Monthly Archives: July 2011

(Almost) General Tso’s Chicken

Hubby absolutely loves General Tso’s Chicken.  But as you now it is full of fat and calories that would be to the tune of 40.6g of fat and 843 calories per serving.  Which is absolutely crazy.  That over 1/2 of the calories for the day in one meal.  So I found Rocco Dispirito’s cookbook of Now Eat This which had a recipe for General Tso’s Chicken and that is what I made hubby for dinner today.

(Almost) General Taso’s Chicken


  • 1 c whole-wheat flour
  • 2 c. whole-wheat panko breadcrumbs
  • 4 large egg whites
  • 12 oz boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 4 c. broccoli florets
  • 3/4 c. Rockin’ Asian Stir-Fry Sauce (recipe to follow) or store-bought low-calories, low-fat Asian sauce
  • 3 packets Truvia
  • 3 T rice vinegar
  • 2 t chili garlic sauce
  • 2 T seasame seeds, toasted

1.  Preheat oven to 450°.  Place a wire rack on a foil-lined baking sheet, and set it aside.

2.  Put the flour in a shallow dish.  Put the panko in another shallow dish.  In a medium bowl, whip the egg whites with a  whisk until they are extremely foamy but not quite holding peaks.

3.  Working in batches, dredge the chicken in the flour, shaking off any excess.  Add the chicken to the egg whites and toss to coat completely.  Then add teh chicken, a few pieces at a time, to the panko and toss to coat completely.  Spread the chicken out on the wire rack.  bake until the breading is golden and crispy and the chicken is cooked through, about 10 minutes.

These are just going in the oven. They are not cooked yet.

4.  Meanwhile, place the broccoli florets in a microwave-safe dish, and cover it with plastic wrap.  Cook on high until tender, about 4 minutes.  Keep the broccoli covered until ready to serve.

5.  In a large bowl, combine the Rockin’ Asian Stir-Fry Sauce, Truvia, rice vinegar, and chili garlic sauce.

6.  Add the cooked chicken to the bowl and toss gently until the chicken is evenly coated with the sauce.

7.  Sprinkle the sesame seeds over the chicken, and serve with the steamed broccoli.

I served ours with brown rice.  Before you add the rice in it now has 5.6g of fat and 310 calories per serving.  What a difference this makes compared to the original.  Everyone loved this in the house but a fair warning, this does have a little bit of a kick to it.


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Stage 4 of BGRWL

Happy Sunday, I hope it is a gorgeous day as it is for me.

Today I started Stage 4 for of the Beginner’s Guide to Running for Weight Loss.

This stage is now walk for 3 minutes.  Run for 3 minutes and repeat the sequence four more times.  End with 3 minutes of walking.  Total workout time:  33 minutes.

As you can see I went 2:55 miles in 33 minutes.  Yeah.  Now when I started out the first 3 runs for 3 minutes were just fine.  I had no problems and they went buy rather quickly.  The last 3 minute run was a killer.  I ended up walking for 30 seconds.  I was getting sick to my stomach.  I think it probably was because I hadn’t eaten anything.  Now that my runs are getting a little longer I think I will probably have to eat something light before I head out for a run.  Me, eating before running, who knew.  4 weeks ago I didn’t even think I could run this far.  This program is amazing.  Yes, I’m not the fastest runner, but hey, I am working my way up to that.

Yes, I was one sweaty mess by the time I got back.  It was terribly humid out that I couldn’t hardly stand it.  It took me a good 30 minutes to cool down after the run.

When I headed out for my run, hubby headed out for the 6 mile bike ride that we did yesterday with the kiddos.  Well, instead of taking an hour like it took us yesterday, he did it in 33 minutes.  We left at the same time and got back at the same time.  Of course I was running and he was riding a bike so it makes since he went twice as far in half the time.  Yes, he was one sweaty mess when he got back from his ride as well.

So since we were both hot and sweaty from our run, I decided we needed some fresh juice to cool us down.

Now my Jack Le Lanen’s Pwer Juice has been sitting in the cupboard gathering dust so I dug it out and juiced 2 peaches with 5 strawberries.

This turned out oh so pretty and tasted fantastic.  It hit the spot.  Must dig out that juicer more often.

Now off to enjoy the rest of our Sunday.  After a great day.

