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I made a new friend at my Weight Watchers meeting tonight. Her name is Carly and she has a smile that could warm even the Grinch’s cold heart. This young lady loves to sing the National Anthem at her brother’s go cart races, obviously loves her mom even though she embarrasses her on a regular basis (but what mom doesn’t embarrass their teenage daughter?) and seems a little nervous that she’s going to have to spend her days eating her entire Points Plus Value in grapes. Her brother was quick to tell mom today “Carly ate chips for her snack instead of grapes like you told her!” Don’t you just love the food police? Especially when it it comes in the form of an irritating 11 year old little brother.
I asked Carly what her favorite snack was besides chips and she glanced towards her mom and with a big smile announced “well I do like peanut butter and banana sandwiches!” This isn’t a pb&b Carly but if you like peanut butter as much as I do you will love these fun and easy to eat snacks. Just remember to tell little brother hands off….this is diet food and he can’t have any!
Apple PB Sandwiches – 1 serving 7PPV
- 1 firm Apple (I prefer honey crisp)
- 2 tbsp Smart Balance Chunky Peanut Butter
- 1/4 cup Nature Valley Coconut Chia Granola
Core apple and then slice into 6 pieces to make rings. Lay three of the rings flat on a plate and pat the surface dry with a paper towel. Place peanut butter in a microwave safe dish and heat on 50% power for about 30 seconds. Stir pb and if it’s not quite to a honey consistency continue to microwave for another 30 seconds. Peanut butter should be thin enough to spread easily on the apple with a knife. Continue onto all three pieces and then sprinkle with the granola. Top with the remaining 3 apple slices and voila, a smart snack that is sure to please any girl that loves her PB!
This is so good but it’s way too much food…said no one ever. Until tonight!
During my Trader Joe’s run last week I picked up a bag of Meatless Meatballs. Was pretty sure it was going to end up in whole wheat noodles or spaghetti squash but they were taunting me from the freezer and saying “please Kelly, please don’t just dump me in some noodles”. Ok ok I’ll see what I can do for you little balls of sans meat but you will have to be delicious enough to fly under hubby’s radar.
So today at work after he had asked me three times in less than three hours if I had decided what was for dinner I realized it needed to be something yummy or he was headed to pick up pizza. Our daughter and future son in law were going to be joining us so the drive home was a mental inventory of what we had on hand that could feed four. And that all four would eat. Spaghetti and meatballs it is. Spaghetti and meatballs, humph. Spaghetti and….hmmmmm wait. I still have those whole wheat submarine rolls left over from Nana’s. Double hmmmmm.
So before I unveil what we had, back to “too much food”. I made three of these before I made my own and let me tell you my taste buds were tingling. I successfully avoided sampling and had four full servings available to feed the hungry mouths waiting on me. I called hubby in to give him his and he said “wow! The whole house smells so good. Are we sharing this?” Nope that’s all yours. “All mine? This is way too much food”. I may never hear that again but now that I’ve eaten mine he’s right, that’s a lot of food!
Meatless Meatball Sub – 14PPV per serving
- One 6″ Whole Wheat Sub Roll
- 6 each Trader Joe’s Meatless Balls
- 1/4 cup Victoria Marinara Sauce
- 1 tsp EVOL
- 2 baby portabella mushrooms sliced
- 1/4 cup shredded light Mexican blend cheese (next time I’ll use my beloved Baby Bel minis but sadly we ran out last night) for vegetarian or use Shreds for a vegan version
- 1 tbsp minced garlic
Another hard one right? Put oil in a non stick (I prefer ceramic) skillet over medium. Add sliced mushrooms, garlic and meatless meatballs. Heat for approximately 6-7 minutes stirring several times. Then add the marinara, reduce to simmer and cover with aluminum foil while you toast the sub roll. Slice sub roll and put on aluminum foil or parchment paper open faced in toaster oven for 4 minutes. Remove from toaster oven and add the meatball and sauce mixture over both halves. Sprinkle evenly with the shredded cheese and return to toaster oven for 6 minutes on 350. Turn to broil for 2 minutes, remove and serve immediately. Try not to drool as you hand them to your guests, it’s not polite.
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This week at #weightwatchers the topic was “Go Out and Play!” When you were a child your mom probably had to call you to come in for dinner. During the summer there was the constant drown of bicycles, water balloon fights, and games of kick the can until well after dark. Kids would show up at the door “can Susie come out and play?” And play we would and you did too.
- Miniature golf
- Flag football
- What were your favorite things to play?
When was the last time someone had to call you inside? Go out and play!
Think you don’t have time to play? Your weight loss journey absolutely depends on it so get creative. These 4 ideas have activity points values based on someone weighing 180 pounds and moderate activity level.
