Monday, December 20, 2010

Oh, the things you can do when fruit is free!!

Every day that goes by I'm learning new tasty things you can do with fruit.  Since Weight Watchers clearly wants us to eat more fruit, why not embrace it?  So here are a few things I've done in order to avoid getting bored of fruit...

 Take a banana and slice it like shown, spray a few sprays of I Can't Believe It's Not Butter Spray, sprinkle some cinnamon, and one packet of the artificial sweetener of your choice. Put it in the microwave for 30-45 seconds, and there you have a cinnamon banana. I also tried sprinkling 1/2 teaspoon Splenda Brown Sugar Blend on top, and that's still 0 PointsPlus!

You can do the same thing with an apple.

 Mango-pineapple smoothie (just fresh mango, fresh pineapple, a packet of artificial sweetener, and a few ice cubes blended in my beloved Magic Bullet)

Banana-pineapple smoothie (same concept - just even more delicious!!)

Strawberry-banana smoothie

Today I tried something different, I used frozen mixed berries and I put a splash of fat free milk (literally just a drop) and therefore I had to use a bigger blender... But it was absolutely delicious.

The other day I made my family Broccoli-Potato with Cheddar Cheese soup (1 cup = 3 PointsPlus), the recipe for which can be found in the PointsPlus Cookbook.  I doubled the recipe, and every last bite was eaten.  Both my brother and my boyfriend felt the need to add extra shredded cheese to their bowls, but I thought it was delicious as is.  As you can see, I like to pair my soup with toast rather than crackers.  (Arnold's Bakery Light 100% Whole Wheat is an excellent choice at only 1 PointsPlus per slice!)

Then the next night I made Shrimp Lo Mein (based on the recipe for Pork Lo Mein in the Weight Watchers' Ready, Set, Go Cookbook).

1 cup = 7 Points Plus, and EVERYONE LOVED IT! The whole family was fighting for the leftovers! That's the kind of success I hope for with everything I cook!

I believe in a past post I said that I would be willing to cook Weight Watchers' Roasted Vegetables every weekend.  Well since every Saturday is pizza night at my house, I figured I'd do it every Saturday so that you can fill up on one slice of pizza and a side of vegetables.

Clearly, I only like the onions and mushrooms.  Scratch that... I LOVE the onions and mushrooms.

Yesterday (12/19) was my best friend's 21st birthday party/her family's annual Christmas party, and I asked her what I could cook for her.  She asked me to make her Hungry Girl's Apple iCobbler (which I've already made), but when I saw the recipe for a French Apple Tart in the PointsPlus cookbook, I convinced her to let me make this one instead.

After peeling, coring, and tediously slicing and arranging the apple slices on the puff pastry and sprinkling the sugar on top.

After coming out of the oven. (Not going to lie, the puff pastry ripped and the melted sugar dripped all over the baking pan, but I managed to fix it all and no one would ever know!) My version actually looks like the picture in the book... YAY!!

Oh, and 0 PointsPlus apple pieces leftover... Twice as nice!

Tomorrow I am making the Ginger Shrimp and Vegetables in the Ready, Set, Go cookbook.  Later in the week I'm made the Provencal Tomato Tart (also in that book) and then a Vegetarian Pasta Skillet Recipe I found online that I will share with you after I've deemed it successful or not.

As always, if there's any particular food or meal you'd like to know a healthier recipe for, let me know, and I'll see what I can do for you.  Requests are welcome!

Until next time... Happy Eating!
- Steph =)

1 comment:

  1. I made an awesome pasta salad with alot of veggies and tofu noodles (0 pts!)