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  1. Fusilli with Sausage, Spinach and Peppers 8 PP Servings: 4 To complement this dish, halve a garlic clove and rub it on toasted slices of Italian bread. Then lightly coat the bread with olive-oil cooking spray. Ingredients 8 oz uncooked fusilli 8 oz raw turkey sausage, casings removed 10 oz chopped frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed dry 1 cup(s) canned chicken broth 7 oz canned pimento, drained and chopped salt and pepper 1/2 tsp dried oregano Instructions Cook pasta according to package instructions. Meanwhile, crumble sausage into a large nonstick skillet. Cook, breaking apart with a wooden spoon, until no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Add spinach, broth, red peppers, salt, pepper and oregano. Heat to serving temperature, about 3 minutes. Drain fusilli, add to sausage mixture and toss to combine.
  2. Chicken, Black Bean and Corn Enchilada Casserole PointsPlus: 8 Servings: 8 Make this kid-friendly Mexican meal a cinch to prepare by purchasing cooked chicken breasts from your supermarket deli. Ingredients 1 2/3 oz Pace Enchilada Sauce, or sauce mix (use a 1.62 oz package) 6 oz canned tomato paste 8 cup(s) water, divided 2 Tbsp canola oil 1 cup(s) onion(s), chopped 1/2 cup(s) green pepper(s), chopped 1 clove(s) garlic clove(s), minced (medium) 1 1/2 cup(s) yellow cornmeal 1 spray(s) cooking spray 15 oz canned black beans, drained and rinsed 15 oz canned yellow corn, drained and rinsed 2 cup(s) roasted chicken breast, skinless, diced (chopped) 1 1/2 cup(s) shredded fat-free cheddar cheese Instructions Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare enchilada sauce according to package directions using tomato paste and 3 cups of water. (You will end up with 3 cups of sauce total.) Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion, pepper and garlic. Cook, stirring until translucent, about 5 minutes. Remove 1 cup of onion mixture and place in a large mixing bowl; set aside. Stir 3 cups of water into remaining onion mixture and bring to a boil. Meanwhile, add cornmeal to remaining 2 cups of water in a medium bowl and stir to combine. Gradually add cornmeal mixture to boiling water-onion mixture. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until cornmeal is thickened, about 4 to 6 minutes. Coat a 9 X 13-inch glass baking dish with cooking spray. Spread cornmeal mixture evenly over bottom of dish. Spoon beans, corn and chicken into reserved onion mixture; combine thoroughly. Spread half of enchilada sauce over cornmeal layer. Top with all of bean mixture and then remaining enchilada sauce; sprinkle with cheese. Bake until heated through and cheese is melted, about 45 minutes. Slice into 8 pieces and serve. (Note: This recipe is a bit saucy. For a firmer consistency, reduce the amount of enchilada sauce by 1/2 to 1/3.)
  3. BarbA

    Bailey's

    According to etools - 1 jigger of brandy, rum, gin, scotch, or whiskey has 4 points. I"m trying to see what is what in the companion. I can't find Bailey's in the complete food companion - it has a lot of different types of beer and wine ... but not other liquors. I couldln't find the MIke's Light Hard Lemonade either ... with the "alcohol" sugar disclaimers ... do you think we can still use the NI on the Bailey's and Mike's bottles?
  4. Welcome aboard!! I think you'll find that BCB is a great place to come for support, information and accountabiity. Look around and start posting!!
  5. Well, if the recipe makes 8 servings, then it would still be the equivalent of one apple. When I put my berry oatmeal in the recipe builder, it came out fine. I had a bunch of fruits in there ... and it listed the value of each at 0. Of course, it made 6 or 8 servings. So the equivalent in ONE piece would have been one fruit.
  6. I'd agree with Mike. generically, Turkey breast can be anywhere from 85 - 99% FF. So the tracker probably takes an average for the PP. If you know that you buy the leaner ground turkey, then you could run the PP on that specifically ... but the protein grams differ as well, so that could impact the calculations. I looked up 85% FF 4 ounces of Ground turkey on Calorie King and it had 9.4 oz fat and 19.7 protein A 4 oz chicken breast had 1.4 fat and 26.1 protein It's not as "simple" as Calories, Fat and Fiber any more.
  7. Thanks for the review on that .. I'd rather save my money then and get more of this Dark Pumpernickle.... i'm truly enjoying it!
  8. I had used an excel spreadsheet to track before, because I was doing it on my own. But now that I have etools, I love using the point tracker!! Its pretty much what I had devised, so I'm familiar with its components. So, I revised an excel spreadsheet to mark down my favorite foods, anything I figure out from the calculator or recipe builder and point finds from the complete food companion. It will be "Barb's food companion"!