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Baked Chocolate Cake Doughnuts

Baked Chocolate Cake Doughnuts


  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 T cocoa powder
  • 1 t. baking powder
  • 1/4 t. baking soda
  • 1/3 c. sugar
  • 1/4 t. ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 t. salt
  • 2 T unsalted butter
  • 1/4 c. buttermilk
  • 1/4 c. yogurt
  • 1 t. vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg

Lightly grease a doughnut (or muffin) tin and preheat the oven to 350°

Whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, nutmeg and salt.

Add the butter, and using your fingers, rub it into the dry ingredients until it becomes coarse crumbs.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, yogurt, vanilla and egg.

Add to the flour mixture and stir until just combined.  Do no overmix, or your doughnuts may be a bit rubbery.

Fill each cup 1/2 to 3/4 full.  It’s important not to overfill, or as the doughnuts rise, you’ll lose the hole.

Bake for 6 to 10 minutes (depending on the size of your doughnut pan), until the doughnuts spring back when touched.  Let cool slightlyon a wire rack before glazing.  If coating in powdered sugar, let them cool even a bit more.

For the icing I combined: 1/4 c. powdered sugar and 1 1/2 T buttermilk and 1/4 t. almond extract.

These doughnuts are delicious.

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Bike Ride and Summer Succotash

So this morning we got up early and headed out to the Market on Central.

Chickie was not thrilled to be there that early and Bubba didn’t even want his picture taken.  Oh well, at least they were rewarded with mini donuts and we picked up some melons.  Oh, they will be making an appearance later on.  So after the market we hit the grocery store and got our hair did.  Yep, the three of us did so now the kiddos are ready to start school with fresh haircuts.

So once we got home from all of our running it was time for a bike ride.

Neither one was happy to go but the exercise would do them good.  So we were off for some fun and sun.

Unfortunately there wasn’t to much fun in the sun.  There was a lot of complaining in the sun.  So we finally made it home and luckily I took the garmin with or unluckily I took the garmin with?

Yep, it took us almost an hour to go almost 6 miles.  I think I could walk faster than that.  Plus I stopped the timer everytime we stopped for a break.  The kiddos  Bubba was doing a ton of complaining and not wanting to ride because his legs, arms, and butt hurt.  Now the kid is 12 and wants to do football this fall, how much do you push your kids?  He is going to have to really toughen up when it comes to football because this bike ride is nothing compared to what football practices will be.  I know as a mother my first instinct is to protect him but on the other hand I want to push him very hard so he grows up and everyone doesn’t think he is a wimp.  I look at other kids and I think boy, they are so much more mature than Bubba, did I baby him to much?  This is a very hard stage for me as a mother as I am sure it is a very hard stage for him but I just want him to be respected and to have somewhat of backbone and to at least try new things and to push himself further than he thinks he can be pushed.  Does anyone else have this problem and do they have any advice?  I could use some help.  This is such unfamiliar territory and I want to make sure I get it right, at least the best I can.

So when we got back our tummies were grumbling so it was time for lunch.

Now most of the Blog World knows that Mama Pea’s new cookbook just came out this week, which I am dying to go buy, so in honor of her I thought I would make her Summer Succotash Quesadillas with Nacho Mmmm Sauce.

Let’s just say this is Mmmm good.  I could have eaten 2 of these just by myself.

So here’s the recipe that I adapted for my family:

Summer Succotash Quesadillas with Nacho Mmmm Sauce


  • 8 whole grain tortillas
  • 1 c. shredded smoked gouda

For the Succotash Filling:

  • 1/2 sweet onion, diced
  • 1 ear of corn, kernels removed from the cob (I had leftover corn in the fridge that I had already cooked and cut off the cob)
  • 1 purple pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 zucchini, cut into half moons
  • 1 glove of garlic, minced
  • 1/4 c. water
  • 2 t. lemon juice
  • 1/2 t. agave
  • 1/2 t. cumin
  • pepper, to taste

For the Nacho Mmmm Sauce

  • 2/3 c. jarred salsa
  • 1/3 c. water
  • 1/4 c. slivered almonds
  • 1/4 c. garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 c. nutritional yeast
  • 2 T lemon juice
  • 1 t. minced garlic
  • 1/4 t. salt
  • 1 t. chili powder
  • 1 t. cumin


For the Nacho Mmmm Sauce:
















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Fitness Friday

You know what today is?  It is TIG which also means it is Fitness Friday.

