Favorite Low Cal/Carb Recipes and Sites

When a friend said she was on a low carb diet, hadn’t had spaghetti squash before and inquired about it, I knew it was time to put together some of my favorite recipes I’ve stumbled on through Weight Watchers, Skinnytaste, Hungry Girl, etc. I’ll provide my directions for spaghetti squash then links for the rest. Enjoy!

Spaghetti Squash

I love love love spaghetti squash. I didn’t really understand what all the hype was about when I first heard about it, and to be honest, didn’t even like it the first time I made it. Then I went to Ruby Tuesday’s and tried their Spaghetti Squash Marinara and realized I was probably just not making it right. Every time I made it it was so watery and mushy. Straining it did not help. After trial and error with my oven, I figured it out. But if you’ve never made spaghetti squash before, there are all kinds of ways to cook it. Here is one of the guides to look through on About’s website.

The way that I think works best for me is to preheat my oven to 350°F then cut the spaghetti squash in half. It’s kind of hard, I usually have my husband do it because I’m lazy. Then once it’s cut in half, you scoop the insides out. Keep scooping until all the noodley goop is out so you get to a point where you’re scraping the sides. (You’ll understand what noodley goop is once you cut it in half. So basically you’re cutting around an oval shape).

Do the same thing to the other half then put them face down on a baking sheet and into the oven for about 30-45 minutes. For me, I’ll do about 40 minutes. That way it’s not undercooked or overcooked (which makes it watery). When done I’ll just pull out of the oven and let it cool for a bit because it’s really hot. Sometimes I’ll just leave it sitting there for 20 minutes.

Then I’ll just go through, take a fork and start scraping the sides and put it into a bowl. It looks just like spaghetti, but doesn’t taste like it. So don’t go in with a mindset that it tastes exactly like it.  Just enjoy it for what it is. I like to add some of Prego’s light marinara sauce to it too. A half a cup is one Weight Watcher point. Even better, there aren’t any points in spaghetti squash. I’ve been preparing it for lunches lately and storing it in tupperware bowls. It’s some work, but I like it a lot. A lot of people enjoy putting olive oil on theirs. Search around, you’ll find the way you like best!

Links to Favorite Recipes

Mashed Cauliflower (the recipe calls for nutritional yeast, which you can find at a Whole Foods or similar store. I ended up trying this with nutritional yeast and wasn’t a fan, but it’s healthier. I use parmesan as a substitute for nutritional yeast. Also, I have a Ninja which makes blending this super easy. It purees it perfectly).

Cauliflower Fritters

Crockpot Chicken Taco Chili

Crockpot Three Bean Turkey Chili

Skinny Buffalo Chicken Dip

Links to Favorite Recipe Sites

SkinnyTaste

Hungry Girl (sign up for the emails! One of the few I enjoy getting)

Emily Bites

Weight Watchers (You have to subscribe to their website, but you can always find WW recipes online).

Frustrating

Why can’t weddings be simple? It’s my day, supposedly. It’s really frustrating trying to make it all work. I didn’t want anything complicating. If my fiancé and I had it our way, we would go to the JP.

I felt really anxious today, but kept it together. Then after work it was like all the shit hit the fan, pardon my language.

I know it will be fine, but man is it stressful in the process.

Three Days…

I get married in three days. Well two, I suppose, since it’s after midnight and technically Thursday. This will probably be my last time of blogging, which I wanted to do throughout this experience. If I’ve learned anything, it’s that weddings make your life busy. Maybe even busier than being a student.

I don’t really know how I feel. It’s a mix of excitement mixed with nervous. I’m anxious. All eyes are going to be on us and that’s weird to me. All these wonderful people will be at a place for us. All this work and effort over the last year will be over in a matter of hours. Of course the time between now and then will CRAWL. But come Friday at 4:45 when my alterations guru comes to put me in my dress, it’s going to fly.

I know to expect hiccups. A few people tell me not to worry. Funny, I expect it. That’s what happens when you work in catering for a few years. You know things will go wrong.

Another thing I’ve learned is weddings are all about you until someone disagrees with what you want to do. Then suddenly it becomes an issue.

It’s been quite the journey, this engagement process. It’s truly a test to your relationship with your significant other, your friends and family. Everyone reacts differently. While it’s the couple’s day, everyone else there helps make it special. Granted, I still would be okay if it were just the two of us at the JP getting married….but that’s not an option.

