Wednesday, June 23, 2010

The Apartment Chef (Good Pitch For A New Food Network Show?)

Is it just me or is this week going by extremely slow? It feels like it should be Friday...wishful thinking I guess. So, last night was my recipe night and I made Beef-Stuffed Zucchini with a side of Rotini Pasta that had a store bought roasted garlic tomato sauce on it:



It looks kind of pretty huh? I thought this was good. It was very filling which is important to me. I have sort of learned what foods are going to stick with me and those kind of veggies and pasta are always good options. It had olive oil and cheese and beef so there was a lot of flavor. I like squash and zucchini a lot so this worked for me. My only problem is that sometimes, when vegetables aren’t sautéed and they are just baked or boiled, they are squeaky on my teeth. Does that make sense? Last night I bit into the zucchini and the bottom of it squeaked around on my teeth. This happened with green beans last week. It drives me kind of crazy. Maybe I am losing it. Has anyone else had this problem? All in all though, the meal was tasty...it was a bit involved because you have to dig the flesh out of the zucchini, save it, mix stuff...it wasn’t hard...just took over an hour in total for it to be done. I’m not sure what next week’s recipe will be but I do know that at some point next week, I have reserved some time to make those cheese fries I loved with some turkey chili dogs...OOH...OR I could put the turkey chili ON the fries and then have my low fat hot dogs too...yum...I’m happy about that prospect. That can’t count as my recipe though so I will have to figure that one out.

I also wanted to take a minute to tell you about a couple of 1 point snacks that I have come to really love. As I lose weight, I also lose points, so I am really trying to find good 1 point snacks out there that I can eat.



These are SOOOO good. Hostess also has a chocolate version that is 1 point (I don’t think the other 100 calorie snack cakes are 1 point because for some reason the strawberry and chocolate ones have more fiber) but I don’t like it that well. I think that because I am such a chocolate snob, the chocolate cakes taste very...diet-y. The strawberry ones, however, are kind of delicious. You get three mini-cakes (about 2 bites a piece) that have cream in the middle and the cake is strawberry flavored...they are very yummy!



Wheat Thins has come out with these flat breads that come in different flavors (I have the garlic & parsley) and basically they are just long crackers and for two of them, it only costs you 1 point (60 calories). They are also a nice option. They have strong flavor and I like to break them up into several pieces so I can get more bites out of it.

Those are just a couple of ideas for snacks to have...if you are like me...I have a drawer full of snacks because I never want to be stuck without anything eat. If you go home after work and you are starving...you will binge eat...so if you HAVE to eat and you don’t have many calories to spare, those are perfect options.

Tonight, I am headed to see Grace Potter and the Nocturnals in Birmingham with some friends. Honestly, I only know 1 song by them but I love it and from what I’ve heard, I really think that I will really enjoy her/their music. Maybe after I go to the concert, I will have someone new to follow. I LOVE new music.

I hope you all have a great night and wonderful remainder of your week!

Bye!



“Yesterday he said my eyes
Were fading fast away
I said well what do you expect
You asked me not to stay and if it had all been for the best
I wouldn't feel this way
And he said

Oh he said it's crazy
How love stays with me
You know it hurts me
Cause I don't wanna fight this war
It's amazing to see me reading through this scene
Of love and fear and apologies

My love is like a blanket
That gets a little bit too warm sometimes
I wanna wrap somebody in it
Who can hold me in his arms
Cause when it got a little too hot in there
He was always stepping out for air and he froze
Oh he froze

He said it's crazy
How love stays with me
You know it hurts me
Cause I don't wanna fight this war
It's amazing to see me reading through this scene
Of love and fear and apologies

Yesterday he looked at me
With a tear in his eye and said
I'll always tell you you're my friend
I hope I don't have to lie
Cause it's clear you love another man
I said you're damn right

And he said
He said it's crazy
How love stays with me
You know it hurts me
Cause I don't wanna fight this war
It's amazing to see me reading through this scene
Of love and fear and apologies
He said it's crazy
How love stays with me
You know it hurts me
That I didn't figure it out before
And now it's too late for a soliloquy
It's way too late for dignity
It's time for apologies.” Apologies-Grace Potter and the Nocturnals

1 comment:

  1. I have the problem with the french style green beans squeaking...so I try not to eat them. If I have to use them--I cook them longer so they'll be less squeaky. Also, the Wheat Thin chips are REALLY GOOD! Especially the Garden Vegetable. And- recipe challenge, Stuft pepper??? These usually call for italian sausage/hamburger, parmesan, rice, tomatoes or rotel and velveeta...maybe you could substitute brown rice or some healthy grain ?? for the rice, turkey for the meat and create a yogurt sauce in place of the cheese. I bet you could come up with something yummy and Healthy- HAG

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