Mother Rimmy’s Easy Asian Salad

I like to make things simple. I use light or fat free bottled dressings for marinades for

Mother Rimmy's Asian Salad

Mother Rimmy's Asian Salad

meats.  Then I use the same dressing for the vegetables, or salads I’m serving with the meat. We marinated the steaks you see here with a light Asian salad dressing, then made the salad using the same dressing. I find this such an easy way to make sure the dishes I’m serving work well together.

Serves 8

6 cups cabbage, shredded (1 cup)
1 medium green bell pepper, chopped
1 medium cucumber , chopped
1 small red onion, chopped
1 large carrot , chopped
¼ cup cilantro, fresh chopped
½ cup parsley, fresh chopped
½ cup sunflower seeds
½ cup Light Asian Salad Dressing
Combine ingredients and refrigerate for one hour to blend flavors.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 103
Total Fat: 5.31g
Cholesterol: —
Sodium: 229mg
Total Carbs: 11.76g
Dietary Fiber: 3.82g
Sugars: 6.06g
Protein: 3.18g

WW Points 2

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Mexican Inspired Zero Points Weight Watchers Soup

This is a really flavorful soup that you can eat as is, or add leftover chicken or black beans to turn the soup into a more substantial meal without adding a lot of points or calories. There are a lot of ingredients, but it goes together quickly.

Recipe from Weight Watchers

Servers 12

2 cups green beans, cut into bite-sized pieces

3 cloves garlic, minced

2 small zucchini, cubed

1 cup tomatillos, chopped

1 medium jalapeno pepper, minced

14 oz canned diced tomatoes, Mexican style preferred

1/2 medium poblano pepper, diced

1 medium Spanish onion, chopped

1 medium green pepper, chopped

1/2 tsp cumin

1 tsp fresh oregano, chopped

6 cups vegetable broth

2 roasted red bell peppers, chopped

1 tbs chipolte peppers in adobo sauce, minced

3/4 tsp salt

2 tbs fresh lime juice

1/2 cup fresh cilantro

Combine all ingredients in soup pot except lime and cilantro. Simmer until tender. Finish with lime and cilantro.

Weight Watchers Zero Points Garden Vegetable Soup

If you’re looking for something to tide you over until dinner, I like to have a cup of soup. I get to work early, so I usually eat lunch before noon. By the time I leave work, go to the gym and get dinner on the table, I’m starving. Eating a cup of this soup really keeps me going.

Serves 9

2 carrots, peeled and diced

1 large onion, diced

4 tsp garlic, minced

1/2 cabbage, chopped (I just buy the bags of shredded cabbage)

1/2 pound frozen green beans

1 large zucchini, diced

2 tbs tomato paste

1 tsp dried basil

1 tsp dried oregano

1 tsp salt

Spray dutch oven with cooking spray and heat to medium high. Add carrots, onion and garlic and cook for 5 minutes.

Add all the remaining ingredients except for zucchini and simmer 15 minutes until veggies are tender.

Add zucchini and cook another 10 minutes until zucchini is tender.

Nutrition Information

61 calories

0g fat

13g carbs

3g fiber

WW Points 0

Garlic and Herb Pizza Crust

I love this pizza dough I make in my bread machine. It’s so easy to make. I use fresh herbs instead of dried anytime I can, and in this dough it really makes a difference. If I make my own pizza, I can control the amount of fat and calories in each slice. Not only that, I use up leftovers and still feel like I’m having a treat without paying $30 for a pizza.

This is a great way to use up leftover chicken. Try using your favorite spaghetti sauce, chicken, peppers, and tomato. Omit the herbs in the dough, and you can make this popular chicken pizza they used to sell at our local pizza parlor with barbecue sauce, chicken and cashews.  Yum!

Originator of recipe unknown.

Serves 8

⅔ cup water
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon basil, dried
1 teaspoon oregano, dried
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon bread machine yeast
¼ teaspoon salt
Place all of the ingredients in your bread machine in the order recommended by the manufacturer and set it to the dough cycle.

Preheat oven to 500 for at least 30 minutes. Grease pizza pan with cooking spray or olive oil and dust with cornmeal.

