Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Tilapia for 2

Well its WW day 7, and Im doing my best to have fun with it. So far so good. I felt the familiar urge to cheat, to overeat, to spend all my points on cookies but I overcame them. I had a sweet snack that cost me to only be a half point over budget as opposed to day one, when I was 20 over. I feel this week has been a great success, and the scale peeks i've taken prove it. Matt has lost 9lbs- 7 on his own and 2 on ww as he only signed up saturday afternoon. Good for us!

I've been documenting my foods- not lunches and breakfasts cause its like, eggs, breakfast wraps, cereal, fruit smoothies, salad and weight watchers frozen entrees. I do still try to get creative and put real effort into making and eating breakfast- for me, thats a huge change. I used to wait until I felt sick then eat a pile of cookies to get something fast...then when I get over feeling sick from the cookies I eat some other crap...and then starve until dinner- with crap snacks inbetween.

Last night I made an awesome meal- it should only take about 2 hours (an hour of that is an hour of baking tomato) start to finish but with Miles being a snuggle bug in need of constant mom attention it got pretty hairy. It took me more like 4 because I had to do things in pieces.
Which is why I started 2 hours earlier than I wanted to~

With Parmesan Brussel Sprouts and Lemon Couscous

16 oz raw tilapia, 4, 4oz filets
1/2 cup chicken broth, low sodium pref
2 1/2 cup(s) grape tomatoes
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 tsp dried dill
1 tsp dried oregano
2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
5 clove(s) garlic clove(s) smacked open
2 Cups Brussel Sprouts, Halved
2 tsp parmesan
1 cup Whole Wheat Couscous
2 cups chicken broth
1 fresh lemon, halved

Toss the Tomatoes in the Olive Oil, balsamic vinegar, dill, oregano and 3/5 garlic cloves. Put in a shallow baking dish and bake at 375 for 45-60mins- until flat and melty. Remove- You can keep it as it is or puree it into a smooth sauce with an immersion blender.

While sauce bakes, Dredge the Filets in flour and set aside. Steam the brussel sprouts until just before fork tender. In a saucepan, add 1 tbsp olive oil and 1 tsp margarine, with the 2 remaining cloves of garlic. as soon as it seems hot and there is the aroma of garlic, add the brussel sprouts and let them saute. When browned to your liking remove and cover with parmesan.

Bring the 2 cups of chicken broth to a boil and add the cousous- lower to a simmer and cover- fluff in about 5 minutes and remove. Add lemon juice from one half.

When all is just about done, cook the filets- using the 1/2c chicken broth to help steam the filets and stop them from getting too brown before they are fully cooked. **Dont add the broth until both sides have browned or there will be no delicious brown crust for you!

When everything is done, put it on a plate together nice nice, with the sauce on the fish- finish with lemon juice.

WW point breakdown
Tilapia with sauce 4 pts per serving
Brussel sprouts 2 pts per 1 cup serving
Couscous- 3 pts per cup cooked

Total Points- 2 Filets each= 13 Points
If you just have one filet then its a yummy 9pts..But we are hungry folk lol

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