Saturday, January 29, 2011

Rosemary Mandarin chicken salad

So last night-dinner sucked. No really..it was a fail most of the way around. Except for the chicken-which was just boneless, skinless, chicken breasts that I baked with some rosemary chicken seasoning (from a packet). Easy peasy. Today with the leftover chicken I made something WONDERFUL... chicken salad. Approx 1 cup chopped chicken (in this case my leftover rosemary chicken) 1 of Little Miss' mandarin orange fruit cups (it was in light syrup that I drained, then rinsed the segments-twice) 1 Tablespoon of Miracle whip 2 Tablespoons chopped pecans 1/4 cup of that on some homemade bread with a little romaine...YUM! And..it was only about 150 calories. The homemade bread I made can be found here -and just for the record..I use her recipe for my homemade hamburger buns too! Not really sure what the weekend holds yet! Husband is on his way home from work and I know we've got some bills to pay and some housework to do...then maybe to the grocery..we'll see! I'd be happy with a nap..but I'm not sure if that will happen or not!

Friday, January 28, 2011

Delicious 78 calorie brownies!

Moist, dark chocolately, nutty, DIVINE...and yes..ONLY 78 calories!! Oh..and .05 fat grams...yes...true! When my Mom bought me a "Fat-Free" cookbook..I rolled my eyes. In fact I might have said something like "Thanks for the cooking with cardboard book". BUT since I'm trying to lose some weight...yes I'm still trying..even though I've kinda taken a couple weeks off...I thought it couldn't hurt to try something else...a recipe from the book! Also..I had a sweet potato that I needed to use up... what? Yes...these brownies have sweet potato in them!! Georgia Fudge Bars (adapted from Fat-Free Baking) 1/3 cup flour 1/3 cup wheat bran 1/3 cup dark cocoa powder 1 cup sugar 1/8 teaspoon salt 1/2 cooked mashed sweet potato 3 egg whites 1 teaspoon vanilla 1/3 chopped pecans Mix dry-add wets-fold in nuts. Put in a greased 8inch square pan and put in the oven at 325 for 30-35 minutes(time might vary) Look for firm edges and almost set center. Let cool. Let me say that again b/c it's REALLY important. LET IT COOL. The center needs time to set..and honestly..they are SO much better on day two. No really. Now..the REAL test. Husband. Husband who is a choco-holic. Who only likes chocolate cake mix cakes b/c anything I make 'isn't chocolately' enough. Who is a brownie SNOB (again..from a mix only). And despises sweet potato (unless it's in the form of sweet potato casserole at Thanksgiving, and even then he'll only eat ONE serving). Myself though..I LOVE sweet potato...but that is a post for another day. Husband LOVED these brownies. He finished them off last night and proclaimed that he would eat them OVER "real" brownies ANY day. WHAT?! True. THAT good! I think that using the dark cocoa REALLY amped up the delectableness (yes, I made that word up). Using the pecans for a crunch is just yummy. The bran adds a nutty flavor to the brownie as well! Delicious...nutritious...tastes just like....brownies!!!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Nutty Stuff Chicken

You guys seemed to really like the Quick Chicken Tetrazzini I made..so here is another easy peasy recipe!! Nutty Stuff Chicken (adapted from Kraft.com) 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (butterflied) 1 box whole wheat stuffing mix 1 can cream of chicken soup 1/2 package frozen southwestern seasoning (green/red pepper and onion blend-freezer section) 1/2 cup pecans chopped 1-1 1/2 cup orange juice and butter (for stuffing mix) Oven at 350 Put thawed chicken in a 13x9 baking pan Top with sw mix and soup Cook stuffing using orange juice instead of the water (as directed on the box) and butter (as directed on the box) Once stuffing is 'cooked' mix in the pecans then top your chicken/soup/veggies with stuffing Bake for about 35-40 minutes or until chicken is done and stuffing is nice and crispy! This dinner was super quick and super easy..and we have leftovers! Kraft had their original recipe at 410 calories per serving...but when I plugged my recipe info into caloriecount.com (what I'm using to track calories) it was about 280! Yay! The pecans add a nice texture from the squishy stuffing and crunchy stuffing (Yes, you get both!)-and the cream soup of course makes a nice 'gravy'. Yum yum!

Friday, January 21, 2011

What I'm reading...

