Monthly Archives: February 2014

Chili’s Quiltless Grilled Chicken Sandwich

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When I am being very good on Weight Watchers, I really try to limit my eating out, but I love Chili’s Guiltless Grilled chicken Sandwich. The combo of the grilled chicken breast with the honey mustard sauce is such a treat They do not carry this item any more. You have to order the regular grilled chicken sandwich and hold the cheese and bacon and order steamed broccoli instead of fries. This was hard at first since I love French fries, but I have really started to love their broccoli. It is steamed just right and has a little parmesan cheese sprinkled on top. I have been looking for a good alternate to make at home and I came across this one. A winner!!!!

Guiltless Grilled Chicken Sandwich

1 cup water
1/4 cup pineapple juice
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon liquid smoke
1/4 teaspoon onion powder 1 dash garlic powder

2 tablespoons Grey Poupon Dijon Mustard
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon fat-free mayonnaise
1 teaspoon vinegar

4 chicken breast fillets

4 whole wheat hamburger buns

1 cup shredded Lettuce

4 slices Tomatoes

Prepare the chicken marinade by combining the ingredients in a medium bowl. Add the chicken fillets, cover, and refrigerate for several hours. Overnight is even better.
When the chicken has marinated, cook the fillets on a preheated barbecue or indoor grill set to a high temperature for 4-7 min per side or until done.
While the chicken is grilling, make the fat-free dressing by mixing together the ingredients in a small bowl.
Build each sandwich by first stacking 1/4 of the lettuce on the bottom hamburger bun.
Stack the tomato slice on the lettuce.
Stack the chicken fillet on the tomato.
Cover each sandwich with the top bun and serve with honey mustard on the side.
8 Points per serving (1 sandwich).


Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 1 (542 g)

Servings Per Recipe: 4

Amount Per Serving % Daily ValueCalories 170.0 Calories from Fat 27 15% Amount Per Serving % Daily ValueTotal Fat 3.0g 4% Saturated Fat 0.6g 3% Cholesterol 0.4mg 0% Sugars 14.1 g Sodium 858.5mg 35% Total Carbohydrate 32.4g 10% Dietary Fiber 2.4g 9% Sugars 14.1 g 56% Protein 5.3g 10%

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Posted by on February 11, 2014 in Recipes, Uncategorized, Weight Watchers


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Omelettes On the Go


This is another one of those “not really a recipe” posts. I had an omelette bar for the super bowl. I make up bowls of all the ingredients and then let everyone pick their fixings. Since it ended up being just Dave, Jordan and I for the first half, I had a lot of stuff left over. I hated to waste it so I decided to make mini-omelettes in muffin tins. I thought they would be great for busy mornings when we are all trying to get out the door. I had used ham, cheese, onions, spinach and tomatoes. I just put a handful of the toppings in each muffin tin and then poured the beaten eggs over top. I had used a combination of whole eggs and egg whites, but you can use all whole eggs, all egg whites or egg substitute. I added a little extra ham and cheese on top and baked them at 350 for about 30 minutes. They were perfect and only took a few seconds to warm up in the morning The only thing I would have done different was use some muffin liners as the tins were a little hard to clean with the cooked egg mixture. A great way to use up misc. items in your fridge.


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Posted by on February 4, 2014 in Recipes


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Little Bites of Heaven


You can tell just by looking in our cupboards if it is Weight Watchers time again. I have de-junked and I am really trying to do a little change of lifestyle. My poor family-no treats and my poor dogs-no sharing. When I have a certain amount to eat, I am not going to share it with them. Maybe Layne will lose a little weight right along with me. We try not to upset him by using the word fat-just big boned. But let’s face it-that belly is not bone. For those of you that do not know Layne, he is not my husband, but my very large, (somewhat overweight) German shorthair. He is about the size of a small horse and does not realize that he is of he canine species. He tends to look down his nose at other dogs, pitying them for their lower station in life.
Here I go again rambling on and on and have not gotten to the subject of this post.
I found this recipe on pinterest. (I curse the day that Jordan introduced me to this addictive sport). It looked so easy and the recipe said that it was only 41 calories per candy.


1 cup plus 3 tablespoons melted dark chocolate
Dried cherries (optional)
1 1/2 cups whole almonds
Handful of coconut shavings (I did not use these)


Directions:I made mine a little different than the directions on the pinterest recipe. I melted the chocolate over a double boiler until smooth. On a parchment paper lined cookie sheet place small groupings of almonds and dried cherries. Spoon the melted chocolate over the almonds and the cherries. I placed the cookie sheet in the refrigerator until the chocolate was set. The combination of the dark chocolate, the crunchy almonds and the chewy tart cherries is so good. It is amazing how just one of these will curb my craving for sweets. I allow myself one a day and pack it in my lunch for work. I look forward to it all morning and see how long I can go before I devour it. calorie count

Makes 32 pieces. I think that I made mine too big!!!!!!!