Roll and stretch dough into circle. For thicker dough, let rise for 30 minutes. For thin crust top with your favorite ingredients and bake 10 – 15 minutes.

Servings: 8
Amount Per Serving
Calories: 130
Total Fat: 2.07g
Cholesterol: —
Sodium: 73mg
Total Carbs: 24.15g
Dietary Fiber: 0.82g
Sugars: 0.17g
Protein: 3.10g

WW Points 3

Bread Machine Whole Wheat Honey Bread

I love my bread machine. There is nothing better than fresh bread. This whole wheat honey bread from allripes.com is sweet and nutty tasting. It makes a wonderful turkey sandwich.

12 servings

1 1/8 cups water

3 cups whole wheat flour

1 1/2 tsp salt

1/3 cup honey

1 tbs dry milk powder

1 1/2 tbs shortening

1 1/2 tsp active dry yeast

Place ingredients in bread machine pan in the order suggested by the manufacturer. Select the whole wheat setting and press start. I find whole wheat breads in a bread machine turn out much better if you don’t use the express setting (if your machine has one), but opt for the longest cooking time.

Nutrition Information

Servings: 12
Amount Per Serving
Calories: 146
Total Fat: 1.95g
Cholesterol: —
Sodium: 292mg
Total Carbs: 29.72g
Dietary Fiber: 3.78g
Sugars: 7.86g
Protein: 4.33g

WW Points 2

Country Italian Beef

Yummy Ingredients

Yummy Ingredients

This recipe is contributed by Karen. She says that fennel and basil are an appealing change of pace in this bold-flavored beef stew. Karen added fresh mushrooms, green beans and roasted garlic.

She found this recipes in Better Homes and Gardens Slow-Cooker Meals of 2008.

Prep time is 25 minutes. Cook time is 8 to 10 hours on low or 4 to 5 hours on high.

Makes 6 to 8 servings.

2 lbs. boneless beef chuck

8 ounces tiny new potatoes, halved or quartered

2 medium carrots or parsnips, peeled and cut into 1-2 inch pieces

1 cup chopped onion

1 medium fennel bulb, trimmed and cut into 1/2-inch thick wedges

1 14-ounce can beef broth

1 cup dry red wine or beef broth

1 6-ounce can tomato paste

2 tablespoons quick-cooking tapioca

1 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

4 cloves garlic, minced

1 to 2 cups fresh basil leaves, fresh spinach leaves, or torn fresh escarole

Trim fat from meat and cut meat into 2-inch pieces. Set aside.

In a 4 to 5-quart slow cooker, combine potatoes, carrots, onion, and fennel.

Italian Beef Stew

Italian Beef Stew

Add meat.

In a medium bowl, combine broth, wine, tomato paste, tapioca, rosemary, pepper, and garlic. Pour over mixture in cooker.

Cover and cook on low-heat for 8 to 10 hours, or on high-heat setting for 4 to 5 hours. Just before serving, stir in basil.

Per service: 319 cal., 6g total fat (2g sat. fat.), 89 mg. chol. 596 mg sodium, 23g carb, 4g fiber, 36g pro.

WW Points 6 points

My Newest Exercise Craze, Yoga

I belong to the local exercise club and recently discovered the amazing benefits of yoga. I’m devoted to exercising. It relieves my stress, keeps my weight within a reasonable range, and just makes my body feel better than it does when I’m a couch potato.

Recently I decided to attend a Saturday yoga class. The class was always full when I walked past. There were people of all age ranges and body size, both male and female. Something had to be good about this class to attract so many people.

I’m hooked now. I bought a few yoga videos, and attend class whenever time allows. It’s hard to describe just how good yoga makes me feel, but not only does my body feel stretched and strengthened, I feel at peace when I’m done.

I am not a health professional, so I am not in any way making recommendations as to what you should, or shouldn’t do regarding your fitness routine. If you have health issues, you should talk with your doctor before beginning any exercise routine, even something as gentle as yoga. But, if you are looking for a way to get started with a fitness routine, yoga would be tops on my list.