Friday, February 24, 2017

Creamy Tomato Soup a Weight Watchers Recipe


Have you ever wondered how to make Creamy Tomato Soup?  I love tomato soup, it's my favorite soup.  For me it brings back wonderful childhood memories of lunches with tomato soup and delicious grilled cheese sandwiches.  It also reminds me of when my kids were little in Colorado and on would make it for them on snowy days.  I, also, love gooey, yummy, buttery grilled cheese sandwiches almost as much as I love tomato soup.   They kind of go together.  My mom always made Campbell's tomato soup, but I wanted to make a homemade soup that was a little more natural, a little healthier

Now I live in Southern Florida, so it is kind of like summer all year here, but when we get those cold days, I take full advantage of it. Most of the rest of you live in climates that have winters that are more conducive to soups and stews.  The weather is a little colder, so you can make these a lot more often then we can down here.  I guess I could make them more often if I turned the air conditioner on, but I think SW (sweet hubby) might get a little upset about the electric bill being higher just for a pot of soup.  The good news, though, is that yesterday we had a high of 66 degrees, which was great.  I could wear pants and even a sweater, but the best thing was that I could make this delicious Creamy Tomato Soup and share the recipe with all of you.


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Creamy Tomato Soup
Serves 6 / 4 Weight Watchers Smart Points per Serving

Ingredients:
1 28 oz can tomato puree
1 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
1 medium onion chopped
2 cloves garlic
9 basil leaves cut up ( I stack them together, then roll them up, then cut them into thin strips.)

Directions:

Saute onions and garlic in olive until the onions are translucent.

Next add the tomato puree, crushed tomatoes, coconut sugar, pink Himalayan salt, both peppera, and chicken broth.

Bring to a boil, then turn the heat down and simmer for about 30 minutes.

Use a stick blender to make the tomato soup smooth, pureeing the onions into the soup.  If you don't have a stick blender you can put it in a blender to make it smooth.  

Return the soup to the stove and over low heat add the coconut milk.

Bring to a light boil and then add the cut basil leaves.

It is now ready to serve.


I hope that you enjoy this recipe for Creamy Tomato Soup.  I loved it.  I'll share my recipe for grilled cheese sandwiches next week, and they are only 5 weight watchers points each.

Have a great weekend.
 





Sunday, February 19, 2017

Fighting in Prayer

Adorned From Above www.adornedfromabove.com For the kingdom of God is not in word but in power. 1 Cor 4:20 The power of the Holy Spirit

How do you fight your battles? If you are not fighting in prayer then you need to learn how to fight better.  We received all of the tools to battle the enemy when we were filled with the Holy Spirit.  A friend from church posted this line post on Facebook a few weeks ago, "If we're just praying and not praying and fighting, we're losing... #prayerwarrior".  As I was asking God what to share with all of you next, he told me "fighting in prayer".  So here are some verses to help you fight in prayer, with prayer. Through the Holy Spirit you have the AUTHORITY!  Be a prayer warrior.

And He called to Him His twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out and to heal every disease and every affliction.
Matthew 10:1

And He called the twelve and began to send them out two by two, and gave them the authority over unclean spirits.
Mark 6:7

Behold I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you.
Luke 10:19

Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. You received without paying; give without pay.
Matthew 10:6-8

Declare these things: and exhort and rebuke with all authority.  Let no one disregard you.
Titus 2:15

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, to the end of the earth.
Acts 1:8

For the kingdom of God is not in word but in power.
1 Cor 4:20

These scriptures tell us that we have the power, the authority to fight for our families, our friends, ourselves, even our country, our president, the world.  When we pray in the name of Jesus Christ we are using the power of the Holy Spirit.  I urge you to use the tools we were given, our weapon is  prayer, to defeat the enemy.  We can defeat him, it is written that in the end he loses.  Don't let him have one more soul.  Fight in prayer, fight with prayer, be a prayer warrior.

Have a blessed week.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Blueberry Crisp - Weight Watchers Recipe

Adorned From Above www.adornedfromabove.com Ingredients: Trader Joe's Coconut Oil Non Stick Cooking Spray 3 cups blueberries 1/2 cup Swerve Sweetener, Confectioners 1/2 tsp Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Xanthan Gum  Topping Ingredients: 2/3 cup Almond Flour 2 TB butter, melted 1 tsp lemon juice 1 tsp lemon zest 1/4 cup Swerve Sweetener, Confectioners  Directions:  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

I am always experimenting with new Weight Watchers dessert recipes that are low in points and this Blueberry Crisp was delicious.  It is very easy to make and it's gluten free, grain free, and sugar free which is always an added plus for me.  It makes 4 very nice sized servings which are 6 points each.

