Monthly Archives: September 2011

Seared Sirloin with Sweet Balsamic Sauce

The hubs made dinner the other night. He is such a sweet guy… he barely even complains. ;)

I wasn’t as impressed with this meal because I am not a fan of tough meat and I feel like I was constantly chewing and chewing and chewing. He, of course, ate it like candy. But it was good and I really liked the balsamic sauce.

I steamed some cauliflower and had a piece of  a whole wheat baguette.  It looks big, but it wasn’t… I use small plates now so that I don’t overeat. But I could treat myself to some bread because the entire sirloin&sauce recipe was 4 grams of carbs total. And I can eat 60 carbs at each meal! I think I did good. :)

I got this recipe out of my new cookbook I got from Borders before it went out of business. (I ended up paying like $4.50 for it! That is a STEAL and I am so happy.) The title is 15-Minute Diabetic Meals. Check it out!


1 lb boneless sirloin steak, about 1 inch thick, trimmed of fat

1/4 cup water
1 tbsp light soy sauce
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp sugar

1. Place a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Add beef and cook 4 minutes. Turn and cook 4 minutes longer or until beef is done to your liking.

2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine remaining ingredients. Stir to blend and set aside.

3. When beef is done, place on cutting board and let stand. Add sauce mixture to pan residue in skillet. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and cook 1-2 minutes, scraping bottom and sides of skillet.

4. Thinly slice beef and spoon sauce over all.

The Birthday Thing: Part 2

The Birthday Thing was a success!

We had friends, food, games and a little booze. Sounds like the perfect equation!

Our poor little one bedroom apartment was practically bursting at the seams, but it was worth it. I love my friends and I love to cook fun little appetizers!

The beverage/dessert table. The milk jugs I actually bought from my sister at a garage sale… I’ve been waiting to use them and decided this would be the perfect time!

The Rolo/M&M Pretzels…. my absolute favorite dish of the night. I may have overindulged. Whoops! Sorry diabetes.

Mini Cheesecake Bites. These were a hit and I’m making them again soon.. an easy alternative to a cheesecake for sure!

Pigs in a Blanket are always a huge success at our parties, mostly because of our friend Brian. I’m pretty sure he walked through the front door and went straight for the bowl.

This is the infamous football crock pot! The hubs loved it and it really did work incredibly well for a thrift store find. We brought the leftover dip to my brother’s house for football and the pot reheated nicely.

Pizza on a Stick. I used all store-made products (opted not to make my own dough and grate my own cheese), so it could probably have been better, but I liked them a lot for what they were!

The Birthday Thing

I’m too old to say that my husband is having a birthday party.

But I’m too uncool to say I’m throwing a party.

So we’ll just call tomorrow night The Birthday Thing.

I have some yummy appetizers and desserts on the menu, so I thought I’d share!

Taco Pinwheels

The actual recipe says for you to leave them in ‘roll’ form, but I am thinking about cutting them into pinwheels because that would be MEGA ADORABLE.

Pigs in a Blanket

I am making at least 3 batches of these because they go immediately. Even if just my husband was around to eat them, 3 batches would be barely enough.

Pizza on a Stick

This is fun because it’s pizza. On a stick. Pizza on a stick. That just sounds awesome.

Buffalo Chicken Dip

This is the hubs’ favorite appetizer. I’ve made it for tons of different events/parties and he digs it so hard.

Mini Banana Splits

Um, these are just adorable. He doesn’t like bananas, and I’m diabetic. But LOOK at them!! Ugh.

Mini Cheesecake Bites

Ignore the Christmas wrapper on these. His favorite cake is cheesecake and this is way easier than making an entire cake. And cuter.

Rolo Pretzel M&Ms

These were a huge hit at the Superbowl party, so I am making them again. And they are cheap!

Okay, so I have to also share with you this awesome present I bought for him at a thrift store.

By awesome, I mean completely, downright, absolutely 100% cheesy.

But perfect.

Easily the best $10 I’ve ever spent.

Come back soon and see how The Birthday Thing turned out :)


Tex-Mex Pork Chops

Tonight for dinner we made Tex-Mex Pork Chops.

I am always a little hesitant before making the pork, because it’s really touch and go on whether or not I’ll like it. I’m always that way with pork… but I continue to find recipes that feature the meat as the main ingredient.

Will I ever learn?

In this dish, the pork was sauteed in some EVOO and I sprinkled them with salt and pepper before putting them in the pan. After about 3 minutes on each side, I added them to the salsa mixture and simmered it all for about 10 minutes.

The result was tender pork, spicy salsa and a touch of cheddar cheese on the plate for some added texture.

I paired this with a HUGE salad because I was kind of bad with my carbs today.

I tried to make up by having a leafy salad with a lot of veggies and then opted for water over diet Coke.

I definitely recommend this! It’s fast, easy and healthy… what’s not to love!?

Stuffed Peppers

I made Stuffed Peppers for dinner last night. It was my first time making them and I thought they turned out really good!

I was so excited because this was one of my favorite meals as a kid. My mom made the absolute BEST stuffed peppers and I wish I knew what recipe she based them off of, so that I could try.

I used to just eat the rice mixture by the spoonful.

(and I wonder why I’m diabetic…. sigh)

My mom never used recipes. Everytime she would cook something, she would guesstimate a tablespoon by a pinch, or assume a plop of that was a cup. We technically never had the same meal twice. Remembering how she used to cook and thinking about how I cook makes me laugh out loud. I am SO strict with my recipes. I would rather dirty every possible measuring device in my kitchen before guessing at anything. I’m sure once I’ve cooked for a family for 20 years, I might change my habits, but for now… my mom and I could not be any less alike. I just wish she was here to see me cook… I think she’d be proud of me.

Seriously, before getting married the extent of my cooking was making a grilled cheese sandwich.

I also thought it was “girlled cheese” until I was about 8. Like boys couldn’t eat it. I was very feminist back then.

But these stuffed peppers were good in their own way. Simple ingredients made it easy, healthy ingredients made it…. healthy! The recipe doesn’t call for cheese, but I was so low on my carb count for the day that I added a pinch (gasp!) of shredded cheddar cheese to each pepper. Yum!

I finished the plate off with a spoonful of mashed potatoes and a crescent roll. Gosh, I love crescent rolls…. I wanted nothing more than to eat the entire tin of them.



Skillet Chicken with Tomatoes

Well, I didn’t think it would happen again, but I made another really disgusting meal.

I’m just going to be blunt about it.

It was terrible.

No flavor.

No…. oomph.

It was a bowl of watery vegetables with bits of chicken.

Skillet Chicken with Tomatoes

The recipe doesn’t even call for broccoli or corn but I added some to make it more colorful.

This was just supposed to be chicken, carrots, potatoes, stewed tomatoes, onions and chicken broth.

I mean….. what was I thinking?!!?

The hubs added heaps of cheese, which he said helped. But I am not as free to do that. So hrmph.

But at least I ate the whole bowl, and I loaded myself of veggies and basically no carbs.