But truthfully, I didn't do it on my own. I had friends help.
Saturday afternoon I went to Subway and then a play where there were cookies and candy galore. I ate a healthy turkey sandwich, no cheese. My friends Jeff, Peg, and Emily were SUPER supportive the whole time! Jeff didn't get cheese on his sandwich. And Peg kept asking about foods, whether I wanted them or whether I wanted to save my points for our Pasta Pig Out.
Saturday night, my FANTASTIC Children of Eden friends had a party which was called PASTA PIG OUT! AS you can WELL imagine, this had been a source of GREAT stress in my life. When I mentioned it in my Weight Watchers meeting there were a lot of deep breaths in through gritted teeth and, "Good lucks!" A scary idea for a Weight Watcher. PASTA PIG OUT!!!! Delicious sounding right. Pasta. Cheese. Carbs. Breadsticks.
|Yup.. I said NO to all of this!|
Deliciousness... there is nothing bad about it... YUM YUM YUM! Regardless, I knew that the old Emily would really struggle with this event. I really tried to focus on the idea that it was about the people and not the food. And it was SO successful!!! The AMAZING hostess Rachel made weight watchers friendly pasta and had the nutrition facts right there. I measured out how much I took and then ate some asparagus. She may not know how appreciative I was, but it relieved ALL my stress. Seriously. That is the mark of a true friend. Someone who makes food JUST for you!
|AMAZING Hostess Rachel!!|
Additionally, before the meal, I had emailed my friends telling them what was acceptable for me to eat. Every single person there was AWESOME at keeping me on track, being firm but nice, and being complimentary on how well I was staying in my plan. I was SUPER thankful for ALL of them!! And it was more fun than I have had in a LONG while.
The other FANTASTIC part of the evening was that I got 2 EXCELLENT recipes from the party!!! One for FANTASTICALLY DELICIOUS pasta and an interesting, yet tasty chick pea cookie dough dip! :-) If you don't want to read the recipes, you can stop here and just be excited for my awesome and successful week. If you are interested in 2 delicious recipes... Keep on reading!
Rotini and Sweet Pepper Primavera
- 14 ounces asparagus spears
- 2 1/2 cups dried rotini or gemelli (8 ounces)
- 1 large red or yellow sweet pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces
- 1 cup sliced zucchini or yellow summer squash
- 1 10 ounce container refrigerated light Alfredo sauce
- 2 tablespoons snipped fresh tarragon or thyme 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1. Snap off and discard woody bases from asparagus spears. Bias-slice asparagus into 1-inch pieces.
2. Cook pasta according to package directions, adding asparagus, sweet pepper, and squash to pasta the last 3 minutes of cooking. Drain. Return pasta and vegetable mixture to hot saucepan.
3. Meanwhile, for sauce, in a small saucepan combine Alfredo sauce, the 2 tablespoons tarragon, and crushed red pepper. Cook and stir over medium heat about 5 minutes or until mixture is heated through. Pour sauce over pasta and vegetable mixture; stir gently to coat. If desired, garnish with fresh tarragon. Makes 4 servings.
Nutrition Facts (Rotini and Sweet Pepper Primavera)
Servings Per Recipe 4,
Servings Per Recipe 4,
- Calories, 353
- Protein, 11
- Carbohydrate, 55
- Fat, 9
- Dietary Fiber, 4