It's that time of year again.... you know, the time when my mojo goes missing. I think it's because the weather has been unusually warm for this time of year and she's gone off to play in the sunshine. Maybe she'll be back when the real prairie winds start up again. Or, it could be that she ran for her life when she noticed strep throat setting in around here. Blech.
On the upside, I have updated my photo a day for 2010! Yay! I'm keeping up with it pretty well, so far, but even my photography mojo has gone. Probably run off with my blogging mojo...the tramp!
It's been, what, 3 weeks into the new year and believe it or not - I'm actually sticking to my goals. YES! I signed up for the X-Weighted online challenge to help me keep track of my exercising, eating, weight, and measurements. So far so good. I've lost about 3 pounds since starting. A pound a week is not bad, not bad. I mean, considering we had a visit from the grandparents who think it's their calling in life to drown us in gummy worms an chocolate... I've done pretty well :)
My problem is becoming... WHAT TO EAT, WHAT TO EAT that isn't a) pasta - which is, let's face it, cheap and EASY (and full of carbs and calories) b)Bread, or c) cheese. (or all of the above if you are inventive like my husband).
I need some major ideas for low-cal recipes that are yummy, easy, and won't break the bank. I have found one recipe for tuna salad that I love, can make ahead, and is cheap. Here it is:
1 (6 oz) can tuna (water packed)
1 green onion, minced
1/2 stalk celery, minced
1 radish, minced
1/2 tsp. lemon juice (fresh is just WAY better)
1/2 tsp. lemon pepper (this is, for me, the secret and ultimate ingredient)
1/2 Tbsp yellow mustard
1 1/2 Tbsp light mayo
Drain the tuna and blend together with all remaining ingredients. It makes 2/3 cup, or one serving. I usually double or triple it and store it in the fridge. I love this. It's 264 calories per serving, and it's awesome on a toasted slice of whole wheat bread. Yum.
Another recipe my whole family LOVES are these spicy chili pork chops. I love how EASY these are!
Spicy Chili Pork Chops
4 boneless pork chops
1/2 Tbsp salt
1/2 Tbsp cumin
1/2 Tbsp black pepper
1/2 Tbsp chili powder
1 Tbsp paprika
1/2 Tbsp garlic powder
1/2 Tbsp ground ginger
Trim fat from pork chops. Mix spices together. Rub the spice mixture into all sides of meat. Broil or grill for 10-15 minutes on each side, or until done.
Serves 4. Only 219 calories per serving! Even the kids were all over these - which is saying a lot. My children's mouths tend to super glue shut whenever the word "spicy" is mentioned, but they opened up wide for these.
But, seeing as I can't possibly eat the same 2 things day in and day out, what are your suggestions? I could use your help. My tastebuds could use your help. My waistband could definitely use your help.
Oh, just so you don't leave, weeping over my lost mojo - I'll have you know that my mother in law completely created a beaded watch monster. I have since made 4 more bands for my watches and I officially now base what I'm going to wear that day around which watch I'm most in love with at that precise moment. Did you know she sells these? A few places do, actually. You need not go beaded watch-less. Really! But, if you make your own you could make 500 different bands to go with your favorite shirt, dress, scarf, toothbrush...whatever. I'm well on my way with these beauties:
I think my personal fav is the white one: