It is NOT August 1st. It’s not! I say it’s not and so it’s not! I’m sad my summer is coming to an end without having done anything… but I’m going to shut up and just go with the flow because the flow told the voices in my head that’s what I should do. There’s still some time left… do something!
Meanwhile, let’s get up this week’s menu in this here joint! There was only one meal fail this week… I consider that a success. I had made the batter for calorizing pumpkin pancakes that I got from the health guru on the Today Show, Joy Bauer. I bought her book and it was in there. I don’t know why, but they really didn’t have much flavor… so I tossed them. Maybe I bought a bad can of pumpkin puree… maybe they needed more cinnamon? Maybe I should just move on. I had to improvise a new breakfast…
Breakfast (Fibery/Wheaty toast with simply fruit spread, one egg, and a large peach… Calories: 371)
I bought the peaches at Sam’s Club on Saturday… BIG beaut-ee-ful peaches. They weren’t ripe then, but a few days on the counter they ripened up nicely… so juicee too!
Look at them good-looking suckers… I tell you what!
Meal #2: (Crockpot Dutch Oven Potaters with reduced fat cheese and grape tomatoes… Calories: 321)
Cuzzin Jen-Jen gave me this recipe and I modified it to fit my vegetarian ways… plus it cooks in the crockpot… totes the easiest!
Crockpot Dutch Oven Potatoes
– 4 Potatoes – chopped
– 1 can Cream of Mushroom Soup (I used Healthy Request to cut down on fat and sodium some)
– 1 can of green chilies (I left these out of mine)
– 1/3 cup chopped Onion
– Bacon (I left this out too and substituted it for some reduced fat cheese on the top after it cooked)
Throw that all into a crockpot and cook on high for 3 to 4 hours. Voila… done!
Meal #3 (Salad and 5 Ritz Crackers… Calories: 340)
My salad ingredients were: 1 hard-boiled egg, 1/4 cup of cold peas, 1/4 cup of pineapple tidbits, 1.5 oz grape tomatoes (duh), 1-1/2 cups of romaine lettuce blend with carrot and red cabbage, and my favorite new dressing… Bolthouse Classic Ranch Yogurt Dressing… made with Greek yogurt, so at least half the calories of regular dressing… this stuff is only 45 calories for 2 Tblsp… and it is yummified! I always say… there ain’t nothing worse than a bad Ranch dressing… I don’t care what anyone says… NOTHING WORSE!
Dinner ( Homemade Veggie Bean Burger and Corn/Tomato Balsamic Salad… Calories: 491):
My first homemade veggie bean burger… and when I got finished making the mashed up bean part, I was seriously not excited to try it… done looked like the cat somehow got up on the counter and spewed all over my bowl. I even offered my dad one and after one look at them, he declined… even if Madre is at girl’s camp this week and can’t cook him dinner! Your loss, dad!
What was in my veggie bean burgers? Mushrooms, celery, onion, mashed kidney beans, egg whites, italian-seasoned bread crumbs, and garlic. Once I got done cooking them through, and then put all the toppings on, it was tastee!! I’d totally eat them again… even if they did take too long to make!
TOTAL CALORIES FOR THE DAY: 1523
Whitney’s taste buds are getting more adult these days. You bet your sweet bippy. I’ve moved from 5-year-old taste buds to at least 12. Watch out, 21… here I come!
Question of the Day: What are your favorite salad toppings? Favorite dressing?