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Sorry for the hiatus guys, but this past week at work about killed me.  I have been emotionally drained with stress and needed a break.  However, I received this package this week!

From Pop Chips!

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I received BBQ, Sour Cream and Onion, Sea Salt and Vinegar, Original, and Cheddar

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And this cute chip clip 🙂

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Today I snacked on the BBQ.  Delish!  I love how light they taste and it was only 100 calories for the whole bag of 15 chips!  I love chips, but I hate splitting up the portions.  I love that I could eat the whole bag and not have to worry stopping!  The husband tried the sour cream and onion for lunch one day.  He said “Yeah they were good.” Yeah, his reviews wouldn’t go far on a blog 😉

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I loved the BBQ and can’t wait to try the rest.  (PS: I do not get paid for my reviews so everything I say is my honest opinion!)

I will review more as I eat them so stay tuned!

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Vanilla Pudding Éclair

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You will need:
One box of  nilla wafers

two 3.4oz boxes of instant vanilla pudding

four cups cold milk (I used one percent)

one tub Cool Whip Free

Semi-sweet chocolate chips

One 8×8 dish

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Mix together milk and pudding and then stir in Cool Whip Free

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Start with a layer of 16 nilla wafers

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Add a row of pudding mixture

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Repeat until you have about 4 layers of wafers ending with wafers on top

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Refrigerate for four hours or until well set

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Melt chocolate chips in a small saucer (I eyeballed two tablespoons, this much will not end up on your pudding)

Drizzle method: Take melted chocolate chips and spoon them into a corner of a baggie.  Cut the smallest tip you can at the end (creates an icing bag)

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And then this happens 🙂

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I didn’t do the prettiest job with the drizzling, but it tastes so good, who cares? 😉

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Delish!

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Easy Italian Chicken

Tonight I wanted something quick and easy.  I was so tired from work and decided on this:

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Cook chicken until almost done.  During the last few minutes of cooking add a tablespoon of Newman’s Own Italian dressing to each side.

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Finished product:

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See how easy that was? 😉

I served mine with kale chips and a caesar salad that was made of romaine lettuce, two tablespoons of caesar dressing and a little shredded cheese.

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Volume = more full and less calories! 🙂

Food Description WW Points
100 calorie Arnold flat 1
Almond butter and honey 1.5
leftover ratatouille and polenta 6
yogurt 3
grapes 1
chicken with dressing 5
kale chips 0
caesar salad 1
Total: 18.5

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Ratatouille

Tonight involved this Ratatouille

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Not this Ratatouille

Tonight’s meal was derived from buying an eggplant.  I am trying to incorporate more/new veggies in our meals and I bought an eggplant at the farmer’s market.

Here are the ingredients:

1 medium eggplant cut and cubed like this How to cut an eggplant

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1 small can of tomato paste

1 cup diced tomatoes, drained

one small onion chopped

one small zucchini sliced and cut in halves

one small yellow squash sliced and cut in halves

1 teaspoon minced garlic

basil, s&p, and red pepper flakes to taste

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl and make sure tomato paste is spread evenly throughout the bowl (as in no big globs)

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Lay two pieces of aluminum foil on a baking sheet.  Spread veggie mixture into the center.  Make a packet. Fold in two sides to the middle and the ends in coming together in the middle.

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Bake for about 25 minutes.  In the meantime, make polenta per directions.  I mixed one cup polenta to 3 cups of water. Boil until thick and water is absorbed.

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Once finished baking, let packet cool.  Open slowly and let the steam out.

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Serve over polenta and enjoy 🙂

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This morning I went to Harris Teeter for triple coupons.  I spent $44 and saved $42! Woo hoo!  I love saving almost as much as I spend.  I have been clipping coupons forever for the anticipation of triples.  I was so excited that I forgot to eat breakfast.  Who does that?

Okay so I admit, I have been eating a bunch of garbage lately.  Milkshakes (not pictured and things like chicken tenders and bbq).  Time to whip my butt back in shape! 

For lunch today I made myself (it took a while) a healthy meal.

I made kale chips

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This AWESOME sandwich with a piece of turkey, fresh spinach, and a piece of muenster cheese melted on a 100 calorie Arnold flat bread in my toaster oven.

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Then I added some TJ’s white bean and basil hummus.

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Ate with a sweet potato, light butter and brown sugar.

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I ate about half of the sweet potato and saved the other for lunch tomorrow.

Total Weight Watchers Points (just to check in):

Food Description WW Points
Kale 0
1/2 sweet potato 2
100 calorie Arnold FB 1
Spinach 0
Hummus 1
Cheese 2
Turkey 1
Total: 7

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The awesome people at Food Should Taste Good sent me a gift of samples to review. Here is the swag:

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I received these flavors: yellow corn, lime, cinnamon, and potato and chive.

I tried the lime today and OH MY WORD!  They are so good (and I don’t get paid to say that).  You know the lime tortilla chips the stores carry (I love these), take those subtract the lime powdery stuff left on your fingers afterwards add a wonderful lime aftertaste and overall natural/better quality of chip and you have these wonderful chips.  The lime is not too bold, it is the perfect amount.  I am so in love 🙂

I paired them today with TJ’s fat free black bean dip.

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I ate the serving size which was 12.  I could have eaten the whole bag, but I was good.

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I love the natural benefit of these chips.  They are not greasy and do not leave any residue on your fingers.  Each bag comes in a fun shape and they are packed full of flavor and limey goodness.  Thanks so much FSTG for sending me these and I can’t wait to try the rest!

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Eatin’ Local

Today I went to Trader Joe’s and the farmer’s market.  I rarely go to the farmer’s market because it is a little bit of a drive out there.  Since I had a really crappy week this week at work, I decided I needed a good drive. 

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I love how country people are there.  The fact that they farm as their job and come out to the farmer’s market to sell their stuff, sometimes at 5am, is awesome!  They are such hard workers and I love supporting what they do.

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There are so many farms close to where we live.  That’s one of the reasons I love living in North Carolina.  We still have rural places around us and down home country people.  

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I looked around and got items from Willow Spring, NC (where we live), Meadow (pronounced Medda) and other farms in Johnston Country.

This is what I picked up:

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Eggplant, kale, spinach, two zucchinis, two pieces of yeller squash four sweet potatoes, and an eggplant.  I am trying to explore different vegetables and greens and incorporate more veggies in our lives.

I read Kath’s blog every day.  KERF I decided to make her kale chips.

I took one of the pieces of kale and broke the leaves off of the big stem into bite size pieces.  I put some aluminum foil on my pan (for easier clean up) and rinsed my kale pieces (always rinse your veggies and fruit no matter where it comes from!).  I laid them flat on the pan and then drizzled a little EVOO on them.  I them sprinkled sea salt and a little parmesan cheese on them.  The oven was preheated to 375 per Kath and baked for about 10minutes?  I didn’t set the timer and just waited until they looked crispy.  I served them with ketchup (my love) and tried them out. 

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They were awesome.  Just like thin potato chips!  I loved them and the taste of the greens was very mild.  The salt sprinkles are parmesan were a great addition and I can see myself adding other seasonings in addition to them in the future.

Thanks Kath for the awesome idea!

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