Wanted This, Ate That!


Pasta e Fagioli

Every time I visit Yahoo! it seems that there is an always an article from Eat This! Not That! Some of the food items that are posted are ridiculous! You’d be surprised to find out how many dishes at your fave restaurants have as much as calories as your recommended daily intake!

I decided to do this blog post after visiting Olive Garden’s website. I went with a friend to the restaurant on Sunday but decided to check out the nutrition facts before I settled on a dish. I decided to show the difference in cals if I had of ordered exactly what I wanted and what I actually ended up eating:

What I Wanted:

2 breadsticks- 3oo cals

Chicken and Gnocchi soup-250cals

Braised beef and tortelloni (lunch portion) 740 cals

Total cals: 1290 cals- OUCH!

Seafood Brodetto

What I ate:

2 breadsticks- 300 cals

Pasta e Fagioli soup- 130 cals

Seafood Brodetto-480 cals- this is actually one of the Garden Fare options.

Total cals: 910 cals

*By the way, although I don’t recommend it, because of the amount of cals I ate for lunch, I didn’t eat dinner. My total daily intake for the day was 1555 cals which includes breakfast, snacks, and my daily vitamin. I probably could’ve ate only 1 breadstick which would’ve brought the amount of cals to 760, but I’m still fighting through my weakness with bread!

Food Whore Alert: Chicken-Taco Cornbread Pie


This recipe is straight from kraftrecipes.com. The picture is of the pie that I made :-0)
 
Ingredients:
1 Tbsp. oil
1-1/2 lb.  boneless skinless chicken breasts, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
1 pkg.  (1-1/4 oz.) TACO BELL® HOME ORIGINALS® Taco Seasoning Mix
3/4 cup water
1 cup  KRAFT Shredded Cheddar Cheese
1 pkg. (8-1/2 oz.) corn muffin mix

Steps:

HEAT oven to 400°F.

HEAT oil in large skillet on medium-high heat. Add chicken; cook and stir 5 min. or until done. Stir in peppers, seasoning mix and water. Bring to boil; simmer on medium-low heat 10 min., stirring occasionally.

SPOON into 9-inch pie plate; sprinkle with cheese. Prepare muffin mix as directed on package; spoon over cheese, completely covering cheese layer.

Bake for 20mins or until it is golden brown. Let it stand for at least 5mins.

Food Whore Alert: Shrimp Alfredo Pasta


Since I live by myself, I don’t feel the need to cook every night. I like to cook things that spread that I can take for lunch at work for more than 1 day and still possibly eat for dinner. Let’s be real, you waste money not eating leftovers. So since I’m trying to branch out and try different things, I’ve been trying new recipes. I recently found a recipe for Chicken Alfredo Pasta. It would be very costly if I cooked the pasta according to the recipe, so I created a quick and easy way to go about it. I also decided to use shrimp instead of chicken. Here’s what you’ll need:

1 box of pasta- you can use pretty much any kind of pasta noodles that you like. I’d prefer to use Garden Rotini, but elbow macaroni or even spaghetti noodles can work

1 jar of Alfredo sauce

1 bag of frozen mixed vegetables

1 bag of cooked/peeled shrimp

First, cook your pasta according to the directions on the box. You can cook your mixed vegetables at this time as well. Once the pasta is cooked, drain off the excess water. Return the pasta to the pot that you cooked it in, add the mixed vegetables, shrimp and finally the alfredo sauce. Stir and season with pepper.

Food Whore Alert: Toad in the Hole Bake recipe


So, I’m always looking for a hot breakfast idea (and I really mean hot). I don’t really dig cold breakfasts unless I’m on a budget and have no choice, but to eat a cup of yogurt, a banana and a protein bar. My fave breakfast is grits and scrambled salmon (I lie, its actually a stack of hot pancakes from IHOP, LOL). Well, I’ve gotten into trying new things and found this recipe on kraftrecipes.com. Check it out. FYI: I altered it a little bit to fit 1 serving size. Also, remember your egg will be “sunny side up.”

What You Will Need:

2 slices of bread
1/2 Tbsp.  margarine, softened
1/3 cup KRAFT 2% Milk Shredded Cheddar Cheese, divided
1   egg
1 slice of OSCAR MAYER Bacon, cooked, crumbled
 
*To be honest,  I omitted some of the ingredients for calorie purposes. Of course, the taste won’t be the same, but I cut out the bacon and the cheese. I used Sara Lee 100%Whole Wheat bread and a Sunny Meadow egg, which made this breakfast sandwich come to a total of 235cals and 13g of protein. It was still good minus the bacon and cheese, but one dayI will add the extra ingredients to get the full taste!

