Every year, at the beginning of the year, I feel the pressure to lose weight and go to the gym. Hi, I’m Kristyn and I recently started a food blog called Dash of Herbs. But back to that first sentence. Does anyone else feel that pressure? I know so many people try and fail to keep New Year’s Resolutions about losing weight and going to the gym. We set the bar so high that it’s just unattainable.
Let me tell you something. You aren’t alone. I have felt this way for many, many years. And I have struggled with my weight for longer than I really want to admit.
After living an active childhood, I started to notice the weight creep on when I was working a 9-5 cubicle job. It didn’t happen suddenly, so I didn’t really notice that it was a problem until it was. When I got on the scale recently, I think I yelped. It was that bad. And I knew I had to do something about it.
So, I decided to join Weight Watchers and with that came cooking more. Dash of Herbs is the brainchild of my Weight Watchers journey and my new love of cooking. You can find simple, easy recipes that any type of cook can throw together, and they are so easy to make. I try to not spend more than 30 minutes putting a meal together, and these recipes are on point.
These mini chicken pot pies are perfect when you are wanting a little bit of comfort food.
I don’t know about you, but I can’t deny myself something sweet. These choco-chocolate chip muffins are fabulous when my sweet tooth hits and I have to have something.
Want to make breakfast while you sleep? This slow cooker apple cranberry oatmeal is amazing. Seriously, it’s so good. It’s pretty high in points, but it gets you really full for the rest of the day. Talk about starting your day off right!
I have made these turkey sausage mini quiches twice, and both times, they were amazing. You can have so many varieties of these little things, that I just love them even more. The possibilities are endless!
When the weather gets colder, I want chili. But I don’t love beef chili all the time. This white chicken chili recipe is so flavorful, you won’t know what hit you. Oh, and it’s INCREDIBLY easy to make.
And what kind of food blogger would I be if I didn’t include a recipe for you? This Spicy Romano Chicken Pasta dish is fantastic – especially if you like spicy food. You could cut the cayenne pepper in half if you are unsure about it.
Spicy Romano Chicken Pasta (Weight Watchers Approved)
Cook time: mins
Total time: mins
According to the Weight Watchers Recipe Builder, this is 12 Points Plus per serving (1 cup).
- 2 cups Almond milk (or another lowfat milk)
- 4 T cornstarch
- 2 t salt
- 1 T black pepper
- 2oz Romano cheese, grated
- 2oz Parmesan cheese, grated
- 1 t Cayenne pepper
- 1/2 cup mushrooms, chopped
- 1/4 cup scallions, chopped
- 2oz sundried tomatoes, chopped
- 1oz heavy cream
- 8oz uncooked pasta
- 2oz Tyson Grilled and Ready chicken strips
- Cook the pasta according to the package directions.
- Combine the almond milk and the cornstarch together. Mix it until thecornstarch is no longer lumpy.
- Heat a non-stick skillet on medium-low heat. Add the milk-mixture, saltand pepper. Cook until it thickens, stirring constantly. (It will start to get lumpy as it cooks. This is normal…just make sure to keep stirring it).
- Once the milk-mixture is thickened, remove it from the heat and fold inthe cheeses and cayenne pepper. Mix to combine and set aside.
- In another large non-stick skillet, heat a small amount of olive oil. Add inthe mushrooms, scallions and sundried tomatoes. Cook 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
- Add in the chicken and cook until the chicken is warmed.
- Stir in the heavy cream and 1/2 of the milk-mixture.
- Add in the pasta and then add in the remaining milk-mixture. Stir to coat and serve.