Posts Tagged ‘26 Points Plus Meal Plan’

Tuesday – March 19th National Poultry Day

Looks like I am celebrating National Poultry Day today.  I had already planned my menu for the week, so what a stroke of luck that we were having chicken today anyway!!!!!!!

national poultry day

Breakfast – Quinoa Egg Muffin, Fresh Fruit – 5 Points+

Lunch – Hippy Hash Wrap, Feta Cheese– 8 Points+

Dinner – Honey Balsamic Chicken, Baked Potato, Steamed Veggies –  9 Points+

Extras – 4 Points+


Quinoa Egg Muffin – 5 Points+

 Banana– 0 Points+

Prune Juice – 2 Points+

Quinoa Egg Muffins

Heated up a couple of the Quinoa Egg muffins this morning with a nice dollop of Salsa together with a banana.  Kept me going all morning, I usually tend to have a late lunch as it is always very busy for me between noon and 2pm, it’s usually around 2 before I can even think about lunch.  As long as I have a good breakfast it stops me grabbing unhealthy choices around mid morning.


Hippy Hash Wrap – 8 Points+

Blueberries & Grapes – 0 Points+

Lunch 19th

For lunch today I took along a portion of the Hippy Hash that I set aside on Saturday, a Flatout flat bread and 1/4 cup Feta Cheese.  I heated up the hash and cheese in the microwave and rolled up in the wrap.  That together with some fruit was a nice lunch.


Honey Balsamic Chicken – 4 Points+

Small Baked Potato – 4 Points +

Steamed Veggies –  0 Points+

Dinner 19th

Dinner was nice and easy this evening.  I picked up our 2 granddaughters from their dance class and headed home with them both, together with 15 month old grandson.  I had called ahead and asked my hubby to pop two potatoes in the oven to start them baking.  The children were only staying till around quarter past seven when their daddy was picking them up.

While they sat at the island and had a snack I started the chicken.  It was so quick and easy.  Again nice thing being 2 extra pieces cooked, one to use for a Chicken Pizza tomorrow night and the other for a Chicken Salad on Friday for lunch.

Served up with some nice steamed mixed veggies.

Extras – 3 Points+

Monday – National Lacy Oatmeal Cookie Day

According to today is National Lacy Oatmeal Cookie Day

It’s all about texture (crisp!) and appearance (lace-like holes!) for lacy cookie lovers. But if you’re not so worried about looks, these crunchy cookies are perfect tea companions.

My favourite cookie ever is Oatmeal & Raisin – but I will not be making any cookies today.  But I will be striving to stick to 26 Points Plus Allowance.  Here is my plan for today:

Breakfast – Individual Rolled Oat Cups, Fresh Fruit – 5 Points+

Lunch – Roja Vieja Bowl – 7 Points+

Dinner – Black Bean Soup, Baked Tortilla Chips, Avocado – 9 Points+

Extras – 5 Points+


Individual Blueberry Rolled Oat Cups (5 Points+)

Banana – 0 Points+

Breakfast 16th

This morning I had another of those yummy individual blueberry oat cups that I made on Saturday.  I heated it through in the microwave and it was still very good.  I am sure they would be good with any fruit.


Roja Vieja Bowl – 7 Points+

Grapes – 0 Points+

Lunch 18th

Lunch was once of these easy ones comprising leftovers from the weekend.  In a bowl I put some of the Quinoa I had set aside from yesterday’s breakfast and topped it with some of the meat from Saturday night.  Simple, quick and filling.


Black Bean Soup – 5 Points+

Baked Tortilla Chips – 2 Points+

Avocado – 2 Points+

Dinner 18th

When I was fixing dinner, I thought to myself I don’t think my hubby is going to be too impressed with this one.  Firstly, where is the meat?  Secondly, not a huge fan of black beans!

I love black beans, so I really liked this soup.  It made 3 servings, one to be set aside to make Black Bean Tostados for lunch on Thursday.  So in light of my thoughts above, I also have another portion of this delicious soup is anyone wants some!  My hubby fixed himself a grilled cheese sandwich instead.

I made up some Baked Tortilla Chips to serve along side this.    I took 4 corn tortillas and each into 6 wedges.  I laid them out on a cookie sheet and sprayed with cooking spray.  Sprinkled with some salt and popped in the oven at 350 degrees for about 10 mins until crispy.  I also cooked another couple of corn tortillas whole to use for the Black Bean Tostados on Thursday.

