Sunday, September 7, 2008

Saturday Night's All Right for Fightin'...



...Fattening Dinners, that is! OK, guess it's not REALLY fightin' fat if you eat smaller portions of a whole LOT of lower point things, eh? Cause the points add up? Right? (Actually, I stayed on program, if doing a little flex dipping.)

Anyway, for the last day of my mom's visit, my TO sister, her dh and toddler cutie came out and we had a nice BBQ dinner on the patio. I kept forgetting to take pictures and/or started eating BEFORE I took the picture, so forgive any bite marks showing. har.

My sister and mom made the tomato sauce while dh and I were out at Ikea picking up a desk for youngest dd ( or trying, as apparently too many other locals liked the same desk, so we could only buy a part of it and we'll have to brave the Ikea hoards again! People heart Ikea around here. ) Anyway, they were scoping out our garden ( being TRUE gardeners and not rank amateurs like dh and I ), and started picking tomatoes and one thing led to another and it all led to homemade tomato sauce. I'm not sure the points for the sauce ( low, I think? ) but it was very fresh and tasty. I have to admit I pretty much always buy spaghetti sauce, rather than make it ( though with the whole can danger now, I guess it's a good time to start...but we'd have to grow more tomatoes and the season must be ending soon, right? Spaghetti sauce in bottles, it is! )

The other "side" I didn't make was the broccoli salad ( not picture, cause I didn't have any ) and the tzatkiki sauce ( the white mound pictured ) both from Costco.

The chicken was from the Gill Once, Eat Twice article from the August Cooking Light. I'd actually made it before, when I first got this CL, but I'm not sure if I linked it (and I'm too lazy to look back and check), so I'll link it again. Anyway, the chicken from menu one is Lemon-Grilled Chicken Breasts and it is super easy, but very tasty. (Menu 2 is Chicken Caesar salad. I'll lyk how that is, too.) The salad was the Arugula Salad that I did the other day, too. The dessert was from this month's Cooking Light: Dark Chocolate and Cherry Brownies. I made it with their suggested Chocolate Sauce and 1 side of Breyer's low fat vanilla ice cream. It was super good- I mean really, really good. The brownie was 3 points- so worth it. The sauce was 2 points. mmmmmmmmmm....It was a great Saturday night chocolate fix.

I didn't get any workout in yesterday- with all the running around and visitors and excuses. Today it is supposed to rain all day, so I won't be able to retest the Sportband. Maybe I can motivate myself to crack open one of my new workout videos? Boot camp is on again tomorrow, thankfully for my under exercised body.

5 comments:

new*me said...

your pictures make me so hungry! That dessert sounds heavenly ;) Mmmm.....! Nice to share it with family :)

amy said...

that food sounds and looks so yummy, people in atlanta heart IKEA as well

Roaring Lioness said...

Homemade pasta sauce is delicious and actually very easy. How great that you have tomatoes in your garden you can use! It is much healthier to make it as opposed to buying it, because shop-bought versions have more salt and sugar (as well as presevatives) in them. If you don't have home-made ones, just get a tin of plum tomatoes and blend them quickly (or use a tin of already topped tomatoes, although they tend to be of a lesser quality than the plums). That way you have your base, and you can add whatever chopped veg and also meat that you wish.

SeaShore said...

That brownie with the chocolate sauce looks really good! Thanks for linking to the recipes.

JanetM97 said...

Thanks ladies! :) Roaring Lioness, it's so true about how much better the homemade stuff is. My point was that the cans- esp. the tomato ones, I think I read, have that chemical on them that isn't good for you. We are happy with our new garden patch, but it's not a limitless supply. kwim? :P I do make sauce for lasagnas, etc. (but again, from canned tomatoes)