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Slow Cooker Tuscan Sloppy Joes ( 4 Points Plus)

Slow Cooker Tuscan Sloppy Joes ( 4 Points Plus)

Serves 3

Tiscan Turkey Sloppy Joes
• 1/2 lb Lean Ground Turkey

• 1/2 Tbsp Italian Seasoning

• 1/4 Onion, chopped

• 2 Cloves Garlic, minced

• 1 Green Bell Pepper, chopped

• 3/4 Cup Crushed Italian Tomatoes

• Salt and Black Pepper to taste

In a medium non-stick skillet sprayed with cooking spray, brown the ground turkey for about 5 mins. Add the onion, garlic and green pepper. Cook for another 3 mins.

Add everything to the slow cooker. Then add the Italian seasoning, crushed tomatoes and salt and pepper.

Cook on low for 4 hours

Saturday – Weekly Menu Plan

Saturday is here an all in all this was not a very good week.  I was very lazy and didn’t particularly cook much.  The fact that the fridge was depleted of all fresh produce didn’t help.  I did manage to pick up a few things on Wednesday evening, but I was out on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday evenings.

So today I went out shopping list in hand and stocked up the fridge.  How I love to open the fridge door and see all kinds of variety and yummy things going on in there.  I bought lots of fresh veggies and fruit.

Okay, this week I am going to try something different. That weekend away really threw me and I struggled to get back onto track with tracking!!! I have a subscription to Slender Kitchen and I am going to follow one of their menu plans for the week – breakfast lunch and dinner.  The main dinner plan is as follows, but there are also breakfast and lunch ideas too.  You most definitely have to like spending time in the kitchen, because most meals are something a little more creative.  Breakfast is definitely not cereal and toast.  To be honest if you are trying to eat healthy and lose some weight, then you really do need to keep everything you put in your mouth interesting!!!  If it isn’t then watch out nibbles and snacks here I come!!!!!

Saturday – Slow cooker Tuscan Sloppy Joes, Low Calorie Bun, Green Salad
Sunday – Sausage and Peppers over Polenta
Monday – Sloppy Joe Pizzas, Green Salad
Tuesday – Chicken with jalapeno Cream, Steamed Veggies
Wednesday – Skinny Broccoli Alfredo
Thursday – Shrimp Tacos, Corn Tortillas, Corn on the Cob
Friday – Asian Chicken Burgers, Low Calorie Bun, Steamed Veggies

That should get me started again.  I have been subscribing to these menu plans but haven’t actually done any yet.  Looking at them carefully today and compiling my shopping list.  I noticed that many of the evening meals are based on making some extra that can be used in a creative way for lunch on another day.  I like that!  I always take lunch to work with me and it is nice to have something interesting to eat.  I most definitely am not a plain old sandwich girl.  I get really bored with that.  Anyway I will share my thoughts and opinions on this as the week goes along.

The other nice thing is that the menu plan is for either 2 or 4 people.  When there is just the hubby and I at home now, menus for 2 are great.  Most of the breakfasts and lunches are just for 1.

For Slender Kitchens this is Week 9 on their plan.  It is described as “Healthy and Weight Watchers Friendly Meal Plan”.  On Weightwatchers I am allowed a daily allowance of 26 Points Plus.  Most of these daily meal plans come in at 20 – 22 Points Plus which leaves some extra for snacks or whatever.  I like that.

So here goes:


  • Banana Protein Pancakes (5 PP)
  • Fresh Fruit (0 PP)

When I was mixing these up I thought these are an omelette with bananas in them.  I was quite surprised at how tasty they were.  Is the recipe a keeper – I am undecided on that one!

You will need to remember to spray your pan between pancakes to ensure they don’t stick.

One nice thing here is that the recipe makes 6 pancakes.  3 of them are breakfast this morning and the other three are for Tuesday morning.  I put mine in a container separating each one with a little wax paper.

Banana Protein Pancakes ( 5 Points Plus)

Serves 2

banana protein pancakes

  • 6 Egg Whites (I used Egg Beaters Egg Whites)
  • 1 Tbsp Reduced Fat Peanut Butter
  • 2 Ripe Bananas
  • Pinch of Cinnamon

In a medium bowl, mash the banana and peanut butter completely

In another bowl, lightly whisk the egg whites

Add the egg whites to the banana and stir together

Warm a skillet over medium low heat

Spray with cooking spray and pour in 1/6th of the batter.  Let cook on one side for about 4-5 mins until bubbly and edges lift up easily.  Flip and cook on other side for 3-4 mins.  Repeat to make 6 pancakes.

One serving of 3 pancakes is for today.  The other serving is for breakfast later in the week.  To reheat either pop in the microwave or place back in the skillet to warm up.


  • Vegetable Frittata (3 PP)
  • Ham and Cheese Scone (5 PP)

Well lunch was absolutely delicious!!  It did take a bit of time to put together but it was worth it.  It was only after I had eaten the Frittata I realised I was supposed to divide into three portions and I halved it.  It well and truly filled me up and I didn’t need any kind of afternoon snack at all.

Vegetable Frittata with Scone

The Ham & Cheese Scone is also used for breakfast twice this week and once for lunch.  So that was great to be able to pop that in the fridge for later in the week.

The Roast Vegetable Frittata is also multi purpose!!  Half of the roasted veggies were popped in the fridge to use tomorrow at lunchtime in a Roasted Vegetable Wrap and on Wednesday at lunchtime in a Chicken and Roasted Vegetable Salad.  Then when I made the Frittata a portion of that is set aside to have for lunch on Monday.  I am liking this!

