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Recipe: Baked Won Ton Chips

Sunday, September 11, 2011

My sister-in-law, who lives in Hilo, Hawaii, likes to send unique gifts to my husband for his birthday - usually samplings of foods from Hawaii. Last week in his annual care-package was a bag of One-Ton Chips. Fried Won Ton Skin Chips. Made in a noodle factory. Were they good? Yah, really good!
140 Calories and 5 grams of fat for a 1 ounce serving.

I have made my own pita chips, tortilla chips and bagel chips and made them healthier by baking them. I figured I could do the same with won ton skins.

These would be good with a healthy dip or served as a side with a bowl of soup, chili or stew.

Here's the recipe I found:

23 wonton wrappers
Salt or your favorite spices – optional

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray 1 or 2 baking sheets with nonstick spray. Cut each wonton wrapper to make 4 triangles. Place in a single layer on baking sheet. Sprinkle with salt to taste. Bake for 5 to 7 minutes or until crisp and golden.

Yield: 96 Chips (8 Servings)

12 Chips per Serving

Nutritional Information: 70 calories per serving. 0.4 grams fat, 2 mg cholesterol, 2 grams protein, 14 grams carbohydrates, 137 mg sodium, 20 mg potassium, trace of fiber & 11 mg calcium


  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

THINRONNA 9/13/2011 4:59AM

    Great idea! We use wonton skins here but deep fry them wrapped around a small ladle and use it like a little cup for fillings. I wonder if you could use your baked wonton idea the same pressed into mini muffin tins, seasoned and little cups for appetizers around the holidays. Hmmmmm....I might have to try it.

Did you make the chips? Did you like them?


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1BEACHWALKER 9/13/2011 12:34AM

    emoticonYou are making me hungry again! Or should I say I am getting an appetite! emoticon
Sounds really good! Must be nice to have a relative to visit in Hawaii! What are you still doing in MN?! emoticon

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SMILEYBEE 9/11/2011 9:35PM

    Sounds good; maybe when I get a kitchen ... ;)

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ROSEWCI 9/11/2011 9:03PM

    Thanks Maria! My youngest is gonna love 'em!

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ARTPRINTER 9/11/2011 8:54PM

    These sound great! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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CYNTHIA726 9/11/2011 7:57PM

    Thank you for the recipe - can't wait to try them!

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Recipe Review: Eggplant with Black Beans...Pretty Good!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

We have an abundance of Eggplant growing in our garden - well, what used to be our 'high tunnel' commercial greenhouse - until a tornado and strong winds took it down on July 1st. We can't completely clean it up - because we do want what is still growing there to continue to grow. So we have heirloom tomatoes and peppers and herbs growing in one area. In another, are cucumbers, eggplants, melons...etc.

Yesterday, I went to pick tomatoes for an order and discovered that the eggplants had 'gone wild' and where multiplying.

I immediately called my Dad, because I know he enjoys them.
I knew I could share some with him.

My husband, however does not. It's amazing I could even convince him to give me the space to grow what I did.

Any way, today I am on a mission to find really "GREAT" Eggplant Recipes.

I posted a request to two of my Culinary Spark Teams and also a request on the Recipe Requests message board.

I also went searching Spark Recipes too. That's where I found SparkPeople user NMCDEE's recipe:

"Eggplant with Black Beans"

That would become my lunch today.

The recipe can be found in Spark Recipes.

I did make some changes to the recipe as I didn't have any Zucchini.
No Zucchini but loads of Eggplants? Insane, right?

2 Tbsp Olive Oil
1 eggplant peeled and chopped -I used the large dice blade on my hand chopper
1 medium Zucchini chopped -didn't have, so omitted this time
1/2 C Red Pepper, chopped -I used a large yellow pepper as that's what I had
1 medium Onion, chopped -I used the small dice blade
3 cloves Garlic, minced
1 can tomatoes -I used fresh Roma tomatoes that I used the large dice
1 can Black Beans
1Tbsp chili powder - I used 1 tsp. chili powder & 1 tsp. smoked paprika
1 tsp dried Chili Peppers - I used 1 red jalapeno pepper, diced
Salt/Pepper to taste - I used sea salt and course ground pepper

In a large saucepan, add olive oil. Sautee eggplant, zucchini, red pepper, onion and garlic until almost tender. Rinse and drain black beans, add to mixure. Add canned tomatoes. Bring to a simmer for 20 minutes. Add seasonings and chili powder/pepper.

