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Chicken and Asparagus Lemon Stir Fry
I love a good one pot dinner. Unfortunately I don’t have a wok, so I had to cook this in a large skillet. And guess what? It turned out just fine. :-) And sure it was all in one pot, but I did use quite a few other dishes and utensils, mostly because I’m anal and like things super orderly.
Annnnnnyway! I really enjoyed this dish. Check out the recipe HERE on Skinnytaste! The sauce was seriously amazing! I literally licked it out of the bowl! The lemon was fantastic with soy sauce. Time wise the dish came together quite quickly. The house smelled amazing and everything was ready before I knew it!
The only time I deviated from the recipe was to eliminate the ginger. I’m really not a fan of ginger in recipes so I just left it out completely. And I think it tasted fantastic.
I didn’t plan ahead and just made this for dinner. In hindsight I should have had something to go along with it. I think next time I will serve it with some brown rice to soak up all that yummy sauce! Since we didn’t have anything else, Jeremiah and I just had double servings. I love not having leftovers!
PointsPlus wise the meal is pretty great. One serving (a quarter of the recipe) comes in at 6 PointPlus. My meal came to 12 PointPlus but I would much rather have the regular portion plus a cup of rice for a total of 11 PointPlus. Not so much to save a point, but to add some variety!
Epic salad for lunch!!
I thought about this salad all morning and was so pleased when all the flavors came together to create a filling and tasty meal. For real, I’m obsessed. I’m not even hungry and I want another one!
Mega flavorful salad included: baby spinach, chopped hard boiled egg, cubed gala apple, crumbled chile lime chicken burger, goat cheese, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, and pepper.
The balsamic really paired well with the apple and goat cheese. Man, it was delish! And super filling. The chicken, cheese and egg added some light protein and the apple and spinach bulked it up full of veggies. I was able to get three servings of fruit and veggies along with two servings of healthy oils out of one plate!
PointsPlus wise, it was also awesome. The whole meal came in at 9 PointsPlus. Perfect! Add in some lemon water (and my daily meds) and I’m set for lunch!
Another fantastic dinner courtesy of Trader Joe’s! I stocked up again the other day and was able to pull this meal together really easily.
I’ve been working the late shift this week so I don’t get home until about 7.45. This means I need a quick cooking dinner so I can eat dinner before bedtime! Last night’s dinner came together really quickly, was super flavorful and really filling.
For the main course I had two chile lime chicken burgers. I could have had one burger with a bun or two burgers without the bun. I’m trying to avoid gluten (another story for another post) so I opted for open face burgers. I topped each burger with some fat free salsa, TJ’s Reduced Guilt Guacamole, and TJs fat free sour cream. I am totally obsessed with the guacamole. It is made with Greek yogurt and is really fantastic. And TJs FF sour cream is so thick and creamy, it is hard to tell its fat free!
For the main course I chopped up four raw ounces of TJ’s teeny tiny potatoes, a half a zucchini and a handful of onion. I mixed 2 teaspoons olive oil with some crushed garlic (I’m OBSESSED!) and salt and pepper and tossed it all together. Then I wrapped it up in a foil packet and had Jeremiah toss it on the grill. The result was great. I got a serving of veggies, two servings of oil, and a whole ton of flavor.
The whole meal came together for 14 PointsPlus. I call that a win!
I have no words…..just exclamation points!
Ok, I guess I have some words. Guys, I love FIVE POUNDS! Let me say that one more time. FIVE POUNDS! My total is back to 54.6 pounds lost!
I realize that some of that is water weight, but I’m so happy that I lost the 4.6 pounds I gained on vacation! FIVE POUNDS!
This week was great. Really one of the best weeks I’ve had in a while. It was super busy with work because the term started again, but I was able to manage it well. I drank loads of water and ate really clean and I just feel really great!
I’m most proud of how I handled the hunger caused by the prednisone I’m taking. Every day I packed up a bag of fruits, veggies, and low PointsPlus snacks to bring to work with me. I really focused on spreading my meals and snacks throughout the day which helped keep the hunger at bay. I’ve started a nice little routine that I’m going to continue, as it seems to be working.
It also is helping me get all my fruits and veggies in! I can’t remember the last time that I hit that GHG almost every single day in a week. Seriously, I’m on a roll!
And eating all these healthy and filling things has really been helping my tracker. I have been eating a lot of food, but they more power foods/low points which leaves me with more daily and weekly points for fun! I’ve had wine, beer and a few “treats” this week so I didn’t feel deprived. Long story short, I’m really happy with how the program is working right now.
I know that its not likely I will see a 5 pound week again, but it was a great kickstarter back into Weight Watchers. It definitely kept me motivated for the coming week!
Hope you all had great weigh ins this week as well!
