Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Grilled Veggie Quinoa Wraps

A week or so ago, I decided to switch over to the PointsPlus program on Weight Watchers.  I found myself using my points on lots of indulgences rather than loading up on healthier options like vegetables, smoothies, yogurt, etc.  So, I'm back to Simply Filling and loving the better choices I am making at mealtime.  

On Monday, I made this for myself for lunch but left off the quinoa since i didn't have any premade.  I was hungry almost immediately after due to the lack of protein.  So, today, I decided to make this again for lunch.  This time I was sure to include the quinoa.  Not only did I enjoy the heartier wrap, but the protein from the quinoa really helped keep me fuller longer.  Black beans would have been great too, but I didn't feel like opening a new can at that moment, so I left them off this time around!  

Grilled Veggie Quinoa Wraps 


  • red pepper slices
  • red onion slices
  • broccolini or broccoli florets
  • reduced calorie, whole grain wrap.   
  • 1/2 wedge light Laughing Cow Cheese, flavor of your choice.  
  • 2-3 romaine leaves 
  • 1/4 cup prepared quinoa, heated
  • Place peppers, onions and broccoli onto a stove top grill pan and cook over high heat.  Turning once during cooking time.  Cook to desired tenderness.  I grilled just long enough to get some grill marks on my vegetables since I tend to prefer my veggies with some crunch left to them.  
  • While the vegetables are cooking, spread the 1/2 wedge of light Laughing Cow Cheese over the entire wrap.  
  • Place lettuce leaves down the center of the wrap.  
  • Top lettuce with the grilled vegetables and the quinoa.  
  • Roll up and enjoy!  

  • All of the components of this recipe are Weight Watchers Power Foods, except for the Laughing Cow.  One wedge is 1 point, but I can get away with using just half the wedge for zero points!  I like using the LC spread since it helps work as a glue to hold some of the veggie in!  Also, when spreading all the way to the edge, it helps seal the wrap as you fold it over! 
  • If you prefer all power foods, omit the Laughing Cow.  Use some fat free salsa for some flavor, or spread a thin layer of fat free sour cream.   If you're missing the cheese, sprinkle with some shredded fat free cheese.  
  • Black beans would be a wonderful addition to this wrap!  

Monday, July 21, 2014

Menu Plan Monday 2014 ~ Week of July 21st

We're busy most of this week around dinner time, so meals will be easy this week.  Super-easy.  If I don't keep things simple, I'll want to resort to take-out every night and I can't afford to do that.  Our wallet and my diet just can't handle take-out and fast food all week long!  

Speaking of dieting, I took a break this past week.  Mentally, I just couldn't do it.  I was dealing with a lot of stress last week and Grace was really pushing my buttons on top of all of that.  I ate what I wanted and didn't count a single point (Weight Watchers).  But, I'm ready to get back into the swing of things and start the week off with healthy choices.  

I'll be drinking lots of smoothies for breakfast this week and since I'll be following the Simply Filling Plan again (Simple Start for WW beginners), eggs and potatoes will also be part of my daily routine.  Probably for lunch.  


Brunswick Stew 
I'll use leftover Balsamic Pork for this delicious stew.  


MorningStar Farms Burgers
Roasted Acorn Squash 
I have some burgers left in the freezer from my MorningStar Farms
House Party this weekend.
I'll serve them up on some low point sandwich thin buns
and serve some roasted acorn squash instead of fries.  


Taco Salad
I've been loving taco salads for lunches and dinners for the past several weeks.
The flavors fool me into thinking I am eating junk food,
when really it's just some lean meat with some low-sodium taco seasoning!
I load up on the black beans and fat free refried beans and all that protein really helps keep me full!
No need for dressing with all of those great flavors!  


Leftover Night
This will be a fend for yourself night utilizing any leftovers available in the fridge.
This will not only keep meal time easy for me,
it will also give me a head start in cleaning out the refrigerator.


Coney Island Hot Dogs 
Grilled Potatoes
I've been wanting a Coney Island from Sonic for a few weeks now.
We're not very close to a Sonic, so unless we are heading that way
for other stuff, we rarely get there anymore.
I have some low-cal hot dog sauce and reduced fat hot dogs
that will be perfect for this fast food knock-off.  

