Well my New Years resolution was to lose weight. Well not JUST lose weight....but what do they say...Oh yea! Live a healthy lifestyle...Yea right...I want to get my butt into a bathing suit..Dont we all? Well I have been doing great! I quit eating white bread and started eating wheat. I replaced my 4 tbs of sugar in my coffee to Splenda. I have lost 8 pounds since Jan. 1. I need to lose 70 pounds if not a few more. thats like looking for the mouse under the elephant. I am proud of myself and my husband and kids are doing it to but its awfully slow. I keep reminding myself I have had this extra weight on for 14 years( and its quite happy there) and its not going to just fall off because I change my eating....I have added exercise. I try to do it every day. I have Rheumatoid Arthritis so on top of everything else...that doesnt help when I put my heart and soul into exercising and it pushes me into a flare up....Anyway, my cousin has done so well on weight watchers and eating low-fat and coming up with fantastic recipes (She is SUCH a inspiration!!) that I know she wouldnt mind me sharing tips and recipes to help anyone out there. They really have helped me and the life change hasnt been bad and I hate to admit it but I do feel better.
Here are two great recipes. I will try and post a new one every day.
1 cup skim milk
1 pkg hot chocolate mix (sugar free fat free or reg)
8 -12 icecubes
splenda to sweeten
Blend in Blender
Dice onion (1)
Sautee in PAM
Add 1-1/2 tbs olive oil (or smart balance margarine)
Sprinkle 4-4/12 TBS of flour
Stir for 2 minutes to cook flour It will be a blob of flour
Add FAT FREE half and half (I start with 1 1/2 cups)
1/2 can of chicken broth
1/2 cup parm cheese grated
Bring to boil and if it needs to be thinned out add more 1/2 and 1/2
Lower heat to simmer and add 1-2 tbs of chopped garlic (i use jarred) or 1 garlic clove chopped
Season with salt and pepper to taste and let simmer for 20 minutes stirring occasionally.
Now I add frozen peas and imatation crab and lobster (i would add the real thing but its too expensive to feed a family) spinach or escarole and put it over pasta. YUM!