KMU – chicken pot pie(s) …….

so we had a bbq over the weekend, ended up with left over chicken carcass (eewwwhhh), but it is great for chicken broth.

So I bought some netting type bags for veggies for my mom, I kept a few, I have found out that these are great to put the chicken and anything else for the broth in, then set in the pot, lets out the juices, keeps in the bones, seeds, peels, ect. (upcycling 🙂

So while the broth was going (to which I had added veggies that weren’t gonna last much longer, carrots (purple and white), clove of garlic, orange pepper ect., I pulled out some of my mom’s prepper food , the peas and mashed potatoes.

After broth was done, pulled about a cup of meat off the bones, then I added good veggies, carrots, small potatoes, some of those dyhd peas, and the mashed potatoes and let them simmer.  Used the potatoes instead of flour to thicken the soup and give it some flavor.

I then pulled out my refriged dough, I could make some, but….I be lazy today,  plus the points are the same.  I poured the mix of chicken pot pie in to small containers, then cut the dough to fit over the mix and baked.  Yummers.  Plus the containers have lids so I can freeze the others to eat later, about 6 pts each but worth it!

 

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Kitchen Mash-Up

Hmmm, my husband fired up the grill so I cooked my squash on it.  But what to do with it?

Oh look, a can of diced tomatoes, oohhh, button mushrooms,  hmmmm artichoke hearts…WALA

spaghetti squash in a tomato, mushroom and artichoke sauce, high digits in a restaurant, and full of who knows what!

Yummy, low cal, low cost, low points…..SCORE!

Kitchen Mash-up bean style

I bought dried beans at the store, 3 different kinds.  They were in my pantry.

I had some veggies that were getting soft so I threw them in a pot and made Veggie broth.

Later that week I had a left over piece of chicken, sooo, I pulled out my veggie broth and boiled the chicken it in, now I have a chicken soupy type broth.

I then decided to soak my beans overnight in my chicken broth!  Sometimes I even surprise myself!

Then the next day, after draining the old broth, I cooked them in some new broth, when they were almost done, I added a bunch of veggies from the fridge and pantry, and make a chicken veggie bean soup.  YummY!

And it was souper (see the joke?) good and make 6 servings, for about $4.00 dollars!

Kitchen Mash-Up

For breakfast I had some sliced apples in the fridge, so I put them in a pan with some water, vanilla, ginger, and cinnamon.   I let them simmer for a bit, then I pulled out my topping.  You know how at the bottom of the box of cereal it is all kind of crushed up?  Don’t throw it away!!!  Use it for toppings, like I did on my hot apples, kind of like a deconstructed apple pie!  Or use it to make a crust, use your imagination peeps, don’t throw it away!

For Lunch I went to EPL and got the chicken tortilla soup, es muy spicy!  So of course I  couldn’t eat it there.  I took it home and added a can of chicken broth, some celery and tomatoes.  It is still a bit hot, but I will add sour cream to cool it off.

Woop Woop!

WW Healthy Meals Swaps

WW is a lifestyle, not a diet, so today, instead of what I would have eaten, 2 chocolate Chip Waffles, I had ONE waffle, 2 eggs, and Strawberries!

I put the strawberries on the waffle instead of syrup, it was like a restaurant waffle!

Easy peasy swap,  still ate my Chocolate Waffle, still full, but not full of calories and fat!

I have been “healthifing” my food for a while (ask my son :)….. this is just taking it one more level.

I feel better, have more energy and most important, I am not hangry, I don’t think of food all the time, it is awesome…..and losing weight has been a great side effect!

So my son like s Apple Fritters..

but they are fried and way bad for the waistline….so….mommy healthified them a little 🙂

I used a muffin recipe that I have tweeked, see below:

 

2 cups all purpose flour….hmm….well….ok….I admit, the flour in my cabinet is basically a mix of white, wheat, soy, almond, and flax seed 🙂  – but hey use all purpose if you want

1 cup sugar…..yeah…..like that is gonna happen…… changed that to 1/2 cup Truvia

1tsp baking powder

1tsp baking soda

1 8oz container of blueberry yogurt –  I don’t used the flavored yogurts, way to high in sugar, I use 1 cup Fat Free Yogurt, yeah I am not real big on “fat free” but it IS 0 points…so sigh…..I use it.  I mix into it whatever fruit flavor I want, so I had some extra apples and made them in to a apple butter (apples, water, vanilla, very small amount of agave, cook down til thick), so I mixed this in the yogurt.

1 egg – remember I am not vegan, you can probably use a “flax egg” if you are

1 tsp Vanilla

4 Tbl Spoon butter – NOT!!!  I made a batch with 1/2 the butter, couldn’t tell the difference, then I made a batch with NO butter and still couldn’t taste a difference so I skip this altogether

2 cups blueberries- I just replace it with what ever fruit I happen to have on hand that is going to go bad if I don’t use it.

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease 12 muffin cups or line with paper muffin liners.
  2. Stir together flour, sugar, baking soda and baking powder. In a separate bowl, combine yogurt, egg, vanilla, butter and blueberries. Stir mixtures together just until combined; batter will be very thick. Scoop into prepared muffin cups.
  3. Bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes.

Per Serving: 205 calories; 4.5  38.1  3.6  26  179 

Now I will eat them like this, but since they are for my son, I made two types of toppings

Butter, Brown sugar, Vanilla

Coconut milk (just because I had no regular milk, hopefully he won’t be able to tell the difference), powdered sugar, Vanilla

Plus two with no toppings for ME!

 

Kitchen Mash-up

You can use these if you are on WW or not, good tasty food that is good for you.

We went to our Thai place and I ordered the Won Ton Soup, the big size.  This way I had dinner (WW 2 pts for those interested) and had soup to take home.

At home I added some left over mushrooms and cabbage plus water chestnuts and bamboo and a frozen wonton soup that I got from Costco and some extra water.  By the time I was done I had at least 4 more servings!  Yummy in the tummy, light on the pocket book and waist line 🙂

 

 

Almost there…..1 more week

and boom WW lifetime member.  I have lost 2 more lbs then my goal weight, so next week is 6 weeks keeping it off, then LIFETIME….of course I am as excited it is FREE as I am with the weight loss 🙂

Then 4 more Orange Theory’s and I am done…yea I know….but they are HARD….sigh…gotta get them done….

FYI ..Sugar Free Popsicle Brand Fudgesicles are the BOMB….3 of them for 2 pts…..I SWEAR….look it up.  This is the best bang for your points out there!

Sometimes you just gotta do it

what can I say, I have been doing good lately, but I was jonesing for some carbs, so I had a reasonably healthy choice , shells with cheese and spinach.

While it was yummy in my tummy, I took a hit on WW, but gosh darn it, it was worth it 🙂

Actually I would have been alright, but two days later we went to lunch with the kids and I had 5, yes, so embarrassing, but I ate 5 biscuits, they were like air!

So I didn’t lose, and I only gained .04, so I am happy with that!

This is a life style, not a diet, so I won’t be perfect, still I can enjoy what I want and feel pretty darn good about it.

Plus went clothes shopping and went down 2 sizes (yeah my clothes were slightly baggy….) and the clothes were on sale 50% off….boyah!  Happy Dance!