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This eggy casserole has all of my favorite things. Eggs (I know – surprise!), cheese X’s two, corn tortillas, sweet, roasted red peppers all tied together with a rich basil & garlic pesto. It reminds me a bit of a margarita pizza for breakfast and who  doesn’t love that?! It’s an added bonus that it happens to be a Weight Watchers friendly breakfast recipe that is gluten free and vegetarian too.

Enjoy it for breakfast – hot or cold, or serve it up with a big salad to make a complete lunch or dinner.

You could save on points by cutting smaller pieces (9 squares at 3 Smartpoints each), but, trust me, this casserole is so good you’ll want a big piece!

Below is my healthy spin on this recipe.

TORTILLA, PEPPER & EGG CASSEROLE (print it!)INGREDIENTS:

  • 10 Mission Extra Thin Yellow Corn Tortillas, thinly sliced
  • 12 oz jar Trader Joe’s roasted red peppers, drained and roughly chopped
  • 4 oz Trader Joe’s Lite shredded Mozzarella
  • 1 oz parmesan, shredded
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups 1% Milk
  • 3 Tbsp Barilla Pesto Sauce
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes, optional

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Spray a 9 inch square with nonstick spray. Combine tortillas, peppers and cheeses. Place in casserole dish.
  2. Whisk eggs, milk, pesto, salt, pepper and crushed red pepper flakes. Pour over tortilla mix, cover with foil and chill one hour.
  3. Preheat oven to 375. Bake with foil on for 30 minutes....

Hi all! It would’ve been so easy to stay in bed this AM – it was cold, rainy and dark. I resisted temptation making a note that I needed to earn my butt time (sitting on the couch) tonight first. I powered through C25K1.1 and then decided it would be a good idea to do another Jillian Michael’s Body Revolution workout. As much as that wiped me out, I felt amazing after.

I met The Husband for lunch and tried the new WW protein stix’s. I have to say I love them – it’s like a candy bar with rice krispies and the ingredient list is pretty good too.

I am currently loving Taco Soup – it’s even better the next day. Tonight’s toppers totally made it taste like a Taco Supreme.

Daily Snap Recap:B: Healthy Eggroll (Mission Extra Thin Yellow Corn Tortilla, Sargento RF Cheddar, fried egg, Sriracha) – 3 sp, Clementine

S: Tall Nonfat Cappuccino with caramel on top (2 sp)

L: Jersey Mike’s – #7 Mini Turkey & Provolone Mike’s way (8 sp), 1/2 bag BBQ Lay’s (3 sp)

S: WW Peanut Butter Protein Stix – 2 sp, banana

D: Taco Soup with all the fixin’s (7 Tostitos scoops, 1/4 cup Trader Joe’s Lite shredded Mexican cheese, 2 Tbsp 0% Greek yogurt, Pico de Gallo, 5 Sweet & Hot jalapenos) – 4 sp

22 Daily WWFreestyle Smartpoints, 10K+ steps

Now to relax...

Hi all! How was your weekend? Our weekend was pretty good. After having a solid back in track week with Blue Dots every day and 10K steps every day but one, I lost 3 lbs this week – just about all of my vacation weight gain. I really enjoyed my WWFreestyle week!

My weekend activity included walking to the local harbor and back with The Husband. Plus doing Jillian Michael’s Body Revolution workout #1 that I downloaded on Hoopla for free. Omg, it doesn’t seem too hard but my muscles have been so sore all weekend.

We took a trip to Sam’s Club where I found a few new to me eats.

Sandwich Bros. Flat bread Egg White & Turkey Sausage Pockets.What I like about them? Real ingredients you can recognize and pronounce.Only 4 Smartpoints each.They taste pretty good too!2 Smartpoint Snacks!

I love...

It’s not really a secret that I had an insane love for anything made with shrimp. Now that it’s zero points, I am on a mission to find all the ways I can cook shrimp. Enter this amazing Shrimp Fajita Salad that comes in at only 2 WWFreestyle Smartpoints a serving.

