Mine. Hands down. At least to me.
I am incredibly blessed to have the single most patient, understanding, and supportive husband in the whole world. He’s always there for me, supporting without pushing, encouraging without making a big deal out of everything, and just generally being ok with who I am, no matter what.
That makes this whole Weight Watchers journey soooo much easier. He happily eats whatever I serve. He always has, but he never complains that there’s something missing. He doesn’t bemoan the lack of gravy, doesn’t whine about the low-fat cheese, doesn’t ever say “let’s just cheat and go to DQ”. He does have some pounds he wants to drop, but he could easily make me feel like this process is somehow depriving him. And he doesn’t. EVER.
He also loves my Smashed Cauliflower. Now he’s a real meat-and-potatoes type of guy. He loves steak and prime rib and thinks Emeril’s right and “Pork Fat Rules”. He’ll eat potatoes baked, mashed, scalloped, au gratin, steamed, grilled, roasted and fried. He’ll eat instant potatoes with that Kraft Cheese powder that’s a shade of orange just short of radioactive. And yet, Smashed Cauliflower has risen to the top of his Potato-list, even though he knows there’s not a single iota of potato in it.
Smashed Cauliflower, adapted from the South Beach Diet:
Try this in place of mashed potatoes. Heck, try it in place of any kind of potatoes. It’s positively yummy. Just ask my hubby…..he loves this stuff. He’s also lost 16 pounds. Yay Rick!!!
Weekly loss: 0.8 lbs Total loss: 8.4 lbs Yay me too!
Well, we were right. I have to eat 10 points less a day than my weight indicates in order to lose weight. I don’t know if that means that the formula used to calculate points is flawed or if I’m just really resistant to losing. I’m thinking it’s likely the latter, but it doesn’t really matter. I know what I have to do now I just have to keep doing it.
One of the things I’ve been working on is cutting aspartame out of my diet. I’m a Diet Coke addict and it’s one of the things I haven’t been able to completely cut out of my diet. I’ve gone, however, from drinking probably 2 litres of the stuff a day to one or two cans. To replace those fluids I’ve been drinking a fair bit of water but I really like flavourful things. One of my favorite drinks is the Iced Green Tea Lemonade from Starbucks. Unfortunately, they’re 4 points each. Yikes. They’re also about $3 each and there’s no Starbucks in my town anyway.
So after bopping around the internet for a bit I decided to try and come up with something I liked as much as that. I bought some Tetley flavoured teas. I don’t drink a lot of hot beverages, but I’m a huge fan of iced tea of any ilk.
They’re both good, but I really like the pomegranate. It’s very yummy. I brew a strong pot of the tea with 2 teabags. After it’s cooled a bit, I put it in a 2 litre jug and top-off with cold water. I add the juice of half a lemon or two good squirts of bottled lemon juice and then either Splenda or Stevia to taste for sweetness. It’s not Starbuck’s but it’s close. My hubby loves it and I’m addicted to it already. I’ve heard they use Tazo Zen Green Tea to make theirs, so I’m going to pick some up and try it: it has spearmint and lemongrass in it. That sounds like it would be even more yummy! And as you can see, the savings are huge when you make this yourself.
Weekly loss: 1.4 lbs. Total loss: 7.6
This is one of my go-to recipes when I don’t really feel like cooking but I need a meal. It also works when I just want something salty and cheesy and doesn’t feel like diet-food.
I love nachos. Who doesn’t? But the pub-style nachos loaded with ground beef, sour cream and guacamole just won’t work. Unless, of course, that’s all I eat for an entire day. This is my version and they’re just yummy.
15 Baked Tostitos Scoops
2 ounces of fat-free cheddar, shredded (or one ounce of regular cheddar)
1/2 cup fat-free salsa (most brands are fat-free)
2 tbsp. reduced-fat sour cream
sliced pickled jalapenos
Arrange Scoops cup-up on a plate and top with grated cheese. Microwave until cheese melts, approx. 1 – 2 minutes. Top with sour cream, salsa, and jalapenos. This recipe is 8 Weight Watchers PointsPlus points. To add extra protein, brown 4 ounces of ground turkey and add 2 tbsp taco seasoning and 1/4 cup of water. Simmer until moisture evaporates and add to nachos while hot. This will up your points to 11 per serving but really makes a meal.
So if you’re looking for a healthy snack or meal that feels naughty, but really isn’t, try these … and the bonus is you won’t feel icky after eating them.
If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably been raised on “traditional” chili. You know the stuff I mean….it has ground beef and kidney beans in it. If you’re from the Southern U.S., it likely doesn’t even have the beans but rather just chunks of chuck or sirloin. They’re both good and make for a rib-sticking meal.
These days, however, we’re trying to eat lighter and I’ve been working really hard at getting more vegetables into our diet. One of the results of this is what I call Double-Chick Chili. The two “Chicks” are chicken and chick peas. It’s adapted from a Weight Watcher’s cookbook and has been run through the points-plus calculator.
Even if you’re not watching your weight, you might want to try this chili. Seriously, this stuff is addictive. I’ve made it 4 times in as many weeks and we just can’t get enough of it. Give it a whirl. It’s something you can feel good about.
2 tsp Olive Oil
1 each red, yellow, and green bell pepper
2/3 cup red onion
1 1/2 cups carrots
1 1/2 cups zucchini
1 1/2 cups mushrooms
28 oz. crushed tomatoes
14 oz. diced tomatoes
3/4 lb. ground chicken
1 tbsp flour
1 tbsp mexican chili powder
1 tbsp cumin
1 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 1/2 cups chick peas, either canned or cooked and drained
Chop all veggies into 1/2″ pieces and saute in the olive oil in a dutch oven or 8-quart pot until just softened. Add chicken and saute until it’s no longer pink. Combine the flour, chili powder, cumin, cocoa powder and cayenne and sprinkle over veggies and chicken. Cook, on medium heat, stirring constantly, for one minute. Add crushed tomatoes and diced tomatoes and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 30 to 40 minutes, until nicely thickened. Add balsamic vinegar and chick peas and simmer another 10 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Makes 8 servings of 1 1/2 cups at 5 PointsPlus. I serve it with brown rice and like many chili, stew, and sauce recipes, it’s even better the second day.