Thursday, January 21, 2010
My husband (Aubrey) and I very rarely go out to eat anymore. It just tastes so much better at home and I know exactly what I'm eating.
That is, except for those random things in my condiments and store-bought sauces : soy lechiten, modified food starch, mononitrate, etc. etc. etc.
So Aubrey and I have been trying out some truly homemade recipes. We made our very own "refried" beans and I made my own ranch dressing! I have no idea how long it will last, I am totally new to making my own sauces!
Do you make any sauces? Have a good spaghetti sauce I should try? I gotta stop just buying Ragu just because it's convenient!
Homemade "Refried" Beans
I followed this recipe except I halved the salt and it was STILL too salty. We're also going to use half as much onion next time so the beans will come through more.
Homemade Ranch Dressing
So this actually turned out really good! I didn't have any buttermilk, so I left that out. I found the consistency to be just fine without it. And I find it funny that it is half the calories of the "light" ranch dressing that I was buying.
1 clove garlic
1/8 tsp kosher salt
2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
2 tbsp chopped fresh chives
1/2 cup plain yogurt (I used Organics)
1/4 cup sour cream (I used Daisy, pure and natural)
Buttermilk, as needed to desired consistency (I left out, but feel free to add!)
I also didn't add any of the following, but they were suggested :
Fresh Dill (optional, To Taste)
Cayenne Pepper (optional, To Taste)
Paprika (optional, To Taste)
Fresh Oregano (optional, To Taste)
Tabasco (optional, To Taste)
Mince the garlic with a knife and then sprinkle about an 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoons of salt on it and mash it into a paste with a fork. Chop the parsley, chives and any of the optional herbs very finely and add to the garlic.
In a bowl combine all ingredients, adding other optional ingredients as you wish, tasting frequently and adjusting seasonings as needed. Chill for a couple of hours before serving, thin with milk or buttermilk if desired.
I tried without chilling first and it was great!
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
So it might seem silly to brag about, but I'm going to anyway!
I can do 10 full push-ups! I've been stuck at 5 for the longest time, but yesterday I did 10 in a row! I even did a second set of 10! You know what else? My ab work has actually been getting easier. I've been doing the same basic ab exercises for awhile and I've noticed recently that I have to do more to feel the same burn.
I've been getting more strength training in which has been my goal for the last two months. The scale has decided to commit mutiny. So I'm going to ignore it. I'll concentrate on my push-ups and ab work for now!
Friday, November 13, 2009
So I have become obsessed with this recipe I found. I can't remember where I got it, but it is my new favorite recipe! I love it!
For those of you who actually like meat, you could probably add some shredded chicken to it
2 cups chopped onion (2 large)
1-1/2 cups chopped yellow sweet pepper (2 medium)
1 14-1/2-ounce can tomatoes, cut up
3/4 cup salsa
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 15-ounce cans black beans, rinsed and drained
4 medium tortillas
8 ounces reduced-fat cheese, shredded (2 cups)
Optional Toppings :
Sliced green onions
Sliced pitted ripe olives
Sour cream or plain low-fat yogurt
1. In a large skillet combine onion, sweet pepper, undrained tomatoes, salsa, cumin, and garlic. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes. Stir in beans.
2. Spread one-third of the bean mixture over the bottom of a 9 x13 rectangular baking dish. Top with two of the tortillas, overlapping as necessary, and 1 cup of the cheese. Add another one-third of the bean mixture; top with remaining two tortillas and remaining bean mixture.
3. Bake, covered, in a 350 degrees F oven for 30 minutes or until heated through. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Let stand 10 minutes.
4. If desired, top with chopped tomato, shredded lettuce, green onions, and olives, and serve with sour cream.
5. If you cut it into 8 servings, each serving has 275 calories, 9 grams of fat, 16 grams of protein, 35 grams of carbs, and 9 grams of fiber
Sunday, May 24, 2009
So I haven't typed anything in a really long time. I'm not always good about typing up what's new in my life! But we went to the beach this weekend and I was so glad with how much fun we had!
My husband and I stayed in an awesome room. Right on the beach, ocean view. Absolutely beautiful. We enjoyed some room service, he got a breakfast burrito while I got a vegetable omelet. We also shared a strawberry belgian waffle (sans syrup). We also indulged in some homemade ice cream and fudge.
First thing in the morning I woke up, ate a protein bar, and we went on a forty minute run. Then we sat back and enjoyed the room service. Afterwards we rented bikes and biked around town for an hour. I hadn't ridden a bike since I was a kid, so it was slightly awkward. Especially because to brake I had to pedal backwards, which I was not used to. The last bike I rode had hand brakes!
Then we went to an arcade, and played a DDR type game. It wasn't actually Dance Dance Revolution, but it was basically the exact same thing. We walked all around town and just had a blast. No one had been there friday night and we actually wondered where everyone was on this holiday weekend. But apparently everyone had planned to show up on Saturday because the town was packed! We had only planned to stay one night, so we left just as it was getting really busy.
The only bummer of the whole trip was that we messed up our photo booth picture! I hit the wrong button and said there was only one person and there was no way to take it back. So we tried to squeeze into the small screen and we now have a picture of half of my face and half of his. =P
Today we're going to the track to run some laps. We're also going to bring our jump ropes and have more fun! We were thinking about going on a hike, but I don't know if we're still going to do that later.
What fun active things are you doing this holiday weekend?
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