Sunday, September 21, 2014

Breakfast Dinner

Monday night is breakfast dinner at the Coe household. Pancakes from mix.. not that bad for you. You know what's bad for you? All the "stuff" you put on them. Bisquick pancake mix is 2 points per pancake. Now, this is not a pancake the size of your plate, it's made with 1/4 cup as your ladle.
I make them according to the box.

Topping ideas:

Sliced bananas (free) and 4 pecans halves (1 point)  I put a gathering of sliced bananas on the skillet then poor my pancake batter over it. Or you can just slice them on top.. I do both. =)

Fresh sliced peaches (free), frozen would probably be good too!

Blueberries (free). I just got some frozen blueberries and they are so good.

Strawberries, berries.. go crazy with those fruits. Not the fruit syrups though. haha Not the same!

Syrup is so bad for you and the worst part is how much you put on without even noticing. I dip my cakes in the syrup to make the syrup go farther. This stuff is great, it's 1 point for 1/4 cup. My original syrup was 6 points for 1/4 of a cup, I could have 3 more pancakes for that, but if you don't like the idea of sugar free syrup maybe just try the dipping your pancakes instead of drowning them in syrup. I don't do butter, because honestly I can't taste it and why waste points on something that isn't critical to your taste buds.

I used to eat my pancakes slathered in peanut butter and syrup! 2 tablespoons of peanut butter is 5 points and I know it wasn't just 2 tablespoons that I put on it. I really don't miss eating them like that when I have such a yummy alternative. 

Saturday, September 20, 2014

My super boys

I love weight watchers, but as promised this blog will be a little bit of everything.

I happen to LOVE taking pictures of my kiddos. My boys often get the short end of the camera these days, so I found some really cute ideas on pinterest. This morning just the 3 of us went to the park to do a super hero photo shoot. We had so much fun. =) Here they are.

this one is my favorite! 

The fight scene! Their favorite.

Aidan really sells that punch! haha

 These boys are polar opposites, yet love being together! So cool, I hope they stay best buddies. 

Friday, September 19, 2014

What's for dinner?

Life can get pretty crazy around the Coe household. Dinner kept sneaking up on me so we sat down and planned out the days of the week. We sat down with our boys and let them pick their favorite dinners. Gavin picked breakfast dinner, which everyone loved the idea of. Monday's are hard so Monday's are breakfast because it's easy. Usually we have pancakes, Gavin and I either have banana or blueberry. We decided that Tuesday had to be Tacos (lego movie), which can be straight up tacos, taco soup or fish tacos (my fav). Aidan picked hamburger night, which I also love. Thursday has been named WHATEV night or grill night. Friday is little caesar's pizza night. Two slices of pepperoni is 15 points.

I love  having a set meal schedule, it makes grocery shopping so much easier. Have I told you that planning and being organized is so important when dieting?  Well it is. =) If I know it's pizza night then I don't eat any extra points, I stick to core foods. We're pretty flexible so if we don't feel like Taco Tuesday then we ditch it for the night. The only night that we can't ditch is breakfast dinner night, the kids love it too much.

I would highly recommend a meal plan, wish I would have implemented it earlier. Also if you can pick a broad type of meal like grill night I think it's easier to stick with and not get bored. We leave weekends open for going out to eat or whatever we feel like having. =)

I don't have a picture for this post so how about a cute one of my boys at the fair. Love these little stinkers.

Big chicken nuggets

Big Chicken Nuggets, marinara sauce and veggies.

This dinner is so versatile and fast. It's not a "pretty" dinner, but it's good. I also love it because my picky eater will eat it without the marinara sauce, score! It seems like I forget to de-thaw meat more often than I remember, so chicken patties are great. I am super picky about meat and this is not cheap spongy chicken patties, it's high quality spongy chicken patties. hahahaha

 I love Costco and I get all three ingredients for this meal there. The chicken patties come in a long sleeve and they're about $13 for 20 patties. Cook patties according to the package, I like mine a little crunchier so I leave them in longer. The kirkland marinara sauce is 2-3 points for 1/2 cup of sauce (warm on stove). I buy the Normandy blend of frozen veggies (which you can buy at walmart too).  For the veggies I put them in a casserole dish with a little water and microwave it on the frozen veggie button. Then I drizzle very lightly with olive oil, salt and pepper and pop it in the oven at 350 degrees. After about 15 minutes I take it out and stir to make sure all the veggies get a nice tan and back in for another 15 minutes. These are my back up veggies when I don't have any fresh veggies. Now that we really don't eat a starch for dinner, veggies have to step up their role and I have to have them on hand at all times.

If you have some non-dieters in the house you can make up spaghetti noddles to go with it.. or if you have enough points, 2 ounces is 5 points. Or mozzarella is really yummy on top of the sauce too 1/4 of a cup is 2 points, I think.

Point break down

Chicken patty, 7 points
1/2 cup of marinara sauce, 2-3 points
Olive oil, 1-2 points per serving

Another variation is ZUCCHINI, mushrooms, onion and garlic. Yum! My personal favorite!