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(Revised 2-10-17. This recipe taste great made with 93% Lean Ground Turkey, or 93% Lean Ground Beef. It is approximately 6 Weight Watcher SmartPoints per serving made with either the Turkey, or the Beef.)

I’ve always liked a pot of soup, or a stew, or a big pot of Chili simmering in the kitchen on a cold Fall day. I love making it, I love the way that it fills the house up with yummy smells, and I love the convenience of filling up a bowl and cuddling up on the couch in front of a Football game or a good movie whenever the mood, or the hunger pangs, hit!

A few years ago, I tasted some chili that my friend, Renee, had made. I loved it. It wasn’t too salty, or too spicy, or too thick, or too thin. I loved everything about it. After getting the recipe from her, it’s the only way I’ve made chili since.

I do make it with turkey, but of course it is awesome with ground beef too! It’s the same Weight Watcher Points either way, but if you are trying to eat less red meat, 93% Lean Ground Turkey taste great! I may have tweaked the amount of cayenne and chili powder just a bit, but not much. Below is the recipe that I use every time I make it!

Renee's Chili
Serves 8
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  1. 2 lbs. of 93% Lean Ground Turkey (or 80% Lean Ground Beef)
  2. 1 Yellow Onion, chopped
  3. 2 (15 oz) cans of tomato sauce
  4. 1 (15 oz) can of diced tomatoes
  5. 2 (15 oz) cans of Beans, drained. I like Kidney, but black beans are great in this recipe too!
  6. 2 tsp Chili Powder
  7. 2 tsp Garlic Powder
  8. 1/2 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  9. 2 tsp Worcestershire
  10. 1 tsp Salt
  1. Cook onion and brown meat in a skillet.
  2. While the meat and onion are cooking, combine all other ingredients in a big soup pot!
  3. When meat is no longer pink, add the meat and onions to the other ingredients in the soup pot. Cook until heated through and continue to simmer.
  4. If you are planning ahead, I really think this taste best the next day!
  5. Top with Cheese and Sour Cream! Don't forget to add the Points for your toppings!
  6. This also taste great topped with Baked Chips....or chopped Avocado!
  1. One Serving = 6 SmartPoints
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Weight Watcher Turkey Chili


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Build a Breakfast Sandwich!

January 19, 2014

One of my most satisfying meal’s, is breakfast. (You know this is the most important meal of the day, right?) I love a breakfast sandwich. I think they taste great, I can include a nice variety of ingredients, and a breakfast sandwich can keep me full all morning.

I’ve bought Light English Muffins (3 PPV) forever, and I really like them, but while trying this whole Gluten Free thingymabob, I bought these!



These are 3 PPV per serving as well, and while it took me a while to get used to the different texture that they offer, they are beginning to grow on me!

I did sneak in a piece of cheese on my breakfast sandwich, and I said I wouldn’t do that until after my 21 days of No Gluten, No Dairy! I was honestly so excited to allow myself skim milk back in my coffee (early), I kind of forgot what my plan was as far as dairy was concerned! Forgive me, but what’s a breakfast sandwich without cheese????


I started with my new Gluten Free English Muffin, toasted.


Then I divided One slice of Kraft 2% Sharp Cheddar between the muffin halves.




I topped that with 4 cooked Egg Whites. This is 16 grams of Protein and only…..

1 PPV!



Then I smashed 1/4 of an Avocado, added a little Sea Salt and divided that between the two.


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Then I finished it all off with a little Salsa.


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On the side?? I love these Grapes!

I have only seen them at HyVee and the new Sprouts store!

They are so sweet and juicy!!


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Leftover Beef and Brussels Skillet Dish




Lobster Fried Rice and Wine



We went to dinner with a few friends at the Thai Place in Westport, which I had never been to before, nor had I been to any Thai Restaurant before, (I don’t know why……) so my expectations were meat, rice noodles and a spicy sauce. When we got there, the menu was a bit overwhelming and I had not a clue what to order. So, while I’m certain I didn’t order the healthiest thing on the menu, the lobster tasted great! I picked through my dish a bit and made sure I got every single bit of lobster in my mouth!! I came home with a lot of the fried rice, so at the end of the day, I think I was over just a bit on points for the day, but not terribly so.