I also 1/4 of an avocado and sliced up over the chips and drizzled with some Salsa.

It was really yummy to take a chip with some salsa and avocado and dip into the bowl and scoop up some black beans!


Sat and watched a little TV and snacked on a packet of Pop Chips (2PP) per bag and later on a mini bag of Brookside Chocs (2PP) giving me a grand total of 25PP for today.


Saturday – Weekly Menu Plan


Slow Cooked Roja Vieja, Black Beans & Rice – 8 Points+

Dinner – Beef Stew –  8 Points+

Black Bean Soup, Baked Tortilla Chips, Avocado – 9 Points+

Honey Balsamic Chicken, Baked Potato, Steamed Veggies –  9 Points+

Barbecue Chicken Pizza, Green Salad, Light Dressing –  10 Points+

Creamy Shrimp Pasta, Steamed Veggies –  9 Points+

Asian BBQ Pork Tenderloin, Healthy Fried Rice – 9 Points+


Individual Blueberry Rolled Oat Cups (5 Points+)

1/2 Banana – 0 Points+

Breakfast 16th

Oh my I am not kidding you this was fabulous.  I made up three of them in individual ramekin dishes instead of using a muffin tin.  I have a small toaster oven, so I was able to cook them in there instead of heating the main oven for just three muffins.  I used blueberries in mine because I had them in the fridge, but you could use any fruit you like.  This is the sort of breakfast that you could easily eat every day and not be tired of it.  It was moist, sweet, yummy!!!!!!  In fact if you don’t like fussing every day, then you could double up the recipe and bake up six of them for the week!  I mixed mine and popped them in the oven while I was taking a shower.  The ramekin dish was full so it was a pretty decent sized portion too.  I ate the half a banana that was left from making the oatmeal cups.  I am feeling pretty satisfied right now!!

So I am going to continue getting ready and then off to the supermarket to get some fresh produce for the week, then when I get back I can sort out lunch and dinner before I head out for the afternoon.  Today is a slow cooker dinner which I am enjoying making on a Saturday because basically it is ready when I am!


Hippy Hash with Poached Egg – 6 Points+

Lunch 16th

Put together lunch and dinner when I got back from shopping.  The Hippy Hash is really good.  The suggestion was to serve it with a poached egg.  I left a portion in the skillet and made a hole in the middle and dropped in my egg and cooked it that way.  Then I flipped it over to do the other side and managed to catch it while the yolk was still soft!  Drizzled the whole thing with HP Sauce (the Great British Sauce) – sorry can’t help that – the jingle goes through my mind everytime I say it!!!!!!

So I have another portion for lunch on Tuesday, plus some of the veggies that I cooked up are to use in another meal.  That is one thing that I am really enjoying with these food plans from Slender Kitchen.


Slow Cooked Ropa Vieja – 4 Points+

Black Beans & Rice – 4 Points+

Dinner 16th

Well, I must admit I normally love all things with Tex Mex flavour, but this was just missing something for me.  Although I had a really busy afternoon/early evening and by the time I actually got organized to eat it was around 8:30pm and to be honest I really wasn’t bothered whether I had dinner or not, if you know what I mean.


I think I probably had more than my 7 Points+ that were left over for today.  When I was at the Mall I stopped at Orange Julius and got one of their Fruit Smoothies made with splenda, the small one is 120 Calories.  I need to go on line and figure out the points, I had the Berry-Pom Light Smoothie – well I just worked it out and it was 4 Points+.  Not too bad really.  I also made a special munch mix up for St Patrick’s Day tomorrow, called Lucky Charm Magic Munch.  I naturally nibbled some of that while I was making it, so I am sure I went over.  But nothing too bad though!


My plan for today is:

Breakfast: Oatmeal, Fresh Fruit – 4 Points+

Lunch: Chili Cheese Baked Potato, Fresh Fruit – 8 Points+

Dinner: Buffalo Blue Cheese Turkey Burgers, Salad, Dressing – 9 Points+

Extras: 5 Points+


Cinnamon Plum Oatmeal – 4 Points+

Banana – 0 Points+

Prune Juice – 2 Points+

Had to go for something simple this morning.  In the cupboard I have some of the Sally’s Oatmeal that I really like.  Perfect for those mornings when I want something quick but filling and flavourful.  Doesn’t Cinnamon Plum sound delicious?


