Sunday, May 17, 2009

Cheesecake Factory is Hungry Girl-ed!

This week I joined Planet Fitness and am on the path to losing 2o pounds by the end of July.  I am doing Weight Watchers points for meals, and a great website for tips is   My favorite section is "Chew the Right Thing" where fattening dishes are made leaner without losing the taste.  So, tonight after my workout, I decided to "chew the right thing" and deconstruct my favorite Cheesecake Factory Salad: Barbeque Ranch Chicken Salad.

As you can see, it is filled with fattening avocado, fatty dressing, fried onion rings, and breaded chicken cutlet.  I love this salad, but am saying goodbye to the fat and hello to a version I made just as delicious!

I took romaine lettuce and added corn kernels and black beans that I rinsed first.  I also took a packet of Weight Watchers cheddar cheese and added some low fat bacon bits.  Instead of frying chicken, I simply baked white meat tenderloins using Shake-n-Bake for the crunch factor. Amazingly enough, there is such thing as fat free, sugar free, and calorie free Ranch dressing thanks to Walden Farms:

I omitted the avocado and onion rings...and didn't miss them at all!

Cheers to healthy eating!