Zero-Point Instant Pot Chili

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Ingredients:

1 lb ground turkey, 99% lean

1 14-oz can pinto beans

1 14-oz can kidney beans

1 onion, diced

1 cup celery, diced

1-1/2 cups chicken broth (I use Kitchen Basics unsalted)

1 6-oz can tomato sauce

1 15-oz can diced tomatoes

1 small can green chilis

1 Tbsp cumin

2 Tbsp chili powder

Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

Spray Instant Pot with Pam spray. Brown ground turkey. Add all other ingredients. Cook 35 minutes on manual setting.

My whole family loves this, and it’s zero points on Weight Watchers Freestyle.

 

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Taco Chicken Tenders

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Ingredients:

2 lbs chicken tenders

1 pkg Mrs Dash Taco Seasoning

1 T olive oil

Lime juice from 1 lime

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Combine taco seasoning, olive oil and lime juice in a large bowl. Toss the chicken tenders in the mixture. Arrange on baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes. Turn over and bake for 10 additional minutes. Serve with yogurt dip, if desired.

6 ounces of tenders = 1 Weight Watchers Freestyle point

Chicken Pozole

IMG_4096My daughter loves pozole. It’s usually made with pork, but she doesn’t eat pork, so I made some last night with chicken. It was out of this world delicious! I got the recipe from a friend, but tweaked it a little bit.

Since I’m gearing up for the new Weight Watchers Freestyle program starting January 1st, the good news is that this pozole is only two points. Those points are for the hominy and chicken broth. The chicken broth actually has zero points if you only eat one or two cups, so I’m a little iffy on whether this is one or two points…but it’s not much. I would have thought since hominy is corn that it would be free, but apparently it’s not.

This is good old comfort food. I would imagine it’s great for cold and flu season. I hear it’s also great for hangovers.

This recipe only makes about four servings. Next time I make it I will double the recipe. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

Ingredients:

2 T pure ancho or Padilla chili powder
1 1/2 t salt
2 t dried Mexican oregano, crumbled
8 medium garlic cloves, chopped
1 lb chicken – I used breast meat, but you can use whatever you want
1 (14 oz) can white or yellow hominy, rinsed and drained
1/2 medium white onion, chopped
5 cups unsalted chicken broth
1/8 t crushed red pepper
2 green onions, including 2 inches of green, chopped
1 T chopped fresh cilantro
Lime wedges

Instructions:

1. Bring chicken broth, chili powder, salt, oregano, and garlic to a boil. Add chicken, reduce heat and simmer until chicken is tender, about 1-1/2 hours

2. Remove chicken and shred.

3. Put shredded chicken into soup. Add the hominy, onion, and crushed pepper. Cook about 15 minutes to blend the flavored. Serve hot, sprinkled with green onions and cilantro. Serve with lime wedges.

Zero-Point Lunch

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I’m giving this new Weight Watchers Freestyle plan a test drive before my official start date of January 1st.  This is the dish I mentioned in my previous post, An Unexpected Use.

I just open a can of black beans and rinsed them, threw in a package of thawed, frozen corn and a can of Ro-tel tomatoes. I sprayed a pan with Pam and cooked a couple of eggs with a little salt and pepper. I’m not much of an egg fan, but I must say this was good. If I’m going to eat an egg, it has to be cooked solid all the way through. I had a cup and a half of the bean/corn/tomato concoction and the two eggs for lunch. The whole thing was zero Weight Watchers points.

My worst vice when dieting is not going to the store. That’s what always throws me off. I’m a hermit, and I hate going to the store. Before January 1st, I’m going to plan my meals for the week and go to the store.

I’ve been working from home since Hurricane Harvey. Our building took in eight feet of water in the basement and knocked out our power. It has been over four months since I’ve been to the office. We’re supposed to go back the week of the 1st, so I’ll begin the new Weight Watchers Freestyle program the week I get back to the office. That could be a good thing since I won’t be sitting at home with a fridge downstairs. I work in a large, beautiful office complex on a lake where I can take walks at lunch time. I can also walk up and down the stairs since I’m on the 8th floor.

I’m looking forward to figuring out how to make the most of all the new zero points foods. I live with my daughter. We are both pretty great cooks, so I’m going to look at this as an adventure. I currently take several medications and supplements. It would be great to be able to reduce the meds. I’ll keep the supplements.

Dinner tonight will be rotisserie chicken, Instant Pot potatoes, and veggies.  I haven’t used any points yet today, so potatoes it will be.

Instant Pot Pear Compote

I can’t even begin to tell you what a wonderful recipe this is. Since I’m on Weight Watchers, I wanted something that’s zero points. This recipe has no sugar or artificial sweetener, but it’s sweet and tastes exactly like pie filling. This recipe makes one quart. I’m going to put it on phyllo. One serving on phyllo is two Weight Watchers points. My daughter spread whipped cream cheese and pear compote onto a rice cake. She said it was delicious.

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Ingredients:

  • 6 Pears, peeled, cored, and diced
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger

Instructions:

Just throw everything into the Instant Pot, and set on manual for 5 minutes. Natural release. Give it a stir and smash it up a bit until it’s the consistency you like.

Salmon Avocado Power Salad

Recently, I read somewhere that you should eat the following five foods every day:

  • Salmon
  • Avocado
  • Tomatoes
  • Yogurt
  • Dark leafy greens

With that thought in mind, I made this salad:

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This salad is amazing.  I mashed up one large avocado, gave it a generous squirt of lemon juice, and a dash of sea salt, coarse black pepper, and Mrs. Dash Tomato, Basil and Garlic seasoning. Then, I added sliced grape tomatoes (about 10), a bit of chopped onion, and a small amount of shredded cabbage. I mixed in a 5 oz package of salmon. It was delicious and healthy, and it included four of the five foods we should eat every day, according to the unknown article I read.

The entire salad – which is a lot – is 11 Weight Watchers points if you eat it all.

Little Jars Hold Big Ideas

When I make steel-cut oats in the Instant Pot, I always end up throwing a lot away since I’m the only one eating it. I ordered these little 6 ounce jars from Amazon.

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One cup of oats cooked with three cups of water fills four of these little jars. I ate the fourth one. Now I have breakfast to go.

This weekend, I’m going to make sugar-free pear compote in the Instant Pot. The only ingredients are pears, water, cinnamon and ginger. I can have this with the oats. One of these jars of oats is 3 Weight Watchers points, and 1/4 cup of the compote is 0 points.

I’m also going to make Instant Pot Yogurt this weekend. I’m going to use skim milk since my doctor told me only to have fat-free dairy for now.

Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats

After a weekend of pure laziness, I’m out of most of the food I normally eat. I found a new container of steel cut oats, so I’m going to try making that in the Instant Pot for the first time. I used Kroger steel cut oats because I have no idea if oats are oats are oats.

Oh, and I must insert here that today I’ve lost 41 pounds. Yay!

I’m going to put one cup of oats and three cups of water into the Instant Pot and enter three minutes manually. I think some people add salt and maybe even butter, but I’m on a low-sodium, low-fat diet per my doctor’s instructions, so I’m leaving that out.

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One lesson I just learned the hard way is to let the steam release naturally or it will make a horrific mess.

I layered 1/2 cup steel cut oats and fat-free strawberry-flavored Greek yogurt in a wine glass and topped with one tablespoon of slivered almonds. I used Oikos Triple Zero Greek Yogurt. I don’t drink alcohol anymore, so I might as well use those wine glasses for something.

If you’re doing Weight Watchers, this is 6 points.

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