Mama Mancini’s Turkey Meatballs

While at the grocery store I was hungry and considering I didn’t really want to end up in a drive thru before heading home I decided to just pick something up I could heat up quickly. I ended up grabbing a pack of Mama Mancini’s Turkey Meatballs to heat up and have with some spaghetti squash.
I have never had this brand of heat and eat turkey meatballs before, but considering the nutrition facts weren’t terrible I opted to give them a try. Heating them in the microwave, I topped my spaghetti squash with some sauce and 2 meatballs and I have to say… they’re not bad! They’re not the greatest meatball I have ever had, but they’re decent for a quick on-the-go type of meal. The outside of the meatballs are softer and they are mildly flavored. The sauce is good but it’s very thin and a bit watery.
2 meatballs are 110 calories or 3 points plus values.
QUESTION:
Have you tried any of the Mama Mancini’s products?

Eating Out – Subway Edition


When my boyfriend and I went away we made a stop at the mall. It was late in the afternoon and we did not have lunch yet.  Walking by the little fast food Asian food spots my nose was following the trail to the chicken teriyaki.  I knew deep down inside I wouldn’t truly enjoy it, but it smelled good and I was starving.  Asking my boyfriend what he wanted to eat he mentioned Subway (which I was silently grateful for) so off to Subway we went.
I’ve learned from many years of doing Weight Watchers, stick with wheat bread (not honey wheat, sadly).  It’s the lowest point bread, plus Subway calculates all of their nutrition information with that choice meat on that bread (cheese and condiments, not included).  I typically stick with the turkey breast – which is what I ordered in this case.  A foot long turkey, on wheat, toasted loaded up with fresh vegetables, banana peppers, black pepper, oregano and a little bit of spicy brown mustard.  I ended up eating half in the mall food court and wrapped the other half up to eat later in the afternoon.  Half of the sandwich is 7 points, the whole thing being 14 points plus.
Undoubtedly delicious and incredibly filling.
QUESTION:
What is your favorite thing to order at Subway?

Skinnytaste Turkey Stuffed Peppers

I’m an avid Skinnytaste fan so I recreate a lot of the recipes Gina publishes.  One of those recipes was for her Turkey Stuffed Peppers.
One thing with my cooking is I do tend to change up recipes just a bit to cater to my style and to my boyfriends taste.  In this case, I completely eliminated the use of cheese because I’ve never had stuffed peppers with cheese on them in my life and my boyfriend hates cheese – therefore it was unnecessary in my recipe and I was very happy with the result.  Even eliminating the cheese, the points plus stayed the same – which is fine with me because my normal homemade stuffed peppers (mom’s recipe) are a lot more than 5 points!
The preparation was quite simple, the whole thing was easy peasy.  The best part was the taste – it was delicious.  I admit, I ate mine with a little bit of ketchup on it because that’s how I grew up eating my stuffed peppers.
If you want the recipe, please find it here on the Skinnytaste site: http://www.skinnytaste.com/2008/11/turkey-stuffed-peppers-45-pts.html
QUESTION:
Have you ever made turkey stuffed peppers?

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Deconstructed Pierogi Pasta

A number of weeks back I was really in the mood for pierogi’s.  My mother and aunt make homemade pierogi’s from scratch usually every Christmas – but this year they didn’t make them.  I could have just thrown a box of frozen in some boiling water and called it a day but I was feeling adventurous and while grocery shopping I spotted egg noodles and decided to try out a new recipe.
I boiled some water seasoned with a little bit of salt and when boiling I added in the egg noodles to cook through to al dente.  In a separate pan I added 2 tablespoons of margarine and added in 2 sliced up medium onions.  I let those start to cook and brown together before adding in a splash of water (to keep it from sticking) and added in my squeezed canned sauerkraut.  Since I LOVE sauerkraut I used two cans (which you want to make sure you ring pretty ‘dry’) the two cans was just enough for the whole bag of egg noodles.  I seasoned the sauerkraut and onion mixture with a pinch of black pepper and a pinch of salt.
I boiled the turkey kielbasa in water just to heat it through (you can even throw it in the same pot as the boiling pasta if you’d like since it’s already cooked).  When the noodles were done I drained and added into the pan of sauerkraut and mixed until combined.
I had 1/6th of the pan of pasta and it was 7 points plus values and I paired it with 2 ounces of Jennie-O turkey kielbasa – along side a helping of spicy brown mustard.  Delicious meal!
QUESTION:
Have you ever had deconstructed pierogi pasta before?