If you are a follower of this blog, it’s most likely because, at one point or another, you’ve struggled with losing weight and eating healthy. You’ve probably tried a lot of gimmick diets. And you probably feel like your life has been a back and forth of losing/gaining weight. I know EXACTLY how this feels, and this is why I started writing LaaLoosh. Losing weight and/or eating healthy isn’t an easy feat, and it’s a tremendous help to be able to find support. Fortunately, there’s a lot of it out there, and fellow foodie/food blogger, Lisa Cain of Snack Girl, is a great resource for people looking for a real-life approach to losing weight and eating healthy. In case you missed our interview with her last week, we had a chance to chat with Lisa about the success of her blog and the release of her first book “Snack Girl to the Rescue!”. Lisa was kind enough to send me a copy of her book, and I’m eager to share my thoughts with all of you!
For this week’s interview and recipe feature, we are happy to have Jodi of What’s Cooking Good Looking and her White Bean Chili for 7 Points +. Jodi advocates for a whole foods diet, emphasizing the importance of what we put in our bodies on our wellbeing. However, she did not always understand this and tells us her story toward healthier eating and starting her blog.
Her White Bean Chili is a great recipe for a cool day when you want a warm meal that can feed a group of people. And unlike many chili recipes, this one doesn’t cost you most of your points in one sitting!
If you like her chili, then don’t forget to check out her upcoming cookbook which should be out in the summer or fall of 2014!
If anyone is looking for something new to do with all that pumpkin out there (not that pumpkin is ever boring), this is a great recipe for pumpkin with a kick! At 8 Points +, it is a nutrition powerhouse and is delicious, especially if you are a fan of Indian food.
We received this recipe from the healthy Indian cooking blog, Lite Bite, a great source if you want to find healthy recipes beyond the average American fare.
Kalyn, the author behind Kalyn’s Kitchen and Slow Cooker from Scratch, impressively began her blogging journey after having already served for years as a teacher. She is someone with a very down to earth approach who specializes in healthy, low-glycemic and usually simple recipes that are easy to fit into a regular person’s lifestyle.
We are pleased to feature one such recipe of hers, the Three Cheese Zucchini Frittata, for only 5 Points +, and an interview detailing the story behind her blogs and how she became interested in healthier and, in particular, lower glycemic eating.
As part of our interview and a recipe series, this week we were able to interview Eating Bird Food’s Brittany Mullins. Eating Bird Food is a lifestyle blog with healthy, wholesome recipes and lots of great health and fitness tips.
Mullins has given us a bit of her story towards a healthy lifestyle and tips, as well as a very yummy Fall Harvest Quinoa Spinach Salad.
Roni Noone’s weight loss journey has inspired many via her blogging. She is the author of Just Roni (formerly Roni’s Weigh), a great blog highlighting her weight loss journey and her life, as well as the popular recipe blog GreenLiteBites.
Roni began Weight Watchers following the birth of her first son and after years of yo-yo dieting. Her first experience blogging began with her page “Weight Watchen.” She then authored a recipe blog, GreenLiteBites, which continues to be very popular. She then went on to organize the blog community, “Blog to Lose,” and the yearly conference “Fitbloggin.”
Weight Watchen evolved into her blog about her weight loss saga-Roni’s Weigh. Recently, she changed the name to “Just Roni” to better represent the broad scope of the blog.
Also, check out her delicious recipe for Zucchini and Spaghetti Squash Lasagna, worth only 1 Points+, after the interview.
So, I can’t help but feature another butternut squash recipe in anticipation of autumn. Emily Koenigsberg, author of Emily Bites , was kind enough to share this yummy version of a seasonal favorite. By the way, Emily Bites is another great recipe blog for those following Weight Watchers!
This butternut squash soup recipe is easy and is only 4 Points+! It’s also perfect for a crisp fall day, which should be right around the corner as we transition out of summer. Just curl up and enjoy the rich, comforting taste.
Avocado will soon be out of season, so I thought we would feature this unique and yummy guacamole recipe before the summer ends and they are scarcer. Within 7 Points+, Meeghan’s Edamame Guacamole provides a powerhouse of nutrients, making it a very worthy snack.
Tina Haupert first featured this recipe on Carrots ‘N’ Cake after her cousin, Meeghan, prepared it for a Cinco de Mayo celebration. We are pleased that Tina is allowing us to share it with you all so that you can make one last guacamole dish before the summer draws to a close.
In addition, we were able to ask Tina a few questions to learn a bit more about her and about Carrots ‘N’ Cake. The short interview is featured after the recipe.
This recipe is so simple yet delicious that it could easily become one that you make on a regular basis! Muriel’s Chicken was introduced to LaaLoosh by Clotilde Dusoulier of Chocolate and Zucchini and was originally featured on the recipe blog after Clotilde made a trip to the French countryside and was served the delicious chicken by her hosts.
Clotilde suggests serving the chicken with green beans or mashed potatoes.
For this week’s interview and recipe feature, we are pleased to present Ashley McLaughlin of Edible Perspective and her Southwestern Potato Salad. Ashley has become known for her delicious, whole foods recipes and food photography. She has a cookbook coming out on October 1st-Baked Doughnuts for Everyone, featuring 101 gluten-free baked doughnut recipes and over 50 photos.
The featured recipe is 8 PointsPlus for the salad and another 2 PointsPlus for the dressing, so it may seem to be a bit of a splurge for some. However, the servings are large enough to make a one-dish meal out of, or you can cut the serving size for fewer points and add as a yummy side dish. It’s also gluten-free and vegan, something that Ashley specializes in!
Here is the interview first with the recipe following:
Egg drop soup is one of those comfort foods that can be enjoyed any time of the year. What many people don’t know is how easy it is to make and how, with a bit of tweaking, it can even fit into a healthy diet!
This recipe, given to us by Jamie VanEaton (AKA “Kimber”) of Your Lighter Side, does exactly that. It is low on empty carbohydrates while also staying with you because of the protein in the eggs. And, of course, it is delicious!
In continuation of our series of guest recipes and interviews, we are featuring Anne-Marie Nichols of This Mama Cooks! On a Diet. Anne-Marie has gained popularity for her light, family-friendly recipes, some of which are healthier or more family-friendly versions of recipes obtained from well-known chefs.
In July, Anne-Marie had a medical scare resulting in brain surgery and so is not posting as many original recipes until she recovers. However, she took the time to speak with us and to give us one of her delicious adaptations of a meal taken from Hugh Acheson’s A New Turn in the South: Saffron Braised Celery and Grilled Fish with Hot Sauce Buerre Blanc for a total of 9 PointsPlus (8 PointsPlus for the fish and 1 PointsPlus for the celery). The points for the fish were calculated based on using tilapia, though Anne-Marie state that any mild, white fish can be used, including Yellowtail or Mahi Mahi.