Tasty Tuesday: Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Thank you Michelle for sharing this recipe with us.  Michelle is “my” AMAZING leader at Weight Watchers on Thursday mornings.  She has been through the good and the bad times with me.  It is with her help and the support of my Thursday morning family, I hit goal.  

Cooking Time: 50  Prep Time: 15     Servings: 8   SmartPoints™ value: 7

Ingredients

12 oz uncooked pasta
12 oz fat free evaporated milk
2 cup(s) cheddar, shredded, low fat
1 Tbsp Dijon Mustard
¼ tsp table salt
¼ tsp black pepper
⅛ tsp ground nutmeg
2 Tbsp dried plain breadcrumbs
2 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
½ cup Plain nonfat Greek yogurt

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 4 quart baking dish with nonstick spray.
2. Cook macaroni according to package directions. Drain and transfer to a large bowl. Stir in sour cream.
3. Meanwhile, heat milk in a medium saucepan over medium heat until tiny bubbles appear just around the edge (do not boil). Reduce heat and stir in the mustard, salt, pepper and nutmeg.
4. Mix yogurt into pasta then add the milk mixture to the macaroni mixture, stirring until blended. Transfer to the baking dish. Combine bread crumbs and Parmesan in a small bowl; sprinkle over the casserole. Bake until the casserole is bubbly and the top is golden, about 30 minutes. Serves 8 (serving=1 cup)

Yummy stuff, even hubby likes it! Make some and freeze the leftovers for lunch. What do you carry your lunch to work in? Hopefully, it a Thirty One thermal with so many options to pick from there is something for everyone. Don’t forget there is still 48 hours to shop for both the Winter and the NEW Spring catalogs. Which thermal will you pick?

Add thermal picture options…..

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

Tasty Tuesday: Spicy Black Bean Soup

Since the weather has been bitter cold here in NJ, I have been on a “soup kick”.  I love soup and with the NEW Freestyle points from Weight Watchers, I can made some really yummy soups for ZERO points.

Prep Time: 20     Cooking Time: 30     Servings: 8     SmartPoints™ value: 0

The key to thickening this soup without flour? Pureeing some of the beans before cooking it. You’ll love the stick-to-your-ribs texture results.

Ingredients

1 spray(s) cooking spray
1 medium uncooked onion(s), finely chopped
4 clove(s) garlic clove(s), minced
45 oz canned black beans, undrained, divided (three 15 oz cans)
½ tsp red pepper flakes, or to taste
1 tsp ground cumin
14 ½ oz fat free chicken broth, or vegetable broth
10 oz canned tomatoes with green chilis
11 oz canned yellow corn, drained

Instructions

1. Coat bottom of a large stockpot with cooking spray. Add onion and garlic and cook, stirring frequently, until onions are soft but not brown, about 5 minutes.
2. Place one can of beans in blender; add sautéed onion mixture, red pepper flakes and cumin. Cover and blend on high until smooth, about 30 seconds. Pour mixture back into stockpot.
3. Place second can of beans and broth in blender and puree until smooth; add to stockpot.
4. Stir third can of beans (do not puree first), tomatoes and green chilies, and corn into stockpot. Bring to a boil, lower heat to medium and simmer for 20 to 25 minutes. Yields about 1 1/2 cups of soup per serving.

Have some leftovers you want to take for lunch? Why not check out some of these AWESOME deals available through January 14th at Thirty One.

 The Around the Clock Thermal retails for $30 but some are on sale for $15 – $18 each.

 The Going Places Thermal retails for $25 with some on sale for $7.50 – $15. each

 The Go To Thermal (great for kids because it is machine washable) retails for $18 with sale prices from $5.40 – $9

 The LunchBreak Thermal retails for $25 with some prints on sale for $15.

 The Thermal Lunch Tote has long been a favorite and retails for $18.  Some prints are currently on sale for $9 – $10.80 each.

