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Mac And Cheese, Please…

I have that idiotic Christmas song from Biebster Fever playing on a loop in my noggin space.  I am going to go insane!  You know the one about the mistletoe and shawties hanging out underneath it?  Oh, the humanity!!!!  Not that I’m not already insane.  Why, just last week I went on a walk only to discover that I’d grabbed a pair of fluffy socks out of my drawer instead of the intended gloves… so, I wandered the streets for 45 minutes wearing socks on my hands.  You are welcome, psychiatrists who want my business!

Here are a couple of the dishes I just about died over last week…


This here is my favorite invention.  You take a can of no-salt-added diced tomatoes and mix it with a can of no-salt-added corn (drained) and no-salt-added pinto beans (drained).  Then, you liberally sprinkle cumin and chili powder, mix it up, throw it on a pita or a flat bread or whatever flips your dress in the air, and warm it up in the micro-oven…. Of course, no dish of mine would be complete without grape tomaters since I have an illness that requires me to eat them daily… shut up… it’s true…  Yummerified!


This was literally one of the best makeover,  lightened-up Mac & Cheese recipes I’d ever eaten.  It had so much flavor and it was gooey delicified!  I doctored it up because I don’t use Velveeta cheese spread (and instead used Velveeta shreds I found in the shredded cheese section).  Depending on how big the serving, this clocked in at between 350 and 450 calories… and was calorizing well spent!  For some reason, I enjoy eating peas with mac and cheese… most times I just stir them together and call it a smorgasboard… Mac and Peas with Cheese, Please!

Question of the Day:  Do you like macaroni and cheese?  Any favorite recipes? 


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Here I am about to use that lame-wad word again… FOOD… I already mentioned I hate the sound of that word.  It’s so off-putting to my ear holes.  It’s like the words moist or jujubees.   A few of last week’s delectables:

Pumpkin Banana Muffins!  So, you have pumpkin and then you have bananas and they get married and become a muffin!  Sigh… so romantic!  I actually really enjoyed these muffins!  I think next time I might cut back a bit on the banana and put a bit more pumpkin in there as I could taste the banana more than the pumpkin and I’m totally an equal opportunity taster.

Coleslaw with Apples!  I’m marrying things all over the place last week!  This one married cabbage and apples, oh my!  I invented my own recipe here by adding the tomatoes and the honey-roasted peanuts (for the protein factor).  I also wayyyyyyyy cut back on the sugar in the dressing… it was still tastee.   I like the crisp tartness of the Granny Smith apple with the cabbage.  Winner winner coleslaw dinner!

Another marriage… penne pasta with garlic, broccoli, and lemon… this one was cantankered with via Martha Stewart.  Meaning, she gave a brief outline of something I might like and then I changed it up because I’m cantankerous.  Basically, cook you some whole wheat penne pasta, cut up some broccoli (to cook it throw it into the same pot as the pasta for the last 3 or 4 minutes… voila).  Get you a lemon, some lemon zest, some olive oil, and some garlic!  Throw in some Parmesan cheese… mix and serve!

FOOD!  Even if I hate the word, it sure as hades tastes good.  Dagnabit all to heck!

Question of the Day:  What are two foods that you enjoy “marrying” to make an even more delectable super food?

PS – Stay the course, FatMas people… if any people can do it… YOU CAN!  Because I said you could and I’m right 100% of the time according to the part of my brain that holds the ego portion!  DO IT!


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Dump and Fuhgettaboutit!

Totally channeling my inner Italian!  If I had one, but sadly I only have an inner hillbilly/redneck.  I reckon I ain’t never!  Short and sweet today… some favorite recipitas from the past few weeks!

