Happy Biggest Loser day! I can’t wait for the finale….I totally hope ADA wins! Girl Power all the way…..As much as I LOVE the Biggest Loser Finale, I am also kinda sad that it’s going to be over
Today was such an insane day….I am responsible for hosting our company wide holiday party that is this Friday and I am working on all of the finishing touches.
My FOOD goals for this week are to SURVIVE 3 holiday parties by making healthy choices and feeling good with how my week went regardless of what the scale says. Did I mention the parties are Friday, Saturday and Sunday and I weigh in on Sunday?!
I am focused, I am determined, I am making that scale move down by being good all week long so I can enjoy the parties!
Breakfast involved a little Pecan Raisin Nutty Bread with 2 tsp Whipped Butter (7 points+)
My favorite 30 second breakfast sausage ~ Morning Star Veggie Patty (2 points+)
It’s the little things that make me happy Like delicious, EASY breakfasts & Zero point+ BANANAS!
I made sure I ate my lunch today BEFORE I had to head out to Costco to pick up a bunch of gift cards for work. I also put gum in my mouth so I couldn’t sample any for fear of the sample person looking at me in horror for whipping my gum out of my mouth to sample LOL.
Leftover Crockpot Split Pea Soup (7 points+)
Black Pepper Bleu Cheese bread with 2 tsp whipped butter (it’s the same points+ value for 1 and 2 teaspoons so I maximized my points+) (6 points+)
I crunched on a 0 PP pear for dessert.
This week’s Craving Ellie in My Belly (CEiMB) host is Liz of the Not So Skinny Kitchen. I just LOVE her ~ she is the one who introduced me to CEiMB and her food/recipes always sound delicious.
The recipe she picked was Ellie Krieger’s Beef Stroganoff. I’ll be the first to admit I am not a fan of Stroganoff ~ the sour cream in the sauce is just funky to me. But, I LOVED how Ellie used Greek Yogurt instead so I decided it was worth giving it a go. It doesn’t hurt that my steak loving Husband has decided I should make any steak recipe we have in CEiMB lol.
I used Tri Tip instead of Flank Steak because it’s cheaper and taste better. I pretty much followed the recipe, but, added a few flavor enhancers.
Remove your browned meat and add onion and mushrooms. I decided to add some fresh thyme (since I am STILL trying to use up my pack) and some crushed red pepper flakes (I am a red pepper addict, what can I say?!)
A little flour and 1/2 cup $2 Buck Chuck Merlot from Trader Joe’s.
2 cups beef broth
I did have to add a bit of arrowroot (like cornstarch) to help it thicken up a bit. There is so much liquid in the mix that doesn’t cook down.
The finishing touches ~ whisk in 2/3 cup 0% Greek Yogurt.
The recipe calls for Whole Wheat Egg Noodles ~ Ronzone Healthy Harvest was what my store carried.
5 Points+ Per Cup
I cooked the pasta according to the package, but, added a little whipped butter to the noodles to keep them from sticking and make them taste richer with the Beef Stroganoff.
I definitely could not eat the huge serving Ellie’s Recipe recommends.
1 cup “buttered” egg noodles (5 points+)
1/2 cup Beef Stroganoff (3 points+)
Delicious, filling and I LOVED that you could taste the thyme with the rich buttery noodles. The Husband gave this recipe 4.5 stars and said I could make it again any time LOL He is such a steak and steak guy.
Dessert ~ This might just be the BEST CREATION EVER!
BISCOFF SPREAD OVER A HOMEMADE SNICKERDOODLE = LOVE! (3 pts+)
I know you all some cookie recipes ~ they will be coming up this week
I think I emailed everyone regarding the Weight Watchers Support Group going LIVE. If I missed sending it you, you can JOIN NOW by clicking HERE! Feel free to tell your friends and spread the word ~ the more people we have the more support we can give each other!
1. I NEED YOUR HELP!!! What is your best tip for surviving all 3 of my Holiday Parties?
That is aside from not going! LOL. Work I have covered because I picked the menu for everyone But, the other two I have no control and there will be plenty of holiday cookies, snacks, and things to shovel in my mouth all day long.
BIGGEST LOSER TIME!!! If you watched, I’d LOVE to know what you thought of the finale.