Monday, August 8, 2011

Menu Monday

Monday:  BBQ Chicken Pizza

This pizza is really, really good.  It's super easy to throw together on a weeknight and it completely holds up to my high standards of what I consider an awesome pizza.  And that means a lot considering I exclusively eat sausage and cheese.

I did decide to use a 'just add water' pizza crust for this pizza instead of making my own crust.  Forgive me.  It was a Monday.  And also, I only had two slices of bacon leftover from our Sunday breakfast.  A travesty in my book.  So the points include my changes. 

I personally ate half the pizza.  But a normal person could perhaps eat less.  So please take the high point value of this recipe with that in mind.

WW Points:  25 points/half of pizza

Tuesday:  Pasta Alla Vodka

I had this meal out at a restaurant a few months ago for the first time and have been craving it ever since.  Finally, I had a chance to attempt a recreation.  I thought this pasta was pretty good, but a little involved.  I'm not a fan of recipes that involve me using a blender, the stove, and a ton of other dishes.  I also didn't feel like there was enough sauce when the meal was ready.  But it did have a nice kick to it which I appreciate.  In conclusion, I think I'm still on the lookout for the perfect Pasta Alla Vodka recipe.  Have any suggestions?

WW Points:  14 points/serving
5 servings
We served it with a side of Texas Toast (5 points for Cheese variety)

Wednesday:  Leftovers
This wasn't super fab leftover.  The sauce soaked up even more into the pasta so it had even less than the day before.  Not such a fan.

Thursday:  Cheeseburger Pie

This dish was really tasty...and super easy to make.  At first it was a little weird to be eating puff pastry as a crust but the taste trumped the difficulty in getting a perfect bite.  We left off all the toppings as we're not super big veggie people and thought the dressing would be a weird addition so my points reflect that.

The serving size in the recipe is 4 and I think that would've been perfectly acceptable.  I, however, ate half.  Obvs.

WW Points: 28 points/half of pie

Friday:  Pesto Chicken Stuffed Shells

I was a little weirded out by the fact there was no sauce with this dish, but OMG this was fantastic!!  Probably the best meal we've had in a long time.  The cheesiness was all that was needed with each shell.  And talk about easy to make.  Cook the pasta, stuff them, bake them...good to go!  We will definitely be making it again.

I used 16 jumbo shells so we each got 4 shells per meal.  I thought this serving size was sufficient.  We did have Texas toast with it one night...but ran out the next night and I was no where near starving with just eating the shells.

WW Points:  13 points/serving
4 servings

Saturday:  Leftovers

Sunday:  Orange Chicken

Don't get too excited friends.  This was out of a box.  I had grand plans to make this super awesome sounding Lasagna Soup but we didn't have time to get to the store.  Next week! 

We bought it frozen from Costco and it was really good...and quite yummy.  Not so great for you on the points side of things so I only had a wee little bit.  I've pretty much been stuffing myself full of watermelon lately that I wasn't even really hungry for dinner.  I guess there are worse things to stuff yourself with than watermelon, huh?

WW Points:  11 points/serving
5 servings
If I would've been my normal self, I would've eaten more than this.  Half of the package would've been almost 30 points I doubt I would've done all that.  Perhaps two servings at 22 points would've been perfect.


Dollface said...

I love making penne pasta.. now that I know how :) The first time I put a bit too much vodka in and it felt more like vodka then pasta anything! xxxoo

Kate said...

The BEST vodka sauce I've ever had is via Pioneer Woman. It is not diet friendly, but it's amazing!

Lora said...

I'm going to have to try your pesto shells recipe! Sounds amazing.

I have a vodka sauce recipe on my blog. It's my very favorite thing to make, and I have to limit myself!!

DreamTNM said...

Great menu.. now I'm hungry for some pasta :)

Lindsey said...

Oh wow that vodka sauce sounds amazing, yum!!!!!!!!

melissa said...

One of the best meals I've ever had was penne with vodka sauce at this amazing place in Little Italy in NYC. I think of it every time someone mentions vodka sauce. Thanks for bringing me back to that meal. :)

I've been wanting to try the pesto shells I've seen on Pinterest. Glad to know you liked them!

Mrs EyeCanSee said...

I have two different Vodka Sauce reciped. One is Rachael Ray and to die for. The other is a lower cal penne a la "notka". I will see if I can dig them up for you!

Mrs. C said...

I've been wanting to make a Vodka Sauce recipe. I think i'll have to do so tomorrow!
Mrs. C