Saturday, March 14, 2009

Feeding Your "Soul" - Not Your Taste Buds

Hi Everyone!
I am so sorry that it has been so long since I have sent out an email. I hope everyone is well :) I am just loving this spring-like weather and even the day staying lighter longer. I do have to confess that I took the time change quite personally and have not adjusted to the missing hour of morning sleep ;)
Did you love the meeting this last week? Activity is just plain VERY IMPORTANT. How we eat is totally #1, but as I say all the time, if there could be another #1, it would be activity. Take time to fit in a bit of activity nearly everyday. Even if you need to start with just a few minutes, THAT IS GREAT!!! Just get moving and over time you will be getting in your 30 minutes, most days of the week. Take it from the Queen of the Couch Potatoes, activity is the BEST THING EVER!!! I never thought I would say that, but I can now and I mean it 100%!
Now this week is something we all need to be reminded of often and work on. We all have needs and many of us have learned to feed all of them with something from the fridge ;) Come in this week and learn some tricks and tips to staying out of the pantry and really helping ourselves to feel better! I can't wait to see you!!!

Grilled Chicken Tostadas Lynda Broadbent
½ C lime juice
¼ C soy sauce
1 T honey
2 t minced garlic
1 ½ t chili powder
6 BS chicken thighs or breasts
8 small corn tortillas
1 ½ C shredded lettuce
Optional toppings- Cheese, guacamole, sour cream, olives, cilantro, green onions
Place the chicken thighs in a gallon-size zip-lock bag and add all the marinade ingredients. Press the air out of the bag and seal it. Turn the bag to thoroughly coat the chicken, place it in a bowl, and refrigerate it for at least 4 hours (preferably overnight), turning the bag occasionally. Remove the meat from the refrigerator 20 minutes before you want to start grilling. Prepare a charcoal fire or set a gas grill to medium-high, close the lid, and heat until hot -- about 10 to 15 minutes. Remove the thighs from the bag and discard the marinade. Grill the chicken until it's no longer pink inside, about 4 to 5 minutes per side on a gas grill. Transfer the chicken to a cutting board and let it rest for about 5 minutes before cutting it into 1/2-inch strips. Spray both sides of the tortillas with vegetable oil spray. Grill them on each side until they turn slightly brown, about 1 minute on a gas grill. Before removing the tortillas from the grill, sprinkle each one with 1 tablespoon of cheese. To serve, layer the tortillas with shredded lettuce, the chicken strips, the remaining cheese, and any additional toppings. Serves 6 (4 pts) to 8 (3 pts) You will need to add points for any of the optional toppings.

To DIE For Cherry Brownies
2 pkg, Hershey's Kisses Brownie Mix (2 - 1 lbs 4 oz mixes) Costco has a 6 pack
1 - 15 oz can black beans w/ liquid, pureed in the blender
4 egg whites
¼ C water
12 oz frozen cherries, cut in half (about 2 ½ C)
Puree beans in the blender with their juice, and the ¼ C water. Once pureed, add the egg whites and blend to incorporate. Pour blender contents into a bowl with the brownie mix. Mix until just moistened. Fold in Cherries. Do not over mix. Bake in a large 9x13 (10¼ x 15¼), greased baking dish, for 40 min, 375 degrees, and 10 min with the oven off. Cut into 32 squares (4x8). 3 POINTS per brownie ( vs. 5 POINTS w/o modifications)

No comments: