Monday, June 30, 2008
Peanut Butter Puffins/Southwestern Egg Wrap/ 100th Post!
Tonight for dinner I made a Southwestern egg wrap. I cooked up some egg beaters with hot sauce and a little chili powder. I removed the eggs into a bowl. Next, I sprayed a whole wheat tortilla with pam. I placed the tortilla sprayed side down onto the skillet. I then topped the tortilla with the eggs, Amy's organic salsa and low fat Mexican cheese. I served the tortilla with strawberries. It was a delicious dinner!
Sunday, June 29, 2008
2 medium zucchini cut into 1/4-inch square 3-inch long sticks -- like fries
Vegetable cooking spray
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon grill seasoning
Preheat oven to 500 degrees F.
Arrange zucchini on nonstick cookie sheet. Spray zucchini with cooking spray. Combine spices and sprinkle over the zucchini fries. Place in very hot oven and cook 15 to 18 minutes, turning halfway through cook time. Serve hot. Top with spoonfuls of chili, taco, or bbq sauce.
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Chocolate Chip Espresso Cookies, Chicken Mozzarella
1 1/4 whole wheat flour
1 tablespoon espresso
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 cup cocoa
1 stick unsalted butter
2/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
Preheat oven to 375.
Mix dry ingredients (flour, espresso, baking soda, baking powder, cocoa) in big bowl. In a separate bowl, beat butter until fluffy. Beat in sugar and brown sugar. Next beat in egg and vanilla.
Slowly add in dry ingredients until completely combined. Mix in chocolate chunks. Drop rounded tablespoons of dough onto a cookie sheet. Bake 9-10 minutes. Enjoy!
I also made chicken mozzarella for dinner. I used my chicken recipe I posted about here, but used Italian seasoning rather than paprika. Once the chicken was cooked through, I topped it with pasta sauce and reduced fat mozzarella cheese. I served it with a side of pasta. Yummy.
Afterwards, I got some things in order around the house and helped Josh with some of his hw. He has so much hw to do this week- blah! I also gave Frank a bath and made some of the chex mix I posted about here:
I finished up some laundry and finally got to bed. I am a little tired today, but my Mountain Mudd coffee is helping me through the day :). Tomorrow and Friday I will be on the road for a trip. I will try to post up tonights dinner but then I may be MIA for a while again :) Quick question- is anyone watching that show the next foodnetwork star (or whatever)? Is it any good? I haven't had a chance to watch it yet!
Monday, June 23, 2008
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Sorry for being MIA again! We had a very busy weekend! We went up to PA for a wedding (for one of Josh's best friends from high school). The wedding had a hawaiian theme and was very laid back! Here are a few random pics:
The guys (the groom is in front in the white hawaiian shirt, Josh is in the back in the redish hawaiian shirt):
This is a more natural picture of the guys:
The ladies (most of whom are now wives or soon-to-be wives, I did a repeat dress for this wedding since it was low key (I'm in the brown dress I wore to my cousins shower ;)):
The wedding was great. Afterwards, Josh and I spent the night at the hotel where we were married last August. It was wonderful to be back! In the brief probably 10 hours that we were at the hotel, they had two weddings! We drove back tonight and had delicious salads for dinner. I marinated the chicken in light caesar salad dressing and then cooked it in the oven (I planned to grill but it started to down pour). I also made some homemade croutons mmm... What'd you all do this weekend?
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Sweet and Sour
I then tried to use this recipe to make a sweet and sour sauce. I thought it was good but very tangy (i think tangy is the right word). Josh wasn't a big fan. I am going to continue to search for an awesome sweet and sour sauce recipe- anyone have any good ones (or other sauce recipes they'd like to share)?
- 1/3 cup white or rice vinegar (Note: rice vinegar gives better results)
- 4 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon ketchup
- 1 teaspoon soy sauce
- 3 teaspoons cornstarch mixed with 4 teaspoons water
Mix the vinegar, brown sugar, ketchup, and soy sauce together and bring to a boil in a small pot. Mix together the cornstarch and water, add to the ingredients and stir to thicken.