All prices are quoted before tax and shipping.  Thermals can be personalized for an additional cost.  Check out all of the Weekly Deals at www.partywithHope.com

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

Tasty Tuesday: Key Lime Pie Parfaits

I am transforming (or at least trying to) my eating into a more healthy lifestyle.  Less processed foods and more of making my own goodies.  I have to be honest, I struggle with some recipes.  The secret ingredient in this recipe is avocado.  Now, I know they are good for me BUT I just don’t care for them.  But, I am willing to give it a try…

This recipe is from Food Babe who is all about healthy clean eating.  So, if you want to shake things up in the morning, this creamy parfait is tart, but full of fiber and nutrients to keep you satisfied all morning long.

Avocados are packed with healthy fats shown to protect the heart and are also a good source of fiber and fat-soluble nutrients such as Vitamin E.

Let’s get started, you’ll need a blender and a few simple ingredients…

Prep time:  10 mins     Total time: 10 mins     Serves: 3      Weight Watcher Smartpoints: 7

Ingredients

1 large avocado, peeled and pitted
¼ cup culinary coconut milk, more as needed
1 lime, juiced and zested
2 1/2 tablespoons raw honey
pinch sea salt

Optional: 1 cup granola of choice (add these points)

Instructions

Place all of the ingredients in a blender except the granola and blend until smooth.
To serve, place ¼ cup granola in a cup and top with ¼ cup key lime pie mousse. Repeat the granola and mousse layers once more. Enjoy!

Note:  Please use all organic ingredients if possible.

Need to take this YUMMY breakfast to work with you?  Use one of Thirty One’s thermal lunch totes….Pick one to fit your needs.  Not sure which one will work, I will be happy to help you.

  Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

 

 

Tasty Tuesday: Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls

This was given to me by a fellow Weight Watcher and I tweaked it some.  I put it in the crock pot!  I’m not sure of all of the nutrition breakdown BUT it is 3 smart points per 1 cup serving.

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds lean organic grass fed ground beef
  • 1 cup chopped onion (or Tastefully Simple Onion Onion)
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 2 (14.5 ounce) can Petite Diced Tomatoes, undrained
  • 3 1/2 pounds chopped cabbage
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup water

Directions:

Toss it all in the crockpot on low for 6 hours. Serve with quinoa.

Quick and easy with leftovers.  What is the best way to enjoy this YUMMY meal again?  Take it for lunch in one of Thirty One’s thermal lunch totes.  How about the Around the Clock Thermal…

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Have a yummy recipe?  Share it with us…

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Today is all about gift ideas for your dad (or your hubby or the soon to be dad or someone who has been like a dad).

Thirty One has a variety of items for the men in your life….from backpacks to thermals.

We have Camo, Digital Camo, Blue Crosshatch and Charcoal Crosshatch. Check out the Cinch Sac, Picnic Thermal (will hold 2 6-packs of beer) the Around the Clock Thermal (lunch or a six pack of beer), the Deluxe Utility Tote, the Large Utility Tote (on special for $10 with a $35 purchase) and the Zip Top Organizing Utility Tote.  

How about a bundle of products from Simple Man?  Great for the graduate as well as the man in your life.  This bundle includes: 1 Travel Bag, 1 Body Balm, 1 Body Wash, 1 Shampoo, 1 Conditioner, 1 Deodorant, 1 Bamboo Toothbrush and 1 Peppermint Toothpaste.  You can also do a “auto ship” for your collage bound student so they never run out.  I have used these products too and LOVE them.  So, they aren’t just for the man in your life -you can enjoy them too.

The best gifts are those which are home-made….In going through my dad’s things, we found two things in the fire proof box along with his important papers.  They were a letter I wrote him one Father’s Day when we didn’t have any money to buy gifts AND a poem Belinda had written the same year.  I will admit, I was surprised and really didn’t remember it but it showed just how special it was to him.

On a budget, check out some of these cool gifts:

Don’t spend much time with your dad – carve out some time jut for him.  For many years, Father’s Day was just one of the two holidays we spent with my dad.  There really weren’t presents because we didn’t have the money but the gift of time (no electronics) was the best gift of all.

Make your dad’s favorite meal or something special just for him.  Write a letter or a poem or record a song – share your heart with him,  Make him a picture, a mug, a card or anything to show how much you care.

No matter what it is you give – give from your heart.  What are you giving to your dad or the special man in your life this year?  Share your gift ideas with us – we can always use some more.

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!