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Nana’s Stir Fry Sammie should go down in some hall of fame somewhere. I didn’t even use a fork to scrape the last little bits on my plate. I didn’t want to waste a drop so I scraped up the tidbits with my fingers and then licked them! (I refrained from licking the plate, you’re welcome) #13PPV of pure Vegan delight!
Nana’s Vegan Stirfry Sammie – 13PPV
4 servings – 13PPV per serving
- 1 pkg West Soy Seitan, Chicken Style
- 2 tbsp EVOL
- 2 tbsp Bragg Liquid Aminos
- Big handful of rainbow Swiss chard chopped into 1″ pieces chopped straight across
- 6 Baby Bella mushrooms (Nana says about yay big, whatever size that is hahaha) remove stem and then cut in quarters
- 1 zucchini sliced on the diagonal about 1″ thick
- 1 large red onion cut in half and then each half cut into 4 pieces
- 9 green beans (because that’s what she harvested out of her garden today) cut into fourths
- 1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped green cabbage
- 1 cup coarsely chopped red cabbage
- 4 Roma tomatoes sliced long ways
- 3/4 tsp Dried Italian seasoning
- 1/4 tsp fresh ground black pepper
- 8 tbsp Follow Your Heart Veganese Sandwich Spread
- 4 each 6″ Whole Wheat Submarine Rolls
Use a minimum 12″ skillet at least 2″ deep to have enough room. Put 1 tbsp olive oil in a skillet on medium heat and add Seitan. Sautée for just long enough to warm tofu and then remove and set aside. Without cleaning the skillet, add the second tbsp olive oil and add the remaining veggies except swish chard and mushrooms, add Italian seasoning and pepper, sautee for approximately 6-7 minutes. Add Swiss chard and mushrooms and continue sautéing for about 2 more minutes. Add the Seitan back in and toss one more time. During the last couple of minutes slice and toast each sub roll. Divide the sandwich spread evenly adding 2 tbsp to each sub. Garnish with sliced Roma tomatoes and then add the stir-fry. I ate mine open face, Nana somehow managed to eat hers like a real sub. 4 servings, enjoy!
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Do you ever see two things that you really like, think hmmmm those might taste good together, mix them, and when you taste it it’s so good you stomp your foot and make the mmm mmm mmmmm noise? Well that just happened. Wow I could eat this every day!
Greekaletta Salad – 6PPV
- Handful of baby spinach
- 1 cucumber diced or chopped
- 2 WE Mediterranean Style Chicken Skewers
- 2 tbsp Hannah Greek Style Tzatziki Yogurt Dip
- 2 tbsp That Pickle Guy Muffalata Olive Mix
This one is complicated….ready? Put spinach and diced cucumber in a large salad bowl. In a separate bowl shred chicken and mix with Tzatziki dip and Muffalata and stir. Dump on top of spinach and cucumber. Pat yourself on the back for your hard kitchen prep and go relax with this bowl of foot stomping goodness.
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It’s Wednesday and you know what that means…Would You Rather!Would You Rather have 1 1/2 cups of Boom Chick A Pop Kettle Corn for 3PPV?
Would You Rather have 1/8 tbsp chopped pecans for 3PPV?
Both are yummy, both are great snacks, some days I want the pecans and some days I NEED popcorn. But when I see how much more I get with the popcorn…well. What about you? What would you rather?
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You know I have a new obsession for Naan. And a crush on Costco. Well throw my sister in the mix and an opportunity for both turns into this…Chicken Naan Muffalata and let me tell you, it is FAB-U-LOUS! This was only my second trip to Costco and it was Holly’s first. So I did my best tour guide schpeel and waved like Vanna to all the things I had already tried, already scanned, you know…showed her the ropes like a big sister is supposed to do.
Let me segue here and fill you in that my sis is apparently a walking #pointsplus calculator. After I put the first few things in my WW app she started spouting off points before I could even get the app open again. Maybe I should take her to Vegas next time.
Anyway, back to this delicious new find. I stopped to look at greek olives and Holly found a jar of “That Pickle Guy Muffalata Mix”. We both decided quickly that it looked very interesting and discovered it was only 1PPV per 2 tbsp so in the buggy it went. According to Wikipedia the Muffaletta sandwich:
“has its origins at the Central Grocery in the French Quarter of New Orleans.
According to Marie Lupo Tusa, daughter of the Central Grocery’s founder, it was born when Sicilian farmers selling their produce at the nearby Farmers’ Market would come into her father’s grocery for lunch and order some salami, ham, cheese, olive salad, and either long braided Italian bread or a round muffuletta loaf. In typical Sicilian fashion they ate everything separately sitting on crates or barrels while precariously balancing their meals on their knees. Her father suggested cutting the bread and putting everything on it like a sandwich, even if it was not typical Sicilian fashion. The thicker braided Italian bread proved too hard to bite and the softer round muffuletta loaf won out. Shortly thereafter, farmers that came for lunch began merely asking for “muffulettas”.”
