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Tonight I made Italian for dinner…and boy was it good! John gave the meal–Chicken Parmesan with “Farfalle Alfredo” (more on the later–a 9 out of 10, and I liked it alot, which is saying something, b/c I am normally a harsh critic of my cooking. First, I’ll give the chicken parmesan recipe:
Chicken Parmesan

Ingredients

  • 1 lb thin sliced boneless skinless chicken breasts (i.e., 4 (4 oz) chicken breasts)
  • 2 beaten egg whites
  • ½ cup dried bread crumbs
  • 2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • ½ cup shredded part skim Mozzarella cheese
  • 2 Tbs shredded Parmesan cheese

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Combine breadcrumbs & seasonings in a bowl.
  3. Dip chicken into egg whites then into breadcrumbs.
  4. Spray a skillet with cooking spray, then add oil.
  5. Heat oil in  skillet & add chicken; brown until done.
  6. Place chicken in a sprayed baking dish; cover with tomato sauce; sprinkle with cheeses
  7. Bake 25 min @ 350.

This recipe makes 4 servings @ 5 pts each.

Farfalle Alfredo

So this isn’t a recipe so much as product recommendations. I bought some Farfalle pasta (by Private Selection, supposedly “Made in Italy,”) and some Delallo Alfredo Sauce (made in and imported from Italy) at Kroger. Maybe I was just really hungry, but I think the fact that these were imported really did make a difference. Both were flavorful, and the sauce was especially good (better than your typical store bought alfredo, anyways).

Of course, pasta and alfredo isn’t super nutritious…so we just made sure to measure out or portions. 🙂

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Over the years I have tried my share of frozen “diet” meals (Lean Cuisine, Smart Ones, etc), and usually ended up thinking either “Wow, that was really bland,” or “That was okay…but not worth getting again.”

However, it seems that recently Lean Cuisine has been trying to provide options that are actually tasty…and they have succeeded! I have recently tried their Roasted Garlic Chicken Pizza, as well as their Spinach, Artichoke, & Chicken Panini. The panini was pretty amazing — it tasted sooo good! The pizza wasn’t quite as tasty, but it was pretty good, and only 7 pts!

I will definitely be trying more Lean Cuisine entrees since I have had success with these.

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So when I was at Kroger the other day, I was trying to decide which bread to buy for sandwiches. I initially planned to buy some whole wheat bread, when I stumbled across Healthy Life Bread – White. 2 slices have 70 calories, .5 g fat, and 4 g of fiber…that’s only 1 ww point for 2 slices (and subsequently 0 points for 1 slice!) And, it tastes like normal white bread! I know whole wheat is better for you, but I like the taste of white better, personally. But if you still don’t want white bread, they also have all sorts of whole grain and other options. You can check it out by going to their website.

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…Look out for the following:

Crystal Light – On the Go – Energy Wild Strawberry (10 packet box)


I’m trying to wean myself off of Mt Dew, but I’m addicted to the caffeine in it; I get headaches if I haven’t had any caffeine one day. However, sodas are just empty calories, and I don’t like diet soda, so I wanted something with caffeine, that still tastes good, but isn’t very many calories. Solution? Crystal Light on the go packets. You just add the packet to your water bottle, shake, and there you go! (I would recommend not adding all of the packet, though…if you add it all, it’s a bit too much, and leaves a bitter aftertatse). Wild Strawberry is good…and it has a whopping 120 mg caffeine per packet! And at 10 calories a packet (0g of fat, protein, carbs, etc), it definitely has fewer calories than soda! For other flavors with caffeine, look for the ones that say “Focus,” or “Energy,” or just go here and browse for yourself.

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Makato Honey Ginger Dressing

You know that yummy salad dressing they put on salads at Japanese Steakhouses? Well, I’ve found one at the store that tastes a lot like it! There are some salad dressings  sold refrigerated, and they are usually near the prepackaged lettuce in the grocery store. That’s where I found mine, anyways, at Kroger.

