Tasting Is Believing

Before we left for vacation I got a package from Weight Watchers asking me to try out their new Red Velvet Crème Cakes.  Long time readers will know that Weight Watchers was how I lost 70 pounds back in 1999-2000.

Weight Watcher’s new campaign “Tasting is Believing.”

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Each cake is 90 calories and has 4 grams of fiber, or 2 WW points.

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The verdict?  These are delicious.  I actually like the size of it – two bites and your sweet tooth is satisfied.  It’s not overly sweet and I also like the fact that they are individually wrapped so it helps with portion control.  Thanks Daniel for letting me sample these treats! Open-mouthed smile

Breakfast yesterday was a Biz McMuffin, this time with goat cheese, egg whites and baby spinach with fresh fruit.

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I thought I had planned my insulin perfectly – look at all that fruit!  I was shocked when I tested my blood sugar before working out that it was 127 – while normal, too low for me to work out. Sad smile

On my last Sam’s Club run I thought it was a good idea to buy 10 pounds of carrots because they were only $2.98!  The bag was so big it hardly fit in my vegetable drawer!  So I decided to find out what the hell I could do with carrots.  Have you ever had carrot soup?  Me either.  I found inspiration from this blog.  The only changes are underlined below.

Carrot & Ginger Soup

4 servings: 1.5 cups each:

  • with heavy cream added:  262 calories, 12 fat, 32 carbs, 5.3 fiber and 3.6 protein
  • without heavy cream added:  160 calories, 1.9 fat, 31 carbs, 5.3 fiber and 3.6 protein

Ingredients:

  • 8 medium-large carrots, peeled + chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped  (nope!
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon Earth Balance (or olive oil)
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 32 ounces vegetable stock
  • 1 tablespoon raw sugar (I used a teaspoon)
  • salt + pepper to taste
  • I added 1 teaspoon of crushed red pepper
  • I added 12 ounces of cooked potato with skin on
  • I added 1/2 cup of heavy cream at the end

Since I made this before work, I just chopped up the carrots and added everything in the pot except the heavy cream and cooked over medium heat for 30 minutes.  Off the heat I used my stick blender to puree and then stirred in the heavy cream.

I had a basil, baby spinach, roasted red pepper and goat cheese panini on the side.  Holy yum!  I really really liked this soup.  The red pepper balances out the sweetness of the carrots, and I think the potato gave it some more texture too.

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I had on our dinner menu cauliflower pizza crust pizza.  Um, turns out I didn’t read all the directions and the cauliflower crust had to bake longer than I expected, so I just went with my go to no rise pizza dough:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Mix together and roll it out.  No need to rise.  Although its been so long since I’ve made my own thin crust pizza, I forgot two important steps – one, to pre-bake the crust for about 5-7 minutes, and two, taking the pizza off the pizza stone and putting it directly on the oven rack for the last 5 minutes to crisp up the crust.

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So while this is good, it wasn’t great.  Oh well, can’t win them all. Open-mouthed smile

We had storms last night so I had to keep the computer turned off, so I am not sure about my calorie stats for the day, but my guess is around 1600.

We have more storms in the forecast today, although right now at 7:30 in the morning it’s sunny and 65.  So I decided to make crock pot tacos for our work lunch today with cilantro rice and my baja fresh salsa and chips.  I was actually able to grill the tomatoes before the storms came through last night.

I never met my 100 mile goal for May, although I will follow through and announce a winner of my salsa tomorrow for all those who joined in my challenge.  Also, new June goals will be posted tomorrow!  (hint: insanity may be in my future!)

Make it a great day!

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35 thoughts on “Tasting Is Believing

  1. If you’ve never visited Skinnytaste.com, I highly recommend all of her soup recipes…especially the “creamy” ones. They are amazing and only take about 30 minutes to prepare from start to finish. I love your blog!!

    • OMG, I love Gina’s Skinnytaste site – she’s got some awesome ideas. I’ll check out more of her soup recipes. Thanks for reading Lisa! 😀

  2. HEY, since you have all those carrots you wanna try a recipe I have been eye balling @ http://www.paleomg.com?? They sound pretty nummy…..and I am excited to hear about the cauliflower pizza crust, I am too nervous to try it….HAPPY FRIDAY!!!
    http://paleomg.com/carrot-fries-with-garlic-aioli/

    • Consider it done – my SIL would love them and I am back cooking for her this week – she said she missed my food! 😀

      • Yay!!!! 😉 thanks, I hope they don’t suck!!
        dude I would totally miss your food too!!
        WHOOP WHOOP for Friday!!