Start your day with a happy, hearty bowl of hot breakfast goodness! We start with the finest quality 100% organic, whole grain oats blended with organic whole grains and seeds, like flax, barley and quinoa, for a wonderful hot breakfast. You’ll love the thick, hearty multigrain texture and natural, robust flavours.

We use only the highest quality ingredients. There’s no saturated fat or high fructose corn syrup

  • USDA Organic
  • 32 grams of whole grains per serving
  • Organic whole grains: Oats, Barley, Quinoa, Rye, Wheat
  • Organic whole flaxseeds
  • Free of cholesterol
  • Source of fibre


Organic whole grain rolled oats, organic sugar, organic flaxseed, organic whole grain barley, organic quinoa, organic whole grain rye, organic whole grain wheat, evaporated sea salt, natural flavor, organic guar gum.

I love the way it looks in the bowl because you can see the different grains and textures!


 1/2 cup Chili leftovers – 3 Points+

2 Tbsp Low Fat Cheddar Cheese – 1 Points+

Grapes – 0 Points+

Well lunch time the plan was to have a baked potato with leftover chili from Tuesday.  I put one in my bag to take to work, well I was going to microwave one anyway.  It was 3pm before I even had a chance to think about lunch, by then I was honestly past wanting lunch.  So I didn’t bother with the potato.  I just heated up the chili and sprinkled on the cheese and just had that, together with a bunch of grapes.


Buffalo Blue Cheese Turkey Burger – 6 Points+

Reduced Calorie Burger Bun – 2 Points+

Green Salad – 0 Points+

1 Tbsp Dressing – 1 Points+

Dinner March 15th

I got home a little earlier than normal and fixed up dinner quickly.  I had friends coming over and wanted to have eaten and cleaned up before they arrived.  The recipe for tonight was Buffalo Blue Cheese Turkey Burgers, which actually were Turkey Burgers, because I omitted the Buffalo Sauce and the Blue Cheese – but they were tasty anyway.  I poured on a little Sweet Chili Sauce to give them a little zip!!


Friends came over and I ate two homemade lemon cookies that were really lemony and good.  They weren’t too big, so I am going to say 3 Points+ each and there was also some raw vegetables (0 Points+) and I probably had about 1 Tbsp of Dip.  It was not a low cal dip, so I am going to guesstimate about 2 Points+ per Tbsp.  So that all comes to 8 Points+ which puts me over by 2 Points for the day.  Not going to worry about that one!

Saturday tomorrow which means a spot of menu planning in the morning.  Normally like to get that done on a Friday, but have run out of time today.

Thursday – National Potato Chip Day (or Crisps for my English friends!)

Believe it or not today is National Potato Chip day – I grew up calling these chips.

national potato chip day

When we lived in England my fave was Walker’s Cheese & Onion, here I tend to go for Sour Cream & Chives.  I am not a huge potato chip fan, it’s not that I don’t like them, but chips are not something that I feel I must have.  Whenever they release new flavours we often wonder when they will do Prawn Cocktail!!!  My daughter’s fave!

They just released three new flavours I saw on the TV yesterday – Sriracha, Chicken & Waffles, or Cheesy Garlic Bread.  Chicken & Waffles???  These flavours are only available in the States, I read that they won’t be available in Canada.

Anyway – enjoy a packet of crisps today if you must!!!!

Anyone walking by right now would think I have a problem – I wondered what chips were in our snack box here at the store – Smokey Bacon – Sour Cream & Onion – BarBQ – Sweet Chili & Sour Cream.  I wondered what the points value was – 6 Points+ per bag.  I have 6 extra Points+ today!  Shall I?  No I don’t think so!!!!!

So back to the reality of trying to eat 26 Points Plus per day!!!!

