Happy Monday all! I started my morning off by earning my “butt time watching The Scandalous Bachelor tonight. 35 minutes on the treadmill followed up with crunches and pushups. I surprisingly didn’t get hungry for breakfast for a few hours.
Believe it or not, my Starbuck’s STILL has the Christmas cups….Grande Dirty Latte with a banana (4 points+)
I spent the morning shopping with my birthday coupons and stocking up on goodies at Trader Joe’s. To help me stay on track this week, I whipped up lunches for the entire week.
I made a 5 minute Stir-Fry using this Healthy 8 Chopped Veggie Mix from Trader Joe’s.
I totally bought it for the color, but, had I read RADISHES, I would’ve put it back LOL.
To my pan that had 2 tsp Canola oil and the Healthy 8 Veggie Mix, I added my FAVORITE Teriyaki Sauce around ~ Trader Joe’s Island Soyaki (the entire bottle is only $2.99).
5 minutes later a huge batch of 0 points+ veggies.
I have found that if I add a bunch of veggies to lunch, then, I can have 1 cup of this Weight Watchers Chicken Fried Rice and be satisfied.
Healthy Chicken Fried Rice – 1 cup is only 4 points+!
You know I totally dumped Srirachi all over my veggies and rice.
Isn’t it cool that this entire dish of “healthy Chinese food” is only 4 points+ and it only took 20 minutes to make?! LOVE!
The BEST part is I now have FOUR, delicious low point lunches that I can have with fruit or Spicy Peanut Coleslaw and still enjoy my birthday treats without breaking my points+ budget!
I couldn’t help busting into a NEW Trader Joe’s Item I found….I mean ~ chocolate, toffee, popcorn…..
Sweet, salty, crunchy, creamy…..
4 points+ per serving….
Which actually is quite a bit if you savor it. I LIKE it, but, I don’t LOVE it….it’s more sweet than salty and you don’t really taste the toffee over all the chocolate.
Snacks ~ TJ’s Social Crackers and Sharp Cheddar (4 points+)
I was still hungry so I had an apple…..I LOVE that you can grab fruit whenever you need just a little something more and have it not count against your points+.
I have to admit that I have never cooked with cream cheese or Italian dressing mix like this and I am usually not a fan of crockpot recipes I can’t leave all day.
But, THIS RECIPE sounded delicious and seemed easy enough to make.
Simply coat your chicken with one package of Good Seasons Italian Dressing Mix and cook in your crockpot for 2 hours.
Remove and chop your chicken, then return it to your crockpot.
Saute 1 onion, 1 garlic clove and 1 Tbsp butter until soft.
I decided to go with Whipped Cream Cheese because I LOVE this cream cheese, but, any brand or type would do.
Mix in cream cheese, cream of chicken soup with 1 can of water (my addition since I was using fresh veggies).
I also had a bunch of mushrooms I needed to use and thought they would go with this dish nicely.
Stir in the cream mixture with the chicken, frozen peas and 1 bag of California Blend Veggies (I used fresh but you could use frozen). Cook for 2-3 additional hours until your veggies are soft and cooked through.
I couldn’t wait to dig in because this crockpot meal will have your house smelling amazing.
OMG – total bowl of comfort! I LOVED how this dish tastes super creamy and rich, yet, the Italian Dressing gives it this great zesty flavor. We both LOVED this dish and cannot wait for leftover. Thanks Vicky!
~ 3/4 cup served over 1/2 cup brown rice (7 points+).
I ended my day with some super huge blueberries for dessert.
Do you make your lunches up for the week or do you make something new each day?
It just depends for me. I used to always make up my lunches for the entire week, but, since I don’t want to bore you all with the same thing each day, I mix it up some. Afterall variety is the spice of life 🙂
If you watch the Scandalous Bachelor ~ do you have a favorite yet?