Posts tagged with: Cook

Bean Soup

Assorted spices atop 1/2 cup extra hot chili p...
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1 can (14.5oz) chicken or vegetable broth
1 can (15oz) black beans, rinsed and drained
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1 jalapeno chili, finely chopped
1 medium onion, chopped (1/2 cup)
1 small carrot, sliced (1/4 cup)
2 tablespoons tequila, if desired (dry sherry can also be used)
1/4 cup diced

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Fruit Cobblers

Custard in a glass bowl.
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1 cup pie filling (apple, peach, cherry or blueberry)
1/2 cup Original Bisquick
2 tablespoons milk
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon butter or margerine, softened

1. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Divide pie filling between 2 ungreased 10-ounce custard cups.
2. Stir remaining ingredients until soft dough forms. Spoon half of dough onto pie filling in each custard cup. Sprinkle with additional sugar if desired.
3. Bake 15 to 18 minutes or until topping is light brown.

1 Serving: Calories 300 (Calories from Fat 55); Fat 6g (Saturated 2g); Cholesterol 5mg; Sodium 450mg; Carbohydrate 60g (Dietary fiber 2g); Protein 3g

Recipe courtesy of Betty Crocker

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Hurry-up Potato Salad

Salad platter
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2 cups frozen hash brown potatoes with onions and peppers
1/4 cup shredded carrot
1/4 cup sour cream
2 tablespoons mayonaise or salad dressing
1/4 teaspoon curry powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground mustard

1. Heat 1 inch water (salted if desired) to boiling in 1-quart saucepan. Add potatoes. Cover and heat to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer 6 to 8 minutes or until potatoes are tender; drain.
2. Mix remaining ingredients in medium glass or plastic bowl. Fold in potatoes. Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour.

1 Serving: Calories 315 (Calories from fat 155); Fat 17g (Saturated 5g); Cholesterol 25mg; Sodium 730mg; Carbohydrate 40g (Dietary fiber 4g); Protein 4g

Recipe courtesy of Betty Crocker

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Vegetable Turkey Loaf

Yay, cooking!
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1/2 pound ground turkey
1 slice of bread, torn in small pieces
2 eggs or 1/4 cup fat-free cholesterol-free egg product or 2 egg whites
1/4 cup shredded carrot
2 tablespoons chopped onion
2 tablespoons chopped green pepper
2 tablespoons chopped celery
2 tablespoons chili sauce or ketchup
1/8 teaspoon salt
dash of pepper
dash of garlic powder
2 tablespoons chili sauce or ketchup

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Mix all ingredients except the last 2 tablespoons chili sauce. Shape mixture into loaf in center of ungreased shallow baking pan. Spoon 2 tablespoons chili sauce over loaf.
3. Bake uncovered about 45 minutes or until no longer pink in the center.

1 serving: Calories 250 (Calories from fat 65); Fat 7g (Saturated 2g); Cholesterol 75mg; Sodium 760mg; Carbohydrates 19g (Dietary Fiber 2g); Protein 30g

Recipe courtesy of Betty Crocker 

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Easy breakfasts under 300 calories

Homemade cottage cheese from mike and vinegar.
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Creative Commons License photo credit: dailyfood

Thanks to last month’s Fitness magazine, I have found some fantastic breakfasts that will not only fill you up, but do so with fewer than 300 calories.

Strawberry-Banana & Flax Smoothie

Blend until smooth and drink!

Waffle with fresh blueberries & lemon syrup

  • 3/4 c. blueberries
  • 2 tsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1 whole-grain frozen waffle (4 in) toasted
  • 1 8-ounce glass skim milk or light soy milk

Mash blueberries with fork and mix w/maple syrup and lemon juice. Top waffle with blueberry mixture, serve with milk.

Toast with walnut and pear spread

  • 1/2 c. low-fat cottage cheese
  • 1 tbs chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 med pear, finely chopped
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 1 slice whole-grain bread, toasted

Mix cottage cheese, walnuts, pear and honey (for smoother texture, use blender). Spread on your toast.

Fitness magazine has a really great website that I recommend you check out. With exercise tips, workout descriptions, and recipes galore, this site is a Godsend for those looking to improve their health.

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How I know that I know what I’m talking about, ed II

Peanut butter in a jar.
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Game Over

Relationship Tip: Don’t change yourself for anyone but yourself.

Slowly, over almost a decade, I changed to make someone else happy. I changed my weight, I changed my exercise habits, I changed my religion, I changed my interests, I changed my taste in music, I changed my hair color, and I even tried to change my family, all to make him happy. Not only did I make myself incredibly unhappy, but he knew I was unhappy.

When he left that very unhappy woman, she didn’t realize why she was so unhappy for a few months. Then she woke up one day and realized that she didn’t have to buy crunchy peanut butter if she didn’t want to. She didn’t have to run every. single. day. She didn’t have to eat real meals, if she wanted popcorn or cereal for dinner, no one cared. This woman realized that going to bed on a Friday night at 8pm was a personal decision and if it made her feel good, she was going to do it.

The woman I am now does most things for herself. She sleeps in on days when she doesn’t feel like getting out of bed. She stays up too late sometimes. She drinks coffee the way that she likes it (which changes from day-to-day). She still dyes her hair (she’s cute as a blonde and as a brunette) and she still tries to run every day, but that’s her own choice. Every day she’s learning who she is and who she is to become, and she’ll never change for anyone but herself.

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Friday 5 – 8/22/08

happy harvest pot pie
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So, how did last week go?

I didn’t manage to go for a walk since I was on crutches, but I did manage to get the rest of my goals taken care of. Did you join in? Did you write your hand-written note? I did, a thank you note to a friend. Did you hide your $1? I did. I’ll find it later, I’m sure. My TV is off as I’m writing this – I normally have the TV on for background noise while I blog! I drank more than my 8 glasses of water each and every day this week, too. I’m darned proud of myself!

This week I issue the following challenges to you!

1. Cook all of your meals. Don’t eat out, don’t go through the drive-thru, and even if you have to, cook some pot pies or box mac n’cheese. By cooking your own meals you’ll save some money as well as probably eat healthier!

2. Spend a half an hour with someone close to you. Laugh with them, cry with them, just sit around and read magazines together. Company is good for our souls, and if you haven’t been seeing your friends or family regularly, you’re missing out!

3. Do these three stretches every day – your neck deserves it!

4. Leave a comment on a blog where you’re normally intimidated to do so. I am normally intimidated to talk to some bloggers, but I am making it a goal to comment on at least ONE blog this week I’m normally shy on. You should, too!

5. Hug your child, your spouse, your best friend, your boss even, for at least 10 seconds. Let them know that you appreciate them and that they are loved. (Well, okay, maybe not your boss … but you get the point.) You’ll feel better, your hugee will feel better and physical contact is good for you!

Let me know how it goes, okay!

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