Thursday, April 8, 2010

3 New Recipes, Haircut, 10 Miles, Product Review

Thanks you guys! I loved that pasta... definitely a new 'regular' - and we DID have fun on the farm! Pollen is absolutely slaying me... I sneeze about 15x/hour - NO! Hate to hear some of you are suffering, too! :( Aside from my allergies acting up, i've been cooking LOTS of recipes!! Let me back up...
Tuesday was a great day! I started the day with a new breakfast recipe!

Adapted from My Once a Month Cooking
Breakfast Breaded Casserole
4 servings

6 eggs
1 package Jimmy Dean Reduced fat sausage, browned and drained
1.5 cups fat-free milk
1 cup fat-free shredded cheddar
1 tsp dry mustard
8 slices Nature’s Own whole wheat bread

Brown sausage. Mix with eggs, milk and mustard. Stir well. Place in slow cooker. Rip up bread and stir into egg mixture. Sprinkle cheese on top. Cover and cook on high 2 hours, then low 1 hour. Divide and serve.

Nutritional Information: 464 calories, 29 carbs, 23 fat grams and 41 protein grams.

Review: It was really good - super good for reheat too. Although it was QUITE filling. I think next time i'll make it exactly the same way, but for SIX servings instead (to cut down on fat) and then serve it with fresh fruit. Very good - definitely a new regular and I love that it's slowcooker!

After breakfast I worked, then walked 4 miles during lunch and then had a new lunch recipe!


Adapted from Lynn's Kitchen Adventures

Pop Up Pizza Pie

Makes 4 Servings

1 pound ground beef
½ cup of chopped onion
½ cup chopped green pepper
2 cups low-calorie spaghetti sauce

Popover Batter

1 cup fat-free milk
1 tbsp olive oil
2 eggs
1 cup flour
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup shredded fat-free mozzarella cheese

60 grams Trader Joe’s Fresh Mozzarella


Brown ground beef with onion and pepper. Add spaghetti sauce and simmer for 10 minutes. Set aside. In a bowl combine milk, oil and eggs. User mixer to beat one minute on medium speed. Add flour and salt to egg mixture and beat for two minutes or until smooth. Spread meat mixture into a 9×13 pan. Top with cheese. Carefully pour batter over cheese. Bake at 400 degrees for 25 minutes.


Nutritional Information: 479 calories, 41 carbs, 14 fat grams and 46 protein grams.


The pan right out of the oven!

Review: Despite the not so pretty picture (hard to photograph!) it was SO flavorful! We followed the original recipe exactly, except I used red onion instead of white, and red bell pepper instead of green. I was really happy with how it turned out - so different! I liked the batter on top and rarely get to use my mixer - so that was fun!! I'm definitely going to make this again - maybe i'll add some red pepper flakes to make it a little more spicy, and maybe less cheese to make room for calories for turkey pepperonis, which I think would be fab in this!! One thing I loved about it - lots of food - I love a healthy portion!

After work I did 2 more miles (walked 1/ran 1) and the upper body circuit! Then I headed home, visited with Austin and had a few drinkies – GREAT day! I ended up at 2,018 calories, 172 carbs, 56 fat grams and 132 protein grams. Here’s what I ate.

Wednesday I worked, walked 4 miles during lunch, worked some more then headed to Buckhead for a quick Kroger trip, a Whole Foods stop and to Van Michael for a haircut! I went short! Here’s a pic:


I also got a new product – Thai Kitchen Spicy Chili Marinade! I raced home ready to give it a whirl – YUM.


This is definitely a product I’ll buy again – it’s super spicy and tasty – a little went a long way for sure. Like I had two glasses of water with dinner! Here’s what I threw together when I got home – I call it Spicy Thai Chili Linguine for FOUR servings.


