Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Sloppy Joes

In a moment of laziness, I decided to attempt Sloppy Joes without the use of a prepared seasoning packet (there was an incident of buying way too much meat over the weekend and ground beef shall be the meat of choice for a while until my freezer no longer looks like it's holding only beef and Skinny Cow ice cream sandwiches -- not that that's necessarily a bad thing ;-) It was a grand success and I dare say the seasoning packet does not need to enter this house again!

Sloppy Joes
Serves 6
Estimated Point Value: 4 pts

1 lb ground beef
1 medium onion, diced
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp dried mustard
3 tsp brown sugar
8 oz tomato sauce
1/4 c. ketchup
1/4 c. BBQ sauce (I used Sweet Baby Ray's -- our rib sauce of choice)
1 Tbsp Worchestershire sauce
1 Tbsp vinegar
Salt and Pepper (to taste)
  1. Brown beef and onion together in a large skillet.
  2. Add other ingredients and simmer for 15-20 minutes, starting with the lid on (if things get too sloppy, remove the lid and let the joes thicken up a bit).
  3. Serve on hamburger bun.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Sweet Salsa Chicken - 3 pts.

Oh look, another chicken recipe from the WeightWatchers message boards =P This one was not quite as successful as some of the others. I am not a huge mustard fan and I really thought the mustard wouldn't over power the salsa, but that's pretty much all I could smell when it came out of the oven. I'm sure I could fix this with some additional work, but I may end up abandoning it...

Sweet Salsa Chicken
Serves 2
Estimated Point Value: 3 pts

2 chicken breast halves
8 oz salsa
1 1/2 Tbsp brown sugar
1Tbsp balsamic vinegar
2 tsp Dijon mustard
Chili powder, cumin, oregano, salt, pepper, and minced garlic to taste

  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. Place chicken small baking dish sprayed with cooking spray.
  3. Sprinkle dried spices over the chicken breasts.
  4. Combine the salsa, brown sugar, vinegar and mustard then pour over chicken.
  5. Bake for 30 minutes.