Happy Monday all! Thank you all so much for your get well wishes ~ you really made me sappy with each message you sent. It really helped knowing I have so many caring friends out there. I am doing a “little” better now but cannot wait to have an action plan to make my shoulder normal and pain free again. I see the Orthopedic Surgeon on Thursday for another evaluation so my fingers are crossed I can get it “fixed” before our vacation.
Every year I ALWAYS have to buy a box of one of my FAVORITE pancake mixes out there….
Trader Joe’s Pancake & Waffle Mix ~ for the record, I’d totally make them as waffles if I had a waffle maker ~ kinda crazy that is one kitchen appliance I do not have
Yes, you could make these tasty pancakes from scratch, but, why mess with a good thing?!
The mix alone is 4 points+ per serving. I mix 1 cup of the pancake mix with 3/4 cup FF milk and an egg (I omit the butter because you don’t need it). It adds a little protein boost and brings the total to 5 points+ for 3 pancakes (each 1 cup batch makes 9 pancakes).
Topped with 1 tsp whipped butter, 1 Tbsp PURE Maple Syrup, 1 tsp unsweetened coconut flakes and 1/2 a banana (7 points+).
It’s like having a pumpkin spice muffin that is accented by hints of salty whipped butter, sweet maple syrup and creamy banana.
Another FUN FALL FAV ~ Cuties!!! Paired with a Chobani Peach Yogurt (3 points+)
100% REAL ingredients that you can pronounce and recognize.
I LOVE that they break down all the components in the mix so you can calculate the stats. For the record….
Salad Mix ~ 0 points+
1 1/2 Tbsp Crunchy Noodles & Almonds ~ 1 points+
1 1/2 Tbsp Ginger Sesame Dressing ~ 1 points+
YUP ~ you totally read that right ~ ONLY 2 points+ per serving and a little goes a LONG way!
I took 1 1/2 cups of the mix and added 1/2 cup shredded carrots with 1/2 a pear for crunch and sweetness.
Rounded out with 3 oz. of Rotisserie Chicken Breast (3 points+), green onions and 2 types of sesame seeds.
One HUGE salad that only took minutes to make! Sometimes I really NEED to remember that meals can really be THIS easy.
I always buy the big bag of these mini peppers when I go to Costco too because they are great snacks and work for decorating salads and/or as peppers in any dish. They are sweet & crunchy (not spicy at all).
I measured the crunchies to make sure I kept myself in check.
Then, I measured out 1 1/2 Tbsp of dressing with 1/2 Tbsp of Rice Vinegar because I LOVE the kick it adds and it “stretches” your dressing further.
Commute snacks ~ Sargento Lite String Cheese & another cutie (1 points+)
When I drove up to our house I saw The Husband’s Mom waiting “in line”and The Husband was hard at work at the “Farmer’s Market”.
He is SUCH a clown!!! He knew I was bumming out a bit because I missed the last two days of our local Farmer’s Markets and have to wait until next year.
So, instead, he brought the Farmer’s Market to me
Can you believe he didn’t buy anything? Yup, this is only like 1/2 of what is in our fridge….what can I say ~ at least it’s “The Good Stuff”
He also said we should go to Chipotle for dinner so I could rest my arm…..um OK!
I decided to go with the 3 Crunchy Chicken Tacos because they fill them so much that you end up with a salad after you eat them. I LOVE that! (15 points+ or 5 points+/taco)
* 3 crunchy corn taco shells with chicken, pico de gallo, corn salsa, cheese & lettuce
I will be working on catching up on all your emails and comments this week. Thanks again for being patient since my arm has sort of made me slow down a bit. I also have some SUPER FUN giveaways coming up too!
What is your FAVORITE thing to get at The Farmer’s Market or store?
I definitely change favorites each year, but, this year, I cannot get enough watermelon.