Saturday, June 4, 2016

Weight Watchers - Week 21

Another round of new menu suggestions for the week. I am trying to transition over to simpler, lighter meals for the summertime.  I am also going to feature more main-dish salads instead of soups, but will also continue to post some slow-cooker meals from time to time.  

One-skillet Roasted Chicken with White Beans - 8 Points. (1/4 recipe, use Pam instead of olive oil, increase beans to 2 cups).  You only need one pan (must be oven safe) for this, and a cast iron skillet is perfect. A good side would be additional veggies, roasted separately.  Add-ons for family could be biscuits, cole slaw, bread, and/or dessert.

Grilled New York Steak - 5 points. (3 oz. serving).  If you don't want to grill, fry it in a hot skillet using Pam instead of added oil.  Serve with a green salad with a squeeze of lemon juice or reduced fat dressing (2 tablespoons equal 2 points), cole slaw (2 tablespoons dressing is 5 points and there is no difference between regular and reduced fat dressing), and/or a raw fruit and veggie tray. Add-ons for family could be dip for raw veggies, chips, bread, and/or dessert.

Cracker Crusted Pork Chops - 6 points. (1/4 recipe - 3 oz. cooked meat, spray with Pam before coating instead of oil).  Serve with green salad or other low or no point veggies or fruit.  Add-ons for family could be potato salad, cole slaw, bread, and/or dessert.  

Lemony Shrimp & Zoodles - 5 Points. (1/4 recipe).  This is delicious and very quick and easy to fix.  The most complicated part is cutting the zoodles, but don't feel you have to invest in a Spiralizer to do it, although that really makes it easy.  I ordered a small handheld tool that works very well, and is less expensive and takes much less room to store. However, if you make zoodles a lot for a family, I highly recommend getting a Spiralizer. I found this to be a satisfying meal by itself, but add-ons for family could be potato salad, bread, and/or dessert.

Mediterranean Chickpea & Feta Wraps - 7 points. (1/4 recipe, roasted red peppers packed in water).  You could also use sturdy lettuce leaves instead of tortillas, and save 2 points.  This is a complete meal in itself but would be good with a side of fresh fruit.  Add-ons for family could be chips and/or dessert.

Greek Chicken Pasta Salad - 10 points. (1/4 recipe, reduce olive oil to 2 tablespoons). This is a salad that can be eaten right away, or would be even better if made ahead of time and refrigerated to allow the flavors to meld.  This would also be a good one for a pot luck or family gathering.  Add-ons for family could be chips, bread, and/or dessert.
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