Thursday, November 29, 2012

Fav Things Friday

Oprah may have her list of favorite things, but when it comes to healthy eating picks, Tiny Tummy's got you covered. For the next few weeks, Tiny Tummy will be providing my favorite things within a given category in honor of the holiday season. This week, I'll share my Top 5 kitchen must haves.

1. Vitamix: This guy can be used as a blender, soup maker, food processor, ice cream maker, and pretty much anything you can think of. I've never made better peanut butter than I have in the Vitamix, and my squash casserole and mashed fauxtatoes come out best in my Vitamix. You can't find a more versatile machine.

2. George Foreman Grill: If you live in an apartment like I do, there really is no way to have a barbecue, but that's no reason to stop you from making burgers or steak. I love my mini George Foreman Grill for this reason (and not only cause it's pink!) It makes an extremely moist burger, a juicy steak, and nothing quite compares to grilled salmon.

3. Mandolin: Handy Mandy is great for slicing veggies super thin. Whether it's for a salad, stir fry, or anything else, the ability to get such a thin slice is nearly impossible with a knife. Just be careful to use the grip piece so you don't slice your finger- these things can be dangerous!

4. Frother: This is your key to a calorie-free (or almost) latte. I can't tell you how thrilled I was to learn I could make frothy coffee without the milk, sugar, and cream that traditionally goes into latees, I was thrilled. And you can get one for under $5!

5. A Tea Ball: I know it may seem like a strange one, but loose leaf tea can be some of the strongest, most delicious tea, and having a tea ball allows you to steep mug by mug of delicious, loose-leaf tea. And, you can find these for 99 cents if you're lucky!

Pin It

Dippy Chippies- Thanks to Sandy

When it comes to chips and salsa, I tend to shy away because unless you whip up a batch of Tiny Tummy's Tortilla Chips, tortilla chips are generally extremely caloric and fatty; however, during Sandy, I decided that there is no reason that salsa has to be reserved for just tortilla chips and I decided to experiment!

We all know Tiny Tummy likes lentils, so naturally, when I came across these "Lentil Chips," I was naturally curious. While I will admit, these guys do have a lot of ingredients, their caloric info is pretty impressive. At only 110 calories, 3g of fiber, and 4g of protein per ounce (approx. 22 chips- not bad!) you can afford to dunk more than two of these puppies in some fresh salsa! My fav. flavor is far and away the roasted pepper, but if you are a rosemary fan, you will love the rosemary ones. The cucumber dill have a slight flavor and the cracked pepper pack a serious peppery punch, which in my opinion, overpowers the salsa. On their own; however, they are quite flavorful! They also taste nothing like lentils and could easily replace unhealthier chips or crackers, so the next time you're craving chips and salsa, try these guys! Pin It

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Maple Glazed Sprouts and Onions

Brussels Sprouts, for some reason, get a bad rap as being a yucky green veggie, when in my opinion, they are one of the most delicious, flavorful greens that the vegetable family has to offer- especially when you glaze them with a little syrup! Brussies are a great superfood for the holiday season, and this simple dish can easily be prepared and brought as a side dish to any holiday party or just made as a side dish for a weeknight dinner.

To make these Maple Glazed Brussies and Onions, you will need:
Brussels Sprouts (I used about 1/2 a pound's worth, but there's no right or wrong amount)
1 medium onion sliced (I used the mandolin to get them really thin)
Walden Farms Pancake Syrup (the amount will depend on the amount of sprouts you get)

To prepare, simply cut the ends off of your brussels sprouts, cut them into halves or quarters, depending upon how large they are, combine them in a bowl with the onions, and toss with enough syrup to coat everything well. Then, on a pan lined with tinfoil, roast them in the oven on 375 degrees for about 45 minutes, or until the sprouts have softened. The sweet kick is basically unbeatable. Pin It

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Holiday Tea for You and For Me

