Monday, January 21, 2013


Dang! I was just thinking the other day that I don't think I got a cold or a bug at all in 2012! No such luck in 2013!

I've been slacking on the blog because my home laptop is shot! I need to take it to best buy and have them revamp the whole dang thing!

I've lost about 8 lbs on Atkins and I totally blew my diet over the weekend. Today is all liquids for me because everything I swallow burrrns! Well, maybe this little cold will work out in my favor.

14 day until we go to St Croix! Yay I can't wait!

Has anyone ever tried Kale Chips? I always used to burn them but I finally figured out how to make them. I think they are actually better just roasted until lightly crispy, but not all the way crisp. So delish!

If you can get your hands on Red Russian Kale it's even better than regular.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Ultra Light Pizza

I'm so satisfied what we ate for dinner I have to share! My previous post about cloud bread, really does make a great pizza crust! Check this out:

1 slice = 198 calories, 4 carbs, 14 fats, 16 proteins

MS gave this pizza a two thumbs up and asked for more. The cloud crust is really easy on both of our bands, and as it cools off you can actually pick it up like a real piece of pizza. You could cut the calories and fat down dramatically by using veggie toppings or Turkey pepperoni. That just doesn't fly with my hubby. Just use this recipe and spread it over a greased pizza pan, bake it for 25 minutes.
I let mine sit out for a few hours, just because I prepped dinner a little early. When we were ready to eat I fired up the broiler and topped the pizza with Ragu Light (it has much lower sugar than most tomato sauces) and cheese and toppings. I spread the toppings and the cheese all the way to the edge because I wasn't sure how the crust was going to hold up under the broiler. The parts that were exposed browned up like a normal pizza crust, but I'm actually glad I  spread the toppings all the way to the edges.
The only thing I will do differently in the future is season up the crust more. I'm out of parsley AND oregano. So I will make a trip to penzey's spices before I make another one of these bad boys!

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Cloud Bread

Woah - if you have trouble eating bread after the band or are low carb dieting, you have to try this recipe! This blows the cauliflower pizza crust out of the water as a bread substitute!! I've been seeing this recipe float around but tonight is the first time I've made it. I'm sad that I waited this long!!!

75 calories, 0 carbs, 5 protein

Preheat oven to 300

3 eggs
1/8 tsp cream of tartar
3 oz cream cheese

Separate egg whites and yolks into 2 small bowls if you're using a stand mixer. Use 2 medium bowls if you're using a hand mixer.

First beat the whites and cream of tartar until stiff peaks form. If you're using a stand mixer, very gently transfer the whites back into a bowl and set aside.

Dump the cream cheese and and egg yolks in the mixer bowl and beat until smooth. Scrape down the sides with a spatula a few times to incorporate then cream cheese.

Remove from mixer and gently fold the whites into the cream cheese and yolks mixture. Be very gentle with those whites!!

Spray a cookie sheet or use a silpat and gently spoon the mixture onto sheet making six equal rounds, each about the size of a pancake. Bake for 30 minutes.

Let them sit on the pan for a minute or two and then remove and cool on a rack or paper towel. You don't want them to be hard, they should be soft and fluffy and bend a bit.

Use them like bread. I topped mine with a little melted butter, Splenda and cinnamon and I'm determined to make a BLT on these this week too.  I saw a blogger on Pinterest who used these as hamburger buns, someone else spread the batter into a pizza pan and made pizza crust out of it. You could probably use it as a pie crust somehow. Whoever came up with this recipe is a genius!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Down 1.6 lbs in 2013

I love The Atkins Diet so much. Always have. It just works for my body and I understand it. But like all of my weight loss efforts, I just can't seem to sustain it long term. We started low carbing it Saturday and I've already dropped almost 2 lbs!

We went downtown last night for a really fun New Year's Eve! We went out and had bunless burgers at Chuck's which is a burger joint ran by a local celebrity chef, Ashley Christensen. The food was just divine. There are only 6 or 7 burgers on the whole menu and based off of what we had last night, I know we'll probably try every burger they have before the end of this year. As long as we're low carbing it, that menu is full of delicious diet options!

 Since Raleigh is known as the city of oaks, they drop a huge acorn at midnight. We really had a blast. There were tons of events to choose from but we went to an improv comedy show, and a couple of cirque de soliel type performances. At 10:45 a local band that I love, Delta Rae, played. I'm just not that into live music anymore. I enjoy listening and dancing, but I inevitably alway get stuck behind the biggest assholes. I am literally an asshole magnet at concerts.

Delta Rae played Bottom of The River at 11:30 and as soon as they were done, MS and I read each other's minds and hightailed it out of there. We got home at 10 minutes to midnight with just enough time to see the acorn and the ball drop on tv with our dog/kid. It was definitely a fab way to ring in the new year!