Skinny Chilaquiles!

skinny chilaquiles

If you’ve ever ordered Chilaquiles at a Mexican restaurant or a diner, they tasted delicious, but they were probably super heavy and high in calories.

A lot like greasy egg nachos that left a heavy feeling of bad food regret. Maybe that’s just me…

But hey, sometimes, trying to eat a light and healthy breakfast can feel repetitive and well, boring.

I have a solution.

Here’s my quick and easy recipe for a low calorie and tasty Mexican style meal of Chilaquiles for breakfast- or any time.

Ingredients: (Serves one, double, etc. for more folks.)

1.) I used one whole large organic egg and one egg white. About 100 calories.

2.) Corn tortilla chips or corn tortillas cut into small pieces or strips.

I used five organic yellow corn tortilla chips in my eggs, the regular, not the baked kind. 50 calories.

3.) Cheese of your choice, this time I used a thin slice of regular mild cheddar, at 50 calories.

A shredded cheese would be great for melting, like jack, a Mexican blend, or go with reduced fat shredded cheddar cheese, if you prefer.

4.) One teaspoon of real salted butter (I used butter myself, 35 calories) or olive oil or cooking spray.

Note: You can make these with just those four ingredients, everything else is seasoning and optional garnish.

5.) Hot sauce of your choice, I used Cholula.

6.) Avocado, I used three slices, about 75-100 calories. Or use some guacamole instead.

7.) Salsa of your choice, I prefer the fresh kind from the refrigerated section of the store.

8.) Chopped green onion or fresh cilantro.

9.) Non fat plain Greek yogurt or low fat sour cream.

10.) Lime for squeezing.

11.) I add a dash of garlic powder to my raw eggs before scrambling them. Or just salt and pepper to taste.

Directions:

Just melt the butter or heat the oil in a non stick frying pan, spread around, and carefully lay the 5 or more corn chips or tortilla strips on top of it.

Pour or crack the eggs on top of the chips or strips in the pan.

Cook the eggs as you like them done, I lightly scrambled mine with a dash of garlic powder, but you can also do over easy eggs, or sunny side up, etc.

Flip or scramble your eggs just as you normally would. (If you’re not worried about how it looks, you can even crush the chips up in it and mix in the cheese, go crazy.)

I left the chips whole and flipped mine over with a spatula in one piece.

Add your cheese near the end of cooking to melt it, sometimes I put the lid on for this, and remove to a plate.

Simply add your hot sauce, seasonings and garnishes and that’s it!

Calories: With five tortilla chips, this is about 350 calories (including the avocado, salsa, yogurt, hot sauce, green onion, lime, etc…).

I added a few more tortilla chips on the side in my photo above- at 10 calories a chip, that brings it to around 380, or less than 400 calories for the whole plate.

Yummy!

Enjoy and “Like” Skinny Mama Meals on Facebook for more recipes and weight loss inspiration.

XOXO-

~ Heidi

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Are You An Introvert?

Hey, I recently learned that I’m actually an introvert, to my surprise.

Sometimes I’m a very extroverted introvert and few people would describe me as shy in person, but I am the type who gets plum worn out from a lot of socializing or having house guests…

(Because I feel like I need to be “on” the whole time), and I screen all my calls- I never answer the phone if I don’t know who it is.

I’m an introvert who puts herself out there online for thousands of people, sure, but hey, I’m alone when I’m doing it.

I also enjoy doing other things alone, like shopping alone, going to the movies by myself and reading.

I guess an introvert can be the kind of person who danced on a bar while swinging their bra like a lasso (not me recently, ha ha) and still be an introvert who feels social anxiety, even among a group of close friends. Weird.

Are you an introvert or an extrovert? Or both?

More videos to come soon. :-)

XOXO-

~ Heidi

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Zoo To You!

bald eagle

I took these pictures of majestic birds and more at Zoo To You, an awesome nonprofit animal rescue educational center.

We drove an hour out of our way on our road trip from San Jose to Los Angeles to visit this place in Paso Robles, California.

porcupine face

It did not disappoint. That is not a zoom lens I used for that bald eagle pic above, I used only my cell phone camera.

