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No sugar …30 days….join me won’t you?

9 Feb

Come on guys….misery loves company! I’m eliminating added sugar for the next 30 days and I’m actually on my way to the store to stock up on some healthier stuff to eat. If anyone wants to join me feel free to share your own experiences or I would welcome any good recipes. I will be posting different dinners, snacks, desserts, etc on here that don’t contain any added sugars. Sugar from fruit, milk, veggies are ok but anything that has the word sugar or any form of sugar in the ingredients is a no no. Oh and no artificial sweeteners (equal, Splenda, etc) or honey. Fun stuff guys…fun stuff.

I am horribly addicted to sugar and I’m hoping to break that in the next month and learn some healthier ways to satisfy my sweet tooth. 

 

Here is a link to the challenge so you can join in too! 

 

 

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Quinoa Stuffed Mini Peppers (gluten free)

6 Apr

I thought I would be a little adventurous and make something I’ve never tried before. On my path of “clean eating” I’ve come across the mention of quinoa many many times. I’ve never even heard of it before, but I was willing to give it my best shot. Its a seed, but you cook it like a grain and can use it in place of rice or other grains. 

First, this stuff is expensive! A small box of it was $5.00 and while that might not sound like a lot, if you eat it every day it can add up. After looking at the package, I was convinced it would be gross so I really wasn’t worried about buying it again. I looked up some recipes and decided on quinoa stuffed mini peppers. Mostly because I bought mini peppers on a whim and had no idea what to do with them.

It is pretty easy to make and only took about 20 minutes. After the quinoa was done I was even more skeptical than before but I gave it a try. Not my favorite thing in the world. It wasn’t bad….it just didn’t have a taste. I was a little disappointed, but then I added the rest of the ingredients and it was a big difference. As long as I don’t ever have to eat it plain, I can definitely eat it every day. 

The stuffed peppers were ok, but not great. I believe its my fault though….I didn’t season them enough. If I would have added more spices they would have been really good. So I’m posting the recipe and then if you guys make it, you can add whatever you want to it.

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QUINOA STUFFED MINI PEPPERS:

1 cup quinoa, rinsed

2 cups water

Make according to package.

While the quinoa is cooking, saute some onions, mushrooms, garlic, chopped up peppers and tomatoes. Mix all ingredients together and add some salt, pepper, and any other spices of your choice. I added about 2 tbsps of spaghetti sauce to add a little flavor and bind it all together. Chop the tops off the mini peppers, clean out any insides and stuff with mixture. Add a little shredded mozzarella cheese and bake in preheated oven @ 350 for 20-25 minutes.

The way I made these, they are gluten-free and vegetarian, but you can adjust based on your needs. Add a salad and this would be a nice healthy lunch.

 

 

 

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Attempting “clean” eating……whatever that means.

4 Apr

I’m really trying to eat better lately but I’m having a hard time trying to figure out what I should actually be eating. I’ve been reading about clean eating lately and while everyone has their own version of what this means, I think I get the gist of it. Its pretty much eating whole foods rather than processed, several smaller meals a day, lots of water and stay away from crap. Sounds easy enough….yeah right.

I’m going to give it a really good try though and I will be posting recipes I find and make – the good and the bad. And make no mistake guys, there will be bad. 

My first attempt is a veggie pizza made with a cauliflower crust…..yes I said cauliflower. I’ve heard that you can make faux mashed potatoes from cauliflower but I couldn’t quite picture the crust. I looked it up, found some recipes and gave it a try. I knew that this wasn’t going to taste or be the same texture as regular pizza crust, but I figured it could work when I’m craving something carby. There were many reviews on this crust raving how it was just as good as the real thing and how even the pickiest eater in their family loved it. I call bullshit. 

First, I will give my opinion of just the crust. Unless I did something wrong, and I’m pretty sure I didn’t, this is not a substitute for actual pizza crust. The texture was wet, and it tastes like cauliflower with a crispy outside and mushy inside. The taste was good, but the texture takes some getting used to. Plus, be prepared to use well sprayed parchment paper underneath or it will stick to whatever you baked it on. 

Now for the final product. Once I added the oil sauce, veggies and cheese, it started to resemble something I could enjoy. It had good flavor and I could see making this and cutting it up as appetizers or on a night where everyone else is eating real pizza. 

Now that I’ve made it sound so good and you guys are just waiting to make this here is the recipe:

Cauliflower Crust:

1 head cauliflower, cut into florets

1 egg

1/2 cup mozzarella, shredded

1 teaspoon oregano or Italian seasoning blend

 salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 450. Rice the cauliflower in a food processor. Get a small saucepan, add and inch of water and bring to a boil. Add the cauliflower and cook for 4-5 minutes until soft. Strain the cauliflower and place in a clean dish towel. Twist the dish towel and squeeze out all the excess water. In a medium bowl mix together cauliflower, egg, cheese and spices. Cover a baking sheet or stone with parchment paper and cover generously with cooking spray. Bake crust for 15-20 minutes. 

Now its time to add sauce and toppings. 

Oil Sauce:

2 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp minced garlic

1 tsp oregano

a pinch of salt

Mix together and spread on crust.

This is where you can add your favorite toppings. I used chopped onions, mushrooms, olives and mozzarella cheese. 

Place back in oven and bake for another 10 minutes. 

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Day 5

18 Mar

Today is day 5 of no caffeine. I feel like I’m starting to turn a corner and its getting a bit easier. The first day wasn’t so bad and I mistakenly thought maybe I would be that one person to avoid the headaches….I wasn’t. I’ve had a headache on and off for the past 4 days but its getting better and this morning I woke up feeling pretty good and wasn’t craving that morning cup of coffee. I’m still tired, but I was really tired even when I drank caffeine and even that is starting to get a little better.

The one thing I’m absolutely not doing great at is staying away from the flour and sugar. I’m hoping that today will be the start of better eating. But since I had a bite of brownie for breakfast, I’m a little skeptical.

So far so good

14 Mar

Day one of no coffee….ok so it’s only been 2 hours but still. I’m doing ok considering I would have had about 3-4 cups by now. Instead, I made some green tea and while it comes nowhere even remotely close to coffee, it does provide something hot to drink in the morning. So that’s something.

And now it’s time for breakfast….a green smoothie. I know some of you may be wondering why I’m torturing myself, but it’s for the best. I think.

In the past when I’ve made these smoothies I used vanilla soy milk to add a bit of sweetness but this time around I’m trying out green tea. Yum. So without further bitching I will share my recipe:

Green Tea Smoothie:
Put 5-6 ice cubes in bottom of blender & add:

1 cup brewed green tea(I added a little Splenda )
1 banana
1 pear
1 small or 1/2 large apple
1 tsp ground flaxseed
Baby spinach leaves – I added a couple handfuls

Blend until pourable consistency & enjoy.

It’s actually pretty good….I don’t miss the soy milk at all and the flax seed gives it a hint of a nutty taste. I can drink these every day with no problem.
Ok, I may be back later telling you I can’t live without my coffee….I’m hoping not though.

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Doing the unthinkable.

13 Mar

I’m giving up coffee. Yes, you heard me…..delicious, glorious, cant-live-without coffee.

Let me start off by saying that I’m in love with coffee…..strong, full-bodied, rich coffee. I usually drink anywhere between 6-9 cups a day. Probably not the healthiest, but I just love it so much. Lately though I haven’t been feeling that great and I’m soooo tired. I feel sluggish and have zero energy. It almost feels counterproductive to me to take away caffeine at this point, but from everything I’ve read it will make me feel better. I’m not convinced, but I’m going to give it a good try. I will replace my coffee with green tea and I’ve also bought some loose tea to try out in my stove top espresso maker.

Along with caffeine, I’m eliminating sugar (except from fruit) and flour. Good luck to those around me. I’m hoping these changes will make me feel better, give me more energy and help with weight loss. I bought some ground flaxseed and plan on using a little bit in the spinach smoothies I will be making. Sounds gross, but they are pretty good. I will post some recipes.

I will be posting a few times a week to update on my progress and hopefully writing about my success.

You can take away my cigarettes (3 years ago), my coffee and sugar but my whiskey is here to stay 🙂

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!

3 Oct

Cooking the last few weeks has been really fun, but we’ve paid a price.  I can’t zip my jeans without using a hanger……yes people, its that bad. All of the breads, brownies, cookies and pastas have caught up with us. I say us, because my husband  is feeling the effects just as much as I am. He had a weigh in at work and lets just say that there will be no more bread making in the foreseeable future.

I’m not giving up on cooking though…..I just need to find healthier recipes to try out. As always, I’m open to suggestions so if anyone has a great recipe they want to share, feel free. I’m mostly looking for dinners and desserts, but anything is welcome. In the meantime I will be doing some research and coming up with some of my own.

Its too early for my winter weight!!