February 25, 2013

Chicken Flautas

Happy Monday, UFG'ers! I'm so excited to share this recipe with you this week.  I hope you like spicy food!
I've been looking for an excuse to use chipotle peppers in adobo sauce.  I feel like every time I turn on Food Network, they are making something delicious with them!  What I wasn't aware of, is how spicy these things are! Holy cow.  I only used half the can in this recipe - and I cut it with a little bit of lime juice.  However, oh man what a flavor! I put the half of the can that I didn't use in the freezer and can't wait to use it again!
Now, in this recipe - you'll see I call for light sour cream.  Read your labels, my friends! I recently started reading labels and really understanding what is in the food that I buy (it's why I no longer use fat free cheese - holy chemicals!).  Daisy does a great job of doing a light sour cream with just cream and skim milk, as does Friendship and the best, of course, is the Trader Joes.  Your sour cream should have no more than 3 ingredients - cultured cream, skim milk and active cultures. If you start seeing other ingredients that you can't pronounce - put it down.  I have ONE exception to this rule - I'm a girl who loves Laughing Cow cheese wedges and I just can't find an alternative! It's all about moderation, yes?
Recipe after the jump!

February 15, 2013

Fat Is Gross

Happy Friday UFG'ers!  AND Happy belated Valentine's Day! Hope everyone had a wonderful time with whomever they chose to spend it with.  The mailman and I usually have pretty low key Valentine's Day.  We're fairly good at showing our love everyday - so we don't need a Hallmark holiday. We did go see a comedy show and have a lovely dinner.  (Duck Confit Pizza! I died! Don't worry - we shared it!) 
I'm happy to report that as of this blog I am officially 15 lbs down! I had my weigh-in with my doctor on Tuesday and she was thrilled.  The Chia Seed Pudding has fixed my breakfast woes, and I believe is the catalyst for the week before the weigh-in weight loss bonanza (I  lost 3 lbs the week before the weigh-in after having plateaued!)  If you haven't tried it out yet, you really must. 

February 08, 2013

Breakfast Chia Seed Pudding

Happy Friday, UFG'ers!  What a month it's been so far!
Firstly, I'm 12lbs down!  That's 12 pounds in 2 months, my friends.  Numbers I'd never thought I'd see.  It's taken an incredible amount of will power and support from The Mailman, but so far so good! Even while eating out once a week for a date night, I've still been able to lose weight.
It's amazing how far you can get with moderation.  It's been a hard lesson to learn, that's for sure.  I think when you're always told "No, you can't eat that" it's hard to understand that you actually CAN eat that - just in moderation.  As a kid, candy and most other processed foods were off limits.  I'll be turning 30 in a little over a month - it's taken that long for me to understand that I can have candy - just half of a candy bar and not 5 of them at once.  There are times when the word "No" is dangerous, and I think food is one of them.  Perhaps moderation would have been a easier lesson if I was allowed sweets in moderation, instead of them being treated as if they were off limits completely!  (To be clear, I'm in no way throwing my parents under the bus - they're awesome - and learning this lesson as well!)
On to today's recipe, if you follow me on The Face you'll know that I started having stomach issues when I would drink my usual breakfast smoothie.  It was The Mailman who actually came up with the reason - between Grad School, work, and all my extracurriculars - stress has creeped it's way back in!  For me, stress = acid reflux.  The smoothies were just a little too much acid for my body to handle.  So I was on a mission to find a new breakfast!  Oh man have I found it.  I'm obsessed, friends - flippin' obsessed. If you have textural issues (think tapioca), stay away from this recipe.
If you're unfamiliar with the magical powers of Chia Seeds - education yourself here!  Recipe after the jump :)