The Obamas Arrive, Day 4

I was feeding Lilah this afternoon when I heard two helicopters over the house.  I knew they were on their way to the airport.  I whisked the baby out of her high chair and we dashed to the car.  We drove towards Ally’s General Store where I knew everyone would gather to see the motorcade.  Unfortunately we missed it by 2 minutes.

Normally this particular road isn’t very busy even in the summer but not today.  At least when Lilah is older she will proudly be able to say “When I was one year old I missed seeing the president”  They are going to be here for 10 days so maybe we will see them.  I actually am more interested in photographing the hordes who come to see the President. 

Day 4

  • breakfast sandwich   5 points
  • coffee  2 points
  • yogurt   1 point
  • bites of Lilah’s supper:  I am giving myself 1 point though I doubt it is even that much.  She has a hummus sandwich on Naan bread with avocado.  I, at least had to taste it.
  • Supper:  I cooked a new WW recipe that wasn’t bad but it needs some work.   I had it with a new flatbread called FlatOut. This stuff is great at two points.  You can make sandwiches and even pizza which I am going to try.  14 for the recipe because I had two servings and 2 for the flatbread.  I actually think the recipe should be 6 points because I used Fiber One cottage cheese which is less than the regular.
  • snack:  Smart Ones peanut butter sunday 3 points
  • snack:  lentil chips and cottage cheese 3
  •  Vita brownie and whipped cream 2

Total 33 points so I will deduct 3 from my 35 extra points

The recipe

    Beef and Vegetable Cheese Casserole
    POINTS: 7
    INSTRUCTIONS1 spray(s) cooking spray
    2 medium tomato(es), sliced
    2 medium zucchini, sliced
    12 oz raw lean ground beef
    1 large onion(s), finely chopped
    2 medium garlic clove(s), minced
    1 cup(s) canned tomato sauce
    2 cup(s) fat-free cottage cheese
    1 large egg yolk(s)
    1/2 cup(s) low-fat shredded cheddar cheese
    1 Tbsp parsley, oregano or rosemary, chopped
    1/8 tsp table salt, or to taste
    1/8 tsp black pepper, or to taste

      Preheat oven to 500ºF. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray and spread tomatoes and zucchini over sheet. Roast vegetables for 10 to 12 minutes.Meanwhile, in a large, nonstick skillet, sauté beef, onion and garlic until beef is browned. Stir in tomato sauce and bring to a simmer.Spread beef mixture in a large, shallow baking dish (3 quart or 9 X 13-inches) and top with roasted vegetables. Reduce oven temperature to 350ºF.Whisk together cottage cheese, egg yolk, cheddar cheese, herbs, salt and pepper in a medium bowl. Spoon over roasted vegetables and smooth with a rubber spatula.

      Bake until very hot and bubbling around edges, about 35 minutes. Cut into six equal pieces and serve immediately. (Note: If preparing casserole in advance and freezing it, make sure to thaw it completely in the refrigerator before baking it. Increase the baking time by 5 to 10 minutes.)


The recipe definitely needs work.  One serving for me wasn’t enough.  Fortunately I didn’t have lunch so I was able to have two   servings.  Next time I would layer in more vegetables and season the ground beef.  Sarah and I both think it is worth trying again with the changes.


12 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Claire
    Aug 19, 2010 @ 21:14:42

    Sounds like a decent recipe. I wish that WW would define “medium” and such. The salsa I made called for a “medium” red onion and I picked what I thought was medium. It was WAY too much onion for the rest of the ingredients. I almost always tweak their recipes anyway – except for their slow cooker lasagne. That is an awesome recipe.


  2. joanharvest
    Aug 19, 2010 @ 21:40:31

    I’ll have to try the slow cooker one. I love my crockpot. I agree, I had no clue as to what a medium was but I know I needed more veggies.


  3. javajunkee
    Aug 19, 2010 @ 22:01:16

    so you didn’t have to cook the hamburger first? What veggies would you add??? This sounds delish!


  4. javajunkee
    Aug 19, 2010 @ 22:01:44

    oh yeah 500 degrees? For real? I have to see if my oven even goes up that high 😦


    • joanharvest
      Aug 19, 2010 @ 22:51:12

      The flavor was good but it really did need more veggies. The recipe said to season the cottage cheese with oregano, parsley or rosemary. I used Italian seasoning but I should have seasoned the ground beef too.


  5. Tasneem R
    Aug 20, 2010 @ 05:00:30

    Well hope you see the President soon..


  6. Joy
    Aug 20, 2010 @ 09:56:41

    This recipe sounds really good. I’ll try it for sure. The funny thing about making something new is you almost have to follow the recipe the right way first. I”m a lot like you and tweak it the second time I make it. I just love zucchini and have tons of it right now.

    Keep up the good work Joan and you can keep Obama there on your island.


    • joanharvest
      Aug 23, 2010 @ 12:14:43

      That’s exactly what I do. I make it from the recipe and the next time I make it I usually change a few things. I love zuchinne too. I love it raw too. I don’t think I want to keep the big “O” here. No! No!


  7. Care
    Aug 23, 2010 @ 06:32:32

    I bet Miss Lilah will be so excited to share that when she was one, she almost saw the Prez! good effort. Love the Almost-Obama-Sighting posts.


    • joanharvest
      Aug 23, 2010 @ 12:12:11

      I heard the Obamas are staying in today because of the weather. I know they bought books for the kids at the bookstore in town. The older girl bought ” To Kill a Mockingbird”, one of my favorites. I can’t remember what the younger one bought.


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