Weekly Healthy-ISH Meal Plan 4/21/13

I have NEW recipes this week! I am so excited. It seems like we have been eating the same things over and over again. I keep getting stuck in the same old rut so I went Pinterest hunting and found some new recipes. I cannot wait to try them out.

The Random Blogette  Weekly Healthy-ish Meal Plans

Monday – Lasagna Roll Ups (Instead of regular lasagna noodles we swapped them with whole wheat.)

Tuesday – Crock Pot Chicken Tacos

Wednesday – Pizzas

Thursday – Homemade BBQ Pulled Pork ( I have a recipe for this somewhere, but I cannot find it for the life of me. If I find it I will update it.)

Friday – Sirloin Steak w/ Dijon Port Sauce

What are you eating this week?

Weekly Healthy-ISH Meal Plan 3/17/13

I’m tired and it is late so let’s just get straight to the yummy recipes!

Monday – Lasagna Soup

We have made this before and it is was amazing! My friend Mary just recently asked me for the recipe and I figured that I needed to have this again soon! If you try any of the recipes that I post, this is the one that you need to try. So yummy!

Tuesday – Buffalo Chicken Wraps w/ Veggies

This is one of the simplest but great tasting recipes. You can make it your own too by adding your favorite extras!

1. Diced Chicken tossed in your favorite hot sauce. I love the Kroger Garlic Hot Sauce. It is super freaking spicy.
2. Your favorite shredded cheese.
3. Shredded lettuce.
4. Ranch or bleu cheese dressing.
5. Your favorite tortillas.

Layer everything to your liking on a tortilla, wrap it up and enjoy!

Wednesday – Leftovers

My parents pick the kids up on Wednesdays, from school, and my dad loves spoiling my little nuggets by picking them up McDonald’s. Normally the kids are not hungry by dinner time so Dave and I are on our own on Wednesday nights.

Thursday – Ground Beef Stroganoff

We are big fans of beef stroganoff so I was happy to find this new stroganoff casserole recipe. It looks fairly easy to prepare and then just throw it into the oven. I can’t wait to try this one out. I hope it is as good as it looks!

Friday – Skinny Meatloaf Muffins w/ BBQ Sauce w/ Garlic Mashed Potatoes & Corn

I have noticed that this recipe has been pinned a lot on Pinterest and finally I realized that I needed to try it out. My family loves meatloaf, especially when it is combined with mashed potatoes and corn. I have never made anything other than muffins and cupcakes in my muffin pan so this will be a new one for me! Wish me luck and that I don’t burn the crap out of them!

Saturday – Aunt Julie’s 50th Birthday Party! No dinner tonight, so we will be indulging on birthday apps.

Sunday – Wedding.

Yes I know, a wedding on a Sunday, but this is a Jewish wedding and I am sure that it will be beautiful and a fun time.

Weekly Healthy-ISH Meal Plan 3/10/13

Finally I am back! Everyone is getting back to normal and all of us are finally feeling better…well…Dave is working on it. Now back to your regularly scheduled programming…

It’s Sunday so that means another healthy-ish meal plan! Enjoy!

Monday: Curried Wild Rice & Chicken Chowder

This, is so freaking yummy! We had this at the beginning of winter and it was so hearty and delicious. It makes a lot too so you can always ejoy it for lunch the next day (or two).

Tuesday: Chicken, Bacon & Cheese Quesdillas

Easy peasy lemon squeezy! We use an electric flattop grill to make these. Take 2 tortillas and slap some shredded chicken, shredded cheese and diced bacon pieces in between the tortillas. BOOM! Quesadillas! Dave likes to mix the shredded chicken with salsa. It adds a great flavor to the quesadillas. If you want to make this low calorie use the Tumaro low in carbs multi-grain tortillas. Only 60 calories per tortilla and they do not taste like cardboard. Swearsies!

Wednesday: Cheeseburgers and Sweet Potato Fries

Dave works late on Wednesdays so we need something easy to make when he gets home late. I picked up the Ore-Ida Sweet Potato Crinkle Fries. They are only 140 calories per serving and they taste great! I like to cook them about 5 or so minutes longer so that they are super crispy. Keep an eye on them so they don’t burn.

Thursday: Sirloin Steak with Dijon Port Sauce

We were supposed to make this a few weeks ago but things came up and we never made it. I am so looking forward to this. I love a good steak.

Friday: Chicken and Shiitake Marsala

We have made this recently and it was so good that Dave requested it again. This was surprisingly easy to make and is only 291 calories per serving. I like to serve this with a hearty mix of veggies. California Blend is one of our favorites.

Saturday & Sunday: Free Day! For once we have no plans for this weekend. We are so looking forward to it so we decided to not plan any meals and just see what happens. Maybe I can talk the hubs into taking us out to dinner. Fingers crossed!

