Happy Monday All! Wow, I guess you all do want to know how my brain works and why I changed my Weight Watcher Meeting Day as mentioned on yesterday’s post. For what it’s worth, here was my logic:
* Weighing in on Sunday makes it “challenging” because I try to eat light and low sodium 1-2 days before weigh in. We usually go out on Friday and/or Saturday nights which can sometimes mess with my weigh in results.
* If I weigh in on Friday morning and we DO go out on Friday and/or Saturday, I have an entire week to be good and not have it show on the scale. I usually do great at making my meals/staying on track during the week so I can enjoy our weekends without wondering if it will affect my weigh-in.
* Ironically, I think it might encourage me to do better on weekends because I don’t like using all my WPA up at the beginning of the week.
* I usually have to miss at least one WI meeting a month where I do a fly by weigh in so we can head to the antique show.
* If we travel for the weekend, I can weigh in BEFORE we go instead of just skipping the meeting.
* I LOVE my Sunday group and will miss them, but, sometimes it’s fun and gives you renewed motivation to visit different meetings.
* I LOVE My Sunday Leader, but, she also teaches the early morning Friday Meeting!
I am sure there are probably more reasons I could list because I had quite the conversation in my head for about a month while I pondered. It’s all about trial and error and finding what works best for you. I am hoping this is My SOLUTION! I will definitely keep you all posted on how it goes.
The Husband was nice and brought me a Venti Iced Dirty Latte (Nonfat, Decaf, Latte with 1 pump Mocha) to start my day! (4 points+)
He also brought donuts home, but, I didn’t have any. Instead, I whipped up a delicious Protein Pancake.
Click HERE for the Recipe ~ Topped with 1/2 a banana, 1 tsp of Whipped Butter, 1 Tbsp Pure Maple Syrup and a sprinkle of Organic Unsweetened Coconut Flakes (10 Points+)
Breakfast kept me full all morning long ~ no snacks required. I think being super busy at work does that to you too.
Any recipe that starts off with crisping up 2 slices of bacon is a WINNER in my book
Remove the bacon using a slotted spoon and set aside.
I used chicken breast over chicken thighs because it is what I had on hand. Add the chicken to the bacon grease and cook for about 6 minutes.
While the chicken cook, I prepped all the remaining ingredients.
Mushrooms, garlic and onion.
Diced tomatoes, dried oregano (it’s what I had vs fresh) and crushed red peppers (ummm, because I add them to everything).
I sort of didn’t read the recipe all the way through since I was supposed to remove the chicken before adding in the mushroom mix. Eh, I went with it and cooked it as though I was following the recipe
As much as I love fresh tomatoes, I actually think that canned diced tomatoes might give this soup even more flavor.
Add back the bacon, plus 2 cups of broth and water.
Add 2/3 cup of Whole Wheat Orzo Pasta and cook for 8 minutes.
Add your beans (I used pinto because it’s what I had on hand) and cook for 2 additional minutes.
Remove from heat and add parsley plus a splash of vinegar.
Divide into 4 bowls, top with parmesan and crush red pepper flakes if desired. The entire recipe made about 8 cups. Each serving is 8 points+.
Crusty French bread for dipping. I had a slice for 2 points+.
My belly was full but my mouth wanted something sweet so I snacked on one dried pear. As odd as it sounds, it definitely hit the spot.
I snacked on some banana chips and watermelon chunks.
Dinner tonight was actually picked out by The Husband when he was glancing through my Weight Watcher magazine. He is funny because he always says he never looks at my magazines, but, then will come and show me a picture or tell me a story LOL.
Weight Watchers Best-Ever Cheese Steak Sandwiches
They are actually really simple to make and only 8 points+ each.
TIP!!! I absolutely agree that having your pan SUPER HOT makes all the difference in the world when you are trying to “create” a nice crust on your steak.
The only seasoning I used on my steak was Emeril’s Original Essence. HIs Essence Spice Mix is versatile and can be used on so many things to bring out the “natural” flavor.
NOTE ~ The BIG steak is for this recipe and the other two were cooked up for The Husband as “snacks” as requested.
I seared each side in 2 tsp canola oil for 5 minutes and then place the steaks in the oven on low to finish cooking. My coal was Medium to Medium Well as The Husband doesn’t like his steak any other way.
Don’t worry, even though it looks burned, it doesn’t taste burned.
Add 1 tsp canola oil along with your mushrooms, onions and garlic to the same pan you seared your steaks in so they absorb all the bits of flavor.
Cook until soft, about 5-7 minutes.
Add in the sliced steak.
Plus a little less than 1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese. I reserved about 2 tbsp to add to the top of the sandwich.
This was the HARDEST PART ~ take out the soft part of the bread and throw it away ~ who does that?! I reluctantly did….
Add Cheese Steak Mix and sprinkle with remaining cheese. The Husband actually came into the kitchen at this point and was like ~ that’s MY SANDWICH, right?! LOL.
Cut into 4 slices and serve.
MMMMMMM!! We both LOVED this and I am not even a huge cheese steak fan. It honestly tastes just like a good well seasoned steak, mushroom and onion sandwich with hints of cheesey richness for only 8 points+.
For our sides, I made a Quick Tomato Basil Caprese Salad
In the food processor add and puree:
~ 1 cup basil leaves
~ 1 lemon, juiced
~ 1 garlic clove
~ 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
~ Sea salt and black pepper to taste
~ 1 Pint organic cherry tomatoes, halved
~ 1 container fresh mozzarella balls
Makes 9 servings, 1/3 cup each, 2 points+ per serving
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* Shannon shares a super easy recipe for 6 points+ Buffalo Chicken Pizza! Click HERE for the recipe!
Do you attend meetings? If so, what do you love most about your meeting? Do you pick a certain day of the week to weigh-in?