Saturday, October 31, 2009

Are You Afraid of Green Monsters??


I finally broke down and tried one of the Green Monster Smoothies I've heard about.  I loved it, loved it, loved it. 
I started with a recipe on Jack Sh*t Getting Fit's blog and modified it to fit the ingredients that I had...  Check out his recipe and then make it like I did...  lol.

Ingredients

2 large handfuls fresh spinach
1 large frozen banana, cut into chunks
1 T almond butter
1 c skim milk
1 T almond extract (this was a bit of an oops, I was going to only put in a teaspoon, but it worked out really well, anyway)
1/2 scoop protein isolate powder (Now Sports Whey Protein Isolate from Shirlynn's)

Directions

Place spinach and milk in blender. Start on low and move up to high. Add banana, almond butter, protein isolate and almond extract and blend on medium, shifting to high when it starts to come together. Add ice cubes and pulse a few times, then blending until thick.

I got all excited and then....

Salt Lake City
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
7:00 PM
THE KING’S ENGLISH BOOKSHOP
1511 S 1500 E
Salt Lake City, UT 84105


I realized that PW (The Pioneer Woman) doesn't really cook to my lifestyle...  things have changed here and
if I ate the way she cooks for all my meals.... I'd still be over 190 pounds (and climbing)!!
However if your metabolism, will-power and /or conscious  allows you, you should go see her and get her cookbook.  Your taste buds would love you!! 

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Curried Black and White Beans with Quinoa

Looks weird, but I'm very happy with this curry dish!

Mmmmm Curry!!!!  
I bought some Quinoa awhile back and had bookmarked this recipe at Sparkpeople to try Quinoa for the first time. I'm super happy with this!! I love the texture of the Quinoa and it does go really well with this recipe. I cooked the quinoa in chicken broth according to the package instructions and drained the excess liquid when it was done.
Kaylee said that the quinoa is weird, good but weird, lol.  I think it's weird too... yummy though.

I linked to Momritz's recipe in the title, (a bunch of her recipes look good.) but have brought the recipe here for convenience...
Submitted by: MOMRITZ
Really good with quinoa, couscous, or brown rice.
17 Minutes to Prepare and Cook
         
         Ingredients
    2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil 1/2 medium onion, diced 2.5 Tbsp curry powder 2 cups black beans, cooked/rinsed 1 cup great nothern bean, cooked/rinsed 1 cup chicken broth 1 15 oz can tomato sauce salt/pepper to taste
    Directions
saute' onion in medium pan at medium heat until just soft
add curry and combine for approx 2 minutes
add beans , mix well
add broth and tomato sauce - mix well
raise temp to boil
reduce heat to medium low and cover
cook additional 10 minutes

makes approx 6 - 1 cup servings.

Number of Servings: 6
Nutritional Info (without the Quinoa)
  • Servings Per Recipe: 6
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 190.3
  • Total Fat: 5.7 g
  • Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
  • Sodium: 595.4 mg
  • Total Carbs: 28.3 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 9.3 g
  • Protein: 9.2 g

Weekly Weigh-In (#37)

Hello 140's, I've missed you. I am sorry I mistreated you and I will remember that I made a commitment and I will do what it takes so that I never leave you for a bigger number like that again...

Today I'm at 149.1... down 1.2 pounds from last week.
Now I need another week that looks just like this one...

Sweeney Todd Under The Stars

Here's the famous barber chair in Seville...

Dennis, Kaylee, Kenzie and I went to see Sweeney Todd!!

We were all surprised when we got there that it was outside at a beautiful stone amphitheater... Sweeney Todd in the dark outside... I loved it!! We all loved it. We warmed up during intermission with cider and hot chocolate. So much fun!!!



Sweeney Todd
Actors' Repertory Theatre Ensemble
October 22-October 31, 2009
Join us at the historic Castle Amphitheater
Dress for the weather, bring pillows and blankets for more comfortable seating.
Content may not be appropriate for children under 13
October 29, 30 at 8:00 PM
2 Shows October 31: 8:00 and 11:00 PM
Here's the theatre! Isn't it pretty!!


I would highly recommend this for a date night where you get to keep eachother warm. Bring something to sit on, a warm hat, scarf, and someone to love!!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Weekly Weigh-In (#36)

It's not my scale, so I'm not going to count the weigh-in here at my sister, Amy's house. I'll weigh in on my scale Monday Morning and post here later.


I think I did good this week,... but there was that day I had a Big Mac (blech).

Lots of GOOD choices this week other than that. My big weakness I've decided is my evenings and weekends.

Amy helped me out with this a lot this weekend. We did really good. Amy and I made a Weight Watcher recipes from the All Time Favorites cookbook together; Lemon Chicken with Artichokes. (pg 102) This dish had a very distinct Greek feel to it. Amy added spinach to this recipe... a very good choice. It was really good and I loved cooking with my sister. I wasn't even sure what Orzo was, but the small rice like pasta fit this dish very well.

