July 21, 2010

Strawberry and Marscapone Tart - No Baking Required!

I made this dessert for a barbecue that my husband held for his work colleagues. My goal was to make a dessert that I could have a bit of without going completely off of my diet, but that would also be considered tasty by folks who are not post - WLS or low carbing. This was what I came up with:

2 cups Fiber One cereal, crushed 
1 cup Almond Meal
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 c melted butter

Mix all crust ingredients together and press onto bottom and sides of removable bottom tart tin, (or pie tin). Refrigerate.

1 pint marscapone cheese
1 cup Greek yogurt, drained overnight in a paper-lined sieve (over a bowl) in the fridge
Splenda or other sweetener to taste
1 tsp vanilla (Or substitute the liqueur of your choice - Grand Marnier would be tasty here!)

Using a mixer, combine filling ingredients thoroughly and spread evenly over crust. Return tart to refrigerator.

1 - 2 pints strawberries, sliced vertically

Starting at the outside of the tart, arrange strawberries in concentric circles - continuing until you reach the middle. You can glaze the berries with a bit of melted no-sugar-added preserves if you like, or just leave as is. I garnished with a few mint leaves.

This was very tasty!



Scallops with Sauteed Greens and Pancetta

This is one of my favourite new recipes - it's simple to make, very tasty, and fancy enough for company - while still being WLS friendly.

Cubed Pancetta - a couple of ounces should be enough
Scallops - (I use the large size, as many as you need for the # of people you are serving)
1/2 yellow onion, diced
A few handfuls mixed hearty greens - a mixture is nice - my grocery store sells them pre-mixed, but you could use any combination of mustard greens, mature spinach, kale, cabbage (any type), beet greens etc. Chop roughly

Olive Oil
Crushed Red Pepper (Optional)


Heat large skillet over medium high flame and add pancetta to skillet, cook until brown and crisp, remove to bowl

Dry scallops with paper towel and add to pan, adding a bit of olive oil if there is not a little bit of fat left from the pancetta. cook until seared and brown on one side, then flip and sear the other side. Remove to the bowl with the pancetta.

Add the diced onions to the skillet and saute until translucent, then add the garlic and the chopped greens and continue to saute until the greens are cooked through.

Return the scallops and pancetta to the pan, and heat through

Add salt, pepper and crushed red pepper to taste, then serve!

5 Month Update

Well, it has been a month since I posted - mainly because I have been either out of town, preparing to leave town, or unpacking after having returned. I had the opportunity to present a paper in the UK at the beginning of July, then traveled to Idaho for a wonderful visit with family, and am on my way to Oregon later this week for more time with family and friends. So, I have sadly neglected my blog!

It was a good month for me in terms of my weight loss. I started working with a personal trainer, and saw her a couple times a week for weight training, and also did 3-4 cardio workouts every week - usually an hour of water aerobics or walking. I started with a 4K walk and have increased to 5K. My weight loss for the month was a respectable 8 pounds, and I was pleased to lose 1 1/2 inches from my waist, as well as smaller amounts elsewhere. I also was thrilled to find that I am now able to wear misses size 16 pants and tops - no more plus sizes!

The workouts are really changing my body shape - not just the weight lost, but I can see myself becoming a bit leaner and there is some reduction in the wobbly bits at my belly, back and upper arms. I am definitely feeling stronger! So, I remain motivated to continue with the workouts and will buy more personal training sessions too - as I work so much harder with the trainer than I would if left to my own devices!

Anyway - I have now lost a total of 70 pounds and am trying to decide how to reward myself once I have lost 75 pounds. I would say clothing - but really, I'll be needing that anyway. Maybe a spa day?