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Eggplant Parmesan! Guilt Free! August 31, 2011

Filed under: Advice — Fall into My Eyes @ 7:12 pm

Eggplant Parmesan
Main Courses
By: Patsy Jamieson

 

 

This slimmed-down version of eggplant Parmesan is loaded with the hallmark flavors of the classic recipe, but we’ve cut the fat by grilling the eggplant and using low-fat cottage cheese. It’s a great option for entertaining because it can be prepared ahead of time. Fresh tomatoes make a lovely, delicate tomato sauce, but you can use canned tomatoes to save time.

3 teaspoons olive oil, divided
1 medium onion, chopped
6 garlic cloves, minced
1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper
3 lb. tomatoes (4 to 5 medium), seeded, diced (7 cups) or 3 (14-oz.) cans diced tomatoes
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 lb. eggplant (3 to 4 medium), unpeeled, sliced crosswise (3/8 inch)
1 cup low-fat (1%) cottage cheese
1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup slivered fresh basil
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
3 tablespoons panko*

1. Heat 2 teaspoons of the oil in large wide pot or Dutch oven over medium heat until hot. Cook onion 2 to 3 minutes or until softened, stirring frequently. Add garlic and crushed red pepper; cook and stir 30 seconds or until fragrant. Add tomatoes; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer 20 to 30 minutes or until sauce has thickened, stirring frequently and mashing tomatoes with spoon.

2. Puree sauce with immersion blender or mash with potato masher. Stir in salt.

3. Meanwhile, heat grill. Spray both sides of eggplant slices with cooking spray. Grill, covered, over medium-high heat or coals 8 to 12 minutes or until browned and tender, turning once.

4. Heat oven to 400°F. Spray 13×9-inch glass or ceramic baking dish with cooking spray. Spread 1/2 cup tomato sauce over bottom of dish. Arrange one-third of eggplant slices over sauce; spread with 3/4 cup tomato sauce. Spoon 1/2 cup cottage cheese over sauce; sprinkle with 1/3 cup mozzarella cheese, 1/4 cup basil and 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese. Top with one-third of the eggplant. Repeat layering once. Top with remaining eggplant; spread with remaining tomato sauce. Sprinkle with remaining Parmesan cheese and mozzarella cheese.

5. Combine panko and remaining 1 teaspoon oil in small bowl; sprinkle over casserole. (Recipe can be made to this point 2 days ahead. Cover and refrigerate. Add 5 to 10 minutes to baking time.)

6. Bake 35 to 45 minutes or until casserole is bubbly and top is golden brown. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

8 servings

PER SERVING: 190 calories, 8.5 g total fat (3.5 g saturated fat), 13 g protein, 18.5 g carbohydrate, 15 mg cholesterol, 470 mg sodium, 7 g fiber

TIP *Panko are coarse bread crumbs usually found next to other bread crumbs in the supermarket.

 

SUPER weight loss Chili

Filed under: Advice — Fall into My Eyes @ 7:04 pm

Ingredients (Serves 6)

Olive Oil, 1 1tsp (remove)

Onions, raw, 1 large (remove)

Garlic, 2 clove (remove)

Ground Turkey, 4 patty (4 oz, raw) (yield after cook (remove)

Chili powder, 2 tbsp (remove)

Paprika, 1 tbsp (remove)

*Cumin (ground), 1 tsp (remove)

*crushed red pepper, 1.5 tsp (remove)

Beans, red kidney, 454 grams (remove)

Hunts 100% Natural Diced Tomatoes, 4 cup (remove)

Swanson Chicken Broth 99% Fat Free, 1 cup (remove)

*Apple Cider Vinegar, 1.5 tbsp (remove)

*Red Bell Pepper (one medium pepper), 2 serving (remove)

 

It’s a nice morning out…

Filed under: Blogs — Fall into My Eyes @ 6:27 pm

I walked my 6-year-old out to the bus stop this morning and was surprised to feel how cool out it is. Considering we have been in the three digit category for what feels like forever! For those of you wondering, I woke up this morning feeling extremely rested…no doubt because my hubby gave me an ambien last night before I went to bed! As far as the tension issue I wrote about last night…it is not too bad right now. I seem to have a really tight muscle streaming from the back left side of my head to the lower left shoulder-blade. No matter which way I move…it hurts. But, such is life….I go on. Billy is really excited to got to school again today 🙂 And I am excited for him to go! LOL! I have a lot of school work I have to work on today, and when I get him back before lunch time, my sister is coming over to re-do my hair…. so I have to get in as much work as I can before then!

So, until later, I am gonna go work on some school….I hate to cut this short 😦

 

Brandy

 

It has come to my attention…

Filed under: Blogs — Fall into My Eyes @ 6:19 pm

It came to my attention when I logged on this morning and visited my comments section, that I have had ALOT of comments from my readers! All of which were never seen by me, and so, they were never approved or responded to. I want to apologize for this now. I have now read them and approved them; also responding to each one of them. They went into a spam section that I did not know how to locate before. The issue has now been fixed and I hope to continue hearing from every one of you. Feedback is essential to any blog.