Here is my 26 Points Plus plan for the day:

Breakfast – Toast & Peanut Butter, Greek Yoghurt, Banana, Juice – 6 Points+

Lunch – Asian Beef Lettuce Wraps, Fruit – 7 Points+

Dinner – Smokin Lime Salmon, Salad – 7 Points+

Extras – 6 Points+


2 slices Reduced Calorie Toast – 2 Points+
1 Tbsp Peanut Butter – 2 Points+
Greek Yoghurt – 1 Points+
Banana – 0 Points+
Prune Juice – 1 Points +

Breakfast 14th

This morning I woke up with the thought “I really fancy some toast and peanut butter”!!!!  Obviously for someone who is trying to make healthy food choices, a thought like that has to be dealt with correctly!!  When I have bread I like the Silver Hills bread.  Their website states

At Silver Hills, we have two simple goals: bake wholesome, great tasting bread and inspire healthier living through healthier choices. To help achieve our goals, we make bread the way we believe it should be – as simple, organic and delicious as possible. Made with sprouted, organic whole grains, Silver Hills breads and bagels are loaded with fiber, protein and fantastic flavor. We use pure, natural ingredients and keep out anything we can’t pronounce.”

Their low calorie bread is called Little Big Bread –

We’re absolutely thrilled with Little Big Bread—our delicious light-on-calories loaf that’s big on sprouted flavor.

I sliced up some of my banana and turned my toast into a sandwich.  That together with some yoghurt and juice was a great filling breakfast.


Asian Beef Lettuce Wraps – 7 Points+
Apple – 0 Points+
Grapes – 0 Points+

Lunch used up the leftover portion of Beef & Broccoli that I made last night plus the 1/4 cup cooked brown rice that I had set aside.  Put a few lettuce leafs in a container and away I went.  I think there must be an art to eating lettuce wraps, because last time I had them at work my desk was a mess by the time I had finished.  Same thing happening today – every time I take a bite the rice falls out the other end.  No picture as three rolled up lettuce leaves didn’t look very impressive, but it was very tasty – even though some of it was scooped and eaten with my fingers!!!!


Smokin Limed Salmon – 6 Points+
Crash Hot Potatoes – 2 Points+

Dinner 14th

On my menu plan that I did at the beginning of the week I had Fish & Chips for tonight.  So when I went shopping at the weekend, they had no cod.  They had Tilapia, but not keen on that all.  So I decided to pass on that.  I knew I had some Salmon in th freezer.  The recipe for the Smokin Limed Salmon serves 6.  I like to buy the whole Salmon at Costco and then I come home and cut into fillets and freeze.  I have a few recipes for freezer salmon meals.  I divide the marinade for this Smokin Limed Salmon between three freezer bags and then pop 2 fillets in each bag, get out as much air as I can and then seal.  I then put the three bags all in one large freezer bag.  Write on the outside of the bag what it is and then I have three already prepared salmon meals ready to do.  The convenience of those ready prepared meals you can buy at the supermarket, but these are ready prepared by me and I know exactly what is in there!!!!!  I took out of the freezer this morning, so it should be defrosted and ready to grill when I get home.  Tonight is my Zumba class, it isn’t until 8:30, so I like to eat pretty quickly when I get in so that I am not heading off to all that activity with a full tummy!!!  I don’t get home until nearly 10 so that is a little too late to eat!

So tonight I tried out a style of potato that I saw last week on the pioneer woman website.  Apparently she got the recipe from Jill Dulpeix an Australian cook.  You know what the internet is like.  Where did a recipe actually begin.  Anyway they are called Crash Hot Potatoes and I wanted to try them, but with not quite so much olive oil going on.  On the original recipe it states you can do however many potatoes you like.  I wanted to use my small toaster oven, when there’s only two at home.  I really hate heating up the big oven.  So I cooked up 12 small potatoes, I had 4 of them.  Including the olive oil, they were just 2 Point+ for a serving.  I was running a little late this evening, so I took them out of the oven at 25 mins.  If I had longer I think I would have left them to crisp up for another 5-10 mins.  Maybe next time.


Mini Bag of Brookside Chocs – 2 Points+
Hummus & Rice Crackers – 3 Points+


The highlight of my week thus far has been buying some new capris for the spring and getting them in a size smaller than last year!   Yippee!!!!

BREAKFAST –  Denver Omelette Egg Mug,  Flatbread, Fresh Fruit  – 5 Points Plus

LUNCH – Chili Mac – 8 Points Plus

DINNER – Beef & Broccoli, Brown Rice – 9 Points Plus

EXTRAS – 4 Points Plus

Denver Omelette Egg Mug (3 Points Plus)
Flatbread (2 Points Plus)
Blueberries & Grapes(0 Points Plus)
Prune Juice (2 Points Plus)

Denver Egg Mug Omelet

I have really enjoyed these Denver Omelette Egg Mugs for breakfast this week.  They are really filling.

