Happy Weekend All!! This weekend was SO FUN ~ We celebrated “Our Birthday” as The Husband calls it ~ our Dating Anniversary. It’s crazy to think we have known each other for over 8 years and yet, it seems like we have known each other forever too.
I have so many good things to share in tonight’s post so I am just going to recap some of my FAVORITE meals and treats of the weekend, along with my Weigh-In Update and this week’s menu.
Let me just warn you all before you scroll down ~ there is A LOT of deliciousness below that isn’t so points+ friendly….sometimes, good food happens!
We kicked off our weekend with a “Mini” Road Trip to celebrate this weekend.
ROAD TRIP SNACKS thanks to my awesome trip with TJ to Harvest House.
I am IN LOVE with these funky VEGAN Almond Rocks n Rolls Cookies. You get 10 for 3 Points+ which isn’t bad when you are enjoying them with delicious coffee (plus a Lite string cheese for protein, a.k.a. staying power LOL).
I am usually not a fan of any of the Freeze Dried Fruits/Vegetables, but, I have heard so many good things about Sensible Foods Organic Sweet Corn, I had to try it!
LOVE the simple, NOTHING ELSE ingredient list.
I LOVED IT! It’s totally perfect for a sweet, salty, crunchy fix and tastes just like corn. It’s 2 points+ for the ENTIRE package, but, make sure you plan something else to eat with it because it probably won’t fill you up.
One of our lunchtime stops included my FAVORITE Thai Chicken Salad from Michael’s Deli. I always say I’ll try something new but when it comes down to it, I ALWAYS pick this salad. I share it with The Husband since it really is HUGE.
This salad is phenomenal ~ Mixed greens, Napa cabbage, red peppers, cucumbers, chow mein noodles, sliced almonds, sesame seeds, and a spicy soy dressing. (10 points+ estimate).
See the Sweet Thai Chili Sauce ~ SPICY GOOD!
Our “Date-ivversary” was actually on Saturday night and we decided to go all out to one of the Steak Houses that had excellent reviews on Yelp ~ Sterling’s Seafood Steakhouse.
Let me just preface this by saying BEFORE we even sat down, I made the decision that I wasn’t counting points+ and I was enjoying every bite. I am chalking it up to my 49 WPA and making sure the rest of my week is within my daily target.
You know a place is going to be good when their bread is delicious. On the left a soft slightly sweet French bread topped with sea salt (like a pretzel!) and then on the right ~ Cheese Bread! We both agreed that the cheese bread tasted just like these Almond Parmesan Crisps, but in a doughy bread sort of way.
We shared an appetizer that was just ok. The description sounded amazing, but, we both found the flavors a little flat (almost like salt and pepper were needed, maybe?)
Sautéed Wild Mushrooms with melted brie cheese & sherry in a buttery, herb phyllo shell.
Simple dinner salad with Basil Balsamic on the side.
Ironically, I ended up picking a HEALTHY dinner even though I said I could get whatever and planned on Shrimp Scampi or something like that.
Oven Roasted Chicken Breast with Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Carrots and quite possibly the BEST Garlic Spinach Fontina Cheese Stuffed Portabello Mushroom I’ve ever had.
I ate all of the mushroom, carrots and potatoes, but, only about 1/3 of the chicken.
The Husband got a HUGE 22 oz Porterhouse topped with an herbed butter with steak fries, snap peas and carrots that he ate ALL of…I am pretty sure he would’ve chewed the bone if nobody was looking
I think it’s AWESOME they bring you Dark Chocolate Covered Strawberries when they bring the check. It was the perfect sweet ending since we didn’t have any room left. Next time, I am totally going back just for that bread and dessert
The last place that we went to for lunch before we headed back to town was Dickey’s Barbecue Pit.
We both wanted BBQ because we kept smelling it everywhere and looked up open places on Yelp.
I LOVE all their logos and cute signs throughout the store.
We ordered the 3 meat platter with 3 sides to share. The Husband also ordered their Westerner Sandwich because you get to pick two meats (he had brisket and hot links LOL).
Caesar Salad ~ 3 points+ (I had a bite and gave it to him b/c I wanted the coleslaw). It’s pretty tasty for a simple Caesar.
Coleslaw ~ YUM! I just NEED cabbage crunch with my BBQ. 6 points+
Super Cheesy Mac & Cheese! I LOVED that they use the HUGE Shells ~ I need to buy those just because it’s like having huge pieces of doughy pasta that hold all that cheesy goodness. 16 points+ (WOW, but, it was really good!) I had my half for sure.
6 ounce Beef Brisket ~ 9 points+ (glad I only had 2 bites dipped in their Hot & Spicy BBQ Sauce)
6 oz Pork Ribs (2 ribs) ~ 11 points+. I had the small one for 5 points+.
6 oz Cheddar Jalapeno Turkey Sausage ~ 7 points+. I had 2 slices dipped in original and sweet BBQ sauce. It was just ok to me so I let The Husband have the rest.
It’s kind of crazy to think of how many points+ this would be if you ate it all. This is why I say to ALWAYS LOOK it up BEFORE you go because even though some things might seem healthy/low in points+, they may not be.
I am lucky that The Husband loves sharing with me (even if he gets his own meal too) so I get to try it all without having to eat it all.
Ohhh and everyone gets FREE Ice Cream too!
You all know I have a thing for mini cones! LOL.
WEIGH IN UPDATE ~ I have decided for now to switch my Weigh In’s to Friday mornings. If you all want to know my logic, please just ask below and I’ll be glad to type it up. I will still Tweet and Facebook my results, but, just look for them on Fridays now.
This week I LOST .6 LBS and that was after only 5 days (my Sunday Weigh In). I am happy with that!
HERE IS WHAT IS ON THE MENU THIS WEEK
Would you believe me if I told you when I started looking for recipes today, I only had one on my list?! Expect to see some show up next week.
* Turkey, Cheese & Pesto Won Ton Ravioli’s with tomato basil sauce & salad
* BBQ Chicken, Harvest Grain Salad, Green Salads
* Apple Maple Turkey Burgers, Grilled Corn, Cucumber Salad
Other ideas: Healthified Chicken Fried Steak, WW Best Ever Cheese Steak Sandwiches, Fiesta Enchilada Skillet, Mushroom Pasta and this weekend a cooking with BEER series!
* BREAKFASTS ~ Egg White Sausage & Cheese Wrap, Spicy Scrambled Egg Sandwiches
NEW AT FRIENDS FOR WEIGHT LOSS
* New Tip of the Week & 8 Points+ Slow Cooker Turkey & Bean Burrito Bake Guest Recipe ~ check them out at the bottom of the page!
GIVEAWAY ALERT ~ If you want the chance to win a FULL YEAR OF Organic Valley Foods, check back tomorrow when my Earth Week Giveaway begins.
What is on your menu this week? Are you trying any new recipes, foods or treats?