Archive for September, 2013

Saturday 21st (Simply Filling + 22 WPA) vs (26 Points Plus + 19 WPA)

Well today was somewhat of a disaster!

Started out good with a thinwich and an “unfried” egg topped with a little sweet chili sauce.  My fave 100% simply filling breakfast at the moment followed by a banana.

I had a few errands and popped into McDonald’s and got a crispy chicken sweet chili wrap.  When I got home I worked out the points – oh my gosh 19 points plus for this.  If I had chose the grilled chicken it would still have been 16 points plus!!  Guess I am not getting one of those again.  That is ridiculous.  I think a small burger would have been less, and I thought the wrap sounded like a healthier option!!!!

I actually cooked today – don’t normally on a Saturday.  We had some braised pork chops, baby potatoes and tried these cauliflower breadsticks I had seen on Facebook.  I cooked it up in a 9 x 13 pan.  1/4 of the pan is 100% Simply Filling or 3 Points Plus.  I thought they were really yummy, I don’t think my hubby was as impressed with them!!! I have a piece left over for lunch today.

Cauliflower Breadsticks!

•1 large head of cauliflower
•2 cloves garlic, grated or minced…
•2 large eggs, lightly beaten
•4 oz low fat mozzarella cheese
•1/2 teaspoon onion powder

•Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
•Chop the cauliflower into chunks and place into microwave for about 5 minutes or until soft
•Place the cauliflower into a food processor and blend until it’s a mashed potato texture
•In a medium bowl, stir together cauliflower, eggs, cheese, and seasonings
•Lightly spray a baking pan with spray oil and coat with the mixture (about 1/2 inch thick)
•Bake at 450 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until the top starts to brown
•Add additional cheese to the top and enjoy!
Found at Fitness Forever

SATURDAY Simply Filling Points Plus
Thin Bread 0 2
Unfried Egg 0 3
Banana 0 0
Sweet Chili   Wrap 19 19
Braised Pork   Chops 0 8
Baby Potatoes 0 4
Cauliflower   breadsticks 0 3
Fat Free   Dressing 0 1
Spinach Salad 0 2
1/2 cup Frozen   Yoghurt 3 3
Daily Total 22 45 (26 PP + 19 WPA)

I don’t think there has been one day this week that I have actually done a Simply Filling day.  Everyday the points plus has been a better option for me.  This is the first day though when following the Points Plus that I have used any of my Weekly Points Allowance.  I get 49 for the week, so I still have 30 left.

Well tomorrow is Day 7.  As long as I can stay under on those 30 WPA that I have left over.  I will have accomplished a successful week.  We shall see ….

Braised Pork Chops over Brown Rice – 100% Simply Filling – 8 Points Plus

Braised Pork Chops over Brown Rice

100% Simply Filling

8 Points Plus

2 Servings

  •  ⅓ cup uncooked brown rice
  • ½ lb center cut pork rib chops, trim all fat
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic salt
  • ¼ teaspoon Dijon mustard

Prepare rice according to package directions to yield 1 cup cooked rice.

Brown chops in oil in a non-stick skillet over medium heat.

Combine remaining ingredients; pour over chops.  Reduce heat, cover and cook 20 minutes or until tender.

Remove chops from pan; cook sauce 5 minutes more to reduce sauce. Pour sauce over chops and divide into 2 servings.

Thursday 19th (Simply Filling + 7WPA) vs (24 Points Plus)

Well I am pretty pleased with this week so far.  Today I made most mostly Simply Filling food choices using just an additional 6 WPA.

For breakfast I had an “unfried” egg on some flatbread together with a slice of cheddar and a banana.

At lunchtime today I had some flatbread with hummus, 2 Babybel cheese and some grapes.

I had a pretty busy evening, made dinner and then I had to go out.  So I didn’t actually get to eat mine until around 9pm.

I made some Italian Style cod and served up with baby potatoes and spinach salad (spinach, mushrooms, tomatoes, grated low fat cheddar and fat free dressing).  Followed this up with some frozen yoghurt.

THURSDAY Simply Filling Points Plus
Thin Bread 0 2
Unfried Egg 0 3
Slice of   Cheddar 0 2
Banana 0 0
Grapes 0 0
Hummus 1 1
Flatbread 0 1
Babybel Cheese 2 2
Italian Style Cod 0 3
Baby Potatoes 0 4
Low Fat Spread 1 1
Spinach Salad 0 2
1/2 cup Frozen   Yoghurt 3 3
Daily Total 7 24

Italian Style Cod – 100% Simply Filling – 3 Points Plus

Italian Style Cod

100% Simply Filling

3 Points Plus

Serves 2

  •  2 tablespoons minced fresh basil
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon minced fresh garlic
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 1/16 teaspoon pepper
  • ½ lb cod fillets

Combine first five ingredients; rub onto both sides of fillets.

Heat a sprayed non-stick skillet over medium heat. Cook fillets 2 to 3 minutes on each side or until fish flakes easily with a fork.

Wednesday 18th (Simply Filling + 10 WPA) vs (24 Points Plus)

Started my morning with some Oat Bran.  It was raining heavily outside and looked miserable, so a nice warm breakfast seemed in order.

The lunch hour was hectic so I just did a strawberry protein shake and some grapes to have at my desk.

Before leaving for work I put some Apricot Chicken Thighs in the slow cooker.  As a last minute thought I added some curry powder and when I got home from work they smelt delicious.  I knew I had to be somewhere early in the evening.  Brown rice takes a lot longer to cook, so before leaving for work I put some rice in my rice cooker to cook up while I was getting ready.  When I go home all I had to do was warm it through.

