Sunday, April 19, 2009

You can have your pancakes and eat them too!

I'm just gonna say it: This morning I wanted pancakes, damn it. I've been bustin' my butt doin' Bootcamp 3 times a week for the last month and I was gonna make myself some egg whites and ground turkey ('cause THAT sounds fun...) and I thought to myself: ARE YOU CRAZY!?!?! YOU GOTTA EAT SOMETHIN' REAL!

And darlins, they were DELICIOUS:


I cup Bisquick Heart Smart® Pancake and Baking Mix
a little less than a 3/4 cup of water
1/4 cup of egg whites or Egg Beaters
4 large strawberries, sliced thin (optional, of course)

Whisk it all together and pour individuals cakes onto the griddle.

As soon as bubbles start to pop through the surface, flip and lighting brown on the other side. Done.

Personally, next I topped with I Can't Believe It's Not Butter!® (Did you see my Bobby Deen is now their spokesperson?) and Mrs. Butterworth's Sugar Free Syrup. (It has 80% fewer calories and 1/2 the carbs of regular syrup.)

I'm happy, full AND satisfied because I got what I want and I don't feel guilty about it.

...now if they can figure out how to make zero calorie Wimberley Wine, I'll be all set...

Thursday, February 12, 2009

WELL, AIN'T THIS EGG ON OUR FACE!

Well, hell, y'all, we've been buying the apparent carton of nonsense for years now that we should limit our egg consumption so, in short, we wouldn't have a heart attack and die! As it turns out, limiting egg consumption has little effect on cholesterol levels.

Bring on a mess of boiled ones and get the full story here.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

IT’S EASY BEING GREEN CURRIED SPINACH AND CAULIFLOWER SOUP

Yes, we've been gone for a while. But the sprouts of spring have us in a cooking mood. Inspired by the few brave glades of green, green grass that have sprung in the yard, but in concert with the still chilly evenings, we just made this very easy, low-fat, uber-healthy soup. Food Stylist and Photographer Leen is on the West Coast while Soup Maker Leen is in Austin, so no gorgeous photo to accompany. But, if your soup turns out very verde, you've done it!

IT’S EASY BEING GREEN CURRIED SPINACH AND CAULIFLOWER SOUP

Couple of tablespoons olive oil
Couple of carrots, chopped (just not these carrots)
Couple of celery sticks, chopped
Half a large onion, chopped
Couple or 3 garlic cloves, chopped
1 tablespoon curry powder
Salt and pepper to taste
4 cups water
1 16oz package frozen spinach
1 14 oz package frozen cauliflower florets
1 cup low fat yogurt

In a soup pot, heat the olive oil. Add the vegetables. Saute until softened and translucent. Don’t let the garlic scorch. Stir in the curry powder, salt, and pepper. Pour in the water and bring to a boil (cover with a lid and it will reach boiling faster). Dump in the cauliflower and spinach and return to boil, then simmer covered for about 15 minutes or until all the vegetables are soft, because now you’re going to puree them. Blend in a blender (you may need to do in batches). Tip: Place a thick, folded towel over the top of the blender and hold it down so there is no unfortunate explosion. Return completely blended to pot. In a separate bowl, add the yogurt. Then, slowly, by spoonful, add the hot, blended soup to the yogurt until it is brought up to temperature. This prevents curdling. Add the heated yogurt into the soup pot and warm (but don’t let boil), if needed. Salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately.

Monday, January 26, 2009

My friend Jenn sent this to me...she's lazy.

(As you can tell some of us here at Paula Leen are SO over Top Chef, however, today some of us will be catching up and then catching YOU up with our reviews.)

Anyhoo, here's what Lazy Jenn sent-


Martha says: Stuff a miniature marshmallow in the bottom of an ice cream cone to prevent ice cream drips. 


I say: Just suck the ice cream out of the bottom of the cone, for Pete's sake! You are probably lying on the couch with your feet up eating it anyway!

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Martha says: To keep potatoes from budding, place an apple in the bag with the potatoes.

I say: Buy mashed potato mix.  Keeps in the pantry for up to a year.

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Martha says: When a cake recipe calls for flouring the baking pan, use a bit of the dry cake mix instead and there won't be any white mess on the outside of the cake.

I say:Go to the bakery!  Hell, they'll even decorate it for you!

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Martha says: If you accidentally over-salt a dish while it's still cooking, drop in a peeled potato and it will absorb the excess salt for an instant 'fix-me-up.'

