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New Smart Ones Satisfying Selections Meals!

10 Nov

One of the awesome perks of being a food blogger is trying new foods. I am a member of SocialMoms.com, an amazing social network, and they asked me if I wanted to try out the new Weight Watchers Smart Ones Satisfying Selections Meals. Since I am a Weight Watchers girl, I was thrilled for the opportunity. When I was working outside of my home I almost always brought a Smart Ones meal to work with me everyday. I liked the choices they offer, but I was always still hungry after I had scrapped the dish clean. When I got two of the new Satisfying Selections to try, I honestly wasn’t expecting anything different than the average frozen entree. I was VERY surprised by how good these were! Not only do they have 30% more food in the package, it also has a lot more protein. Instead of just microwaving the meal in a plastic dish, you can actually steam it in the microwave in the bag or cook it in a skillet. Here are the two types I tried:

Sesame Chicken- this actually tasted just like something you would get from your local Chinese takeout restaurant and the portion was really big!

I love the big chunks of breaded chicken and the sauce was slightly spicy!

I also tried the Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo! Huge portion again, delicious creamy sauce and big pieces of grilled chicken. I love the corkscrew pasta!

These meals honestly tasted just like something you would make from scratch. I am definitely going to buy them again.

Check out below for more information on this awesome new product!

Getting the Product

The product is available at the following retail locations: http://www.eatyourbest.com/storelocate.aspx.

Product

New Satisfying Selections™ from Weight Watchers® Smart Ones® offers much deserved satisfaction to your dinnertime occasion with 30% larger portions than traditional tray meals

    • Packaged as a bagged meal, they feature heartier pieces of meat and veggies than what is typically found in a frozen nutritional tray option.

 

Nutritionals

The pre-portioned nutritional meals help you to stay on track – especially at dinnertime.

    • All meals in the new line are portion controlled for dinner
    • And, they all have less than 400 calories, 8-10 Weight Watchers PointsPlus™ and 25 grams or more of protein.

Prep-method

With dual-prep methods you can prepare them just the way you like.

    • Either steam them in the microwave or cook on the stove top and serve on a dinner plate.

Varieties

The new Smart Ones bagged meals are available in five delicious flavors:

    • Sesame Chicken
    • Chicken & Broccoli Alfredo
    • Ziti with Meatballs & Cheese
    • Chicken with Broccoli & Cheese
    • Chicken Teriyaki Stir Fry

Sizes: 1 Package (331 g)

 

Suggested Retail Price: $3.69

 

Introduction Date: August 2011

 

Website: www.eatyourbest.com

 

Smart Ones

Weight Watchers® Smart Ones® provides a variety of convenient, portion controlled meals and desserts to help you to stay on track throughout the day while enjoying the delicious foods you love.

    • Weight Watchers® Smart Ones® meals feature lean proteins, whole grains, fruits, vegetables and fiber to help you build calorie-burning muscle and stay fuller, longer

Description

The new Satisfying Selections dinners offer the same great taste and convenience we know and love from Weight Watchers® Smart Ones®, but now with 30% larger portions and heartier pieces of meat and vegetables – perfect for satisfying your dinnertime appetite.

 

All Satisfying Selections meals are less than 400 calories, have 8-10 Weight Watchers® PointsPlus™ and 25 grams or more of protein.

 

These new bag meals can be prepared in the microwave or on the stove top, and can be enjoyed at the office or at the dinner table. With five new flavors, Satisfying Selections are sure to suit all taste buds and won’t leave you snacking before bedtime.

 

Website

For more information, visit www.eatyourbest.com

 

Smart Ones on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/eatyourbest

 

Disclosure: This post is part of a SocialMoms product evaluation, for which I’ve been selected. I’ve been compensated for my time with 6,000 My SocialMoms Rewards Points. The opinions expressed in this post are mine and don’t necessarily reflect the opinions of SocialMoms or Heinz.