This crunchy salad has layers of flavor – smoky, garlicky shrimp, sweet caramelized onions & peppers and a little spice with pico de gallo that gets cooled with avocado. All served up with warm mini 2 SmartPoints flour tortilla so you can have your salad and a fajita too.

FAJITA SHRIMP SALAD ( print it!)INGREDIENTS:
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp avocado or canola oil, divided
  • 1 large onion, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 2-3 bell peppers, seeded and sliced
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp Taco Seasoning, divided
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, roughly chopped
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • 1 tsp agave nectar or honey
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 lb shrimp, shelled and deveined
  • 1 large romaine head, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrots & cabbage
  • Optional toppers: Pico de Gallo, Avocado, mini flour tortillas

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium high heat. Add 1 Tbsp avocado oil and onion, browning 3 minutes. Add peppers and 1 Tbsp taco seasoning. Continue cooking until softened, 3-4 minutes. Add 1/4 cup water and cook until water cooks off. Remove from heat and add 1/2 the lime juice, agave and 1/2 the cilantro. Set aside.
  2. Toss shrimp with 1/2 Tbsp taco seasoning,...

Happy Friday Eve all! This morning I was up early and on the treadmill to pound out my 34 minute jog/walk doing C25K week 1.2. I honestly think I am going to need to repeat week 1 next week because it isn’t “easy” yet. It still felt good to check it off my list before heading out yo meet my good friend for coffee. We chatted for hours and I was starving when I got home so lunch was a quick Authentic Asia Shrimp WonTon Bowl.

I feel like I finally mastered two things at dinner – cooking rice on the stove (I’ve always used a rice cooker) and making one authentic tasting stir fry. I followed this recipe for General Tso Chicken and will definitely be making it again.

Daily Snap Recap (not pretty but fast & tasty!):B: Healthy Eggroll (Mission Extra Thin Yellow Corn Tortilla topped with Sargento RF Cheddar and a fried egg) – 3 sp, cutie

S: Tall Nonfat Cappuccino with caramel on top (2 sp)

L: Authentic Asia Shrimp WonTon Ramen bowl (8 sp)

S: Banana, WW Pepperjack string cheese (1 sp)

D: 1/4 Svg General Tso Chicken (4 sp), 1/2 cup steamed rice (3 sp)

Then, I had to dive into the treats my friend brought back from her trip to Japan for us. I count 5 sp for my tastes and we haven’t tried everything yet.

It...

Happy Wednesday all! The sky this morning was absolutely beautiful….the calm before the storm rolled in.Breakfast today was awesome. I whipped up these delicious breakfast tacos using the other half of my Jennie-O Lean Turkey Breakfast Sausage.

Saute 1/2 cup onion and bell pepper with 7 cooked sausages until lightly brown, about 5  minutes.Meanwhile, whisk 4 eggs with a little milk, hot sauce, salt & pepper.The secret ingredient – a wedge of spicy pepperjack for extra creaminess with a little kick.Add the cheese and eggs to the sausage mix. Cook over low until scrambled.When the eggs are just about done, add 1/4 cup tomatoes and cilantro. Cook to desired consistency, for me that’s 30 seconds until incorporated.“Fry” 6 Mission Extra Thin Yellow Corn tortillas in non-stick spray over medium heat, about 30 seconds each.

Divide sausage & eggs among tortillas, top with hot...

Hi all! This morning I couldn’t wait to dive into my 3 Smartpoints breakfast. 1 egg scrambled with a little green onion, cilantro, milk and hot sauce paired with 4 Jennie-O Lean Turkey Sausages and a cutie. This breakfast kept me full for 5 hours – no snacks required. This held true even after my 40 minutes jog/walk on the treadmill. I learned today that while I’m in decent walking and hiking condition, running was so hard. I didn’t love it but I’m going to keep at it until I like it more. I downloaded this free C25K app to start. I like my virtual trainer Constance so far so there is that.

