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Sunday Dinner

So the husband and I are trying to watch our points.  Yes boys and girls, the husband is counting points 🙂 So we decided to have the inlaws over for dinner instead of go out tonight. 

The Menu:

  • Wedge Salads with homemade blue cheese dressing, toasted pecans and blue cheese
  • Shrimp Scampi Pasta
  • Banana Cream Pie

First, the wedge salads.  We love love love a wedge salad.  I was first introduced to a wedge salad at Sullivan’s (a fancy restaurant in downtown Raleigh).  Now they are at Outback and everywhere else.  They are amazing.  Downfall: probably a million calories at the restaurants.  I mean, you know it’s full fat blue cheese dressing, with tons of blue cheese and other fattening goodness.  So I made it lighter.  My wedge salad has 3 points and is super yummy!

First rinse and cut your head of iceberg lettuce in quarters.

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Then add homemade blue cheese dressing.  I got this recipe from the Weight Watchers cookbook.  It is only 1 point!!! :)  Oh yeah! 

What you will need:

1/2 cup reduced fat buttermilk

2 tablespoons light mayo

2 tablespoons crumbled blue cheese

1/4 teaspoon minced garlic

a pinch of cayenne (I didn’t use any and it made no difference!)

2 teaspoons minced fresh chives

In a blender pulse all ingredients until almost smooth.  Sprinkle in chives.  Cover and refrigerate for atleast a 1/2 before serving.  It makes 6 servings and you can store it up to 2 days.*

Then take a tablespoon of blue cheese and sprinkle it on each salad. (1 point)

Take some toasted pecans (1/8th of a cup) and sprinkle over salads. (1 point)

And there is your 3 point salad 🙂

*Disclaimer:  I did not come up with the salad dressing recipe.  It is from “Weight Watchers New Complete Cookbook.”  I do not claim it to be mine and I am not affiliated with WW.  I just count points!  I do not get paid for my WW recipe reviews. *

Onto the shrimp scampi.  Add pasta and boil.  Do not use salt.  I never have.

Mix one bag of frozen, tail off shrimp.  I think it’s a one pound bag.  Anywho,  add a little butter to your pan (just a little) and then add shrimp.  Drizzle some olive oil and then add some wine.  On this meal, I don’t really measure a lot except the amount of pasta.  Each package of whole wheat pasta makes 8 servings.  Each serving is 2 ounces or one cup cooked pasta.  Stick to that!  Don’t add more.  One cup pasta doesn’t seem like a lot, but it really fills you up.  Must be all that fiber 😉

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Drain pasta when finished boiling, and pour shrimp mixture in.  Mix well and serve with salt, pepper and parmesan cheese.  (4 points for pasta, 2 points for shrimp, I estimated about 6-7 points per serving).

Now, the banana cream pie.  Okay, okay this ain’t your grandma’s banana cream pie.  It’s from the WW cookbook too and it’s made with lowfat yogurt.  I didn’t tell my guests this and the husband and the father in law looked at each other and laughed when they took a bite.  It wasn’t what they were expecting, but oh well.  It’s only 3 points a slice!!

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Here is what you need:

12 low fat honey graham crackers crumbs

1 tablespoon butter

1 teaspoon water

4 bananas sliced thin

2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

1 envelope unflavored gelatin

1/2 cup cold water

1/3 cup sugar

1 and 1/2 cups plain ff yogurt

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven t0 350 degrees.  Spread 9in pie pan with non stick cooking spray.  In a medium bowl, mix, crumbs, butter, and water together until combined.  Spread mixture with hands in the bottom of the pie pan and along the sides of the pan.  Bake in oven until firm, about 5 minutes.  Let cool.

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Mix bananas and lime juice together.  Reserve one cup.  Spread remaining bananas on pie crust.

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Pour gelatin packet over cold water and wait 2 minutes.  Then add sugar and heat over medium high heat stirring constantly until gelatin and sugar dissolve.  Remove from heat, then whisk with yogurt and vanilla.  Pour into pie pan.  Arrange reserved bananas on top of yogurt mixture.  Refrigerate covered with saran wrap for about 2-3 hours before serving.* Read above disclaimer about WW recipe.

We then made 6 point s’mores.  2 sheets low fat honey graham crackers, 2 marshmallows, 2 pieces of Dove dark chocolate.  The husband said that they look like Chef off of South Park.  I laughed so hard.

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Froyo Fanatic

The hubby and I had to get some engagement pictures developed today so we decided to run some fun errands too.  I took engagement pictures in Wake Forest last Monday and I am super excited how they turned out.  I have gotten lots of comments from a lot of my family and friends so that makes me even more excited.