Chili Mac (8 Points Plus)
Grapes (0 Points Plus)
Apple (0 Points+)

Lunch today was tasty, I mixed some of the leftover chili from last night with the Penne Pasta that I had put aside on Monday night.  That together with a couple of pieces of fruit was a nice satisfying lunch.

Beef & Broccoli (6 Points Plus)
Brown Rice (3 Points Plus)

Asian Beef

So for dinner tonight I made up some Beef & Broccoli.  The beef was so tender and juicy, it was very yummy!  It made three servings, so I was able to put a serving in the fridge for lunch tomorrow.  Also when I cooked up the brown rice I put a 1/4 cup aside for lunch tomorrow as well.  I am going to use these to make some lettuce wraps.

Banana (0 Points+)
Greek Yoghurt (2 Points+)

I have been looking for some fun ideas for St Patrick’s Day on Sunday.  My 7-year-old granddaughter is very excited about having a St Paddy’s Party!!!  I have been looking for some simple but cute things to do.

Tuesday – Too much Spinach LOL!!

I had to smile this morning.  Last night I made the Chicken & Pasta Bake and I commented yesterday that my hubby might detect the spinach!  He got home late last night and ate his dinner after I had gone to bed.  When I woke up this morning there was a little note on the kitchen counter …

“Too much spinach LOL”

So here is my 26 Points Plus Plan for today …

Breakfast – Mini Muffins (3 Points+), Fresh Fruit (0 Points+), Greek Yoghurt (1 Points Plus), Prune Juice (2 Points+)
Lunch – Hash Brown Quiche (5 Points+), Soup (2 Points+), Fresh Fruit (0 Points+)
Dinner – Quick Stovetop Beef Chili (6 Point+), Green Salad (0 Points+), Tbsp Salad Dressing (1 Points+)
Extras – 6 Points+

Mini Muffins (3 Points+)
Blueberries (0 Points+)
Greek Yoghurt (1 Points+)
Prune Juice (2 Points+)

Breakfast 12th

Yesterday I realised that in the freezer I had some mini muffins that I could have for breakfast this morning.  A little while ago I made a batch of Pineapple Inside Out Mini Muffins, they are just 1 Points Plus per muffin.  The Greek Yogurt gave me the protein that I like to have a breakfast time.

Hash Brown Quiche (5 Points+)
Soup (2 Points+)
Banana (0 Points+)

Lunch 12th

Lunch today was supposed to have some of the leftover soup from Saturday – the Spinach & Artichoke soup that I did not like.  So I had a look in the cupboard for a soup.  I try not to eat too much processed food but sometimes you have to!  Anyway I had a can of Campbells Country Kettle Hearty Minestrone with Penne.  It only works out at 2 Points Plus for half the can, which is good.  I do like the fact that the veggies are chunky looking, it has nice large pieces of Penne pasta and kidney beans.  That together with a piece of the Hash Brown Quiche I made on Sunday and a Banana, was a nice hearty lunch.

Quick Stovetop Beef Chili (6 Point+)
1 Tbsp Low Fat Cheddar Cheese (1 Points+)

Quick Chili 3

Zumba class at 7pm this evening, so that usually means I come in from work and get everything ready and then when I get back from Zumba, it is just a matter of heated it up.  So when I got home I got the Chili ready, then when I got in from Zumba I just heated it through.  My hubby had his with some nice thick slices of whole wheat bread.  I passed on  the bread and instead put some cheese on top of my bowl.  I had intended to make a salad too, but didn’t eat till almost 9pm and was just too tired to fix it.

Banana (0 Points+)
Brookside Mini Chocolate Raspberries (2 Points+)

This hour change on the clocks has really thrown me.  I have been so-oo tired both yesterday and today.  I was shattered after my 60 minute Zumba class!!

Monday – Douglas who?

This morning arrived at work and turned on computer and there on Google was a new graphic, hovered over it and it said Douglas Adams 61st birthday.  My response was “Douglas Who”

Obviously I had to “google” that one to find out more …. I then felt really ignorant!!!  Especially being a Brit!

