It's the small wins...

In celebration of my 5 pounts lost on WW, I decided that I would share my favorite snacks and dinners. One of my favorite parts of the diet experience so far is eating all of the fruit. Especially blueberries and raspberries. I. Love. Berries. So those are my treats, and they are ZERO points. So I gobble them up and try not to think about how much they cost this time of year... I use fruit to fill in my diet since they are zero points, and I usually just need something to munch anyhow. So far it's been working out really great for me, and it helps me keep on track. I have very rarely gone over my PointPlus values in a day, even while I was traveling. It's taken a LOT of self control, especially when we go out to eat with family or friends. Because I want to be bad. But usually I can convince myself that I would enjoy something that is on my approved list just as much as something that is not. And in the end, I do!


Baked Shrimp in Lemony Garlic Sauce

  • 1 1/4lbs Lg Shrimp
  • 1/4 cup Fresh Lemon Juice (Recipe calls for fresh, but I used the bottle...)
  • 2 tbsp melted butter
  • 3 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1 tsp Lemon Pepper seasoning
  • 3/4 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 tsp ground red pepper
  • 2 tbsp Parsley

Preheat oven to 425. Arrange (thawed if not fresh) shrimp on a baking dish. Combine all ingredients minus Parsley and pour over shrimp. Bake for 8-10 minutes until shrimp is done. Sprinkle with parsley.

I served the shrimp over wheat spaghetti noodles with olive oil and parmesan cheese.

Super yummy! Super easy!


Pork Kebabs with Rum and Clementine Glaze

  • 1lb Pork Loin cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper
  • 1 Red Onion
  • 6 Clementines
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp Rum (I actually used bourbon because that was what we had)
  • 1 whole star Anise (I couldn't find this, but I had a Chinese 5 Spice and the 2 main ingredients were Anise so I sprinkled that in...)

You can either cook on your grill, or under your broiler in your oven. I used the broiler.

Cut your Onions into wedges, peppers into chunks, and remaining clementines (Leaving the skins on cut in half, and then in thirds making 6 pieces for each clementine). Squeeze the juice from 3 of the clementines to get apx 1/3 cup of juice. In a sauce pan combine juice, brown sugar, rum, and anise. Cook over medium heat for apx 6 minutes to form a glaze. While glaze is warming arrange your kebabs alternating Pork, Clementine, Onion, Pepper, repeat. Should make Apx 6 kebabs with 2 sets of each item on the kebab. Once your kebabs are complete brush on half of the glaze then sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Cook for 10 minutes, then turn and brush on the remaining glaze and cook for an additional ten minutes or until done.

I served over instant white rice, but would probably be better with brown rice. This was also super tasty, and hubby said the left overs were just as great. Easy, but not super fast due to cutting, arranging, etc.


Yummy Snack (Doesn't have a name....)

  • 1 apple (I use Gala or Fuji)
  • 2 tbsp Honey
  • 2 tbsp Reduced Fat Feta Cheese
  • 2 tbsp Brown Sugar Pecans

Core and cut apple into bite sized pieces. Drizzle with honey, sprinkle with feta and pecans. Stir until mixed well, enjoy. The measurements are not exact. Just do what looks right. It's super yummy!