Ever since I branched out to try Bigelow's Green Tea with Pomegranate, I've become quite adventurous in the tea department. In the spirit of the holidays, I thought it would only be fitting to try all of the seasonal teas, especially since they are all such fun flavors! I'm halfway through Celestial's Holiday Teas (those things are HARD to find!!!) And I have to say, I've yet to find one I don't like, though I definitely have my faves. All of the different flavors are listed here, and I'll give you my reviews of what I've tried.
My personal favorite is Gingerbread Spice. It's perfectly spicy without overdoing the gingerbread flavor like some gingerbread flavored things do. Sugar Plum Spice is a close second. I love the initial spice followed by the kick of sweet. And, finally, the Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride smells ridiculously yummy, but it's not as strong as the others. I have to use 2 tea bags per cup, but coming from someone who doesn't usually like orange flavored anything, the fact that I actually like this flavor (which has orange peel in it) says a lot. I'm eager to try the Nutcracker Sweet, but I can't find it ANYWHERE! Have you tried any holiday teas? What's your fav? Pin It

Monday, November 26, 2012

Fried Frice

No, I didn't typo in my post title. I was recently asked how bad fried rice really is for you, and the truth is, honestly, pretty bad. Not only is it empty calories from the refined carbs in the white rice, but it's also coated in tons of oil- and probably not a high quality delicious olive oil if we're being honest. Fortunately, if you want to make your own fried rice, I have a trick for you. This trick is also applicable to a biryani dish or paella or any dish that traditionally calls for a TON of rice. You could even throw a slab of chili on this puppy. Are you dying in anticipation yet?

My trick is to make "cauli-rice." Basically, take a giant head of cauliflower and grate it using a cheese grater to get it to the consistency of rice. Then, microwave it until it's softened. (You could steam it but it tends to get very watery if you do that.) If you're eating it plain, I might suggest adding some seasoning to it just to give it a little flavor. Otherwise, sub it in any recipe that calls for rice in equal quantities. Talk about slashing calories and carbs! Pin It

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Chocolate Craving Kicked

Every once in a while, I have a craving for a plain ole chocolate bar. And truth be told, a little bit of dark chocolate is actually quite healthy! My problem; however, is that when it comes to chocolate, there is no little bit for me, which is why when I came across these single serve, 100 calorie dark chocolate bars at Trader Joe's, I had to try them.

Truth be told, they are actually pretty good! If you are having a serious chocolate craving, these will definitely do the trick, and since it is dark chocolate, you probably won't need more than just one to satisfy the craving. While it is definitely not the best dark chocolate I've ever had, it is certainly good enough! And for any of you milk chocolate lovers, they come in milk chocolate too, though I personally don't love the milk chocolate bars! Regardless, gotta love Trader Joe's and all of their Flab Free Food Finds!

Pin It

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Vitamix Peanut Butter (How to Make your own Peanut Butter)

With all the hype surrounding the recent recall in peanut-related products, I thought now would be a fitting time to share one of my favorite recipes (if you would even call it that, considering it has a whopping 1 ingredient!) to replace the processed store-bought peanut butter found in most houses. The peanut butter you buy in stores often has tons of added sugars, oils, and chemicals, all of which are completely unnecessary because guess what! You can make your own fresh peanut butter using just peanuts!

I use my Vitamix, though if you don't have one, a food processor would work also. If you use a food processor, I highly suggest roasting the nuts first to awaken the oils to really get a creamy nut butter. All you do is add 2 cups of peanuts to your Vitamix, and grind away! I slowly increase the speed and smash the peanuts into the blade gradually. The process takes a few minutes, so be patient. First, it will form a powder, and then it will turn to that yummy nut butter we all love. And seriously, nothing is better than eating it warm and fresh straight after you make it, just try to save some for later!

Feelin' Frisky? The process works with almonds, cashews, or any other nut as well! You might need a little oil for drier nuts, but either way, it is still WAY healthier than the jars sold on most shelves with the nasty preservatives in it! Also, to make your own honey roasted peanut butter, try roasting the nuts first and adding a teaspoon of honey or agave to the blender as you go! I find roasted nut butter has the best flavor! Pin It

Friday, November 23, 2012

A Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner... Or is it?

