Before my shopping trip last Wednesday (trying to do one trip every two weeks to make the budget!) I decided to pull out my Hungry Girl 200 under 200 book that I got quite some time ago. I have never really made much from it since a lot of the things she suggest were a little out of my budget for food. But I decided to give some of them a try using items I could find at Aldi (so not buying any of the name brand items she suggests). Now granted I could not find everything at Aldi's so I had to modify the recipes a little bit, so some of them were a little more calories. My wedding is also coming up in June and I figured now was as good a time as any to really hunker down and watch my calories. In case any of you are interested in tracking your calories or exercise, this is a great site that Mike and I use (my user name is StephLopez15 if you wanna be friends!).
The first recipe I tried was the Crazy-Creamy Spinach Artichoke Dip. I made it like the recipe said, except I could not find fat free versions of things at Aldi, so I just used low fat:
Friday I didn't have to go into work until 1pm, so for our mid day snack I made the Pina Colada Parfait Surprise:
Driving in the car home from Goodwill on Saturday evening, Mike and I were debating about using our "going out" budget this early in the month, or to make something at home. So Mike made this (not from Hungry Girl):
Sunday mornings are usually super breakfast mornings (in amount of food and calories!), but this morning I tried the Hungry Girl Frittata Italiano:
And finally, today is Super Bowl Sunday, which means the Super Bowl Challenge. What is the Super Bowl Challenge you ask? Well its something Mike's friends came up with years ago. You must consume an immense amount of food in the time it takes to play the Super Bowl. For example, one year was an entire large pizza, another year was 2 Chipotle burritos, and another year was 8 items from a fast food chain dollar menu. This year's challenge is 50 chicken nuggets. Mike is currently working on his last 10 nuggets. I decided to pass on the challenge this year since I am trying to lose weight for my wedding plus I didn't want to be in a food coma tomorrow at work. Instead my Super Bowl challenge was this:
This week will bring more Hungry Girl adventures, but until next time, please enjoy this photo of some very pretty bushes in bloom at what is now my Mother's house in Ohio (I think these pictures were taken about 5-6 years ago):