What an attractive way to serve a small winter squash and look at all the yummy ingredients it's stuffed with! If you are vegetarian, this is a wonderful dish for you.
Makes 4 servings
- 1 cup mixed brown basmati and wild rice
- 3 cups water
- 4 small acorn squash
- 3/4 cup chestnuts (either canned or vacuum-packed), chopped
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
- 1 small red onion, finely chopped
- 2 tbsp chopped fresh thyme
- 2 tbsp chopped parsley
- 1/2 cup grated low-fat mozzarella cheese
- Salt and Pepper
Put the rice in a saucepan, add the 3 cups water and bring to a boil. Cover, and simmer until the rice is just tender, about 20 minutes. Drain off any excess water.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Using a large, sharp knife, slice the top quarter (stalk end) of each squash. Set aside these little hats, then scoop out the seeds and fiber from the center of the squashes using a small spoon. Trim the bases to make them level Season the cavity with salt and pepper; place in a large ovenproof dish or roasting pan.
Mix together the rice, chestnuts, cranberries, onion, thyme, parsley, and mozzarella in a large bowl. Season lightly with salt and pepper.
Spoon the rice stuffing into the squashes, pressing it down, and mounding it up neatly on top. Replace the reserved "hats" on top. Bake until the flesh of the squash is tender when pierced with a small, sharp knife, about 45 minutes. Serve hot.
Per Serving: 405 calories, 3g fat, 8g fiber, 90g carbs, 126mg sodium, 10g protein *7.5
~~~RD Guides, Holiday Recipes, December 2010
DOTTI'S FOOD SCORE—NOT JUST FOR iPhone ANYMORE:
THE ANDROID APP IS HERE!!!
The happy comments have continued to pour in from iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch owners who are using
Dotti's Food Score
. (We want to thank those of you who have taken the time to give us high marks at the iPhone store!)
Now we brought this same helpful app to the phones of Android owners too!
Dotti's Food Score for the Android is at the Android store right now!
We congratulate the surprisingly large number of Zonies who hunted down the app before we even announced it to the public!
Eating out at a restaurant can be a real challenge, when you are striving to be on program! Now you can see what you are eating, before you eat it—all you have to do is check your phone and let Dotti's Food Score help you make the right choices.
With nearly 600 restaurants to choose from you will almost always find, your exact restaurant, or if not, one that is very similar to it, to give you help in making an estimate about menu items and their nutritional value.
NOTE: We will be updating our database to include BOTH Programs (the present one and the new one coming out next week). Please be patient with us as this is a huge undertaking.
Any Questions? Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page! < click >
Remember, if you have an Android, your wait is over!
Dotti's Food Score is now on sale at your Android app store!
I am finding more and more of the Morningstar products that I like. They are delicious and low in calories. What could be better? These are a few of my favorites.
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[120 cal/6g fat/3g fiber/7g carbs/280mg sodium/10g protein/1.5g saturated fat] *2.5
♦ MorningStar Farms® Spicy Black Bean Veggie Burgers, 1 burger
[120 cal/4g fat/4g fiber/13g carbs/350mg sodium/11g protein/0.5g saturated fat] *2
♦ MorningStar Farms® Garden Veggie Patties™ Veggie Burgers, 1 burger
[110 cal/3.5g fat/3g fiber/9g carbs/350mg sodium/10g protein/0.5g saturated fat] *2
♦ MorningStar Farms® Mushroom Lover's Burger, 1 burger
[110 cal/6g fat/0g fiber/8g carbs/220mg sodium/7g protein/1g saturated fat] *3
Weight Loss is 90% Mental
Just like Matt Hoover, I use Dr. Roberta's Enjoying Weight Loss Hypnosis CDs as an important help on my lifelong Journey to a healthier me:
- Whenever I listen to these CDs—I have a good day on program.
- Whenever I have failed to do well on program, it has always been when I stopped
- They continue to be an irreplaceable part of my Journey back to goal!
The "Enjoying Weight Loss"
hypnosis CDs help me to be the
best I can be on Program. ~Dotti~
This is a great tool to
help you stay motivated,
focused, and positive.
Want to know more?
- There's lots of info on our Review Page—how this has worked for me.
- Don't want to pay all at once?—Just choose 3 equal installments!
