Sorry for disappearing! I took a sick day yesterday and was just feeling too lazy to blog, or do much of anything for that matter. The day mostly consisted of laying low and ordering Chinese for dinner. I got steamed veggie dumplings and egg drop soup, and also cooked a few shrimp from my grocery excursion on Sunday so they didn’t go bad. I also read this entire book over the weekend/yesterday. I highly, highly recommend it if you have ever been in the restaurant industry, you like food, and/or you like light beach reads. It’s about this girl, Adrienne, who moves to Nantucket to work at a restaurant for the summer, and I could not put it down.
Back to work today, and back to Weight Watchers tonight! I wrote about my impressions of the Weight Watchers PointsPlus system the day after I started it, and now that I’ve been following it for a week I thought I’d update. I still really like the new program, and I definitely think its more in line with my style of eating than the old plan was. I think the fact that fruit is 0 is definitely my favorite part about the new plan, because I feel less stressed if I’m hungry – I can eat a banana, apple, or grapes no problem. Somehow carrot stick and/or celery just isn’t as satisfying for me if I’m truly hungry, so the flexibility with the fruit really helps.
Also, I love that the daily points target is higher, even though a lot of foods have higher PointsPlus values than they used to. Having so many more points to work with makes me feel less limited, which was part of the problem with the old system for me. I feel like I have a lot more flexibility with this new program and that I’m not being punished by choosing whole foods because their points values are higher than the processed fat-free/sugar-free stuff, but rather encouraged to eat more unprocessed food.
I think as someone who has struggled with my weight for my entire life, and still continues to, I really need the accountability factor that Weight Watchers gives me. Knowing that I am going to weigh in tonight stopped me from ordering fried tofu last night at delivery, but didn’t stop me from having some tasting some chocolate covered peanut brittle we got from Southern VA. I’ll let you know how weigh in goes tonight tomorrow morning.
After weigh in, I have a mini holiday celebration with three of my best girlfriends – Lianne, Jess, and Rachel. We’re doing it potluck style, and I realized last night I needed to whip something up. I was pretty beat and not really in the mood to go to the store, so I wanted to make do with what I had.
Enter.. Veggie Quinoa Salad with Honey Lime Dressing.
Ingredients for Salad:
- 1 cup dried quinoa
- 1 cup black beans
- 1 cup corn (I used frozen)
- 1 cup shelled edamame
- 1 cup chopped cilantro
- 1 cup pico de gallo
To start, rinse the dried quinoa, and add it to a pot with 2 cups water. (Ratio is 1 part quinoa: 2 parts water, so you can adjust the recipe accordingly). Bring it to a boil, and then cover and bring it down to a simmer until all the water is absorbed, about 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, combine 1 cup each black beans, corn, and edamame in a large bowl.
Add in pico de gallo and cilantro, and mix to combine.
Next, assemble your dressing.
- Juice of 1 lime
- 1 chopped shallot
- 3 tbsp honey
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste
Add dressing to veggie mixture, and stir in quinoa once its done cooking.
20 minutes and its done. It tastes really great, too. The sweetness from the honey and acidity from the lime are a perfect balance in the dressing and really tie everything together. The beauty of a dish like this is that you can use any vegetables, herbs, or grains you have on hand and change it accordingly. You can add in chicken or feta for an extra protein boost, or double up the amount of beans if you like. For 8 servings, this dish has 5 PointsPlus values each. It can easily be more than 8 servings, or 4 huge servings that can serve as a full meal.
What are some dishes you have come up with using mostly ingredients from your pantry/freezer?