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One Pot Shepard’s Pie Recipe

13 Sep

Well now that its Monday and I am back on track I decided to cook tonight.  Just becuase I am watching my weight doesn’t mean that I don’t want or can’t have ooey gooey cheesy dishes that make you all warm and cozy inside.  I decided to make shepard’s pie becuase I had all of the stuff that I needed and I had a lb of ground turkey that I needed to cook.

So here goes

1lb of 93/7 ground turkey.  I used Honeysuckle
1/2 a small onion diced
Instant Mashed Potato Flakes ( I used Hungry Jack Redskin & Yukon Gold left over from my Wisdom Teeth fiasco)
Butter/Margarine
Water
2% cheddar Cheese
Salt
Pepper
Garlic Powder

In a deep skillet ( I used Rachael Ray 6-qt. Saute Pan in green) brown the onion until tender. Add in the ground turkey to brown.  Season meat and onion mixture to your liking.  Make sure that the meat is broken up nicely and crumbly so that it covers the bottom of the pan….drain if you have excess water or fat.

Prepare instant mashed potatoes.  Your instant mashed potatoes will have a “recipe” with measurements.  If you are not counting Weight Watchers points follow the directions on your box for the 6 serving option.  If you want lighter potatoes follow the 6 serving recipe leaving out the milk and opting for low fat margarine instead.  If you have homemade mashed potatoes to use up that’s fine too, you will need about 2 1/2 cups.  Note: This is a great recipe to use up leftover mashed potatoes.

This is the way that I prepare my potatoes (this may differ depending on what type you buy) Microwave 1 3/4 cups of water, salt, garlic powder and 3 tablespoons of margarine.  Microwave until butter is melted. Add in potato flakes and stir.  Add more water if potatoes are too thick.

Layer the prepared mashed potatoes over the layer of meat in the skillet.  Top with the cheddar cheese and bake on 400 until cheese is melted and bubbly.

If you use low fat margarine, 2% cheese and omit the milk from your potatoes 1/4 of the entire skillet is about 6 points.  It’s a pretty large portion and also gives you that “cheating” feeling without going over your points budget for the day.

Any side dishes work well with this.  Green Beans, Broccoli, Garlic Bread a side salad, etc the sky’s the limit. Also this is a real crowd pleaser…Even picker eaters will eat this 🙂

Enjoy

-Drama mama out

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Potato Soup Recipe

27 Aug

I had my wisdom teeth out this week so we made potato soup so that I could actually eat a substantial meal.  This recipe is a variation on a Paula Dean recipe and it is DELICIOUS!

1/2 stick of butter
1 small onion diced
2 tbsp flour
8 russet potatoes peeled and chopped into chunks
2 chuck bouillion cubes
4 1/2 cups milk
1 cup half and half
6 slices or turkey bacon
Pepper
Salt
Garlic Powder
Cheddar Cheese for Garnish
Green onions for garnish

Saute bacon in pot and remove.  Add butter to bacon drippings until melted.  Sweat the onions in the bacon drippings and butter mixture until translucent.  Add in the flour and cook for 1 minute until combined.  Add in the milk, potatoes and chicken bouillion cubes and bring to a boil.  Once the soup boils turn it down to a simmer and let cook until potatoes are tender.  Mash some of hte potatoes with the back of the spoon.Add in the 1/2 and 1/2.

Garnish with cheese, bacon and green onions.

If you use skim milk, fat free 1/2 and 1/2 and light cheese it will be 6 points per cup without bacon.

Emjoy!

-Drama mama out

New Favorite Things – Homemade Iced Coffees

14 Aug

WATCH OUT STARBUCKS AND CC’S! I have been making my own iced coffees at home because lets face it $5 is a bit much each morning.  I brew the coffee when I wake up and immediately pour mine into a cup to cool.  When I am ready to leave I combine by coffee with 2 tbsp of White Cholocate Mocha Coffee Creamer and 2 splenda. There are so many options out there for really great coffee drinks at home.  Try out some of the other flavors and let me know what you think.

