Coffee Milkshake

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I came home from my run a few minutes ago and realized I had poured myself a cup of coffee and completely forgot about it. Needless to say, it was cold and bitter but I didn’t want to throw it down the drain. I thought I’d try to make a WW-friendly milkshake using some things from my fridge and freezer. I LOVE Trader Joe’s Soy Creamy Ice Cream Sandwiches so I figured I would use one in the shake. Here’s what I did:

IMG_5524Soy Creamy Coffee Milkshake

1 cup of old coffee

1 Soy Creamy

1 cup of ice

1/2 cup of almond milk (or regular milk if you prefer)

Directions

Put ice in the blender and top with the cold coffee. Add the Soy Creamy and pulse to combine. With the blender on a “smoothie” setting, blend while adding in the milk slowly. Blend until smooth!

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WW Points: 3 points/smoothie*

*Soy Creamy is 2 points per sandwich and 1/2 cup of almond milk is 1 point. This could change based on the type of milk you choose to use.

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Weight Watchers Quick “Vegetarian” Chili

I have made this chili a few times before and its so easy and delicious. I used to pass a Trader Joe’s walking home from work so I would just pop in, grab the ingredients and it was ready within 30 minutes of walking in the door. I have tweaked it a bit to fit my taste and I have added turkey to make it a little more filling. It does add a few points (if you stick with the 1 1/4 cup serving) but I have found that I don’t eat as big of a portion when the turkey is added in.

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WW Vegetarian Chili*

1 tsp canola oil

1 clove(s) (medium) garlic clove(s), minced

14 1/2 oz stewed tomato(es)

15 oz canned kidney beans, rinsed and drained

15 1/4 oz canned yellow corn, drained

15 oz canned tomato sauce

1 Tbsp chili powder

1/2 tsp dried oregano

1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes

1/4 cup(s) dehydrated onion flakes

1/4 tsp black pepper

 Instructions

Heat oil in a large, nonstick, heavy-bottomed pot over medium heat. Add garlic; cook, stirring frequently, until aromatic, about 2 minutes. Add tomatoes, beans, corn, tomato sauce, chili powder, oregano, red pepper flakes, onion and pepper; stir well.

Increase heat to high and bring chili to a boil; cook, stirring frequently, until chili is thick and flavors are concentrated, about 5 minutes. Spoon into serving bowls and sprinkle with cheese. Yields about 1 1/4 cups chili and 1 tablespoon cheese per serving.

Notes

Use a heavy pot or the chili can burn easily. If it starts to stick to the pan, reduce the heat and stir constantly.

*I made a few changes. First, I added in about a pound of ground turkey. I used the Trader Joe’s pre-cut mirepoix (onions, carrots and celery) instead of garlic, olive oil instead of canola and I omitted the onion flakes and the oregano. I also added in cayenne (I love heat) and I added in black beans.

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First I added the mirepoix to the oil

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Once the mirepoix had cooked down a little (about 4-5 minutes), I added in the turkey. This is when I added most of my seasoning (cayenne, chili flakes, salt, pepper and some garlic powder)

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While the turkey was browning, I emptied the black beans, kidney beans and corn into a colander and rinsed them (this is important because it helps remove unneeded starch from the beans and corn)

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Once the turkey has browned on one side, break it up with your wooden spoon and mix in the mirepoix

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Add in the stewed tomatoes and tomato sauce. Stir to incorporate

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Add in the beans and corn and stir

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Bring to a boil and stir occasionally for 10-15 minutes until the chili thickens

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(this is while it’s boiling)

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ALL DONE!

WW Points for WW version (no meat) : 8 points per 1 1/4 cup serving

WW Points for my version: 7 points per 1 cup serving

The best part about this recipe? All the ingredients (minus spices and oil) cost around $12 at Trader Joe’s. Thats only $2.40 per serving! YAY for cheap, filling and delicious recipes!

Shake Shack… Not WW Approved

I meant to post this a few days ago when it was 79 degrees (!) outside. The first day for sun dresses in NYC! I had some time to kill between orientation and work so I decided to take a walk through Central Park and to treat myself to Shake Shack.

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Some people say that Shake Shack is NYC’s answer to In N’ Out Burger and I have to agree. Although I LOVE In N’ Out (I grew up in CA, how could I not?), Shake Shack does give them a run for their money. The burgers are delicious in every sense of the word and their custard is to die for.

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It was so hot out, I decided to grab an ice tea and custard before heading to the park for a walk. I went for their special flavor of the day, Red Velvet, with Valrona Chocolate Crunchies and an unsweetened iced tea. Not exactly a healthy, WW choice but it was hot and I ended up walking about 3 miles. The walk was my justification for splurging…

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I walked from the Shake Shack on the Upper West Side on 77th and Columbus to Central Park. I wandered around for a bit and discovered a part of the park I had never visited before. It was a quintessential day in the park.

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I ended up walking through the park to 72nd so I decided to cut west and visit Trader Joe’s. I was out of my beloved frozen edamame so I need to stock up. I ended up buying three bags and all the fixings for WW 15 minute Chili (posting later today). All-in-all, a very successful first day in a sun dress!

Broccoli Parmesan Fritters part 2

I mentioned in my Easter post that I was going to try to make the broccoli parmesan fritters without using a ton of oil to fry them. Well, I tried and I think they turned out alright. I did a few things differently than the first time:

1. I decided to use a bag of broccoli from Trader Joe’s instead of fresh broccoli. Why? I can microwave it in the bag, it’s the perfect amount of broccoli, it is already prepped and its cheap!

2. I decided to chop the cooked broccoli before adding it to the egg/parmesan/flour mixture instead of using a potato masher to mix everything together.

3. I added a TON of crushed red pepper flakes (I love spicy food!).

4. I baked them in the oven instead of frying them in oil.

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All the ingredients

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All the dry ingredients with the egg

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After chopping and adding in the broccoli

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Formed into fritters

I knew the fritters would bake through but I wanted to try and achieve the same crisp outside. I decided to heat up my oven to 450 degrees with my pizza stone in the oven. I let the pizza stone sit at 450 degrees for about 10 minutes, sprayed it with my PAM olive oil and added the fritters (which I also sprayed with the PAM). Once they were on the hot pizza stone (I could hear them sizzle when the went down), I flattened them out using the back side of my spatula.

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I let them cook on each side for 7 mins (14 mins total) and they turned out great! The inside is a little softer (but cooked) and the outside was able to crisp up a bit! I will definitely be cooking them this way from now on.

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And for a little humor…IMG_5115

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I spilled an entire container of baking soda all over my kitchen and all over myself while reaching for the flour. Oops?

Trader Joe’s Frozen Edamame

My mom turned me on to this frozen edamame from Trader Joe’s. For the past few months, my mom has raved about how it is the perfect go-to snack and how she “always finishes the bag.” Finally, about two weeks ago, I picked up a bag and I am in love! Now, I am buying at least 3 bags every time I go to TJ’s. For $1.69 a bag, why wouldn’t I?

I love that the only ingredients are soybeans and sea salt and that it only takes 2 minutes to defrost- thats right, defrost not cook! The entire bag is less than 400 calories and there is 10g of protein per 1/2 cup serving. It’s also fun to eat! For me, it’s the perfect snack to keep in my purse to snack on while I’m on the train home after a long night working at the restaurant. I usually defrost a cup (2 servings) and it’s the perfect snack.

WW Points: 3 points per 1/2 serving

(5 points for one cup)

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