Turkey Lettuce wraps take 2
Monday, June 16, 2008
Sicky/Chicken Apple Sausage
Any who, enough whining, I tried aidell's chicken and apple sausage after reading about them on another blog. I grilled them up (they cooked wayyyyy fast) and served them up on buns with a side of fruit. They were very tasty , but a little breakfasty for dinner(not that I don't eat the occasional breakfast for din din :)). I am going to try a more savory chicken or turkey sausage, maybe next week!
Review: Health Valley's Fat Free Vegetable Barley Soup
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Sun and Big Salads
MD Crabs/BS Launch
Crabs with tons of Old Bay:
Josh's sister and I outside of the restaurant:Josh's mom, sister, and Josh getting ready:
Josh's Dad and I:
Melanie and I:
Josh and Matt:
mmm Hush puppies:
Saturday morning we launched a new Body Step. We had a red white and blue theme (which worked out well since it was Flag Day). Sorry the pics came out blurry for some reason. Setting up:
The four instructors:
Still looking cloudy, maybe I will head to the gym instead of the pool. Hope you have a great Sunday, I should have a food post up tonight! Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there-especially my awesome dad and Josh's dad!
Friday, June 13, 2008
Spicy Chex Mix- recipe from the Chex Mix website:
|1||tablespoon chili powder|
|1/4||teaspoon ground red pepper (cayenne)|
|1/4||cup butter or margarine|
|2||cups Corn Chex® cereal|
|2||cups Rice Chex® cereal|
|2||cups Wheat Chex® cereal|
|1||can (11.5 oz) mixed nuts|
Heat oven to 300°F. Mix sugar, chili powder and red pepper. In ungreased large roasting pan, melt butter in oven. Stir in cereals and nuts until evenly coated. Stir in sugar mixture until evenly coated. Bake uncovered 25 to 30 minutes, stirring after 15 minutes, until mixture just begins to brown. Spread on paper towels to cool, about 15 minutes. Store in airtight container.
Next, I made the oatmeal chocolate chip cookies I posted about here. Half were for part of our father's day gift for Josh's dad, the others for everyone to snack on this weekend.
Somewhere between all that I made buffalo chicken chili. I found this recipe on this awesome blog. It was a little too hot for my lips (and I only used 1/4 cup hot sauce!), but still delicious. I added peas and corn in.
Next I cooked up some of Sarah's delicious granola. Recipe can be found here.
Lastly, I made a "banana cream pie". I was originally inspired by a recipe from Melissa. When I bought the crust (Keebler Graham I believe), there was a different recipe inside so I went for it:
1 1/2 cups milk
2 packages banana pudding mix (I got the sugar free, 4 serving size)
1 tub cool whip lite or fat free cool whip (I used lite)
1 graham crust
Beat milk and pudding for 1 minute (it will be very thick). Mix in 1/2 the tub of cool whip lite and banana pieces. Place in crust (see pic below). Top with remainder of cool whip and banana for decor (I am going to do this right before we eat it).
Lastly I put together a little basket for Josh's dad for Father's day. The basket includes a few of his favorite things- Starbucks coffee, a jar of oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, a starbucks gift card (for his favorite drink), and a red Izod polo shirt. Phew! I am exhausted! This am I got up to practice Bstep with the ladies. Tomorrow we launch a new round- hopefully I'll have some sweet pics. Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
2 chicken breasts
1 cup chicken broth (low sodium)
2 tablespoons soy sauce (low sodium)
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1 box (9 ounces) frozen cut green beans, thawed
1/3 cup cashews
1. Cook chicken breasts in boiling water until no longer pink. Cut into bite sized pieces.
2. In small bowl, whisk together broth, soy sauce, brown sugar, cornstarch and ginger. In large nonstick skillet, stirring frequently, bring broth mixture to a boil over medium-high heat.
3. Add chicken and green beans and heat, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes.
4. Sprinkle with cashews and serve, if desired, over hot rice.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
I am watching the finale of workout while blogging. I love this show- I know its way over dramatic, but I just love it. There are never enough recipes! Tonight I tried a new recipe that Kalyn blogged about- Rachel Ray's Hot and Cold Sesame Noodles. It was good but a little tangy. I am going to experiment with some other peanut butter based sauces. Here is the recipe, in case you want to give it a go:
1/2 pound spaghetti
1/4 cup Tamari dark soy, eyeball it
1/4 rounded cup smooth peanut butter, softened in microwave 15 seconds on high (Iused low sugar/low fat)
2 tablespoons cider or rice wine vinegar
1 tablespoon dark sesame oil, eyeball it
2 tablespoons hot sauce
2 cups shredded cabbage and carrot mix, available in produce department (I used broccoli slaw)
1 cup bean sprouts or pea shoots, any variety, available in produce department
3 scallions, chopped on an angle
2 tablespoons sesame seeds
2 chicken breasts (I added chicken for protein)
Cook chicken breasts, chop into bite sized pieces, set aside to cool.
