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Friday, February 1, 2013

Wed. Jan 30th

Haagen-Daz Salted Caramel Truffle Ice Cream

Daily Tidbit:  Tonight I had some friends over and really indulged: Salted Caramel Truffle Ice Cream from Haagen-Daz for Dessert.  I say every once in a while if you are going to enjoy yourself - just go for it!  I didn't look at the nutrition label until after I ate it....and whoah!  280 Calories for 1/2 cup (and I probably had more like a full cup!)  So basically it was the Calorie load of an entire meal.  BUT, oh my was it good, I savored every single bite!  

In the past I have enjoyed Slow Churned Ice Cream, which typically has half the fat of regular Ice Cream, and it's worth checking out if you haven't already done so.  Here is the scoop on that and other lighter Ice Cream-like dessert options:


Oatmeal with Walnuts & Flaxseed

Breakfast: Oatmeal with Walnuts & Flaxseed  & Vanilla Banana Smoothie 

1/2 cup Plain uncooked Oatmeal, microwaved with
1 cup Fat Free Milk & topped with
1/2 tsp Pure Ground Cinnamon
2 tbsp plain chopped Walnuts
1/2 tbsp roasted Flaxseed
Vanilla Banana Smoothie with Spinach (recipe below)
Regular Coffee, splash Fat Free Milk

Broccoli Salad with Ham & Cheese & Hard Boiled Eggs

Lunch: Broccoli Salad with Ham & Cheese & Hard Boiled Eggs
1 cup store-bought Broccoli Salad (made with Broccoli, Cauliflower, Onions, Carrots & Oil based dressing with Caraway Seeds)
I added:
-sliced Cucumbers
-1 slice Ham, chopped
-1 slice Cheddar Cheese, chopped
-2 Hard Boiled Eggs, chopped


Snack:  1 serving Cape Cod Kettle Cooked Reduced Fat Potato Chips
Half-Caf Coffee, splash Fat Free Milk


Turkey Sausage & Broccoli Rabe Rigatoni
Friends over for Dinner:
Romaine Salad with Carrots, Croutons & Balsamic Vinaigrette

2 helpings of Turkey Sausage, Broccoli Rabe Rigatoni (recipe below) topped with freshly grated Pecorino Romano Cheese
White Wine 

This is one of those times where the picture doesn't really do it justice.  It was really yummy, one of my fav pasta dishes!


Caramel Chocolate Truffle Ice Cream

Dessert:  2 half cup servings of Haagen Daaz, super decadent and delicious Caramel Chocolate Truffle Ice Cream
As if that wasn't enough I also had about 1/2 cup of super creamy Vanilla Bean Ice Cream too



Broccoli & Sausage Rigatoni Recipe:

Remove tough stems from 1 bundle of Broccoli Rabe (I simply cut them away using my sharp kitchen scissors), clean and put into covered pot with 1 inch water and cook until wilted (15-20 minutes) and then add Salt to taste (you may need to take off lid at the end to reduce the liquid remaining).

Meanwhile, bake Sweet Turkey Sausage (I used my Toaster Oven) at 400 degrees until cooked through (25-30 minutes), being sure meat reaches the appropriate temperature.

Cook Rigatoni in water according to package directions, saving 1 cup of Pasta Water before draining.

Once the Broccoli, Pasta and Sausage are cooked, heat Dutch Oven and add 2 tbsp EVOO and 6 cloves of Garlic, thinly sliced.  Cook on low heat with 1 tsp Red Pepper Flake (or more/ less depending on how spicy you want the dish to be) for 2-3 minutes or until fragrant.  Slice Turkey Sausage and add to pan along with Broccoli, Pasta and 1/2 of the Pasta Water - or more if desired.  Add 1/2 cup freshly grated Pecorino Romano to pan and stir, mixing all the ingredients.

Serve, add additional Pecorino Romano Cheese or additional EVOO if desired.


Vanilla Banana Smoothie with Spinach Recipe:

Into Blender put:

1 cup All Natural Fat Free Vanilla Yogurt
3 Bananas
1 cup Orange Juice
Large handful of Baby Spinach

Blend and serve!    


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