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April 9th

I was pretty pleased with today again ….

Breakfast – 100% Simply Filling

I had a bowl of cereal this morning – I don’t eat cereal that often.  When I do about the only cold cereal I like that falls under the requirements for Weightwatchers Simply Filling is the Shredded Wheat with Oat Bran (over 4g fibre and no added sugar).  I had my bowl with fat free milk and a handful of blueberries.  The last day or two I have been thinking about those individual blueberry oatmeal cups – I think they are my favourite breakfast.  I have blueberries in the fridge, so I will have to make some.

Shredded wheat

Lunch – Simply Filling+1WPA

For lunch I made a wrap.  I used a Flatout wrap, sliced up one of the Dijon Pork Chops from last night and a handful of Edamame Salad.  As a side I had a serving of blueberries and an apple.

Dinner – 100% Simply Filling

I had  my Zumba class tonight, so I had something for the Slow Cooker.  This is one of my easy nights.  Occasionally I will make up some of my own freezer meals.  Very convenient but much healthier than any kind of store bought ready meal.

So I literally take the bag out of the freezer the night before and in the morning dump it into my slow cooker, turn on and there is dinner.

We had Crock Pot Beef & Peppers.  The recipe is for 4.  I basically take all the ingredients olive oil, round steak, green bell pepper, chopped onion, beef broth, soy sauce, ground ginger, chopped garlic and Worcestershire sauce.  I divide them between two medium size Ziploc freezer bags, gently force out any air and then seal the bag.  Write on them what it is and then pop them in the freezer.  I know every ingredient – unlike many of the ready meals you buy at the store.

Served up with some brown rice and corn on the cob.

Snacks

Mid morning I had a banana and sadly when I got home from work before Zumba I had one of those marshmallow easter eggs (4 Points Plus).

Daily Total

39 WPA – 1WPA at dinner –  4WPA for snacks = 34 Weekly Points Plus remaining – all other food was simply filling

Fitness

60 Minute Zumba class which is worth 12 Points Plus

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Tuesday – tried 2 new recipes

BREAKFAST

Blueberry French Toast Casserole (7 Points Plus)

Fresh Pineapple (0 Points Plus)

1/4 Cup Prune Juice (1 Points Plus)

Blueberry French Toast 1

I made up this yesterday evening and left in the fridge overnight.  Baked up this morning while getting ready for work.  It was so-oo good.  Plus there is a portion for later in the week too.  This is most definitely a recipe that I would make again.

Blueberry French Toast Casserole (7 Points Plus)

Blueberry French Toast 3

Serves 2

  •  3oz Bread Roll, cut into cubes
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Egg White
  • ½ cup Light Vanilla Yoghurt
  • ¼ cup Fat Free Milk
  • 1 Tbsp Brown Sugar
  • ½ tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp Maple Syrup
  • ½ pint Blueberries
  • Pinch of salt

In a bowl whisk together the eggs, yogurt, milk, sugar, cinnamon, salt and maple syrup.

Lay the bread cubes out in a small baking dish or divide between 2 ramekins.  Toss in the blueberries.

Pour the egg mixture over and toss so everything is well coated.  Let sit for  at least one hour or overnight.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Bake for 35 mins until golden brown.

LUNCH

Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie (8 Points Plus)

Banana (0 Points Plus)

Another of my fave kind of lunches, open the fridge and lift out!!  This was the portion of Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie that I put aside from Sunday’s dinner.

DINNER

Pasta with Chicken & Pea Pesto (8 Points Plus)

Pea Pesto 1

Left the peas for this defrosting while I was at work.  This evening is my Zumba class.  So I usually come in and get all the prep work done, then when I get back from Zumba, I just do the cooking and eating part!!  I really like Pesto, so I am quite intrigued to try this Pea Pesto!  This would be a good St Patrick’s Day meal, it was very green!  I must admit while it was cooking, I was starting to wonder about this one.  But do you know it was good.  The flavour was really nice and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Pasta with Chicken & Pea Pesto (8 Points Plus)

Serves 3

  • ½ tsp Olive Oil
  • 4oz High Fibre Pasta
  • ½ lb Chicken Breast, cut into small chunks
  • 1 Garlic Clove minced
  • ¼ Onion, diced
  • ½ cup Cauliflower
  • ¼ cup Fat Free Milk
  • 1 ½ cups Chicken Broth
  • 1 batch Pea Pesto (recipe below)
  • 1/3 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Season the chicken with salt and pepper.  Heat up the olive oil in a large sauté pan and cook the chicken until it is lightly browned and just cooked.  Set aside in a separate bowl.