  9. The first one I found in the grocery store, was Pepperidge Farms Dark Pumpernickle bread... it was dark and dense and wonderful! A huge change from the "light" bread ... The Complete Food Companion says that Sara Lee Delightful breads are still 2 PP for 2 slices. (I don't know that I can find that where I live.) It also says that WW whole and multi grain breads are 2 PP for 2 slices. So... there are options that allow people to decide what they want and need.
  10. I hope that you are able to get and use the program and tools that are right for you! By going to a meeting and getting the books, we have the full picture. It's fully using all the tools WW gives us. This is a totally NEW way of determining PP, planning your foods, etc. Personally, I needed to have the meeting to review the information, in addition to having the books. We all learn in different ways. Hearing, seeing, doing .... and we often need to be presented with the information numerous times in order to truly hear and understand it. The class gave me the "hearing part"... looking at the books the "seeing" part ... and now at home utilizing the tools is the "doing" part. Then next week, i'll be doing the clarifying part!! WW doesn't mandate that your use their food products- either frozen, packaged or snacks ... so I'm not sure why you would say you aren't getting your full money's worth. (Plus, the cost OF the food isn't included in the weekly/monthly/online fees! So you're not losing anything there by not using the WW products) There are a lot of people who consider themselves following the program 100% who don't regularly use WW foods. If anything, PP stresses healthier eating to me more than ever. I've eaten more fruit (and less simple carbs) in the last 2 days than in the last week! Let us know what happens with your etools!!
  11. I'm enjoying pineapple, bananas, clementines, all varieties of apples, some grapes, and I have a grapefruit in my fridge .... I'm glad I ordered from my child's florida citrus sale, before I knew about this change coming up ... we've got some tangelos, red navels, grapefruits and some others coming our way!! Yum!! But you're right, fresh blueberries, blackberries,strawberries, cherries, peaches, watermelon .... By then the "newness" of 0 point fruit will have worn off - and it will be easier to eat to satisfaction. This is a good thing!!
  12. I just put it through Recipe Builder. I used the NI for a box of SF/FF vanilla pudding that I got off Calorie King. Looks like the points for the pudding went up by one point for a whole box? I'm on a learning curve here ... not as reliable with this as I was with all my previous recipes! If someone wants to double check me, that would be fine!! serves 8 - i believe it is 3/4 cups for 1 serving Pumpkin Mousse Ingredients 15 oz canned pumpkin (0 PP) 8 oz Cool Whip Whipped Topping Free Whipped Topping (8 PP) 2 cup(s) fat-free skim milk (4 PP) 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice 2 whole boxes Jello SF FF Pudding Mix - (5 PP) Instructions Mix pudding with milk. When set, add other ingredients. Serves 8
  13. I'm GLAD it worked out to just 1 PP !! I was sure it would have been more with the plan changes. I usually DO use the light stuff, but this was all I had in the house.
  14. This is now 3 P+ according to the Nutritionals ....
  15. The NI for the basic baked oatmeal WITHOUT the (now) free fruits is ... Per Serving (excluding unknown items): 136 Calories; 2g Fat (14.2% calories from fat); 7g Protein; 22g Carbohydrate; 3g Dietary Fiber; 2mg Cholesterol; 350mg Sodium. Exchanges: 1 Grain(Starch); 0 Lean Meat; 0 Fruit; 0 Non-Fat Milk; 1/2 Fat; 0 Other Carbohydrates. That gives the basic baked oatmeal recipe a PP 3. You can bake as is, or add some 0 point fruits. (Not sure if this is cheating the system or not?) The NI for the entire dish including the fruits is PP 4. Not that big of a difference.
  16. I looked at the NI on the label 1 Tbl: 0 protein; 2 carbs; 3.5 fat; 0 fiber ... and on etools, and on my calculator it came up to 1 point. For a tablespoon, that seems low (You know that adage, if it seems too good to be true, it probably is!) Does anyone else know?
