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Structure and Creativity

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I like rules.  I’m a lawyer so I was taught to learn the rules, know the rules, and play within the rules. Sometimes we find ways to bend the rules, or get around the rules without actually breaking them.

One of the reasons I like Weight Watchers is that it gives me a structure of rules to work within.  I know that I can have a certain number of food points.  I work those points!  Tonight I made a basic salad of lettuce, tomato and cucumber.  You’d think I’d eat that and save points for something chocolate.  Not tonight.  Tonight I wanted a yummy salad.  So I added 1 tablespoon of blue cheese dressing and 1 tablespoon of crunchy fried onions.  I was within my points but I enjoyed my meal.

Weight Watchers gives me limits, rules, and I get to play around with them.  I don’t break them but I push them to their limit.  I use my appetite, my cravings, and my creativity to create a meal that is satisfying, healthy, and within my points maximum.

Top 10 Go-to Meals

Tuna salad

Tuna salad (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you are like me, you may get home at night and not be sure what to make for dinner.  I just typed up this list, covered it in a plastic sheet protector and am going to hang it in the kitchen.  Try to have most of these things on hand so you’ll have a few choices.  It’s better to plan weekly menus, but when you don’t, try this!

Top 10 Go-to Meals*

  1. Tuna Salad and Lettuce/Crackers
  2. Spaghetti with Meat Sauce
  3. Steak, Baked Potato and Salad
  4. Chicken/Vegetable Stir Fry
  5. Breakfast for dinner
  6. Soup/Sandwich/Salad
  7. Baked “barbeque” Chicken
  8. Hamburgers
  9. Pasta Salad with Shrimp
  10. Baked Fish with Salsa

*Don’t know what to make?  Choose one of these easy fallbacks!


It’s all in the dressing!

A picture taken, of A Green Salad.

Image via Wikipedia

I had the best salad today.  And what I’ve learned, and tasted today, is that a good salad is all in the dressing.  Sure you can have good, fresh ingredients.  Yummy greens.  Chewy or crunchy mix-ins.  But it’s the dressing that brings all the flavor and really brings your salad together. 

My salad today consists of mixed greens, pecans, and pears.  That’s it.  Pretty basic in a sweet, nutty way.  But the dressing?  Divine.  I got the recipe from a cute little book called Very Salad Dressing.   The dressing name is  something like Humbly Honey Dressing and has the following: apple cider vinegar, honey, olive oil, finely chopped onion and celery leaves, mustard, salt, pepper and a bit of sugar.  Wow! My mouth and tummy are happy – not to mention my esophagus.  🙂