                                                                                                                                                                            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/870047

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              sunflwrsdh RE: rabaja Sep 26, 2012 04:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Thanks:)

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