Weight Watchers Moroccan Chicken with Apricots and Squash

A weight watchers chicken dish

Weight Watchers Moroccan Chicken with Apricots and Squash

I really liked this Weight Watchers recipe! A different way to prepare chicken! I subbed the jasmine rice for brown rice. 9 pp per serving.

What you need:

  • 1 tsp table salt, or to taste
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper, freshly ground
  • 1 pound(s) uncooked boneless skinless chicken breast(s), four 4 oz pieces
  • 3 spray(s) cooking spray
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp ground cumin, or to taste
  • 1 tsp ground coriander, or to taste
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon, or to taste
  • 1 large uncooked vidalia onion(s), chopped
  • 2 cups uncooked butternut squash, peeled and cut into1/2-inch cubes (about 3/4 lb)
  • 3/4 cup(s) uncooked jasmine rice, or basmati rice, rinsed   (I used brown)
  • 16 halves dried apricot halves, roughly chopped
  • 1 1/2 cup(s) canned chicken broth, or more if needed
  • 1/4 cup(s) cilantro, fresh, minced

How to make it:

  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • Rub salt and pepper all over chicken; set aside.
  • Coat a large oven-proof pot with cooking spray; heat over medium heat. Add oil; heat until it begins to shimmer. Add cumin, coriander and cinnamon; cook until fragrant, stirring, about 30 second to 1 minute. Add chicken; cook until lightly browned, flipping once, about 1 1/2 to 2 minutes per side. Remove chicken to a plate; set aside.
  • Add onion and squash to pot, scraping down sides and bottom of pot to incorporate pan drippings. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onions start to turn translucent and squash begins to soften, about 10 minutes. Add rice and apricots; place browned chicken on top. Pour in broth; bring to a boil for 1 minute.
  • Cover pot and bake in oven until rice and squash are tender and chicken is cooked through, checking half way through to see if more broth is needed, about 20 to 25 minutes. Sprinkle with cilantro before serving. Yields about 2 cups (including a piece of chicken) per serving.

Find original recipe here: http://www.weightwatchers.com/food/rcp/recipepage.aspx?recipeid=220921&ExplicitNav=food&ExplicitSubThirdNav=PowerFoodRichRecipes

Yes I’m clean eating on Weight Watchers

So…As we all know the glorious thing about Weight Watchers is…WE CAN EAT WHATEVER WE WANT!!!  Now, while that is oh so true…And if/when I want candy or pizza or whatever I will have it…But…I’ve been feeling like a big fatty slug lately. Did anyone else struggle in June??! It’s been a common situation I’ve come to find out!  I also have a very important [THREE YEAR] anniversary coming up in August (yes with Weight Watchers!) and I’m still not at goal.  And I want to be. I’m ready to be. And mostly, I just want to FEEL my best.

My very dear friend has listened to me bitch and moan about feeling like dog doo and has encouraged me to “eat clean” before.  So recently when I came to her feeling overwhelmed and stuck she said “Let’s do a 31 day clean eating challenge in July!”  I couldn’t text YES I’M IN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! quickly enough! This is just what I needed.

So what am I eating?  I didn’t give up my dessert. If this is going to be sustainable, I need my Skinnycow dessert.  But, as a general rule “If it’s made from a plant, eat it.  If it’s made in a plant don’t.” So yes, all of those brightly colored, delicious tasting snacks those tricky marketers make us crave…aren’t on the menu.  Now people…while this might sound impossible and terrible to you…What those do to our bodies is INSANE.  Please see exhibit 1:

No lie people. The left was actually taken last Sunday night (I started this journey on Monday!) and the right is from Wednesday night. Pretty crazy, right?  I’ve shared my dinner menu:

And will share some of the recipes…But it’s very important if you want to try clean eating to do some research and put meals on your menus for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks that you will enjoy and that won’t make you feel like you’re depriving yourself.  If you want to eat a starch here and there such as a baked potato do it.  Just don’t do it EVERYDAY. Some examples of things I’m eating for other meals/snacks are:

  • Buckwheat Pancakes
  • Oatmeal
  • Egg whites with veggies
  • Fruit with slivered almonds/honey
  • Hummus and celery
  • Salads

Another thing I’m doing…only eating my 26 daily points.  No extras, no activities (for now.) I will go back to at least eating my activity points because when I am doing longer distance runs (8+ miles) and I don’t refuel my body I tend to plateau.  But for now while I’m getting into the groove of things I’m sticking to 26.  (A little thing I try to remind myself of when I feel “hungry” at night…Food is used for energy…and I don’t need energy to sleep!) Now, if you’re STARVING…have a headache, can’t sleep, etc…by all means EAT! Just reach for the power food options versus the bad stuff.

Ok so who’s ready to give clean eating a shot?!?!

 

No-fail Broiled Salmon

So, one of my goals this week is to make something I never have before.  Mission accomplished!

Just like the name says…this is truly a no-fail situation.  Literally if you mess this up, throw in the towel and get out of the kitchen.  Ok kidding, keep trying! But really, this doesn’t get much easier. Oh and 4 oz. of salmon is 6 PointsPlus and the Soyaki is 1 PointPlus per Tbsp (I used 2 per 4 oz of salmon) Grand total: 8 PointsPlus and very filling! (I ate mine with 1/2 C quinoa for 3 PointsPlus)

This recipe comes from http://blog.sheasylvia.com/ (No people, I can’t take credit for this gem!) I took a picture of mine, but…well, lets just say it tasted better than it looked!

Want to make it? Check it out here.  You will thank me-scratch that-you will thank Shea later.  Trust me.