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Defining 'Wedge' [split from Boston]

Also from the Saratoga Springs area, markbauman, and love the Scudder. I think Rachel Ray may be related to the departed Mrs. Scuderi.

Mar 07, 2014
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Macaroni & Cheese in a crockpot... will this work?

I have done macaroni and cheese in a slow cooker successfully many times. I make the macaroni and cheese (it is a béchamel recipe, with 4 cheeses and a breadcrumb topping) I plug the slow cooker (on low) in between 8:30 and 9am at work, and the macaroni and cheese is always fine by lunch time (noon), the texture is fine, it doesn't glob up and it is always all gone by the end
of the pot luck. Good luck with yours:)

Jan 25, 2014
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What Grocery Store Sales or Bargains Have You Bought Recently?

Whole broiler fryer chickens for 67 cents a pound.

Jan 20, 2014
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Favorite Thanksgiving Side Dish?

Scalloped oysters.

Nov 12, 2013
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What are you making this weekend?

Strawberry jam, with berries I picked this morning. For Father's day, steaks on the grill, green salad with raspberries and glazed walnuts, roasted or grilled tiny red potatoes, and maybe a cheesecake.

Jun 15, 2013
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Weight Watcher Foodies - Cruelest Month Edition - April 2013

Roxlet,
Great quote. So true. Easter brought with it for me a strong and inexplicable desire to cook traditional, retro foods that were not at all points friendly. It started out with baked ham with a bourbon brown sugar glaze, and pineapple slices and cherries, mashed potatoes, baked sweet potatoes, broccoli casserole, and spinach. Banana cream pie for dessert. To use up leftovers, au gratin potatoes, with ham on the side, and more spinach, pineapple upside down cake. And a huge pot of split pea soup, which is not all that points unfriendly. But...the Easter foods are gone now, and tonight I bought lots of boneless skinless chicken breasts, and salad fixings, to get back on track. Thinking about a green salad with grilled chicken and raspberries.

Apr 03, 2013
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Weight Watcher Foodies - March Forth into Spring Edition--March 2013 [OLD]

3.3 pounds is wonderful! Congratulations on you great success!

Mar 21, 2013
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Weight Watcher Foodies - March Forth into Spring Edition--March 2013 [OLD]

Let me start by saying I don't have any vested interest in pushing Slenderkitchen's meal plans, I just bought them for myself and am sharing results. That said, The meal plans are AWESOME!!!! I've posted some other stuff about them, but last night, I made Baked chicken pasta, which uses leftover chicken cacciatore from Sunday, and it was great!!! It is a little high in points,( 10 per serving) but she takes your whole day into account, so breakfast and lunch plans for that day are a little lighter. And it was great! I love that using leftovers is part of the plan!

Mar 13, 2013
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Weight Watcher Foodies - March Forth into Spring Edition--March 2013 [OLD]

Yes, I did thaw it in the microwave and squeeze the water out first. And it was really good and 3 points for a cup and a quarter serving:)

Mar 13, 2013
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Weight Watcher Foodies - March Forth into Spring Edition--March 2013 [OLD]

Thanks, everyone, for the support and kind words:)
Yes, I am doing Slenderkitchen's meal plan subscription. I bought it on New Year's Eve, for a special price of $24 for the entire year.. which is an excellent bargain. I've already gotten my money's worth, and then some. Love. love, love the way everything is planned for. Tonight's dinner was chicken pasta bake, which called for using "3 servings" of Sunday's slow cooker chicken cacciatore, which was great to begin with, and even better in the chicken pasta bake. We had company for dinner tonight, and I still stuck with the planned meal and they loved it! To paraphrase the Spincah artichoke soup, as someone asked me to do:
10 oz fresh or frozen spinach
1.5 cups of artichoke hearts (I used thawed frozen artichokes, but 1 14 oz can would also work)
1 cup non fat Greek yogurt
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
1 medium onion, chopped
3 cups no fat chicken or vegetable broth
Fresh ground black pepper
salt

* Saute the onions in a large Dutch oven or soup ot, sprayed with non fat cooking spray, until they begin to become translucent and fragrant. Add the garlic and continue to saute for 1-2 minutes. Add the spinach and artichoke hearts and saute for an additional 2 minutes until spinach begins to wilt.
* Add 3 cups of vegetable or chicken broth and salt and pepper to taste. Simmer for 10 minutes.
* Stir in the Greek yogurt and the Parmesan cheese. Let cool for 5-10 minutes, and add to a blender. Blend to desired consistency.

