Archive for January, 2015

Here’s to a New Year….of Healthy Recipes

 

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Whew! It’s the first fitness/weight loss post of the year!!! I hope that everyone has had a good start to this new year! I know I have, even though it’s felt like I’ve hit 2015 running.  Sorry that I haven’t posted for so long but it’s been a hectic January, and now that school has officially started back up, I was able to sit down today and write a bit.

Well, I’ve started out this new year at 158.4. Not really where I wanted to be at the first of the year, but considering the holidays happened and where I was at last year….I can’t really say I can complain. But the first couple of weeks of January personally weren’t the best weight/fitness wise. I’ve gotten down to 156, but for the most part it’s been a yoyo effect for me so I’ve been working just to get back down. But that’s normal for me, and I won’t bore you with my usual rant, and I’ll talk about that sometime later.

However, I was asked to include some recipes that I made on my Fat Belly Cure Challenge week, and I realized that I had forgotten to put those down for you. So here are a few that I tried and actually liked:

Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Muffins

1 large egg

1 tsp baking powder

½ tsp baking soda

½ tsp vanilla extract

½ cup Non-fat Greek Yogurt

1 ¼ cup Quaker Old-Fashioned Oat

1/8 cup clover honey

1 Tbsp ground flaxseed

1 very ripe banana

1 Tbsp chopped Dark Chocolate Chip Morsels

Banana Oatmeal Walnut Muffins

1 large egg

1 tsp baking powder

½ tsp baking soda

½ tsp vanilla extract

½ cup Non-fat Greek Yogurt

1 ¼ cup Quaker Old-Fashioned Oats

1/8 cup clover honey

1 Tbsp ground flaxseed

1 very ripe banana

¼ cup Walnut halves and pieces, diced into small pieces

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray tin with non-stick cooking spray or line 12 muffin tins with silicone or foil liners.

Place the oats in the food processor and pulse for about 10 seconds. You can put all the other ingredients into the processor as well or mix it all by hand. This means mash the banana by hand.

*I made the whole recipe and then put the batter into 24 cupcake liners. Then I put the walnut pieces on top 12 muffins and the chocolate chips on the other 12.

(You can split the batter and then place toppings inside to get them into the muffins. Might try this next time.)

Bake for 18-20 minutes (walnut cooked for 18 and the chocolate chip for 20) or until a toothpick comes out clean.

*Next time, I want to try to add a teaspoon or two of stevia, or use the full ½ cup honey, because there was a bit of sweet, but not a lot with the walnut muffins so they tasted just a bit bland.

Very Veggie Pizza (2 servings):

½ tsp Italian Seasoning

3 Tbsp chopped mushroom

2 Joseph’s Heart Friendly Pita Bread

1 cup chopped broccoli florets

2 Tbsp sliced California Olives, diced

½ cup Frigo Mozzarella shredded cheese

½ Tbsp Grated Parmesan cheese

2 Tbsp of either Light Creamy Alfredo Sauce or Pizza Sauce

1 Red onion slice, diced

 

Hamburger and Bacon Pizza (3 servings): (My Dad’s Favorite)

3 Tbsp Pizza sauce

3 Joseph’s Heart Friendly Pita Bread

3 slices (1 per pizza) Natural Provolone Cheese

3 slices (1 per pizza) Hormel fully cooked bacon

¾ cup (1/4 cup per pizza) shredded mozzarella cheese

4.5 oz browned ground beef (1.5 oz ~about 3 Tbsp~ per pizza)

 

Hawaiian Pizza (3 servings): (My Personal Favorite)

3 Tbsp Pizza sauce

3 Joseph’s Heart Friendly Pita Bread

3 slices (1 per pizza) Natural Provolone Cheese

¾ cup (1/4 cup per pizza) shredded mozzarella cheese

6 slices (2 per pizza) Land O’ Frost Canadian Bacon

½ cup pineapple chunks

 

4 Cheese Pizza (3 servings): (My Other Personal Favorite)

3 Tbsp Pizza sauce

3 Joseph’s Heart Friendly Pita Bread

3 slices (1 per pizza) Natural Provolone Cheese

¾ cup (1/4 cup per pizza) shredded mozzarella cheese

½ cup Mexican style blend cheese

 

Crispy Bacon Pizza (3 servings):

3 Tbsp Pizza sauce

3 Joseph’s Heart Friendly Pita Bread

¾ cup (1/4 cup per pizza) shredded mozzarella cheese

½ cup Mexican style blend cheese

6 slices (2 per pizza) Hormel fully cooked bacon

2 Tbsp chopped green onions

2 Tbsp diced tomatoes

 

Superb Greek Pizza (3 servings):

2 tsp dried basil leaves

3 Joseph’s Heart Friendly Pita Bread

3 Tbsp Light Creamy Alfredo Sauce

2 Tbsp diced red onion

¼ cup crumbled feta cheese

2 Tbsp sliced California olives, diced

¼ cup diced tomatoes

For all pizzas: Preheat oven to 425 degrees, put everything onto the pita bread, top with cheese, and then place in oven for 8 minutes. (If you want crispier crust, heat pita before hand for 3 minutes).

Super Tangy Chicken Wrap (3 servings):

3 whole-wheat tortillas

6 oz (2 oz per wrap) boneless, skinless chicken breast—shredded

1 cup chopped romaine lettuce

3 Tbsp diced red onion

3 Tbsp BBQ sauce

2 Tbsp drained black beans

4-6 Tbsp shredded mild cheddar cheese

 

Cook chicken and then shred it up. Warm up tortilla and then add all other ingredients on top, finishing with the BBQ sauce. Roll up, cut in two, and serve.

