Thursday, January 01, 2009

Losing Weight but still making CRAZY good food!

This week was when my husband and I went back to counting points. Now, remember, we have never, EVER, been signed-up for Weight Watchers. We just learned a lot about their system through a bunch of books my mom found in garage sales. Then, we found the "secret point formula" online. Combined with the knowledge we had garnered on healthier food choices, we created our own system.

For instance, Weight Watchers will only allow you up to 5 grams of fiber in the formula. Pish! Posh! Fiber is your friend. Fiber Rocks the Casbah. We count every single solitary gram of fiber.

Which means, yes, the black beans I soaked and cooked the other night (at 14 grams of fiber per serving!!) ended up being -1.5 points for a half a cup. It encouraged us to jack up the fiber and wonderfully healthy protein. Fabulous.

What I love about this approach is how we only look at the point thing for awhile, but it makes us stop and think again about our choices. It's amazing how quickly you go for all really bad stuff without realizing what you're doing. The points FORCE us to stop and think again ... repent from the multitude of prepackaged muck.

I say all of that to say this: I MADE THE MOST ROCKIN' CREOLE CHICKEN HOLY-SWEET-MARY SAUCE THE OTHER NIGHT!!!

I hijacked it from Dixie at God's Littlest Angels. Rocky really misses all of the many ways Haitians turn everything into a great sauce to be poured all over rice. So, I'm going to give you Dixie's recipe, and my alterations will be in bold.

Creole Chicken Sauce

4 chicken breasts (I used chicken tenders - lowest fat I could find)
2 large tablespoons of tomato paste
4 cups of chicken broth
2 large chicken bouillon cubes (I left these out)
1 onion
1 green pepper
Thyme and Parsley tied together in a little bunch (no fresh herbs in northern Oklahoma - I just used a lot of the dried variety - boo!)
2 cloves of garlic (I used about 4 - FEAR NO GARLIC!)
1 leek (used a whole bunch of green onions)
1 tsp of salt
1 hot pepper for taste (take out before serving) (I sprinkled in some crushed red pepper)

Cover chicken with about 6 cups of water, 2 bouillon cubes, and cook.
Save broth for sauce. (when the chicken was done, I sat it aside and shredded it up)
Pestle and mortar 2 or 3 garlic cloves, 1 small leek, and 1 tsp salt. (I ran all of this, including green pepper, through my little food processor - the kids will eat anything they cannot identify)
Take 1/2 cup of of the broth and put into sauce pan and bring to a boil, add garlic/leek mixture and green pepper, cook 3 minutes, add tomato paste and cook for 3 to 5 minutes. Don't burn. Add 3 1/2 cups of chicken broth, parsley and thyme and hot pepper. Bring to boil and cook for 30 to 45 minutes until it starts to boil down a little bit and becomes less watery looking. Spoon over the rice.
(The staff uses oil most of the time to fry the garlic mixture, but I prefer less oil and use the broth instead.) (I used a little canola oil with the broth - I also boiled it down a full 45 minutes, until it was thickening nicely)

I'm really anal with the whole point thing. I figure out how many cups of everything I'm putting into a pot (along with the chicken) so I can divide it out in servings.

Let me tell you - this stuff is AMAZING!! It reminds me of the sauce on my favorite Lobster Ravioli at Eddie's Napoli's. And ... are you ready for this?

It worked out to about 1 point per cup of sauce.

Our rice was 3 points for a cup.

And it was sooooooooooo good!


9 comments:

Mrs. Incredible said...

Sister, you are speaking my love language! (food) I particularly love anything containing both garlic and black beans! (And of course my kids like anything over rice). I can see tomorrow's dinner shaping up nicely. Mesi anpil! (Thank you very much!)

Corey

Brenda said...

Yummmmm. I am making this. I have counted points for years as well. I am not a picky eater at all. I am all about quantity rather than quality of food! I'll eat the box if it is 0 points.

CC said...

Yummy!!!!!!!

Kristen said...

This sounds so good! I can't wait to try it.

The Rudd Family said...

Hmmm. Maximum fiber to count is down to 4 grams now. I like your way better!

Christine said...

My husband dropped 38 lbs doing it this way the first time! So, I say - GO FIBER!!

So many other *ahem* benefits, as well.

The Rudd Family said...

Exactly - gotta love my Chocolate Fiber One bars - 2 points and those added benefits! Good Luck!

Hannah_Rae said...

I knew we had a connection. I am a HUGE GLA fan!!! I have been a supported for 5 years now, and am aggressively praying for the day that God will open the doors for us to adopt from there. A good friend of mine is headed to GLA for a short term mission trip after hearing me gab about it all the time.

Lord, pour out blessing upon blessing on God's Littlest Angels, Dixie, her family, all the staff, and especially the kiddos.

Troy & Tara Livesay said...

boo to recipies --- but at least i finally caught up on your old posts.