Mar 12, 2013
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Weight Watcher Foodies - March Forth into Spring Edition--March 2013 [OLD]

Hi Everyone!
I'm very happy to be back to cooking, after a couple of weeks of kitchen renovations (which turned out amazing, btw) during which we relied heavily on takeout food. I was relieved at last week's weigh in to have stayed the same. Anyway, went back to Week 11 of Slenderkitchen's meal plans, and today I made Raspberry Ricotta Pancakes (supposed to have lemon, but I left it out for my daughter, who isn't a lemon fan) 5 points for 2 pancakes, and they were excellent! Also, her Spinach Artichoke soup for lunch (3 points for 1 1/4 cups) and her Slow Cooker Chicken cacciatore for dinner, all excellent. Also roasted some vegetable for a roasted vegetable calzone later in the week. An awesome cooking day, with great results.

Mar 10, 2013
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Weight Watcher Foodies - Groundhog Edition - February 2013 [old]

That is really good to know! There is a Panera right near my office!

Feb 26, 2013
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Weight Watcher Foodies - Groundhog Edition - February 2013 [old]

Looks wonderful, Jujuthomas!!

Feb 24, 2013
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Weight Watcher Foodies - Groundhog Edition - February 2013 [old]

Thanks, Roxlet. We did have Chinese take out last night, and I did have (one) steamed dumpling, and shrimp and vegetables. Huge enough portions for 3 meals, and I had some for dinner last night, and shared the leftovers with my mom for lunch today. We did Boston Market (rotisserie chicken) which I had with some steamed vegetables, tonight for supper. So, overall, not too bad. Plus, I normally don't do anything with activity points, but my daughter looked up painting walls, which I have been doing all weekend, and it is worth 4 points per hour!!! So I should be ok.

Feb 24, 2013
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Weight Watcher Foodies - Groundhog Edition - February 2013 [old]

Thanks, ladies! This week didn't get off to such an auspicious start....had lunch with a couple of girls from work who wanted to go to 99, and I was teaching right up until the minute we left for lunch, so had no time to research the menu in advance....had the "Southwestern grilled chicken cobb salad " thinking, how bad could that be?....looked it up upon return from lunch...23 points!!! OMG!!!! It was good, but, can't imagine what in the world would make it so high...there was some bacon, but not a ton, I wouldn't guess more than 4 oz grilled chicken, some bleu cheese crumbles, again, not that much, and hard boiled eggs. Geez, I could (and have!) make a Cobb salad for 5 points...very disappointed in that choice!!! Issue # 2 with this week is that my kitchen is under construction ( which is actually a good thing...I've been waiting for 22 years for new cabinets and countertops!) and is unusable, so there will by neccessity be a lot of take out this week. I'll do the best I can, but may need to accept that this won't be one of my best weeks for losing!

Feb 22, 2013
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Weight Watcher Foodies - Groundhog Edition - February 2013 [old]

Want to thank everyone for the great ideas and support....down another 2.4 pounds at this week's weight in! It really helps to come here and find such great inspiration:)

Feb 21, 2013
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Weight Watcher Foodies - Groundhog Edition - February 2013 [old]

I've been eating Chobani (greek yogurt) bites,(raspberry with chocolate chips) which are, I think 3.25 oz containers, and are only two points. I add 1/4 cup of Archer Farms (Target brand) raspberry creme brulee granola (another 2 points) sprinkled on top. It is delicious, and very satisfying. The other thing I will often have is Special K, and I use almond breeze almond milk instead of skim milk. For lunch, I have been having the zero point tortilla soup I posted earlier, sometimes topped with 1/3 cup WW mexican shredded cheese (2 points) and 2 tbsp. tortilla strips (1 point). Sometimes egg salad, made with one whole egg and one egg white, about a teaspoon light mayo, and some dijon, and dill ( 2 points for the egg salad) on a 100 calorie sandwich thin (3 points). Usually fruit with all of the above too.
Your ratatouille omelette sounds great!

