Modified Chicken and Dumplings recipe from Weight Watchers

Well, I may have chosen the wrong day to cook a stew that took about an hour when all was said and done. It’s a hot summer’s day, and I’ve been home for 2 hours now and the place hasn’t really cooled off yet… However! It was really yummy and really filling! (At least for me, my husband rarely ever gets full off of a Weight Watchers meal, but at least he has a healthy snack afterwards instead of pigging out.)

I really liked using the Bisquick for the dumplings. They were super gooey and felt indulgent as I ate. The recipe that I used actually called for sage to be mixed into the dumpling dough, but spices like that tend to cause heartburn for my husband so I decided to leave them out since the stew itself had lots of flavor. By the way, the stew had onions in it, but cooked onions seem to be just fine for my husband’s heartburn. This was a great realization for me because now I end up with cooked onions in very many of the dishes I make. They’re, of course, a great source of flavor, and since many other ingredients that are meant to add flavor tend to cause heartburn, onions really allow me to make dishes that aren’t completely bland.

Anyway, it’s a great dish that I’ll keep on the make-again list. But take my advice, don’t cook it on a hot day.

http://www.weightwatchers.com/food/rcp/index.aspx?recipeid=202121

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Update: Dish was good! It was a great marsala dish… Will definitely put this on the “make-again” list.

So, I know I haven’t posted in  while (my goal is to post a little more often than this) but I haven’t been feeling too well and therefor not cooking.

But tonight it’s back to cooking! I’m excited for Weight Watchers’ Chicken with Wild Mushroom–Marsala Sauce. I have myself some chicken and some crimini mushrooms waiting in my fridge for me. Should be a pretty easy, tasty, and non-heartburney recipe since most of the flavor comes from the mushrooms which are acid-reflux friendly. There is marsala wine in the recipe, but not too much, and as usual with those kind of ingredients, I usually just lower the amount I put in, and it tends to do the trick. There’s also thyme in the recipe, which honestly, I don’t love the flavor of, so I think I’ll just leave that one out altogether. I tend to find that for most recipes (especially ones like this where the spices aren’t supposed to be the star of the dish) that a well salt-and-peppered dish is enough to keep it tastey. (And, of course, a little light on the pepper!)

So, here’s the Weight Watchers recipe:
http://www.weightwatchers.com/food/rcp/index.aspx?recipeid=272411

I’ll let you know how it goes!

Paterson Farmer's Market

A new experience!

My husband and I were running some errands and I realized we were near the Paterson Farmer’s Market. I’ve heard it’s a great market with great prices, so we made a little detour there on the way home.

It was great and wow, amazing prices. (Now, it’s not all Jersey stuff, which I would love, but that often makes you end up with high prices for mildly better produce.) Definitely will be making this a weekly stop since we really saved a bunch of money. It’s a much more interesting place to buy produce than Shoprite.

So as we were sitting around, taking a rest before moving on to other errands, I thought, “I bet strawberries taste good with a little lemon juice sprinkled over them.” I was right! What a great, vibrant combo… I just cut up the strawberries into little bite-size pieces, cut a lemon in half, and squeezed some juice over the strawberries. It wasn’t a huge addition of flavor, but it definitely gave the strawberries a little fun kick. Really woke up the taste buds. Will definitely be doing that again. And I’ll probably try a  little squeeze of lemon on more things now!

Barley-Asparagus Risotto with Balsamic Vinegar (image from weightwatchers.com)

Barley-Asparagus Risotto with Balsamic Vinegar (image from weightwatchers.com)

Update: After making some other Weight Watchers dishes, I don’t believe I’ll be making this one again. It’s a little odd for reheating, and we definitely end up with a bunch of leftovers. Just doesn’t quite make the cut anymore. But still worth a try, I’d say. You may disagree with me.

Ok, so here it goes.

So my husband and I decided to do this whole weight loss thing a little backwards. AFTER our wedding. I mean, I’m sorry, I just had too much to do to think about eating right. ANYway, so we just started Weight Watchers and I’ve been trying out their recipes. Today is “Barley-Asparagus ‘Risotto’ with Balsamic Vinegar.” Their description for this dish is “Our spring risotto is just as delicious as those made with traditional arborio rice, but much less labor intensive.” Sounds good to me!

Two issues came up for me with this recipe. First, it’s got Balsamic Vinegar in it. Ok, husband can’t have too much of that; very acidic, causes his acid reflux to flare up pretty easily. Well, I noticed it really wasn’t that much vinegar in there for the entire dish: 2.5 tablespoons. So I figure if I put in 2 teaspoons, we’ll still get the flavor and little bit of acidity the dish needs and it’s little enough that it didn’t seem to cause heartburn. (It’s not always obvious what caused any heartburn he has.)

Second, the recipe calls for quick-cook barley, but I couldn’t find any of that at the grocery store so I settled on the regular stuff. I figured, all the quick-cook stuff is pre-cooked and then dried barley, so I’ll just under cook it in water and add it to the recipe at the specified time.

Well, it came out great! I’m excited about this one because it really satisfied that carb craving I tend to get and was nice and creamy even though there’s only a tiny bit of Parmesan cheese in there. (oh, and it was only 4 points for a cup, which was really filling.) The starch from the barley really helped create a thick final product.

This one’s definitely going on the “make-again” list.

Here’s the Weight Watchers recipe:
http://www.weightwatchers.com/food/rcp/index.aspx?recipeid=75471

Give it a try and let me know what you think! Did you end up making any changes?

Look at me! I’m blogging!

Ok, now that I got that out of the way… I’m here to share my life in food. My constant battle with being in love with food, trying to eat right, and cooking food that won’t cause my husband’s acid reflux to flare up.

I watch Cooking Channel and Food Network religiously, I cook only a few of the things I see but I’m trying to cook more of it, and I’m working on being more excited to cook during weekdays.

So here it goes, my life as it relates to food; preparing and eating it.

Hope you enjoy!