I love slow cooker recipes. Just put it all in a pot and walk away until dinner. Works well for those busy days. For me personally I like the extra time I get working out in the afternoons not having to worry about starting dinner. 1/2 cup is 3 weight watcher points (old) serve with half a weight watchers pita and side salad and you have a full balanced dinner. Just make sure to count you points.
1 1/2 lb. raw Boneless Lean Chicken Thighs or Breast (I personally like and used Thighs)
1 can Tomato Paste (I used Garlic and Herb)
1 1/4 cup of water
1/2 cup ketchup
2 tbsp. plus 2 tsp. brown sugar (not packed)
2 tbsp. plus 2 tsp. cider vinegar
2 tsp. garlic powder
Red pepper flakes
Place all ingredients except the chicken in the crock pot. Stir until mixed.
Add chicken and coat well with the sauce.
Cover and cook on high for 3 – 4 hours or on low for 7 – 8 hours, until chicken is fully cooked.
Remove all the chicken and place it in a bowl. Shred each piece using two forks.
Return the shredded chicken to the crock pot, and mix well with the sauce.
Here’s a common scenario around the holiday’s. You are at West Edmonton Mall performing an all day marathon of shopping. It’s around 5 pm and your stomach starts growling. You start heading to the food court and examine the dinner choices around you, KFC, McDonald’s, Subway, Asian or Indian food. All high in fat, sodium and TONS of Calories. When I am at West Edmonton Mall and the hunger bug hits me, I head to the food court by the mini golf. There’s a great healthy fast food place here called FRESHII. It has a great selection of healthy food and the best part is you can select what goes into your food. For simplicity sake I always order the Protein Salad (it’s my favourite). It contains almonds, tuna, spinach, tomatoes, and other goodies. Also, make sure you order your dressing on the side. This way you can control the amount of added calories from your dressing.
Today was a crazy day, I woke up to the craving of meatballs. I haven’t had a meatball in quite sometime. I thought to myself how can I make a healthy meatball to satisfy this darn craving? Well instead of using beef, I used lean ground chicken instead (half a pound), a half a cup of fine bread crumbs, one large egg white. For the spices I added half a tablespoon of minced garlic, a pinch of ground pepper, rosemary, oregano, and thyme. I used a tablespoon to scoop up the meat and form the balls and cooked them for 20 mins at 360 in the oven. I was able to make about 9 meatballs for 1 point each. Serve with you choice of pasta, rice, or couscous. Make a nice low fat sauce from low sodium tomato sauce, or low fat cream soup and enjoy. Just make sure to account for the points on the startch you choose to pair the meatballs with.
Please see my Tips and Secrets page for a listing of Generic Weight Watcher Points for the point value of the starches.
Tis the season for Christmas parties and over eating. The day after one of these shin digs usually leaves me feeling sluggish and completely unhealthy. So for supper on the following day I like to keep it simple and light. Here’s a super quick and fast dinner meal that will leave you feeling satisfied and help you get back on track to a healthier you. Here I have a 3.5 ounce snapper fillet lightly seasoned from save on foods. It’s resting against a half a cup of couscous (5 mins to make) and a nice salad to fill in the rest of the plate. Here I tossed in some celery and a few dried cranberries. The total points for this cleansing dinner is 5 WW points. Pair that with about 3 ounces of your favourite white wine and enjoy (wine not included in the points above). The total meal takes less than 30 mins to prepare.
There are some days where I just don’t feel like cooking. On these days I grab a bag of Dole Italian Mix salad in a bag and make my own salad for dinner. Fortunately for me we had vegetarian fondue last night and we had tons of left over veggies. In the salad above I added three quarters of a bag of the salad mix, cauliflower, broccoli, bean sprouts, mushrooms, red pepper, and half a ham steak. I used a sun dried tomato salad dressing from Kraft. Just a drizzle in the middle of the salad and a little on top. About 1.5 table spoons in total. This salad is around 4 WW Points. Nice, crisp and light for a lazy Sunday night.
PS the hubby does not usually eat what I eat on these days. We call them our fend for yourself night