Happy Wednesday all! I am so glad the week is officially half over today. Not that I am counting down the days until the weekend or anything. Today’s Simple Start eats might be the best food I’ve eaten so far. Every single thing was so delicious that I honestly could eat it all over again.
Before I jump into today’s journal, I wanted to say sorry to my Points+ friends. I completely forgot to post the points+ values of everything along with the Simple Start calcs for those that are counting. I will make sure to add in my daily points+ too ~ thanks for letting me know.
I am also having my recipe page fixed as the last upgrade made the points+ disappear. However, if you click print on any recipe, you can see the points+.
I started craving this Oatmeal Protein Pancake last night when I was thinking of what I planned on having for breakfast today.
I love this Simply Filling Pancake (yep, it’s Simple Start too!) because you can make it as one gigantic pancake and it takes minutes to make with what you have on hand in your kitchen.
I patted 1 Tbsp. of whipped butter over the top (whipped but saves you 1 points+) with a 1 Tbsp. pour of pure maple syrup and a sprinkle of coconut.
Paired with a side of organic blueberries for crunching as it cooks….
And topping that melt in your mouth, Oatmeal pancake with a little berry goodness. I used 3 WPA for the butter & syrup. The entire pancake with toppers is 11 points+.
I actually took the time to pack my lunch this morning, but, The Husband ended up surprising me at the office and taking me to lunch. The temptation…..this Simple Start Southwestern Cobb Salad from the Buckhorn Grill in Napa!
Check out all the Simply Filling Foods ~ Grilled Southwester Chicken Breast, Tomatoes….
Radishes, Jicama, Corn & Black Beans!
I used my WPA for this creamy AVOCADO goodness (4 WPA) and skipped the shell & cheese.
Served up with the Basil, Honey Lime dressing on the side. (2 WPA for the dressing). 9 points+ for the entire salad.
Dinner tonight was pretty amazing. It’s been awhile since I’ve made Burgers Without a Bun and now I am wondering why. The Husband has never been a fan of meatloaf ~ ever. So, a few years back one of my awesome readers who made the recipe told me to tell him what she told her husband ~ They are just funny shaped Burgers. Whenever I want to make these, I ask the Husband if he wants to have BURGERS WITHOUT A BUN and he was like YES!
Cheesy Stuffed Mini Meatloaves totally look like “funny” shaped burgers without buns.
This recipe is super simple to make and could definitely be made up in advanced so all you have to do is come home and cook it.
Sautee 1 onion and 2 garlic cloves in nonstick spray until softened, about 3 minutes.
Then, mix everything up in a big bowl….I think the two key ingredients in this recipe surprisingly are the cheese (I used low-fat Sharp Cheddar, but, you could use fat free) and the horseradish. I also subbed out Wheat Germ for the bread crumbs to keep it Simply Filling. He doesn’t know about the wheat germ either
Form into mini meatloaves. You will want to use parchment paper or a sil-pat because when the cheese oozes all over, they will stick if you don’t.
Top with a little ketchup & bake for 25 minutes at 425 or until done.
I count it as Simple Start or 7 Points+ and they are worth every single bite. I love the little "fried cheese disks” that surround each burger without a bun!
Funny fact ~ every time I make these, The Husband says they look like mini meatloaves and I say ya, that’s the funny “burger” shape. Click HERE for the recipe.
I paired our “burgers” with a bunch of organic greens for one tasty dinner.
I am really surprised I did not have a single snack today ~ the bigger surprise, it never crossed my mind until now.
Here are my stats for today:
- Simple Start Day 4 Success, 9 WPA used, 20 WPA remaining (I am not sweating using 2 extra, I’ll just keep it to 49 by the end of the week.
- 27 Daily Points+, WPA used & WPA remaining will be added next week
- My Fitbit Flex Dashboard for today
QUESTION OF THE DAY:
Do you ever “trick” your family into eating something good for them?