Posts Tagged ‘Weight Loss’

Soy Butter Basil Baked Chicken Wings

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 @ 12:05 PM
posted by mrscaz

Baked, yes, not fried chicken wings. Why not make such a potentially unhealthy meal, a little healthier?? My wonderful kids belts assistant, Jen, shared this recipe (her original recipe) on her personal blog and she said I could share it here. I tried them and let me tell you, they are amazing.

My family loves wings, but all that fried food is too much so I thought I’d try this recipe. The wings still come out crispy and a lot of the fat boils off (yes, boils, I’ll explain in a minute). What’s really great about this recipe is the preparation. Even if you don’t like the soy butter basil (but why wouldn’t you?) you can sauce them however you like. If you have a traditional hot sauce you like, great! Use that. Teriyaki more your cup of tea, then use that. This preparation can be very versatile.

SBB Wings

20 wings (give or take)
1 Stick of Melted Butter (or the equivalent in margarine)
3 Cloves of minced Garlic
2 Tbsp chopped fresh Basil (or the equivalent in the squeeze basil that you get in the produce section)
Soy sauce to taste
Salt & Pepper

Preheat the oven to 375. In a large pot, fill half way with water and salt to taste. Add the wings and bring them to a boil. Boil them until they are almost done. While those are cooking, mix the rest of the ingredients together (minus the salt). Keep tasting until you get the soy to mixture ratio to your liking. When the wings are almost done, but still a little pink, pull them out of the water and add them to the marinade. Mix it up until all the wings are coated. let sit for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Place the wings on a lined baking sheet sprayed with non-stick spray and brush with extra marinade. Bake until the wings brown and the skin crisps. Turn halfway through.

I love the soy, butter and basil combination. They just compliment each other so well. You have to try these. Let me know what you think!


Common Cents Mama - Kids Belts - Toddler Belts inventor


15 Easy Ways to Cut out Hundreds of Calories a Day

Friday, April 13, 2012 @ 12:04 PM
posted by mrscaz

I have lost 6lbs in a week! How awesome is that? I know that the first few lbs are water weight, but as my kids belts assistant tells me, “Don’t belittle your progress! 6lbs is still 6lbs regardless of where it came from!” She’s right… I know it, why is it so hard to be proud of an accomplishment? Instead of saying “I only lost 6lbs and most of that had to be water”, why can’t we train ourselves to think differently and say “I lost 6lbs! Isn’t that great!” I digress…

I have always struggled with my weight, I’ve been up, been down, been in the middle and now working on down again. I want to get it under control before it becomes a health risk. So, on my health and weight loss journey, I have pick up tips here and there that I thought I would share with you. These are so easy, but the calories really add up! There are 3,500 calories in a pound, so if you can cut 500 calories a day, that’s a loss of 1lb a week!

15 Easy Ways to Cut Hundreds of Calories a Day
(Adapted from Spark People’s 50 Easy Ways to Cut Calories)


  1. Substitute 3 oz. of turkey sausage for a serving of pork sausage. Save 120 calories!
  2. Top your whole grain bagel with 1.5 oz of fat-free cream cheese in lieu of regular. Save 108 calories!
  3. Prepare your coffee with 4 oz. of fat-free half and half instead of regular half and half. Save 88 calories!
  4. Eat a medium orange instead of drinking 12 oz. of fresh orange juice. Save 106 calories!
  5. Spread your whole grain waffles with 2 tablespoons of maple syrup instead of 1 tablespoon of margarine or butter. Save 110 calories!
That’s 532 Calories and that’s just breakfast!
  1. Order a skinless chicken breast instead of chicken with skin. Save 102 calories!
  2. Choose a slice of thin crust pizza over thick crust pizza. Save 106 calories!
  3. Add vegetable toppings to your pizza order and say no to pepperoni. Save 100 calories!
  4. Forget broccoli cheddar soup. A 7-oz portion of vegetable soup is better. Save 119 calories!
  5. Skip the 5 oz. of Alfredo sauce and eat a whopping 7 oz. of marinara sauce. Save 129 calories!
  6. Try either cheese or croutons on your salad—not both Save 72-116 calories!
  1. Enjoy 5 oz. of chocolate milk instead of 5 oz. of a chocolate milkshake Save 110 calories!
  2. Split a 20 oz. bottle of regular soda with a friend. Save 120 calories!
  3. Drink 1 cup of diet soda instead of 1 cup of regular soda. Save 97 calories!
  4. Swap a 12-oz. glass of whole milk for skim milk. Save 96 calories!
See how easy is it is? Be sure to keep track of your portion sizes and invest in a FREE tracking app, it’s “money” well spent! I wrote about my favorite tracking app here, My Fitness Pal.
Do you have any tips to share?
Common Cents Mama - Kids Belts - Toddler Belts inventor