Today we went to Chick fil a for lunch.  I was starving because I only had a granola bar this morning.  I was busy sweeping and mopping today and didn’t have time to eat a bigger breakfast.  I had the chargrilled and fruit salad with berry balsamic vinaigrette.  Yum!

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We went to Trader Joe’s (my fave grocery store) to get some snacks for our road trip to Hotlanta this week.  Did I mention how excited I am to gamble at Cherokee?  I love love love the casino! I only play on the penny and nickel machines, but it’s a rush 😉

And then we hit up The Skinny Dip Frozen Yogurt!  It just opened right by TJ’s.  They have the nutritional info and WW points listed on their website.  Ladies and Gentlemen, I was home! I had Strawberry, and York Peppermint Patty.  I could only eat 4 ounces so I ate half of this.  I gotta remember to weigh every little bit.  The husband didn’t mind finishing it off.  Next time, I’m hitting up that toppings bar!

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So you grab a cup, fill it with froyo and toppings and then you pay based on weight.  It’s only 39 cents an ounce.  I am in love!! I am beyond stoked about that place.  Guilt free froyo.  mmmm! We will be back again and again!!

I got some yummy snacks for the trip.  Road trips make me nervous because we go out to eat a lot and I don’t know what the points value is for a lot of it.  Thank goodness for guidebooks, weeklies, and eating half of my food! Wish me luck! I am so nervous.  I love vacationing, but I am not the type of person to splurge on vacation.  I still keep myself on track.  I mean, why can’t you still eat what you want, but in smaller quantities?  I don’t ever “splurge” or “go off my diet.” I eat what I want in moderation. On WW you are not on a diet.  It’s a lifestyle.  When you get to goal, you are still on WW, not a diet.  That’s why I love this program-it’s not a quick fix.  It’s for life.  So if I want cake, I’m eating it.  That’s why it works for me. I just plan ahead.  Love it!!

Here is what I’ve been eating today:

Food Points
Fiber one bar 1
Salad 4
Berry Balsamic Dressing 1/2 pack 2
Hot dog 1
Bun 2
Wedge Fries (16!!!) 2
Mini babybel light 1
Froyo 2
Total 13
Activity Points 1

I have 10 points an an AP left so I gotta get some more veggies and dairy in! 

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Sweet Summertime

Today was super relaxing.  I went to a RPM class at 8:30 this morning with my friend Shelby.  It was tough!  I was out of breath for a lot of it, but was told “if you are out of breath, you are not out of shape, you are working hard” so that made me feel better.

Before the gym I was starving so I ate a half of a sandwich thin and some super chunky pb.

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Calorie Count: 140

After RPM, I had this! So good!

Egg white omelet

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Calorie Count: 192

For lunch I made this:

Fettucine Alfredo

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and a square of hershey’s chocolate with almonds from the husband’s birthday

Calorie Count: 144

Then I took like a 3 hour nap.  It was awesome!

Then I woke up and started on dinner while the husband still was sleeping.

Let me tell you that these were the most amazing burgers! Soooooo good!!!!!!!!! 🙂

Here is the recipe:

Lakeside Turkey Burgers on whole wheat buns with cheese

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and I made these onion rings:

Lord of the Onion Rings and we had some asparagus on the side.

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What a yummy meal!

Calorie Count: 740

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and this for dessert!

Calorie Count: 180

Total Calorie Count: 1396

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Steak and Blue Cheese Pizza

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Served with broccoli slaw and blue cheese dressing + blue cheese crumbles

And mini ice cream sandwiches

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Ben and Jerry’s Strawberry Banana frozen yogurt mmm

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Spaghetti Carbonara

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Lots of choppin’

Tonight I made Quick Fall Minestrone

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I got a package of chopped butternut squash at TJ’s.  This saves so much time I highly recommend doing this!

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Served with quesadillas with chopped roasted red peppers and cheese! mmmmm!

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For dessert: Cantaloupe, honey dew and grape salad

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Jan Recipes and such 113Tomorrow we have a delay until 10 for work.  Hopefully the roads will be good to me!

 

 

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Easy like a Sunday morning…

I enjoy Sunday mornings. Really, I do.  It’s Sunday nights that I hate.  The thought of going to work after a relaxing weekend, the weekly routines, the coming home exhausted and then making dinner…bleh!  But, a Sunday morning is wonderful. 

This morning the husband and I slept in!  It was so nice.  We went to our friend James’ birthday party last night.  Just a small get together.  It was funny.  A lot of his friends are so hilarious.  My cheeks hurt from laughing by the end of the night!