I would soooo much rather be walking outside and soaking up that fresh air, but if it’s below 50, I’m likely on the treadmill.

I’ve done a really good job of making sure I get in some sort of a workout. I have been playing with the incline on the treadmill and doing intervals,  so I feel like I am getting in a good workout. One day this past week, I just really wasn’t feeling it, but I forced myself to get on anyhow. I never did go over 3.0 mph, but I did put the incline at 3.0 and watched two full episodes of Breaking Bad, so after an hour and half, I figured I’d done my body a huge favor by not sitting on the couch while I watched my new addiction!!

I hope you’re all having a wonderful weekend!

Weight Watcher’s Points Plus

I can eat 26 PPV a day.

I can earn Activity Points by doing exercise, and eat them if I choose.

I have an allowance of 49 extra points that I can dip into throughout the week if I choose.

I should drink a minimum of 6 (8 oz) glasses of water each day.


Breakfast = Breakfast Sandwich (7), Grapes (0), Coffee with skim milk (1)

Lunch = Leftover Skillet Dish (5)

Dinner = Lobster Fried Rice, Wine (17)

Total for the Day = 30

Exercise = Walked 4 Miles

How many glasses of water I drank = 12

Activity Points Earned for the Day = 4

Activity Points Earned This Week = 4

Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 0


What are YOU eating for breakfast?



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Honey Mustard Chicken Salad

October 3, 2013

My “Four Week Chicken Challenge” is winding down, and I really can’t believe how many recipes I have accumulated that I haven’t made yet! I’ve been spending a lot of time on Pinterest searching for Chicken Recipes, and now I have a ton that I want to try!!! Maybe I’ll add another week to my Chicken Challenge??? Nah……But I do have several recipes yet to try, and if they are a success, I will be adding them to my nicely growing list of “Low Point Meals” under the “Recipe” tab at the top of this page.

For the recipe I am posting today, I was thinking Chicken Salad, but I didn’t want one that was heavy with mayo, so I was thinking mustard? I really only started liking mustard in the last couple of years. I’m amazed at how my taste buds are still changing as I get older. There’s still a pretty good list of foods that I’m not crazy about, like raw sushi, but I still taste it once in awhile, just in case. Like my personality, my palate isn’t very mature. Maybe in my 80’s, I’ll be a sushi regular, or even beef tartare? But, I doubt it.

I love Chicken Salad made with grapes and celery, but I wasn’t real sure how that would taste with mustard vs. mayo, so I decided a “little” bit of mayo might be okay, and I went with Honey Mustard!!


1/4 C. Light Mayo

1 T. Dijon Mustard

2 T. Honey

1 Pound Cooked Chicken, cut into bite size pieces or shredded

1 Celery Stalk, chopped

1 Cup of Red Grapes cut in half

1/2 C. of Water Chestnuts, diced

Salt and Pepper, to taste

Serves 4

1 Serving = 7 PPV


Combine Mayo, Dijon Mustard and Honey and mix well.



Combine all other ingredients in a large bowl.



Add Honey Mustard mixture.



Stir until all ingredients are mixed well.



Divide into 4 servings. 1 Serving = 7 PPV



Serve on bread, in a wrap, on a bed of lettuce, or simply in a dish!



I’m keeping this post simple, so here are the yesterdays eats!
















Refresh…I can eat 26 points a day.

I can earn Activity Points by doing exercise, and eat them if I choose.

I have an allowance of 49 points that I can dip into if I chose.

I should drink a minimum of 6 (8 oz) glasses of water each day.