We all know that when it comes to food, Tiny Tummy is about as traditional as it gets... only kidding. So, I guess it comes as no surprise that for Thanksgiving dinner, since it was just Tiny Tummy and Daddy Tiny Tummy, I decided to make something a little less than traditional for dinner- crab legs and homemade seaweed salad.

Okay, so when way non-traditional for Thanksgiving, but delicious nonetheless, and at least you all benefit with a new Asian recipe to add to your repertoire. 

To make this delicious seaweed salad, you will need:
1 2oz packet of dried Wakame Seaweed
2t soy sauce (I use low sodium)
2t rice vinegar
2t plum vinegar (or more rice vinegar if you don't have)
2t lime juice
2 t stevia
2t red chili flakes
optional: sesame seeds to sprinkle on top

To prepare, reconstitute the seaweed by drowning it in water until it puffs back up. Rinse and drain well, then add everything else and mix away. It's best after it has marinated for a few hours or even overnight. 

As a disclaimer, this is nothing like the traditional seaweed salad you get at Japanese restaurants, but it's still delicious regardless!

Pin It

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Don't get left behind

For many people, the day after Thanksgiving is just as exciting as Thanksgiving itself, simply based on all of those leftovers. I was recently asked how to use your Thanksgiving leftovers without pigging out time and time again.  As if one day of stuffing yourself isn't bad enough, people often do it the next day, and the next day, and the next day! Instead of piling up your plate with every indulgent dish that was put on the Thanksgiving table, make your leftover meal a healthier option! For example, use the leftover white meat turkey to make a sandwich or add a couple of the caramelized carrots to a salad. As far as those desserts go, send them home with your guests! There is no reason to eat all that pie night after night. Enjoy it once, and let it go. The holidays are about indulgence, just don't overdo it!

Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. Here's hoping your turkey was more stuffed than your Tiny Tummy! Pin It

Lentil Lovin'

As much as I love steamed veggies, I tend to like them best with a little something on them. I'm usually more than happy with some hot sauce or a little salsa, but lately, I've been bulking up my veggie bowls with as much flavor as possible, and I've grown to really love this Lentil Dip from Oasis.

By the same company as my beloved black bean dip comes a lentil dip, that is actually much thicker than the black bean dip. I often add a spoonful or two of lentil dip to my veggies, mix away, and there's an automatic pop of flavor. Oh, and did I mention a 2T serving is only 11 calories?! You basically can't beat it! Pin It

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Turkey Tuesday: Spiced just right

Yes, I'm living on the edge, and I've dared to change Taco Tuesday to Turkey Tuesday in honor of the upcoming holiday. I have been asked by a few of my friends how I prepare my giant bird, so I figured I would share my favorite Thanksgiving Turkey spice blend. Just a disclaimer, this is simply the proportion for the dry rub, and the amount that you use will depend on how large your turkey is. I always find it's best to make more and have some leftover than to have to measure out a second batch. You can always use the spice on another meat down the line.

To make Tiny Tummy's Tasty Turkey, you will need:

1 T garlic powder
1 T onion powder
3/4 T paprika (you can use smoked if you want it to be a little smokey, but I use regular for a more traditional flavor)
3/4 T dehydrated onion flakes
3/4 T minced dried garlic
1/2 T dehydrated chives
1/2 T freshly ground black pepper
1/2 T red pepper flakes/cayenne pepper mixture
1/2 t cinnamon and or nutmeg (or more if you want to highlight the flavor, but I prefer to have it be a subtle hint where people say, hmm is there a little cinnamon in this?)
optional: if you opt out of the cinnamon, and you're feelin' frisky, try replacing it with a little turmeric- it will even give your bird a yellow-ish color!
also optional: a little lemon zest to rub on the turkey prior to the spices (I like to stuff my turkey with citrus, so this may be extraneous, but if you don't, then go for it!