We were able to get up much closer to the animals than you do at a normal zoo.

Who knew a porcupine had such a cute face?

porcupine quill

It would not be lovely to be stabbed by that quill, man. Porcupines have no natural predators.

They also take some of their animals on the road to educate about conservation, to schools, etc.

We learned about Zoo to You from one of Bexon’s fav animal shows he watches with Jack Hanna (Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild.)

It’s only ten dollars suggested donation for a practically private tour, 3pm every Saturday and Sunday. It’s for a great cause.

zoo to you sign

I’m sort of embarrassed to admit they had a rare Peregrine Falcon, the fastest animal in the world, and I forgot to take a picture of it. They can travel over 240 miles per hour, faster than a cheetah runs!

The Peregrine Falcon is extremely endangered, so please look out for those guys. They smack their prey right in the air and knock ‘em out of the sky, and there’s dinner.

zoo to you cockatoo

You just show up for the tour and in our case, there was only one other family there. This cute young woman named Shannon made us feel special.

I promise that Bexon is not giving you the Italian arm move for eff you or up yours here in the pic above, haha.

cockatoo

This is a Cockatoo, which is a pretty funny name, if you think about it. *Snicker*

I’m so sorry.

This cockatoo is who I want my self esteem Spirit Animal to be. Wait for it… Continue reading

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Future Tripping

Hey! I made a threat that I was gonna shoot more short videos and I try to make good on my threats.

I’m aiming for one new video a week or possibly more, depending on my caffeine intake and mental health status.

So without further adoo or any adoo really, here is my silly and ridiculous video of questionable life advice.

Today’s subject is about not:

Future Tripping: worrying/freaking out about the future instead of living in the present moment.

Because I’m all Zen and shit.

Not really, and that is why I’m making videos to give myself some advice.

This is a first take and I’m not re-shooting it, even though I have vagina armpit, bad lighting and my hair is lopsided.

Living out loud, yo, that is how we do. ;-)

XOXO-

~ Heidi

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Skinny Salmon Papillote!

skinny salmon papillote

Fish cooked in parchment paper is one of the lightest, healthiest, yummiest “fancy” things you can make- and one of the easiest!

While you preheat the oven, you just assemble the little packages and boom, it’s ready to bake.

This time I used a BBQ glaze with garlic and baby spinach. Other versions I make include an Asian inspired one with a little sesame oil and soy sauce, lemon and garlic…

I also love it with basil and tomatoes with olive oil and garlic or simple lemon/butter/garlic, parsley and maybe capers.

Yum!

You’ll need to buy parchment paper for baking (not waxed paper) if you don’t have any on hand.

Ingredients:

1.) Boneless, skinless fish fillets, fresh or defrosted.

I used wild salmon this time, the frozen kind from Trader Joe’s called Silver Coho.

I buy two approximately 7 ounce fillets, or .8- .9 pounds and cut it in half.

2.) Quick cooking fresh veggies- I used baby spinach leaves this time, about one to one and a half cups for each portion.

It was less than half a bag of organic baby spinach leaves…

Thinly sliced or grated zucchini would work, basically anything that can steam under the fish in 15-30 minutes.

3.) Fresh garlic cloves, minced, chopped or or sliced thinly. I used 1-2 cloves per filet.

4.) Four tablespoons BBQ sauce of your choice, so two for each fillet.

5.) One small lemon for squeezing, plus more for garnish (wedges).

6.) Honey (optional), I used raw, local honey- about one half to one teaspoon per fillet.

7.) Salt and pepper to taste, I used garlic salt.

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Place very large pieces of parchment paper on a cookie or baking sheet. You will need to wrap each fillet like a present, better too much than too little.

spinach garlic papillote

In the center of each piece of parchment, place the spinach and garlic or any other veggies.

Rinse your fish with cool water and pat dry. If it was frozen, you obviously defrost it fully first, I do it in cold water in the package, in a large baking dish.

bbq salmon papillote

Place your fish one top of the veggies.

Squeeze the lemon all over the fish.

Drizzle the BBQ sauce over the fish.