The Husband and I used my birthday coupon at Jersey Mike’s for lunch.

I love, love, love the fact that my mini #7 Turkey and provolone sandwich with the Juice went down 3 Smartpoints on WW Freestyle. That totally left room to share BBQ chips.

Lunch adds up to 11 Smartpoints – worth it!After lunch and a little shopping, we decided to use our gift card and check out the new theater seats at one of our local theaters.

I loved the reclining chairs, kicking my feet up and having coffee while watching Father Figure. The Husband said the seats make him want to...

Happy New Year all! Are you making any resolutions this year? I go back and forth with making 12 resolutions (1 per month) or having a theme/one item to focus on each year. I’ve also given up things in the past like sugar, white foods, sugar free foods, red meat, soda, etc. All these resolutions have helped me to make good for me changes that I’ve incorporated into my lifestyle.

All that being said, this year, I want to take a different approach for my 2018 New Year’s Resolution by combining the two. My theme and core focus is to truly work the WW Freestyle program with my continued 100% honest tracking and getting active every day. Then, I want to layer on a new goal each month for something I am feeling in the moment or where I need to focus versus having them preset at the beginning of the year.

I feel super proud that I hit my 10K step goal all but 5 days in December. My Blue Dots, not so much.

So, for January – my goal is to hit 10K steps and a WW Blue Dot every day. I feel like I’ve been really good at one or the other, but, I want to get both. Combining healthy eats in my healthy eating zone can(aka blue dots!) and daily activity that leads to over 10K step will boost my success.

We kicked off our day with a 3 mile hike. I know The Husband wasn’t so...

Happy Weekend all! Today marks my last Hawaii Christmas Vacation recap. Thank you all for joining me on our travels, the recommendations, being patient with my sporadic eats/posts and all the nice comments. It really made it like you all were with us along the way.

Fun fact – every single picture and post this go round was from my phone. It’s sorta ironic as I did not have to pack a computer for once, but, I did bring my computer thinking I’d use it to post. My computer never left my bag making this my first real vacation in years. It was awesome but tough to decide what pictures to post since I manually upload each one this way.

We had big aspirations on our last day to go to Queen’s Bath, the Lighthouse and hike to a waterfall. Not all of that happened.

We started our day walking to the Queen’s Bath trail only to find out that due to the rain, you had to walk through knee high puddles.

Instead we continued our journey to Fort Alexander at the top of the St. Regis hotel. The view is just beautiful.I also saw a “fish” plant along the way – see it below on the bottom right??Our next stop was the Kilauea Lighthouse.

Hi all! We had our first super rainy day in Kauai during our Hawaii Christmas Vacation. It didn’t stop us from taking advantage of being in the rain. We snuck in our quick cliffs beach walk, swam in the rain then BBQ’d eating under the patio cover.I tried The Husband’s new favorite – Portuguese Sausage (like linguica). I still prefer the Chicken Apple Sausages. I also fell in love with a new snack mix I can never but again lol. Leftover BBQ lunch then burgers and salad for dinner.On Wedding Day, we got up early to walk a different route. Truth be told, I was totally motivated to walk for my cappuccino. We snapped pictures of the mountains along the way – so beautiful.My sister got married on Anini beach. We all  decorated the sand with flowers creating an “alter”.They looked so happy – the ceremony was simple and so sweet with all the kids involved. 

Hi all! One thing I have loved doing each morning in Kauai is taking a walk to what we call the Cliffs beach. We walk along the path that takes you near the golf course then the beach trail until you reach this beach along the Cliffs. I think this is also near Queens Bath (a hike we have scheduled later this week).The other thing I’ve fallen in love with….these mini white chocolate covered macadamia nuts. I’m glad I only bought the 9 pack.We spent the day hanging out by the pool, the beach, a little shopping and our Christmas Eve dinner was at Ruth Chris Steakhouse. The Husband and I shared the chopped salad. We had family style honey bacon Brussels sprouts which I pretty much ate all of with my  Chilean Sea Bass that came with a pineapple sweet potato hash.  The cheesecake was shared by the entire table making for a perfect sweet finish to our dinner.