Douglas Noel Adams (11 March 1952 – 11 May 2001) was an English writer, humorist, and dramatist. He is best known as the author of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, which started life in 1978 as a BBC radio comedy before developing into a “trilogy” of five books that sold more than 15 million copies in his lifetime, a television series, several stage plays, comics, a computer game, and in 2005 a feature film. Adams’s contribution to UK radio is commemorated in The Radio Academy’s Hall of Fame.

So my plan for today is as follows.. hopefully it will work out better than my plan for Saturday and Sunday!!

BREAKFAST –  Denver Omelette Egg Mug,  Flatbread, Fresh Fruit  – 5 Points Plus

LUNCH – Roasted Vegetable Calzone, Green Salad with 1 Tbsp Dressing, Fresh Fruit  – 7 Points Plus

DINNER – Baked Pasta with Chicken  – 10 Points Plus

EXTRAS – 4 Points Plus

Denver Omelette Egg Mug (3 Points Plus)
Flatbread (2 Points Plus)
Blueberries & Raspberries(0 Points Plus)

Denver Egg Mug Omelet

Well, the morning did not start well.  I blame it all on the clocks going forward an hour at the weekend.  So breakfast sounded good.  I put all the ingredients in my mug ready to make the Omelette in  a mug.  Sprinkled on black pepper and then disaster.  Instead of just shaking on the salt, I took the lid off and shook on the salt.  My mug ended out with about 1/4 cup of salt in there.  Just a little bit too much I think.  So that went in garbage and I had to start all over again.  It was a really tasty filling breakfast, with a small bowl of fresh blueberries and raspberries.  I put a nice dollop of Salsa on top before I rolled it up.  There is a hotel that we stay at when we are down in Montana for a long weekend, whenever they have scrambled eggs at the buffet, they always have Salsa along side it.  I tried it and it is really tasty!  I think it is on my menu again for later in the week so I am looking forward to that.

Roasted Vegetable Calzone (6 Points Plus)
Banana (0 Points Plus)

Calzone 3

Nice easy lunch, packed up one of the Roasted Vegetable Calzone that I made on Saturday.  However, as lunch has been so easy lately, just open the fridge and go, I forgot all about the planned salad.  So no salad.  Even with just my banana it was still a nice satisfying lunch.  I really like the flavours of the veggies in the Calzone.

Baked Pasta with Chicken (10 Points Plus)
Green Salad (0 Points Plus)
1 Tbsp Reduced Calorie Poppyseed Dressing (1 Points Plus)

Chicken & Pasta 3

Dinner didn’t take too long to put together it used a couple of chicken thighs and sauce left from dinner on Saturday to create something new.  I always like that idea.  I forgot to take salad to work with me today, so I had my planned salad portion tonight – leaf lettuce, shredded carrots and grape tomatoes topped with some Poppyseed Dressing.  The Pasta portion was a pretty good size, so with the salad too, I am feeling pretty full right now.

My hubby is working late, so I have set his dinner aside for him.  I have a feeling he is going to comment on the green in the pasta bake (spinach is so green that it is hard to hide it from him!!!!!!!!!!)  I can’t say that I am a huge spinach – I really like spinach in a salad and I don’t mind it in a casserole.  I don’t think I could just eat it as a cooked vegetable.  It goes a little too slimy for my liking!

2 Points Plus – Mini Bag Brookside chocolates


I find the only way for me to keep on track for the day is to have a plan ready, so this is my plan for today.  I sat this morning and calculated out my movie popcorn and frozen yogurt from last night and it came to 24 Points+.  I have always had a hard time with those 49 Weekly Points Allowance.  I try not to use them, although Weightwatchers make a point of saying don’t be scared of them!!  I know my own body though and if I was to eat those extra 49 Points+ every week I know I would not lose weight.  When I was younger yes, but not now.  I noticed particularly when I turned 50 that my metabolism seemed to change.  Now when I follow the plan I will usually see a loss of 0.l5 pounds per week.  A great week is a pound or more!!!  So it is a long slow process for me to get back to my Lifetime Weight again!!  My advice therefore is you are struggling with your weight, do it while you are young!!!!

When I reached my Lifetime membership for Weightwatchers about 15 years ago it was much easier than this time.  When we moved from England to Canada, I don’t even know why I allowed it to happen but I put on a lot of weight and January 1, 2012 decided enough was enough and decided to do something about it.  Fitness was my first goal which I worked on for several months and slowly introduced healthier eating into the mix.  I try to think more about what I am eating and the choices I am making instead of the weight aspect of it!  By doing that I really have found that I make better choices.

