How I lost 35 pounds in my weight loss journey
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My 35 Pound Weight-loss Journey (Dinner Foods)

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What's for Dinner?

As I’ve stated in both Part 1 and Part 2 of My 35 Pound Weight-loss Journey, it has taken me approximately a year to lose over 35 pounds. This was accomplished through a combination of the Weight Watchers (WW) diet and exercise. And going into my journey, I knew I would have to get a handle on one of the toughest daily decisions I would have to make – what’s for dinner?

Not Fast Food Again?

After a hard day at work (and after work/school activities), no one wants to come home and spend an hour or more in the kitchen cooking, not to mention cleaning up thereafter. For that reason, most of us would choose the quickest and most convenient option – ordering takeout. However, if we’re honest with ourselves, how many of us like serving this type of food to our families?

Unhealthy and “less than nutritious” options abound and are the typical “problem solver” for many households at dinner time today. That was me, but when I began my weight-loss journey, I knew that this could not be a repeating option, only as a reward or a treat once in a while. In addition, I would have to find dinner solutions that fit within my WW daily and weekly SmartPoints (SP) allowance.

Have You Never Meal Prepped?

I decided I needed some help in tackling this, so that’s why I did some research and ultimately discovered 5 Dinners 1 Hour. 5 Dinners 1 Hour is a recipe service that’s best known for showing you how to prep inexpensive and nutritious meals in an hour or less with very little cleanup. I wrote a review about them that you can read HERE.

Meal prepping was a lifesaver for me in more ways than one. It not only saved me time, but it also saved me money and inches around my waist. I would typically prep all my meals on Sunday, and I must admit, there was a strange satisfaction in knowing that going into a busy week all my dinners were prepped and ready to go – all I had to do was throw them in the oven or crockpot. And even better than that was not having a ton of cleanup to fool with afterword. So, needless to say, if you’ve never looked into meal prepping, I would highly recommend it.

Didn't You Ever Splurge?

Now, don’t get me wrong, I did splurge at dinner time every once in a while. I did go out to eat (both locally and while on vacations) and hosted dinners at my home. Even in doing this, though it was I hard (I ain’t gonna lie), I did my best to watch what I ate and fit my meals within my points allowance.

Two of my biggest splurges came from trying out a couple of meal delivery services. Neither of these were friendly on points or my wallet, but my goal in trying them was to see if they could somehow be used as replacement meals for weeks when I knew I was going to be extra busy and wasn’t able to prep (and as you know, those kind of weeks come around more often than not). The two services I tried were HelloFresh and EveryPlate. I’ve written reviews about both of them that you can read HERE and HERE. My conclusion about both of these was yes, they would make suitable replacements, but only if the prep times, costs, and SP’s were somehow reduced.

What Was for Dinner?

What follows is a list of the dinners  I used in My 35 Pound Weight-loss Journey along with their associated SP values. If they came from a meal prep, delivery service, or recipe website, I also list that information.

  • Vegetables as side dishes – all 0 SP
  • Salad (with 1 tsp fat-free dressing) – 1 SP
  • Chicken Fajitas with black beans – 2 SP
  • Egg salad – 2 SP
  • Grilled chicken, potatoes, and green beans – 2 SP
  • Vegetable Beef Soup – 3 SP
  • Chili and cornbread – 5 SP
  • Grilled cheese and Campbell’s Soup – 5 SP
  • Smoked sausage with onions and peppers over rice – 8 SP
  • Barbecued turkey burgers, roasted potatoes, and green beans – 9 SP
  • Turkey Sloppy Joes with tater tots – 9 SP
  • Ham with pineapple, green beans, and macaroni and cheese – 10 SP
  • Grilled hamburgers with tater tots – 15 SP

 

