Monday, August 22, 2011
Hi Food Blog groupies....
I wanted to show you a few new things that we are trying at our house:
I forgot to take a picture of the end product, so here's a picture of the magazine recipe. This is from the latest issue of Clean Eating and I made it yesterday. Turkey & Butter Bean Cassoulet. One thing I liked about it is that I put it in the oven and left for church and it was pretty much done when we got back. I used some legs and some thighs. I would make it again but with thighs only. They are easy to de-bone and there is a lot of meat on them.
I made mine into a stoup as Rachael Ray would say. Part stew part soup. I put at least 1/2 cup chopped fresh spinach and 2 T of chopped scallion in the bottom of my bowl before ladling the stoup on top. Served with 1/2 of a whole wheat english muffin toasted and I had a great meal. I had it again for lunch today and had a peach for a sweet finish.
I found this in the check out line at Target. I liked it, but I think the Key Lime Pie version is still my favorite when I need a piece of gum.
Since it's the first day of school, I thought I would make a little dessert for dinner. These are 31 calories each. You can get the frozen phyllo shells in the freezer section. Mix 4 oz fat-free cream cheese, 4 oz fat free Greek Yogurt, 5-6 Stevia packets, 1/2 tsp vanilla, and 1 Tsp Cocoa powder. Mix, fill and chill - top with chocolate sprinkles.
I also made Clean Eating's Blueberry Yogurt Pops.
2 cups blueberries
2 Tbsp organic evaporated cane juice (not a liquid - you find it on the baking isle and it looks almost like a bag of light brown sugar)
2 cups low-fat plain yogurt
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp lemon zest.
combine blueberries and cane sugar with 2 tsp of water and heat until the berries release their juices. I bought frozen blueberries and did this step in the microwave in less than 3 minutes. Mix the remaining ingredients and then fold in the blueberries.
It should make 8 pops but since I didn't have those molds, I used paper Dixie cups and ended up with 9. The recipe states they are 74 calories each. Since it's still very hot in Texas this cool treat sounds like a winner. I set the cups in the muffin tin and put that in the freezer. Once they are done, I'm putting them in a freezer bag for storage.
So as you can see - my mind was on a few treats today. What new recipes are you trying lately?
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
What's with the title? I was watching the Food Network last night - a show I like to see called Diner's, Drive-ins, and Dives was on. I was amazed at one of the burgers they showcased - the Dead Texan. I've lived half of my life in Texas and I've never seen anything like it.
It was a cheeseburger inside of two grilled cheese sandwiches with a fried egg in there too. Imagine 4 large slices of white bread, five slices of cheese, 3 slices of bacon, an egg, and an 8 oz burger with a few jalepenos, lettuce and tomato thrown in. Grilled in butter with mayo in there too. My heart hurts already and I didn't even eat it.
One other burger they showed was deep fried. First it was grilled, then dipped in flour, then dipped in batter and deep fried. It was a take on Japanese tempura and had wasabi mayo and a spicy cabbage topping. Let's see..how can we take a burger and make it even unhealthier...oh yeah, we'll deep fry it!
Now don't get me wrong...a while back when I ate totally unhealthy I would have probably chosen one of those to try. It reminded me of how far I've come, but how far I still have to go to learn how to eat healthy.
I was up way to early this morning, so at 5:00 I had a Nature Valley Dark Chocolate and Oats fiber bar.
So here was my breakfast today that was really when I would have had my mid morning snack - mini whole grain bagel with reduced fat organic cream cheese. Egg beaters with spinach and fresh pineapple with coconut, black coffee.
When I was fixing my breakfast I threw some potatoes in the oven to cook while I worked. So for lunch I had 1/2 of one of the potatoes topped with leftover homemade chili that I had in the freezer from a couple of weekends ago. I topped that with fresh chives.
I went to Starbucks later for my tall nonfat latte and studied there for about an hour - goal met TC team!
Late afternoon snack while doing chores - a red apple topped with 2 T honey roasted natural peanut butter - yum from Whole Foods. Green Tea.
For dinner I had a cup of leftover chicken and dumplings that we made the other day. No dumplings left but the chicken and broth are great. I also ate a plum.
I've tracked my food and think I still have a couple 100 calories to go for later. I'm thinking some special k cereal with strawberries and milk later and I'll be done for the day.
I've just about got all of my physical therapy exercises for my shoulder done.
After this blog will be some yoga at home. I need to stretch out after my first attempt at water aerobics last night. I used some different muscles - mix up your workouts to keep your metabolism going!
Throw in a little walking for the dog and some reading and my day will be finished.
What did you do today that brought you closer to your healthy lifestyle goal? Do you have any homemade recipes that you stock in the freezer to help you when you're in a rush?
Monday, August 15, 2011
I drove to a different gym tonight to try Zumba water aerobics. I've read about this in some magazines and had it in the back of my mind to try. So what did I think?
Well, I'm not sure how it's different from water aerobics that I did 20 years ago. Except that now they have an ipod that they can plug into the wall by the side of the pool to play music. The interesting thing to me about this class was I am typically one of the older students in all the other classes that I go to, and here I was one of the younger students. It was a happy bunch of seniors in that class. Afterwards I joined a bunch of them in the hot tub and one lady and I compared a few surgery scars and talked PT. Ha that almost made me laugh out loud. She was so sweet, and poor thing really struggling post knee replacement.
One thing that impressed me about the instructor though was that she dressed with long pants, a long sleeve shirt and a head covering. I asked her afterwards if she was observing Rhamadan (sp?) and she said yes. So here she was at 6:30 at night in a humid pool area, fully clothed, probably not eating or drinking all day and she was so cheerful jumping around coaching us through the workout. Two thumbs up to her energy and pleasant spirit.
I didn't food blog yesterday so here are a few catch up photos:
Mexican breakfast type of taco. Whole wheat tortilla, 1/4 cup cooked beef with red bell peppers and spinach, topped with egg beaters, chives and salsa. Very good!
1 chopped grapefruit, 1 tsp organic light brown sugar, chopped walnuts and dried cranberries, dash of cinnamon. Good snack.
I went out to dinner with the BFF and our friend who was in town from Atlanta. The three of us have known each other over 20 years. We went to our favorite mexican food restaurant. I did have 4 chips, 1 margarita, but I ordered the grilled salmon. I ate the fish and 1/2 the rice and veggies. I had a side salad that came with the dinner and it was really a side of cheese with a few green things underneath. I dug out the 3 slices of avocado and left the rest.
Fast lunch today - morning star spicy black bean burger with spinach, avocado,and plum tomato with a side of grapes.
so here is my question for the day...I had whole wheat waffles for breakfast. I checked the serving size/calorie information while it was in the toaster to make sure I knew what I was eating. It said on the box that one waffle was worth 80 calories and two waffles were worth 170 calories. What...are you penalized and charged an extra 10 calories just because you had a second one? I thought 80+80= 160. I made a sandwich out of the confused waffles with 1 T almond butter and 1 T sugar free jam.
It's 94 days until they dance at their wedding.
So have you tried anything new lately? Did you like it?
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