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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

MARINADE
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

FAT FREE HONEY MUSTARD DRESSING
2 tablespoons Grey Poupon Dijon Mustard
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon fat-free mayonnaise
1 teaspoon vinegar

SANDWHICH
4 chicken breast fillets

4 whole wheat hamburger buns

1 cup shredded Lettuce

4 slices Tomatoes

Directions
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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Little Bites of Heaven

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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.

Ingredients

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)

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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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Weight Watchers Pizza

This is one of my go to meals after a long day at work.   It is easy, yummy and is a low point dinner served with a bowl of fresh fruit.  You will not feel deprived at all. Dave loves these and doesn’t even know they are good for him.

 First we take a low carb tortilla and place it in the toaster oven to start to crisp it up a bit.  Take it out when it starts to turn golden brown on the edges.

Spread with low carb pizza sauce.  Slice tomatoes on top of sauce.  Sprinkle low fat mozzarella cheese and add either dry basil or fresh basil.

Place back into the toaster oven and cook until the cheese melts and bubbles and starts to turn brown.

Then I add arugula ( Jordan likes spinach) and sprinkle with some balsalmic vinegar and some salt and pepper.  

Yummy.  depending on ingedients used, this pizza is about 6 points.

 
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Posted by on August 31, 2012 in Recipes, Weight Watchers

 

Weight Watchers I’m back!!!

I have been so bad this past few months.  I am noticing that things are starting to fit just a little snugger and I don’t think they shrunk.  So it is time to get back on track. 

I am sharing one of my favorite snacks.

I peel some fresh peaches, add a scoop of frozen fat free cool whip.  I finish this off with a sprinkle of splenda brown sugar.

This is yummy and is only a few points depending on size but it feels like a much more indulgant dessert.  This is good with any kind of fruit– strawberries, cantelope, grapes, etc.

 
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Posted by on August 31, 2012 in Weight Watchers

 

Breakfast Burrittos on the Go

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I love sausage, scrambled eggs, cheese, hashbrowns, salsa and tortillas.  So it is no wonder that I love breakfast burritos.  I have seen many recipes for these and have just added a little of each and I can say that I have probably made them different every time I make them.  I use what is on hand and what I am in the mood for.  These are so good for making ahead and freezing.  Grab one and throw it in the microwave before you leave in the morning and you have a great breakfast.  Grab a snack cup from yesterday’s post and you have it made.  I will give the basic recipe and then give some options to add.  You really cannot mess these up.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound Breakfast Sausage
  • 12 whole Eggs
  • Chopped Chives, to tasteSeasoned Salt And Pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup Monterey Jack or Cheddar Cheese
  • Flour Tortillas

Preparation Instructions

Brown a pound of your favorite kind of breakfast sausage. Drain off the fat.

In a bowl, whisk together a dozen eggs (adjust according to your needs), chopped chives, seasoned salt, black pepper and about 1 cup of  cheese. If you are feeling saucy add some cayenne pepper or Tabasco sauce for a little more of a kick.

Once your sausage is browned and drained, pour the egg/cheese mixture over the sausage. Cook over low heat and turn them occasionally to cook.

When fully cooked throw some into a nice warm tortilla, wrap it up and, if they need to be kept warm for a bit, wrap them individually in sheets of foil. If making them ahead, I wrap in saran wrap and freeze. They can be microwaved right out of the freezer.

Some things I like to add:

Hashbrowns–just brown and add to the sausage

Pico de Galo

Spinach

Tomatoes

Basil

Onions–cooked with the sausage

Bacon

These are also great for a breakfast buffet, wrapped individually in foil to keep warm.

As a side note–if you want to make these more weight watcher friendly- make them with low fat turkey sausage, eggwhites or eggbeaters, weight watchers low fat cheese, spinach, tomatoes and onions.  Can hardly tell the difference

 
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Posted by on June 19, 2012 in Recipes, Weight Watchers

 

Snack Cups

A word of warning  This is catagorized under recipes and weight watchers.  Only some of the dips fall under WW.  You will know the ones that don’t because they sound the best!!!

The girls and I were headed to a movie the other night so we stopped by Harmons to get some treats to take with us.  I know , the sign on the theater says no outside food or drink.  Well if they would sell something that is not lathered in butter or 99% sugar (not that I have anything against either of those), I would purchase my food there.  We did buy our expensive diet coke there.  Could have bought an entire case for the price of a large drink but that is another topic for another time.  Well anyways (NACHO LIBRE!!) we went through the “healthy” checkout line and they had these great snack cups with fruits, vegetables, yogurt, humus etc.  We bought some for the movie and they were great. 

Well the old wheels started turning and yes you guessed it, I said “I can make those”.  So I went to Costco and purchased a case of plastic cups and lids ( I think I had to buy about 1000 lids).  Then I got the small cups at Harmons by the paper plates etc.

