Friday, July 6, 2012

Oven “Fried” Pickles

Summer bar-b-que season is finally here, and I am loving it! Here’s a tasty little number that you can add to the menu of any outdoor picnic or summer celebration. Like all of my recipes, my oven “fried” pickles are lacking in calories and bursting with flavor. You’ll love them!

Makes six servings.
  • 1 jar pickle chips
  • 2 eggs (cut calories with Egg Beaters!)
  • 1/3 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp hot sauce
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 tsp Cajun seasoning
  • 1 tsp seasoning salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups panko bread crumbs

Step-By-Step Instructions
Preheat oven to highest broiler setting.

In a medium sized bowl, whisk together eggs (or egg beaters) and flour. To the mixture, add Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, garlic powder, garlic salt, Cajun seasoning, seasoning salt, and pepper. Mix thoroughly.

Place the panko bread crumbs in a shallow dish. Coat each pickle slice with your egg mixture, then smother the pickle chip in the panko bread crumbs.

Coat a baking rack with non-stick cooking spray, and place it on top of a baking sheet. Place coated pickles on top of the rack, and position on the middle rack of your oven. Broil these delicious little pickles for about three minutes on each side.

Serving Suggestions
Want a little something extra? Serve these with ultra-healthy homemade Greek Yogurt ranch dip, and watch as they disappear, and you become everyone’s favorite party host :-)


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Thursday, July 5, 2012

Dressing For Your Body Type

After losing losing 100 pounds, I’ve found that my biggest struggle is no longer deciding what to eat… it’s deciding what to wear. Now that I have a brand new body, I am totally clueless. Before losing all of the weight, my daily wardrobe consisted of baggy pants and hoodies; total hottie, I know. After some careful research, I’ve come up with some great tips to help women of every shape and size find their perfect look. Check it out!

If you’re a slender or petite woman, this means that you have a very proportioned body, and measure at 5’4” or less.

What to Wear: You should wear smaller shapes that aren’t overwhelming to your delicate frame, and focus on pieces that elevate your look. Try pairing a small, bold print with an all-over color for a look that’s chic and classic.

Stock Your Closet With: V-Necks, ½ sleeve blouses, hip-length tops, fitted shirts, hemlines that hit above the knee, low rise pants, empire waist dresses and long fitted silhouettes like maxi dresses.

 Pear Shaped
If you’re a pear shaped woman, you’ve got a smaller bust, waist, and shoulders, but a more curvaceous booty with hips and thighs to match.

What to Wear: With a pear shape, your main goal is to slim out your curvy bottom half, while playing up your top half. To do this, you should balance your looks perfectly with complementing colors, silhouettes, and shapes.

Stock Your Closet With: Highly detailed or colorful tops, boat-neck tees and blouses, horizontally striped shirts, hip-length tops, A-line skirts, empire waist dresses, and boot-cut bottoms with larger pockets.

If you’re a curvy woman, you’ve got a full bust, hips, and curves in all the right places. Typically, curvy women wear a dress size of 14 or larger.

What to Wear: When dressing a curvy frame, you should try to minimize your curves slightly, but never deny that they are there. This slimming look can be achieved with A-line shapes that hug your body closely.

Stock Your Closet With: Open necklines, hip or waist length tops, tailored jackets, draped fabrics, fitted scoop or V-neck tees, boot cut pants, and wrap dresses.

Boy Shaped
If you’re a boy shaped woman, you have narrow hips, a smaller bust, and a curve-free waist, giving you a perfectly straight silhouette. 
What to Wear: To create a more feminine figure, choose outfits that add visual details and adornments to your everyday look.

Stock Your Closet With: Ruffled tops, detailed blouses with nipped waist lines, lower necklines, full sleeves, floating fabrics, tailored jackets, skirts and dresses with a little swing, bottoms with detailing at the waist.

If you’re a busty woman, you know how to turn heads with your more-than-generous bust line.

What to Wear: To downplay your overzealous bust, try pieces that are free of bulk and aren't overly voluminous. Your perfect look is a classic dark colored blouse with a lighter colored bottom.

Stock Your Closet With: Slight V-neck tops, scoop neck blouses, slightly fitted sweaters, flared pants and denim, and A-line tops and dresses that hug the torso. 
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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Oh-So-Slim Potato Casserole

Just because you're watching your figure doesn't mean you have to give up your favorite comfort foods. If you're longing for a dish that tastes like something mom used to make, you'll love my Oh-So-Slim Potato Casserole. Like all of my recipes, this one is so very, very simple, and so incredibly tasty. So, go ahead, try it for breakfast, as a side dish, or wow everyone you know at your next pot luck!

Here's What You'll Need

  • 1 32 oz. Bag of frozen hash browns
  • 1/2 can of Low sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup Skim milk
  • 1 1/2 - 2 Cups Plain Greek Yogurt (depending on your desired texture)
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Garlic Salt
  • 1 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp Italian Seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp Seasoning Salt
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 2 Scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup Reduced Fat Shredded Cheddar Cheese 
  • 1 1/2 Cups of Corn Flakes
  • Spray Butter
  • Doesn't look "slim" at all, does it? Well, it is!

Baking Instructions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 

In a large bowl, combine everything other than the corn flakes and spray butter, until mixed thoroughly.  Coat a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray, and spoon potato mixture into the baking pan; be sure to evenly distribute. 

Once everything is added to the pan, top with Corn Flakes and spray a thin coat of spray butter across the top of the dish (this prevents the cereal from burning). Then, all you have to do is place it in the oven for about 35 minutes, or until  bubbly. Allow it to cool for a few minutes before you dig in :-)

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