What’s for Lunch: Avocado Tuna Lettuce Wraps

Since the Taco Lettuce Wraps turn out so great I thought I would try another version. These ones were delicious too; perfect for a nice light, refreshing, summer lunch!

Avocado Tuna Lettuce Wraps

I took my lettuce leaves, spread avocado, topped it with tuna (mixed with cream cheese) and a few slices of cucumber. Perfect. Quick and easy too!

I used 7 romaine leaves, 1/2 an avocado, 1 can of tuna, 2 tbsp of cream cheese and 1/4 of a cucumber.

Total calories: 364 Calories

What’s For Dinner: Baked Chicken Parmesan and Oven Roasted Cauliflower

This was delicious. I love Skinnytaste.com – so many great calorie friendly recipes. I often don’t follow the recipes exactly; sometimes I have to modify for what I have on hand but they always turn out great!

Tonight I made Baked Chicken Parmesan and Oven Roasted Cauliflower. These recipes went well together, they both needed the oven on 450° and both took about 20-25 minutes. Everything was ready at the same time. I served mine up with a side salad.

Baked Chicken Parmesan and Oven Roasted Cauliflower

Total Calories: 459 Calories

A very delicious dinner for under 500 calories. My toddler LOVED the chicken! Dinner was prepared, cooled and cleaned up in under an hour so that was great too!

What’s for Dinner: Lettuce Tacos

I love tacos but the calories from the tortillas add up fast. Solution, use lettuce for your wraps!

Lettuce Tacos

Take your favorite taco toppings, put in lettuce and enjoy! It doesn’t get much easier than that.

In mine I had tzatziki, ground beef, tomatoes, onions, red pepper, avocado, cheese and hot sauce.

Total Calories: 584 Calories

Another great dinner, under 600 calories and super quick and easy to make.

What’s for Breakfast: Blueberry Yogurt Overnight Oats

This is such a quick, easy, delicious and healthy breakfast. I have discovered that I enjoy oatmeal more cold than I do hot so this is perfect for me. The toppings and things you can add are endless giving you an easy breakfast that can be different every day of the week.

Blueberry Yogurt Overnight Oats

This morning I added:
1/3 cup oatmeal
2/3 cup water
1/4 cup honey greek yogurt
1/2 tbsp ground flaxseed
1/2 tbsp chia seeds
1/3 cup blueberries

Mix it together and let it sit overnight in the fridge. I use quick oats for mine so I often only let it sit for an hour or two before eating it.

Total calories: 305 calories

It really is perfect for a quick breakfast. I usually rotate between this and eggs; often hard boiled eggs because they are easy to pack and eat once I get to work.

What’s For Dinner: Grilled Chicken Bruschetta

Grilled Chicken Bruschetta – skinnytaste.com

I loved everything about these. Super super easy, delicious, full of flavour and low in calories. These cooked up super fast and dinner was on the table in about 30 minutes. My husband even ate them and he dislikes tomatoes.

I used chicken breasts sliced in half to make them nice and thin, this is easier to do if you cut your meat still partially frozen. My husband commented on what an awesome job I did slicing the chicken. I felt very proud.

Grilled Chicken Bruschetta

I served mine with some homemade bread, cottage cheese and sliced cucumbers. The bread was perfect for dipping in the extra bruschetta sauce but not really calorie friendly. I will be making these again very very soon but next time I will be skipping the bread. Dinner was about 700 calories with the bread, without the bread it is very calorie friendly.

What’s For Dinner: Pioneer Woman’s Pea Salad

I knew I had to try the Pioneer Woman’s Pea Salad as soon as I saw the recipe and I am so glad I did.

I have made it twice in the last few days. The first time I took it to a party with a cucumber salad, both salads were served with hot dogs. Delicious way to make hot dogs just a little bit healthier (if that is even possible!). It perfectly filled the spot of a pasta salad.

The second time I served it with homemade pasta… not so healthy. Serving it with pasta was a weird combo, I wouldn’t do that again. But it was perfect for leftovers in my lunch the next day.

