Something Tasty

I was reading a fellow bloggers post today about her fav new craving and it was similar to my new favs too.

Today I had some yummy, HEALTHY morsels.
I am in love with the Food Should Taste Good brand of chips and crackers.  They are sooo delicious.  I am also not a huge hummus fan, but I found one that I actually crave from time to time.

The chips are all natural, gluten free, vegan, low sodium, kosher, cholesterol free, no MSG, no trans fat, good source of fiber, no artificial junk, lots of whole grains !!

The hummus is also gluten free, organic, cholesterol free, no trans fat, low sodium, great source of fiber and protein.

It’s so great when something healthy for you turns out to taste good too !!
SCORE !!

~McQty~

DELICIOUS !!

Great for you

Yummy stuff inside

And it’s good for you !

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Trying something new

Well I gotta tell you about some new stuff going on…

First off, I wanted to share with you a recipe I found on Pinterest. Pinterest, is so addicting, there should be a 12 step program for it.

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I have found a few ton of  awesome recipes and I am just starting to use them.  I came across a recipe for Bacon Cheeseburger Meatballs.   I am really trying to eat more healthy and try healthier alternatives, so what on earth was I thinking  when checking out this recipe?  Well, I have a few criteria when marking a recipe as a “to-do” recipe.

  1. Must sound somewhat appetizing.  (Not slaving in the kitchen for something my dogs would turn down, too)
  2. Must be simple, easy to make.  (I am not Julia Child or the next Iron Chef)
  3. Must not require a truck load of ingredients.  (I do not own a truck)
  4. Must not require off the wall ingredients.  I don’t mind buying something special to complete the recipe, but lets get real on some of these ingredients.  (I’m not traveling to another country to get an herb)

So this recipe after reviewing it, was definitely appetizing, simple, few ingredients and I had all of those ingredients or could get them easily at a nearby store.  Now, onto the healthy part… I know that’s the part your wondering too, what on earth is healthy about bacon?  Well, I decided to give it a shot and put a few twists on it to make it healthier.  (GO ME !!)  I substituted ground turkey for the beef and turkey bacon for the “good” bacon.  I also am not a fan of onions, but I do like the flavor they add, so I omitted the onion and used onion flakes instead.

Here is the link to the original recipe I found.  Great blog called Amy’s Cooking adventure.  She has some other yummy ideas too – check her out.

I love that Chris is willing to try healthier alternatives with me, he will eat almost anything anyway.  He’s not a fan of the “good” bacon, but he liked the turkey bacon, it was our first time to try it.  NOT BAD.

I made the meatballs in the oven for myself and Chris requested patties to put on a burger, so he got his wish too.  I left the meatballs in about 5 mins longer than the recipe called for because I like things a little more crispier… and they turned out well.

Mine turned out looking just like these.  Go figure.  I like when things turn out the way their suppose to.  So I recommend giving it a try, and enjoy this easy-to-do recipe.

On a side note – I gotta say that it actual pays off when I eat healthier and take my meds/insulin like I’m suppose to.  My blood sugars have come down and have maintained a steady number for the last week or so.   My dr wants me in the 80-140 range.

My 7 day average is 131
My 14 day average is 135

It was better before yesterday when I jumped up to a 200 because of a damn sugar cookie that took me hostage and made me eat it.  It was a delicious cookie, so all-in-all worth it.  Haven’t had any other sweets as of late, so I was deserving 🙂

I have a couple more recipes I am planning for, so I will keep you posted.

MOVING ON NOW –  I gotta get the word out on a fellow bloggers newly, released book.  If you like humor, if you like someone that tells it like it is, who isn’t afraid to call someone out on their moments of stupidity, then you should check out THE HOOK. He has a couple of great blogs that often have me laughing out loud and then trying to explain to those around me what was so funny.  Some people just don’t understand !!  His new book The Bellman Chronicles, is now available on Amazon.   I picked up my electronic copy, and you should grab you a copy too.  You will be glad you did.  Enjoy the adventure THE HOOK will take you on.

You can find THE HOOK at the following locations –

You’ve Been Hooked

The Book of Terrible

Don’t forget to grab, The Bellman Chronicles, on Amazon.  Tell THE HOOK, McQty sent you !!

Happy Hump Day everyone.

~McQty~

Epic fail, but there’s still hope !

So, if you haven’t read already, I am trying to GET ON a healthy kick.  I have planned ahead and managed to cook healthy dinners 2 nights in a row now.  The first night was a HUGE SUCCESS, but I am quite disappointed in night 2.  I was really in hope of liking my new creations – new to me.

Last night the menu was:
Lean boneless pork chops
Butternut squash baked fries
Mock Mashed potatoes – made from cauliflower

Chris and I had neither tried these 2 vegetables, but we are very open minded and going to try new things and re-train our brains from the junk we have both been raised on.

