Time to Shed the Pounds

Ok ok ok… I know I have not been on here in forever! BUT I’m back after a small hiatus. Like so many of you, it’s diet time in our house. This is typically what I do after eating way too much fattening food after the holidays. A new year… a new promise to eat healthier and SHED THOSE LBS (pounds)!
In the past, I have always had a lot of success on Weight Watchers. So, now is the time to start counting points again. Seems like Weight Watchers has been everywhere lately. Dr. Oz is promoting it. If you watched two seconds of the Rockin’ New Years Eve with Dick Clark, you probably saw enough Weight Watchers commercials to make you scream.
BUT it does work! Many years ago I lost 100 lbs. on this program. It forces you to use portion control and to choose healthier foods (for lower points) but it does not deprive you. You can still eat out on this program. If you have never seen this website, Dottie’s Weight Loss Zone. It is amazing!!! It has practically every chain restaurant on the planet and gives you a point break down of their menu.

The recipe I’m going to share with you today is for cauliflower chips. These are so good! You won’t even remember you can’t eat potato chips. These are also a great snack for kids. It gets them (and you) to eat their veggies without a battle!

Cauliflower Chips

2 points for entire pan

1 head of cauliflower, sliced thinly

2 tsp. of olive oil

salt

pepper

Preheat the oven to 500 degrees.

Slice the cauliflower as thin as you can and try to keep everything the same thickness. Coat the cauliflower with olive oil and lay out in a single layer on a dark cookie sheet. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.

Bake for about 15 minutes or until desired crispness.

You may think it’s burning but that’s the yummy part.

January 12, 2012 at 12:34 am Leave a comment

Gourmet Pizza at Home

My son’s favorite food in the whole world is pizza. He would eat it 7 days a week if we let him. When we go out for pizza… he’s a cheese man (sometimes pepperoni). In other words he likes super basic, plain pizza… no crazy toppings. (more…)

October 11, 2011 at 2:19 pm 3 comments

Taco Night

It’s taco night! Now this happens in my household about once a week. We love spicy food. Of course tacos don’t have to be spicy. When you make your own taco mix and salsa you can customize it to how ever you like.

I recently started having to watch my salt intake. As you can imagine that kind of put a stop to my taco nights. One package of taco seasoning that you buy in the grocery store contains 2220 mg of sodium! So instead of ending taco night forever, I decided that I needed to make my own. I looked at a lot of different recipes and finally came up with my own taco seasoning based on spices I know that I like.

The recipe I have included here does call for salt because if you don’t have to worry about your sodium intake you want the full flavor. If you are watching your sodium then you can just omit the salt. This recipe makes a pound of taco meat. Do not forget to take into consideration the sodium in the meat itself.

If you have no issues with your salt intake, this recipe is still really good! It has great flavor that you just don’t get with a packaged mix.  It also has significantly less sodium than the packaged stuff. When I mix up this recipe, I multiply everything by 10 and make a large amount so that I don’t have to mix it up every time I make tacos. Be sure to put it in an airtight container and you’re set. If you decide to make the large batch, you will measure out 4 Tbsp. per pound of meat.

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September 23, 2011 at 4:56 pm 2 comments

Loaded Potato Salad

My family has been on a quest for a great sour cream based potato salad. There was a restaurant in town that served a delicious one but they are no longer in business. So now every time we have a family barbecue we are at a loss for what to make. I feel like we have tried potato salads from everywhere and nothing lives up to our standard. (more…)

September 14, 2011 at 4:51 pm 1 comment

Grilled Pork & Pineapple

When I was little pineapple freaked me out. All kids go through a phase were they will only eat certain things. Then we grow out of it. Pineapple was something that I never really grew out of until I realized that I had never actually eaten pineapple.

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September 3, 2011 at 2:26 am 1 comment

Tabouli

Ok people, we are going healthy! By request of a reader, we are making something without mayonnaise! Tabouli. This is not traditional Tabouli which usually only includes bulgur wheat. I created this recipe with inspiration from the Tabouli that Whole Foods serves. It has brown rice, wild rice, couscous, and bulgur wheat. (more…)

August 30, 2011 at 2:12 pm Leave a comment

What do you put ranch on?

Everyone loves ranch dressing. Right? You can put it on anything.

 

My husband and I love it on pizza. My parents always tease us about it. Well Mom and Dad…You can tease me all you want while I set here and enjoy my delicious ranch-flavored pizza.

My favorite type of ranch dressing is that really thin but rich, flavorful dressing they serve in restaurants.  This recipe is a combination of several different recipes. Let’s just say I did a lot of tasting to get it right. I know…poor me. I had to taste test ranch dressing! (more…)

August 20, 2011 at 12:59 am Leave a comment

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