Cook pasta to al dente, with a bite to it, then cold shock it to stop the cooking process by running it under cold water in colander. Drain the pasta very well.
In the bottom of a large bowl, whisk together soy, peanut butter, vinegar, oil, sesame oil, and hot sauce. Add noodles, chicken and veggies and toss to combine the noodles and coat them evenly with sauce. Sprinkle scallions and sesame seeds throughout the salad and serve.
Hope you all had a good night last night. I have no idea where the time went but it FLEW by! I made the Parmesan Cauliflower and Broccoli salad I posted about here last night. Instead of using eggs I used egg beaters and it turned out great! I did feel I needed to cook it longer to get it to brown.
This a.m., I headed to the gym to practice Body Step (we're launching a new release on Saturday). I am tired and I have a long meeting today. Hopefully I will make it through :) Sorry no pis today! Have a good one.
Monday, June 9, 2008
Saturday, June 7, 2008
Les Mills Quarterly
Friday, June 6, 2008
To weigh or not to weigh/Exercise-a-thon
Happy Friday afternoon! I am getting ready to let loose and call it the weekend! I just finished reading MizFit's posting. In it, she called out this posting which discusses how often (if ever) one should weigh themselves. I consider myself a pretty healthy person but I can definitely (on occasion) let the scale dictate how I feel. So, in the honor of setting goals, I am going to try to eliminate weighing myself a few times a week and limit myself to one weighing a week. I will let you know how this goes. Speaking of goals, I have really kicked my diet coke habit (so far:))! I have only had diet soda one time per week (when we go out to dinner) for the last three or four weeks! Hopefully I can continue this!
Tomorrow I am going to what I can best describe as an exercise-a-thon. It is a day when a bunch of group fitness instructors get together to preview some new routines! I am very excited but sort of nervous, as it is my first one. I will let you know how it goes :) Sunday we are going to a wedding. Hopefully I will have some fun pics from the weekend!
Thursday, June 5, 2008
Potato, Spinach and Artichoke Soup & Breadsticks
|1 pkg.||Regular or quick-acting dry yeast|
|1 1/3 c.||Warm water (105 to 115 degrees)|
|3 tbsp.||Vegetable oil|
|Coarse salt or sesame seeds (or melt butter and butter and garlic powder & brush on baked breadsticks|
|3 to 3 1/2 c.||All-purpose flour|
|1||Egg white, slightly beaten|
Dissolve yeast in warm water in 2 1/2 quart bowl. Stir in 1 cup of the flour, the oil, honey and 1 teaspoon salt. Beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour, scraping dough from side of bowl, until soft dough forms. Cover and let rise in warm place until double, about 45 minutes. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Stir down dough by beating about 25 strokes. Turn dough onto generously floured surface; roll around lightly to coat with flour. Divide into 24 equal parts. Roll and shape each part dough into a rope, about 9 inches long, sprinkling with flour if dough is too sticky. Place on greased cookie sheet. Brush with egg white; sprinkle with salt or wait until baked and brush with melted garlic butter. When baking bake until crust is deep golden brown and crisp, about 15 minutes. Immediately remove from cookie sheet. Store loosely covered. Should make about 2 dozen bread sticks. 70 calories per bread stick.
I also made a Rachel Ray recipe for Potato, Spinach and Artichoke soup. It turned out really well and was super easy to make! The original recipe can be found here.
5 large baking potatoes (I used four and it was more than enough), peeled and quartered
One 9-ounce box frozen artichoke hearts thawed (I used 15 ounce canned)
Two 10-ounce boxes chopped frozen spinach, thawed
2 tablespoons butter (I used a butter substitute)
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO)
1 onion, finely chopped
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 cup milk (I used 1% milk)
Thyme (desired amount)
One 32-ounce container (4 cups) chicken broth (I used low sodium)
1 cup grated parmigiano-reggiano
1. Place the potatoes in a large pot of cold water and bring to a boil. Salt the water, lower the heat and simmer until fork-tender (about 15 minutes). Drain and return to pot to dry.