This is my new favorite breakfast invention.  I’m serious right now!  It’s a modified version of a breakfast burrito eaten flat because then it feels like I’m eating more and it makes me convulse with excitement!   The recipe:

– An 80-calorie fiber Maya tortilla
– Half of an Ore Ida hashbrown patty, cut up
– Bean mixture (black beans, red peppers, and salsa) cooked in the same pan as the egg
– An egg (must be cooked hard and crusty… sue me… )
– Cheese (optional)

The key is to cook your bean mixture with the salsa and the red peppers (and you can probably add any other veggie-tables you want) in the same pan with the egg. YUM!!  I might have to have it again next week!  Warning:  May become addicting… Costa Vida agrees!

That ain’t a pretty picture (redneck holla, y’all), but it was so gosh durn easy to make this soup, I just had to let y’all in on the secret.  This is one of those dump ingredients into a crockpot and fuhgettaboutit recipes I so enjoy.  Potato Soup never was easier!

– One 30-ounce bag frozen hashbrowns (I used Ore Ida Country Style)
– Three 14-ounce cans of vegetable broth (reduced sodium) or chicken broth
– 1 can cream of celery soup (or cream of chicken)
– 1/2 cup chopped onion
– 1/4 tsp. black pepper
– 8-ounce package cream cheese (do not use fat free, it won’t melt!)

In a crockpot, combine everything EXCEPT for the cream cheese.  Cook for 6-8 hours on low heat.  About 1 hour before serving, add cream cheese and keep heated until thoroughly melted.  Serve with cheese, sour cream, bacon bits, green onions, or whatever else you think would be good!  My recipe was about 250 calories per serving when I broke it up into 7 good-sized servings.

Next time I make this I’m going to throw in some random vegetables and make it potato-vegetable soup!

TASTEE!  Possibly a good time to log your food whilst punching me in the face for your cardio session?  Why yes… I think I will!  I got in my lunch hour walk yesterday… it was a glorious escape into the fresh air because I then spent the rest of the day/night glued to my computer due to work and homework… 88 hours worth… at least (coughcoughgiveortake70hours).

Question of the Day:  What is your favorite go-to breakfast?   Day 2… what did you do to for points in NO MORE FATMAS yesterday?   


PS- News Flash half of the nation that is unhappy today… I just got word from Canada… they don’t want anyone from the US.  Stay put and carry on… respectfully.


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Don’t Eat the Foliage…

First things first.  Thank you all for the sweet birthday wishes!  They made me smile!  🙂  Secondly… BEST. BIRTHDAY. PRESENT. EVER!!!!

Take the above sentence and insert every single last piece of sarcasm you can possibly fit into those four words.  Starting the snow season on my birthday… not cool Nature… it was only yesterday I was frolicking through the horse manure pasture!  😛  The above picture was taken at 7:00 a.m., whilst I was in the midst of rocking back and forth screaming, WOE IS ME!!!  

Winter is coming faster than a salad shooter on turbo!  You best believe it.

Speaking of salad shooters… (that segueway was ingenious, Whit-Knit!)

So, it turns out mushrooms just up and grow in the grass.  All this time I could’ve been eating free mushrooms and here I sit purchasing mine at the penny pincher convention.

Note to self:  poison control numbers should be programmed into your cell phone.  Moving on… so, free mushrooms!  I’m actually not a huge fan of the flavor or texture of a mushroom.  But, I still force myself to eat them on occasion.  For example, the stir fry I made this week is full of the suckers.  I just clog my nose up real tight when I’m chewing… that’s what the 5-year-old next door taught me.  But only if the temper tantrum under the kitchen table didn’t quite work out.

I had vegetable soup last week… in a bread bowl.  Y’all… whomever invented the wonder that is a bread bowl should just get translated to heaven tomorrow.  Carby goodness filled with soup!?  Believe you me… a bread bowl is a lot more pleasant to eat than that glass one I tried last Tuesdee!

It really hit the spot… the spot where my carbivore bone lives.  Also, whomever invented Soup Supreme in the freezer section… THANK YOU!  140 calories is a steal for a cup of soup… just don’t look at the sodium section for very long until your eye transplant has been successful.

And who doesn’t love English muffin pizzas?   Don’t answer that… we still need to be friends!   My breakfast?

