My Sweet Marie

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Salsa is a life saver for me! I put it on eggs in the morning, use as a dip for veggies or tortillas, have it on chicken, Oh I could go on but you get the idea! It’s 0 WW points so have at it! This is a super easy recipe too! You will need a food processor for this recipe, maybe a good blender would work, not sure! Here goes:

Ingredients:

  • 3 cans of tomatoes, diced or whole
  • 2 small onions
  • 15 cloves of garlic, peeled
  • 6-8 jalapenos
  • 2 red peppers, chop roughly
  • 1 bunch cilantro, washed
  • 3 limes zested
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Put all of the ingredients in your food processor in batches till all are finely minced.
  2. Place in crock pot and let stew for 6 hours on low.
  3. Have ready your jars clean sterile with lids sterile as well.
  4. Ladle into your jars, wiping the rim clean and seal with sterile lids.
  5. Wrap in a large blanket or sleeping bag for 24 hours.
  6. Enjoy as you would any salsa!
  7. 0 Smart points per serving!
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I do love me some honey, add in garlic and soy sauce….yummy!! Here’s a great recipe if you’re on the WW program, it’s a 5 point per portion option for dinner!

Ingredients:

  • 4 x 4oz chicken breasts, boneless and skinless
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 6 tbsp. soy sauce, I used gluten-free soy sauce
  • 3 cloves fresh garlic, crushed
  • 1 tsp of fresh ginger, crushed

Directions:

  1. Lay the chicken breasts in a casserole.
  2. Blend the honey, soy sauce, garlic and ginger. You may have to warm the honey to blend it. I nuked mine for 30 seconds.
  3. Pour the sauce over the chicken.
  4. Bake at 350 for an hour. Easy peasy!
  5. Serve with brown rice and broccoli for a well balanced meal!
  6. the chicken is 5 points, rice is 5 points for a cup cooked rice and the broccoli is 0 as long as it’s steamed!

This is a recipe that I literally dreamt up! I mean does everybody dream about food like me? It turned out very well and I thought I’d share with you all! I hope you like it too! I like to cook healthy and easy to prepare foods. I also like it when they are delicious and look great, so this recipe gets 4 stars from me! Here’s what I did:

Ingredients:

  • 1 pork tenderloin
  • 8 0z of mushrooms, sliced thin
  • 8 oz spinach chopped
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 3 slices of turkey bacon or real bacon if you’d like.
  • Rib rub or Montreal steak seasoning (See recipes in my spices/seasonings category)
  • toothpicks

Directions:

  1. First you need to sautee the mushrooms and spinach in the olive oil till they are wilted and well done.
  2. Add the vinegar and reduce till most of the liquid is evaporated. Set aside.
  3. Take your tenderloin and slit down the length of the meat. Flatten but no need to pound it. Season to your liking.
  4. Lay the mushroom/spinach mix down the center of the meat.
  5. Roll the meat up being careful to keep all the filling inside the meat, and secure with toothpicks or use butcher’s twine.
  6. Wrap the roll with the bacon and again secure with a toothpick per piece of bacon. Season again if you’d like.
  7. Wrap in plastic wrap and let the meat rest for a few hours in the fridge.
  8. Now it can be grilled till nice and golden on all sides, on the BBQ or you can bake it in the oven till the meat is fully cooked.
  9. If using the turkey bacon it is 1 WW point per ounce.
  10. Let sit for 5 minutes then slice to serve.

Well, I just got home from a disappointing weigh-in. I spent the weekend with my grand-children and family camping. We had a fantastic time, we played on the beach, we sang songs by the campfire, we ate yummy foods, forbidden foods and drank yummy drinks! OK maybe too many yummy foods and drinks. Should I be angry at myself? Should I be ashamed that I had a quality weekend with my family? Well, the Pollyanna in me chooses to learn from this experience rather then be angry.

Going into the weekend I did plan for the trip. I cut veggies and fruit so they were readily available, I made my foil packs, portioned to a healthy point value, I planned a drink that is low in points (coconut rum with water and lime, delish) and easy to make. I planned on getting loads of activity points in by walking and playing on the beach. Plans are good if you actually follow through with them, I did on some of this but not all. Also, you shouldn’t drink most of the bottle of rum because it gets harder to track the points!

So the truth is, I did eat my veggies and fruits. I even ate my canning jar oatmeal that I prepped for my breakfast. But I also ate a pancake or two that I made for the kids, I also had a chip or three when the others were having them. So I should be angry with myself but I’m not. Normally I would be but today, after a great meeting with some really great people, I realize that it’s ok to screw up, to step back now and then as it helps us appreciate the good weeks. It’s ok to mess up as I know that next time I camp, there’ll be no chips or pancakes(or coconut rum)! I will track next time I go and before I put that candy in my mouth, I will have to decide if I can ‘afford’ the points. So, lesson learned.