I also use Hershey’s Dark Chocolate Cocoa in the coffee as well…delicious.  Fill with ice and enjoy.  If you watch weight watchers it is only 1 pt and yields a huge glass of delicious iced coffee.  I put this coffee into a plastic cup that I already have with a straw but I want a cute “to-go” iced coffee cup which is really hard to find.  I get some options in I google “iced coffee to go cups” but most are glass and the thought of myself juggling my purse that holds my macbook/charger and my lunch, Bailor and his breakfast and a GLASS iced coffee cup that I bought online and will probably cost me about $20 bucks….not a good image.

Let me know if you guys come across somtheing that would work…with a straw 🙂

-Drama mama out

The Skinny Plan sucks

9 Aug

So as you all know I started “The Skinny Plan” last week.  After one week of watching everything I ate/drank and counting my points I only lost 1/2 a pound…seriously!!!! Come on weight…come off I have a closet full of clothes that I would love to wear!

-Drama mama out

Day 1 of the Skinny Plan

2 Aug

So I started the “skinny plan” today.  I am very proud of myself today! I started out really well with a granola bar and a Vitamin water zero (3pts) event after a co worker brought the best donuts to the office.

I had lunch with my bestie at Subway 6″ turkey and ham on wheat with pepper jack cheese with spicy mustard, lettuce, spinach, cucumber, bell pepper, banana peppers and salt and pepper (6 pts) with fat free chips (1 pt)

I had red beans and rice for dinner (9 pts) and a sugar free pudding (1pt) now I have 4 points left for the day and I am not hungry…how is that happening? Hope this is a good sign that I can stick to my “plan” and loose some of this dang weight.  We will see.

-Drama mama out

Forrest’s Delicious Baked Ziti

26 Jul

Forrest made an amazing Baked Ziti dish last week and it was pretty darn amazing.  Hope you like it.  Try it out and let me know what you think.

1 lb ground turkey
1/2 onion minced
1 lb ziti pasta
1 jar of Ragu or other pasta sauce
1 cup mozzarella sauce
1/4 cup bread crumbs
Salt
Pepper
Italian Seasoning

Brown the turkey with the onion and salt and pepper.  Once meat is cooked add in jar of sauce.  Boil pasta based on directions.  Combine meat sauce and pasta in a casserole dish.  Top with cheese, bread crumbs, salt, pepper and italian seasoning.  Bake at 400 until cheese is melty and browning on top.

If you use 93/7 Turkey, low fat mozzarella cheese and light pasta sauce this dish will be about 7 points per cup.

-Drama mama out.

Steak Enchiladas….Yum

29 Jun

Since my husband is obsessed with his new grill we always have left over grilled food.  So I decided to use some of the many left over steaks from this weekend to make Steak Enchiladas.  Enchiladas are one of our faves but I rarely make them b/c they take a lot of time.  Hope you like the recipe.  Keep in mind that you can always substitute chicken or ground beef for teh steak.

8 oz of steak cooked and sliced thin
1 envelope taco seasoning
1 can Rotel drained
1 can corn drained
1 can black beans drained
1 can FF refried beans
2 cups shredded mexican cheese divided (I use 2%)
12-14 small tortillas (fajita size)
1 can enchilada sauce your choice of flavor

Slice cooked steak into thin strips.  In a bowl combine steak, corn, rotel, black beans, refried beans, cheese and taco seasoning.  Stir until it comes together and the refried beans makes everything stick to each other.  Spray casserole dishes or deep pans with spray and spread a thin layer of enchilada sauce onto the bottom of the pan.  Fill each tortilla with a litle bit of the mixture.  Close teh tortilla and place it into the pan seam side down.  Once the pan is full pour enchilda sauce ofer the top adn top with the additional cheese.  Back on 400 to 450 for about 30  minutes until hot and bubbly.  Add hot sauce, jalapenos etc to your liking.

Note – you will probably need 2 pans.

Also if you are following weight watchers these are normally in the 3 to 5 point range depending on the ingredients that you choose

-Drama mama out