Monday, February 14, 2011

Menu - Week 6

Phew! After 2 weeks of clean eating, I'm back! I learned a lot, but I'm ready to have some of my regular recipes back!!

Here is the menu for the week:
Sunday: Artichoke and Tomato Pasta w/Cream Sauce

Monday: Shrimp Stir-Fry over Quinoa (Gluten-free, Clean)

Tuesday: Chicken Salad

Wednesday: Green Minstrone Soup (Vegetarian)

Thursday: Turkey Tenderloin w/baked Sweet potato and Broccoli

Friday and Saturday: We're going to be soaking up the sun (or, according to the forecast, the rain...) in Southern California with Miss Patty!

I will try to post as many of the recipes as I can. Happy Valentine's Day!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Blog Break Update!

So, when I posted my menu and said that I wouldn't be blogging for a while...I still had every intention of providing updates! However, that isn't the way it worked. So, here is the update. I have been "eating clean" for 4 days (this is day 5). I lost 3lbs in those 4 days. Needless to say, I am sort of sold on this program! I feel wonderful; I don't get cravings for bad food; the weight loss is starting to show.

It's sort of amazing. And it's really not a diet. It is just a system of showing you how to make the right food choices and not feel like you are dieting. Processed foods and sugar are out (for the most part). My goal after these two weeks is to "eat clean" 75-80% of my life. I noticed visible results by day 2!

So, next week, I'll be sharing some "clean recipes".

Of course, I hate making posts (besides menus) without a picture. It's FREEZING this week! Zoey and Cooper are in their new sweaters, but she still feels the need to hunker down next to a heating vent. Poor little Yihuahua (or is it Chorky? I don't know, but she usually just looks like a cartoon character!) Off to snuggle the dog!

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Menu - Week 5

Wow! This week is going to be very different. I've decided to take a 14-day, clean eating challenge. This means that for 2 weeks, I won't be able to eat out at a restaurant! It is supposed to re-set your system...I'm a little nervous about the whole thing. There are two meals in the next 14 days that I will not be a charitable event I'm attending and one is a dinner at Yiayia's house. But, other than that, I'm going to be busy cooking away!! I'm sorry if I'm not as into blogging this week, these set recipes have to be tried out!

Sunday: Grilled Chicken Salad

Monday: Baked Salmon, baked sweet potato, sauteed spinach and a baked apple

Tuesday: Spinach and Chickpeas

Wednesday: Baked Turkey Breast with Wild Rice and Kale

Thursday: Baked Tilapia with couscous and asparagus

Friday: Dinner at Yiayia's (I'll have to make good choices!)

Saturday: Quinoa-Stuffed Peppers with Mixed Green Salad

14-days of super healthy dinners...I hope I can handle it!

Friday, January 28, 2011

Zinfully Delicious Short Ribs, etc...

Ok...Rachael Ray. I made your recipe for Zinfully Delicious Short Ribs, and I gotta say...delicious, but not worth 5 hours of cooking. The prep time on this dish was out of control for something that just stews all together in the end. I'm still in pursuit of an awesome Braised Short Rib recipe to share...however, if anyone wants to try this recipe, just click here.

Don't get me was tasty, but there is something to be said for "opportunity cost". I might be married to an economist who reminds me about "opportunity cost" all the time.

Sorry I don't have more exciting recipes to share this week. More to come next week that are simpler and equally rewarding!

Thursday, January 27, 2011


Nom! Nom! Nom! Sushi might be one of our favorite things to eat! Well, we have a lot of favorite things to eat, but it is definitely in the tops!

AND, rumor has it, that one of Jake's cousins ('s one of the Greek's - and there are SO many cousins on that side), knows how to make sushi and has sushi making parties! I think a sushi making party sounds divine...does anyone out there know how such a thing can be done?

If so, please email me

Note to self: Search out this mysterious cousin with mythical sushi making abilities and bribe them to teach sushi making at the Casa de la Kresser!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

ANGRY BIRDS!!, one of the things we did for my birthday this year was go to one of my favorite restaurants in Salt Lake, Trio. It is trendy, yet elegant. And the food is FANTASTIC and affordable.

Don't even get me started on the Meatball. That must be made from 3/4 lb of beef. And I have conquered on more than one occasion.

Everything on the menu is fabulous.

So, we went to Trio with my family...including my 3-year-old niece Meyah. First of all...eating out at fabulous restaurants with a 3-year-old is wonderful. I'm not kidding. It's absolutely great...when you have an iPad! She has lots of games that hold her interest for about 30 seconds - and then she moves on to another game! I highly recommend.

However, on this particular night, we were introduced to the "Angry Birds" app...which was subsequently downloaded onto our iPad (HD version is $4.99). WARNING: DO NOT DOWNLOAD THIS APP DUE TO ITS HIGHLY ADDICTIVE QUALITY! You will be tempted to only play Angry Birds 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

In fact, I've got to break open another level and catch up with Jake's high score...

Monday, January 24, 2011

Simple Salmon

I know that not everyone is a fish fan, but if you are, this is an easy way to make salmon (or about any fish). It is very light if you are looking for something figure friendly!

Salmon filet (about 4-6 oz per doesn't matter if they have skin - it will flake off)
Lemon slices
Seasoning (Mrs. Dash/Salt-pepper and dill/whatever you like)
Worcestershire Sauce

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Rinse the salmon off under cold water. Pat dry with paper towels. Place salmon on a piece of aluminum foil on top of a cookie sheet (you want enough aluminum foil that it will wrap all the way around your salmon...the cookie sheet keeps your oven clean in case there are any leaks). Sprinkle seasoning over the top of the salmon. put a few drops of Worcestershire Sauce over the salmon. Next, cover the fish with lemon slices. Wrap the aluminum foil up into a package, so the fish can cook in it's liquid. Put the fish (still on cookie sheet) in the preheated oven for 25 minutes or until the salmon is cooked through.

It's easy, healthy and a great way to get your Omega 3's!