Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Monday, June 28, 2010
Please don’t believe that.
I guarantee you that I leave NOTHING out of my diet. I eat my breads, carbs, starches, meats, veggies, fruits, snacks, and sometimes the ice creams, pies and cookies!
I don’t really like salads and I sure can’t live without potatoes. So, if you had a salad or a skimpy meal last night for dinner, take a look at what I had, then try to argue with me that you have to eat leaves to loose weight.
Beef Enchiladas with Refried Beans - 3pts for the whole meal (and that does include the cheese) and if you need rice add the Santa Fe rice from Uncle Bens
Saturday, June 26, 2010
So to back track:
Sunday and Monday we did the pulled pork sandwiches and everything in this recipe is free free free and if you use your free bread that is free too! Add chips and salsa or dip if you choose too (just remember to count your points for that).
Tuesday we had the Buffalo chicken pizza. It is so easy to make and good too. It is not free but its only 2pts per slice so not bad for a pizza. To make it this low in points I use Fat free mozzarella cheese instead of regular and fat free ranch dressing.
Wednesday we had Chicken and rice tacos. These are only 1 point because I use corn tortillas but the chicken, rice, beans and mexi corn are free.
So here it goes
Award #1 comes from:
A Cuppy Cake Life
Award #2 comes from:
Both of these blogs are amazing and they were one of the first few I started following when I did start to blog. I love them both for their versatility (lol).
So the rules are I must share 7 things about myself and then award 5 new followers this award.
Thanks again to Ingenue Mom and A Cuppy Cake Life!!!!!
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Monday, June 21, 2010
I decided to not do a Publix trip last week and I’m so glad I waited until this week’s sale to go. It was so much better than I hoped it would be!
I got all of the food pictured about for a whopping $25 (and saved $105!) Of course the cookies, cakes and chips are not part of my health plan, but they do come in handy when you have a teenager sitting at home during the summer time so yay for BOGO Chips a Hoy! (The Starbucks ice cream is my cheat for the week-er maybe month)
Since I didn’t purchase any meat products at Publix I still had to stop by Wal-Mart but, but because of my email I sent to corporate about their inability to understand coupons properly, I was given a $25 gift card for my troubles :) I faired pretty well there too. I got all my meats and a few extras and I paid OOP $20!
Sunday, June 20, 2010
If your just starting out reading my blog you will soon discover that I menu plan for 2 weeks at a time. Its an old habit that I started way back before I started couponing. This is what I “plan” on cooking for the next two weeks!
Sunday – Crockpot Pulled pork and coleslaw sandwiches
Monday – Leftovers and freeze whatever is left
Tuesday – Buffalo Chicken pizza (there are two recipes in the link but I’ve only made this one)
Wednesday – Chicken and rice tacos
Thursday – Upside Down pizza loaf (I will add this one when I make it)
Friday – Breakfast for dinner! Chicken and waffles with hash browns
Saturday – Bacon, onion and cheese stuffed burgers on the grill – YUM
Sunday – Ground Beef enchiladas, Santa Fe rice, and refried beans
Monday – Leftovers
Tuesday – Foil pack Bruschetta Bake (that I didn’t make last week) and Zucchini cakes
Wednesday – Southwestern Chicken and Roasted smashed potatoes
Thursday – Grilled Chicken and Pineapple Quesadillas
Friday – Crockpot tacos (I will add this recipe once I cook it)
Saturday – Grilled hotdogs or Dumplings (my son has been asking and asking for these??)
Saturday, June 19, 2010
Ingredients and recipe
1 medium bell pepper – diced small
1 medium red onion – diced small
8oz. cooked chicken breasts cut or shredded into small pieces
2 (10oz) cans of Ro-Tel Diced tomatoes and Green chilies
1 (4oz) can chopped green chilies
1 (15oz) can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 (14 1/2 oz) chicken broth
1 1/4 cup water
1/2 cup salsa
1 tsp each cumin, basil, oregano
1/2 tsp each cilantro, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, black pepper
1 oz Baked tortilla chips
1oz Fat free or Low fat Cheddar cheese
2 Tbsp Fat free sour cream
Add all ingredients listed above in a large pot and heat on medium-high, stirring occasionally, for about 15-20 min. Reduce heat to low (simmer) and allow to cook a minimum of 1 hour. The longer it cooks, the better the flavors blend.
