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Since I "celebrate" lent, I am not eating meat today or on Fridays. Tonight is Hot and Sour Soup, yum yum. I made some earlier this week and froze the rest. Thank goodness, because my slow cooker broke yesterday! That there is a tragedy. I hope to go out and get a new one tonight! It is so very hard to live without that thing after using it at least 4 times per week!
It is still pretty cold here in Dallas (and by cold, I mean below 50) so I have been making quite a few soups. Here are a few that are pretty low in fat, and pretty darn tasty!
Vietnamese Pho Soup
Salsa Chicken and Black Bean Soup
I guess you could call Core Synergy our Mardi Gras celebration!
1 lb button mushrooms, about 24 large
1 tsp olive oil
1/4 cup onion, chopped
1/4 cup sweet red pepper, chopped
10 oz frozen spinach, thawed and drained
2 1/2 slices whole-wheat bread, chopped into bread crumbs
1 tsp Creole seasoning, or Cajun seasoning
1/4 tsp ground turmeric
Preheat oven to 350. Coat pan with cooking spray. Remove mushroom stems from caps and finely chop stems, reserve caps and set aside. Heat oil in large skillet over high heat. Saute mushroom stems, onion, pepper and spinach until tender, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat, stir in remaining ingredients.
Stuff each mushroom with 2 tablespoons of mixture. Bake uncovered for 15 minutes. Serve warm. Yields 2 mushrooms per serving.
1 1/2 tsp olive oil
2 medium garlic cloves, minced
1 1/2 Tbsp shallots, finely chopped
1/4 cup wine, divided (we did not use because of our faux pas with the grocery store. instead we used extra water and lemon juice)
1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice, divided
2 tsp parsley, fresh, minced
1 tsp fresh tarragon, minced
1 tsp thyme, fresh, minced
1/4 tsp table salt
1/4 tsp black pepper, freshly ground
2 Tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 1/4 lbs shrimp, jumbo-sized, shelled and deveined (we bought regular sized, still good!)
Warm a large skillet over a medium-low heat; add oil and heat until shimmering. Add garlic and cook, stirring constantly, about 1 minute. Add shallots and saute for 5 minutes. Add 2 tablespoons wine and 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice, stir. Cook, stirring occasionally about 5 minutes. Allow to cool.
In small bowl, combine shallot mixture, parsley, tarragon, thyme, salt, and pepper with butter, refrigerate until it hardens. (can be made a day ahead of time)
Preheat oven to 475. In casserole dish arrange shrimp in a ring, tails up and touching one another for support; place bits of chilled herb butter around shrimp. Pour remaining wine and lemon juice in bottom of dish. Roast in oven about 4-5 minutes.
1/2 lb fresh spinach, cooked and drained.
1 cup tomato, chopped
1 cup Basil, fresh
1/2 tsp table salt
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
5 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
Combine all ingredients in a food processor then pour over pasta. This can also be used as a dip or sauce for chicken. The possibilities are endless!!
All of the recipes were good, but the shrimp scampi we voted was the best! And that was even without the white wine! I hope everyone had a wonderful calorie-friendly Valentine's day! Oh, I also had a milestone on the treadmill that day, literally. I ran 3 miles without stopping. I was really excited, and I think I learned what that "runner's high" really is. :) My inspiration came from watching those cross country skiers in the Olympics. Amazing!
And what is it about cold weather that makes one want to eat more, fatty foods? It is probably because we are cooped up inside and boredom sets in, but I had a lot of trouble saying no. Chris and I just got into Dexter, and of course we are watching the Olympics. Hopefully that will start to motivate me some more.
Here is a picture taken on Friday evening. We each did a snow angel- even 9 month old E! All of the snow is melted by now.
Earlier tonight, we did these animal exercises in our living room. They are exercises where you have to walk like different animals. We tried to get G into it but she just wanted to watch. It was probably really funny to watch- especially doing the monkey!
I can't wait until it gets warmer around here. (I will be eating my words when it is sweltering in July) I need to start running, and I don't want to join a gym. I am going to wake up and work out tomorrow though, I promise!
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I really have to attribute a lot of my success to my husband. Having him not only be supportive in the weight loss journey, but being a part of it, is so helfpul. Losing weight is hard work! If you have never tried to lose weight or don't need to, it's hard to understand. If you are trying to eat healthy/excersise more regularly, and your significant other or family members are not on board, it can be discouraging.
Maybe I'm just getting into the Valentine's spirit here. Or maybe I heard our Wedding song on the radio today. (sniff, sniff, 'Lucky; by Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat) It's gotten me all sentimental. :) Since we are trying to save money and be healthy, we have decided to stay in and cook together instead of go out on the 14th. I'm excited about it though, we found some gourmet weight watcher's recipes. I will share them next week. I hope everyone has a great Valentine's day, I know we will.
Our wedding this past September
My husband and I are going to start P90X very soon, and I am kind of nervous for that. That means I am going to have to be really good at a push-up, which I am NOT. It also means I am going to look awesome after 90 days, so I will have to do whatever it takes to get good at a push-up. I will let you all know when that starts.
Tonight will be another test- the fam is all going out for ice cream to celebrate my little G being potty-trained. And I plan to get ice cream, because even though I am dieting, I don't want to suck the fun out of my life! So I will eat pretty light all day to prepare for tonight.
Up next: I will post a few of the recipes I have been cooking for the fam!
So to recap my week, I lost another 1.2 lbs. This is exciting in itself, but I am a bit fearful of my next weigh-in. Between the travel and the concert, I ate a little more than I should have. Those margaritas on Friday night were totally worth it, though. You just can't beat a margarita in Dallas.
There have been articles and commentary stating that the Super Bowl is a day that Americans overeat, second only to Thanksgiving! Can you believe that? It makes sense, though. Think of all those yummy dips and fatty meats we devour on that day! I was fortunate that my flight back from Dallas was during the first half! Where did I watch the second half of the game, you might ask? On the treadmill! I was quite proud of myself for that one.