5 Dinner 1 Hour Meals

  • Easy Salmon Patties – 2 SP
  • Pepper Steak Patties – 2 SP
  • Cheddar and Chicken Pitas – 3 SP
  • Corn and Sausage Chili – 3 SP
  • Mini Honey BBQ Meatloaves – 3 SP
  • Roasted Chicken & Potatoes – 4 SP
  • Slow Cooked Cajun Red Beans – 4 SP
  • Slow Cooked Creamy Turkey and Potatoes with Peas – 4 SP
  • Tangy BBQ Chicken with Green Beans and Potatoes – 4 SP
  • Zesty Grilled Chicken – 4 SP
  • Inside Out Chicken Cordon Bleu – 5 SP
  • Instant Pot Weight Watchers Lasagna – 5 SP
  • Maple Baked Pork Chops – 5 SP
  • Slow-Cooked Brown Sugar Glazed Pork Loin – 5 SP
  • Cheese Stuffed Meatballs – 6 SP
  • Chicken & Rice with Peas – 6 SP
  • Crispy Pork Chops – 6 SP
  • Slow Cooked Beef Stroganoff – 6 SP
  • Sweet & Sour Meatballs – 6 SP
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  • Easy Marinated Steak with Corn on the Cob (w/ ½ tsp butter) – 7 SP
  • Holiday Mini Meatloaves – 7 SP
  • Salisbury Steaks – 7 SP
  • Slow-Cooked BBQ Smoked Sausage and Beans – 7 SP
  • Stuffed Meatballs with Marinara and Squash Noodles – 7 SP
  • Crispy Cheddar Garlic Chicken Tenders with Sweet Potatoes & Peas – 8 SP
  • Sweet & Spicy Meatballs – 9 SP
  • BBQ Baked Chicken with Corn and Sweet Potatoes – 10 SP
  • Slow Cooked Salisbury Steak (using ground turkey) with Green Beans and Rice – 10 SP
  • Bacon Cheeseburger Meatballs – 11 SP
  • Carolina Style Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Lima Beans and Corn – 12 SP

If you’re interested in prepping your meals, or curious like I was, try their $2 sample plan with no further commitment to buy anything.

EveryPlate Meals

  • Herb Butter Steak
  • Honey-Glazed Chicken
  • Cowboy Skillet Pie

With the $20 coupon you’ll receive just for clicking the referral ad below, you can order your first EveryPlate box for about $26 or less.

HelloFresh Meals

  • Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Lemony Potatoes and Zucchini – 8 SP
  • Mediterranean Pork, Peas, and Mashed Potatoes – 10 SP
  • Sweet as Honey Chicken – 11 SP
  • Sweet & Smoky Chicken Cutlets with Cherry Ancho BBQ Sauce, Green Beans, and Pineapple Rice – 13 SP
  • Beef Taco Flatbreads with Poblano and Jalapeno Peppers (15 SP)

If you would like to give HelloFresh a try, click HERE.

 

Other Plans and Recipes

  • Instant Pot Taco Soup with Tortilla Chips – 4 SP

This Instant Pot Taco Soup recipe is from The Frugal Girls (
http://thefrugalgirls.com/2018/09/instant-pot-taco-soup.html
).

 

  • Copycat Taco Bell 5-Layer Beefy Burrito – 6 SP

This recipe is from Alisha Hughes at Meal Planning Mommies – (http://www.mealplanningmommies.com/copycat-beefy-5-layer-burritos).

 

  • Cream Cheese Crockpot Chicken – 2 SP
  • Two-Ingredient Dough Enchiladas – 2 SP
  • Chicken Cordon Bleu Roll-ups – 4 SP
  • Pepperoni Stuffed Chicken – 4 SP
  • Skinny Tater-Tot Casserole – 7 SP

These five meals are from The Pound Dropper (www.thepounddropper.com).

 

  • Slow Cooker Complete BBQ Dinner – 2 SP
  • Slow Cooker Wimpy’s with Tater Tots – 9 SP
  • Hashbrown Casserole – 10 SP

The above three meals are from Eat at Home (a subscription meal plan service that you can check out HERE).

 

  • Chicken Alfredo with Peas – 7 SP
  • Turkey Meatloaf with mashed potatoes – 8 SP

These two meals are from eMeals (you can try them two weeks for free HERE).

lasagna meal prep
Four lasagnes prepped and ready to freeze

As you can see from the above list, there are healthy dinner options available that only require a small amount of prep time and which will keep you out of the drive-thru lane.


Do you have any suggestions for healthy dinner meals? Are there any of the above meals that you would like more information about? Please feel free to comment below.

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