BREAKFAST – Strawberry Protein Smoothie (5 Points Plus)

LUNCH – Quesadilla (9 Points+)

DINNER – Hashbrown Quiche (5 Points+), Green Salad(0 Points+), 1 Tbsp Light Dressing (1 Points+)

EXTRAS – 6 Points+

TOTAL – 26 Points+


Strawberry Protein Smoothie (5 Points Plus)

I always enjoy a Smoothie for breakfast.  I like to add some Protein powder, I find protein is the key to a breakfast that keeps me going until lunchtime.  Into the blender I put 5 ice cubes, handful frozen strawberries (0 Points+), 1/2 cup Fat Free Milk (1 Points+), Scoop Protein Powder (2 Points+), probiotic Strawberry Yoghurt (2 Points+).  Push the button and all done.  I had to let it sit for a while, it looked more like Strawberry Ice Cream!


Quesadilla (9 Points+)


I used one 2 Points+ Flatbread (I always use the Flatout brand that I get when we go down to the States shopping).   Top one half with the 1 cup of roasted vegetables which was set aside whilst making the Roasted Vegetable Calzone yesterday.  All these extra portions work out so great for lunches!  Remove chicken meat from one of the chicken thighs that I set aside from last night’s Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore.  Sprinkle with 1/4 cup Shredded Low Fat Mozzarella Cheese, fold over to form Quesadilla.  Heat through in non stick skillet sprayed with cooking spray.  Turn over and cook on other side.  Nice simple but filling lunch using leftovers!


Hashbrown Quiche (5 Points+)

Green Salad (0 Points+)

1 Tbsp Light Dressing (1 Points+)

Marbled Swirl Cupcake (4 Points+)

1/2 cup Vanilla Ice Cream (4 Points+)

Sunday is family dinner day.  I fixed a Pasta Bake for the family and then made the Hashbrown Quiche.  A portion of this I ate at dinner, a portion I have set aside for lunch on Tuesday and my daughter-in-law took home the other portion for lunch for herself during the week.

For dessert I made some of the Babycakes Cupcakes.  These are not as large as a regular cupcake but not as small as using a mini muffin tin.

babycakesMarbled Swirl Cupcakes

It makes 8 cupcakes in 6 mins.  It is the fabulous little gadget.  The grandkids love cupcakes.  This week I tried Marbled Swirl Cupcakes.  They were very good.  I took some to church this morning to share with the little ones in Nursery where I work.  Then the rest of them will go to work tomorrow, that way there are no more temptations left in the house!!!!!


Snack – 6 Points +

So it looks like I ended out using some of those Weekly Points again today – I really don’t like doing that  ….

26 Points Plus

8 Weekly Points Allowance (14 WPA remaining)

Must make sure not to have more than 26 Points Plus for the remainder of the week.

Thursday – March 7th National Cereal Day

Today March 7th is National Cereal Day!!!

national cereal daycereal day

National Cereal Day is intended to celebrate the anniversary of the invention of corn flakes by William and John Kellogg around 1897.

The idea of cereal was invented during the colonial era when housewives started to serve popcorn with sugar and cream for breakfast.

Today, nearly half of all Americans start their day with a bowl of cereal and there are approximately 2.7 billion boxes of cereal sold each year — enough packages to circle around the globe thirteen times!

What’s your favorite cereal, past or present? Which one do you wish they’d bring back? Do you prefer hot or cold cereal?

I must admit that I am not a huge cereal fan.  I find that for the amount of carbs in them, they are not actually that filling.  I am usually feeling a bit peckish mid morning if I start my day with a bowl of cereal.

I think my favourite cereal is Weetabix followed closely by Minibix which I think are now called Weetabix Minis Fruit & Nut.  You can buy Weetabix here in Canada, but it is not the same as the stuff from the UK, so I don’t ever eat it here.  My husband is sure that they can’t export it because if the ship was to sink it would suck up the whole ocean LOL!!!!

I prefer hot cereal, which is why I enjoyed the oatmeal that I made this morning!

