Spinach Lasagna Rolls

4 Mar

After a fun-filled, beer-soaked Disney Thursday, it was back to the kitchen for Friday’s dinner.  I used the Skinny Taste site again, which I will be doing for the next few days.  The recipes are easy, tasty and excellent for watching points/counting calories.  This time, I tried making the Spinach Lasagna Rolls and they were really good.  This is only my 2nd meal on this whole Apron-Donning Adventure and I have to say, I’m pretty impressed with myself.

An awesome website that I have come across has really helped with this cooking adventure: Kitchen Monki allows you to input your own recipes, recipes that you have come across (my database is currently full of Skinny Taste recipes that I’m waiting to try) or you can browse the recipes that other users have posted.  The site allows you to plan the meals for the week and even creates a shopping list for you based on the week’s menu.  It’s great and helpful, but I’m still tempted to create my very own index card filled recipe box.

Day 1: Cooking-Baked Chicken Parmesan

3 Mar

Last night, I embarked upon my first recipe following journey.  Prior cooking experiments were basically just me guessing at ingredients based on a fun game of “What Would Taste Good?”  I followed this recipe from SkinnyTaste, which is an excellent Weight Watchers friendly site that my friend Inthia (who is celebrating her birthday today) introduced me to.  The meal was low in calories and pretty tasty.  In a supreme housewife-esque move, I made enough to pack some leftovers for the husband to take to work and enjoy as the today’s lunch.

Now, off to Disneyland to celebrate Ms. Inthia’s birthday!

The Era of the Apron Starts Now

2 Mar

I always idolized the 1950s lifestyle.  As a young girl, I wanted a poodle skirt and saddle shoes.  I would watch with such wonder and amazement when I would come across a 1950s era special on “The Home of the Future”

The cars were better, the clothes prettier and the people classier.  So, I now admit that despite a tomboyish personality and a “I-Can-Do-Anything-A-Boy-Can-Do” attitude, I’ve always harbored a secret desire to be this woman:

Deep down inside my little tomboy heart, I wanted to be able to make delicious meals, to sew the Halloween costumes for my future children.  To be as comfortable in the kitchen donning an apron as I am on the front porch of my house with a cigarette in one hand and a beer in the other.

And so it shall begin.  This idea came to me one day while I was lounging about the house in my unemployed state, watching old movies.  I started reading an old post from a LiveJournal account that I had years ago.  The post started because of a conversation that my friend Paul and I had outside of the coffee shop where he worked at that time.   We talked about the fact that people used to be more polite, more well-mannered and all around classier.  We decided that we should start to live our lives that way and vowed that 2005 would bring about a better version of ourselves.   We started, but a few weeks ago, 6 years after our original conversation, I realized that it was time to kick it up a notch and put on my apron.

First things first, it’s time to dust off that sewing machine and start sewing that apron.

For your reading pleasure, the original post that inspired this transformation:

The 2005 Resolution