Pioneer Woman's Pea Salad

The Pioneer Woman’s Pea Salad

I didn’t have a red onion so I used a sweet white one instead. I also left out the parsley, because, yuck.

I do not consider anything the Pioneer Woman cooks as healthy. But at least the calories on this were doable; however, I was a little be surprised to see that one serving was 186 calories… for a dish of peas! You could very easily lighten it up though, light sour cream, light mayo, less cheese, turkey bacon, etc.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1
Servings Per Container 12

Amount Per Serving
Calories 186 Calories from Fat 107.1
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11.9g 18%
Saturated Fat 5.7g 29%
Trans Fat g
Cholesterol 32mg 11%
Sodium 396mg 17%
Total Carbohydrate 8.4g 3%
Dietary Fiber 2.6g 10%
Sugars 3.1g
Protein 11.1g 22%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

It’s Been a While

For anyone that actually visits this site I think it is pretty obvious that is has been a while since I really posted. In fact, it has been over two years. I keep this site going because when I do use it, it encourages me to eat healthier, count my calories and lose weight. I always hope to come back to it. How many times have a made a post similar to this? I honestly don’t even want to count. Okay, so I looked. This is my 4th… 4TH! blog post with this same title! I didn’t even look for posts with other similar titles. Fail right there.

A lot can happen in two years. You can get pregnant and have a baby and that baby can now be over one… That’s me right there. That is why this site just kinda died for over two years. Counting calories while being pregnant, having a baby and nursing is a lot of work. I try, I really do but some most days I just eat whatever I can. Whatever is easy. Easy isn’t always healthy.

Since having a baby I have found a whole new love for cooking. I always loved cooking but now I really love cooking. I love trying new things. These new things are not healthy. Not even a little bit healthy and they consist of a lot of carbs. I do eat way more fruit now though, so that’s a bonus…

Anyway, I hope to slowly get back at this and encourage myself to try a little bit harder. I need to lose weight, again. Sigh.

Red Robin Nutritional Information 2015

A lot of people seem to come to my blog looking for the Red Robin Nutritional Information. My original post is old. Very very old so here is the new, updated nutritional Information for Red Robin.

Appetizers

Cal Fat Sat.
Fat
Trans.
Fat
Chol Sod Carb Fib Sug Pro Vit A Vit C Calc Iron
Towering Onion Rings® (order) 1660 128 21 1 45 3460 117 6 26 10 0 0.2 0.3 0.2
Buzzard Wings® (order) 1120 92 23 0.2 280 2470 7 3 1 65 0.15 0.2 0.08 0.2
Gooee Cheese Sticks (order) 1040 53 17 1 60 2100 110 0 54 30 0.1 0.45 0.6 0.1
Chinese Dry Ribs (order) 1000 70 18 1.5 145 2540 31 0 28 62 0.02 0.06 0.02 0.15
Potato Skins with Bacon & Cheese (order) 1630 119 38 0.5 105 1010 108 10 0 32 0.25 1 0.6 0.3
Red’s Popcorn Shrimp (order) 800 54 9 0 165 2150 74 2 32 4 8 15 6 15
Red Robin Poutine (order) 800 51 17 0.3 55 1310 63 6 0 22 15 20 40 10
Yam Fries (order) 850 55 6 0.2 15 1010 84 9 25 5 290 45 10 6

Wraps & Sandwiches

Cal Fat Sat.
Fat
Trans.
Fat
Chol Sod Carb Fib Sug Pro Vit A Vit C Calc Iron
Whiskey River® BBQ Chicken Wrap (wrap) 900 44 17 0.5 105 2180 77 4 16 49 0.7 0.9 0.7 0.35
Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich (sandwich) 860 56 19 0.5 115 1210 44 3 3 44 0.45 0.3 0.25 0.45
Prime Rib Dip (sandwich) 810 50 14 0.2 85 1920 52 3 3 38 0.2 0.08 0.06 0.45
Mediterranean Chicken Wrap (wrap) 640 26 9 0.2 75 2010 61 4 6 40 0.35 0.45 0.4 0.35
Grilled Ham & Swiss Cheese Sandwich (sandwich) 850 49 20 1 150 2630 42 2 3 60 30 0 80 35

