Day 43: Light Spinach and Feta Frittata

In the effort of trying to conquer my unfortunate texture aversions, this year I am going to try things that I would typically steer clear from.

Exhibit A:  the egg.

Exhibit A: the egg.

I never have liked eggs.  I think they smell funny, and jiggle funny, and are too bouncy (when scrambled) to be any kind of a good food.  However, frittatas have always caught my attention.  (That’s when you know that you watch the Food Network too much, you are distracted by a dish called the “frittata.”)

breakfast for dinner.

breakfast for dinner.

This Light Spinach and Feta Frittata  was a crowd pleaser.  By “crowd pleaser” I mean my mother and I liked it.  I was not at all put off by the fluffy egg texture.  In fact, the combination of the onion, feta, spinach, and parm gave the egg mixture a lot of good, complimentary textures & flavors.  Last night, we had the Asian chicken with broccoli and oven baked potato wedges.  So tonight, I chopped up the left over potato wedges and browned them in a hot skillet to make some delicious hash browns!  An excellent crispy side dish to the fluffy frittata.

I almost forgot, I wanted to share the cute little cupcakes I made for my speech kids at school:

Happy (almost) Valentine's Day!

Happy (almost) Valentine’s Day!

Day 42: Asian Glazed Chicken

Although I am behind on blogging, I assure you I am not behind on my cooking and baking resolution.  I sort of got out of my routine, this past weekend, of documenting my food and blogging.  It was not exactly at the top of my priority list, as I was in New Mexico visiting my man.

cutie.

cutie.

We made some Jalapeno Cracker things one night… they weren’t too good.

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mediocre.

And homemade pancakes were another day… they were much better than the crackers.

gotta love a good pancake.

gotta love a good pancake.

Sooooo, I’m trying to think of everything I have cooked.  That’s just a lot to remember; which is why I should blog each night.  Whoops.

Oh, yesterday I made Skinny Taste Baked Jalapeno Popper Chicken (I’m real into the jalapenos here lately).  It was quite scrumptious, I must say.  Today was another Skinny Taste recipe (i.e., Asian Glazed Chicken).  It was super yummy, but kind of salty.  Naturally, because of the soy sauce.  Next time I will definitely use low-sodium SS.  Oh, and I used chicken breasts and the flavor was good.  The author mentioned that they become dry easily if you use the breasts; but, she has directions in the beginning narrative portion of the blog for those of us who prefer to use white meat.

I am so excited to bake sweet stuff tomorrow!  It’ll be the day before Valentine’s Day & I am going to make fun, sweet treats for my speech kiddos at school.  I really want to decorate a shoe box for my Valentines (that I am sure I will not get because no one gives the speech teacher Valentine’s), is that too much?  Elementary school fun is getting to me; it’s contagious.

Okay, I don’t know what I have rambled on about, but that’s all for tonight.  I hope you have a fabulous evening my friends!

Day 37: Strawberry Shortcake

Well, day 36’s recipe was a FAIL.  I read the recipe wrong and it was just no good.  It was suppppposed to be Cotton Candy Popcorn, mine was just a soupy pink mess because I added too much liquid.  But I did try.

Today I redeemed myself though with this Strawberry Shortcake recipe.  It. Was. So. Yummy.

My sister- the one who is pregnant with twins- loves strawberry shortcake & she is in town so I made it for her and ze babies.

Fresh&Delicious.

Fresh&Delicious.

It probably took me a whopping 5 minutes to make the biscuits, 12 minutes to bake them, and like 2 minutes to eat it.  No joke.  Such a good recipe & definitely worth trying!  One of my favorites of the year.

Ahhhhhh.

Ahhhhhh.

I hope you satisfy your hungry little taste buds with this recipe, folks.  Okay, that’s all for now.  I have to go pack because tomorrow I am going to ALBUQUERQUE!  🙂

Day 35: Coconut Chicken Salad with Warm Honey Mustard Vinaigrette

So… I don’t have a picture for tonight’s recipe, but it looked like the one on the Skinny Taste website.  And it’s always a good thing when your picture looks like theirs.

I have been wanting to try a new salad recipe so I finally decided to do so.  This recipe is all inclusive:  chicken, salad ingredients, and dressing; a one-stop (filling) supper.

I didn’t change anything in the recipe; however, I did add some sliced strawberries because I had them on hand and thought they would taste good with the vinaigrette.

Yeah, so that’s about it for tonight.  lol.

Oh, here’s the link:

Coconut Chicken Salad with Warm Honey Mustard Viniagrette

Enjoy 🙂

Days 31-34: Lots of yummy things.

I don’t even know where to start because I’m so far behind on my posts!  I have tried at least one new recipe for the past few days, some days even two.  I just have a hard time finding the motivation to blog every night, as I mentioned in my last post.  However, I will catch up… Even if I have been dreading sitting down and doing so.

Day 31:  Blueberry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake.

Rather tasty.

Rather tasty.

The cake was pretty good!  My sister and my dad loved it.  The only thing I would do differently if I made the cake again was bake it for probably like 35 minutes (as opposed to 45 minutes).  The cake batter is pretty thick, too; just know that’s normal 🙂

Day 32:  Turkey & Spinach Lasagna

If you want this recipe, email me.  I still have to write it all down because I kind of just made it up as I went.  It’s a light and healthy dinner that is pretty easy to concoct.

i remembered to take the 'before' picture... but forgot to take the 'after' picture.

i remembered to take the ‘before’ picture… but forgot to take the ‘after’ picture.