Weekly Healthy-ish Meal Plan 2/3/13

Another week, another healthy-ish meal plan. This time with more emphasis on the “ish”. Most of these recipes are pretty darn healthy, but I had to throw in a little indulgence. Spaghetti and meatballs are my weakness.

Sunday: Super Bowl Food!

Monday: Cheeseburgers – Super easy for a Monday! You can always eat a bunless one loaded with veggies to cut calories. You can also wrap them up in a low calorie tortilla or slap on an Brownberry’s Sandwich Thin for only 100 extra calories. Tumaro’s low carb/low calorie tortillas are the bomb diggity! The low carb multi grain tortillas are only 60 calories and do not taste like cardboard. Swearsies!

Tuesday: Creamy Chicken & Noodles – I always need extra calories on Tuesdays, because I have dance class for an hour. Tuesdays are the perfect day for a little extra indulgence.

Wednesday: Crock Pot Chicken Ranch Tacos – We have made these before and they are simple and delicious! Dave works late on Wednesdays so crock pot meals are always a plus!

Thursday: Buffalo Chicken Chili – We have made a version of this before and I cannot wait to try this one out. We love spicy!

Friday: Free for all. Fridays are usually up in the air. Dave has a meeting in Cleveland today so he may or may not eat dinner with us. It is a perfect day for leftovers!

Saturday: Spaghetti w/ Meatballs & Garlic Bread – Make it like it says on the box and you are good to go. Sometimes I need to indulge a little. Today is that day. Plus, after a 3 hour dance class I need some serious sustenance!

What are you eating this week?

Yummy In Everyone’s Tummy – Chicken & Broccoli Noodle Casserole

Technically it is my turn to have someone post their weight loss story today, but I had some miscommunication and it didn’t happen. Instead of someone’s story I am sharing another yummy recipe with you! Enjoy!

It is rare night in the Weiden household when everyone enjoys a meal. Usually one of us is not happy with dinner and usually it is my little Peanut. Sometimes I wonder how she survives since she is such a picky little eater.

I really never know what she is going to decide that she likes on any given day so it is trial and error, and it is exhausting. When we finally find a great tasting, healthy meal that we can all agree on it is like the Heavens open up and angels sing.

One day when I was perusing Skinnytaste’s recipes I found a yummy looking recipe for Chicken & Broccoli Noodle Casserole. I knew that Paige would not even want to try this but I was so wrong! She devoured it…after I picked out all of the broccoli, of course.

Chicken and Broccoli Noodle Casserole
Skinnytaste.com

Servings: 6 • Serving Size: 1/6th • Old Points: 6 pts • Points+: 8 pts
Calories: 313 • Fat: 9.9 g • Protein: 27.2 g • Carb: 31.2 g • Fiber: 4.4 g • Sugar: 2.6 g
Sodium: 256.7 mg (without salt)

Ingredients:

  • 6 oz Ronzoni Smart taste noodles (or no-yolk)
  • 2 tsp oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, sliced thin
  • 12 oz fresh broccoli florets, chopped
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 medium shallot, minced
  • 3 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 1-3/4 cups fat free chicken broth
  • 1 cup 1% milk
  • 12 oz cooked shredded chicken breast
  • 4 oz shredded reduced fat sharp cheddar (Sargento)
  • cooking spray
  • 3 tbsp shredded parmesan cheese
  • 2 tbsp seasoned breadcrumbs (I used whole wheat)

Directions:

Cook noodles in salted water until al dente, or slightly undercooked by 2 minutes. Set aside.

Heat oil in a large skillet. Add garlic and cook on medium heat until golden, about 1 minute. Add the broccoli and a little salt, sauté and cover the broccoli for about 3 minutes on medium heat until the broccoli begins to soften. Set aside.

Preheat the oven to 375°. Lightly spray a 9 x 12 casserole dish with cooking spray.

In a large pot, heat butter over medium-low heat, when melted add the shallot and cook until soft, 2-3 minutes. Add the flour and a pinch of salt and stir well, cooking an additional 2-3 minutes on medium-low heat.

Slowly whisk in the chicken broth until well combined over medium heat; whisk well for 30 seconds, then add the milk and bring to a boil. Simmer on medium heat, mixing occasionally until it thickens (about 6-7 minutes). Remove from heat and add reduced fat sharp cheddar and 1 tablespoon of the parmesan cheese; mix well until the cheese melts.

Add the shredded chicken, noodles and broccoli to the sauce and mix well until evenly coated.

Pour into a casserole dish and top with parmesan cheese and breadcrumbs. Spray a little more cooking spray on top and bake for about 20 – 25 minutes. Place the casserole under the broiler a few minutes to get the crumbs crisp and golden (careful not to burn).