I found a recipe for butternut squash fries and they looked and sounded easy to make.  I cut up the squash as directed into thin strips.  I then put them on foil sprayed with canola oil, sprinkled some season salt, paprika and chili powder on them and popped those babies in the oven.   I turned them mid bake as directed but they never seemed to crisp up.  I cooked them well over the time in the recipe, because I was hoping they would crisp up.  NOPE.. so we tried them… Chris ate his serving, but I really couldn’t get past the mushy texture.  I wasn’t a big fan of the taste of the squash either.  Jaxon loved them – he’s my bull mastiff.   I thought I would try a sweeter version of these so I tried again.  I cut them very thin like a potato chip thin.  I think sprinkled brown sugar and cinnamon on them and hoped for the best.  They still didn’t really crisp up and the taste of the squash still didn’t thrill me.  I was disappointed.  I so wanted to like them.  I threw the rest of the squash away.   My sister suggested I try and broil them… if I decide to try again, I might try that.

The mock potatoes — I boiled the cauliflower for about 10 mins and was amazed at how soft it was after that, soft enough to mush with a fork.  I added a little cheese and milk. (I didn’t have a recipe for this so I was improvising) I think I should of left the milk out cause the consistency was a little runny.  Not as thick as I would prefer.  I took a nervous bite… and what would you know, it really tasted like mashed potatoes. I was really shocked.  It wasn’t the best consistancy due to the milk… so I will have to try this again sometime.  I haven’t given up on cauliflower yet 🙂

The boneless pork chops that we had marinated all night in the Lowery’s steakhouse and chop marinade were placed out on the grill for a few minutes and they turned out perfect.  Juicy, flavorful and a huge success !!!

Although everything didn’t turn out perfect, it was fun working with Chris in the kitchen, and I feel good about us trying new things.  I know we are not going to love everything, but I am glad we are at least trying !!

 

Taco Pie

Sounded interesting when I came across this recipe online yesterday.   Tacos + Pie = YUMM !! I was really intent on going shopping for some healthy foods so I printed out a few recipes I found that were healthy, weight watcher friendly, and most importantly sounded like they might taste good.   I headed off to the store on my journey… it was definitely a journey looking for some of these items.  I don’t normally shop for these things, so I had no clue as to where to find them.  Some of the items I picked up were items I have never used or even tried like the following:

Cauliflower
Butternut Squash
Fresh garlic
Panko
Chickpeas
Ground Turkey
Ground Chicken

I also picked up yogurt, fruit cups, old fashioned oats, diced tomatoes, assortment of seasonings, assortment of cheeses, lean pork chops.

I was extremely proud that there was not a junk food item in the basket.  I do have to say though, it was pricier than the normal trip to the store.  Chris commented that we didn’t get as nearly as much as we normally do and that we were going to starve to death, it was to funny.  I told him we weren’t we were just going to have healthier meals and healthier snacks.

So I tried a new recipe I found on another blog, Successful2gether. This blog has a lot of great recipes and they are healthy and WW friendly.  She’s also great about posting pics… that’s important to me, I like seeing what it’s suppose to look like, it also gets my taste buds excited 🙂

I decided to make 2 versions, one with flour tortilla for Chris, and one with corn tortillas for me.  I also added a couple of extra seasons of my own, like onion flakes and cumino.  This was so easy and so delicious.  I didn’t know ground turkey could taste so good.  Chris even loved it.  I brought some leftovers for lunch today !!!

 

Now that I have one deliciously, healthy dinner cooked, I am more confidant that there are other healthy dishes to enjoy… Give this recipe a try, you tummy will thank you for it !

 

Sticking with it

Well I have managed to survive 3 days on Weight Watchers.  It really hasn’t been that bad so far.   I went to my first meeting last night after work and it was very motivating.  There were a lot of people there and tons of stories, examples, ideas… it was a very positive environment !!  There were alot of people and stories I could relate to as well as numerous bad habits I had in common with these people, guess that’s why we were all in the same room.

I was waiting for the point where you stand and protest “My name is Sam and I am an Addict to food”  but nope, we all knew why we were there – we don’t have to tell it, everyone can SEE it 😛

Yesterday was a good WW day and a great day of blood testing.
148 before breakfast, a little elevated, but I will take it after the last few years of averages in the 200’s.
130 before lunch
140 before dinner, but that’s because I had a late snack that elevated it some. (I didn’t wait 2 hours after I ate to test)

I had the usual breakfast: total 9 points
Banana Cream Pie Light Yogurt 
2 Carmel rice cakes with peanut butter

I had a super healthy lunch: total 8 points
Raw baby carrots
Cucumber slices
2 Tbsp of Veggie Dip
2 wedges of Laughing cow cheese
16 wheat thins

My dinner was on the fly because I was starving after my WW meetings (remember to have a snack at or before the mtg) and I have to go get Chris from school in Ft Worth, so I grabbed 2 bean burritos from Taco Bell.  18 points but I pealed away most of the tortilla, so probably a few less.

Had a snack of some puff cheetos, you get 29 for 4 points but didn’t eat nearly that many, so a few points saved there as well.   All in all, I ended the day with points to spare.

My healthy lunch

I sure wish I could end with time to spare.  Where does the time go??