 

 

Roasted Butternut Squash Goat Cheese Ravioli with a Caramelized Onion, Bacon, Brown Butter Sauce

8 Nov


So, I have been experimenting with Butternut squash lately and I have decided that I love it. When you roast it with a little olive oil, salt and pepper, the flavor is amazing. It gets all caramelized and the balance between salty and sweet is just heavenly. A few years ago I got a pasta maker for Christmas and decided I would only make and eat homemade pasta. I found a recipe in the Food Network magazine for homemade ravioli. The process was long, messy and my kitchen looked like a bomb had dropped. The end result however, was totally worth it. Homemade pasta has a amazing texture, slightly chewy and my husband and I decided it was one of the best meals we have ever eaten. My pasta maker is now in the back of my cabinet waiting for the day I have enough time to take it out again, however I have found a new trick to making homemade ravioli that is easy and very quick. Wanton wrappers can be found in the produce section of your grocery store and they are the perfect size to make your own homemade raviolis. You don’t have to worry about making the dough, rolling it out, cutting it etc. It is all done for you! This recipe was delicious and quick, you can customize your own fillings as well. The possibilities are endless! Enjoy!

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Roasted Butternut Squash Goat Cheese Ravioli

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Lemon Infused Strawberry Agave Jam

25 Jun

Hello everyone! I just got back from a fun week at my parents house. The kids finished school on Monday and we were on our way up to Grandma and Grandpa’s house. We had a great time, swimming in the lake, eating out and I enjoyed sleeping in! (Thanks Mom!!!) So now that school is officially out, I have more time to cook and create in my kitchen. Yeah!

 

This week, I have also been officially blogging for 6 months!!! Wow time flies. Thanks to everyone that has joined me on my cooking journey! I have not only learned how to make tons of new and delicious recipes. I have given birth to a beautiful and healthy baby girl and then lost majority of my baby weight following ww! (41 lbs)

My sweet new baby girl!

I have learned to finally enjoy exercising, by joining a Zumba class and I have even started jogging!!! (If you knew me, this would truly shock you) I have also discovered and learned about many new and exciting food companies, that have allowed me and all of you to taste their delicious foods. Thank you to everyone for reading and commenting on my posts :)

 

I went strawberry picking again and knew I wanted to do something with them that would allow me to enjoy them for more than one meal, but what could I make???

 

So delicious and juicy!!!

 

So cute!!!

 

 

I loved my fresh strawberry ice cream so much, that I decided to make some jam.  Now I have never made jam before. I have always been worried about “canning” and I never have pectin in the house, so I decided to create a decadent and different jam using some of my favorites, agave and lemon. The result was AMAZING! It was fresh, sweet and tart at the same time and the agave was a perfect substitute for regular granulated sugar. You can substitute any other fresh or frozen fruit as well. Happy Summer everyone!

Agave, a natural substitute for refined sugar!

 

 

Also look for a new giveaway tomorrow for 100.00 worth of organic meat from Organic Prairie!

Image from Eliza Domestica

 

Lemon Infused Strawberry Agave Jam

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Organic Gardens and Easy No Knead Bread

1 Jun

Good morning everyone. It is a bright, beautiful day here in sunny Connecticut. We had a wonderful weekend of cookouts and gardening. My goal for this summer is to try and grow all our veggies and some of our fruit. My daughter and I went to our local organic nursery Jessica’s Garden and got all the essentials for our garden. (they also have awesome lobsters rolls and fresh ice cream! My favorites are goat tracks and dirty barn shoes (both chocolate with different mix ins) Gotta love rural CT!) I got a bunch of organic top soil and my favorite veggies. I like the fact that I can go out into my garden right before dinner and get fresh lettuce, cucumbers and tomatoes, still hot from the sun and the flavors just burst in your mouth!

So here is what we got!

4 kinds of tomatoes!

2 types of Cherry tomatoes and 2 regular sized tomatoes

 

Peppers

1 green pepper, one red pepper and 1 banana pepper

My deck garden!

3 types of lettuce, strawberries, basil, cilantro and mint!

 

Cukes!

