Posted in Diet, Endometriosis, Life, Personal Challenge

Make It A Hungry Girl Night

With my life in chaos for the past month or so, I have managed to pack on a few extra stress pounds.  Now, as I am working on getting my life in order, I am getting my life and diet back on track.  I am back to wearing my Bodymedia armband again and using the Myfitnesspal app to track what I eat (and it works with Bodymedia).  I am doing my best to reach my daily exercise goals–riding my bike to the grocery store daily helps.  I don’t do the fad diets–like Jenny Craig, Nutrisystem, Atkins, Paleo, etc.  I just watch what I eat and exercise–the Bodymedia and Myfitnesspal are excellent tools to help me with my daily goals.  It is always hard at first to switch back to eating better and exercising but once you start, it becomes a way of life, in my humble opinion.  Plus, it helps my pocketbook, my stress levels, and my endometriosis.

My best friend and I are both on the same diet/exercise plan.  Actually, she is the one who introduced me to Bodymedia (makers of the Bodybugg).  We also started doing “Hungry Girl” nights where we would pick a recipe from one of the Hungry Girl cookbooks and cook it together, and we used to blog about it.  We have gotten away from that, she now has two kids, but I am making it one of my goals to bring it back into our lives.  Plus, an added bonus is it helps me with my personal challenge to try something new every day.

Hungry-Girl-300-Under-300-Lillien-Lisa-9780312676810So last night, I pulled out one of my Hungry Girl books (a gift from my best friend), 300 under 300, and started putting post-its on recipes that I wanted to try.  since I am staying with friends, I knew I would have to find something that they would also enjoy.  I chose “Rockin’ Chicken Ratatouille” (pg. 154).  It seemed like an easy recipe and I love all the ingredients so I hopped on my bike and rode over to Vons.

Here is my analysis of the recipe:

First of all, the prep time of 20 minutes is a lie.  I am not quite sure how long it took (I didn’t time myself) but I know it took a lot longer than 20 minutes to cut everything up for the recipe.  Granted, I made double the recipe since I was feeding three people and the original recipe is just 2 servings so that added time to the recipe as well.

I also deviated from the recipe.  Instead of chopping up the veggies and measuring it all out, I just cut up the entire item (eggplant, zucchini, onion and red bell pepper) and mixed it all in.  I also used Himalayan Pink Salt to season instead of regular table salt.  I increased the cooking time by 20 minutes, since I doubled the recipe.  And I cooked Barilla Veggie pasta to go with the Ratatouille.

Overall, it was an easy recipe (once everything is chopped up) and absolutely delicious.  My friends would agree, it was very tasty.  I would highly recommend this recipe, just remember that the prep time is longer.

(Nutritional info for recipe per serving: 299 calories, 2g fat, 660mg of sodium, 32.5g carbs, 9.75g fiber, 18g sugar, 37.5g protein)

Posted in Diet, Hungry Girl

Hungry Girl: Slow-cookin BBQ Chicken Take Two

Slow-Cookin BBQ Chicken – (Hungry Girl 1-2-3, Pg. 174-175, 149 calories) I’m not sure what Diana did when she made this recipe but I personally love this one.  I didn’t have the same problems that Diana had.  However, the first time I made this, I used low-sodium (no salt added) tomato sauce, red wine vinegar (that was all I had) and I added 2 tbsps of Famous Dave’s Rich and Sassy BBQ Sauce.  I cooked it on high for 4 hours and then I ate it on a wheat bun.  I also ate the leftovers with Baked Tostitos. 

I made this recipe again for my parents and they loved it.  My Mom just made it for the first time, on her own, this weekend.  She used the cider vinegar and said it was still a tasty recipe.

I would highly recommend this recipe.

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Hungry Girl: Easy Oven-baked S’mores-stuffed Bananas

Easy Oven-baked S’mores-stuffed Bananas – (Hungry Girl 1-2-3, pg. 166-167, 152 calories, recipe makes 4 servings)  If you love smores and you love bananas, I highly recommend this recipe.  I have made this several times–in my toaster oven and conventional oven.  I do recommend that you take the cooked banana smore out of the oeel, out it into a bowl, and add cool-whip or vanilla ice cream.  It is not the prettiest recipe but it tastes great.

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Hungry Girl: Bursting Burrito Bowl

Bursting Burrito Bowl – (Hungry Girl 1-2-3, Pg. 136-137, 264 calories) We made this on a summer Hungry Girl night (which we forgot to blog).  I can’t really speak on the ease of this recipe since Diana made it while I played with Lex.  I do know that she cooked the chicken in the crockpot.  She used the “Slow Cookin Mexican Chicken” recipe, also in this book (pg. 182).  After that, it was a matter of chopping up the ingredients and warming up the beans.  Then you just piled all the ingredients together into a bowl.

In my opinion, this is better than the Chipolte Burrito bowls.  I highly recommend this recipe and I plan on trying this again on my own.

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Hungry Girl: Sweet N’ Sassy Boneless Hot Wings

Sweet N’ Sassy Boneless Hot Wings – (Hungry Girl 1-2-3. Pg. 126-127, 267 calories per serving) I have experienced this recipe twice.  Diana made it once on a summer hungry girl night that we had–but forgot to blog–and then I made it again for my Mom when I was in Michigan.  This is a really good recipe but it has a kick.  And be careful when you go shopping–make sure you buy the sweet Asian chili sauce, not the regular chili sauce.  Even the sweet Asian chilil sauce had a little too much spice for my Mom.  I would like to try this recipe with a sweet and sour sauce or maybe the Panda Express sauces.

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Hungry Girl: Expresso Cake in a Mug

Expresso Cake in a Mug – (Hungry Girl 1-2-3, pg. 89, 147 calories) If you like chocolate cake with a caffeninated boost, this is the recipe for you.  It is easy to make and ready in a matter of minutes.  I chose to use Taster’s Choice instant coffee for this recipe.  I know this is supposed to be a dessert item but I think it would be a great morning or mid-afternoon snack–especially if you are female and enduring a visit from your monthly enemy.

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Hungry Girl: Egg Mug Lorraine

Egg Mug Lorraine – (Hungry Girl 1-2-3, Pg. 75, 128 calories) This is a very easy breakfast to make and it is pretty tasty too.  I discovered that at the grocery store (Ralphs, to be precise), you can buy egg beaters in a half cup serving so you can save yourself a few seconds of time by not having to measure out the liquid-egg substitute.  And if you are anything like me, you like to have something different for breakfast so sometimes you don’t use up all of the egg beaters in the 7 days so the individual servings are also a money saver that stops you from wasting food.

If you are short on time in the morning and you are looking for eggs with a subtle flavor, this is the recipe for you.  Also, some claim that eggs are the best protein to eat in the morning.  They will make you feel full longer and some claim that you are more likely to lose weight if you eat eggs for breakfast.