Honey Balsamic Chicken Tenders with Parmesan Garlic Roasted Green Beans
Last night’s dinner was a combination of Pinterest and my current obsession with garlic roasted veggies.
I found THIS recipe a little bit ago and pinned to to my Meals To Try board. I love Pinterest and have gotten my boards organized so that I actually use them! I go over there whenever I need some food inspiration. I even pin my own posts on my Another Pound Lost board so I can keep track of recipes that I love! I can’t tell you how many times I forget about recipes that I really liked and Pinterest has helped remind me.
Annnnnyway, back to the subject at hand…..dinner! So, I saw THIS recipe for honey balsamic chicken fingers and knew I needed to make it. The recipe was really easy to follow and came together really quickly….perfect for a Monday night dinner. I calculated it to be about 7 PointsPlus per serving, but you may want to doublecheck the portion sizes depending on how much chicken you make (I only had a pound when the recipe calls for 1.5 pounds).
On to the green beans. I’m totally obsessed with garlic roasted veggies right now! The other night I made asparagus and last night I decided to try it out with green beans. And let me tell you, they were delicious! I love when they get nice and crispy in the oven and they have so much flavor! I’ve also been using this as a way to get my daily servings of oil in.
- Green beans - I used a bag from Trader Joe’s
- 1.5T olive oil
- 2t crushed garlic - you can add as much or as little as you like….I like more!
- salt and pepper
- 1.5T grated parmesan cheese
- Preheat oven to 400
- Line edged cookie sheet with tin foil and spray lightly with cooking spray - hello easy cleanup!
- Mix oil, garlic, salt, and pepper together in a small bowl. This helps make sure the garlic chunks are more evenly dispersed.
- Add green beans to a gallon ziplock bag and pour oil mixture over top. Seal and shake shake shake!
- After the beans are coated I sprinkled the parmesan cheese over the top and shook it up again.
- Pour the beans onto the tray and bake for about 30 minutes. I like mine crispy so they were in the oven for about 35 minutes.
Depending on how many servings you get the PointsPlus values will change. Mine came out to be 2 PointsPlus and were super satisfying!
I also served dinner with the last slices of bread that Laurie and I made on Sunday. SO DELICIOUS! It’s a good thing it’s gone because it was pretty high in PointsPlus, but oh, so yummy.
My whole dinner came to be 15 PointsPlus. Obviously this will be different for everyone, but I thought it was a great meal and wanted to share!
Add this to Pinterest HERE!
Chicken Cordon Bleu Pasta Bake with Asparagus
Oh man you guys…..this was really fantastic. The recipe was so rich and decadent that you couldn’t even tell it was a lightened up recipe!
Like I mentioned earlier, yesterday was a day of cooking! I made a whole slew of things including this recipe for a Chicken Cordon Bleu Pasta Bake. It was a little more work than I like for a weeknight meal, but made the perfect Sunday dinner. I’m not saying that it was a LOT of work, I’m saying that I like super easy dinners that don’t take much time to put together.
The recipe called for cooked chicken, so in the afternoon I pan fried the cubed chicken and set it aside for later on. This helped ease up the dinner time prep.
This was the first time that I had ever made a roux as a sauce base. For some reason I was really nervous about it, when I really shouldn’t have had any worries! The roux and sauce came together perfectly according to Emily’s directions. Once that was finished the dish came together really quick and made my home smell amazing while cooking!
Seriously, this dish was darn good. So rich and flavorful. It got thumbs up from all the diners (Jeremiah, Chris, Laurie and myself) and will definitely be made again.
I served it with roasted asparagus. Man, I always forget how tasty roasted asparagus is! I just tossed the stalks with some olive oil, salt, pepper, and crushed garlic, then roasted it for about 35 minutes at 350 (the same temp the chicken was cooking at). So flavorful and a great addition to meal. We also had the fresh baked bread and butter that I spoke of earlier!
PointsPlus wise, this meal pretty great. The Chicken Cordon Bleu comes in at 9 PointsPlus per serving and the asparagus came in at 1 PointsPlus (for the olive oil). The bread was 4 PointsPlus per slice and the butter was 1 PointsPlus. The meal would have been perfectly fine without the bread, but I had planned ahead and adored each warm bite!
So I decided to do a reassessment period with my ActiveLink. I figured that so much has changed over the past year or so fitness wise, that I needed to reevaluate. I was having a really hard time getting to 100% and feeling really frustrated. So I just set up the assessment period for the next 7 days. Then I will start a challenge to slowly increase my activity over the coming 3 months.
I’m excited to have a baseline that is appropriate to my lower fitness levels and move up from there. My pulmonologist told me to ease back into activity since I spent two months barely able to function at a normal level. Hopefully the ActiveLink will do it’s job and get me moving again!
Yay for my first weigh in back on Weight Watchers! I’ve never been so pumped up after a meeting where I gained. But I’m so pumped!