We went to work and made our own snack cups.  These are so handy to grab on the go for work or just when you need a little snack. I am surprised how much more fruits and vegetables I eat this way when I don’t have to stop and cut them up. You can put anything you want in them and combine them with different dips. 

Here are a few that we have tried:

Celery with peanut butter  ( love the Harmons fresh ground.  It is a little grainier than the regular PB but really good.  You can also use almond butter–Kallie’s favorite.

Celery and carrots with humus

Carrots, celery, cucumbers or snap peas with ranch dressing  ( I used my weight watcher’s ranch dressing only about 1 point for the little cup)

Broccoli and cauliflower with ranch dressing

Yogurt with fruit and granola

Peeled and sliced oranges and grapefruit

I made one with oranges, grapes and sliced bananas.  The orange juice kept the bananas from turning brown.

Apples with fruit dip ( fat free cream cheese and splenda brown sugar to taste and vanilla) HINT  use the sliced apples from Sam’s club.  They are already sliced and do not turn brown.  I have been so pleased at how good and crisp they are. 

Apples with peanut butter

Watermelon and cantaloupe  ( can use orange fruit sauce–will add the recipe as soon as I find it)

The list is endless.

I have been making me some toast (Nacho Libre again) and taking one of these in the mornings when I am in a hurry for work.  Tastes good and so good for you.

 

Here are a few other ideas for the fruit dip:

Basic Cream Cheese Fruit Dip

 1 8-ounce package cream cheese,softened
3 tablespoons sugar
1 cup sour cream or Mascarpone
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Combine all ingredients and beat until smooth and creamy.

Options:

Almond Fruit Dip:

 Add 3 tablespoons finely chopped almonds and 1 1/2 teaspoons almond liqueur to the basic recipe. Garnish with 1 tablespoon finely chopped almonds, if desired.

Raspberry Fruit Dip:

Puree 1 cup sweetened raspberries (aprox. 1 10-ounce package). Spoon half the basic recipe into a serving dish and smooth. Top with half the raspberry puree and smooth. Repeat.

 Lemon Fruit Dip:

Add zest of 1 lemon, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, and 1 extra tablespoon sugar to the basic cream cheese fruit dip recipe.

Marshmallow Fruit Dip:

 Add 1/2 cup marshmallow creme to the basic recipe.

 

Caramel Apple Dip

Ingredients

  • 16 individually wrapped caramels, unwrapped
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
 

Directions

  1. In a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, or in the microwave, melt caramels with water, stirring frequently. Remove from heat. In a medium bowl, cream together cream cheese and sugar. Fold in caramel mixture. Serve immediately.

This is also good dipped in nuts. I really like peanuts with the apples and caramel.  You could add another small cup of chopped nuts and be really fancy.

APPLE CARAMEL DIP  
1/2 c. butter, melted
2 c. dark brown sugar
1 c. light corn syrup
2 tbsp. water
14 oz. sweetened condensed milk
1 tsp. vanilla
10 apples, seeded & cut into 8 wedges each
Cook butter, sugar, water and milk until all the sugar is dissolved over medium heat, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and add vanilla. Cut unpeeled apples into wedges, and then in half again. Dip into salted water for about 1 minute to prevent them from turning brown
 
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Posted by on June 18, 2012 in Recipes, Weight Watchers

 

Chocolate Dipped Macaroons

These are so good that you would never guess that they are only 2 points.  I love the bitter chocolate mixed with the sweet cookie.  They are a real treat if you can stop at one.  That is sometimes the trouble that I have when something is low points–I overdo and then it is no longer low points!!!!

Points Plus—2 per cookie

Ingredients

  3 large egg white(s)   
  2/3 cup(s) sugar   
  1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract   
  2 1/2 cup(s) dried shredded and sweetened coconut meat, unsweetened   
  3 oz bittersweet chocolate, chopped into small bits   

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line one or two large cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, whisk egg whites with sugar. Add vanilla and coconut; stir to combine.
  • Scoop up a level tablespoon of batter and form into a ball with your hands; repeat with remaining batter. Place each ball about 1-inch apart on prepared cookie sheets.
  • Bake until tops just start to turn light tan, about 15 to 18 minutes. Remove cookies to a cooling rack for about 30 minutes.
  • Place chocolate in a double boiler or heavy pot; melt over low heat, stirring occasionally (do not allow to burn). Keep chocolate warm and pliable as you dip tops of cookies into chocolate. Place dipped cookies on a metal tray evenly spread apart so they’re not touching; freeze until chocolate sets, about 20 to 30 minutes. Yields 1 cookie per serving.

 
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Posted by on April 30, 2012 in Recipes, Weight Watchers

 
 
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