Which makes this buy even more fun!
Chicken Naan Muffaleta – 13PPV
1 serving Ingredients:
- 1 La Brea Naan
- 1 skewer WE Mediterranean Style Chicken
- 2 Baby Bel Minis
- 2 tbsp That Pickle Guy Muffalata Olive Salad
You’re going to need a nap before you start this is so complicated. Ready? Place Naan on a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper. Spread the Muffalata evenly over the Naan. Shred chicken with your fingers and distribute evenly along with broken up Baby Bel. Bake on middle rack for 15 minutes on 350 degrees or until Naan starts to brown and cheese is melted. Try to make yourself wait until it cools off before you devour. I know, complicated right?
A little bit of Europe mixed with a little bit of the South…my oh my this one is a keeper.
My husband would eat hot dogs every day. They are second only to his beloved pizza. I’m not going to lie, nothing gets my blood pumping like the smell of a good stadium dog. Back when I thought “cheat days” didn’t hurt anyone we would have what hubby dubbed Free For All Tuesday and we ate hot dogs almost every one of them. Slathered in chili, jalapeño relish, all the fixings we would woof down (get it, woof?) 20 WW points plus and think nothing of it.
Fast forward to today and I am a little wiser and a lot lighter. Cheat days do hurt someone, they hurt me. Unclaimed points are still points. As a matter of fact I am confident that by being too restrictive all week long and then living La Vida Loca one day a week I spent more than if I had been satisfied all week instead.
You look at tonight’s dinner and tell me this is a diet. Tell me I’m suffering. Tell me I can’t live like this for the rest of my life. Because I’ll tell you, I can and you can too!
Bavarian Kraut and Dawgs – 11PPV
For each sandwich (1 serving):
- 1 1/2 Applegate The Great Organic Uncured Hot Dogs
- 1 each Trader Joe’s Ultimate Pretzel Roll buns
- 1/2 cup Sauerkraut with Pickled Persian Cucumbers
- 2 tsp Bavarian Sweet Mustard
Slice the hot dogs in half lengthwise and then in half crossways and open flat in a non stick skillet. Heat on medium for approximately 5-7 minutes or until the skin starts to brown and then flip and cook for another 5 minutes. While the hot dogs are cooking, slice one pretzel roll and toast in a convection oven for 4 minutes. After the hot dogs are done reduce to low and add the sauerkraut and pickles on top. Heat for 2 minutes. Spread the mustard on toasted bun and then add the hot dog kraut mixture and serve immediately. Enjoy!!
In other news…our power has been off for over 4 hours so while I panic about the Costco and Trader Joe’s haul I just stocked the fridge with I also realize I can’t cook any food. Soooo I got real creative.
2 Bamboo Lane Crunchy Rice Rollers sliced as best I could with a bread knife #2PPV
1 tbsp @smartbalance Chunky Peanut Butter #3PPV
Stack ’em and eat ’em cause the power truck hasn’t even made it onto your street yet.
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heree a few more of this week’s finds at Trader Joe’s. You’d think as many of us WW peeps shop at TJ’s that they would make little #pointsplus signs or give us a store map by points or something hahaha.
Trader Joe’s Finds Group 2 – 0PPV to 2PPV
Applegate The Great Organic Uncured Beef Hot Dog 2PPV – I can’t wait to try these hopefully tonight on the pretzel buns (next group) with TJ’s Sauerkraut and German mustard. Only 2 points plus though? Hmmmm…
Pub Cheese Cheddar with Horseradish 2PPV per 2 tbsp – ermagersh do not eat this alone! Make sure you have a responsible eating partner or better yet a WW approved Accountabilibuddy when you peel that lid off. I had to actually measure out the 2 tbsp so I had some sense to stop 😁
TJ’s Sauerkraut with Pickled Persian Cucumbers 0PPV – I love sauerkraut. I love cucumbers. I absolutely cannot wait to try this!
TJ’s Sprouted 7 Grain Bread 1PPV per slice – always a yum, I love extra grainy, nutty, seedy bread. Especially good toasted with one of the four different kinds of nut butters my husband keeps reminding me are currently in the house.
TJ’s Riced Cauliflower 0PPV – never had it, never even heard of it but it looked so interesting in the buggy it went. Anyone had this? Prep or recipe suggestions?
TJ’s Meatless Breakfast Patties 2PPV per patty. Hopefully our power comes back on before in the morning so I can try these out. I’ve had other versions so I’m hoping these will be a winner too. And….I’m going to start working on a low #pointsplus recipe for “sausage” gravy so at only 2PPV this might be a good starting point.
I will keep you posted on what I make with these low point goodies but if you any ideas please share them!