Lets pretend ham isnt pork…ok?

Ha! I dont eat pork, havent for about 4 months. The reasons vary, it started on my Vegan kick and then I brought Chicken back in but left Pork and Beef out. Beef is still WAAAAY out, pork too, except tonight apparently. In Weight Watchers they often promote Canadian Bacon because it is extremely low in points.  Last week I bought a bag of diced Canadian bacon because I had at least two recipes the required it. I dont plan on eating this very often, but tonight’s dinner did include it and it was damn delish!

This is a take on the ham and peas dinner. Im not sure why but ham always seems to go with peas, I added spinach and onions to that too. In fact the whole pasta dish turned out rather green!

INGREDIENTS:

-1 Cup cubed Canadian Bacon or Ham

-2 Cups (or half a bag) of frozen Spinach

-1 Cup Frozen Peas

-1 Cup diced onions

-Whole Wheat Pasta

-1 Cup Fat Free 1/2 and 1/2

-3/4 cup cheese of choice (I used skim cheddar and Parmesan)

-Salt

-Black Pepper

-Red Pepper Flakes

-Minced Garlic

DIRECTIONS:

-In a large pot boil pasta.

-Defrost spinach in microwave and place in a paper towel, ring out all excess water.

-In a large pan Saute Garlic and onions. When onions are clear and Garlic is browned add Ham and cook on medium until a little browned. Add Spinach, salt, pepper, pepper flakes, toss until the peas and spinach are all warm and cooked in. Add 1/2 and 1/2 and cheese, mix until all cheese is melted.

-Drain Pasta

-Mix pasta with your veggie ham cream sauce!

Enjoy!

WEIGH-IN!

I missed my weigh-in last night so I went this afternoon. I knew it wasnt going to be quite as good as the last few weeks, but was really hoping I might hit 60lbs lost. Well I was soooo close but no cigar. 1.4lbs lost putting me at 59.2 total. Really pretty good, and next week will definitely be the week for 60lbs! That means I only have about 15 more pounds to loose by January 1st. There are 44 days left in the year (yeah crazy I know!) which means 6.3 weeks, so I have to loose 2.3lbs per week! I THINK I CAN I THINK I CAN I THINK I CAN!

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HEALTHY HOLIDAY RECIPE:

Homemade Low Fat Whipped Topping

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Low Fat Turkey Meatloaf Muffins

I’ve been wanting to make these for so long, but APPARENTLY The Biggest Losers promotion of Jennie O Extra Lean ground turkey has wiped it all off the shelves. Im not even joking I have probably checked 5 different grocery stores in the past two weeks and all of them were out! I mean they even had the empty spot for it but no actual product…lame. You have to be careful too because you might see the LEAN and think thats what you want, but the LEAN has 8 grams of fat and they EXTRA LEAN only has 1.5, thats a big difference my friend so read the label!

Anyways portion control is HUGE when losing weight so these Meatloaf Muffins are a great way to limit the amount on your plate, plus who doesnt like a muffin, meat or otherwise? So the recipe I used is based on this one, only I nixed the cheese cube and added onions, so ignore the nutrition info unless you follow that one exactly. I also made both Garlic butter Acorn Squash and Brown Sugar Acorn squash and salad of course! It was nice warm comfort food.

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squash

good dinner

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HEALTHY HOLIDAY RECIPE:

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Grocery Shopping Love

In case you havent noticed a good 25% of this blog is about cooking and food, especially healthy food. I have really found pleasure this past summer in cooking meals and learning new recipes, or modifying recipes to make them Weight Loss friendly. Grocery shopping is in my top 5 favorite things to do in my spare time also so that helps with the whole cooking thing, I know a lot of people dread grocery shopping, but I love it!

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Anyways the last few weeks my cooking has dwindled a bit because I am DIRT POOR! With my whole job thing being delayed 2 weeks and bills galore grocery shopping has been put on the back burner to make room for tuna sandwiches and whatever else I can scrape together with my cupboard remnants…ugg. We get paid on friday so hopefully I can stock up this weekend with good stuff. I actually decided to make a list of stuff to get based on a few recipes I want to make:

-Potatoes (10 Smaller Yellow ones)

-Onion (2 Larger ones)

-Vegetable Broth

-Milk & Light Soy Milk

-Tomatoes (2)

-Avacodo (2)

-Cilantro

-Pico De Galo

-Shreaded Parmisian

-Chicken Breast

-Cucumber

-Ground Turkey

-Tomatoe Soup (low Sodium)

-Light Feta

-Stewed Tomatoes (2 Cans)

-Part Skim Ricotta Cheese

-Skim Motzerella

-Butternut Squash

-Acorn Squash

-Red pepper flakes

-Granny Smith Apples

-Kale

-Fat Free Half and Half (yes its a real thing)

This is going to be what I need to make a ton of soups! YUM! Also it’s a lot of basic ingredients I need for other things. Making lists helps me a lot! Im hoping to have at least 4 new recipe post for next week. Tonight Im going to try to whip up some easy meals for us to take to work this week so we dont have to eat out. Im also on the hunt for some good healthy cooking blogs. It seems the healthy ones often dont have pictures, and the ones that do have pictures arent really health based (and yes by health based I do mean lower calorie).

Oh and I REALLY want to make these:

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