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The stuff that cures all ails

11 Jul

When I was growing up I wasn’t as lucky as my son to have a stay at home mom. I remember both of my parents working hard to provide for 4 daughters and that meant a lot of fast and easy dinners  like hamburger helper and any kind of helper for that matter. It’s definitely not something I would ever frown upon, working all day,  feeding a large family, getting all of us ready for bed and then trying to get a little sleep before the next day of work.  Jeez Louise, I think my mom was secretly super woman sometimes. On top of that we were all sassy little brats running around fighting like wild hyenas!

It’s not the hamburger helper meals we had that brings a warm fuzzy feeling to my tummy but the momma’s cookin  yummy stuff that I remember so well that was like…the stuff that cures all ails.

My mom made (and still does make) a lot of comfort foods that make you want to nap after eating them. That’s how you know its good, when you fall into a food coma shortly after eating. Stews, Soups, Chicken, Steaks…Just anything that you think of as comforting.

Yesterday, Adrian decided it was the type of day where he wouldn’t do anything unless I was holding him and if I thought he was napping…..guess again. By the end of the day, Wes was running late from work and  I was completely exhausted. I was in the “I want my mommy” kinda mood……but wait……I AM the mommy now.

So that meant it’s time to do something my momma would do and that’s create a huge vat of chicken and vegetable stew!

Now if I would ask my mom for any of her stew/soup recipes she would say…”Chrissy, just throw some stuff in a big pot and let it simmer for an hour. If it’s too thin add some corn starch, if it’s too thick add some water.” Shes a home cook like that, she never measures, she only eyeballs it.  Now that’s the sign of a good cook if you ask me!

With my mother in mind I browned some chicken thighs (3 thighs I had thawed out at the time) then took them out and shredded them up, added some peeled diced potatoes (about 3 large), 1 diced onion, and I had a  bag of frozen mixed veggies that I threw in there with it (if it’s the big bag use half). After cooking for a few minutes I added a cup of milk and then enough water to cover it all. Bring it to a boil then simmer for 30 minutes. If it’s too thin do what my momma says and add some corn starch (about a teaspoon)! Should thicken right up!

One slurp of this and it always makes everything allllll better doesn’t it? I’ll make this kind of stuff for Adrian like my momma made it for me. I hope he remembers it as fondly as I do….

BTW: It’s around 280 calories per serving with 12 servings a pot! Til next time!

xoxo,

Christine Kay

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For the love of Pizza (Low Cal Style)

10 Jul

I’ve recently been coming up with a bunch of recipes that are low cal and mimic my favorite foods. Pizza being in my top five; I couldn’t imagine living life without its cheesy goodness! The photo above is the finished product of one of my favorite’s, BBQ chicken pizza. Because I can only have 1200 Calories per day I count everything on www.MyFitnessPal.com and these recipes are 400 calories or under! The best thing about it is that pizza possibilities are endless and if you copy the secrets to making it low cal ANY pizza you can think up will be under 400 Calories!

  • Make sure you have low-fat, whole wheat tortilla shells. I used whole wheat medium-sized tortillas and they are 130 Calories each but you can find tortillas that are even lower calorie than that. I started making these healthy pizza’s on English muffins (same calorie count as a tortilla) but my friend told me about the tortilla idea and i never went back! Plus, I like eating English Muffins for breakfast not lunch/dinner.
  • Cover your tortilla with a tablespoon of sauce. Depending on what kind of pizza you are making a tablespoon of sauce can range between 40 calories to about 5 calories! The BBQ sauce I used for my BBQ chicken pizza was 30 calories (per tablespoon) and the marinara sauce I use for the pepperoni pizza was only 10 calories. Spread the sauce over the tortilla with your measuring spoon like this…..

this is the BBQ Chicken pizza in the making….one for me, one for my hubby.

  • Next add your toppings but this is where you need to make sure you measure! A 4 oz piece of chicken is 200 calories or more so that alone can make this meal go overboard! I had some left over chicken that I chopped up into really small bites. I measured mine in about 1/2 a cup and put the rest on my hubbies pizza (cause he’s tall and skinny and doesn’t need to count calories ::sigh::). Next I added the cheese which is low-fat skim mozzarella. Use 1/4 of a cup at 80 calories.

The blurred one in the back is my husbands which has more than twice the toppings of my delicious and healthy one in front!

  • Bake for about 7 minutes at 400 degrees until you can feel the edges are crispy!

I cut mine into 8 mini slices and it’s just perfect! The BBQ Chicken one is only 370 Calories but I’ve also made a Pepperoni (Turkey pepperoni) pizza that is only 270 Calories!

Considering that a single slice of delivery pizza is an average of 280 Calories I’d say go for this if you are having a pizza craving and live without the guilt of ruining your whole day! I promise it’s MEAL sized not snack size!

Hasta Manana!!

Love ya,

Christine Kay

The incredible hulk raided my kitchen

9 Jul

I love the way Adrian’s eyes roll back in his head like a drug addict that just got a fix every time he gets a new bottle. Chug! Chug! Chug little man! I wish I loved drinking a simple glass of milk that much…..I wish I loved eating really lame healthy food that much.

Today was a dieting struggle for me. I’ve told myself that I am not on a diet and it’s a “Lifestyle” change of eating better and more exercise but today it was more like torture. Maybe it was the case of the Monday’s but I literally just wanted to hang out with little mini me and watch boring reality TV (That has potentially rotten my brain).

I ate well in the beginning of the day but once 3:00 rolled around my incredible hulk craving came over me and I wanted to hulk smash the kitchen apart looking for horrible delicious, fattening things and, I did…just that. My findings were Oreo cookies and not the regular but still scrumptious single stuffed ones. They were glorious double stuffed Oreos and I downed three of them like I hadn’t eaten in a week.

The irony to this short story is that because of my diet the box of Oreo cookies had sat in my cabinet for many weeks without being enjoyed and had become stale as shit. So even though I did enjoy them and all of their staleness they could have been much, much better and I was also proud of myself that they sat in the cabinet for so long without being eaten.

Tomorrow I will love my new Low Cal lifestyle again.

~Christine Kay

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