Eid Al-Adha at Home, on Weight Watchers 

Eid mubarak to those who are celebrating today.  

Today we had a tiny Eid celebration with just my husband, myself, and my daughter. The big family gathering is tomorrow at a restaurant, then back here for cake and tea. Luckily my husband recently started Weight Watchers as well, so he didn’t mind that I kept the food (mostly!) a little light this year.

He had to go out in the late morning for a job interview, so while he was out my daughter and I started cooking. First, we got our quick pickled cucumbers into their brine. The brine is about 1 tsp salt and 1 tsp vinegar per cup of water. Make them in the morning to have with dinner, or the night before to have with lunch.

  
Next we started baking the cookies. The frosting is the fun part, so we just used Pilsbury refrigerated cookie dough. It’s only 2 Points Plus per cookie.

I had 1 cookie worth of dough, for 2 Points Plus.

  

And 2 cookies, 4 Points Plus.

  
We also baked a cake for tomorrow.  We set the cookies and cake aside to cool so we could frost them later.

Lamb is as traditional on Eid al Adha as turkey is on Thanksgiving. It’s considered a very good deed to slaughter a lamb or even a goat or a cow to share the meat with the poor on Eid, and Muslim communities normally make a big effort to make sure everyone gets some meat for their Eid dinner. 

We prepared ours by salting and peppering the non-fatty side of a butterflied leg of lamb, layering it with rosemary, then rollong and tying it. We stuffed some garlic cloves into the ends and along the seam, and cut some slits in the thick parts to stuff more garlic into.  

 
When it was time to put it in the oven we salt & peppered the outside, then put it in at 275 degrees for almost two hours, but cooking time depends on weight and how well done you like your meat.  If you try this, make sure you let it rest for 1/2 hour before cutting.

It came out like this.  This is 6 Points Plus for four ounces.

  
I made a little yogurt side dish which I guess you could say is somewhere between raita and haydari.

  
Mix:

  • Two cups whole milk yogurt
  • Handful chopped mint
  • 1 Tbsp. granulated sugar
  • Salt to taste (maybe 1/4 or 1/2 tsp.?)

Then add 3 ounces walnut halves. If you want to be all fancy keep a few on the side to decorate the top.

This is 3 points plus per quarter cup, and worth it!

While the lamb was in the oven my daughter  frosted the cookies and I frosted the cake for tomorrow.  

  
The cake was supposed to have six layers, but the first three stuck to the pans and got pretty broken up, so we set them aside and oops, I nibbled about 11 Points Plus worth.

Then we made the rice.  This is just white rice cooked in chicken stock with a little olive oil, salt, parsley, and chick peas.  The chick peas and olive oil made this a little higher in point value than plain rice, 7 Points Plus per cup.

  
This whole plate was 28 Points plus. More than a normal dinner, but not bad for a holiday.

In the evening I had 2 frosted cookies, 12 Points Plus, with some extra sweet Egyptian tea, 3 Points Plus.

That brought the day’s total total to 60/41, covered by weekly points and one activity point.

That was a lot of sugar for one day, but I stayed on plan.  Eid on Weight Watchers accomplished! (Too bad weigh in is tomorrow!)

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