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Weight Watchers Foodies - It's Too Hot To Eat Anyway Edition - July and August 2013 [OLD]

With the summer well underway, the season for fresh, delicious, and points-friendly foods is upon us. I, for one, have been on a roll lately (almost 5 lbs more gone in the last 2 weeks!), and am planning on making some real headway in this season of light eating.

How is the bounty of fresh summer fruits and vegetables keeping you on track?

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  1. Wow! Congrats on your -5 lbs!

    We're in the "greens" phase of the growing season, so lots of spinach and lettuce for me this week. I like spinach because it's easy to just toss a handful into some pasty or eggs or whatever. Lettuce, not so much, since to me that just means "salad."

    I suppose I'm open to non-salad lettuce ideas if anyone has a brilliant one to share...

    ~TDQ

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    1. re: The Dairy Queen

      What about making a spinach pesto, which you can then use to top chicken or add to pasta (I can't remember if you eat pasta, I think you said you go grain free though?).

      What kind of lettuce is it? Could you make wraps with it? These are very good: http://bevcooks.com/2013/02/chipotle-... I had them w/ tortillas because frankly, I needed the extra calories, that's how low cal they were! I would think stuff like zucchini or summer squash would be good in it too.

      1. re: juliejulez

        Oooh! Wraps are always a good idea.

        Pasta is okay for me, as long as it's whole wheat or soba noodles. And whole grains (quinoa, barley, farro, etc.) are okay, too. I don't have to track or count those on SFT.

        ~TDQ

      2. re: The Dairy Queen

        I second the lettuce wrap idea! I've also made pesto with everything from spinach to arugula. Have you tried grilling romaine hearts in your salads? They really enhance the flavor and make it feel more hearty/less "salady." Iceberg also stir fries really well!

      3. Good work on the 5lbs, especially with all that deliciousness going on at your house that I see on the WFD threads!

        We are just now getting our fresh local veggies here... the farm store near my house had their season opening on Friday. Not too much to pick from yet! I've been loving corn on the cob with just a bit of chile lime butter, it's my go-to starch side anytime I grill.

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        1. re: juliejulez

          We've been feasting on corn a lot, and I find that I don't miss butter at all -- it's been that good! And I am getting a lot of mileage out of the left-over corn as well. We have corn salad with our dinner -- and I make it extra spicy with finely chopped serranos -- and then I've been eating those leftovers with some tuna for lunch.

          1. re: roxlet

            Very envious of your fresh corn! Local corn is nowhere close to ready where I am. It's only "Knee high by the 4th of July" and that's in a normal year, not a year like this one where we've had an extended winter.

            Do you have local tomatoes yet? There's a really nice Fresh Corn Polenta with Sauteed Cherry Tomatoes recipe in Flexitarian Table that is very plan friendly.

            ~TDQ

            1. re: The Dairy Queen

              No, no local tomatoes yet. We have some plants, and the tomatoes that are set are green. This year, we also put bush tomato plants in the planters in front of our house. We get scorching late afternoon sun, and everything else I've tried there has turned to ashes.

              1. re: roxlet

                Soon, hopefully! Thankfully you have the splendid corn in the meantime!

                ~TDQ

              2. re: The Dairy Queen

                Me neither, with the corn. I don't eat it much but when I do a roasted cob is great sprinkled with pepper and maybe a bit of smoked paprika.

                1. re: fldhkybnva

                  I've got some in the fridge (leftovers) right now that we grilled earlier in the week. Paprika is a good idea~

                  ~TDQ

          2. I grilled some chicken thighs last night, and made a super easy teriyaki glaze using teriyaki sauce, finely chopped ginger, finely chopped garlic, a little rice wine and a tsp of cornstarch. After the chicken was cooked, I put about a half teaspoon of glaze on each piece of chicken. It was super flavorful, and since I "cooked" the glaze in the microwave and used the rice cooker to make the rice, I didn't have to turn on the stove!

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            1. re: roxlet

              Great idea Roxlet. Did I read you correctly that your next weigh in is tomorrow? On a holiday? The horror!