What can you do to get your mind onboard with your weight loss desires?
—I honestly believe this is an answer to a dilemma that we all face.
Easy Tricks to Lose Some Weight
These 10 steps have helped people lose at least 20 lbs in six months. Amazing how much changing how we do things changes the results.
- Include a fruit and a vegetable with your lunch and dinner
- Don't eat white foods at dinner.
- Use the half-plate rule (fill half your plate with salad or veggies).
- Have a sweet or salty afternoon snack only if you first eat a piece of fresh fruit.
- Drink one glass of water before every meal or snack.
- Use the Restaurant Rule of Two: Limit yourself to two items other than your entree.
- Never eat in front of the TV.
- Eat a piece of fruit on the way to work every day.
- Save desserts for weekends.
- Freeze half of what you make, and serve the other half.
~~~Latest AARP Magazine 2010
Software You Can Use! — And Now Available Online!
is an awesome program for your Journey. I highly recommend it to all those who are on a Journey of their own.
It is a wonderful program to track your progress on any weight loss
program you are using. You can read My Review of
the Weight Commander
or go straight to the source and check out
this great software by following this link to Weight
. He has many tips and ideas throughout his program,
which will help you to be successful on your Journey.
And for those who don't feel comfortable downloading software, or who cringe when Windows gives them another unnecessary warning about running perfectly safe software, Michael has created a wonderful online version of Weight
, where you can always access your information with privacy, with no worry about trying to transfer it from computer to computer when you switch. You can of course still get the software version (which continues to work very well, even on my Windows Vista computer
), but the online version of Weight
is a wonderful new option! You make the choice, but you win either way.
Diet Danger Zones
Where is your diet danger zone? At the computer? Overindulging at restaurants? Look at the list below and find out where your diet danger zone is; you know the place or circumstance where you have the most trouble staying on your Program.
- Meal Stuffing - Stuffers overeat at mealtimes, filling and refilling their plates, perhaps because they haven't eaten much earlier in the day.
- Party Binging - Receptions and celebrations are distracting environments for party bingers, who can lose track - or control - of how much they've eaten or drunk.
- Desktop/Dashboard Dining - Both desktop diners and dashboard diners are speed eaters. They eat at work or on the go to save time - yet often don't realize how much they've eaten, since they're eating quickly.
- Restaurant Indulging - The restaurant indulger eats out often, having dinner away from home at least three nights a week. Research shows that if you're served more (as you usually are at restaurants) you'll automatically eat more.
- Snack Grazing - Grazers typically reach for food more from habit than hunger. Maybe it's that 3 p.m. slump, when the offerings in the office vending machine actually look good.
So, where is your diet danger zone? Maybe it's not even on this list. Wherever your diet danger zone is, you need to rein it in and get it under control or avoid that zone completely until you can.
~~~Latest AARP Magazine 2010
My doctor flipped the weight of the
scale over another notch, looked at me with annoyance and said, "Man does
not live by bread alone."
"You think I don't know that?"
I said. "Any fool knows you have to make it into a sandwich, top it with
homemade preserves or cover it with cheese sauce and make a casserole out of
"You are overweight again,"
"Like how much?"
"Like if you were scheduled to
fight Muhammad Ali this fall, you would have to drop fifteen pounds to make
the heavyweight division. How much exercise do you get?"
"I leaned over a week ago Thursday
for what I thought was a gingersnap cookie in the carpet, but it turned out
to be a cork coaster and I haven't taken a chance since."
"Do you go to the refrigerator
"Yes, and sometimes I even run."
"I have here a list of activities
that tell you how many calories you can burn up per hour. I want you to go over
the list and try to do at least one or two activities a day."
The list was depressing. An hour of
housework burnt up 80 to 180 calories, ironing 50 to 60 and writing 10 to 20.
I would have to arm-wrestle King Kong to make a difference.
Then a brilliant idea hit me. If
I could do some vigorous exercises, I could eat all the fat food I wanted and
burn it off before it took root.
That night I had a piece of apple
pie. Then I grabbed one of the kid's bicycles and pedaled for two hours. It
was work, but it was worth it. I had paid for my folly.
The next night I had 40 potato chips.
To make up for it, I did a little ironing that I had put back. (Actually I only
ironed for eight hours and put the rest of it back again.)
