Friday, January 28, 2011

Cherry Chocolate Cookie

1 Packet Medifast Essential 1: Antioxidants Cherry Pomegranate Shake
1 Packet Medifast Brownie
1 tsp Baking Powder
2-4 ounces of water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl. Slowly add water until dough is sticky. Drop into 4 balls onto silicone baking sheet or pan sprayed with non-stick spray. Bake for 6-8 minutes.

This entire recipe makes 2 Medifast meals.  Each serving is 2 cookies and consists of 1 Medifast meal, 1 condiment.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Chicken Alfredo Pizza


1 cup riced cauliflower (2 green)
1/4 cup Great Value Egg Whites (1/4 lean)
3/4 cup Part Skim Mozzarella Cheese (3/4 lean - 6 grams fat/oz cheese used)
1 ounce Grilled Chicken (1/6 lean)
2 TB Walden Farms Alfredo Sauce
1 tsp Italian seasoning


This is 1.04 lean, 2 green, and 3 condiments. You could add 1 serving of spinach or other maybe asparagus to make this a full Lean and Green meal.

How to "rice" cauliflower:
1. Using a food processor, attach the grater.
2. Pulse the steamed cauliflower through the grater.
Result:

Mix riced cauliflower with 1/2 cup of cheese, 1/4 cup egg whites and 1 tsp of Italian seasoning.

Shape the mixture in the shape of a pizza on the silicone mat or parchment paper. Using the mat or parchment paper should help prevent the crust from sticking.

Bake at 400 for 18-20 minutes. Remove from oven at top with 2 TB of Walden Farms Alfredo sauce, 1/4 cup cheese and 1 oz of shredded chicken.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Review: Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo

I have had a craving for Fettuccine Alfredo, so I decided to try making it Medifast friendly.  I have to say that it really wasn't very good, but I did finish it.

This is what I used to make it:
Walden Farms Alfredo Sauce
House Foods Tofu Shirataki Fettuccine Noodles
6 ounces of Grilled Chicken
1 packet Pizza Hut Crushed Red Pepper Flakes


The Walden Farms Alfredo sauce is lacking in flavor & texture.  It is very watery and not creamy at all.  I want to try using some of it to make Shrimp Alfredo that Sandy made in her blog and hopefully that will be tasty.

I was also disappointed with the Shirataki noodles.  I have used Shirataki noodles in soup and very much enjoyed that, but they did not have a good texture to be such a main part of the meal.  I think I will save the Shirataki noodles for soup and wait for Alfredo until maintenance.

I added crushed red pepper flakes to try to save my Fettuccine Alfredo and it did help. I don't think I will try making this again.



Thursday, January 20, 2011

New Facebook Page, Biggest Loser & Life Updates

Hey all! I created a new Facebook page to share new recipes!  Like me on Facebook!  That just sounds funny, now doesn't it?  Also, if you have any questions or need anything, feel free to email me at newbeautifulme@gmail.com

I have been on Medifst for 4 months and have lost 60 lbs!


Biggest Loser Week 1 Results
I lost 4.6 lbs the first week with a total percentage of weight loss of 1.81%.  This puts me in 2nd place for week 1, but I am confident I will pull into first.  The 1st place person has 2.04% weight loss.

Life Updates
Life is really going good lately.  My husband and I have been looking for a church since we moved back to Colorado a year ago and finally found a church we are calling home!  That is a big relief and a huge blessing because now we have lots of new people to get to know.  This does raise some interesting situations around food, given my special diet, but I am just focusing on being open and honest about my eating habits.  It is just awkward to have to explain to a hostess why you pretty much only eat grilled meat and salad.

If I haven't mentioned before, I have the most wonderful husband in the entire world.  He is working on losing weight too.  He is doing very well counting calories and staying within his caloric weight loss zone.  He has lost 25 lbs in 3 months on his own.  That is an average of 2 lbs a week, which is right on track!  Great job honey!!

Here is a picture of me and Shane at Thanksgiving:
And yes, I have a hand sticking out of my head!!


Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Pudding Pies

This is a modified version of this recipe from defragged.com


2 Packets of Medifast Maple and Brown Sugar Oatmeal (any flavor can be used)
1 Packet of Medifast Banana Pudding (any flavor can be used)
1 Packet of Splenda
1/2 tsp Baking Soda

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix together oatmeal, Splenda and baking soda. Slowly add water until dough just sticks together. I used about 1/2 cup of water, but it can vary.

Divide the dough into 4 balls and press into a muffin tin. I used a silicone muffin pan, so I didn't need non-stick spray. If you are using a regular muffin tin, spray with Pam first.

