Category Archives: Healthy

Things that don’t make you fatter! :)

Stuffed Anaheim Peppers!

It is no secret that I HATE bell peppers.  They ruin everything they touch. I don’t care what you say–I will never like them.

However, the idea of stuffed peppers is one that I love.  So, I have been making a few different kinds of stuffed Anaheim peppers instead.  Anaheim peppers are usually the kind of peppers that most chile rellenos are made with.  They have little to no heat, but a flavor that I love: very fresh, crisp, and almost sweet.  And, rather than stuff them with a large amount of cheese and then soak them in batter and deep fry them, I have been trying some more healthy options.

This week I stuffed the peppers with shredded chicken (made in the crockpot), black rice, green chilies, and a small amount of cheese.  Here is how it is done:

First, you have to cook your shredded chicken.  The easiest way to do this is to use about 4 medium/large boneless chicken breasts, put them in the crockpot, and then add a can of your favorite salsa.  Cook on high for at least 4 hours and then shred the chicken with a few forks.  Easy. As. Pie.  Just make sure you allow the chicken to spend a good amount of time in the crockpot.

Once your chicken is done, you can start your rice and preset your oven to about 350.  We like really dark/black rice, but I suppose you could use whatever rice you prefer.  Any kind of brown rice or Mexican rice would also work.  But, you should probably stay away from that white stuff–it just isn’t good for you. 😉

Once your rice is done, mix your shredded chicken (you may want to drain the chicken a bit so it isn’t super wet), your rice, a can of diced green chilies, and some shredded cheese in a big ol’ bowl.  No real measurements here–just go with your gut!  This is your finished stuffing!

Cut the peppers down one side and then slice off the end with the stem.  Run the pepper under cold water and gently remove the seeds.  Once the seeds are removed, start stuffing.  🙂

Then, put your stuffed peppers in a baking dish.  Cover with a can of diced tomatoes and some more cheese.  Then, BAKE!  The peppers will take about 15 – 20 minutes to cook.  Depending on how crisp you like your peppers, you might want to check them once or twice to make sure they are to your liking. I like mine a little softer, and my cheese a little crisp–so these babies baked for 20 minutes or a little more.

Add some homemade guacamole and a dollop of sour cream and you are set!  Delish!  These also heat up wonderfully the next day.

Enjoy!

I hope everyone is planning on having a great week!  5 days until Russ and I are on the beach in Key West–drinking margaritas and doing some serious relaxing!

–Nosh

SLC Spring & Coconut Flour Pizza

I think that spring is in full swing here in Salt Lake City.  This means, I don’t feel like cooking.  At all.  No oven, no stove.  So, basically I have been eating strawberries, string cheese, and drinking lots of cold beverages. Spring also means, that I am on the lookout for patio dining anywhere I can get it.

We haven’t gotten out and about too much the past few weeks–Russ broke his arm on the last day of the season snowboarding (rough, rough times), but we finally got out to one of or favorite local eateries last week because he was in need of pizza!  Spedelli’s now has their patio open, and honestly, you just can’t beat their prices. We really like this place.  Go there. 🙂

Our love for pizza kind of takes over our lives sometimes.  One thing that we have been cooking–that is nearly carb free–is coconut flour pizza.  The crust is spongy and a bit lighter (while being more filling at the same time), but if you are craving pizza and want a healthier version, this is for you.

Crust:

4 eggs

1/4 cup coconut flour

1/4 cup plain yogurt

1/3 cup shredded parmesan cheese

1 tsp onion powder

1 tsp oregano

1 clove garlic

pinch of sea salt

Combine eggs, yogurt, and sea salt then add the coconut flour and beat until smooth.  Blend in spices and parmesan cheese.  Spray a pan with non-stick spray or whatever you like to use to making sticking go away. 🙂  Pour the batter onto the pan and then use a spoon or spatula to spread batter.  You want to make it pretty thin because coconut flour batter puffs up while cooking.

Bake at 400 for about 10 minutes then remove and add all of your ingredients of choice! Sauce!  Cheese!  Veggies!  Meats galore!  This is your time to be creative. Then, put back into the oven for about 8 – 10 minutes.  Yay!  Pizza!

