Well after a month on the Loser diet of my choice I'm sorry I didn't lose the 10 to 15 pounds I was hoping for, but then I didn't exactly do a huge amount of effort either. I cut back and stayed away from some of the really bad stuff, but I could have done more. However I am VERY HAPPY to report that I LOST 0 pounds this week! Seriously, I did some bad eating this week. I needed a chick-fila one day and also I ate ...yes I did...ATE a small waffle fry. OH yes I did!... and it was good. I also ate about 5 spoonfuls of peanut butter cup ice cream yesterday. SO the fact that I lost nothing looks pretty good right now. I'll get back on track this week.
Before I share a nice salad recipe, I want to thank everyone for letting me know they were still either IN or Out of the Diet Losers list. Most of you are still plugging away and that's great. If you can't do it at the moment it's still great.
SO this recipe isn't all that light, but it's easy to make and really easy to keep in the fridge and grab a quick bowl when you don't want to cook and need something easy so you don't reach for the super fattening fast food. We eat bowls of this for dinner with nothing else.
Tomato Spinach Spirals......click link for picture.
1 pkge (8oz) spiral pasta
1 pkge (10oz) frozen creamed spinach
1 can (15oz) diced tomatoes, UN-drained
3TBspns grated Romano cheese, divided
3 TBspns grated Parmesan cheese, divided
1/2 teaspoon salt
Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, prepare spinach according to package directions. Drain pasta; place in a bowl. Add the spinach, tomatoes, 2 Tbspns of Romano and 2 Tbspns of Parmesan cheese and salt. Toss. Sprinkle with remaining cheese.
NOW...my tips and directions!! I aways cook the whole box of spirals and I put in 2 cans of tomatoes...make SURE to drain them. I open the creamed spinach package and cut a slit on the back and stick it in the microwave to defrost and heat it up. I do this slowly, just until it's warm enough to scoop out the creamed spinach. I don't want it super warm since I'm gonna cool the whole thing anyway. I also don't add the whole thing, I add spoons at a time until I like the consistency of the pasta. THIS is your mayo substitute so it needs to be CREAMED spinach.
I also buy the Parmesan/Romano blend of cheese and I put the whole thing in at the beginning. I stick it in a huge tupperware container in the fridge and stir it ever hour or so to cool it down. THIS IS A DRY SORT OF PASTA. Not gloopy like mayo based ones, but more towards dry. I know it has spinach but seriously you really can't tell and the creamed part of it gets incorporated into the pasta and it's not slippery or wet at all, especially with all that cheese! I hope you try it out!