Healthy Restaurant Etiquette Part 1

Say you’ve been eating healthy for the past few days and you’re feeling on top of the world!

You’re starting to feel good about yourself and you believe everyone else in the world should eat just like you because that would solve all the world’s problems.

You’ve followed your pre-planned healthy meal plan to a T and you’re currently checking the computer for tomorrow’s delicious veggie and protein filled menu.

Then you get a text message from your darling friend inviting you for dinner at a restaurant the next day.

Although happy to see your friend, a part of you dies inside and you may let out an audible “NOOOOOO!!”  because you had worked soooo hard to eat healthy that week.

No fret my friend, there are a few things that you can do to make it a stress free and enjoyable meal.

Before I share what you do do (that’s right, I said do do), let me share what not to do.

1. DON’T order the smallest thing on the menu. A side salad does not constitute a meal. If you eat like a bird, you’re friend may give you the bird and never want to dine with you again.

2. DON’T eat a 1/4 of your meal and doggy bag the rest. You’re friend may feel bad that she finished her plate and almost licked it clean and she may never want to dine with you again.

3. DON’T make a zillion substitutions. It’s annoying, and your friend may wish she hired a substitute to dine with you that evening and forevermore because she will never want to dine with you again.

4. DON’T take 2 hours to figure out what you’re going to eat, trying to calculate how many carbs each meal may contain. You can pretty much count on your friend to never want to dine with you again.

5. DON’T comment on the fat content of the food or how many hours you will have to exercise to burn all those calories. This pretty much gives your friend the freedom to exercise the right to never dine with you again.

But on the bright side, if you happen to do the above 5, you will never have to stress about going out to a restaurant with a friend ever again. Catch my drift?

Ok, so next time I’ll share what to do when eating out! So, to be continued….

Blueberry Crisp

In a world of microwaves, dishwashers, fast cars, computers, and the Roomba…why are human beings still so busy??

Ya, I work full time, but I still have no clue why I’m constantly in a rush, always running late, never have time to clean or fold the flippin’ laundry!

Well, yesterday was no exception! I was moving at hyperspeed all day and still had no time to make dessert to bring to my in laws. Oh, and it had to be gluten free to boot. HELP!

Blueberry crisp to the rescue!!

This recipe literally took me 5 minutes to throw together at home. I then brought it to my in-laws and put it into the oven to bake while we ate dinner.

I usually don’t encourage serving fresh-out-of-the-oven dessert but I served it with ice cream so it was all good. Actually, my brother-in-law did burn his tongue but lets just pretend that never happened!

Oh, and I almost forgot to mention how amazing it tasted!!!!

Not only did I manage to make dessert in 5 minutes, I also satisfied everyone’s sweet tooth!!! Props to me!

It was a pretty good ending to my busy busy day!

Here’s the recipe! You’ll love it even if you are not GF:)

  • 4 cups fresh blueberries, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup Pamela’s Ultimate Gluten-Free Baking & Pancake Mix (other GF baking and pancake mix will do)
  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup Shortening
  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. Generously smear an 8×8-inch baking dish with butter or shortening.
  3. Sprinkle a tbsp of the Pamela’s mix onto blueberries and toss to coat. Pour blueberries into baking dish.
  4. In a mixing bowl, combine 1 cup of Pamela’s mix with the brown sugar and cinnamon.
  5. Add in shortening by hand and rub mixture between fingers until it resembles coarse crumbs
  6. Layer the crumbs over the blueberries. Bake for 30 minutes.
  7. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream.

The Skinny Rules

To be honest, I’m a little frustrated with myself these days. I would like to loose some pounds (who wouldn’t, right?) and it just seems impossible!

Why does food taste sooooo good??!!

Why does exercise suck so harsh??!!

While on pinterest the other day, I found “The Skinny Rules” by Bob Harper (he’s the hottie from “The Biggest Loser”).

I’m a rule follower so I thought this whole rule approach would be better for me psychologically!

Well today I put one of the rules to the test.

I had an amazing meal at my in-laws tonight, which included a yummy dessert (I actually made the dessert which I will share tomorrow!!)

After coming home tonight, I walked into the kitchen and said to myself, “I already ruined my diet today by having dessert…might as well have a little more.”

Then, all of a sudden, Bob Harper flew into my home wearing a cape and zapped that pint of ice cream in my hand into a glass of water! I drank the glass of water and immediately lost 2 pounds!

Ok, maybe that didn’t exactly happen. But Bob did swoosh into my mind, which reminded me of the skinny rules.

And then what did I do??

I drank a glass of water.

The result…

Well, I’m laying in bed right now, typing on my laptop, and having to urinate. Kinda annoying but I’m also proud that the glass of water kept me from having dessert #2.

Thanks Bobby!

Because his skinny rules are popping up all over the world wide web, thought I would post them here as well!

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Potatoless Potato Salad

Potatoes are a dieter’s nightmare!

They are a complex carbohydrate that people call a vegetable and therefore assume are healthy!

Unfortunately you can do so many yummy things with potatoes! There’s fries, chips, mashed potatoes, hashbrowns, and I’m pretty sure potato salad is the only salad that will make a man drool!

A few weeks ago, at dinner time, I called my husband to the table and then placed a bowl in front of his nose!

“You made potato salad!” he said.

I said nothing. Side note: I had never ever made potato salad in my life.

After saying grace…

he took a huge spoonful and smiled…

then raised his eyebrows for a moment…

then smiled again.