Serve warm topped with parmesan cheese. (I had 1 cup with 2 T. parmesan cheese on top for my lunch.)

Number of Servings: 8

It was very flavorful and quite satisfying.

Loved the addition of black beans.

Made it into a chili or stew.

I am going to serve this for dinner again tonight to my husband - the anti-eggplant eater - as a side dish. Serving size will be 1/2 cup.

Will get back to you on how he reviews it.

I'm keeping my fingers crossed that he will like it and I can make it again.

Well, I'll make it again for me no matter what!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

COOKWITHME65 8/31/2011 11:14AM

    Oh how I wish we were neighbors Maria. I would have been glad to take a few eggplants off your hands. This recipe sounds great. I love recipes with black beans. What do you use for a hand chopper. Sounds like something I would benefit from as I cant cut well with not being able to use by right arm/hand well.

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BOOKWORM27S 8/31/2011 10:21AM

    Excellent! It is always difficult to find good eggplant recipes. I usually just roast mine and eat it with tomato sauce.

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THINRONNA 8/27/2011 8:40AM

    It sounds like a good recipe. Eggplant is not that normal here in the store close to my house but we have a store one train stop away that has it some times. I like to have the variety so I get it when I can. maybe I'll try this. Thanks!

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1BEACHWALKER 8/27/2011 1:03AM

    My DH loves eggplant-me not so much. But, I will eat it if it is prepared good. I will tell him about this- I am sure he will be thrilled-since he loves to cook! emoticon emoticon

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SMILEYBEE 8/23/2011 5:45PM

    Maybe I'll give this a try. We've been getting some little eggplants in our weekly CSA share. ... Sounds good!

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PAWSINAZ 8/23/2011 4:22PM

    Thanks for sharing!!!!!!!!!!!!

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KSABBY 8/23/2011 3:23PM

    Wow that sounds really good! I wish I would have seen that recipe yesterday! It sounds better than what I ended up making with my eggplant, zucchini, and tomatoes!

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SMARGED 8/23/2011 3:22PM

    Hi, Maria. This sounds good - I love eggplant and zucchini. But since I am only one, can this be frozen or not?? (As you know, I am not a cook, so I have no idea what can be frozen or not. LOL!!)

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Do you struggle with Perfectionism?

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

I read Birdie Varnedore M. D.'s blog today on: "Your Healthy Lifestyle Blog."

Titled: "Confession: I Gained 10+ Pounds on a Cruise!

Great read if you struggle with perfectionism or "all or nothing" thinking.
Please take the time to read it if you deal with these and get down on yourself after a vacation with indulgences...or other events that challenge your healthier eating lifestyle.

She says: "I believe that one of the most important factors that separate success stories from false starters is the ability to reject the "all or none" attitude, which has the potential to end a healthy lifestyle."

"I’m far from perfect. I accept this and I use the pivotal concept of balance to work on correcting my bad choices."

2 Points she makes to Remember:

1. Sudden weight gain after falling off the horse is not all fat gain.

2. Always get back on plan. Even if you feel like you have failed.

So, if you have time, please read her blog. It was helpful for me!

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JAICAI 9/8/2011 4:45PM

    That is me, all or nothing and it is keeping me from even sticking to any healthy eating. I mess up one little bit during the day and that's it, I give up because I failed. I lost 30 lbs in 2005, but it took me 3 years to stick to a plan. During those 3 years I kept gaining weight because every time I messed up I just threw the whole day out the window, now I'm going through the same. I had my baby in July of 09 and I've been just gaining weight, while trying to lose it! I'm glad I found this post. I'm reading the blog now...

Comment edited on: 9/8/2011 4:47:25 PM

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BOOKWORM27S 8/23/2011 10:53AM

    I read that blog too, very good info to remember!

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THINRONNA 8/14/2011 2:50PM

    Thank you for the reminder Maria! I am going to check out that has been a long summer of eating!

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1BEACHWALKER 8/6/2011 2:20PM

    Used to all the time, but now and then it creeps in! Like lately-so I needed to see this today! I will read the blog! emoticon

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ROSEWCI 8/2/2011 7:18PM

    Ahhh Maria! I NEED to hear this!

