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Celebrating Eating Healthy - Week 7 
Jun. 21, 2012 8:45 am 
Updated: Jun. 26, 2012 6:09 am

The first new thing I fixed this week was Callie's Mock Frozen Yogurt. What a great treat! I could have eaten it straight from the blender but chose instead to put it in popsicle molds to share with my granddaughter who was coming over to spend the night. She loved it, and I felt really good about giving her a healthy treat. Blueberries and strawberries are 0 points, so only my yogurt counted. 2 PP for the entire thing, and it made 8 popsicles.

One of my favorite recipes is Roast Sticky Chicken-Rotisserie Style. Whole chickens were on sale recently, and I bought 4 of them just so I could make this recipe! I use almost all the seasoning on one chicken. It is fabulous! When I have the time to bake it (or don't forget about it), I bake it according to the recipe. But if I've let the time slip away from me, I use the baking instructions for Spicy Rapid Roast Chicken. It only takes an hour to roast and is delicious!

A great side with roasted chicken is Corn on the Cob (Easy Cleaning and Shucking). I've made corn like this for years. Love it, and it's so easy. I can really taste the difference if corn is boiled in water. This just tastes so fresh and crisp...not cooked to death. I spread a little Brummel and Brown on it and a little salt and eat it up!

I told you last week that I love salads in the summertime. So this week I tried Pea Salad. I used 2% cheddar cheese and Hellman's light mayo. When I began adding the dressing mixture, I ended up using only half of it. That made it 4 PP per serving. I liked it for something different but will decrease the mustard a little bit next time.

A new beverage recipe I fixed was Iced Mocha Fusion Shake. I was starving one night right before supper and was going to do serious damage if I didn't get something immediately...something that wasn't fruit or broccoli! So I made this using Maxwell House International Cafe Cafe Vienna. I figured it to be about 5 PP. 

Another new recipe I made this week was Healthier Chicken Enchiladas I.  It calls for lighter ingredients and lots of veggies as well as some black beans. I took the lazy way out and layered it casserole style instead of rolling my tortillas. Very tasty! It was a whopping 10 points but worth every one!

I'm not weighing in today. I've got two grandboys, 3 and 7, coming to spend the night. The 3-year-old has already told me he wants to have a tea party at Granna's. A boy after my own heart! 

While I may not know exactly how much I lost this week, I am encouraged that I am losing. Yesterday, I wore a size smaller pair of slacks that I absolutely could not zip up 7 weeks ago! How can just 5 pounds make that much difference? Evidently, doing my pilates at home and going to the gym twice a week to exercise and lift weights are taking off inches! 

Please feel free to leave healthy recipes you have found. There are certain people I look for on the photo pages and in the reviews who quite often have healthy recipes: Lela, Baker Bee, kellieann, and lutzflcat - just to name a few. If you leave me some here, I'll know to look for you too :)

Jun. 21, 2012 10:26 am
Hello Paula. I love your blog. It has been so hot here, I really don't feel like cooking. However, you have motivated me with the delicious chicken recipes. I have a chicken in the freezer. I am going to try the chicken recipes you suggested. The yogurt popsicles look good, too. My granddaughter would love those. I was thinking of you when I made these oven fries in the oven. There are times I want fried potatoes and this helps my craving for that fried food. First clean 2 potatoes. Slice two potatoes into fries, spray with nonstick spray or use 1 Tbsp. of olive oil. I prefer the oil. Add 2 tsp. to 1 T. of Old Bay Seasoning depending on how much salt you like. Or, you can season them with just seasoning salt. I followed some of the suggestions for oven fries here on AR- one from Mardi -Heat oven to 425 degrees, use parchment paper over a large foil lined cookie sheet. Bake for 30 min., turned them and then bake another ten minutes at 375.
Jun. 21, 2012 10:36 am
I always love your suggestions, Lela! I've made fries in the oven, but I don't think I have tried putting Old Bay Seasoning on them. Guess that will be my next French Fry recipe! Thanks!
Jun. 21, 2012 10:55 am
Just wanted to say hi Paula! Those popsicles sound yummy! Thanks for sharing that cooking method for corn on the cob~ I will definitely try it soon! I made this horseradish dip with low fat greek yogurt and it was delicious! It was great on all sorts of veggies and we used it to spread on sandwiches and wraps too. http://allrecipes.com/recipe/horseradish-mustard-dip/detail.aspx I found these grapes on pinterest, haven't tried them yet but thought I'd share since this might be a great healthy snack for you and your grandkids- my son loves grapes, so I can't wait for him to try them too! http://puresugar.net/?p=2882
Jun. 21, 2012 11:22 am
Don't you just love being able to zip up pants easily?! You've been sticking to your plan very well! I'm impressed! I do The Beginner Workout on this page--at least I do it in spurts, really well for a month or two and then off for a while. I can sit in front of my computer! http://www.realage.com/videos/?bclid=5030523001
Jun. 21, 2012 11:28 am
Arich, I'm getting grandboys for a sleepover in just a few minutes. We are definitely making those glitter grapes. I have red grapes here and am going to try it with raspberry jello. I bet they'll love making them and eating them!
Jun. 21, 2012 11:30 am
Marianne, I've gotta go get the boys, but I'm definitely gonna take a look at that workout. You can do it sitting in front of the computer???
Jun. 21, 2012 11:53 am
Hi, try this. Is magic. cheers. Seared Tuna with Pak Choi 2 fresh Tuna Steaks 2 tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil Lime Juice - Big squeeze For the Pak Choi 2 tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil 1 to 2 Pak Choi (form of Lettuce) - sliced 1 clove Garlic – finely chopped ½ to 1 Lime - juice only - to taste 2tsp Soy Sauce 4tsp Chicken (or Vegetable) Stock Preparation Pak Choi: Heat oil in a frying pan and sautée the pak choi for 2-3 minutes; Add the garlic, lime juice and soy sauce; Stir and heat for a further 2 minutes; add the stock, reduce the heat and simmer for 2-3 minutes. Tuna: Heat the oil in a frying pan and sear the tuna for about two minutes on each side; Place the pak choi onto a serving plate and serve the seared tuna on top.
Jun. 21, 2012 12:26 pm
Paula- the way your clothes fit is sometimes a better indicator that the scale. Especially if you are adding lean muscle mass. That mocha shake looks delicious!
Jun. 21, 2012 3:47 pm
Hi, Paula! When you want a sweet treat, try this. http://allrecipes.com/recipe/banana-split-freeze/detail.aspx Low calorie, and I bet you could shave off some points by using low-fat cream cheese and no-fat topping!
Jun. 21, 2012 6:56 pm
Oh, Bibi, that looks delicious! I saved it! I'm going to have to find someplace to take it because I definitely couldn't have it stay here or I'd eat the whole thing!
Jun. 21, 2012 6:59 pm
Cici, that mocha shake was good, but I bet it would be better with some of the mocha suggestions made in the reviews.
Jun. 22, 2012 10:10 am
Paula, I do those exercises on the floor in front of the computer! I first found that from Oprah's first show with Dr. Oz. I really should start looking at the Intermediate workout.
Jun. 22, 2012 11:26 am
Marianne, I just took a quick look on that site. Great options for different types of exercise. I'm definitely going to start using some of those. Thanks for the link!
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Cake decorating: wedding cakes, bridal and baby shower cakes, birthday cakes: Little Pirate, Cinderella, Elmo, Strawberry Shortcake. My friends call me Betty Crocker. When my daughter got married, she had a bridal shower where the guests were asked to write something on an apron. My best friend told her if she needed a recipe or help in the kitchen to ask her mother. If she needed a good place to eat out, ask her.
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