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Salad of the Moment: Scallops and Spinach Salad

This weekend I had a salad so delicious that it inspired me to start a new blog category – salad of the moment.

I don’t know if this is a type-A trait or just something that I do, but when I see/do/eat something I like, I watch/do/eat it over and over again until I get my fill.

The scallops and spinach salad at Romano’s Macaroni Grill is my new addiction and I plan to eat it as much as possible.

The salad is seared sea scallops with fresh spinach wilted and tossed with aged prosciutto, roasted garlic, fresh lemon and extra virgin olive oil.  It weighs in at a modest 330 calories, 4 grams of fat and 16 grams of carbs.

It is pure deliciousness.  One fair warning … this salad is garlic-laden so if you plan on going on a date or job interview, do not eat this salad until after.  You WILL smell like garlic. 

Buon Appetito.

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Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas

You know you’re doing something right when your husband says “you’ve been making some of the best dinners ever lately.”  Believe it or not, all of my good cooking has come from Weight Watchers.  So not only are they tasting good, they are fairly healthy for us as well.

Last night I cooked my favorite recipe to date, so I had to share it with you.  Cheesy chicken enchiladas.  Even the name sounds good, right?

Here is the recipe.  Enjoy!

POINTS® Value:    6
Servings:  6
Preparation Time:  15 min
Cooking Time:  27 min
Level of Difficulty:  Easy

Ingredients

  1 spray(s) cooking spray   
  8 oz Kraft Velveeta Light Reduced-Fat Pasteurized Processed Cheese Product   
  1/2 cup(s) fat-free sour cream   
  1/4 cup(s) fat-free evaporated milk   
  1/4 cup(s) scallion(s), green part only, minced   
  1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes   
  3 cup(s) cooked chicken breast, chopped*   
  6 medium whole wheat tortilla(s), 7-inches each   
  1/4 cup(s) low-fat shredded cheddar cheese, sharp variety   
  6 medium olive(s), green, pitted, sliced   
  1/4 cup(s) salsa   

Instructions

Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas

  • Preheat oven to 350ºF. Coat a 9-inch glass baking dish with cooking spray.
  • In a microwave-safe bowl, combine cheese product and sour cream; cover and microwave on high power until cheese melts, about 1 1/2 to 2 minutes. Remove half of melted cheese to a small bowl and stir in evaporated milk; set aside. Add scallions, red pepper flakes and chicken to remaining cheese mixture; stir to coat.
  • Spoon about 2/3 cup of chicken mixture down center of each tortilla; fold in sides of tortilla to cover filling and place tortillas in a single layer in prepared dish; spoon remaining cheese sauce over top and then sprinkle with shredded cheddar cheese and olives.
  • Bake until cheese topping is bubbly, about 20 to 25 minutes. Serve with salsa. Yields 1 enchilada per serving.

Source: WeightWatchers.com

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Seven Myths about Veggies

This article was sent to me by my best friend Laura, who is generally against eating her veggies.  Regardless, I found it interesting and wanted to share. 

Read on …

Veggies

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Is it healthier to eat raw veggies or to cook them? Is fresh broccoli more nutritious than frozen? Is eating iceberg lettuce a waste of time?

You may be surprised by the answers to these seemingly simple questions. In fact, there are several misconceptions when it comes to vegetables. The one universal truth is that most of us could be eating more of them.

As summer approaches, we have more vegetable choices than at any other time of year. Here’s a guide to what’s fact and what’s fiction when it comes to eating your veggies.

For the full story, click here.

Source: Shine from Yahoo!

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Entertaining on the Slim

Summer is practically here, which means calendars are booking up with parties.  I recently won this recipe guide for entertaining from WeightWatchers.com that offers an abundance of options for creating bikini-friendly foods all summer long. 

Take a look by clicking the link below.  It is a big file … be patient.

Weight Watchers Recipe Collection

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Tangy Fruit Dip

My dear friend Maren gave me the recipe for some of the most delicious fruit dip I’ve ever tasted.