 

Tuscan Basil Penne (4 servings):

¼ cup chicken broth

½ Tbsp dried basil

6 oz Premium Sage Pork Sausage

1 cup Organic Tomato Basil Pasta Sauce

1 1/3 cup Whole Wheat Penne

 

Cook the pasta according to instructions and then drain. In same pot, brown sausage. Once browned add in everything but the pasta and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and then add penne back in. Cook for a little while longer until well mixed and warm, serve with salad.

 

Cheesy Enchiladas (8 servings or 4 if you eat two):

8 Whole Wheat Tortillas

8 Tbsp Fat Free Cream Cheese

1 cup chopped spinach

6 green onion stalks

½ cup crumbled feta cheese

¾ cup Mexican style blend

¾ cup shredded mozzarella cheese

1 container mild enchilada sauce

 

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Grease 9X13 pan with Pam and then pour half enchilada sauce on the bottom. Warm tortillas and then, one at a time, brush with enchilada sauce. Spread cream cheese on the tortillas. Divide and then add the spinach. Next, down the middle of the tortilla, add half of the chesses to each one, crumble the feta, and add half green onion to each one (1 green onion stalk can cover 2 tortillas). Roll up and place in baking dish, seam down. Ounce all tortillas are made, pour the remainder of the enchilada sauce over the top and then sprinkle on the remaining cheese.

Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until cheese is melted, and top with cilantro and olives (if you’d like).

Can eat just like that or serve with a salad, or with black beans and rice.

 

That’s all I’ll give you for now. I have a few more, but I’ll do those next week! I wish that I had some photos to show you guys, but that’s what happens when you’re in a hurry I guess. 😛 Hope you guys enjoy these and let me know what you think of them. Some of the pizzas I could tell my dad wasn’t too fond of, but I liked all of these dishes!

Until next time!

Wunderkind

Last night my best friend/little sister got married to the man of her dreams. I cherish that she was able to find someone like him, and I’m so happy for the both of them. Course, I am tired today but it was well worth it, and I’m so happy that she allowed me to be a part of the chapter in her life. I love her and her husband (that’s weird to say) to death, and my heart is overjoyed and overflows with happiness!!!!!!

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But I have words for the new year that I felt needed to be said, not just for me to help me understand, but maybe my words can help someone else who might need them.

I would say that I’m a “strange” person. I’ve fascinated with concepts of fantasy, the unknowns of what science fiction opens up, I love watching cartoons (the good ones people–not this crap that kids have today that does nothing but rot their brains), the power of music; and at the same time I love to sit and watch a good football game or basketball game, workout, and be an athlete. In my eyes, I’m the definition of well-rounded, having one foot in the arts/geek world and the other foot in the athletic/jock world. I understand both. But this post is to my art/geek side–or more along the lines of my child-like side.

Malcolm Mitchell: a great example of a nerdy jock–like me 😀

My roommate mentioned once, “do you think as kids we knew more about life, and as we’ve grown we’ve just forgotten it all?” In my mind yes. As children we have this child-like wonder that surrounds us in everything we do. To young children, the world holds new wonders and adventures, new things that help them grow and understand–but as we become older, we become cynical as we become aware of the evil/pain that’s in the world. As kids, we knew more about life because we saw life how it was supposed to be–wrapped in wonder and we could see the beauty and mystery all around us.

So what am I trying to say: actually I’m going to let you guys in on something I feel God has told me, and maybe one of you could help me figure out what He’s trying to tell me. On my way home for Christmas break, I was listening to the audio book of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, one of my favorite books to read and listen to around Christmas. After I was done, I put in the LWW soundtrack and was just listening when I, as C.S. Lewis put it, had a”feeling like the voice she liked best in all the world was calling her name.”

It has been awhile since I heard this voice, and yes…..it does sound like a combination between Liam Neeson and the voice of God in The Ten Commandments. That kind of deep, warm, dangerous but loving voice. It stated the same statement that Aslan told Lucy in Prince Caspian: “we must not lie here for long. You have work in hand, and much time has been lost today.”

I felt like Lucy, I couldn’t believe it. I was finally hearing words from God (FINALLY!!) But He was using my favorite books to spread His message?! I didn’t understand until these next words came to me:

You’ve become Peter in this season of your life. You have had a hard time adjusting, I know–and you’re anxious to return back to the world you knew and grew up in…just like Peter. And just like Peter, you feel like you must figure out all these things: your path, your future, your career–because you see your life and though you believe that I’m here, you don’t believe that I have it all figured out and am ready to lead you. And you will find, just like in the story, that you cannot win without My help. You once compared yourself to Lucy dear one, and I would agree. You believed with me, followed Me with child-like faith, and you had an open mind to Me and what I can do. You still do in a way, but you’ve strayed. It’s time for you to return. Return to “Narnia”, you must find your Lucy again, because it’s time. This season is ending and it’s now time for you to come further up and further in, but you can only do this if you return to the mindset that Lucy had. For you know what Aslan says: “This was the very reason why you were brought to Narnia, that by knowing me here for a little, you may know me better there.” You have work in hand, and much time has been lost. Further up, further in.

As Isaiah writes in chapter 43:2-3, “When you pass through the waters, I will be will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you.  When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you.  For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior …”

Further up, further in–my pastor gave a sermon on this and I felt like this is the words to 2015. Before going back to school, I want to find my “Lucy” again. I want that feeling of wonder back. I want to be a Wunderkind again. It’s time to walk through the woods with Aslan again, see the world and not the stable. To run further up and further in.