May 30, 2012

Broccoli Mac and Cheese

Happy Wednesday, UFG'ers! I hope you all had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend.  The Mailman and I had a weekend packed with friends and family. 
This weekend I made this mac and cheese for a family bbq at my sister's house.  It went over very well, and the secret?  Boiling the pasta in milk! It's a little work intensive, as you have to keep stirring the pasta, but the milk reduces and gets creamy and delish.  Very little cheese is actually needed!
The calories in this dish are a little more than I would like for a side dish - but it is cheese, noodles and milk, after all!  What you're not loosing in calories, you're loosing in the massive amount of fat and sodium that are in store bought or restaurant bought mac and cheese - so keep that in mind!
I hope you enjoy - recipe after the jump :)

May 25, 2012

Stuffed Portobello Turkey Burgers

Happy Friday UFG'ers!  I can't believe it's Memorial Day weekend already!  Time to go swimsuit shopping (ugh...).
Every weekend, I go to the Farmer's Market and stock up on tons of fruit and veggies.  It's one of my favorite things to do.  (Not to mention the adorable puppies that are also there...)  This past weekend, they had a ridiculous sale on portobello mushrooms.  Now I LOVE mushrooms, but they aren't the mailman's favorite - so I knew I'd have to do something spectacular with them to entice him.  These did just the trick! The porotobellos are hardy enough to stand as the "buns" and the turkey on the inside is moist and delicious.  Be prepared - they are JUICY! I had to use a knife and fork because juice kept running down my arms!
Hope you enjoy - and have a wonderful holiday weekend!

May 21, 2012

Crystal Light Peach Bellini

Happy Monday, UFG family!
The Mailman and I had a whirlwind weekend full of love and family.  We became Godparents of our niece Helena! (Only the cutest baby ever...)  

Recipes may be a little light this week, since I was with family all weekend, but on to today's review!  If you thought I was over the moon about Crystal Light's Margarita mocktail, I'm down-right obsessed with the Peach Bellini!

May 16, 2012

Crock Pot Chicken Curry

Happy Wednesday, UFG Fans! My apologies that it's taken so long to get a blog up this week!  As always, the Mailman and I have been crazy busy - add to that Mother's Day festivities, an awesome 30th birthday party for the Mailman's sister, and a broken sump pump - it's left little time for blogging! 

At any rate - this Crock Pot Chicken Curry is delish, and it couldn't be easier to put together.  I paired it with brown rice, a bell pepper and tomato salad and a 1/4 of a potato that I needed to use.   As always, your feedback is encouraged - I'd love to know how this recipe works out for you! 
Recipe after the jump!

May 11, 2012

Spanakopita Cups

Happy Friday, UFG Fans!
So - here's the latest on the detox diet.  I had to stop.  I lost 4 lbs in 3 days, and then had to get blood work done, and didn't want the results to be skewed.  All in all, here are my thoughts:
  • The first 3 days of this diet are where it's at.  Never with anything have I felt more cleansed than I did on the first 3 days of fruits and veggies.  And really - how bad can only eating fruits and veggies be?!
  • I haven't lost 4lbs since I was on Jenny Craig.  For the past 3 years, I've been steadily gaining weight, no matter what diet I've tried.  So to me, 4lbs is 4lbs and I'll take it. 
  • If this helps me not look bloated and fat at my niece's christening, then I'll be all over the first 3 days again before the event.
So there you have it!
Now on to today's recipe.  It was requested by my friend Amy for more Greek food, so here you have it - Spanakopita cups!   Perfect for a party or appetizer, these little nuggets of Greek are deeeelish.  Next time I make them, I'll probably add a clove of garlic and some nutmeg in there for a little more flavor, but they are great as is.  Recipe after the jump!

May 08, 2012

7 Day Detox Diet...or, I'm a crazy person

Well, UFG'ers, it's official.  I'm crazy.  I told myself I was going to do this diet.. and by golly, I'm doing it.  But holy crap am I hungry.
So we all know Pinterest, yes?  (I'm there!) My flugal buddy Tricia posted this 7 Day Detox Diet, and I became intrigued.  After a forced Big Mac while babysitting one night, I needed a detox in my life.

May 02, 2012

Review: Body Fortress Super Advanced Whey Protein

Happy Hump Day!  It's rainy and gray here in Delaware today, and I know I'm going to have trouble going to the gym after work.  Good thing I have my  Body Fortress Whey Protein Shake to give me the boost that I'll need!

I love this stuff.  I had read a few blogs awhile back saying that drinking a protein shake not only helps build lean muscle, but it helps break down fats in your system.  I have a super slow metabolism and need all the help I can get.  So I set off in search of the perfect protein shake.