On a side note, today I was getting a manicure and watching a spot of TV at the salon.  Anyway there was one of those house finding shows on and a young couple were looking for their first house.  I thought I was hearing things when she started to pass comments on the kitchens they saw in terms of the her blog that she does.  Some kitchens apparently wouldn’t be a very good back drop to some of her cooking pictures!   Wow, I obviously have a lot to learn about blogging, when I take pictures I tend to take them close up so you can see the food and not particularly my kitchen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Anyway, on to today’s eating plan and how things went ……


Brown Sugar Pecan Overnight Oatmeal (7 Points Plus)

Apple (0 Points Plus)

I made up the oatmeal last night whilst fixing dinner.  My hubby wondered why I had made oatmeal and why it was sitting in the pan on the stove. I had never done that before and must admit wondered what it would be like.  Well this morning I took the lid of the saucepan and there was this lovely thick looking oatmeal.  I turned on the heat and heated it through.  Made 2 servings, so I shared with my hubby.  He did comment that it wasn’t sweet enough for him.  He likes the flavoured oatmeal pouches which are loaded with sugar!! I told him he could have added a little more sugar, to which he responded “I didn’t think I was allowed”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It was only after we had eaten that I realised it said three servings, I dished up into 2 bowls.  Granted the hubby had a little more than me, so I increased my helping to 7 Points Plus instead of 5.

Brown Sugar Pecan Overnight Oats (5 Points Plus)

Serves 3

  • 1 cup Fat Free Milk
  • 1 cup Water
  • 2/3 cup Old Fashioned Oats
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/8 cup chopped Pecans

Add everything to a pot and stir together.

Bring to a boil and then cover and turn off the heat.

Let site on the stove overnight, covered.

In the morning uncover the pot and bring the oatmeal back up to a simmer.

Divide into three servings.  Store the remaining for breakfast later in the week.  Reheat on the stove or in the microwave.


Maple Mustard Chicken Breast (5 Points Plus)

Flatout Fold It Bun (2 Points Plus)

Leftover Roast Vegetables (0 Points Plus)

Fresh Pineapple (0 Points Plus)

Pulled last night’s leftovers out of the fridge and away I went to work.  It was delicious heated up in the microwave.  I heated it up and then piled the chicken and roasted veggies into my sandwich.  Had some fresh pineapple along side and it was all very yummy.  These meal plans are certainly filling and during the day I really don’t think about snacking at all.  I do generally make sure I leave a few points for the evening, it’s nice to have something later.


Corn & Shrimp Chowder (7 Points Plus)

Shrimp & Corn Chowder 1

I love to cook, especially something with lots of nice fresh ingredients.  This was so yummy, I really enjoyed it and it hit the spot.  Thursday night I have a Zumba class which doesn’t start till 8:30pm, so I always want something that is going to fill me up, but not leave me feeling totally stuffed!!!!  This was perfect.  On the plus side a serving for lunch tomorrow as well.

Corn & Shrimp Chowder (7 Points Plus)

Serves 3

  •  2 ears of fresh Sweet Corn
  • 2/3 cup Low Fat Evaporated Milk
  • 2 cups Vegetable or Chicken Broth
  • 1 sprig Fresh Thyme
  • 1/3 Onion, chopped
  • 1 diced Potato
  • 1 Celery Stalk, diced
  • ½ lb Shrimp
  • 1 Tbsp Flour
  • ½ Tbsp Butter
  • 1 clove Garlic, minced
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 1/8 cup Fresh Chopped Parsley

Melt butter in a large soup pot.  Once melted, add onions, celery, thyme and garlic.  Cook for 7 mins.  Add the shrimp and cook for 3 mins or until cooked through.  Remove shrimp and set aside.

Sprinkle the veggies with the flour and stir to coat.

Add the broth to the soup pot and bring to a boil.

Once boiling, add the evaporated milk and the potatoes.  Bring to a boil again and allow everything to boil rapidly for about 7 mins or until the potatoes begin to break down slightly.  Before adding the corn, taste the broth and add a generous amount of salt and pepper to flavor.

Turn down the heat to a simmer and add in the fresh corn kernels.  Allow to cook for between 8-10 min until corn is cooked.  Mix in the shrimp and fresh parsley and serve.

One serving is for lunch later in the week.


Banana (0 Points Plus)

Cookie (2 Points Plus)

Jelly Beans (3 Points Plus)


26 Points Plus

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