It goes great with berries, apples and citrus fruits.  It is easy to make and can be made in either full calorie or low-calorie.

  • 1 tub of Cool Whip (low-calorie/fat-free optional)
  • 6 ounces of vanilla yogurt (low-fat/fat-free optional)
  • pink lemonade Crystal Light powder

Combine Cool Whip and yogurt.  Mix in Crystal Light powder to taste, depending on how tangy you like it.  Chill for an hour before serving.  Serve with fruit of your choice.

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The Healthier Side of Mexican Food

Who doesn’t love Mexican food? It is hands-down one of my favorite cuisines.  It tastes so good … and there is a reason for it – it is high in fat and calories.

A few nights back, I met some friends at Tio Leo’s for dinner.  I was pleasantly surprised to find a very extensive section of their menu dedicated to healthy options.

I ordered the lettuce wrap tacos, which included eggplant and spicy grilled chicken.  Just delicious. 

Check out the other choices:

Pollo Asado Tacos
Two grilled chicken tacos, pico de sallo, lettuce, cheese, served with whole wheat or flour tortillas also served with black beans and Mexican coleslaw. 10.99

Grilled Eggplant Tacos
Two delicious marinated eggplant tacos grilled to perfection. Served with cabbage, pico de gallo and feta cheese in a corn tortilla, also served with black beans and Mexican coleslaw. 10.99

Veggie Burrito
Black beans, pinto beans, rice and cheese rolled in a whole wheat tortilla, served with pico de gallo and Mexican coleslaw. 9.49

Black Bean Tostada
Corn tortilla, black beans, feta cheese with lettuce, pico de gallo, and avocado. 7.79

Lettuce Wrap Tacos

Spicy chopped chicken, peanuts, chopped eggplant, pico de gallo and avocado. 10.99

Pollo Asado Rice Bowl
Bed of Spanish rice with black beans, feta cheese, sliced grilled chicken breast, with avocado and pico de gallo. Served with choice of tortillas. 10.99

Carne Asada Rice Bowl

Bed of Spanish rice with black beans, feta cheese, sliced grilled top sirloin, with avocado and pico de gallo. Served with choice of tortillas. 10.99

Eggplant Rice Bowl
Bed of Spanish rice with black beans, feta cheese, sliced grilled egg plant, with avocado and pico de gallo. Served with choice of tortillas. 10.99

Carnitas Rice Bowl
Bed of Spanish rice with black beans, feta cheese, carnitas, with avocado and
pico de gallo. Served with choice of tortillas. 10.99

Tio Leo’s Torta Sandwiches
Carne AsadaEggplantPollo AsadoCarnitas
Mexican soft roll stuffed with cheese, lettuce, pico de gallo and sliced avocado. . Served with a cup of albondigas soup. 10.99

Source: Tio Leo’s Menu

If you’re looking for healthy options, don’t deprive yourself of Mexican food.  Just go to Tio Leo’s. 

Side note: beware of the chips and salsa.  They are fabulous but will totally counteract with your healthy meal.

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Salty Sweet Goodness

Pardon the two consecutive Weight Watchers-related posts, but I’m high on them right now (as I always have been).  I just logged my first week (back) on the program and lost 3.2 pounds (yay).

Waiting in line to weigh in, they tempt you with all sorts of yummy looking foods to buy. So today I picked up one of their newer items – the Chocolate Pretzel Blast mini bars.  OMG.

These bars are 1 point each (for you non-Weight Watcher people … that is as low as a non-vegetable food goes), and they are delicious. I’ll go as far as to say every woman’s dream … sweet chocolate, salty pretzels, crunchy nuts, chewy caramel.  Tempted yet??

I am not sure if you can buy these in the regular grocery store or if they are available at meetings only. 

Diet or not, you are going to want to buy these.  They are great snacks and truly delicious to eat. 

If you cannot find them at either of the afore-mentioned locations, it looks like you can buy them at eCrater.com or on eBay.  Happy eating.

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