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The New Weight Watchers Plan and Spaghetti alla Puttanesca with Chicken 
 
Dec. 9, 2010 7:40 am 
Updated: Dec. 22, 2010 12:48 pm

Regular readers know that I started cooking as part of a larger effort to lose weight and get healthy. I was significantly overweight and needed to make a change. But, it wasn't as if I hadn't tried before. My previous efforts had failed, primarily, for two reasons; I felt I had to completely give up foods I loved and there was no one there to help, educate and support me. My wife and I turned to Weight Watchers and learned how to live a healthier lifestyle without giving up on the foods we loved. We learned about healthier ways of cooking, eating and living.

In the last month, Weight Watchers has changed the way they assign points to food. The points plus system uses the amount of protein, carbohydrate, fat and fiber in a dish to determine the value. You get so many points in a day, plus additional points to use whenever needed through the week. The logarithm that determines point value is weighted toward lean proteins, fruits, vegetables and whole grains.

In honor of the new plan, I made a Spaghetti alla Puttanesca with Chicken. I love the story behind puttanesca.Puttanesca translates As it goes, prostitutes (puttanesca translates literally as whores) in Italy were only allowed to leave the brothel to shop once a week, as opposed to daily, so they used ingredients that would keep; olives, anchovies, capers, garlic and peppers. How valid the story is doesn't matter, it's fun. And the dish is delicious. My version fortifies it with some onion and red wine and I use a small piece of chicken instead of anchovies to satisfy the fish-opposed pallet of our son.

The dish works out to 308 calories with 28 grams of protein, 36 grams of carbohydrate, and 5 grams each of fat and fiber.

Let's eat!

Get the recipe at Fight the Fat Foodie.

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Comments
Gitano 
Dec. 9, 2010 3:09 pm
great story and fabulous looking meal....yum! heading over to your other blog to peek at the recipe. Thanks! ;)
 
Dec. 10, 2010 1:03 pm
Best of luck to you. As a fellow former fattie, it's darn hard to lose weight. Congrats to you and best of luck on your journey.
 
Dec. 11, 2010 12:30 am
That looks really yummy! Good luck with your weight loss.
 
Dec. 22, 2010 12:48 pm
Thanks all!
 
 
 
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I love food! But I let that love get the best of me and my weight ballooned to more than 300 pounds. My wife and I joined Weight Watchers and, over a three-year period, I lost 100 pounds. However, I refused to give up on the foods I love, from Alfredo to cheeseburgers. I set out to find ways to eat almost anything I wanted, but to prepare it in a healthy way. Now, I'm sharing my love of food and cooking with others interested in living a healthy lifestyle.
 
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