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
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!
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."
"Im 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!
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Successful Weight Maintenance National Weight Control Registry
I have long been aware of the National Weight Control Registry and its 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.
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.
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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