Tuesday, September 29, 2009

New Recipes...Santa Fe Soup and Apple-Cranberry Crisp

Santa Fe Soup is so yummy and my mom makes it all the time!  It's a weight watchers recipe and has a total of 5 points per serving.  This soup is great on rainy, cold days and terrific for super bowl parties.  Guys usually love it and don't even know it's a weight watchers recipe. Enjoy!

Santa Fe Soup

2 lbs ground turkey
1 large onion, chopped
2 (1-ounce) packages ranch dressing mix
2 (1.5 ounce) taco seasoning mix
2 (11 ounce) cans white shoepeg corn, drained
2 cups water
1 (16 ounce) can pinto beans
1 (14 ounce) can diced tomatoes
1 (16 ounce) can black beans
1 (10 ounce) can rotel tomatoes with chiles

What to do:

  • In a dutch oven, brown ground chuck and onion until meat is brown and onion is tender, drain
  • Add remaining ingredients (do not drain the liquid from the canned ingredients - except for corn)
  • Stir well, bring to boil, reduce head, cover and simmer for 2 hrs
  • ENJOY!

Apple-Cranberry Crisp is one of my favorite desserts.  One serving is worth 4 points on the weight watchers scale and Philip will even eat this dessert.  This is also a great sweet dish to serve during the holidays.

Apple-Cranberry Crisp


4 medium apple(s), Granny Smith, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
3 Tbsp sugar, granulated
1/2 cup(s) dried cranberries
1 cup(s) uncooked old fashioned oats
2 Tbsp unpacked brown sugar
2 Tbsp reduced-calorie margarine
1 tsp ground cinnamon


  • Preheat oven to 350ºF.

  • In a large bowl, combine apples, lemon juice and granulated sugar; toss to combine. Place apple mixture in bottom of a 9-inch pie plate; sprinkle cranberries over top and set aside.

  • In a medium bowl, combine oats, brown sugar, margarine and cinnamon; mix with a fork or your fingers until mixture is combined and crumbly. Sprinkle crumb mixture over apple mixture.

  • Bake until filling is bubbly and top is golden brown, about 50 to 55 minutes. Yields about 3/4 cup per serving.

Friday, September 25, 2009

New Moon

Some of you may know that I have recently become a Twilight fanatic and I wanted to inform everyone that New Moon tickets (Twilight sequel) are already on sale.  My mom and I bought tickets for opening night on Friday, November 20 for the first show at 12:01 A.M. Yes, we will have a late night, but we're already counting down the days.  If I you haven't already read all four books, I HIGHLY recommend them.  They are fabulous and I never miss an opportunity to "spend time" with Edward. 

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Weight Watchers

My mom and I have decided to give weight watchers another try, but this time we're going to the weekly meetings instead of doing the online program.  I think the online program works well for some people, but not everyone.  I enjoy the meetings a lot better and getting together with all the other women who are also trying to get off stubborn weight.  After the first week I lost 3.4 pounds and feel really good about it.  I know it's only 3.4 pounds, but I feel it's a start.  According to weight watchers, my goal weight should be somewhere from 117-146 pounds.  I don't think I will shoot for 117 pounds, because honestly I can't remember the last time I weighed 117 pounds, but I think I will shoot for somewhere between 125-135 pounds.  Anyway, if anyone has any great weight watcher recipes, feel free to send them my way.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Happy Birthday Phoebe

Happy Birthday Phoebe!!!!  Phoebe turned 4 today and continues to be the best babysitting dog ever!