Mang running animation | The Mang Blorg(source)

So this is a recap of what I have done the past week for fitness plus how I felt.

Saturday – Rest day

We all need a rest day at least once a week.

Sunday – Walk 4minutes/Run 2 minutes (repeat) in 31:19 minutes/2.28 miles

Yes, the only thing I did on Sunday was run and I ended up cutting this run short by 2 minutes because it started to rain.  As you know I have started the Beginner’s Guide to Running for Weight Loss and I am on Stage 3.  This is a fabulous program.  I absolutely love it.  It gives me enough recover time after my run that I am not winded when it is time to start running again.  I do believe that I just might become a runner.  Who knew?

Monday – 20 minute walk – 50 minute water walk

In the mornings I take the pups for a 20 minute walk and then at night I go to the local pool and I walk the lazy river but I walk against the jets as they are still running so this makes this work out very hard.  I am proud of myself for doing this.

Tuesday – Walk 4 minutes/Run 2 minutes (repeat) in 33:00 minutes/2.33 miles – 45 minute water walk

Whoa, look at me I did the complete run for 33 minutes plus I did the water walk.  No wonder I was so tired that night.

Wednesday – 20 minute walk – 20 minute strength training workout

I walked the pups in the morning and then at night I made up my own 20 minute strength training workout and it had me sweating by the end.  The reason I did the strength train is because I missed out on my circuit classes this week due to picking Bubba up from football camp.

Thursday – Walk 4 minutes/Run 2 minutes (repeat) in 33:00 minutes/2.36 miles – 10 minutes of Yoga

Look it there, I increased my mileage from Tuesday on my run, yes, it is only .03 miles but hey it is progress, right?  I am proud of myself I completed Stage 3 of the run.  Yeah!!  I did 10 minutes of yoga at night because I am tight from the running which by tight I mean my hamstrings and calves.  It felt wonderful to stretch.

Friday – 20 minute walk

I did take the pups for their 20 minute walk this morning and I am hoping to hit up my circuit class today since Bubba is done with football camp.

Have a great Friday.

P.S. Don’t forget to vote for Fort Dodge, Iowa in the Bark for Your Park contest.


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Strength workout and run

Last night I wanted to do a yoga workout since my legs are feeling tight from the running and water walking that I have been doing.  Unfortunately the on demand exercise tv was not working so I couldn’t do it.  So I decided to do a quick strength train workout since I have been picking Bubba up from football class and have missed my circuit class on Monday and Wednesday this week.  It took me 20 minutes and I was sweating by the end.

Here is the workout:

Exercise                                 Weights               Reps                 Sets

Bicep curls                                    8 lbs.                      15                         3

Side shoulder raises                    5 lbs.                      15                         3

Deadlifts                                        30 lbs.                   15                         3

Tricep extensions                         8 lbs.                     15                         3

Alternating Reverse Lunges       15 lbs.                   15                         3

Pushups (on knees)                     Bodyweight         15                         3

Wall sits                                         Bodyweight          30 sec.                3

Planks                                            Bodyweight           30 sec.                3

Full sit-up                                     Bodyweight           12                         3

Reverse Crunch                           Bodyweight           12                         3

Bubba decided to get his workout in as well.

So this morning I got up and got my walk/run in.  Of course last night I was awake at 2:30 because it was thundering and lightening so I knew it was going to be hot and humid out.

I was a sweaty mess by the time I got home.

My walk 4 min/run 2 min and I ended up going 2.36 miles in 33 minutes.  That is pretty darn good for me.  What I have noticed after doing this program this week, my mileage is increasing and the running is defintely getting easier.  I am excited to start Stage 4 next week.

So when I went to bed last night I was craving peanut butter granola but after my run I wanted something cold.  So what’s a girl to do?

Combine the to.  Hello smoothie bowl.  In the smoothie:

  • 1 handful spinach
  • 1 handful frozen blueberries
  • 4 fresh strawberries
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 scoop chocolate whey protein powder
  • 1/2 c. milk

Topped with homemade peanut butter granola.  This hit the spot.

Now it is off to do the work thing and it is starting to storm here.

Also, don’t forget to vote for Fort Dodge, Iowa in the Bark for Your Park – 6 more days before the winner is announced.

