It’s Time to Vlog

I’m home sick from work. I woke up with a killer headache and choose to wait it out hiding under the sheets in the comfort of my bed. I’m still not feeling 100% but with lots of water and rest I am getting there.

While I’ve been relaxing I decided that I wanted to do another vlog. It has been months since the last one and it was so much fun I thought it would be great to do it again.

But I need your help.

What do you want to see? Do you have any questions you’d like me to answer? I’m open to almost anything; weight loss, veganism, marriage, etc. Or would you like to see another cooking vlog? I’m leaving this one up to you. Leave me a comment, shoot me an email (thirtythreeandcounting@gmail.com), Facebook message or tweet (@dacialee33) at me your responses. I’m hoping to vlog this weekend so please get your questions/requests in by Saturday 🙂

That’s all I’ve got for now. Can’t wait to hear from you!

Thanks for reading!

May 29, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Blogging, Vlog. Leave a comment.

Naan Pizza and Giveaway Winner Announced

I think I have found a new addiction in this vlogging stuff. It’s so much fun. I like it even more when I get to make something for the video and then eat it afterwards 🙂 That’s what I did tonight, made some yummy Naan Pizza and then I devoured it as soon as I was done recording. Not to toot my own horn but it was mighty yummy. You’ll see Paul in the video telling you what he likes best about the pizza but I would like to add that my favorite thing is the garlic. I hope you try this recipe out some time and if you do you have to let me know what changes you made to the recipe and how it turned out. Also, I neglected to mention in the video what exactly Naan is. It is a leavened flatbread. It is common in Indian cuisine but it is eaten all over Asia, not just in India. I used to eat it all the time when we lived in WA and shopped at Trader Joe’s. Now though you can find it at most grocery stores. It’s usually near the deli or wherever your store carries pita.

 

This is the package the Naan came in. There are lots of different varieties available and I know stores like Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s carry their own brand Naan.

Veggie Naan Pizza

1 piece of whole grain Naan

1/4 cup of sauce (marinara, pomodoro, pizza sauce- whatever you have on hand)

2 Tablespoons shredded mozzarella

1 Tablespoon grated pecorino romano cheese (parmesan will work great too)

1 clove of garlic, chopped

Few sprinkles of crushed red pepper flakes

Assorted veggies of your choosing. I used; sliced/chopped mushrooms, thinly sliced onion (about 1/2 of a small onion), sliced red bell pepper (1/2), sliced roma tomato (1)

Pre-heat oven to 450. Assemble pizza. Cook on baking sheet or directly on oven rack for 10 minutes (check progress around 5-7 minutes), broil for an additional minute to get it crispier and cheese golden brown.

My pizza was:

468 calories, 15g fat, 69.5g carbs, 10.5g fiber, 17.5g protein and 12 WWPP

Paul’s pizza with turkey pepperoni, mushrooms and extra cheese (1/4c instead of 2 tbls) was:

538 calories, 21.5g fat, 62.5g carbs, 9g fiber, 28g protein, and 14 WWPP

What we learned;

-1/4c of mozzarella cheese is too much, stick with 2 tablespoons

– turkey pepperoni is pretty tasty and adds a decent amount of protein to the pizza. I will try it on mine next time

– yeah, there isn’t much of a difference between my recipe (nutritional value wise) and maybe eating a personal sized takeout pizza or even two slices of pizza but this tasted much better, left me satisfied, and was much more fun adding whatever toppings I wanted. I will definitely make this again!

Enjoy!

Oh, and in case you didn’t watch (or couldn’t watch) the video, the winner of this week’s giveaway is Ashley! Her word was zealous, by the way. Although I am thinking I should probably pick another winner, I mean the girl is in Germany for Oktoberfest right now. Lucky!

Just kidding Ashley! You are still the winner. You should probably pick me up a stein or some lederhosen while you are there just to make sure I don’t change my mind 😉

Thanks for reading!

 

 

 

September 17, 2011. Tags: , , , , , . Cooking, Vlog. 6 comments.

My Cooking Vlog: a Healthier Version of a Breakfast Taco and a Surprise Giveaway!

