Saturday, February 7, 2009

A Few Great Recipes!

Yes, I am still on Weight Watchers. I am one of those people that LOVE food (is there anyone that doesn't) and have been on a quest to find low fat, high fiber, veggie rich foods these past 5 weeks. Here's what I've been enjoying...

  • I've been loving salads! Here is what I hate about salads... 1) I don't like all the chopping. 2) I don't like eating the same salad over and over again. 3) Sometimes salads seem too much like I'm eating a bush. So here is what I've done to help myself...
I have been food processing my salads to a chop (not a mush) so that it is roughly the texture of a chunky salsa. I throw all the veggies (minus the lettuce) in the processor so that I don't have to do much cutting. I throw lunch meat or chicken in there after the veggies. I throw berries or apples in there. Whatever I have in the house goes in the salad. I put the lettuce on a plate and pour the veggies and meat over the top and voila! It's delish and you hardly need any dressing because of the texture of the veggies. These salads haven't ever topped 3.5 points and I get at least 3 servings of veggies in one sitting!

  • I LOVE the following recipe for Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies from WW.
2 tbsp butter, melted
2 tsp canola oil
1/2 cup(s) packed brown sugar, dark-variety
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/8 tsp table salt
1 large egg white(s)
3/4 cup(s) all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp baking soda
3 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips (make sure that they are organic to ensure that they are "slave free", about 1/2 cup or cut up dark chocolate pieces.

    Preheat oven to 375ºF.
    In a medium bowl, cream together butter, oil and sugar. Add vanilla, salt and egg white; mix thoroughly to combine.

    In a small bowl, mix together flour and baking soda; stir into batter. Add chocolate chips to batter; stir to distribute evenly throughout.

    Drop rounded half-teaspoons of dough onto one or two large nonstick baking sheets, leaving a small amount of space between each cookie. Bake cookies until golden around edges, about 4 to 6 minutes (I do 4); cool on a wire rack. Yields 2 cookies per serving.
YES!! Two mini cookies for 1 point!!! Glorious!!

  • I have a total sweet tooth and feel deprived if I don't have something for dessert so here comes another GREAT recipe for a "Peanut Butter Cup Milkshake" from "The Hungry Girl Cookbook." It is REALLY good and totally satisfied my ice cream/sweet craving. Plus, it took me 2 minutes to make it. It is 4 pts. per serving but worth every point.
1/2 cup light chocolate soymilk
1 Jello Sugar Free Chocolate Pudding Snack
2 teaspoons reduced-fat peanut butter
3 no-calorie sweetener packets
11 ice cubes or 1 cup crushed ice
Optional: Fat Free Reddi-Wip (note: totally worth it and 5 calories for every 2 tablespoons)

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend at high speed for 45 to 60 seconds (until smooth). Pour into a tall glass and enjoy!

So there it is. I have more faves... but not enough time to post them! Enjoy!


Angel said...

Yay for you for sticking with it and finding yummy recipes! I'll be in the same boat as you after the baby's born. I went on WW after both kids, so I'm gearing up for round 3! ha You could just decide your "prize" for getting to your goal weight is a trip to Hawaii for a week! You guys are always welcome to come crash :)

Kara H said...

Great tips! The shake sound wonderful! I LOVE peanut butter!!! :)

Ashley Julian said...

Yumm...those sound great.
AND...As a fellow food lover I find it hard to comprehend that there are people out there who don't reallly love food but they do exist (sigh). My (former) neighbor was one of "those" and she had me over for lunch when I was pregnant. Yeah, it was tough. I thought I was going to faint walking back to my house.
I love my food!
sorry for the novel.

Amy Cheng said...

Oh that's funny. I was just going to ask you for that cookie recipe. Cool! I'm gonna do that shake too.

Carlee Avery said...

Ok - so I noticed yesterday morning as you walked (yes, I was checkin' out your back side ;) that you are looking quite trim! Way to go!