Sunday, September 4, 2011



1/2-1 Yellow or Sweet Onion, cut in vertical strips
1 Red Pepper, cut into bite-size squares
3+ cups Broccoli Florets, frozen or fresh
Seasoned Salt
Black Pepper
2 Tbs Soy Sauce
2 Tbs Olive Oil

I dumped frozen broccoli directly into my small glass casserole dish and layered the other vegetables prettily on it. :) Then I sprinkled the lot of it with seasoned salt and a bit o' pepper. I drizzled the remaining ingredients over the surface and threw it in the oven at 350 for about 45-50 minutes. Best of all, a cup of this stuff is 0 WW points!

(Baked chicken is not for pretties. It is for efficient eating. But clockwise from top left: Cajun chicken, garlic ginger, and Montreal spiced. Is kinda bland without this stuff or Ranch dressing, though.)

3lb Chicken, fresh or thawed
Tony Chachere's Original Creole/Cajun Seasoning
Ground Ginger
Garlic Salt
McCormick's Montreal Chicken Seasoning

Arrange chicken in casserole dish or deep-sided pan. Sprinkle 1/3 of chicken with the creole seasoning, 1/3 with ginger and garlic salt, and 1/3 with the Montreal chicken stuff. Bake for 1 hour, so that you don't die from salmonella. Because it'll simmer in its own juices, the chicken will still be very tender. 5 WW Pts per 3 or 4 oz.

Style Note: If you're not a wasty-waster, you can save the rich broth from your chicken bake and re-purpose it for soup, stock or drinking. Just cool it completely and either refrigerate or freeze it. (Ice cube trays are great for the latter!)


I had to split up our perishable cabinet into two sides-- mine and Brandon's-- because this is what it looks like on his side: mac n cheese, brownies and syrup. Usually there are Nutter Bars, Swiss Rolls and some bread. Oats are healthy, right? Not when you eat them without heating by adding whole milk, a ton of brown sugar and--in his defense-- cinnamon. But at least he's cute, right? :D

Then I bought the new Kashi cereal (with a whopping 9 grams of protein in each serving, recommended by a trusted nutrition nut) and had to stash it over here until I run outta Cheerios. :) Just thought it was a fun juxtaposition.

A note on off-brands: We're big on the cheaper off-brands of most staple foods like oats, peanut butter, milk, sugar, and so on, because on the whole, it's pretty much the same stuff. But in junk food (like Brandon's brownies, cuz Wal-Mart brownies sucked), cereal (Kashi is pretty expensive for cereal. *sigh*), and flour (White Lily all the way!), and, when I buy it, broth (no MSG), I kinda play favorites. Fresh vegetables are an exception to the "name brands" concept as well, because if supermarket "brands" look better or are bought locally in season and look great, they're cheap as well. I still come out ahead financially, because I use so little of the "expensive" things.

For now, my snacks are GoGoSqueez AppleApple or AppleCinnamon applesauce snacks and Fat-Free chocolate Snack Pack pudding. Because I'm a grown-up! :)

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