Monday, December 12, 2011
Thursday, December 8, 2011
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
|Photo & recipe are from http://www.laaloosh.com/ a great|
blog with all Weight Watchers style recipes!
Weight Watchers Apple Streusel RecipeIngredients:
- 4 medium apples
- 1/4 cup unpacked brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
- 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
- 1/4 cups uncooked old fashioned oats
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Stir together apples, 1/4 cup of brown sugar, cinnamon and lemon juice; pour into a 1 1/2 quart baking dish.
Cut flour, oatmeal, remaining brown sugar and coconut oil together with a pastry blender or fork in a medium bowl; sprinkle over apple mixture.
Bake until apples are tender and top is browned, about 45 minutes.
Serving size = 1/2 cup
Each serving = 3 Weight Watchers Points
Well this looks delish!!! What a perfect holiday dessert that does not pack a calorie punch. I'd use whole wheat flour instead of white, but its so little flour white still works.
Diabetics can utilize a brown sugar/sweetener blend like Splenda's here.
Check back soon for more recipes!
Have a delicious day!
Friday, December 2, 2011
Ingredients4 stems of kale
1 clove garlic
1/2 cup craisins
3/4 cup cole slaw mix
3 tbsp olive oil
1/3 cup quinoa
black pepper to taste
onion powder to taste
Cut the kale leaves from the stems and roughly chop leaves. Discard stems or save for vegetable stock by freezing in a ziploc bag.
Drizzle approximately 1 tbsp of olive oil onto a frying pan. Heat pan on medium heat.
Add garlic clove and allow to marinate oil.
Add kale leaves and gently stir in oil & garlic.
Add cole slaw mix & stir.
Add craisin, pepper and onion powder and let vegetables cook for 10-15 minutes. The kale will brighten in color and you may see some browning of leaves.
Add additional oil as necessary if the mix begins to dry out.
Prepare quinoa plain or with vegetable stock for added flavor.
Sunday, November 13, 2011
The first non-travel day of our trip was yesterday. We went to my friends wedding which was beautiful. The ceremony was held outside at the Rockin J Ranch. The reception was great with dancing and even a pinata! So to the food: the ranch catered with beef and chicken, baked potato, biscuits and salad. My friend and his new wife (being as fabulous as they are) provided an outstanding meatless chili. It was made by the brides mother for the vegetarians at the wedding. The chili was hearty, smooth and spicy as hell! I ate my biscuit and my boyfriends biscuit(it was an emergency).
The wedding cake was made by a local brewery and was their classic tiramisu made with oatmeal stout beer. Superb! Mosit but it had a good consistency and didn't fall apart on the plate.
They offered smores kits as their gift to all guests. The kit was for the afterparty that was held at a very cool restaurant that had firepits for roasting marshmallows called San Tan Flats. We waited in line for what seemed an eternity which allowed is to get nice and loose (thanks to the beer). I got a salmon dish that was chargrilled to perfection. On the side potato pancakes and the worlds greatest creamed corn.
We danced under the moonlight to a local country band, ate, drank and chatted with our wonderful company. All in all: day 1 was great! I didn't take any pics but I will from here out.
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Here is the recipe: 1 can crushed tomato
1 can whole peeled tomato
1 can kidney beans (No added salt,in water)
1 can chick peas (No added salt, in water)
1 can cannellini beans (No added salt, in water)
1 tbsp red pepper flakes
3 cloves garlic
1/2 cup olive oil
5 stalks celery
2 sprigs of basil
1/2 green pepper
1 tbsp black pepper
salt to taste
Pour oil into a large pot and add garlic cloves.
Allow oil to simmer and add the whole can of crushed tomato.
Using a knife, roughly chop the whole tomatoes into the pot.
Gently rinse both cans with a small amount of water and add to pot.
Drain all 3 cans of beans and add to the pot.
In a food processor grind up the celery, carrot and onion. Add.
Tear basil off of the stems and add.
Add remaining seasonings and stir.
