Tuesday, January 5, 2010

New Year, New Beginnings - Healthy Food Discoveries

Sorry it's been a while since my last post...holidays and taking time to get things better organized. That's what we do at the New Year, isn't it? Clean out closets, organize desks, start working out, eat healthier, start routines maybe like going to church regularly, reading more or writing in a journal. Well...I'm trying to do all of that (if the blog counts for journal writing now). Let's see how long it lasts.

I won't bore you with all of it, but I do want to share some of my latest healthy food discoveries. I had photos...so I thought...for this, but had forgotten that I took my memory card out of my camera for downloads; and lost the cord to hook up my camera to computer...so I only have one photo for you...that of this great dressing.
Maple Grove Farms of Vermont
Fat Free Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing
It wasn't very experience ($2.19) and for that plus the FAT FREE in all caps, I didn't have high hopes that this would taste good. It only has 5 calories, no fat, 0 WW pts. But it taste great, and I've had Baby Spinach Salads with Craisins and little big of Feta Cheese all week. Salad has 4 WW pts, 5 grams of fiber.
Fiber One Blueberry Muffings (frozen)
These taste great, highly recommend, 3 WW pts and 7 grams of fiber.
Meal: Meat Loaf, Steamed Potatoes, and Green Beans
Total: 6 WW pts, 8 grams of fiber. Recipe for meat loaf and potatoes came out of Weight Watchers 5 Ingredient 15 Minute Cookbook.
Barbecue Meat Loaf
1 lb. ground round
1/2 cup barbecue sauce, divided
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup Italian-seasoned dry breadcrumbs
2 large egg whites
1/4 tsp. pepper
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. Combine meat, 1/4 cup barbecue sauce, onion, breadcrumbs, egg whites and pepper in large bowl; stir well.
3. Shape mixture into a 7" x 5" loaf on a rack in a roasting pan. Spread remaining 1/4 cup barbecue sauce over loaf. Bake at 375 degrees for 25 minutes or to desired degree of doneness. Yield: 4 servings. Per serving: Calories 228, Carbs 10.4g, Fat 7.6g (sat 2.6g), Fiber .5g, Protein 27.7.
Steamed Red Potatoes
1 lb. round red potatoes, quartered
2 T water
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
Butter-flavor spray (such as I Can't Believe It's Not Butter)
1. Place potatoes in microwave-safe dish. Add water, and cover. Microwave at HIGH 8 minutes or until tender. Coat with butter-flavored spray, sprinkle with salt and pepper. Yield: 4 servings. Per Serving: Calories 86; Carbs 18.9g; Fat 0.3g, Fiber 2.1g, Protein 2.5g, Sodium 155mg.
Jen's Green Beans
Heat skillet on medium hit with about tablespoon of olive oil. Can add little minced garlic and/or chopped onion on oil if you like as it heats. Then put one can green beans (drained) in skillet, sprinkle with Italian seasoning, if you didn't use chopped onion, then sprinkle minced onion on beans, along with salt and pepper. I sometimes use garlic pepper as well. Cook for about 15 minutes. Yield: 2+ servings. Calories 70ish; Fat 0; Carbs 2; Fiber 2; WW points - big fat 0.
Hope you enjoy these food discoveries!

3 comments:

Brenda Whitson said...

Way to go Ms. Spence. Are you trying to be the new "Martha?"

Evette White said...

I said that to her today, Brenda! Definitely giving Martha some competition, anyway!

Jennifer said...

Whitson, just learning from the ultimate Martha - you.