Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Roasted Beets Recipe

I had seen a roasted beets recipe that piqued my interest.. though I didn't have half of the ingredients on hand that it called for, so I decided to make up my own. There's used goat cheese, and I absolutely detest goat cheese... so I used my fave, bleu cheese. If you are a big goat cheese fan, I suppose (ick!!!) you could always use that.

I had these beets on hand for my annual juicing spree I like to do as a "reset" after the holidays/bad eating, near the spring. I love beets. They taste SO good... I always prefer beets juicing recipes over all others. They have such a sweet hearty taste, and at 35 calories/beet they are extremely filling and so low-cal... the best kind of food. They are also very low starch for being a root veggie, with the same fullness you'd expect from a potato.

However, I don't eat them very often... they are messy, they stain EVERYTHING red, including your pee. So be prepared for that if you're not used to them.

On to the recipe!


3 Medium Sized Bees
1 T. Olive oil
1 T. Balsamic Vinegar
1/4 C. Bleu or Goat Cheese Crumbles
Salt/Pepper to taste

1. Wash the beets with a scrub brush and cut off long root end and the leaves.

2. Wrap them with aluminum foil and roast in the oven at 350 degrees for an hour. You can check on them occasionally and remove when a toothpick is easily inserted.

3. I sliced mine and attempted to stack them after... you can try this too, or put them in a side dish and sprinkle the bleu cheese crumbles on them. I covered them with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Add salt and pepper to taste.

These were REALLY good. I would definitely make these for a side for company or when you're feeling bored with your go-to sides.



Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Meals Under 300 Calories

Whether you want to maintain or lose weight, I've noticed that all the "trendy" diets always ultimately boil down to one thing: burning more calories than you're consuming. It's not a mystery, it's MATH. So quit torturing yourself, don't buy into crazy diet hype, be smart about what you eat and get active!
If you're just getting used to counting calories, the best way for me to get used to it was to limit myself to 300 calories for a meal. Here are a couple of my staples.
Oatmeal Peanut Butter Balls (270 Calories TOTAL)
1 Packet "Better Oats" Brand, Raw Pure and Simple BARE packet of oatmeal (160 Cal)
2 Tbsp. Walden Farms No Calorie Peanut Butter Spread (0 Cal)
1 Tbsp. Ground Flaxseed (25 Cal)
1 Tbsp. Wheat Germ (25 Cal)
1 tsp. Cinnamon
1 Tbsp. Agave Nectar (60 Cal)
Directions: Combine all ingredients, refrigerate for 20 minutes and roll into bite size balls. Enjoy!
Lettuce Tuna Boats and Cottage Cheese (300 Calories TOTAL)
2 Large Lettuce Leaves (0 Cal)
1 Tbsp. Low fat Mayo (60 Cal)
1 Can Chunk light tuna in water (100 Cal)
1 Tomato
1 Tbsp. Reduced Fat Bleu Cheese Crumbles
1/2 C. Fat Free Cottage Cheese (80 Cal)
1/2 Tbsp. Agave Nectar (60 Cal)
Directions: Drain tuna, mix in mayo. Lay into lettuce leaves, cover with sliced tomatoes and bleu cheese crumbles.
Side: Cover cottage cheese with cinnamon and nectar. It's good, I swear.
Bleu Cheese/Apple Spinach Salad (235 Calories)
1 Cup Spinach Leaves
1 Fuji Apple (60 Calories)
1 Can Chunk Light Tuna (100 Cal)
1 Tbsp. Light Mayo (60 Cal)
1/8 Cup Reduced Fat Bleu Cheese Crumbles (15 Cal)
Directions: Mix tuna and mayo, stack on top of spinach leaves. Add cheese and apples.
They aren't the most exciting meals, but hey, they're filling and cover your nutritional bases!
I hope everyone has a wonderful spring break! I'll be taking a break from blogging. Little Everly and I will be headed to Atlanta to visit my pregnant twin sister! I'm going to make sure she is well practiced before her baby boy comes!


Sunday, March 10, 2013

Name Pillow How-To

Not a Tutorial, because let's face it, I'm a victim of my own inability to stay on task, and this was a spur of the moment sort of craft.

Lily and I love to cuddle up in the morning while I drink coffee and she puts on Sesame Street and we flip through pinterest. We saw a cute idea for a name pillow, and she just had to have it. After glancing at my heaping pile of ready-to-be-used moving boxes, I decided this looked like a much more exciting project than packing. Not to mention our house is almost complete, I'll be in Atlanta next week, and I literally NEED to be packing as often as the baby cooperates, no.. this, of all things, took precedence.

I know. Shame on me.

Anyway, here's a brief write up as to how I did it. There are several tutorials online with step by step photos if you're a sight learner!

1. Either print out your desired letters to use as a stencil or free hand them like I did onto paper. Cut the stencil out.

2. Iron on interfacing to the back of the fabric that will be used for your letters. Then place letters on the back of your fabric (make sure they are facing the WRONG way, so when you see them from the "right" side, they aren't backwards). Stencil and cut out.

3. Pin them to your desired pillow fabric, and sew along the edge. I used a zig-zag stitch set at a "3" because it will prevent the edges from fraying and is much more forgiving.

4. I added lace to the edges of my pillow, that is obviously optional. Sew 3 sides of the pillow casing, then put in pillow. Blind stitch the open end of pillow shut.

5. Name pillow complete! I think it will go so well with her white comforter and nautical theme in the new house!


Friday, March 1, 2013

Throw pillows recovered

I wasn't planning on working on redesigning until we moved into the new house in a month or so. But then I stumbled upon this awesome diamond pintuck dark brown fabric on sale at Hobby Lobby. I have no self control. Obviously... so I recovered the 2 ugly pillows I have on our couch that are serving to tie in the AWFUL orangey/cinnamon this place has painted on one accent wall of every room of the house.
The plan: