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Friday Foodie: June 29, 2012: Ice Cream Treats

In Friday Foodie on June 29, 2012 at 5:53 am

If you have been reading my more recent entries you know that at night I have been eating ice cream or frozen yogurt.  All day long my eating will be super clean, healthy and reasonably portioned.  Then, at night, I feel stressed or sad or something else and I eat ice cream.  Tonight I ate a very reasonable amount… because my hubby had only left a little bit left in the carton. 🙂

So, what to do about my lack of will power over the evening treat?

Having a five month old has tested me to my limits (in an amazing way) and frankly, I am just not prepared to let go of that evening sweet indulgence after she goes to bed.  Since I know this about myself, I came up with a great solution: instead of going through the internal battle every night over the freaking ice cream and then feeling bad about myself for having it and then eating too much of it because I feel bad and I’ve already broken my food plan for the day… INSTEAD of all that fun… I am now going to have a measured amount every night and it will be part of my menu.

Tonight at the grocery store I bought these 150 calorie ice cream sandwiches and ice cream cones.  Since I don’t have to scoop out the ice cream I think this may just be the trick to keeping my portion sizes small and reasonable.  They are a bit on the pricey side but the peace of mind of not having to go onto the ice cream mental debate hamster wheel every night (will I or won’t I eat the ice cream, I can’t stop thinking about the ice cream, etc) will seriously give me a lot of mental relief!

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Friday Foodie: April 27, 2012: Baked Tofu

In Friday Foodie on April 27, 2012 at 6:20 am

I am a great lover of food.  But I am not a “foodie.”  Foodies are those who love talking and thinking about intricate ingredients, who savor nights at celebrated restaurants serving haute cuisine, who love gourmet cooking shows.

I just love to eat.  And, I hate to cook.  There is so much healthy-living wisdom out there about the importance of cooking your own food to accelerate weight-loss.  If you aren’t controlling the ingredients and portion sizes, who will?  Each Friday I will search out a new SIMPLE recipe or offer a food tip that is also easy on the wallet (I hate it when a new recipe has so many ingredients that you spend a fortune just trying it out.)  Feel free to post your favorite quick, simple and healthy recipe and/or cooking tips!

Here’s to a new kind of foodie – one who appreciates homemade, healthy, tasty, fresh food.

This week’s tip is how to make baked tofu.  I have played around (unusual for me since I really don’t normally enjoy playing around with a food, I’ll just give it up) on how to make tofu.  I love it when you get tofu that is crispy on the outside and soft on the inside from Chinese restaurants.  I’ve tried different frying methods and baking methods and haven’t gotten good results until tonight’s discovery: use the broiler!
I sprayed non-stick olive oil spray on the baking sheet and laid out my chopped up squares of organic extra firm tofu.  With the broiler on high I browned each side for about ten minutes.  It worked!  I got the consistency I was looking for.
I then stirred the finished tofu product into the veggies which I had already marinated with some bottled curry sauce.  A very yummy dinner!  I am glad I stuck with trying to figure out how to make an acceptable baked tofu because I am keenly aware of the fact that I eat a lot of meat (maybe too much).   Do you have any tofu tips?  I’d love to hear them!

Friday Foodie: March 30, 2012: Laughing Cow Cheese

In Friday Foodie on March 31, 2012 at 6:08 am

I am a great lover of food.  But I am not a “foodie.”  Foodies are those who love talking and thinking about intricate ingredients, who savor nights at celebrated restaurants serving haute cuisine, who love gourmet cooking shows.

I just love to eat.  And, I hate to cook.  There is so much healthy-living wisdom out there about the importance of cooking your own food to accelerate weight-loss.  If you aren’t controlling the ingredients and portion sizes, who will?  Each Friday I will search out a new SIMPLE recipe or offer a food tip that is also easy on the wallet (I hate it when a new recipe has so many ingredients that you spend a fortune just trying it out.)  Feel free to post your favorite quick, simple and healthy recipe and/or cooking tips!

Here’s to a new kind of foodie – one who appreciates homemade, healthy, tasty, fresh food.

This week’s tip is Laughing Cow cheese.  http://www.thelaughingcow.com/products/light-swiss-original/
These wedges have only 35 calories and are perfect for a lower calorie sandwich or burger.  For me they take away the (strong) desire to put mayo on everything. 🙂  These are reasonably priced and in your local grocery store (in the US).  One wedge goes a long way.

Friday Foodie: March 23, 2012

In Friday Foodie on March 23, 2012 at 6:42 am

I am a great lover of food.  But I am not a “foodie.”  Foodies are those who love talking and thinking about intricate ingredients, who savor nights at celebrated restaurants serving haute cuisine, who love gourmet cooking shows.

I just love to eat.  And, I hate to cook.  There is so much healthy-living wisdom out there about the importance of cooking your own food to accelerate weight-loss.  If you aren’t controlling the ingredients and portion sizes, who will?  Each Friday I will search out a new SIMPLE recipe that is also easy on the wallet (I hate it when a new recipe has so many ingredients that you spend a fortune just trying it out.)  Feel free to post your favorite quick, simple and healthy recipe and/or cooking tips!

Here’s to a new kind of foodie – one who appreciates homemade, healthy, tasty, fresh food.

BAKED TOFU on about.com:

http://vegetarian.about.com/od/tofurecipes/r/5spicetofu.htm

Chinese Five Spice Tofu Recipe. Chinese five spice is a unique taste that certainly isn’t for everyone. If you have “undeveloped” Western taste-buds, you may want to cut the amount of five-spice required in half, or try a milder recipe for vegetarian Chinese food or tofu. If, however, you want a genuine taste of Chinese cuisine in a vegetarian and vegan tofu recipe, try this recipe for Chinese five spice tofu.

Ingredients:

  • 1 block firm or extra-firm tofu, well pressed
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger, minced
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Chinese Five Spice powder

Preparation:

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.Slice tofu into 1/2 inch long strips. Lightly grease a baking pan and arrange the tofu in a single layer in the pan.In a small bowl, whisk together the remaining ingredients and pour over the tofu slices.

Bake for 15 minutes, then turn the tofu and bake for another 10 to 15 minutes, or until liquid has been absorbed.