It still amazes me that up until about 8 years ago, the only vegetables I ate were cucumbers and carrots.  No joke.  Just the thought of spinach, butternut squash, and zucchini occupying space in my fridge would have made me thow up in my mouth.

Now I love so many veggies!  The latest one being sweet potato.  Here’s the deal with me and sweet potatoes though.  I can’t eat them by themselves – like my Mom loves a baked sweet potato.  Ew.  And I have to add spice to the dish otherwise its just too sweet for my taste.

This hash has the perfect balance of sweet, heat and salty.  Yum!

Biz’s Sweet Potato Hash (8 WW Points)

  • 5 oz. diced fresh sweet potato
  • 1 small apple, cored and diced
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1 oz. lean deli ham
  • 1 tsp. to 1 tablespoon thai sweet chili sauce (or leave out for no spice)
  • 1/2 cup egg beaters

In a small pot, add sweet potatoes and cover with water, just enough to cover the sweet potato.  Simmer for 10 minutes, or until tender.  Drain.

In a skillet, add the olive oil, sweet potatoes, rosemary, and apples.  Sautee for about 7 minutes, or until the apples get tender and browned.  Add in ham, chile sauce and egg beaters and cook until eggs are done.

This is the chili sauce I used:

On the side was sliced strawberries and bananas.  So for 8 points I got 1 serving of my healthy oil, 3 fruit servings, and 1 vegetable serving – not too bad! šŸ˜€

Hannah doesn’t start back to school until January 16 and her work is really slow at the beginning of the year so we decided to get together for lunch.

I had a coupon so we went to Noodles & Company.  While there are some major calorie bombs on the menu:

  • Wisconsin Mac N Cheese (1030 calories and 43 grams of fat per serving)
  • Pad Thai (830 calories and 18 grams of fat)
  • Rice Krispie Treat (550 calories and 14 fat)

There are some healthier options, which is what I got:

  • Thai Curry Soup (small!) (230 calories, 18 fat)
  • Cinese Chop Salad (small!) (190 calories, 22 fat)

Together the lunch came in at 11 WW points.  And I had two more veggie servings!

The salad was perfect – lightly dressed and so flavorful.  The soup was good, but I made it great by adding a splash of sriracha. šŸ˜€

I had defrosted pork chops earlier in the week – I had a taste for pork bbq, and made a super quick (I mean, this plate was ready in about 7 minutes!) dinner.

  • 4 ounces thinly sliced pork
  • 2 tablespoons bbq sauce
  • 1/2 cup mashed potatoes
  • 1 cup canned green beans

While the green beans and mashed potatoes were heating up in the microwave, I put my skillet on medium high, and when it got hot, added my pork – cooked for 2 minutes, then added the bbq sauce and cooked 2 more minutes.  Done and done – and delicious!  Dinner comes in at 8 WW points.

And thanks to blog reader Tyler who sent me some Kansas BBQ sauce – it was delicious!

Some more recipes I want to try . . . soon!

Motto for the Day:  Nobody can go back and start a new beginning but anyone can start today and make new ending.  (love it!)