I know I said I was going to use Weight Watcher’s Core Plan, but since I was out of town last week, my old friend who works there suggested switching to Flex. It gave me a lesson in portion sizes, which I thought I already understood but clearly I needed a refresher. The Flex Plan feels much freer, despite the counting, so I’m going to stick with it.
In case anyone is interested, here’s what I did last night for supper.
English Muffin Pizzas
2 Thomas’ English Muffins 100 Calorie (2 points, which is to say 1 point each)
1/2 onion (0 points), cut in half-moon slivers
2 tsp. olive oil (2 points, healthy oils)
1/2 cup canned crushed tomatoes (1 point)
basil, oregano, garlic powder(o points)
1/2 cup Kraft Fat Free Mozzarella (2 points)
1 Tbsp. Kraft Parmesan Cheese (1 point)
Sauté the onion in the 2 tsps. olive oil and as the onion wilts, add seasonings, then canned crushed tomatoes.
You might want to lightly toast the English Muffins before assembling the pizzas.
Divide the tomato and onions on the four English Muffin halves and top with the Mozzarella Cheese. Broil in the oven on the second shelf from the top until cheese is melted.
If desired, add Parmesan Cheese. I wish I had been using really good Parmesan or Romano rather than canned stuff, although these were delicious.
This was an 8 point dinner, and I planned for it carefully. It was VERY filling, no chance of going to bed feeling hungry or deprived. My family looked longingly at my plate, as did Molly, but they know better than to ask for a bite! I would have been happy with one, I think, had there been a big salad on the side. Another option to bring down the points would be using PAM instead of oil, but I needed my two teaspoons. (And since I was cooking a small amount of food in a big pan with a relatively small amount of oil, I used a little PAM on the pan to avoid burning.) I used really good, organic canned tomatoes, but certainly you could do this with prepared tomato sauce as well, just check the points. The onions gave the whole thing a little extra heft and were yummy.
As I said last night, the great revelation was the Fat Free Mozzarella, which tasted delicious, much better than other Fat Free, or even Low Fat, cheeses I have tried thus far.
I’m trying as many ideas as possible while I’m on vacation, knowing I’ll have to do quicker prep on work days and figuring out what groceries we need on hand to make it possible.
So far, so good.