Day 3

Every Sunday we have our children and grandchildren over for dinner.  I always have to try and find child friendly meals that are also simply filling and nutritious for myself.  Today I opted for an old family favourite – Shepherd’s Pie.  I can make this simply filling by using extra lean ground beef and skimmed milk for the mashed potatoes.  The gravy mix works out at less than 1 point per serving, so I consider it simply filling.

To accompany this I wanted to try Roasted Butternut Squash.  I had seen this on the E D Smith’s website.  I like to use their No Sugar Added Syrup – at only 30 calories for 3 Tbsp!

I have noticed when I plug a recipe into the Weightwatchers recipe calculator, even if the ingredients are power foods, it still ends out with a point value for the whole thing!!!

Sunday is usually a pretty inactive day for me, church in the morning, dinner preparation in the afternoon, evening spent with the family.  It is my fave day of the week though!!

My daughter-in-law is bringing over dessert today.  She rang me on Friday with the nutritional data.  464 calories per serving (13 points+)  I think I may have to pass on that!!!  Although I guess if I have 1/2 a serving.  I will make a decision on that later today!  Will I or won’t I???????

SHEPHERD’S PIE ( 9 Points+)

Shepherd's Pie
Serves 4

  • 12oz Extra Lean Ground Beef
  • 1/2 Cup Chopped Onion
  • 1 Clove Garlic, minced
  • 1/8 tsp Pepper
  • 1/8 tsp Salt
  • 1/8 tsp Dried Thyme
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 1/2 Cups Frozen Mixed Vegetables, thawed
  • 1 Cup Beef Gravy Mix, Prepared


  • 3-4 Medium Potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1/4 Cup Fat Free Chicken Broth or Skimmed Milk
  • 1 Large Egg, beaten
  • 1/2 tsp Dried Parsley
  • Butter flavoured cooking spray
  • Paprika, for garnish
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. In boiling salted water, cook potatoes unjtil tender.  Drain well and mash.  Stir in beaten egg, chicken broth or milk, dried parsley, salt and pepper.  Set aside.
  3. In a large non stick skillet over medium heat, cook ground beeg until no longer pink, breaking it up as it cooks.  Drain if necessary.
  4. Add onions and garlic, cook until softened.
  5. Stir in the pepper, salt, thyme, thawed vegetables and the prepared gravy.  Mix well to combine.
  6. Divide mixture evenly into 4 gratin dishes that have been sprayed with cooking spray.
  7. Divide mashed potatoes evenly over the meat mixture spreading to cover as much as possible.
  8. Lightrly spray each with butter-flavoured cooking spray, dust with paprika.
  9. Bake in oven for 30 minutes or until lightly browned and bubbling.

Per Serving: 394 Calories, 44g Fat, 46g Carbs, 27g Protein, 4g Fibre (9 Points+) (100% Simply Filling)

This recipe came from a website called Carol’s Simply Filling Creations for Weight Watchers – she has some great recipes on there that I want to try.

Roasted Butternut Squash (1 Points+)

Roasted Butternut Squash

Makes: 4 (1/2 cup/125 mL) servings

  • 3 Cups 1/2″ cubes peeled butternut squash or carrots
  • 2 Tbsp E D Smith No Sugar Added Syrup, divided
  • 2 tsp Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp Dried Thyme Leaves, crumbled
  • Salt and Pepper
  1. Place squash cubes in a large bowl. Add 2 tbsp (30 mL) of the E.D.SMITH NO SUGAR ADDED SYRUP, olive oil and thyme. Toss well to coat.
  2. Place squash in a single layer on a lightly-greased rimmed baking sheet. Bake, uncovered, in preheated 400˚F (200˚C) oven 40 minutes or until tender.

Per Serving: 75 Calories, 14g Carbs, 2g Fat, 1g Protein, 2g Fibre (1 Points+ ) 100% Simply Filling

This recipe is from the E D Smith website.

Had a nice tossed salad with dinner and so afterwards I decided to pass on the dessert.  It was extremely yummy though.  My daughter-in-law is following a calorie counted diet right ow and allowed herself enough calories to have 1/2 a piece of her cake.

Other than not a very active day, food wise I was pretty pleased with myself.


27 Points Plus ( 47 Weekly Points Allowance remainin)


Steps – 3,352

Stairs – 11

Miles – 1.46

Active Score 469

I am going to do better tomorrow on the ac tivity level!


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