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Weight Watcher Friendly Taco Soup

This recipe is not only Weight Watcher friendly, but crock pot friendly too.  I had printed this out a long time ago and have made it several times – the only notation I have about where I got the recipe is “Submitted by Sandy Shelby”.


1 large onion diced

1/2 pound of lean ground beef

1 package dry Taco Seasoning (I buy in bulk from Costco so I used 1/4 cup)

1 package dry Ranch Dressing mix

2 cans pinto beans – rinsed and drained

1 can corn – drained

2 cans diced tomatoes – I used one plain and one that was flavored Basil and Oregano (the boys do not like tomato chunks so I process mine in the food processor)

1 can water

1 small can Green Chilis Chopped

1 small can tomato sauce


Brown the meat and the onion.

002While the meat and onion are browning, add the remaining ingredients to the crock pot. TIP: I always spray my crock pot with cooking spray before adding the ingredients as this makes for easier clean up later.  Once the meat and onion are brown add them to the crock pot as well and give it a good stir to combine everything.


Cook on low for 8 hours. Mine comes out like a soup.  If you do not process the tomatoes it will have a thicker consistency.  I usually will serve the following toppings with the soup – grated cheese, green onions, sour cream, crushed tortilla chips, and even chopped cilantro if you have it.

If you are following the Weight Watcher program then 1 1/2 cups = 3 points.  You will need to add points for the toppings if you add any.


Finally OFF The Kneedles

I finished my slippers as planned this weekend and they are so warm and comfy.  It was a little difficult sewing the sole on but I seem to have done alright as they look like the photo.  My old slippers (which were actually my sons) have been retired to the trash.

Here is what my new slippers look like –





I was looking through my project stash as I get ready for the Knit and Craft Marathon and found another pair of slippers in purple that I had received from a craft of the month club that I may make as well – to replace the slippers I took from my son.

Monday Night Dinner: Farmer’s Chicken Fingers, Skillet Potatoes, Weight Watcher Friendly Cucumber salad with yogurt dressing

As promised I will share the recipes here for the Farmer’s Chicken Fingers and the Cucumber Salad with yogurt dressing.  The skillet potato recipe came from the Frugal By Choice Cheap by Necessity Blog.

Farmer’s Chicken Fingers

A photo of the recipe in the book Chicken Soup for the Soul - Recipes for Busy Moms

A photo of the recipe in the book Chicken Soup for the Soul – Recipes for Busy Moms

This recipe came from a book I checked out at the local library – it was a hit!  My son went back for seconds which is always a good sign.


1 bag (6oz) potato chips, crushed

1/2 cup of ranch dressing

1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast cut into 1/2 inch strips


Crushed potato chips


Ranch dressing



Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Coat a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray.  Place the crushed potato chips in a shallow bowl; place the dressing in another shallow bowl.  Dip the chicken into the dressing and coat completely.  Next coat the chicken with the crushed potato chips then place on the baking sheet and bake for 15-18 minutes, or until cooked through.

Chicken before baking

Chicken before baking

Chicken after baking

Chicken after baking


One small container of non-fat plain Greek yogurt



salt, pepper, dill to taste

2 medium cucumbers, peeled and sliced

Empty the Greek yogurt into a bowl and add vinegar (about 2 tablespoons but more or less depending on how sour you wish the dressing to taste) mix with a wisk.  Add water to thin out to a creamy dressing consistency. See photo below –


Add the spices and mix well.  You can add a little oil if you like but it is not necessary.  Put the peeled and sliced cucumbers into the bowl and stir until all the cucumbers are coated.


In addition to being very delicious, this salad recipe is very Weight Watcher friendly ad you would only need to count the points plus for the yogurt and my guess is you would not be eating the entire bowl by yourself so the points value would be very, very low.  This dressing can also be used on other salads or as a dip.