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Eating Out (Lunch) for under 10 points+

Eating out sucks for your diet. It’s so hard to make hard choices, and so easy to slip into something unhealthy. Here are a few suggestions for what to pick when you’re just going to grab something quick for lunch.

 

Subway (all choices with 9-grain wheat bread):

Choose a Turkey sub with mustard (7 pp), light mayo (9 pp), American cheese (8 pp) or cheddar cheese (9 pp). Add apple slices (0 pp) or baked lays (3 pp).

Subway club w/ mustard (8 pp), with American cheese (9 pp), or  light mayo OR cheddar cheese (10 pp)

Veggie De-lite with mustard (6 pp), with light mayo or cheddar (8 pp), with american cheese (7 pp), or with light mayo AND cheddar (10 pp).

 

Chick Fil-A

Chargrilled chicken sandwich (7 pp)

Chick Fil-a chargrilled chicken club (10 pp)

Chargrilled chicken wrap (no dressing) (10 pp)

Choose these with a fruit cup (0 pp), or a side salad (2 pp) with fat free honey mustard dressing (2 pp)

 

Wendy’s

Grilled chicken sandwich (10)

Half sized chicken caesar salad (includes dressing) 10 pp

Choose with apple slices (0)

 

McDonald’s

Don’t bother.

 

Smoothie King (all smoothies 20 oz and SKINNY)

Angel food (7 pp), blackberry dream (6 pp),  or peach slice (3 pp), with added protein (will increase p p value, but you’ll want it to stay full!)

OR

Slim and trim chocolate (5 pp)

OR

The Shredder–Vanilla, with added fiber (7 pp)

 

 

 

A photo-based update

It’s been a few days since I’ve updated, so I figured I would post a few pictures to explain what I’ve been up to.

A few weeks ago, my husband and I “rescued” a little kitten from our back porch and brought her in to try to tame her and find a nice family to adopt her. Anyone interested? Bueller? Bueller?

As you can see, she is freaking adorable. She’s friendly, playful, and curious. She likes to snuggle in bed at night or in the morning, and she gets along pretty well with the other cats.

  Here is a picture of her with Samedi, the youngest of our two adult cats. Since they’re both black it might be a little hard to see, but they’re snuggling together. Eli isn’t a big fan, but he’s kind of grouchy around the youngun’s, so we won’t blame the little kitten.

She’s been to the vet and had her first set of shots, and we will continue to take her in for more shots as she gets older.

She is perfectly healthy, and has had a dose of de-wormer (it is pretty typical for outside cats to have worms). She is also on a multi-type flea, tick, and heartworm medication. She isn’t fixed yet, because she’s not old enough.

As you can see, this sweet little girl needs a loving home. Is anyone interested? We are fostering her for now, but we cannot keep her forever. She deserves a family to live with forever.
What else have we been up to, you ask, other than rescuing kittens and being our normal fantastic selves?

Well, you know me. I’ve been cooking. This is a turkey hash I made with leftover turkey breast and potatoes. I added cheese and an over-easy egg to the top, and voila– a way to make leftovers look like something else! I’ve been studying to take the Colorado bar exam, so my cooking lately has been more along the lines of “make something easy while I’m playing bar review lectures” rather than creative and fun, so I don’t really have a lot to say on that front. For example, tonight we’re having hot dogs.

Tomorrow night we’re having tacos.

Thursday night we’re having leftover hot dogs and tacos.

Friday night we’re having hamburgers.

Getting the idea?

The Saturday after next (July 7) is our five year anniversary. Putting aside the fact that I cannot believe we have been married for five years, the thought of thinking of what to do was exhausting. I didn’t want to do anything, except maybe sleep. Part of the reason is that Saturday July 7 is the day I’m supposed to do a mock-bar exam for my bar review class. That’ll be 6 hours right there of multiple choice questions. I am not looking forward to it. So the thought of getting all dressed up and going out to eat after that is…exhausting.

I’d initially put my husband in charge of the plans, and after we started talking about how exhausted and overwhelmed I was, he came up with a lovely, perfect, brilliant solution: “Let’s go to Good Eats.” Good Eats is a deli, with delicious sandwiches and soups and plastic booths and it was once an Arby’s, I think. Not fancy fixin’s, folks. But that’s a-ok with me. Cheap, quick, minimal stress. That makes me happy.

Do you know what else makes me happy? Soap. For those of you new to my blog, or those of you who pretend to read it and don’t really but are now deciding to have a look, I made soap. Yesterday, I got a huge shipment in of new fragrances, colors, and molds to play with. Here are some of the results.

This soap is fragranced with Oatmeal, Milk, & Honey fragrance from Brambleberry.com. The white soap is a goat’s milk soap, and the clear amber soap is honey soap. There are no artificial colorants in it. I layered it with steel cut oats in a 9″ loaf mold from Brambleberry.

 

Isn’t it lovely? It turned out great, and I couldn’t be more excited. Last night I also made single bars of all of my new fragrances, so if you live near me, give me a shout and I can let you take a look at/smell everything I’ve got!