Just mix it all up and rub away-- and make sure you get in the cavity too! A well seasoned bird is a happy bird! Pin It

Monday, November 19, 2012

Festive Fizzies

One lesson I've learned is never go food shopping thirsty (or hungry obviously!) If I go thirsty, I inevitably stock up on tons of drinks I don't need; however, i my mess of supermarket thirst today, I actually came across a new, seasonal line of seltzers by polar which I LOVED.

The new flavors are Butter Rum, Boston Cream Pie, Mint Chocolate, Eggnog, and Vanilla Pear. I bought (and loved) the Boston Cream Pie and Butter Rum, though I'm sure the others are yummy too. The Boston Cream Pie has a chocolatey undertone, but the flavors are subtle and not too sweet since there are no artificial sweeteners in them :) I have to say, you can always count on Polar to come out with the fun flavored seasonal seltzers! Pin It

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Spruce up your Soup

When it comes to a can of soup, as far as I'm concerned, it makes a great side dish, but I'm usually hungry shortly after eating it, so it's generally not a meal in itself; however, with some added ingredients, it becomes super easy to turn a can of soup into a meal, as I did here.

All I did was take a can of Amy's low sodium minestrone soup and add some extra veggies, some shrimp from my freezer, and a pack of miracle noodles, and it became a very simple, satisfying dinner. For anyone who says they can't make their own dinner because they don't cook- this recipe is for you! Pin It

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Poppin' In for a While

Let me just start with a disclaimer that I am not touting these as the next nutritional powerhouse of the chip aisle, because they are not, but if you are looking for a replacement for Glenny's caramel soy crisps (Tiny Tummy's old FAV), then these will do the trick. The whole bag has only 130 calories, but minimal fiber and protein, so they are merely a treat, but they definitely satisfied my nostalgia when it comes to my retired Glenny's faves. And the best part is that they were an impulse buy since they were on sale at my local health food store. Love when impulse buys are actually yummy, because all too often the advertising gets the best of us and we make crazy purchasing decisions. While these chips were definitely yummy and are a healthy alternative to regular potato chips, I wouldn't say they are any sort of revolutionary breakthrough, but I wouldn't judge you for grabbing a bag every so often.

Pin It

Friday, November 16, 2012

Something To Be Thankful For

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, which often means a diet-disaster for everyone; however, Thanksgiving doesn't have to be a reason to eat so much you can't even move. Countless people have asked me how to keep Thanksgiving as healthy as possible, so I thought it was worth addressing the issue. Everyone has their trick for healthy Thanksgiving eating, and since Tiny Tummy is not at your family's table, I can't tell you which dishes are your best bet or how much of what to have, so I'm going to stick to a few generic, simple tips to follow to ensure your Thanksgiving isn't a total diet fail, some of which are tips from Tiny Tummy's previous posts that are especially important to remember at Thanksgiving!

1. Save the stuffing for your turkey, not your Tiny Tummy: Chances are, there will be an ABUNDANCE of food on your Thanksgiving table, and most likely, everything will be served buffet style. The key here is to remember portion control. If you're the type that has to have a little of everything, then go for it, but stick to that single plate. Alternatively, if you can resist the fatty, starchy dishes without feeling deprived, then bulk up on lean protein and clean veggies!

2. To thrive, don't deprive: I've said this before in the past. If you deprive yourself, you will only end up overindulging later. This tip can be applied to Thanksgiving day, itself, as you don't want to starve yourself all day in preparation to pig out. It can also be applied to the meal itself: if you deprive yourself during the meal, chances are, you'll end up overdoing dessert, so take a little of everything you crave- just don't go CRAZY.

3. Cheat, but don't repeat: Yes, it's somewhat inevitable that Thanksgiving will at least be somewhat of a cheat day for all of us, and that's allowed. The important thing is to remember to get right back on track the next day-- maybe throw in a little extra exercise, but DON'T starve yourself! Hey, black friday is a great excuse to get a little extra walking in, right? Pin It

Thursday, November 15, 2012

An "I Can Eat the Whole Bar" Kind of Chocolate Bar

As I have disclosed in previous posts, I am a self-proclaimed chocoholic. Since I try to stay away from eating things with added sugar, this places a fairly restrictive limit on my chocolate choices. While dark chocolate is a great treat that I indulge in fairly frequently, for those days when a few decadent squares just isn't going to do it, I realized I needed a low-cal chocolate bar that wasn't going to leave me sugared-silly (and wasn't made with any cancerous sweeteners!) Fortunately, Trader Joe's came to the rescue.