The food I ate and it’s PPV


Breakfast = 24 almonds, Banana, Apple (4)

Lunch = Pulled Pork, Broccoli Slaw and Aioli (8)

Snack = Honey Mustard Chicken Salad (7)

Snack = Banana with PB2 Chocolate (1)

Dinner = Leftovers from the  Apple Cider Baked Chicken (9)


Total = 29


Today’s Exercise = I have really been struggling on exercise and my schedule lately! I did not get any exercise in today. 🙁


How many glasses of water I drank today = 10

Activity Points Earned Today = 0




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Avocado Egg Salad?

September 18, 2013





 Avocado Egg Salad

This is one of those combinations that I couldn’t decide if I thought sounded disgusting? Or delicious?




So I decided I had to make it and see for myself.




I adapted this from a recipe I found on Pinterest! I know, surprise. Click HERE for the original recipe that calls for mayo, and is served as a wrap,  but I decided to use just a small amount of Olive Oil and eat it topped with a fresh chopped tomato! Protein and healthy fats!


4 Hard Boiled Eggs

1 Avocado

1 tsp Olive Oil

Salt and Pepper


Mix all ingredients



I divided it into 4 servings, then topped my serving with a fresh Home Grown Tomato!








Hope you like it!

I did!


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That title is enough to make a girl hungry!!

I follow another blogger, and she always has the BEST and EASIEST recipes! And BONUS!! I usually know what ALL of the ingredients are!!

She had a recipe for a Banana Bread Protein Pancake made with Cottage Cheese. I had Greek Yogurt on hand, so I gave that a try.

Click HERE to check out her awesome website! You can come right back to me!!

I seem to always be playing with Peanut Butter or Bananas or Oatmeal, and this was no different. Except for maybe the fact that this one truly is my favorite. It was dense and full of flavor, and most of all, it set up quick which made it easy to flip on the skillet!

Here is the recipe I made with a few of my own tweaks…..trying to increase the protein.


1/2 C. Quick Cooking Oats

1/2 tsp Cinnamon

3 Egg Whites

1/2 Smashed Banana

1/4 C Nonfat Plain Greek Yogurt


Beat all ingredients vigorously with a fork until well blended. Pour into three pancakes onto a medium heated skillet sprayed with cooking spray.


Cook for about 3 minutes, then flip and cook for approximately 2 more minutes!


6 PPV for an awesome, “Protein Packed” Breakfast!!

I topped mine with 1 T. Better n’ Peanut Butter for 1 additional PPV.


Why wouldn’t you????


Bacon and Cheese, Please?

February 5, 2013


Fresh Strawberries, that actually tasted really sweet!
Light English Muffin with Egg Beaters, 1 T. Bacon Pieces,
Reduced Fat Cheddar Slice and a small smear of fresh avocado!

Then I was ecstatic to find a Keurig Gingerbread flavor cup and a small amount of Sugar Free Pumpkin Coffee Syrup! Add a little steamed skim milk, and ahhhhhh, back in the days of Fall of 2012. It seems so long ago……

My overly dramatic breakfast was…


Left over roasted veggies and tortellini.


Grilled Bacon and Cheese!
2 slices 1 PPV bread
1 T. Light Country Crock Spread
2 slices Reduced Fat Cheddar
1 T. Bacon Pieces

1 Happy Lady!



I thought about more Bacon and cheese, but I was craving tilapia tacos instead.

Tilapia taco

Salad with mixed greens, olives, tomatoes, kidney beans, and bell peppers all dressed with salsa and a little sour cream

Dessert? Okay.
1/2 C Low Fat Vanilla Frozen Yogurt topped with
Apples in a Bag!


The food I ate today and it’s PPV

Breakfast = 9
Lunch = 9
Dinner = 10
Dessert = 3

Total = 31

Activity Points Earned Today = 4
Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 0
How many glasses of water I drank today = 9

“love the life you live, live the life you love”

My habitual morning banana and coffee.