Hello and welcome to my first ever cooking vlog. This was far more difficult to do than the last vlog. Hopefully you can actually see what I am doing and hear me talk as I move around my kitchen. Paul was going to record it for me but the idea of having him behind the camera kind of made me nervous. Instead I chose to prop up my iPhone on top of a bottle of Fiber Choice, leaning against one of those cardboard 6 wine bottle carriers. Classy, I know 🙂 Just to be safe I am including the recipe below for your reference. As I mention in the video; this recipe is pretty basic so feel free to add whatever ingredients you have on hand and change it up however you please. In my opinion, wrap anything in a tortilla and it will taste good.

Veggie Sausage Breakfast Tacos

1/4 cup Southwestern Egg Beaters

2 Tablespoons shredded Cheddar Cheese

1 Tablespoon Salsa or Pico de Gallo

1 Morningstar Farms Veggie Sausage patty

1 Mission Carb Control Whole Wheat Tortilla

1. Heat sausage patty in microwave 35-45 seconds

2. While sausage is cooking, warm tortilla in an ungreased nonstick skillet 10-15 seconds per side

3. Once tortilla is warmed, remove from pan and set aside. Lower the heat on the pan to medium low and add some nonstick cooking spray. Cook the egg beaters until done, about 1-2 minutes. Not very long so pay attention.

4. Once cooked, place the egg beaters on top of warmed tortilla and top with 1-2 tablespoons of cheese, sausage patty which has been cut into bite size pieces, and 1 tablespoon of salsa.

Voila! Breakfast is complete. I do however recommend serving some fresh fruit alongside.

Nutritional Info using ingredients listed above/featured in vlog:

Fat: 9.5g, Protein: 21g, Carbs: 19g, Fiber: 11g

WW PP: 6

This meal is cheap to boot- only .93 cents per taco! The price may need to be adjusted for COL as I am in TX and shop on post; things are cheap here. So maybe 1.50 might be more accurate for you. Still pretty cheap for what you get!

Now for my giveaway, in case you were unable to watch the video, to enter all you need to do is leave me a comment (or you can text, email, Facebook message, tweet, whatever) telling me your favorite 7 or 8 letter word. I know, it’s random as is the prize which will be determined once I see who the winner is. You will basically be receiving a care package, for lack of a better term, featuring some of my favorite things customized with items I think you will like. It will possibly contain one or more of the following; non-perishable food items (yes, Biscoff spread for sure), books, music, or even some of my homemade soaps. Yes, there is also a good chance I will make you a mix tape CD because that is how I roll. You’ll just have to wait and see. You have until 11:59PM CST Friday September 16th to enter. On Saturday, September 17th I will choose a winner at random and announce it here on my blog that day. The only thing required from you in order to enter this contest is that you feel comfortable enough to give me your home address so I can send you the prize!

*Disclaimer: I have not been solicited by or received anything in exchange for mentioning products on this blog. All of the products featured are ones I enjoy and use regularly. I have not been compensated in any way for my opinions. Same goes for any of the items in prize package for the giveaway.

Thanks for stopping by and watching my vlog! Make sure you enter the giveaway! If you make the breakfast taco let me know what you think of it!

P.S. After I was finished with the vlog Paul ate the breakfast taco, his first time eating veggie sausage, and he loved it. Yay! Score one for the healthy breakfast taco!

September 9, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Cooking, Giveaway, Vlog. 20 comments.

My First Vlog AKA 15 Minutes of Torture…

Here it is, live and in living color, my small screen debut.

Ok, it’s not that exciting.

Here is my first ever vlog (video blog)- well actually you get my first and second ever vlogs. The first one stopped recording because I didn’t have enough free space on my iPhone to store it. Hmmmm, I wonder why. Could it be the five million pictures I had on there? Yep, so I deleted some videos/pics and filmed the last segment, which is only a of couple minutes long, instead of starting from scratch. So, I apologize for the two videos. I also apologize for the video quality and the fact that I babble as much when talking as I do when writing. I hope you stick it out to the end. All in all I think it is about 15 minutes of video. Hopefully you can understand my nonsense talk and  you don’t immediately regret your decision to watch. As always, I appreciate your open and honest feedback. Should I ever do this again?

Part One

Part Two

Thanks for watching!

September 2, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , . Blogging, Vlog. 15 comments.