Also, spring means getting our yard looking nice and wanting to buy every cute little flower planter, paper lantern, and tea candle light holder out there.  Last night I spent some time potting succulents and sitting on my porch with some lovely candle ambiance.  I hope that everyone’s spring has been as enjoyable as mine has been so far!  Hopefully, I won’t get summer fever too bad and remember to post here once in a while.  I still have to get to Pallet and I want to do a new review of The Copper Onion and see what seasonal changes they have on their spring menu!

Little update on the diet:

While I am not as strict as I was the past three months, I have reached my goal weight and now the key is to keep it off, and if I can knock another 10 lbs off this summer I will be happy.  I have really gotten into Zumba lately, and I think that shaking my bootay 2 – 3 times a week has allowed me to ingest pizza and not have my hips show it! 🙂  I am definitely feeling happy and healthy these days.  Key West in 12 days!!!

Enjoy your noshings!

Easy Mini Lasagnas!

This was one of those Pinterest inspired meals that I have now made several times with multiple variations!  These cut back on the calories of regular lasagna, as well as the carbohydrates.

Set your oven to about 370 while you prep.

You will need:

  • small square wonton wrappers (I like the Nasoya brand)
  • 1 package of low-fat sausage (12 – 16 oz)
  • 1 can of your favorite tomato/spaghetti sauce (I love the Mezzetta Artichoke Marinara more than anything)
  • cheese blend: you can make this with what you like best, but mine usually consists of 1 & 1/2 cups fresh shredded mozzarella, 1/2 cup parmesan, 1/2 cup ricotta and 1/2 cup cottage cheese.  This time, I used greek yogurt in place of cottage cheese, and it was awesome.  Add some dried basil, sea salt, cracked black pepper, and onion powder to taste (I never measure these things).

Process:

  • Use a large muffin tin–this will make about 21 mini lasagnas.
  • Pre-cook the sausage so that it is fully cooked before you add it to your lasagnas.
  • Use whatever you prefer to make sure your pan is non-stick (butter, olive oil, non-stick spray).  Don’t forget the top of the pan as well.
  • Layer with one wonton wrapper on the bottom and press down until the wrapper is tightly layering the bottom and sides of each muffin section.
  • After one wonton is down on each muffin section, begin layering ingredients.
  • Add sausage, a spoonful of spaghetti sauce, and a spoonful of cheese mixture. Then, add another layer of wonton.
  • Make sure to press the second wonton to the first wonton where possible to create a semi-seal between the stuffed layer (it doesn’t have to be totally sealed, just enough to have the two stick together).
  • Repeat layering ingredients: sausage, sauce, cheese mixture.
  • After all the mini lasagnas are layered, place in the oven for about 10 – 15 minutes.  You HAVE TO KEEP A CLOSE eye on these!  The wontons cook quickly.  You want the tops of the wonton and the cheese to be slightly browned–a little more crispy is better than underdone, as the wonton noodle not as exposed to the heat can be soggy if you don’t leave them in long enough.

Use different variations!  Try spinach, mushrooms, and alfredo sauce!  Or try ground turkey, olives, sour cream, and cheddar!  These are super fun.  The layering takes a bit of time, but cooking time is so minimal, you can crank these out in about a half hour.  AND, they are a hit at dinner parties–they are SO pretty.

(For 8 wonton wrappers, there are 30  net grams of carbs–so 4 mini lasagnas will hold 30 carbs, not including whatever is in your sauce.)

Enjoy!

-Nosh

A Goal Reached!

Well, some good things are happening.

First, I got my glass of wine!  Well, a bottle rather.  My birthday was lovely and my boyfriend and I spent a great evening dining at Frida Bistro, one of my favorite restaurants in the city.  I purchased a Chilean wine for the occasion, and it was perfect.  Root:1 is a wine that I hadn’t tried before, and it was one of the better wines in its price range that I have had in a long time.  We had the Cabernet and it was rich, but also super mellow with hints of dark chocolate–the tannins are also very subtle.  It was almost velvety.  And, at about $12 a bottle, it is super affordable.

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Second, a major weight loss goal has been reached!  I am not talking about numbers here people (weigh in is Sunday)….I am talking about clothing.  I had this sleek black pencil skirt that I haven’t been able to fit into for a while now.  I actually tried to fit into it the last week in December when I got a little teary-eyed that I could get the zipper more than half way up.  I folded the skirt up and left it on my dryer as a reminder of where I wanted to be.  This past birthday weekend, I zipped that baby up with no problem and may or may not have jumped around the house a little bit with a big grin on my face.  Ok, let’s be honest, I totally did.  In fact, today, I am wearing the skirt at work, feeling great.  It is amazing how good hard work feels in the end.  And, while I am not to my end goal in numbers (yet)–I have a tropical Key West vacation ahead of me to look great for–so, my motivation is amped up!  Bikini season, here I come.

