Sunday, March 27, 2011

Down, Down, Down

I decided it was time I needed to start losing weight, get down to my ideal size.
Of course everyone is always saying that, no?
But this time I mean it. I started Weight Watchers(Points Plus) about 3 weeks ago. I've only lost 5 pounds, but I love it and I feel so many changes in my body, all or the better :)

I thought I would share my FAVORITE recipe, and a couple things I swear by!

Recipe, was from the AMAZING Andrea. If it weren't for her, I'd be done with WW by now :P

Drumroll Please....

Petite Lasagnas(Makes 12, Points+:5)

  • 12 oz raw ground turkey
  • ¼ tsp salt, divided
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • 14.5 oz can crushed tomatoes, or tomato sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tsp dried oregano, divided
  • ½ tsp dried basil
  • 1 ½ cups part skim ricotta cheese
  • 24 small square wonton wrappers (the kind near the tofu in the refrigerated section of the produce dept)
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Preheat oven to 375ºF. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add the turkey, salt, and pepper. Crumble the meat and saute the mixture for about 10 minutes, or until the turkey is cooked through. Add the garlic and stir constantly for 30 seconds.
  • Add the crushed tomatoes and 2 tsp of oregano. Bring the pan to a gentle boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine the ricotta, a pinch of salt and pepper, the remaining teaspoon of oregano, and the basil. Stir to mix well. Set aside.
  • Coat a 12-cup muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray. Place 1 wonton wrapper into each of the 12 cups, pressing firmly in the bottom of the cup and up the sides.
  • Using half of the ricotta mixture, divide it among the 12 muffin cups. Next, using half of the turkey tomato sauce, spoon it evenly over each of the ricotta filled cups. Sprinkle with 2 tsp of mozzarella.
  • Gently press another wonton wrapper on top of the mozzarella layer.
  • Repeat the process by distributing the remaining ricotta, then the remaining tomato sauce, and finally the rest of the shredded mozzarella.
  • Bake for 10 minutes, or until the cheese has melted.
  • Enjoy! :)

Please, I BEG of you, go to Andrea's blog and look at her pictures. Mine honestly don't do this justice! The only thing I changed in the recipe, was I went a little easy on the ricotta cheese, only because I don't particularly like it.

WARNING: If you go to her blog, and you are hungry, be prepared to raid your cupboards or run to the store!

Okay, Okay, forget the lasagnas(not forever! just long enough to listen to my rambling :P)
My WW tips,
Buy lite bread, 2 pieces=1point
Spray butter=free
Make fruit salads so fruit doesn't get old if you're not a fruit eater.
Egg beaters & Turkey bacon are a PERFECT combination(&you could always throw in some lite bread!)

For real now, No more food talk. It's late and I used all my points today.
It's offical, I am going to have a godson!
I am extremely excited and cannot wait to hold him and see many more ultrasound pictures of him.
I'll have to ask his mommy if I can post pictures on here of him.
Speaking of his mommy, she refuses to show off her baby belly! I absolutely adore big 'ol pregnant bellies! I promise you at some point her belly WILL be on this page ;)
(she's totally reading this with a huge grin muttering to herself how pigs will be flyin' before this happens!)

Now with this random post out of the way,
I shall head of to bed.


Kristina said...

Yummy! That sounds/looks so good! I used to make my own wonton soup with ground chicken. Soooo easy and yummy! I've also made mushroom ravioli with them. :)

Kristina said...

Also, thanks for sharing Andrea's website! What a great resource! :D

Meghan said...

No problem! I use at least one of her recipes a week :)

I'll post more recipes randomly throughout my posts so keep your eyes open :D

Kristina said...

Thanks! How much are you looking to lose Meghan? How is it going so far?

Meghan said...

I started at 210, and I'm at 205(I weigh in tomorrow!). I'm hoping to get down to 160, but to completely honest, I'm wanting more to be comfortable in my skin, and like a size 10/12 jeans :P