I am a dessert lover.  I love sweets after dinner and for years I have deprived myself of some of my favorite foods in my quest to loose weight.  That is not something that happens since I started Weight Watchers.  I am still careful about using sugar and flour, because for me there is a direct correlation between sugar and flour and inflammation in my body, but I no longer shy away from eating them either.  I found that I couldn't live my life like that any longer.  I want to be able to have to have a luscious and sweet treat after dinner or at some point during the day.  Just like I want to be able to eat a chip or a cracker.  I don't want to go through life feeling deprived any longer.  One of the results of that change in thought and behavior is this delightfully, effortless Blueberry Crisp.  I hope that you like it as much as I do.

Adorned From Above www.adornedfromabove.com Ingredients: Trader Joe's Coconut Oil Non Stick Cooking Spray 3 cups blueberries 1/2 cup Swerve Sweetener, Confectioners 1/2 tsp Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Xanthan Gum  Topping Ingredients: 2/3 cup Almond Flour 2 TB butter, melted 1 tsp lemon juice 1 tsp lemon zest 1/4 cup Swerve Sweetener, Confectioners  Directions:  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

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Blueberry Crisp A Weight Watchers Recipe
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Serves 4 / 6 Weight Watchers Smart Points per serving

3 cups blueberries
Topping Ingredients:
2/3 cup Almond Flour
2 TB butter, melted
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp lemon zest
1/4 cup Swerve Sweetener, Confectioners

Adorned From Above www.adornedfromabove.com Ingredients: Trader Joe's Coconut Oil Non Stick Cooking Spray 3 cups blueberries 1/2 cup Swerve Sweetener, Confectioners 1/2 tsp Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Xanthan Gum  Topping Ingredients: 2/3 cup Almond Flour 2 TB butter, melted 1 tsp lemon juice 1 tsp lemon zest 1/4 cup Swerve Sweetener, Confectioners  Directions:  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Spray a small casserole dish or a 9 x 9 pan with .  I use the Trader Joe's Coconut Oil non stick cooking spray.

In a large bowl mix blueberries, Swerve, and xantham gum.   Then pour into the casserole dish.

Next, in another bowl, mix the almond flour, melted butter, lemon juice, lemon zest, and Swerve and crumble it over the blueberry mixture.

Bake in the over for 20 to 25 minutes, until lightly browned.  Watch it carefully, because the almond flour burns easily.

Remove from oven and let it cool down.  It is ready to serve once it cools a little.

I hope that you enjoy this new Weight Watchers Recipe.  It is really easy to make and delicious to eat.  I always love hearing from you. so send me your comments.

Have a great week.



Thursday, February 9, 2017

Chicken Piccata with Pasta A Weight Watchers Recipe

Adorned From Above www.adornedfromabove.com Chicken Piccata with Pasta 5 ounces uncooked capellini  pasta 4 (4 ounce) boneless skinless chicken thighs - (the recipe called for breast cutlets, but I prefer thighs and the cutlets are very expensive) 1/8 tsp pepper 1/4 tsp salt ( I use pink Himalayan salt) coconut cooking spray (I use Trader Joes, but you can use you favorite type of cooking spray) 3 tsp vermouth or dry white wine 2/3 cup of fat free low sodium chicken broth 2 tsp lemon zest 1 1/2 TB lemon juice 2 TB butter 1 TB capers, drained

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Today I am sharing this yummy recipe for Chicken Piccata with Pasta from the Weight Watchers Five-Ingredient 15-Minute Recipes Winter 2017.  This chicken piccata is so delicious and very easy to make and you can lose weight eating it.  I made it for my mom the other day, and she loved it so much we wrote the recipe down for her, also.  The lemon and lemon zest add so much flavor to this recipe.  It really makes the flavors pop.

I shared with you a few weeks ago that I had joined Weight Watchers, and I'm so grateful that I did.  As of Tuesday, February 7th, I have lost 10 pounds.  I am thrilled. That is 10 pounds in 5 weeks.  So approximately 2 pounds per week, which is great as far as I'm concerned.  I am eating everything that I want to eat.  Nothing is off limits.  I do have to make choices with my points, but isn't everything about choices.  I may forgo an english muffin so that I can have a cookie butter cheesecake bite from Trader Joe's. That is totally worth it to me, because there is no good food or bad food, no off limit foods, just choices about what I want to eat.  I get to make the choices not someone else saying you can't have that.  So for me this is a good thing.

Now, on to the recipe.  You know me, I always change things around. and this is not different.  Here is my version of this Weight Watchers recipe.

Chicken Piccata with Pasta
Makes 4 servings - 7 points per serving

Ingredients:

5 ounces uncooked capellini  pasta
4 (4 ounce) boneless skinless chicken thighs - (the recipe called for breast cutlets, but I prefer thighs and the cutlets are very expensive)
1/8 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp salt ( I use pink Himalayan salt)
coconut cooking spray (I use Trader Joes, but you can use you favorite type of cooking spray)
3 tsp vermouth or dry white wine
2/3 cup of fat free low sodium chicken broth
2 tsp lemon zest
1 1/2 TB lemon juice
2 TB butter
1 TB capers, drained
Adorned From Above www.adornedfromabove.com Chicken Piccata with Pasta 5 ounces uncooked capellini  pasta 4 (4 ounce) boneless skinless chicken thighs - (the recipe called for breast cutlets, but I prefer thighs and the cutlets are very expensive) 1/8 tsp pepper 1/4 tsp salt ( I use pink Himalayan salt) coconut cooking spray (I use Trader Joes, but you can use you favorite type of cooking spray) 3 tsp vermouth or dry white wine 2/3 cup of fat free low sodium chicken broth 2 tsp lemon zest 1 1/2 TB lemon juice 2 TB butter 1 TB capers, drained

Directions:

Start bringing a pot of water to a boil for your pasta. 

