Monday, May 28, 2012

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Memorial Day Recipe Ideas!

Hey everyone! I hope you are having a great memorial day!

Memorial Day is known for grilling, spending time with your family and relaxing. Here are some delicious recipes you can try that are healthy and delicious!

Grilled Marghertia Portobello Mushrooms 2 PointsPlus Value Serves 4

4 item(s) portobello mushroom(s), stems removed, wiped clean
1 spray(s) olive oil cooking spray
1/2 cup(s) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp dried oregano
2 medium plum tomato(es), sliced into 1/4-inch-thick slices
8 leaf/leaves basil, fresh (for garnish)

Heat a grill or grill pan to medium-high heat.

Coat mushrooms with cooking spray; place on grill, stem-side down, and cook, covered, 4 minutes. Uncover and using tongs, flip mushrooms; cook for 4 minutes more.

Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine cheese, garlic powder and oregano.

After mushrooms have cooked for 8 minutes, remove them to a tray and reduce grill heat to medium-low. Fill each mushroom cap with about 2 tablespoons of seasoned cheese. Place mushrooms back on grill and cook, covered, until cheese melts, about 2 minutes.

Remove mushrooms to a serving plate and top with tomato and basil. Yields 1 mushroom per serving.

Enhance the flavor of the mushrooms with a drizzle of high-quality balsamic vinegar.

Blue Cheese Chicken Burgers 8 PointsPlus Value Serves 4

2 spray(s) cooking spray
1/4 cup(s) barbecue sauce
1 1/2 tsp hot pepper sauce, or to taste
1 pound(s) uncooked extra lean ground chicken breast
1/2 cup(s) uncooked scallion(s), sliced
1/4 cup(s) uncooked celery, chopped
1/4 cup(s) dried plain bread crumbs, plain-variety
2 tsp minced garlic
1/2 tsp table salt
4 item(s) mixed-grain hamburger roll(s)
2 cup(s) romaine lettuce, shredded
1 large fresh tomato(es), cut into 8 slices
2 Tbsp blue cheese, crumbled

Off heat, coat a grill or grill pan with cooking spray; preheat to medium-high.

In a small bowl, combine barbecue sauce and hot pepper sauce. In a medium bowl, combine chicken, 1 tablespoon of barbecue sauce mixture, scallion, celery, bread crumbs, garlic and salt. Using wet hands (to prevent mixture from sticking), form chicken mixture into four 1/2-inch-thick patties; brush top of burgers with some remaining barbecue sauce mixture.

Place burgers on grill, sauce side down; brush tops of burgers with remaining sauce. Grill, turning once, until cooked through, about 10 minutes. Lightly toast open-faced buns on grill during last minute of cooking.

To serve, place 4 bun bottoms on each of 4 plates. Top each with 1/2 cup of shredded lettuce, 2 tomato slices, a burger, 1/2 tablespoon of cheese and a bun top (cheese will melt a little from hot burger). Yields 1 burger per serving.

If you like your food really spicy, give the lettuce and tomato a few shots of hot sauce.
Garlic-Herb Grilled Corn 4 PointsPlus Value Serves 6

  6 medium corn on the cob, in husk   
3 spray(s) cooking spray   
1 Tbsp regular butter   
1 Tbsp olive oil   
1 Tbsp thyme, fresh, fresh, chopped   
1 tsp minced garlic   
1/2 tsp table salt   
1/4 cup(s) parsley, fresh, chopped   

In a large pot filled with cold water, add unshucked ears of corn; soak for 10 minutes. 

Preheat grill or a stove-top grill pan.

Remove corn from pot; pull back husks (be careful to leave husk attached to corn) and remove as much of silk as possible. Coat kernels with cooking spray; cover corn with husks again.

Grill corn, turning every few minutes, until husks are blackened and charred and corn is tender, about 15 to 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, melt butter in a small microwave-safe bowl or cup. Stir in oil, thyme, garlic and salt.

To serve, pull back husks to expose corn and use husks as handles. Place on serving platter and brush butter mixture over corn; sprinkle with parsley (and additional salt, if desired). Yields 1 ear per serving.

I hope these recipes help and inspire you to cook healthy foods and live well. Have a great Memorial Day and be safe. 

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xo Sara

Saturday, May 26, 2012

First Weight In and Recount of the Past Week.

Today was my families first Weigh In since starting Weight Watchers together. This past week, I was the driving force, reminding my family that we needed to track points of everything we eat and drink and that we need to be working out together. I am busting my ass off working out and making sure I track my food. 

This morning, my dad lost 5 lbs, Mom lost 3 lbs, and me.. the one who was working so fucking hard lost 1.1 lb.Needless to say I was mad. And confused. Also, I pretty much got so pissed at life- insurance is screwing me.. then the weight loss drama on top of that time of month- I was a wreck and needed ice cream. Didn't go over too well :/  I still manged to not go too crazy but I did enough damage. 

Back to workouts and eating right. While the rest of my family does nothing. I still don't see how the universe see's this as fair.. but it does. I just want to get to that awesome place. Where I feel so sexy and great in my skin. 

Had a long conversation a few nights ago over a boat load of tears. About how I feel I am the only one out of 4 people who agreed to lose weight this summer. Her being one of them. Although I didn't address this yet, I know it will be happening soon, she isn't doing it.  Its so hard to know that you are doing everything under the sun to get healthy so she doesn't leave you and she maxes out on Micky Dee. 

I have not told many about this, but she told me at the end of the school year if I don't either loose or maintain my weight she is going to leave me. Its a hard reality knowing the person who claims they love you unconditionally would say something like that. But, I also understand that she needs to remain attracted to me and if I gain weight she wont be able to do that. 

The worst part is she isn't perfect either. That why we agreed to do this together. But she isn't doing her part. she is being lazy. Now, I love her and just because she doesn't keep on her half of the bargain does not mean I wont either. i want to be sexy. I want to be a smaller dress/pants size. I want to be healthy. It just concerns me, if she can't stay on task with something like this what would happen if we spent a much longer (like years) length of time together? Would this habit occur a lot? It's just frustrating I think. 

Yes, she is very supportive of me. And when I told her about the 1.1 lb lost, she was undoubtedly more excited than I was. When I asked why she told me it was because she knew it was the first of many more. And yes, she is right, but is that really a necessity?  I don't know. Its late and I'm thirsty.. 

I guess i just wish I was loosing more for the work I am putting in, and I wish when people say they are truly going to do this with me, that they actually will.. 

ok guys time for bed. This weekend is memorial day, I will be posting some Weight Watchers friendly food ideas for monday on this blog and the true meaning of memorial day on my main blog Krags Life. 

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Long Day

It was a long day today. Work for 8.5 hours, then helping with a District Attorney campaign, a campaign kick off for state senate and then internship work for Ryan the future assembly man. Then came home made dinner- tilapia, salad and sweet potatoes! so busy, at least I get to sleep in tomorrow morning.

goodnight loves. xo


I made this supplemental blog to kragslife so I could share my progress, tips, tricks and stories on dieting. I recently started Weight Watchers for the second time  and I am so far doing very well. It's the whole getting back into eating right and working out thing that's the problem. Which is all of it.. well I mean, its the re-forming of the habits that is proving to be the struggle. But no fear. I have been working out and my eating has been fantastic! It helps to not be living in a college dorm room..I will be posting pics, and updates along with some healthy recipes I love and great workout ideas. Also, if you post a reasonable workout for me to try or a vegetarian recipe to try i will and then come and write about it. Thanks guys. If anyone wants to share any tips or comments,post in the comment box, id love to hear from you all and chit chat!