Recipe: Cheeseburger Tostadas

Oh. My. Gosh. This is too good. I got this from Hungry Girl (bless her!), and I’m wowed. I’ve never been anti-veggie burger like a lot of meat eaters are, because I appreciate it for what it is – not meat. If you don’t think about it not being meat, you won’t hate it. I got the flame-grilled Boca burgers to get the taste. My husband also liked it – so it got man-points.

cheeseburger tostada

Ingredients:

Two 6-inch corn tortillas

1 meatless hamburger-style patty with 100 calories or less (ok, my flame-grilled ones were 120, but whatever)

1/2 cup chopped onion

2 slices 2% American cheese (I used low-fat)

1/2 cup shredded lettuce

1/4 cup chopped tomatoes

1 tsp. ketchup

1 tsp. mustard

1 tbsp. chopped pickles (Mt. Olive makes an awesome large diced relish that worked perfectly)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with non stick spray.
  2. Lay tortillas flat on the sheet, and spray with non stick spray.
  3. Bake for 5 minutes (IMPORTANT NOTE: don’t overcook. I had very dark brown crusty nasty tortillas and had to redo them)
  4. Carefully flip tortillas, and bake until crispy, 3-5 minutes. (Honestly 3 mins on each side is perfect)
  5. Bring a skillet sprayed with non stick spray to medium heat. Cook burger patty for about 4 minutes per side, until cooked through.
  6. Set burger aside to cool. Remove skillet from heat, re-spray, and bring to medium heat. Add onion and cook and stir until softened, about 4 minutes.
  7. Transfer onion to a medium microwave-safe bowl. Chop burger patty and tear cheese slices into pieces. Add both to the bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds or until cheese has melted. Mix thoroughly.
  8. Evenly top tortillas with lettuce, followed by burger mixture.
  9. Top with remaining ingredients and devour!

Makes 2 servings // 4pp // 180 calories

I think you can probably skip cooking the veggie burger on the skillet and just go straight to the microwave. There’s directions on the box for cooking them in the microwave. That’s one less thing to wash. Since they’re so low in points, I made a double batch and we each ate two, which was just right. It felt like a lot of food for the points!

If you try it – let me know what you think! What variations would you put on your tostada?

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Recipe: Thai Peanut Chicken

Considering that I was playing around, this is great! It has an after-kick that hits you once the peanut flavor goes away. Very easy to make!

Ingredients: 

1lb raw chicken, cubed (I used thinly sliced chicken breasts)

1/2 cup of crunchy peanut butter

1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced

1 onion, diced

2 scallions, thinly sliced

1 tbsp red chili paste

soy sauce

red pepper flakes

fresh ginger

cooking spray

Directions: 

  1. After cubing your chicken, cook it thoroughly in a skillet or wok that has been prepped with cooking spray.
  2. Add your diced onion, red bell pepper, and scallions. Begin to stir fry.
  3. Add freshly grated ginger, a few shakes of soy sauce, red pepper flakes, and red chili paste. Continue to stir fry.
  4. Add peanut butter. Begin stirring to evenly distribute it throughout the stir fry.
  5. Put 2/3 cup brown rice in a bowl (additional 4pp), and top with 1/6 of the chicken mixture.

Makes 6 servings // 6pp // approximately 275 calories (425 including rice)

Recipe: Grilled Ham and Cheese with Rosemary-Dijon Spread

This is a delicious sandwich! For only 6pp, you can’t beat it! This is an official Weight Watchers recipe. If you have some tomato soup handy, this is a GREAT rainy day soup/sandwich combo. My husband absolutely loved it.

Ingredients: 

2 tsp low fat cream cheese (pretty sure this actually means 2 tbsp, as other commenters on the site point out.)

2 tsp Dijon mustard

1 tsp rosemary, fresh, minced

1/4 cup shredded Swiss cheese

1/4 cup shredded low-fat part skim mozzarella

3 oz extra lean deli-sliced ham (that was impossible for me to find. Never found it.)

4 slices reduced-calorie whole wheat bread

cooking spray

Directions:

  1. Mix the first three ingredients together. Spread evenly across all four slices of bread.
  2. Mix the two cheeses together, and sprinkle a fourth of the mixture on two of the slices.
  3. Put half of your ham on each of those two slices, and then top with the remaining half of the cheese mixture.
  4. Top with the remaining two slices of bread, sauce side down.
  5. Spray cooking spray on a skillet or griddle, and cook like you would a normal grilled cheese.

Makes 2 servings // 6pp 

Back on the wagon…

UGH. An out-of-town colleague came into town, which meant we all went out to eat multiple times.