I totally have “Man Hands”, but they are no where NEAR the size they look in this picture. And my coffee mug looks like a tiny tea cup!

This is better (yes, it’s the same cup). Photography is weird. Okay, I guess my IPad isn’t really photography, but you know, angles and all.

Smaller than usual breakfast sandwich…..
Egg Beater, toast, cheese
Black Coffee

Then…..for lunch, Tess and I played in the kitchen and came up with a truly magnificent creation……(so good, we did a dinner version too!)

This crust is 16 PPV for the entire thing.

Sauce (this is our favorite, and it comes in a SQUEEZE BOTTLE!)
1/4 cup = 1 PPV

Trader Joe’s Lite Mozzarella…..1 oz = 1 PPV
We used 3 ounces on the bottom of our veggies, then topped it off with another ounce.

Cooking spray
Red Bell Pepper
0 PPV!

2 slices of Canadian Bacon, chopped.

Sauté it all up!

Pile it on! Sauce, cheese, veggies…..MORE CHEESE!


We can’t believe how DELISH this was…….we feel pretty proud of our little creation.

I added a little avocado to the top of mine, so my two slices totaled…..

Carrots for crunch!

Due to my smaller than usual breakfast, and the extra effort to get in my veggies, and the fact that I did 60 minutes on the treadmill before lunch……..

(Please see HAPPY FEET below)

……..I HAD ONE MORE PIECE! Guilt free!

Snack before dinner…..

Pear and clementines

Look what came in the mail!!
She’s so official now……Big Shot Tess! That’s what I’ll call her all day Friday, just for fun. Fun for me. It’ll drive her crazy. More fun for me.

Then for dinner???

We did that whole pizza thing all over again!

Fiesta Bowl? Fiesta Pizza!

Crust = 16
Sauce (half salsa, half pizza sauce)= 1
Turkey Taco Meat = 6
Black Beans = 2
Corn = 2
Lite Mozzarella Cheese = 3

Total = 30

Look at that gooey yummy (LITE) cheese!

Topped with a little shredded lettuce…..

We cut this pizza into 6 slices.

One Piece…5 PPV

Sour Cream…1 PPV
Salsa…0 PPV
Chips…1 PPV
Turkey Taco Meat and Reduced Fat Cheddar…2 PPV

Dinner Total

Chips I snacked on while prepping dinner.

Activity Points Earned Today = 5
Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 13
How many glasses of water I drank today = 12

P.S. I actually did a whole lot of other things today than just take pictures, cook, eat and blog. I can’t tell you what they were though.

“love the life you live, live the life you love”

I decided that I would prove that you can eat incredibly tasty food, (not diet food) while keeping within the recommended Points for the day!

Here is how I started off the day. Truly a favorite of mine…..but I do admit it takes practice with getting the right temperature on your stove top!

Oatmeal Banana Pancake

1/2 C quick cooking oats
1/2 to 1 smashed banana, today I used one whole banana in the mix
2 egg whites
1/4 t cinnamon
1/4 t vanilla
1 packet Truvia
1 T of Better N Peanut Butter for topping
1 t of honey to drizzle

Mash up the banana, add everything but the Peanut Butter and honey and give it a really good stir……..

……….pour onto a medium hot skillet sprayed with cooking spray. Cook about three minutes, then divide into four parts for easy flipping! Flip each quarter and cook an additional minute.

I divided one tablespoon of Better N Peanut Butter over each quarter, let it melt, then spread it out, and stacked them up!

Then I drizzled a teaspoon of honey on top.

I usually top it with sliced banana, but decided to try it without today since I used one whole banana in the pancake.


Every single bite!

You should try it………

Here, open up!

You’re not opening!!

Fine, I’ll eat it all by myself. 🙂

Ok…..lunch today? Equally tasty……

2 slices Trader Joes Bread (2)
1 T Light Country Crock Spread (1)
6 slices Turkey (1)
2 slices Kraft 2% Reduced Fat Sharp Cheddar Cheese (2)

2 Kiwi, 1 orange (0)

Carrots, cherry tomatoes (0)

Total = 6 PPV

I love a grilled cheese sandwich. I included the turkey for a little extra protein. I used two slices of cheese to make this extra creamy and hold it all together nicely!