              Ugh, I was bad and gave in to a Wendy's craving for lunch. Got the 1/4 pounder w/cheese and a small fry. Luckily I didn't eat all of the fries.

              Dinner will be much better as I'm planning of beef fajitas and will try out Ellie Krieger's refried bean recipe.

              1. re: ludmilasdaughter

                No, no weigh in tomorrow, and I'm actually disappointed since I usually allow myself a little leeway after weigh in. We have no really July 4th plans anyway, and our son is babysitting at the beach, so it shoudn't be too much of a problem to stay on program for one more day.

            2. It's been a rocky ride at ww the last few weeks. My husband brought not one, not two, but THREE huge bags of chips from Costco in the house, and Doritos among them. I am powerless, so given that and several other indulgences, I found myself up 2.6 lbs last week, but managed to get rid of 1.6 this week. Arrrgh. It's so frustrating. Anyway, I'm back on track, and I had a conversation with my husband about buying little bags of chips instead, so if I want some, it's easier to track.

              Tonight I'm making turkey meatballs mixed with lots of chopped cilantro and scallions dropped into a simmering potful of Maya Kaimal's Vindaloo sauce. I love this stuff, and it makes such a great meal. I will throw some cooked haricotes verts in at the last moment, and with some basmati rice, that will be dinner. Getting a little tired of everything grilled, I'm not going to lie!

              No one has posted for a while -- what's going on with all y'all?

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              1. re: roxlet

                My meals have been kind of boring. Low calorie, but boring.

                I did have a decent one last night, as a result of freezer diving. I pulled out the turkey meatballs I made from skinnytaste a few weeks ago: http://www.skinnytaste.com/2010/01/as... but was worried that throwing them in the microwave would dry them out, so I took the asian bbq sauce from here: http://www.dinneralovestory.com/eatin... and coated the meatballs with that. It turned out pretty delicious and the meatballs stayed moist. 4 of the meatballs are 257 calories, the sauce was only 49 calories (6 servings from the recipe since not much was needed). Veggie was snap peas and carrots that I stir fried in an easy sauce of soy sauce, a bit of sesame oil, and sriracha. That was 90 calories.

                  1. re: roxlet

                    Pretty much! After having them that way I think I'll make them originally that way next time. The BBQ sauce has way more flavor than the sauce from skinnytaste.

                  2. re: juliejulez

                    Julie - how much sauce would you say the bbq recipe makes? We really like the skinnytaste recipe, but felt it could use more sauce. I was thinking about making it again soon, but after reading your post I'm thinking about making the sauce you are suggesting.

                    1. re: ludmilasdaughter

                      I would say 6 servings if you make the whole thing and use a brush to put it on the meatballs. Probably more like 4 if you really lay it on thick with a spoon.

                  3. re: roxlet

                    I assumed I was the only one who struggled to avoid my husband's stash of potato chips. :( They are SO HIGH in points and you just don't feel satisfied with having just a couple. I've been trying to have popcorn whenever he had chips, but the popcorn takes a little more time which means I need more willpower...

                    ~TDQ

                    1. re: The Dairy Queen

                      I found some tortilla chips that are only 60 calories for 1oz. Not sure how that would calculate into points. They are La Favorita brand. They're locally made here in CO, so I'm not sure how far reaching they are nationally but they're in all the stores here. Not quite the same as potato chips but might be a good sub.

                      1. re: The Dairy Queen

                        Chips were, have been, and always will be a danger food for me. Crunchy and salty do it for me more than sweet.

                        1. re: roxlet

                          Savory is the bane of my existence. I could resist a piece of cake, but put a bowl of Pringles sour cream and onion chips in front of me and I'm powerless.

                          1. re: ludmilasdaughter

                            Forget Pringles! What about chips and onion dip? I could have that for dinner!

                            1. re: roxlet

                              Oye, same here. Ruffles and onion dip are my nemesis.

                                  1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                    Groan. Those too. In sum, salty snacks.

                              1. re: ludmilasdaughter

                                Me too, I rarely if ever want sweets but savory I'm all about it.

                        2. The other thing I have been feasting on is watermelon! For some reason, it fills me up more than any other melon or fruit, and it's so good now.