Healthy Is Getting Easier . . .

So, me and my entire family have put ourselves on a healthy eating regiment, hell bent on losing some serious weight we gained after our record breaking 112+ inches of snow. When you’re stuck in the house, you tend to cook totally awesome, comfort food. Notice I didn’t say healthy, just comforting. At the beginning it was tough as I had to end my affair with Ben & Jerry’s Cherry Garcia, but wait, I found Ben & Jerry’s Cherry Garcia frozen yogurt (you can’t see me right now, but I’m doing my happy dance!)

Luckily, I am very creative and have worked out some recipes that are not only healthy, but taste great too! I used to think that combination couldn’t exist. I was wrong . . . it can. It just takes a little planning. For example last night’s dinner consisted of; Marinated pork chops cooked on the grill, Buttercup squash with maple butter and smokey, roasted, onion and garlic, red potatoes. Everything was delicious! I have also learned that the key to eating healthy and losing weight is everything in moderation.

Since beginning my healthy eating plan, I have lost about 11 pounds and boy I can’t believe how much better I feel. Watch for my next few post’s on how to tame your sweet tooth! Today’s music selection is going to be light . . .like me!

marinated, grilled pork chops

marinated, grilled pork chops

Squash with maple butter

Squash with maple butter

 

smokey roasted red potatoes

smokey roasted red potatoes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BBQ Chicken Get Inside There . . . NOW!

Last night was “Whip It Together Friday!” No, it had nothing to do with anything kinky or fetish like, unless you like rubbing BBQ chicken all over yourself? Anyway, I was really not in the mood to cook something that took dedication or a huge commitment last night so I went searching to find something I could “whip” up. Bing, Bang, Boom, . . some chicken tenders, a small container of ricotta cheese, a package of frozen pastry sheets, a cup of shredded cheddar cheese, BBQ sauce and an onion.

I seasoned the tenders, baked them in the oven and when they were done I tossed them in the BBQ sauce. While they were cooking, I defrosted the 2 pastry sheets, sliced half an onion and caramelized it and then combined the onions with the small container of ricotta. As soon as the BBQ chicken was all good, I rolled out the 2 pastry sheets and placed one on a lightly greased cookie sheet. I spread the ricotta mixture on the pastry sheet, added the BBQ chicken and then topped it with the cheddar cheese. Carefully, I placed the second pastry sheet on top of the first and using a fork, crimped it together. I made 3 small slits to vent it, brushed it with olive oil and sprinkled a little sea salt and Parmesan cheese on top.

Into the 375 degree oven it went for about 25 minutes and voila! A BBQ chicken thingamajig . . .  I served it with a Cesar salad and it was “awesome!”

BBQ chicken Pastry

BBQ chicken Pastry

BBQ chicken ricotta pastry

BBQ chicken ricotta pastry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I hope you enjoy the music to eat by tonight. Let me ask you this; “have yo got all your summer stuff together yet?” You do know, it’s right around the corner, right? Here, let me help you . . .come visit me at www.summeractivitiesandgamesforkids.weebly.com

If you don’t see what you’re looking for, just type it in the search box and hit enter . . .that’s it . . . and you’re off to a great start to the summer!

 

not sure why I posted this last video, it has nothing to do with chicken . . .I just had a wicked nostalgic flashback . . .I hope you like it anyway!

Back On My Feet Again . . . And My Diet . . . And I Love To Cook . . .OHY

You never know what life has in store for you and we can only hope for the best, but sometimes, well, most times, the Universe throws a wrench  in there and all the plans “you” had go flying out the window, leaving you to ask “Why?” I am no different, not at all. In march of 2011, I had a life changing experience and even today I still find myself asking . . .“Why?” 

I used to weigh in at a fit and trim 150 pounds, then the proverbial poo poo hit the fan. By day I was a mailman (not disgruntled) and by night I was a performer. That was, until I had a traumatic spinal chord injury that changed my life forever.

Fit and Trim Jim

Fit and Trim Jim

Over the next two and a half years, I would have to endure five more surgeries, two blood clots in my lung, a staph infection that damn near killed me and more physical therapy than one person should ever be allowed to have. It left me “Disabled”  or as I like to call myself “Perfectly Changed!”  You can read more about it and how I have accepted my new role in life at either; http://www.iamperfectlychangedandawesome.com  or  http://www.jamesrsirois.com  (Blogging Around With The Original Domestic God)

In my case, perfectly changed also means gaining a ton of weight (like 60 pounds) from being immobile for quite some time. Well, that and I love to “Cook!” and Eat! Having this new free time has also meant that I could improve my cooking skills . . . and I did! I had always love to cook, but suddenly cooking meant more to me than thawing out a package of pork chops, it gave me the freedom to “create!” Hey, if I couldn’t create on stage anymore (dancing) then I guess I’d just transfer that into the kitchen! And of course  . . gain more weight!

I am on a brand new mission now and that mission is to lose at least forty pounds by October for my daughter’s wedding. So now I am going to have to learn to create meals and snacks that will help me shed the pounds. I’m keeping one night out of the week as treat night and I can cook anything I want on that night. Oh, I’ll be posting that meal a little bit later on . . .it was Amazing! Pictured below is my glorious lunch I had yesterday which consisted of two pretzel sticks, One sliced apple and two TBSP of all natural peanut butter

lunch

lunch

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Today’s selection of music is very personal to me, it’s about fighting back and getting up on your feet again, it’s about courage and determination! It’s about saying “Watch Out World, Here I Come!”