Dining Out


Now that you know what we're eating this week, let us know in the comments what's for dinner at your house this week! Or, if you need more menu planning inspiration? Follow me over to Menu Plan Monday hosted by I'm an Organizing Junkie! Or, if you like what you see here, you can check out my past menu plans.

You can also find this week's menu plan linked to On the Menu Monday hosted by Yvonne at Stone Gable. If you haven't checked out Yvonne's blog before, I suggest you drop everything and head on over to check out her delicious recipes, inviting tablescapes and stunning photographs!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

What Makes Me Smile #3

Last week was a rough week on my depression and anxiety, yet, I was still able to find some positive moments that brought a smile to my face.  

  • Water balloons!  You can't beat the fun you can get out of a Dollar Store pack of water balloons! Lot's of cheap entertainment for the kids even if I am the one that gets stuck filling them all up!  We had a few days of laughs watching Grace and her friends playing with the water-filled balloons!  The dog even got in on the act when Joe filled a couple regular-sized balloons with water!  

  • Visiting with old friends.  Grace and I enjoyed a nice visit from old friends last week.  It was great watching the kids play and splash in the pool and hearing them exclaim: "you are my best friend" to each other.  Meeting a sweet new baby was pretty awesome, too!  

  • Laughing at myself.  We had a couple days that were a bit cooler last week.  One night after dinner, we decided to walk at a local park.  I'd like to say we were doing it to be outside and enjoy nature, but really we were being nosy and wanted to see how a local construction job was coming along.  On our way back to the car, I spotted this dead tree covered with turkey vultures.  Now, we always see the turkey vultures soaring above this park and even perched upon this very tree, but not quite so many at one time!  I had to chuckle at myself when I let out a scream when they started to get restless and flap their wings while we were looking up at them!  Apparently, they didn't want their picture taken!

  • Family.  When my nieces were young, we'd have what we called "Girls' lunch" every time I visited.  I had the chance to host "Girls' Lunch" at my house.  Grace is really getting used to playing with babies and told baby N "you are my best baby cousin!"  I was trying to teach baby N to blow kisses and before she left I think she was getting the idea!  It was nice to see her so cheerful since usually she cries when I'm around!  A happy baby is a lot to smile about!  

  • Morning Texts.  I woke up one morning to an incredibly beautiful, totally upbeat and positive text message from a dear old friend.  I don't know if she sensed that this is something I needed or just something she wanted to pass on to me at that moment, but it was well received when I read it before I even rubbed the sleep from my eyes.  

Have a happy week full of smiles!

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Trader Joe's Chocolatey Cats...Cookies for people!

In case you haven't heard, I'm on a diet....AGAIN!  Yes, I am getting back on the wagon and attempting to shed some pounds.  I haven't been happy with my weight for a long time and it's about time I do something about it.

A couple of months ago, I joined the Weight Watchers Online program.  It's been slow going since I've had more than a couple of weeks where I just wasn't 100% in the game.  But, I'm going to keep on trying.

Anyway, I decided I should share products that I like to eat while I'm watching my weight.  Sure, we all know that fruits and veggies are great options when trying to lose weight, but sometimes we need items not found in the produce aisle to get us through the day.

This is one of those products!

I started buying these cookies from Trader Joe's ages ago.  Back when I was doing Weight Watchers about 10 years ago!  I had actually forgotten about these cookies until stumbling across them on a recent trip to Trader Joe's.  They were a must-have item in my pantry then just as they are now!

I bought them without checking the points first.  I was hoping that with the new changes to the Points system that they were still low in points.  I was incredibly ecstatic when I found they were still just 3 points for 15 cookies!  They aren't too pricey for a big tub of cookies, either!

They are so full of chocolatey flavor that they are very satisfying if you're like me and have a sweet tooth! Sometimes, I divide the 15 cookies into 3 servings and nibble on them through the day!  Even 5 cookies when I "need" something sweet after lunch is enough to keep me happy on those bad chocolate craving days!

Note:  I was not compensated in any way for this post.  I just love these cookies and thought you would, too!

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