Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Today's Outfit - Sand and Sea

Thrifted Items:  Skirt, brown top, sandals, Nine West purse, bracelets.
Belt = Ross $4.99, Ring = Big Lots $5, Necklace and Earrings = Fred Meyer

Dinner - Zesty Italian Seasoned Chicken, Veggie w/ Rice

Steam rice as per pkg.
Cook cubed chicken breasts in deep skillet in 1/8 c. marg.  Add in 1 can cream of chicken or mushroom soup.  Add in salt, pepper, garlic salt/powder and 1 pkt of italian seasoning mix.  Add 4 T fat free cream cheese and 1/2 cup chicken broth.  Mix together and heat through.  Add in steamed veggies.  I used peas and carrots. 
Serve over rice.  Makes 4 servings.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Dinner - Ham w/ Brussel Sprouts

Steamed brussel sprouts added to sauted onions and mushrooms.  Toss w/ slivered almonds and grated parmesan.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Today's Outfit - Embroidered Butterflies on Denim

I like the embroidered butterfly/floral detail and sequins on this soft, denim top.

Thrifted Items:  Denim skirt, denim embroidered top, red tank, red sandals, and red/white/blue Tommy Hilfiger purse ($5.60).

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Dinner - Tomato Soup and Spinach Pear Salad

Tomato Soup w/ basil, swiss and diced tomatoes (equal to sweeten)
Spinach Pear Salad w/ avocado, feta, walnuts and fat free Honey Mustard Dressing

Today's Outfit - Non Work/Stay at Home Day

Thrifted Items:  Black skirt, black sandals, necklace.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Today's Outfit

Thrifted Items:  Jeans, shirt, brown tank top, sandals, purse.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Today's Outfit

Thrifted Items:  Skirt, bracelet, necklace, black leather Fossil purse.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Dinner - Cheeseburger Pie w/ Baked Potato

I got the Hamburger Pie recipe from Dr. Collins' website at  I added onion and mushrooms in with the hamburger when frying.  I also added a homemade pizza sauce at serving.  It was similar to a mini meatloaf and I'd definitely make again because it was very easy and tasty.  I froze the remainder for later meals.
The pizza sauce was made from tomato paste, tomato sauce, garlic salt/powder, and basil.

Today's Outfit - Pedicure, Thrift Shopping, and Errands Day

Thrifted Items:  Skirt, sweater, bracelets, necklace, sandals.
Ring = Target

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Dinner - Shrimp Salad and Potato Pancakes

Ingredients: (2 servings)
14 sm - med cooked shrimp, diced
1 avocado, diced
1/4 cup onion, diced
1/4 cup corn
1/2 cup black beans, drained/rinsed
2 T lemon or lime juice
2 teas. olive oil
garlic salt/powder, salt, cayenne pepper, onion powder
Mix oil, lemon juice and seasoning together.  Set aside.
Mix together remaining ingredients and stir in dressing mixture.  Serve.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Today's Outfit - Red Alert!

Thrifted Items:  Skirt, yellow T, red cardi, sandals, red Aldo purse, beaded necklace.
Cute flip flop necklace gifted by hubby.
Ring = Target

Friday, August 12, 2011

Dinner - Penne Pasta w/ Sundried Tomatoes, Mushrooms, Red Peppers

Today's Outfit - Thrifted Bargains

I just got these green woven wedges and I LOVE them!  They were $5.60.  I also got and love the cute little flowered purse and it was $2.40!  Purchased the skirt same day as well and it was $5.60.
Thrifted Items:  Skirt, t-shirt, scarf, purse, shoes, bracelets.
Ring = Target, Earrings = Dress Barn (clearance)

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Dinner - Beef Enchiladas

cooked, shred, beef roast
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
1/3 cup diced onion
16 ounce can black beans
14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes
4 ounce can diced green chilies
Salt and pepper to taste
1 c. frozen corn
6 T fat free cream cheese
1/2 c. Shredded Cheese (I used Mexican blend)
pkt of taco seasoning
red sauce(1 can tomato sauce, 4 T tomato paste, 1 pkt Equal, garlic salt/powder)
Place olive oil in a large sauce pan and turn to medium heat. Add onion and sautee. Next, add diced green chilies, softened cream cheese, diced tomatoes(semi drained), beans, corn and beef. Add taco seasoning and heat for a few minutes.
Spray glass baking pan. Place filled/rolled up enchiladas in pan. Cover w/ homeade red sauc., top w/ cheese and bake till melted approx. 15 min.
*This made enough filling for about 12 enchiladas, however, I only made 6 and froze the rest. The cheese quantity used was for 6 enchiladas only.
Soooo good.
We ate 2 each for dinner, saved 1 each for a lunch, and froze remaining.
I estimate they are approx. 425 cal. each. ( I used 120 cal. tortillas.)