I can get caught up in that perfectionist web, for certain! Altho I do believe I've come along way! I STILL fall back into the perfectionist mindset, every now & then! So, I need to remain aware!

And I'm tellin' ya! Being on vaca can cause HAVOC when it comes to maintaining weight! Eating out is MOST difficult when everything on the menu looks sooooo good! And who doesn't want to "indulge" a bit when we're out on the town! Or beach!

I will take a look/see at her blog! Thanks!

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LNSYLVSDOGS 8/2/2011 6:17PM

    I struggle with perfectionism. It kept me from doing Zumba for many months, b/c I felt I wasn't "good enough" at it. I finally realized that no one is either, accept the instructor. And, if you're moving then that's all that matters! I'm slowly starting to relax my thinking about other things as well. It makes life much less stressful that way.

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GRACEISENUF 8/2/2011 1:21PM

    I struggled for years to do most everything in a way I thought to be perfect. I was raised by a Martha Stewart twin, tee hee (whom I love and respect). Thankfully no more.

FREEDOM is so sweet from the chains of perfectionism that used to bind me.

Comment edited on: 8/2/2011 1:22:04 PM

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SMARGED 8/2/2011 12:53PM

    Thanks, Maria! I need to rad that blog - I'm going to look for it right now.... weight wise, I'm not doing well at all - not only am I not losing - I've gained ! And I am discouraged.....

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    It's so hard to lose the "All or Nothing" attitude. Much easier to forget then forgive! But always good to remember!

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Successful Weight Maintenance

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Successful Weight Maintenance – National Weight Control Registry

I have long been aware of the National Weight Control Registry and it’s investigation into long-term weight loss maintenance. As I approach this phase of my healthy living journey, I am reviewing their findings once again. It is important that I have a plan and develop my own personal tools and lifestyle techniques to maintain my new, healthy lifestyle for the long haul.

SparkPeople is a wonderful place to continue to do just that. I wanted to share some of this basic information with you as I review and move forward.

The following information came from National Weight Control Registry & The Central Ohio Nutrition Center, Inc.

The National Weight Control Registry (NWCR), established in 1994 by
Rena Wing, Ph.D. from Brown Medical School, and James O. Hill, Ph.D. from the University of Colorado, is the largest prospective investigation of long-term successful weight loss maintenance. Given the prevailing belief that few individuals succeed at long-term weight loss, the NWCR was developed to identify and investigate the characteristics of individuals who have succeeded at long-term weight loss. The NWCR is tracking over 5,000 individuals who have lost significant amounts of weight and kept it off for long periods of time. Detailed questionnaires and annual follow-up surveys are used to examine the behavioral and psychological characteristics of weight maintainers, as well as the strategies they use to maintaining their weight losses.

As most dieters know, the actual act of losing weight is somewhat easier than the maintenance of the weight loss. However, long-term weight maintenance can occur, and it is beneficial to study the people who have achieved this. Researchers have studied people who have lost an average of 66 pounds and have kept it off for an average of 5.5 years (National Weight Control Registry).
From the research on the long-term weight maintainers, it has been shown that there were some behaviors that were common to this group. Most of the participants report continuing a low calorie, low fat diet, and doing high levels of activity.

Some of the other information learned from this group:

• 78% eat breakfast every day
• 75% weigh themselves at least once a week
• 62% watch less than 10 hours of TV per week
• 90% exercise, on average, about 1 hour per day

While not everyone has to do all of these behaviors to keep the weight off, it is important to have a plan and develop your own personal tools and lifestyle techniques.

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1BEACHWALKER 8/1/2011 1:42AM

    I think in my experience, since I am so good at plateaus these days- I will have no problem maintaining! emoticon
Seriously though, this whole thing is so complicated, trying to figure it all out is such a big mystery. Some lose and maintain no problem at all-others it is really super hard. I wish you success in all your goals. Thanks for the information Maria.

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ROSEWCI 7/29/2011 6:47AM

    I tell ya Maria, I agree weight maintenance is the hardest part of weight loss! My weight fluctuates greatly & no matter...I know I will always have to monitor my weight closely & "catch" myself often! There's never gonna be any "throwing caution to the wind"...cause I LOVE to eat! And that weight creeps up quickly, by golly!

