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chicken nugs

28 Mar

i feel like this happens a lot has happened twice, so far. i go MIA and then come back with two recipes back to back. check out my SFV protein frappuccino here! i wouldn’t technically call this a recipe. or maybe you could. or maybe i’m just tooting my own horn. but i’m okay with that because these chicken nuggets were BOMB.

first, a quick note on life. we’re still in the process of finding out the loan amount and getting everything to fit into our budget. i’m a ball of anxiety. therefore, i’m eating carbs, carbs, and more carbs like its my job. even though i am acknowledging what i’m doing I CAN’T STOP. i’m SUCH an emotional eater and i feel like everything right now is just too much. i need to snap out of this binge. i’m right back at my highest weight right now, not that i know the exact number.. i’m too afraid to step on the scale. anyways.. back to this guilt free DELICIOUS recipe!

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*this is two batches, since i was cooking for quite a few

homemade guilt-free chicken nugs!

prep time: 10 mins cook time: 15-20 mins

(makes 4 servings. 1 serving = about 8 nugs)

stats/serving: 208 cals, 8 carbs, 4 fat, 31 protein.

ingredients*:

  • 1 package of boneless, skinless chicken tenders
  • ~1/4 cup of whole wheat italian breadcrumbs
  • ~1/8 cup of whole wheat flour
  • ~1/4 cup of parmesan cheese
  • ~1/2 cup of egg whites

*i didn’t really measure here, so these are just approximations, but a little went a long way!

instructions:

  1. pre-heat oven to 400*
  2. prep your chicken. my package had 8 tenders, and i cut each piece into about 4-5 smaller pieces to give me a good ‘nugget’ size.
  3. combine ww flour, ww breadcrumbs, and cheese into a shallow bowl and mix.
  4. put egg whites into a separate shallow bowl.
  5. coat nuggets in egg white mixture and then breadcrumb mixture until completely covered and place onto a wire rack coated with cooking spray.*
  6. once all chicken is coated and positioned on wire rack, place in the oven for about 15-20 mins. (mine took about ~16 mins. i wasn’t really watching the clock and didn’t set a timer)
  7. once all nuggets are cooked through (165*), remove from over and let cool for about 3-5 mins.
  8. ENJOY!

*how much of the breadcrumb mixture you will need depends on how ‘coated’ you want your nuggets. i used a wire rack in this case because i find the chicken cooks more even without having to flip and risk losing any breading!

they were a hit! i served them with a squash/zuchinni/potato/tomato bake and annie’s ww mac’n’cheese. these would def be very kid friendly! yogi was pleading for some, but we said it would spoil his kibble ūüôā

Q: what was your last dish you created that made you toot your own horn?

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SFV protein frappuccino

27 Mar

hey guys!¬† i’m¬†dropping in with a quick recipe i¬†just made up!¬† i¬†don’t even want to talk about life right now because it stresses me out just thinking about it, but i¬†figured you would appreciate this amazing protein shake i just whipped up!

i’ve been CRAVING¬†a frappuccino¬†since the first day it got warmer than 60 degrees.¬† frappuccinos¬†were my staple in high school.. it didn’t matter that they were over 4 bucks a pop, i had no expenses!

well.. since i’m trying to watch my spending and my waistline, i decided to experiment at home, for a lot less money! hope you enjoy!

SFV protein frappaccino

makes one giant shake or two medium shakes

(whole shake: calories: 213, carbs: 14, fat: 2, protein: 30)

ingredients:

  • 1 C milk (i used skim)
  • 6-8 ice cubes
  • 1 scoop of protein (i¬†used MRM¬†whey – french vanilla)
  • 2 T instant coffee *
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 1/4 t of xanthan and guar gum (optional)

instructions:

blend and enjoy! i¬†didn’t use any sweetener, but you could def add some to make the shake appeal to you.

*i’m¬†sure you could use cold coffee that has been brewed prior.¬† i would play with the milk:coffee ratio in that case.

 

hope you guys like this as much as i did! perfect for warmer weather and a lot easier on the wallet (and waistline!)

