Wednesday, March 28, 2012

What's Cookin' Wednesday: Caulflower and Red Lentil Curry

I really love finding filling Vegetarian and Vegan meals. I found this curry recipe a while ago from Eating Well and finally made it last sunday. It is SO full of flavor and between the cauliflower and the lentils in it, so satisfying. It's got a great flavor; make the spices your own and you will have a fabulous and healthy Vegan curry to enjoy as well.

Cauliflower & Red Lentil Curry

4 servings
Active Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes

1/2 cup red lentils, rinsed
1 small onion, chopped
2 teaspoons curry powder, preferably Madras
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
2 cups water
4 plum tomatoes, seeded and chopped, or one 14-oz. can tomatoes, drained and chopped
4 cups cauliflower florets
1 jalapeno pepper, halved, seeded and thinly sliced
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 tablespoon cumin seeds
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
1 teaspoon sugar

Combine lentils, onions, curry powder, salt, turmeric and water in a large saucepan over low heat; bring to a simmer. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the lentils are soft and the sauce has thickened, about 45 minutes. Add tomatoes, cauliflower and jalapeno peppers and simmer, covered, until the cauliflower is tender, 8 to 10 minutes longer. Remove from heat.
Heat oil in a small skillet over medium-high heat. Add cumin seeds and cook for about 10 seconds. Add garlic and ginger; cook, stirring, until the garlic is lightly browned, about 1 minute. Stir in cayenne and immediately add the oil-spice mixture to the cauliflower mixture. Stir in lemon juice, cilantro and sugar. Taste and adjust seasonings with additional salt and cayenne.

Per serving: 184 calories; 5 g fat ( 0 g sat , 2 g mono ); 0 mg cholesterol; 28 g carbohydrates; 1 g added sugars; 10 g protein; 8 g fiber; 335 mg sodium; 812 mg potassium.

Carbohydrate Servings: 1

Exchanges: 1 starch, 2 vegetable, 1 lean meat, 1 fat

Monday, March 26, 2012

Motivation Monday: It's All About the Shoes

I think i figured out one of my problems with the gym...before I bought my neon sneakers, I was wearing boring silver and pink gym shoes...they were so...ordinary. I don't buy special "cute" clothes for the gym-I have WAY too many sorority t-shirts to even try to justify that, so I get my gym kicks with my super loud neon shoes. Seriously, I don't think it's possible to look down and see neon sneakers and not smile. I love shoes to begin with, so it was really no question that drab shoes would do nothing to get me to the gym. I bought my neon sneakers in January, and according to four square, I have been to a gym every week for the past 10 weeks. I know for sure that I've been to the gym at least 3 days a week for the past 7 weeks (and doing other work outs with my awesome shoes elsewhere at leasat 2 other days a week).

The shoes really did make all the difference, plus they feel like pillows on my feet after I torture myself wearing heels all day. Have fun with the gym-I happen to not look cute in cute little tank tops and tight shirts at the gym, so I have fun with my shoes. Working out doesn't have to be boring, and my shoes are loud and they make me proud to be working on my body.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Tuesday Ten

I know I've missed a few...but here's today's Tuesday 10!

10. "Starter Exercise Plan" This is a great way to slowly get yourself back into shape without straining yourself too much...I also add this to the other exercises that I'm doing during my work out to mix things up

9. "Weather Workout" I like to add this on to my work's also a great way to add something in if you're trying to start out

8. I'm not sure if this works, but I'm trying's supposed to help rid your legs of fat deposits that sit around the knee, on the inner thighs, and bulky thighs...if not, it's a great 5 minutes to spend reading upside down

7. Lemon, Cucumer, and Mint Water: I drink this every night, it's really refreshing and more fun than plain water

6. "Tone It Up Girls Lean Arms Pyramid" Did this one yesterday, I'm still feeling the dips!

5. "Upper Body Workout" I did this last Saturday as a weight circuit...I was definitely feeling it for the rest of the day, will be doing it again soon!

4. "Fitness at home" I do this work out on weekends along with some cardio and toning from my DVDs...definitely a challenge and a great work out

3. Peter Pan Whipped Creamy Peanut Butter-closer to guilt free! yay!! it's got a third less sugar than regular peanut butter and less calories as well-anything that makes peanut butter not as bad for me is definitely a favorite

2. Goode Company BBQ- one of the best barbecue places in to go again when I was back last weekend...Jalapeno Cheese Bread...enough said

1. Fiber One 90 Cal Peanut Butter (and chocolate)-seriously, these are delicious...they definitely do not taste like you're eating something healthy...i like to eat them either before or after I go to the gym to give me energy and make sure that I'm not starving after my work out

Thursday, March 15, 2012

What's Cookin' Wednesday: Lightened Up Cowboy Tofusketti

So I found this recipe for Cowboy Spaghetti on Lynn's Kitchen Adventures and decided that I wanted to lighten it up and make it friendly to the way that I eat. You can check out the original recipe here. After a few substitutions, here is the recipe that I came up with. Don't be scared of tofu shirataki noodles (by the way, most Whole Foods locations carry these). If you season them up, they are a great cure to carboholism. Obviously you can use whole wheat pasta if you are completely against using the tofu substitute, but the end result will have more carbs and less protein.

