Did you all remember to set your clocks FORWARD for Day Light Savings time? Ummm, I remembered but DIDN’T actually do it. Luckily I woke up in time to make it to my Weight Watchers meeting as we headed out of town to the Sacramento Antique Faire.
I was up .8 lbs today and I can’t say if it was earned or not since my week wasn’t stellar. I can say what I am going to do differently this week to make sure the scale goes down.
This week my goals are:
1) Eat less ~ focus on my Good Health Guidelines, Power Foods and not using as many WPA.
2) MOVE MORE ~ Last week I pretty much pretended I didn’t need to workout other than my yoga and like one or two walks. This week, I am committing to getting up early and getting my workout done 4 times.
I had a great conversation with my friend morning and she made a good point. I do really well with my exercise when I HAVE A GOAL in mind. So, I am going to get back into running after my long hiatus and start the Couch to 5K Plan (C25K ) again.
3) Water, water and MORE water! All that exercise should make me thirsty
We stopped at Starbuck’s on our way out of town so I grabbed a banana plus a Venti Iced Dirty Latte for breakfast (4 points+).
After 3+ hours of walking around, The Husband picked Willie’s Burgers for lunch. I agreed because the location we usually goes to has options other than burgers. However, the one in Downtown Sacramento has burgers only.
Can I just say I NEED to have a real burger more often?! This burger was as AWESOME as it looks. I broke down the ingredients as follows to calculate the points+
* Hamburger bun – 4 points+
* Hamburger patty – 5 points+
* Cheese – 3 points+
* Bacon – 2 points+
* Caramelized onions, lettuce, tomato, ketchup, mustard
Our orders came with these HUGE containers of fries. I could easily eat the entire container, but, I didn’t!
I took a small handful and gave The Husband my container telling him to not give it back to me (6 points+)
We spent more time exploring Sacramento Antique shops before heading home. I did a little prep for the week.
Then, I got to work on dinner. Awhile back, I saw someone post a recipe for CAULIFLOWER PIZZA on the Friends for Weight Loss message boards. I was intrigued and have been wanting to make it. Its pretty simple to make.
Break down a head of cauliflower into small pieces.
“Rice” the cauliflower by pulsing it in your food processor until it breaks down into small pieces. Do not process too much or you will end up with pureed cauliflower.
Steam in the microwave with NO WATER for 8 minutes.
I added a few extra things to my recipe.
Combine steamed cauliflower with 2 large minced garlic cloves, 8 ounces grated reduced fat mozzarella, 1/4 cup grated parmesan, 2 beaten eggs, 1/2 tsp Italian Season, 2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes, sea salt and black pepper to taste.
Stir and “mush” it together.
Shape into a “pizza” shape on a piece of foil sprayed with nonstick spray. In the future, I would use a Sil-Pat or Parchment Paper. You may brush the top with melted butter to help it brown if you like.
Bake at 400 for 10 minutes, reduce heat to 350 and bake an additional 20 minutes.
Slice into 10 pieces and Enjoy. (2 points+ each)
Part 2 of dinner was a recipe sent to me by one of my readers. I have been totally wanting to make this recipe ever since she sent it because it has everything I LOVE in it ~ Kale, Chicken Sausage, Gnocchi, Beans, Spice! Oh and it’s so easy to make
Sauté 1 large chopped sweet onion with 1 package of Trader Joe’s Sweet Chicken Apple Sausage. Cook until browned, about 5 minutes, then, add in 2 cloves garlic and 2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes. Cook for 30 seconds, then, remove from pan and set aside.
You are supposed to add in 3 cups of Potato Gnocchi, but, I used what I had on hand ~ this Gnocchi Alla Sorrentina from Trader Joe’s.
4 Points+ per cup, 12 for the entire bag.
I actually forgot about the “tomato” part of the gnocchi, but, it was too late after I added it on top of the kale.
Add in one 32 oz box Chicken Broth, 15 oz can Diced Tomatoes with Green Chiles and a 15 oz can White Beans, drained and rinsed. Simmer for 10 minutes. Return Sausage Mixture and cook for 1 minute.
THIS SOUP IS AWESOME!!! The Husband and I both LOVED it, although agreed next time we would use an Italian Sausage since we kept tasting the apple.
HEARTY KALE SOUP
Courtesy of Melanie
- 5 Trader Joe’s Sweet Chicken Apple Sausages, sliced
- 1 cup sweet onion, chopped
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
- 3 cups kale, roughly chopped
- 3 cups potato gnocchi
- 32 oz chicken broth
- 15 oz diced tomatoes with green chiles
- 15 oz cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
1. Sauté 1 large chopped sweet onion with 1 package of Trader Joe’s Sweet Chicken Apple Sausage. Cook until browned, about 5 minutes, then, add in 2 cloves garlic and 2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes. Cook for 30 seconds, then, remove from pan and set aside.
2. Add Kale and gnocchi to pan. Cook for 30 seconds, then add chicken broth, tomatoes and cannellini beans. Simmer for 10 minutes.
3. Return sausage mixture to pan and cook 1 additional minute.
Makes 6, 1 1/2 cup servings, 7 points+ each
I had a slice of Cauliflower pizza bread with my soup. It is OK….you have to definitely LOVE Cauliflower because it tastes just like roasted cauliflower and cheese. I am not sure I’d make it again even if I topped it with pizza toppings since The Husband didn’t like it at all.
NEW AT FRIENDS FOR WEIGHT LOSS
* New Tip of the Week & Guest Recipe ~ check them out at the bottom of the page!
HERE IS WHAT IS ON THE MENU THIS WEEK
* BREAKFASTS ~ Biggest Loser Taco Muffins
* Genovese Chicken over Roasted Garlic/Mushroom Pasta with salad
* Baked Ziti, Garlic Bread, Lemon Broccoli
* TBD ~ leftovers or a new recipe
Do you ever use vegetables to make “mock” version of your favorite recipes?