Now that I am aware of how much everyone likes the health blogs, I will do my best to continue to post them. Like mentioned before, I have a lot going on, and I just cancelled out being a coach for Beachbody- at least for now.

Thank you everyone for all the responses they mean so much to me!!!!

 

Brandy

 

A long day

Filed under: Blogs — Fall into My Eyes @ 7:44 am

Hey everyone. Just wanted to get a quick post in to say hey and ask how my readers have been doing today 🙂 I see a lot of people catching up on the posts and that is awesome 🙂 Be sure to ask any questions you have, or tell me about a  topic you want to read about and I will get it going :).

Today has been a long day for me. Between running around and getting kids to school and doing school work for the marketing class I just started today, things have been hectic. I locked my keys in my truck this morning when I stopped at the store on my way to take my 4-year-old to VPK. That wasn’t fun! I had to wait for the hubby to drive all the way from town to bring them to me! On top of that, there were bees everywhere outside of the store; and for those of you who have not kept up with my posts, my 4-year-old is terrified of anything flying ever since he was attacked by a swarm of bees about a month or so ago. So. that made for an interesting wait period. But, alas, I got him to school. He is doing much better in his second week there. no more crying! YAY! 🙂 I am so proud of him :). My other son, who is 6, is in first grade now…and this is his second week, which means……(music playing) HOMEWORK! He is doing great with it though. In fact, he has his first test on Thursday (pre-test for spelling). And we have been studying a few times a night for it. I think he is going to do awesome.

I have also had a horrible tension headache all week…and it has only gotten worse. Nothing seems to make it go away and my head, neck, and shoulders are KILLING me! And…my hubby is such a wonderful man! He brought me home a bouquet of flowers 🙂 and some Excedrin tension meds! YAY! I took them…but they still have not helped me any… I cannot take anymore until 9 pm, which is in about 20 minutes. I welcome 9pm…I want this pain to stop already! But I am reminded how lucky I am…he brought me meds to help the physical pain, and flowers to help the emotional pain…..:D I love him SO much!!!!!!

Other than that..things are going great. I am gonna listen to my meditation music on the nano as I fall asleep tonight..that should help relax me enough for me to fall asleep.

So, for now, I am gonna sign off and relax until I can take the meds and hit the bed! 🙂

Stay open-minded and have a great night!!!

Brandy

 

Surprise! Alien Planet Made of Diamond Discovered August 29, 2011

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Surprise! Alien Planet Made of Diamond Discovered

by Nola Taylor Redd, SPACE.com Contributor
Date: 25 August 2011 Time: 02:01 PM ET
 
This illustration shows the alien planet PSR J1719-1438, where ultra-high pressures caused carbon to crystallize in the remnant of a dead star, forming the extrasolar world. . This illustration shows the alien planet around pulsar PSR J1719-1438, where ultra-high pressures caused carbon to crystallize in the remnant of a dead star. The planet is made of diamond and orbits a dense pulsing star with a radius smaller than that of our sun.
CREDIT: Swinburne Astronomy Productions

A newly discovered alien planet that formed from a dead star is a real diamond in the rough.

The super-high pressure of the planet, which orbits a rapidly pulsing neutron star, has likely caused the carbon within it to crystallize into an actual diamond, a new study suggests.

The composition of the planet, which is about five times the size of Earth, is not its only outstanding feature. [Illustration of the diamond alien planet]

The planet’s parent star is a special kind of flashing star known as a millisecond pulsar, a rapidly rotating neutron star formed from a supernova. The entire system, which is only the second of its kind ever discovered, is located about 4,000 light-years from Earth in the constellation of Serpens (The Snake).

A gem of a find

Seventy percent of millisecond pulsars found have a companion, which provides additional energy to ramp up the pulsars’ rapid rotation. Generally, this companion is a dying star called a white dwarf; more than 180 millisecond pulsars have been found with white dwarfs over the years.

The only planet known to be orbiting in such a system was detected in 1992 — until now.”The pulsar was found in December 2009,” lead scientist Matthew Bailes of Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia, told SPACE.com via email.”We’ve been on the trail of the companion ever since.”

From the ashes of a supernova

Known as PSR J1719-1438, this particular pulsar completes more than 10,000 rotations in a minute. Tiny and compact, it’s only about 12 miles (20 kilometers) across, but it has a mass that is 1.4 times that of our sun.

PSR J1719-1438 transformed from an average star to a radio pulsar when a dying star in a binary system exploded. The compact core of the star formed with a very high rotation speed from the ashes of the supernova.