Lightened Up Cowboy Tofusketti

1 pound (2 packages) Tofu Shirataki noodles
3-4 Slices of turkey bacon, chopped
1 pound ground turkey
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic
1 teaspoon (or so) of hot sauce
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 (14 ounce) can diced tomatoes and green chiles
1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Brown and season ground turkey with the onion; add garlic in once the turkey is almost completely cooked. At the same time, cook the turkey bacon. The easiest way that I've found to cook turkey bacon is to cook it in the oven at 375* for 10-12 minutes to desired crispiness. Cooking spray works fine, no extra oil needed.

While cooking ground turkey and turkey bacon, rinse, drain, and dry tofu shirataki noodles. I got this from Lisa Lillien aka Hungry Girl. The noodles are very squishy and wet, so she recommends pouring the packs of noodles into a clean dish towel and folding to absorb more of the moisture.

Combine turkey bacon, ground turkey, hot sauce, tomato sauce, and tomatoes & chiles. Cook on low for about 8 minutes or until heated completely through.

Microwave the tofu noodles for about a minute or so to warm them while everything else is heating.

Add tofu shirataki noodles to mixture; season to your liking: I used a basic chicken seasoning, garlic powder, chili powder, and red pepper flakes.

Mix all together and make sure meal is heated; sprinkle with low fat shredded cheddar cheese and serve.

A serving is about a cup and a half; I eyeballed it.

Nutrition Facts

4 Servings

Amount Per Serving

Calories 251.6

Total Fat 2.6 g

Saturated Fat 0.5 g

Polyunsaturated Fat 0.0 g

Monounsaturated Fat 0.0 g

Cholesterol 59.0 mg

Sodium 752.1 mg

Potassium 208.4 mg

Total Carbohydrate 13.9 g

Dietary Fiber 4.3 g

Sugars 5.3 g

Protein 40.2 g

Monday, March 12, 2012

Motivation Monday

Well, I'm 2 pounds down since my last weigh in...I thought I'd be more based on some random check ins throughout the week, BUT no...whatever; so I'm 1 pound down from my starting weight. I think one of the biggest issues and reasons why everything is moving so slowly is because I eat too late and I don't get enough sleep. Case in point, when all was said and done today, I got home at 8:30 and it's 9:45 and I'm just now finishing dinner. Unfortunately, because I live so far away from work and I have things to do besides going to the gym in the afternoon, this is not going to change for a few months at the very least. I'll just have to make due with this for now.

So part of my motivation for weight loss actually is food..I LOVE food, I always enjoy eating..I definitely don't live to eat, but I will never change my frame of mind to just eating to live to lose weight. I love trying new recipes and playing around with them to find ways to make them healthier and still delicious. I got to do this last night with a recipe that was orginally a Rachael Ray that I found on Lynn's Kitchen Adventures called Cowboy Spaghetti. I'll post the original and lightened up recipe on Wednesday for "What's Cookin' Wednesday"...It came out so well and I was really proud of myself!

My new mantra, which I have to think about every time I step on the scale for an official weigh in is that no matter what the scale says, I will still put 1000% into being healthy and losing weight...every day is a new day and every week is a new week.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

**GIVEAWAY** Print Runner set of 250 Personalized Stickers-Ends March 13

I have been approached by Print Runner to host a fabulous giveaway for my readers! Print Runner works with you to create products to help your small business create recognition, as well as products you could use to label gifts from yourself or from your kids. This is why I wanted to be able to giveaway a set of Print Runner's stickers. These can be useful for all of us, whether we stock an Etsy shop, own a small business, love to give personalized gifts, or just have a child who goes to a lot of birthday parties.

Obviously you get to design your own set of stickers to suit your own needs. If you win, you will receive a set of 250 2" by 3.5" stickers. You have a choice of full color or black and white printing they will ship within 3 days of receipt of order.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Motivation Monday

Truth be told, I did not get on the scale today...I've been on vacation and having a lot of fun traveling through Texas with my friend. I know that I am completely bloated right now, and eating healthy was not the goal for this week. For me, this is all about happiness...the weight loss, etc, so I know that stepping on the scale and taking progress pictures will totally ruin the memories and great times of the weekend.

Although we did not eat the healthiest food over the weekend, we did do a lot of walking, which was great motivation for me to keep my goals in mind...It was great to spend time with my friend, walking around the Alamo, Baylor, the University of Texas, and the state capitol instead of just sitting and eating and sitting and eating. It kept us moving and we kept finding interesting things to check out.

I'll be back on track next Monday with some more motivation for all of us!

Friday, March 2, 2012


This brown pair of Luccheses would go with almost everything!

I love stonewashed cowboy boots! Women's Luccheses