Reduce heat to low and sit for 1.5 to 2 hours.
Add low-fat mozzarella cheese to top or serve with a freshly baked corn muffin!
** Using cans packed in water with no salt greatly reduces sodium intake of a normal chili. If you prefer to use dried beans: soak beans overnight in bowl. Be sure the beans are covered by an additional 1/2 amount of water to absorb. Cook the beans in the tomato mixture.
** This dish is super flavorful and does not need a lot of salt, so taste it first and then add salt sparingly.
Sorry about the weird font/highlight color. I copied my recipe from my Facebook page! Enjoy!
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Monday, September 19, 2011
Monday, September 12, 2011
Sunday, September 11, 2011
So I modified the recipe a little bit because I did not have some of the ingredients but it turned out to be a hearty but not heavy soup that will be delightful tomorrow during our rainy day.
-16 oz. pure pumpkin
-16 oz. low-sodium vegetable broth (or chicken broth if you like)
-15 oz. black beans drained and rinsed (1 average size can)
-1 cup sweet corn (I used canned but use a fresh ear if you have it!)
-1/2 tsp cumin
-2 cloves of garlic minced
-1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
-1/4 cup prepared salsa (any spice level you prefer)
-8 oz water
-1 tsp olive oil
-Optional- dollop of fat-free sour cream or plain fat free Greek yogurt
Pour oil into a medium saucepan. Add garlic and allow to simmer.
Add chicken broth, water, cumin and red pepper. Bring to a simmer.
Mix pumpkin until smooth (will look watery). Add in corn, beans and salsa.
Stir and simmer for 15 minutes.
Serve with/without sour cream and enjoy!!
|Fibery, pumpkiny goodness!!!!|
Baked for 15-18 minutes or until the batter no longer comes off onto a fork when tested.
|Yummy Pumpkin goodness!!|
I also made a cream cheese glaze for the topping. Mix 1 stick of cream cheese with about 1/2 cup of confectionary sugar, 1 tbsp of vanilla and 1/4 cup water. Mix until smooth and drizzle over the muffins.
Monday, September 5, 2011
- 1lb fresh Cod
- 1 cup honey
-1 cup olive oil divided
-1 1/2 limes- 1/2 red cabbage
- 2 plum tomatoes- sliced
- 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
- small bushel of cilantro (optional)
Zest the limes into a bowl. Squeeze the juice from one of the lime into the bowl. Add honey and 1/2 cup olive oil.Chop cilantro and add a pinch of salt and pepper. Mix until smoothe.
Filet cod into 2x3 sections. Add filets to honey-lime marinad Cover and let sit in the refrigerator for at least 15 minutes.
|Time to marinate!|
|Fish tacos and a margarita! Adios summer!|
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Once fish is marinated, place on parchment paper on a baking sheet. Wrap tortillas in aluminum foil. Put fish and tortillas in the oven for 10 minutes.
Place the cod on the tortillas and top with cabbage slaw and tomato slices.
I would have loved to put some avocado on this but I didn't have any.
You can add tortilla chips on the side like I did or a salad! Whatever
|Isn't my lil girl cute?? :)|
Sunday, September 4, 2011
There are 2 ways to make these pancakes, the short-cut route or the from scratch way. I went a little half and half. I really like the pancake mixes from the New Hope Mills and I used the Oat Bran mix for this recipe.
2 cups Oat Bran pancake mix
1 3/4 cups cold water
1/4 cup egg beaters (or 1 egg)
4 tbsp Nutella
1 1/2 tbsp peanut butter
1 tbsp skim milk
Add pancake mix, water and egg in a large bowl. Mix in 2 tbsp nutella and mix until batter turns a light brown.
Cook pancakes on medium heat until both sides are browned.
In a small saucepan add the remaining nutella with 1 tbsp milk. Warm on very low heat and stir continuously to remove lumps and prevent from burning.
Cut the banana into slices and layer on top of pancakes.
Using a large spoon, drizzle the warmed nutella over the pancakes.