We also made a parmesan breadcrumb chicken, Chicken Milenase style from Weight Watcher's 20 Minute cookbook. My friend Trish introduced us to this recipe on her blog awhile back. I'd forgotten how delish it was. We served it with brown butter and asiago over whole wheat angel hair pasta. (Asiago was pretty close tasting to the pricer mizithra cheese we usually use, I was surprised)

I'm getting back into drinking my water too. My good habit of drinking lots of water had dropped off for a bit, so I'm making a point to make sure I'm well hydrated. (That helps with my weight not bouncing all over so much.)

Weigh in Tomorrow... Tomorrow!!!

I'm down .5 this week. That's the right direction!

Just a few suggestions...

Not mine. "Jack Sh*t Gettin' Fit" has some for you. I loved these. Maybe I'll put them on my fridge.

Check them out here.

While you're over there read his "About Me" section, it's genius!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Weekly Weigh-In (#35)

I am up .6 this week. I am frustrated a bit, frustrated I have to report an increase... :P

I love you 140's! Come back to me my pretty little weight!!

I've got to cook a bunch of chicken and get ready to have a successful week though. Can't give up... just gotta keep going!!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Where's Little Kaylee??

My sister Amy and her kids went to the airport a few years ago with me to pick up Kaylee for one of her visits.  Sammi was very excited to see Kaylee again, but looked visibly confused when we greeted Kaylee with hugs and smiles. 

I'm not sure if she remembered Kaylee from an older picture or what her frame of reference was, but she asked a question that I have been asking ever since...


"Where's little Kaylee?"

It truly doesn't seem all that long ago that my little Kaylee was telling me that her bottom hurt from sitting in her carseat.  She gave such a convincing argument that we stuck a bunch of cotton batting under the seat cover of her carseat.  She was SO SO happy about it...  but it was probably only a couple of days later she started crying about her bottom... it had become a habit... I reminded her about her "new soft cushion" and she smiled.  She was busted and she knew it.  She was always so smart like that.

I remember her first actual joke.  We were in a gas station along I-80 taking a travel break.  She and I were trying on sunglasses together and she tried on a small pair of very dark perfectly round wire rimmed glasses.  Just the kind of glasses you always see "the three blind mice" wearing in any good illustration.

I was busy checking my shades when I became conscious that she was calling my name over and over... "Mom, Mom, Mom... Mom...Mom..." (not an unusual occurrence, it can be tough to get my attention on a good day, even now.)  I finally looked down at the persistent three year old and saw her waving her arms in front of her as any blind mouse might have when trying to get her bearings.  It was hilarious.  She's been making me smile and laugh for 18 years now.

I can't imagine my life without her.

For Kaylee's birthday, the girls got haircuts, followed by a spa night in the living room.
We made an oatmeal yogurt scrub that smelled just like yogurt parfait.

...even Dennis participated,(minimally). It was a fun night.

Weekly Weigh-In (#34)

YES!!! I'm down this week. I've released (for good this time), 1.1 pounds of unnecessary weight. It feels very good to be headed i the right direction again.

Dennis wants to compete for the next 10 pounds.  We have 50 pounds separating us exactly today.  I think the friendly competition provides us both some added focus, so I'm definitely in. 

Goal for this little competition is 140.2  This will also put me right where I need to be for maintenance. 

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Evil Jungle Princess In My Kitchen



Have you tried the Evil Jungle Princess at Thaifoon?
It's so good!
I have been wanting and planning to make the dish since I first tried it months ago and now, I have!!!   I mentioned that I had located a recipe that said it was pretty close at There's a Party in My Mouth and Your Invited,
I'm not sure if Jenni made it up or found it...  but I used her recipe as my starting point.  I doubled the amount of sauce that sauce and there still wasn't nearly as much sauce as they served at Thaifoon.  This recipe will serve ~6.  I amped up the flavor to better suit my tastes, and it's still what I would call mild.  I substituted "lite coconut milk" and "peanut satay sauce" to help make it more health friendly. Here's how to make it like I did:

You’ll need 3 cups cooked Jasmine Rice, or whatever rice you'd like.  I always make extra rice. Leftovers can always be used in another meal. Anyways get that rice cooking, it can take an hour! This counter-top pressure cooker is my new rice cooker. I really really like it! (It's fast and it likes me better than my old rice cooker did.)


