Let me give you a couple of disclaimers first. 1. Some of this will not be a “recipe” in the traditional sense, because that isn’t how I cook. I will do my best to give you an idea of what I put into everything. 2. There are differing opinions about whether to use the Weight Watchers Recipe Builder, or put individual ingredients into the tracker. I personally think that if I eat a cup of cooked Brussels sprouts, it is 0 points. The recipe builder thinks it is 2 points. There is a very long explanation to this, which I won’t go into here. Research it on Google a little and choose for yourself what is best for you. This blog is based on my own experiences and opinions. I think 0 points is 0 points, so for the purposes of this post, points calculations are my own and based on individual ingredients. Whew…that was a long explanation itself! Moving on…
The first portion of the meal was pan seared, boneless, skinless chicken thighs. We seasoned the chicken with our preferred seasonings (dill and salt for me, Cajun seasoning for my family), sprayed a little olive oil in the pan with a mister, and cooked until it was done. I believe it was about 35 minutes.
My points calculation: 4 per cup
Next, roasted potatoes! For this one, we just cut up some fingerling potatoes and onions. We had enough to fill a square baking pan, and once it was cooked, it looked like about 8 servings. I added 2 tbsp. of light extra virgin olive oil, and seasoning (again garlic powder and seasoning salt). This was also baked at 400 degrees for 35-40 minutes.
My points calculation: 3 for 4 oz.
This was a delicious meal, and it was nice to try something different. I personally had never had Brussels Sprouts, and now I think I will be addicted to them! The leaves have such a crispy goodness when you bake them, and the centers are so buttery. I highly recommend that you try it!
I hope this will inspire you to try new things and get creative in the kitchen! That is how you can make this a lifestyle and not a short-term quick fix, which is the key to losing ALL of the weight and keeping it off. Let me know if you try these ideas, or if you have new ideas of your own. Eating healthy can be fun if you let it be!