Zucchini Soup

I recently did a 28 day challenge at a local gym, Signature Fitness.  The challenge included 4 trainer-led (killer! – but doable) workouts per week and a meal plan.  Well, I didn’t exactly follow the meal plan (I do Weight Watchers anyway so I felt no need to deviate from that) but I did try to eat more “clean” during the challenge.  I didn’t win the 4 week challenge but I did lose a few pounds (which was not my goal) and some inches (that was more my focus).  Even though I didn’t follow the meal plan exactly, I did try a few of the recipes.  This Zucchini Soup is one of those.  It’s a very summery soup… does that make sense for a soup?  It does in this situation… it’s so fresh tasting!  You have a couple options for flavors here.  The original recipe calls for fennel.  I loved it with the fennel, but not all members of my family are fennel fans so I often make it with dill instead.  I love it just as much with dill, and it’s delicious served warm or cold, either one!  ~Erin

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Zucchini Soup
    Ingredients
  • 1 tsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 medium zucchini, peeled and chopped
  • ½ a medium white or yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp. dried fennel seed OR ½ tsp dried dill weed (not both!)
  • 3 c. low-sodium chicken stock
  • Salt, to taste (plus black pepper if using fennel)
  1. Heat olive oil in a medium pot with zucchini, onion, and fennel seed (if using).
  2. Sautee over medium heat until onion becomes translucent.
  3. Add chicken stock and dill, if using instead of fennel.
  4. Simmer until zucchini is very tender (about 10-15 minutes).
  5. Turn off the heat and let it cool for a few minutes, then blend with an immersion blender. If you do not have an immersion blender, let the mixture cool to almost room temp and then puree in your blender. Do not put hot liquids in the blender.
  6. Add salt (and pepper if you used fennel as the spice – pepper is not necessary if you used dill) to taste.
  7. If you used fennel, you may want to strain out the seeds at this point; they don’t blend.
  8. Serve warm or cold.

Weight Watchers info: This soups makes about 4 servings of 1 cup each. Each serving is zero SmartPoints!

https://foursistersdish.com/2018/06/11/zucchini-soup/

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Summer Ice Box Pie

Many years (and pounds) ago, when I first started Weight Watchers, I was given a recipe similar to this by a friend who had been a Weight Watcher for years. I was desperate for something that made me feel like I was having dessert! That was over a decade ago and my family and I are still enjoying this cool, summery treat. You can make this pie using any flavor combination of yogurt and Jello that you want. For the one pictured here, I used strawberry Jello with lemon yogurt. ~Tracy

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Summer Ice Box Pie
    Ingredients
  • ~1 (.3oz) package sugar free jello in your favorite flavor – I used strawberry
  • ~2 (8 oz.) containers low fat yogurt – I used lemon (mine were 4 points each)
  • ~1 c. boiling water
  • ~1 (8 oz.) container fat free Cool Whip
  • ~1 reduced fat graham cracker crust
  • ~fresh fruit for topping, optional
  1. Stir Jello into boiling water and mix until well dissolved.
  2. Add both containers of yogurt and mix well.
  3. Fold in Cool Whip.
  4. Pour mixture into graham cracker crust.
  5. Chill until ingredients are set.
  6. Top with fresh fruit and serve.

Weight Watchers Info: Divided into 8 servings, this dessert is 7 points per slice.

https://foursistersdish.com/2018/06/05/summer-ice-box-pie/

Mom’s Classic Meatloaf

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Meatloaf can go one of two ways.  It can be a lump of flavorless beef–or it can be a tender, hearty, flavorful, slice of comfort food.  Our mom’s meatloaf is the latter.  Her recipe is classic… made of simple ingredients and topped with good old American ketchup.  Pair it with a pile of creamy mashed potatoes, and you have the flavors of home.

͂ Erin

 

Ingredients:

2 lb. ground beef (93% lean beef)

1 c. canned tomato sauce

60 saltine crackers (about a sleeve and a half)

½ c. diced onion

1 c. diced bell pepper

1 egg

½ c. ketchup

1 tsp. salt

Instructions:  

Preheat oven to 375°F.  Combine all ingredients except ketchup until just mixed.  Do not over mix.  Spread ketchup on top of loaves.  Form two loaves on a sheet pan.  Bake for 45 minutes or until cooked through (160°F throughout).

Weight Watchers info:  This recipe makes 16 servings at 4 SmartPoints each.