home made frozen yogurt cupcakes !! 30 calories!

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SO YESTERDAY IT WAS HOT AS BALLS IN NEW YORK CITY.

The beginning of death-by-humidity-and-chaffing season here.

ANYWAY- we had a friend over for lunch and we bbq’d so kept it pretty calorie light ( grilling always does, that makes me happy)…but i wanted to make a dessert that didn’t require baking and TURNING THE OVEN ON-UGHHHHHH)

SO I WHIPPED THESE UP! they were SO FAST and SO easy:
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YOGURT: i used about 9 oz of plain 0% greek yogurt, that i mixed with a little vanilla extract, and literally a tbsp (which was more than enough) of sugar free/fat free vanilla jello pudding mix. that sweetened it right up, made it taste like CAKE! SO good, and keeps the sugar and cals out of the yogurt. I think the original recipe called for any vanilla yogurt. You can use WHATEVER FLOATS YOUR BOAT!

  1. I PUREED, in my food processor: (see photo) 1 banana and about 8 strawberries.
  2. fill half the cups with yogurt, top with the purree so no white is showing
  3. top with a dollop of either yogurt, or whipped cream- ( i did half and half. the whipped cream freezes deliciously, but i think i’ll stick with the yogurt to keep cals down.)
  4. FREEZE for about an hour

the first round we ate a little prematurely, but the outside was froen and the inside was gooey. i honestly preferred it this way, they were DELICIOUS. and the fruit froze perfectly. The second round we ate, were completely frozen. i say let them thaw out for 10 minutes before actually eating. I’d like to experiment with putting these on pops, or sticks.

SO GOOD! enjoy!

original recipe credit goes to : http://www.fitsugar.com/Low-Calorie-Ice-Cream-Cupcakes-28553112Note that her photos are like, beautiful and professional. mine are melting on my hands, and fuzzy. hahaha.


Salad in a Jar ! With Homemade Dressing.

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Just wanted to throw up a quick post to say HERE’s MY salad in a jar!! I think either i need a bigger jar, or i won’t really be doing this again (even though its sickengly cute)….But I feel like i needed more room at the top for my baby spinach and afraid of what its gonna look like come lunch time! I’ll let you know.

Bottom to Top:Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Blackened shrimp from the grill, Feta, and Baby spinach

I think too, i missed the point of this, i think you’re supposed to put the dressing on the bottom or something, so you don’t HAVE to bring another little container-but I’m still afraid of soggy whatever, so i still  brought it on the side:

HOME MADE DRESSING: its just a little olive oil, a squeeze of lime, salt, pepper, thyme, and italian seasoning. super easy! sometimes i’ll use lemon instead of lime, and we can get super fancy later and talk about ones with mustard seeds, or dijon or sriracha or spicy stuff…but today, was the 30 second dressing from home. I never buy store bought anymore.

Not much else to say today…i, didn’t lose a pound last week, so i was super annoyed, even though i know BLAH BLAH BLAH all the reasons and that the scale isn’t THAT IMPORTANT AND BLAH BLAH BLAH…but i still get annoyed lol. Hoping for big loss this week. Gonna try to go really hard.

 

UGH Tuesday…and go!


Skinny (fake) ReFried Beans Recipe! amazing substitute! Brunch.

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ALSO STARRING: SKINNY Steak and Eggs Tostadas.

OKAY. So SINCE i’m still on a tostada obsession: I whipped something up for breakfast this weekend, that was SO GOOD on saturday, i had to make it again sunday, and i made it a little different and realized that i could do anything with this base, and that it tasted JUST like refried beans that i LOVEEEE to spread on the bottom of a tostada,(and a million other things) but could ALSO be used as a base for dips, without lots of added extra crap, and the only REAL carb are the beans, and there’s no oil or anything. ENDLESS possibilities for   ALL KIND OF AMAZING SHIT!!

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Quick couple of pulses in the food processor: Onions, and red peppers.

NOTE: ON SATURDAY, i made this with Green peppers, and it was JUST as delicious. i kind of liked it better, was a little more peppery, as red peppers are a LITTLE bit sweeter. but still EQUALLY as delicious. And the color is nicer. I’m gonna try this with a million different things. I LOVE using peppers as a fake starch. I use them with onions to bulk up just about anything where i would put a potato in like, a fake hash or whatever. ITS GREAT.

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THROW pulsed onions and peppers in a pan, press in garlic. (I AM OBSESSED with a garlic press. SO fast and easy, minced fresh garlic.)
Then throw black beans ( any beans are gonna be fantastic to do this with, esp. red, but i used what i had in the house!)
Just cook down for a few minutes, till the onions are translucent and the peppers have softened, and you take that raw harsh bite taste out of everything.

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Throw sautéed mixture back into food processor. I ADDED (just cuz i was in the mood to experiment…): a serving of fat free cheddar, and a squirt of sriracha cream. (remember, i keep a squirt bottle of this made in my fridge. just a little fat free sour cream or greek yogurt, mixed with srirahca…a way to add a cream, or a little flavor with barely any cals)

BLEND. the lighting in that picture is odd, it looks like peanut butter lol- but it came out much darker: FINISHED PRODUCT OF SKINNY REFRIED BEANS :

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AND REAL QUICK: Steak and Eggs Skinny Brunch Tostadas:

Use the refried beans as a bottom layer.

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Photo May 05, 12 07 52 PMREAL quick: steak for a few minutes on either side, The beauty of this, is you need very little, and then it makes soo much when you throw it in the food processor to shred!! Pulse it 3 or 4 times, it’ll up so nicely   this little amount was BARELY 4 ounces of meat, and made enough to OVERDO IT on 4 tostadas!!

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Just layer shredded steak over your spread of “skinny refried beans”, throw an egg on top, sprinkle diced tomatoes, and hit it with a little sriracha cream or sour cream, or anything you want really. Nothing is delicious too.
OKAY. i’m done with the tostada posts for now, i promise. The star of this post was REALLY the nonrefried, Refried Beans.

AND I LEAVE YOU WITH:
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ABSURD photo of where we have to put my dog, Dinno, while we’re cooking (this is from friday night’s Salmon Tartare…. recipe to come.)
He HAS to be right in the sightline of everything thats going on in the kitchen, or else he’s in and out, underfoot, wandering around, trying to inhale anything that falls off the counter, which is not only annoying, but can make him sick. EX: he’s constantly snarfs up onions, and then spits them out all over the floor, where ever he takes them to hide them, when realizes they’re gross and he doesn’t want to eat them.

My ridiculous husband started this nonsense, which at first made me mad, but now makes me laugh. He calls  the dog RATATOUILLE now, Like the mouse in the movie, who wanted to be a chef, but noone would let him. Says its Dinno’s secret dream. I say he’s just a scavenge.

RIDICULOUS.


RECIPE: Tostadas !! Chicken Tostadas or Brunch Tostadas ! SKINNY TOSTADAS !

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OKAY LISTEN UP:

I LOVE ME SOME MOTHER FUCKING MEXICAN FOOD. and all spanish food. its in my blood. All i ever want is rice and meat or anything crispy or fried. IF IT COMES IN A DOUGH: SOLD. I can’t live without it. Burritos, Tacos, Nachos, Chimichangas (fried death delicious), Empanadas, Enchiladas, and THATS RIGHT……TOSTADAS.

A tostada (for you uncultured, unenlightened, and SERIOUSLY DEPRIVED KIDS): Is basically, an open faced taco, but the shell is hard (read: fried). The best ones, are ones you get where a tortilla has been fried in old ass oil on the side of the road SUPER fresh, the flat taco shell still hot and freshly out of the oil crispy. but they also COULD BE THE DEATH OF YOU. so, we can’t eat these things in restaurants anymore, while we’re on a mission to reduce the sizes of our giant asses.

HOWEVER: eating them at home….CAN BE A JOY!!!!! AND DON’T HAVE TO BE INSANE CALORIES!!!! You can get tostada shells (flat of course) at the supermarket, and if you get the right brand ( they vary in calorie info)…the serving size is 3, ( and you only need 1 or 2), and they end up at about 50 calories for each! NOT BAD!! so for 2 shells, you’re at 100 calories, and about 10-12 carbs. SIGN ME UP ANYDAY.

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NOW BEFORE YOU START YOUR SHIT: YES, obviously they could be MORE SKINNY, if we put them on fucking lettuce leaves, but then they wouldn’t be TOSTADAS.<3 ….they’d be LETTUCE WRAPS. AND THERE IS A TIME AND PLACE FOR THOSE.(and we love them.) but this is not that time.

Okay. Now. the usual (bless-ed) tostada: is FRIED TOSTADA SHELL, (grease and oil), REfried beans slathered on the bottom (how i love thee,) and super greasy meat, thats been cooked in oil, topped with avocado and white mexican cheese (orgasm)…..and a drizzle of mexican white Crema. (goodnight.)

WE ARE MAKING A SKINNY VERSION: AND ITS SOOOOO QUICK AND EASY!

1-SAUTTEE (OR grill-even better) Chicken breasts:
hit it with salt and pepper, and Season with Sazon for extra special spanish tastiness. i LIVE FOR THIS SHIT: Image

2- throw your chicken in a blender or food processor to shred it up: if you don’t have one, you can just chop it up like i used to do, before i got fancy and can shred it right up in my food processor: Imagemust revisit this btw: if you don’t have one of these: GET ONE. ITS 40 BUCKS, and the best 40 bucks i’ve ever spent.