Soups & Chili

Cal Fat Sat.
Fat
Trans.
Fat
Chol Sod Carb Fib Sug Pro Vit A Vit C Calc Iron
Red’s Homemade Chili Chili™ (bowl) 520 24 10 0.4 65 1330 49 9 6 27 0.25 0.35 0.2 0.35
Red’s Homemade Chili Chili™ (cup) 290 14 6 0.2 40 760 27 5 4 15 0.15 0.2 0.1 0.2
French Onion Soup (bowl) 500 25 12 0.5 40 1810 46 4 7 22 0.25 0.2 0.45 0.2
French Onion Soup (cup) 240 12 6 0.3 20 910 23 2 4 11 0.1 0.08 0.2 0.1
Baked Potato Soup (bowl) 440 19 8 0.2 35 1510 53 4 3 15 0.15 0.06 0.2 0.15
Baked Potato Soup (cup) 220 9 3.5 0.1 15 750 26 2 1 8 0.08 0.02 0.1 0.08

Gourmet Burgers

Cal Fat Sat.
Fat
Trans.
Fat
Chol Sod Carb Fib Sug Pro Vit A Vit C Calc Iron
Bleu Ribbon Burger (burger) 1030 68 24 0.4 140 1650 58 4 9 46 0.15 0.2 0.3 0.4
Guacamole Bacon Burger (burger) 870 52 19 0.5 135 1140 52 5 10 49 0.1 0.4 0.45 0.4
Whiskey River® BBQ Burger (burger) 1030 70 23 0.5 135 1540 58 4 12 43 0.15 0.15 0.3 0.35
Sautéed ’Shroom Burger (burger) 870 53 20 1 115 1210 49 4 7 48 0.3 0.1 0.4 0.5
Banzai Burger® (burger) 910 57 20 0.5 135 1850 55 3 15 43 0.1 0.15 0.3 0.35
Simply Grilled Beef Burger (burger) 610 24 10 0.4 85 1080 45 3 7 36 0.08 0.1 0.15 0.35
Royal Red Robin Burger® (burger) 1050 72 24 1 340 1910 47 3 7 54 0.3 0.08 0.3 0.35
Red Robin Gourmet Cheeseburger (burger) 790 45 18 0.5 125 1530 53 3 13 42 0.15 0.06 0.35 0.35
Bacon Cheeseburger (burger) 900 61 22 0.5 145 1310 43 3 6 45 0.15 0.08 0.3 0.3
Five Alarm Burger (burger) 880 57 22 0.5 135 2000 45 4 7 46 0.25 0.15 0.4 0.35
Stampede Burger (burger) 990 68 22 0.5 135 1480 52 4 7 43 0.15 0.1 0.35 0.35
Mediterranean Lamb Burger (burger) 710 36 14 0.2 100 1670 56 3 7 40 0.15 0.2 0.15 0.4
Prime Chophouse Burger (burger) 960 60 20 0.5 115 1160 61 4 10 44 10 20 25 45
Black and Blue (burger) (burger) 1013 58 22 3 178 4472 61 7 13 57 0 0 0 0
The D.G.B. (burger) (burger) 1092 72 14 2 146 3705 51 4 7 48 0 0 0 0
Smoke and Pepper (burger) (burger) 1029 51 20 2 188 3738 74 3 30 61 0 0 0 0