“I don’t think these are potatoes!”

Ding ding ding! You are correct!

Let me introduce to you: Potatoless Potato Salad!

What is the replacement for potatoes??? Cauliflower!

Stop rolling your eyes!

Yes cauliflower is kinda gross, but not when you cook it and cover it with non or low fat mayo!

So go out and give it a try! Your love handles will thank me!

Potatoless Potato Salad

  • 1 1/2  heads of cauliflower, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp vinegar
  • ½ cup chopped red onion
  • ½ cup celery chopped (1 long stalk)
  • ¼ cup red bell pepper, chopped
  • 4 Tbsp green pepper, chopped
  • 2 stalks green onion, chopped
  • 2 baby dill pickles, chopped
  • 2 hard-boiled eggs, peeled and chopped
  • 1 Tbsp mustard (I favor dijon)
  • 1 cup mayonnaise (I used non fat mayo)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • paprika
  1. Cook cauliflower and cool.
  2. Mix cauliflower with the rest of ingredients.
  3. Refrigerate until serving.
  4. Before setting it on the table, top with paprika

Better Than Coitus Cake

If you don’t watch the Big Bang Theory, you may not know what “coitus” is.

I’m not gonna tell you. Just make this cake, cut a piece approximately 3″x4″ in size, lift out of pan, place on plate, take a fork, and devour! Once that happens, you will instantly know what “coitus” is!

This blog is still rated “G” right? Just checking. Ok, moving on…

I dunno about you but I LOVE trifle! But I’m aware there are trifle haters out there. I try not to associate with those people but some how, those people fall through the cracks and end up in my home for dessert.

Well this dessert is a trifle in disguise. It contains all the ingredients of any great trifle recipe, in a non trifle format.

Plus it’s faster to make than your typical trifle! Therefore, that makes this recipe a winner amongst trifle lovers, trifle haters, and trifle makers! Everybody wins!

Here’s the recipe:

Ingredients

  • 1 chocolate cake, baked, 13x9x2-inch (I used a box)
  • 3/4 cup fudge topping
  • 3/4 cup caramel topping
  • 3/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • cut up skor bar (1 or 2)
  • 1 tub of whipped topping
Instructions
  1. Bake cake according to directions, cool, but do not remove cake from pan.
  2. After cake has cooled, make holes in the entire top of the cake using the handle of a wooden spoon.
  3. One at a time, pour fudge, butterscotch, and condensed milk over the top of the cake and let each flavor soak in before adding the next.
  4. Frost the cake with the whipped topping.
  5. Drizzle more caramel sauce on top.
  6. Sprinkle Skor on top.

Gluten free tip: Betty Crocker now has a Gluten free chocolate cake box, so now you can make this GF friendly:)

Oopsie!!

For the past month I’ve been doing 10 minutes of stretching after putting on my skinny jeans.

Since I’m too cheap to buy new jeans and for fashion’s sake I am refusing to take out my straight leg and boot cut jeans…I guess I need to shed a few pounds!

Therefore, I’ve been trying to eat more healthy these days.

That means I started Monday. Yup, yesterday!

For me, healthy eating = cutting carbs!

No bread and no cereal for the next while (which happen to be my daily staples).

I have not yet found a cereal alternative (I’m trying folks!)…but I found this wonderful bread alternative! Which also happens to be gluten free!

Oopsie Rolls!!

The day I discovered it, it was worthy of a Facebook status announcement! In case your wondering, I got 15 likes and 8 comments!

Thanks yourlighterside.com

Ingredients: 3 large eggs, pinch of cream of tartar (1/8 tsp), 3 oz cream cheese (Do not soften)

1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.

2. Separate eggs

3. Whip egg whites and cream of tartar until stiff

4. Add cream cheese to the yolks and mix

5. Using a spatula, carfully fold the egg yolk mixture into the white mixture

6. Spray a cookie sheet and spoon the mixture onto the sheet, making 6 mounds.

7. Bake about 30 minutes

8. Enjoy!

Crunchy Tossed Salad

Hey Marcy, can you bring a salad to the potluck?

Oh sure!

When invited to a potlock, I’m often asked to bring a salad.

I am not complaining! That is an easy thing to bring! So yay for me!!

But in my years of pot-lucking, I have come to the conclusion that the healthy salad always sticks around the longest.

And then the person who brought that salad has to shamefully take home the leftovers whilst being emotionally scathed by the fact that no one asked for the recipe!

How embarrassing!

Enter: the Crunchy Tossed Salad! And the crowd goes wild!

The best unhealthy salad to bring to your next potluck!

What’s so great about having your salad devoured by the entire party at the end of the night? The host feels the need to wash your salad bowl! If you’re even luckier, the host might just offer you some of the leftovers to put in your clean salad bowl container! Double whammy!

This crunchy tossed salad contains all the ingredients one needs in order for a salad to be a success: Nuts, fried noodles, bacon, oil and very little vegetables.

Here’s the recipe you’ve been waiting for! Serving size 10-12

  • 1 head iceberg lettuce, sliced
  • 6 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • 1/3 cup sliced toasted almonds
  • 1/4 cup toasted sesame seeds
  • 4 green onions, sliced
  • 3/4 cup chow mein noodles

Dressing: 1/2 cup vegetable oil, 1/4 cup sugar, 2 tbsp vinegar, 1 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp pepper

You are welcome!

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