Quiche using Egg Beaters egg whites…

Note to self:  those poisonous mushrooms you found earlier would have been “kill”er in this here recipe!  I’m telling you right now!

Question of the Day:  What is your favorite kind of soup?  Do you ever do bread bowls? 


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Five-Year-Old Food Day…

You know how there’s that joke going around town (back in 1985) about how poor college kids are so poor they live on ramen noodles?  Because a package of ramen noodles is like 25 cents… for serious!  I ain’t saying they’re the nutritioni-est sustenance in the United States of Collegehood, but when push comes to shove, there are actually about 67 bajillion different things you can make with the suckers!  I have to stay away from the flavor packet they include… A. because they don’t have any vegetarian flavors and 2. because one of those things has enough sodium to salt the sea on a Tuesdee.  For some reason last week when I was making my menu for the week, I had this craving for Spaghettio’s.  HUH!?!?  I don’t even think I ate Spaghettio’s when I was 5 all that much.  You crave weird things when you’re stressed I guess.  So, I came across this recipe for something called “Kicked Up Skettio’s” and I went to town!  That’s a lie… I didn’t go to town… I stayed home and vegetated instead.

You use ramen and then mix a can of Healthy Request tomato soup after you drain the liquid off and then add some hot sauce and a bit of cheese.  It was pretty tastee for 5-year-old food… said the 30-some-odd-year-old chic with fruit loops on the brain.

For dinner on 5-year-old food day, I wanted tacos!  I classed these suckers up a bit and instead made a taco-like salad… with a twist, yo!   Black Bean and Veggie Tacos with Zesty Lime Slaw… try saying that 8 times with a taco in your mouth!

YUM!!  There were a lot of components to this particular dish… and by a lot I mean like 2… but that’s a lot for faux-5-year-old girl with a wedgie!  I combined components 2 and 3 to make it easier on myself… but holy hallelujah these were tastee!  The combination of different flavors… the spiciness of the bean/potato/veggie mixture with the cool limey flavor of the slaw and the crunch of the taco shell (that I smooshed up and put on the plate rather than try to eat it as an actual taco like a civilized adult)… glorious!  I will be making this recipe again.

Dessert time!  Did y’all know they make sugar-free brownie mixes these days?  And I gotta say… still tastee!  Especially if you warm up some frozen raspberries… I like to warm mine up so far that they’re kind of mushy and then I spread them around on the top of the brownie like jam and add some lite cool whip… because I’m addicted to Cool Whip!  Chocolatey-raspberry-sugar-free goodness!  Bring it!

Question of the Day:  Do you ever eat Ramen noodles?  Any favorite recipes?


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Cabbage Baggage…

So, I guess when I made my menu last week I was suddenly obsessed with cabbage.  I don’t know what came over me, but it happened and I was sore afraid.  Who gets obsessed with cabbage?  There is not one ounce of chocolate on that sucker!  I’m an embarrassment to the choc-a-holics of the world… EMBARRASSMENT!  A few of last week’s dishes:

Tee hee hee hee heeeeeee… CABBAGE!!!  This was called Whole-Food Coleslaw with a Secret Ingredient… ooooo… the suspense!  It wasn’t so much secret since she told me outright right in the recipe what the dagnabbed ingredient was!!  Swiss cheese… shredded.  Glory glory hallelujah… teacher hit me with a ruler.  Very tastee, I might say.  I did some finagling with the recipe to cut down on the calories… halving the sauce ingredients… and it still turned out yummified… but I prefer my vegetations to crunch… not sog.

The next cabbage dish?  Thai Veggie Peanut Wraps…  As you can plainly see, mine didn’t so much make it into wrap form.  Whitney has no patience for wraps.  Get a life and call me in the morning, wrapping people!  Instead, mine is a pseudo-faux-salady-thingamajigger.  I think you could probably do away with the wrap part completely and this would still be as tastee as the weekday is long.  You could probably even add some chicken or beef or meese meat and go to town!  Let’s face it, the secret to this recipes success… the peanut sauce!!!  YUM!!!!!!  I halved the recipe on the peanut sauce to cut down on calories and it was still tastee.  Cabbage… who knew it had so many uses?  Next week I might try scrubbing the tile grout with the stuff.  I’ll let you know how it turns out!

