I’m of the opinion today that every day should have some kind of theme, in terms of posts. Mondays….Mondays are always kind of rough for me; It’s the start of a new work week, new week of homework/assignments, blah. But this week is special because of the holiday. I only work 3 days this week! (Squeal of happiness).
As it goes, I’ve been on a weight loss journey for the past 14 months and have definitely fallen stagnant. It’s so hard to maintain motivation for a long period of time, especially when you feel like you’re not having as much success as you would like. Over the past couple of months, I’ve put on a couple pounds – maybe 1 or 2 realistically – but I know I need to at least maintain my current weight through the holidays. So, my new thing for mondays will be: turning fatty, high calorie holiday favorites into recipes that aren’t as bad on the waistline. I guess I’ll call it “Mimic Mondays for the Holidays”…
My husband signed me up to make green bean casserole for Thanksgiving on Thursday at his mom’s…..Now, I know. Green bean casserole is easy. BUT no one makes it like my mom does. I swear. Every time I see commercials for it, or read the recipes on the cans or bag of french’s fried onions, I weep. It will not taste like home. And as I am especially homesick lately, I’m using my mom’s recipe. Because it is so full of awesome.
Nicole’s Mom’s Green Bean Casserole (modified for “healthiness”)
- 2 cans of cut green beans – nothing fancy. You can theoretically use fresh, but I have no experience doing this. It would probably be another good way to cut down on sodium, but will change the way that you make the noms
- 2 cans of low fat and/or reduced sodium cream of mushroom soup
- 1/2 pound of reduced sodium turkey bacon
- 1, 12 oz can of french’s fried onions… Do they even make these in a fat free option? Probably not.
- Pre-heat oven to 350
- Set aside an 8×8 square baking pan (of course you can make more than this; for a 9×13 pan, you realistically will want 3-4 cans of beans, and 2-3 cans of COM soup)
- Cut bacon into smaller pieces and fry in a skillet til done
- Drain one can of green beans; keep the liquid in one of the cans
- Crush half the can of the french fried onions in a separate baggy (or bowl)
- In a mixing bowl, mix together green beans (including liquid from the one un-drained can), COM soup, bacon and crushed fried onions.
- Pour into your baking pan. Top with left over, uncrushed fried onions
- Bake for 45 minutes
Random side note: I was at Nordstrom’s on Saturday, and they have a lot of fashion color bras (Claudette, Freya, Elomi, etc.) and panties on sale, for up to 50% off. A good time to snag a bra if you want to be able to try one on in store and pay less.
I hope you enjoyed the first installment of “Mimic Mondays for the Holidays” 🙂 Let me know what you think of it and if you want to see more next week