Saturday, January 17, 2009

Spaghetti Carbonara or Spaghetti with bacon, eggs and cheese

This Carbonara or Spaghetti with bacon, eggs and cheese was so easy on a quick fix night I wasn't going to post it but then I thought, who can't use a quick and easy go to. Plus it was a big hit with everyone.

I adapted it from Rachels Ray's 30 minute meals cookbook.

Simple ingredients:
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- couple 1/4 teaspoons crushed garlic (from the
- bacon (you could substitute turkey or veggie)
- Protein Plus Spaghetti
- two beaten eggs (add dash of milk)
- shredded parm (to your liking)
- 1 cup reserved pasta cooking water

I put the bacon on a broiler pan and baked at 400 degrees until crisp and then broke it up. Meanwhile I boiled the pasta and sauteed garlic in the Olive Oil. I added the pasta to the garlic and olive oil. Then I added the egg and pasta water, and stirred very quickly. Finally I added the bacon and cheese and you're done. So simple, not to mention quite affordable.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Anybody tried the "Flat Belly Diet"?

Just wondering if anyone's tried the "Flat Belly Diet and seen and kept the results:) My parents told me about it and I checked it out. Any diet that includes things like olives, avocados, nuts, healthy oils and dark chocolate seems right up my ally! The holidays were not good to me weight wise, and even though it's snowing today, too soon it will be swim club time! Ahhhh!

I've also been working out, somewhat regularly at least. I'm trying.

Anyway, has anyone tried or heard anything good about it? The meals look really good but I think it's the portions I'll struggle with. The books in the mail so I'll let you know how it goes.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Great Very New Blog

My friend Robin has just started a new blog for all you South Jerseyans that want to be locavores called South Jersey Locavore.

Here's her description:
"Locavore: Someone whose diet consists of food grown or produced within an area most commonly bound by a 100-mile radius of their home. Locavores usually shun large supermarket chains, opting for farmer's markets and local gardens instead. It is also a current trend for many high-end restaurants as well. (from"

I'm looking forward to see what you find, Robin!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Great South Jersey restaurant find!

For all of you in South Jersey, or at least in traveling distance, my hubby and I ate at this great, authentic Mexican restaurant (thankfully their menu was in Spanish and English), Tejas Grill in Stratford, NJ.

It was actually recommended by my husbands friends from Mexico and El Salvador. It's just a little store front place (It's in the Good Will Shopping Center, we stopped in after some shopping, Yes, I proudly shop at Goodwill:). If it's cold, dress warm or find a seat next to a space heater, but the food helps to warm you up as well.

I had Chiles Rellenos, which were amazing! The sauce was unbelievable. My hubby had a torta and a tamale, both excellent as well. Prices were very affordable, especially compared to others in the area which have recently become more Americanized.

Anyway - just wanted to let you all know about it if you're in the area.

BTW - I have quite a few meals to post. I've been a bit backed up with school work but will hopefully get some up this week.