Question of the Day:  Do you like cabbage?  Any favorite cabbage recipes?  



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Crockpotting Pasketti…

I’ve been sitting here for 12 minutes trying to figure out what the guy was thinking who invented a crockpot.  See here… let’s stick a cow, hide and all, in this here candle warmer, go to work, and when we get home dinner is served!  It slices, dices, diapers your baby, and slaps your grandma.  What an invention!  I want to invent some contraption that does the dishes for me.  I NEED one.  Dishes after cooking are my worst enemy… that and the Ebola virus.  Here are some pictures/ideas from last week’s menu:

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day… don’t you forget that!  This here was a piece of whole wheat toast with a slice of cheese , an apple straight from the orchard (the crunchier the better for Whitney), and greek yogurt with 2 Tblsp. of granola stirred in.  Pretty tastee!

Oh boy… I had issues with this sucker.  Mexican Rice and Bean Casserole…  My issue stemmed from the fact that I REALLY think that there recipe gave me the wrong instruction as to how much water to add so that the rice would cook all the way and not be crunchified.  It told me to put in 1/2 cup of water for 3/4 cup of rice… granted there was also a can of diced tomatoes in juice thrown in there, but seriously… still not enough water for that much rice.  I had to keep adding water.  It finally cooked, but it turned out mushier than I would have wanted it because I had to cook it for so long.  It was still tastee… if you get the water/rice issue sorted out first!

This here is my version of a relish tray!  I always love those little Tupperware things… the relish trays with the little compartments for the different foods and then you slap some dip in the middle (I meant like Ranch, not my sister… bwahahahahaha!).  Also, Rold Gold honey wheat pretzel rods are yummified!

This would be my Crockpot Marinara Pasketti Sauce!  I adapted the recipe to what I had on hand… but this stuff is packed with vegetables… green peppers, celery, carrots, onions, tomatoes… and I almost added mushrooms but then I didn’t have any… so scratch the “almost” comment.  What’s easier than dumping everything into a crockpot and turning it on for 10 hours?  Nothing!  On account of there was some vegetable dicing, this did take some prep work, but once that was done I didn’t have to babysit it… which is always a good thing… especially when it dirties it’s diaper!   Ew… INAPPROPRIATE FOR A FOOD POST, DISGUSTINGTON!

Question of the Day:  Do you have a favorite store-bought brand/recipe for marinara sauce?  


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Extreme Fajiters…

Go Tell Aunt Rhody.  Go Tell Rhody.  Go Tell Aunt Rhody, the old gray goose is dead.  What a depressing song… and it’s for kids?  Hey Rhody… your dagnabbed gray goose is road kill… let’s sing an upbeat happy song about it and then we’ll roast her up for dinner with some fingerling potatoes and a nice green salad.  Meanwhile, back here in the land where my gray goose is alive and well, but imaginary, here are a few of my favorite meals from last week!

This happens to be my new most favoritest-est-est-est-est way to make scrambled eggs/egg beaters/egg whites.  Add one more -est to that word!  It gives the eggs so much flavor.  Cook up the scrambled egg/egg beaters/egg whites in the pan as usual.  When they are done, keep the pan on and add some salsa (I used 1 Tblsp. here, but go crazy).  Then, mix the salsa into the egg/egg beater/egg white and let it cook until the salsa is warm and it gets a bit crusty on the bottom.  HOT DOGS IN A CONVENT that’s good… and I ain’t just saying that to suck up to the convent hot dogs.

