Friday, May 31, 2013

Alex's Curry Quinoa Broccoli

We got a pressure cooker. I made curry quinoa brocoli with it today. It turned out excellent. 1 cup quinoa, 1 head broccoli, 1 tsp cumin, 1 tsp curry powder, 1 clove garlic, 2 tbs olive oil, 1.5 cups water. Cook at high pressure for 1 minute then set aside for ten before opening. Serves two. Takes like 15 minutes overall.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Two Ingredient Pancakes - or Three or Four...

This is an easy yet special breakfast to make...

1 egg
1 banana

Mash the banana while still in the skin - then plop in a bowl and mash it with a masher or fork.  Add the egg and mash together.

Heat pan - spray PAM in the pan.

Scoop up about 1/4 cup of the batter into the pan and cook.  The color of the batter will whiten out and you'll be able to tell when to flip over.

I tried this X three.

1.  adding a few chocolate chips while in the pan - they melted and messed up the pan when I flipped them.
2.  plain
3.  adding a few chopped pecans - worked great when pancake was flipped.

I'm taking longer to type about it than it took to cook!

I served with some strawberries and yogurt just to fill out the plate.

Very tasty.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

HG's Rockin' Chocin' Banana Shake

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HG's Rockin' Chocin' Banana Shake

Na-Na Na-Na Yum-Yum!
So you're trying to eat smart and make better food choices. Good for you! You deserve a reward. How does a no-guilt milkshake sound? This creamy banana swap is exactly what you need...

1 tsp. sugar-free French vanilla powdered creamer
1 no-calorie sweetener packet (like Splenda or Truvia)
1/2 cup light vanilla soymilk
2 tsp. Jell-O Sugar Free Fat Free Vanilla Instant pudding mix
1/4 cup fat-free vanilla ice cream
1/2 medium banana, sliced into coins and frozen
2 tsp. mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup crushed ice or 5 - 8 ice cubes
2 tbsp. Fat Free Reddi-wip

In a tall glass, combine creamer with sweetener. Add 1 tbsp. hot water, and stir to dissolve. Add soymilk and pudding mix, and stir until mostly dissolved.

Transfer mixture to a blender. Add ice cream, frozen banana coins, chocolate chips, and ice, and blend at high speed until smooth.

Pour, top with Reddi-wip, and enjoy!


Serving Size: entire recipe (about 12 oz.)
Calories: 206
Fat: 4.5g
Sodium: 240mg
Carbs: 38g
Fiber: 2.5g
Sugars: 22g
Protein: 5.5g

PointsPlus® value 6*


Carl's Jr. Banana Chocolate Chip
Hand-Scooped Ice Cream Shake

Shakes. Why Did It Have to Be Shakes?
When milkshake season comes around, a person can feel a bit like Indiana Jones left in a pit of snakes. Safety is nowhere. Especially scary are the mega shakes served up at fast-food eateries everywhere, each with 500 to 1,000 calories and dozens of fat grams! Temptation is all around, and that snake pit takes the shape of a drive-thru. Plus, these burger joints always seem to have some sort of super-tempting seasonal flavor up their sleeves. This year, it's banana chocolate chip. Yup. One of the most delicious fruit flavors paired with chocolatey goodness. Well, here's where we find the rope to pull ourselves out of danger: Making over banana shakes in a guilt-free way is TOTALLY simple! By blending frozen banana coins with a few low-calorie vanilla ingredients, you get a creamy and amazing base. Add mini chocolate chips and a couple of other key components to round out this mouthwatering shake-over. Our recipe is here to save the day... one sip at a time!

Serving Size: 1 shake
Calories: 770
Fat: 39g
Sodium: 270mg
Carbs: 92g
Fiber: 1g
Sugars: 77g
Protein: 15g

PointsPlus® value 21*

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Kale/Strawberry/Avocado Salad with Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing

Yield: Serves 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Kale salad with strawberries, avocado, almonds, feta, and a light lemon poppy seed dressing.


For the salad:
4 cups chopped kale, stems removed
Pinch of sea salt
1 cup sliced strawberries
1 avocado, chopped
1/3 cup sliced almonds
1/4 cup feta cheese
For the Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing:
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon honey
1/2 teaspoon poppy seeds
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


1. Put the kale in a large bowl. Sprinkle a pinch of sea salt over the kale and massage the leaves with your hands until the leaves are darker in color and tender.
2. Add the strawberries, avocado, almonds, and feta cheese. Toss gently.
3. In a small jar, combine the olive oil, lemon juice, honey, poppy seeds, salt, and pepper. Shake until mixed well.
4. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to coat. Serve.
Note-Trader Joe's sells kale in bags-already chopped. It's the best!

Friday, May 17, 2013

Advice: Everyday is an Investment


I recently wrote a letter to DS talking about the importance of scheduling regular time to do the things that he did not consider to be his job.  I included: cleaning, paperwork, getting caught up, planning ahead and keeping in touch.

In life we all have to do things that we do not consider to be part of our job/life.  But these regular maintenance things have to be done, so might as well plan for them, do them, and do them well so when (for example) you do your taxes you have the needed information, or when (for example) ten years have passed you have good memories. And not (for example) wishing you had gotten together with people more often but that you didn't because you didn't make time to make good, new memories.

The words in Seth's blog "Investing in the wrong place for a week or month won't kill you. But spending ten years..." support what I was writing.

It's easy to let events run one's life - and in some situations and times it will work out okay.  But it you neglect maintaining your life then it becomes a habit to do that and it becomes very hard to get ahead.

Balsamic and Tomato Bruschetta

Balsamic & Tomato Bruschetta

1 pint cherry tomatoes, chopped
1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
2 Tbs extra-virgin olive oil
1 Tbs balsamic vinegar
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 tsp salt
Freshly-ground black pepper, to taste
1/2 tsp sugar
1 baguette, sliced
1 garlic clove
2 Tbs grated Parmesan cheese

Combine the chopped tomatoes, basil, olive oil, vinegar, minced
garlic, salt, pepper and sugar in a bowl. Toss.

Cut the baguette into 4 pieces. Slice in half lengthwise and place
on baking sheet. Toast in a 400 degrees F oven for about 10
minutes; turn once. Remove when crusty on both sides.

Rub bread with the garlic clove. Spoon the tomato mixture over the
bread and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Serve immediately.

Servings: 8

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Cake Mix Singles

I'm experimenting with this - but it seems that 2 parts cake mix and 1 part yogurt mixed together until smooth - microwaved for 1 minute results in a nice portion of soft cake that is good to have with some ice cream or whipped cream.

I bought some diet brownie mix that had this on the box - but my experiment is with using regular mixes.  The portions are so small that I don't think a diet version is needed to do this...