I get asked often about my muffin pan.  It is a metal pan with snap in silicone liner muffin cups.  It is the best of both worlds!  You can buy it  on Amazon for $17.99 + $5.49 shipping.


Bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes. Remove from muffin pan and completely cool.

Using the shaker jar, mix 4 oz of water with the banana pudding. Spoon into each oatmeal cup. Refrigerate for about 30 minutes for it to set.


The 4 pies counts as 3 Medifast meals and 2 condiments.

Katieann from My Medifast made these pudding pies and they turned out so cute! She omitted the baking soda and reports they turned out great.

Here are her cute Pudding Pies:


She used pans very similar to this:

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Another Biggest Loser Contest

They are doing another Biggest Loser contest at my work. On December 8, 2010 I won $100 first place prize with 9.68% weight loss.

The contest starts on January 12th and ends March 16th.
There is a $10 entry fee, $1 penalty for any weight gain.
1st will take 50% of the pot - $55.00
2nd will take 30% of the pot - $33.00
3rd will take 20% of the pot - $22.00

I weighed in at 10 a.m. this morning in a light shirt, jeans & no shoes at 254.8 lbs.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Breakfast Sandwich Heaven

*This recipe was modified on 2/06/2013 to reflect the most current Medifast guidelines*

1 Medifast Chocolate Chip Pancake Packet
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup water
2 TB eggbeaters
1 Morningstar Farms Breakfast Sausage Patty
1 oz moderate fat cheese (3-6 grams fat/oz)

To make muffin:
Mix together Medifast pancake packet, 1/8 tsp baking powder and 1/4 cup water. Spray coffee mug with Pam. Pour pancake mix into mug. Microwave for 1.5 minutes. Slice muffin in half.

To make egg:
Spray coffee mug or small ramekin with Pam. Pour in 2 TB of eggbeaters. Microwave for 1 minute or until egg is done.

Heat up the Morningstar Farms Breakfast Sausage Patty in the microwave from frozen for about 45 seconds. Assemble muffin, egg, sausage & cheese between the sliced muffin. Enjoy!

Variation: replace 1-2 TB of the water in the muffin with Walden Farms Syrup for a McGriddle clone. Be sure to add 1 more condiment if you do that.

This counts as 1 Medifast meal, .58 leanest serving, 1/2 condiments

Monday, January 10, 2011

Chai Oatmeal Cookies

1 packet Medifast Maple Oatmeal
1 packet Medifast Chai
2 packets Splenda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 TB sugar free vanilla syrup
2 TB Walden Farms Chocolate Sauce
1/4 cup water

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Mix dry ingredients together. Add the wet ingredients. Dough should be sticky, like drop cookies.

Spray cookie sheet with Pam or use silicone baking sheet.  Each cookie should measure out to be about 1/8 cup.  Drop 6 cookies onto the cookie sheet.

Bake at 400 for 8-9 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool for 10 minutes.

This entire recipes counts for 2 Medifast meals, 6 condiments. Each serving of 3 cookies is 1 Medifast meal and 3 condiments. Enjoy!

Caramel Macchiato

Before starting Medifast, Starbucks and I were in a very serious relationship. We saw each other everyday and enjoyed the time we spent together. Since being on Medifast, I have missed my favorite drink. I picked up some Walden Farms Carmel Dip from Sprouts. This is the best thing I have drank since I broke up with Starbucks!

1 packet Medifast Vanilla Pudding or Shake (the pudding makes it a bit thicker)
2 TB Walden Farms Carmel Dip
1.5 cups coffee

Blend together in Magic Bullet and enjoy!

This counts for 1 Medfiast meal and 1 condiment.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Spinach Cauliflower Bake with Grilled Chicken

Ingredients:
Head of Cauliflower (2.16 lb cauliflower yielded 9 green servings after trimmed and cooked.)
2 cups of fresh spinach, which should cook down to 1 cup.
2 cups of Egg Beaters
4 pieces of chicken breast

1. Steam 1 head of cauliflower.
2. Puree cauliflower in food processor.
3. Pour in 2 cups of Egg Beaters and mix until smooth.
4. Spray a 3 qt. casserole dish with Pam. Pour mixture in.
5. Add 2 cups of spinach. This should cook down to equal about 1 cup cooked spinach. Mix together.

6. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes.
7. While baking, grill 4 pieces of chicken.  You want 4.5 ounce cooked weight pieces. Season your chicken however you prefer, remembering to count your seasoning in your condiment usage.
8. Remove cauliflower bake from oven and cut into quarters.  Each piece is 3 green servings and 1/4 leanest serving.  Serve with 4.5 ounce piece of grilled chicken.  With a 4.5 ounce piece of grilled chicken, this is completes for your lean requirements for the day.  Don't forget to add a healthy fat!


