Monday, October 13, 2014

Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole

We tried a new recipe tonight in our house...and it was a winner! It's always nice when you try new things and they don't taste low-fat and healthy! I had a hard time remembering that this was a Weight Watcher friendly recipe.

Here's what you'll need: chicken breast, lean ham slices, sliced Swiss cheese, light butter, whole wheat flour, skim milk, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, paprika, black pepper, Panko breadcrumbs & garlic powder

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly coat a 9x13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray, set aside.

For the Sauce: Melt butter in a large sauce pan. Whisk flour into flour, slowly start adding milk, whisking to avoid lumps. Stir until sauce begins to thicken. Mix together the lemon juice, Dijon mustard, paprika and pepper; slowly add to sauce mixture. Bring sauce to a simmer, stirring continuously, until desired thickness has been reached (I didn't let mine thicken as much  as I should have).

Layer the chicken, ham, Swiss cheese and sauce mixture in your pan.

In a small sauce pan, melt butter, then stir in the Panko crumbs, garlic powder and pepper. Top casserole with Panko mixture.

Bake for 35 minutes, top will be golden brown. Enjoy!

Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole
Adapted from: Skinny Mom
Serves: 8, 1-cup servings, 9 Weight Watcher Points Plus

  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cooked and cubed
  • 8 oz fat-free lean ham slices
  • 10 thinly sliced Swiss cheese
  • 4 tbsp light butter
  • 4 tbsp whole wheat flour
  • 3 1/4 cups skim milk
  • 1 lemon, juiced (aprox. 2 Tbsp)
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 cup light butter
  • 1 1/2 cups Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray, set aside.
2. For the sauce, melt the butter over medium heat. Whisk in the flour, slowly add the milk while whisking to avoid lumps. Stir until sauce begins to thicken (around 10 minutes or so). Mix together lemon juice, Dijon mustard, paprika and pepper, and slowly add to sauce mixture. Bring to a low simmer, continue stirring until sauce has reached desired thickness.
3. Layer chicken, ham slices, Swiss cheese and sauce mixture.
4. For topping, melt butter in a small sauce pan. Remove from heat, stir in Panko breadcrumbs, garlic powder and pepper. Spread evenly over top of sauce mixture.
5. Bake for 35 minutes...topping with turn a golden brown.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Menu Plan Monday

Here is our menu plan for the week! I will have recipe reviews up this week on my thoughts of the meals we are having this week...they are all knew for the most part, so it should be fun.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

What I Ate on Weight Watchers - October 6th

It felt good to be back on plan! It always amazes me when I let myself fall off plan, because I always feel a ton better when I am on plan, but I guess that's just part of the battle.

I woke up with a cup of Moroccan Mint tea and a tsp of honey (1 PP)

Breakfast: Nonfat Peppermint Bark French Vanilla latte (5 PP) and a pear (0 PP)

Lunch: Smart Ones Teriyaki Chicken & Vegetables (6 PP), Green Salad (0 PP) 1 tbsp Marie's Creamy Ranch (3 PP). I did a review on the Teriyaki Chicken, you can find it HERE

Afternoon Snack: Skinny Pop Popcorn, 2 cups (2 PP)

Dinner: Pineapple Teriyaki Chicken meatballs from Costco (7 PP), Instant mashed potatoes (3 PP), gravy (0 PP) and Mixed Vegetables (1 PP). I should have done a review on those meatballs..they are GOOD!!!

I had to share the moon from tonight! I looked out off our patio and this was the view...the photo doesn't do it justice (it actually looks like the sun in the picture but it's the moon). So pretty...I just love this time of year :)

Dessert: Pacific Chai Vanilla Chai Latte (3 PP)

It was a great day on plan. I noticed I drink a lot of my points, but I can say, I enjoy them all and I don't feel like I'm missing something or feel hungry! If I was, I would make sure and eat more of them instead :)

Points Used: 28/31
Activity Points Earned: 3
Steps Taken: 7601
Miles Walked: 2.83
Did you know you can now link your FitBit with your Weight Watcher Tracker?? I love it!

Keep on Trackin'

Monday, October 6, 2014

Food Review: Smart Ones Teriyaki Chicken & Vegetables

Something new I'd like to start doing on my blog is food reviews! So please if you have anything you would like me to review...let me know :)

Today I'm reviewing the 
Smart Ones Teriyaki Chicken & Vegetables - 6 Points Plus

Box description: Grilled white meat chicken and Asian-style vegetables in a sweet & spicy teriyaki sauce over white rice

Pro's: I really enjoyed it! Don't go in thinking it's going to be super spicy...I like spice, but not super spicy, and it had just enough of a kick for my liking!

Cons: Not enough chicken! They just don't put enough meat in these things!

This meal would be easy to bulk up for a more filling meal! Add some chicken (be sure to add the points), and I would add more veggies! Some more steamed broccoli and carrots would make a huge difference.

Would I buy it again? Yes I would! For a quick lunch, this is perfect and tasty. I was satisfied with just the meal as is, and a side salad.