Month: October 2012

Halloween Cupcakes (here is my little trick, hahahah!)

Halloween Cupcakes (here is my little trick, hahahah!)

I love love this Shrek-green color and do you want to know my little secret?  (That is powder sugar on my hand by the way . . .not a weird skin disease.)   Avocados! Who knew avocados could be so versatile? Well, I had to […]

Trim-Down Tuesday!  My Fav Beverages & Snack!

Trim-Down Tuesday! My Fav Beverages & Snack!

Yes, I know Trim-Down Tuesday sounds a little nerdy but you know the topic for the day!  Hydration is very important, especially during weight loss but that doesn’t mean your drinks have to be boring.  I wanted to share some of my favorite beverages, including […]

Monday Meal – Easy Pizza Pockets!

Monday Meal – Easy Pizza Pockets!

Dinner is so simple when you make these yummy pockets!

final pizza

I used to make these little guys all the time but then . . . the dough balls were discontinued, ahhh! Well, just the other day I was at the store and I almost jumped for joy in the freezer section when I saw them! Yay, you are back! I missed you whole wheat dough balls!  I like using these whole wheat rolls because the dough is already at the correct portion size! Roll out the dough and stuff some goodies inside and dinner is done!  Let me show you just how simple it really is!

I will call them pizza pockets according to Pioneer Women.  She says a pizza pocket has sauce whereas a calzone has a ricotta mixture.  Who knew?  I just used ingredients that I had in my frig and that is the beauty of this recipe, you can use whatever you have leftover! 

First I sauté peppers, onions and garlic.

sauteed veggies

Add sauce, Canadian bacon (this was the only precooked meat I had available but use whatever you would like!!) and oregano.

sauce and baconcombined with sauce

Roll out dough and top with sauce mixture.

doughdoug and sauce

Top with cheese!

add cheese

Fold together like a taco.

fold pocket

A fork does a great job in keeping these little pockets together.

fork

Top with a little cheese, usually I brush with an egg white and top with Parmesan but I was in a hurry and didn’t have any Parmesan!  I know . . . just horrible!

top with cheese

The dough is so amazingly good!  So easy! This is nothing fancy but as a busy mom that needs to get dinner on the table, this is a great quick recipe that everyone loves! 

final pizza 2

Here is the dough that I used, find it in the freezer section.  These rolls are delicious, so so so good! 

ww dough

 

 

Easy Pizza Pockets

Ingredients

Flour

4 whole wheat dough rolls, thawed

1 cup pizza sauce (or even spaghetti sauce)

6 slices Canadian bacon, diced (use any pre-cooked meat of your choice!)

2/3 cup shredded cheese

1 large pepper, diced

1/4 onion, diced

1 tbsp garlic, chopped

1 tbsp oregano, chopped

 

Preparation

Preheat oven to 375 degree. On a countertop sprinkled with flour, roll out each biscuit to a 4-by-3-inch oval and set aside.  In a sauce pan, sauté peppers, onions, and garlic for 2 minutes.  Add sauce, oregano and meat and combine mixture.   Place mixture on top of dough.  Top with cheese and fold.  Use a fork to “staple” the dough.  Top with additional cheese.  Bake for 20 minutes.

Protein Bar Showdown–My Top Favs!

Protein Bar Showdown–My Top Favs!

Sometimes is it nice to have a protein bar at hand when you are in a hurry.  Just like yesterday, I had FIVE kids for the morning (it was a piece of cake ) and by the time I got them all packed in the […]

Kid Snacktivity– Let’s Make a Tractor!

Kid Snacktivity– Let’s Make a Tractor!

Since I have been staying home, I am finding out that it takes some creativity to keep your kids busy all day.  I thought it would be fun to do a snacktivity!  The joy of a snack time turned into an activity (aka, keep them […]

Drop the Weight–A Meal Plan for a Day!

Drop the Weight–A Meal Plan for a Day!

I wanted to share a sample meal plan with recipes that I have posted.  I will say my day starts out like this but may not always end this way, that is just how life is right now.  Even though my scale doesn’t
go back to the exact number it said before baby, it is pretty darn close.  I’m eating healthy food and I have gotten back on my running schedule! I do not beat myself up if I miss a day.  I take a break if I was  up late with kids, sleep is way more important!  My son was laughing yesterday when he was playing with my belly (its still a little like jelly), but hey, it has been stretched out like balloon with my kids.  BUT that is ok!

Find that “healthy-happy place” for you!  Are you happy with yourself?  If you are not there, find out what motivates you?  Is it an old picture or fitting into your old pair of jeans?

Here is what a great day looks like!  (For breakfast and snack you can choose;  Breakfast: bk cups or wrap; Snack: frappe or bar)

5:30 a.m. Water, Cappacino, Bread (1/2 slice) and Peanut Butter.  This is great before I go run!

pre-workout

9:00 a.m.   Spintastic Breakfast Cups (3 cups)  OR Easy Eggcellent Breakfast Wrap

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easy eggcellent BK wrap

11:30 a.m./12 noon:  Salad ( How to Make a Perfect Salad + Salad in a Jar)  & Vegetable Soup

super salad 2

Here is what is in this soup, I just used up all my leftovers: sauteed peppers, onions and garlic. Add 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth. Add 1 1/2 cups salsa. Add 1/2 bag frozen broccoli and cauliflower. Add 2/3 cup shredded carrots.

veggie soup

Don’t forget! Make ahead your salad in a jar!  Great for on-the-go (take it to work!)!

in frig

 

2:30 p.m.   My Rockin’ Protein Pumping’ Frappe  or Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bar AND 1 cup frozen berries

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raspberries

5:30 p.m. – Stuffed Cheesy Peppers (2) (I also added a 1 cup cooked broccoli)

cheesypeppers

filled peppers

7:30 p.m. Nuts (Super Slimming Satisfying Snacks) This snack is great to enjoy with a cup of decaf coffee or herbal tea, ahhh, so soothing before bed!

nuts on scale

Weigh nuts into little snack baggies. Make a bunch of bags ahead and always have them on-hand!  This helps so much when you are in a hurry!  I just grab a little bag and I am out the door!

 

 

Well, I hope this helps give you some ideas. This meal plan is about 1450 calories.  Eating ever couple of hours is key to help maintain your hunger level and blood sugar.  Again with protein and fiber you are always full! This plan involves no deprivation!

Monday Meal! My No-Fail Sloppy Joes

Monday Meal! My No-Fail Sloppy Joes

This is my number ONE, go-to meal!  It’s simple, quick and very filling! A couple of years ago I would buy the packaged junk sloppy joe mixes because I just never knew how to make them from scratch. And this little story is why I […]