So, I went to my first Thursday morning meeting. I was kind of nervous because I didn’t know what the expect with the leader and the group, but I was really pleased with everything. The leader is young and fun and I loved watching her rapport with the members of the group. It seems like a great meeting and I’m really excited to go back next week. I was even more excited to see some familiar faces from my previous Wednesday meetings and even someone who had attended the meetings a while back. It was great to catch up and also meet new people!
Weigh in wise, I was up 4.6 pounds. Considering I haven’t tracked any food in almost exactly eight weeks, I would say a five pound gain in a month isn’t terrible. Especially with all the food I ate on vacation. The gain raised my daily PointsPlus target to 42 and unfortunately pushed me under the fifty pounds lost mark. I’m now at 49.6 pounds lost.
But guys, I’m SO MOTIVATED!
I’m so excited to be tracking again! Who would have thought? I’m also so so SO happy that I’m able to be more active! All day yesterday I marveled at how quickly I was moving. I was out of breath from walking to my car but this time it was because I was almost power walking, not because my lungs were giving out on me! I just can’t get over it.
I’m also so excited to get back to healthy eating. I went to Trader Joe’s last night and stocked up on everything. My fridge is now full of fresh fruits and veggies, healthy proteins and lots of good things!
We had Chris and Laurie over for dinner and I can’t tell you how great it felt to get back in the kitchen and make yummy food. I had music playing and I was practically dancing around, loving every minute of it.
I made burgers, sauteed summer squash and zucchini, and french fries. The fries were frozen from Trader Joe’s but the rest was from scratch! I had never made burgers before and Chris helped me made them super yummy with eggs, bread crumbs, onion, garlic and seasonings. They turned out fantastic! The veggies I just sauteed with some olive oil, salt and pepper and garlic. Everything came out fantastic! I didn’t count up the points because I didn’t start counting until this morning. But it felt great to eat healthy food that I made!
This week is off to a great start and I’m loving how fantastic I’m feeling. I’ve already made good decisions today and I’m so motivated to keep it up. I hope you all are feeling great as well!
Well, today was my last WIW. Like I mentioned last week, our meeting time got cancelled due to low turnout. Super frustrating and really annoying. I love the group and the leader and really don’t like change.
I actually got to the meeting a bit early today so that I didn’t feel rushed. I weighed in one pound up from last week which is pretty good considering I haven’t been tracking. I’m starting to feel a bit better but my appetite is still funky and I’m just focusing on getting healthy. I will let you all know when I have some answers….I don’t want to keep posting speculations. But I had a cat scan yesterday so I’m hopeful that we will soon figure out what is up.
Back to the meeting….I’m so glad that one of the women in the group had the foresight to plan a little party. She bought cards for our leader and receptionist that we were all able to sign. She also bought little pots of tulips for each of them. How sweet is that?! And even better, she brought a whole bunch of fresh fruit, fat free yogurt and some mini muffins for us to have a little party. We were able to visit after the meeting and chat with everyone…..it was really nice. It seems a few members of the group will be switching to the same meeting as me (10a on Thursdays) so there will be some familiar faces next week.
I was able to go to my Weight Watchers meeting today! And I even saw a loss on the scale! I’m down 1.2 pounds in two weeks (I missed last week’s WI) and I’m 100% happy with this. I haven’t been feeling well so a lot of food just hasn’t sounded great. I’ve stopped tracking about a week ago and have just been eating what sounds good at the time. Often I lose my appetite about halfway through the meal.
We got some sad news at our WW meeting today though. Our meeting time is being canceled and next week will be our last meeting! Apparently our attendance is not where they (the man, aka corporate WW) would like it and so they are just canceling. I love that it is a small group and I really like the people that are there every week. The leader is really fantastic as well. It’s going to be interesting to have to change meetings.
This also kinda throws off my weekly schedule. I’ve been going to this meeting for almost exactly two years and my work schedule has been built around working late on Wednesdays. I think I’m going to have to go the Thursday morning meetings just because it will work the best with my work schedule. It may be good for me to get used to using my points differently (due to the later weigh in). We shall see!
Long story short, next week will be my last Weigh in Wednesday. From then on it will be Weigh in Thursday. It just doesn’t have the same ring to it! :(
Today at lunch I grabbed an apple to bring to my office for an afternoon snack. (Excellent decision!) I was looking forward to that dang apple all afternoon! But when I bit into it, it was funky. :-( Mushy and tasted funny. Not cool.
So what do I do instead? Visit the coffee shop in my building and buy myself a tall skinny latte. Good decision, Alexis. But then I see they have cupcakes. So I buy one. Decent decision, since I will track it and I have the points available. The final straw? The cupcakes were buy one get one free since it was after two pm. The bad decision here is that I didn’t say no to the free cupcake. I could have just said no, but instead I walked away with two delicious gourmet cupcakes and one latte.
