Thursday, May 20, 2010

Weight Watchers Mini Chicken Tacos

I'm so excited to share with you a homemade recipe of mine. It's super easy, tasty AND perfect for peeps on weight watchers!

Yes, I did weight watchers. Ans yes, it worked and I feel amazing!! I lost 16 lbs total and my family members did it too - collectively we've lost over 150 lbs! Go us!

So, I'm all about finding things to eat that are still awesome, filling and totally healthy. In the midst of not wanting to go to the grocery store a few nights ago, I rummaged through my freezer, fridge and cupboards and came up with some Mini Chicken Tacos.

To make it a little easier to make yourself, I've included pictures :)

12 BAKED Tostitos Scoops (1 point)
1 small chicken breast (roughly 3 points)
Salsa (0 points)
OPTIONAL: 1 slice of Fat Free Swiss Cheese, or your cheese of choice (1 point)

First, set 12 scoops on a plate. Now I like cheese, so I take 1 slice of the Fat Free swiss cheese and tear it up, and distribute it among the 12 scoops. See below.

Next, I slice the chicken breast up into small pieces, small enough to fit in the scoops. You may have some left over; that's ok - save them for the next time you make this dish, or your favorite other dish.

Prep your skillet with some Pam and some salt and pepper.

Next, throw your chicken in the skillet, let it cook on medium until it's thoroughly cooked - but still juicy and moist. See below.

At the same time, put your plate of Scoops with the cheese (remember, optional) in the oven on about 350 degrees.

Now, if it all goes to plan, your chicken should be done cooking by the time your cheese in the Scoops is nice and melted, possibly slightly browned edges.

Careful - the plate is hot. Take your oven mitt and take the plate out of the oven after you've turned the stove off where your skillet is.

Take a spoon and put a glob of salsa in each Scoop, the more the better - it's 0 points! See below.

Then, enjoy your Mini Chicken Tacos!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Happy Birthday to me!

Wow, what a birthday party. This past Wednesday night was my birthday and a successful art show that was held at FB's in downtown Cincinnati. I sold one painting that night, and am in process of selling 2 others that were showcased.

I unveiled the new pieces, titled Unfinished Business: A collection of Lost Legacies. Featured were Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, Bob Marley and James Dean.

For your viewing pleasure - here are some photos taken by my friend Wallace Tucker!

Thanks to everyone who came out and not only supported the show, but also partied with me for my birthday! Hopefully this marks this beginning of a great year!!

Europa - A taste of Heaven!

Todd and I went to this awesome little eatery in Covington the other night called Europa.

Located @ 616 Main St, Covington KY, 41011, right in the heart of Mainstrauss, this place offers an amazing selection of food.

When you first walk in, you're happily greeted by those who work there and a giant freezer case of homemade gelato. I was drooling as soon as I walked in.

We sat in the back, where the tables are for patrons, and took in all the cutesy, Italian-esque decor. Their menu is extensive, and also changed every 2 weeks, featuring different foods from different countries.

I had the salad and sandwich meal, getting the Queen Elizabeth Salad and the French - Rosa de Monte panini.

The salad had green apples, chicken, pears and walnuts with raspberry vinaigrette dressing - it was to die for! And then panini - melted brie cheese with pancetta and green apples on a baguette - I could have eaten another one it was so good.

We both enjoyed a helping of fresh homemade Oreo gelato. There's only one way for me to tell you how amazing this place was - just go there and try it for yourself.

This restaurant has definitely earned its places as Restaurant of the Month!

Mayberry... In Cincinnati!

Who knew there was a Mayberry in Cincinnati!

Mayberry @ 915 Vine St. Cincinnati, OH 45202.

This place was super fun to walk into; all black and white themed with local art on the walls. The menu changes often, but the night we were there, they definitely had some interesting things to eat. I honestly have to be in the mood to try new and different things, and unfortunately I was not on this particular day (considering I had to be up at the start line for the Flying Pig Marathon the next morning at 6, I wasn't willing to chance my stomach on stuffed squid).

I had the pork belly and artisan cheese plate - very delicious, although the pork belly had some hefty fat on it. Upon seeing this, I was told by my friend that that is 'the best part.' I respectfully declined. The cheese plate had quite a few options of cheese, bread and preserves. I was very impressed with the cheese plate - very good!

The place is BYOB, and we brought a killer bottle of red wine to enjoy with our food.

Now the chocolate chip cookies really won my heart over! They came warm and gooey, just how I like them. I'm eager to go back and try their other menu... I've got my eye on that Sloppy Joe.

Check them out on Urbanspoon!