If you’re using honey, just drop it right on top of the fish in the center, no need to spread it around.

Salt and pepper if desired.

Now wrap the fish- tuck the wrap under twice or more with your fingers to create a pouch, then fold the ends under the ends of the fish itself.

Basically it should be a loosely wrapped present. Steam should be able to form inside for baking, but it need not be airtight.

papillote baking

Bake for 15-20 minutes for thin or small fillets, 20-30 if they’re larger.

30 will be fairly well done, so check it sooner to make sure they don’t dry out. You can always re-wrap and put it back in for 5-10 more. (Always use oven mitts!)

If you like it medium rare, do less time, etc…

Add another good squeeze of lemon, salt and pepper and more sauce if ya like!

Some restaurants serve it on plates in the paper if it looks pretty, I find the BBQ sauce is too messy for that, so I move it to plates with a spatula.

This is delicious with rice, salad, more veggies, or all by itself, it’s a lovely meal.

Calories: My salmon was 160 calories per 4 ounces. Even with the veggies and the sauce, I calculated 7 ounces at about 400 calories.

Enjoy and “Like” Skinny Mama Meals on Facebook for more recipes and weight loss inspiration.

XOXO-

~ Heidi

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So When Did You Two Meet Up?

bex shirt smile

On a family road trip last weekend, my kiddo Bexon, who obviously sees myself and his father as his buddies and contemporaries, casually asked us from his perch in his back booster seat:

“So, when did you two meet up?”

Oh, my.

That is a loaded question. My God, it’s as if he alighted down on Earth as a fully formed too-cool-for-school human who is just our awesome friend to hang out with.

Okay, human who I bore from my belly. This is some sci fi shit. Where shall I begin?

(*This is an imaginary conversation in my head, not what I actually told him…*)

1.) We met at age 22 at a house party for actors in L.A.

2.) Mommy was dressed as  a slutty cave woman, ALA Pebbles from The Flintstones cartoon, grown up.

3.) It was in 1992. Yes, Mom looks good for her age.

4.) I went home with your Dad that first night, back to his crappy apartment.

5.) Wait, that sounds bad…

6.) I was also wearing a hooker wig. And black fuck me pumps.

7.) The wig looked exactly like my own hair, but longer. It blended in.

8.) I was the one who asked your Dad to meet me out after the party.

9.) It was the night before Halloween, did I mention that? It was a costume party.

10.) Your Dad was not wearing a costume that night. He was dressed as himself. As we like to say, that was scary enough. Continue reading

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Cat Got Your Toe?

cat hat

This is not a pretty story and it ain’t for the faint of heart, or foot. I probably shouldn’t tell it to anybody and instead take this shame to my grave.

Let’s just keep it between us, okay?

This morning, our neighbor’s handsome and dignified male cat, Humphrey Bogart Kitty, innocently came over to visit us.

It’s like having a part time pet without that messy cat box crap and silly feeding hassles.

We love cats and used to have a super weird one named The Smoose, a rescue from the alley who we fell deeply in love with.

Smoose passed away into Kitty Cat Heaven a few months after I had my baby, and we haven’t taken on a new pet since. Humphrey was just perfect, for right now, well, up until The Toe Incident.

Humph surprised me by walking into my sunlit bedroom, unannounced, just after I got my kiddo off to summer day camp- our back door was open.

Sometimes Humphrey shows up when I’m busy doing some important bizness, but this time I had a moment, so I sunk to the floor to give him a good stroke.

Humphrey purred and stretched out his luxurious gray fur, delighting in my stroking of his back and white tummy.

“What a good person I am,” I thought, “so kind to God’s little creatures.”

I felt Humph was satisfied with the petting and tried to stand up, but I was in an awkward position where my bare feet were kinda scrunched under me on the hardwood floor.

Just as I tried to right myself and straighten my foot, Humphrey stretched and curved his body, his butt pushing way too close to my foot and toes.

Suddenly, in horror, we both realized that my long middle toe, which I’ve been told is a sign of intelligence, connected directly and not so subtly with the cat’s B-hole.

That’s right, I accidentally anally violated a kitty cat with my toe. Continue reading

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