I Love Bubbies Pickles!

Since Hannah and I had a lunch date with my bosses Dad for lunch yesterday, I didn’t give my meal plan a thought.  Until I got have way to work and realized “I never brought anything for breakfast!”

I had an apple at my desk, and I borrowed an instant pack of oatmeal from someone in my office – a quick breakfast and only 4 points!

So Hannah met me at noon, and my bosses Dad got at the office at the same time.  I was wrong, our lunch date is 80 years old, not 82!  He was interesting to talk to and at some points he was talking about his grandchildren, then he’d start talking about trips he took with his wife, and then would go back to 1938 and talk about a golf course his father belonged to.  I guess when you make it to 80 you have so many memories that it would be easy to jump around the decades of your life.

He talked about how his wife had CLL for 15 years, who passed away five years ago, but they still enjoyed trips to Seattle and to Sante Fe where they watched the huge balloon festival.  He described his bout with prostate cancer 15 years earlier and “knock on wood I haven’t been in the hospital since!”

At one point there while we were eating, he just shouted “I love Bubbies pickles!  I haven’t been able to find them anywhere up here though.”

I think he had a nice time – Hannah and I were fresh meat so he could tell any story and we hadn’t heard it yet!  And he paid for lunch against our wishes since we invited him out.   He said “it’s not very often I have lunch with two young ladies.”  He looked at Hannah and said “you are too young for me and your Mom is already taken!”

I ended up getting a spinach goat cheese frittata with hashbrowns on the side.  The frittata was huge – I only ate half of the eggs and half of the potatoes – my guess is that lunch comes in around 12 points.

I really had no idea what I was going to make for dinner.  I looked on last weeks menu and saw that I never made Danica’s lasagna cups.  But then I realized I didn’t want to make a whole batch (hers made 12) and I wanted to use some ground beef in mine.  So here’s a version of hers, scaled down for 1 serving at 11 WW points.

Lasagna Cups, makes 6 at 11 WW points

      • 6 wonton wrappers
      • 3 ounces 90% lean beef
      • 1 garlic clove
      •  1 small zucchini, chopped
      • 2 tablespoons chopped red pepper
  • 1/8 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 slice provolone cheese (cut into 6 squares)

Heat oven to 375.  Put wonton cups in a regular size muffin tin, making sure the bottom of the wonton is pressed down – I sprayed mine with Pam first just in case they stuck.

In a skillet saute the beef, zucchini and garlic, until the meat is cooked through.  Add remaining ingredients except provolone, and cook for a couple minutes and the ricotta is melted through.

Divide mixture between the wonton cups, putting a slice of provolone on top, then bake for 18-20 minutes.  Mine took 20 minutes.  Let cool about 3-5 minutes.

These were delicious!  I was worried that the bottom of the wonton wouldn’t be crispy, but they were.  And if I had stuff to make a salad, 3 of these would have been plenty with a side salad.  Thanks for the idea Danica!

Hooray for Friday!  Got any fun plans this weekend?  Make it a great day!