Anyway, have to share success right?

This weekend I am doing a review of Maxwell’s downtown!  Hoping it is a good one.

-Nosh

Meatloaf and Blueberry Pancakes!

Happy Friday, Everyone!  Let the weekend commence!

I hadn’t jumped on the scale in about a week and a half until this morning–and I am happy to report I am now 17 lbs down total since New Year!  I can almost “taste” my goal!  And, I can start including some wine in my diet again next weekend.  Hooray!

I haven’t changed much with my diet.  I have been eating fruit sparingly (only one serving per day) and been sticking close to the salads and proteins. Today, I decided that I am going to start including some whole grains every few days to feed those brain cells a bit. Not eating carbs at all is not something you can or should keep up for a long time, and two months is about my threshold.  So, this morning, I ate a whole grain toaster waffle (you have to make sure that NO white flour is included in any of your whole grain items) with Smart Balance butter and sugar-free jam.  It was a nice change from hard boiled eggs.

This week I made a great turkey meatloaf, which also includes a small amount of whole grain oats.  This is a great recipe if you want to try it!

Nosh Maven Meatloaf

  • 1 can 6 oz tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup dry red wine, or cooking wine
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tbs dried basil leaves
  • 1 tbs oregano
  • dash of sea salt
  • 1 pound ground turkey (or chicken)
  • 1/2 cup whole grain oats
  • 1 egg
  • 1 small/med zucchini, shredded or finely chopped

You should set your oven to 350 and preheat while mixing ingredients.  First, you start with your sauce (this is WAY better than using ketchup or marinara sauce).  Combine all the ingredients listed before “turkey” into a small sauce pan and let simmer while you combine the rest of the ingredients for your meatloaf. After the turkey, zucchini, egg, and oats are mixed together, add in half of the tomato sauce mixture.  Shape the loaf and cook for about 40 – 45 minutes.  Then, remove the meatloaf and add the rest of the tomato sauce to the top of the meatloaf and cook for another 10 – 15 minutes.  You can also add some Parmesan cheese at this time, which is a nice addition.

For a side dish, I made an arugula salad with tomatoes, avocado, and parmesan.  I also made the dressing homemade (you avoid a lot of sugar by doing this) with equal parts olive oil and balsamic vinegar with garlic salt and sea salt.  It was a great pop of flavor to the side of the meatloaf.

The other food item that is SAVING MY LIFE right now is that coconut flour I made the peanut butter cookies with in the last post.  This week, I had a mad crazy craving for pancakes.  I don’t even normally make or order pancakes, but I wanted some.  So, we found this great recipe for coconut flour pancakes, where each pancake had about 3 total carbs.  We also added some blueberries.  They were AWESOME.

Here are a few other things from the past few days that have been getting me by.

Almond Milk, much fewer carbs than regular milk!

Salads with pepperoncinis, olives, and cheddar cheese

Deviled Eggs with Dill instead of Paprika

I am hoping that once I start adding some carbohydrates back into my diet, I can kick up the pace with working out.  Everyone who knows me know that I LOATHE working out–well, until I am finished and feel good about it. 😉  However, it is really hard to do intense work outs when your body doesn’t have the extra energy from carbs.  So, we shall see how that progresses…ha!

I hope everyone has a great weekend and that noshing on delicious things is a highlight.  I hope you are all ready for a wine post–because I am!! 8 more days until this little Nosh Maven is THIRTY TWO and toasting with a glass of vino!

 

 

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What I Have Been Eating Lately….

Tomorrow is the one month mark!  Hurray!  Things are still going pretty well.  The weight loss has slowed down, but I have met the 15 lb mark–which is awesome. I figure if I can knock out another 10 in the next two months, I will feel super happy.  I am really looking forward to incorporating some vino back into my diet.  Really.

BUT–I thought I would share some of the things I have been eating the past few days.  Please note:  my camera phone is NOT a professional device. 😉  Most of these were taken with my HTC and not intended for super great results.  At this point, I am not doing reviews, per sae’, but just documenting for those who want to see some low-carb, low-sugar eating happening.

