Sometimes, I just need to eat out – and a trip to Olive Garden might be one of my favorite guilty pleasures when we travel to the closest “large town” – which is not really all that large…. I love the soup, salad, breadstick deal – but as we don’t travel that far, that much, making it at home was something I was very interested in. I’ve made this soup on the stovetop – but making it in my instant pot so super fast – easy, and done in about 30 minutes. Win/Win!
I was craving something sweet tonight – and with not much in the way of bad for me stuff in the house – I put on my thinking cap and came up with a Cherry Almond Crumble.
Maddie and I had a cherry crisp at a local restaurant this summer that was to die for – while that was probably sugar laden and full of butter, I thought I could recreate a close facsimile with sugar substitute and some ingenuity. This is totally worth it. if you cut the “pie” into 8 servings its 3 PointsPlus per serving.
I am back on the Weight Watchers bandwagon because I have to do something – and the macro-whatsit thingy my personal trainer had me on sucked – and did basically nothing. Not a body builder, fella – not looking to get “swol” – already “swol”- and not in a good way.
I had a recipe similar to this bookmarked but it was something like 17 SP per serving – so I tackled it with my trusty recipe calculator and got it down to 7 SmartPoints when you calculate the ingredients and points at WW.com – if you use the nutrtion on the recipe it comes out completely different – FYI. I’m going with what WW says. I Hope you like it!
We try – and sometimes succeed – to make Monday a meatless Monday when dinner time rolls around. When I described this meal to my kids they wrinkled their noses – but – they liked it! you could add in veggies if you like – I kept it simple for the first try.
I roasted my red peppers on my new pellet grill. They don’t “char” like they do on gas, but they sort of melt into this roast-y gorgeous deep red/brown color that peels wonderfully and tastes amazing. Once they’re suitably cooked down on the grill and squished, put them in a sealed bowl (cover with plastic wrap) for about 20 minutes – the skin just slides right off. Cut off the tops and take out the seeds and voila – roasted red peppers. If you use your grill and they get black, it’s okay – that works too!
I had one chicken breast hanging out in the fridge that I needed to use up, but there are three of us for dinner so what to do with it was sort of haunting me. I could have thawed out some more chicken, but time got away from me this week so that wasn’t an option. I did some searches for “1 chicken breast recipe” and found quite a few stir fry options. It’s a great way to make a small amount of protein feed a few people. Budget-friendly recipes are always great to have in your repertoire!
It’s June. It’s Hot. Our A/C is not working and the repair guys wont be here for another 3 days. I am not getting anywhere near the oven, stove, microwave or any other form of heat until it’s fixed.
I know I’m not the only one suffering from lack of cool air, albeit temporarily. This made me think of some ideas for no-cook dinners for days when even plugging in the toaster is too much. If you have anything to add, I’d love to hear your no-cook ideas!
- Turkey Sandwich with Potato Chips. Okay – this is a no brainer, but I think we forget this can be dinner, too. There’s no reason this has to be that complicated. Make a sandwich, add some chips, carrot sticks or a salad and voila – yum. The key to making this dinner-like is the toppings – dont just slap some meat and cheese on a piece of bread, get creative. Thin sliced cucumbers, alfalfa sprouts, shredded carrots, jarred or deli red peppers and/or pepperoncini. Make it awesome!
- Wrap it up! Make a salad, add some diced ham or turkey and wrap it up in a tomato basil or spinach wrap. Serve with chips or store-bought potato salad. I have a weakness for the redskin potato salad from City Market (Kroger.) You can also make yummy Cucumbers with Lemony Dressing to go with it.