All posts filed under: Experiment

Sausage and Shrimp Skillet

Since moving to Texas, my priorities have definitely shifted. Now, I am seeing the consequences (my clothes are tight). I am no longer teaching fitness classes, I sit in front of a computer most of the day, and I am surrounded by really good food. Some weight gain was inevitable but I am trying to get back on track. My aunt and uncle are doing Keto, my mom is always watching her carbohydrates, so I figured I better start making better choices before it gets out of hand. I am walking/running with my dog after work and a quick sun-salutation in the morning. My mom introduced me to a breakfast (Light n Fit Greek Vanilla Yogurt, grain-free granola, and frozen berries) and I quit eating Cheez-Its, chips, protein bars (with lots of carbs), crackers, Whataburger (which we were eating at least once a week), and Dominos (ordered every Sunday). I found this Shrimp and Sausage Paleo Skillet Meal and thought I would give it a try. I did find that I did not need the …

Lazy Girl’s Ramen Using Leftover Seasoning Packets

There is actually a ramen museum called the Shin-Yokohama Rāmen Museum, which unfortunately, I did not get to visit while I was in Japan. You may only think of ramen as a quick cheap meal consisting of water, dried noodles, and a sodium rich seasoning packet. However, authentic ramen is complicated to make and there are a lot of different types of ramen bases. Shio Ramen is a salt-based broth. Miso Ramen is a miso-based broth. Tonkotsu Ramen is a pork bone-based broth and Shoyu Ramen is a soy sauce-based broth. Each broth also calls for certain toppings. I wanted a homemade ramen recipe and every one that I found was really complicated. Also, I am kind of lazy. Then I remembered, I have a big bag of instant ramen seasoning packets in the cabinet. The reason I have a lot of ramen seasoning packets is because when my husband makes instant ramen, he makes two packages, strains the noodles, adds butter, and sprinkles one of the two seasoning packets on top. Thinking someone on …

Succulents

Planting Succulents So let me begin by saying, I have no idea what I am doing. I have wanted to plant real succulents for years but for whatever reason, they really intimidate me. I finally decided I was going to plant at least three this summer so when I visited World Market, I was happy to finally purchase the terrarium I had been eyeing for the last year. Of course I visited Pinterest for information and then went to a couple of home improvement stores to price the different kinds and sizes of succulents. First of all, succulents are expensive. Second, there are a lot of different kinds. I knew I would at least leave with one echeveria (rose-like succulent). I left with four. Third, succulents are delicate so be careful when handling them because chances are you’re going to break off a leaf/stem/bud/petal/piece. Echeveria “Lola,” Echeveria Marzarine/Echeveria Hybrid, Pachyphytum Oviferum (I think it is Pachyphytum Oviferum)   Pachyveria “Little Jewel”   I used glass gems (the kind typically used for fake floral arrangements) because …

Breakfast Casserole Lessons

Well, I recently noticed that some of my abdominal muscles are visible so I decided to start counting my Macros (macro-nutrients) and calories hoping to eventually see the rest of my abs. This decision involved in-depth recipe research via Pinterest and I found an interesting breakfast casserole that I decided to try, substituting a few ingredients. Sometimes substitutions work great and sometimes they do not. I would say that this (with chunky salsa) was pretty good fresh out of the oven. However, I cannot decide if it looks delicious or not and I was definitely not a fan of the microwaved version. If you were making a “healthier version” of this (the original isn’t really unhealthy) and planned on eating the entire casserole at one time, then it might be worth a try. My version used liquid egg whites, home grown golden potatoes (I recommend using store bought shredded potatoes) and no cheese. The entire 9 x 13 dish totaled 710 calories, 36g Fat, 41g Carbs, 49g Protein. Click here for the original version from …

Slow Cooker Wings

One of our Minnesota friends told us about using root beer to make wings in the slow cooker. I used A&W Diet Root Beer and a Carolina barbecue sauce. I will say that I do not like the entire wing, I prefer drumettes. I did not do this, but you can make double the sauce and actually add it in the slow cooker along with the root beer.  I modified this Carolina Sauce Recipe. Barbecue Sauce Ingredients 3/4 cup apple cider vinegar 3/4 cup ketchup 1/2 cup brown sugar 1/3 cup yellow mustard 1 tablespoon onion powder 1/2 tablespoon garlic powder 1/4 teaspoon chili powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce BARBECUE SAUCE Directions Whisk together all ingredients Pour into a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Allow to boil, stirring often for five minutes. Remove from heat. Ingredients 2 lbs. Chicken (Wings or Drumettes or Wingettes/Flats) 1 cup Root Beer Barbecue Sauce ( I used a ) Directions Place chicken in slow cooker. Add root beer and cook on Low for 3 hours. Set oven to broil. Line …