Chicken Burgers

Cal Fat Sat.
Fat
Trans.
Fat
Chol Sod Carb Fib Sug Pro Vit A Vit C Calc Iron
Mediterranean Chicken Burger (burger) 550 19 7 0.2 75 1760 55 3 7 39 0.15 0.2 0.15 0.3
Whiskey River® BBQ Chicken Burger (burger) 840 51 13 0.2 100 1480 56 4 11 39 0.15 0.15 0.3 0.25
Teriyaki Chicken Burger (burger) 760 40 12 0.4 110 1790 53 3 15 47 0.1 0.2 0.5 0.25
California Chicken Burger (burger) 690 35 11 0.3 100 1550 46 4 7 48 0.2 0.35 0.4 0.3
Crispy Chicken Burger (burger) 730 42 7 0 60 1440 57 4 7 31 0.04 0.1 0.1 0.2
Blackened Chicken Burger (burger) 670 38 12 0.2 95 1750 42 3 5 41 0.2 0.1 0.3 0.2
One Great “Ham Chick” Chicken Burger (burger) 740 42 12 0.2 130 2030 42 3 6 48 15 8 30 25

Other Favourites

Cal Fat Sat.
Fat
Trans.
Fat
Chol Sod Carb Fib Sug Pro Vit A Vit C Calc Iron
Crispy Arctic Cod Burger (burger) 610 28 4.5 0 55 1370 67 6 7 23 0.04 0.08 0.2 0.2
Grilled Turkey Burger (burger) 770 43 13 0.2 130 1490 49 3 2 46 0.15 0.1 0.25 0.45
Wild Pacific Salmon Burger (burger) 650 32 6 0 90 1290 55 4 5 36 0.6 0.35 0.08 0.35
The Garden Burger (burger) 530 23 5 0 25 1210 62 8 4 18 0.1 0.15 0.15 0.4

Entrées

Cal Fat Sat.
Fat
Trans.
Fat
Chol Sod Carb Fib Sug Pro Vit A Vit C Calc Iron
Classic Creamy Mac ’n’ Cheese (order) 710 45 13 0.5 50 1970 52 6 14 23 0.8 0.5 0.35 0.3
The Ultimate Lasagna (order) 970 52 18 1 55 2880 85 13 21 40 1 0.7 0.8 0.45
Clucks & Fries Buffalo Style (order) 1380 108 23 0.3 100 3830 64 5 1 39 0.15 0.15 0.06 0.15
Clucks & Fries (order) 1060 59 9 0.1 80 1550 95 4 30 37 0.15 0.15 0.02 0.15
Clucks & Greens (order) 1110 61 9 0.2 105 2340 94 3 34 47 0.6 0.3 0.1 0.25
Ensenada Chicken Platter (order) 770 54 13 0.4 90 1950 36 4 9 35 0.8 0.7 0.3 0.15
Chicken Fajitas (order) 1310 53 24 0.5 165 2650 126 13 14 83 0.6 1 0.8 0.6
Veggie Fajitas (order) 1150 46 23 0.5 70 2150 142 19 19 41 1.5 1 0.8 0.8
Popcorn Shrimp & Chips – includes steak fries (order) 1310 94 16 0.2 210 2080 105 7 4 11 0.08 0.35 0.1 0.3
Salmon & Chips – includes steak fries (order) 1260 76 14 0.2 110 1630 97 10 2 48 0.08 0.3 0.25 0.25
Arctic Cod Fish & Chips – includes steak fries (order) 1240 79 14 0.2 115 1470 99 10 2 34 0.04 0.3 0.25
Calamarvelous (order) 640 31 7 0 280 1900 57 4 14 34 4 15 10 15
Fire Grilled Steak Fajitas (order) 1470 77 32 1.5 180 2560 127 12 17 67 70 100 80 80
Fire Grilled Chicken Fajitas (order) 1370 60 25 0.5 200 2930 125 12 15 83 70 100 80 60
Creamy Chicken & Mushrooms Linguine (order) 1640 94 51 3 320 1960 127 8 4 71 90 15 60 50