16 oz. chicken, diced
½ cup Thai Kitchen Spicy Thai Chili Marinade
8 oz. linguine
1 tbsp sesame seeds
1 tbsp dried cilantro
1 tsp canola oil

Cook pasta per instructions. Add large pan over medium heat with oil. Add chicken and ¼ cup marinade. Stir until no longer pink, then add noodles, the remaining marinade and 2 tsp of sesame seeds. Stir until mixed well, divide into 4 servings and top each with remaining sesame seeds and cilantro. Nutritional information: 388 calories, 53 carbs, 4 fat grams and 34 protein grams.

After dinner I cooked a few more new! recipes for the week, watched some TV, read some of my book and called it a night! I ended up at 1,706 calories, 168 carbs, 62 fat grams and 123 protein grams. Here’s what I ate.

Tried any new, yummy products lately? Between this and the cilantro salad dressing from last week i'm loving my new products!

Do you like your hair long or short? I normally go for long... but i'm loving this short look for summer! I'll probably grow it out - it grows crazy fast!

30 comments:

Samma said...

My hair grows so super slow- yours looks great!

I am doing a juice cleanse right now. I started reading the recipes and look ing at your food- now I am DYING to chew something. The slowcooker breakfast casserole looks TDF!

Genesis said...

i love the haircut.

all the recipes look great.

homecookedem said...

Holy moly that breakfast looks gooooooooood!! Comfort in a crock pot!!

Your hair looks great! So fresh and clean looking!! :) I recently cut off about 3-4 inches from mine and love how much lighter it feels for the warmer weather.

Have a great day!! :)

prettyface said...

I love your dress!! So CUTE, and your hair of course!

I really thought my hair looked cute shorter, but I think the length it is now is perfect for me. It's just below my shoulders- any longer and it begins to look stringy- and I have thick hair. Weird.

Your food looks delicious PER USUAL- seriously, come cook for me. I've gotten so lazy. I enjoy cooking, but can't find the time to devote to it any longer- maybe this summer when my "tv shows" aren;t on! hehe Happy Thursday dollface! (dollface? where the hell did I pull that from?)

angieinatlanta said...

Yum! That dinner looks delish!

I LOVE your haircut, so springy and cute! I think it's perfect!

Staci Dombroski said...

Cute hair!! It is a good thing that I do not live close to you. I would be asking what was for dinner every night!! You always make the coolest things :)

Diane Fit to the Finish said...

How fun to try new recipes that were so great! The lunch one really sounds excellent.

I've worked so hard growing my hair that I can't bring myself to cut it right now - although I probably should go shorter!

Yours looks great!

One Healthy Apple said...

Your hair looks great! I have curly hair, so I keep it long to manage it in some way!

Your food looks fabulous too!

Erica said...

So many fun new recipes! The pizza pie looks cheesy and delicious! YUM! I like my hair long. I always want to cut it shorter (because it looks so cute on others...like you!), but I get too freaked out.

The Blonde Duck said...

Popped in to say hi! That pop up pizza looks so good!

Pam said...

Love the shorter hair...it looks fresh and cute.

All three recipes look delicious. I need to find that Thai sauce.

lisaou11 said...

I think your hair looks great! Ive had short hair for the past 2 years or so and Im trying to grow it out now and it's soooo annoying!

Joey said...

Your hair is adorable! Love it.

I like mine either really short or really long... Right now it's in between & I hate it!

When you do your lunch walks, do you walk outside?

Fashion Meets Food said...

your hair looks fabulous!!!! Yummy recipes!

xo

Tyler said...

Oh my gosh if you ever get a chance to try Zumba out, DO IT! It's an hour of crazy fun cardio! I always leave looking like a sweaty beast!

Ana said...

Your hair looks great, so beautiful!!! Ahh, I am drooling at looking at all that amazing food!

Mica said...

I'm intrigued by all of these recipes.

Your hair always looks so nice and shiny! Are you a secret Asian?

inmytummy said...

Your hair looks great. It's very healthy looking.

The pollen is nuts right now. I'm not sure how much relief the rain provided.

Gabriela said...

Your hair is so shiny and GORGEOUS!! I love long hair on myself, but wish I could pull off short!! Your eats look delicious, I'm always impressed with how willing you are to try new recipes!

