Friday, April 23, 2010

Fortune cookie

Fortune cookies are the best part of the meal. The whole reason to get chinese food. Not just for the cookie but note inside that holds a bit of advice or what the future holds. Apparently you don't need fortune cookies anymore. You had your own fortune teller with you along. This is what my last cookie said.

If only I had known this sooner.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Cauli-Rice Pinto Bean Casserole

If you haven't heard of it, I know it sounds weird I thought it did but it was really good. And very low in carb!

Recipe courtesy Mindika Moments
(with my own changes)
1 large head cauliflower
1 lb lean ground turkey
salt & pepper
1/2 tsp cummin or hot sauce if you don't have cummin which is what I used
t tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 can pinto or black beans, drained and rinsed
1 can diced mexican style tomatoes
1 can chopped green chilies
1 cup sour cream I used fat free
3 cups cheddar cheese. I only used 1 cup on top
Grate the cauliflower in a food processor or with a hand grater, or by hand until it resembles small rice granules. Put the grated cauliflower in a large microwave safe bowl. Do not add water, do not cover and microwave for 5 minutes. Drain off any water (I had none), fluff and set aside.
In a large skillet, brown the ground turkey (or beef) with cummin, garlic powder and chili powder mix in to meat well. Stir in the beans, diced tomatoes and green chilies. Then add the sour cream. Spray a casserole dish with cooking spray and layer with cauli-rice, meat mixture then cheese and repeat until everything is gone. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Yard Work!!

8 years, I lived in an apartment. 8 years I wished I could have a little square piece of dirt to plant something in. I settled for planters on the porch which did give me something to plant but I still wanted that garden. 3 months of living in the house and 2 weeks of yard work....I'm not so sure :) Sore legs, sore backs, dirt, and still more to do before we can even think of planting something. Is it worth it? Time will tell. There is still a lot more to do. So many new "discoveries" with a house. I say discoveries because one of the things we "discovered" this weekend was a big pile of ants!!!! And wasps!!!!!!! What next? :)

Friday, April 9, 2010

Weight loss.........

Why does losing weight have to be so hard? You want it bad enough, give up certain things or at least cut back on most and it is still the slowest process I can think of. 2 years ago I joined weight watchers, which was the best think I ever did. The first 40 pounds came off in a snap it went quickly, I guess I became to confident, cause the last 20 pounds are not budging. 20 POUNDS that is all. Every week I find my self once again re-evaluating.....what can I do differently to let me get to my goal. I have come to terms with the fact that it isn't going to be quick BUT something, a little drop on the scale, just to help me build up my motivation would be nice. This is apart of my life now....I am not giving up, I have come so far and dropped pant sizes that I never thought possible....and some time I will lose that 20 last pounds....someday.....I know I should set some sort of goal to reach that but every "little" goal I set, well, I haven't met, not from not trying believe me I exercise more then I EVER have in my whole life but from that scale getting stuck. So here is my short list of things I need to work on so I can reach my first "small" goal. I am not going to put a date to that goal though because I don't want to be disappointed.
1- 5 days a week of exercising, I already do 4 days for 50-60 minutes one more day won't
hurt....5K here I come.
2- 100 sit-ups 5 days a week. Morning or night 100!
3-Healthy guidelines. I don't get all the healthy guidelines Weight Watchers has out there....I try but every day I fall short.
4- Track EVERYTHING that goes in my mouth even the BLT's
5- Don't be so hard on myself, I have lost 40 pounds, I can do 20 more.
That is my list. This already has A LOT for me to work on. Wish me luck!!!!