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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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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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Brunch at Bellefleur

We had some family come to town this past weekend and we wanted to take them out for a special treat on Sunday morning.  What better way to enjoy your company than over a smorgasbord of food?

Before our trip to the Flower Fields in Carlsbad, we went to BelleFleur Restaurant and Winery for brunch.  I’ve never seen such a diverse spread at such a low price.  For $21.95 for adults or $9.95 for children, you are given options beyond what you could imagine.

  • carving stations
  • omelette bars
  • Mexican entrees
  • pastries
  • desserts
  • cheese board
  • fresh seafood
  • pizza
  • entrees – chicken parmesan, macaroni and cheese, meatballs, macadamia nut crusted mahi mahi, fried chicken
  • soups
  • salads
  • taco bar

And so much more …  the list could go on and on.  On top of the great food, brunch comes with free-flowing mimosas or champagne. 

Plus, when you roll out of the restaurant, you literally walk right into the Carlsbad Premium Outlets for shopping.  Almost like an adult Disneyland scenario.   Not bad, if you ask me.

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People Do Care About What You Ate for Lunch

Years back, before the social media revolution was in full force, I accidentally fell upon an interesting experiment.  I was a relatively new cycling instructor and didn’t know my students on a first-name-basis like I do now.  In between drills, I mentioned that I ate a piece of chocolate cake before coming to class.  And guess what happened … after class I had more students come up and talk to me than ever before.

Intrigued by this concept, I would sprinkle in food-related topics or other surfacy information about my life while teaching and my student feedback during and after class doubled.

Fast-forward to the social media era, where skeptics over-use and abuse the expression “I don’t care what my friend ate for lunch,” as their primary reason for not jumping into the social media mix.  I’m here to call out a resounding BS.

In fact, prior to dreaming up this post, Saturday morning I wrote this in my Facebook status:

“Mmmmmm … Nothing says breakfast like leftover German chocolate cake.”

Seven comments, one phone call and three “likes” later, I’m here to tell you that people do care.

Whether a brand or a person representing his or her own brand, people want to connect with other people.  They appreciate people who talk to them, not at them; and who share tidbits about their lives making them real.

Social media is a fantastic way to exchange professional information, share tips, deals and tricks, and also to network.  But in “real life,” aren’t you more prone to give your business to the person that tells you about his or her children, summer vacation or latest bargain buy as he or she sells you the product or provides the service?

The same goes for social media.  Balance is key.  Like food, don’t over-indulge sharing every explicit detail of your personal life, but lob out information here and there that people can relate to, sit back and enjoy the ride.

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Cheers!, Burbs Style

If you are a San Diego local, you’ve likely eaten at some sort of cook-your-own-food-style place, like the Gaslamp Strip Club, The Turf Supper Club or Buga Korean Barbecue.   

I love the interactive nature of cooking my own food but rarely get to do it because of the high prices and time involved in heading downtown to grill it up.

After a recent move to the ‘burbs, we were itching for an interesting place to grab some eats and drinks.  Enter Cheers. 

Cheers is a little watering hole located in the middle of a strip mall in Rancho Penasquitos.  The clientele is mostly middle-aged suburbanites – some who look like they’ve been at the bar since 6 a.m.  The lighting is dark and the decor is sports-driven.   The walls are adorned with video games, dart boards and a juke box that has a good selection.  If you’re looking for a classy night out this is not the place.  It is your proverbial dive bar.

All that said – they have a friendly staff, good drink prices – AND a grill-your-own-food indoor barbecue, which is why we keep going back. 

The food is good quality at amazingly low prices.  Scott orders and grills his own filet mignon every time – and the price is less than $9.  It comes with a salad and garlic bread too.  I don’t eat steak, but he tells me it is just as good as any filet  you would buy at the store. 

I order the veggie skewers (2 for $3) and grill them up with Teriyaki sauce and spices.  The whole meal is delicious and keeps me thinking about it for days after the experience. 

Another bonus is that, unlike its do-it-yourself indoor grilling brethren, you don’t have to elbow your way in to get a good space at the grill.  We haven’t been there once when it was overly crowded. 

I can’t find a Web site for Cheers, but here is the Yelp page. Clearly those that gave it a mid-grade review didn’t have the veggie skewers.

Next time you’re looking for something to do ‘burbs-style, Cheers is worth checking out.

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