Monthly Archives: January 2012

Tomato Basil Dressing

Alas, another Cooking Channel inspiration.  This one comes courtesy of a show called Lose 5 lbs.  Now, I half watched this show, half did dishes.  I heard what she was doing, but actually did not see what she was doing.  All I knew was I was sick of Newman’s Own olive oil and vinegar salad dressing I had been eating the past 21 days and wanted a change.

I tried to make a mental note of what she was using and adjusted to what I had on hand.  I could’ve googled the recipe, but I wanted to see how close I could come using what I had. I did a pretty good job.  I think I’ll make my own salad dressing from now on.


  • 1 small can of low sodium V8 juice (she used a 1/2 c, I used the whole can)
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar (she used red wine)
  • 1 packet truvia (she used granulated sugar)
  • 1 tablespoon brown mustard (she used dijon..I didn’t have any and didn’t want to use yellow)
  • Salt and Pepper (we both used fresh ground)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Fresh basil, chopped (she used 1 tablespoon, I used more…I like basil!)

Whisk it all together and there you have it.  The show website says it is 30 calories per 2 tablespoons of dressing (that’s a lot..really!)


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Posted by on January 29, 2012 in Uncategorized



Morning Waffle Sandwich

I was channel surfing yesterday and came across a show on the Cooking Channel called Hungry Girl.  Let me back track for a minute here.  I am coming off a 21 day Daniel Fast that I did with my church.  For 21 days I had no meat, dairy, animal product, sugar, white flours, stuff like that. The only beverage I had was water.  By yesterday, I was so ready for some food.

So back to Hungry Girl.  It’s a show hosted by a lady around my age, who teaches you how to cook/shop low-fat and low-cal. I can get into that since I just lost 20 lbs and want to keep the weight loss momentum going.  This episode featured a breakfast sandwich called the Morning Waffle Dip (I left the dip out of my sandwich. I personally don’t like to dip egg sandwiches into maple syrup).  I knew that was what I wanted for my first post-fast meal.  It was soooo good!

Basically the sandwich is egg beaters, bacon and fat free cheese stuffed between two toasted multi-grain waffles.  Easy!  I was a little sketch about the egg beaters, but they were good, real good.  On the show, she had a small serving of sugar-free maple syrup to dip your sandwich into if you so desire.


  • 2 whole-grain or multi-grain waffles, toasted
  • 1/2 c egg beaters
  • 1 slice thick cut bacon, fried
  • 1 slice fat-free American Cheese

Fry up your bacon and set aside on a paper towel to absorb any grease.  Microwave your egg beaters in a microwave safe bowl for a minute on high. Stir, then cook for another minute.  Toast your waffles.

Place the cheese on a warm waffle, layer the eggs then bacon. Top with other waffle and slice in half.  For under 300 calories, this one is definitely a keeper. Enjoy!

*Update on Jeff:  He did 4 months of Carbo/Taxil that seemed to work and shrunk his tumors down to the size of a pea. The day after New Years we were told it had stopped working.  We prayed for Jeff to get the new melanoma drug Yervoy and our prayers were answered.  He stared Yervoy Jan 16th.  Jeff’s body isn’t taking to it so well and is experiencing every side effect possible.  He wound up in the ER with a urinary tract infection and a possible case of hepatitis.  He has an MRI  tomorrow evening to see if the tumors in his spine are pinching nerves causing him the severe back/leg pain he is having.  He has been laid up in bed going on 4 weeks now.  He may not get to continue with Yervoy (his last saving grace).  I will be praying HARD that Jeff gets to continue with Yervoy (his other option is nothing, wait it out until he needs hospice).  So if you are a believer, say a prayer for Jeff.


Posted by on January 29, 2012 in Uncategorized


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