Monthly Archives: September 2012

Tasty Crock-Pot Pork Chops

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Have you ever eaten a dried out pork chop?

I have! And, let me tell you, all of those experiences with eating dried, un-juicy pork chops made me really not like the things. Until one day, someone wonderful in my facebook Weight Watcher’s group posted about this recipe. I am all about easy recipes in my crock pot, so of course I tried it!

The pork chops will come out so tender, they will literally fall apart. Serve it with over mashed potatoes, rice, broccoli or your favorite veggie. Also makes great leftovers.

The ingredients are pictured here:

Yes…that’s it. 3 ingredients.

1 package of pork chops

2 cans of cream of chicken soup

1 package of ranch dressing mix

 

Throw all ingredients into the crock pot and let it work it’s magic. I cook mine all day while I am at work. When we are ready to eat, we just use a fork to break up the pork chops.

Here is what the finished product looked like packed as my lunch:

This recipe would serve 4, possibly more depending on how hungry those people are and if it is served with sides. The pack of pork chops was only $4.70, each can of soup around $1 and the dressing pack was less than $1. So for about $7.00 plus the cost of sides, you could serve up dinner for 4!

Healthy Lunch in a Pinch

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Wow, I have been on out sync for a couple of weeks!  Things have been pretty hectic around here, leaving little to no time for blogging. With that being said, there has been little to no time for packing lunches or making lengthy grocery lists either.

Please do not laugh about this. In fact, this lunch is quite a yummy and healthy solution to not wasting time packing lunch. I know it must be good, because the day after I did this, one of my co-workers did the same thing!

The steps are simple. Go to the salad section of the grocery store. Look for the pre-made salads. Find one that has a lower fat dressing option, or light option. Also, if you work in a nut-free environment, be mindful that some of the dressing and toppings included in these salad packs contain nuts.

Here is my go to salad:

Once you have your salad bag, keep it in the fridge until you are ready to pack your lunch. Dump the lettuce into a container. The dressing and other toppings are in their own separate bags. Keep those wrapped, but throw them in the same container. There’s something about putting the lettuce into the container before heading off for work that makes it seem more sophisticated. I guess it’s more like, I didn’t really have time to pack my lunch, but at least I took the time to put it in a container!

The ENTIRE bag of salad, along with ALL dressing and croutons is only 6 Points Plus if you are on Weight Watchers. It is a large bag, so I am satisfied with just the salad. If you want a more complete meal you could add protein with chicken, steak or cheese.

Mac-n-Cheese Laughing Cow Style

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First, I must say that I do not really associate mac-n-cheese with being an actual meal. As a child it was a perfectly acceptable meal, and I remember eating it frequently at my best friend’s house as a child. It was a very magical experience as her mom knew how to make mac-n-cheese in the microwave! My mom very rarely…ok NEVER made mac-n-cheese as she had a bad experience with it one time and would never eat it again.
My husband has a had a totally different experience with mac-n-cheese. His dad used to make amazing homemade mac-n-cheese. While I do enjoy it (more as a side dish), mac-n-cheese is my husband’s all time favorite food. Since we started eating healthier he has been on a little quest to find a healthy way to make this dish. After other tries, I think we finally found an easy and healthy way to make this yummy dish.

The recipe is based on a recipe that I found on a blog called “Girl Gone Mom“. It was VERY easy to throw together and is much healthier than the typical mac-n-cheese.

Ingredients:

8 oz of uncooked whole wheat pasta (any type will work)

3 wedges of Laughing Cow, Light Creamy Swiss

3/4 cup of Shredded Cheddar Cheese made with 2% milk

1/2 Cup of Fat Free Milk

2 Tablespoons of Light Butter

Salt and Pepper to taste

 

1. Cook the noodles as directed.

2. Drain the noodles.

3. Add all other ingredients and mix together. Keep the heat on low until all ingredients as mixed and melted into creamy cheesy goodness.

Makes generous 4 servings.

 

If you are like me, and do not view mac-n-cheese as a complete meal, here are some options to make your meal more complete:

Add cooked, frozen peas.

You could also add chicken, or add both peas and chicken!

If you like your foods a little more separated you could serve them like this: (husband’s plate)

We also love the chicken pictured here. It is Tyson breaded chicken breast fillets (they are only 6PP for the whole piece).