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I'm a little over a 1/4 of the way in...but I really like this series.
The Darkest Kiss is #2 in the series of "Lords of the Underworld". The basic premise is there were these ancient warriors that opened Pandora's box and each of them became attached (physically, they couldn't help it) to the demons that came out of the box. This book is about the Lord that is Death. The author-Gena Showalter does an awesome job of describing these guys to where when you are reading you can REALLY see what the characters look like. The books have mystery, comedy, suspense, and sex. And if you have the time (as in don't have small children running around that you have to supervise) they are VERY quick reads!

What I watched this week...

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I really enjoyed this movie. I've long been a fan of Christina Ricci (since she was dancing with Casper-doncha know)...and Liam Neeson...I LOVE that guy. Oooh...and his accent. *shivers*
But this movie gives you shivers for a completely DIFFERENT reason.
Ricci's character is numb, bored, angry, and unhappy (I've SO been there). But when she's gets in a car wreck and ends up in a funeral home-she starts to realize that maybe she DOES have things to live for...but does she still have the ability?
This movie is NOT kid friendly..so if you have kids make sure that they are asleep or out of the house. Any pay CLOSE attention b/c if you don't...you will surely miss things in this flick!
Suzy says:
It's not a 'rush out and rent'-but a put on the Netflix queue and make sure to watch it before the end of the year.
Suzy learned:
Learn to appreciate life, b/c even though sometimes it can suck, not go your way, and well...be kind of annoying....do you really want to face the other option at this point? I say no!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Quick Chicken Tetrazzini

Have you ever been in the middle of painting a room to look up at the clock and realize it's 3:30 and your husband will be home soon OH and his parents and brother will be over and YOU have to cook dinner? No, that doesn't happen to anyone else? Ok then...moving on! 1 big can of chicken 1 pkg of angel hair pasta 2 cans of cream of mushroom 1 cup of sour cream 1/2 grated parm 1/2 jar of roasted red peppers (drained and diced) 1/2 cup italian breadcrumbs + 2T melted butter salt, pepper, granulated garlic In a large saute pan put your chicken (with the can juices) and heat up with the salt, pepper, and garlic. In a big pot...start boiling your water for your pasta-add when it's boiling Once the chicken is all heated through and torn up add the soups, sour cream,peppers, and parm. Take pasta directly from water into pan with chicken (tongs work great for this)-I used about 1/2 of the pasta (You can use less or more) Top with the breadcrumbs and drizzle with the melted butter. Bake in a 350 for about 20 minutes. It comes together quickly, it bakes in no time, and it's really yummy! A diet note: Hcg and my body aren't friends. So sadly I won't be taking the drops...I am sticking with a very low calorie diet though and it seems to be taking me in the right direction...which is lower on the scale!!

Friday, January 14, 2011

Do you trust me?

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We watch ALOT of animated stuff in this house (probably another reason I feel like my brain is turning to mush)...and when I looked at dinner tonight, then realized my camera battery is dead..even though I knew/know it's a great recipe and you guys will love it...you'll have to trust me b/c we're sans picture, mmk?
Hence Aladdin and his "do you trust me?" pose. Swoon...I'd like to go on a magic carpet ride....if I could sleep the entire time. Mamacita is tired..stomach flu has hit and hit hard...but hey..should give me a step up on next weeks weigh in right? Ah..it's the little things!
Onto dinner!
Green Chile Cube Steak
You'll need-
Cube steak (my pkg had 4 pieces)
flour
pepper
cumin
garlic
oil
Beefy Mushroom soup
milk
can of green chiles
Oven at 250
Make your dredge-
I used 2/3 cup AP flour, 1 T cumin, 1 T granulated garlic, 1 t black pepper
Have some oil heating in a pan-dredge your steaks, shake off the excess and put them in the pan...brown on both sides (but don't worry about cooking all the way through).
In a bowl whisk together the can of soup, 1 cup of milk (I used 2%), and the can of green chiles (the little can is fine..that is what I used)
Pour soup mix over steaks, cover with foil and bake...
LOW and SLOW.
I let mine go for 6 hours.
No really...LOW and SLOW. Don't turn up the heat,don't pull it out early...just let it go. This could totally be crockpotable too!
The result? FALL APART beef and a delicious mushroom and chile gravy. Nom nom!
Since I'm dieting I just ate some of the steak...the kids had steak AND mashed potatoes. SERIOUS test of strength to feed Lil Man potatoes and not eat some myself. Oof!
*a note on my diet b/c no 'steak' isn't exactly healthy. It's about the 500 calories a day. That and I had to break up with starch, cheese (well..dairy), carbs in general. But I don't think there were really enough in the dredge to mess me up too bad, esp since the stomach flu is making sure I'm um...passing things along quickly. *shudders*