While this Simply Lite line of no sugar added chocolate bars is not specific to Trader Joe's, I find that most locations sell them. I will say, they are not quite as decadent as a traditional chocolate bar, but hey, for a low carb, low sugar, 110 calories per serving chocolate bar, I am certainly not complaining. I am personally partial to the dark chocolate bar with almonds, though I've yet to try the others, so I can't compare. One thing I will say is for a chocolate bar with almonds, there sure aren't that many almonds (not surprising for the nutritional stats). Again, if you're looking to satisfy your sweet tooth, this will certainly do the trick, though if it's true rich, decadent dark chocolate you crave, I may opt fo a smaller serving of a different bar. Pin It

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

This One's In the Bag

Every night, without fail, I have a cup of tea. I don't know what it is about the warm tea that is so soothing, but after a long day (which seems to be every day lately), it really hits the spot. I am pretty routine about drinking my favorite hibiscus looseleaf tea, but for some reason, I decided to change it up a bit and try something new. Now, I'm generally not a huge fan of green tea, but I know that it is so good for you (the nutritional benefits are endless), so I decided there had to be a way for me to enjoy it, and then I remembered that my freshman year in college, when we were forced to eat in the dining halls, they used to have this green tea with pomegranate tea bags that I loved, but the only downside was, they were caffeinated- not the best thing before bed. Low and behold, when I went to my supermarket to buy them, I found that the company now makes these gems in DECAF bags! And, they have lots of new exciting flavors! (And they were on sale- always a plus for Tiny Tummy)

Bigelow Tea is the maker of these gems, which also come in lemon and blueberry acai flavors. I've yet to try the others, but the pomegranate adds some sweetness to the usually bitter taste of green tea. Tiny Tummy may have found a new addition to the nightly routine! Pin It

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Eggcelently Speedy Breakfast

Let me be the first to say if you are one of those people who claims you aren't an omelette person, you are seriously missing out! Omelettes can be one of the lowest cal, quickest, easiest, and yummiest breakfast toss-togethers out there, if made in a healthy manner. Really, the only trick is to follow the formula of egg whites+veggies+spices, and use cooking spray instead of oil. If you're the eggs-require-cheese type, then breaking up a fat free cheese slice, or sprinkling a little cheese in your omelette won't kill you either, but as far as the omelette necessities are concerned, if you can do without the cheese, I say do-- especially if it's your pre-workout snack!

For my omelette, I basically just used what veggies I had in the fridge-- spinach, sauteed onions, mushrooms, and tomatoes, though if you have peppers, carrots, or anything else you may like in your omelette, all veggies are allowed! I also added some onion powder, black pepper, red pepper flakes, and a few grinds of my favorite chipotle seasoning to my egg whites before they hit the pan.

While I don't think an omelette requires a step-by-step, per say, to prepare, simply spice up your eggs, sautee your veggies, put them aside, pour your egg whites into a sprayed pan, let them brown, add your veggies, flip, and you're good to go. If you like a "closed" omelette, then instead of flipping the omelette like a pancake, fold it in half-- just make sure the middle cooks through!

And, if you're feelin frisky, like Tiny Tummy was, feel free to top it all off with a little hot sauce (or salsa or ketchup if you so desire. Pin It

Monday, November 12, 2012

You Want a Pizza This?