I bawled my way through a few episodes of Extreme Makeover:  Weight Loss Edition a few weeks back… like ugly bawled… not just regular bawled.  I may or may not have been PMSing at the time.  Through my ugly bawling spree, the healthy chef lady from the fat farm was teaching us how to make shrimp fajitas, healthily.  Darn tootin’.  I decided I was going to jump on the fajita train and make the special Whitney version of the recipe.  It’s special on account of the fact that I didn’t follow anything her recipe said because I had zero of the ingredients she wanted me to have, so I invented this here recipe… and I gotta say… not to toot my own horn or anything, it was the best plate of fajitas I’d had… heatlhy or not so healthy.  The trick was in marinating the vegetables for an hour or 2 before cooking them.  For anyone interested, allow me to type up my Extreme Fajiter recipe!

Whitney’s Extreme Fajitas

1/2 cup unsweetened pineapple juice
1/8 cup lemon juice
1 medium onion peeled and cut into strips
1 red bell pepper cut into strips
1 green bell pepper (or yellow or orange) cut into strips
1/2 cup pineapple tidbits
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tsp. cumin powder
2 tsp. chili powder
salt and pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients.  Let sit in fridge to marinate for at least 1 hour.  Remove vegetables and place in bowl.  Add reserved marinade to saucepan and heat until boiling. Then reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes, set aside.  Add drained vegetables to pan.  Cook until onions are translucent, about 5 minutes.  Toss with reserved marinade and heat through.  Serve with warmed tortillas and cheese and tomatoes and pinto beans and corn or whatever other toppings your precious heart desires!  For serious!

The reason it was yummy?  The sweet mixed with the heat mixed with the vegetables… and the marinading portion.  Glorious!  I’m sure you could just as easily add chicken or beef or shrimp to this… no problemo at all!

What did I say about fall bringing the pumpkin to the forefront?  It’s squash… squash is a vegetable… I hate the texture of squash… unless you add delectabilities to it!  This here is a low-calorie single-serving pumpkin pie!!  Under 150 calories per serving and it isn’t even Thanksgiving yet!  I didn’t have all the stuff they wanted for the crust, so I just used crushed up graham crackers and it turned out fine.  I also didn’t make the topping they suggested and just plopped some lite cool whip on the top.  Maybe I’ll make this for Thanksgiving at the old folks home!  They’ll thank me later for adding 2 hours to their life span!

Question of the Day:  What is your favorite Mexican food?  

PS – Thank you all sweet people for the great advice and replies to yesterday’s post.  You all sure know how to put a gal at ease… and you can be sure I’m going to look into each and every piece of that advice! 


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Oh, Pumpkin… You Shouldn’t Have!

I neglected to remember the day yesterday… 9/11… a horrible day in the history of the world.  Thoughts and prayers go out to all those who lost a family member or friend.

A few of my favorite recipes from last week’s menu!  Yum-diddly-scrumptious!  No, I’m not related to Willy Wonka… why do you ask?  But who wouldn’t want to be… dude has a freaking candy factory that turns people into exploding blueberry girls!

This here delectable item is called Greek Pasta Salad, which I adapted from the recipe at the link back there because I’m not an army and didn’t have feta cheese.  It says to use Italian Dressing… which is too high in sodium for my taste buds, so I made my own version of Italian dressing, which is just as tastee as the real thing but considerably less in sodium milligrams.  The calories will depend on how many servings you cut this into… mine was around 300 calories, dressing included.

Totally looks like a bunch of vegetables on top of a potato, right?  The best part of this… that white sauce I’ve got peeking out of the veggies.  YUMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM!!  It’s creamy herb sauce… which is kind of a misleading name since it’s more the texture of a cheese ball.  It’s located on the bottom half of the above link after the pizza portion… but I adapted it to fit my needs once again.  I did not have herbes de provence, so instead used dill and/or chives.  I could probably just eat that stuff with a spoon… but it is extra tastee on a potatoe… especially if you warm it up!  Calories for the whole potatoe/sauce/veggies will depend on the size of your potato and how much sauce you put on… this pictured was 349 calories.