Check out Skinnytaste for some great step-by-step photos!

I really think that this is a fabulous recipe. We have added it to our monthly rotation. I would love for one of you to try it and tell me if you think it is as fab as we do! Here is a quick shortcut. We used canned shredded chicken. I know it sounds gross, but I promise that it is just as good. Also, it cuts down the prep time and that is always a plus in my house!

Do you have any tasty low-cal or low-ish calorie recipes that you would like me to try out, or you just want to share? Join our Flab to Fab group and join in on the conversations!

 

You Say Tomato, I Say Tomahto! Red Gold Tomato Review & Giveaway

I have to admit, for as long as I can remember I have not been a tomato fan. As I have aged and my taste buds have matured I have grown to love tomatoes. I couldn’t just eat a tomato by itself, but if there is a tomato on a sandwich or mixed into a recipe I am just fine with it. When I was approached by Red Gold to review some of their tomato products I jumped at the chance. Several of my favorite recipes require tomatoes.

We are a very busy family like I am sure most of you are, so canned tomatoes are just easy for us. I know, many people scoff at canned veggies but it is seriously so much easier than chopping up a fresh tomato. Red Gold has a great variety of diced tomatoes from plain diced tomatoes to chili-ready tomatoes! Mmmm…chili!

I received a fabulous box of fun from Red Gold for my review!

I was impressed by the quality of the tomatoes. I normally purchase whatever brand is the cheapest, and usually it is a store brand, but I have found that I prefer the quality of Red Gold tomatoes to my usual generic brand tomatoes. As a bonus, their prices are very low as well! I think that I have found a new brand of canned tomatoes!

If you get a chance make sure to stop by the Red Gold website. You can learn all about their products, and recipes as well as their company. They are a very giving company. Just recently they have teamed up with a local YMCA and have donated over $30,000 to tornado relief. Great quality products, as well as a socially conscious company is a win-win in my book!

Have you had a chance to try Red Gold tomatoes yet? If not, you are in luck! Red Gold would like to offer a variety pack of tomatoes to one of my lucky readers! Fill out the Rafflecopter form below for your chance to win!

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Let’s Dish Thursday – Sweet & Salty

Today I am going to post something non-healthy! *GASP* I know! I have to admit that I have fallen off the wagon a bit this week. I haven’t been too bad, but I haven’t been perfect. Who really is perfect anyways?! Plus it’s Valentine’s Day Week. Yes, it is a whole week of candy and love. :)

For Jacob and Paige’s classes I was in charge of candy. I didn’t sign up for Paige’s class but we really like her teacher and when she sent home a note asking us to bring candy I couldn’t resist it! I didn’t just want to have the kids bring in a couple of bags of candy this year. I wanted something different. This is the year of Pinterest, right?!

I am not a super crafty mom (as much as I want to be) but I can bake and bake is what I did. Kinda.

I made these!

Yummy in my tummy! I posted a picture of these on my facebook page and immediately everyone was asking what they were and where the recipes was! They were the perfect combination of sweet and salty.

I found them on Pinterest of course! Here is the super simple recipe!

What you’ll need:

  • square pretzels
  • Hershey’s Hugs (you can use Kisses, too, but I think the Hugs taste better and they definitely soften up better!)
  • plain M&Ms
Directions:
Preheat oven to 200°.  (If your oven runs hot you may want to turn the temp down to 170°.)
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.  Place the pretzels on and top them with the hugs.  
Bake for 4-5 minutes until the chocolate is shiny and soft (but NOT melting – they should still hold their shape).  ( I did 4 minutes and it was perfect)
Carefully place an M&M in the center of each hug and press it down to spread the chocolate.  
Allow to cool completely (a few minutes in the fridge works perfectly) and enjoy!

Flab To Fab – Food, Food, Glorious Food!

In our group Flab to Fab with The Random Blogette and Babes Rockin’ Mami the question has come up about finding recipes. I have a couple of my go to websites but I wanted to look for more, so I put a call out to the interwebz through Twitter and Facebook.

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Weight loss will not be successful if you do not have good tasting food, or at least that is how it is for me. Who wants to eat bland and cardboard flavorless foods? I sure don’t want to! I need food with flavor and so do you!

My favorite website is Skinnytaste. Gina takes every day recipes and turns them into low calorie low fat recipes AND she converts them into Weight Watchers points for those of you that are on a Weight Watchers plan. This site helped me so much when I lost my 30 lbs.

The next website was suggested to me by Amanda from Tales Of An Amateur Mommy. Debbie Does Dinner…Healthy and Low Cal – Best. Title. Ever. Anything that starts with “Debbie Does” is awesome in my book. I can’t wait to try out some of her recipes!