I say: If you over-salt a dish while you are cooking, that's too bad.  Please recite with me the real woman's motto:  'I made it, you will eat it!'

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Martha says: Wrap celery in aluminum foil when putting in the refrigerator and it will keep for weeks.

I say:Celery?  Never heard of it!

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Martha says: Brush some beaten egg white over pie crust before baking to yield a beautiful glossy finish.

I say: The frozen pie directions do not include brushing egg whites over the crust, so I don't.

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Martha says: Cure for headaches =  take a lime, cut it in half and rub it on your forehead.  The throbbing will go away.  

I say: Take a lime, mix it with tequila, chill and drink!   All your pains go away!

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Martha says: If you have a problem opening jars, try using latex dish washing gloves.  They give a non-slip grip that makes opening jars easy.

I say: Go ask that very cute neighbor if he can open it for you.

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Martha says: Don't throw out all that leftover wine.  Freeze into ice cubes for future use in casseroles and sauces.

I say: Leftover wine???????????  HELLO!!!!!!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

SEE PAULA'S HANDSOME, TALENTED DOPPELGANGER THIS WEEKEND!

FUNDRAISING IN THE SPOTLIGHT!

A ‘One Night Only’ event to RAISE FUNDS for the new original musical Leaving the Ladies Behind, conceived and starring Micah McCain & Dena Drotar!

Scheduled performers include:
Erin Quill (Avenue Q, Broadway) Teresa Tracy (Stop The World-I Wanna Get Off, National Tour) Dianne Curwick (Miss Saigon, National Tour) R. Christofer Sands (Pinafore!, Original Cast) Ai Goeku-Cheung (Miss Saigon, Toronto) and MANY MORE!

Hosted by: Elaine Hendrix (What the Bleep!?, Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion, Superstar)

Minimum suggested donation: $20
(but hey, sky’s the limit! You got it, we’ll take it!)

SATURDAY, JANUARY 17TH 8:00PM

CAVERN CLUB CELEBRITY THEATER
At Casita del Campo Restaurant
1920 Hyperion Ave. Silverlake, CA 90027

Seating is limited!

Reservations: http://www.cavernclubtheater.com or (323) 969-2530

Friday, January 9, 2009

BODY BY BEANS

"Americans may reduce the amount they spend on food in response to a sour economy but some experts fear they may pick up weight in the process."

This news report lays out the possibility (probability) that the "unfolding recession could inflate U.S. waistlines further as more and more people fall onto hard times and seek cheaper food."

Inexpensive, comfort food does not have to be bad for you! There are few things more warming and comforting than beans (seriously). A bag of dried beans (great northern! black beans! pintos!) usually costs under $1 and makes a massive pot! Put the beans on to soak before you leave for work or soak overnight. About an hour before dinner, drizzle a little veg or olive oil in a pot, toss a little chopped onion (or not) and cook until softened and transparent. Rinse off your soaked beans, pour into the pot, cover with water and sprinkle in some of your favorite dried herbs (thyme, rosemary, bay leaf, whatever!), salt and pepper to taste. Usually takes less than an hour to cook. While they're cooking, saute some skinned chicken thighs in a wee bit of oil (to save even more money on this inexpensive part of the chicken, buy the thighs with skin and do your own skinning), salt and pepper to taste (a little garlic powder and cayenne if you have it). Serve the chicken over the beans. Cheap, healthy, and comforting!

Beans have long been a source of protein and are an excellent source of fiber, vitamins, and minerals. I am high on beans! The Idaho Bean Commission has a detailed rundown of all the goodness contained in beans. Read it here and here's to beans!

-- Bever-Leigh

Monday, January 5, 2009

Paula's Playlist!

Here are the ITUNES links to this week's 45 minute cardio playlist:


Sugarland, Love
Rebecca Lynn Howard, Better Someday
Reba McEntire, I'm Gonna Take That Mountain
Norman Kelsey, A Talent for Loving
CĂ©line Dion, Shadow of Love
The Kiki Dee Band, I've Got the Music In Me
Prince & The Revolution, Baby I'm a Star
Lady GaGa, Just Dance
Beyoncé, Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)
Cher, All Or Nothing
Madonna, She's Not Me

This is a great mix because it starts off with a great inspiring song to walk/warm up to, builds up to a great run and then relaxes with a beat that will keep your day going!