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  1. I bought some incredibly thinly sliced lean round beef at my local asian supermarket recently, and was inspired to try making a low-cal philly cheesesteak. Success, I'm happy to report! Bread--I used a 1 point hamburger bun. 1 point hot dog buns would have been easier to manage. Toast and have standing by. Slice up onions and mushrooms and sautee in 1 point worth of healthy oil until soft. Set aside. Take a scant 2oz of the super-thinly sliced beef. Chop roughly. Throw on the hot skillet, add desired mushrooms and onions, and stir until cooked through. Turn off heat, add 1 wedge of laughing cow cheese. Mush around until it's evenly distributed. It doesn't melt all that well, but if you persist it combines nicely and holds everything together. Put your filling in the bun, and enjoy. 1 point for the bread, 0 points for the veggies, 1 point for the healthy oil, 2 points for the beef (it cooks down to just over 1oz), 1 point for the laughing cow wedge. 5 points total, a hearty, cheesy, beefy flavor, a healthy oil and 1 veggie serving. The husband is a big fan, too.
  2. Yes, it's actually *very* sweet. So sweet that I could only get through about half a serving before I felt sugar overload and didn't want any more! But I've always preferred salty to sweet, and I'm the one who always scrapes icing off cake, so perhaps I'm not the best judge. ;-)
  3. Ok, so this actually a combination of two different trader joe's items, but together there's a synergy that makes an incredibly delicious treat. Combine their miniature vanilla meringues (100 pieces for 2 points) with their freeze dried strawberries (a scant 2 points for the entire bag). A cup and a half of the mixture is *barely* two points. It's right on the line between 1 and 2. 105 calories/0 fat/3g fiber. It's sweet, crunchy, has good volume for the points, and is absolutely delicious! The only drawback is the price of the freeze-dried fruit, but at least it's cheaper at TJ's than other places. yuuuuuum
  4. Absolutely, it's still a good point. After all, would you rather lose 2 pounds effortlessly over the course of a year or not? I fall on the side that wants to lose them. ;-)
  5. A pound is roughly 3500 calories, not 1000.
  6. My guess is that it's simply new packaging, same product. I believe it's always had whole grain. But "whole grain" is kind of a marketing buzz phrase right now, and everything seems to be popping up with that boast.
  7. oops, sorry. Forgot that detail. 4 servings.
  8. Szechwan Shrimp 4 tablespoons water 2 tablespoons ketchup 1 tablespoon soy sauce 2 teaspoons cornstarch 1 teaspoon honey 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 1/4 cup sliced green onions 4 cloves garlic, minced 12 ounces cooked shrimp, tails removed In a bowl, stir together water, ketchup, soy sauce, cornstarch, honey, crushed red pepper, and ground ginger. Set aside. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Stir in green onions and garlic; cook 30 seconds. Stir in shrimp, and toss to coat with oil. Stir in sauce. Cook and stir until sauce is bubbly and thickened. 142 calories/4g fat/.5g fiber per serving I made this for the first time tonight--yum!! I made it taste a little more like sweet and pungent shrimp (my favorite) by adding some vinegar to the sauce. I'd add even more next time, but it was excellent as it was.
  9. I've never put flour in my stroganoff--it's great without it. And I got a great tip from Cooks Illustrated when they did an article on beef stroganoff. Don't slice your mushrooms, quarter them. Or even half them if they're on the small side. For one thing, it's easier. But the larger chunks also have more presence, and stand up better to the heartiness of the meat. win-win.
  10. I didn't have mint, so this isn't a perfect review of the recipe, but this was delicious. I eliminated the peanuts, and threw in some chicken breast to beef up the protein content. Excellent.
  11. I just found this much-lauded recipe over on epicurious and can't wait to try it. Lunch tomorrow, I think. Quinoa with Mango and Curried Yogurt 1/3 cup plain yogurt 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice 2 teaspoons curry powder 1 teaspoon finely grated peeled fresh ginger 3/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon black pepper 2 tablespoons vegetable or peanut oil (use a healthy oil, obviously) 1 1/3 cups quinoa (7 1/2 oz)* 1 lb firm-ripe mango, peeled, pitted, and cut into 1/2-inch chunks (2 cups) 1 red bell pepper, cut into 1/4-inch dice 1 fresh jalapeño chile, seeded (if desired for less heat) and minced 1/3 cup chopped fresh mint 1/2 cup salted roasted peanuts (2 1/2 oz), chopped (eliminate or count points on CORE) Preparation Whisk together yogurt, lime juice, curry powder, ginger, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Add oil in a slow stream, whisking until combined. Rinse quinoa in a bowl using 5 changes of water, rubbing grains and letting them settle before pouring off water (if quinoa does not settle, drain in a large sieve after each rinsing). Cook quinoa in a 4- to 5-quart pot of boiling salted water 10 minutes. Drain in a large sieve and rinse under cold running water. Set sieve with quinoa over a saucepan containing 1 1/2 inches boiling water (sieve should not touch water) and steam quinoa, covered with a kitchen towel and lid, until fluffy and dry, 10 to 12 minutes. Toss quinoa with curried yogurt and remaining ingredients in a large bowl. Serve warm or at room temperature. Note: most of the reviewers mentioned that they simply prepared the quinoa according to the package directions, and didn't bother with the whole five rinses and steaming instructions. I'm far too lazy to follow those directions exactly.
  12. There are several threads with the recipes here on the boards. Here's one: http://www.healthdiscovery.net/forums/showthread.php?t=61927&highlight=homemade+alba
  13. Normally I don't spend points on beverages (at least non-alcoholic ones ;-) ). But I picked this up on an impulse buy, and boy, am I glad I did. I don't drink it straight, but rather use it as a base for a smoothie. Alone, it's 2 points per cup (8oz). I blend that together with some frozen pineapple, ice, and homemade alba mix (cheaper than the ww smoothie mixes). It tastes like an incredibly decadent pina colada. The flavor balance is perfect. 4 points for a big glass of protein (from the soy in the v8 product and the milk), a dairy, and one or two servings of fruit.
  14. I occasionally have to go on predisone to control massive allergies. It's brilliant at getting rid of all allergy symptoms--but the major side effects are obesity and high blood pressure. So yes, steroids, particularly the cortisone family, can affect weight. However, there are plenty of steroid medicines that don't make you gain weight. Inhaled steroids for asthma control like advair don't affect appetite and weight. No simple answer--you'll have to research your particular medication.
  15. Wow, I'd completely forgotten about this. I know what I'm making for lunch this week! divinroatan--I wouldn't try using a slow cooker, but you can certainly make biryani without a rice cooker. Here's the link to a thread suzie started with a great recipe: http://www.healthdiscovery.net/forums/showthread.php?p=1132815#post1132815
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