A lot of my anxiety has gone down. Last week I was anxious about all the things I couldn’t control. And it wasn’t an OCD or over-reactive control. It was literally things that weren’t on my to-do list and couldn’t be on my to-do list. But they needed to get done. Or just waiting on people.

I had a good talk with my cousin/made of honor tonight and she was talking to me about a text I sent on how to calm down due to anxiety. She was telling me about life as a mom with three kids and just not having time. With normal busy every day life, I can handle the most stressful of situations. I think what’s different about a wedding is how many unknowns are out there. I fear that. That’s a fault of mine. Now it’s not a complete fear. Like I said, I was in catering so I know to expect anything. But just all those little details got to last week.

Thankfully this week I’m much calmer. I’ll occasionally get a rushed feeling in my chest when I think of things I have to do or people I know I’ll see.

I don’t know why I can’t just sit back and 100% enjoy this. I will, but there is literally a three or four page schedule dedicated to my wedding. That’s insane. Three to four days? It’s true though. And it all has to get done.

Soon it’ll be my future husband and I’s trip. We’ll be relaxing drinking wine or some sort of alcoholic beverage. It will be amazing. It’s just getting there. Getting through the party. Enjoying it. Blowing off the people and their opinions. Making sure everything gets done, and not stressing over what can’t change.

That’s my advice to brides–don’t stress over things you have no control over. (Going back to catering, learned that in those days). You have to be cool calm and collected. I’vet tried to be. I do need to start making myself smile more when people ask me if I’m excited. I am. For some reason when people want to talk about it, I get that rush of anxiety and make a funny face. Every time.  Maybe my goal will be to just take compliments and smile. Funny, it’s so hard for us girls. I’ll make an effort.

I will say I’m so thankful to have a wonderful fiance, friends and family. And vendors. Without them, I would have no hair 🙂 Here’s to getting married!

What A Week Before Your Wedding Feels Like: Part II

Anxiety. Stress. That’s me right now before the wedding. And you know what’s sad? Everything for the most part has gone swimmingly!

I’ve had some drama here and there, but I think what stresses me out us just how much it has to take over.

My family, friends and fiancé have been great. I’m incredibly thankful for their support.

I think this week in particular hit me because it doesn’t feel like it’s here. I think that’s mostly because for the last couple years I’ve taken vacations in September. But it also doesn’t feel like my wedding is next week.

Hence some stress. It’s all down to the wire. I can’t sleep, my body is out if whack and I know it’s all anxiety.

I know I shouldn’t be stressed or think about the small things. But they all matter. Sure they might not feel like it when it’s all said and done. It all matters though.

I think that’s why I feel so exhausted. It’s almost here. All this planning for one day that’ll come and go.

What’s more important is us. We’re both kicking ourselves for not going to the JP. We aren’t having an enormous ceremony but it had to be more than originally planned. I love everyone coming but it’s really supposed to be ours. I let that get away, but I’m sure I’ll be thankful later.

Just in interim I think about. All of it. It’s crazy.

What A Week Before Your Wedding Feels Like: Part II

Anxiety. Stress. That’s me right now before the wedding. And you know what’s sad? Everything for the most part has gone swimmingly!

I’ve had some drama here and there, but I think what stresses me out us just how much it has to take over.

My family, friends and fiancé have been great. I’m incredibly thankful for their support.

I think this week in particular hit me because it doesn’t feel like it’s here. I think that’s mostly because for the last couple years I’ve taken vacations in September. But it also doesn’t feel like my wedding is next week.

Hence some stress. It’s all down to the wire. I can’t sleep, my body is out if whack and I know it’s all anxiety.

I know I shouldn’t be stressed or think about the small things. But they all matter. Sure they might not feel like it when it’s all said and done. It all matters though.

I think that’s why I feel so exhausted. It’s almost here. All this planning for one day that’ll come and go.

What’s more important is us. We’re both kicking ourselves for not going to the JP. We aren’t having an enormous ceremony but it had to be more than originally planned. I love everyone coming but it’s really supposed to be ours. I let that get away, but I’m sure I’ll be thankful later.

Just in interim I think about. All of it. It’s crazy.