Hi all! Our second day in Kauai included two things I really wanted to do – go to the Farmer’s Market and a Luau on the beach.

We started out at the Anaina House Farmer’s Market but also went to the other farmers market on North Shore too.Before heading out, I had a quick almond butter banana toast slice for breakfast.It was so fun to not only see all the tropical fruit but to also have the opportunity to try them as so many vendors want you to sample.We bought salad, pineapple, strawberry papaya, big avocados, carrots, Thai  cucumbers, tangerines and Apple Bananas (aka Hawaiian bananas).Post market, we headed out for a little shopping and lunch at 9th Island Grill. Everyone got burgers and I got these shrimp tacos with the cilantro aioli on the side.Dessert was Starbucks!! Grande Coffee Light Frappuccino affogato.

Merry Christmas everyone! We kicked off part 2 of our Hawaii Christmas Vacation getting up early to catch an island hopper flight to Kauai. The main reason for this year’s vacation kicks off this week – spending Christmas with our family in Hawaii and attending my sister’s wedding. We have such a fun and busy week planned.

This Lil guy hopped on our bus for a ride.While his chic and babies quickly followed. So freakin’ cute!We had a quick airport breakfast. I had  my 2 eggs, 2 pieces bacon, a slice of toast and skipped the rest.Our first stop – checking out the beach. Beautiful! After we did a little Christmas and souvenir shopping before heading back to the airport to pick up my mom.We stopped for lunch at Mark’s Place. Mark’s lunch boxes are so tasty but huge and priced at $11! I had the teriyaki chicken rice and green salad plate shared with my mom. You get 3 pieces of chicken – I had 2 with the salad and some noodles.

Hi all! I’m back today with our final Oahu adventures before we headed off to Part 2 of our Hawaii Christmas Vacation. Funny fact about me – Everytime I type Christmas Vacation, I instantly think of the Griswold’s movies and the Go Go’s song Vacation! And, it makes me laugh every time.

We set out on Day 7 to hike to Waimea Falls. I had fond memories of the adventure Park with cliff divers that this used to be. However, it has changed so much. It now costs $16 to get in and I’m not totally sure it’s worth it. It’s about a 1 mile leisurely hike with several side trails you can take as you walk along the river.It is also a botanical garden so you see some  pretty amazing greenery, flowers and crazy huge Lily pods like these.There are also over 20 types of birds you can spot throughout the park like this Nene bird.I remember the waterfall being a lot bigger. It’s about 50 feet tall. If you’d like to swim, they have life jackets...

Happy Survivor Finale day all! I cannot wait to see who wins and I think the finale tonight is going to be great. We had our first official Hawaiian breakfast thanks to The Husband’s friend for taking us to Zippy’s.

It’s probably a good thing we do not live here as it would be very hard to pass up having bacon fried rice with your breakfast. I ordered a 2 egg omelette with ham and veggies. It was delicious. I did taste a bite of loco Moco and Portuguese Sausage too and liked them.After breakfast, we set out to hike the Makapuu Lighthouse. It’s a fairly easy, paved hiked that is 1 mile uphill and of course all downhill on the way back. That’s what I kept reminding The Husband as we climbed.

The view along the way and at the top is absolutely amazing.We packed our lunch and picnicked at Kailua Beach. My 1/2 a Turkey pepperjack pickle Chipwich.For dinner, we decided to pick up fresh produce and BBQ skewers at the King’s Village Farmer’s Market. Everything was relatively inexpensive and fresh.

The Husband was excited to finally try a malasada aka Hawaiian Donut....

