I’ve been preparing and shopping from a weekly menu for the last several months now. This is a fairly recent development in my life. At first I was skeptical, but I kept reading other bloggers’ menus and thought, “What the heck – I’ll give it a try”. It’s turned out to be a great thing and I enjoy doing it. I thought that I would share 3 of the recipes that have been big hits here in the Practically Perfect household. All of these are lower in fat and calories, so feel free to indulge 🙂
Makeover Macaroni and Cheese (from “Healthy Cooking” magazine)
This one was really yummy. It was plain-and-simple old-fashioned comfort food that was lower in fat and calories than the original thing. It was a definite success and I’ll be making it again (note – I didn’t use any chives in my version).
Black Bean Enchiladas (also from “Healthy Cooking” magazine)
This was a great vegetarian option and, well, full of fiber! It was super-easy to make, tastes really good, smells delicious when it’s cooking, and is also low fat/calorie. My only complaint is that there was too much filling to fit into all of the enchiladas. I think that the next time I make it, I’m going to buy extra tortillas and will use ground corn instead of flour ones.
I don’t have a photo of my last recipe because I haven’t taken one. One of the RNs made this at my going away party and it is so delicious. She told me that one serving equals 2 WW points. I have no idea if this is accurate and I don’t know how she measured the servings. This is probably one of my favorite salad/coleslaw recipes, and I don’t even like coleslaw, so that ought to tell you how good it is.
Anne’s Broccoli Coleslaw Salad
3 C broccoli florets (bite size)
3 C broccoli slaw mix**
1 bag shredded carrots
3 oz jar reduced-fat Hormel bacon bits
1/2 C diced red onion
1 C craisins
3/4 C toasted walnuts
1 C reduced fat mayonnaise
1/4 C Splenda
2 T cider vinegar
1-2 liberal splashes toasted sesame oil
Mix first 7 ingredients in large bowl. In separate, smaller bowl, stir together mayonnaise, Splenda, vinegar, and oil. Pour over first 7 ingredients and mix well. Refrigerate.
**I have learned to always double this recipe because it goes so quickly. Also, I don’t use only broccoli slaw – I use half broccoli and half coleslaw mix**
Alright ladies, there it is – my recipe suggestions for the month! I hope that you have a great Friday 🙂