Thursday, January 13, 2011

I'm here...I promise

I'm here and still reading your blogs and keeping up..just not quite keeping up with myself. Depression...boo. Honestly..if I knew that having baby #2, quitting my job and becoming a SAHM would throw me for such a loop...I would have prepared better. More medication perhaps. Doesn't help that I'm partially mental already anyway! Here are the thoughts rattling through my head- *My house is struggling...as in this little depression I've allowed myself to slip into shows in the house. Laundry is NOT getting done...b/c WHO wants to do laundry when you can enter online giveaways all day...really? *My good neighbor plowed the snow out of my driveway and I let the thank-you muffins overbake. *fail* * Shrek the Musical yesterday with Husband and Little Miss...I actually took the time and did my hair and makeup and looked...what? Almost cute...no really...I can see where I used to be attractive. (btw..we only stayed for the first 1/2 b/c Little Miss got tired-but it was cute..enough. I'm more of a musical that was meant to be a musical and not a movie turned musical gal) *I'm not sure if it's really being 'depressed' or that my body is really fighting me since I started my diet... Diet update! So...my 'start' date was January 3...but my HCG drops didn't come in until THIS week. Last week was my 'test' week. As in testing myself to if I could really cut my calories THAT drastically and survive. I did survive. But I can tell you that being on a 500 calorie diet and helping your brother move..NOT a good idea. However I emerged triumphant with a 6.2 loss. That's good. No, that's GREAT. But what is my attitude about it right now? Meh... Because I have SO much further to go. back to random thoughts- * I'm thinking seriously that I need to turn to the scriptures, b/c I really feel, um...distanced? I guess that would be a word for it? I haven't been to church in a LONG time. And where I don't feel like you have to go to church to be a good person, I know that for me it helps me focus. But baby steps....scriptures first, then attendance. *I fall more and more in love with my big ol' Dad everyday I think. One day soon I'll dedicate a blog just to that...but for today I hope that everyone has or had the opportunity to have a great relationship with their Dad. * Since I'm not the one eating (much at all) lately..I'm not really 'trying' on meals. I made instant potatoes for dinner the other night for Husband and kids. *Reduced calories ='s reduced milk supply for Little Man..and where part of me is rejoicing (b/c he is a terrible nurser-bites, bruises, etc)-another part of my heart is shattering b/c he's my baby...my LAST baby and I don't know if he OR I am ready for him to stop. I'm buying some Fenugreek tomorrow to try to up my milk supply even though I'm dieting. That is it for now! Thanks for putting up with my rambling and my absence! I'll be back at it in full force soon..that you can count on!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

And so it begins....

a new year... and a new diet. That's right...diet. You know how back in November I told you about how my Dad was going on a diet. Well....he's down 42lbs. 42lbs lost DURING the Holiday season. He asked me if I wanted to start round 2 with him (not b/c he'd ever TELL me I needed to lose weight, but b/c he knows I want to)...and I'm gonna do it. The HCG diet (you can swagbucks search it). The healthiest diet? Probably not. I don't find anything esp healthy about 500 calories a day. But I know for me. I need a shock to the system. I need a strict smack in the face to get this going. I need to wake up and be 74lbs lighter, but it isn't going to happen over night. I promise not to make this a weight loss obsessed blog this year, but I will tell you that it will be dominating my thoughts. My Dad asked me what my weight loss goal was. I felt that was a bit intense....even though 74 is the magic number. I told him that I had two goals- -20lbs by Husband's cousin's wedding (in May) -40lbs by my HS Bestie's wedding (in October) So even thought my 'diet' isn't going to be the healthiest...I feel my goals aren't that extreme. Other 'resolutions' this year- kicking the soda habit kicking the fast food habit saving money (paying things off) keeping the house clean exercise-even if it's just dancing around the house with the kids read more pass it along... let me detail more about the pass it along thing..b/c it goes with the read more and something else.. I'm gonna tell you what I'm reading...what I've read...and whether or not I enjoyed it. I'm not getting paid to do this...I'm doing it b/c I like to share. Also...this year..I'm clipping coupons...I am clipping EVERY coupon I come across...but I won't use them all. So I'm going to put together a list and if any of you readers want my coupons that I won't be using..I'll get them to you. So stay tuned. And..I'll also be cooking and baking. Probably more for others than myself! *coughs*500 calories*coughs So Happy New Year Er'body!! *the new springy layout is due to the fact that I'm totally seasonally depressed...I am anxiously awaiting the green to come back and flowers to bloom!