  3. I used to eat those WW mini cakes all the time when I was on WW. You’re right about satisfying the sweet tooth!!

  4. Your food is looking great as usual. Maybe hard to tell from one post but seems like you’re doing well….good to see. Have a great weekend!

  5. I love the neverhomemaker blog – Ashley has such a wonderful writing style.

    Those cakes look delicious! Gonna keep an eye out for those…

  6. I can’t wait to read your June goals tomorrow! Those cakes look pretty good, when I want something sweet I always crave ice cream though…I need to find a fix for it.

  7. Your sandwiches always look so amazing!!! Happy weekend, Biz.

    • Thanks Carrie – we should figure out a half way point from Minneapolis to me for a meet up – we both have the same taste in food and beer!

  8. Yea for June goals – can’t wait! Your panini is mouthwatering…..
    Happy Friday! 🙂

  9. I’ve made a few versions of carrot soup…I love it! 🙂 Yours looks great!

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    I just drooled a little at that soup and sandwich! 🙂 Have a wonderful day Vat! Happy Friday.

  11. I love carrots oven roasted or steamed, in soups or just raw to munch on! Your co workers are so lucky to have you cooking for them on Fridays!

  12. The little cakes look yummy! I love the biz mcmuffin. I want one. Maybe for breakfast this weekend!! I once bought that bag of carrots from costco and ate the entire thing myself. I have a carrot addiction 😉

  13. I just can’t do the processed WW products. I mean, I guess they are alright in a pinch, but damn, I can’t get past all the chemical ingredients they put in them…and you know I am a huge fan of WW the program. I just wish their products would be more natural. I bet it does taste good though. There are a few frozen products that aren’t too heavy on the chemicals and taste good…some of the breakfast ones. Have a great weekend Biz…hoping for sunny skies! 🙂

    • I agree with you, but I realize that there are a lot of people out there who don’t like to cook and have to rely on processed foods. Have a great weekend too! 😀

  14. I LOVE carrots – 10 pounds would be a little overwhelming though! Carrot soup is amazing!

  15. Insanity! Woot woot!!!! Love those workouts!

  16. Every time I check out your site, I am always impressed with your food. Not only does it look delicious, but it’s portion controlled and healthy. You have this down! Great job! 🙂

  17. MMMM….roasted carrots with other vegies, carrot cake, carrot pancakes(?) and don’t forget bugs bunny (hahahaha)!!!

    Never made carrot soup. My husband turns up his nose at carrots. But I still do carrots, I do enjoy them roasted with cabbage and potatoes, a little olive oil, salt and pepper then mix in balsamic vinegar….oh so good!!!

    That WW cake sure looks good, will keep my eye open for it.

    By tonight I will have made 70 miles on my stationary bike, a long ways from 100+) I did manage to walk my dog every night and have a smoothie every day. I think I shall continue to do those things as long as it is in my schedule. Weight wise….I just maintained. Guess that is better then gaining. Hopefully the summer will see me more active in the garden.

  18. I’ve never had carrot soup either. What did you think of it?

    Have a great weekend! Hope the weather cooperates a bit for us. 🙂

    • I loved it, especially by adding the potato it wasn’t too carroty – plus the crushed red pepper was a nice balance to the sweetness. I think next time I’ll leave out the heavy cream though!

  19. The WW cakes look delicious, especially when in need of a sweet treat. They also have a nice amount of fiber. The soup looks good too! I am insulin resistant or you could say pre-diabetic. You could even say Type 2 diabetic. However, my blood sugar is responding well to new diet plan, but the amount of insulin my body produces needs to adjust to less food, particularly less sugar and fewer carbs. I have a few symptoms of low blood sugar, but expect that things will adapt.

    • My best advice to you is to never eat a carb by itself. If you have half a bagel, put light cream cheese on it, dip an apple in peanut butter, etc. Your blood sugar won’t spike as much if you combine a protein/fiber with the carbs. 😀

  20. So behind in commenting. Welcome back and welcome to the weekend! Hope it is great. We are headed out this morning, already running late. 🙂 Hoping I can manage a lose on vacation like you did, woot woot! And BTW goat cheese is amazaballs in my book!

    • I hate to say it, but the weight gain caught up with me! But today is a new day, right?!

      Have a fantastic vacation – can’t wait for the recap and pics! 😀

  21. Nice! I love hearing new ideas for healthy eats that are still delicious. Life is too short to eat things we don’t enjoy, and I won’t do it. So my ears are always open when there are tips on how to combine a healthy diet without sacrificing flavor. 😀 Thanks Biz!

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