Let's start with the Superbowl. I never have enough friends to have a party but I love the idea of Superbowl party food. So, I did a themed dinner that night. It was delicious. I did Spinach artichoke dip, homemade tortilla chips, cauliflower buffalo bites, and portabello pizzas. The recipes for the dip and the buffalo bites are located below the picture.
SkinnyTaste: Buffalo Cauliflower
SkinnyTaste: Spinach and Artichoke Dip
Oh and I did some angel food cake cupcakes with team colored sugar on top.
Next up, the Korean New Year, Seollal. I made Bibimbap and chamchi-jeon (Korean tuna cakes) except I did them with crab because I was in a crabby mood. I didn't get a picture of any of it. It was actually gone too quick.
Oh and I just have to show you this! My father and mother in law sent this to Sunny last week.
Her own hanbok! Isn't she simply adorable???
Fast forward a few days to Valentine's Day. To Ken and I this day has become just a day for the kids. And it's honestly all about the candy. We exchange cards and he will buy my flowers but, it's nothing major. This year I gave him a bag of Snickers with a reason why I love him for every piece in it. He gave me a bag of Valentine's Day 3 Musketeers. I think I've talked about 3 Musketeers before. Each piece has under 1 gram of fat so, I can still have chocolate without causing myself pain. This year he bought me a bag of Strawberry Dark Chocolate ones. They are amazing. I have dubbed them the "poor man's Russel Stover" because they taste so close to the high end strawberry cream chocolates. I eat one a night. I would highly recommend them. 7 pieces has 6 grams of fat and 180 calories. That means 1 has 0.86 grams of fat and 25.8 calories. Not too bad right? Healthiest candy I've found so far.
Florida kills me sometimes. The other morning I woke up and it was 34 degrees outside. 34!! I decided it was the type of day that called for chili. Well, by 2 pm it was around 65 degrees. Definitely not typical chili weather. But, despite that, I still made it. I was amazed at how it turned out. It was
Veggie Overload Chili
Serves 10 calories 136 fat 1.09 grams fiber 6 grams protein 12.2 grams
1 large onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/4 cup chili powder
1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
2 bay leaves
12 oz Ground Crumbles Meatless (1 bag)
2 Tbsp tomato paste
1 Tbsp cocoa powder
12 oz dark beer
.25 sweet potato, cubed
1 cup corn (fresh, frozen or canned)
16 oz mushrooms, quartered
42 oz Diced Tomatoes
16 oz tomato sauce
- Saute onions, sweet potato and garlic until golden.
- Add in the spices and cook for another 2 minutes
- Stir in tomato paste and meatless crumbles
- Next put in chocolate, beer,tomato sauce and tomatoes bring to a boil then reduced and simmer for 30 minutes
- After 30 minutes add the corn, and mushrooms.
- Bring back to a boil and simmer for another 15 minutes
I have a post in the works about regaining motivation. I kist my motivation a few weeks ago while I wasn't blogging (hmmmm, I wonder if there's a connection? I hadn't thought of it before now) I bought myself a new pair of pants for the gym in order to get myself pumped.
I bought them at Target for $20. They are made by Champion and they are AH-MA-ZING. When I worked out in my other capris I kept having to adjust them every 10 minutes. The only time I had to adjust these was when I got out of the car and when I accidentally pushed them up. I have one problem with them though. They are made of 84% polyester and 16% spandex. I'm very paranoid about them getting snagged.
That's my February in a very big nutshell. How has your month been?