Monthly Archives: February 2014

Still not up and running.


Just thought I would log in and let everyone know that I am still alive, but recovering from whatever got ahold of me last week.  I have not had the energy to get up and experiment in the kitchen.  In fact, I haven’t had the energy to cook at all.  I am very thankful to my hubby who has been cooking, and following what he has seen me do for the last couple of weeks.  I am down a total of 12 pounds now, but that may due, in part, to this illness.  Thankfully, the doctor prescribed some medicine today that should help soon.

I guess you are wondering what hubby has been cooking?  Well, he did decide to experiment with some bbq sauce for chicken.  As you know, bbq sauce often contains a lot of sugar, and a lot of recipes call for ketchup.  We didn’t really want either of those.  So he mixed together a can of tomato sauce, 1/2 tbsp apple cider vinegar, regular dijon mustard, lite soy sauce, 1 tsp of molasses, garlic powder, black pepper and cayenne pepper.  Of course, he can’t give me measurements on anything, but he said he just kept tasting it.  It was actually really good and had a little kick to it.

He has used the sauce for chicken and shrimp and it was just divine.  He has maintained my one large salad a day with a protein and one meal that is made up of a green vegetable and protein.  Breakfast usually consists of an egg and melba toast.  I also have Melba rounds with all of the other meals and consume a fruit mid-morning and mid-afternoon.

If you want to explore a really great blog/nutrition site while I am on hiatus, check out  I hope she won’t mind me directing you to her, but she has some really great information.

Keeping it healthy!



Snow Days/Valentine’s Day


What is it about snow days that make you want comfort food? I have resisted making my signature snow day potato soup and snow cream. Luckily yesterday, when the snow was really coming down, I slept. Not sure what I have (or had), but it felt like a virus + flu all combined into one. I only have remnants of it now (something resembling a cold and a few aches and pains).
Needless to say, I did not cook yesterday, so there are no great photos of recipe remixes. Give me a day or two to recover from this, and my recipe creativity should return. For now, know that I am eating salads and trying to get in all my protein.
I hope you all have a wonderful Valentine’s Day full of love and happiness. ❤

A Simple Fish Dinner




I know that I should eat more fish.   I don’t care for fish.  I can’t stand fish that actually has that fishy taste.  When I have to eat fish, I prefer it to be double battered, dipped in every kind of sauce there is…….that way I can pretend it is something other than fish.  Over the years, I have tried all kinds of ways to make fish at home, besides the way I can eat it….anything to make it bearable.   This recipe will walk you through an super easy way to fry fish.   I usually buy Swai in big bags at Walmart.  Some people like Tilapia, as well.  I can eat either, but Swai is my preference.

For the crust, I used 4 of these:

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Placing it all in the food processor to create my own “italian bread crumbs.”


After adding a bit of salt and pepper to the bread crumbs, I coated the fish and placed them into a frying pan on medium heat.  I had previously GENEROUSLY sprayed it with Pam Cooking Spray.

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The first photo above is when I first placed the fish in the pan.  Second photo is once it was flipped.  Notice the nice browning that occurred.  I did have to spray Pam in the pan several times during the cooking process.

The Dill Side Sauce was simply two ingredients:

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It ended up looking like this:



and was absolutely YUMMY with the fish (I know, I was trying to steer clear of using Greek Yogurt, but after researching it all day, I decided I might add it to my grocery list).

Drinking lots of water today and even walked/jogged 3.14 miles.

On a side note, my daughter, who attends UNC – Chapel Hill, got stuck in traffic due to this terrible winter storm we were experiencing.  She went to the grocery store that is 5 minutes from her apartment, but while in there it started to snow.  She grabbed four things and headed home…….6.5 hours later, she abandoned her car at the entrance of her neighborhood and trekked through the snow and sleet with her bag of goodies to safety.  I am very thankful to all my FaceBook Prayer Warriors who prayed during that time.  Now to rescue her car.  :/


Brownies? Hmmmm……


So, last night someone shared a recipe on Facebook for a 37 calorie Brownie.  I was highly intrigued.  I LOVE chocolate (who doesn’t right?).  I studied the recipe, which might be fabulous.  I have no idea.  Based on the diet I have developed for myself, I am afraid that the yogurt and rolled oats would be outside of the realm of what I want to eat.  I decided to work on it a bit, to see what I could do.

First batch  – yuk – scrapped!

Second batch – hmmmm…. a bit better (I still may see how the 37 Calorie one tastes and affects me)

Here is what I came up with (a link to the 37 calorie brownie will follow – maybe you can tweak it and do better than I):



Brownie Recipe:

1/2 cup unprocessed bran

1/2 cup cocoa powder

1/2 cup Splenda

3 TBSP Dry Nonfat Milk

1/2 – 3/4 cup water

1/3 cup of unsweetened Applesauce

1 tsp Butter flavoring

1 tsp Vanilla

1 tsp of Baking Powder

1 egg

Pinch of Salt

Mix all ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth (will be very watery).  Pour into an 8×8 baking dish sprayed with Pam. Bake at 350 for 23 minutes.  Cool and cut into 9 squares.



The other recipe:

37 CALORIES BROWNIES from ACE – Appetite Control & Energy with Rachel
3/4 cup nonfat Greek yogurt (I used vanilla)
1/4 cup skim milk
1/2 cup Cocoa powder
1/2 cup Old fashioned rolled oats (like Quaker)
1/2 cup Truvia (or any natural/stevia based sweetener that pours like sugar)
1 egg
1/3 cup applesauce
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 pinch salt

Preheat the oven to 400°F. Grease a square baking dish (I used 8″x8″). Combine all ingredients into a food processor or a blender, and blend until smooth (about 1 minute). Pour into the prepared dish and bake for about 15 minutes. Allow to cool completely before cutting into 9 large squares.