So, you say, what is the motivating factor? Well at the meeting we discussed what will get you back on track, some said I’ll read my “success handbook”, some said “I’ll re-boot”, start over, some said “I’ll plan this week”. Those are all great ideas and I do have my success handbook out already but what motivated me was on the way out the door, I said to Mike, let’s see who loses the most this week, and he said sure, let’s do it! Well, I am a very competitive person so watch out Mike! You know I’ll lose now!

So my plan is simple, I will exercise in some form of activity, everyday. I will plan my meals and likely see fish on there a lot this week! I will track. I will drink my water (sans coconut rum). I will eat protein at every snack or meal, that’s what keeps me full and not wanting junk.

So ladies, gents, what will you do this week to stay on track, to keep motivated? I’d love to hear your comments!

Hugs,

Sweet Marie

Now that I am back on that WW wagon, I have been getting creative with my breakfasts! Here’s a favourite that fills you up, is healthy and only, drum roll please… 1 point! I know right? Truly it is delicious. I do both the stove top method and on busier days, I use the microwave! Here’s what I do:

Ingredients:

  • 4 egg whites ( I buy a little carton, easier)
  • 1/2 cup kale chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped mushrooms (fresh or canned)
  • any other veggies (onions, peppers etc)
  • hot sauce to taste
  • 1/4 cup salsa
  • Pam

Directions:

  1. Fry pan method: Spray  your non stick pan . Add in your veggies and sautee till golden. Add in the egg whites.
  2. When done add the salsa. Serve up with 1 cup of chopped fresh fruit! Voila 1 point breakfast!
  3. Microwave directions: Spray your microwave-able dish with Pam, add your veggies then egg whites.
  4. Top that with the salsa. Cover and nuke for 2 minutes, 30 seconds.
  5. Serve up with a side of fruit and voila, 1 point breakfast! Filling and delicious.

Tomorrow I will be having the kids for dinner, and I thought I’d do up a little something for an appetizer, what to have, what to have? After a bit of browsing, I found a seafood concoction by the Barefoot Contessa which inspired me. I didn’t use her recipe but it inspired me none-the-less! Here’s what I did:

Ingredients:

  • 1 kg of seafood ( I used calamari, shrimp, octopus and mussels, no shells)
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 lemons (zest and juice of 1 1/2 and slice the other half, very thing)
  • 2-3 cloves garlic crushed
  • red pepper flakes to taste
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley
  • 1 tomato diced finely
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Cook the seafood as directed on package. I used frozen seafood and steamed it. You could poach it in white wine for a lovely taste as well.
  2. Make your dressing with all the other ingredients except the sliced lemons.
  3. Add the cooked and cooled seafood to the dressing in a large bowl. Let sit overnight.
  4. Serve in chilled martini glasses or other fancy glass, garnished with a lemon slice or two and a basil or mint leaf. This should give you 6-8 appetizer servings@ 4 WW points each.

Today at the WW meeting I felt inspired to do more to help my fellow WW peeps. I love to cook and I know this is a challenge for some people so maybe by me posting some recipes I can help you out! I love going to the meetings as they inspire me to do better. I love when people share their wisdom, their love and mostly their support as this is not an easy journey, but none the less, we have been thrown together on this train and well, somebody has to steer the darn thing! So here’s today’s post of my favourite 5 veggies!

  1. Steamed purple cabbage: Seriously, you chop up a red cabbage, throw it in a large pot, add water and vinegar. Boil the heck out of it until it is falling apart tender. This could take 1-2 hours. But once it’s done, you have enough for a few days and truly it is so tasty, just a bit of salt and pepper and you are ready to go!
  2. Green beans: Do you like spice? If so, steam your beans whichever method works for you, I like using a steamer but a micro will work too. Once they are cooked, toss them with a bit of Siracha(Rooster) sauce. Ta-da, that’s it, great with chicken, pork, steak, whatever!
  3. Roasted Veggies:  Take your favourite veggies like carrots, onions, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, celery, beets, rapini, kale, zucchini…I could go on! Wash them and chop them into large chunks, toss with very little olive oil(1 tbsp. for a large tray) and lay flat on a parchment covered tray, roast for 45 minutes at 375. Delicious.
  4. Sweet potato fries: Wash your taters and cut into wedges, dice or slim fries. Toss with 1 tbsp. of olive oil per 1-2 small to med. sweet potatoes and roast at 375 for 45 minutes to an hour depending on the cut. You will want them crispy. This is also great with rutabagas. I like to mix both together and surprise my hubby, get those veggies in! Don’t stack the taters as they’ll be mushy.
  5. Salsa veggies: Use the frozen veggie blend of beans/carrots, steam in the micro and top with some salsa and if you can/want go crazy and add 1/4 – 1/2 cup of shredded cheese. Be sure to count the cheese in your points! I like goat’s cheese on mine with a splash of balsamic vinegar…divine!

I hope these veggie ideas have helped you today and I will post more snack ideas up in the next few days! I love comments so please feel free to share your ideas and I’ll be sure to post them! Remember to count your points when adding olive oil!

Sweet Marie