I sauteed zucchini and chickpeas in a little pepper, garlic seasoning and crushed red pepper. Back when I started this journey of losing weight and a better lifestyle I was against frozen meals. I just don’t feel like spending 10-20 minutes in the mornings anymore preparing breakfast and lunch.
I have tried a few different Michelina’s meals and they have always been pretty tasty. And for breakfast I was delighted to find the Weight Watchers Smart Ones English Muffin Sandwiches. There is only one way to start a Sunday Morning, and that is with Tim Hortons coffee and a breakfast sandwich. One nice thing about a poached egg – there is no need to put any butter on your toast.
The title is a bit of a lie, my stir-fry contains a little more than beef and broccoli but I usually use this Easy Beef and Broccoli Stir-Fry recipe because it is so good. I baked my salmon in the oven with a little maple syrup, soy sauce, garlic seasoning, salt and pepper (I sort of follow this recipe). In mine I had tzatziki, ground beef, tomatoes, onions, red pepper, avocado, cheese and hot sauce.
I used chicken breasts sliced in half to make them nice and thin, this is easier to do if you cut your meat still partially frozen.
I knew I had to try the Pioneer Woman’s Pea Salad as soon as I saw the recipe and I am so glad I did. I usually rotate between this and eggs; often hard boiled eggs because they are easy to pack and eat once I get to work. I also find I usually enjoy them and having a lunch ready I enjoy means I am much less likely to get take out. My boyfriend laughed at me for eating this – but hey, it kept me full, it was low in calories and I got to mix it up.
Little bit of a weird combo but I thought my toddler might like the cauliflower tots… he ate them at least. I added some beef, used white mushrooms, left out the tomato paste and used balsamic vinegar instead of white wine.
Last night I decided to take the bruschetta, add some cucumber and put it on top of some greens with a steak. These recipes went well together, they both needed the oven on 450° and both took about 20-25 minutes.
The bread was perfect for dipping in the extra bruschetta sauce but not really calorie friendly.
The first time I took it to a party with a cucumber salad, both salads were served with hot dogs.
But at least the calories on this were doable; however, I was a little be surprised to see that one serving was 186 calories… for a dish of peas!
The toppings and things you can add are endless giving you an easy breakfast that can be different every day of the week.
I still don’t think they are good for you but they really do help with portion control and eating out. I enjoy a lot of the Weight Watchers meal but like the Michelina’s ones better because they are cheaper. I thought it was good, hubby seemed to like it, toddler ate a couple noodles and fed the rest to the dogs. I put the bruschetta mix (it is still bruschetta with the addition of cucumber?) over some greens and topped with some grilled steak. I often don’t follow the recipes exactly; sometimes I have to modify for what I have on hand but they always turn out great!
You could very easily lighten it up though, light sour cream, light mayo, less cheese, turkey bacon, etc.
Not as cheap as toast I am sure, but a little treat – something to hit the spot when you wish you could have a McDonalds for an Egg McMuffin. Add mushrooms, thyme, salt and pepper; stir and cook 4-5 minutes or until thickened and bubbly, stirring constantly. Dinner was about 700 calories with the bread, without the bread it is very calorie friendly.
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