Here are the Thursday and Friday night meals I needed to catch up on!

Thursday night was Creamy Mac n Cheese with a Seven Layer Salad.

It looked so good and we were so hungry.  Wrong!  It was AWFUL! By far the worst meal I’ve made from this cookbook.  OMIT THE DIJON MUSTARD!

I would recommend this meal, if it did not include dijon mustard!  I was skeptical myself, but I put the two teaspoons in like it asked. It was terrible.  I was so sad about it.  The husband tried to appease my feelings by eating more than one bite, but was pretty relieved when I threw in the towel on this meal.  We just ended up eating the Seven Layer Salad instead.

Here is the recipe for if some reason you like a lot of dijon mustard taste:

Creamy Stove-Top Macaroni and Cheese

If I ever want to make this again (still having bad thoughts) I will definitely  nix the crazy ingredients and just make the mac n cheese. But hey, you may like it!

Friday night the in laws came over and I made:

Jambalaya with Shrimp and Andouille Sausage

along with fancy french cut green beans with a mixture of mayo, mustard, lemon juice, celery salt… you’ll have to look it up in the cookbook beside the recipe!

It was a little spicy, but so good.  I love love love Frank’s Red Hot Sauce.  If your recipe calls for hot sauce, you must use this!

Frank’s Red Hot I used the original.

And then we made homemade icecream.  A simple recipe that our friends James and Shelby gave us:

one can sweetened condensed milk

one half gallon chocolate milk (I used reduced fat)

one tub of Cool Whip

It tastes just like a frosty from Wendy’s!  Soooo good.

Then last night we ate some pizza and went to our friends party.  Overall, it’s been a good weekend.  The husband and I are just lounging around and then going somewhere to eat. 

I ate this just a few minutes ago for a snack:

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These tasted like Honey Grahams. Oh. My. Word.  I see myself using these for dips in the near future! And of course, a little glass of chocolate milk!  I’m going to read some more.  I am finally on the forth book of the Twilight Series (man, those chapters are long) and then get ready for dinner! 🙂

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Sickness= days running together

The past few days have been a blur.  I feel like the days went by quickly, but the nights of torturous coughing have been never ending!  I went to the doctor yesterday.  I try to avoid going to the doctor at all costs.  I hate the waiting and expensiveness of it all.  I was diagnosed with an upper respiratory infection.  I was given a prescription of cough syrup that was $50! Yowzas!! And that was the generic.  I was also told to take Claritin D.

So anyway, I have made several recipes in that past couple of days.

Wednesday night consisted of Steak Sandwiches with Worcestershire Mayonnaise.

Here is the link: Yummy Steak Sandwiches! 

SOMEHOW I DELETED THE PICTURES!!! AHHHHHH!!!

They were so yummy too.  Ugh that is so annoying!  Anyway, try them, you will love them.

Thursday night I made Tilapia Tacos with Peach Relish.

Here is the link: Tilapia Tacos with Peach Relish

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These fillets are neat because they are individually wrapped.  So if you only needed two, then you don’t have to worry about wrapping the others up.

Salsa marinating for 30 minutes…

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Tilapia cut into strips before breading…

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Panko breadcrumb mixture for breading…

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Mashing up pinto beans for the side of bean dip I made…

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With my awesome Pampered Chef mix~n~chop!!!

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C’est fini!

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Tonight I made Pineapple and Orange Ambrosia as dessert.*

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It needed to chill in the refrigerator so I made it first.

1 can of pineapple chunks

1 can orange slices

2 tbsp. of powdered sugar

Drain both cans of fruit and mix in sugar

Sprinkle with sweetened shredded coconut and chill for 30 minutes.

*Courtesy of Cooking Light.

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And for dinner…

Huevos Rancheros with Queso Fresco

Here is the link: Huevos Rancheros with Queso Fresco

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And check out my new cookbook holder!

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People come up with the smartest stuff!

I got it at Target.  Here is the link Love it!

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Fresh cilantro

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Pinto beans drained and rinsed

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Enchilada sauce and diced tomatoes

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Eggs= Huevos

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Flour tortilla with mashed pinto beans, sauce, egg and queso fresco goat cheese. I couldn’t find queso fresco cheese, but the cookbook said I could sub goat or feta. 

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Served with the ambrosia.

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And margaritas! Ole!

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Our good friends came over tonight with an open mind about dinner.  It was a good recipe, just different.  I think I liked the margaritas better 😉

Tonight we are watching Twilight since I finished the first two books.  I am still sick and recovering so hopefully I can stay awake for the movie!

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