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Saturday, December 26, 2009

French Food night!

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mmmmm, escargot!

Did you read the nutritional value on those cute little snails? SOOO low in fat, full of protein, so go ahead and ENJOY! Just reduce the amount of garlic butter you dip them into! lol

I have a recipe called " snail buns" I made them up many years ago. I put a bit of pillsbury dough in mini muffin cups. 1-2 snails, a small bit of garlic butter and a bit of Brie. Bake! OHH soo good!

Then there is French Onion Soup. Low in fat as well, but full of flavour. Just ease up on the cheese, IF you can? I can't.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Prime Rib, Cream cheese mashed potatoes, Squash, and POPOVERS!

My husband is such an amazing cook! This is why I need to eat lean during the regular week-days and exercise daily!

Check out those popovers! They were delish! He smothers them with his wonderful gravy that he makes from the roast.....oh my!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Healthy SUSHI night!

We were shopping in Collingwood most of the day, and picked up some freshly made sushi for dinner.  Then I wanted to make some veggie rolls out of rice paper. Another healthy, but fun dish to eat.   Plus we were in the Liquor store ( imagine that!?) and found these cute mini bottle of Sake!  Ohhh it was so good. Warmed up and enjoyed with our Sushi and rolls.

The rice rolls are very easy to make. Just shred up some vegetables, carrots, lettuce, sprouts, cucumber, whatever you have. Put a rice paper in hot water to make it soft and manageable. Roll up.

I made a very easy and ZERO fat Vietnamese Dipping Sauce to dip them in:

In a small bowl...stir 1/4 c fish sauce, 3 Tbsp water, 2 Tbsp lime juice, 2 Tbsp sugar, and 1 tsp of minced garlic.  Perfect!

Zero fat in this! but OHHH so good.

Saturday, December 19, 2009


We have a local Chocolate Store that makes the most exquisite, hand crafted couverture truffles and chocolates.

Mill Creek Chocolates. A family business in our local area.

This is a where " Quality over Quantity" comes into play.  Savour and enjoy ONE  a day...so rich and decadant, your chocolate craving will be satisfied, and you won't need more than one.

The Facts on Calories in that glass of wine you are holding!


The worst

One of the highest calorie counts for a glass of wine comes from Ruby Port. In a 4 oz glass, Ruby Port can deliver 185 calories. ( that stuff will only give you a nasty head-ache! Stay clear from it! )

The best

Various brands may vary, for a 4 oz glass of wine, but white zinfandel ( sorry! I can't stand Zin's)  tends to be one of the safest bets with a modest 80 calories.  BUT...other smart choices are Chablis, at 85 calories, and chardonnays with around 90 calories all from 4 oz servings. 

The table below shows the amount of calories for an average glass (4 fl oz/115ml), with the average glass being five glasses per bottle


Alcohol-free Wine 37 calories - sorry! Unless I am pregnant--I can't even GO there!

Champagne 96 calories
Dry Red Wine 83 calories
Dry White Wine 77 calories
Rose 82 calories
Sparkling 92 calories
Sweet Red Wine 100 calories
Sweet White Wine 103 calories
Bianco Vermouth 167 calories
Martini Bianco 150 calories
Martini Extra Dry 150 calories
Martini Rose 180 calories
Martini Rosso 192 calories
Port 170 calories
Sherry average 140 calories

ps. Perhaps I need one of these!? HAHA!

Having a Party? Eat and drink well, without the extra grams of fat!

These appetizers are protein-rich and cutting out the crust makes them incredibly low-cal! Not to mention so tasty, easy and pretty!

27 calories per serving!!!

4 slices prosciutto, fat trimmed, halved
2 egg whites
1 whole egg
3 tablespoons nonfat plain Greek yogurt  ( if you can't find this, try using fat free sour cream)
1 tablespoon chopped black olives  ( optional)
1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary, plus more for garnish
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Heat oven to 400°F. Coat a mini muffin pan with cooking spray. Press 1 piece prosciutto into each of 8 cups. Whisk egg whites and whole egg until smooth. Whisk in yogurt, olives, rosemary, salt and pepper. Divide mixture among cups. Bake, uncovered, until quiches are cooked through, 10 to 12 minutes.  ( I think they take longer than that) Garnish with rosemary.

makes 8
Per serving: 27 calories, 1.1 g fat, 0.3 g saturated, 0.4 g carbohydrates, 0 g fiber, 3.6 g protein

Courtesy of Epicurious

Peppermint Cosmo

One cute cocktail contains only 7 grams of sugar—including the candy cane. Sip and stay sleek!
This recipe makes 8

1 cup pomegranate juice
Juice of 1 lime
4 ounces vodka
1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
8 ice cubes
8 mini candy canes
2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint

Combine juices, vodka, peppermint and 1/2 cup water in a shaker with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into 8 shot glasses. Garnish with candy canes and mint.