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Dinner - Pork Chops w/ Brussel Sprouts

Serves 2
Pork Chops:
Marinate pork chops in a mixture of soy sauce, apple cider vinegar, and 1 teaspoon brown sugar. (I didn't have time to marinate this meal, so I just poured over chops covered and baked.)
Preheat oven to 425. I lined a pan with foil. Place chops in pan. Pour marinade over chops. Cover tightly w/ 2nd piece of foil and bake for 45 min (depending on thickness of chops).
After cooked I ate mine w/ about 2 teaspoons bbq sauce.

Brussel Sprouts:
Cut ends off sprouts. Slice in half. Place in baking dish. Add a little water. Cover w/ lid and microwave about 5 min.
In skillet add 1 T marg and half an onion. Saute. Add in 1/2 c. fresh mushrooms. Stir in approx. 1/3 c. milk, garlic salt/powder, onion powder, salt and pepper. Let most of milk evaporate. Add steamed sprouts and approx. 1 teaspoon bacon bits and 2 T parmesan. Stir together and serve.

Today's Outfit

Thrifted Items:  Skirt, top, necklace, bracelets, Nine West purse.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Dinner - Chicken Parmesan ( lower calorie version)

Ingredients (approx.) Serves 2
2 cups cooked pasta
6 chicken tenders
1 can italian style diced tomatoes w/ juice
1/3 c. italian style bread crumbs
1/4 c. shredded parmesan
1/8 c. fat free milk
1 teaspoon mustard
3 T tomato paste
1/2 c. tomato sauce
1/3 c. fat free milk
garlic powder/salt, basil, italian seasoning, salt, pepper (to taste)
1 pkt Equal

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Mix together 1/8 c. milk and mustard in a dish.
In another dish mix together bread crumbs, parmesan and seasonings.
Dredge chicken through milk/mustard mixture and then coat w/ breadcrumb mixture.  Place in sprayed baking dish.  Bake for 30 min.
Cook pasta as per directions.
Mix together canned tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, seasonings, Equal and 1/3 c. fat free milk and heat till warm.
Drain spaghetti and divide onto plates.  Top w/ chicken tenders.  Spoon sauce over all.  Serve.
I served with Italian bread from bakery section of supermarket.
Very good and about 500 calories per serving (minus bread).

Monday, August 8, 2011

Dinner - Steak, Baked Potato, Asparagus

Today's Outfit

Thrifted Items:  Green denim capri pants, white tank, scarf(worn in hair), necklaces, bracelet, purse, flip flops.
Earrings = Dress Barn      Ring = Target

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Dinner - Shrimp Fettucine Alfredo (lighter version)

A lower calorie version of Shrimp Fettucine Alfredo:
(approximate measurements) Serves 2
2 cups cooked fettucine
1/2 pkg fresh spinach
4 T fat free cream cheese
12 med. shrimp
1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese
1/4 cup margarine
1/3 cup any fat free milk (low calorie dairy, soy, almond)
garlic powder/garlic salt/salt/pepper to taste
Cook pasta as per directions.
Melt margarine and cream cheese in skillet.  Turn to low and add shrimp.  Cook about 3 min. then slowly add in milk, stirring to blend.  Add as much milk as needed, but not too much to make it too runny.  Add in parmesan and heat/stir till melted.  Add in spinach and cook for a couple minutes till wilted.  Mix this in a bowl with the pasta and divide onto plates.  I served with garlic toast.
This pasta recipe was approx. 575 calories per serving and the garlic toast was 140 each.
The fat free cream cheese makes this taste rich and I don't miss the calories at all.  Delicious!

Friday, August 5, 2011

Dinner - Peanut Pasta w/ Veggies

This is delicious.  It's better w/ chicken added, but we just had it with veggies tonight.  Still one of my favorites with or w/out chicken.
*Reminder - I rarely measure ingredients, so these are approximates.
Cook 1/2 pkg. spaghetti noodles as per directions.
In large skillet saute cubed chicken breasts in 1 T olive oil (if using chicken).  Add in 1/3 cup soy sauce, 1/8 c. chile sauce, 6 T chunky peanut butter, 3/4 - 1 cup chicken broth.  It shouldn't be too should have a little thickness to it.  Mix together.  Add in garlic, garlic salt, and ginger to taste.
Steam broccoli and carrots in microwave.
Drain pasta when done. 
In a large bowl add pasta, veggies, chicken/sauce mixture and stir together well.  Serve.
This makes about 4 servings.

Today's Outfit

Thrifted Items:  Skirt, top, scarf, earrings, bracelets, shoes, Nine West purse.