I can’t believe that it is already Wednesday and almost the end of July. It seems like just yesterday I was saying good-bye to my students and getting ready to start the summer. This summer has flown by!
I will have to admit being a stay at home mom this summer has been just as much work as being a working mom. Our schedule has been jammed packed with lots of pool time and sports practices. It does not give me a lot of time in the kitchen. When I planned my menu for this week, I made sure to have easy to make dishes on my most busy nights. I find that it is much easier to stay on the Weight Watchers program when I plan ahead. I use Sundays as my planning and prep day which sets me up for weekly success. I am usually on the look out from my favorite Weight Watchers friendly food bloggers for easy to prepare family friendly meals. Make sure to use my Top 10 Weight Watchers sites if you need a little help with your meal planning.
One of my favorite quick meals is Meatloaf. Meatloaf tends to be my go-to dish when busy weeks come about. I can load it up with flavor and have plenty of leftovers for the week. In the summer I love imitate the BBQ season with BBQ Cheese meatloaf. It is easy to make and extremely family friendly. This pairs well with a low point baked sweet potato and steamed vegetables. This meatloaf variation is one of my family’s favorites.
- 2 Large Egg Whites
- ⅓ cup ketchup
- 2 tablespoons prepared mustard
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- ½ cup bread crumbs of panko (Japanese bread crumbs)
- 1 ½ pounds 93% ground beef
- Cooking spray
- For sauce:
- ½ cup BBQ Sauce
- ½ cup shredded reduced fat cheddar cheese
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray Pyrex or baking pan with non-stick cooking spray.
- Combine first 8 ingredients in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk. Stir in bread crumbs. Crumble beef over mixture; stir until combined.
- Once mixture is stirred together, shape mixture into an 8×4 inch loaf pan. (I used my meatloaf magic pan)
- Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes.
- Once meatloaf has cooked for 50 minutes brush BBQ sauce over cooking meatloaf.
- Sprinkle with cheese. Bake an additional 10 minutes or until the thermometer registers 160 degrees.
- Let stand 10 minutes; cut into 8 slices.
* PointsPlus® calculated by Mom on the Run; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.
What are some of your go to recipes when you are having a busy week? What helps you be a successful Weight Watchers member?