Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Parmesan Noodles

Turn noodles into an easy side dish by simply tossing them with a few ingredients.

Makes 6 servings

6          ounces medium noodles (yolk-free), uncooked (about 1½ cups)
1          tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon tub-style (not diet) margarine
1          tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon grated Parmesan cheese
         teaspoon garlic powder
            Freshly ground black pepper to taste (lots!)

Monday, October 29, 2012

Don't put the key to your happiness in someone else's pocket

This quote is wonderful.  It shows that you control your own happiness. "Don't put the key to your happiness in someone else's pocket" Happy Monday!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

12 Ideas for Entertaining

1.    Don’t prepare anything you wouldn’t want to eat yourself. 

2.    Remember that your guests don’t have to leave feeling “stuffed to the gills."

3.    Fill the room with low-fat munchies, such as fresh fruits and vegetables, instead of nuts and potato chips.

4.    Never apologize or make excuses for preparing a low-fat meal, and avoid using the words “diet” or “low-fat.

5.    Accept compliments with a gracious “thank you” instead of “thank you, but can you tell it’s a diet recipe?” 

6.    For an alcoholic beverage that’s on the light side, try a wine spritzer (half white wine and half club soda with a twist of lemon or lime). 

7.    Water, served in a pretty glass with a twist of lemon, makes a good beverage choice. 

8.    To add variety to any meal, serve several different vegetables and/or salads. 

9.    When serving vegetables, make large quantities rather than skimpy ones.  All too often, 
hosts serve huge platters of meat and put out tiny little bowls of vegetables.

10. For a sweet after-dinner touch, serve a flavored coffee. 

11. Remember that food is more appealing when served attractively. 

12. To summarize: Feed your guests the way you want to feed yourself.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Baked Banana Crumble

Baked until crisp on the outside, bananas are still wonderfully moist and tender on the inside.

Makes 4 servings

2          medium, ripe bananas, sliced in half lengthwise
1          teaspoon lemon juice
3          tablespoons graham cracker crumbs
1          tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon firmly packed brown sugar
½         teaspoon ground cinnamon
2          teaspoons reduced-calorie margarine

Monday, October 22, 2012

Do what is right, not what is easy

Sometimes doing what is right can be hard, but beneficial in the end. "Do what is right, not what is easy" Happy Monday!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

10 Ideas for Children's Lunches

1.    Pack a whole grain muffin in place of a cupcake. 

2.    Save the small containers from low-fat yogurt.  They can be used for packing items such    as fruit salad or cottage cheese and then discarded. 

3.    Let the children help pack their favorite items in the containers. 

4.    Help children to cut and wrap their own fresh fruits and vegetables.  They will be more likely to eat them if they do. 

5.    Vary the fillings in children's sandwiches.  Try peanut butter with raisins, bananas, or chopped apples for a change. 

6.    For children who resist whole wheat bread, make a sandwich with one slice each of white and whole wheat bread and call it a "special" sandwich. 

7.    For variation, make sandwiches on whole grain muffins instead of bread. 

8.    Pack fresh or dried fruit for dessert.  It’s sweet and it’s healthful. 

9.    Buy whole wheat pretzels instead of fat-laden potato chips or taco chips. 

10. Core an apple and fill the center with peanut butter.  It makes a wonderful lunch box treat.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Sautéed Apples

Any variety of apples will work in this easy dish; however, the length of cooking time may vary.  It tastes best when the apples are cooked until just tender, so be careful not to let them get mushy.

Makes 4 servings

2          teaspoons margarine
4          small, sweet apples, unpeeled, cored, and cut into rings ¼-inch thick
2          tablespoons firmly packed brown sugar
1          teaspoon vanilla extract
½         teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼         teaspoon ground nutmeg

Monday, October 15, 2012

Believe in Yourself

It is extremely important to have confidence in yourself. This thought is a great way to begin the week. If I didn't believe in myself I would not be where I am today! "Believe in yourself" Happy Monday!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Life's Funny Moments

I know there are a lot of people in the Weight Watchers organization that are just not aware of my everyday experiences, so I thought I would share what happened to me on Saturday afternoon, June 23, 2012.

Following a very successful Open Meeting in Ridgeley, WV I decided to run some personal errands along Route 68 between Cumberland and Hagerstown, MD.  I stopped at the Log Cabin Inn to use the facilities.  My car keys were in the jacket pocket of the suit I was wearing.  As I finished I heard the metal of the keys hit the porcelain of the toilet and you guessed it - I flushed my keys – never to be found again.

