Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Fish in Parchment

I am obsessed with fish in parchment. I have never made it on my own, however, I have always ordered it in restaurants and enjoyed it thoroughly!  I also love truffles. Anything truffle--truffle mac and cheese, truffle risotto, truffle fish in parchment...you get the idea. I know some people don't like truffles and that is totally fine, substituting it for regular olive oil will work just the same.

Well tonight I decided to step out on a limb, treat myself and make some truffle oil fish in parchment. I bought cod fish and parchment paper for tonight's dish and I was so excited! I could hardly wait for it to come out of the oven...seriously, I was counting down the minutes. Once this baby came out of the oven, I heard angels sing. Not really, but this was so dang, stinking good!


Ingredients: 
8 oz of fish fillet 
2 cups of asparagus 
pearl onions (not phase 1 friendly if you eat. I used for flavor.)
garlic 
1 tsp of truffle infused olive oil 
lemon juice 
Ideal salt 
Cracked pepper 

What to do: 
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. 
  2. In a medium bowl cut asparagus into small pieces. Mine were about an inch. 
  3. Peel the pearl onions and garlic. 
  4. Mix the onions and garlic in with the asparagus. 
  5. Pour 1/2 tsp of truffle oil on the vegetables. 
  6. Add salt, pepper and some lemon juice to the vegetables
  7. Stir. 
  8. Place veggies in the parchment bag. 
  9. Sprinkle the fish filet with salt and pepper. 
  10. Pour 1/2 tsp of truffle oil on top of the fish filet and brush it evenly on top. 
  11. Place the fish on top of the veggies. 
  12. Roll up the parchment bag. 
  13. Bake for 17 minutes. 
  14. Remove from heat. 
  15. Enjoy! 
Happy dieting! 

-E


Sunday, May 25, 2014

Wildberry Muffins (Ideal Protein Approved)

I was dying for carbs today. I usually don't crave carbs and food that I ate before the diet, but today I just needed something to tide me over. 

I found this recipe on Pinterest and I am in love! 



Ingredients: 

1 Package of Ideal Protein Crispy Cereal
1 Package of Ideal Protein Wildberry Yogurt Drink Mix
2 Egg Whites
½ tsp Ground Cinnamon
1 Tbsp Stevia
4 tsp Olive Oil
 1 tsp of Baking Powder
 3 Tbsp of Water

What to do:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. 
  2. Spray muffin tin with non-stick spray or use muffin cups. 
  3. Beat eggs in a bowl.
  4. Add cinnamon, stevia, olive oil and baking powder and stir. 
  5. Crush the Crispy Cereal (while in the package) into powdery consistency with a rolling pin. 
  6. Add Wildberry Yogurt mix and the Crispy Cereal to the mixture and stir. 
  7. Slowly add in the water one tablespoon at a time and stirring between each water addition.
  8. With an ice cream scoop, scoop the batter into muffin tins. Mine made 6 muffins (2 servings). 
  9. Bake the muffins for 10-12 minutes. 
  10. Remove from oven and enjoy!

These are the best when hot! I loved them and it definitely satisfied my muffin/carb craving!

Happy Dieting! 

-E  


Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Tea Time with Scones

Growing up my mom would take me to the Crescent Hotel in downtown Dallas for tea. It was such a special treat for me. I always loved tea parties, but the ones at the Crescent Hotel were so fancy and made me feel like a princess. I will always cherish those memories with my mom.

Tea time took me to an enchanted world of make believe. I would pretend to be fancy and lift my pinky when sipping my favorite peppermint tea. The food though, was my favorite! I loved the little tea sandwiches and carb filled sweet treats. My absolute favorite treat at tea time were the scones with raspberry jam and butter!

I so very much miss that whimsical experience at the tea room, but the treat I made for my afternoon snack today transported me back in time, all I needed was some lacy white gloves. I adapted this recipe from a cookie recipe provided by @gettingtogoal on Instagram!

Wildberry Scone with Walden Farms Raspberry Jelly
It even looks like bread on the inside! 

