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It Has Been a Week!

Today marked day 7 and I am on a roll!

Day 6

breakfast: 1 hard boiled egg, 1 string cheese

snack: sugar-free jello

Lunch: Leftover taco salad

Dinner:  Zucchini Pizza Boats (get the recipe here!)

Day 7

breakfast: 1 hard boiled egg

lunch:  salmon salad from Z’Tejas (pretty nummy!)

Snack: string cheeese

Dinner:  Eggplant “Parmesan” –Layered eggplant with cheese mixture (goat cheese, cottage cheese, parmesan cheese, mozzarella, ricotta (all low fat) and a homemade sauce (diced tomatoes, artichokes, fresh basil, oregano, sea salt). Layer the ingrediants and cook on 350 for about 20 minutes or until the cheese on top turns golden brown.  Tasty and carb free!

The cravings are getting much much better–and it is funny how when you really set your mind to something–cheating just isn’t an option.  However, i have had dreams that I forget I am not eating carbs or sugar and eat something on accident.  HA!  And let’s be honest, I still want a glass of wine.  😉

Hope everyone is having a great week!


PS–If anyone would like more info on what I have been cooking as far as recipes, just ask!  Posting almost daily means I don’t get into as much detail, but would love to share if people have questions.

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Weekend Eats & Omar’s Rawtopia

Weekends can be tricky.  Food that is easy to regulate during Monday – Friday can get all messed up.  However, this weekend, I stuck to my guns.  It was a mellow weekend–not much going out other than a few meals and a wedding reception full of ice cream. 🙂  So, here is the run down.


Breakfast: 1 string cheese, celery with cheddar cheese spread

Lunch: leftover chili (even better the second day!)

Dinner:  We tried a new place!  Omar’s Rawtopia!  I have heard from a few people that this place is great–but have never checked it out.  We decided that this would be a perfect place to try while carbs and sugar are out of the question.  And, it was delicious. Omar’s has a great philosophy about living food increasing the amount of nutrition one can get from eating raw.  Click HERE to read more about their story.

We ordered Seaweed a Noodles for an appetizer ($8), which had awesome flavor.  Seaweed marinated with nama shoyu and ginger served on
zucchini noodles, topped with avocado, tomatoes, celery,
red bell peppers, cucumbers, and onion.

For our meals: Raw Pasta ($14)–Tomato sauce, basil garlic pesto, and alfredo nut sauce mixed in with zucchini noodles, tomatoes, red bell peppers, onions, olives, topped with avocados, our famous seed/nut cheese.  THIS WAS SO GOOD!  The sauce was rich and it was very filling.  Tabouli Salad ($12)–A mix of parsley, tomatoes, red onions, scallions, hemp seeds, and mint. Marinated in
olive oil, lemon juice, and Celtic sea salt. Served with cabbage, lettuce, or a bed of greens, topped with avocados.

Seaweed and Noodles

Tabouli Salad

Raw Pasta

Delicious Raw Pata Sauce!

Tabouli Salad

Omar’s was great.  The pricing is a little high, but for the preparation and high quality ingredients, it is worth it.  Also, enjoy their fresh juices!  I couldn’t just yet due to the fruit, but can’t wait to go back and try some.

Omar’s Rawtopia

2148 Highland Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84106
Phone: 801-486-0332


Breakfast: 2 scrambled eggs with fat free cheese

Lunch:  Delicious smoked tofu (grilled with some worchestire sauce and sea salt) and cauliflower with cheese sauce.

Dinner:  Fiddler’s Elbow Black and Bleu Salad with half the dressing served.  The steak was delicious!  And, skipped all the ice cream at the wedding reception.  🙂


Breakfast:  Celery with cheddar cheese spread

Lunch:  Homemade stuffed mushrooms (mushrooms stuffed with low-fat sausage, fat-free cream cheese, and some fresh garlic).

Dinner:  making taco salads!  🙂

And, weighed myself today, 6 days in, and have lost 5 lbs!  No carbs and no sugar works.  Looking forward to adding some fruit back in though…

Hope everyone had a good weekend!


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Day Three–I didn’t have to cook!

Breakfast:  1 string cheese, 1 sugar free jello, 4 celery sticks Kraft Old English sharp cheddar spread (this is my new favorite)

Lunch:  Green Giant frozen cauliflower with cheese sauce (50 calories per serving and is seriously almost as good as eating mac and cheese), fat free cottage cheese with tomato, balsamic, and sea salt

Snack: string cheese, sugar free chocolate pudding

Dinner:  Chili made by my amazing boyfriend with fat free sour cream and fat free cheddar cheese.  This is a great carb free item because it is hearty and you will have leftovers for lunch the next day!