Salads

Cal Fat Sat.
Fat
Trans.
Fat
Chol Sod Carb Fib Sug Pro Vit A Vit C Calc Iron
Apple Harvest Chicken Salad (salad) 740 45 9 0.2 90 1280 50 8 39 33 1.1 0.7 0.2 0.15
Crispy Chicken Tender Salad (salad) 1300 90 21 0.4 345 2140 73 5 25 49 1.4 0.8 0.35 0.35
Mesa Chicken Salad (salad) 1000 67 17 0.5 120 2060 52 9 10 46 1.3 1.5 0.45 0.35
Starter House Salad (salad) 330 26 5 0 25 550 16 3 2 7 1 0.45 0.1 0.15
Avo-Cob-o Salad (order) 940 64 13 0.3 310 2610 43 7 12 49 100 80 31 40
Simply Grilled Chicken Salad (order) 960 59 28 1 205 1210 55 2 21 51 20 6 50 40

Dressings

Cal Fat Sat.
Fat
Trans.
Fat
Chol Sod Carb Fib Sug Pro Vit A Vit C Calc Iron
Honey Mustard Poppyseed Dressing (2 oz) 290 25 4 0 20 390 15 0 12 0 0 0 0 0
Caesar Dressing (2 oz) 290 30 5 0 30 400 2 0 0 2 0 0 0.04 0
Bleu Cheese Dressing (2 oz) 310 34 7 0 20 560 0 0 0 2 0 0 0.04 0
Creamy Italian Dressing (2 oz) 210 22 1.5 0 0 720 4 0 3 0.1 0 0 0 0
Ranch Dressing (2 oz) 250 28 5 0 20 420 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Raspberry Vinaigrette (2 oz) 70 0.5 0 0 0 230 16 0 13 0.3 0 0 0 0.02
French Dressing (2 oz) 360 22 1.5 0.2 0 310 15 0 13 0.1 0.02 0 0 0
Thousand Island Dressing (2 oz) 260 25 2 0.2 20 450 8 0 6 0.5 0.02 0 0 0.02
Coleslaw Dressing (2 oz) 270 25 2 0.2 20 780 10 0 7 0.4 0 0 0 0.02
Honey Mustard Poppyseed Dressing (3 oz) 420 37 6 0 30 590 22 0 19 0 0 0 0 0
Caesar Dressing (3 oz) 430 45 8 0 45 600 3 0 0 3 0 0 0.06 0
Bleu Cheese Dressing (3 oz) 470 51 11 0 30 840 0 0 0 3 0 0 0.06 0
Creamy Italian Dressing (3 oz) 320 33 2.5 0.2 0 1080 6 0 5 0.2 0 0 0 0
Ranch Dressing (3 oz) 380 42 8 0 30 630 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Raspberry Vinaigrette (3 oz) 100 1 0 0 0 350 23 0 19 0.5 0 0 0.02 0.02
French Dressing (3 oz) 380 32 2.5 0.4 0 470 23 0 20 0.2 0.4 0 0 0.02
Thousand Island Dressing (3 oz) 400 38 3 0.4 30 680 13 1 9 1 0.02 0 0.02 0.02
Coleslaw Dressing (3 oz) 410 38 3 0.4 35 1170 15 0 11 1 0 0 0.02 0.02

Kids Menu Entrées

Cal Fat Sat.
Fat
Trans.
Fat
Chol Sod Carb Fib Sug Pro Vit A Vit C Calc Iron
Carnival Corn Dog (order) 490 39 9 0.2 45 790 25 0 0 10 0 0 0 0.2
Cheesy Mac’n Cheese (portion) 210 13 7 0.4 35 620 11 2 5 11 0.1 0.04 0.2 0.06
Chick-Chick Chicken Fingers (portion) 210 10 1 0 40 580 13 0 0 16 0 0 0 0.04
Grilled Cheesewich (sandwich) 480 27 12 0.5 60 1560 40 3 5 20 0.3 0 0.3 0.15
Rad Robin Burger (burger) 520 24 10 0.4 85 750 41 2 5 35 0 0 0.1 0.3
Rad Robin Burger – Garden (burger) 380 8 3 0 10 910 60 5 5 16 0.1 0.08 0.15 0.25
Rad Robin Burger – Chicken (burger) 320 4.5 0.5 0 50 750 39 2 4 31 0 0 0.08 0.2
Red’s Pizza – Cheese (pizza) 430 14 8 0.4 25 1130 58 3 8 18 0.1 0.06 0.35 0.08
Red’s Pizza – Pepperoni (pizza) 480 18 10 0.4 45 1290 59 3 8 20 0.1 0.06 0.35 0.1
Red’s Robinetti Spaghetti (portion) 300 1.5 0.4 0 0 510 61 5 10 10 0.02 0.1 0.04 0.2