Hi all! Thank you all for the ideas and recommendations on what to do/places to try while we are in Hawaii. I have to say, we have honestly loved everything so far and day 4 might’ve been the highlight to date. I may have found my favorite places to eat.

We started off with a 45 minute beach walk that finished at Starbucks.Followed up with Almond Butter banana toast.Our goal for the day was to drive around most of the island to check out as many beaches as we could.

My road trip snack pick – he chose candy lol. I haven’t had these since I was a kid. Not the best SP choice as they are 5 Smartpoints for 12 crackers but I really wanted crackers and they are better than chips.Here are a few snaps of my favorite beaches.The Blow Hole.Our...

Hi all! How was your weekend? Our weekend has been pretty awesome as we just wrapped up another fabulous day at the beach. We woke up early on Saturday morning to watch the sunrise while sipping Lyon Toasted Coconut coffee on our balcony. I could pretty much start every day like that.We picked up a few things to make for breakfast and lunch to balance out your eats and treats.

These Jimmy Dean Delights were The Husband’s choice coming in at just 7 Smartpoints each.Served up with 1/2 a Fuji apple – it wasn’t a bad start to the day.After breakfast, we headed out for an hour long walk along Waikiki beach to get in our steps outside.After walking both sides, we walked along the outdoor mall to the International Market. It’s so crazy  to me how much this has changed since the last time we visited.  It used to be an open air market with vendors selling their local crafts and souvenirs. Now it’s a big fancy mall.

Happy Weekend all! On our second day of our Hawaii Christmas Vacation, we got up early and kept with our keep active commitment hitting the hotel gym. I did 1 mile on the stair master, 1 mile on the bike then all the nautilus arm machines X’s 3.

After we checked out of our hotel (they gave us coconut macadamia cookies for the road!) then headed over to Eggs ‘n Things for breakfast. We’ve heard so much about this local place, I couldn’t wait to try it.I ordered the 2 egg scramble with bacon and green onions. I learned you really can only eat so many eggs – It was tasty but I could only eat half. It was alot of egg lol.?I had 1/4 of the banana pancakes that came as my side….The Husband also requested the whipped cream macadamia nut topper.?Holy moly! I am not a sweets in the AM person, but, these pancakes were awesome.

Light whipped cream with sweet bananas and maple syrup topped with a little salty butter and crunchy macadamia nuts. These buttermilk pancakes literally melt in your mouth.

Hi all! Thank you fir participating in my GH Cretors Sweet & Salty Giveaway. I think the majority vote is The Mix is everyone’s favorite flavor and you all are so creative with the Holiday mixes you’d put together.

The lucky winner of the Holiday Trio drawn using random.org is…..

#41 Stacy T. says

I don’t have a blog, but told a friend in my WW meeting about your blog and giveaway. Thanks for all your amazing posts and motivation!!! Congrats Stacy and thanks for sharing my blog & giveaway!! Please email me your full mailing address so I can get your prize pack out to you. I will catch up with everyone later after we return from the beach Have a great Saturday all!

Happy Friday Eve all! You have one last chance to enter my GH Cretors Popcorn giveaway as I am drawing the winner tomorrow.  Go here now to enter. Christmas vacation has officially started and I could not be more excited!! I’ll tell you more about our trip as we vacation. For now, here are a few snaps from today.

After a long day of travel, we ended up on the beach…in warmth, sunshine, sand and blue waters.But, I’m getting ahead of myself. We were up at 3:30 am this morning to catch our flight to Hawaii. My goal for this vacation is to eat mindfully, focus on WWFreestyle zero point foods as my base, round it out with alot of veggies and stop eating when I’m satisfied, not full. Oh and don’t waste points on foods that are just not good or worth and walk/hike/be active each day.

My airport breakfast – 2 zero point eggs with 2 pieces of bacon, I skipped the potatoes but I did eat that delicious bread. I totally forgot to say no butter so I went with it.This was followed up with a tall Nonfat  cappuccino with caramel on...