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Chicken, Bacon and Ranch Mac Cheese

So Hubby made supper tonight.

Adapted from Sweet Tooth Sweet Life

Chicken, Bacon and Ranch Mac & Cheese


  • 8 oz uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 1 slice bacon
  • 8 oz skinless, boneless chicken breast, cut into 1/2-in pieces
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1 T all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 c skim milk
  • 1/3 c. condensed cream of chicken soup, undiluted
  • 1/3 c. italian cheese blend
  • 1/3 c. cheddar cheese
  • 1/3 c. smoked gouda
  • 1 T ranch drsg mix
  • 1/2 c. shredded colby-jack cheese


1.  Cook pasta according to package directions, drain.

2.  Cook bacon in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat until crisp.  Remove bacon from pan, reserving drippings in pan.  Finely chop bacon; set aside.  Increase heat to medium-high for skillet.  Add chicken to drippings in pan; saute 6 min. or until done.

3.  Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat; sprinkle flour evenly into pan.  Cook 2 minutes, stirring constantly with a whisk.  Combine milk and soup, stirring with a whicsk; gradually add milk mixture to saucepan, stirring with a whisk.  Bring to a boil; cook 2 minutes or until thick.  Remove from heat; let stand 4 minutes or until sauce cools a little.  Add italian cheese blend, cheddar cheese, smoked gouda, and ranch drsg mix, stirring until cheeses melt.  Stir in pasta and chicken.

4.  Preheat broiler.  Spoon mixture into a casserole dish coated with cooking spray.  Sprinkle evenly with reserved bacon and colby-jack cheese.  Broil for 3 minutes or until cheese melts.

This was really, really good and the kids loved it.  We served it with a side of steamed veggies.

Of course, by the time I got to the veggies the kiddos had already taken all of the cauliflower and so I had to take one off of their plate.

Now off to get some yoga in and then who knows where the night will lead.

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What Have You Done?

I found this on Sincerely, Jenni site and thought I would pass it along. The items in BOLD are the ones I have done. Give it a try yourself, and let me know when you post it.

1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland/world
8. Climbed a mountain (just a 12,000 footer – no ropes or gear needed)
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea (from the shore)
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29 Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33 Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language (tried to anyway)
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41 Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal in a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45 Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60 Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Gotten flowers for no reason
64 Donated blood, platelets, or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66 Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67 Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79 Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life (I’m a mother, right?)
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake (Ew!)
97. Been involved in a lawsuit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee

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Bark for Your Park

So a local town is in the running for $100,000.00 to put towards a dog park.  This would be the only town in Iowa to have a dog park.  Put the key is they have to have enough votes to win this money.  It is Bark for Your Park.  If you click on the link it will take you directly to the website and then you can see the finalists.  The local town is Fort Dodge, Iowa and they are one of 15 finalists but they are only number 9 and there is only 1 week left to vote.  So please, help a gal out and go vote for Fort Dodge.  Someone else would appreciate it also:

Please vote so I can run around without a leash and not have to lay on this couch with my master. We could both use the exercise.

Thanks in advance for your votes.  Also, you can vote everyday by the website plus you can go to facebook and vote there as well.  That is 2 votes per day.  I promise if Fort Dodge wins the money and builds the dog park, I will post pictures.  Poor Gizzy has never been to a dog park, in fact I haven’t either, and I am really interested to see what it is all about.  So please help this town out to get a dog park.  They are going to have it open to the public so if anyone is in town with their dogs they are able to use it.  Just think of all the dogs that you would be making happy just by voting for this Iowa town.

Please vote and make me very, very happy.

Now on to breakfast:

In the mix:

  • 1/3 c. oatmeal
  • 1/3 c. milk
  • 1/3 c. water
  • 1 t chia seeds
  • 1/2 banana

Cooked on the stove top until done.


  • 3 fresh Strawberries
  • 1 scoop Vermont Peanut Butter – Good Karma
  • 1 t Health Toffee Chips

Yum, yum.  This hit the spot this morning.

Now off to work.

Please vote at for the dog park in Fort Dodge, Iowa.  Thanks a million and have a great day.

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Repeat Meal

Supper was a repeat from a few weeks ago.  It was Ground Beef ‘n’ Biscuits but instead of using crescent rolls we used regular biscuits tonight and boy oh boy was it good.  Not much more to report so I won’t waste your time.  Off to get some laundry done.

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