Wednesday, January 27, 2010

More new recipes found

I've been very happy with some of the recipes i've found lately and wanted to share them here.

Turkey Cutlets with Orange Sauce

I found this recipe in Weight Watchers Fresh and Easy 20 Minute Meals cookbook. My family loved it. The orange juice made the cutlets very tender and tasty. It would be easy to substitute chicken cutlets or thin lean boneless pork chops with similar good results.

1 1/2 pounds turkey cutlets
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 tbsp. cornstarch
2 tsps. olive oil, divided
1 cup orange juice
1 tsp. brown sugar
3 tablespoons raisins

1. Sprinkle both sides of turkey with salt and pepper. Place cornstarch in a small metal sieve; sprinkle both sides of turkey evenly with cornstarch.

2. Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat; add half of turkey to pan. Cook 2 minutes on each side or until lightly browned; remove from pan. Keep warm. Repeat procedure with remaining 1 tsp olive oil and remaining turkey.

3. Add orange juice, brown sugar, and raisins to pan; bring to a boil over high heat and boil 2 minutes.

4. Return turkey to pan, turning to coat with sauce. Yield: 4 servings (serving size about 2 turkey cutlets and about 2 tablespoons sauce, Points Value: 5).

Per serving: Calories 263, Fat 3.3g (saturated fat 3.3g), Protein 42.7g, Carbohydrates 15.6g, Fiber 0.5g, Cholesterol 68mg, Iron 2.5mg, Sodium 443mg, Calcium 12mg.

Note: I left out the raisins. I didn't think it would add much to the taste and therefore I could save on the calories.

Oven Fried Pork Chops

This was another favorite in my house. You can find the recipe and instructions Here at Other than using bone-in pork chops which I had on hand, I followed this recipe exactly. I also always seem to need more breadcrumbs than it calls for so I just have to adjust points for that.

Southern Oven Fried Chicken

This is a delicious recipe I found in a cookbook called "In the Kitchen with Aimee" You can find the recipe on Aimee's website along with many other wonderful, easy recipes.

I look forward to trying out many more recipes that I've found in the stacks of cookbooks I've been pouring through. I'm having so much fun cooking new tasty meals. Hopefully that will keep my momentum going and the weight melting away.

God Bless!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Breakfast ideas!

One of my biggest challenges each day is what to have for breakfast. I really prefer non-sweet foods first thing in the morning which eliminates a lot of typical breakfast meal ideas. In a perfect world where calories didn't matter, I would eat biscuits and gravy and hashbrowns every day. But of course that would be really bad. So I'm trying to eat a variety of different things to keep from getting bored. I have added sweet breakfast foods to my weekly menu and find I'm enjoying them. This morning, I fixed pancakes with Fiber One pancake mix. As you can see in the photo I had 3 big fluffy pancakes. I used 1 tsp of Canola oil and topped them with 1/4 cup sugar free syrup for a grand total of 5 points. With 5 grams of fiber in the pancakes this is a meal that holds me until lunch. My very favorite breakfast I have 2 to 3 times a week is an omelet using Egg Beaters, fat free cheese, bell peppers, onions and topped with Salsa. This is another really filling breakfast for only 4 points. Some of my other breakfast meals that I regularly have include homemade egg mcmuffins, Kashi GoLean cereal, yogurt and fruit smoothie, Oatmeal using plain quick oats flavored with Splenda brown sugar, a small amount of skim milk and a splash of vanilla extract. Sometimes I will add in fruit like blueberries. I can have a big bowl of oatmeal for only 3-4 points and it sticks with me just as well as the pancakes or omelet meals.

I had my weigh-in last night and lost 3.8 pounds! My grand total is now 13 pounds lost. Yay!

Friday, January 22, 2010

Yummy new recipes found!

I really love to try new recipes. I'm always looking for meal ideas to get me out of the chicken, pizza, tacos, hamburgers rut. It's especially difficult to find recipes that will keep me on program as well as be something that my family will actually eat. Sometimes what sounds like a tasty dish will turn out to be a huge failure. Even if I like it, I'm not going to fix it again if I see that everyone else dumped their plate down the disposal. I've been searching the Internet for recipes and the other day I went to the library and brought home several Weight Wathers cookbooks. I found a few recipes that I've deemed "keepers". They passed the kid test with clean plates and were easy to make with normal ingredients. I'll share my favorites here on this blog. Here's one for today.

Barbecue Meat Loaf

2/3 cup your favorite barbecue sauce, divided
1/4 cup minced onion
1 tablespoon Worchestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 large egg whites
1 1/2 pounds ground round
1/2 cup quick-cooking oats
Cooking spray

1. Preheat oven to 350
2. Combine 1/3 cup barbecue sauce and next 4 ingredients in a large bowl. Add egg whites, and crumble meat over mixture, mixing with hands just until blended; add oats, and stir until blended.
3. Shape meat mixture into an 8x4 loaf, and place on a broiler pan coated with cooking spray.
4. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes. Brush remaining 1/3 cup barbecue sauce over meat loaf. Bake an additional 20 minutes or until done. Let stand 10 minutes. Cut loaf into 12 slices. Yield: 6 servings (serving size: 2 slices, Points Value: 4)

per serving: Calories 210, Fat 4.5g (saturated fat 1.6g), Protein 26.2g, Carbohydrate 16.6g, Fiber 0.7g, Cholesterol 60mg, Iron 2.3mg, Sodium 688mg, Calcium 9mg

I doubled this recipe for my family and used 2 loaf pans. I will likely experiment next time with using ketchup instead of BBQ sauce and possibly try it with ground turkey. I also think it could be jazzed up a bit with herbs and spices. I served it with frozen corn, canned green beans, and canned fruit in juice. I also fixed mac and cheese for the kids.

Recipe taken from Weight Watchers Easy Weeknight favorites cookbook

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Starting again in 2010

Like so many other people, after the holidays were over this year, I made a decision to lose weight. Not that this is anything new. I've needed to lose weight for over 30 years. It's not that I haven't tried before. I've been on many diets over the years. Usually I'm successful for awhile but eventually fall back into bad habits. Hopefully this time will be different. My need to get healthy and lose weight is something I think about every day. I have mirrors, tight clothes and a stack of pills I take to remind me.

So on January 4 I went back to Weight Watchers. Almost immediately after I started eating healthier food, I began to feel better. I haven't had to take antacids or stomach meds since day 1. I know getting to my goal weight is going to take a long time. I have about 125 pounds to lose. It's going to take a lot of work and planning. I have the tools I need and the weekly support group to help me through this. But most importantly this time I am leaning on God to give me the strength and perserverance to make the changes I need to do this.

I went to my 2nd weigh-in this past Monday and I'm down a total of 9.2 pounds. That is a good start. I plan to use this blog to track my progress and keep myself motivated. I also plan to post recipes, food tips or any other good ideas I come across. Wish me luck!