So in honor of National Pizza With the Works day, I thought it was only fitting to share my latest pizza find, and it happens to be found in the frozen section of your supermarket! Not going to lie, I've had my eye on these pizzas for about 4 months, but couldn't find them ANYWHERE, and the thought of ordering them in bulk online just didn't seem like a good idea in case they were gross, but they are actually pretty good!
Vitalicious's new VitaPizzas are PACKED with protein and fiber, and only have 190 calories per pizza- as far as frozen dinner pizzas are concerned, you can't find a better one! While I will admit they are a little small, for a convenient and filling microwavable meal, these pizzas get an A+, and if you put it in the oven after microwaving it like Tiny Tummy did, then you get a nice crispy crust. These guys are finally making their way into local supermarkets (Waldbaums, Stop & Shop, etc.), so you might have to dig a little, but definitely worth the hunt! Pin It

Sunday, November 11, 2012

A Mug of Perfection: Reeses Hot Chocolate

As it starts to get colder, warm drinks become the way of the world for Tiny Tummy- especially since my roommate loves to live the windows open. While I love my hibiscus tea, it's nice to change things up every now and then, and ever since my recent discovery of this powdered peanut butter, I've been doing all sorts of experimenting with different ways to use it. Let me tell you, this one's a winner!

Ever had that thought that Reese's are so good you could practically drink them? Now you can! To make your very own Reese's hot chocolate, all you have to do is combine a giant mug full of piping hot water with about 1T of unsweetened cocoa powder and 1T of powdered peanut butter, and mix until it's all combined. If it's too bitter for you, you may wish to add a little Stevia. Also, for a creamier drink, you could sub milk instead! Needless to say, this GIANT cup of love will cost you way fewer calories than your average Reese's cup. And, if you're only making a small mug's worth, you can cut the cocoa powder and PB2 in 1/2 which will result in even fewer calories. A choco-peanutty bargain in my opinion! Pin It

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Powdered Perfection

I will be the first to admit, the idea of powdered peanut butter was definitely a little funky, but when it comes to food, I am the furthest thing from shy, and when I came across PB2 powdered peanut butter at only 45 calories per 2 tablespoons, I had to give it a shot, and honestly, my mind has been blown!

All you have to do is add a little water to this powdered peanutty god and watch the magic as it transforms into a peanut buttery paste- the normal consistency of regular peanut butter (unless you add too much water, that is!) It's works great in a PB&J, as a peanut butter dip of sorts, and if you melt a little chocolate in with it, you may enter a danger zone. Fortunately, you make it as you go, so you don't have to worry about eating the whole container at once! It also comes in a chocolate peanut butter flavor, which I will absolutely be trying next! I imagine it would all work well for baking too, so if peanut butter cookies have been calling your name, this may save you major calories in that department! Pin It

Friday, November 9, 2012

Grilled PB&J (Another Sandy Creation)

As I've said in the past, I'm somewhat of a snob when it comes to bread- I simply don't like sliced bread unless it's toasted. I know, weird quirk, and while I should have put this aside given the Sandy situation, I refuse to eat food I don't like, so I found a way to get a little innovative.

While PB&J sammy's are fairly traditional storm food, grilled PB&J's add a whole new spin to this classic, and since my gas stove was up and running, I was able to grill my sammy in a pan, giving it an almost toasted complexion. All you have to do is prepare your PB&J as usual (self-explanatory, but bread, PB, and jelly/jam/preserves/etc.), and pop it in a pan. You can feel free to add a little butter or non-stick spray to your pan, but I was actually so lazy that I didn't even spray the pan, and the bread still got brown. The key to getting the inside of your sandwich warm and gooey is to place the top of a pot over the sandwich to trap all the heat in while it cooks, and don't over-flip the sandwich. Really let it cook on the one side before you give 'er a flip.

For anyone who says PB&J's are boring, try kicking it up a notch with this trick! Pin It

Thursday, November 8, 2012

California Furkey Fun

This whole post-Sandy madness has me trying all sorts of new things, and since my usual Health is Wealth burgers are MIA, and I was seriously craving a veggie burger, I decided to give a new MorningStar Farms Burger a try, and honestly, I may have found a new freezer-staple.

