Archive for January, 2013

Two dollars a waffle. Two. Dollars. That’s what I’ve been paying for the last 3ish years to support the husband’s breakfast habit. The saddest part about this is that it took me not being able to find his beloved Kashi waffles to figure this out – and to decide that I could, in fact, sacrifice 20 minutes out of my Sunday to make him a batch of waffles for the week. Wife of the year right here.

Eat Yourself Skinny: Whole Wheat Banana Waffles(pinned here)

Nailed It/Failed It Whole Wheat Banana Waffles

Verdict

Nailed it. The husband told me he actually prefers these because they keep him full longer. Ahhh the magical powers of real food.

These aren’t sweet so I wouldn’t recommend eating them plain, but when topped with peanut butter or maple syrup, they are delectable.

Alterations

I used real sugar instead of Stevia.

 

 

 

Original recipe from Eat Yourself Skinny.

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What’s this – a post on a Friday?!? What is happening to the world??? Here’s the deal – you’re about to be disappointed and amazed all at once. Disappointed because I don’t have a recipe for you. But amazed because Katie over at Sweet Tater Blog has a brilliant idea. . .and a plan (which automatically puts her light years ahead of me and my brilliant ideas – most of which I forget 10 minutes after inception).

Her theory is that there’s more than enough food on this planet for all the people, and that a smartphone app can help feed the people who aren’t getting their share. It’s incredibly simple and incredibly brilliant, and she needs your help this weekend to make it happen.

I’d spell it all out for you, but she did an excellent job of that what with it being her brainchild and all, so instead I’ll just send you to her blog. Go save the world, people!

Once upon a not so distant time, the husband and I were discussing how, when we were kids, as far as we were concerned, Olive Garden was the classiest restaurant. They had cloth napkins and everything! And for years, we were convinced the OG is where you go when you want good Italian.

Then one night, we decided to have dinner at the OG. And we were both rather disappointed. (Except for the salad and breadsticks. Do they put crack in those things because I can. not. stop.) I don’t know if it was an off night, the particular OG we were at, or the fact that nothing lives up to the childhood hype, but we both walked out of there thinking I could do better – and cheaper – at home. (Seriously. The husband says stuff like, “You could probably make this better” all the time. It’s half flattering and half “I’m sorry – did I step into a time warp?”.)

Skinnytaste: Baked Chicken Parmesan(pinned here)

Nailed It/Failed It: Baked Chicken Parmesan

Verdict

Nailed it. To be fair, I’ve never had Chicken Parmesan at the OG, but I like to imagine mine’s better (it’s not fried, so it’s at least better for you). So does the husband. It actually led into a conversation about how once you start cooking regularly, you get more and more disappointed any time you go to a restaurant. Unless, of course, it’s one of those restaurants where lobster’s the cheapest thing on the menu. . .which is why we rarely go out to dinner.

Alterations

None.

 

 

 

Original recipe from Skinnytaste.

Remember back in August(ish) when all the squash recipes started making the rounds on blogs and Pinterest? That’s when I vowed I would do something with squash this year. And yes, it’s seriously taken me this long to actually follow through with that vow. I’m blaming it on the fact that I work 8-5 Monday through Friday. It’s a pretty legit excuse because, really, who wants to spend an hour roasting squash after they get home from work? (I understand that the roasting part is incredibly easy – it’s the hour part I have a problem with. We tend to get hangry in my house.)

But this past Saturday, I said, “Enough is enough! We shall feast upon squash!” And feast we did.

Skinny Taste: Cheesy Baked Spaghetti Squash Boats with Grilled Chicken(pinned here)

Nailed It/Failed It: Cheesy Baked Spaghetti Squash Boats with Grilled Chicken

Verdict

Nailed it. My only regret is waiting this long to try spaghetti squash. Well, that and not having a sharper knife. The fluffing of the spaghetti squash is like a culinary magic trick. It was literally my favorite part, and I can’t wait to do it again.

Alterations

I used 2 chicken breasts which I seasoned with Italian seasoning and then grilled on George.

 

 

 

 

Original recipe from Skinnytaste.

I don’t know about you, but when a new recipe catches my eye, I get excited. Crazy stupid excited to be exact. I go back and read it over and over until I essentially have it memorized. I get antsy for menu planning and grocery shopping day. And then I start to worry that I’ve over hyped it in my mind and it’s going to be an utter disaster. Most of the time I get lucky and that doesn’t happen. But every once in awhile, that’s exactly what happens.

Fitness: Whole Wheat Pasta with Ricotta and Vegetables(pinned here)

Nailed It/Failed It: Whole Wheat Pasta with Ricotta and Vegetables

Verdict

Failed it. This was one of the most disgusting things I have ever eaten. When I take a bite and announce, “This is kind of gross”, you know it’s bad (not that I have low food standards, but I like to let my husband be the one to comment first since that’s the only way I get his true stance on new recipes).¬† It had essentially no flavor which surprised the hell out of me. My husband agreed. My brother-in-law, on the other hand, thought it was good. Or so he said. I’m still not convinced he didn’t just say that because he felt obligated. The good news was that since this was so disgusting, we didn’t eat very much and had plenty of room for frozen custard.

Alterations

Here, I think, is where we discover why this was the utter disaster it was. First of all, I kind of lost track of time while the pasta and broccoli were cooking so I’m pretty sure the broccoli cooked for way too long (it wasn’t crisp at all). I also didn’t use asparagus or green beans because we were out. And I cut back on the balsamic vinegar since the husband’s not a huge fan. And that, I believe, is where it all went downhill. You absolutely need the balsamic vinegar for flavor in this dish. I don’t know what to tell you I’d do to remedy the hot mess that I called dinner because, honestly, I have no intention of making this again.

 

 

 

Original recipe from Fitness Magazine.

Who else feels like they just spent the last two weeks eating all the food? I wasn’t doing too bad until we went up to my parents’ for 5 days. For someone who makes solid food choices on the regular, my mom sure can push bad decisions. Cheesecake for breakfast? Sounds reasonable.

So it’s really no surprise that as the husband and I were lunching at the airport on chicken tenders and a chicken club respectively, we decided the detox starts now. Of course, you don’t want to rush into something like boiled chicken and cottage cheese (although I do love both – I’m a freak, I know). What you want to do is take something delectable and healthify¬† it. That way, you a) won’t get a cramp and drown and b) might actually stay on board the healthy(er) eating wagon.

The Realistic Nutritionist: Skinny Lasagna(pinned here)

Naiiled It/Failed It: Skinny Lasagna

Verdict

Nailed it. You know what I love about this other than the skinny aspect of it? That I can have lasagna on a week night. Seriously. “Real” lasagna takes forrevvvverrrrr. This, however, takes 20 minutes tops.

Alterations

I skipped the mushrooms because unless I’m dying in the woods, there’s no way I’m eating fungus. I also topped it with mozzarella rather than stir it in. This may or may not be related to the fact that I can’t get it to not be clumpy (if you have any tips on that, I’m more than willing to listen).

 

 

 

Original recipe from The Realistic Nutritionist.