Saturday, July 25, 2009

Pizza Casserole

I have been on SUCH a pizza kick lately! Of course, I'm trying to keep pizza as healthy as I can, so I've been dabbling around with different recipes. I had this recipe bookmarked for a long time, but just got around to making it this past week. Result? FANTASTIC!!

Deep Dish Pizza Casserole

1 lb of lean ground beef
1 Pillsbury Pizza Thin Crust Pizza Crust
15 oz tomato sauce (I used almost an entire jar of spaghetti sauce)
1 cup of shredded cheese

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Brown ground beef in a pan. Add tomato sauce after meat is cooked and heat through. Unroll pizza crust in a 9x13 pan, and press into bottom and up the edges of the pan. Pour ground beef mixture into pizza crust. Bake for 12 minutes. Pull out of oven and add 1 cup of shredded cheese. Bake for 5 for minutes or until cheese is melted.

Cut into 6 slices, serve and enjoy!

This was pretty amazing. If I make it again, I'd definitely add some peppers, onions, or some other vegetables to bulk it up a bit. This tastes much more like pizza than the bubCheck Spellingble up pizza casserole. I consider it a win in my book!

On the ditching the scale front....

It's been wonderful not knowing what my weight is at the present moment. I have found that I am able to make better choices regardless of whether or not I know my weight. I feel much more confident and proud of who I am. I should have adopted this mentality earlier!

Until next time!
~Anne Marie

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Ditching the Scale

As many of you know, I'm a member of Weight Watchers. I realize that not everyone follows it, and I know it's not the only way to lose weight. It's just what worked for me. After I reached my goal weight, I was approached by Weight Watchers and asked to work for them at my weekly Saturday meetings. I decided to take them up on the offer. After all, I was still attending meetings after goal, so why not?

About two months ago, I started gaining weight, and now I am about 8 pounds from my goal weight. In fact, I even made a post about how I decided to go back and start counting points again. Since that time, my body hasn't known what to do with itself. Even though I'm writing down what I'm eating and tracking away, my body has been on a path of lose 2 pounds, gain 2 pounds. It's frustrating stepping on the scale each week because I feel like I should have lost this weight a long time ago.

Last weekend, I was scheduled to weigh in at my Weight Watchers meeting. I woke up feeling great about the choices I had been making, but when I stepped on the scale, I was disappointed. The scale was up, yet again. I called the husband and we had a long chat. By the end of the conversation, I asked him to hide the scale in our house.

I'm tired. I'm tired of a little number on a scale determining how I feel about myself. I'm tired of making healthy choices and feeling "bad" about seeing a higher number on the scale. From now on, I've committed to weighing in only once a month, like Weight Watchers mandates, and to toss aside any other scale in my life. I'm also realizing that the little number doesn't determine if I'm good or bad. It's just a number, and I am on a path to being comfortable with that.

How do you deal with the scale? Any tips or suggestions?

Until next time!
~Anne Marie

Friday, July 17, 2009

Zucchini Pasta

In an effort to try new things, I stumbled upon this little creation and was eager to give it a try.

I present to you zucchini pasta. If you don't have a spiralizer (which will give you a more angel hair type of "pasta"), you can use a vegetable peeler or a knife to cut the zucchini. This is the easiest thing to make - peel or cut the zucchini into a bowl and top with your favorite pasta sauce. That's pretty much it. See? I told you it was easy!

I was able to get this much "pasta" out of one medium sized zucchini -

I topped this with some pasta sauce (or as I like to call it "gravy"), and popped it in the microwave for a few minutes. While I loved how it tasted, my only complaint is that I didn't use more zucchini. This didn't hold me over for as long as I expected.

Any fun weekend plans?

I'm hoping to have a relaxing weekend and work on the house a little bit. There is one room that still needs to be painted, and the husband and I are dragging our feet with getting it done. It's been so nice out that neither of us want to spend time inside.

Hope you enjoy your weekend!

Until next time~
~Anne Marie

Monday, July 13, 2009

The Monster

For those of you who were wondering what I tried last week, the answer was this......
I present to you, the Green Monster.
My mix contained:
1 cup fat free milk
1 frozen banana
handful of spinach
As I mentioned before, this concoction has been making it's way around the food blogs for quite some time. I was very reluctant to try it - after all, I liked all three ingredients by themselves, but blended together? It didn't sound like much of a treat. Oh boy, was I wrong! I have to admit, that with only one banana in the smoothie, I could taste the slightest hint of spinach, but it wasn't bad enough to make me stop drinking them. In fact, I've been having one every morning.
Because I'm following Weight Watchers, and I want to keep the points fairly low, I imagine that with more fruit or the addition of another banana, the slight spinach taste would be gone.
There are a few things I love about this smoothie:
- it tastes great
- it's so good for you
- it keeps you full!
I encourage you to try this if you haven't before. I know you're probably thinking that it's gross, but it's not at all! Who may surprise yourself and really enjoy it!
Until next time!
~Anne Marie

Friday, July 10, 2009

I Shall Call It Dirt

Happy Friday!

