Saturday, November 28, 2015

Weight Watchers Meals, Week 1

Several of us who are doing Weight Watchers online have formed our own group to plan some weekly meals that are reasonably easy to fix and with points already figured.  I am going to try posting here each week as a central place to plan six main meals each week, add notes on what to add to make the meals family-friendly, and share links to the recipes when needed.

Asian Ground Beef & Cabbage - 10 points.  The recipe can be found here.  This is a very generous and filling portion (1 serving = 1/2 recipe).  Suggested add-ons for the family would be rice and/or dessert.

Fish & Shrimp Packets - 7 points.  The recipe can be found here.  Some easy add-ons to make it more filling and/or appealing to the family would be rice, potatoes, additional veggies, bread and/or dessert.

Homemade Fried Rice - 7 points.  More information can be found here.  This is a great way to use up any small amounts of leftovers. The point total is using one cup of rice and about 1 more cup of additional veggies (no meat), but it can easily be adapted to include any kind of vegetables or cooked meat.  If the veggies are raw, they need to be briefly sauteed before adding the rice, and if they are cooked, add them at the end and cook just until heated through.

Tuna Salad - 5 points.  Drain and mix a 4 oz. can of tuna with 1 tablespoon of mayo, some sweet or dill relish and finely chopped onion.  Serve with 6 whole-grain crackers (3 points) or over lettuce. Suggested add-ons to make it family friendly could be bread (to make it into a sandwich), chips,  and dessert.

Oven Baked Pork Chops - 4 points (3 oz of meat without bone). The instructions are here. Serve with a salad with 2 tablespoons light dressing (2 points).  Suggested add-ons for the family would be rice, potatoes, bread, and/or dessert.

White Bean Chicken Chili (Slow Cooker) - 7 points.  The recipe is here.  Suggested toppings are sharp cheddar (1/2 oz = 2 points), lite sour cream (2 tablespoons = 1 point) or chopped cilantro. Suggested add-ons would be crusty bread, cornbread, tortilla chips, and/or dessert.

Here is my first attempt at this.  I welcome any suggestions or constructive criticism!
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