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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Recipe of the Week (Hearty Steak Dinner)

Another "hit it out of the ball park" recipe! I love, love, LOVE when I find recipes like this...the protein is high, and the calories are low...the sodium isn't bad either! I would be nice for a cold winter day, a potluck, or just a nice, one-dish meal.

1 lb. round steak, 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick, well trimmed
1/4 cup A.1. Thick & Hearty Steak Sauce
1/4 cup KRAFT FREE Italian Dressing
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 small cloves garlic, minced
1 lb. new potatoes, quartered
8 oz. sliced mushrooms
1 pkg. (16 oz.) frozen broccoli, cauliflower and carrot

CUT steak into 6 equal portions; place in large baking dish sprayed with cooking spray. Mix steak sauce, dressing, onion and garlic; pour over steak. Cover. Marinate 1 hour in refrigerator.ADD potatoes and mushrooms to ingredients in baking dish; cover.

BAKE at 350°F for 1 hour or until steak is cooked through and potatoes are tender, adding frozen vegetable blend to baking dish after 45 minutes.

* It says to marinate the meat for one hour...I did more than an hour and it came out VERY tender.

5 g
18 g
Vitamin A
30 %DV
Vitamin C
40 %DV
4 %DV
15 %DV

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Recipe of the Week (Swirled Pumpkin Bars)

This recipe is soooo yummy!!!! We took these to the Halloween parade with us as a snack. Very festive for the holidays.

  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 package (8 oz.) cream cheese, at room temperature

    • 1. In a bowl, with an electric mixer on medium speed, beat butter and 1 1/2 cups sugar until smooth. Beat in 2 eggs, pumpkin, and 1/3 cup water until well blended, scraping down sides of bowl as needed. In another bowl, mix flour, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, and nutmeg; stir or beat into butter mixture until well blended. Spread batter evenly in a buttered and floured 10- by 15-inch baking pan.
    • 2. In a bowl, with an electric mixer on medium speed, beat cream cheese, remaining egg, and remaining 1/4 cup sugar until smooth.
    • 3. Drop cream cheese mixture in 24 evenly spaced 1-tablespoon portions over batter. Pull a knife tip through filling to swirl slightly into batter.
    • 4. Bake in a 350° oven until center of pumpkin batter (not cream cheese mixture) springs back when touched, about 30 minutes. Let cool completely in pan, then cut into 24 bars.


    You can chill them airtight for up to 3 days.

    • Calories: 164
    • Calories from fat: 38%
    • Protein: 2.6g
    • Fat: 7g
    • Saturated fat: 4.2g
    • Carbohydrate: 23g
    • Fiber: 0.4g
    • Sodium: 130mg
    • Cholesterol: 45mg

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Weigh in - Month 7

Well, I DID get weighed today...it said 446. 2 weeks ago it said 441, and then last week it said 458! My official weigh in last month was 450 so it says I have lost 4 pounds. I am quite disappointed with myself, making excuses not to go to the gym. NO MORE EXCUSES! This month we are gonna rock the gym! We are planning a trip to Michigan in May and I really want to lose almost 100 pounds before then. I CAN DO IT! KEEP MOVING FORWARD!!!!