Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Busy Days

Hello All!
Wow, today was jam packed! I had clinicals until 1pm, then went straight to open lab to practice some of my skills, met my husband at home to go to the gym after he got off of work, stopped by the store for some groceries, and just done done cooking/eating dinner! I know, I know, I'm not supposed to eat this late, but what's a girl going to do?
Speaking of the gym... I ran a 5k tonight! 3.2 miles.... straight :) Felt pretty good!
I made a DELICIOUS dinner (with the help of my husband) from skinnygirl.com.
It's "Spinach and Feta Stuffed Chicken" 5 WW+ for one.
Mine didn't look as pretty and neat as hers, but hey, it tasted great! I added a little extra spinach and added a side of asparagus (yummmm). Needless to say, I am very satisfied and it was great!

The "stuffing"....

The final product....

Hope you have a great day tomorrow, everyone!!!!

Monday, January 30, 2012

Mmm...... Monday

Tonight I made "skinny chicken nuggets" from:
I used the same recipe as she has in her blog, except I added two extra chicken breasts, but didn't add any extra ingredients. Turned out really tasty and it is only 6 WW+ for 1/4th of the chicken nuggets.

*4 large chicken breasts, cut into chunks
*2 tsp olive oil
*6 tbsp whole wheat bread crumbs
*2 tbsp panko
*2 tbsp grated fat free parmesan cheese

Dip in oil and then the breading mix.

Cook at 425 degrees for 8-10 min, turn and cook an additional 4-5 minutes and then they're ready!

I also made my favorite afternoon snack, Roasted Spiced Chickpeas. This specific recipe is from wholeliving.com:
Their recipe calls for 1 can of chickpeas, but I also make a double batch.

*2 cans of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
*1 tbsp of vegetable oil (I used less)
*any type of seasoning you'd like

Drain and rinse chickpeas, toss in vegetable oil and your seasoning of preference. Cook at 425 degrees for about 30-35 minutes, tossing every once in awhile. Just make sure you cook them until they're crunchy, not mushy, and not burnt. I've done all three ways ;)
One WW+ serving size is 1/2 cup equaling 3 WW+
The recipe I posted made about 1 1/2 cups.
Last, but not least, I made this delicious WW+ butter-finger pie this weekend. It makes about 6 servings and it's 3 WW+ a slice. I generally stay away from desserts because they are empty calories, but my husband and I were really craving something on Sunday, so we decided this would be better than going out for something else! Here is the link to this recipe, enjoy!

Love my Mondays

I used to hate Mondays, but ever since I've been on my journey to become healthier, I have come to love my Mondays. I do great all week, but then the weekends come, and it becomes just so darn hard to stay healthy! I don't know what it is, but it's something. I'd venture to say that almost all people would agree that the weekends are the hardest part of "dieting" or just "being healthy." I love the quote, "nothing tastes as good as skinny feels," and isn't that the truth?? So when will it get easier? I suppose never, but I am determined to keep fighting the fight to become healthier and I WILL achieve my goal.
Speaking of goals; as of January 1 2012, I set a goal for myself to run 365 miles in 365 days. One mile a day, easy enough right? I thought to myself, heck yes I can do that! So far, so good. I am now down to 326 miles to run by January 1, 2013. I don't count the miles walked, just the miles I run. My husband encouraged me to include the miles I walk, but when I set the goal for myself, I said RUN, so I am standing by that! I made a board out of a picture frame and placed it by my "vision board" (I'll post that in another blog) up on the wall in my house right as you walk out to the garage. Needless, to say, I see it all the time, and it's a great constant reminder of my goal!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Sunday night dinner

Pizza is my favorite food. It's so good. Love the crust, the cheese, and everything that it entails. Unfortunately, pizza isn't too friendly when it comes to the "healthy eating" department. So while searching pinterest the other night (obsessed with that site), I found a cauliflower crust pizza that sounded and looked at least half way decent. It's from "recipe girl's" site

Basically what you do is grate 1 1/2 cups of cauliflower and microwave it for 8 minutes. Mix in one egg, 1 cup of fat free mozzarella cheese, oregano, garlic, and onion salt.

Spray a cookie sheet and mold to a thin crust pizza circle. Bake at 450 degrees for 15 minutes. Take the crust out and turn the oven to broil.

Add 1/2 cup of tomato pizza sauce on crust, add 1/4 cup f.f. mozzarella cheese, top with 1/2 cup of drained pineapple chunks and 3 slices of sliced canadian bacon and top with the remainder 1/4 cup of cheese.

Broil for 3-4 minutes and voila, it's ready!
I calculated the weight watcher points plus points, so don't hate me if it's not accurate. :)
The recipe said that it was supposed to make a 9 inch pizza, but it was pretty much a 7 (ish) inch pizza, it looked more like a personal pan pizza, but it was rich enough and the perfect amount for two!
For half of the pizza, I calculated that it was 8 WW+
The final product tasted surprisingly really good and I even got a "that's really good, hunny" from my husband!

I also steamed some eggs for the week. Love having my hard boiled eggs throughout the weeks mornings for breakfast.

Enjoy and comment below if you tried it too! Happy cooking :)

Hello World. You out there?

I've decided to start blogging!
When my husband and I got married in May 2009, I started blogging, but did not keep up with it. This past year I have changed my lifestyle and am determined to continue with this path, so here's to blogging!
A little about me:
My name is Amy.
I'm 25 years old, 26 in March.
I've been married to my wonderful husband since May 30, 2009.
We don't have any children yet, however we have a little doggy who keeps us busy.
I have both my Bachelors and Masters degrees, however, I am going back to school for nursing.
My husband is a phenomenal computer programmer.
My husband and I are very close to our families.
My sister (who just turned 29 yesterday) has a son who is 2 1/2 years old and I adore him.
My parents have married for 30 years in August and they are still crazy in love.
I was a competitive swimmer all through college and my husband played on our college's football team.
I recently joined Weight Watchers, so look forward to some weight watcher friendly recipes.
That's good for now, you'll learn more about me as I continue blogging!