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Chicken and Waffles

It started out rainy, but warm #win!  By the time I got downtown, it stopped raining and it was near 50 degrees.  The river was still partially frozen, but it was a glimpse of spring and it was a glorious walk to my office from the train station.

These muffins.  OMG.  I am posting the recipe for these tomorrow, but they taste like a potato biscuit.  Have you had a potato biscuit before??  You can check a recipe here for those – I am going to try to tweak this recipe by subbing in the Greek yogurt for the milk – I’ll keep you posted.

Pinky swear I’ll share this recipe tomorrow. 😀  Each muffin comes in at just 2 points, and no matter how you double, triple, quadruple, they are still two points each.  #love

I’m just teasing you now with this close up!

It was drizzling outside, so Jenn and I walked Macy’s.  She was wearing this necklace, and asked if I liked it.  Um. no.  So I did a pole and 1/3 of my Instagram followers loved it, the others didn’t.  But who cares?  If she loves it, that’s all that matters!

I worked late, even though I wasn’t supposed to, but I had overnight packages that had to get out.  It was still near 50 when I was heading to the train station at 6:15 – and all the ice melted!  It was a happy accident that I got the moon in this pic.

Hannah had some friends over last night, so the kitchen was quite cramped, and while I had visions of deep frying these chicken fingers because I had the points, that just didn’t work out, but these were still delicious.

Chicken and Waffles

Print Recipe
Serves: 2 Cooking Time: 10

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound chicken tenders
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon grape seed oil
  • 2 tablespoons Frank's hot sauce
  • 2 waffles
  • 1/2 cup sugar free pancake syrup

Instructions

1

You can easily use frozen waffles, but I used my pumpkin waffle recipe, which is 3 points per waffle.

2

Mix the flour, salt and pepper together, and coat the chicken. Heat the oil in a cast iron or non-stick skillet and heat to medium. When the oil is hot, cook the chicken, about 7-8 minutes depending on the size of your chicken, turning to brown all sides.

3

Toss the Frank's hot sauce in the pan and coat the chicken. Place half the chicken over the toasted waffle, drizzle with the sugar free syrup and garnish with dried parsley.

Notes

Using the WW recipe builder, and with my 3 point waffles, this dinner is 6 points - 3 for the waffle, 2 for the chicken and 1 for the syrup.

Skinny Chicken and Waffles

This was healthy comfort food at it’s finest, and the perfect balance of sweet and savory.  And it was ready in about 15 minutes which was good since I didn’t fix dinner until nearly 8:15!

I was so happy about all the snow almost melting except for big piles in parking lots, but of course, being January in Chicago, we got a couple inches of snow overnight.  

In case you are wondering, the first day of spring is only 56 days away!

Happy Tuesday friends – make it a great day!

Poultry/ Weight Watchers

Everything Chicken

I had a feeling yesterday was going to be a busy work day, but it was literally non-stop.  The only reason I had time to put together this quick parfait was because my computer locked up and I had to wait for it to reboot.

Chobani yogurt (2), banana, homemade strawberry sauce (1) topped with 1/4 cup of granola (3) with a hard boiled egg on the side (2).

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I am glad I decided to add that egg last minute, because this breakfast kept me full for several hours.  I never got to walk with my sister at lunch, and didn’t eat my lunch at my desk until nearly 3:20.  Gah.  This was a ham (2) and lavash  wrap (2) with mustard and romaine, with fruit on the side.  I also ate an ounce of tortilla chips about 30 minutes before eating this wrap for (4).

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Which is why I have hardly any pictures to post together.   But can we stop and talk about delicata squash?  I keep forgetting that when I do Instastories and share video and photos there, they don’t actually save to my phone, so I wish I had more photos to post about this squash, but it couldn’t be easier to make.

Whenever I work with squash, whether it’s butternut, spaghetti, etc., I always microwave it for a few minutes to soften the skin – I find it’s much easier to cut, less risk of cutting yourself and easier to scrape the seeds out.

Cut the squash in half, scrape the seeds out – I use an ice cream scoop and it works great.  Slice in moon shape rounds, spray with Pam and a teaspoon of olive oil and any seasoning you want – this time I just did salt, pepper, paprika and a bit of crushed red pepper.  I baked it on parchment paper on my baking steel (you can use a cookie sheet) at 425 for 20 minutes.  This is SO good.  So much flavorful and zero points!

Now let’s talk about this chicken.  I first saw cream cheese everything chicken on my friend Nicole’s blog a couple years ago, and I pinned it immediately.  And saw it on my “recipes I want to make” in my Pinterest board all the time, and still never made it.  

As a Weight Watchers ambassador, they sent me some of their whipped cream cheese, and I bought thin chicken cutlets because they were on sale, and last night was the perfect night to make my version of this recipe.  I didn’t get home from work until 8:20 and I was eating this dinner at 8:35.  It comes together that quickly.

Each of my cutlets were 2 ounces each, so 4 ounces of chicken (2) and then I placed one tablespoon of Weight Watchers whipped cream cheese onto each cutlet.  (I’ve seen it at Walmart)  The roll up the chicken, dip into a bit of liquid egg whites, then sprinkle with Trader Joe’s everything but the bagel seasoning.  

I cooked mine in my cast iron skillet, seam side down for the first 2 minuts, then flipped it over, covered my skillet and cooked about 6 minutes longer on medium low heat.  I actually really like the crunchy bits of seasonoing on top.

