Tag Archives: Weight Watchers

Summer Squash, Onion and Tomato Recipe

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We have this great traveling type farmer’s market here and you can go and pay the guy $20 and get all the fruits and vegetables your family can eat for a week.

We went for the first time this past Tuesday and it is a great deal. However, I realized today as I was looking through the fridge that I had some things that were going to go bad if I didn’t eat them.

So I came up with this quick and easy Summer Squash, Onion and Tomato Recipe. And it was delicious not a real original name, though!

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Ingredients:

3 small summer squashed – sliced
1 large onion – chopped
2 large tomatoes – (I cut them in big chunks, about 12 chunks from each tomato)
1 TBS Olive Oil
2 TBS water

Directions:

Heat olive oil on medium heat and toss in sliced squash
Sautee squash for about 5 minutes and add water & onion
cooking until onions and squash are soft
add chunked tomatoes and cook for a few more minutes until tomatoes are soft

Season to your liking, I added garlic salt

Makes 4 servings – 2 WW points plus per serving.

 

I had it for lunch and it was delicious. It would also be a very good side item with your meal.

A great side for those of us following the Weight Watchers plan.

 

 

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Celebrate the Small Things and Photo of the day #9

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It is Friday again and time to Celebrate the Small Things!

It has been a rough week for me since it was the 1 year anniversary of my mothers passing.
So I really NEED to celebrate the small things this week.

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Personal –

I survived the week.
I started back on my WW diet to lose the 8lbs I gained last week by eating everything in sight.
I organized all my books on the shelf and now know exactly what I have and need!

Reading –

I finished Rainwater in about 8 days – that is fast for me since the toddler child is running around crazy all the time! It was a great book and I would highly recommend it.
I started Lisa Gardner “The Perfect Husband” – I am having a hard time getting into it, but I think it is because I know it one my mom read and that is trigger something. But I am going to read it. 🙂

Writing –

This is the area that has fallen to the wayside this week. But I would still like to celebrate that I am ABOUT to get busy writing and editing again this coming week!

Also PAD #9 -Yes I know I am not doing a Picture a Day – More like a Picture a week…. However #9 is Restaurant, So I will show you a picture of my most favorite Restaurant!  – — Okay I cheated a little…. It is taken INSIDE One of my most favorite Restaurants….The Dining room on the CRUISE SHIP!

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A Confession and Suppressed Grief

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So, for the past week I have been going through the motions of a mindless eater. Actually that isn’t entirely true, I have knowingly gone into the cupboards and found the hidden Nutella jar (by the way it is either heavenly goodness or the devil, I haven’t decided which yet), eaten spoonfuls of peanut butter & Nutella mixture, taken handfuls of cereal, eaten ice cream and basically anything I wanted. Now, for a normal person this might be okay, however I am recently back at my Weight Watchers lifetime weight and so this has put all of that in jeopardy.  I dread the scale next week…. Sorry Susan, advance warning of my breakdown.

Not only have my eating habits been bad, but also I have not written a single word or edited a single page in my novel in the past 6 days. I am not reading, and I am spending mindless hours a day trying to Crush Candy…..

The question is why?

I had an epiphany moment a bit ago when I opened a piece of mail from Cobb Hospice. Reminding me, As if that wasn’t all that has been going through my head since the start of September, that we are coming up on the 1-Year anniversary of my mother’s passing.

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Aha!
In all my mindless acts, I do not have to think.
If I start to think, I might be reminded that I have lived the past year of my life without my mother, my best friend, my daughter’s Nana. Without these mindless acts, I would have to think and realize how much I miss her and how I would love to just have her arms around me one more time in a comforting hug.  I might have to realize that I finally wrote and finished a story AFTER she died and so she was not able to read it. I might have to register when my daughter says she misses her Nana. I might have to take off the mask of “I am fine, I am strong.”
I might have to allow myself to grieve for her again.  

I guess the little box I had this all tucked away in is getting wet and soggy and breaking down.

For a moment, I will allow myself to cry and be mad and sad and happy she isn’t in pain anymore. I will feel sorry for myself and for my daughter for not getting more time with her. And then, I will wipe away my tears, put on my happy face, and put it all back in a new little box and tuck it away.

Of course, in 3 days on September 9th, when we come to the “actual” day that Momma went to be with Daddy in Heaven then I might have to pull that box back out and allow myself another good cry.

Its Soup Time!

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It is that time of year again. The weather is getting cold and when we think about dinner we start thinking about comfort foods and soups. No wonder we gain so much weight in the winter months. Along with all the holidays we have a natural drawing towards comfort foods.

I made a great Chicken soup last night and I just have to share it with you. I know this isn’t a food blog but it is about life and we have to eat to live. The challenge for me is that I love comfort foods and I am on Weight Watchers. On Weight Watchers you can eat just about anything you want as long as you count your points, but you want to use those points wisely.

So I took a recipe from Campbells Kitchen, Mom’s Favorite Chicken Soup and tweaked it and bulked it up. Here is the original recipe.   http://www.campbellskitchen.com/recipes/recipedetails?recipeid=25806&fm=internal_search
I took away some of the fat but kept all the flavor. This is a very yummy soup and for you Weight Watchers conscience cookers like me, my version is only 6 WW Points Plus for a cup. I promise you though you will feel guilty eating it, it is so good.

So Here it is:
Shelly’s Yummy Chicken Soup

  • 4 Cups Water
  • 2 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts (uncooked)
  • 2 Stalks Celery Chopped
  • 1 Medium Onion Coarsely Choppped
  • 2 Cups Baby Carrots Sliced into 4 lengthwise strips
  • 2 Cups potatoes cut into about 1” pieces
  • 1 Cup Frozen Peas
  • 1 Cup Frozen Whole Kernel Corn
  • 2 10 ¾ Oz Cans of Cream of Chicken Soup
  • 2 Slices American Cheese Singles
  • 2 Slices Low-Fat American Cheese Singles
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Franks Red Hot Sauce

Directions:

Place uncooked chicken breast and chopped celery in the 4 Cups of water, season water with salt and pepper to your taste and boil chicken breast until done on medium heat. About 40 minutes.

When chicken breasts are done remove them from water and set aside. You should have about 3 cups of chicken broth left in the pot.

Add Onions and Carrots to broth and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat and add potatoes, peas, and corn, cook for approx 20-30 minutes or until veggies are all tender, stirring as needed.

While the veggies are cooking take your cooled chicken breast and pull apart into chunks or shredded pieces. It should have boiled so tender that you can do this with your hands. Remove any pieces of fat you come across. You will only be using 10oz of the chicken (it is best if you have a food scale to measure out the 10 oz) Shredded this goes a long way.

When the veggies are tender add the shredded chicken, canned soup and 4 cheese slices. Stir until cheese is fully melted.

Serve with hot sauce if desired (we put this in our individual bowls so that our 2 year old could eat and it is not too spicy)

Makes 8 – 1 Cup Servings for 6 WW Points Plus Points.

Ok hope you guys enjoy as much as I did.

Have a great day!