Monthly Archives: August 2012

You think you can count on me for regular blog posts, but apparently I like to let people down…

So, I always aim to post daily. It doesn’t usually happen, but usually I manage to get a few posts out a week. This week, I’m just going to say it at the beginning… It’s not going to happen. I DO have several photos/recipes ready to type up and create a few posts, but sadly, I’m just not going to have time this week.

This weekend is a non-stop whirlwind of packing and cleaning places I’ve never thought to clean before in our house before we move to a NEW house way closer to work! So, given that my oven and stove were unplugged for most of the day and a good chunk of the week will be spent moving between the Wanamaker area (hey, if you know of anyone who wants to rent a house….) and Westfield, I’m not going to be doing much cooking. There will be a lot of frozen convenience food and a lot of fast food. Yikes. So, my only goal for the week is to NOT gain weight. Blogging doesn’t make the cut this week. Oh, and my sheet listing out all my photos of recipes I’ve made and those recipes are all…somewhere. I have no idea where at the moment.

So, good luck this week, everyone! I promise to be more organized…soon. Note that I’m not giving you a specific time frame on that one!

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Porteenie “Burger”

Want a delicious vegetarian sandwich? Well, here’s an option! Portabello mushrooms are used frequently as a meat substitute. I think they’re super tasty and can’t get enough… My husband and kids disagree. So, I don’t get to use them as main course entrees for dinner… but I do indulge every now and then.

Start with some porteenies. Aren’t they cute???

Stick them on a hot, nonstick skillet and sprinkle with balsamic vinegar or red wine vinegar.

Flip them over once. Cook until they’re nice and golden.

Grab some kind of 100-calorie sandwich bread. I chose the Goldfish bread, mainly because it’s cute. My kids like it and I must admit, I enjoy my food just that much more if it’s cute, beautiful, or if it amuses me.

See? Super duper cute! It even has a smile!

Then layer that baby with lettuce, thinly sliced cucumber, the porteenie, sliced tomatoes, and some red onion. Okay, so I only added the red onion because it has such a lovely purple color and I hear that some people really like the zing it provides… But I’m somewhat of a wuss and really can’t do raw onion very well. So… it came off before I ate it.

Sprinkle salt and pepper on, put the top piece on, and you have a pretty hearty vegetarian sandwich! Enjoy!

Drool-Worthy Veggie Sandwich

So… take a multigrain roll, some cucumber, lettuce, tomato, and red onion.

Thinly slice the tomato, cucumber, and red onion. Layer with the lettuce… Sprinkle with salt and freshly ground pepper…. and you get DELICIOUSNESS!!!

Lose Weight Without Feeling Like You’re Starving…

From Men’s Health… It’s been a busy weekend, but I have some recipes coming up this week. To tide you over, here are some tips for staying full while on a diet.

10 Easy Ways to Lose Weight Without Starving

You can stage a coup on calories without ruining your life or eating a single rice cake: Just follow this simple advice.

Way #1

Always Eat a Man’s Breakfast
No more Lucky Charms—you want some protein and fat. Scrambled eggs and a few sausage links will keep you fuller longer than an airy doughnut will.

Way #2

Eat More!
We’re talking three good snacks and three healthful meals. But what do you serve during the bowl game if you can’t have chips and dip? Mixed nuts—especially almonds—will satisfy your craving for something crunchy while helping to build muscle.

Way #3

Just Say No to Starches
Foods like pasta, white bread, and potatoes make you fat. If you must have pasta, make yours whole-wheat. Same goes for bread, and swap white potatoes for sweet potatoes. Just don’t eat too much!

A perfect example of a great swap are these crispy sweet potato fries. You’ll never go back to regular potatoes.

Way #4

Lift Weights
Yes, you have to hit the gym, and no, lifting beer cans during happy hour doesn’t count. The muscles you build will not only improve your performance, they’ll stoke your metabolism so you burn calories long after your workout is over.

Way #5

Think Before You Eat
Don’t just stuff your face with the stale cookies left over from the holidays, eat what tastes good and what’s good for you. Take your time eating; you’ll stay fuller longer.

Here are 7 ways to harness your hunger from a grumbling stomach.

Way #6

But Have Fun Once in a While—or Once a Week
Stifle those cravings for too long, and you’ll be miserable and might fall off your new plan forever. Just splurge reasonably—two slices of pizza, not the whole thing.

Way #7

Go Low-Carb
It’s the easiest way to drop weight fast. The cravings are hard at first, but it gets easier—especially when you see the results.

Way #8

Run Intervals
It’s easier to alternate between hard and easy running instead of going for a long run—especially if you don’t like running. Plus, you’ll be done faster and burn more fat.

Break your speed limits by boosting your speed with intervals. You’ll not only get faster, but your gut with flatten in no-time.

Way #9

Never, Ever Drink Sweetened Soda
But go ahead, have a glass of wine now and then. Low-carb beer is fine, too, in moderation.

Way #10

Don’t Fear Fat
It makes you feel full, helps control your appetite, and your body needs it.

Of course, some fat is good while others are bad. See How Fat Attacks, and how you can make it work for you.

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