Kelly Olexa said...

You know I love your new do!! And after having my hair SO long for a while, it's nice to have this sassy shorter cut. I do miss being able to do a ponytail..,but my hair grows fast enough now that I know I can go long when I want.....
LOVE the new recipes!!! ;-)

laura dishes said...

Your hair is so cute and stylish! My hair is normally short, but I'm growing it now... I really want long hair for once!

That thai chicken linguine looks so good... easy enough and great for something different!

fittingbackin said...

Samma: Thanks!! juice cleanse? You are so intense!!

Genesis: THanks! :)

Homecookedem: Yes- heart a crockpot! Thanks,girl - oh cute! We need to get together - I want to see it!

Prettyface: Thanks, doll! That is weird! But I know what you mean. I get mine thinned and think it's so much stringier longer! Thanks, girl - i'd love to cook for ya anytime! Maybe from my mother??! No - she says "dollbaby"! hehe

Angie: Thanks, lady! I'm still getting used to it... fixed it for the first time today - hard!

Staci: Thanks so much - I love the variety!

Diane: Thanks! It was different – I liked that about it! I love long hair – this just feels right for me now! I’m sure I’ll change my mind in a week. LOL
One healthy apple: Thanks girl! My sis has curly hair – love it!
Erica: It was – thans!! Oh do it, Erica- it’ll grow!! (although know that I think it’s cute long!)

The blonde duck: hi!! Thanks! I stopped by your bloggie. :)

Pam: Thanks! It feels so fresh and light! Yes – find it – so easy!

Lisa: Thanks, girl! Your hair is so cute short!! How long do you want to grow it?

Joey: Thanks! Haha I hate in between too – hence the cut! I walk inside on a treadmill on the first floor of my building!

Fashion meets food: Thanks so much!!

Tyler: I shall!! I’ve only done it once (in Savannah) and lurved it!

Ana: Thanks, girl!! Haha I love cooking random stuff!

Mica: Thanks, girl. SO I read this comment when I was on the treadmill, almost fell off I was laughing so hard!! I’ve gotten that before! SO funny!

Inmytummy: Thanks, girl! I know… the rain helped some but DANG iti’s oughta control!

Gabriela: Thank you!! You could! I hear you though – I loved my long hair! Thanks – I’m really all about it – it helps that Austin is such a huge proponent!

biz319 said...

I love your hair cut!! I am definitely stealing your breakfast casserole recipe - perfect to make on the weekend for weekday breakfasts! And I agree, I'd make it 6 servings instead of 4 too.

Happy Friday!

haute.teapot said...

LOVE your hair cut, I just got mine cut too! Yours looks great. :)

haute.teapot said...

Your short hair looks great, but you definitely pull off long hair too. I think I like mine below my shoulders--I was once traumatized at the age of 10 by a bad short haircut, that was to my earlobes! Also, I feel like I can smell your recipes by reading your descriptions and seeing your pictures! Amazing, yet dangerous. ;)

haute.teapot said...

Oops, sorry I totally already commented! :p

sweetandfit said...

love the haircut and breakfast casserole - the pic of pupper is super cute too!

laura dishes said...

Your hair is so cute and stylish! My hair is normally short, but I'm growing it now... I really want long hair for once!

That thai chicken linguine looks so good... easy enough and great for something different!

Mica said...

I'm intrigued by all of these recipes.

Your hair always looks so nice and shiny! Are you a secret Asian?

prettyface said...

I love your dress!! So CUTE, and your hair of course!

I really thought my hair looked cute shorter, but I think the length it is now is perfect for me. It's just below my shoulders- any longer and it begins to look stringy- and I have thick hair. Weird.

Your food looks delicious PER USUAL- seriously, come cook for me. I've gotten so lazy. I enjoy cooking, but can't find the time to devote to it any longer- maybe this summer when my "tv shows" aren;t on! hehe Happy Thursday dollface! (dollface? where the hell did I pull that from?)