4 cucumbers, 1 zucchini and 1 yellow squash

 

Blueberries

2 blueberry bushes!

 

I got very inspired from a book I recently picked up called Wildly Affordable Organic by Linda Watson. She has amazing ideas on how to save money and very simple recipes. Last night I made her No Knead “Wisk” bread and baked it this morning! It was so amazing. Check out the recipe here. I will be giving away one of her books in July, it will change your outlook on how to eat organic on a budget!

 

Wisk bread!

mmmmm nutella

 

Have a great day!

Enjoying my backyard!

Chicken “Margherita” Quesadillas – 7 pts +

27 May

Quesadillas are an easy and delicious, quick meal. I like to fill my tortillas with a variety of fillings. Some of the savory ones I make are made with the same ingredients as my favorite foods; Rubens with sauerkraut and corned beef, grilled veggies and cheese,and pepperoni, mozzarella and pizza sauce. You can also make them sweet with nutella or peanut butter with bananas and strawberries or apples and cinnamon. One of my favorite pizzas is the Margherita. It has fresh buffalo mozzarella, basil and tomato. The colors green, white and red are symbolic of the Italian flag.

Image from Delish

Here is my spin on the traditional quesadilla; Instead of using fresh mozzerella, I used chevre (soft goat cheese). I also always have a big bag of precooked chicken strips from Tyson and I threw some of those in as well. The cheese melted beautifully and the tortilla was crisp. It was a perfect lunch! Enjoy!!

 

Chicken "Margherita" Quesadilla

 

Chicken “Margherita” Quesadilla

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Applegate Farms Organic Meat giveaway!!! CLOSED!

11 May

I am definitely a carnivore. I love bacon, juicy burgers, chicken, pork chops, I can go on and on…..

Image from Fox News

 

We eat meat on a daily basis in my house; Bacon or sausage for breakfast, lunch meat sandwiches and some type of meat for dinner. I was so excited when I found a company that makes organic meats that are not only good for you, but low in points! Applegate Farms! They have a huge selection of meats and cheeses!!

I like that their Motto is:


 

When I talked to them today, I told them that many people don’t buy organic meat for the same reason that they don’t buy organic produce, the expense. She said tell them to look at it like this “Would you rather pay a farmer or your grocery store for your food now or have to pay doctors in the future?” They sent me a bunch of coupons and I used the store locator and found that the Trader Joe’s and Whole foods near me carry their products!!! So why is their meat a better choice to feed your family???

Here are some quick facts:

When you pick up an Applegate Farms product, you can be assured that…

 

  • Our animals are never given antibiotics. Healthy animals don’t need medicine. Instead, we give them space, fresh air, and a healthy diet, which we’re certain beats the alternative.
  • Our livestock eat a completely vegetarian diet with no animal by-products. Cattle are grass-fed, just as nature intended. Hogs and poultry are fed a grain diet that includes corn, soy, barley, and flax.
  • Our animals are never given hormones or artificial growth promotants. They grow at their natural rate.
  • All of our products are made with natural and organic ingredients. If you aren’t familiar with a particular ingredient, email us and we’ll tell you what it is.
  • Our products are all minimally processed, allowing for a wholesome texture and taste.
  • Our products never contain artificial nitrates or nitrites. Instead, we use celery juice and sea salt to preserve our products the natural and old fashioned way.
  • Our deli meat, hot dogs, burgers, and bacon are gluten and casein free.
  • Our products are made from natural and organic whole muscle meat. Yes, even our hot dogs! No mystery here.

Here is what I picked up:

Organic Beef Hot Dogs

Whether you like your hot dogs roasted on a grill or steamed with sauerkraut, our Organic Beef hot Dogs are sure to hit the spot. These franks are made with select cuts of USDA certified organic beef, and are lower in fat than your average beef hot dogs.