Remember last week when I said I had a peanut butter/pudding parfait recipe to share with you? Well.....I have it for you.

A little background on this dessert - my sister-in-law makes this for almost every family function, and by the time dessert's over, it's almost always gone. When she gave me the recipe, she called in Chocolate Peanut Butter Parfait, but after I made it and looked at it, I declared it Dirt. It reminds me of that cool dessert I used to have as a child at picnics, and I fell in love with the the minute I tasted it.

You be the judge.

I made some substitutions to the original recipe, and it still came out great!

Recipe for Dirt (or Chocolate Peanut Butter Parfait, if you'd like)

1 box sugar free/fat free instant chocolate pudding
1 box peanut butter oreos (I used a box of the sugar free oreos. They were cheaper, and I had to use up the entire box because they were smaller than the pb stuffed ones)
1/2 jar reduced fat peanut butter
1 container of fat free cool whip
lightly salted peanuts (optional)

1. Make pudding as directed on package
2. Mix peanut butter and cool whip in a bowl until well combined
3. Put 1/3 box 0f pb oreos in a bag and crush into crumbs
4. Layer pudding, then pb/cool whip mixture, lightly salted peanuts and crushed oreos until you reach the top
5. Enjoy!

I can't wait until my Monday blog post. I tried something last night that I never in a million years thought I'd eat. Anyone wanna take a guess? I'll give you one hint-it's something that doesn't sound appealing, but has been featured on the blogs of Rose, Angela, Caitlin and Kath (plus countless others, I'm sure!)

I hope you all have a fantastic weekend!
Until next time!
~Anne Marie

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Craving the Clean Foods

Last week at this time I was thinking about how I only had to work one more day before my three day weekend. I was so excited for the long weekend, and then SNAP! I close my eyes for a second, and here we are, back at another week of work.

I hope you all enjoyed your 4th of July. Mine was a lot of fun-lots of bbq's, good food and even better people.

Lately, I've been having thoughts of "what if I gain back the 70 pounds that I lost?" This thought floats around in my mind more than I'd like to admit, but over the past weekend, I've had a eating habits have changed, and I can tell.

How did I come to realize this? Well, after eating the burgers, apple pie and cheese and crackers, my body craved clean foods. I found myself wanting to eat many salads, fruits and vegetables. My body was telling me that it had enough of the junk, and wanted something more healthy. Five years ago, my body would have craved more chocolate, potato chips and burgers. The best part? When I gave my body what it craved, it felt amazing.

That revelation, in my opinion, was one of the best revelations I could have ever had.

So here's to knowing that some indulgences along the way do not equal 70 pounds gained back.

Enjoy the rest of your day!

Until next time!
~Anne Marie

Friday, July 3, 2009

Mom Rocks

Today the husband and I drove to my mom's house for a little visit. We are spending 4th of July at the husband's parents' house, so I thought it would be nice to see my mom today.

My mom has always been supportive of my weight loss/maintenance, but today really took the cake. Whenever I go to a party or gathering at my mom's, she always has food around. She usually has a mix of healthy and unhealthy foods, which, admittedly poses a problem for me. It's hard to stare at the unhealthy foods without having some......or a ton :)

Today felt like a big breakthrough for the both of us. When the husband and I came over, instead of having the unhealthy snacks, mom pulled two containers of Sabra hummus out of the fridge and paired them with whole wheat crackers. I suppose now would be the time to tell you that she isn't a fan of all.

I was so grateful that my mom went the extra mile and hooked me up with a healthy, tasty snack. Plus, I even got her to try the red pepper hummus, and she actually liked it! In fact, she sent me home with one of the containers and kept the red pepper hummus "in case she was in the mood" for some later. LOVE IT!

Hope you all enjoy your 4th of July holiday!

Until next time!
~Anne Marie

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Same Old Routine

Can I just say that I am so thankful for the short work week? The first few days back from vacation are difficult, and I always find that the work week seems so much longer!

At least I know I'll have a yummy dinner to go home too.

Buffalo Chicken delicious!

Lately I feel like I've been in a major food rut. As most of you know, I'm a huge fan of cook once to eat all (work) week. It has been working phenomenally for my hubby and I, but the one downside is that I'm stuck for meal ideas ALL the time! I've been cooking some type of chicken/meatloaf/pasta thing for almost a year now, and I'm getting tired of it! The problem? Those meals are way too simple to make, and so I revert to the easy choices often.

Any suggestions to liven up dinner time? Ideas would be much appreciated!

I cannot believe we are already in the month of July. Where did the time go? For the 4th of July, the hubby and I are headed over to his parents' house for some bbq goodness. I promised to make a peanut butter/pudding parfait, and I can't wait to share the recipe on the blog.

Hope you have a fantastic day!
Until next time!

~Anne Marie