  17. Pan-Seared Oatmeal With Warm Fruit Compote and Cider Syrup Ingredients Syrup: 2 cups apple cider ------------------------- Compote: 2 cups water 1/8 cup packed brown sugar Splenda 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 (7-ounce) package dried mixed fruit - your choice ------------------------- Oatmeal: 3 cups water 1 cup fat-free milk 1/8 cup packed brown sugar Splenda 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 1/2 cups steel-cut (Irish) oats Cooking spray 1/4 cup butter, divided Preparation 1. To prepare syrup, bring cider to a boil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook until reduced to 1/3 cup (about 20 minutes); set aside. 2. To prepare compote, combine 2 cups water, 1/8 cup sugar, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and dried fruit in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes or until thick. 3. To prepare oatmeal, combine 3 cups water, 1 cup milk, 1/8 cup brown sugar, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and salt in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat; stir in oats. Reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes or until thick, stirring occasionally. 4. Spoon oatmeal into an 11 by 7-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray; cool to room temperature. Cover and chill at least 1 hour or until set. Using a sharp knife, cut oatmeal into 8 equal rectangles; cut each rectangle in half diagonally to form 20 triangles. 5. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add 10 oatmeal triangles; cook 3 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Remove from pan; keep warm. Repeat procedure with remaining 2 tablespoons butter and oatmeal triangles. Place 2 oatmeal triangles on with 3 1/2 tablespoons fruit compote and about 2 teaspoons syrup. Yield: 10 servings. NI per Mastercook: Not sure if you can sautee it with PAM instead of the light Margarine. Light Margarine: 10 Servings 171 Calories, 3 fat, 3 fiber Butter: 10 Servings 192 Calories; 6 fat; 3 fiber Light Margarine: 8 Servings: 214 Calories, 4 fat, 4 Fiber Butter: 8 Servings (Original Recipe) 240 calories, 7 fat; 4 fiber
  18. Bump it up ... My sister requested I make this ... again ... a Holiday Tradition for us!
  19. BarbA

    Lasagna recipe?

    http://www.healthdiscovery.net/forums/search.php?searchid=130021 This was a search done IN the PIzza/Pasta recipe forum. I know i had posted one for Chicken lasagna .. i think lickety split? I'll have to see if i can find that ... it used rotisserie chicken, it was good and easy!
  20. "Cheating" is one of those negative emotion laden words that doesn't really help us in the end. WW is all about choices. Making the best choices that you can. Learning from mistakes. Planning ahead. You've gotten some EXCELLENT advice re: reading the BCB Philosophy, earning Activity Points, using your weekly Flex points. You could also make a BIG batch of 0 point soup to keep in the fridge or freezer for when you need volume. You can post some menus and get ideas from some of our gurus here to see if you're making wise food choices, sometimes if we fill up on 2 point snack pack foods, they won't keep us NEARLY as full and satisfied as if you eat some juicy-fiber filled fruit which are coming in season ... if you eat protein that may help you feel full longer than other foods may, etc. This is a GREAT place to come for helps in staying OP!! Welcome aboard! Barb
  21. http://www.anitasrecipes.com/healthy-recipes/ByCategory.asp?index=20 There aren't that many here, but overall this is a GREAT site for some recipes. All of them can be tweaked to reduce the points even further, if desired...
  22. There is the recipe section here And a GREAT cookbook, Fix it and Forget it - lightly!
  23. BarbA

    Creamy Lemon Pie

    Creamy Lemon Pie POINTS® Value: 3 Servings: 10 Preparation Time: 15 min Cooking Time: 15 min Level of Difficulty: Moderate Rich and creamy, you'll never guess that this pie is light. Make two — serve one and freeze the other for up to two weeks. Ingredients 6 whole reduced-fat cinnamon graham crackers 2 Tbsp butter 11 oz fat-free sweetened condensed milk 2 large egg(s) 1/2 cup(s) fresh lemon juice 1 Tbsp lemon zest Instructions • Preheat oven to 350ºF. • Grind graham crackers in a food processor until fine crumbs form. Or place crackers in a resealable plastic bag and crush with a rolling pin. Place crumbs in a small bowl.• Melt butter on stove top or in microwave and pour over graham cracker crumbs, mixing with a fork until completely moistened. Press crumbs evenly onto bottom of a 9-inch pie pan; place crust in refrigerator while preparing lemon filling. • In a medium bowl, combine condensed milk and eggs; mix until smooth. Add lemon juice and zest; stir until incorporated and pour into prepared crust. • Bake pie for 15 minutes. Cool completely and for best flavor, serve chilled. Yields 1 piece per serving. Notes• This pie can be baked and frozen for up to two weeks. Defrost and serve chilled.
  24. http://dandtrecipes.com/ www.dandtrecipes.blogspot.com http://www.recipezaar.com/cookbooks.php?q="Weight+Watchers" I have a bunch more at home ... but i like these ... quick and easy!