These hot dogs are gluten free, casein free, dairy free and low carbohydrate and look at the ingredients: Organic Grass-Fed Beef, Water, Contains Less Than 2% Of The Following: Sea Salt, Celery Powder, Organic Onion Powder, Organic Spices, Organic Paprika. (No weird fillers)

But the best part is how good for you they are!!!! 1 hot dog is 90 calories, 6 g Fat, 6 protein, 0g  Fiber, 0 g Carbs…yes only 2 points + for a real beef hot dog!!!! And they won Real Simple’s 2009 best hot dog!

 

 

They were awesome! Now onto my other purchases…..

Organic Spinach and Feta Sausage

Make your own Greek gyro sandwich by rolling our skinless Spinach & Feta sausage into a pita with yogurt sauce and cucumbers. Or, dice up as a savory pizza topping.

 

Really Yummy!! We added it to whole wheat pasta with feta and tomatoes!! only  3 points + per link

 

Organic Sunday Bacon

At Applegate, we know that no food is as tempting as good old-fashioned country bacon. That’s what led us to create our famous Sunday Bacon in the first place. We’ve taken the same classic recipe, which the New York Times hails as “Superb…” and have brought Sunday Bacon to a whole new level of health and sustainability. Winner of 2011 Health Magazine!!!

This was really good! It was lower in fat, so it didn’t shrink into nothing when we cooked it, but it had that same delicious, bacony goodness!!!! BLTs anyone????  2 slices for 2 points +

I also picked up some of their fire roasted red pepper sausage, but we haven’t tried them yet.

They have so much more……check out all their awesome products here!

 

I noticed that they do not add nitrates and I asked them why?  Here is their answer :
All animal proteins are made up of amino acids that contain naturally occurring nitrites.  Therefore, all food made with animal protein will have trace levels of naturally occurring nitrites.  In addition, the celery juice and sea salt used to cure our meats also contain naturally occurring nitrates.  For these reasons, the USDA does not allow animal protein products to state “nitrate/nitrite free” on their labels.  Packages for such products are required to say “no added nitrites” since they do contain the naturally occurring variety, but they were cured without the addition of sodium nitrate.

The term “uncured” means that a product has been cured without the use of sodium nitrite.  Instead, the product is naturally cured using a combination of celery juice and sea salt.  A cured product is fully cooked and ready to eat from the package.

We agree that the term “uncured” is confusing.  However, the USDA requires the word to be printed on the label of any product that is naturally cured.

 

Want to read more about the “strange” stuff that is in most conventional meats??? Check it out!

 

So if you want bacon, salami and burgers…..I have the best gift for you!!!!

 

I have enough awesome goodies for 4 PEOPLE!!

Here is what you can win…

 

3 people will win – 5 1.00 off coupons for any of their products!!!

1 person will win – 2 FREE coupons for any Applegate product of your choice!!!

YES 4 WINNERS!!!!

Here are 5 ways to enter: THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED!

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Easy and delicious snacks!!!

6 May

I was at a friend’s house today for a play date and a work out session with the Jillian Michael’s DVD and we started talking about snacks. She said she finds it difficult to snack during the day and then is ravenous by dinner time. Snacking is important! It keeps your metabolism up, it makes us less likely to stuff ourselves at meals and I love to eat, so the more food the better. I think that many of us need a quick snack that satisfies us! So eat something that  you are craving!  ! You need at least 2 a day!! So pick some you like! Here are some of my favorite snack ideas for all us busy woman out there….

This is delicious. I saw this posted on one of my favorite blogs Danicasdaily as her “dessert” after lunch everyday. I bought the ingredients and love it!!!

“Lemon Meringue Pie” Parfait (4 points +)

  • 1/2 cup of plain or vanilla flavored greek yogurt
  • 2 vanilla wafers crumbled
  • 1 teaspoon of jarred lemon curd

    Image from Danica's Daily

You can layer it in a pretty glass or just put it in a bowl! It is amazing and totally tastes like pie!

 

Almond butter and Apple slices(3 points +)

 

Image from Real Simple

Apple is free and 1 tablespoon of almond butter is 3 points +

 

Laughing Cow cheese with 5 Triscuits (4 points +)

 

String cheese wrapped in ham (2 points +) – the olives

 

image from Real Simple

Any 2 of my 2 point + cookies and a big juicy apple (4 points +)

Apple Pie Cookies

Banana Bread Cookies

Dreamy Nutella Cookies

Chocolate Almond Butter Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies

White Chocolate Almond Cookies

 

 

Yummy!!