To serve, crush 1-2 oz (to be precise it’s about 14 chips if your counting for your points)of baked Tostitos in the bottom of the bowl pour soup on top of chips and top with shredded cheese and sour cream if desired.
**I got the recipe from someone at work so I’m not sure if its a Weight Watchers official recipe or not but it is from one of their group meetings a few years back.
About 7 or 8 months ago I signed up to be a shoe tester with New Balance. Let me just say that I love this program. So far I’ve received 3 pairs of shoes from them to test.
This is how it works. You fill out the application and if they need shoe testers with your shoe size in your area they will start signing you up for test projects. They will send you a new pair of shoes to test for about 3 months. Once the test is over, you do have to send the shoes back but they provide all of the materials to send them back. I don’t mind sending them back because its like getting new shoes and sending them back once your done with them! It also is a great way to make sure I walk most days because I want to get the full use of the shoe.
If you are interested and want to see if you qualify click here.
Friday, June 18, 2010
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Last night, I think I made the final change to my meal plan schedule lol. Instead of the chicken fajitas (which I'd cooked last week), I made tacos, yay! I love tacos, well I really love anything Mexican, but I do love my tacos.
My son can devour about 4 of them. I usually can only handle two. This is the easiest thing in the world to make and one of the first things I started to cook when I switched to the new food plan. I tell people all the time that ask me that I still eat the same foods I ate before I started and I guess they just don't hear me or care to give it all a try but it is so easy.
My taco version (very similar to yours I bet!)
Lean ground beef 93/7 or 97/3 depending on which one your store sells. I've seen them both in the store. Really it just means to buy the leanest cut of ground beef you can find. Yes I know its expensive but with the money I save on using coupons, I can afford to spend extra on healthy cuts of meat and I usually try to go organic.
So ingredients are:
Lean ground beef
Corn tortillas (not soft flour and not corn tortillas from a box)
low fat or fat free cheese
fat free sour cream
cook regular like any other taco recipe and add your favorite toppings. Serve with chips and salsa or fat free refried beans.
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Today I am Grumpy! Grumpy because my alarm didn't go off, grumpy because I had to rush to get out of the house on time, grumpy because I had no coffee or breakfast! I practically growled at the ever so chipper people in my office this morning and for that I am truly sorry :~(
Because I was late, I ended up just throwing random food items in my bag. When I got to work, I ended up with 100 calorie snack pack, a banana, a package of pop tarts (not sure why I grabbed this), a slice of bread and a bag of chips??? I was stuck wondering what the heck am I going to eat for breakfast. When I got to work I discovered ONE package of sugar free hot cocoa mix in my drawer~~ life savior! I had my cup of hot cocoa and my banana. Its not the most nutritional meal but at least I didn't give in to the pop tarts that would've cost me 12 points!!
Now I just have to make it through the rest of the day and I will be okay.
Friday, June 11, 2010
Click on the link here to try this recipe for yourself.
I added the Uncle Ben's Ready rice to it and it was the perfect addition.
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Of course I chose the pizza. As parents, especially for us moms, we find ourselves always putting too many pots on the stove and eventually some of them go unwatched and boil over. I do this way to often and forget that I'm only one person and my butter can only be spread so far!
I'm not sure how the these two things are related (which I tend to do alot - relate two totally unrelated things together - lol) but my tip for the day is this - Never go on a diet. Change your thought process about what and how you eat instead. I thought this would be hard to do but it was so much easier than people make it out to be.
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Veggie Stuffed Quesadillas
I do a couple of things differently than the recipe. First off, I add chicken because my son doesn't like all the peppers so I have to give his some substance. Secondly, the first time I made these I was out of cream cheese so I used fat free sour cream instead and I loved it. I stick with the sour cream instead of using cream cheese. I also add mushrooms so this ends up being a really big stuffed healthy Quesadilla and lastly I sprinkle a little bit of shredded cheese on top.
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
But...when I started the study for losing weight, I thought my starchy carb days are over and it was a bit sad. I quickly realized that I can have my potatoes & rice and eat them too! On my plan, potatoes are considered a healthy food and as long as I eat brown rice (or white rice in moderation) it is healthy too. When I first started cooking brown rice though it was a disaster. It stuck to the pot and turned out terrible and I thought I was doomed. By accident though, I discovered a great product from Uncle Ben's. Its Uncle Ben's Ready Rice (click on the link to access their website). You pop it in the microwave for 90 seconds and its done! It comes in lots of varieties too. There is Wild and Brown rice, Santa Fe Rice, plain Brown rice and if your not a big brown rice fan, they have Caribbean Rice with red beans, Jasmine rice and Spanish style rice (and many more). Oh and by the way they are on sale this week at Publix - 3/$4 and use either $1/2 Uncle Ben's ready rice RP 5/16 or .75/2 Uncle Ben's products printable to make it even cheaper!
As for the potatoes, I no longer traditionally fry them (well, on occasion I do). I usually roast them in the oven with different seasonings and flavors with olive oil. I also make homemade mashed potatoes from time to time. I use Promise fat free butter and fat free sour cream to add flavor. I will admit though that fat free sour cream is something you have to get used to but now I can't tell the difference. Oh and fat free butter doesn't melt like real butter but it has the same great taste!
This is how I do potatoes and rice in my world.
Sunday, June 6, 2010
Here is a link to the meal pictured above. Its so easy and oh so tastey! The chicken and potaoto recipe as well as the pictures are from the Lipton secrets website.
Savory Herb and chicken
Oven Roasted Potatoes
Saturday, June 5, 2010
1 10oz can Publix Chunk white chicken meat (drained) (I used regular chicken breasts and cut them up because I have a weird thing against canned meats)
1 16oz can of Old elpaso refried beans (I used fat free beans)
1 11oz can of Rotel Mild diced tomatoes with green chilies (drained)
4 Large Mission Flour tortillas (I used the soft tortilla size and it was a perfect portion)
4oz of shredded cheddar cheese (I used 2% shredded Cheddar cheese)
(I always try to cut back or substitute anytime I can. It makes the meal that much more healthy.)
- Preheat large saute pan on medium high. Place chicken, refried beans, corn and tomatoes in the pan; cover and cook for 10 minutes stirring occasionally.
- Place the tortillas in aluminum foil and heat in the oven at 350 for about 5 -6 minutes while this is cooking.
- Arrange the tortillas on a work surface. Sprinkle cheese down the center of the tortilla and add 1/4 cup of chicken mixture over the cheese. If you like sour cream you can add some now. I did and used fat free sour cream.
- Fold two sides in toward the middle, then roll from end to end. Repeat and serve.
Serving Suggestions: Sliced avacados would be a great addition to this meal. You can also serve the chicken filling on top of shredded lettuce. Sprinkle the cheese over top, drizzle with your favorite salad dressing, and you've got a great Mexican - style salad. Also, serve with chips and salsa if you like.
Chef's Requested Foods
(You have to register for the coupon so it may show up for you. It isn't available for me any longer though.)
1 Carton of eggs
1 Package of coleslaw
2 Packages of shredded cheese
1 Case of water (not pictured)
1 Publix deli salsa
1 Olive oil
1 Sour cream
1 Loaf of bread
1 Edwards pie
1 Landolakes cheese
4 Oscar Meyer Deli meats
2 College Inn Broths
4 Uncle Beans ready rice
2 Taco Bell Dinner kits
1 Package of potatoes
1 Finish detergent
1 package of dog food
1 Package of solo cups
1 Family package of chicken quater legs
1 Large family size Stoffers Lasagna
OOP - 30.89 Saved 70.61
Not too shabby!
