Halloween, why I've always hated this holiday!

MjAxMy0wNDAzMGViNWNkNDc1MjVkSo we are just a little over a week away from my LEAST favorite holiday…. Actually, honestly, these days, it really doesn’t matter because my focus has changed from going out and raging in a skanky costume, to handing out candy or taking our nieces and nephews out to trick or treat…. BUT, there is still a little part of me that wants to be able to get all skankafied and go to a party and feel hot… because GUESS WHAT. I have NEVER been able to do that. Ever.. and that, my friends, is why I freaking HATE THIS STUPID HOLIDAY.

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I tell ya, they make anything sexy – a guitar? really? a chinese take out box? really??? thats my costume to the right, a hippo – SO HOT hahaah

Ok high school, wasn’t that bad, you dressed up in semi-skanky clothes… (depending on what crowd you were in hahaha), but then you get to college, and I swear, Halloween was the one holiday every dude in the world looked forward to… Why? Oh I don’t know why, maybe because girls made even the WORST costumes into something super awesome and scandalous! I mean MORE power to you if you could pull it off – but when the fully clothed “cute hippo” walks in with a grey hoodie and sweat pants, and she’s sitting next to a HOT GUITAR?????, that just doesn’t work people… doesn’t work. This pressure every year, being the big, chubby girl… ugh that was the worst feeling in the world… and even when you get OUT of college – it’s all about parties in your new cities where you’ve moved to after college and you and your girlfriends start planning in like MAY for your halloween costumes… I remember one year me and my two friends were Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, but sexy of course…. and oh my god, they looked great, I looked like shit. HAHAHAHA….. It’s just an ugly cycle for me — this holiday makes me want to crawl into a hole and pretend I am being the groundhog from groundhogs day for Halloween! That way I can just hide, and i don’t have to talk to anyone. hahaha… In fact, if I’m remembering this the right way, that halloween that we were TMNT (and we weren’t even that skanky) I left the bar early because I just felt soooooo uncomfortable looking like crap, with all these other amazingly hot girls around me, ugh it just sucked. SUCKED.

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Ghosts of halloweens past… haha – see, covering as much skin as possible, and not sexy at all HAHA

Am I the only one that feels this way? HAHA – am I the only Halloween hater? Maybe one day, when I’m lean or small enough, I will relive my college days, and get myself a sexy chinese food container costume and go out on the town, but till now, I am still going to hate this holiday, and hang out and hand out candy I can’t eat or I will gain 20lbs HAHAHA.

Maybe this year I will just walk around in my Nike Pro short shorts, rocking a T2T tank and with a 150lb bar, and I’ll just be ME haha.. hows that? And when guys ask me what I am I will say, I’m the girl that can out lift you. How’s that?

Anyways, since my honey moon is over, and since while I was gone on my wedding I ate pretty much all of this… pizza, french fries, BREAD like no ones business, chips and cheese sauce, hot dogs, macaroni and cheese, potatoes, fried EVERYTHING, bacon bacon bacon, cookies ALMOST EVERYDAY…….. (and that’s just the short list) It’s time for me to get back on track… I’m wondering if I’ve gained weight from those 2 weeks of being off – but I am too scared to check, and I won’t, probably for a while, at least till I know maybe I burned off all of the weight I put on.. but I’m only human right? haha sometimes you need a break… but I’m back – Here are some yummy recipes to get MYSELF back on track and for you guys to cook too!!!! 🙂

 

skinny-baked-chicken-cordon-bleuChicken Cordon Bleu

Skinnytaste.com Servings: 6 • Serving Size: 2 pieces • Old Pts: 8 pts • Weight Watchers Points+: 8
Calories: 378 • Fat: 10 g • Protein: 55 g • Carbs: 8 g • Fiber: 0.5 g • Sugar: 1 g
Sodium: 813 mg (without salt)

Ingredients:
cooking spray
12 thin sliced (36 oz total) skinless boneless chicken breasts, 3 oz each
salt and fresh cracked pepper
1 large egg
2 large egg whites
1 tbsp water
1/2 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
5 oz (6 slices) thinly sliced lean deli ham, sliced in half
6 slices (4.4 oz) Sargento reduced fat Swiss cheese, cut in half

Directions:
Preheat oven to 450°. Spray a large non-stick baking sheet with cooking spray.

