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Monday, October 19, 2009

Recipe of the Week 10/10/09

Smoky BBQ Pork Quesadillas with Fresh Tomato Salsa


  • 2 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 4 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 Tbsp lime juice
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 pound pork tenderloin, trimmed and cut into strips
  • 1/2 cup prepared BBQ sauce
  • 2 Tbsp chipotle chilies in adobo sauce
  • 1/2 c shredded monterey jack cheese
  • 8 6 inch corn tortillas


To make the salsa, stir in the tomatoes, 2 Tbsp of the cilantro, lime juice, garlic, oil and salt together in a medium bowl

Spray a large non stick skillet with nonstick spray and place on medium heat. Add the pork and cook until browned, 5 minutes. Add the barbecue sauce and chipotle chilies with adobo sauce; bring to a boil. Remove from the heat and transfer to a bowl. Wipe the skillet clean.

Sprinkle 1/4 cup of the cheese on 4 of the tortillas, then top evenly with all of the pork mixture. Sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 cup of cheese and remaining 2 Tbsp cilantro. Top with the remaining tortillas, lightly pressing down on each stack.

Spray the skillet with nonstick spray and set over medium heat. Add one of the tortilla stacks and cook until lightly browned and heated through, 2-3 minutes on each side. Transfer the quesadilla to a plate and keep warm. Repeat with remaining tortilla stacks. Serve with the salsa.

Makes 4 servings

Nutrition Facts

Nutritional analysis per serving

Calories 375
Total Fat 16 grams
Saturated Fat 7.6 grams
Cholesterol 80 mg
Sodium 507 mg
Carbohydrates 28.3 grams
Protein 34 grams
Fiber 4.5 grams
8 points

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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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