Friday, June 4, 2010
2 Tyson ready grilled chicken breasts
6-8 Dinner rolls (I used Hawaiian Rolls just because they were left over from Monday's cookout)
2 Slices of Cheese ( I used white American because my son has a strange thing against yellow American??)
1/4 cup FF Ranch dressing
1/3 cup Hot sauce
1 Tbsp Butter
1 Tbsp Honey
- Cook Chicken according to instructions on the package.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Add Hot sauce, honey and butter to a small pot and bring to a boil or cook until butter is melted. Once the chicken is done, cut it into three to four pieces. Dip chicken into hot sauce mixture and coat well. Place chicken on a baking sheet and bake in the oven for about 5 minutes.
- Cut rolls in half. Add a quarter slice of cheese to each roll.
- When chicken is done, add one piece to each roll and drizzle with the remaining hot sauce mixture and top that with a 1/2 teaspoon of your ranch dressing.
Serve with chips and dip or your favorite side item.
This recipe serves 2-3 people.
I normally create a menu to cover 2 weeks at a time but with the recent holiday and my husbands recent trips home I am just now planning my food for the next several days. Here is a glimps of what I plan on cooking starting with today. I will add the recipes as I cook them.
Friday - Buffalo Sliders with chips and dip
Saturday - Rico burritos, chips and salsa
Sunday - Slow Cooker Savory Herb Chicken with Onion roasted potatoes
Monday - Leftover day
Tuesday - Spicy grilled fish tacos, chips and salsa
Wednesday - Spicy chicken with peppers & Rice with Egg drop soup
Thursday - Taco night
Friday - Either Buffalo chicken pizza or sandwiches (depends on what I feel like doing on a Friday night!)
Saturday - Something grilled I'm sure. I have a great recipe for Grilled stuffed Burgers with onions, bacon and cheese.
Sunday - Bruchetta Chicken bake and roasted veggies
Monday - Leftover day
Tuesday - Oven grilled Buffalo Chicken and Restaruant Style Smashed potatoes
Wednesday - Chicken fajitas, chips and salsa
Thursday - Hot Tortila Soup
Friday - Leftover Day
** I don't always follow my own list but atleast it keeps out the guessing game during the week!
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
1 8 pack of Bounty Basic Paper towels - 4.99
1 Gallon of 1% TGLee Milk - 3.19
1 Bag of Stacys Pita Chips - 2.49
1 Container of Tide febreeze - 5.97
1 Case of water (28 bottles) - 3.19
OOP - 6.29 (w/Tax) woohoo!
I used the 4/$20 and $8 in ECB and $3 in coupons.
1 lb bananas
1 Green pepper
1 package onions
2 containers of grape tomatoes (bogo)
1 watermelon (buy 2 lays get $2off peelie)
1 Chicago loaf bread
2 tubs of Helluva good french onion dip
2 Cans Bush Grillin Beans
4 Bottles of Kraft BBQ Sauce
1 Bottle of KC Masterpiece sauce
2 Bottles of Lawrys Marinade sauce
2 Packages of Kraft mac & cheese
2 Bags of lays potato chips
1 bag of Tostito chips
1 large bag of Charcol
1 Package of Splenda
2 Boxes of Digiornio Pizza w/ Breadsticks
3 Packages of Ribs
1 Package of main tail lobster
2 Packages of Beneful dog food
2 Packages of colgate toothpast
2 packages of Q-tips
2 Packages of Kraft cheese singles
1 Bottle of coppertone sunscreen
OOP total = $34.14
Saved = $168.00
Woohoo!! (and I wasn't even going to go to publix!) Hubby was impressed and so was I!
Tomato and Cucumber Salad
I found a couple of good versions on the internet but I made adjustments to them. This is what I came up with.
1 container of cherry tomatoes (bogo at Publix this week :-)
1 large cucumber sliced and quartered
1 small yellow or red onion cut into small pieces (whichever you prefer)
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tblspoons of vinegar (I used apple cider vinegar)
2 tblspoons of sugar
1 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
1 tblspoon parsley
Mix all ingredients in a large bowl that you can cover and shake without spilling. Mix all ingredients and chill in the fridge for atleast an hour before serving.