Wash and dry the chicken cutlets; lightly pound the chicken to make thinner and lightly season with salt and black pepper.

Lay the chicken on a working surface and place a slice of ham on top of the chicken, then the cheese and roll, setting them aside seam side down.

In a medium bowl, whisk eggs and egg whites along with water to make an egg wash.

In another medium bowl, combine breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese.

Dip the chicken into the egg wash, then into the breadcrumbs.

Place chicken onto the baking sheet seem side down. Spray the top of the chicken with more cooking spray and bake about 25 minutes, or until until cooked.

Makes 12.

baked-chicken-parmesanBaked Chicken Parmesan

Gina’s Weight Watcher Recipes
Servings: 8 • Serving Size: 1 piece • Old Points: 5 pts • Points+: 6 pts
Calories: 251 • Fat: 9.5 g • Protein: 31.5 g • Carb: 14 g • Fiber: 1.5 g • Sugar: 0
Cholestr: 14 mg

Ingredients:

4 (about 8 oz each) chicken breast, fat trimmed, sliced in half to make 8
3/4 cup seasoned breadcrumbs (I used whole wheat)
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 tbsp butter, melted (or olive oil)
3/4 cup reduced fat mozzarella cheese (I used Polly-o)
1 cup marinara or Filetto di Pomodoro
cooking spray

Directions:
Preheat oven to 450°. Spray a large baking sheet lightly with spray.

Combine breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese in a bowl. Melt the butter in another bowl. Lightly brush the butter onto the chicken, then dip into breadcrumb mixture. Place on baking sheet and repeat with the remaining chicken.

Lightly spray a little more oil on top and bake in the oven for 20 minutes. Turn chicken over, bake another 5 minutes.

Remove from oven, spoon 1 tbsp sauce over each piece of chicken and top each with 1 1/2 tbsp of shredded mozzarella cheese.

Bake 5 more minutes or until cheese is melted.

baked-chicken-with-lime-and-dijonBaked Chicken with Dijon and Lime

Gina’s Weight Watcher Recipes
Servings: 4 • Serving Size: 2 thighs • Old Points: 5 pts • Points+: 5 pts
Calories: 214.4 • Fat: 11.2 g • Protein: 23.8 g • Carb: 1.5 g • Fiber: 0.2 g

Ingredients:
8 small chicken thighs, skin removed
3 tbsp Dijon mustard
1 tbsp light mayonnaise
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 lime, squeezed, and lime zest
3/4 tsp pepper
salt
dried parsley

Directions:
Preheat oven to 400°. Rinse the chicken and remove the skin and all fat. Pat dry; place in a large bowl and season generously with salt. In a small bowl combine Dijon, mayonnaise, lime juice, lime zest, garlic and pepper. Mix well. Pour over chicken, tossing well to coat.

Spray a large baking pan with a little Pam to prevent sticking since all the fat and skin was removed from chicken. Place chicken to fit in a single layer. Top the chicken with dried parsley. Bake until cooked through, about 30-35 minutes. Finish the chicken under the broiler until it is golden brown. Serve chicken with the pan juices drizzled over the top.

Pumpkin-swirl-cheesecake-yogurt-cupcakesPumpkin Swirl Cheesecake Yogurt Cupcakes

Skinnytaste.com
Servings: 12 • Size: 1 cup • Old Points: 2 pts • Points+: 3 pts
Calories: 114.1 • Fat: 4.6 g • Carb: 13.8 g • Fiber: 1.5 g • Protein: 3.8 g • Sugar: 6.5
Sodium: 56.8

Ingredients:

12 reduced fat vanilla wafers
8 oz 1/3 less fat cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
6 oz fat-free vanilla Greek yogurt (I used Chobani)
2 large egg whites
1 tbsp all purpose flour
3/4 cup pumpkin butter or pumpkin pie filling

Directions:

Heat oven to 350°.

Line cupcake tin with liners. Place a vanilla wafer at the bottom of each liner.

Gently beat cream cheese, sugar and vanilla until smooth using an electric mixer. Gradually beat in fat-free yogurt, egg whites and flour. Do not over beat. Pour into cupcake liners filling half way.

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