3- Throw your shredded chicken back in the pan,(just some PAM cooking spray is fine, no extra oil needed) with some black beans. The chicken will get a FANTASTIC crunchy texture, and the beans remind us of slathered refried (with like, a billion times less the calories.) I like to use ONE full serving, since i know i’m making dinner for 2 people- and its like i’m eating HALF the calories.ya dig??: Image

4:While your chicken cooks, you can throw together a quick salsa, and a quick guacamole:
Note: Classic tostadas usually just have slices of avocado laid beautifull across the top, but i wanted guacamole to get more of the flavors in there (to make up for some of the super fatty shit that i’m NOT putting on this tostada.)

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GUAC: avocados, a little onion,a little diced tomato ,jalepeno, salt, pepper, cilantro. (you don’t need as much of all this stuff, because you DID make a salsa, and you don’t want overkill on anything.)

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: throw your chicken and beans combo on top of your tostadas!!! (measuring and weighing your food of course, so that you are within your calories)
6: Layer with Guac, and salsa, then throw a dab of fat free sour cream on top!! (its oNLY 30 calories for TWO tbsps….i always go with one, so its like cutting it in half…you’d be surprised how much and how BIG a table spoon is!!

AND BAM:

photoBeautiful and delicious skinny Tostadas. Around 450 calories, but a must to remember: is that avocado is high in calories! BUT ITS GOOOOOD FOR YOU FATS!!

THOUGHT YOU’D LIKE A SHOT OF MY MESSY KITCHEN WHILE THIS WAS GOING ON:

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and below: A brunch tostada shot! I only eat one tostada when having it as breakfast/brunch. Get the idea here? you can put ANYTHING YOU WANT on top of tostadas! i made kind of a fake Hash….. with a little turkey bacon, chopped up, onions, peppers, and there might be a little turkey pepporoni sautéed in there with it. 2 Eggs on top, heirloom tomatos, and drizzled over, is a Sriracha cream!!! (My new favorite thing to make) i keep a squirt bottle of it around….its just a little bit of fat free sour cream, mixed with sriracha…makes a spicy, yet cool topping for NEARLY ANYTHING!!!!! OJ is Trop 50, CUT with seltzer (its like having a mimosa i SWEAR, but for 25 calories instead and half the sugar.)
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Have a good weekend! Maybe i’ll post some more brunch nonsense next post, since tomorrow is saturday and all.


social life vs diet?!?!!?!?!?!?!?!?!

SOOOOOOOOOO WORD PRESS FAILS?!!?!?!?! twiceeeee  now, i have had 2 entries written out, and it doesn’t auto save your drafts, like gmail does- and everything got deleted. WOMP WOMP.

anyway:

THIS WEEK, in the life of the rehabilitating fat… HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH HAVING A LIFE WHILE DOING THIS?!?!

i mean, here’s what happens with me: everytime i’m on the wagon:  i feel like i need to hibernate 100%…i focus into my routine of cooking like crazy, going straight to the gym and straight home and passing out early cuz i don’t have much energy for anything else, and i don’t quite know how to handle social situations. Tuesday night, i had dinner with some friends ( one of my dearest is finally home from the evil west coast, and we had dinner.) i stressed that i needed to eat really healthy and just wanted to get a salad, and i think i did pretty damn good!? i ate some damn greens, and had a few damn pieces of calamari so that i didn’t feel like I WASN’T ALLOWED (WHICH i promise would have been followed by pouting and huffing and puffing and eventual binging and  gorging, because i am not a normal person) and i had ONE GLASS OF WINE! which i promised myself i would have no more than, and i didn’t. when all i ever want to have while out to dinner is one BOTTLE of wine. TO MYSELF. so i’d say, the night was a win. i had been feeling bad because i didn’t work out, but i DID walk 19 blocks and 3 avenues in both directions so thats got to count for something. ( my poor broken stupid feet for walking in gold glitter flats.)
OH! and I WAS carrying a 5 pound bag of dog food. so that HAS to count for something lol!

anyway. i need to find a way to be strong over the weekend, fit all the workouts in, and stick to a strict eating plan, so that i still manage to lose something this week.

how do you deal with temptation at birthday parties?? with it being Saturday and wanting to go a little nuts with one of your best friends  you haven’t seen in months!! when its bad timing, because you’ve just started to get REALLY focused and are trying to meet goals?? I had set a few mini goals, and one of the 3rd ones, is HER 30th birthday party, which is in about a month, and i’d like to be at a certain weight by then?! i need help. How do i get through life without hiding under the covers, waiting for the pounds to fall off my fat ass, and avoiding the outside world???
i need to save all my calorie splurging for those REALLY special occasions. what am i supposed to do in between?!! dig a hole and put my head underground?!

i hate feeling this way. am i skinny yet?!?!?!