This morning I weighed in and was up only .6 lbs. I say “only” because honestly I felt like it was going to be more. I am glad I faced the scale when I didn’t want to. I pretty much earned it this week because I tossed out my idea of planning my day out (something I do daily BEFORE I eat anything) and thought I didn’t “need” to exercise at all this week. I am chalking it up for what it’s worth, learning from it and moving on with 3 GOALS this week:
1) Track EVERY single BLT, Bite, Lick, Taste
2) Water, water and more water!
3) Workout 3 times along with my daily yoga
I was actually “willing” my meeting to be over so I could go home and dig into breakfast. I usually snack on my banana before my meeting but, I forgot it.
Sometimes you just can’t get enough of a good thing ~ another eggwich (6 points+)
Plus a “naner”
This is what happens when I leave my drink sitting around. The Husband draws random pictures on it. He said the flower is one of the ones you “blow all the pedals” off
Grande Dirty Latte (nonfat, decaf latte, 1 pump mocha) (4 points+)
After I was sufficiently satisfied, I headed out to do our weekly grocery shopping and came home to whip up a few things to get ready for the week (prepping lunches, boiling eggs, etc).
The only modification I made was to use 1/2 cup dry roasted walnuts for the cherries since I knew The Husband wouldn’t eat them if they had any dried fruit in them and I surely didn’t need 30 cookies for me only.
I instantly ate 4 cookies as I dished them off the pan while they were HOT. (7 points+)
#2 BEST IDEA EVER!!! I marinated some organic chicken tenders in Trader Joe’s LF Spicy Peanut Vinaigrette then grilled them up for salads this week ~ I cannot wait!
We finally stopped for lunch at 2 PM and decided to use our FREE Chipotle Coupon. I LOVE that our 2 drinks (tea for me, soda for him), his burrito and my HUGE bowl cost $9.81!
* Lettuce (0)
* Chicken (5)
* Pico de Gallo (0)
* Corn Salsa (1)
* A little cheese (less than a serving) (2)
* GUACAMOLE! (4)
After lunch, we went to see UNKNOWN!! It is SO GOOD and TWISTED ~ I absolutely LOVE It when movies keep you guessing the whole way through.
I honestly had such HIGH HOPES for tonight’s Slow Cooker Recipe ~ it has chicken, brown rice, wild rice, tons of veggies ~ I mean, how can it not be great?! Well, let me tell you how…..You cook the rice so long it um, dissolves ~ oops!
I adapted this recipe from my Weight Watcher’s Slow Cook-It Recipe by adding more veggies, herbs, changing up the rice and using what I had on hand.
The flavor is amazing and I imagine if I cooked it less, it would’ve been AWESOME with great chewing power.
SLOW COOKER BROWN & WILD RICE CHICKEN CASSEROLE
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 3 cups low-sodium chicken broth
- 6 small carrots, cut diagonally into 1/2-inch slices
- 8 oz. package sliced mushrooms
- 1 cup brown and wild rice blend (or 1/2 cup each brown rice and wild rice)
- 2 celery stalks, cut diagonally into 1/2-inch slices
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tsp Trader Joe’s 21 Seasoning Salute (you could use poultry seasoning)
- 2 Fresh Thyme Sprigs
- 1/4 tsp. sea salt & freshly ground pepper
- 1 1/4 lbs. chicken breast tenders
- 10 3/4 oz. can low-fat condensed cream of mushroom soup
- 2 cups frozen peas
1. Spray large nonstick skillet with nonstick spray and set over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes. Transfer onion to 5- or 6-quart slow cooker.
2. Stir in broth, carrots, mushrooms, rice blend, celery, garlic, 21 seasoning salute, thyme, sea salt and black pepper. Mix well. Top with chicken, placing it toward center of slow cooker.
3. Cover and cook until chicken and vegetables are fork-tender and rice is tender but still slightly chewy, 2 1/2 to 3 hours on high or 4 to 5 hours on low.
4. About 25 minutes before cooking time is up, stir soup and peas into slow cooker. Cover and cook on high until mixture simmers, about 20 minutes.
Makes 6 servings, about 1 1/3 cups each
Nutritional information based on 6 servings, 7 points+ each
Sauté your onion in nonstick cooking spray over medium heat, until softened, about 5 minutes.
While your onion cooks, prep your vegetables.
Add your veggies, spices and thyme sprigs.
I had this Basamati Rice Medley on hand, but, in the future, I’d use a brown rice blend since white rice breaks down too fast in the slow cooker.
Add 1 cup of rice (1/2 wild, 1/2 brown rice).
Add your broth.
Top with your chicken, cover and cook on low for 4 hours.
This is the point of when I SHOULD HAVE stopped and added the mushroom soup and peas, but, I kept going to 2 more hours. I have adjusted the time above to take off 2 hours.
I LOVE that Trader Joe’s has a healthy alternative condensed cream of mushroom soup.
That has REAL ingredients and decent stats.
Add your mushroom soup and peas. Turn to high, cook 10 minutes until heated through and simmering.
I used a 1 1/3 cup measuring cup to scoop out my serving and topped it with a little fresh parsley. The flavor tastes just like the “chicken and dumplings” with a nice crunch in the vegetables. I ate half of this before I just couldn’t do it anymore (4 points+)
The Husband is a trooper – he ate two bowls!
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HERE IS WHAT IS ON THE MENU THIS WEEK
* Cheesy Mini Meatloaves, simple salad with balsamic
* Spaghetti with Meat Sauce, Garlic Bread and Salad
* BBQ Chicken, Scalloped Potatoes & Grilled Romaine Salad
* Sausage & Vegetable Deep Dish Pizza, Salad
* Green Lite Bites ~ Southwestern Turkey Burgers with Asparagus Fries
* Vegan Nachos
I really want to try this Cauliflower Pizza Crust but The Husband told me no more funny things with cauliflower
Do you let your cookies cool before you eat one or do you have one as soon as they come out of the oven?
I can NEVER wait to dig in and always have to have a cookie as soon as I can get it off the tray ~ hot or not