Season the chicken thighs with salt and pepper.  Set aside

Heat a large skillet and then spray a with the coconut oil spray.  

Next add your chicken and cook for approximately 8 minutes per side.

While your chicken is cooking put the pasta in the pot and cook it according to the directions on the package.

Once your chicken is cooked, pull it out of the pan and set it to the side, keep warm.

Add the wine to the skillet and cook for about 30 seconds stirring and scraping any of the brown bits loose in the pan.

Next at the chicken broth, lemon juice, and lemon zest, bring to a boil and cook until reduced to 1/3 to 1/2 cup.

Then add the butter and capers. and then add the chicken back to the pan. 

Make sure the chicken is well coated with the lemon sauce and it is ready to serve.

Put the pasta on a plate, put 4 ounces of chicken on top, and then pour sauce over each piece of chicken and the cappelini.

This is one of my favorite recipes.  I love chicken piccata, I love pasta, and I am so excited to be eating pasta again after so many years of avoiding pasta and breads.  Yeah!!!  Life is good.

I hope you like this recipe also.  Let me know what you think.  I always love hearing from you.

Have a great week.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

A Battle For Souls


There is an unseen, invisible battle going on around us, a battle for souls, for yours, and mine, and everyone that we know. The battle between good and evil has been going on since the beginning of time.

By the abundance of your trading you became filled with violence within, And you sinned;
Therefore I cast you as a profane thing out of the mountain of God; 
And I destroyed you, O covering cherub, from the midst of the fiery stones.
Ezekiel 28:16

Spiritual warfare has been part of this world since before Adam and Eve were evicted from the Garden.  It continues to this day.  You can't see it, but it's happening, everywhere, and all of the time.

1  Now the serpent was more cunning then any beast of the field which the Lord God had made.  And he said to the woman, "Has God indeed said, "You shall not eat of every tree of the garden"?
2  And the woman said to the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden;
3  but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden God has said, "You shall not eat it, nor touch it, lest you die."
4  Then the serpent said to the woman, "You will not surely die.  
5  For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil."
6  So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave it her husband with her and he ate.
7.  Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings.
Genesis 3:2-7

The snake wanted Adam and Eve to fall, so he convinced them that God wasn't being truthful.  He was a deceitful witness and he still is. He uses deception to blind our minds and hearts.  He doesn't want us knowing the Bible because God's word keeps us from being deceived by him.

A true witness delivers souls, But a deceitful witness speaks lies
Proverbs 14:25

He tries to convince people that God is not real, that Jesus wasn't the son of God, that He didn't die for our sins, that He wasn't resurrected, that we are not saved through the grace of God.  He tries to convince people that they are worthless, unloved, that there is no need for God, and no need for Jesus our savior.  Satan continues to try to convince humanity that there is no salvation.

God has given us freewill, and Jesus was a true witness who delivers souls to his Father, our Father.

17  Then the seventy returned with joy, saying, "Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name."
18   And He said to them, "I saw Satan fall like lightening from heaven.
19   Behold I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
20   Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven."
Luke 10:17-20

We have authority over the spiritual realm when we pray in the name of Jesus Christ.  God has given us the weapons to fight for our souls, the souls of our family, for the president, the country, and the world.  In Ephesians 6:10 - 18 we are told to put on the whole armor of God.

10  Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.
11  Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
12  For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
13  Therefor take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness,
15  and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
16  above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.
17  And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God;
18  praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints-
Ephesians 6:10-18

You actually have the power in this age old battle for souls. You are in control, but you need to know His word, hide it in your heart, keep it with you at all times.

9   Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge,
Even the Most High, your dwelling place,
10  No evil shall befall you,
Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling;
11  For he shall give His angels charge over you,
To keep you in all your ways.
12  In their hands they shall bear you up,
Lest you dash your food against a stone.
14  You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra,
The young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot.
Psalm 91:9-14

God is on one side of this battle and the devil is on the other side and we already know the outcome.  The outcome has already been written.  The battle has been won, but it is a battle to save more souls, to not allow the devil to lead even one more person away from God.  So fight for your family, friends, country, and the world, because if we are not fighting in prayer who will be?  This is a battle we win, but we wont have won the battle if we haven't won souls over for the Kingdom of God.  That's what this battle is for, souls.

The devil who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are.  And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.
Revelation 20:10

Have a blessed week.