 

Q: does nice weather make you crave anything? me..¬†music by brand¬†new/the starting line¬†and fraps ūüôā

 

rambles and a recipe

22 Feb

warning: a lot of venting is about to take place, so if you’re not in the mood today, please skip to the bottom of the page or comeback next time.

so my day started out really great; i dragged myself out of bed got up, took some cardio cuts and popped in insanity: cardio power & resistance. i got in a great burn.. looked down at my HRM and realized.. i forgot to turn in on! oh well, no big deal. i know i got a great burn in.

afer cool down, i made a orange creamsicle recovery/protein smoothie (recipe below), and then got ready for work.

on my way to work i¬†decided to call my dad (after i¬†talked to my mom) even though i had a gut feeling it wasn’t the best idea.

*background info: i¬†am currently working as a General Ledger Account for an independent state agency making pretty good money compared to most of my peers. my dad, a very conservative man, thinks that me working at the state is only doing one thing: wasting his tax money. he thinks i¬†have wasted my undergrad and grad degrees on something that i¬†could do easily without either (which is def not the case at all). i¬†chose this position because it would be possible to study (wait, i’m suppose to be studying?!) and work without being overwhelmed; many of my classmates got into ‘big 4’ accounting firms and havent gotten off work before 11 p.m. since december. for now, that’s not something i want. no, i don’t want to work at this company forever, but for now, i’m happy, and that should be all that matters.

since i have accepted this job, which started out as an internship, my dad has had a rollercoaster of opinions, which he is more than happy to express to me. when i started, he was happy; happy i found a job that started within a week of me graduating. assured me, this would be the experience i needed with not so much work that CPA studying would be overwhelming.. that was the first week..

from there he did a complete 180 on me. he went from supportive to completely opposing everything about what i was doing. i was wasting my time, i was wasting his money that he paid for my education, i was wasting his tax money (because i would for a government agency).

every single time i went home i was bombarded with all this negativity.. it started with me going home bawling after spending the day at home for thanksgiving. then, at christmas, trying to embarrass me in front of all my close relatives.

since christmas, i¬†have no been home. i hadn’t even talked to my dad, which is a shame. i love my dad with all my heart¬†he’s done a lot for me and i¬†have so much respect for him, but i¬†can’t keep taking this negativity¬†from him. it’s bring me down and i¬†don’t know what to do. i’ve¬†let my mom know how i feel and she agrees what he is doing is wrong, but there’s nothing she can do about it.

hes also, always, been critical about my weight, and that’s one reason i’ve¬†always been so self-conscious about my appearance¬†with it comes to weight. i¬†sometimes make myself sick thinking about what he might say when i’ve¬†come home and gained 10 lbs since the last time i¬†was home, because i know he will most definitely let me know.*

shew, sorry for such a long background, but for you to understand why this phone call made me so upset this morning, you needed to know.

i¬†called him up just to say hi, which he always assumes i need something. we talked for a few minutes, about his company (he owns a landscaping company), about his health (since he hasn’t been in the best health lately), and the last thing he said was “have you found a real job yet” something struck me and tears started rolling down my face. as calmly as i¬†could, i¬†let him know i¬†was pulling up to work ( i¬†wasn’t even close) and that i¬†had to go. that was the end of it. i¬†called barbara and vented and she reassured me, what i was doing was the right thing, but there’s still a piece of me, this morning, that is so upset.

it shouldn’t be like this. why can’t he just be proud of where i¬†have gotten? i was the first of my family to graduate from college and the first of extended family to get a master’s degree. that means nothing to him.

it’s situations like these that make me want to put myself into a carb coma.. bread, donuts, cake, cookies.. anything would make me feel better than i¬†feel right now. i¬†know that’s not the answer; i¬†need to make sure i’m keeping track of this as one of my triggers that tends to break my healthy lifestyle commitment.

i’ll¬†end this conversation there. sorry for all the personal information and heaviness, but it’s my blog and i¬†can choose what i want to write about, right?

so.. on a lighter note¬†(if you made it through all of that), i¬†concocted a delicious¬†smoothie that i¬†would like to share with you. i¬†can’t say i¬†was ever a fan of creamsicles during my childhood, but this doesn’t taste half bad!

orange creamsicle recovery/protein smoothie

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ingredients:

  • 1 scoop of EAS muscle armor (orange flavor)
  • 1 scoop of protein powder (i¬†used MRM rich vanilla)
  • .5 of a frozen banana
  • .5 C of unsweetened almond/coconut milk mixture
  • 1/4 t xanthan gum (optional)
  • 1/4 t guar gum (optional)
  • TONS of ice

instructions:

combine all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth and enjoy!