Ham and Cheese Scones (5 Points Plus)

Serves: 5

  • 1 Cup All Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 Tbsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp Sugar
  • 1/8 tsp Salt
  • Pinch of Black Pepper
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp chilled butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1/3 Cup + 1 Tbsp Low Fat Mozzarella Cheese
  • 1/3 Cup + 1 Tbsp Lean Ham, chopped
  • 1/3 Cup + 1 Tbsp Fat Free Buttermilk (I used 1/3 Tbsp white vinegar and then added fat free milk to measure this amount – let it sit for about 10 mins to thick (you can use lemon juice instead of vinegar)
  • 1 Tbsp Chives ( I used the freeze dried Chives which are great to have in the cupboard)
  • 1 Large Egg White (I used Egg Beaters egg whites)

Preheat oven to 400 Degrees

Combine the flour, baking powder, sugar, salt and pepper in a large bowl.

Cut the butter into the dough using two knifes.

Gently stir in cheese, ham and chives.

Whisk together buttermilk and egg whites.  Add to flour mixture and stir until just combined.

Take the dough and place it on a lightly floured surface.  Knead 4-5 times lightly with floured hands.

Form dough into a half circle (8″ diameter) and place on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper.

Carefully cut the dough into 5 wedges, not cutting all the way through the dough. (I personally forgot this step and cut into 5 portions after!!)

Bake at 400 Degrees for 20 mins until lightly browned.

Additional servings will be used with other meals later in the week.

Roasted Vegetable and Goat Cheese Frittata (3 Points Plus)

Serves 3

  • 1 Small Onion, Chopped
  • 1 Bunch Asparagus
  • 1/2 Pt Cherry Tomatoes
  • 1 Small zucchini, sliced in coins
  • 1 Small Squash, sliced in coins
  • 3/4 Tbsp Italian Seasoning
  • 1 Egg
  • 3 Eggs Whites (I used Egg Beaters Egg Whites)
  • 2/3 Cup Non Fat Filk
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 2 Tbsp Goat Cheese

Preheat oven to 425 Degrees.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spread the vegetables.

Spray the vegetables with cooking spray and sprinkle with Italian seasoning.

Roast for 20 mins or until veggies are soft and tomatoes begin to burst.  When you take out the veggies, set aside 1/2 of the vegetables for later in the week.

Meanwhile in a bowl which together with egg, eggs whites, milk, salt and pepper.

Roughly chop the roasted veggies and add to an 8-9″ diameter pie plate or round dish.  Pour egg mixture over the top.  Crumble the goat cheese on top.

Bake for around 30 mins until eggs have puffed up and are cooked through.

Remaining servings are for lunch later in the week.  Extra roasted vegetables are for later in the week


  • Slow Cooker Tuscan Sloppy Joes ( 4 PP)
  • Reduced Calorie Hamburger Bun (2 PP) (I used a Multigrain Thin which is also 2 PP)
  • 15g Tex Mex Lite Cheese (1 PP)
  • Green Salad (0 PP)
  • 1/2 Tbsp Salad Booster (Raisin, Almond & Flaxseed) (1 PP)
  • 1 Tbsp Renee’s Ravin Raspberry Dressing (1 PP)

Well I made up the dinner whilst I was fixing my lunch, so it was able to cook in the slow cooker all afternoon while I was out running errands.  When I got back it was simply a matter of making a salad and voila!  The salad was delicious – spinach, blackberries, blueberries, salad booster (raisins,almond,flax seed) topped with Ravin’ Raspberry Dressing!

I really enjoyed it.

Tiscan Turkey Sloppy Joes

Slow Cooker Tuscan Sloppy Joes ( 4 Points Plus)

Serves 3

  • 1/2 lb Lean Ground Turkey
  • 1/2 Tbsp Italian Seasoning
  • 1/4 Onion, chopped
  • 2 Cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1 Green Bell Pepper, chopped
  • 3/4 Cup Crushed Italian Tomatoes
  • Salt and Black Pepper to taste

In a medium non-stick skillet sprayed with cooking spray, brown the ground turkey for about 5 mins.  Add the onion, garlic and green pepper.  Cook for another 3 mins.

Add everything to the slow cooker.  Then add the Italian seasoning, crushed tomatoes and salt and pepper.

Cook on low for 4 hours

Two servings are for dinner and one serving is saved for later in the week to make a pizza!


2 Points Plus – Brookside Dark Chocolate with Pomegranate

4 Points Plus – Mini Carrot Cake Cupcake

Well the mini cupcake came about because I have been wanting to try out my new gadget The Babycakes Cupcake Maker.


I made some little cupcakes and then wanted to try it out as a pie maker.  I made some cute little apple pies – oh my goodness eat your heart out Mr Kipling.  Any British people will know who that is.  They look just like the Mr Kipling pies!!!  Then I decided I want to try out little Quiche.  Let’s just say I got a bit carried away today.  I need to give it all away now!!!  Thankfully the family will be over for dinner tomorrow!!


26 Points Plus

2 Weekly Points Allowance (47 Remaining)

I decided this past week while I was not being a very faithful blogger that I would no longer post my daily FitBit stats.  My stats are basically not available for me until I end the day i.e. when I get in bed.  I want to be able to complete my blog each evening.  So I think I will just post my weekly stats for my FitBit.  Right now my goal is to earn a step badge every day and a stair badge every day


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