June 27, 2012

UFG Creamy Pesto


Happy Hump Day!

Let me start by telling you one of my favorite things about summer:  Herbs from my garden.  I always do the staples: Basil, Mint, Rosemary and Parsley.  Amazing.  I put them in and on everything. 
Imagine my shock and sadness when I looked up how many calories are in my favorite summer time savory treat ever, Pesto.  SHOCK AND SADNESS, friends!

Well, I fixed that right up with my UFG Creamy Pesto.  It only uses 1 tbsp of olive oil (so make it a good one!) and fat free ricotta.  Holy crap is it delish.  I use all the herbs.  Every single one of them.  Not just basil.  So be creative with your pesto - change it up! Every result is amazing.

I'm pretty sure I'll be eating this all summer long.
Recipe after the jump!

June 22, 2012

Summer Crab Soup


Happy Friday!
First, a little update on moi. I've been diagnosed with tonsillitis.  Bad for my throat - great for my diet! ha!  The Mailman has almost finished the basement and it looks great - hopefully we'll be healthier now that we're not breathing all that mold in anymore!
On to today's recipe.  I live near the Chesapeake Bay - and summer to me means crabs! My cousin has a crab fest every summer, and we sit in their yard picking and eating delish local crabs.  It's THE best.
This is a really light soup - and I'm not someone who minds soup in the summer.  It's chock full of crab and deeelish. It's all about the stock that you use - and I used a superb lobster stock that I had made and stuck in the freezer - so be sure to use a good one! Hope you enjoy!

June 19, 2012

I Might Be Dying; and Other Exaggerations


You may or may not have noticed that I've been M.I.A lately. Let's hope you have. Well: it boils down to my month of Murphy's Law and total dance card fullness. Guys, it's really hard being so in demand.
First, The Mailman and I had back to back to back to back Family parties that we planned. 

Then...the basement flooded. The Mailman's prized man cave. It had to be gutted (partially) and is getting totally redone. Oh, and Lew is doing it on his own. I'm trying to help but have been derailed Stressssss.

Then, I begin battling my own health issues. Here's a candid The Mailman took:

(the rest is a lot about poop- so, thanks for getting this far, and I understand if you stop here...)

June 08, 2012

Chocolate Covered Cake Balls



A decadent dessert on a Friday?  You're Welcome!  It's hard to believe that these cake balls are only 22 calories each - but they are - I promise!
Not only are these puppies super low in calories, they are super rich - so the Mailman and I can only eat a few of them before it's too much. 
In personal news - as the school year winds down here in Delaware, a big shout out to my Mom who is retiring this year!! There's no doubt that my sister and I learned the value of hard work from our Mom - who has dedicated countless hours as a guidance counselor and then assistant principal for her school district.  Congrats Mom!!


Cake Ball recipe after the jump!

June 04, 2012

Mini Corn Dog Muffins



Happy Monday, UFG'ers! Hope everyone had a great weekend.  The Mailman and I had a weekend packed full of activities.   Can life slow down, please?

This recipe was something I saw on Pinterest.  It was done with full fat everything - and I thought that this would be the perfect recipe to lighten up! At only 33 calories each - these are going to be perfect for your next summer get together - kids and adults alike.  I used a mini cupcake pan, but you could easily adapt the recipe to make full size cupcakes. 
...and with cornbread this easy - there's no need to buy frozen, fried corn dogs again!
Recipe after the jump.

June 01, 2012

Apple Chicken Sausage



It's Friiiiiiiiiiiiday!  I know I say this every week, friends - but geez is time flying.  Does that mean I'm old?
This week has gone by so quickly I can hardly believe it. 
Today's recipe is now a house favorite.  The mailman has the same breakfast every morning: egg beaters, turkey bacon and weight watchers cheese on either a whole wheat english muffin or deli round, 2 yogurts and a banana.
Well....we ran out of turkey bacon. 
A small problem to the rest of the world - but a huge issue for the mailman. He's a creature of habit...
So...I made chicken sausage!
Now, to all you professional cooks out there - I used a Red Delicious apple.  The SHAME! An eating apple for a cooked recipe?  That's right.  I did it.  It's the apple I had on hand, and it was on sale.  (Professional cooks would have used a granny smith, or something "more hardy")
Well, these sausage patties are awesome, and they have saved the mailman's mornings!  Happy Weekend! Recipe after the jump