Healthy Recipe: Turkey Shepherd’s Pie

Remember how one of my New Year’s resolutions was to have people over at my home at least once a week? I’m not doing well with my other resolutions but that one is going strong. One of my biggest reasons for wanting to host people so often was that I hoped it would make me less uptight and more go-with-the-flow, rather than stressing out about every little detail. Well, you can’t get much more relaxed and go-with-the-flow than everyone sitting {Read More}

Healthy Meal: Brandy and Orange Chicken Breasts Topped with Stuffed Shrimp

You asked for it, and you got it: my meals and recipe modifications are back! After a grueling race yesterday (halfway done with the race report), my muscles are pretty sore and in need of some recovery. Combining that with the fact that I have a ton of frozen proteins I want to start using up, the solution was to use crab, shrimp, and chicken in this recipe from Rachael Ray for Brandy and Orange Chicken Breasts Topped with Stuffed {Read More}

Healthy Meal: Buffalo Chicken and Ranch Dip

Lately, I’ve been DVRing this new show on Lifetime that I heard about: Cook Yourself Thin. It’s basically a cross between Queer Eye and a cooking show: every show they feature one woman who wants to drop a dress size, ask her what her favorite foods are, and then show her how to cook those recipes while cutting the calorie count way down and bumping the nutrition way up. Basically, it’s what I’ve been doing for years with Rachael Ray’s {Read More}

Healthy Meal: West Indies Pepper Pot Soup

This soup has been in my arsenal of recipes to try for a few days – it’s extremely different than anything I’ve made before, and included a vegetable I’ve never cooked with. I’ve had taro root bubble tea, but never tried it in cooking, and I decided I was game for the adventure. When I went to the grocery to buy the taro, it rang up as “malanga,” which I tried to tell the cashier wasn’t the right thing. He {Read More}

Healthy Meal: Chicken Scarpariello

Even though I had chicken for dinner yesterday, I had a craving for it today for lunch. I decided to make a Rachael Ray recipe that’s been sitting in my Food Network Recipe Box for months – Chicken Scarpariello.Instead of 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, I just sprayed the pan with my Misto and that seemed to work out fine. I didn’t have red bell peppers, so I substituted green, and I also didn’t have parsley, so I skipped {Read More}

Healthy Meal: Portuguese Sausage and Greens Soup

For this weight loss challenge to work, I can’t just exercise; I need to make sure I’m eating healthy as well or all those hours spent in the gym will be for naught. I’m trying to stick to a mostly low-carb diet (I’m still eating plenty of fruits and veggies, but avoiding potatoes, grains, etc). For lunch, I pulled up my Food Network Recipe Box and found a soup recipe I had saved in November 2007 (yeah, I’m about as {Read More}

Healthy Meal: Baked Schnitzel, Braised Cabbage, and Potatoes

It’s been forever since I posted healthy recipes, but with a week in New York, I’m getting a week to cook instead of eating out all the time! I’ve been trying hard to avoid high heat cooking and eat more raw foods, but today I had a craving for my favorite meal from Dano’s on Seneca. Dano’s is this incredible Austrian restaurant near Cornell (well, not that close – it’s about forty minutes away) that I loved going to for {Read More}

Healthy Meal: Chicken Chili

This recipe was given to me a few years ago, when I was in college and went over to my friend Tyler’s house for a party. Tyler was a pretty good cook, and had made a whole pot of this chili for us to eat as we drank copious amounts of beer and played Kings. That particular house had a specific rule that if you drew one of the cards (I can’t remember which one now), you were doomed to {Read More}

Healthy Meal: Frank and Beans

This weekend wasn’t really a good one for me cooking-wise. I was so looking forward to coming back and making yummy food, but I ended up being so busy that I actually didn’t cook almost at all! Thursday night for dinner I made tofu tagine, but I put too much turmeric in and it came out kind of gross looking because it was too yellow, so I didn’t take a picture or post it. Then Friday afternoon I made a {Read More}

Grilled Pork Chop and Veggie Lentils

Yesterday morning for Easter, my mom made delicious almond biscotti and apple crostada. I helped myself to five of the biscotti (100 cals/each) and one piece of the crostada (250 cals). That was a pretty big breakfast! For lunch, I had just a turkey burger (plain, no bun) and a cup of steamed green beans. That put me just about on track for dinner, with 400 calories to “spend.” Not wanting to buy any food, I decided to make do {Read More}