Monthly Archives: January 2012

Open Challenge For February!!!

I am challenging myself (and all of you) to give up Fast Food and Fried Food for the month of February!!!


  • You cannot eat anything from a restaurant with a drive-thru or in a food court (McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Burger King, etc.)
  • No gas station/convenience store food (anything under a heat lamp or prepared and in a cooler)
  • Nothing deep-fried (regardless of where it is from)
  • If you have any doubts about whether or not something is “fast food”, then it probably isn’t something you should eat.

I’ll be checking in all month regarding my progress, I would love to hear from you too!!!


Review – Stack’d Bar – Milwaukee, WI

I had the pleasure of eating at Stack’d Bar this weekend and it was fabulous:

Stack’d Bar Milwaukee

Quoting directly from their website, “Combining quality local produce and grass-fed beef, Stack’d represents Milwaukee’s only destination for gourmet burgers. We’re a locally-owned burger bar using only Wisconsin raised and grown ingredients (where possible) from local brands and co-ops. With a menu of signature burgers made from high-quality proteins paired with hand-crafted sides, Stack’d offers ‘burgers for foodies’ in a city where bar food burger options are the norm.”

You can build your own burger or order one of their specialty burgers.  I had the BLACK STACK:  Turkey burger topped with avocado, pico de gallo, fresh tomato & lettuce.  I ordered it without the bun and chose the side salad with additional pico instead of salad dressing.  It was thoroughly enjoyable.  My sister had the BAHN MI:  Asian-style pulled pork with ginger/cilantro mayo, ham, jicama slaw & cucumbers on a baguette.  Which was equally delicious.  We split an order of the sweet potato fries and if you like spicy food, I recommend the Sriracha Ranch dipping sauce.  I can’t wait to go back and try something new….



This weekend is going to be a challenge to my plan.  My sister is visiting and we like to eat in restaurants; lay around and watch movies; and drink alcohol.  All of these things are NOT on my plan.

I will be working on MODERATION this weekend.

Update on Monday 🙂

Recipes – Roast Pork Puertoricano & Risotto Milanese



Awesome new recipes from last night (Courtesy of the Weight Watchers New Complete Cookbook)…  Enjoy

Nutritional information is listed after each recipe…


Roast Pork Puertoricano

Delicious hot or cold, this subtle spice combination makes the most of pork’s leanest, most tender cut.  Be careful to avoid overcooking, as it can dry out rapidly.  Scrape the seeds out of the jalapeños if you prefer milder foods.

Makes 4 servings

Grated zest of 1 orange

1/4 cup orange juice

4 teaspoons olive oil

1 jalapeño pepper, sliced

2 garlic cloves, sliced

1 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

1 one-pound pork tenderloin

1.  To prepare the marinade, in a gallon-size seal-able plastic bag, combine the orange zest, orange juice, jalapeño, garlic, cumin, salt and pepper; add the pork.  Seal the bag, squeezing out all the air; turn to coat the pork.  Refrigerate, turning the bag occasionally, at least 2 hours or overnight.

2.  Preheat the over to 450° F; line a roasting pan with foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray.  Place the tenderloin in the pan; drizzle with the remaining marinade.  Roast for 5 minutes, then reduce the oven temperature to 350° F and roast until internal temperature reaches 165° F.  Approximately 20 minutes.  Let stand for 5 minutes before slicing.

Per Serving

194 Calories

9 g Total Fat, 2 g Saturated Fat

65 mg Cholesterol

340 mg Sodium

4 g Total Carbohydrate, 1 g Fiber

24 g Protein


Risotto Milanese

Saffron and lemon zest give this risotto its regal quality and lovely color.