This recipe makes 4 servings. Each serving is 1 lean and 3 green, fully on plan.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Spinach Chicken Noodle Soup

6 oz of cooked grilled chicken breast
8 oz package of Tofu Shirataki Noodles
1/2 cup cooked spinach
2 cups 99% Fat Free Chicken Broth

The Shirataki noodles are packed in water and found with the tofu. Rinse the Shirataki noodles very well with water. The water that is in the package is smells like fish. Rinsing very well will make sure the taste is not carried over. Bring the broth and noodles to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Add the chicken and spinach.  Simmer for another 5 minutes.

This recipe counts for 1 leaner, 3 green, 2 condiments.
Calories 350, Protein 60g, Carbs 10g, Fat 7g.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Chocolate Chai Fudge

1 packet Medifast Hot Cocoa
1 packet Medifat Chai Latte
4 TB Water

Mix packets & water together in a bowl. Drop spoonfuls onto wax paper. This makes 8 1 TB fudge drops. Freeze for about 30-60 minutes.

4 1 TB fudge drops equals 1 Medifast meal. The entire recipe is 2 Medifast meals.

Healthy Sauté Cooking Method

This cooking method is from World's Healthiest Foods website

Healthy Sauté is a cooking method that allows you to have the flavor of sautéed vegetables without using heated oils. We are particularly conscious of creating recipes that do not use heated oils as research shows that exposing oils to high heat results in the production of oxidized compounds and free radicals detrimental to your health. In our cooked recipes that include oil, it is added at the end, which, we have discovered, not only maintains the health-promoting nutrients in the oil, but actually produces a much richer flavor. For these reasons, many of our cooked recipes are made using the Healthy Sauté cooking method.

We suggest using a stainless steel pan for this cooking method. We do not recommend the use of non-stick pans because recent studies show non-stick coatings may release toxic chemicals and fumes when heated.

We usually start with onions in our Healthy Sauté because they release their own oil, allowing them to be sautéed without adding any oil. The little bit of liquid we start with gives the onions a chance to start releasing. By the time they start releasing, the liquid is usually cooked off, so you get a great sautéed flavor.

Don't worry if your onions start to stick to the pan. Just keep stirring, and when you add liquid to your pan, it will release what little is stuck to the pan. This actually adds extra flavor to your dish. If the onions look like they are burning, simply turn the heat down and continue to cook.

How To Healthy Sauté

Start your Healthy Sauté by heating 1 to 2 TBS of broth in a stainless steel skillet over medium heat. Once the broth begins to bubble, add onions and sauté stirring frequently. After the onions have cooked for about 5 minutes, you can then add other ingredients, such as garlic or fresh ginger. Once they have had a chance to cook together for just another minuteor two, add other vegetables. This method enables you to have flavorful sautéed vegetables without heating oil. For even richer flavor, toss your sautéed vegetables with a little extra virgin olive oil after removing them from the heat.

Monday, January 3, 2011

New Costco Membership!

My husband and I are resolving to get out of debt this year so we can buy a house.  This is leading me to look into new ways to save money.  I decided that I was going to get a Costco membership.  I really wasn't sure how much money a family of 2 could save at Costco, but it looks very promising!

Here is what I bought and how it breaks down. I figured out the per day cost of the different L&G options.

I got 29 lean servings = $38.67
11 days of green servings = $11.87
Salsa & Taco Seasoning for Taco Salad for over 50 salads = $9.68

I spent $60.22 and figure I will spend about $25 or so on the remaining green portions for the month. When I am in a financial pinch, I eat 1 can of green beans for my 3 green servings for the day. A 5 oz hamburger patty grilled with some seasoning salt mixed with a can of green beans is actually pretty tasty, cheap & easy.

Real Eggs
$8.99 - 6 cartons of 2 cups
6 leanest serving or $1.49 per serving

Kirkland Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast
$15.99 - 6.5 lb bag
Estimated 13 leaner servings or $1.23 per serving

Kirkland 91% Ground Beef
$13.69 - 5 frozen 1 lb rolls
Estimated 10 lean servings or $1.36 per serving

Spring Mix Salad
$3.99 - 1 lb
9 green servings or $1.29 per meal (3 green each meal)

2.5 lb bag of Spinach
$3.99 - 16 cups
and
Whole Mushrooms
$3.99 - 8 cups
Salad with 2 cups of spinach & 1 cup of mushrooms each day is 8 servings
or .99 per meal

Kirkland Organic Salsa
$5.99 - 63 2TB servings
.09 per serving

McCormick Taco Seasoning
$3.69 - 54 2 tsp servings
.06 per serving

I also already broke down the cost of Medifast & the cheapest way to order food here.