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So, I love Breakfast sandwiches…but the calorie/fat value I do not love! So when I heard about the Jimmy Dean breakfast sandwiches that are lower in calories/fat, I thought “Well, that’d sounds nice…but I bet they don’t taste very good!” Well, I take back that thought now! At Kroger yesterday I bought their “D-lights: Turkey Sausage Reduced Fat Croissant” (ie, turkey bacon, egg whites, and cheese on a croissant). I tried it today, and it was very yummy! I could barely taste a difference in this and a normal sausage, egg, and cheese sandwich.

The nutritional breakdown is :
290 cals, 12 g fat, 6 g sat fat, 4 g fiber, 17 g Protein… 6 weight watcher’s points

So, are they super healthy?? No. But they ARE better (health wise) than a normal breakfast sandwich, and the taste is still there! So, if you want to indulge, but not over-indulge, then these are for you!

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So, I haven’t had them in a while, but I highly recommend “No Pudge!” Fat Free Brownie Mix. (It comes in 3 flavors–fudge, mint fudge, and raspberry fudge. I’ve only tried straight up fudge.) Basically you take the mix, blend with fat free yogurt, and what you end up getting is 12** brownies, each containing 120 calories and no fat (= 2 WW points)! But, how do they taste? IMO, pretty yummy! The times I have made them, I have been pleasantly surprised at how good they tasted. Topped w/some fat free cool whip, and you have yourself one tasty treat!

Where to find them? In Auburn, I have found them at Kroger with the other brownie/cakes mixes (usually on the top shelf of that section). To find where they sell them near you, go here. I think I will be buying some on my next Kroger visit.

**They also have a single serving recipe, if you can’t trust yourself w/all of them at once. Taken directly from there website, it is: “One of our consumers created this. In a small microwaveable container mix 2 tablespoons of your favorite flavor No Pudge! Brownie mix with 1 tablespoon of non-fat vanilla yogurt. Microwave on high for one minute. Top with fat-free frozen yogurt or whipped topping. Tastes like a warm, fudgy brownie pudding – Yum!!!

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So, I mentioned in my last past that I have a Hungry Girl cookbook (link to her website listed with others links on left)…for those of you who don’t know, she has a fab website, great cookbooks, and a daily e-mail newsletter. They are chalked full of yummy recipes (desserts, entrees, etc…but all with lower calories/fat/sugar), dieting tips, new low cal snacks/products, info on restaurant’s offering some yummy but healthy dishes, and more. Even if you’re a guy, I would recommend going to her site at the least, signing up for her newsletter and/or getting one of her cookbooks. I mean really–she has recipes for cupcakes, cheesecake, chicken fingers, wings, nachos, fondue, etc, etc…all of which you can eat and not feel bad about it! Tonight I will be making her Too Good Twice Baked Potatoes with our meal. Will post more on that after dinner.

ANYWAYS, one product she has recommended before is Guiltless Gourmet Tortilla Chips. Kroger didn’t have a big selection (and I had too look in the Organic/Natural section), so I just got blue corn tortilla chips. But apparently there are black bean flavored, nacho flavored, etc. I tried them today with my Smart Ones’ enchiladas (more on those below) and some salsa. I will say, they tasted okay (they are low cal), BUT they did give a nice crunch and medium to eat my salsa on. So, if you’re looking for chips to eat by themselves, these might not be the best…but if you want to use them for dips and such, they are a good choice. I mean, as far as nutrition goes, you get 18 chips for only 2 weight watcher’s points (120 cals ; 3 g fat ; 2 g fiber; 3 g protein for 18 chips)

Finally, I would like to recommend Smart Ones’ Chicken Enchiladas Suiza. As far as diet frozen food goes, it was one of the better meals I had. I mean, it’s “served in a zesty sour cream and green chile sauce with Spanish rice”! 😉 Really, it was tasty, and only 6 weight watcher’s points. For full nutrition, go the link I just mentioned (it has a nutrition label on the page).

That’s all for now!

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