The burger of choice was MorningStar Farms California Turk'y Burger. With a mix of veggies, and visible (and tastable) chunks of avocado, and furkey flavors, these guys are delish! And, with 90 calories and 9 grams of protein, they make a pretty awesome addition to a meal! I had mine with a little salsa and black bean dip and a side of veggies-- can't go wrong on meatless monday! Pin It

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Another Sandy Quickie

Living off of non-perishable foods is the furthest thing from fun- the inner creative chef in me was feeling extremely stifled because generally these "no-cook" meals rely on simplicity, which can actually be a great thing in every day situations too. This next 2 ingredient recipe was a go-to snack for me during the storm, and is a great option for those days when you're in a rush.


To make Tiny Tummy's Two-Second Taco, you will need:

1 Laughing Cow Wedge of Choice (I used Garlic and Onion)
1 La Tortilla Factory Tortilla

To prepare:
During the storm, I warmed the tortilla in a pan on the stove top and melted the cheese in it using the stove heat, but feel free to use the toaster oven, regular oven, or microwave if you don't care about crispiness. Pretty self-explanatory, but spread the cheese wedge on the tortilla, heat, and eat. Salsa makes a great addition, as usual! Pin It

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Taco Tuesday: Nach-yo Average Nachos

Happy National Nacho Day, and how fitting that it falls on a Taco Tuesday. Even though I have a ton more Sandy recipes to share, I had to take a break to share my version of guilt-free nachos, and they are super simple to make.

First, whip up a batch of Tiny Tummy's tortilla chips. Then, either break apart a fat free cheese slice or two and sprinkle it over the chips, or shred up a block of Lifetime's fat free cheese (they have a few awesome options for nachos-- jalepeno jack, mild mexican, etc.). Then, add a few scoops of Tiny Tummy's fav Bean Dip, and, finally, top it all off with some shredded lettuce and, of course, some salsa!

And of course, if you're feelin frisky, feel free to spice things up with some jalepenos!

For you calorie-counters out there, 1 plate of these nachos (using 1 tortilla, 1 oz of cheese or 2 FF slices, and 1 serving of both the bean dip and the salsa) has under 125 calories! If you're making this a meal, feel free to add some avocado for a little healthy fat or some shredded chicken for protein, or simply double the recipe! Pin It

Monday, November 5, 2012

Souper Simple

Since the weather has been getting colder, restaurants have begun to serve soup as specials more regularly, which means the soup aromas are constantly filling the streets. Personally, I find chicken noodle soup to be one of the most delicious smells out there, and after roaming the streets and inhaling all those aromas, it was absolutely time to make my own chicken noodle soup, and Hurricane Sandy provided the perfect opportunity to experiment. Let me just start with a disclaimer stating that under normal circumstances, I would use low-sodium chicken broth or make my own broth with real chicken in place of vegetable broth and ditch the sodium-PACKED bouillon cube, but what I had in my pantry was vegetable broth, and I wanted chicken noodle soup, so that was how it went. I will say

To make this storm-friendly soup, I used:

2 cups vegetable broth
2 cups water
1 chicken bouillon cube
3 carrots sliced
6-8 stalks of celery chopped (I really like celery in my soup, but if you don't you can use less)
1/2 medium onion chopped and sauteed
2 cloves roasted garlic
1/2 t onion powder
1 pack miracle noodles/yam noodles/ tofu shirataki noodles (I used the skinny yam noodles)

To prepare, simply toss everything into the pot and let it simmer for as long as you'd like to let all the flavors marinate and the veggies soften. I cooked mine for about an hour. And FYI, if you don't keep roasted garlic cloves in your fridge like I do, feel free to substitute some garlic powder, or omit it entirely. Also, if you're a fan of parsley or any other greens like italian seasoning, oregano, etc., feel free to add it in, but Tiny Tummy generally isn't a fan of herbs.

