Healthy Dinners- Minus the Bland

Wanted to give you a little update on my Weight Watchers progress this week. My first weight loss goal was 5% of my weight, and in just under three weeks, I have already met that goal- I am super excited! When I weighed yesterday morning (yes, I cheated, my weigh ins aren't until Mondays) I had officially lost 9 lbs. I've got 24 more to go... and the way things have been going I feel like this is COMPLETELY doable. Weight Watchers has been by far the EASIEST weight loss program I've tried. If you exercise and plan ahead a bit you can pretty much eat whatever you want- just in moderation and with a little self control. Moreover... portion control. (I know, I said the "p-word" bad! lol)

I thought for this post I would share a couple of dinners that I had this week and how they stacked up point wise.

On Thursday night, I made Gina's "fried" (baked!) zucchini. I dipped it in Bertolli Tomato Basil Marinara sauce (which I had readily on hand, since I also made whole wheat spaghetti with freshly grated parmesan cheese that night :-)) The entire meal was 7 points.
1 cup Trader Joe's Whole Wheat Spaghetti with Bertoli Tomato Basil Marinara and Freshly (finely) grated Parmesan Cheese 5 points and Gina's Zucchini 1.5 points + .5 point serving of marinara sauce for dippingI had some zucchini left tonight, and I liked Gina's recipe so much, I decided to make some more tonight- BUT I was out of bread crumbs. So, I got resourceful and used Baked Lay's Potato chips, which I ground in my mini food processor and seasoned with a little Lawry's seasoning salt. The experiment was a success- and the point value remained 1.5 :-) Here's tonight's dinner:

Baked Tilapia filet with I Can't Believe It's Not Butter Spray, lemon juice, chili powder, salt and pepper (3 points), baked potato crisp crusted zucchini 1.5 pts (just use Gina's recipe but sub ground up baked potato chips!) with 1 tbsp light ranch for dipping 2 pts and 3/4 cup of Pastina (my own recipe- can be found below) for 5 points. Meal total: 11.5 points

A couple of notes that may be helpful:
1. If you don't like fish, I encourage you to give tilipia a try. I don't like fish either, but tilapia is great because it's as mild tasting (if not milder!) than chicken. Not at all "fishy".
2. I typically do not eat 11.5 point dinners, but it is Sunday, and my final chance to use up some of my remaining flex points and activity points, and I have a LOT left this week. You can do this meal for 9.5 points by omitting the ranch or switching to fat-free ranch for the zucchini dip. Or, use marinara instead to save 1.5 points.
3. Gina's website is a GREAT WW recipe resource!!! Be sure to stop on by her site and check it out!

My Pastina Recipe:
-Prepare 1 pkg. of mini star pasta as directed (or orzo or letters- can be found in the hispanic foods section at the grocery store) and drain.
-While still hot, stir in 3 tsp olive oil, 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese, 1/2 cup reduced fat mozzarella 1/4 tsp garlic powder and 1/4 tsp salt. Yum- comfort food from my childhood right there! :-)


  1. 9 lbs is awesome! Way to go. Portion control is key...thanks for the encouragement. You will be there in no time. Are you taking Zumba?

  2. Yes! Definitely still taking Zumba (in fact, I've got class early tomorrow) and I LOVE it. Burns 7 WW points per 55 min class!!! I usually go 2-3 times a week. Keep up the great work Shea- how are things going with the trainer? Still good I assume?

  3. Good job!! I'm jealous!
    I'm glad you had the fish on there. I've seen it in stores as one of the most affordable fish out there, but never knew if it was "fishy" tasting or not. Thanks!

  4. Good job, Natali! Those recipes look good. I may try the zucchini.

  5. Fantastic...she pushes me super hard and keeps me going. Almost 2 months and down 18 lbs! Loving the consistent results. I can't believe I run the mile 4 times a week, that is just crazy! But my all time fav is SPIN class just can't get enough!


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