Wednesday, April 30, 2008

|i love my husband|

I love him for many things, not least of which - this week -are his mad skillz in the kitchen. He invented an awesome new snack. It's so simple that he probably didn't officially invent it - but it's new to us, so I want to share it. It's like sopapillas...but only 3 WW points and 3 minutes to completion. Mmmm.

Here's what you do...

  1. Put some nonstick spray on a skillet over medium-high heat. Throw a flour tortilla on it.
  2. Spray the other side of the tortilla with nonstick spray. Sprinkle on cinnamon-Splenda.
  3. Let it heat for a few minutes. It'll puff a little. Turn it before it burns.
  4. After turning it, sprinkle cinnamon-Splenda on the other side.
  5. Once it's all toasty, take it off and top with a little honey.
  6. Tear it to pieces and enjoy.
  7. Say a brief prayer of thanksgiving for the genius of my husband.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

|brinner|

There are few things in life more enjoyable than eating breakfast for dinner ("brinner"). Just ask Turk from Scrubs. Sadly, when we started living the Weight Watchers lifestyle, we discovered having brinner wasn't going to happen as often as it used to. Turns out that having pancakes, bacon, eggs, etc. is actually a lot of calories and fat. Who knew?

So I am pleased to announce that I just had an AWESOME brinner that was very low in WW points and delicious. Now, I know this will probably strike most of you as, "Man, she's finally gone too far with this crazy Weight-Watchers-vegetarian life" but it was awfully tasty.

I took a tube of plain polenta (which is usually by the tofu in the grocery store - don't know why) and cut it into slices. I pan fried it in a little non-stick spray. At the same time, I fried up a couple pieces of fakon (see previous post). Then I defrosted a few frozen blueberries and topped them with a little Cool Whip. I put it all on one big happy plate and topped by polenta with sugar-free syrup (I highly recommend Mrs. Butterworth's brand).

It looked and tasted like breakfast for dinner! And it was only 5 points. Awesome!

Saturday, April 12, 2008

|fakon|

There aren't a lot of meaty things that I miss since going vegetarian, but BLTs are one of them. I probably think about a BLT at least once a week. With tomato season just around the corner, I decided I needed to find a good option so I could make it through the summer. I had heard good things about Morningstar Farms Veggie Bacon Strips (or as I prefer to call them: "fakon"), so I gave them a try.

Verdict in two parts: they look like dog treats, but they taste pretty much like bacon! Much rejoicing! Also, you can have two big strips for 1 WW point. Mmm.

I had one crumbled up in a tortilla with eggs and cheese. I ate one by itself. Both delicious. I'll have to get back with you in a few months on the BLT front because I refuse to eat tomatoes that aren't in season (what's the point?). But I am thinking it's going to be a good summer for BLTs. Mmmmm.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

|take it to heart|

I have a killer recipe for polenta that I've literally been meaning to post for about three weeks now. That's how lazy I am.

Instead, I'd like to share with all five of my loyal readers this hysterical tidbit from the outside of my Quaker instant oatmeal:

"TAKE IT TO HEART
Research shows that whole grains, like Quaker Oatmeal, as part of a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and low-fat dairy products may help support blood pressure levels already within the normal range."

My husband makes fun of me for reading packaging...but I must say, with free entertainment like this, I think it's well worth it.