Monthly Archives: January 2013

The inevitable weight loss road block

Taunting me at work!

Taunting me at work!

I’ve been a Weight Watcher’s member since I got engaged in 2009. Prior to my engagement I had always been pretty thin and in good shape, thanks to high school sports and working in the Rutgers Recreation office all through college (easy access to gyms, classes, and activities). However, after I graduated, the pounds slowly started to creep up and by the time I got engaged I was the heaviest I’d ever been. So, I decided maybe I needed a little help. Continue reading

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Indian Food Faves

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It’s no secret that I adore Indian food. It’s probably my favorite cuisine, even above Thai food, which is the food I grew up on. Indian food is full of flavor and color and I just can’t get enough of it. I hit up the local Indian restaurants more than a couple times a month, especially for their lunch buffets. Lunch buffets are my favorite, because I can never decide on just one dish. I like most Indian dishes but there are a couple that are stand outs for me. Favorites, if you will. Continue reading

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Mexican Fried Rice

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When I was in college, one of my roommates used to make the most amazing rice and beans dish (she also made some mean quesadillas that I still make today and people just go nuts over them). Although I’ve always liked rice and beans as a side, I’d never had them the way she prepared them and they quickly became a favorite. I asked her to make them for me on a weekly basis and being the good friend she was, she would gladly make us up a batch. White rice, black beans, butter, a little onion and lots of spicy red pepper or jalapeno and the dish was done. I have no idea why that combination works so well, but it does! Continue reading

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The easiest eggplant “parm” ever

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This is almost too embarrassing to post as a recipe because it starts with these eggplant cutlets from Trader Joe’s. So, it literally requires almost no work. But this “recipe” is perfect for those nights where you just don’t feel like cooking at all and I guarantee you, most of you will have these ingredients in your pantry. Continue reading

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Whole Wheat Calzones

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I had some whole wheat dough in my freezer, leftover from a Trader Joe’s shopping spree, and instead of making the obvious, which would be pizza, I decided to try my hand at calzones. Now, they definitely did not come out the perfect calzone shape, but they tasted pretty good! Mine have a bit of a Mexican twist, with green chilies, cheddar, mozzarella and cream cheese but feel free to add any ingredients you like best! I mean what could be bad about pizza dough stuffed with all kinds of delicious ingredients? Continue reading

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Green Beans two different ways

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Green beans are not a favorite vegetable of mine, but lately, I’ve been experimenting with them a bit more. My desire to cook with them more started after a good friend of mine made one of the best green bean dishes I have EVER had in my life for Thanksgiving. The green beans were sauteed in a buttery, garlic wine sauce and topped with crunchy slivered almonds. I begged her for the recipe and, thankfully, she decided to share it with me. I will share that recipe here, however, I had a HUGE bunch of green beans to cook up so I decided to cook half of them using my friend’s recipe, and half of them another way.

I’ve mentioned, many times before, how much I believe in roasting food, especially vegetables. Roasting does something amazing to the vegetables and they carmelize beautifully, and green beans are no exception. After roasting them, what could make these green beans better? The answer is BACON! Duh! Bacon makes everything better, but I wanted to make the green beans even more rich and flavorful, which is why I made a blue cheese butter to top the beans with. Continue reading

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