I made Jacob’s chicken with the chive whipped cream cheese and he loved it.  Hannah made herself ham macaroni and cheese. 😀

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This was so flavorful, so quick and delicious, this will easily become a weeknight staple.  I love how melty the cream cheese got too.

I am meeting my Mom out for dinner tonight with some relatives that are in town from Virginia.  My cousin Suzanna and her husband Frank are on a road trip and are in Chicago for a couple days.  We are eating at The Berghoff tonight – cannot wait!   What’s your favorite type of German food?   I remember making spaetzel when our German exchange student was here, but haven’t made it in a while – I need to change that.

  I imagine it’s going to be another busy day, but one of my bosses it out today so while he left me a bunch of work, he won’t need it until tomorrow. 

Happy Tuesday – make it a great day!  And make this Everything Chicken – you’ll thank me later.

 

Poultry/ Sauces/ Weight Watchers

+1.8 Weekly WI

I knew I would be up this week.  Mainly because after such a big loss last week, I got cocky, thinking I can have another bite of this, or another glass of wine.  That thinking and eating caught up with me, but I am happy to say I am still in the 150s by the hair on my chin!

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Huh, and I just realized that my weekly points went down from 35 to 28!  That could be another reason!  Also, didn’t carb cycle as strict as last week.  And even though its a holiday weekend, I am bound and determined to meal plan and grocery shop for the week, not just for Easter Sunday. My momma is coming over and I’ll be grilling up something – hopefully a ham. 😀

I met Jennifer before work to weigh in and I’ve told her about the Amish people that are in teh train station on Thursdays.  When I walk off the train into the station, it’s like I’ve just walked into my grandmas kitchen it smells so good.  They have pastries, pies, cakes, brittle, muffins, two pounds of butter even! 

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 As I walked by the end table  I picked up this brittle and came SO close to buying it.  But cooler heads prevailed and I put it back and walked on by – didn’t even ask for a sample (which you can by the way!)

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I also wore my new WW uniform.  I think I told you that I cut off a pair of tights to make them leggings, but looking at this picture, um, I think it looks like fricken tights!  They are super comfy though!

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Corner Bakery for the rescue for breakfast.  This is their avocado and spinach power flatbread – I looked again and it’s actually 8 points not the six I posted on Insagram, but this is delicious, the salsa is not oniony and Jenn and I each got a large fruit cup to go. I ate half that cup with breakfast and the second half with lunch.

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I was all set to leave for my WW meeting at lunch, when my boss had a client come in unexpectedly and I had to stick around to put some docs together.  I was  pissed because the topic was protein – protein is my jam! I would have probably taken over the meeting though! Open-mouthed smile

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I haven’t read the whole weekly yet, but I am definitely putting this on my menu next week – works for both Weight Watchers and for a low carb dinner option with my carb cycling.  Mom, do you like capers??  I am not sure I’ve had them like this, but I think I would love the briney/vinegar combo.

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Since I haven’t meal planned, picked up lunch at Pret.  I appreciate that they put the nutrtion labels on all the shelves.  I picked this salad because it was 280 calories, and regardless of how many points that turned out to be, an under 300 calorie salad is fine by me.   I picked up the skinny Dijon dressing, and was happy that I looked at the label, because that small container is TWO servings.  The salad was 8 points, and the dressing was 2.  It was delicious – although I may bring extra veggies to add to it next time.

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I worked through lunch and 45 minutes after quitting time, and just as I was about to leave, my friend Tia texted me to tell me there was a delay on the train.  Rat farts.

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The train got in 90 minutes later than usual since all the trains were backed up . . .I had to crack up when Tia told me to go downstairs in the train station because they sell tiny bottles of wine you can drink on the train ride home.  She knows me so well!  But alas, I’ve got to kick the alcohol to the curb again except for special occasions – Mom, you’ll be happy to know that Easter is a special occasion.

When my sister and I were walking Wednesday I mentioned that we stopped at a candy store – one of the things I bought were these:

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I had them in my backpack, and I was thankful they were there because fifteen minutes into the train ride home I felt that I had low blood sugar, and sure enough, it was 70.  I ate 5 points worth approximately, but I didn’t have any fruit with me.  Um, these are delicious though!

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That would be my new Weight Watcher’s journal I finally started using.  I just finished my old journal, so it was good timing.  When I get a few days into it, I’ll show you pics.   At first I thought the days had too much space, but now I realize I may need to write smaller.

So after a long train ride home, I was hangry:

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This is a 10 minute one skillet meal.  It’s not really a recipe, but I got a few messages on IG from yesterdays post.

In a non-stick or cast iron skillet heat pan to medium high.  I used 5 ounces of chicken tenders (3), that I sprinkled with salt, pepper and Italian seasoning.  Spray your pan with coconut oil or non-stick spray.  Put the chicken in the pan, let it cook for 1.5 minutes.  Add in 1/2 cup of your favorite marinara sauce (I used my one point sauce from the freezer ), flip your chicken over, put a lid on and cook for another 2 minutes.  Remove the lid, add chopped fresh spinach and 2 tablespoons of shredded Parmesan cheese, put the lid back on for another minute, and you are done. 

Obviously you could serve this over pasta, or spaghetti squash.  Since I didn’t eat until nearly 8:30 I was too lazy to cook my spaghetti squash.  

Stats for the Day:  

  • 28 smart points
  • 1147 calories, 122 carbs, 43 fat, 17 saturated far, 80 grams of protein.

Inspirational quote of the day – “great things take time, belief and persistence.” – Steve Weatherford

Make it a great day and Happy Friday!!