Sunday, May 17, 2009

Spring? Could it Really BE?

The weather is suppose to be nice this week (with the exception of Tuesday, when the wind is suppose to blow up to 47 mph! YUCK!)

I really don't have lots of extra-curricular activities other than the norm: little league practice and piano lessons. I know, it is hard to believe - but I don't feel like a chicken with my head cut-off!

Monday - To town for our Weight Watchers meeting. I don't know if I'm gonna make it to that 10% this week either! I'm sooooooo close, but with everything going on last week - it just makes it harder to stay OP (on-program). Nonetheless, we gotta have a little something special, right? KK LOVES beef stroganoff and this recipe, although simple is her favorite. I'll make it Sunday for us to just reheat when we get home on Monday night.

Tuesday - I'm feeling the need for a little spice - I think chicken enchiladas are the answer. I usually don't go to all the trouble of making individual enchiladas, but go for more of a casserole with a bottom layer of tortillas, my filling, another layers of tortillas and top it all of with cheese. I will use Ten Minute Enchilada Sauce from AR.

Wednesday - I think the weather is suppose to get back to nice after the predicated wind storm on Tuesday, it makes me think grilling needs to be the call of the day. I love the rub mix from this recipe. I made a wet marinade a couple of weeks ago that I didn't like near as much. I've never grilled it - we'll see how it works out. I will make some baked potatoes in the crockpot again, I tried it a few weeks ago - and although thoroughly cooked, bordering on overcooked, I'm gonna try it again and double wrap them in foil and cut my cooking time from 7 hours to 5 (my crockpot switches to warm).

Thursday - Mrs. S. is probably going to be busy, she is a co-coach of a little league team, but maybe I'll get brave and go for a walk during SS's piano lesson all by myself!??!? At any rate, because it is piano day - it's the crockpot to the rescue! I'm trying out a new recipe I found from the Weight Watchers recipe review board:

Crock pot Pork Chops and Potatoes in Mustard Sauce

1 ½ lbs bone in pork sirloin chops, frozen
1 lb potatoes -- thinly sliced
1 10 3/4-ounce can Campbell's 98% Fat Free Cream of Mushroom Soup
1/4 cup low sodium chicken broth
1/4 cup Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1 dash garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 TB onion - sliced

In 3 quart slow cooker, place pork chops. Top with potatoes. Mix soup, chicken broth, mustard, thyme, garlic, pepper and onion. Pour over potatoes. Cover and cook on LOW for 7 to 9 hours or on HIGH 4 to 5 hours.

Yield: 4 servings.
Per serving: 308 Calories; 8g Fat (25.0% calories from fat); 27g Protein; 30g Carbohydrate; 3g Dietary Fiber; 3mg Cholesterol; 573mg Sodium. Exchanges: 1 1/2 Grain(Starch); 3 1/2 Lean Meat; 0 Vegetable; 0 Fat; 0 Other Carbohydrates.

Sounds pretty good, huh? As I've said before, my mini-chicks can get kinda testy when I do anything besides Shake 'N Bake pork chops - but I'm gonna give it a try anyway!

Friday - I really liked the Kona Chicken I made awhile back also found the WW board. Although this recipe calls for the crockpot, I think using boneless skinless breasts like I want to do, doesn't work out as well for the long cooking times I need, unless it something that the chicken chicken can shred well into (like Lazy Chicken or Zesty Chicken BBQ). It only takes 40-50 minutes in the oven, so it is definitely doable!

Saturday - I have great aspirations of getting my Wal-mart redneck pool up this weekend. It is suppose to get 86 degrees and with the 3-day weekend, it seems like the perfect time. I want to use the grill again, but this time I was thinking of finding some good portabella's and making "burgers". I'm not sure how SS will feel out this (she is not a mushroom fan in general) but I'm thinking I might be able to fake her out! LOL I need to find a low-fat potato salad recipe that I love. The last time I used the one I loved, it didn't turn out very good and I've fall out of love. If anybody has one - let me know!!!

Sunday - I've been wanting to make Shelby's (aka Grumpy's Honeybunch) Longevity Noodles for awhile now. They were on my meal plan a few weeks ago when I was so sick and didn't get anything made. I believe there are still shrimp in my freezer just for this purpose!

Can May almost really be gone already???? Man.

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Coleen's Recipes said...

When I grow up I want to be as orgainized as you are!!

Katy said...

Chicky, LOL on the red neck pool. I'd like one for my yard too. They are so cooling, and plus it could be more one thing for Ole Sweetie-Pi to mow around and fuss about!

Linda said...

I busted out laughing at redneck pool! The mustard pork chops sound really good; also the portabella burgers. :)