Monday, October 21, 2013

Menu Monday: Back in the (Weight Watchers friendly) Saddle

I finally feel back into the swing of things.  Delicious meals have been produced and consumed. My house is somewhat in order. I taught Max a new trick.

(If you don’t speak 3 year old, he said “the Green Bay Packers”)

I also joined Weight Watchers, after my friend’s experiment.  Honestly, I’m not sure how much it will affect my weekly dinner plan.  Most of my really bad food choices take place during the day, when I mindlessly eat.  Or when I got out to eat. Oh, and I drink to much on weeknights.  I tend to be pretty good during home cooked dinners though I’ll cut back on baking and making recipes from my Pinterest page called “Things that will make me fat”.

My parents came to visit over the weekend and brought me these:

They will definitely be consumed on a day when I rack up a lot of activity points!!

Last Week’s Menu
I never did end up making the Pork Tenderloin with Pan Sauce, so it’s added into this week’s menu.

I loved the Roasted Pumpkin and Pear Soup, though I made it with butternut squash instead of Pumpkin as my local Kroger was out of cooking pumpkins. It’s essential to add the goat cheese at the end.  Don’t skip it! It adds a tangy creaminess to the sugar from the pears.  It’s a perfect fall eat!

The Slow Cooker Siracha Honey Barbecue Chicken was insanely flavorful.  Beware, it’s not your average dump everything in and hit the “on” button kind of slow cooker dish. It requires a bit more effort, but it’s worth it.  I just served it on it’s own, not as a sandwich topped with fried egg as the recipes suggests.  If you cut back on the Siracha it becomes a very kid friendly dish!

If you’re a smoothie person, check out the Cinnaberry Smoothie. Most of my smoothies have kale or spinach in them, so it was a nice change a pace to go greens-free. The cinnamon really makes the smoothie unique. I cannot recommend the Pineapple Kale Smoothie.   I could barely choke it down. Perhaps if you added in a banana, it might be palatable.

The Chicken with Artichokes and Pan Sauce was edible but nothing special. Brett loved the Crock Pot Tater-Tot Casserole and Max tolerated it but I wasn’t a fan.  I guess I feel that it's only good when it's called Tater Tot Hot Dish, made by someone’s Minnesota Mom and eaten after digging out from a snow storm.

This Week's Menu

Meatless Monday:  Spinach and Tortellini Soup, Windy City Crescent Rolls
Thursday: Date night to see “Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me”!
Friday: Brett’s Famous Chili,  Tamales
Sunday: Leftovers

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