2. Place the vegetables in a clean kitchen towel and squeeze dry.
3. In a medium pot, melt the butter in the EVOO over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook for 10 minutes. Add the boiled potatoes and milk and mash together (I used an emulsion blender). Season with thyme then stir in chicken broth. Stir in vegetables and heat through, about 2 minutes (I cooked it longer than that). Add cheese. Thin soup if desired.
Review: Dr. Praeger's Broccoli Pancakes
Last weekend when I was food shopping, I hit up the frozen burger section with every intention of buying a vegi burger to try. Instead, I ended up buying Dr. Praeger's Broccoli Pancakes. Now they look just like a hash brown, but I was a little nervous that they would taste like Styrofoam. Last night we sort of had a random mix of stuff for dinner and I decided to cook up two of these pancakes to try. The review- delicious! They have the flavor and crisp of hash brown (if you do them under the broiler) but are much healthier! Each pancake has 60 calories. You can find the full info here. If anyone else tries them, let me know what you think! I am going to look for some of the other Dr. Praeger's products!
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Relaxation and Shrimp
1/2 c. pineapple juice
1/4 c. lime juice
2-4 tbsp. soy sauce
1/2 c. oil
Marinate for at least 1/2 hour.
Weekend Pics/Spanikopita Burgers
After reading MizFit's blog about doing, not trying, I decided to go to Yoga (not try to go to Yoga) after Body Pump last night. It was a wonderful experience. I took Yoga in college and hated it. Last night's class was challenging and relaxing. Tracey walked us through a number of poses and it was so easy to follow! I found the stretching to be exactly what my body needed. Surprisingly, she also challenged our muscles with a number of the poses! After the classes, I went to Josh's softball game. I ran home and made an altered version of the Spanikopita burgers Tina had posted about. The original recipe is Rachel Ray recipe that I adjusted a bit:
1 tablespoon Olive Oil
1/2 onion chopped
2 cloves garlic chopped
1-10 ounce box frozen chopped spinach (thawed)
1 teaspoon oregano
1 tablespoon Grill Seasoning (I used McCormicks Montreal Steak)
1/4 lb shredded mozzarella cheese
1 1/3 lb ground turkey or chicken breast
1. Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium-low heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook for 5 minutes. Transfer onion/garlic to a bowl.
2. Wring the thawed spinach dry. Add it to the cooled onion and garlic. Add in oregano, chicken, mozzarella, and grill seasoning. Mix well. Form 5 patties. Cook paties in the skillet over medium high heat for 5 minutes on each side (or until no longer pink).
Rachel has a topping for her burgers in the link. The burgers were so juicy, we ate them plain on buns with a side of zuchinni.
I got up early this am to go to the gym and practice step! I am excited to have the afternoon free to clean/get the house in order :) Anyone doing anything good today (other than working obviously :))
Monday, June 2, 2008
Last week, Sarah tagged me to do this fun meme. I have posted my answers below- if anyone else would like to do it- feel free (I think its a fun one):
What was your favorite cartoon as a child?
I loved the Smurfs! It is so strange to look back at cartoons and try to understand the concept behind them! When you’re little, a group of really tiny blue critters (only one of which is a female) seems totally normal- haha.
Pretend you are about to get a new pet. Which animal would you pick, and what would you name it?
I would definitely get another Bulldog and name him Beans.
On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being the highest, how much do you enjoy getting dressed for a special occasion?
8- I really enjoy getting all dressed up every once in a while, but I don’t think I’d want to do it allll the time! I love buying dresses though.
What kind of music do you listen to when you drive?
A random mix! I, like Sarah, LOVE LOVE Billy Joel- he is my favorite singer. My favorite band is the Barenaked Ladies. I enjoy a bundle of different artists- on my trip this weekend I listened to Green Day, NeYo, Usher, Lauryn Hill, Ginuwine, and a variety of pop stuff.
When was the last time you bought a clock? In which room did you put it?
A clock? Ummm….there is a clock on a cell phone, does that count?