Top with peanut butter and enjoy!
- When making pancakes, cover cooked pancakes with a pot lid to keep pancakes moist and warm.
- You can top this recipe with maple syrup, but taste it first because it is already deliciously sweet!
- If you want to make your pancakes from scratch, here is a good recipe . Just add in the Nutella.
- You can use any pancake mix and add in the additional ingredients.
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
These cookies are so good and were easy to make (since I had all the ingredients in my pea-sized kitchen!). I adapted this recipe from SkinnyTaste.com to add a little bit more fiber and protein.
-1 cup whole wheat flour
-1 tsp baking powder
-1/2 tsp baking soda
-1 tbsp ground cinnamon
-2 cups quick oats
-1 tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 2 packets monk fruit/ stevia
-2 tbsp unpacked brown sugar
-1/4 cup egg beaters/ egg substitute
-1/4 cup apple sauce
-1/2 tsp vanilla extract
-3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350°; line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking sheets.
In a medium bowl, whisk together all dry ingredients flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and quick oats.
In a large bowl, with a mixer, cream together the butter and the sweetener, sugars on medium speed.
Add the egg, followed by the applesauce and vanilla extract.
Add the chocolate chips.
Drop heaping tablespoonfuls (approx 1 tbsp each) of the dough onto prepared baking sheets, flattening each cookie slightly.
Bake for about 10-12 minutes, or until cookies become light brown at the edges.
Let cool on baking sheet for 3 or 4 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
|Little bundles of fibery goodness!|
Saturday, August 27, 2011
Friday, August 26, 2011
Thursday, August 25, 2011
The program requires you to do the same workout for 6 days straight, 1 day rest, then four more days. At the 10th day, you change into a different group of exercises.
I'll update my status periodically!
Here we go!
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
|Big mama eggplant!|
|Like my official "chinese takeout" mixing bowl?|
Put the eggplant back into the oven for about 20 minutes. The cheese will become bubbly and begin to brown on the edges. I made some fettuccine as a side dish to complete the meal.
While my eggplant was cooking I decided to try make beignets from the show "Secrets of a Restaurant Chef" on the food network. The recipe was super easy to make As you can see by the pictures, I had some trouble maintaining the oil temperature and the little beignets came out somewhat well done :) . I sprinkled them with powdered sugar for good measure.
I also hate to waste food so I cooked the egg that remained from my eggplant. I made it into a little omelette for breakfast tomorrow.
|My eggs are in the shape of a steak!|
The eggplant came out great! The breadcrumb mixture added more depth of flavor than I expected. The eggplant was nice and tender and cut easily. The dinner was a success! I brought some to my parents for a quick taste and they loved it as well.
|I need to work on my plating. I was so hungry!|
|A bit crispy, huh?|
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
By the way, I accidentally ate part of a habanero tonight while making my lunch for tomorrow and it nearly burnt my tounge off!!!! Anyone want them?? I have about 8!!!!
That's it for tonight! Tomorrow I am making eggplant parm!! Pictures to come!
Monday, August 22, 2011
|I only put tomato on half of the frittata|
because my boyfriend doesn't like them.
Customize it like a pizza!
-8 grape tomatoes
-1/4 green pepper & 1/4 red pepper
-8 yellow grape tomatoes
-1/2 cup low-fat shredded cheese
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Using a food processor, shred all vegetables except the spinach & tomato.
In a bowl, beat eggs until fluffy.
Grease a 9 inch round baking pan with butter or a non-stick spray.
Add all shredded vegetables to egg mixture.
Pour mixture into baking pan.
Bake for 20 minutes or until egg is firm.
|This is only 1/2 the zucchini!|
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
3 eggs (or 3 svgs egg sub to cut calories/cholesterol)
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
1 cup veg oil/canola oil
2 cups shredded zucchini
Sunday, April 17, 2011
I have been in a food lull for a while now so I am challenging myself to cook some new recipes from my favorite cookbook, Moosewood Restaurant Low-Fat Favorites. You'll be seeing new recipes up and my review!
