Thursday, March 22, 2012

Chicken Tostadas ala Chris Powell's Recipe


I saw Chris Powell on TV talking about this recipe and I decided it would fit nicely  into the 17 Day Diet's  Activate and Achieve phases of the 17 Day Diet.

I wrapped this filling in a flour tortilla, rather than using a corn tortilla. I also omitted the salsa because I liked it more like fajitas.  See below for a link to his exact recipe.

Chicken "Tostada" Filling

Makes 6 servings

8 Ounces Chicken Breast, sliced
1 Green Pepper, sliced
1/2 Medium Onion, sliced
1 - 15 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 Tbls Olive Oil
5-6 sprays Olive Oil Spray

  • Spray pan with olive oil spray and add 1 tablespoon of olive oil. 
  • Saute onions and green peppers until crisp tender.
  • Push vegetables to edges of pan and add thinly sliced chicken breast in center. Cook 3-4 minutes, until done. 
  • Add can of black beans and heat thoroughly. 

Wrap filling in corn or flour or corn tortilla or over Baked Tostitos.
Optional: Add shredded lettuce

If you are a Weight Watcher this filling has 4 WW Plus Points.

Chris Powell's Chicken Tostada Recipe

Friday, March 9, 2012

Crockpot Broccoli Soup


This recipe is delicious and filling, and works for every cycle on the 17 Day Diet.  If you are worried about the cream cheese or milk, consider the similar ingredients in Dr. Mike's recipes at the back of the book (low fat cheeses and sour cream).  Just be sure to use the low fat soup, cream cheese (Neufchatel) and skim milk and eat a reasonable portion, such as 1-2 cups per meal. One cup of this soup is a great low-calorie, low fat option when your stomach is growling! It is a staple at my house.

Crockpot Broccoli Soup
Makes 10 - 1 cup servings

Ingredients:

14 oz. bag of frozen broccoli florets
1 small onion, chopped
3 cups water
3 cubes or teaspoons of chicken bouillon
1 can Campbell's Cheddar Cheese Soup (Healthy Request)
8 Oz. package Neufchatel cream cheese
1 cup skim milk
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:
  • Place broccoli and chopped onions into crock pot
  • Heat water. When hot, add bouillon and mix to create broth
  • Pour hot broth over broccoli and onions in crock pot.
  • Add soup, 1/2 teas salt and a few shakes of black pepper
  • Cook on high for and hour and a half or until onions are cooked.
  • Turn heat to low and add cream cheese. Cook another half hour until cheese has melted, stirring occasionally
  • Add milk and stir into soup mixture.
  • Cook an additional 10-15 minutes until heated through.

Tip: You can use 2 cans of chicken broth in place of the bouillon if preferred.  Adjust salt accordingly as the bouillon is usually saltier than the broth. Also, I found some of the broccoli florets a little too big for a soup spoon, so after the soup had cooked 1/2 hour I spooned out the larger florets and cut into smaller pieces.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Update: Weight Watchers

I wanted to update my blog followers about a change.  I decided to shift my diet plan for the balance of my weight loss journey to Weight Watchers online.  Call me a diet-hopper if you want, but I'm finding Weight Watchers easier for me to follow and track at this stage in the game.

I will still be posting here from time to time when I find yummy recipes or news-worthy diet info regarding the 17-Day Diet.  Even though I am shifting gears, I do believe the 17-Day Diet Plan works, especially for quick weight loss.  But if you have a significant amount of weight to lose, and are having a hard time sticking with the entire 17-Day Diet plan, you might want to try Weight Watchers and compare which plan works best for you once you've gotten through the first few cycles of the 17-Day Diet.

I don't think it really matters which weight loss plan you choose. One diet plan may work for you this month and another may be best for the long haul. The important thing is to use what you learn on any diet plan and keep trying to get those extra pounds off and find a way to keep them off!

You can find my Weight Watchers blog here: Watching my Weight with Weight Watchers