Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Low-Fat Cornbread Crab Cakes

I feel like this is a poor girl recipe for crab cakes.. and it kinda is...but it's so good. It's right up there on the comfort wagon with Mac and Cheese for me. Let's face it, sometimes you need quick, cheap comfort (go ahead you dirty birds, insert your inappropriate commentary here__ )

Now that you got that outta your system....

Low-Fat Cornbread Crab Cakes
1 package corn bread stuffing mix
2 stalks celery, finely chopped
1/2 medium onion, finely chopped
1 tsp olive oil
1 tsp parsley
1/4 tsp dry mustard
1/4 tsp paprika
1 can crab meat, drained with juice reserved
1/2 package imitation crab meat, chopped
3 egg whites
Saute celery and onion in olive oil until the onion is translucent and the celery is tender. Stir in water according to package directions and bring to a boil. In a separate bowl mix together the stuffing mix, parsley, dry mustard, paprika and 3 tbs of the crab juice.
Pour the boiling water mixture evenly over the top of the stuffing, cover it and walk away. Seriously... go! Leave it. If you don't, you might be tempted to touch it and check on it, and that will lead to burning the S#!t out of your hands.
Set your timer for 5 minutes. After that you can remove the cover and mix in both of the crab meats.
Then walk away again.  I mean it!
You need it to cool down before adding the egg whites.
So once it has reached a temperature that is nearly lukewarm, add in your eggs. Preheat your skillet, you want it at a medium heat. Once it is there, spray the pan with olive oil, shape that gooey crab cake mixture into a...well...a cake...duh. Plop it in the pan and repeat a few times. They'll need about 5 minutes per side, but the best way to tell is by touch. When they are gooey you probably noticed how soft the cake was, right?  Well they will firm up when they are done (again with the inappropriate commentary____ ).

Each crab cake is under 80 calories, and it's a quick weeknight meal (when paired with a simple spinach salad) that always makes me feel special. Oh yeah, and if you aren't a poor girl on a poor girl budget feel free to use real crab. ;)

Monday, July 9, 2012

Falling off the Wagon

It's been a long time since I wrote for you,
It's been a long time since I paid my due.
Ooh, let me get it back, let me get it back,
Let me get it back, baby, where I come from.
It's been a long time, been a long time,
Been a long lonely, lonely, lonely, lonely, lonely time. Yes it has.

I feel like the long lost friend who didn't return your phone calls.
And... well... I'm sorry.
I've missed you I promise...
I just got wrapped up in life for a bit there. Forgive me?
It happens to the best of us I'm sure, and so I thought I'd take a moment today to talk about what happens when you fall off the wagon.
Changing lifestyles isn't easy, and often times we will find ourselves slipping into old habits when stressful situations arise. One or two "I'll just grab some fast food on my way up" doesn't always stop at one or two visits.
In my case... it hasn't.
While I'm pretty damn proud of my ability to stay away from beef or pork (and I honestly don't think I will go back to them), I haven't tracked, monitored or minimized my food intake in more than a month.

{ insert giant sigh of disappointment here }

So where do we go from here?
Honestly, we have to just start over. We force ourselves to relive that initial diagnosis. We remind ourselves over and over that we are doing this for everyone that cares about us. We forgive ourselves for not playing by the rules. And the tough one... we make ourselves a priority again.
Just like the airlines dictate "secure your own air mask before helping others" we must also help ourselves so we can better help others.
This blog, and all you crazy readers help me stay accountable to that. So here I am with my foot on the doorstep ready to start again.
To go through the awful detox period, to fight the cravings with both fists flailing like a scrawny pubescent teen.
We go.
We fight.
We win.
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