The next afternoon I outdid myself.
I found an Easter egg I had hidden from the kids in the freezer totaling 583
calories. I had to paint the house to work it off. The same night I had lobster
in butter, which totaled 2,390 calories. Checking my list I discovered I would
have to row across Lake Erie and back to balance the calories.
Then, a terrible pattern began to
form. I was borrowing on my energy and putting IOUs in the refrigerator. I owed
two hours of carpentry for a bowl of cereal in cream, three miles of jogging
for a French doughnut, and eight days of shoveling snow for a piece of birthday
As I sit here writing this column,
I am in hock through 1975. As I told my doctor, the only way I can possibly
catch up is to be an oarsman on a slave ship. He is making the necessary arrangements.
Baja Bob's Cocktail Mixes
~ Home of the Original Sugar-Free Margarita Mix
Baja Bob's incredibly good tasting mixes are great with
or without alcohol, allowing people who are watching their weight, or those who
are forced to watch their sugar intake due to health reasons the
opportunity to enjoy the great taste of a cocktail.
Enjoy a cocktail and still stay on your Program
Cherry-Vanilla Almond Parfait
These are a great, Program-friendly dessert to serve anytime. YUM!
Makes 1 serving
- 2/3 cup fat-free, fruit-juice-sweetened cherry vanilla or vanilla yogurt (Cascade Fresh)
- 1 tbsp crunchy whole grain, high-fiber, low-sugar cereal (Kashi 7 Whole Grain Nuggets)
- 1/2 cup stemmed, pitted, and quartered fresh cherries
- 1 tbsp finely chopped, lightly salted, dry-roasted almonds
Spoon 1/3 cup of the yogurt into a parfait glass. Top evenly with cereal, followed by 1/4 cup of the cherries. Repeat with remaining yogurt and cherries. Sprinkle with almonds. Serve immediately or cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate up to one day.
Per Serving: 224 calories, 4g fat, 3g fiber, 37g carbs, 128mg sodium, 12g protein, 0g saturated fat *4.5
~~~The Biggest Loser Weight Loss Planner Prevention Guide, December 2010
10 Little Weight Watchers
10 little weight watchers joining in a line,
One hated vegetables, then there were nine.
9 little weight watchers said, "This is great."
But one wouldn't exercise,"
then there were eight.
8 little weight watchers said, "This is heaven."
One had a birthday, then there were seven.
7 little weight watchers, getting thin for kicks.
One said, "This isn't fun," then there were six.
6 little weight watchers, see how they thrive.
One said, "Just once won't hurt," then there were five.
5 little weight watchers beating at a door.
One weighed and left each week, then there were four.
4 little weight watchers, from fat getting free.
One heard, "Dear, you're getting too thin," then there were three.
3 little weight watchers see how they do.
One went on vacation, then there were two.
2 little weight watchers, life has just begun.
One got off the program, then there was one.
1 little weight watcher standing all alone,
The body's gotten little, how the pride has grown.
1 little weight watcher,
at goal (s)he looks divine…
We, each one of us, can be that one…and not the other nine!!!
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Cold Weather Calorie Burners
You don't want to become a couch potato for the next couple of cold, winter months. Trust me, you don't. You will pack on the pounds and be so miserable. Here are a few cold weather calorie burners that will help keep those extra pounds off of you.
Shoveling your driveway* ~ 439 calories
Stacking firewood* ~ 358 calories
Building a snowman* ~ 286 calories
Downhill skiing** ~ 215 calories
Ice skating with your kids ~ 215 calories
Setting up the tree, then decorating it ~ 164 calories
Walking in a winter wonderland (3 mph)** ~ 118 calories
Wrapping presents ~ 107
*For one hour, calories based on a 150 lb woman
**For 30 minutes.
~~~Light & Delish, 400 Calories or Less!
DWLZ Cookbooks One and Two
Have you ordered your DWLZ Cookbooks yet? These cookbooks are filled with recipes that are Zonies' favorites, dishes that are delicious but on program, with nutritional information listed. These are two books in one package: DWLZ Cookbooks Volumes One and Two.
The recipes are easy to make and don't use hard-to-find items. They are
together in one PDF file, viewable in your free
Acrobat Reader (Version 5 and higher). These also make wonderful gifts.
DWLZ Website Updates
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