Weekend Highlights: In the Test Kitchen….

by DanicasDaily on September 15, 2013

Happy Sunday all!  I am proud to say that this past week was a pretty good week even though I didn’t manage to find time to blog every day (that will be my goal this week as work should settle down a bit!).  I am proud to say I successfully worked out 4 times, tracked every single bite even on higher points+ days and……LOST 2.4 lbs. this week!  I am determined to repeat all of that again this next week.

This weekend was a busy as I lined up all my guinea pigs (The Husband and friends) to help test out a few new recipes I am working on for a project this fall.  I cannot wait to share all the ideas with you all….I am pretty sure you are going to love them all as much as we did.

For now….here are some highlights from the weekend.

My newest addiction (and I know they’ve been around forever) is Subway’s 3 inch Flat Bread Breakfast sandwiches.  I finally caved trying them about a month ago when I heard they now had Sriracha. I’ve had both ham and bacon and both are delicious!

Bacon + pepper jack cheese + egg (you can get egg whites) + pepper, onion, tomato, jalapenos & sriracha all for 5 points+.  I love how doughy the bread gets when heated.


BLTA’s using the organic greens & big, meaty heirloom tomatoes we got at the market.


10 points+ and worth every smoky, bacon, tomato, avocado bite!


Served up with 3 types of grapes bought at the market too.  The mini’s are the sweetest and all are seedless.


After all the cooking on Saturday, we headed out for Froyo for dessert.  Tart Nonfat Strawberry with Low-fat Coconut, Nonfat Vanilla, sprinkles, yogurt chips & Captain Crunch.


The “secret” ingredient in one recipe ~ Liquid Aloha! I love saying that ~ it totally makes me want to go to Hawaii just because…..


When I was at one of our local pubs, Norma Rose, a few months back, they had a “special” called Pulled Pork Nachos that they made slow cooking the pork in beer!


I have been wanting to re-create them ever since my first bite…..The final “secret” ingredient…hot, crunchy tortilla chips that you can taste the fresh squeezed lime juice with flecks of sea salt.


I’ve also totally stalked them to see if they would put them back on special….It hasn’t happened yet.

Would you believe me if I told you I found a way to re-create these fantastic nachos but still keep them healthy and totally satisfying….Yep, this would be my “healthified” version.


I am actually pondering using our this Pulled Pork to make Sweet Potato BLTA Nachos or possibly going another route by making my Lazy Enchiladas with Red Sauce.

Next up….making up another 100% REAL Ingredient, Homemade Spicy Pork Italian Sausage (like my Turkey Apple Sausage).


Did I mention that it is also 100% Simply Filling and only 2 points+ a patty?!


I actually made this version just so I could make a new Spicy Sausage and Mushroom Merlot Sauce using my favorite Geyser Peak Merlot

Glasses of wine were definitely consumed during the cooking process Open-mouthed smile


The real reason for the Merlot Sauce…..Lasagna with Homemade Spicy Italian Pork Sausage!


In the midst of our delicious Pork Filled Weekend, I also tried a new recipe for Thai Grilled Jalapeno Chicken that I plan on using on top of my salads this week.

Now this recipe, I will be sharing soon.  The others, well, you have to wait until Fall when I can spill all the details Winking smile



What was one highlight from your weekend?

Night all!

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Gail H. September 16, 2013 at 2:45 am

OMG I wanna make them ALL!!! And so glad to see you have included wine :) Great job on your 2+ lb weight loss!! My BIG highlight is that I cooked all week-end and we did not go out to eat: SCORE!! I made great quesadillas for lunch Saturday, yummy cheese crusted tilapia for dinner, and yesterday your egg rolls for breakfast, and a yummy chicken dish last night using the Vermont Harvest mango chutney…The Hub almost licked his plate! But the best part is: I’ve taken a little break from WW and am trying out myfitnesspal…so far so good…I tracked all calories for the past 5 days and have stayed within my goal. I’m not saying that I’ve given up WW for good, because I still want that ever-alluding Life-Time membership…but I needed a change :)

2 Jenny September 16, 2013 at 5:39 am

YUM. Thanks Danica. Cannot wait to see your projects unveiled.

3 Alice September 16, 2013 at 6:47 am

Hmmmmmm. I think I smell a cookbook. Hope so!

4 Leslie September 16, 2013 at 7:19 am

Can’t wait for you to post the recipe for the Thai Grilled Jalapeno Chicken!

The best part of my weekend is that I did a lot of cook once, use twice cooking. I have several meals in the fridge for this week plus duplicates in the freezer.

5 Jill September 16, 2013 at 7:24 am

I made your Banana Zucchini Nut mini muffins… they were a HUGE hit with the hubby and kids!!!! Yummy!

6 Trevor LaRene September 16, 2013 at 7:28 am
7 Cyndi September 16, 2013 at 8:02 am

Yummmy. Thanks for sharing. Congratulations on your sticking to plan, tracking and your fantastic wt loss this week!!! WTG Danica!!!

8 Lady Bren September 16, 2013 at 12:26 pm

The recipes look wonderful. Thought I was one of the last people to make my own sausage
Gonna surf around your site for some meatless monday recipes

9 Nay September 17, 2013 at 12:38 am

Hi, Danica! I just recently found your blog as i am just starting WW and was looking for inspiration. I love your blog…thanks so much for sharing! I am choosing to follow the Simply Filling technique after reading about your success with the program and was wondering why you switched back to Points+.

Can’t wait for your new recipes. They look delicious!

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