Blueberries. LOTS of them. They are really delicious right now for some reason. Very plump and juicy!

Eggs and cottage cheese. I am addicted lately. Add some lime Cholula and you are set!

Taco Salad: ground turkey with taco seasoning, lettuce, sour cream, and some homemade guac. YUM!

Steak marinated in olive oil, red wine vinegar, and red onion with zucchini noodles, artichoke marinara, and ricotta cheese

New favorite dessert: 1 large container of plain greek yogurt with one packet of sugar-free jello (this was cherry). Mix together, heat in the micro for about 2 minutes, stir WELL, and then let sit for an hour. Add berries or fat-free whipped cream!

Eggplant with parmesan, mozzarella, and marinara. Cook on 350 for about 20 minutes.

Also, we went to dinner at the lovely Silver Fork Lodge in Brighton, Utah this weekend.  I had THE BEST golden beet salad.  It was probably one of the most amazing, flavorful, wonderful salads I have had in a long time–if not ever.  It is on special right now and I highly suggest going to try it out. We also had their amazing tomatoes and warm mozzarella–the roasted garlic was delish!  I was getting sort of tired of the same old cold tomato, cold mozzarella, olive oil, basil dish.  This was nice, hot, and so flavorful.  The pesto was such a good substitution for simple basil.  A very well thought out dish, certainly.

Also, I have been drinking too much coffee and a lot of sparkling water (still).  I will be honest, this week was kind of rough.  It is easy to get bored with the food you can eat and staying home because you don’t want to ruin your diet or go somewhere where people are drinking and you aren’t. I feel great, but haven’t quite felt like…myself.  Which is an odd feeling.  I am keeping up with it though.  But yes, quite looking forward to adding some “normal” things back into the routine.  Blueberries are giving me way too much happiness at this point. 😉

-Nosh

 

Quick Update–Almost to the 15 Lb Mark!

Good Afternoon!

Just wanted to give a quick update.  🙂

As of Sunday, I am down a total of 13 pounds…and people are starting to notice.  That is the best part–when other people besides you can tell that you are getting thinner.  Clothes are fitting better–and having to buy new jeans isn’t too far off.  It is a really good feeling.

I have become a bit more flexible with my diet as well.  Including fruit has been great.  Last night I had a few friends over for dinner and we even got a delicious dessert – fat free whip cream, mixed with fresh berries and lemon, and then left in the freezer for about an hour.  It was awesome.  A very low-fat, low-sugar treat.  Who needs ice cream?

Other than adding some berries into my diet, nothing much has changed.  I have incorporated plain Greek yogurt–but for the most part, have kept to the veggies and low fat proteins.  We didn’t eat out as much over the weekend, but managed to get in a great brunch at Market Street Grill.  I ordered the Crab Cake Benedict, minus the english muffin and with sliced tomatoes on the side.  The crab cake had a very mild amount of breading–so I wasn’t too concerned about that.  Everything was amazing and it is such a welcoming realization that you really don’t need that english muffin at all.  🙂

Another new meal for this week?  Some awesome bratwurst, saurkraut and pickles!  Brats are certainly something you don’t want to eat in the first 2 weeks of the diet, as they are higher in fat than you should be eating.  However, they are still carb free and I find that adding meats like sausage and bacon after that intial cleanse are ok in moderation.  Yum.

I am officially 3 weeks and 2 days into the diet.  The thoughts of a glass of wine have subsided immensely.  Even with a small dinner party last night, no alcohol was present–and we all still had a great time.  Whoda thunk?  (And thanks to some awesome girlfriends who were ok with lemon/strawberry water!)  I am really enjoying how amazing I feel, watching the pounds drop, and getting up in the morning with no problem.  I haven’t slept this well or been so ready to wake up early in years.  The change in how my body is functioning is almost surprising.  This is definitely a change in my way of life that I don’t want to give up–and “getting back into the groove” of week day drinking or bad snacking just simply won’t happen.  I feel resolved, and that is a good feeling.

Enjoy the rest of your week!  We have a packed weekend of fireworks at Brighton Resort and dinner with friends ahead of us.  It will be nice to get out of the house–my hermit days are starting to get to me. 😉

-Nosh