I can make the best rice now, perfect, yummy, gorgeous rice.  Oh and Coconut Oil is the perfect oil to use when you cook rice.  I am a huge fan of coconut in general, I just love the smell, the taste, the texture... mmmmmm co-co-nut.  If you use this pricy oil  no other time, you got to use it with the rice for your indian and asian dishes, it just adds that yummy coconut aroma. 
In a mixing bowl, combine sauce ingredients. (you may want to double the amounts below)


2 Tbsp Red Curry Paste
1-2 Tbsp Curry Powder, Hot
1 Tbsp Lemongrass Paste
Fresh or Dried Lemongrass works too
2 Tbsp Cane Sugar (Brown Sugar/Agave Nectar.)
1-2 Tbsp Fish Sauce 
I used Thai Kitchen brand which was not very pungent and it needed  2 Tbsp.
1 Tbsp Peanut Satay Sauce (or Peanut Butter)
3 Tbsp Sweet Chili Sauce
2 Cans Light Coconut Milk 13.5 oz    
I recommend "A Taste of Thai" over "Thai Kitchen" brand, it's looked more creamy.
2-3 Lime Leaves  
I didn't have these, so I just used more lemongrass and lime juice.

Set aside.

In a small mixing bowl, combine the fresh herbs and lime juice.
1/2 cup Thai or regular Basil chopped
1/4 cup Fresh Mint Leaves chopped
2 Tbsp Lime Juice (adjust taste at end)

Next Time:  1 Tsp Crushed Red Peppers (to add some HEAT) 
Set aside.

18 oz Chicken Breasts cubed or cut into strips
13 oz Bamboo Shoots, canned drained
1 or 2 Red Bell Pepper cut into 1/4 inch strips
1 cup Asparagus Spears blanched
1 cup Chinese Long Green Beans blanched
  (I just used really thin green beans)

Start Water Boiling to Blanch Veggies. Cut up chicken. Cook for 5-6 minutes before adding sauce.
Cut red peppers, set aside. Blanch veggies by putting in boiling water for 3 minutes.
Add Red Peppers to chicken curry mixture.
Trim Asparagus to get rid of tough ends. Add Green Beans and Asparagus to chicken curry mixture.
Once mix has simmered through. Add Fresh Herbs and Lime Juice mixture. Cook 1 minute.

(I know, I didn't use my Wok! but I think this pan worked better for this recipe.)
Add more lime juice, and curry (with curry powder) if desired.
Serve over half cup of your yummy Jasmine Rice.



Here's the Nutrition Information for a serving of Evil Jungle Princess as I made it:
1/6 of the sauce, 3oz chicken, and 1/2 cup rice... veggies not included.
I did a little math to see what would happen if I doubled the sauce in the recipe.
Nutrition Information

everything
just sauce
Calories
316
143
Fat g
11
9
Saturated Fat
7
7
Sodium
814
758
Carbs
26
15
Fiber
0
0
Protein
28
3
WW POINTS
7
4
Takes it from 7 to 11 points. Still not bad!!
(Add 2 grams fiber for serving on brown rice, though it did not help out the points any).


It's been awhile since I've had this in the restraunt, but if memory serves this is P.D. close. The exception being the amount of sauce, which is, admittedly, the best part!

The big plunge...

Starting Weight 193.8
Week 1 194.2 - +.4
W- 2 190.2 - -4.0
W- 3 186.4 - -3.8
W- 4 186.2 - -0.2
W- 5 184.0 - -2.2
W- 6 184.5 - +0.5
W- 7 185.0 - -0.5
W- 8 183.2 - -1.8
W- 9 180.0 - -3.2
W- 10 183.2 - +3.2
W- 11 179.0 - -4.2
W- 12 177.1 - -1.9
W- 13 175.1 - -2.0
W- 14 171.6 - -3.5
W- 15 169.9 - -1.7
W- 16 168.4 - -1.5
W- 17 165.4 - -3.0
W- 18 161.9 - -3.5
W- 19 165.4 - +3.0
W- 20 163.0 - -2.4
W- 21 165.8 - +2.8
W- 22 162.0 - -3.8
W- 23 159.8 - +0.4
W- 24 158.0 - -2.7
W-k 25 156.4 - -1.6
W- 26 154.3 - -2.1
W- 27 153.9 - -0.4
W- 28 152.0 - -1.9
August 30, 2009
W- 29 149.9 - -2.1
W- 30 147.7 - -2.2
W- 31 147.1 - -0.6
W- 32 149.5 - +2.4
W- 33 151.3 - +1.8
W- 34 150.2 - -1.1
W- 35 150.8 - +0.6
W- 36 150.3 - -0.5
W- 37 149.1 - -1.2
W- 38 149.8 - +0.7
W- 39 150.1 +0.3
W- 40 156.3 +6.2
W- 41 153.3 -3.0
W- 42 152.6 -0.7
W- 43 152.6 -0.0
W- 44 150.7 -1.9
W- 45 152.4 +1.7
W- 46 153.0 +0.6
W- 47 152.3 +0.7
W- 48 150.1 -2.2

W- 49 147.5 -2.6
W- 50 146.3 -1.2
...
...
W- 53 151.0 +2.0
W- 54 149.3 -1.7
W- 55 144.9 -4.4
W- 56 144.1 -0.8
W- 57 140.0 lbs. Goal!!!!