PREHEAT oven to 400°F. Cut hole in center 1 of the bread slices, using 1-1/2-inch cookie cutter or rim of drinking glass. Discard removed bread circles or reserve for another use.

SPREAD remaining bread slice with margarine. Place, margarine-sides down, in 13×9-inch baking dish; sprinkle with half of the cheese. Top with cut-out bread slices to make 1 sandwich. Break 1 egg into the hole. Sprinkle with remaining cheese and the bacon.

BAKE 15 to 20 min. or until cheese is melted and eggs are set.

Food Whore Alert: Broccoli Quiche


Want to try something? Try this recipe I found on sparkpeople.com:

Instead of putting the mixture into a pan, I put it into 2 pie shells.

1 cup egg substitute- I used liquid egg whites
1/4 cup fat free half and half
1/4 cup skim milk
3 oz low fat swiss cheese
1 large stalk broccoli- I used a bag of Great Value frozen broccoli
1/2 cup canned mushrooms

Preheat oven to 400*F.

Mix broccoli, mushrooms, egg substitute with half and half and skim milk.

Pour into 2 pie shells and sprinkle with cheese.

Bake in 400*F oven for 40 mins.

Hot Spot: Rosetta’s Live Music and Comedy, Rock Hill, SC


During the week, we are consumed with so much (work, errands, etc.) that by the time the weekend comes, we are looking for a way to relieve ourselves of our hectic schedules and everyday life, period. Well, the relief now comes in the form of a new local club and sports bar, Rosetta’s Live Music and Comedy. Located on 1335 Celanese Rd., Rock Hill, SC, you can visit anytime between the operating hours of 11am-2am. I had the chance to visit this new establishment on Saturday and was HIGHLY impressed.

Here’s a quick rundown of what to expect in terms of the building:

-Spacious dance floor with VIP room and bar

-Sports bar with several flat screens

-Tables for casual dining

-Excellent customer service

Food & Drinks

(Here’s a little bit of what the club has to offer, there is so much more!)

Big Daddy Burger (6 patties)- $12.50….with fries, $16.50- Take the Rosetta’s Challenge and try to down this bad boy in 2o mins! Chicken sandwich, hot dogs, chicken strips, wings, chili fries, fried green tomatoes, fried okra, onion rings, fish and hush puppies, salad ($6.99), hoagies (turkey, ham, roast beef, salami, Philly cheese, Trios sandwich)- hoagies come in either 6-in or 12-in.

Beverages: Fountain drinks, iced tea, bottled water

Drink specials (this may be subject to change)- Sex on the Beach- $5, Crown and Coke- $5, Vodka and Cranberry- $3, Gin & OJ- $3, Blue Motorcycle- $5

If you live in Rock Hill, any of the surrounding cities, or are simply visiting the area, I would definitely recommend this as a place to gather with friends. Not to mention, there are a ton of menu items so feel free to stop in for a quick bite to eat! Don’t believe me, check it out for yourself! I dare you!

Food Whore Alert: Saffron Indian Cuisine Restaurant and Bar


Well, its been awhile since I’ve blogged, but I wanted to share my cultural experience with you! On Friday, I visited Saffron Indian Cuisine and Bar, located on Ayrsley Town Blvd in Charlotte, NC (for more information, visit saffron-cuisine.com). It was my first time eating there and the experience was delightful! The waiters/waitresses were not overbearing, but they always checked up on me and asked what I thought about everything since it was my first time visiting. Great service! Here’s what I ordered and I would highly recommend it for your first visit:

Tandoori Chicken 11.95

Juicy spring chicken marinated in flavorful, mild, freshly ground spices, and roasted in the tandoori. Served with sautéed lemon and onions.

This isn’t spicy at all, the chicken has great flavor, which is even better on the sautéed onions!

Gulab Jamun 4.95

A succulent treat from North India made from a special dough, fired golden brown and served in a sugared syrup.

This dessert is so sweet, I found myself eating the syrup! Sidenote: There was much more in the bowl than what I’m showing…I took a few nibbles before taking the pic, lol!

How do they even make hamburger cakes?


So Jermaine Dupri posted this picture of his daughter, Shaniah’s 12th b-day cake…its a hamburger, which I think is totally cool, but how do they do this…well, I did some investigating! 

global14.com

 

this is straight from coolest-birthday-cakes.com: 

This hamburger cake was for my son’s 3rd birthday. We got the idea while looking for drum cake instructions. I loved the look of the ones I saw so I decided to make it my own. 