Since my take on this brownie recipe may, or may not, be any good, I thought I would share a quick and easy way to make some Strawberry Sherbert (that does fit into my diet plan).

Strawberry Sherbert Recipe:

2 Cups Frozen Unsweetened Strawberries

1 Tbsp nonfat dry milk

1.5 tsp of Splenda (or to taste)

1 tsp Vanilla extract

2 Tbsp of Water (or more as needed for consistency)

Place all ingredients in blender and blend until creamy….add more water if needed.  Serve immediately or hold in freezer for up to 20 minutes.  If it freezes too much, you may need to reblend before serving.

Yield:  2 servings.

Shrimp with Roasted Peppers, Onions and Tomato (or Salad)




Thought I better add a dinner option (or two) for those of you wanting to know something simple and low calorie for dinner.  Here is a simple shrimp fried in Pam with a roasted pepper, onion and tomato side.

I think the shrimp preparation is self-explanatory (if not, ask and I will try to explain).  Note:  I am not a cooking guru and one time I may overcook the shrimp – next time it might be perfect.  I guarantee you I won’t undercook them, though.  

For the vegetables, I simply cut them to the desired size, placed them into a pan (or on a baking sheet), sprinkled them with salt and pepper and a little dribble of canola oil.  I realize that heating the oil for a diet may not be a good thing but there was so very little, I hope I won’t notice it on the scales when weigh.  

If you aren’t a peppers and onions fan, but prefer a salad alternative, here is a tasty look at a salad:



I would not opt to put the cheese on it (for my diet), but if you are a male and need the extra calories and protein, I would add it along with a chopped hard boiled egg.  Men tend to need more protein that women, so that is why you see it here.  I added a bit of Paul Newman’s Lite Sesame Ginger Dressing and YUM.

A dressing alternative:

Take that boiled egg you were going to chop up and get the yolk out of it.  Chop the white and put it on your salad.

Take the yolk + 2 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar + 2 tsp of Canola Oil – whisk together and put on salad.  Amazing how it coats everything!

February 11, 2014 – Apple Spice Cake



So, today is Tuesday, February 11, 2014.  We are having bad weather, thanks to Winter Storm Pax.  Since I got out of school early, today, I decided to work on an Apple Spice Cake that would meet all of my criteria.  I had a couple of other recipes to work with, so here is my “tweaked” recipe.  I would credit the other recipes, but they were hand-written and I have no idea where they came from.

Apple Spice Cake:


1 c. Vanilla Protein Powder

1/4 c. non-fat dry Milk

3 level tsp. a diet sweetener

1 c. unprocessed bran (I bought this from Swanson)

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. lemon peel

1 pkg. Alpine Diet Apple Cider Drink Mix packet

1 tsp cinnamon (or more if you like cinnamon as much as I do)

1/2 tsp nutmeg

8 eggs

1 TBSP Vanilla Extract

1 TBSP Butter Flavored Extract

2 Cups unsweetened Applesauce


Beat eggs and flavorings until light and fluffy. Add combined dry ingredients to egg mixture and fold in applesauce. Mix well. Pour into 9×13 pan or Bundt Pan sprayed with Pam. Bake at 350 for 35 minutes. Cool and cut cake into 8 pieces.

Note:  If using a Bundt Pan, it takes about an hour to cook.   Also, use care when folding in applesauce.   I noticed this is a very very moist cake.  I like it better when chilled in the refrigerator.  I would suggest storing it in there, too – with all of the eggs and applesauce.

Yield:  8 Servings. Each serving equals 1/3 protein and 1/4 fruit portions and daily protein powder.

February 5-10, 2014


Admittedly this first week has been about finding my way. I have been experimenting with recipes and trying to get nutritional facts down to follow what I want to make of this “weight loss process” that will eventually become my life change.

The 3rd through 8th day, I pretty much ate the same things, so I could experiment with different combinations of nutritional elements that I want and know would help me lose weight (based on the 18 million diets I have done in the past). I don’t really want to go into details about those meals, because they pretty much look like the same three meals on day one and two (other than I no longer have been eating beef – it does weird things to me). I replaced beef with fish, shrimp, crab, tuna. For the most part, I ate them pretty straight out, if I couldn’t figure out what to do with them that would fit into my “plan.” I decreased my fruit intake to 3 fruits per day and decided to add additional fruits besides Apples or Oranges (I specifically chose them for day one and two because of the fiber). And I added in fiber through Melba rounds, Melba Toast, and Wasa Crispbread

So, these days looked like this:
Breakfast: Warm Water with Lemon Juice, one egg, and a Wasa Crispbread
Mid-morning: Apple
Lunch: Large salad with 3.5 oz protein and lite dressing, a cracker
Mid-afternoon: a cup of mixed berries with a tsp of Splenda
Dinner: 3.5oz Protein and 1 cup of Veggies

After a few days of this (and me covering everything with mustard), I decided I needed to get some recipes together AND maybe blog about this journey so I can keep up with my recipes. I have been using the Menu Planner within the free version of Cozi to keep up with my recipes – or to put ones in that I want to convert. I am working on that and will post them here beginning tonight. I will also begin to try to map out my plan in a better, more organized way. Just know that for the most part, I am following the above plan, other than if I post a dessert, it means I am not having the afternoon fruit (because the fruit will be in the dessert) and I may be eliminating a bread/cracker serving and decreasing my protein somewhere else (since most desserts will probably have eggs or protein powder). I will try to post nutritional information as I go.

By the way, Monday, February 10, 2014, I was down by 9 pounds. 🙂