Friday’s Weigh-in & a Really Good Dinner Recipe

Again, I didn’t have time to post on Friday after my official weigh-in.  This week the scale actually went down 2 pounds, which is an amazing thing, and I’m going to be happy about it, even though I didn’t even come close to getting to my goal of getting back to one-derland by March.  That’s really sad because I remember when I made that goal at the beginning of February, I actually thought it was a silly goal because it was so easy.  *sigh*

ANYWAY!  On to even better news!  A good WW recipe-find always makes me happy!

This one is from Emily Bites (my second favorite WW recipe site, after SkinnyTaste), and it’s called Spaghetti & Meatball Cups.  Look how cute they are:

ImageAs you can see, I served them with some steamed broccoli.  The plate of two meatball cups + veggies was 9PP+.  They were pretty filling and my whole family liked them.  Yay!  You should give ’em a try!

Faux Mashed Potatoes

Well, this week’s fruit and veggie co-op bushel came with two heads of cauliflower — and wouldn’t you know it —  I had just bought a head a few days ago.  So that means I now have THREE heads of cauliflower to work into the meal plan for this week.  Good thing I like cauliflower!

Today’s cauliflower side dish was one of my favs. I’m sure most of you have seen (and probably even tried) this recipe, but in case there are a few of you out there who still haven’t, I have to give my two thumbs up for this much lower calorie version of mashed potatoes — mashed cauliflower.  I eat it all the time.

Image(Sorry for the really bad pic.  Not only am I too lazy to bust out my good camera, but I am also without photo editing software at the moment… so this is straight outta my phone!)

Anyway… here’s my basic recipe for mashed cauliflower:
–   Take one medium-large head of cauliflower and chop into chunks.
–   Place chunks into a big pot of boiling, salted water and cook until soft (about 10-15 minutes, depending on how big your chunks are).
–   Drain well.  THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT!! The more dry you can get your cauliflower, the better.  I have left too much moisture in before and it really makes it quite yucky!
–  Place extremely well drained cauliflower back into the big pot and add 2 tbs of whatever butter product you want to use.  (Real butter is the yummiest, of course, but I usually use my Brummel and Brown yogurt spread cuz it’s lower in calories and fat.)  Sprinkle liberally with salt and pepper.
–  Break out your hand mixer and beat on low until your cauliflower looks like mashed potatoes.  Adjust seasoning as needed.
–   EAT.

There ya go!  Give it a try!  And let me know what you think.

Week 2 of recommitment

Nothing really exciting to report here, except I’m still tryin’!

I don’t know if last week’s “recommitment week” did me any good weight-wise because I hadn’t weighed myself for a few weeks before, so when I did weigh in on Friday I wasn’t able to compare it to anything.  All I can say is that number I saw on Friday was waaaaaaay too close to 200 pounds, so needless to say I am remaining recommitted!  That scares the crap outta me!

Today being Monday and all, I thought I’d share with you my dinner plans for the week.  I know, I know… super exciting!  But hey, it helps keep me on track, so here we go:

Monday:  pork tostadas
Tuesday: bacon-topped petite turkey meatloaf from Skinnytaste (can’t wait to try these!)
Wednesday: leftovers
Thursday: breakfast for dinner (egg white omelet with bacon) Hey I’m only using 5 slices of bacon on Tuesday…gotta use up some more! 😛
Friday:  date night dinner out
Saturday:  grilled chicken salad
Sunday:  shrimp with grits from Bobby Dean (another one I can’t wait to try)

There ya go… that’s my week!  Here’s to being committed!

A Pinterest tip that actually works!

As I’ve mentioned before, I am a Pinterest-er.  I’m always trying out new recipes and other fun tips I find on there.  Some work – some don’t.

This one was a tip for storing cilantro. I love cilantro and I end up buying a little bunch of it almost weekly because I use it in tons of recipes and I can never get it to last me more than a few days before turning mushy.  [Yes I know I could just grow my own.  Trust me I’ve tried, and I apparently am incapable of growing anything.  Plants hate me.]

I’ve tried a couple suggestions for storing the yummy herb, including this one from one of my favorite Food Network people, Aarti Sequeira… and none of them  have worked as well as this super simple one:

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Just wash and dry the cilantro and then stick it in a cup, standing up in a little bit of water… and voila!  It works!  I’ve had this bunch since Monday, and today is Saturday and it’s still looking good!  Yay!

On a side note… if you haven’t tried Wickles, you really should!  They are super spicy pickles that are deeeelicious and very low calorie/points.

Day 3 of Recommitment

I don’t have much time, but I wanted to check in (keeping myself accountable!) and let y’all know I’m still committed!

I can already tell that working from home is going to be a huge blessing when it comes to my weight loss journey.  I feel so much more in control of my diet, and I have a lot more time to fit in exercise without a 2-hour commute.  I even cooked a real lunch today!  Yay! Check it out — Polenta stuffed poblanos with pepper jack cheese:

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Yum!  No more sandwiches or frozen meal lunches for me!  
Yessss.

Salad-a-Day Challenge — Day 2 — Southwestern Steak Salad

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I really should stop being lazy and bust out my good camera for these food pictures.  This salad was actually really good, but my phone’s camera makes it look pretty gross!

I braved the cold and wind today and fired up my bbq to grill up some steak and corn and zucchini (yum!)… threw them on top of some romaine, added some mushrooms, avocado… then topped it all with my experimental “ranch” dressing.  The results?  Salad = YUM YUM YUMMY!  Dressing = so-so.

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I got this recipe from Pinterest.  I took 2 tbs cottage cheese, 1 tbs sour cream and 1 tsp taco sauce… added a couple tbs of water and whipped it all together in my little Magic Bullet blender.  It was ok.  For only 45 calories, it was WONDERFUL.  I like the idea of it, and I was surprised how well cottage cheese blends up, but I think I’ll play around with the technique a little bit and see if I can come up with a better combo. 

Anyway, thanks again Grace Got Healthy and Trying Not to be Fat for giving us this challenge. I’m all on track for Day 3 tomorrow! 🙂

Pretty darned yummy (and healthy) cookies!

One of my very favorite Weight Watchers-friendly recipe sites is Skinnytaste.  I check it a couple times a week and she never fails to come through with some of the best low-point recipes I’ve ever had.

I was browsing the other day and came across this recipe for Chewy Low Fat Banana Nut Oatmeal cookies.  And guess what? I just so happened to have some old bananas lying around!  How lucky!

So I gave them a whirl (substituting some choco chips for the walnuts)…

ImageThe verdict?  Yummmmmm!!!
This recipe is a keeper for sure!

Definitely click over to her site and give these a try.  They’re totally worth the points!