 

2  of my mini  Maple Cinnamon or Buttermilk Lemon baked donuts and a side of fruit (4 points +)

 

A giant Tropical Smoothie (4 points +)


Shannon’s “Healthier” Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake (9 points +)

5 May

We were invited over to a friend’s house for dinner this week and she said I could bring dessert! I suggested cheesecake, but she said her husband wasn’t a big fan. So I said how about if I put chocolate and peanut butter in it? She said “He will love it!” So I decided to create a decedent, reduced fat version of my favorite cheesecake, Adam’s Peanut Butter Cup Fudge Ripple at the Cheesecake Factory.  One slice of their cheese cake has: Calories 930 , Total Fat 59g,  Total Carbohydrate 93g , Dietary Fiber 4g , Protein 17g on piece is 27 POINTS +!!!! Scary!!!! My version is just as delicious and will satisfy your every chocolate, peanut buttery desire. I used fat free Greek yogurt instead of sour cream and it made the filling very velvety and creamy!!! Enjoy!!!


Shannon’s “Healthier” Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake

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I am Chobani Greek Yogurt’s blogger of the week!!

4 May

Yesterday I got some awesome news!!! I was chosen to be Chobani Greek Yogurts blogger of the week!!!! They are posting my story today on their website!!! Yeah!!!!  As ou all know I LOVE greek yogurt and I was so lucky that chobani decided to send me a free case of yogurt to try out!! I feel in love with the amazing flavor and creamy texture!!!  I even decided to dedicate a whole week to recipes using greek yogurt!!

Here is my chobani story on their website!!!!

In this blog, I share all my favorite comfort foods with a healthy spin. I try to feed my family delicious recipes using as many organic, all natural ingredients as possible.  After having my third child in January 2011, I am working hard to get back to my pre-child body from 7 years ago!! I have been eating healthy, doing Zumba 3 days a week and I have lost 40 lbs so far! I also include W.W.  Points + with all my recipes!

Right after I had my third baby...January 2011

April 2011 - 39 lbs down! WW points + and zumba 3 times a week!

One of my favorite parts of writing a food blog is sharing new products with my readers and telling them how they can enjoy all their favorite treats by just altering the ingredients slightly and they don’t have to feel guilty about eating them! One of my very favorite secret ingredients in my baking is Chobani Greek yogurt!

Here are some of my favorite Greek yogurt recipes:

Maple Cinnamon Baked Doughnuts, Dreamy Nutella Cookies, Chocolate Chip CookiesCrispy “Fried” Chicken, Chicken Enchiladas, Lemon Muffins, Fruit and Yogurt Popscicles, and many more……

All of my recipes have nutritional information and easy to follow directions!!

Want to make some of your own Chobani comfort foods???? Chobani has been generous enough to share the love and give me some free yogurt for you!!  You can win 12 of Chobani’s FABULOUS  Greek Yogurts!!!!

Check out below to see how you  can win some! Like me on Facebook here to stay updated on all my new recipes! Thanks and enjoy!!

THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED!!!!

There are 5 ways to enter!!!

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Apple Pie Cookies – 2 points +

1 May

There is nothing like warm apple pie….that is until I made these cookies!!! Is it bad that I ate 3 warm from the oven with a glass of milk? These are my new spin on the banana bread cookies that I made before. I made the recipe healthier by substituting oats for flour, applesauce for some of the butter and maple syrup instead of all sugar. The chunks of apple, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg give this cookie the same satisfying taste of warm, apple pie. It’s like the filling and crust are all in one! They are only 2 points + each and they are a good size! Crumble up a warm cookie in a bowl and top with vanilla ice cream!! Now that is a little bit of heaven!!!

Yummy!!

 

Apple Pie Cookies
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