Feb 21, 2013
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Weight Watcher Foodies - Groundhog Edition - February 2013 [old]

Today was another good cooking day, probably my last for awhile, as we are having some kitchen renovations done, which will start on Wednesday. While that's going on, my stove will be unhooked from the gas for possibly up to two weeks. Then the challenge will be finding points friendly pizza and Subway items, for the most part.
Last night I made Slenderkitchen's Crsipy pork tenderloin, baked sweet potatoes and steamed broccoli. The pork was very good, and one of the things I love about the Slenderkitchen meal plans is the preplanning to use up leftovers. Today I made a brown rice and Crispy pork salad, which seems like it will be pretty good...lots of veggies, peppers, pea pods, cucumber, shredded cabbage and carrots, an orange sliced, and I put in some cooked broccoli, brown rice, slivered pieces of the crispy pork, dressed in a light ginger sesame dressing. We are having that with baked fish for tonight's dinner. I also made more of the zero point tortilla soup, and boiled some eggs for egg salad for this week's lunches. Oh, and I made Eggs Benedict for my husband and I for breakfast. I found a mix for Hollandaise sauce at the grocery store that tastes pretty good, and is only 10 calories ( so zero points!) per tablespponful. So....a light english muffin, a slice of Canadian bacon, a tiny sprinkle of WW shredded cheese, topped with a poached egg, and a tablespoon of Hollandaise sauce= 3 point Eggs Benedict. And it was really good:)

Feb 18, 2013
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Weight Watcher Foodies - Groundhog Edition - February 2013 [old]

Tonight was a success! Slenderkitchen's peanut noodles...7 points, easy and delicious! I have tried t mostly stick with Slenderkitchen's meal plan this week, and for the most part, it went very well ( was down 4 pounds at my weigh in on Thursday!!) But the number of people who will be home for dinner will vary pretty much every night for the next week, so have decided to do my own meal planning and shopping list for the upcoming week. I plan to use some of her recipes though, almost all of them that I've made have been excellent, and very generous in quantity. But I have found myself going back somewhat to some of the quicker, easier meals that I have learned before when I was on WW....particularly for breakfast and lunch. A smoothie made with 1/2 cup of ff greek yogurt and 1 cup almond milk, a banana and some frozen mixed berries is such a quick and easy 3 point breakfast. My other breakfast go-tos are yogurt and granola parfaits, and steel cut oats (which I make a good sized batch of, keep in the fridge and take to work and microwave. I will often chop an apple and sprinkle some cinnamon into it, or slice a banana into it. If I have a 1/2 cup serving, it's only 2 points. Another one I do sometimes is an eggbeater omelet with 1/3 cup of WW shredded Mexican cheese, which is 3 points all together. I top that with salsa. Lunches I like are the zero point tortilla soup ( topped with 1/3 cup shredded WW mexican cheese, 2 points, 2 tablespoons tortilla strips, 1 point, some salsa, cilantro, sliced scallions and a dab of ff greek yogurt or sour cream...) a yummy 3 point lunch, and I usually have fruit or sugar free jello with it. Another lunch I like is egg salad, made with one whole egg and 2 extra egg whites, a little dijon or coarse ground mustard and ff greek yogurt or low fat mayo, salt, pepper and dill. I have eaten it plain, but I also like to have it on one of the whole wheat sandwich thins. Alone, it is like 2 or 3 points, and with the sandwich thin, it is about 5. For back up lunches at work, I have cans of progresso light soup. The other lunch I will often make ( especially in warm weather) is a tossed salad, with 2 oz of grilled chicken, and a small amount of some low fat cheese (usually feta or blue) Sometimes I will add a tiny amount of some nut or other, or olives, and sometimes fruit...ie...chicken, goat cheese, raspberries, walnuts...just the higher point add-ins are very tiny amounts. I usually can find a light dressing that I like. Bolthouse is good, and there are also some good Kraft and Ken's asian dressings especially.