The first temptation was pizza brought into work. I resisted. I ate my piddly ol’ Beef and Macaroni Lean Cuisine and watched everyone else slobber over pizza. Eyes on the prize.

The second temptation was Cheesecake Factory. I get weak in the knees there. In fact, that’s where I’m going to go on the one day calories don’t count – my birthday. I already have it on the calendar. BUT! I managed to order a couple of apps off the Skinnylicious menu and stayed the course. Until dessert menus were brought. And then I got a slice of cheesecake to take home and half with my husband. Did I get the low-carb kind made with Splenda? NAY! I got the Turtle Pecan Caramel Cheesecake like the no-shame-no-good-rotten-glutton that I am. And here I am in the online Weight Watchers confessional. But hey, at least I split a splice.

Somehow I lost a half a pound that night. I’ll take it.

The next night, the ladies at work all wanted to go out to a Mexican restaurant. Again, I got weak in the knees. I’m from Texas, land of the mighty taco, and here there is no good Mexican food. Except for this wondrous place they brought me to. I did NOT get a margarita, which was sad, but I dealt with it. I did however partake in a tamale, chips and salsa, a soft taco, and a little fried ice cream. It was a lot. I was full. But I kept plowing through because Mexican food.

I gained that half pound back and he brought a friend.

honey boo boo fat

So now I’m back on the wagon. No more eating out this week (thank God!), fruits and veggies, and count, count, count. My app tells me that I stayed within my points yesterday, but MyFitnessPal is screaming that I didn’t.

Tonight’s dinner? What looks to be a yummy peanut Thai dish. I forgot to defrost the frozen chicken… so dinner might be a little late tonight. I’ll be posting my recipe for the delicious Rosemary Swiss Ham Sandwiches today!

Weigh-in Monday!

Ahem. Ladies and Gents… I have LOST TEN POUNDS!!!!

winning

I did my weigh in this morning and it said I had gained .6 pounds over the course of the week. I was a little disappointed, but I got it, because I did splurge some this weekend do to it being the beginning of the monthly week-from-hell where chocolate is the only thing that can convince you to get out of bed.

But then I decided to weigh myself about an hour later, and I had LOST .6 pounds from last week. I don’t know why, and I’m not asking questions. I verified it a couple of times. I’ll take it.

So my total loss is .6 pounds. I’m happy with that. I was not miserable this week, and I splurged, so I can’t expect more than that. Although if I had weighed myself yesterday I would have been an entire pound down, but whatever. I’m being honest and tracking my weight on Mondays.

I am thinking of changing my date to Fridays though, because I’m so, so, so good during the week and it might motivate me to be better during the weekends. We’ll see.

Tonight’s dinner is going to be the Rosemary-Swiss grilled cheese sandwiches. It was supposed to be last night’s dinner, but I forgot an ingredient – whoops! I’ll be posting the recipe tomorrow!

Fri-yay!

Sheesh – I’m ready for the week to be over already. Four more hours!

We’re going grocery shopping tonight, and I’m excited. Not for any particular reason really, except for that I’m cooking a lot more now. That’s been a huge positive factor for me with Weight Watchers. I’m cooking a lot more, and in much more variety. Like I’ve mentioned before, I’m been really scared of cooking recipes and not knowing what the caloric intake was, so I just stuck to prepackaged foods a lot. And there’s only so much of that you can enjoy. But, for example, this week I’m going to be making an awesome looking Thai peanut noodle recipe, a great shrimp recipe, some rosemary/swiss grilled cheese sandwiches I’m really excited about, and a really good strawberry oatmeal parfait. That’s SO MUCH better than canned soup. Over. And Over. And Over. Plus I get to envision myself as Giada De Laurentiis and be her for a half hour.

Also… I’ll have some good results on Weigh-in Monday, I’m pretty sure. 😉 Woohoo!

Good Find: Harris Teeter Steamable Broccoli

Can I just say how impressed I am with Harris Teeter? I went to another local grocery store for the longest, until I got home and would keep discovering expired food. So I switched stores and haven’t looked back.

Last night’s meal was Daily Chef Parmesan Crusted Tilapia (5pp from Sam’s Club) and steamed broccoli. I’ve been accidentally stocking up too much on steamed veggies, so my freezer is full and I need to eat it at every meal basically to empty out my freezer. I enjoy broccoli a lot, and was SO HAPPY when I poured out my florets on to my plate and saw just that. Florets. Nothing but florets. None of that half-florets-half-stems-ok-mostly-stems crap. I’m sold. Plus the store brand is cheaper anyway.

SO GO OUT AND BUY HARRIS TEETER STEAMABLE BROCCOLI FLORETS!

brocolli