First I want to mention that I tried two new recipes today! Yay!!! One is Taco Bean Soup...a recipe I got from Weight Watchers. It's super easy and suuuuuuper tasty, and pretty low in points! Score on all three! Ok, here's the recipe and the directions in case you want to try it ever:
Taco Bean Soup
Prep time: 3 minutes; Cook time: 17 minutes
1 (15 ounce) can of 98% fat-free turkey chili with beans (such as Hormel)
1 (14.5 ounce) can no-salt-added diced tomatoes, undrained
2 cups coarsely chopped zucchini or yellow squash
1 cup water
1/2 cup (2 ounces) preshredded reduced-fat 4-cheese Mexican blend cheese
1/4 cup sliced green onions
1) Combine first 4 ingredients in a large saucepan. Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 12 minutes.
2) Ladle soup into bowls. Top evenly with cheese and green onions.
YIELD: 4 servings
See? It doesn't get any easier than that!!!!
Well...maybe it does. The second yummy recipe I tried came from my great friend TxMarianne on twitter. She knew I needed something easy and yummy and low in points, so she sent me this fabulous, easy recipe. It's called Pumpkin Fluff. Here it is if you ever want to try it:
Prep time: about 5 minutes; Cook time: 0
1 (16 ounce) can of Pumpkin Pie Mix
1 container Fat Free Cool Whip
1 box Sugar Free/Fat Free Vanilla Pudding Mix
Pumpkin Pie Spice
1) Mix first three ingredients in a mixing bowl and whip
2) Add Pumpkin Pie Spice to taste.
YIELD: 3 servings
So I guess it gets even easier than the soup...this one you don't even have to cook! YESSSSS
I do want to warn you though- if you're not used to eating fat free cool whip, you might want to ease yourself into this second one. :) I just started eating it like crazy and it sent me straight to the restroom. But it's so tasty! Just eat like...half a cup the first time or something. :) Anyway, it's low in points and it also counts as a veggie because it's pumpkin! Amazing!
Yeah for healthy low-fat eating!
The other thing I want to mention? Valentine's Day...Just for a brief second. I just have to go on a rant because I'm SINGLE and I saw on someone else's blog a post to single women for the weekend, and I follow a few dating blogs and some of them have addressed the "issue", and I'm here to tell you that it's fine! I'm so sick and tired of people thinking that just because SINGLE people don't have a Valentine, they're somehow depressed and sick about it. Let me tell you something. I am SINGLE and I'm not sad about it! I am a fabulous girl and I don't feel any "less" because there is no man out there trying to declare his love for me on one particular night. I LOVE MY LIFE. Even when Valentine's day comes! It's just another opportunity for me to do something fabulous for myself. :) Some of my friends joke about it, calling it SAD (single's awareness day), but I am just not SAD about it! I love Valentine's day! I love the colors, the chocolate, the hearts. So people, quit feeling the need to either feel sorry for single people, or feeling sorry for yourself (if you're single). If you're single, embrace your single-ness. Seriously- I don't want to get started on this rant because it will go on forever. So- just love yourself and love your life. It could always be worse. If you still want to participate in the day but don't want to just lavish yourself, do something great for a friend or your parents. Or better yet, be a secret cupid. Just don't be a creepy secret cupid.