  25. I found the following. Looks like kroger and hannaford. But expanding to other markets? . The site was confusing because it talked about UK and Ireland WW too. The products listed below look like they are from UK, but may be similar to what they are selling thru krogers. I'm on my blackberry and can't find more info out. ---------- USWeight Watchers and Greencore North America have launched a range of 12 chilled prepared meals with recipes specifically tailoured for US consumers at Kroger and Hannaford supermarkets. Made with fresh vegetables, these deliciously sensible meals are the first mainstream low-calorie, portion-controlled chilled prepared meals available at retail in the United States. Ready in just a few minutes, time-starved consumers now have the option to prepare a scrumptious meal that resembles a home-cooked dish in no time. The new Weight Watchers chilled prepared meals are available at select Kroger and Hannaford supermarkets. For further information on these products please click here. . Vegetable Side Dishes* Our range of four delicious side dishes is enough to jazz up even the most mundane of lunch or dinner times. Choose from super cheesy Cauliflower Cheese made with tender cauliflower florets and real cheddar cheese, Carrot & Swede Mash made with creamy mashed potato, carrot and swede, Three Bean Ragu made using a delicious mix of borlotti, cannelini and red kidney beans in a rich tomato sauce, or for a deliciously vegetabley dish, try our Ratatouille made with chunky chopped red and yellow peppers, courgettes and aubergines in a tomato sauce.Perfect for serving with cuts of meat or chicken, or for popping on top of your baked potatoes.For more product information please click here . Quiche & Pies* Made from free range eggs and short crust pastry, our range of oven baked quiche are ideal for taking on picnics or for speedy light meals. The range includes the classic Quiche Lorraine, through Bacon and Leek quiche as well as Gammon and Mustard quiche - with POINTS values of no more than 6 for a whole quiche. All five quiche can be enjoyed hot or cold.2009 saw the launch of two delicious new pies - Chicken & Mushroom pie and Minced beef pie.For more product information please click here . Chilled Pasta Sauces*Pasta makes an easy supper, but many ready made sauces are too high in fat to be healthy. Enter the Weight Watchers pasta sauces! The Roasted Red Pepper sauce is just 1 POINTS value per ½ pot, while the Beef Bolognaise sauce is 1.5 POINTS value per ½ pot and the Napoletana sauce is 0.5 POINTS value per ½ pot. Try a pot today - you'll be amazed how good they taste. Plus they go fantastically well with our new range of Chilled Tortellini Pasta.For more product information please click here . Sandwiches, Wraps & Pasta Salads Our “new look” sandwich and salad range is full of flavour and comes with the benefit of being low in points and fat. These tasty foods make the perfect choice for people who are short of time and looking for a healthy lunchtime option. Whether you fancy an old favourite or are looking for something a little different, then look no further than our range of Sandwiches & Salads. Choose from a range of classic Wedges including our popular Mixed Triple, BLT and Roast Chicken & Stuffing. If you are looking for a change from a Sandwich, look no further than our tasty Wraps of Chicken Fajita or Chicken Caesar. Or if you fancy something a bit different for lunch, why not try our Pasta Salads of Mexican Chicken or Tuna & Sweetcorn. The WeightWatchers Food to Go range is priced from £1.75 and is available from selected supermarkets nationwide. For more product information please click here . Cooking Sauces*Life can be hectic and time for cooking healthy meals short. The new cooking sauce range from Weight Watchers means you can dish up a tasty lunch or dinner without having to worry about finding time to prepare lots of ingredients. Inspired by traditional cuisines from around the world, you just need to add them to the meat, vegetables or pasta of your choice and then take it easy! Pick from Mozzarella & Rocket Pasta Sauce, Parmesan & Pesto Pasta Sauce, Roasted Garlic Pasta Sauce (pictured), Tikka Masala Sauce with Coriander, Korma Sauce with Flaked Almonds and Sweet & Sour Sauce with Pineapple & Baby Corn.For more product information please click here . Mayonnaise*If you love Mayonnaise on your sandwiches or oven baked chips, you can now indulge without the high POINTS values! Enjoy the delicious taste of thick, creamy Weight Watchers Mayonnaise Dressing for a POINTS value of just ½ per tablespoon. You can even use it instead of butter on sandwiches. For more product information please click here . Salad Dressings*These days, the shops are filled with delicious crispy colourful fruit and veg, perfect for those salads, roasted vegetables or homemade soups, but you may feel that it is hard to get excited about a salad! Well hopefully we've made life a little easier with our range of salad dressings. Try our new delicious Honey & Mustard dressing drizzled over cold meats or potato salad for a POINTS value of 0 per 15g serving, or if the taste of Italy is more your thing, go for our Balsamic dressing, a smooth, rich dressing that's perfect for any type of salad. The Balsamic dressing also has a POINTS value of 0 per 15g serving, and is suitable for those of you who are following NoCount™! For more product information please click here . WEIGHT WATCHERS products can help slimming or weight control, only as part of a calorie controlled diet. WEIGHT WATCHERS on foods and beverages is the registered trademark of WW Foods, LLC and is used under license by Greencore. WEIGHT WATCHERS for services and POINTS are the registered trademarks of Weight Watchers International, Inc. and are used under license by Greencore.
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