Sunday, July 17, 2016

Fresh Starts

It's been awhile! I'm back to a focus on healthy eating- back to a desire to lose weight and so I thought I'd come back to The Crumbling Muffin Top to encourage myself to try some new recipes. Go me!

One of my new recipe books (a Homesense find) that I'm going to try a recipe from tonight is this one:

I love books with clear tabs- so easy for flipping through, and I love summer grilling, but I get stuck doing the same thing, so this should be good!

I am going to try to add more fish in our weekly diet, so the one I'm trying tonight is "Cedar-Planked Salmon with Quinoa Salad." I'll let you know how it goes. We do cedar-plank salmon pretty regularly in the summer, and I've posted a Cooking Light cedar-plank recipe here, but we haven't done Quinoa Salad as a family and my husband was recently complaining about the spice in the CL one. (He's picky, and I have to sometimes not listen to him or we'd never try anything, but maybe he'll like this one!) I was also drawn to this recipe (besides the cedar planks) because you soak the cedar plank in water and Sambuca! Interesting! We have a full bottle of Sambuca that we got as a gift ages ago.Score!

I'm also back to Weight Watchers. We just did an "At Work" program this year at my school, and while meetings are off for the summer, I'm going to keep going online.

The recipe works out to 10 Smart Points according to the nutritional guide, though that doesn't include the sugar stats, which aren't given in this book! I'm thinking that the grilled vegetables have sugar, but I'll leave it at 10 for now. (Not sure if there's still a recipe builder in the online program. I'll have to check it out.)

I notice that most of the blogs that I used to follow are inactive, so I hope to find some new ones to follow.

I have to start regular exercise again. My fitness has been sporadic!

okay, off to make some quinoa...

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Is this thing still on?

It's been awhile, I know! Starting back posting soon. Just checking to see if everything is in working order. :)

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Fall into Fitness

This is the way to stay on program for me: a week of tracking, of getting workouts in (mainly power walking) and trying new recipes. Why do I let myself slide so far off track when being on program feels so much better. *sigh* I'm basically starting all over again. No use crying over spilled milk, as they say. Anyway, I was down 5.4 pounds at weigh-in this morning. See tracking does work, Janet!

Anyway, let me share some of the recipes that I tried. I love the page of smoothie ideas in the September

issue of Cooking Light (Peanut Butter Berry) and it was refreshing though a bit tart. (My smoothie drinking child added sweetener.) I used skim milk instead of their suggested 1%, since that is what we have in the fridge, I had raspberries which I picked up at Costco and had forgotten to serve (so yeah!), and using one of my many over ripe bananas (my family basically eats green ones), I was good to go on this one without an extra trip to the store.

I've actually never (in recent memory anyway) used pb in a smoothie, even though it's a staple in our house. Not sure why! Easy protein- which I probably don't always get enough of.

The other smoothie I made from the double page spread was the Creamy Mango, Avocado and Lime one. I did it in the middle of the morning rush before work, even. Didn't enjoy dealing with the mess involved while rushing to be on time, but the smoothie itself was very refreshing and kept me feeling satisfied until lunch. My mango was a little unripe- I'll have to do it again with a ripe one, I had an avocado already on hand (love those things) and our garden has been taken over by mint- so that made me really want to try this one. It was unlike any smoothie I've ever made, and very refreshing. It made me think of something that might be served at a fancy spa before your facial and mud bath. har.

I also tried Crisp Lamb Lettuce Wraps from the August 2012 issue this week. I have to admit I didn't tell my family it was lamb. It was really tasty- loved the hint of cinnamon and with the lack of a bun, the two Boston leafy cups of lamb and veg was only four points. No one in my family would try the hummus/yogurt/pinenut sauce (why I served it on the side- since I know these people), but that was really good, too. I didn't go out and buy the suggested red pepper hummus, as my fridge is filled with other flavours of hummus and I'm trying to work on wasting less food (as well as losing weight), so I used the pinenut hummus we had in the fridge. 

Another CL dish I tested on my family this week, which I didn't have to pretend was something else, was the recipe makeover recipe in the September issue:  Chicken Nuggets with Crispy Potato Chips and Honey Mustard. My kids really liked them, especially my 13 year old and both my children took leftovers ones (I had way more nuggets than the suggested serving size) for lunch the next day. The cool thing about this recipe is that you marinate the chicken in pickle juice and buttermilk before dipping it in panko. It gives the chicken a nice pickle flavour. I did try the chip recipe, but couldn't find the required purple sweet potato, used a regular sweet potato (I like the chips, but my kids didn't really.), as well as fries from our low-fat chip maker (which I knew everyone would like). The whole meal deal was definitely one I'd make again. Plus, I bought that really large bag of panko from Costco, know, the whole not wasting food thing... 

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Summer Samplings

Hey any readers I have left! Trying to start off the summer eating healthily with actual tracking going on.

This weekend I made some CL pesto from fresh basil, crepes also from the Cooking Light binder (filled with eggs ala Cora's and Greek yogurt and fruit.) and cedar plank salmon with a tossed salad with CL vinaigrette.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

She went to the cupboard and...

...the muffin dome was cracked and empty! Cracked because her children now did the dishes (erg but also, yeah!) and empty, cause she's not been baking because of other stuff going on. No reviews to do tonight.

I did have a pretty good week last week- losing 2.7 pounds at weigh-in and about halfway thru Christmas pounds. I only had a couple of workouts though and still need to get back to regular workouts. My goal for the week is to fit 3 workouts in before Saturday's weigh-in and to drink more water. Will let you know how that goes!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate

Ok. just typed a long post and lost it! argh!

I'll skip the parts about the gym and a culinary disaster (for another day!) and just share my 6 point salted caramel hot chocolate with you. It was delicious and well worth the points, but you could easily cut back on some of the points if you had to. It is a decadent chocolatey treat however!

My hot chocolate mix (pictured above) worked out to 3 pts plus. Next I added salted caramel syrup (which I found at Winner's, but you can find them at any coffee supply store) for 1 pt. It's 3 points if you use 2 tbsps, but 1 tbsp is 1 and it's still a lot (you could cut back there). I used my milk frother and 1/2 c of skim b/t my dd13's mug and mine (so 1 point), and then a drizzle of caramel sauce for 1 point (the amount again was small in terms of allowed serving size). Finally, for the salt, I used my big chunky kosher salt.

and about the salt, and things that make you go "hmmmm" -at Starbucks they are always running out of this part of the drink. Why? I ask you? seems like the last thing they'd run out of?

and on a final sidenote, my fun mug was a Christmas gift from a friend. Anyone else love True Blood? :) Have a great week everybody!

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