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for the rest of my meals¬†today, i will be having: leftover pasta and chicken, 6 oz of dannon¬†greek yogurt + banana + cinnamon, chicken + rice + veggies for dinner, and if i’m¬†still hungry at the end of the day maybe a protein cake.. i’ve been craving¬†one lately! i’ve¬†also already downed 2 – 32 oz nalgenes, so i’m¬†sure i¬†will be getting in over a gallon of water today (which is something else i want to make a habit of)

hope everyone has a great day.

no questions today.. too mentally drained ūüė¶

stuffed jalapenos

21 Feb

hey guys! i have another recipe post, today!

i don’t know if i will be posting recipes all the time, or just when i really like something. i am by no means a culinary genius and i’m still learning when it comes to cooking and baking!

as you know, i am obsessed with pinterest. i am always eager to find easy, new recipes that i can incorporate into both free days and the rest of the week, when i’m eating clean. well, barbara has a board on pinterest dedicated to food i should make. i’ve tried making a few of them and most have turned out great! once thing she found, were these jalapenos poppers, which are weight watchers friendly.

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i took it upon myself to tweak the recipe a bit with what i had on hand!

stuffed jalapenos (inspired by this recipe)

  • 4 T of low-fat shredded cheddar cheese
  • 4 wedges of Laughing Cow Light – Blue Cheese (any will work)
  • 2 T of non-fat greek yogurt
  • 4 jalapenos
  • 6 T of whole wheat panko breading

(the original recipe calls for dipping the jalapenos with an egg wash and then dipping into the bread crumbs. i did that the first time with egg whites and it turned out great. the second time i just sprinkled the bread crumbs on top and it worked just as good! )

instructions:

  • preheat oven to 350 degrees F and coat a large baking sheet (i used a baking stone, so this wasn’t necessary)
  • in a bowl, combine cheddar cheese, LCL, and greek yogurt, set aside
  • cut peppers in half and remove seeds, then rub your eyes (i did this on accident, actually i ALWAYS do this when working with peppers, like my eyes are only itchy when i have fire fingers, or something)
  • fill peppers with cheese mixture
  • at this point, if you are using the egg wash, dip your poppers in the wash and then coat with bread crumbs and place on baking sheet
  • if you are not using the egg wash, place the poppers on your baking sheet and sprinkle bread crumbs on top
  • bake for about 30 minutes (the cheese should be bubbling and the outside should be brown)
  • serve immediately! ENJOY!

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i promise i will be posting an update the start of my weight loss journey, round 3489374. i fell of the wagon completely last week, and now i’m back at square one. ūüė¶ nothing i can do about it now, except get back on track and work twice as hard. almost two months have passed and i’m nowhere near my goals i set for the new year. plus, i have a 10K i am running in on march 31st and i probably can’t run 3 minutes right now. gah!

hope everyone had a great weekend!

Q: have you ever tried to commit to something and you just kept sabotaging yourself? i, for some reason, always sabotage myself during weight loss right after 35-40 lbs lost. i don’t know why, but i really want to look into it. i KNOW i want this, so why can’t i force myself to do it?

shamrock shake

18 Feb

hey guys! i’m not going to be long because i’m watching a movie, but i hadddd to share this new creation i made tonight!

so.. it’s shamrock milkshake time at McDonald’s right now.. my all time favorite milkshake!

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well since i’m trying my best to get on track, i made my own recipe!

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shamrock protein shake

inspired by this smoothie

ingredients:
1 C of unsweetened almond milk
2/3 cup of nonfat Greek yogurt
1 scoop of vanilla protein powder
1 t of mint extract
1/4 t of xanthan gum
1/4 t of guar gum
2 packets of stevia
A few drops of green food coloring
A handful of ice cubes

combine all ingredients into a blender and blend until smoothie! ENJOY!

Q: do you have any plans tonight? me.. no! watching moneyball! mmm brad pitt!!