Makes 4 servings

3 1/2 cups low-sodium, fat-free chicken broth

Pinch of saffron threads

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 onion, chopped

1 cup Arborio rice

1/2 cup dry white wine

2 tablespoons grated Parmesan Cheese

2 teaspoons butter

2 teaspoons grated lemon zest

Freshly ground pepper, to taste

1.  In a medium saucepan, bring the broth to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer.

2.  In a small bowl, dissolve the saffron in 1 cup of the broth

3.  In a large saucepan, heat the oil.  Saute the onion until softened, about 4 minutes.  Add the rice, stirring to coat, continuing to sauté until the rice is lightly toasted.

4.  Add the wine and 1/2 cup of the broth; cook, stirring until the liquid is absorbed.  Continue adding the broth, alternating between plain broth and saffron broth, 1/2 cup at a time, stirring until the broth is absorbed before adding more.  Cook until the rice is just tender.  The total cooking time should be between 25-30 minutes.  Stir in the cheese, butter, lemon zest and pepper; serve at once.

Per Serving:

294 Calories

9 g Fat, 2 g Saturated Fat

4 mg Cholesterol

216 mg Sodium

43 g Total Carbohydrate, 1 g Fiber

9 g Protein


The Spice of Life…

I LOVE spicy food, both “hot” spicy and “savory” spicy.  As it turns out, herbs and spices do more for us than just make our food more enjoyable; many have added health benefits.  I am posting links to several articles, if you are interested in learning more:

What Are Health Benefits Of Spicy Food? | LIVESTRONG.COM

Spice of Life: Health Benefits of Spices and Herbs

7 Miracle Spices With Huge Health Benefits (and Big Flavor) : TreeHugger

5 Hidden Health Benefits of Spicy Foods: Healthy SELF: Health:

A Perk of Our Evolution – Pleasure in Pain of Chilies –

Enjoy 🙂

It’s Just a Plan…

I am a “plan” person.  I think it helps me to be more successful.  At times, it helps me to reduce stress.  At times, it makes me a complete lunatic.

Planning is just that…  a goal, a hope, a strategy…  Sometimes you (or I) have to remember that grasping too tightly to the plan can keep us focused on the small picture…  When life happens and the plan has to be scrapped, let it go…  Step back and look at the big picture…  Take a deep breath…  and start a new plan…

Sweet Dreams…

I don’t generally have problems with sleep, mostly because I stay so busy that I am exhausted by the time I get into bed.  Unfortunately, last night I was awake until 3 am; laying in bed, not sleeping.  I know several people who have this problem regularly, so I thought I would share some great articles I came across today.  Sleep well, my friends:

Sleep Hygiene Basics:  17 Ways to Improve Your Slumber Tonight

Turn Your Bedroom Into a Comfortable, Calming Sleep Haven:  5 Rules to Follow

Bedtime Behaviors That Work:  7 Habits That Will Prepare Your Body for Sleep

How to Ease Yourself Into Sleep With Progressive Muscle Relaxation

Sweet Dreams 🙂

Review – New Veggie Cuisine from Lean Cuisine

I am always on the lookout for good “Veggie” options and I really like the new products from Lean Cuisine.  They don’t have a ton of options yet, but I have enjoyed the ones they are currently offering:

Enchilada Rojo with Mexican-Style Rice

Indian-Style Masala

Roasted Red Pepper Fettuccini

Tuscan-Style Vegetable Lasagna

If you have other “veggie” suggestions, I would be thrilled to hear…



The best part of my day was this morning, when I felt like Jillian Michaels didn’t actually have to kick my butt in order for me to finish my workout…

Progressively, this day has made me wish for a “skip” button…  I’m already on tomorrow…

I have mentioned this before, but one of my favorite children’s books is Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.  Alexander is fairly certain that his life would be better in Australia.  Today, I am certain that my life would be better in Tahiti…



Secrets of the World’s Healthiest Women…


I thought I would share this article I read from (via CNN):


Secrets of the World’s Healthiest Women


Most of these aren’t really secrets, but they’re definitely worth sharing:

  • Smaller portions
  • Fresh and local
  • Stress-reduction
  • Good fats

And seven ways you can start TODAY!!!

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