Dessert: 1 sugar free fudge pop (40 calories)

FEELING GREAT!  And, I have to say, the no drinking thing was hard today.  I had a long day at work and really could have used a glass of wine.  However, I am not tempted enough to even consider it….even when Russ had a beer. 🙂  That is steadfastness!

Some photos from today’s food:

Side note:  Russ’s chili is an amazing concoction of turkey, white beans, chili beans, kidney beans, celery, white onion, and a myriad of spices including one chili seasoning packet.  I know everyone is really picky about their chili recipes and you can always cut fat by using turkey or chicken or wheat meat.  Really, most chili is a great carb-free meal!


Day Two–Full and Happy

No cheating today!

Breakfast:  Hard boiled egg, 1 string cheese

Lunch: Celery Sticks with low fat sharp cheddar cheese spread, shredded lettuce with chicken salad (low fat mayo), 15 cachews

Snack: String cheese, sugar free pudding

Dinner: Caprese salad with shrimp cocktail (homemade sauce) for two.

Caprese:  tomato, fresh basil, low fat mozzerella, avocado, sea salt, balsamic.

Cocktail Sauce:  2/3 cup low sugar ketchup, 1/4 cup Worcestershire Sauce, juice of half a lemon, sea salt.  (should add horseradish, but I didn’t have any on hand, and this was still tasty!)

And, lots of green tea!

So far, so good. 🙂  And I am super full–and so is my boyfriend–without any carbs or sugars.  yay!

Have any great low carb recipes?  Send them my way!


Noshy New Years! Happy 2012!

Well, it is that time of year!  Yes, I know that setting New Year’s resolutions to loose some weight or get healthy are a dime a dozen–and in that aspect, I am no different than everyone hitting the gym or cutting the calories.  If there is one thing that the holidays do for me, it is becoming genuinely sick of eating. Can you believe it?  By the time the first of the year comes around, I want nothing to do with sweets, carbs, or even alcohol.  I know, I know.  So ridiculous. 😉

So, today is my first day starting on a few different goals in regards to the things I am putting in my body.  Noshing and reviewing is great, but when I am really focusing on this here blog, I tend to gain a few.  Crazy, right?  Who would have thought?  Anyway, I never tend to write much about the times when I under-indulge to keep my body from expanding way beyond what it should. I have never been one of the lucky few who can eat what she wants and not see it on her hips.  Oh, how my hips see it.

Starting today, there will be no alcohol of any kind until Feb 25th.  The 25th is my birthday and that seemed like a good goal to shoot for.  Two months alcohol free will be difficult for me, but if you want to shed some lbs, it is sort of mandatory.

Also, starting today for at least 3 weeks, no carbs and no sugar.  Ouch.

After three weeks, I will start to filter back in some fruit–and then after 2 months, probably around the birthday mark as well, I will start to add back in some whole wheat carbs once a day (at the very most).  I am definitely one of those people who weight is directly related to carbohydrates.  Sigh.  But, the good news is that I have had enough pizza in the past two weeks to suffice for a good long while.

In short, the for the next little while, Nosh Maven is going to be more about re-energizing, restarting, and regrouping.  Essentially, I am resetting my blood sugar and getting my body back on track after 2 – 3 weeks of overindulgence. I hope to be at least 20 lbs lighter by April.  And, it is very doable if I stick to it.  This isn’t about a crash diet, but rather, getting back to a way of life that is healthy.  I am very ready.

So, look forward to some healthy eats as I chronical the next several weeks of meal plans and menus!

Happy 2012!


The Tin Angel: Flavors from Heaven…

Why did it take me so long to eat at The Tin Angel?  This is the question I have been asking myself for a week.  Since The Tin Angel opened its doors, I have never heard a negative thing about it–so I have no idea why on earth it took me so long to check it out; and, I feel a little embarrassed that it was kind of an accident!

We were heading to The Star of India, when my boyfriend changed his mind at last minute…and we were off to The Tin Angel instead.  He had eaten there for lunch, but this was going to be a new dinner experience for the both of us.

We were lucky they had an open table…

The atmosphere at The Tin Angel is right up my alley.  Eclectic, yet you feel at home. Modern, but welcoming.  The walls are adorned with all sorts of colorful art and the place settings, as well as glassware, almost feel as though you have pulled them from your own cabinet at home.  The service was great and while the food is tasty enough that this could be a “stuffy” place, it is just the opposite.

