Tuesday, February 21, 2012

YouTube Tuesday: The 1940's Bride

Sorry I haven't posted lately, dear readers, have been so busy with handfasting plans that I haven't had a chance to write!

I promise I'll be back soon but in the meantime, I leave you with this..

Have a Beauty-Full Day,

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Hot Dish: Sophia Loren Chicken


This dish was named this because the author said the dish is "hot, spicy and Italian" just like Sophia Loren!  Dana Carpender has written a slew of fantastic low-carb cookbooks, you can look forward to many of her recipes posted here in the future!

I made this for dinner last night, loved it! Even my vegetarian daughter had a bite and declared it delicious. I'm looking forward to using the leftovers on my lunchtime salad today...mm....

By the way, please forgive my lack of food porn but the lighting in this house is so bad, I can't get very good food photos.  You'll have to settle for the cheesecake above. *wink*

Sophia Loren Chicken

6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 3 pounds)

1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 TBS dried parsley
1 TBS dried oregano
2 tsp paprika
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

6 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
1 cup hot sauce, like Franks

Preheat oven to 350*. Cut chicken into bite-sized pieces and set aside. Line a baking sheet with foil.

Combine cheese and spices in a bowl. Combine EVOO and garlic in another bowl. Dip chicken in the olive oil first and then the cheese to cover. Place on foil-lined sheet.

Bake for 45 minutes. After removing from oven, place chicken in a bowl and pour hot sauce over, thoroughly coating each piece.

Yield: 6 servings, each with: 364 calories, 24g fat, 33g protein, 3g carbs, 1g fiber, for 2g usable carbs

Have a Beauty-Full Day,

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Retro Recipe Redux: Broccoli Casserole

Warning: This recipe is neither low-calorie, low-fat nor particularly "healthy," nutritionally speaking.  What it is: a way to get my veggie-hating sweetie to eat green stuff by covering it with his beloved Velveeta cheese! It is also an attempt to use up some of the processed stuff gathering dust in my pantry.  Though this is admittedly high in the "bad stuff," it is relatively low in Net Carbs for those of us counting such things.  I will be serving this as a side dish alongside some simple baked chicken breasts.  

The original version was found in an old cookbook called Women's Circle, circa 1992.   It called for white flour and saltine cracker crumbs, feel free to substitute if you're not worried about carbs. However, the first time I tasted broccoli casserole was in 1978, at the table of my Southern boyfriend's mama.  She was a brassy bottle blonde who believed in big hair, false eyelashes, sweet tea, and butter..not necessarily in that order.  I was in heaven.

Broccoli Casserole


1/4 cup chopped onion
6 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons soy flour
8 ounces Velveeta Processed Cheese Spread
2 packages frozen chopped broccoli, thawed and drained
3 eggs, well beaten
1/2 cup Panko crumbs


Saute onion in 4 tablespoons butter until soft; stir in flour and add water. Cook over low heat, stirring, until mixture thickens and comes to a boil. Blend in cheese. Combine sauce and broccoli. Add eggs; mix gently until blended. Turn into a 1-1/2 quart casserole; cover with crumbs and dot with remaining butter. Bake at 325 degrees for 30 minutes.

Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 6
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 280.1
  • Total Fat: 21.1 g
  • Cholesterol: 91.2 mg
  • Sodium: 670.2 mg
  • Total Carbs: 13.4 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 3.3 g
  • Protein: 11.9 g
Have a Beauty-Full Day,

Food for Thought: McDonald's BITES


Don't these companies have a PR department? They don't realize that pit bull owners are p**sed off enough (with good reason) about the inaccurate image of their beloved doggies? Besides, I'd much rather pet a stray pit bull than touch a bite of McDonald's crap!

I bet these lovely ladies agree..

Have a Beauty-Full Day,