P.S.: This entire pot of soup (which yields a decent sized pot- I'd say at least 3 or 4 servings, if not more) has only 150 calories-- can't beat that! Pin It

Sunday, November 4, 2012

National Candy Day: New Chocolate Find

You'd think these national food holiday makers would plan their holidays a little better- the fact that National Candy Day is less than a week after Halloween practically invited you to eat all of that leftover Halloween Candy. Instead of scarfing down all those miniature sugar comas, I invited you to try this chocolate bar that I just had for the first time yesterday that is beyond decadent and has no added sugar (sweetened with Stevia WOO!)

Lily's Dark Chocolate (I got the one with Almonds since I am a sucker for those crunchers) is rich and delicious, and I love the fact that the almond are crushed and dispersed throughout the bar instead of having one or two almonds dispersed throughout the entire bar. Half the bar as 170 calories, but it is actually so rich, you probably won't even want to eat the entire thing in one sitting (and that says a lot coming from this chocoholic!) If Tiny Tummy is satisfied with a few squares, chances are, you will be too! I grabbed mine at Whole Foods while I was impulse buying to restock my fridge post-Sandy, but I'm sure they sell these bars around elsewhere. Pin It

Friday, November 2, 2012

Souped up

As I'm sure many of you know, Hurricane Sandy pretty much wreaked havoc on lower Manhattan, and Tiny Tummy's apartment was no exception. Having to bear it with no power or cell phone reception is no easy task, but thankfully, Tiny Tummy is always prepared when it comes to food, though I will say, Sandy had this Tiny Tummy eating slightly different than usual. If nothing else, we can thank Sandy for a few new Flab Free Food Finds, as well as a few new simple recipes which Tiny Tummy most likely would have never tried without Sandy rearing her ugly head- all of which can be prepared without anything other than a gas stove (and really, you don't even need the stove- it just makes things hot!) Anyway, this first post-storm post is dedicated to a new non-perishable find from our friends over at Amy's.

Amy's Organic Lowfat Minestrone Soup was part of dinner one night when I was powerless, and I have to say, it was quite tasty... probably due to the high sodium content (580mg per ½ can- YIKES), but hey, you gotta do what you gotta do. The entire can only has about 180 calories and with only 6 grams of protein, I was surprisingly full afterwards. The mix of veggie, noodles, and kidney beans was yummy, and since I was able to heat it on my stove, the warm soup was a nice dinner after a cold, dark walk home! Chances are, in the future, I will try to make this guy over into my own, less- sodium recipe, but for a shelf-stable soup find, taste-wise, this sucker is a winner.
Pin It

Trick or Treat? How about both!

I thought I would refrain from the traditional Halloween post about candy, and instead, give you all a sneak peak of my favorite treats that are tricks- AKA healthy foods in disguise that make it easy to trick AND treat!

#1 Mashed Cauliflower: Mashed potatoes are a comfort food for just about anyone, myself included, but mashed cauliflower, if prepared properly, can taste just as good! If you want to try making your own, make Tiny Tummy's Mashed Fauxtatoes!

#2 Butternut Squash Casserole: To keep the potato theme going, sweet potato casserole is a holiday favorite, that can easily be lightened up by using butternut squash instead. Toss a little Walden Farms Maple Syrup and some cinnamon in there, and I promise guests won't know the difference. Need a recipe? Check out this one!

#3 Yogurt Dip: Traditional dip for chips is made with full fat sour cream, mayo, or a combo of both. Yikes! Instead, swap out all that junk for fat free greek yogurt.

#4 Turnip Fries: French fries are known to be the diet devil, but if you use turnips in place of potatoes, and bake them instead of frying them, they are basically guilt free. Take Tiny Tummy's lead and follow this recipe!

#5 Faux Cream: Cream is a decadent, fattening ingredient found in lots of sauces, creamy soups, casseroles, etc. While I'll admit, creamy dishes are delicious, there's actually a way to achieve that same level of creaminess without cream itself (and no, I'm not talking about half and half). I'm talking about Laughing Cow Cheese Wedges! Confused? Click here!

Clearly, whoever came up with the idea of "trick or treat" missed out on the memo that you can have both! So, Happy Halloween- trick AND treat! Pin It