 

Review: Lean Cuisine Baked Chicken with Dressing and Mashed Potatoes

 

Today for lunch I tried this meal from lean cuisine. It featured baked chicken with gravy, dressing, and mashed red potatoes. I am typically really hesitant about trying frozen meals featuring chicken, because in the past I have been greatly disappointed. Are you picking up on the fact that I’m picky? Because I am.

This dish was different, though. Overall, I enjoyed it very much. It’s always a little strange when the chicken and dressing, and not the mashed potatoes, have dressing on them, but I figured that it has something to do with the freezing process. Maybe a separate gravy packet or something would go a long way.

Anyway, it was pretty good overall. The dressing was partially mushy and partially a little bit chewy, but if you don’t mind that you’re golden. As with all frozen meals, it was a little over salted and could have used a bit more herbs and spices.

Bottom line, though: I will definitely buy it again. and with only 6 points+ values, it’s a great option for lunch.

Review: Lean Cuisine Pita Snacks, Broccoli and Cheese Flavor

 

This weekend I sampled a lean Cuisine pita and dip snack that had broccoli and cheese dip. It is available in the frozen food section, and it comes in a two-serving pack. Each serving has 5 points+.

I was hesitant at first, because I remember trying some sort of snack-type thing from Lean Cuisine once that tasted just retched. Seriously, I had to throw it away. Garlic something, perhaps. I can’t recall. At any rate, I was hesitant. I was also concerned about the way that the frozen pita would heat up in the microwave. I followed the instructions for heating time and sat down with my snack.

I have to say, it was surprisingly good. The dip was tasty and thick, an the pita was just chewy enough. Overall, I enjoyed it very much.

Here’s the problem: It’s 5 points. That’s an awful lot of points to kill on a snack, especially if you (unlike me) are down near the minimum daily points values.

So my dilemma: it’s delicious, but quite costly when it comes to points/calories. My recommendation is that you use it like a light lunch and add in a salad with some vinaigrette dressing or fruit. That would help to minimize the points+ punch.

 

Overall score: A-

Bar None Soaps

Tomorrow I will be placing an order with Brambleberry for more soap supplies. Check out my soap store at Etsy.com to purchase soap, and be sure to stop by the Bar None Soaps website here for information on the latest fragrances!

What’s for dinner tonight?

Looks yummy, no? These are baked buffalo chicken rolls, recipe courtesy of the gal over at Can You Stay for Dinner? You can find the recipe here. Although I have to say that I’m fundamentally opposed to bleu cheese, so I will be replacing that with cheddar cheese in the actual rolls and ranch dressing as a dipper. Using my recipe, these delicious looking rolls are only 3 points apiece, not counting the dipping sauce (the recipe makes 12 rolls, and the total points+ count is 30). Thus, I could eat a half recipe for 15 points, which is, admittedly, a lot, but then again I get a lot of points per day. If you’re looking to cut down on the number of points, you could reduce the amount of cheese from 4 oz to 2 oz (2 points per roll, half batch for 12 points), or you could substitute 2% cheese (2 points per roll, half batch for 14 points), or eliminate the cheese altogether (1 point each, half batch for 9 points).

They are made with wonton wrappers and stuffed with hot-sauce soaked chicken breast, cheese, and broccoli slaw (for crunch.) I’m excited about getting to make them this evening, and I’ll let you know how they are.

Verde Chicken Enchilada Casserole

I wasn’t really sure what to call this dish, so I just put a bunch of words together and went with that.

No pictures on this one, because I was too wiped out from a 2-mile run (new personal record for speed, woo!) to take them.

Here’s what you’ll need:

About 10-12 oz chicken, boiled and shredded

1 can of stewed tomatoes, Mexican style

handful cilantro, chopped or torn into small pieces

6 corn tortillas

3 oz queso fresco or other Mexican cheese

1 can green enchilada sauce

Cook the stewed tomatoes in a saucepan until they are starting to break up; encourage this with a little fork mashing. Then, add the chicken and get it soaking in the tomato juice. During this time, dunk the tortillas in the excess liquid in the pan (careful, it’s hot!). Then, add to the saucepan 2 oz of the queso fresco, chopped fine, and the cilantro.

Then, you are ready to start building your enchiladas/casserole.

What I did is to fill 4 of the corn tortillas up with the mixture and place them, seam-side down, in a casserole dish that’s just big enough to hold the 4 tortillas. Then, I poured the extra chicken mixture over these tortillas. Third, I placed two more tortillas flat on top. Then, I poured the can of green enchilada sauce over the top and jiggled it a bit until it sort of permeated the layers. Finally, I placed the last ounce of queso fresco over the top.

I placed the casserole in a 350 degree oven for about 20 minutes, then turned the oven to broil for about 5-7 minutes.

This makes either 2 huge servings or 4 smaller servings, depending on your preferences. In terms of Weight Watchers Points Plus, 2 huge servings are 14 points+ each, and 4 smaller servings are 7 points+ each, using Mission Corn Tortillas. Other corn tortillas may be lower in points, so the values would be even better.

This is a really easy dish to dress up by adding more veggies or different spices.