I used a white cake mix and round pans that are about 5 inches in diameter. I filled them about 2/3 full for the top and bottom bun pieces. I then used the last bit of batter for the meat. 

I found a recipe for peanut butter icing for the buns. I utilized the hump in the cakes for the rounded look of the bun (I still have not figured out how to not have the hump!) This turned out to be perfect for the color. I iced the bottom bun first and set it on the plate. 

I then iced the meat with chocolate icing cause what goes better with peanut butter? After carefully placing this on the bottom bun I started to ice the top bun and ended up with white icing drops for the sesame seeds. Of course every hamburger needs ketchup mustard and lettuce. So I tinted some plain icing with red green and yellow to my liking. I used a Ziploc bag with a small corner snipped off for the ketchup and mustard. This was smaller than any of my icing tips. I then used the leaf tip for the lettuce. 

Everyone at the party was surprised by this hamburger cake.   —Sarah H, Brandon, MS 

This is the photo of the finished product: 

coolest-birthday-cakes.com

just so you know…


  • Iron Man 2 raked in 52.4 million during its opening week. DAYUMMS!
  • Check out this trailer for the movie, Babies:

 

  • how about Chad Michael Murray of One Tree Hill is playing Alicia Keys’ love interest in her new video “Unthinkable”…this is going to be CUTE!
  • check out this goodie goodies, Kyla Pratt on the cover of Tight Rope

concreteloop.com

 

  • check out Jay-Z’s performance with Bridgett Kelly on SNL…also, Jay-Z is coming out with a Greatest Hits album on June 29th.

 

  • Diddy has issued a statement saying that he’s not managing Nicki  Minaj. to be honest, the rebuttal is kind of LATE. this rumor is OLD and he’s just now saying something????

“For the record, as I said before, don’t believe the rumors. I have not made no announcement yet, don’t believe no rumors about anything y’all hear. me and Nick, we just cool. I like her style. Rick Ross, he’s my brother. There’s no management announcements or none of that. So everybody, worry about what you’re worrying about. It’s all right for people to know each other and have an admiration towards each other and maybe pick each other’s brains for advice. I will be making an announcement in a couple of weeks on some things. But right now, everybody let’s chill out and be cool and stay focused on being positive…” 

  • The official release date of Men in Black 3 is May 25, 2012
  • check out the cover of JET featuring Toni Braxton:

 

  • Check out Frank Ski’s bday cake…he always has some of the best-looking cakes:

 

  • word is that Taylor Swift has donated 500,000 stacks to Nashville Flood Relief.
  • its being reported that the Rock will be starring alongside Vin Diesel in Fast and Furious 5
  • although he needs it, DMX will not be able to get out of jail to join the Celebrity Rehab show with Dr. Drew
  • the prequel to Planet of the Apes called “Rise of the Apes” is coming in June of 2011
  • check out the new cover of Essence which features actress Taraji P. Henson

essence.com

 

  • I don’t know how I feel about this but word is that Comedy Central is putting together a new show called JC as in Jesus Christ. yes, the show will be about our Lord and Savior…Geez…what will these ppl think of next?
  • Check out Katy Perry’s new single cover. The song “California Gurls” features Snoop Dogg:

popcrunch.com

 

  • Check out Christina Aguilera’s performance on Oprah and listen to her single, “WooHoo” featuring Nicki  Minaj:

 

just so you know…


  • man, i am so happy that Tip is home, although i don’t know him personally, i am a big T.I. fan. check out this short preview of his new video, “I’m Back,” which will premiere on 04.26.10!

 

  • check out Lloyd Banks new video which was directed by 50 Cent:

 

  • check out this interview that Nicki Minaj did with VIBE where she addresses the haters. NICKI MINAJ FREAKIN’ Rocks! check out this quote from the video:

“To haters, I’m not your enemy, I’m your hero. Cheer up. You should be happy I’m here.” 

 

  • so Kid Cudi has announced that his sophomore album is called Man On the Moon II: The Legend of Mr.Rager. peep this straight from kidcudi.com about what he says about the new album:

i started making this project like a collab album, filled with fun and upbeat records that for the most part left you with jack shit when you were finished listening. i took a step back, went on tour, and realized im where im at because of the type of songs i write. every time i read a comment from someone saying ive touched their lives in some way is what made me want to stop fucking around and continue pouring my life into my music.  MOTM2 is dark by nature and instead of bringing you into my dreams like my first album, im bringing you into my reality.  good and bad. it will explain more of who iam aswell as pushing the envelope musically. this project will focus on many dark, fun, and ignorant moments in my life since ive been kid cudi in a exciting and cinematic nature continuing the MOTM theme. this is my darkest work so far with a hint of fun and grooviness for those who like the classic chill cudi sound but elevated to another level.  the things i cant speak will be the things i write.  before anything else, you’d come to the conclusion i need a shrink, a stronger drug or a mentor.  not a hug. a lot of you have read the news and think they know cudi, got some slick shit to say amongst your peers or just flat out hate me but you havnt the slightest clue of who iam. i will tell the story of Mr. Rager…. 

