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Sep 6, 2012

One Year Anniversary on Weight Watchers

This Saturday I celebrate one year of following Weight Watchers. It's hard to believe that it's been a year already. I had about twenty pounds to lose when I started, and a little over four months into the program I was at my goal weight and became a lifetime member (aka I get all the perks without having to pay!) The past eight months I've been successfully maintaining my weight. This morning when my feet hit the scale (as they do every morning) I was a pound under my goal weight.

My Mom started Weight Watchers about a week after I did. This morning I got a text from her stating that she had lost a total of 50 pounds on the program. She was overjoyed. And so was I. We've encouraged and supported each other throughout the year, and the results have been well-worth our efforts. I'm so proud of you, Mom!

Weight Watchers doesn't pay me to promote their program. I just truly believe it works. Through the program my relationship with food has completely changed. I've learned how to make healthy eating a lifestyle. I've learned balance. I've enjoyed all of my favorite foods. I've eaten new and exciting foods. I've become a better cook (a personal lifetime goal of mine). I've built discipline into my life, and I've seen that discipline carry over into others of my life as well.

Overall it's been an awesome experience, and I don't plan on quitting any time soon!

One of the funnest things about being on Weight Watchers has been learning new skills in the kitchen. My Mom and I have shared many recipes and food finds with each other this past year, and it's made the journey a little more exciting.

So in honor of one year of Weight Watchin', I thought I'd share a very simple, zero-point food swap that could save you lots of calories (or points, or carbs). If you're from South Louisiana or St. Lucia (like my hubby) you probably eat about 85% of your meals with or over rice. I know Kevin and I do. But eating rice can rack up your Weight Watcher points in no time.

Wouldn't be awesome if there was a zero-point substitute for rice?

Good news! There is!

It's called... cauliflower!

I can tell you're apprehensive. So let me explain...
 


Doesn't it look just like rice?

You'll notice a slight difference in taste and texture, but if you follow this simple recipe, it'll be a great swap for rice when you're needing to save some points/calories for that homemade brownie that keeps staring you in the face.

So without further adieu, here's the recipe...

Ingredients:

1 Bag of frozen cauliflower (you can use fresh if you'd like)
2 Tablespoons of Water
Salt & Pepper (to tatse, optional)

Method:

1. Place frozen cauliflower into a microwave safe dish. Add about 2 Tablespoons of water to the cauliflower. Cover the dish with plastic wrap and microwave for 5-6 minutes.

2. Pour the cauliflower into a colander and let it drip dry for a few minutes.

3. Take handfuls of the cauliflower and put it into a food processor. Give it a few good pulses. It should immediately start looking like rice.

4. Pour the "cauliflower rice" into a bowl and continue the process until all the cauliflower has transformed. (It took me three rounds of filling and emptying the food processor). Add salt and pepper to taste if you'd like.

I ate mine under a heap of homemade red beans. I called it red beans and cauliflower rice.

It was delicious.

And then I had a brownie.

 Give it a try, and let me know what you think!



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