Uh-Oh: Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

peanut butter chocolate chip cookies

What oh what was I thinking when I let the boyfriend talk me into making these. This is why I don’t lose weight. I am going to admit – this is the second, yes second, batch of cookies I have made this week! *sigh*

On a plus note, I made these without flour. That has to count for something, right? right?

I used this Quick and Easy Flour Free Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe and added chocolate chips. Fail.

Taco Time: Bite Sized Deliciousness – Mexi-Fries

For well over a week now I have been craving the hot crunchy goodness of some Taco Time Mexi-Fries (read deep fried Tater Tots) smothered in the famous Taco Time red hot sauce.

Last night I finally caved to the potato gem goodness. *cries*

taco time mexi fries

The first few were bursting with flavour and oh so good; the rest, were kinda meh. I also tried some limited edition Ranch Fiesta Burrito or something – it had beans, rice, beef, cheese, sour cream – totally not healthy at all. I only picked it because it was pretty much the only thing on the menu I haven’t tried before and it was only $2.99 (hey, I am cheap sometimes).

And no, I am not a Taco Time addict by any means. In fact I could probably count the times I have been there in the last 5 years on one hand. But I did work there for two years when I was in high school – that means I ate there a lot.

Anyway, damn those Mexi-Fries but I should be good for at least a year. I really need to get back on track.

A REAL Canadien Breakfast

This morning has already involved a trip to the famous Tim Hortons. For a coffee and a breakfast sandwich on an everything bagel… what is it about those Tim Hortons everything bagels that so good?

tim hortons breakfast

Calories are probably in the 500 range. But honestly, I am not really counting today.

Now onto the reason for my type on my title. Tomorrow I head off to Montreal – the city of the Montreal Canadiens (go Canucks go! I got my jersey on!). I have never been to Quebec so this is pretty exciting for me. The trip is short and going to be stressful. Let’s just hope the scale doesn’t go up too much from the city of poutine.

Recipe: Super Awesome Baked Falafel Balls

About a month ago I posted this recipe for baked falafel balls; remember I said they weren’t that good. Anyway, I took another stab at baked falafel balls and the results were amazing. All I want to do is stuff my face with these little balls of goodness. I did a lot different this time; funny how the calories didn’t really change – I guess because I got more balls this time.

This is one of those recipes where I didn’t measure – at all. So hopefully my amounts are right!

Super Awesome Baked Falafel Balls

Ingredients
19 oz can chickpeas, rinsed
3 small carrots, peeled
2 stalks celery
1/4 cup green onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic

2 tbsp flour
1/4 tsp baking soda
2 tsp lemon juice, or more to taste
1 tsp olive oil
1-2 tbsp cumin
.5-1 tbsp curry powder
1-2 tsp chipotle pepper powder (optional, spicy!)

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350.
2. Put the first 5 ingredients into a food processor and blend until almost smooth. Transfer to a large bowl.
3. Stir in the last 7 ingredients until well mixed. Form into balls (I used a TBSP for size). I got 28 TBSP sized balls.
4. Bake on cookie sheet (I put down parchment paper) for 45-55 minutes. Until outside is crispy.

Nutritional Information per 1 Falafel Ball
31.5 calories
.5 grams of fat
5.9 grams of carbohydrates
1.2 grams of fiber
1.2 grams of protein

For breakfast this morning I had these on an english muffin with a laughing cow cheese wedge. Yum Yum! I will be making these a lot.

Sneak Peak at Two New Recipes

I did some Tuesday night cooking last night and the results were both delicious. I am hoping to add the new surprise recipes soon – the problem is, I am horrible at measuring so I can not be exact how how much of the spices and stuff I used. But I am going to do my best! One is a recipe I have posted before but it wasn’t very good. The other is a take on a recipe I make often but changed it a bit.

Stayed tuned!

coming soon - sneak peak

The Laughing Cow Cheese Wedge Calories

I seriously love this Laughing Cow cheese – it is great and so low in calories. But, I have always been confused about the calories of it. My package says it is 35 calories for one wedge of Original Laughing Cow Swiss. It confused me because everything online said 50 calories per wedge for Original and 35 calories for Light. Finally I looked into this mystery and it has to do with the fact that I live in Canada and 99% of the Nutritional Information online is for the US.

The_Laughing_Cow

So why is the Canadian laughing cow less calories then the US? Normally Canadian products have more calories, it is law in Canada to declare fiber calories but in the US they can omit them. A good example of this is Regular Fiber One cereal – in Canada a serving is 100 calories and in the US a serving is 60 calories. Technically your body doesn’t use fiber calories so that is why they don’t have to declare those calories or something… anyway back to the topic of Laughing Cow or La Vache Quirit as it is commonly called in Canada.

The reason Canada Laughing Cow Cheese has less calorie per wedge then the US is *drum roll* the wedges in Canada are smaller! DUH! I feel kind of silly for having to research this to figure out the answer. One Wedge in the US is 21 grams while a Canadian wedge is only 16.5 grams. So there you have it folks, our Canadian cheese is small. I personally find one Canadian sized laughing cow cheese wedge to be the perfect size.