I saved the best for last!!  There’s a bit of a fall nip in the air at night these days… I said nights… it’s just as dagnabbed hot in the day as ever… so when it gets a bit nippy, I always bring out the pumpkin… by the gourd full!  This here would be a 2-ingredient pumpkin cake with cider glazed topping and 2 Tblsp. of lite cool whip!  HOLY MOTHER OF THE SQUASH FAMILY, GERTRUDE!  This was so dang good… especially warm.  A definite keeper!!  I once again adapted the recipe to make it more calorizing friendly.  Firstly, instead of cake, I made muffins… secondly, I used a sugar-free yellow cake mix, which dropped the calories and the sugar content considerably!  Thirdly, for the glaze, I cut the powdered sugar amount to 1 cup instead of 1-1/2 and then kept it separately in a small container, so I could divy it amongst the 12 muffins when I was ready to eat one… less soggy cake and so yummy popped in the micro-oven for 45 seconds.  Oh my laws… all this talk and I want to eat another one.  Trust me… it’s delicious and with my adapted recipe, under 200 calories per serving, including the cool whip!

Question of the Day:  What’s your favorite pumpkin dessert?  


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Welp, I’m Gonna Do It Again… Shocking…

So, last week’s forray into showing my food day did not result in the world ending, nor did I break out into a pimple fest.  SCORE one for the pimples!  It’s summer, so I guess the super strict folk I was so used to criticizing my food diary are all living in the wilderness snacking on guava root and organic tree bark sandwiches… but no bread… good grief that’s a sin!  The spritely young preserative-free elves water that crap daily with the water from the mouth of a hygienic platypus.  It’s true… look it up… but only in your dreams.

I got a lot of feedback that some calorizing folks liked getting meal ideas… so here I am again with this week’s menu… in 3D!!  Okay, not really… but how cool would that be?  A grape tomater smacking you in the face.

Breakfast was the same as last time… protein pancakes and strawbs… that’s how the cool people refer to the fruit.  Look no further… I’m totes the definition of cool… if it was spelled G-E-E-K.

Meal #2:  Teriyaki-glazed pineapple burger and a small baked potato with broccoli and reduced fat cheese… 

This is for serious one of my favorite meals in a long time… delicious and filling!  The secret is there is no burger on that burger… it’s just 2 pineapple rounds cooked in a pan whilst being marinated with 1 Tbsp of Teriyaki sauce on top of a 100-calorie bun and loaded with veggies.  I always eat my sandwiches open-faced because it makes me slow down, makes me feel like I’m eating more… and it’s like 2 for the price of one amount of calories!

TOTAL Calories in Meal #2:  444

Meal #3:  Laughing cow cheese cucumber dill sandwich and grape tomaters!  

That’s the spreadable laughing cow cheese with cucumbers and dried dill weed… I’m sure it would taste even better if you had you some fresh dill weed!

TOTAL Calories in Meal #3:  207

Dinner:  Flatout Smoky Corn and Bean Pizza… 

I’m seriously in love with this pizza… for serious!!  So dang good and different than a regular, marinara-sauced pizza.  I made up the recipe because I’m just that talented (side note:  if talent includes unthawing frozen corn and opening a can of beans, I’m your girl!)  The recipe:

Smoky Bean and Corn Pizza 

1 multigrain flatout (or whatever flavor you prefer)
1/4 cup frozen or fresh corn
1/4 cup sodium-free pinto  beans (or black beans)
2 Tblsp. barbecue sauce
1 roma tomato
1/3 cup 2% mozzarella cheese  

I baked the flatout for 7 minutes on 350 degrees before I put any of the ingredients onto it… to crisp it up.  Then, I added all the toppings and put it back in the oven for 15 minutes or until the cheese melts.  

Seriously so good… I guess you could substitute chicken for the beans if you’re into eating feathery things.

TOTAL Calories for Dinner:  348

There she goes.  I love this week’s menu.  As a side note, if you don’t use reduced sodium/sodium-free ingredients this menu is a bit heavy on the sodium side… but you can’t always be perfect… live a little!

Question of the Day:  What are your favorite pizza toppings?  Any ideas for lower calorie crusts?  


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