Crunchy, Salty, Sweet

You know Brian Regan’s stand up routine when he yells:

How do I get this goodness in me?!

That is how I currently am feeling about the New! Pretzel M&M’s {Crunchy, Salty, Sweet Chocolate Candies}.

If you haven’t tried them, go buy them immediately, or at least grab a bag the next time you run to the grocery store.

Let me paint a picture for you to imagine what this delectable treat tastes like:

Covering the whole M&M is the classic, colorful candy coating.

Inside the colorful candy coating is a layer of heavenly milk chocolate.

Inside this heavenly milk chocolate blanket, is the brilliant, salty pretzel indulgence.

Brilliant, Salty Pretzel Indulgence.

Just imagine the combination of chocolate, pretzel, and candy coating. Not only is it delish (which by the way is a real synonym for delicious, I didn’t just abbreviate it), but also it only has 5 grams of fat for the whole bag of candy. And 150 Calories!

This candy is practically nutritional.

Give it a try today!

P.S. Thank you Eliesa for giving me a bag at work.

Cheeseburger Pie

My mom gave me this talk about how I need to cut fats out of my diet so I stay trim and am not at risk for certain diseases and health problems.  So, I have been trying my hardest to do so, although this weekend probably put me closer to a heart attack considering it was the 4th of July and all I did was eat.

As I have been considering recipes to cook, it’s been harder and harder to find recipes that are easy and healthy.  I’m finding out that those two adjectives rarely exist together in a meal.

Well last night I made Impossibly Easy Cheeseburger Pie.  If you check out the nutritional info, it’s definitely not the healthiest recipe in my Betty Crocker cookbook. But it certainly was delicious.

To satisfy my mother’s desires, I did modify the recipe a little bit, which hopefully cut down some of the fat.  I cut the amount of shredded cheese in half, exchanged ground turkey for the ground beef (which tastes exactly the same), used skim milk, and put a little less bisquick in the mixture.

Anyway, it was a great recipe.  T.J. loved it, which makes me feel like a good wife, which then makes me happy.

So, if you’re looking for something that’s easy, takes just a few ingredients, and will make your husband happy, give this a try.  Don’t forget to modify the recipe a bit to ease your mother’s worries.

Slim-Fast Diet, Day 1: Starving

Almost every summer I go on slim-fast.  I actually think the chocolate shakes are pretty good, but usually I never lose any weight because of several reasons:

1. I eat anything and everything on the weekend.  For example, this weekend is the 4th.   You’ve gotta be nuts if you think I am missing out on the parade candy and family BBQ!

2. Little opportunities to snack come up during the day.  Today, it is “Ice Cream Day” in our office.  How can I say “no” to Ice Cream day!?!

3. Lastly, I would virtually starve if I stayed on the 3-2-1 Slim-Fast plan!  So far today, I have had 1 shake for breakfast, 1 for lunch.  Lunch just ended and I’m still starving!

Anyway, I’ll keep you all posted on how long this continues.  Please comment and let me know if you have any tips on staying strong when those little snacking opportunities come up. Or if you have any other tips to lose weight let me know because as soon as our honeymoon started, I started picking up pounds!

Mini Ice Cream Sandwiches and Giant Pizza Slabs

Two Random Things:

1. Last week I brought in some Famous Amos mini cookies for me and my coworkers.  My boss Wendy remembered we had leftover ice cream from Goodwood (which happens to be the best vanilla bean ice cream ever).  So we combined the two things and made mini ice cream sandwiches.  Fun and delish.

2.Today I went to The Slab.  It’s a great little pizza place underneath Campus Plaza.  Tasty pizza for a reasonable price.  Oh and I love their graphics and design, not to mention they’re actually using social media to promote their business.  Check it out.

From Roommate to Housewife

Before I was married, I rarely cooked.  It wasn’t that I don’t know how, it was just because I didn’t have time and my apartment’s kitchen was too small for six girls.  But now that I have the space and a little more time, plus we need to save money, I’ve started making three new recipes for dinner each week!

My sister gave me these Everyday Food magazines (by Martha Stewart :)) and so I rip out three recipes at the beginning of each week, put them on our fridge and get all the ingredients on Monday.  I’ve never shopped for my meals before, usually I just shop for food and make meals from what I have, and that would consist of pop tarts, goldfish, and diet coke.

Anyway, here are some of the recipes we’ve tried!  You should try them out because they’re way easy, delicious, and always make enough for leftovers.

1. Whole-wheat spaghetti with vegetables and peanut sauce

T.J. had never had peanut sauce before, but I swear I’ve never seen anyone consume so many noodles in such a short amount of time like he did.

2. Chicken with coconut sauce: I couldn’t find the recipe for this one online, but all you do is grill 4 boneless chicken breasts on your George Foreman grill.  At the same time, simmer a can of coconut milk for 20 minutes.  When finished, add 1 tbs of fresh lime juice and 2 jalepeno chilis.  Finish by putting the chicken and sauce over a plate of rice with a lime garnish.

3. Grilled Pork Chops with mini cornbread puddings

This cornbread pudding recipe is a lot different that a cornbread muffin recipe, but they’re delicious and the leftovers have made a great breakfast snack.

4. Buttermilk baked chicken with spinach salad

I loved this recipe, especially because the chicken had a great marinade and the spinach salad’s dressing was homemade.

5. Pork quesadillas

This, by far, has been my favorite dinner so far.  The recipe includes a lot of random ingredients, like pickles (which I don’t even like usually), ham, grilled pork, and spicy mustard.  But the combination was delicious.  (Btw, the picture on the link is not right, they look just like a normal quesadilla.)