Sunday, April 13, 2014

Microwave Meat Sauce

1 large serving or two average servings


4 oz. Beef ground
1/2 cup Picsweet Seasoning Blend, Frozen onion, pepper, celery and parsley
.5 tsp Garlic
2/3 cups Crush Tomatoes
1 tbsp. Italian Seasoning
1 tsp. Parsley, dried
1 tbsp. Parmesan Cheese, grated


In a small glass bowl, mix all ingredients but use only half of the Parmesan cheese.  Cover with a dish and cook in microwave for 5-6 minutes, makes about 1 2/3 cups of meat sauce.  Serve over pasta.   Sprinkle the other half of the Parmesan cheese on top. 

Nutrition facts per serving:  WW Points 4

Calories: 188.9 Total Fat: 11.3 Sodium: 321 Carbs: 8.6 Dietary Fiber: 1.5 Protein: 12.5

New and Old Paintings

Here are a few paintings I have been working on the past month.


This was  15 minute painting.  It is done in watercolor.
I was trying to achieve a fluid movement since the topic for March was "underwater".
It was not submitted because I did't quite like it.  I'm working on another one, we'll see.

This is a screen capture off Google maps the March topic was "Slovenia."

I found this woman on a bus and thought she would be a great subject.

This painting is done in oils.  I have de-cluttered the shot to achieve  better portrait.

It turned out pretty good.  Unfortunately, I could not submit it because she was in Croatia not Slovenia!  

 Llica 10000, Zagreb, Croatia     


This is a 2' x 3' oil painting of my first grandchild, Brett.  I cannot put my hands on the photo.  I'm reworking it  bit to give it more detail.   I painted this when he was two years old (he is now 28) .

 That's all for now.  Hope you enjoy.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

I'm on a roll, thinking up all sorts of fast and easy recipes that make one or two servings. They are loaded with Protein and low in calories.

Here is the latest:

Microwave Tuna and Noodle Casserole


1 cup Cooked Pasta, linguine

1/2 cup Tuna, Canned in Water, drained

1/2 cup Campbell cream of mushroom w/ roasted garlic

1 tbsp. chopped Scallions, raw

1/2 cup Great Value Peas & Carrots, Frozen, and Drained

1 tsp Worcestershire Sauce

1 tbsp. Parmesan Cheese, grated

1 tbsp. Bread Crumbs Panko

Salt & Pepper


In small bowl, mix tuna, cream of mushroom soup, Scallions, Worcestershire Sauce (you can add a tbsp. or two of water to loosen up the soup). Spray a small shallow baking dish with cooking spray, add 1/2 of pasta, sprinkle 1/2 the Peas and Carrots, pour half of the soup and tuna mixture over this layer. Repeat to use up remaining pasta and Tuna mixture. Mix Panko and Parmesan Cheese together (this will prevent clumping of the cheese). Sprinkle cheese and Panko on top. Cover loosely with a dish (to let out steam- do not use plastic wrap) and cook in microwave for 5 minutes.

Nutritional Info  
WW Points 5

Calories: 210.0  Fat: 2.9 Carbohydrates: 31.6 Fiber 1.5 Protein: 14.7

TaDa!!  Very tasty, if I do say so myself.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Joined Weight Watchers last week,

tired of fighting this on my own.  In an effort to stay on this program, I have come up with some quick and easy recipes.  Although, the internet is loaded with similar recipes, I altered them and scaled them down to fit my needs.  Hope you enjoy and find them helpful.

Microwave Lasagna


4 oz. Ground Beef (80/20
½ cup diced canned tomatoes
1 tbsp. Italian seasoning
1 tbsp. Dried Parsley
1 tbsp. Parmesan cheese
Salt & Pepper

3 Tbsp. Fat Free Ricotta cheese
½ cup frozen spinach or other greens ( thawed and drained)
2 tbsp. diced canned Tomatoes

½ cup shredded 4 cheese mix (made with 2% milk)
2 sheets Lasagna noodles (pre-cooked type)


Combine ground beef, ½ cup tomatoes, Italian seasoning, parsley, Parmesan cheese and salt and pepper in bowl, in another small bowl combine greens and Ricotta cheese.
Spray a small shallow baking dish ( about) with cooking spray add the 2 tbsp. of diced tomatoes on bottom of dish, add 1 lasagna noodle, add half of the beef mixture, add ½ of the green mixture. Repeat with second noodle, beef and greens, press down gently to make sure no void areas .  Sprinkle ½ cup of shredded 4 cheese mix on top.
Cover dish with a plate or some other cover so it will let the stem escape.  Cook on high for 8-9 minute until noodles are tender. Makes 4 servings

Nutrition facts per serving:  WW Points 4

Calories 165.8 Total Fat 8.8 Sodium 145.6 Total Carbs 10.5 Fibr 1.5 Protein 10.4

Microwave Bread Pudding in a cup

Quick and Good!
Minutes to Prepare: 5
Minutes to Cook: 1-1.5
Number of Servings: 1


2 slice Bread, reduced-calorie, wheat
3 Tablespoons 1%Milk, skim or reduced fat
1 Egg
1 Teaspoon Stevia
1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract or Almond extract
Cooking spray


Spray cup or small bowl . Make sure to coat bottom and sides. Chop bread into small pieces. In another bowl, mix egg, milk, Stevia, and vanilla and beat until foamy, (if you are using Banana add to this mixture and mix well and smash up a couple of pieces of the banana). Add bread to this mixture and fold to coat bread. Pour bread mixture into greased cup and microwave for 1 minute to a minute and half. Serving Size: 1 Calories 137

Nutrition facts per serving:  
WW Points 4

Calories 162   Total Fat 5.5   Cholesterol 188   Sodium 171  Total Carbs 13   Protein 10.3

If you use a small Banana about 6" long add 72 calories.

This was made with the Banana!

Hope you enjoy.