If you haven’t tried this cheese yet you must! It is kind of like cream cheese but a million times better. Apparently they make all kinds of flavours of it; never tried them though. I buy my Laughing Cow at Costco – it’s about a dollar or two more then the grocery store and I get 4 times more Laughing Cow. So if you like this stuff, I strongly suggest you get it at Costco!

The Laughing Cow cheese is awesome on crackers, sandwiches, toast, bagels, fruit, pasta, veggies – the list goes on and on. This is one of my favourtie “low calorie” foods.

Breakfast Time: Lunch/Sandwich for Breakfast

Who says you can’t have lunch for breakfast? My boyfriend laughed at me for eating this – but hey, it kept me full, it was low in calories and I got to mix it up. There is no rule that says you can’t eat a chicken and veggie sandwich at 7am.

2 slices low calorie bread (I used dempster’s body wise)
laughing cow cheese wedge
few slices of chicken breast lunch meat
cucumber
alfalfa sprouts
yogurt on the side

sandwich for breakfast

230 calories

The bread is 50 calories a slice but pretty sad looking bread. It gets the job done though – but it is not something I would buy often. Yes my normal bread is double the calories (100 a slice) but it is more then double the fiber and protein.

And guess what’s for lunch today? The same as above! See, breakfast/lunch – same thing but with some avocado 😉

Breakfast Time: More Poached Eggs

I really love poached eggs right now. Just writing this makes me want them again. So simple, delicious and healthy.

Here I had 1/2 of an english muffin with a poached egg on top. Turkey bacon, 1/2 an apple and a few strawberries on the side. Simple, quick, low in calories – the perfect, delicious breakfast.

poached egg, turkey bacon and fruit

245 calories.

One nice thing about a poached egg – there is no need to put any butter on your toast. Poaching an egg is a bit tricky – putting a splash of vinegar in the boiling water helps to keep the egg together. I also crack my egg into a soup ladle and then slowly lower the egg into the water. I let it sit for a couple seconds before I slowly slide it out of the ladle. This seems to work fairly well without being too tricky. Good luck with your egg poaching!

Recipe Review: No Weigh, José! Mexican Lasagna

From Eat, Shrink and Be Merry page 132
[rating:5]

This is a nice take on lasagna – it uses whole grain tortillas instead of noodles and has lots of added veggies like beans and corn. I also like that it only uses one kind of cheese – making it a little cheaper to make.

Mexican Lasagna = DELICIOUS! This was so good – I knew it would be, I have made it before but forgot about it for a while. I am going to try and make this more often. I did modify mine some – for starters I used ground turkey. I replaced green pepper with celery (had it in the fridge) – I also used more beans and corn. Black beans do not come in 1 cup cans and corn does not come in half a cup cans. So I just used a whole can of each! I rarely measure my veggies in stuff like this – I know that corn and beans are fairly high in calories so I adjust my calorie count accordingly. The calorie count posted here is for the original recipe.

I also left out the tomato sauce – I didn’t have it. I did add a bit of tomato paste and some water – but only because I had an open can in the fridge.

I am going to admit I hardly ever measure veggies, I almost always add way more then what a recipe calls for. Especially onion, so low in calories and it really shrinks down and is easy to hide.

No Weigh, José! Mexican Lasagna

Ingredients
1 1/2 lbs ground chicken
1 cup each diced red onions and diced green bell pepper
2 tsp garlic
1 cup canned black beans, drained and rinsed
1 cup diced tomatoes
1/2 cup frozen or canned corn
1 1/2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp cumin
2 cups tomato sauce
1 cup medium salsa
2 tbsp fresh cilantro
4 large or 8 small whole wheat flour tortillas
1 1/2 cup shredded light cheddar
1/4 cup chopped green onions
1 cup light sour cream

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 375 F. Spray a 9×13 casserole dish with cooking spray and set aside.
2. In a large pan cook the ground meat, green pepper, onions and garlic until meat is no longer pink.
3. Add black beans, tomatoes, corn, chilli powder, and cumin. Cook and stir for 2 more minutes. Add pasta sauce and salsa; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer for five minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in cilantro and remove from heat.
4. To assemble lasagna, spread 1/3 sauce mixture over bottom of casserole dish. Top with 1/2 tortillas, overlapping and cutting as needed. Top with 1/3 mixture, then 1/2 the cheese. Cover with remaining tortillas, then sauce and the top with remainder of cheese and green onions
5. Cover with foil and bake for 30-35 minutes. Uncover and bake for 10 more minutes. Let lasagna stand about 10 minutes before serving. Top with sour cream.

Makes 8 servings.

Nutritional Information per 1 serving of No Weigh, José! Mexican Lasagna
319 calories, 8 grams of fat, 30 grams carbohydrates, 6 grams of fiber, 31 grams of protein

Mexican Lasagna

I found one serving to be filling. Add a side salad and you have the perfect meal for less then 400 calories (depending on your dressing choice of course!).