This morning I didn't feel like preparing anything intricate (even though it's Sunday). I had some old-fashioned Muesli with chopped bananas and skim milk. I always let the muesli sit so it softens then add the fruit. It was slightly sweet with a nice thickness to it. I washed it all down with a cup of Kona coffee right from Hawaii! My boyfriend's cousins sent it to us and it is the best coffee ever!
I'll be posting my lunch shortly!
Have a Delicious day!
Saturday, April 2, 2011
Thursday, March 31, 2011
|The Final Products! Yum!|
Anyway, I had to blog about this fun experience today because I had a ball!
Have a delicious evening!!
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
I absolutely LOVE breakfast food! It makes being a healthy eater in the morning a little difficult for most, but I have some ideas to slim down some classics! Yesterday I enjoyed Chocolate Chip Banana French Toast.
It was DELISH!!!! (I know delish isn't a real word, but they were just that good.) I made them with 35 calorie whole wheat bread, egg beaters and skim milk. I try to make everything a "one pot" meal so I actually mix the milk, beaters, cinnamon, and brown sugar into 1 bowl. Dunk the bread and grill in a frying pan. I had to take a picture of my pan because its hot pink and totally cute!
As I cooked the slices(individually) I pressed 6-8 chocolate chips into the already cooked toast. I made 3 pieces and topped them off with a whole sliced banana and a drizzle of maple syrup. I washed it all down with a cold glass of milk! Yum!!!
For lunch I ate at Wegman's and should have taken a picture of my Indian cuisine but I was starved and ate it up.
My boyfriend has been asking me to make tacos for a while so since I had some time last night, I made tacos. I sauteed a bunch of veggies (asparagus, red peppers, zucchini & onions), cooked up the ground beef and prepped several sides. The sides includes low-fat shredded mozzarella, low-fat sour cream, guacamole, and diced tomatoes. I am a vegetarian so I just ate the veggie portion but he told me the meat was tasty.
Enjoy the photos! I'll post more from my adventures tomorrow. I am baking some old family recipes with my mom and grandmom! Yay!!
Have a delicious evening!!
Monday, March 28, 2011
It was delicious and I ate it in record time!
Thursday, March 24, 2011
It is cozy and comfy with a slight sweetness. It was very good!
See you at lunch!
Have a delicious day!
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
I love breakfast food and cereal is one of my weaknesses. I saw this new Special K Oats and Honey the other day and decided to check it out. I liked it because its one of the only Special K cereals that doesn't have high fructose corn syrup or corn syrup in it.
Its so good! I added chopped bananas and blueberries for some added sweetness! The cereal stays pretty crunchy, too!
Have a delicious day!
Sunday, March 20, 2011
Happy first day of Spring! I spent some QT with my boyfriend today. We drove around and spent time in the beautiful sunshine. To top it off we got rootbeer floats at a local drive-in restaurant. I asked for diet root beer but they didn't have any. I don't even want to know how many calories were in it but it was good! I only drank half because I got full.
So this is a sign that warm weather is on its way! Beware of "summer foods" that are calorie rich and nutrient deficient. Ill be blogging much more frequently!
Have a delicious first day of Spring!
Thursday, March 10, 2011
This morning I made a quicky oatmeal breakfast! Oatmeal is one of my favorite foods. This morning I put a scoop of ground flaxseed, 12 almonds, about 2 tbsp dried blueberries, cinnamon and brown sugar. It was so yummy! As you can see, I was not being very green with my styrofoam cup, but I was at work. Try it out! Its yummy!
Have a delicious day, bloggers!
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Off to bed!
Sweet delicious dreams!!!
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
So my planned lunch turned into saltines and tea in bed. Hopefully I can push it to dinner. Overall I haven't eaten much today which is no good on the basal metabolic rate front. You have to eat to burn! So here is a pic of my cracker and also of one of my dog, Tini eating my cracker lol!
Have a delicious day!