I have learned to love the crunch of carrots with my sandwich instead of chips. I have a hard time stopping at one serving of chips, so I just don’t keep them in the house. If you have kids in the house, that can be tough! Maybe you could put them out of your sight! Who knows, maybe your kids will eat less chips too if they are outta sight!

And how cute is this little label on the top of the Cherry Tomato package?

“Going green taste a lot better when you add a little red.”

Lunch was just as good as breakfast!

Look at that cheesy goodness!

Crispy on the outside, creamy on the inside.

And dessert!

0 PPV!

I had plans with a girlfriend for the evening, so I had no idea what was in store for the evening meal, but I knew I could make it work, with a little planning, of course.

I ate a large breakfast and lunch, and included lots of power foods so I would stay full throughout the day. My plan worked. When dinner time came, I wasn’t starving and I knew I could fit in a couple of beers and enjoy my evening without any guilt.

Dinner with my girlfriend
Grilled Chicken Sandwich with gauc and sour cream (10)
steamed Veggies (0)
2 Mich Ultras (7)

17 PPV

I didn’t take pictures of dinner, but my sandwich was delicious and I only ate half of the bread.

My plan for the day was to really enjoy some good food, maybe some beer, and still stay within my points range.

By choosing two beers, I ate 30 PPV instead of 26, but I had them available from my 49 points allowance. I’d say I had a very successful……

Tasty Tuesday!

Refresh…I can eat 26 points a day.
I can earn Activity Points by doing exercise.
I have an allowance of 49 points that I can dip into if I chose.
I should drink a minimum of 6 (8 oz) glasses of water each day.

The food I ate today and it’s PPV.

Breakfast = 7
Lunch = 6
Dinner = 17

Total = 30

Activity Points Earned Today = 2
Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 26
How many glasses of water I drank today = 10

“love the life you live, live the life you love”

Meatballs For Breakfast!

July 26, 2012

Yip….more Chicken Meatballs. Now I have had them chopped up in a salad, on a meatball sandwich, and now, chopped up and added to my scrambled egg whites! This was possibly my FAVORITE! I love my Kraft 2% Sharp Cheddar Slices. They melt really well and have a great, strong cheese flavor. So I scrambled the egg whites, added two chopped up meatballs, then I broke the cheese slice into several pieces and put it on top. Then I set a lid on top of it to melt it a little, and topped with a bit of salsa. I added two slices of toast spread with Laughing Cow (Strawberries and Cream) Wedges. Uhhhh……..yum.


Ok, the way the sun was hitting it all, I couldn’t stop taking pictures with my stupid iPad. 🙂

You kinda wanna come over and eat this, don’t you?

Snacked on a Banana….(not pictured). Poor guy, it’s like he got left out of the year book!

Cliff Kid Z Bar….Iced Oatmeal Cookie

Then another Afternoon Snack/small meal? Uh huh. That’s right. It’s meatballs. Three of em. In sauce. 3 PPV. Some grapes. 0 PPV. Good snack. 🙂

I tried this for the first time. It tasted like a candy bar! It was 5 PPV. I probably over did on the bars and sugar today. Needed more veggies. This was really, really good though.

Dinner was Rotisserie Chicken Salad Wraps made with Light Mayo and grapes. We had Baked Zucchini Sticks on the side with marinara sauce.

Pretty tasty replacement for a sandwich and fries!

Wrap = 7 PPV
Fries = 1 PPV

Refresh…I can eat 26 points a day.
I can earn Activity Points by doing exercise.
I have an allowance of 49 points that I can dip into if I chose.
I should drink a minimum of 6 (8 oz) glasses of water each day.

The food I ate today and it’s PPV.

