Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Sundried Tomato Pasta Salad

I want to try this recipe. It needs some help to lighten it up – but definitely full of possibilities!

Friday, July 9, 2010

New Multi-grain Waffle Recipe: *(You will not believe how good these are!)

1 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup each corn meal, whole wheat flour, & oatmeal
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp salt
some sugar (have to check on this as I'm typing from memory)
1-1/2 cups buttermilk
1/2 cup milk
2 T oil
2 eggs
1 t vanilla

Mix the dry ingredients together. Combine buttermilk & milk in 4-cup Pyrex container & microwave for 30-seconds (to room temperature). Add eggs, vanilla, & oil & combine well. Stir into dry ingredients & mix with a whisk until just combined. (Don't over mix & make a smooth batter. Waffle batter is like muffin batter -- too much mixing is bad news.) Drop onto waffle iron & cook until done. AMAZING!!!!! These somehow taste really buttery.
Wowsa! This only made 4 or 5 waffles... and they were all promptly eaten up by the family. Everyone voted them better than Krusteaz! (And we're Krusteaz loyalists.)

Not enough buttermilk? Add a bit of plain yogurt to make 1-1/2 cups.

I substituted semolina flour for the corn meal. (Semolina is made from durum wheat flour.)

Mexican Pizzas (lunch idea)

1/2 pound ground turkey breast

3 tablespoons taco seasoning

1 can stewed tomatoes

1 cup chopped onion

4 six-inch tortillas

Mexican cheese

Olives (optional, my kids hate them!)

January 14, 2008 - Oh yea, one more tidbit of fun: We made Mexican pizzas for lunch. Take 1/2 pound of ground turkey breast & 3 T taco seasoning & saute until cooked. Add a can of stewed tomatoes & 1 cup chopped onion & cook until the liquid is gone. Meanwhile, put a stoneware bar pan in the oven at 450 to preheat with four 6-inch tortillas evenly spaced. (I used fresh tortillas from Bloom.) Place 1/2 cup of the turkey mixture on each tortilla, sprinkle with Mexican cheese & olives (very optional at our house), & brown for ? 15 minutes. The tortillas baked up hard like chips & the turkey mixture tasted perfect. I added a spinach salad & an orange to the side & had a happy tummy for hours.

Note: Since I figured out that I am allergic sensitive to corn products, I bet the taco seasoning would not be the best thing in the world. I found a recipe here that would be a good substitute. (… Yes, I do have all of these spices in my overstuffed cupboard.)

Thursday, July 8, 2010

a Food sATurated world

When I was growing up, I was a bean pole. People asked me if I was anorexic all the time. Fast forward thirty years & no one asks me that any more. (ahem) My neck & shoulders hurt all the time – and losing weight will take some strain & stress off of the region. So I have enrolled in boot camp, upped my cardio, and taken on DJ’s diet of death. (Just kidding – but it is Spartan.)

Every day that I drove around town last week, all I saw were fast food places and restaurants. Nothing really called to me, but convenience was trying to draw me back. My diet has consisted of lots & lots of fresh fruits & vegetables, lean protein (chicken & tilapia) , a little brown rice & oatmeal. These are great foods, but salads & vegetables take time to prepare. I know that I will get used to this new way of life, but it is taking a while.

On the days that I go spinning (cycling class), I need to increase my caloric intake. I was HUNGRY!  I am starting to learn what hunger feels like. I have eaten a variety of fruits & vegetables – and wish that my family would join me in my healthier eating because the refrigerator is overflowing with produce. We will certainly save money by not going out to eat as often.

I have increased my trips to the gym – and the number of naps that I take!!! I did four spinning classes last week; one was self-taught & just as hard as the rest. I went to boot camp at 5 a.m. for two days. I am certain that I thought about going to yoga or Pilates a few times but didn’t do it. I even turned the treadmill on at 9:45 on Saturday night because I still owed my body 55” of cardio. I haven’t had a Diet Coke for over a week & I haven’t really missed it. I have downed A LOT of water – I carry around a Gatorade lip lid bottle & nurse it all day long. I am starting to feel like I am healthier & have more energy. I like it.

I really appreciate having someone to be accountable to. It is working – I am losing weight successfully for the first time in a really long time & I am so excited! I love the “this is easy” feeling. I remember having it before & taking it for granted. I want it to stay this time.

Better Burgers #1


1 pound lean ground beefimage

1 cup whole-wheat breadcrumbs (put a few slices in food processor)

1 cup finely chopped carrots or cauliflower (in food processor)

1/4 cup soy sauce

4 cloves garlic, chopped

Salt & pepper to taste


Mix ingredients together in the mixer or by hand (if you must!). Put out waxed paper or parchment paper. Form patties – I used my biggest cookie scoop to make a blob & then just flattened & shaped it a little. Cook on the grill (or George Forman) until no longer pink.

Serve with Sweet Potato Fries & Watermelon. We like cheese, onions, tomatoes, & spinach on our buns. And Sweet Baby Rays barbecue sauce.


--> Calories are for the burger only.


Sweet Potato Fries

Alexia Sweet Potato Fries

Olive Oil

Salt & Pepper

Brown Sugar

Bake at 400 for about 45”.

Tilapia with Berry Salsa & Quinoa


Adapted from the Master Your Metabolism Cookbook


image4 large tilapia fillets

4 cups berries (raspberries, blueberries, etc.)

Candied ginger (… forgot this & wish I hadn’t)

1/4 cup finely chopped red onion

Salt & Pepper

1 Tbsp lime juice

1 tsp agave nectar (like a mild honey)

2 cups quinoa (South American grain – high in protein)

4 cups water


Toast quinoa in large frying pan. When brown & toasty, add 4 cups water. Bring to a boil & cook for 15” or until little spiral-white thing has sprung.

Make salsa by combining berries, ginger, red onion, salt & pepper, lime juice, and agave nectar. Let rest.

Preheat indoor grill (George Foreman). Cook tilapia for 5-8 minutes, until fish flakes with a fork.