So, gotta be diligent & keep alert! emoticon

Thanks for the info! emoticon emoticon

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GRACEISENUF 7/28/2011 10:10PM

    Very informative and makes alot of sense.


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LILLYPILLY24 7/28/2011 11:02AM

    It just makes sense, doesn't it. Thanks for sharing your findings, Maria!

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SMARGED 7/28/2011 1:07AM

    Thanks, Maria, for sharing this information. I really enjoyed reading it.

I'm not at maintenance yet - and sometimes wonder if I'll ever get to that point!!! I'm still having a hard time not to go back up even now, and it seems ages since I've been able to get below my lowest....

Actually I do the things you mentioned.... breakfast, TV, and weigh-in all the time, and exercise most of the time.... but to be honest, not every day - usually when I miss, it is due to the fact that due to work I can't do it in the morning, and at night I am just too tired!


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SMILEYBEE 7/28/2011 12:28AM

    This is good information! Thanks for sharing it Maria! Congrats on being so close to your long term goal! You've worked so hard and come so far ... I think maintenance will be second nature to you!

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MRSBENNETT2 7/27/2011 8:39PM

    Thanks for posting this, Maria! I know I checked in once or twice during my break and saw you'd hit your goal and I meant to congratulate you. Belated congratulations!

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ARTPRINTER 7/27/2011 7:59PM

    You're going to fit right in with the successful maintainers, Maria! Thanks for sharing your research.

You are emoticon

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COOKWITHME65 7/27/2011 6:39PM

    Oh no I'm in trouble as I watch more than 10 hrs of tv per week. I like to have the food network on for background entertainment as I do my household chores. But at times I will see something that interests me and I will plunk myself done and watch the show. I should move the treadmill to in front of the tv to incise me to move more. emoticon

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Latest Food Find: Keebler Flatbread Crisps - Sea Salt & Olive Oil

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Earlier in the month when we were without electricity for a couple of days (due to a tornado and storm), my mother brought us some groceries that didn't require refrigeration.

One of the items was "Keebler Town House Flatbread Crisps - Sea Salt & Olive Oil."

They are crisp crackers that are good paired with simple dips and toppings.

Here's a description: Experience a savory blend of sea salt and olive oil inspired by specialty flat breads, with a delicious oven-baked crispness in every flavorful bite.

Today I had them with a couple kinds of cheeses and fruits with my lunch.

I have had them with salads or instead of bread at dinner.

They would be great with soups and stews.

Yesterday I had them with some lean smoked ham for lunch.

Nutrition information:
70 Calories for 6 Crackers
2 Grams of Fat
0 Grams of Cholesterol
150 mg of Sodium
12 Grams of Carbohydrates
1 Gram of Protein

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BOOKWORM27S 8/23/2011 10:56AM

    I'll have to look for those. I bet they would be great with hummus.

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ROSEWCI 7/29/2011 6:49AM

    Yum! Gotta get me some of these! emoticon

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ARTPRINTER 7/27/2011 8:02PM

    I love these! They go so well with cheese, especially since the sea salt and olive oil don't overpower the flavor of the cheese like some other crackers. I also like Triscuits, which are higher in fiber.

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TUBLADY 7/27/2011 7:19PM

    I have been eating the Flat bread crisps in Italian Herb for some time. Same calories count.
But I just got Wheat thins, toasted chips. North End Parmesan & Herb flavored.
12 crackers 130 calories
total fat 5g
sodium 210mg
potassium 85 mg
Carbohydrate 19g
Fiber 2g
Sugar 3g
Protein 2g
Iron ,& calcium 4% each
They are 50% less fat than regular photo. clips.
Have 280 mg ALA omega-3 from soybean oil.

So I eat both, the Wheat Thins are amazing in flavor.

I think I will have a few right now, with a wedge of laughing cow cheese.
Take care
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COOKWITHME65 7/27/2011 6:45PM

    Haven't tried them yet. Today I bought some reduced fat wheat thins to take on my trip to the lake so I will look for them on my next shopping trip. I love sea salt!

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MJ7DM33 7/27/2011 5:56PM

  I will be looking for these crackers @ the grocery store! They sound like they are good!

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SMILEYBEE 7/27/2011 3:28PM

    Oh boy, I want some! emoticon

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WENIGER06 7/27/2011 2:46PM

    Sounds good! Thanks for sharing!

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