Breakfast = 7
Snack = 4
Lunch = 3
Snack = 5
Dinner = 8

Total = 27

Activity Points Earned Today = 4
Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 40
How many glasses of water I drank today = 12

This is soooooo me this morning at Bootcamp, well, except I’m a girl. The reps are a little more now and class in running a little longer!

“love the life you live, live the life you love”

Ok, really probably just lazy. But for some reason that song got stuck in my head and it wouldn’t go away. It was an awesome Sunday doing a whole lotta nothin.

Crockpot Oatmeal DOES heat up just fine! I was glad I had it for my Sunday morning breakfast…….

I made a trip to Trader Joes on Saturday and picked up a few items I hadn’t tried. I had heard of Cookie Butter, but really didn’t know what it was. I’m still not sure I know what it is, but I do know it could be dangerous, and a little goes a long way! In WW world, 1 T. is 2 PPV. I really wanted to try it on my oatmeal, so I only added 1/2 T. and some strawberries. It was like Strawberry Shortcake Oatmeal! I loved it!

Creamy and Sweet!

I am loving my new frother too! My mom came over for coffee, so I had to show it off. I thought it tasted AWESOME! She said it was fine.

I’m going for low point options throughout the day. Pizza is on the menu for dinner and I know I want more than one piece, so planning is key.

After church we came home, put on cozy clothes, and literally vegged out all afternoon.

Lunch…….low fat cottage cheese topped with tomatoes….cantaloupe and strawberries.

I overheard two ladies at Trader Joes talking about the art of picking out a good, ripe cantaloupe. So I jumped right in and asked one of them to PLEASE pick one out for me. They totally hit the jackpot!

I couldn’t stop thinking about my Cookie Butter. (I’m going to have to put that on the top shelf, in the back.) I decided to make Apple Sandwiches.

I originally saw this on Pinterset a while back, then I found it again recently on
Peanut Butter Fingers.

So I sliced up an apple. Don’t you love the star in the middle? I didn’t want to waste any, so I nibbled on the top….

Then I wasn’t sure of the easiest way to get the core out, since I don’t have the proper tools. I tried a beer cap. My slices were too thick! But you know you thought it was a clever idea! Then I found my tiny saw for Pumpkin carving. Perfect!

I filled up the Tablespoon, as FULL as I could get it!

I didn’t see any reason to add anything else….So I licked the spoon, which was really difficult due to the shape of the spoon, but I was certain to get every single little taste of this 2 PPV of Cookie Butter!

See the cute little knife in the above picture? Yeah, that died in the garbage disposal later. Ooops.

It made a perfect 2 PPV Sunday afternoon snack! Probably would taste good any day of the week, any time of the day. 🙂

Dinner was a favorite Pizza. I call it my Thai Chicken Pizza. I am guessing most people would call it that?

Wheat Crust
Peanut Sauce
Rotisserie Chicken
Green Onions
Shredded Carrots
Lite Mozzarella Cheese

I really like this Lite Mozzarella I bought at Trader Joes. 1 oz is 1 PPV.
I used 4 oz on the whole pizza, and it was plenty!

Ten minutes later…….

I served up two and half slices for myself along with an awesome spinach salad. It included the main ingredient…..Spinach, along with a few Walnuts, a bit of Reduced Fat Feta, Olive Oil, Cinnamon Pear Balsamic Vinegar and a Dash of Cracked Black Pepper.

1/6 of this pizza was 7 PPV.

Refresh…I can eat 26 points a day.
I can earn Activity Points by doing exercise.
I have an allowance of 49 points that I can dip into if I chose.
I should drink a minimum of 6 (8 oz) glasses of water each day.

The food I ate today and it’s PPV.

Breakfast = 5
Lunch = 3
Snack = 2
Dinner = 20

Total = 30

Activity Points Earned Today = 0
Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 45
How many glasses of water I drank today = 9

“love the life you live, live the life you love”