I already ate the first cupcake (hence only having a photo of one of the cupcakes) and I haven’t decided if I’m going to eat the second one. I still have the points (I wasn’t feeling well this morning and skipped breakfast) but I know I don’t NEED two cupcakes in one day. I could give the cupcake away. Or even throw it away.
The moral of the story here? I need to keep healthy snacks on hand at work! I’m waiting anxiously for my next Graze box to arrive to help solve this very problem!
EDIT: I gave it away! That is a win for today in my books!
Well, not really what I wanted to see, but not completely surprising. I gained 1.4 pounds this week, bringing my total to 54 pounds lost.
I know that I ate a lot this weekend. We celebrated our anniversary on Friday with an epic meal at Morton’s. And although I did my best to track everything, we ate out a few other times so I guessed on a few meals. But I did track everything, so that is a win. I also know that shark week is coming and I’m retaining water like ca-razy. Ugh, I feel terrible!
My goal this week is to really focus on tracking and meeting my GHGs. That kind of fell by the wayside this week and I really need to pay more attention to it. Especially the water!
I also need to work on getting more sleep. I’m an 8+ hours of sleep a night kind of gal and if I get less than that I really suffer. I’ve been fighting a bad cough/cold (going to the doc tomorrow!) and I know more sleep will help me feel better. I’ve already started focusing on this and today I even woke up before my alarm!
I almost started this post exactly the same way I started my last post…but then I looked down and realized that I didn’t want to be redundant. But I can’t help if that is how I feel! So, I’m going with it…….
Will you look at that?! This program really works! Shocker!
Another week on program and another THREE POINT FOUR POUNDS lost! Hey-oh!! That brings my total back to 55.4 pounds lost! Yes!
EDIT: I forgot to mention that today’s meeting was really fantastic! We talked about non scale victories and boy do I have a list of those! I was talking about how proud I was of my blood work and the leader asked me to share how much weight I had lost. I said 55.4 and people started clapping! One women even asked if she could give me a hug! And she said how proud she was of me. It was so sweet and such a special moment. This is exactly what makes going to the meetings so meaningful. I thoroughly appreciated the love and support!
Sorry for the quiet last week. Nothing major was going on, minus Chicago returning to Chiberia which meant I went into hibernation mode.
I did do some basic cooking, so that is a bonus! I made this version of healthy French Toast, one cold day for breakfast. I also bought stuff for sandwiches so I had turkey, avocado and provolone paninis, some grilled cheese, and some regular cold sandwiches. I also found some yummy chocolate chili that I had frozen for just such occasions. We did order out a few times, but I planned ahead and tracked everything. I also focused on water and snacking well (cuties to the rescue!).
In other news, today is my (and my husband’s!) three year wedding anniversary! We never give anniversary presents, but instead decided that we would take ourselves out to a super delicious dinner every year to celebrate. Year one was at Morton’s and year two was at The Publican. This year Jeremiah planned a surprise night out for us this Friday! I have no clue where we are going! But I know that I will be saving up my weekly points for a delicious dinner. Oh, and my fifteen year old brother is coming to stay at our house on Saturday into Sunday so we are planning to take him for some Chicago style pizza! Yum (and more planning for points!).
I think that’s all for now! Hope you all had great weigh ins as well!
Will you look at that?! Tracking and eating better DOES lead to weight loss! Who knew?!?!
You may have guessed, but I’ll tell you anyway, that I had a great weigh in! The scale showed a 2.4 pound lost! Hey-oh! That brings my total pounds lost back to 52!
This loss definitely motivated me to keep going. Sometimes a good loss makes me feel like I can slack off for a couple of days, but right now I’m going strong and I want to keep it that way!
A couple things to note about this past week…..I kept my promise, to my leader and myself, that I would track every single day! She gave me seven bravo stickers last week to help motivate me. I definitely felt like I had to earn those darn stickers! I was really happy that I was able to track even though I was out of town for a long weekend. We ate seven meals out at restaurants (I had breakfast at the hotel) and I still was able to stay on plan. I used all of my activity points (only seven) and all but seven of my weekly points. I usually like to have about 14 WPs leftover for miscalculations, but eating out can be quite high in points. Either way, I’m
happy ecstatic with a 2.4 pound loss!
How did you all do on your weigh ins this week?
My first day back on track went well! I tracked everything I ate and stayed perfectly on point. I got all my water, plus extra (!), in as well!
So, I’m feeling pretty good. Now, I would really appreciate it if the stress level in my life would simmer down a bit. I may or may not have had a minor panic attack tonight.
But as Miss Scarlett says, I can’t think about that today, I’ll think about it tomorrow.
Bed time for me folks….let’s hope tomorrow is a good one!