Kids Menu Side Orders

Cal Fat Sat.
Fat
Trans.
Fat
Chol Sod Carb Fib Sug Pro Vit A Vit C Calc Iron
Melon Wedges (portion) 50 0.3 0.1 0 0 20 11 1 10 1 0.45 0.8 0.02 0.02
Apple Slices (portion) 30 0 0 0 0 5 7 1 6 0.5 0.08 0.3 0 0
Baby Carrots and Ranch (order) 160 9 1.5 0 20 690 19 2 8 1 0.8 0.08 0.02 0
SIde Salad – with ranch dressing (salad) 210 16 3.5 0 10 380 14 2 3 3 0.4 0.3 0.02 0.1
Steak Fries (order) 170 11 2 0.1 0 85 16 2 0 2 0 0.06 0 0.02

Desserts

Cal Fat Sat.
Fat
Trans.
Fat
Chol Sod Carb Fib Sug Pro Vit A Vit C Calc Iron
Cheese Cake (order) 1240 84 53 1 160 920 132 3 104 18 0.35 0.5 0.35 0.1
Hot Apple Crisp (order) 840 23 8 0.2 30 230 149 6 98 9 0.2 0.02 0.15 0.25
Mountain High Mudd Pie (order) 1500 68 42 1 115 670 207 4 163 14 0.25 0.04 0.3 0.25
Mother Robin’s Brownie Sundae (order) 820 34 19 0.5 85 340 120 2 93 9 0.08 0.02 0.2 0.02
Birthday Sundae (order) 360 17 12 0.3 45 85 48 0 41 4 0.04 0.02 0.1 0.02
KId’s Sundae (order) 360 17 12 0.3 45 85 48 0 41 4 0.04 0.02 0.1 0.02
Molten Brownie Lava Cake (order) 630 26 12 0.5 35 330 92 3 73 6 6 2 15 20

Sides

Cal Fat Sat.
Fat
Trans.
Fat
Chol Sod Carb Fib Sug Pro Vit A Vit C Calc Iron
Bottomless Steak Fries® (order) 380 25 5 0.1 0 190 35 4 0 4 0 10 2 6
Steamed Broccoli 4oz – Side (order) 20 0 0 0 0 15 3 2 1 2 8 70 2 4
Steamed Carrots 4oz – Side (order) 50 0 0 0 0 40 11 3 7 1 100 15 2 4
Gravy 3 fl oz – Side (order) 30 0 0 0 0 470 6 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
Mac & Cheese – Side (order) 180 11 7 0.4 35 550 9 1 4 11 10 2 25 6
Melon (4 pieces) – Side (order) 80 0.4 0 0 0 35 17 2 15 2 70 100 2 4
Mushrooms 6oz – Side (order) 170 13 2.5 0.1 0 250 7 2 4 6 15 8 0 8
Onions 6oz – Side (order) 180 12 2.5 0.1 0 110 16 3 7 2 15 20 4 2
Pre-sliced Apples 4oz – Side (order) 70 0 0 0 0 1 16 3 12 0.3 0 8 0 0

Promo items

Cal Fat Sat.
Fat
Trans.
Fat
Chol Sod Carb Fib Sug Pro Vit A Vit C Calc Iron
Sweet Jim Beam Bacon Swiss Burger (burger) 960 59 28 1 205 1210 55 2 21 51 20 6 50 40
Gingerbread Shake, Classic (shake) 430 21 12 0 140 150 54 1 51 7 25 2 20 2
Gingerbread Shake, Monster (shake) 860 41 23 0.1 280 300 108 2 102 15 50 4 40 6

