Spicy cooking

Most weeks I try to explore at least one “new” recipe.

I was looking at Hungry Girl’s website and found spicy Thai-style no-cook stir-fry.

It sounded yummy so I decided to give it a try.

I added the ingredients I didn’t already have to my grocery list. I decided to add a few other ingredients to it as well.

When I got home I realized I forgot to write a few things down.

I modified the recipe a bit and had it for lunch three times last week. Yup, I thought it was really yummy. I really enjoyed it. It’s filling and fairly healthy.

The HG version is fine. I just made some adjustments because of what I had on hand.

I didn’t buy broccoli coleslaw and decided to add rice to make it more substantial. As I was grabbing veggies out of the fridge I realized I did have some broccoli coleslaw. So that got thrown in as well. HG’s version is cold and mine is hot.

Here’s my spicy Thai-style stir fry:

Cookin’ chicken in the kitchen

There was a lot of chicken making and eating in the house so far this week. OK, well not a lot, but more than the norm.

One recipe I made for dinner one night was new and super simple and quite delicious.

The other recipe was one that I have been making for years. And it usually just comes out for special occasions … like the Kansas City Royals playing in the World Series for the first time in 29 years.

Sauced ‘n’ simmered dijon chicken

The first recipe I made was another one of Hungry Girl’s creations: sauced ‘n’ simmered dijon chicken.

I was looking for something that was simple with few ingredients. And I just happened to have all the ingredients needed already.

If you are looking for a quick and easy dinner to make this is a good one.

I did alter the recipe because once the chicken was cooked it didn’t look like a lot of food, like the picture did.

Curt asked if we had any rice. And I have the brown rice from Trader Joe’s, which you can throw in the microwave and have hot and ready in three minutes.

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Experimenting in the kitchen

As I have mentioned in the past since my FUNemployment began I have a long to do list of things, including getting healthy.

And one of the many ways I am working on getting back to healthy (and hopefully lose a few pounds in the process) is by experimenting with recipes and cooking.

I will be out of town next week and the amount of blogging (and cooking for sure) will be minimal if at all.

So I thought this week I would share three recipes I have been experimenting with lately.

My friend and GFG! reader who suggested the Recipes tab told me about a soup she easily makes in the blender.

Recipe 1:

I experimented with her idea and came up with this:

  • 3 medium raw tomatoes
  • garlic
  • 1/4 onion
  • jalapeño
  • fresh basil

Throw all the ingredients into a blender. Apparently some blenders, such as the Vitamix, have a heat function. My Ninja doesn’t. If your blender has the heat function you can blend and warm your soup at the same time. I had to pour my cold soup into a pot and heat up. I guess you could also put in the microwave.

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Trying out HG’s miracle mashies

Since my recent “FUNemployment” began I have been trying to cook more. It’s not something I enjoy. But really to ensure I eat healthy (and not spend a ton of money) I need to cook at home often.

Because I have more time to plan meals, look up healthy recipes online, shop and execute the deliciously healthy nutritious meals cooking is much more tolerable.

A lot of my meal research comes from Hungry Girl. The website description says: healthy recipes, low-calories foods, weight-loss advice, diet tips ‘n’ tricks.

I have been a fan of Hungry Girl for years. I have a few of her cookbooks. I even went to one of her book signings.

Hungry Girl comes up with recipes we know and love and finds healthier and/or lower calorie versions of so many dishes.

My goal is to feature a recipe every week (or so) on the new Recipes tab here on GFG!

Last week one night for dinner I made ahi tuna steaks. I asked Curt what he wanted with the tuna. He requested a starch. (Don’t worry, we also had green beens.)

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Planning exercise, caloric intake for weight loss

One of my readers, Keri, asked me a question on my Go Fit Girl! Facebook page earlier this month. I do my best to answer her question(s) here.

Dear Go Fit Girl,

Can you help me understand why I can exercise 5 days a week for two months and not have lost any weight? Seriously, not even a pound.

P.S. Any suggestions on healthful lunches I can make at home and bring to work?

My initial response to her question is with a few questions myself: What kind of exercise are you doing? Does it vary? Have you changed what you are eating? Are you eating more now that you are working out?

When I was losing weight about five years ago the first 20 pounds had to do with my adjustment with food and calories. I hadn’t started exercising yet. I learned how to make better food choices along with portion control. And drinking more water helped as well.

The last 10 pounds I lost while introducing exercise (a lot of yoga) and continuing with my eating in moderation and portion control.

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Cook Yourself Thin recipe made

Tonight for dinner I made one of the recipes from the Lifetime TV show Cook Yourself Thin.

I made the Easy Herb-Roasted Chicken With Roasted Veggies. I altered the veggies slightly.

I have to say it was really good and filing. Though this wouldn’t be the normal thing I would make for dinner on a week night. I just don’t have time for that. Especially these days with working long hours and also making sure I get my gym time in, which gets much more difficult with long work hours.

I would like to try a recipe from Cook Yourself Thin or Hungry Girl at least once a week, likely Sundays–because I will have the time to cook and experiment.

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Yea! I got to meet Hungry Girl!

Lisa Lillien, aka Hungry Girl, came to the El Cerrito Barnes & Noble to promote her new recipe book, 200 under 200 (200 Recipes Under 200 Calories).
Alicia came along with me this evening. And I ran into Jennifer and Ricki, too.
They had lots of yummy snacks, Pop Chips, samples of Fiber One, Vita Tops, etc.
Lisa came out, chatted and then took questions. And then there was a raffle. We didn’t win anything. But we still got lots of goodies.
After the raffle Lisa signed books. Alicia got there early and got us seats. So luckily they did the book signing in an orderly fashion and I got mine signed rather quickly.
Lisa is so nice and friendly and funny! Her personality is fun in her daily newsletters. But I think she really shines in person. So glad I got to see her.
For some reason I am having issues posting pics. So here is a link to the photos from Facebook.
There was a woman there handing out her card for her food blog. Duh! Why didn’t I do that for Go Fit Girl!????? So on my to … Continue reading

Hungry Girl Weekly Weigh-In

I get Hungry Girl’s daily newsletters. I don’t always read them. I get overwhelmed by all my e-mail sometimes.

But today I read HG’s Weekly Weigh-In.

And there were tips for making some healthier versions of foods for our upcoming food fest we call Thanksgiving.

I think I am going to try the recipe for the pumpkin pie. It seems pretty easy. And I know what all the ingredients are.

Hungry Girl answers questions, gives tips, healthier versions to recipes, etc. And you can be friends with her on Facebook, too. 🙂

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Meet Hungry Girl


Meet Hungry Girl.

She maintains a blog all about food. She writes about some cool stuff. I just found her today through my Yahoo!

Today I was reading about Little Light Lies, food that says it is light, but it ain’t. She also wrote about healthier options at Fast Food restaurants.

She also linked up to a 1 point fettucine recipe. She gives the nutritional information, which is great for someone like me who is counting points.

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