Freaking tomato thief!!!!!

aaauugghhhhh……. the little thief is still eating my tomatoes,  I am bringing them in early so they can ripen in my window, safe and sound.

Why won’t he/she eat the basil or mint trying to take over my garden, why!!!!!

If they go after my one zucchini that is finally growing it may become all out war!

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WW KMU Low Carb Veggie style

Yea, I know, I am on WW, but I also eat low carb and mostly vegetarian, but I don’t like onions and peppers, aaauuuggghhh!

So, hmmm, I have a squash from a neighbor, no idea what kind, I have canned tomatoes and some mushrooms???  And, oh , hey, Veggie Meatballs……..(light bulb!)

I pull out the can of tomatoes, I blend about 3/4 of can with some garlic, I put it in a pan and add the unblended tomatoes.  I add the veggie meatballs (3 pts for 3), while simmering I add some mushrooms.

Then I pulled out the veggie spiralizer, I cut off the neck of the squash (narrow part) and made a LOT of noodles!

I put those in a pan with some garlic and cook those up, then after a few minutes I added the veggie marinara sauce.  BOHYAH!  Huge plate of food, very low carbs and only 3pts!

You gotta think out of the box, can, bag, and yummy things happen!

KMU – Corn Bread muffins with a twist..

So as you know, I make tweaks to recipes so I can eat as vegetarian and low WW points as possible, while using items I have in the kitchen at that moment….so without further ado….

Corn Muffins with Corn and Black Beans & Corn Muffins with Pineapple….Yeah es good!

  • 1 Cup flour = my current flour mix includes whole wheat as the base, 50-60%, then almond flour, soy flour, Flax Seed flour…..yummy and less carby
  • 3/4 Cup corn meal
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • couple shakes of sugar or splenda, maybe 1/8 of a teaspoon at most
  • salt = couple grinds (to much salt is not good for you)
  •  1 blended apple (peel and all) – instead of butter
  • 2 egg –
  • 3/4 cup of juice from can of corn + 1/4 unsweetened almond milk –
  • 1 can of corn

Halve the mixture and add 1/2 can black beans to one half and 1/2 can crushed pineapple to other half.

Pour in to muffin tin ( I use silicon cup liners) and bake at 350 for 25 min

2 WW pts per muffin!  I am telling you the corn and pineapple is YUMMY!

 

 

WW Frittata recipe adjustment …

You can find recipes all over that you can adapt for WW or any reason…like…oh….you don’t have what it calls for???

  • 1 large handful baby spinach leaves, shredded – *Yeah, didn’t have these, so I used basil from my garden
  • 12 cherry tomatoes, halved – I grow tomatoes, they be very small, so I didn’t cut them up
  • *I added 2 Morning Star Sausage Patties cooked then broken up (WW 1 pt for 1 patty)
  • 10 large eggs
  • Salt and pepper, to taste – *I used Italian Seasoning instead
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped – didn’t use cause I didn’t have it

Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). Lightly spray a 12-cup muffin tin with cooking spray ( I use silicone muffin cups for all my baking, so much better!).

Evenly distribute the spinach or Basil 🙂 between the 12 muffin cups and top with two cherry tomato halves (to much work, just dropped them in whole).

Whisk together the eggs, salt, pepper and parsley (or in my case seasonings) in a large bowl, until blended. Transfer this mixture to a pouring jug. Carefully pour the egg mixture evenly between the 12 cups and bake for 15-20 minutes until firm and lightly golden.

*I will either do 12 eggs, since eggs are ZERO points, or only fill 6/9 cups, as they are slightly small.

** I would say, even with the Patties at most this is WW 1 pt  per 2 frittatas.

Once cooled, you can store the frittatas in the fridge.

Kayla Itsines’ Spinach and Tomato Mini Frittatas

Re-purpose items – save money

and the environment.

So I had a machine that had different attachments to cut cheese, veggies, ect.  I hardly ever used it.  Especially after the kids left, as I got it mainly to buy blocks of cheese and shred them, cheaper then buying it already done.

Now I do continue to work with candles, so, I took the grater and found out I could use it to shred my wax to make it melt quicker!  Woo hoo!

You would be surprised what you can come up with when you put your mind to it.

And with the candles…. I have a friend who gets candles all the time, but we noticed they never burn down to the bottom of the container.  So I scrape all the left overs out , then I put in UNSCENTED wax, this will hold the wicks up and doesn’t burn, so then I remelt the scented was that was at the bottom (usually takes 2 or 3 candles) and re-pour over the top.

I am able to reuse all the glass candle jars and the wax that was left over in them, upcycle baby and save yourself some cash!

 

Birthdays for Adult children can be…

difficult.  Unless they ask for something specific what are you going to get them?

I was talking to my son, who is turning 27, so has been off our INS for a while, about getting his Dental Checkup.  He said, “my birthday is coming up, why don’t you do that for me?”.

So I did!  They have a deal for 1st time clients at our dental office, so that is what he is getting.  Something he needs and wants, have to think outside the box when they get older!

Of course his standard answer when I ask him what he wants is usually ” you can get me a new car and a new house”  my answer is always ” yea, I will add that to the list of things to get when we win the lottery!”

Ahhhh, family!

So we went to Egypt and Greece for about

11 days, it was awesome, it was HOT!  Also, very, very Safe in Egypt and the people are super friendly.  I highly recommend Memphis Tours, they were AWESOME and very reasonable price, I would suggest NOT going in July, we only did it because my husband wanted to be somewhere cool on his 55th birthday, yeah, “cool” it was not, 105 to 110 while we where there.  But at least the crowds were low!

Also, I don’t recommend Greece after Egypt, because as cool as Athens was, it really wasn’t as impressive after seeing Egypt 🙂

But the best thing, when we got home, the kids had cleaned and organized the garage and redid the cupboards!

It is great, really organized, I have only had to make a few adjustments back.

I really need to leave every 3 months or so, if I can come back to this all the time!

Fruit and Veggie exchange…

I have started a fruit and veggie exchange in our neighborhood.  I was walking the dog and also when we drive, I see all sorts of fruit trees, so I went on Nextdoor (kind of like a facebook for neighborhoods) and did a shout out.

Now I am trading, mint (with is a monster, tries to take over my whole garden), basil, tomatoes, for squash, lemons, garlic and apples.

We are adding more people for more variety.  You should try it in your neighborhood.

Great way to meet new people too!

Jackfruit….my new fave…

so I went and bought a bigger slice of the fruit, takes a while to get all the goodness out.  But then I found a can of crushed pineapple in the cupboard, so I made Jackfruit and Pineapple muffins and jelly butter.

I call it jelly butter because the pineapple and jackfruit are kind of chuncky and chewy so i blended about 75% of it and then mixed it up, it is sooo good on waffles!

Since nothing but fruit, water, banana (to thicken), and vanilla it is a 0 point food on weight watchers, and it freezes well.

Jack fruit OMG good!

So I know of jack fruit for it being used as a meat substitute.  I found out that it is the green unripe ones they use for that.

But ripe jack fruit is the BOMB! It is however very big and intimidating, so lucky for me, my local grocery store was selling slices of it.  So I picked up a slice to check out at home.

I of course went to Youtube for how to peel it, because, lets face it, everything is on youtube.

It was very easy to get the fruit pieces out, and even the “seed” is edible, however, I am still working on that one.

So, check out your local market, if they have slices of Jack Fruit take one home, you won’t be disappointed!