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Meatless Monday: Indian-style
[ 2 ] 02/11/2013

Meatless Monday: Indian-style

Happy Meatless Monday! Have you ever had a cuisine that you loved, but that you didn’t dare try making yourself, for fear of royally screwing up? That’s me with Indian food. I love it, but find all the spices and various daals intimidating. So until very recently I only indulged in my favorite curries on […]

Meatless Monday: the salad edition
[ 5 ] 01/14/2013

Meatless Monday: the salad edition

Hey, ladies and gentlefolk! We are now two weeks into our annual extravaganza, our New Year’s Weight Loss Challenge! How are you holding up? Are you losing pounds like nobody’s business? Are you struggling a bit? Are you so sick of that lunchtime salad that you’re ready to throw in the towel? In honor of […]

Welcome to Meatless Mondays!
[ 8 ] 11/12/2012

Welcome to Meatless Mondays!

We’re starting a new series here at Shrinking Jeans – Meatless Mondays! I won’t be coming at you every Monday – there are too many other great writers here for me to hog all the attention – but I hope you’ll take in what I say, let it ruminate, and make ALL your Mondays meatless! […]

salad days
[ 7 ] 07/07/2012

salad days

In the summer, when it gets hot, we practically live on salads. Yes, we, as in all of us! From the nearly five year old to the nearly fifty year old. How do I come up with things that please a range of tastes, are healthy, and are hearty enough to be the main course? […]

Crock Pot Beef Stew
[ 1 ] 01/22/2012

Crock Pot Beef Stew

When I walked into my mom’s house today, the yummy smelling goodness hit my nose like a ton of bricks.  I walked into the kitchen and saw that my mom was cooking in the crock pot. As I’m sure all of you moms out there know, crock pots spell E-A-S-Y, which for those of us […]

Menu Plan Your Butt Off! {January 22}
[ 1 ] 01/22/2012

Menu Plan Your Butt Off! {January 22}

MONDAY:  Three Cheese Manicotti. TUESDAY: Enchilada Casser-Ole! WEDNESDAY: Chicken Breasts with Tomatoes and Olives. THURSDAY: Shrimp Sandwich Wrap with Curry Yogurt and Spinach. FRIDAY: Homemade pizza night! I don’t have our recipe (yet!), but here is a yummy, health(ier) version to try out! SATURDAY:  leftovers! SUNDAY: Crockpot Easy Beef Stew. SNACKS: POM-Banana-Strawberry Smoothies! Skinny Chocolate […]

Recipe: Dijon Shrimp
[ 6 ] 01/15/2012

Recipe: Dijon Shrimp

I’m a huge fan of seafood, especially shrimp.  It’s one of my favorite types of seafood to cook at home because it’s quick, easy, and is a great fit with my Weight Watchers food plan. I recently came across this recipe for Dijon Shrimp.  Unfortunately, I don’t remember exactly where I found it, but it’s […]

It's The Most Wonderful, But Busy Time of Year
[ 1 ] 12/18/2011

It’s The Most Wonderful, But Busy Time of Year

I don’t know about you, but I feel like I am meeting myself coming and going lately. We go to school through December 21 and that doesn’t give me much time before Christmas to get a lot done. I’ve been trying to not let cooking right go by the wayside. I have found that at […]

Menu Plan Your Butt Off
[ 4 ] 11/13/2011

Menu Plan Your Butt Off

I have to be honest, I’m not very good at menu planning every week.  The two times I have done since we started this segment at Shrinking Jeans have been awesome weeks of eating at our house.  All the other weeks that I have not done it have still been yummy weeks of eating but […]

Menu Plan Your Butt Off! {October 16, 2011}
[ 4 ] 10/16/2011

Menu Plan Your Butt Off! {October 16, 2011}

SUNDAY: White Chicken Chili. Cooler weather and football calls for chili and sweatpants. MONDAY: Parmesan-Sage Pork Loin. TUESDAY: Easy Chicken-Mushroom Quesadillas. WEDNESDAY: Italian Vegetable Hoagies. THURSDAY: Spiced Chicken with Couscous Salad. FRIDAY: Margherita Pizza. SATURDAY: Salmon and grilled veggies. SNACKS: Low-Fat Pumpkin Chip Muffins, Apple Bites DESSERTS: Monkey Bars Grocery List Meat/Fish/Poultry 6 lbs boneless, […]

Recipe: Green Tomatillo Chicken
[ 3 ] 10/09/2011

Recipe: Green Tomatillo Chicken

Crock Pots have been all the rage as of late…there have been all kinds of pages popping up on Facebook. Crock Pot Girls, Crock Pot Guys, Skinny Crock Pot are a few I’ve been following. It really is undeniable – the crock pot can be a great tool for creating inexpensive, healthy meals. I’ve tried […]

Menu Plan Your Butt Off {September 25}
[ 6 ] 09/25/2011

Menu Plan Your Butt Off {September 25}

Menu planning. It’s one of those things that can be a pain while you’re doing it, but man, when it’s 4:00 (or 5:00 or 6:00) on a Wednesday night and you’re exhausted – it’s sure nice to know what you’re making for dinner. Am I right? I am horrible about menu planning, and consequently, find […]

Menu Plan Your Butt Off {september 18}
[ 5 ] 09/18/2011

Menu Plan Your Butt Off {september 18}

Confession: I am not a planner. I do not enjoy menu planning. I am not really a fan of cooking, period. But this week, ladies and gentlemen, I menu plan. For you. You are very welcome. Monday: Ginger Chicken with Snow Pea Salad Tuesday: Healthiest Lasagna Ever Wednesday: Shredded Chicken Burritos {crockpot} Thursday: Grilled Salmon […]

Black Bean Chili with Pork
[ 0 ] 09/11/2011

Black Bean Chili with Pork

Now that the temperatures are cooling down, I love to turn to my crockpot to make nice big batches of chili. Heck, who am I kidding? I like my crockpot and chili the whole year ’round! I love, love, LOVE the crockpot because you can usually just dump and dash. That’s my kind of cooking! […]

The Saturday Review: Gorton's Grilled Shrimp Scampi
[ 0 ] 09/10/2011

The Saturday Review: Gorton’s Grilled Shrimp Scampi

Ever have one of those nights where you just need a tasty meal in a hurry?  I had one of those nights earlier this week.  I worked late and was starving by the time I got home.  I wanted something tasty.  I wanted something quick.  I wanted something that wouldn’t blow my Weight Watchers PointsPlus […]