Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Diet Porn

I earned my Master's Degree and that kept me insanely busy. I started a new job and my schedule is still in transition. I have (re) joined WeightWatchers and have been doing really well. I would like to start blogging again, but I realize that it may take more time than I want to give. I hope it lasts and if it does I plan on bringing some of my Diet Porn favorites over to the new blog.

To Be Continued....

Enjoy Bliss

I do.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Jicama Zucchini Salad

Jicama Zucchini Salad has been my new "salad of the week". And it uses a spiralizer. You can't beat that! Everyday Food published this recipe using cucumber instead of zucchini. I chose zucchini because I find it to be a little more filling. I currently have cucumber in the house and will be tempted to try this dish as written.

The Salad:

1-2 zucchini (spiralized)
1/4 jicama (spiralized)
1 tsp honey (or to taste)
fresh lime juice (I use 1/4-1/2 lime depending on the size of my salad.)
salt and chili pepper (to taste)

Mix together and serve!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Recipe Review: Cinnamon-Ricotta Cream

Waffles with cinnamon-ricotta cream make a good light meal. I divided the recipe across two waffles and topped with a banana. I still prefer my waffles with fat-free ice cream!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Potato, Pea, and Panir Curry

The Potato, Pea, & Panir Curry from the Enchanted Broccoli Forest is the best thing that I have made in a long, long time. OMG. So Good.

Please don't let the ingredient list intimidate you. All the spices can be purchased in the bulk food section and most cost between $.07 - $.25.

The spices were fragrant. I recognized their beauty after I dumped them into the dutch oven.

I was expecting to eat a large serving and was pleasantly surprised when I only needed a cup. I made minimal changes to the recipe and it ended up making 7.5 cups. I calculated the points based off of 7 (1 cup) servings. When I track this in my food journal, I tend to add another point. I don't know. I didn't feel right about only using 3 points for this dish. WW guilt, perhaps?

I will spare you from viewing all of the recipe builder images created with varying serving sizes. I still cannot believe only 3-4 points/serving.

Here's how it was made:

1. Thinly slice 2 large potatoes. Place in a saucepan and cover with water. Simmer until tender.
2. In a dutch oven, heat 1 TBSP oil. Add 1 TBSP mustard seeds, 1/2 tsp caraway seeds, 3 TBSP sesame seeds, 2 tsp cumin seeds, 1/2 tsp turmeric, 1/2 tsp ground cloves, and a pinch of thyme heat until the seeds begin to pop.
3. Add the cooked potatoes, 1 1/4 tsp salt and 5 cloves of minced garlic. Cook over med/low heat until potatoes are well coated.
4. Add 3 TBSP fresh lemon juice and 6 ounces fat-free Greek yogurt. Cook for 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add cayenne as preferred.
5. Add 2 cups peas and 1 cup fat-free cottage cheese. Stir together and cook until heated.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Hom Mak (Banana Pear Smoothie)

I came across this combination when reading, "The Elements of Life". The chef's original recipe suggests homemade almond or soy milk. I am a fan of almond milk, however, I find fat-free cow's milk to be more filling. Furthermore, I love checking off a milk box under the "good health guidelines" in my food journal.

I make this smoothie using:

1 cup fat-free milk
1 banana (sliced)
1 pear (chopped)
1 tsp honey
cinnamon to garnish

I have not added spinach to this mix, but think it would work great.

I like my smoothies to be 4-5 points. The recipe builder gives this recipe 6 points, but I only count it as 5.5. (My program is working for me and if it stops, I will change it to 6. And the individual components add up to 5.5.) One day, I will use frozen banana slices and would only use 1/2 a banana. This would reduce the total by one point. I enjoy the flavor of honey in this smoothie and simply cannot omit it.

Lastly, I love using mason jars to transport my liquids. They are great for salad dressings and soups.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Salsa Chicken

They had me at brown sugar.

Normally, I find WW recipes to be average and had high hopes that this one would be better. We had all the ingredients on hand! Bonus. It turns out that I did like this dish better than average.

I hate calculating points for things like this. I doubled the chicken (2 huges breasts - weight unknown) because I didn't want a use a whole jar of salsa for a small amount of chicken. (In the future, I may use one breast and 1/2 the salsa mixture. We had a lot of leftovers.)

My serving was 1/2 breast and therefore the recipe made 4 servings.

I served the chicken with green beans (0 pts for 1 cup) and quinoa (2 pts for 1/2 cup). There may have been dessert.

Sunday, June 06, 2010

Review: Mushroom Pie with Spinach Crust

I made Mollie Katzen's Mushroom Pie with Spinach Crust (from "Enchanted Broccoli Forest"). The recipe called for "thick yogurt" and I decided to use a non-fat greek yogurt. I am not sure if that was right, because the yogurt flavor was strong. Overall, the recipe was good and I think I would make it again. (I tend to try new things instead of reusing tried and true recipes - unless they are quick ones.) I did dirty quite a few dishes. The original recipe suggests four servings. However, I felt that it makes 8 filling servings.

I ran the recipe through WW recipe builder and 1/8 the pie is only 3 points! I think it would be 3 points if you followed the exact recipe too. I made slight adjustments for the "modifications" that I made: 1. I used 9 ounces of spinach instead of 12; 2. I was also slightly short on mushrooms; 3. I shredded two slices of reduced-fat swiss cheese instead of using already grated swiss cheese. I didn't melt any additional cheese on top of the pie and only mixed it in the filling; and 4. I reduced the white flour in the pie crust from 3/4 cup to 2/3 of a cup to adjust for the lack of spinach.

Not bad for a filling meal. And I think if you wanted to eat 1/4 the pie, 6 points isn't bad either. And if you are a quiche person, the spinach crust is genius!