On the Menu This Week

Greek Style Cheeseburgers
Vegetarian Black Bean Chili
Roasted Cornish Hens with Quinoa and Broccoli

Monday, August 3, 2009

Recipe of the Week 7/25/09

Orange-Chipotle BBQ Pork Chops with Grilled Onions

Serves 4
Points 5 per serving


  • 3 sprays cooking spray
  • 9 Tbsp chipotle barbeque sauce
  • 2 Tbsp cilantro, fresh, chopped, plus more for garnish
  • zest of one orange
  • 3 Tbsp fresh orange juice
  • 1 pound lean pork loin (four 4 oz boneless chops, 3/4 inch thick)
  • Medium Vidalia (or other sweet onion) cut into 1/4 inch thick rounds


Off heat, coat grill rack or a large grill pan with cooking spray; heat grill or set pan over medium heat.

In a medium bowl, combine barbecue sauce, cilantro and orange zest. Remove 5 tablespoons of sauce to a small bowl and stir in orange juice; set aside. Add chops to medium bowl; toss to coat with sauce.

Coat onions with cooking spray. Add onions and pork to grill or grill pan. Grill over medium-high heat, turning once or as needed, until onions are lightly charred and tender and pork is just cooked through, about 8 to 10 minutes.

Transfer pork to serving plates; separate onions into rings and scatter around pork. Drizzle each serving with 2 tablespoons of reserved barbecue sauce mixture; sprinkle with extra chopped cilantro.

Nutrition Facts

Nutritional Analysis per Serving (approximate) (will vary with BBQ sauce used)
Serving Size 1 pork chop and 1/4 of onions.
Calories 190
Total fat 6g
Saturated fat 1g
Protein 26.5g
Carbohydrates 10.5g
Fiber 1g

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My Plan

I did WeightWatchers once before in 2004-2005. I lost 50 pounds. I gained some back going through my divorce but the good news is I kept off 20 of them until I restarted WeightWatchers in January 2009.

For the first time, I have found a plan that was easy to stick to. Something just felt right this time. Before embarking on WeightWatchers I re-read some books I had found helpful in the middle of my last journey. The books are listed under "Weight Loss" Books on the side bar, and a blog post about them will follow soon. These books helped get me mentally prepared to lose weight and they are the reason I think I am finding losing to be less of a struggle. I am not letting myself get discouraged by small gains and I am seeing far more consistent results.

WeightWatchers gives you a points target based on weight and basic daily activity level. Every food has a points value based on calories, fiber and fat. Then its like a checkbook you start with your daily balance, subtract for foods eaten and add for activity done which can earn you points. Exercise=More Food. Each food point is roughly 50 calories and each activity point is worth roughly 100, I use a heart-rate monitor to calculate my activity points earned.

You also get 35 weekly points to use as you want anytime during the week. For me the most successful both mentally and on the scale is to use most of those points on Saturday night for a splurge and to then stick to my daily points fairly closely the rest of the week. It helps me to know my favourite foods are only a week away if I want them. People can manage the plan however they want but for me this is the most successful. When I'm working out a lot I try to eat some of those activity points as well. Ironically I get much smaller losses the weeks I don't eat those points on Saturday, maybe it shakes up my metabolism, who knows I just know it works

Finally my last key to my plan is attending meetings. It helps keep me accountable and on track.

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