Didn't think so.
I've been a foodie for as long as I can remember. As a child, I relished in the cute little arguments my parents would have over who's spaghetti was better. I leaned on the bar as my mom made squash casserole. My nose would lead me into the kitchen when my father cooked italian sausage with onions and mushrooms. Before I can remember, I was making my own food with the guidance of my parents. I enjoyed learning a new odd taste and secretly loved it when my friends "ewww"d over my cheese and pickle sandwiches or love for sardines drowned in ketchup.
It wasn't until I was out on my own that I began to really experiment with different dishes. At the moment, I have more cooking toys than counter and cabinet space. My dream is to have a big kitchen that my family can grown into and enjoy with me.
That said, I may be a foodie but I've also been a dieter for most of my adult life. As a teen I played volleyball and was a cheerleader. After jumping and prancing and yelling for two hours straight the squad and the team always went to the nearest burger joint where we'd wolf down cheeseburgers with mayo and french fries swimming in ketchup.
Imagine my surprise when I graduated high school and gained ten pounds. Unlike most college freshman I did not gain the freshman fifteen. After gaining those pounds after high school and quickly losing it, I had learned the calories in, calories out rule. Since I no longer cheered two to three nights a week I picked up running. I can still remember the feeling when I got my first runners high. It was love at first... pavement?
I no longer love running like I did back in the day. I'm a little older and my knees remind me of that when I try to break into a sprint at the gym track. But, I do still love food.
Before Thanksgiving I joined WeightWatchers and people, I have nothing but praise for that organization. I already knew the basics but just having the numbers in front of me really helps. Do I sound like I'm getting paid to advertise? I'm not, really. (Swear.) I know once I hit my goal I'll have this knowledge with me to keep me on track for the rest of my life.
I just wanted to share some of the recipes that I've created and am enjoying while on WeightWatchers. It seems like everyone is on a diet these days and well, talking and sharing always keeps me motivated.
Mexi Sausage Quesadilla with Spicy Corn (first shot above)
2 oz Oscar Mayer Turkey Sausage
chopped red & green bell pepper
low fat Bordens shredded cheese
Parkey Butter Spray (zero cal, zero fat, tastes likes butter!)
Before you turn your nose up at the turkey sausage, I'll have you know this stuff is really, really good. Even J ate it and liked it. (He's such a champ and a great support for me.)
Saute veggies in the spray butter. I just open the top and pour a little butter in the pan. When the onions start looking clear throw the chopped turkey sausage in and season. I used cumin, salt and garlic powder. After about 5 minutes of cooking the sausage with the veggies, dump the pan full of goodness onto the tortilla. Top with shredded cheese. Fold the tortilla in half and put back into the pan to grill until cheese is melted.
Spicy Corn: basically throw the same veggies as above in a small cooking pot with spray butter along with kernel corn and chopped jalapenos. I spiced mine up more with hot sauce.
Western Eggs (second shot above)
chopped onions, bell peppers & mushrooms
fat free cheese
Saute the veggies, throw in the scrambled egg, top with cheese and a little salt, pepper and garlic powder. Once on your plate top with salsa. Delish!
Happy Dieting Y'all! *muah* Enjoy.
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