And then comes…

Day 33:  Rosemary Parmesan Focaccia

soooooo delicious.

soooooo delicious.

Finally, dum da da dum.

Day 34:  Almond Butter & Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies and Asian Peanut Noodles with Chicken.

So I started to use a new chocolate chip cookie recipe, and then like changed a bunch of things (added, subtracted, etc.).  Therefore, I will have to rewrite the recipe.  If I don’t get it up soon enough, email me and motivate me to do so… girlgonenom@gmail.com.

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Dark Chocolate & Almonds.  You can't go wrong.

Dark Chocolate & Almonds. You can’t go wrong.

Last, but certainly not least:

Looks kinda like a noodley mess, but I promise it is good & healthy.

Looks kinda like a noodley mess, but I promise it is good & healthy.

I won’t get on my “go skinny taste!” rant tonight, just saying… these noodles will knock your socks off.

Day 30: Salted Caramel “Ding Dong” Cake

We had a party at the Husfelt house tonight, celebrating my mom’s birthday (which is actually tomorrow, but we celebrated tonight).  It was so nice to have my sisters and Ruby Lynn at the house for dinner.  Steph made her amazing ‘bang bang chicken’, I made the oven fries from day 24 and a new sauteed broccoli recipe, and then of course the Salted Caramel “Ding Dong” Cake.

the feast.

the feast.

I always take like a bagillion pictures/videos because I just think it is fun to have pictures with people you love (and of course, food you love :).

this is why you should always wear an apron when you cook.  #mistake.

this is why you should always wear an apron when you cook. #mistake.

pretty girls

pretty girls

Yummy, chocolatey goodness.
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deeeelicious.

who is that seasoned cook sauteing that yummy broccoli?!

who is that seasoned cook sauteing that yummy broccoli?!

I love to cook.  So much.  I don’t think the resolution will get old to me.  I honestly don’t want to blog every night, but cooking/baking new things everyday has been so fun.  And I love cooking for people who love what I cook!  It’s a win win situation.

mother didn't want to be in the picture...

mother didn’t want to be in the picture…

Happy Birthday to my mom… Best momma ever!

Day 29: Crispy Chicken Salad Wraps

I have to test 365 recipes this year.  So, pretty much any recipe that I may have normally been like, “well that looks good but not good enough to make,” has changed to, “I have to test over 300 recipes, so why not?”  Which, honestly is kind of fun.  It feels pretty limitless & my mother loves it.  She basically gets supper made for her every night.  Tonight was one of those nights when I was thinking, “why did I chose this recipe at the beginning of the week… It doesn’t look like scrumptious or anything.”

And, of course, it was.

There were a couple changes I made to the recipe:

1.  I used plain Greek yogurt to save the calories and fat instead mayo (tasted delicious).

2. I chopped up the center stem part of Romaine lettuce leaves because I didn’t have celery (missed that on my grocery list).

3.  I used Sriracha as the hot sauce.

Anywho, this is a great recipe & can be made low-cal/fat which is always a plus 🙂

Day 28: Chicken Ropa Vieja and Scallion Cilantro Rice with Habaneros and Lime

Whew.  Today’s recipe are a mouthful; no pun intended.  I felt like whipping up a Skinny Taste recipe today because I was feeling not so skinny; therefore, I thought making this would help.  Both of these recipes are relatively easy and packed full of flavor.  And, the entire meal is less than 400 calories; you can’t beat that.

That rice is so stinking good, no joke.

However, the real star of the show was the Chicken Ropa Vieja.

don't judge a book by it's cover.

don’t judge a book by it’s cover.

I know it doesn’t look super pretty/appetizing, but it is full of flavor & delicious!  I hope by now all of you have explored Skinny Taste.  I have said it before and I will say it again… It will change your life.  Tons of good, healthy, quick, & easy recipes.

Almost done with my first month of testing recipes for the year 2013… 28 down, 337 to go.

Enjoy!

Day 25, 26, & 27: Salted Caramel Brownies, Kung Pao Chicken, and Lemon Cuppies.

So many events have happened over the past 3 days.

Not really.  BUT- guess what?!

My sister is having twin GIRLS!

Obviously, I’m just a little bit excited.  Allison, Stephanie, and I were able to spend a few days together this weekend & that’s when we found out.  We pretty much shopped, ate, talked, picked out the baby’s bedding, ate some more, shopped some more, and yeah that’s about it.  Here is what we had for the recipe of the day on Friday:

Salted Caramel Brownies <3

Salted Caramel Brownies ❤

And Saturday I made Kung Pao chicken for the fam.. that was pretty yummy. Not my favorite, but definitely a healthier version of the typically deep-fried, guilt-provoking stuff.

Pow Pow!

Pow Pow!

And today I made Lemon Cuppies (aka cupcakes).  This was a great recipe, I didn’t change anything besides preparing standard size cupcakes rather than minis. I baked them for about 22 minutes, so watch them at about 20 minutes in your oven.  I’ll put the link in the caption of the picture.

Aren’t cupcakes just so happy?  Perfectly complimented by sprinkles & you have such a cheery little treat.  Maybe I will make Sunday “Cupcake Day” from now on.

Day 24: Oven Baked Potato Wedges

Potato Love.

I don’t even have much to say about these tasty little potato gems other than they are SO GOOD.  I adapted the recipe just a tad by doubling the seasoning because the 4 potatoes I had were pretty hefty; therefore, I needed to add seasoning so that each little wedge got some spice.

No, potatoes are not the most healthy side.  However, these are baked not fried and flavored with fresh ingredients.  Definitely worth the little indulgence.

Happy baking my friends!