Category Archives: Pointsplus

reflection of the past 3 years

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I know, I know.  It’s a bit late around here, but I’ve been working all day and then came home to cook a delicious dinner for J and I.  Then in ironic fashion I sat on the couch for two hours while watching The Biggest Loser.  At least I got in some activity at work today!

Now, here I am prepping for my Weight Watchers meeting tomorrow and it’s got me thinking about where my life has taken me the past 3 years.  It’s been a pretty amazing journey and I’m happy to say that it’s nowhere near over.

I’ve discovered so much about myself.  For instance, I’m an extrovert.  I didn’t know that 3 years ago.  I love to cook healthy.  Developing a healthy body starts with your mind.  When I started to lose weight 3 years ago it never occurred to me that your mind needs to be in partnership with your body.  Once my mind snapped to it, then the rest followed in suit.  Such a great feeling!

Cheers!

P.S. I am still well aware that I need to share my Resolutions still.  However, for January I decided no more Diet Coke and so far … so good! I’m a week strong!

Spinach Artichoke Dip

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So, here is another delicious outcome from a recipe I followed from Eat Yourself Skinny! Are you seeing a trend with where I get my recipes from? Sure I like to make some up as I go or adapt them to my tastes, but I swear Kelly from Eat Yourself Skinny has the same tastes as I do.
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Spinach Artichoke Dip turned out great and was super easy. I actually put this dip into two smaller baking dishes before baking. The best part of this whole recipe was that 1/2 cup was only 2 PointsPlus. This dip is so doable during Sunday football.

Not too bad for you, oh so yummy Beer-garitas

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I found a delicious drink recipe on one of my favorite cooking blogs – Eat Yourself Skinny! – check it out here.

I tasted tested it the morning after I made it and found that it was a bit too lime-y tasting for me.  I’m sure others would think that it was great, but I wanted to tone down the lime.  So, I altered the recipe a bit at that point.

Here are my final ingredients:
2 cups frozen limeade (see recipe below)
3 bottles of light beer (I used Select 55)
1/2 cup tequila

Ingredients for limeade:
1 cup fresh lime juice + 2 limes for zesting
1 1/2 cups of water
1/2 cup Splenda sugar blend
How to make the limeade:

In a large saucepan, combine water, Splenda and lime zest from the 2 limes.  Heat until Splenda is dissolved.  Remove from heat and  cool to room temperature.  Stir in lime juice and freeze until ready to use.

How to make the beer-garitas:
In a pitcher, combine frozen limeade, 3 beers and 1/2 cup of tequila.  Place pitcher in the freezer overnight or until frozen, then mix so that it is in slushy form and serve.
It made 6 servings and was at 3 PointsPlus per serving.  Now, I used different beer than the original recipe.  I prefer Bud products over here, now when calculating the beer it said that 1 can of Bud Select 55 was 0 PointsPlus and 3 beers was only 1 PointsPlus.  Now that’s hard to believe so please don’t go crazy if using Bud Select 55.

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It was a perfect drink to have in hand while watching football this past Sunday.

Perfection!

Crispy Baked Shrimp

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I adapted this recipe from one from Dashing Dish.  It was simple, quick and can trick the mind into thinking you’re eating something fried.  If you’re like me and love fried food, but know that it’s not the best thing in the world to eat then this is a recipe for you.

Ingredients:

1 lb. of cooked medium shrimp
2/3 c. of whole wheat bread crumbs
4 T. Egg Substitute (I used Egg Beaters original)
1 pkt. Stevia
1 spray of cooking spray

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425.  Spray cooke sheet with cooking spray.  In shallow skillet heat breadcrumbs on medium heat for about 2 minutes.  Then pour crumbs into shallow bowl.  Dip shrimp into egg substitute, let excess run off.  Then dredge into bread crumbs, shake off excess.  Place in a single layer on cookie sheet.  Bake for about 10-12 minutes or until warm.
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It will serve 4 at only 3 PointsPlus per serving.

Caramelized Onion-N-Steak Salad

Caramelized Onion Steak Salad

Here is a super quick, super easy salad recipe that is so, SO good.

I made this one on Sunday when I wasn’t feeling great and needed to avoid making poor eating choices.

I went out to dinner the night before and had some leftover steak – 3 oz. to be exact (it had to be fate to make this salad!).

Ingredients:
1/2 head of romaine lettuce
1 cucumber
1/2 small onion
1 hard-boiled egg
3 oz. lean steak
light ranch dressing
2 tsp. butter
2 tsp. Canola Oil
To hard boil an egg:
add egg to pan then cover with cool water.  Heat until at a boil.  Turn down heat, cover pan.  Let sit for 15-20 minutes.  Then add the egg to a bowl of ice water until cool to the touch.  Peel and slice.
Directions:
heat 1 tsp. oil and 2 tsp. butter in pan, add the onion.  Let caramelize – few minutes.  Remove onion from pan, set aside.
Add 1 tsp. oil to same pan and heat cucumber for 2 minutes.  Remove from heat and set aside.
In large bowl – add cut lettuce, steak, cucumber, onion, and sliced egg.
Makes about 4 servings.  Top each serving with 1 T. light ranch dressing.

5 PointsPlus per serving (4 without dressing).