Feb 16, 2013
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Weight Watcher Foodies - Groundhog Edition - February 2013 [old]

I have had days like that! Makes me want to stop trying new things:( But I've also had great experiences with trying new things, too, so you just have to keep trying, I guress. And I love ratatouilee! Roasted would only improve it, I imagine!

Feb 16, 2013
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Weight Watcher Foodies - Groundhog Edition - February 2013 [old]

Special K is only 2 points per cup serving, and has several good choices of flavors. I like the red berries, the blueberry K and the fruit and yogurt ones.

Feb 16, 2013
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Weight Watcher Foodies - Groundhog Edition - February 2013 [old]

Good for you! Congratulations!

Feb 16, 2013
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Weight Watcher Foodies - Groundhog Edition - February 2013 [old]

Just cut a butternut squash into fry like strips, spray with cooking spray, season howver you like ( we like a little Cajun seasoning, and some salt) and roast at 400 for 20 minutes, turn over and roast for about another 20. Excellent!

Feb 16, 2013
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Weight Watcher Foodies - Groundhog Edition - February 2013 [old]

Last night was Cajun chicken pasta (Slenderkitchen meal plan) and the isntructions were to double the chicken and vegetables for tonight's chicken quesadillas, both meals were very good. 8 and 9 points, resectively. Also, I had a bit of a lunch dilemma today at work, which was solved easily. I had brought some of my leftover 5 point Slenderkitchen Hearty beef stew, and a cup of watermelon cubes to work for lunch, and a couple of friends wanted to go out for lunch, so I researched Panera's pick two points, and they really weren't too high. I had the pick two portion of chicken noodle soup (3 points) and Asian sesame chicken chopped salad ( 4 points) a fruit cup ( no points) and a large water with lemon. Delicious and enjoyable and fairly points friendly!

Feb 13, 2013
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Weight Watcher Foodies - Groundhog Edition - February 2013 [old]

Both of those are great sites. I also have done a couple of recipes from "emilybites" and she has WW points calculated for you as well.

Feb 12, 2013
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Weight Watcher Foodies - Groundhog Edition - February 2013 [old]

I have made steel cut oatmeal ahead for a few days, and just keep it in the fridge and bring a portion to work with me and microwave it, and it tastes fine.

Feb 12, 2013
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Weight Watcher Foodies - Groundhog Edition - February 2013 [old]

Lol on the buzz saw beaver! I just bought some of those caramel crunch rice snack cakes and they are pretty good. Another sweet thing I can sometimes tame those cravings with is sugar free jello with about a tablespoonful of Cool Whip free. I have dessert needs:)

Feb 12, 2013
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Weight Watcher Foodies - Groundhog Edition - February 2013 [old]

Good for you, Juliejulez! I love Greek yogurt and granola parfaits ( the granola is a little high in points, but I can just use a little bit of it, for crunch) Still eating my banana bread baked oatmeal ( it will last all week, I guess, since I'm the only one eating it!) Today, however, I didn't...had a smoothie instead, made with 1/2 cup plain ff greek yogurt, 1/2 banana, 1/2 cup frozen mixed berries and 1/2 cup almond milk. Also very satisfying and yummy. I drank it between 8 ish and 9:30, and didn't eat lunch until 2, and wasn't ravenous, so it was good.

Feb 12, 2013
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Weight Watcher Foodies - Groundhog Edition - February 2013 [old]

Real dishes do make a difference to me too! I have a ceramic soup mug at work that I use all the time. We are fortunate to have a "real" kitchen, with a set of dishes for us to use, and it really is worth th effort to go to the kitchen, use a real plate or bowl, and sit down in the lunch room to eat. Having said that, I will often end up zapping whatever I have brought for lunch in it's plastic container, and eating at my desk. Trying to get better about this, including using a real glass, and ice and lemon for my water, instead of slurping it out of a sports bottle!

Feb 11, 2013
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Weight Watcher Foodies - Groundhog Edition - February 2013 [old]

Tonight's supper (again from Slenderkitchen's meal plan) was turkey burgers with butternut squash fries. I had to work today, so my husband cooked. They were very good.

Feb 11, 2013
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