When the second star in the system reached the end of its life, it expanded as a red giant and finally morphed into a white dwarf. The pulsar began to suck mass off its companion, causing the pulsarto spin faster and faster until it attained its breakneck speed.

From dying star to diamond planet

What happened next depends on the system. Most white dwarfs continue to orbit the new millisecond pulsar, but some are consumed by it.

“The fate depends upon the mass of the white dwarf and how far it is from the pulsar,” Bailes said.

If it is both close and massive, the two spiral together. Astronomers assume this is what happened to the 30 percent of millisecond pulsars found without a companion.

In the case of the diamond planet, astronomers think that the core of the white dwarf failed to merge completely with its companion.

“When they got very close, the star lost a lot of its matter and moved out to its safe distance of about a solar radius,” Bailes said.

Now tiny, having lost more than 99.9 percent of its original mass and no longer engaged in the fusion reactions that drive a star, the dead core is classified as a planet.

Ironically, the star-turned-planet is larger than its sun. With a diameter of about 37,300 miles (60,000 km), it’s five times the size of Earth, but 3,000 times larger than the millisecond pulsar it orbits.

The planet itself orbits the pulsar in a little more than two hours. The entire system would fit within the diameter of our sun.

The research was published online in the Aug. 25 edition of the journal Science.

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Busy Busy Busy August 15, 2011

Filed under: Blogs — Fall into My Eyes @ 6:09 pm

Hello everyone! So sorry I have been away for so long. I have a ton going on. For those of you who do not know, Part of my grandma’s house was burned down. and the rest is badly smoke damaged. I have been seeing what I can do to help provide things they need (trying to get some stuff together). My uncle has also been the hospital all last week. He had open heart surgery Thursday afternoon. He is doing really well…walking a little bit, eating a little bit, and talking a lot (or so I am told). I wasn’t able to go see him :(. I actually went up to the hospital and on the third floor…had the lady searching for his room for me, then called my mom and discovered that I was at the wrong hospital!!! ANd I didn’t have the availability to go to the other one in another city…so i couldn’t visit him :(.

Other than that, things have still been SO busy. School is a bit overwhelming…I have a great team and I like Business Law overall even though I am having a hard time grasping some of the material, but it’s hard to get a paper done and turned in when you’re butting heads with another team member that cannot consider they might not be right about some things. LOL. All in all, things are okay :).

We had my sister-in-law’s birthday party Saturday night…and it was great. It was nice to get together with the family and just hang out…and swim 🙂 That same night, the hubby went mullet fishing and didn’t get home until 5am. So, what does that mean? It means that I didn’t go to bed until 5:30am… I slept until noon that Sunday, and woke up to find the house empty! The hubby was being sweet…he took the kids with him over to his parent’s house to clean fish while I slept. I spent the afternoon working on my team paper for school.

So, today is Monday. I find myself working on school work, calling doctors offices, prepping the kids closets for school, and job hunting. Whew…I actually wrote that! LOL! That’s right…I am looking for a job. but, not just any job…a night-time job, because the hubby works days and some one has got to be home with the kids during the day. Because of the recent stuff with my uncle, I sort of lost my baby sitting job I do during the week…so, I am compensating by getting a night-time job. Anyone know of anything local for night work? I heard the military field was hiring for night time civilians to help clean…but I cannot seem to find where to apply to that at.

I am also spending some time today attempting to catch up with all of my social sites. I realize I have neglected them lately because of everything going on…so, I am trying to make up for it 🙂

Well, I just wanted to update everyone on what’s been going on in my life since I have been away… I cannot promise a post everyday anymore, but I will pay more attention and try to do them more often.

I also want to ask my readers to please go check out the two pages of my blog located on the top right hand side of the blog, and labeled Beachbody and Shakeology. If you have no interest in either, please spread the word to a few of your friends, they may have interest in getting healthy and/or fit. The products are great, and they really do work. I would not sell things that do not work. Most of you know me personally and can verify that. I am a true believer in honesty and knowing the product. I invite you to check them both out- browse the two sites and really try to understand what the products are offering you (especially the shakeology benefits). You are not going to find products like these that are this great. Sure, you will find other workout programs everywhere…but these programs work, and are amazing.

Also, the shakeology has a 30 day empty bag policy. This means, if you use it for 30 days and decide you do not like it (I highly doubt that will happen), or simply want your money back, you can call and return the empty bag and get a full return minus shipping. If you order it and get the HD (which means monthly automated) then shipping is free….so, no worries on losing money on something you do not want. You can cancel HD easily if you decide against it. AND…you can save 10% by becoming a club member, and 25% by becoming a coach…which is what I am doing. It really is worth it, and risk free since the empty bag policy is in effect. I hope you will check it out, and share the sites with your friends.

So, I am going to jump off and finish up some school work and laundry! I hope everyone is having a great day today!!

Brandy

 

 
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