So you’re a chef, but you don’t know how to beat a couple of eggs?!

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My morning was full of frustration and HORRIBLE customer service until I ended up at IHOP.

This was the rant I posted on Yelp:

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Now correct me if I’m wrong, but with all of the newly developed allergies and restrictions people have in their diets you would think most restaurants  would attempt to be as accommodating as possible.

That is all for now.

XO

My oh my! Did you say SKINNY Pad Thai?!

Did you know that Pad Thai at a restaurant can sometimes have approx 750-850 calories?! That’s close to 20 WW Points+! Eek!

I was craving carbs BIG time yesterday when I came across a fettuccine version of the Shirataki noodle’s by House Foods. It was decided right then and there that I was going to cook with them in some way, shape or form.

I was browsing my favorite noodle recipes: Tuna Casserole, Carbonara, Pad Thai, when I realized that I had everything I needed for Pad Thai. This is where my Skinny kitchen creativity came in handy!

The recipe below is quite simple and ranks in at an amazing 6 points per serving!

Skinny Pad Thai

SKINNY Pad Thai
(Makes 2 servings)

Succulent Sauce:

1 tbsp peanut butter
1.5 tbsp tamarind paste
1/2 tbsp rice vinegar
1/2 tbsp sesame oil
1tsp siracha

The good stuff:

1 tbsp veg. oil
1/2 jalapeno, diced
1 shallot, diced
40z shrimp peeled and deveined (tails on)
1 egg, beaten
1  8 oz pkg House Foods  Shirataki Fettuccine
1/2 cup of bean sprouts

 

Things that look nice for your instagram photo-op:

1 lime cut into wedges
chopped peanuts to garnish

Be warned the Shirataki noodles have a funny odor when you first open the bag, it is VERY important to rinse them multiple times in cold water.

Mix all of your succulent sauce in a bowl.

Place all of the “good stuff” into your frying pan in the order listed above, add your sauce and cook until hot!

Viola! There you have it folks, guilt-free SKINNY Pad Thai 🙂

We have a winner folks!

Thank you to everyone who submitted their guesses for the cook book contest! Be sure to look out for more giveaways to come!

The whole point I was trying to prove with this post was that just because it looks rich, doesn’t mean it is. You can make great tasting food with low point+ values; you just need to be creative. As most of you commented while guessing the “potatoes” were indeed, cauliflower mash. See the points+ value of the entire meal below:

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The closest guesses were 11-12 points (Victoria, Rachel and Tiffany) so I decided to put the 3 names into an online draw.

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Congratulations Rachel! I will be in contact with you shortly 🙂

Pork on the fork!

Last night we had some delicious 6 point pork chops for dinner.

The recipe I found on allrecipes.com was great! It was quick to assemble and very simple.

Pork on the fork!

Roasted Apple Pork Chops

2 tbsp vegetable oil

1/4 cup chopped onion

2 (1/2 inch thick) pork chops

1/4 tsp salt

1 apple- peeled, cored and sliced

1 tbsp brown sugar

1/4 tsp ground mustard

1/8 tsp ground cloves

1/4 cup hot water

Heat oil in large skillet. Saute onion in oil for 1 minute, or until tender. Remove onion and set aside. Brown pork chops on both sides in oil.  I crossed out the oil because I decided to use my non-stick pan without oil instead, this saved me approx 5 points.

Place chops in 9” pie plate and sprinkle them with salt and pepper. Cover the chops with the apples and cooked onion.

In a small bowl, combine brown sugar, mustard, cloves and water. Pour over chops. Cover and bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 45 minutes. Enjoy!

I love to french!!

My toast, that is!

I have always loved French Toast and I am happy to have found a guilt-free way to have it every day!

It may sound boring but trust me, it is delicious!

French Toast

 

Frenchy, French Toast

1 egg white
1 tbsp skim milk
2 drops of Twin sugar-free liquid
A dash of nutmeg and vanilla
1 slice of Silver Hill’s Little Big Bread
5 oz of sliced strawberries
2 tsp of sugar-free syrup

Whisk the first 4 ingredients in a pie plate or shallow dish with rim. Drop one slice of bread into mixture and soak both sides. Cook in a non-stick pan coated with PAM over medium heat until both sides are golden.

Serve with strawberries and syrup.

Happy, Healthy Holiday!

We are back from our mini vacation to Bellevue, WA . We had such a nice time together and we stayed on track the entire weekend.
We went to the gym, swam in the beautiful lap pool and walked a ton each day. It was nice to be staying in a hotel where fitness and healthy options were available to us at all times.

I was amazed by the Westin Hotel’s commitment to fitness! They have implemented so many new programs as part of their Westin Workout initiative. How cool is this! Forgot your runners?! No problem!

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Don’t like to run by yourself or want to run an interesting path in the city you happen to be staying at? Great! Select Westin Hotel’s now have Running Concierge’s to guide you along your choice of 3 (city, rural or beach) 5 mile runs.

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I’m happy to say that because “I won” this weekend, I feel in control of my decisions today.  The old me would have headed straight to The Cheesecake Factory, P.F Changs and a local cupcake shop.  Instead, I indulged in a fantastic healthy meal at a high-end steak house and had frozen yogurt once as a TREAT.

I think that The Westin was a big help, it was so nice to have constant heathy reminders, whether it be the gym or the healthy options on the restaurant menu.

Oh and what would be a trip to the states with out shopping you ask? I swapped out my regular high-heel & dress shopping routine for some pretty sweet new workout gear!

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I’m in love!

Yesterday, a fellow blogger friend of mine named Jen at A Little Less Jen shared the Skinny Taste webpage with me, thank you Jen!!

I was absolutely delighted to see such beautiful food photos and mouth-watering recipes. Every recipe looks to be filled with flavor and yet still quite healthy. There is also a bonus column alongside the page that lets you search via Points Plus value! Love it! There are so many dishes that I’m excited to try!

I will be making these two recipes from Skinny Taste tonight:

Brown Coconut Rice with Cilantro

Brown Coconut Rice with Cilantro Points+: 5 pts

Sweet-and-Fiery-Pork-Tenderloin-with-Mango-Salsa

Sweet and Fiery Pork Tenderloin with Mango Salsa Points+: 6 pts

I will be sure to let you know how it goes! Bye for now!

XO

Let the good times roll

Today has been a WAY better day!

I got back on track with food and exercise yesterday and feel REALLY good!

I have come to realize my weak spots and one of them happens to be a lack of organization when it comes to food. This being said, I have decided to make things easier by having similar meals everyday.

For breakfast I will have a slow carb scramble (sausage,mushrooms, tomato, zucchini and onion) topped with poached eggs.

Lunch is definitely picture worthy! Check out these Roast Beef Roll-ups that I’ll have with a dollop of homemade curry mayo and a side of steamed spinach. They are filled with carrot, cucumber, green onion, cabbage and red pepper. I might add that they were delicious and super easy.

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Dinner will change a bit from time to time to keep things interesting but tonight, it’s zucchini spaghetti and meatballs with marinara.

I will be sure to let you all know how it goes!

XO