Summer Features

Cal Fat Sat.
Fat
Trans.
Fat
Chol Sod Carb Fib Sug Pro Vit A Vit C Calc Iron
Strawberry Salad (order) 620 45 11 0.5 95 2320 18 7 9 35 210 100 35 20
Extreme Tempura Beans (order) 420 39 7 0 20 1010 16 2 1 2 0 0 2 6
Patty Melt (sandwich) 1140 82 23 1 235 1990 63 6 9 44 45 6 30 40
Cookie Sundae (order) 880 35 21 0.4 65 480 133 3 94 9 20 2 15 15
Tomato Cream Soup, Bowl (order) 460 22 9 1 35 1960 50 4 9 15 40 15 25 25
Tomato Cream Soup, Cup (order) 240 11 4.5 0.5 15 990 26 2 4 8 20 8 15 10
Berserker Burger (burger) 970 70 21 0.5 130 1440 45 3 9 41 20 15 30 35
Southwest Grilled Chicken Salad (order) 750 53 15 1 125 1980 36 9 10 41 130 140 50 25
Guacamole & Salsa with Chips (order) 1020 45 5 0 0 1870 144 14 3 14 6 90 15 35

Friday Night Cooking with a NINJA

While waiting for husband to get off work I decided to spend some time in the kitchen. The meal was sort of calorie conscious but not completely.

I started off by making my favourtie Smackaroni and Cheese recipe from The Looneyspoons Collection. I cooked it just like the recipe said and then I let it sit in my Ninja a little too long as my noodles were pretty soft. Next time I think I might try adding the noodles dry and letting the cheese sauce cook them. Or just eat it a little sooner or cook the noodles a little less. It was still as delicious as always I just prefer my noodles a little more al-dente.

Smackaroni and Cheese in the Ninja Cooking System

While that was simmering (a step not called for in the recipe, again – probably why my noodles were soft) I made some hummus. Nothing special about the hummus I was just looking for a reason to try out my new Breville Control Grip immersion blender (it works awesome BTW!) I used this recipe – Hummus Without Tahini. I used cumin instead of red pepper flakes – I love spicy but wasn’t feeling it. Not really a very healthy hummus recipe but it was pretty decent. Normally I cut back on the olive oil but didn’t feel like it this time. I served my hummus with pita’s that I fried in a frying pan with a bit of olive oil and seasoning salt – again, not a very calorie conscious choice.

Garlic Hummus Without Tahini

I love cooking and trying new recipes but for the past few months I have just been so lazy. Right now I am just trying to get back in the habit of cooking at least mostly healthy recipes and blogging about it.

Stew-Pendous Ninja Beef Stew Recipe

This is based off this recipe Stew-Pendous Beef Stew with Biscuits (I LOVE these sisters). I skipped the biscuits and made a couple changes to the recipe based on what I had on had. You can see my ingredient list below.

2 pounds stewing beef
1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cups chopped onions
1.5 cups chopped celery
2 teaspoons minced garlic
2 teaspoons herbs de provence
2 1/2 cups beef broth
2 tablespoons tomato paste
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 bay leaves
1 teaspoon sugar
2 cups chopped carrots
6 baby yellow potatoes
6 baby red potatoes
2 tablespoons flour
1 cup frozen corn

beef stew in the ninja cooking system

I browned my beef in the Ninja, after I added the veggies and cooked all together for a couple minutes. Then I just added everything else and cooked on low for eight hours. I totally cooked it too long but it was still tasty. Next time I made stew I think I will try a different recipe. There is one in the Loneyspoons Collection cookbook that is made for a slow cooker and says to cook for 8 hours – I wonder how that one differs.

Stew-Pendous Ninja Beef Stew Recipe
My calorie count for the stew ended up the same as the original – 399 calories per serving.

Honestly my love for this recipe wasn’t there like some of the others. This isn’t the first time I have made it but it has been a while. I don’t know if it was because I made it right after making soup or if I just didn’t like. Like I said, it was tasty it just didn’t appeal to me – maybe just because I cooked it too long. My husband really liked it though. Maybe I just don’t like stew?