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Posted by on February 4, 2014 in Recipes, Weight Watchers


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Scripture Reading Journal

I have been a little lax on my journaling of my reading. I have been reading but have not gotten around to making this post. I love being able to document my life in some small way in this blog, sharing the things that are important to me and the journey in my life to make a difference somehow, somewhere. It seems to make things more real for some reason when I take the time to document them. Not only that, but the older I get, the quicker I forget. To have this one place to go and look back on my thoughts is a wonderful thing. There are some great sites now that will back up and print your blog every so often. I think what a gift to my kids to have this and somehow see what was important to me. To see what I learned from reading the scriptures every day. If nothing else it inspires me to be better and to search and study more. I have worried these may be to personal to share on this blog and I hope that anyone stumbling upon this may understand the reason behind these posts.

It has been a big day today with the Super Bowl, go Seahawks!!!! It is late but I wanted to make a quick entry as the things I read last night made a bit impression on me. Reading in 2 Nephi 30,31 and 32. I love Nephi, and his teachings. I love how humble he was. His talks again remind me of being in a general conference. I have always struggled with reading the scriptures. I find myself reading along, thinking of so many different things, only to realize that I have read a chapter, without realizing what I was really reading. This past few weeks have seemed different and I think it has been in the way I have read. I have taken my time, only reading a few chapters a night but digging in and really studying them. I find myself looking forward to my nightly reading, where in the past it was a burden. I have doubted my faith and in doing so have doubted many other things . Chapter 31 and 32 teach us how to increase our spirituality and our faith. It is through studying these words and through meaningful prayer that we do that. If you take the time and effort to read and study them, you will see lasting benefits. Bruce R McConkie wrote: “May I suggest based on personal experience, that faith comes and revelations are received as a direct result of scriptural study”. In 32 it again tells us that we must feast upon the words.
Too many church members are denying themselves the blessings by only nibbling, not feasting. I am not sure if I was even nibbling– I would have called it a series of large meals and a lot of fasting. I could not expect to feel the spirit being poured out on me nor could I expect to understand what I was reading. I was not putting in the effort.
Former Salt Lake Temple president John K Edmunds wrote, ” Inactive goodness may lead to the terrestrial glory but never the celestial.
I find such comfort in these chapters. I do not need to be a scriptorian, I only need to put in the effort and I will understand and will see my faith grow. I do not need to worry about things to come, if I do these things diligently and have faith.

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Posted by on February 3, 2014 in Scripture Reading Journal


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Almond Joy Cookies


I have been having my hair cut by the same person for close to 30 years. Christe from “Christe’s Cutaway” in Salt Lake. I have known her longer than I have known my husband. She cusses like a truck driver and is quick to speak her mind, but is the kindest, most generous person you will meet. And she does wonders with a haircut and color. I very seldom express my desires when I arrive for my once a month cut and style, but I never leave unhappy.
Dave would die if he knew what I spent, but at my age, it isn’t cheap to look good. It does seem like it is becoming a little harder to “look good” I want the haircut that will make me look 30 years old and 20 pounds thinner. She may be great but even she is not a miracle worker. I am not sure what I will ever do if she retires. I may have to have an opinion or something.
Well not only is she wonderful with hair, but a great cook and fellow foodie. When I was there this week, she shared a cookie recipe with me. I ran home that night and tried it. They were wonderful. It is an adaptation of a regular chocolate chip cookie recipe. I love almond and these have a great subtle almond flavor and the added crunch and flavor of the coconut is great.


1 cup butter
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 ½ tsp vanilla
1 ½ tsp almond extract
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
3 cups flour
1 bag large flake coconut
1 bag milk or dark chocolate chunks


Cream the butter and add the brown and white sugar. Add the 2 eggs and flavorings. Mix the flour with the salt and soda and add to butter mixture. Mix together. Toast coconut in a 400 degree oven until browned (not just golden). Add cooled coconut and chocolate to mixture. I used a small ice cream scoop to make fairly good size balls of cookie dough. Sprinkle with a little left over coconut and bake at 375 degrees for 10-13 minutes.

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Posted by on February 3, 2014 in Recipes


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