Monday, April 25, 2011

Love a Good Meal!

before i begin writing about my good meal, i want express my appreciation to everyone who is reading my blog.  its a wonderful, therapeutic experience that is helping me get through some rough times.  even though i dont know exactly who is reading, when i see that people are reading, i feel motivated and inspired to be honest with myself and to follow through with things that i might not have followed through with previously.  it also makes me feel great to know that people are inspired by what i write and are able to get some ideas on how to enjoy eating & weight watchers.  thank you! :)

on to my favorite subject.... food! :)  saturday nights meal was really good and satisfying.  i typically enjoy all my meals, but this was much more enjoyable!  its amazing to feel so satisfied from a healthy, home-cooked meal and not suffer from feeling bloated and heavy afterwards!  i love weight watchers!

saturday, april 23, 2011
Coffee (1/4 cup fat free half & half, 2 tsp organic turbinado raw cane sugar, 6 cups black coffee)
Honey Nut o's (1 large banana, 1/2 cup trader joe's organic vanilla soy milk, 1/2 cup cascadian farms organic honey nut o's cereal)
Subtotal 4
Quesadilla (see below for recipe)
Subtotal 5
1  serving(s) Trader Joe's Butcher Shop Premium Angus Steak Tips (broiled)
1  cup(s) cooked spinach (see below for recipe)
1  Tbsp low-sodium soy sauce (steak marinade)
1  Tbsp Steak Sauce Original (steak marinade)
1/4 serving(s) Trader Joe's EVOO (spinach)
Mashed Sweet Potatoes (see below for recipe)
Subtotal 12
1/2 cup(s) Fat-Free Mint Cookies 'n Cream Frozen Yogurt
1  bag(s) Healthy Pop® 100 cal butter mini bag
1  PB n Chocolate Bread Pudding (see below for recipe)
1  Brownie Cupcakes (see below for recipe)
Subtotal 14
Food PointsPlus values total used 35

1/2 cup trader joes vegetarian refried beans salsa style
2 tbsp trader joes reduced fat mexican cheese
1 la tortilla factory low carb large tortilla
  • spray a frying pan with trader joe's italian olive oil spray (frying pan has been on medium-low heat for a few minutes). 
  • place the refried beans & cheese on the tortilla.
  • put the tortilla with the refried beans & cheese into the frying pan.  after a few seconds, fold the tortilla in half & press down a bit to evenly spread out the ingredients.
  • cook both sides for about 3-4 minutes or until browned.
  • top quesadilla with salsa

spinach saute
1 cup frozen chopped spinach, defrosted
1/4 tbsp trader joes evoo
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp onions, chopped finely
fresh basil & parsley (from my indoor garden)
a dash of crushed red pepper
  • heat the evoo in a frying pan on medium-low heat for a few minutes.  then add garlic & onions and cook for a few minutes.  be careful it does not burn.
  • mix in spinach & seasonings.
  • cook for about 3-4 minutes on low heat. 

mashed sweet potatoes
1 large sweet potato, cubed
1 tbsp smart balance heartright light buttery spread
2 tbsp spring tree sugar free low calorie maple syrup
  • bring salt water to a boil
  • lower heat to med-high, place sweet potato in water, and cook for about 20 minutes or until fork can very easily go through cubes
  • drain potatoes & begin to mash
  • add butter & syrup and mash until desired consistency

the marinade for the steak was incredible & i am really mastering broiling steak!  i like my meat well-done so it takes about 15 minutes on both sides to be cooked thoroughly and not dry out.

pb n chocolate bread pudding
below is the link to the recipe and the ingredients i used.  i only modified the ingredients somewhat and changed the serving size from 4 to 1.  i used a small, round pyrex and it worked perfectly!!  :) 
1 slice pepperidge farms carbstyle 7 grain
1/4 cup trader joe's organic vanilla soy milk
1/8 cup fat free egg substitute
1/2 tbsp better n peanut butter
1/4 tbsp brown sugar
1/2 tbsp semi-sweet mini chocolate chips

here is the link to the brownie cupcakes recipe.  its so simple yet so delicious!

hope you are all having a wonderful no guilt day!!!

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