I served this with a spinach salad on the side (spinach, sliced mushrooms, 1 tbsp. low fat shredded cheese, chopped tomato and some Fat Free dressing)

I work in a youth program on a Wednesday evening and we took them to Mini Golf and went to Dairy Queen after for an ice cream cone.  I just had a plain cone and when I got home I worked it out as 6 Points Plus.  Not bad!

WEDNESDAY Simply Filling Points Plus
Oat Bran 0 3
Grapes 0 0
Protein Powder 2 2
1 cup skimmed   milk 0 2
Frozen Strawberries 0 0
Apricot   Chicken Thighs 2 6
1/2 cup Brown   Rice 0 3
Spinach Salad 0 2
Dairy Queen   Cone 6 6
Daily Total 10 24

Slow Cooked Apricot Chicken Thighs – Simply Filling plus 2 WPA – 6 Points Plus

Slow Cooked Apricot Chicken Thighs

Simply Filling plus 2 WPA

6 Points Plus

Serves 3

  •  12 oz boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • ⅔ cup low sugar apricot preserves
  • ½ cup fat-free chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons cold water

Place chicken thighs  in a slow cooker.

Combine preserves and broth; pour over chicken.  Cover and cook on low 6 to 7 hours, or until internal temp is 160 degrees.

Remove meat, keep warm.  Skim fat from cooking juices.  Bring juices to a boil. Combine cornstarch and water until smooth; stir into juices and cook until thickened.

Divide meat and sauce into 3 servings.  Serve each over ½ cup cooked brown rice.

Tuesday (22 Points Plus) vs (Simply Filling + 10 WPA)

I have no idea what happened today I took lunch to work with me and then got busy and forgot to eat it!!!

The smell of fall is in the air, so I started my day with some Oat Bran.

Mid morning I had some grapes, then my son who works in our family business had a bag of chocolate macaroons, I couldn’t resist so I had a few!

I went straight from work to my Zumba class and then home to get dinner ready.  I made some Lemon Parsley Chicken tonight and it was delicious, served up with some baby potatoes, broccoli and glazed carrots.

Lemon Parsley Chicken

While watching TV later in the evening I had some frozen yoghurt.

So today was a Points Plus day.  I know that I didn’t really eat enough today because of skipping lunch.  But in the evening I wasn’t hungry and so don’t see the point of eating for the sake of it!  My goal for each day is to try and get as many Simply Filling choices as I can.

TUESDAY Simply Filling Points Plus
Oat Bran 0 3
Chocolate   Macaroons 3 3
Grapes 0 0
Lemon Parsley   Chicken 1 5
Glazed Carrots 2 3
Broccoli 0 0
Baby Potatoes 0 4
1 tsp Light   Butter 1 1
1/2 cup Frozen Yoghurt 3 3
Daily Total 10 22

Lemon Parsley Chicken – Simply Filling plus 1 WPA – 5 Points Plus

Lemon Parsley Chicken

5 Points Plus

Simply Filling plus 1 WPA

Serves 2

  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 1/16 teaspoon pepper
  • ½ lb boneless skinless chicken breasts pounded thin
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon minced fresh garlic
  • ½ cup fat-free chicken broth
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh parsley

Combine flour, salt, and pepper in a shallow dish; dredge chicken in flour mixture.

Heat olive oil in a medium pan over medium heat.  Add chicken and cook 2-3 minutes on each side or until browned. Remove chicken from pan.

Add garlic to the pan drippings; add broth and cook until reduced to ¼ cup. Stir in lemon juice and parsley.

Return chicken to pan and cook 2 minutes longer.

Monday (24 Points Plus) vs (Simply Filling + 10WPA)

I had my menu planned for this week and here it is Monday and already I have had to make a change.

My husband and I work together and yesterday we stayed at the store until around 8:30pm and by the time we got home, I really wasn’t wanting to start creating in the kitchen.  So the Lemon Parsley Chicken is going to have to wait until tomorrow.

My day started with an “unfried” egg sandwich.

At lunchtime I just fixed a quick Protein Fruit Smoothie (I keep a blender at work for such days!!!!).

I had some grapes in the middle of the afternoon.

Then when we got in from work I quickly cooked up a piece of salmon and had it as a sandwich, together with some Frozen Yoghurt.

Still feeling a little peckish so had a granola bar while relaxing in front of the TV.

The Granola Bar was not a good choice for Simply Filling.  When you look at my tracker for today it is Simply Filling plus 10 WPA or 24 Points Plus.  Interesting how it was not a successful Simply Filling day but was a successful Points Plus Day.  Weightwatchers allows you to go back and forth between the two plans.

So today was a Points Plus day for me.

MONDAY Simply Filling Points Plus
Thin Bread 0 2
Unfried Egg 0 3
Grapes 0 0
Protein Powder 2 2
1 cup skimmed   milk 0 2
Frozen Strawberries 0 0
Thin Bread 0 2
Salmon 0 4
1 Tbsp Miracle Whip Calorie Wise 0 1
Sliced Tomato 0 0
1/2 cup Yoghurt Ice Cream 3 3
Granola Bar 5 5
Daily Total 10 24




Wow, I just realized that I didn’t blog at all last week.  I shared my menu plan and that was it!  I did make most of the things that I had planned, but forgot to share!

I will do better this week.  I need to after the meal I prepared and shared with friends yesterday evening.  It was definitely filling but not “simply filling”.

On Friday I figured out my menu and went shopping for all the fixings!  I have plenty of leftovers from yesterday for when my family comes over today, but I will just be keeping it light.  So ….

Monday – Lemon Parsley Chicken, Glazed Carrots

Tuesday – Chicken Chipotle Bake, Green Salad

Wednesday – Braised Pork Chops, Brown Rice, Green Salad

Thursday – Italian Style Cod, Glazed Carrots

Friday – Slow Cooked Apricot Chicken Thighs, Brown Rice

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