My apologies if this has been asked before, but with the New Year and all of the resolutions that accompany nearly upon us, any recommendations out there for pursuing deliciousness and avoiding boredom while following weight watchers CORE plan? The essence of the core plan, for those who aren't familiar with it, is that you can eat as much of the following foods as you wish (as long as you don't stuff yourself), while following some basic "good health guidelines", (which require you have a certain minimum daily intake of water, fruits and vegetables, dairy, and 2 tsp of "healthy oils" --olive, canola, flaxseed oil. Also, a multi-vitamin)
Here's the list of "allowed" foods:
~lean meats, fish, poultry
~nonfat dairy products, eggs
~whole grains (not whole grain products, just the whole grains themselves)
~sweet potatoes, potatoes, whole wheat pasta, brown rice
~beans and legumes, tofu
~more or less all fresh, frozen, or canned fruits or vegetables as long as they aren't in syrup(but not juices or dried fruits/veggies)
~most condiments (I've interpreted "most" as "all") and all herbs and spices, of course
"Limited" foods are:
~"healthy fats" 2 tsp required per day
~potatoes OR brown rice OR whole wheat pasta limited to one meal per day
Also, you get 35 extra "points" per week (more if you exercise) to spend on "non-core" foods at your discretion, if you want an occasional pat of butter, or a glass of wine or bump up your dairy from "non-fat" to "low-fat", etc.
Any ideas for cookbooks or recipes out there? The more specific, the better.
EDIT: Oh, and I just ordered Heidi Swanson's Super Natural Cooking as I had the impression she includes lots of recipes for cooking with whole grains. I seem to really struggle with the grains part of this core plan--my knowledge seems to be pretty limited when it comes to quinoa and bulgar and such...
Artificial sweeters and the like are also permitted, but, I personally try to avoid those and other processed-food type products. I'd rather use my discretionary points to add a little "real" sugar or honey, etc., than go processed if at all possible.
Thanks in advance.