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Jul 1, 2013

Weekly Menu Plan {Weight Watchers Style} + Recipe for Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing

Quick & Healthy Taco Salad with Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing {Recipe Below}

After several months inconsistent menu planning, I jumped back on the bandwagon last week. We had our two nieces over for the week, and I was highly motivated by the fact that I didn't want to haul four kids to the grocery store on any given day. So in effort to save myself some frustration, I sat down Sunday night to  make a thorough menu plan for the week, including breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and snacks. The girls were arriving on Monday so time was of the essence. I made an evening run to the grocery store to pick up my supplies. I'm happy to report that my plan was a complete success! I'm judging by the fact that (1) I haven't been to the grocery store in a week and (2) we haven't eaten out except for the one day that we actually planned to. So, it goes without saying that I'm at it again this week. The short time that it takes me to sit down and plan for the week saves me tons of time, money, calories, and frustration down the road. "So no more laziness in this area, Beth!!" (sorry, I yell at myself sometimes). 

Here's a sneak peek at our dinners for the week:

Dinners:

*Baked Tilapia, Yellow Rice, Green Beans
*Zucchini & Mushroom Frittata (This is a new Weight Watchers Recipe I'm trying this week. I'll report back soon.), Turkey Bacon, Toast
*Weight Watchers Slow Cooker Lasagna (except I'm using the over instead of the slow cooker), corn, garden salad
*Morningstar Spicy Black Bean Veggie Burgers (We don't eat many convenience meals, but on busy nights these are perfect. They are so delicious and only 3PP per burger!), Popchips
*Chili Dogs (chili courtesy of my Mom!)
*Leftovers

Now for the recipe I promised...

A couple of week ago, I had a delicious taco salad for lunch. I tried a new recipe for a Creamy Cilantro Lime Salad Dressing to pour over the taco salad. I'm a cilantro-lover so I thought it was the perfect touch to the salad. It's low-calorie, and only 1 Weight Watcher point plus for 1/4 of the recipe, which equals to a little under 1/4 cup per serving.

 

Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing

 

 Ingredients:

1/3 cup light sour cream (not fat free!)
1/3 cup low fat plain yogurt (Fage 2% would be a good choice!)
1/2 cup chopped cilantro (curious how I chop my herbs?), loosely packed
2 tablespoons lime juice (about 1 lime)
1/4 teaspoon garlic salt

Instructions:

Combine all ingredients in a blender and combine until smooth! Best served over taco salad.  Enjoy!


 

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