Ok, you LOVE those hot gooey, cheesey dips don't you? We ALL do, but really, do we need the 98897876767 grams of fat per serving? And WHO stops at ONE serving?  I want my wine and my food! so check this out!
Weight Watchers Hot Asiago Dip

1 cup nonfat cottage cheese

1/4 cup nonfat cream cheese
2 tablespoons nonfat cream cheese
1/2 teaspoons dijon mustard
1/4 cup asiago Cheese - grated, (or parmesan)
2 scallions - sliced
1 jalapeno pepper - seeded, deveined and minced

In a blender or food processor, puree the cottage and cream cheeses; add the mustard. Add the Asiago cheese, scallions and jalapeno; pulse to combine.

Transfer the mixture to a 2-cup microwavable dish; microwave on High until heated through, 3 minutes. Serve at once.
Serves 8.
WW Points: 1 pt.

Sooo, do THESE look yummy and fattening?

HA! you were fooled! Another healthy appetizer!

Baked Spring Rolls

Makes 10 spring rolls. ( but make more, as they will go fast!)


•10 large spring roll wrappers (refrigerated)
•1/2 lb extra-lean ground meat (turkey, pork, or beef)
•1 Tbsp fresh ginger, peeled & minced
•1-2 Tbsp sesame oil
•1/4 tsp salt
•3 cups cabbage, shredded
•1 large carrot, peeled & grated
•1 Tbsp water
Preheat oven to 350 F

 Shred cabbage, peel and grate carrots, peel and mince ginger.
 In  frying pan, saute  meat in 1/2 Tbsp sesame oil with ginger and salt until well cooked.
 Transfer meat to large mixing bowl, and pour off excess oil. Return pan to heat, adding cabbage, carrots, and water, and cook until all the water has evaporated, and cabbage is clear.
 Toss cabbage and carrots with meat.
Spray a baking sheet with nonstick, zero-calorie cooking spray.
Separate spring roll wrappers carefully, and brush each with sesame oil. (This can be done as you go.) Spoon a small amount (one tenth of the mixture) into a diagonal line across one corner of a single wrapper, then fold up the top and bottom and roll into a cylindrical shape.
 Place finished rolls on cookie sheet and bake 15 minutes on each side, or until golden brown, spraying with zero-calorie cooking spray upon turning.
Serve hot with plum or sweet-and-sour sauce.

Vegetarians may substitute a comparable amount of low-fat, firm tofu for meat. Brown in oil as described, and continue with recipe as directed.

Thursday, December 17, 2009


ROCKS the Abs, Butt, and Legs!

Seriously..I can't say it enough!  There is a REASON celebs are hiring their own personal pilates instructors to work with them each day.

If you haven't signed up for a class, then do it now.  I have tried home DVD's, but you REALLY need a qualified Pilates Instructor to teach you, as the moves are very different to what you are use to and if you don't do it correctly, you won't see the same results, or you could hurt yourself.

Creamy Sausage Penne!? ( low fat!?) nooo way! oh YES way!


8 oz cooked whole wheat penne
1/8 tsp salt
8 oz raw turkey sausage, italian style- removed from casings
8oz cremini mushrooms or baby bella mushrooms, ANY mushrooms, really!  trimmed and quartered
1 Tbsp minced garlic
 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
1/1/2 c skim milk
1 c of frozen green peas, petite variety ( I ran out of those in my freezer as well, so I skipped them)
1/4 tsp fresh ground black pepper or to taste
1/2 cup roasted red peppers, water packed, and sliced
1/2 c scallion- sliced ( but I didnt' have any so I used onion- still good)
3Tbsp grated parmesan cheese

In a large non-stick skillet, cook sausage , stiring and breaking into chunks with a wooden spoon until browned. About 3 minutes. Remove to a bowl.  Add mushrooms, to skillet, and saute until browned and tender, about 3 min. Stir in garlic and cook 30 seconds until fragrant.

In a measuring cup, whick together flour and milk until smooth; stir into skillet along with peas, salt and black pepper. Bring sauce to a boil, simmer until thickened and peas are tender, about 3 min. Stir in sausage, roasted peppers and scallions. Remove for heat.

Add sauce to pasta and toss to coat.  Serve!

when you taste this, you will NOT believe it is LOW FAT!   My entire family love this dish.

Because I want to eat all my favourite fattening foods on the week-end....

I ended up having this for lunch or dinner!

Ok, not gourmet, but something has to give if I want to stay in these size 2 pants!

Fat Free Hot-dogs
Toasted Whole wheat rolls
Home-made vegetable chili that I make large batches of and keep on hand at all times! GOOD yet no fat.
Fat Free Sour Cream
Reduced fat shredded aged cheddar.


Basically a fat free lunch or dinner! Amazing!  If you are following Weight Watchers I would guess around 3-4 points for this! I couldn't even eat it all. It was that filling. Full of veggies, fiber and protein!!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Never, EVER leave home without this!

Stuff I keep in my  cute little travel lunch purse next to my driver's seat when I am out and about doing errands all day long. This keeps me full and helps stop any temptations for the fast-food drive-thru

ww. wraps with lean turkey, fat free cheese and veggies ( I left one open to show you)
Bran muffins