Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Meal Plan Monday - Weight Watchers Edition

yesterday (monday) i started weight watchers, since i've now exceeded my previous "fat weight" and i'm carrying the extra around my middle, which is dangerous in terms of health risks for diabetes, stroke, heart disease, etc. M doesn't have to watch his weight at all, but he does like veggies and fruit, so i'm hoping that it won't be too hard to balance staying on the program with making meals he'll eat.

monday - i was helping a friend pack, so i ate there
tuesday - italian flank steak pinwheels, blackened green beans with orange segments*, salad
wednesday - eggplant parmesan for me/chicken parmesan for M, salad, steamed carrots & broccoli
thursday - spicy honey chicken (grilled), salad, grilled zucchini
friday - date night (i calculated that i can use my 49 "extra" wekly points to have 1/2 c. chili con queso and 111 tortilla chips!! yay!!!!)
saturday - chicken spaghetti, salad, blackened green beans with orange segments
sunday - filet mignon, grilled veggies, grilled corn on the cob, salad

blackened green beans with orange segments*

1 lb green beans, trimmed
1 large navel orange
2 Tbs canola oil
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp ground black pepper
1 Tbs olive oil
1 Tbs rice vinegar

Zest orange, and set zest aside. Peel orange, break into sections, and reserve juice.

Heat canola oil in cast iron skillet on high until it starts smoking. Add green beans in a single layer, and sprinkle with 1/8 tsp salt. Stir every two minutes, until half blackened and blistered, about eight minutes. remove beans to a dish, add orange segments and 1/4 tsp zest. In small bowl, whisk juice from ornage, olive oil, rice vinegar, remianing salt and pepper. Pour over green beans and toss well.

This recipe was copied from a House Beautiful magazine, but it seems to be the same one as here. It's a keeper!

1 comment:

smazoochie said...

You are brave! I've thought about doing WW but fear of failure has stopped me. Are you going to meetings or doing it online?
Good luck! I am eager to hear more about it.