Dinner: Chili topped Potato

The other night I honestly wasn’t in the mood to cook – I had a pretty rough day and throwing together a meal was the last thing I wanted to put the time or even thought into. Because I wanted to make good food decisions I opted for taking some of my homemade beef and bean chili (see the recipe here) out of the freezer.  I plunked it into a large pan with about ¼ cup of water and let it melt down and come to a light boil over medium heat.  When just about done, I opened a 4 ounce can of tomato sauce and added it in, stirred it up and dinner was served.  Very little effort, truly no thinking and it was exactly what I needed.
I washed a potato and put it into the microwave to cook up. 5 minutes later, my potato was done, so I cut it up into pieces, added it into a trivet, sprinkled it with pepper and a dash of salt, then topped it with 1 cup of beef and bean chili. I threw a serving of garden salad alongside the dish, topped it with 1 tablespoon of fat free dressing and dinner was served.  Simple, delicious and overall easy!
The greatest part was the whole meal was only 7 points plus. Worth it!
Do you rely on frozen leftovers when you’re in a bind?

Dinner: Shake & Bake Pork, Potato, Corn & Apple Sauce

This was a delicious and filling dinner I whipped together one night for dinner. It was honestly the quickest and easiest meal to put together and I forgot how yummy Shake & Bake was!  This was truly a “walk in the door, assemble, set it and forget it” type of meal. Dinner was done in 40 minutes – which was the amount of time it took for the pork to cook through.
I started off the meal by trimming the fat off my pork chops. Rinsed them under water then dropped them into the plastic bag that comes with the shake and bake.  I shook each pork chop up individually and put them onto a baking sheet.  Into the oven they went with the timer set.
I peeled and husked some corn, put it in a pot with a splash of milk and set it on to boil.  I then took my potatoes, rinsed them and popped them into the microwave for 8 minutes.  Yes – did you know you can have a baked potato straight out of the microwave? It’s my go to method when I want a potato because it makes it simple and I don’t have to wait 40+ minutes for it.
When everything was done, I measured out my serving and dinner was ready to rock and roll!  What I had was 4 ounces of pork with shake and bake on it (6 points plus), a 7 oz potato (4 points plus), a corn on the cob (2 points plus) and ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce (0 points plus).  Overall 12 points plus – filling and delicious!
What is a quick and easy meal you haven’t had in a while?

Dinner: Sirloin with Peppers and Onions, Acorn Squash and Potato

Every once in a while I get in the mood for sirloin steak tips. Typically we make them on the grill or under the broiler but after experimenting with steak tips in the oven I’ve found I quite ebecause usually that means a tough piece of meat. But that’s not the case with the steak tips. I’ve been blessed with my parents ability of throwing flavors together and having it work — so that’s typically what I do with these tips.

I trim the excess fat off the sirloin and cut it up into chunks and bite size pieces. I add these pieces of meat to a baking dish with sliced peppers and onions. Then the magic happens. I season the dish up with a little black pepper, salt, McCormick steak seasoning, Trader Joe’s 21 Season Salute, minced garlic, a splash of teriyaki sauce, a splash of mild BBQ sauce, and a small glob of Texas Steak Marinade. I mix everything together and bake in a 350 degree oven for about 20-25 minutes (depending on how well my steak is cooking). All the flavors combine and make a tasty “gravy” and the meat is very soft with that classic “melt in your mouth” texture. I don’t have the measurements because I truthfully don’t measure them out I eyeball it — but I’ll develop this into a recipe soon because it’s definitely worth trying.
I like to serve this up with potato and a vegetable. This time I went with my classic baked potato (which I conveniently cooked in the microwave to make it simple) and paired it with a half of acorn squash. You can find my super simple acorn squash recipe here.

The entire meal – as pictured, was only 9 points plus! 5.5 oz potato, 3 oz sirloin with peppers and onions and 1 acorn squash. Filling, delicious and utterly worth it.

QUESTION:What is one of your favorite repeat meals?

Dinner: Grilled Chicken, Potato and Caesar Salad

This is a unique twist on a typical dinner. Normally, I don’t eat Caesar salad, but the kit was on sale at the grocery store and my boyfriend enjoys it – so Caesar salad it was! My personal request was the potato because for those of us Weight Watchers folks, we know potatoes are a power food.  Power foods mean I’m a lot more satisfied with my dinner and I’m not poking around the kitchen a few hours later looking for a snack.
This dinner was quite filling and delicious.  We cooked the chicken out on the grill and cooked the potatoes in the microwave – which really simplifies the process and leaves you with a firm but soft, ready to eat potato. The salad really threw a curve ball into the staple dinner, completely changing up the flavors. The entire plate pictured is 10 points plus.
4 ounces of grilled chicken
7 ounces of potato, seasoned with black pepper and spray butter
1 cup of light Caesar salad
What are your favorite sides to have with grilled chicken?