Tasty Tuesday: Italian beef and Lentil Stew

Thank you Weight Watchers USA for today’s recipe……

Last week, I took the plunge!  I signed back up for WW Online.  I know going to meetings can be overwhelming for me and it is hard to focus BUT I wanted to get off the few pounds which crept back on over the last year or so.  I am determined to get back to my goal weight.  It will help with the walking issues I am having with MS and I will feel better about ME!  So, watch for some YUMMy recipes to come your way….

The weather is getting colder and I am a soup/stew nut!  I could eat it for lunch and dinner   every day…. Slow-simmer soup is a cold-weather comfort food and makes the house smell so GOOD! This one takes just 20 minutes of prep and your slow cooker does the rest.  The result is a flavorful soup with tender pieces of beef. For the lentils, opt for green or brown lentils. They hold their shape better and add more texture than red lentils, which dissolve as they cook (ideal for a smoother soup). Dry lentils don’t need to soak like dried beans do before adding them to the soup.   It is a good idea to rinse them and remove any debris. You can substitute 2 cups of fresh green beans, cut into 2-inch lengths, for the zucchini, and 2 tablespoons of chopped fresh parsley for the basil.
Total Time:  7 hr 20 min     Prep:  20 min     Cook: 7 hr     Serves:  6

Ingredients

  • 1 small, chopped uncooked onion(s)
  • 1 medium clove(s), minced garlic clove(s)
  • 1 large, diced uncooked zucchini
  • uncooked lean beef round: 16 oz, cut into 1-inch chunks, or 1 pound
  • ½ tsp, crushed dried oregano
  • 14½ oz, undrained canned diced tomatoes
  • 1 Tbsp canned tomato paste
  • ¾ cup(s) dry lentils
  • 4 cup(s) canned beef broth
  • 1 tsp table salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • ¼ cup(s), fresh, slivered basil
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients except basil in 5- to 6-quart slow cooker; stir well. Cook on Low until beef is very tender, 6−7 hours.
  2. Stir in basil and cook 5 minutes longer.
  3. Serving size: 1½ cups

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Have a blessed day!

Tasty Tuesday: Chocolate Eclair Cake

Check out this YUMMY and very simple Weight Watchers dessert.  Believe it or not,  even the people not doing WW (formerly Weight Watchers) love it.

Just a few simply ingredients and you have a yummy dessert for any party.  Bet you might even have all of the supplies in your pantry already….

Ingredients:

  • 121 Box Reduced Fat Graham Crackers
  • 2- 3 oz boxes sugar-free instant vanilla pudding
  • 4 1/2 cups skim milk
  • 1 container fat-free cool whip
  • 1 -3 oz box sugar-free instant chocolate pudding

Directions:

  1. Mix vanilla pudding with 3 cups of milk as per directions.
  2. Stir in 1 cool whip.
  3. Place 1 package of graham crackers in the bottom of 13 x9 pan.
  4. Top with half of the pudding, more Grahams, rest of pudding.
  5. Top with last of Grahams.
  6. Mix chocolate pudding with 1 1/2 cups of milk.
  7. Spread on top of graham crackers.
  8. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

Nutritional information per serving: Calories – 48; Sodium – 61mg; Fat – 0.53g; Protein – 3g; Carbs – 7g; Fiber – 1.0g

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