The Fray at Radio City!!

I had the most amazing time seeing The Fray at Radio City Music Hall!! “Be Still” was unreal; it reminded me of why I am such a devoted fan of this group!! This concert was one of the happiest experiences of 2012 so far!!

Left: This was a picture of my sister and me, are all dressed up and ready to head over to Radio City!! We had such a blast!!

 

 

 

 

 

And over on the right: Issac Slade singing “Happiness”. (Click my photo for a youtube video the band posted from that night)

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Italian Wedding Soup

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 pound ground meat (I use chicken breast)
  • 1 egg
  • 4 tbs dry whole wheat breadcrumbs
  • 1 tbs grated Parmesan cheese (plus extra to sprinkle on top)
  • 1 tsp italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 6 cups of chicken broth (homemade is the best!)
  • 2 cups of slices escarole
  • 1 cup uncooked orzo
  • 1/3 cup of chopped carrot
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Put chicken broth on the stove in a large pot and cover. In a big bowl combine meat, egg, crumbs, cheese, italian seasoning, onion powder, and garlic powder; mix with your hands and form tiny meatballs. Once the broth starts to boil, add the meatballs (one at a time) followed by the escarole, carrots, and pasta. Gently stir and cook on medium high until pasta is al dente. Take a meat ball out, cut it in half. The meatball should be cooked through (if not, cook a little while longer). Serve with Parmesan cheese sprinkled on top. Enjoy!

This soup is all of your food groups in one bowl! It is so adorable with the meatballs! The escarole is high in vitamin A (good for healthy vision) and C (good for skin and immunity). The chicken broth I make is full of minerals from the chicken bones like calcium and magnesium! I like to eat this alongside the Bulgar Salad or the Mediterranean Tuna Salad!

This recipe makes about 5 cups of soup! Weight watchers Points Plus 2012: 4 points for 1 cup

*recipes was adapted from allrecipes.com

Mediterranean Tuna Salad

Ingredients:

  • 1 (15 ounce) can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 3 (4 ounce) cans of chunk light tuna in water, drained
  • 1 cup of cucumber, chopped
  • 1 large red bell pepper chopped
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 2 teaspoons of dried oregano
  • 1/2 cup of feta cheese
  • 1/2 cup of lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup of red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Combine all ingredients and serve over greens, beside some sliced fruit with a slice of toasted whole wheat baguette, or with a bowl of soup! Enjoy!!

Add olives if you wish! (I don’t care for olives so I leave them out)

This recipe makes about 6 cups. Weight watchers Points Plus 2012: 4 points for 1 cup

This is very filling, full of protein, healthy fats, and fiber! All the lemon juice is great for weight loss because it aids in digestion!

*this recipe was adapted from laaloosh.com!

Weight loss tip!

This is one of my favorite tips that helps me with portion control/Weight Watchers…

I store a serving of soup or chili in a 1 cup mason jar, place a post-it under the band of the jar and label with the number of Points. I also write the name of the contents and the date! I keep these either in the freezer or fridge!

Veggie Straws with Black Bean Hummus!

This snack is so amazing! These Veggie Straws dipped in Bobbi’s Black Bean Hummus are nutritious and so yummy!

I usually count out 12 straws and dip them in 1 TBS of hummus for Weight Watchers Points Plus Value: 2.

Sometimes, I use 2 TBS with 12 veggie straws and enough baby carrots to finish the 2 TBS of hummus for Weight Watchers Points Plus Value: 3!

This hummus is a Philadelphia Area treat but any hummus that you like for 1 point per TBS would be just as good!

ENJOY!