Monday, February 6, 2012

Super Bowl Thai Chicken Skewers!

In the learning stages of the Weight Watcher lifestyle, social events can be disasterous. But only if you let them. Although I am not an avid football fan, this year's Super Bowl between the New England Patriots and the New York Giants could not be ignored.  I researched recipes so I could get as much bang for my buck as possible. This chicken dish was super easy to prepare, scrumptious and only 2 points a skewer.

Weight Watchers Thai Chicken Skewers

20 fl oz light coconut milk, about 2 1/2 cups (two and a half cans)
4 Tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped or to taste
1 Tbsp dark brown sugar
1 1/2 Tbsp Spicy Thai Sauce/Marinade
1 tsp fresh and finely chopped ginger root
 1 Tbsp lime juice
3/4 tsp table salt
1-1/2 pound uncooked boneless skinless chicken breasts/strips (about 26)

*Soak the wooden skewers in water overnight so they won't scorch/burn when you grill the chicken.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the can of coconut milk, cilantro, brown sugar, thai sauce, ginger, lime and salt until well blended.

Remove about a cup of the mixture and set aside. This will be used for a dipping sauce for the chicken. Put the rest into a gallon resealable plastic bag and add the chicken. Turn to coat several times and place the bag in the refrigerator for about 4 hours.

Put the marinated chicken strips onto the skewers and discard the remaining sauce from the bag.

 Grill the skewers over medium heat for about 5-6 minutes per side.

Heat up the remaining marinade mixture on the stovetop until it comes to a boil, then place in a bowl with a spoon.

Arrange skewers on a platter with the dipping sauce and sprinkle with fresh cilantro.


Wednesday, February 1, 2012


My Weight Watchers leader says that controlling your weight is all about making better choices. For example, "Should I eat that entire triple chocolate layer cake myself, or should I just have an apple?"

Okay. I get it. Making the better choice is going to eventually lead to a better lifestyle. I'm not too far gone to realize that when I make a healthier food choice, I feel better. My stomach doesn't bloat over the top of my pants. I'm not as jittery.....and I can definitely go longer in between meals.

I still start out my day with a 1/2 cup of oatmeal (not the instant kind), with a small scoop of Better n' Peanut Butter. Boring, but I love it. It's quick, it's easy and above's delicious. It's all for a total of 3 Points Plus and it holds me for most of the morning. I usually plan out my entire day for food in the morning, so my day is already set in stone. I don't deviate.


My weigh in yesterday showed that I dropped 1.5 pounds last week. It's not Biggest Loser style weight loss, but it's a weight loss I can live with. Slow and steady. If I can maintain that loss each week, I'll be a happy camper. I only lost a total of 4.5 pounds for the month of January, but I'm really okay with it. I'm not looking too far ahead.  I find that it's sort of like climbing a mountain..... if you look up to try and see what's ahead of you at the top, you may fall off a cliff while you are climbing. So I'm keeping my head down. Watching each step. Talking my time and making choices that I can live with.

Have a great day!