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KacyLynnRN

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  1. Hi! I have a great light lasagna recipe and as long as you use lean ground beef (90% lean or greater), 2% cheese and low-fat cottage cheese the nutrition stats are comparable to WW lasagna. Another great thing about this recipe is that you don't have to cook the lasagna noodles first! Enjoy. Light Classic Lasagna ----------------------- 1 1/2 lbs. 90% lean ground beef 1/2 onion, chopped 2 cans (14-16oz each) petite or regular diced tomatoes, undrained 1 can (8 oz) tomato sauce 2 envelopes (1.5 oz each) spaghetti sauce mix 3 cups water (or can use 3 cups vegetable juice instead) fresh herbs, optional 9 uncooked lasagna noodles 1 carton (16 oz) low-fat cottage cheese 2 cups 2% or reduced-fat shredded mozzarella cheese 1/4 cup grated reduced-fat parmesan cheese In a large skillet, brown chopped onion and ground beef; drain. Stir in tomatoes, tomato sauce, spaghetti sauce mixes and water (or vegetable juice if you prefer). Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat. If using fresh italian herbs (such as basil or parsley), stir into sauce. Cover the bottom of a foiled and lightly greased 13x9x2in. baking pan with a thin layer of meat sauce. On top of that, layer 3 lasagna noodles, one-third of the cottage cheese, one-third of the mozzarella cheese and one-third of parmesan cheese and one-third of the remaining meat sauce. Repeat layers twice. Cover tightly with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour or until heated through. Let stand 15 minutes before cutting. Makes 12 servings, each serving 290 calories.
  2. Hi all, I have done WW several times in the past and wanting to start back up now. I am breastfeeding my one-week old daughter several times a day, and I found on the net that breastfeeding mothers should give themselves 12 extra points a day. Is this right? I really do not want to rejoin the WW meetings, would just like to do it on my own for the time being. I would appreciate any feedback on the accuracy of this from current WW members, especially anyone also breastfeeding. Thanks in advance, Kacy
  3. Sounds great! I just discovered the sandwich thins and have been eating low-fat tuna salad or lunchmeat on them. I will have to try this! Thanks!
  4. I have made these in the past (this is the same recipe that is sometimes printed on the Kashi good friends cereal box) and they are YUMMY and keep well in the freezer! Kacy
  5. Hi all, I am pregnant and doing modified WW (maintaining/gaining slowly) and am looking for a high fiber muffin recipe that tastes great. I am open to any type of recipe (chocolate, fruit, bran, etc) and would like for each muffin to have 4 pts. or less each. Just something I could grab in the morning for breakfast that can add some yummy fiber to my diet. Thanks in advance! Kacy
  6. I have been doing the same thing to eat healthy on a limited budget...every week I comb the ads for the three major grocery stores around here and make a small list of what I can get there the cheapest..also I use coupons..I take advantage of all sales on fresh produce and veggies..every week I buy a bag of baby carrots ($2 if not on sale), green peppers (75 cents each) and celery ($2). If there are any other veggies on sale (cauliflower, broccoli, etc.) I buy those too. I cut the veggies, wash everything well, then store it in a tupperware container in the fridge. I then have side dishes for meals or snacks of veggies with low-cal dip or dressing. Even my husband, who hates veggies, will eat a little raw veggie platter! That amount makes several servings, a real bargain anytime of year! I also do the same with fruits...any fruits that are on sale, I buy, chop up, and put in the fridge. I will also combine chopped apples, bananas, grapes, strawberries, etc.. anything that's on sale at the store..combine and serve it as a fruit salad side dish. My husband loves it when I serve fresh fruit salad with dinner... Also....frozen fruit is just as good as fresh..I buy a big bag of mixed frozen fruit at Sam's Club for $6...each bag has like 20 servings! The fruit can be set in the fridge for a few hours to thaw or zapped in the microwave for 10-15 secs., or eaten as is frozen. This is a huge moneysaver! Sometimes I will look up a low-fat, low-cal recipe on the net to make..such as low-fat brownies or cookies..then once I bake them, I seperate them into individual servings. I can even freeze them this way, and this is SO much cheaper than buying the little WW cakes or some other convenience product to eat! Hope my suggestions help!
  7. The Alba shakes are 1 pt. each. I live in the midwest and they have them at Kroger's /Payless.
  8. Hi all, I have been on and off WW for years. Now I have been off for quite a long time and unfortunately have gained a ton of weight. I now weigh around 260 lbs., the largest I have ever been in my life. I am 28 years old, wear a size 20W, recently got diagnosed with Hypertension and sleep apnea, the list goes on and on. I have been looking into doing the lap band surgery but really want to give WW another chance. I KNOW IT WORKS! I KNOW I CAN DO IT! (I have done it before) So....WHY can't I get motiviated to start? or do anything? If I am posting in the wrong forum, please redirect me. If anyone has ever been in my shoes, please let me know how you picked yourself up and found the will to go on. At this point, I have so much to lose I just feel like it's hopeless. It seems to me that being in the state I am at right now, I would be the most motivated I have ever been in my life to do WW, but for some crazy reason I am not motivated to do anything at all. Can someone out there give me some direction or helpful advice? Thanks in advance, -Kacy
  9. Wow Icing Lady!!! That recipe was incredible! I added 8 oz. very lean boneless, skinless chicken, also used fresh basil and petite diced tomatoes, drained and blotted dry with a paper towel, instead of roma tomatoes. I also used Campbell's 98% fat free broccoli and cheese soup, barilla plus pasta, and fresh parmesan. It is SOOO awesome!!! Ended up being 22 points for the entire skillet, which easily made 4 or 5 servings. Thanks again!
  10. I use to buy these sometimes, and I am pretty sure they are 2 points each. I bought the hand-snacks brand. Of course, other brands might be different. Kacy
  11. Hi...I suggest keeping a cooler in your car. You can pack some ready-to-eat snacks and meals, such as: Kraft 2% cheese sticks (2 pts.) South Beach wraps kits(5 pts.) big salad w/ meat, low-fat cheese and dressing yogurt fruit salad veggies with low-fat dip or dressing low-cal pudding cups Some snacks that don't require refridgeration: quacker oatmeal squares (4 pts.) quacker chewy granola bars (2 pts.) any 100 calorie packs fat free wow chips (1 pt. per serving) If you are looking to stretch your point budget on a daily basis, a great way to do this is with soups. You can make garden veggie soup (recipe in week 1 WW book; 0 points!) to stretch your meals. If you're short on time, try Campbell's selects soups in vegetable or minestrone, only 2 points per can! Another good way to stretch daily points is by eating raw veggies with low-cal dip or dressing as an appetizer. Hope these suggestions help. Good luck with your new job! Kacy
  12. can anyone tell me the points values for Chicago pizza resteraunts? I am specifically looking for the points values for their breadsticks and pepperoni pizza. Thanks. Kacy
  13. I made this cake with strawberry cake mix and 1 can of diet sprite. I 'frosted' it with a tub of cool whip lite. It equaled out to about 3 points per piece, and it was SO yummy I ended up eating the whole thing in 2 days!! Now I only bake this cake for a gathering when there will be lots of people there, so there won't be tons leftover to tempt me. Definitely a yummy treat, and no one I've made it for has ever been able to tell it is 'light' unless I've told them! Kacy
  14. I just bought some DaVinci SF syrups today for the first time! I broke down and ordered them from the website and I'm so glad I did! I got the cookie dough and spice flavors. I made a yummy pumpkin smoothie tonight with WW vanilla smoothie mix, skim milk, pumpkin, and cookie dough syrup. Only 3 points and sooooo good!! Tonight I made Joanne's famous 1-point per 1/4 of pie pumpkin pie. I have it chilling in the fridge, and can't wait to taste it tomorrow!! I was so reluctant to buy these for myself because they were ridiculously expensive, but I am so glad I did. I am worth the indulgence!! Kacy
  15. I will have to order some and try freezing them...my DH and I are going to buy a new chest freezer for the garage soon. My problem now is I have no freezer space to put them in! Payless had Lean Cuisine meals 50% off a few weeks ago, so I stocked up so much our freezer is packed to the gills. And my DH loves Schwan's frozen foods, so that packs up the freezer too. We are going to buy a freezer for the garage next month, so as soon as we do I will make sure to order some. Do you just freeze them in the packaging they come in?? Thanks, Kacy
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