SparkRecipes is also a great place for recipes. If you didn’t already know by the name it is also from the people at SparkPeople. According to SparkRecipes, it is the “world’s largest healthy recipe website”. Now I cannot confirm or deny this statement but I know that there are thousands of recipes in this database. The recipes are not just from SparkPeople, they are also from the users as well! It is a really great community. There is even a FREE recipe calculator that can help you calculate how healthy your recipes are.

Another site that the hubs actually found is Eating Well. We have only made one recipe so far but I am looking forward to making many more.

Did you know that Food Network also has a Healthy Eating section? I had no idea until I started doing my research. You know these recipes have to be good if they are on the Food Network website.

Before I started worrying so much about my weight (who am I kidding, I am always worried about it) I got a lot of my recipes from Kraft Recipes. When I started paying more attention to what I was eating, I realized that they also had a Healthy Living section.

Updated: How in the world could I possibly forget Pinterest!! Just type in “healthy” or “healthy recipes” in the search section and off you go!

Are you finding all of this a little overwhelming? Stop by on for my Let’s Dish Thursdays where I introduce you to a new low calorie, low fat recipe every week!

Don’t forget to stop by and see Steph today where she is going to have Amanda sharing her weight loss story for you!

Let’s Dish Thursday – Spinach Lasagna Rolls

I am a big fan of lasagna, but the family isn’t. They like it but it isn’t their favorite. Also, making lasagna is kind of a big pain in the ass and super messy so I just kind of give up and don’t make it anymore.

One of my favorite sites for low-calorie recipes is Skinnytaste. You will see a lot of my recipes come from there. Gina does such a great job of converting regular full-fat recipes to low-fat, low-calorie recipes and even calculates the Weight Watchers Points for you.

Gina has converted one of my favorites, lasagna, into a low-calorie dish that my family actually enjoys. Even my pickiest little one that hates noodles and spaghetti sauce devoured it. I was so shocked. You know that something is good when she doesn’t put up a fight about eating it.

Pinterest image via Skinnytaste

Spinach Lasagna Rolls
Gina’s Weight Watcher Recipes
Servings: 9 • Serving Size: 1 roll • Old Points: 4 pts • Points+: 6 ww pts
Calories: 224.9 • Fat: 5.1 g • Fiber: 3.4 g • Protein: 13.0 g • Carbs: 31.5

Ingredients:

  • 9 lasagna noodles, cooked
  • 10 oz frozen chopped spinach, thawed and completely drained
  • 15 oz fat free ricotta cheese (I like Polly-o)
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg
  • salt and fresh pepper
  • 32 oz tomato sauce
  • 9 tbsp (about 3 oz) part skim mozzarella cheese, shredded

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350°. Combine spinach, ricotta, Parmesan, egg, salt and pepper in a medium bowl. Ladle about 1 cup sauce on the bottom of a 9 x 12 baking dish.

Place a piece of wax paper on the counter and lay out lasagna noodles. Make sure noodles are dry. Take 1/3 cup of ricotta mixture and spread evenly over noodle. Roll carefully and place seam side down onto the baking dish. Repeat with remaining noodles.

Ladle sauce over the noodles in the baking dish and top each one with 1 tbsp mozzarella cheese. Put foil over baking dish and bake for 40 minutes, or until cheese melts. Makes 9 rolls.

To serve, ladle a little sauce on the plate and top with lasagna roll.

If you like lasagna and are looking for a lower calorie version of it this is the perfect recipe for you! And by the way, about a minute after I pinned this I got a bunch of e-mails saying that people had pinned it! My last count was 27 people! Woah! Now that is a lot of pins.

Do you have any favorite recipes that you want to share? I am always looking for something new to try!

Cookie Face

Even though I did not do a Pinterest Weekly Meal Plan this past week, we still made something from Pinterest! I just can’t get enough of Pinterest.

So I have been talking about making cookies for about a week now, but yet no cookies have been made. I have been a hormonal mess so I have not been much use to anyone lately. I knew that we had everything in the house to make cookies but they just don’t make themselves!

Dave and I were sitting on our respective couches watching tv while I was taking part in the Friends You Love Twitter Gala when Dave looked at me and said, “Hey how are those cookies coming along?” He made a point to say that several times over the past few days. I looked over at him and told him that he was more than capable of making them himself.

Surprisingly enough he agreed. I pulled up a cookie recipe on Pinterest and he went off to start baking. He made the Bisquick Chocolate Chip Cookies. They came from Plain Chicken so we knew that they would be great! We were not disappointed!

The recipe made about 3 dozen cookies. Dave has also decided that he will put more chocolate chips in them next time. The recipe only called for a half of a cup of chocolate chips. Some of them were also pretty darn big.

See…

And yes I am making that my new Twitter avatar!

What is your favorite cookie recipe? We are big fans of chocolate chip cookies, so please share!

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