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Have you ever looked at what is in foods these days? Have you ever wondered why life has gotten so crazy that we all rely on processed "quick" foods and fast foods? Well I have had my eyes opened recently when we started to realize our oldest child could be ADD. I decided to clean up our diets and turn out lives around. I am a woman, married to a wonderful man who supports everything I do. We have 3 wonderful children who keep us on our toes and every day when I pick them up from school the first things out of their mouths is "mommy what's for dinner" so here it is...

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Chicken & Spinach Roll Up Parmesan Style

So my family loves chicken parmesan and they love stuffed chicken breasts so what do you get when you put them together...yummy goodness.

Chicken & Spinach Roll Ups

Parmesan Style
Serves 9

9 chicken cutlets, pounded thin
salt & pepper
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
2 eggs or egg beaters
10 oz frozen spinach, squeezed dry
1/2 cup fat free ricotta cheese
1/2 cup part skim mozzarella cheese
Olive Oil spray (I use my Misto)
1 small jar of pasta sauce
4 slices of mozzarella cheese

Heat oven to 450 and lightly spray a baking dish.  Wash, dry and season chicken cutlets with cooking spray.

In one dish beat the eggs.  In another dish mix the bread crumbs and the parmesan cheese and set aside.

In a bowl mix the spinach, ricotta & mozzarella cheese.

Stuff each chicken breast with about 2 tbsp of spinach mixture, roll up and dip in egg then in the breadcrumb mixture.  Place in baking dish seam side down.

Repeat with remaining chicken.

Spray the chicken with olive oil and bake for 10 minutes.  After 10 minutes top with spaghetti sauce and bake for another 10 minutes or until chicken is done.  Top with cheese and bake until the cheese is melted and bubbly.

Calories: 269
Fat: 7
Fiber: 1.5
Weight Watchers Momentum Points: 6

VERDICT: so yummy and everyone loved it.  I even have lunch for tomorrow for hubby and myself.  I served this with a side of pasta and sauteed green beans.

TIP: to really get your spinach squeezed dry wrap it in a old towel or rag and squeeze it out...no more lost spinach.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Loaded Baked Potato Soup

Today was the 1st real cold day we have had this winter...this morning it was 24 degrees outside and when my husband got home tonight it was a whopping 34 degrees.  So how do you deal with it...warm soup...

So tonight it's yummy loaded baked potato soup with salad and bread...

Loaded Baked Potato Soup

Serves 6
1 1/2 cups per serving

2 lbs baked potatoes, cooked, peeled & roughly chopped
1 medium head of cauliflower
2 cups of fat free chicken broth
2 cups of milk (we used 1%)
salt & pepper (next time I will add more)
1 tbsp of xanthan gum
1 cup fat free sour cream, divided
6 tbsp of shredded cheddar cheese
6 tbsp chopped chives or green onions
3 slices of cooked & crumbled bacon

In a large pot with a steamer basket cook the cauliflower until soft.  Drain cauliflower and put it back in the pot. 

Add in the potatoes and chicken broth.  Mash until smooth. 

Add in milk, s&p, sour cream & xanthan gum (this thickens it up). 

Blend until smooth and simmer for about 10 minutes. 

Ladle into a bowl and top with cheese, bacon, chives sour cream.

VERDICT: the whole family loved this and the kids didn't even know there was cauliflower in there...I served this with a green salad & parmesan herb rolls from Trader Joe's

Momentum Points: 5
Calories: 277
Fat: 5
Fiber: 5
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Abundant Harvest Delivery...

Ohhh look at all my yummy organic fruits & veggies I got delivered today from Abundant Harvest...
In this weeks delivery we had butternut squash, lettuce, spinach, red potatoes, turnips, apples, pomegranates, rainbow chard, spinach, dill, herbs de provence and I added on baby carrots!

All this wonderful organic stuff for under $25 for this box...you must check it out if you are a local!

Revamped WW friendly Coffee Creamer...Vanilla Toffee

I love creamer in my coffee and for some reason to me sugar and cream just don't do it, I also don't like how many points it can add to my daily allowance. 

I originally posted this recipe on my blog last year (click here for original post) but after a little bit of messing around today I came up with this yummy revamp. So here it is...Weight Watcher's friendly vanilla toffee creamer.

1/2 cup Fat Free Half & Half
1/2 cup Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
3 tsp Pure Vanilla
1 dropper of Liquid Stevia (I did toffee flavor)
2 tbsp Honey
1/2 tsp
Xanthan Gum

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend to a smooth consistency.  Place the creamer in a container and put it in the fridge. 

The combo of the half & half and xanthan gum make it nice and creamy in your coffee for more than half of the points of the store bought creamers.

Makes about 8 servings of 2 tbsp each

Calories: 28
Fat: .2
Fiber: .1
Momentum Points per serving: .6

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