Ingredients: 
1 IP Wildberry Yogurt Drink
1 tsp of baking powder
2 packets of Stevia 
dash of ideal salt
3 tbsp of egg whites 
1/4 tsp of vanilla extract
1 tsp of olive oil 

What to do: 
  1.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. 
  2. Mix and stir all of the dry ingredients in a bowl. 
  3. Add in the rest of the wet ingredients. 
  4. Stir until blended and a cookie-like consistency. 
  5. Grease a pan and drop dollops of scone mixture on the pan. My dollops made 5 equal sized scones. Make them how big or small you want! :) 
  6. Bake the scones for 10 minutes or until desired brownness is achieved! 
  7. Take them out and enjoy! 
I added some Walden Farms raspberry jam to bump up this scone! This recipe would seriously go great with some tea!  

Happy Dieting! 

-E 


Monday, May 19, 2014

Let Them Eat Cake

I love cake as much as anyone. I am not just a chocoholic, I am a sweetaholic. Seriously. Anything with sugar in it and I am there. It's my dad's birthday and we are both doing this Ideal Protein journey together so I couldn't not make cake! As Marie Antoinette may or may have not said during desperate times:


After trolling the internet for cake recipes that weren't as disastrous as my mug cake...see my instagram for a visual...I finally found the perfect one! Thank you Pinterest world for this gem!

This cake is unrestricted and tastes like real cake! Same consistency and everything! Don't pass out! This is not a drill!


Ingredients:

3 Packets of IP Drink Mix (I used chocolate)
(2 packets are for the cake, 1 packet is for the Frosting, mix and match!)
2 tsp of unsweetened cocoa (not really necessary)
1 tsp of baking powder
1/4 tsp of salt 
4 tbsp of Skim Milk
1 whole egg
1 egg white
1/2 tsp of vanilla extract 

What to do:
  1. Preheat oven to 350. 
  2. Grease a loaf pan. 
  3. Mix two IP Drink Mix packets, cocoa (if using), baking powder, and salt. 
  4. Beat the eggs in a separate bowl and add the rest of the wet ingredients to the eggs. 
  5. Combine the dry and wet ingredients and stir.  
  6. Pour batter into the loaf pan. 
  7. Bake the cake for 10-15 minutes in the oven. Mine was too dry after 15 minutes, so experiment with your oven! 
  8. Mix the other drink packet in a bowl while the cake is baking. 
  9. Gradually add water to the packet until it makes a frosting like consistency. 
  10. Once the cake is done, spread the frosting over the top. 
  11. Cut and serve! (This recipe is 3 servings of protein!) 
  12. Enjoy! 
I can't wait to experiment with different flavors! 

Happy Dieting! 

-E 


Sunday, May 18, 2014

Egg Salad

Summer is here and that means backyard bbqs and fatty delicious food! Something that has made me successful on Ideal Protein is making food that tastes similar and looks similar to "real" food that everyone else is eating. Sometimes it can be hard to resist tempation when everyone else is eating things that you what, but if you are committed to this diet and committed to yourself you can do it!

One thing that I do when I know I'm going somewhere where people are eating food that isn't on protocol, is bring my own food. It was awkward at first, but if you are honest and open about the diet and your intentions, then your friends and family will be understanding. They will be especially understanding when they see how amazing you look after a few short months on the diet!

I love mayo doused potato salad, deviled eggs and egg salad. I have modified a recipe for egg salad that is on protocol and tastes exactly like real egg salad! This recipe is similar to the deviled egg recipe and most of the additions to the salad are a matter of taste.



This recipe serves one and fulfills your 8 ounces of protein and 1 cup of veggies!

Ingredients: 
4 whole eggs
2 egg whites 
Walden Farms mayo
Regular mustard 
Ideal Salt 
Pepper
Diced Red onions (1/2 cup--add more if you want!)
Diced Dill Pickles (1/2 cup) 

What to do:
  1. Place your eggs in a pot and heat. 
  2. Once water is boiling, set a timer for 10 minutes. 
  3. While the eggs are boiling, chop the onions and dill pickles and place in a bowl. 
  4. Once the timer is done, remove the eggs from heat and peel the shells. 
  5. Chop the eggs and place in the bowl with the onions and dill pickles. 
  6. Scoop in some Walden Farms mayo and mustard to taste. If it is too sweet (sometimes Walden Farms' products are too sweet) add a little lemon juice. 
  7. Add salt and pepper. 
  8. Stir the egg salad and refrigerate for about 2 hours so the flavors can meld together. Longer if you have time! 
  9. Eat it alone or put it on a lettuce wrap! 
  10. Enjoy! 

Happy dieting! 

