While my mom was waiting for us to build her raised garden beds, she went ahead and planted seedlings in a few large planters. And she waited. And waited. And, while we struggled to find the time to build her beds (which we did on Mother’s Day), her seedlings producted plants that produced…..FOOD! Yep, she gathered the first zucchini and eggplant of the season and I couldn’t wait to cook it up.
I had seen several pinned recipes on Pinterest for zucchini chips but none of them were quite what I was looking for. So, I hit up Food Network and found the perfect recipe for Zucchini Parmesan Crisps (Weight Watchers point value = 3).
I started by slicing the zucchini (and eggplant) into 1/4″ rounds. I then drizzled the olive oil over the slices and stirred to coat all the pieces. I then mixed up Kraft Parmesan and bread crumbs with salt and pepper. I didn’t have fresh Parmesan on hand, like the recipe calls for, but I will for the next time. As wonderful as this dish was, I can see where the fresh grated cheese would make it even better.
I then dredged each piece of the cut up veggies in the dry mixture before placing them on the prepared cooking sheets. In the oven they went while I turned my attention to the other dishes.
Several weeks ago my mom and I spent most of a Saturday preparing bags of crock-pot freezer meals (another Pinterest discovery that I still plan to write about). Earlier this afternoon I had placed one of those meals, Hearty Black Bean Soup (Weight Watchers point value = 3), in the crock-pot in preparation for dinner later tonight. This recipe called for fresh cilantro to be added to the pot about 5 minutes before serving. It just so happened that mom had fresh cilantro growing in one of her container gardens and she gathered up a handful for me. I chopped it up and added it to the crock-pot and started some rice in the rice cooker.
After about thirty minutes, the rice, soup and veggies were ready to eat. And so were we!
Dinner is served.
I’m having some tests done on Thursday that will require me to be on an all liquid diet after midnight tonight. I figure 2 of these little guys can’t possibly hurt my diet plan if I’m surviving on broth and jello for 2 days. Right? 🙂
I had a craving for black eyed peas with pepper sauce. Isn’t it strange how these cravings come out of nowhere. Anywho, the peas and corn may have come out of a can but the pepper sauce was homemade with peppers from our friend Jeff’s backyard garden last fall. Let’s just say my craving has been satisfied. Well, at least until I have the leftovers for lunch tomorrow. And for anyone who’s out there helping me count my Weight Watchers points, the total value for this traditional southern meal was only 9 points. Did I say nom nom?!?
I bought a huge container of low-fat vanilla yogurt with the hopes of saving a little bit of money and allowing for some personal creativity. As I packed my lunch today I spooned out a 1 cup serving and cut up about a 1/2 cup of freshly thawed strawberries. When I got to work, I took about half of the mixture and cut up half of a banana (of course I had to eat the other half because no one likes brown bananas) and put the remaining half back in the fridge at work.
THIS WAS SO DELICIOUS AND FRESH AND SWEET!
Total Weight Watchers point value = 2 points!
And the best part – I get to eat the other half tomorrow. 🙂
For those who are interested in our little strawberry flash freeze experiment, the berries really held together very nicely. After 2 days of thawing in the fridge, they came out a little slimey but not at all mushy. I can handle slimy, especially if they are just going into another food, like yogurt or a smoothie. The whole berries held their shape and the sweetness was just like the day I bought them.
I may have to make another trip to Plant City this week to get some more. So Yummy!
I got back on the treadmill after an initial bump in the road. Right after I completed Day 1 Week 1 of the C25K, I was derailed by a stomach thing. Then last week I had to focus more on kids and sports and cleaning so I didn’t make it a priority. I am back on track this week. Of course, my five pound weight loss was a pretty good motivator. Yeah me!
I completed Day 1 of the Couch to 5K training. I’m not sure anyone truly understands the significance of this, but trust me, THIS is a big deal for me. BIG. HUGE. I walked/jogged 1.46 miles in 30 mins. I actually jogged 8 mins of that. I even added on an extra 2 minutes to the cool down so that I could log a full 30 mins of activity time for Weight Watchers.
Wow…I still can’t believe my body did this. Must be divine intervention. Must be!