Weight Watchers Wednesday

Week 31  Weight lost this week: -5.5 Weight loss in total 26.5 lbs

After a disastrous Christmas weight gain of 4.5 lbs I went into the Weight Watcher’s meeting today not feeling very optomistic. I was struggling with nibbling through out the day after having done that for 3 weeks.  When I looked down and saw the number on the scale I was shocked and thought I had  gained! The second number was too low so I thought I had gone the other way!  Needless to say there was much whooping and hollering, clapping and dancing!  So I’ve lost the xmas weight and an additional 1 lb off!  I’m now 1.5lbs from losing 2 stone! Can you believe it??!?!!?  Please please please let me get to that next week. It will be such a huge milestone for me.  I’m certain that I will meet it this month especially considering my mother will be visiting for 2 weeks… she’ll keep me on the straight and narrow!

I made this for dinner but of course I tweaked it for to make is low ProPoints and Weight Watcher’s friendly.  If I were to do anything different it would be to skip the cheese. I did use the Weight Watchers grated cheddar and it was only about 1 ProPoint per serving but I’m more of a rice person so I’d rather eat more rice.

650 grams chicken breasts (16 ProPoints) £3.00
2 (300g) jars salsa (5 ProPoints) £3.50
1 tin mexican beans, drained (8 ProPoints) £0.53
1 Tbsp chili powder *
1/2 Tbsp cumin *
1/2 Tbsp minced garlic *
1/2 tsp dried oregano *
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper *
1/4 tsp salt *
to taste cracked pepper *
350 grams dry rice (33 ProPoints) £0.75
200 grams. shredded cheddar (11 Propoints) £0.75
TOTAL £8.53

73 ProPoints Total /9 ProPoints per serving

*these are staples so I haven’t priced them. I would say they wouldn’t add more than 20 p to the total cost and 0 ProPoints.

STEP 1: Add everything except the rice and cheese to the slow cooker. Give everything a good stir and make sure the chicken is covered in the mixture.

STEP 2: Secure the lid on your slow cooker and cook on low for 8 hrs.

STEP 3: Near the end of the cooking time, cook the two cups of rice according to the package directions.

STEP 4: Stir with a fork to shred the chicken (it should be super tender and will shred easily). Serve with the cooked rice

Like I said next time I make this in order to be a bit more Weight Watcher’s friendly I’d skip the cheese. I think I might also make some some sauteed cabbage instead of the rice if I need a really low ProPoint meal. This meal is super tasty  and you can make it as hot as you like. I used mild salsa and added some chili to it and about 1/2 way thru cooking I added the cayenne (wasn’t going to make it hot but Squidge was eating at a friends so no need to)

Please let me know if you’ve tried this and what you thought.

I found this recipe here.  I have tweaked it a bit but fundamentally it is still her recipe.  I love this website because she breaks things down by cost. This year I’m trying to be more thrifty so seeing how much something costs per serving is great.


  1. Kelloggsville
    January 12, 2012 /

    I replace the beans with diced carrot. Carrots hold the shape and absorb the chilli flavours well. Well done on losing it all already. You really are doing well.

    • Lindy
      January 12, 2012 /

      I have a hard time with cooking carrots in the slow cooker. Do you find that they stay hard/raw?

  2. Mancais
    February 11, 2012 /

    Looks/sounds delicious so will have to give it a try.
    Could try quinoa with it as you don’t need much and it’s low in PP. I use it with curries as an alternative to rice.

    • Lindy
      February 20, 2012 /

      Been thinking of trying the quinoa but haven’t been brave enough!