Did you know rental car places close down at 12:00 o’clock on Saturday afternoons?  Well, I didn’t either!  I even asked the man at the bar and grill if I could borrow his truck.  Guess what he said!  I didn’t call my children because, while they would have come, I would have heard about my escapades until my last day on earth.  The roadside assistance offered by the vehicle I drive was of no value either.

So?  What to do?  I called Rick Bragg, a trusted employee for over 27 years.  He went to my house, found the spare key and began his journey to Hancock, MD.  It would have been easy to drown myself in bar and grill foods since I blundered so with my keys – resting somewhere within a specific septic tank.  Weight Watchers taught me what to do when there’s trouble and you want to drown your sorrows by eating everything.

I settled on a huge salad, grilled chicken, dressing on the side and a baked potato.  I could smell those fries and, of course, the place that harbored me for almost 6 ½ hours had such tempting onion rings!  Nope – I’m not going there.  I wanted to win this battle by being strong and not using my unfortunate turn of events against myself.  It’s so easy to do.

Rick Bragg and his girlfriend arrived in Hancock at 7:00 p.m. to great cheers from everyone at the bar that had now filled with neighboring people ready to get their Saturday night drinking on to a more serious note.  Rick was my hero.  He stayed at the Log Cabin Inn for dinner and I began the journey home.  My garage looked so good at 12:35 a.m. and my bed was the most welcome spot in the world.

I now wear my keys on a lariat around my neck after paying $306.86 for their replacement.  I think I learned a lesson . . . or at least I hope so!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Chocolate Zucchini Spice Cake

Similar to brownies, this luscious cake is moist and tender and very rich-tasting.  The versatile squash reigns again!

Makes 16 servings
¾         cup whole wheat flour
¾         cup all-purpose flour
3          tablespoons cocoa (unsweetened)
1          teaspoon baking powder                                                             
½         teaspoon baking soda
1          teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼         teaspoon ground nutmeg
         teaspoon ground allspice
         cup sugar
         cup skim milk
2          tablespoons vegetable oil
2          egg whites
1          teaspoon vanilla extract
½         teaspoon grated fresh orange peel
1          cup (packed) finely shredded zucchini, unpeeled

Monday, October 8, 2012

Dear God, Today I Woke Up. I am Healthy. I am Alive. Thank You

I thought this would be a great quote to start the week off right! "Dear God, Today I woke up. I am healthy. I am alive. Thank You." HAPPY MONDAY!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Spice Up Your Life Series- Dairy Dishes and Snacks

Dairy Dishes & Snacks

Spice up your life with some of these flavorful secrets to enhance the flavors of your favorite foods. This week we're focusing on dairy dishes and snacks!

Flavorful Dairy Dishes
  • Cinnamon and vanilla add a new flavor to low-fat cottage cheese, part-skim ricotta cheese, or plain low-fat yogurt.
  • Yogurt makes a good salad dressing base. To 1 cup plain low-fat yogurt add 1/2 teaspoon each oregano and dill weed, 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder, and 1 tablespoon minced onion flakes. 
  • Low-fat cottage cheese in the blender makes a creamy salad dressing. After blending, mix with 2 tablespoons ketchup, 2 teaspoons pickle relish, 1 tablespoon finely minced green pepper, and 1 teaspoon minced onion flakes. 
  • For the taste of cheesecake, to 1/2 cup part-skim ricotta cheese add 1 teaspoon vanilla extract and sweeten to taste. Add other flavored extracts as desired. 
  • Mix 1 packet instant beef-flavored broth mix and 1 tablespoon minced onion flakes with 1 cup plain low-fat yogurt for a delicious dip for vegetables. 
Flavorful Snacks
  • Spread a small amount of reduced-calorie margarine on whole wheat toast. Sprinkle with cinnamon and sweetener for delicious cinnamon toast. 
  • For garlic bread, sprinkle with garlic powder and oregano. 
  • Make popcorn with a hot air popper, spray with nonstick cooking spray, and sprinkle with your favorite spice. 

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Blueberry Cobbler

You can use fresh or frozen berries for this popular favorite. If using frozen, be sure to buy the unsweetened ones and thaw them before using.

Makes 4 servings
2       cups blueberries
3       tablespoons sugar
2       teaspoons cornstarch
½      cup all-purpose flour
¼      cup whole wheat flour
1       teaspoon baking powder
1       tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon margarine
      cup skim milk

Monday, October 1, 2012

If you want to make something of yourself, work harder than everybody else!

This might seem obvious to some, but it is very important to know that things are rarely given.  Work hard every day to achieve your goals! "If you want to make something of yourself, work harder than everybody else!" Happy Monday!