Cimeara (cimeara) wrote,

Sirloin and Spinach Linguine with Blue Cheese

Last day of May, Memorial Day, and I should say something profound but there's been too much of that.

The WeightWatchers program started April 27th. It's been nearly five weeks and I've lost about six pounds. Sure, it's slow, but consider the month: three memorial gatherings, two family birthdays, one retirement party, and lots of running back and forth across Connecticut and eastern Massachusetts (which nearly always involved fast food or a real restaurant dinner). It's not been a good month for sensible eating. And yet six pounds gone and if (ha! big "if") I could lose six pounds each month for a year, that would be enough. For me, if not for my doctor.

My recipes are getting lightened, better choices but still geared toward strong tastes. Last night's:

Sirloin and Spinach Linguine with Blue Cheese

13-14 oz. box whole-wheat/grain linguine
4 teaspoons olive oil, separated 1 + 2 + 1
4 medium tomatoes, chopped
8-12 oz. jar of roasted red peppers (not in oil), chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
6 oz. (or more) bag of baby spinach leaves, washed and drained
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 pounds beef sirloin roast (weight after well-trimmed)
8-oz. container of crumbled reduced-fat blue cheese

Cut beef as for a stir fry, i.e., not cubes but more like small slices. Cook linguine per package directions and drain. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat 1 teaspoon of olive oil. Add the tomatoes and red peppers and cook over medium heat, stirring, for about 3 minutes, till softened. Add the garlic and spinach and salt and cook about 5 minutes more, till spinach is well wilted. Mix vegetables in with the linguine. Raise the heat under the skillet to medium-high or higher. Add 2 teaspoons of olive oil and half the beef and stir-fry till your desired degree of doneness. Mix that into the linguine. Stir-fry the remaining beef with the last teaspoon of oil and mix that in as well. Serve with blue cheese for sprinkling over it. Makes 8 hearty servings, 9 WW points each (not counting cheese: 2 Tablespoons would add 1 point).

If you're not using blue cheese, you could add mushrooms and some black pepper to the veggies.

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