We started with a nice glass of the house red wine (Canyon Oaks, $5) and a Manhattan with local High West Rye ($8.50).

Next, a few tapas for appetizers.  The Artichoke Risotto Cake ($4.50) and the Sweet Potato & Truffle Timbal ($4.50).  The flavor of the Sweet Potato dish was outstanding.  Light, but incredibly full with complex notes.  The few bites we got to enjoy of this small dish were heavenly.  The risotto cake was a great compliment to this rich sweet potato, as it was much more dense and had a more basic flavor (please note, “basic” doesn’t mean not delicious!).  The risotto was creamy and rich, but not overwhelming.  Both tapa plates were incredible.

For our main dishes, I ordered the Gnocchi with Gorgonzola Cream Sauce ($12.50), which The Tin Angel touts as a ‘house favorite’ and my boyfriend ordered the Spring Sirloin Filet ($26.50), which was on special for the evening.

I have been having  a love affair with Gnocchi lately, but this Gnocchi dish was ridiculous.  It is definitely a ‘house favorite’ for a reason.  The gorgonzola cream sauce is insanely luscious, silky, and absolutely to die for.  The gnocchi was perfectly cooked, without any sogginess at all.  This is one of those dishes that you savor every single bite.

This lavender and espresso rubbed sirloin was killer. The steak is served with a red beet potato cake and fresh veggies–which were all cooked to perfection.  My boyfriend isn’t a huge fan of beets, but the potato/beet cake was a lovely paired with the espresso.  The dish is then finished with a blue cheese mousse (oh my…) and a port wine reduction.  The steak was cooked at the chef’s suggestion of medium rare and with every bite, there was a little head shake of deliciousness–you know what I am talking about–when something is so good all you can do is shake your head.  Yup, that happened a lot.

For dessert, we ordered the bread pudding, which flavor changes seasonally (this is always a good sign as flavors SHOULD change seasonally).  For our autumn dessert, the bread pudding was chocolate and carmel and if I close my eyes, I can still taste its warm silky flavor.  Holy moly.

Obviously, cleaning our plate was an understatement. 🙂

Listen, don’t be silly like I was and put off going to The Tin Angel.  It is far too good to pass up.  The price range is great because you can live it up, or stay pretty moderate.  The food is awesome and the people are welcoming.  I am going back soon, I promise.


The Tin Angel

365 West 400 South

Salt Lake City


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Carb-Free Zucchini Pizza: Flavor Punch Central

My boyfriend and I are on week two of a carb-free, sugar-free diet. I have gone no carb/sugar several times before and I find that it is one of the best ways to detox your body and get your sugar intake back on track. The first few days really suck–headaches, hunger, etc. But, if you can pull through, by day 4, you start feeling REALLY good. The pounds shed pretty quickly too–which isn’t a bad side effect, right?

Even though the low-carb diet has been the craze now for the past few years (I am a big fan of The South Beach Diet), the most difficult part of going low-carb is mixing it up. I mean really, you don’t want to eat eggs and veggies every SINGLE day. Well….maybe the eggs. 😉 Regardless, satisfying cravings for things like pasta or bread can be tricky.

Then I found Zucchini Pizza and something changed! Craving pizza but don’t want the carbs? This is your answer.

If you stop and really think about what you crave when it comes to food, you are usually craving flavor that isn’t coming from bread/pasta (starch) the most. With pizza, usually the sauce, toppings, and cheese are what you want in your gullet! So, serve all that up in a zucchini boat and you are set.

Each person will probably eat a whole zucchini. Split the zucchini in half and then hollow out.  I cut some sections into the middle and then hollowed out with a spoon.

Then, in a bowl, mix your favorite pizza toppings with pizza sauce and some cheese (any kind you want!!).  This is a good time to be creative and fill that delicious veggie up with anything you would like.  For this meal, I used mini pepperoni (yum), olives, veggie pizza sauce, and mozzarella.  Next time around I might do alfredo, spinach, mushrooms, and feta.  Who knows!

Then, fill those fresh zucchini up with the pizza filling.  The more the better!

Now add the best part: CHEESE!  As always, use cheese excessively!

Now, just throw those babies in to the oven and pretty soon an amazing dinner will be waiting for you.  I cooked these for the first time on 400–and that was a little too hot.  I would try 350 for about 12-15 minutes–or until cheese is golden brown.  We got some crispy cheese on these, but they were still divine.

Pair this with a nice Caesar salad on the side, and you are all set.  Total prep and cook time about 20 – 30 minutes.  Easy as pie (well, easier actually).

Low carb–low calorie–full of vitimins!  Enjoy!