In the same sauté pan, add the onion and cook for 5-7 mins until it begins to become translucent.  Add the garlic and cook for another minute or two.

Add in whatever pasta you are using with 1 cup Chicken Broth and red pepper flakes.  Bring to a boil and then simmer until the water is almost completely absorbed and paste is close to cooked – about 8 mins.

Add in the cauliflower and additional ½ cup of Chicken Brother.  Cover and let simmer for about 4 mins until cauliflower is just tender.

Add in the milk, pea pesto and any additional salt and pepper.  Stir together and simmer for about 5 mins until the sauce begins to thicken.  Turn off and let the pasta sit for 2-3 mins longer so the sauce can continue to thicken.

Two servings are for dinner.  One serving is for lunch later in the week.

Pea Pesto

  • 6oz Peas (defrost frozen peas)
  • ¼ cup Parmesan Cheese
  • ½ Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Garlic Clove
  • 2 Tsp Chopped fresh Basil
  • 1 Tbsp Lemon Juice
  • ¼ tsp Salt
  • ¼ tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • Pinch Red Pepper Flakes.

Place everything into food processor and blend until smooth.  Scrape down sides to ensure everything blends well.

EXTRAS

Snack – 2 Points Plus

DAILY STATS

26 Points Plus

Earned 12 Activity Points (Zumba Class)

Day 7

Disappointed today as there is no Zumba class tonight.  Our instructor had to cancel it.  So I will definitely have to do something this evening at home.  There are numerous things on YouTube that I have found that I like.  I think it is probably even possible to share the link on here ….  Let’s see if I can figure that out!

This evening we are having Chicken Caesar Wraps.  The original recipe calls for using 12″ Flour Tortillas.  Instead I use Flatout Bread.  The ones I have in the freezer right now are Flatout Multi-Grain with Flax.  These are not available in Canada but whenever we take a trip to the States I buy some.  This particular one has 100 calories per bread and 8g Fibre.  This makes quite a difference to the recipe because a standard 12″ flour tortilla has 270 calories and only 1g Fibre.

Flatout Bread

My morning started off with some of the Protein Pancakes which I love.  They are so filling, and keep my tummy satisfied all morning!  Today I had them with a sliced banana and a little of the E D Smith No Sugar Syrup. (5 Points+)

Nothing much to report for lunch time, repeat day again for me.  2 Taco Egg Muffins, tossed salad, baby carrots and some roasted garlic hummus (6 Points+)

I stayed at work a little later today, so when I got in I was able to quickly fix the Chicken Caesar Wraps and some soup.  I usually try to avoid a lot of ready prepared food, but these soups are pretty good.  I bought them in Costco in a case of 10 soups – 5 Creamy Tomato Bisque and 5 Hearty Minestrone with Penne.  The hubby had tomato and I had the Minestrone.  I just went to look on their website for some info.  On the can it says “new” and they are obviously so new they haven’t even got anything about them yet.  Anyway they work out to 5 Points+ for the can, there are nice big pieces of penne, chunky vegetables and kidney beans.  The soup and the wrap was a nice little meal.

With no zumba I decided I ought to do something physical.  So I did 30 mins of Zumba.  The trouble with exercising at home, is that I never normally keep it up for as long as I do when I attend a class.  My class is usually 60 minutes, but at least I did something!

TURKEY CAESAR WRAPS ( 8 Points+)

Serves 4

  • 4 Flatout Multi-Grain with Flax1
  • 1/3 Cups Chopped cooked Chicken
  • 1 Large Red Pepper, de-ribbed, seeded and cut into thin strips
  • 1/4 Cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 12 Romaine Lettuce Leaves
  • 1/3 up prepared thick, creamy Caesar Salad Dressing
  1. Spread a generous 2 to 3 tablespoons of the caesar dressing over the entire surface of each tortilla (flatout).
  2. Lay 3 romaine leaves on each tortilla, pressing them gently into the dressing.
  3. Spoon chicken, parmesan cheese and red bell pepper strips equally on one half-side of each tortilla.
  4. Roll up each sandwich tightly like a jelly roll, starting with the chicken side.  Before serving cut each wrap into halves, quarters or 1 1/2 inch bite size rounds.

Per serving: 306 Calories, 16g Fat, 22g Carbs, 26g Protein, 10g Fibre (8 Points+)

For a nice creamy lower calorie option, I like to use Renee’s 1/2 Fat Caesar Dressing.  I like it because you buy it in the chilled section, which somehow seems healthier!!!!!!

caesar dressing

DAILY STATS

26 Points+ (44 WPA remaining)

FITBIT STATS

Steps – 8,451

Stairs – 14

Miles – 3.72

Activity Score – 820

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