the sound: wouldnt you like to know 

release: aiming for august 

completed? almost, got upcoming sessions with RATATAT and Dot Da Genius on the production side. as far as features ill keep you posted but I DEF got Chip on 2 joints so far. cleveland maneeee 

cudder fact: me and dot are a production duo, our first creation is on the new album. 

im excited to see what you guys think and i hope you love the new direction. dream on 

  • Drake has started shooting a new video called, “Find Your Love” in Jamaica.
  • check out the Black Eyed Peas on the front cover of Rolling Stone:
 
 
 

  

thelifefiles.com

 

  • are they for real? so, i was cruising thelifefiles.com when i saw this post about some 24k gold pills. apparently, the pills are selling for 429 a pop and are supposed to increase your self worth. COME ON, NOW!
 
 
 
 

  

thelifefiles.com

 

  • Idris Elba has booked a show on BBC.  its a six-part crime drama called “Luther.”
  • check out Scarlett Johansson on the front cover of InStyle:
 
 
 
 

  

thelifefiles.com

 

  • there is talk that the Diplomats is reuniting as in Jim Jones and Cam’Ron
  • word is that Travis Barker will be in charge of production on Paul Wall’s new CD. makes me wonder if the People’s Champ is going into the rock arena *raises brow*….wait, wait, Travis Barker did play on one of Game’s songs…hmm…this might could work!
  • sorry fellas, i’m going to keep it clean, but just so you know…Trina is on the front cover of KING magazine
  • Chris Brown will be headlining a benefit concert, “Virginia Stand UP! A Call to Action” to help raise funds for Haiti. the concert will take place at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA
  • there is a rumor on hiphop.popcrunch.com that Ryan Phillippe and model Jessica White are dating.
  • word is that VH1 will be starting a new reality series entitled Diary of a Hip-Hop Girlfriend…i guess these networks are doing anything for ratings these days…the show which is executive produced by Mona Scott of Violator Management will follow 4 women who are dating hip hop stars. the names of these women have not been released yet. btw, they have renewed Fantasia For Real for a 2nd season…i never finished watching season 1
  • Courtney Love has changed her stage name to Courtney Michelle
  •   
  • so Ben and Jerry’s is releasing a new flavor called Boonaroo Buzz which will be in their shops on May 4. here’s more info from perezhilton.com: The new flavor contains “Light coffee and malt ice cream with whiskey caramel swirls and English toffee pieces”
  •  check out this video trailer for Teairra Mari’s new single, “Automatic.” the audio version of the song features Nicki Minaj, not sure if her verse will be included in the video though judging from the trailer:

 

  • it’s great when you can be different. this is a beautiful album cover. check it out:

 

  • Vivica A Fox is coming out with a wig collection.
  •  check out this movie poster of the movie Gun starring 50 Cent and Val Kilmer. looks like 50 really is taking off those tats!

youheardthatnew.com

 

New Bar: A reflection of your rectum…


so i was on thelifefiles.com when i saw this post about a new bar in Vienna, Austria. according to thelifefiles.com:

A new bar in Vienna, Austria is designed to look like a digestion track going from tongue to anus…just where you’ve always wanted to go.

if you ask me, the whole concept of this is totally disgusting. do i really want to be thinking of this if I’m at a bar? as far as marketing goes, it definitely will get some attention.

don’t laugh…1st time making Oven Fried Chicken…


okay, okay, so i wanted fried chicken like SO BAD yesterday, but didn’t want to go through the whole thing of frying it on the stove so i did a Google search for frying chicken in the oven and saw that you actually could do it! i know, i know, i’m SLOW, LATE, whatever, but here’s the recipe I used from cooks.com along with the outcome:   

oven fried chicken thighs!~

 

1 whole fryer, cut up
1 c. flour
1/2 stick butter
Salt & pepper
 
Roll chicken in flour. Salt and pepper both sides. Melt butter in pan. Place chicken in pan, skin side down. Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes. Turn chicken over and continue baking for 30 more minutes. Remove from oven and drain on paper towels. This makes a very crispy chicken without the oil used for frying and none of the bother.