Tuesday, March 11, 2008

“Discoveries are often made by not following instructions, by going off the main road, by trying the untried.”

~Frank Tyger

Bread Crumbs

While I use bread crumbs in lots or dishes (especially for crunchy toppings) I have switched from using dried crumbs to fresh....here is why:

Bread crumbs – Dried vs. fresh

½ cup of dried crumbs = 4 – 6 pts
½ cup of fresh crumbs = 1 – 2 pts

To make 1/2 cup of fresh crumbs, tear up a piece of whole grain bread and toss it into your blender or food processor. A few pulses later you are ready to go!

(or how about oatmeal?) In meatballs and meatloaf use an equal amount of oats. Your dish will come out more moist and no one will realize you made a switch.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Every healthy eating choice starts in your mind - not in your mouth.
- Author Unknown

Drink your milk servings!

Milk is a good thing. In fact, drinking milk can help in your weight loss! Fat free milk actually helps pull undigested fat from your body...how cool is that?

If you make a smoothy you can get milk and fruit in at the same time! Who says you can't kill two birds wit one stone?

Try this treat for Breakfast or a snack. It is filling!

Chefkenneth’s mango lassi!

1 packet vanilla smoothie mix (Weight Watchers)
1 cup of ice
1 cup cold water
1 cup frozen mango

Blend like crazy in an electric blender.
Enjoy this 2pt drink! It is 24 oz of love!

Green Pea Hummus

This is quite a treat! Unlike Hummus, this version does not have tahini in it. Tahini is the sesame paste used in hummus which is even more fat dense than peanut butter! This recipe eliminates the fat and adds green peas which give sweetness and a beautiful color.

2 cups frozen green peas
1 can (15 oz) chickpeas, drained (liquid reserved)
2 medium scallions, chopped
2 Tblsp fresh lemon juice
1 Tblsp olive oil, extra-virgin
3 medium garlic cloves, or more to taste
1 tsp ground cumin, or more to taste
1/2 tsp table salt, or more to taste
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  1. Bring 2 cups of water to a boil in a small saucepan. Add green peas and return to a boil; simmer until tender, about 3 minutes. Drain, rinse under cold water and drain again.
  2. Place peas and remaining ingredients in a food processor or blender; process until smooth. Serve dip immediately or cover and refrigerate up to 7 days.