-E

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Crispy Cereal Pancakes

Along with the McGriddle look alike, I got this recipe from @christina17_ on Instagram. This recipe makes some of the most similar looking/tasting pancakes I have had on Ideal Protein. I haven't been able to make successfully fluffy ones with the pancake mix and this recipe is UNRESTRICTED! Also, the pudding pancakes have a kind of rubbery texture and make better waffles.

Ingredients: 
Ideal Protein Crispy Cereal
2 egg whites
1/4 tsp of baking powder 
1 tsp of vanilla extract (I've also tried almond)
Walden Farms syrup

What to do:
  1. Whisk the egg whites in a bowl until frothy.
  2. Crush up the crispy cereal into fine pieces. 
  3. Mix in the crispy cereal, baking powder and vanilla extract. Set aside to let the baking powder do its work. 
  4. Heat up the pan on medium heat. 
  5. Spray the pan with Pam or cooking spray. 
  6. Pour half of the batter on the pan. 
  7. Cook until bubbles appear in the center of the pancake. 
  8. Flip the pancake and cook until brown. 
  9. Remove pancake from heat.
  10. Pour the other half and repeat. 
  11. Pour some Walden Farms syrup on top. I heat my walden Farms syrup for 15 seconds in the microwave before pouring on my pancakes! 
  12. Enjoy! 

Happy Dieting! 

-E

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Mom, the Meatloaf!!!

One of my favorite meals is meatloaf. I love the combination of tomatoes and ground beef that cook together and meld wonderfully. My diet coach gave me a sheet with some Ideal Protein friendly recipes. This one was one of the first recipes I tried during my first week of Ideal Protein and I have finally perfected the flavor and veggies to share with you.



This recipe makes two servings and has tomatoes so be mindful because we can only have two servings of tomatoes twice a week! 



Ingredients: 

Meatloaf
1 lb of ground beef
1 1/4 tsp of ideal salt
1/4 tsp of black pepper 
1/2 tsp of onion powder 
2 cups of chopped bell pepper
1 egg (lightly beaten)
8 ounces of diced tomatoes (without juice)
2 tbsp of olive oil 

Topping
8 ounces of strand tomatoes 
1 tsp of brown sugar splenda
1 tbsp of mustard 

What to do: 
  1. Preheat the oven to 375.
  2. Sauté the green peppers in the olive oil until soft, not brown, but a bright green color. They will cook more in the oven.
  3. Remove peppers from heat and mix all of the ingredients except for the topping in a bowl. 
  4. Place meatloaf mixture in a loaf pan. 
  5. Mix the ingredients for the topping and spread over the meatloaf.
  6. Bake in the oven for one hour. 
  7. Remove from the oven and enjoy! 
Happy dieting! 

-E

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Zoodles

To be honest, I have not been very good on my diet the past three weeks. I had my birthday then graduation celebrations two consecutive weekends. In the past 4 months that I have been on the Ideal Protein protocol, I have made a point not to cheat, however, with these two big events this May, I decided to knowingly cheat and not feel guilty.

While I know that this diet is unique and cheats can set you back in your ketosis and all, I made the decision and now I am living with those consequences. I have done it and now it's important to MOVE ON!

I feel like people have a hard time moving on from cheats and thats okay. Cheats need to be conscious decisions and if you choose to cheat, do it and then get right back on track. I have had this problem in the past with diets. I can't move past a cheat weekend, I usually get caught up in the delicious queso or margaritas and can't quit. I have learned to stop being so hard on myself through Ideal Protein. I have learned that I am worth this hard work. I am worth seeing the woman I want to be in the mirror. Cheats happen and when they do, tell yourself that you are worth getting back on track and continuing with the weight loss! You can do it and together we can become the people we want to be.

Now that I have written way too much, I am excited to share my zoodle recipe. Today I bought a spiralizer, which is now my new favorite thing in the kitchen. I was pretty skeptical about zucchini noodles, but now I am in love.





Ingredients:
2 cups of zucchini (300 grams)
olive oil 
ideal salt
minced garlic

What to do: 
  1. Wash your zucchini. 
  2. Spiral 2 cups or how ever much you desire in the spiralizer.
  3. Heat oil and garlic on medium heat. 
  4. Pour zucchini noodles in pan with oil and garlic. 
  5. Sauté the noodles until desired softness is reached. (I did mine for about 10 minutes.)
  6. Add salt, pepper and desired spices. 
  7. Remove from heat and add desired toppings. 
  8. Enjoy! 

I hope you love this as much as I did!!

Happy dieting! 

-E