Nikki-Amazing Salmon dinner

I’ve been spending so much time in my kitchen I decided to try out at least one new recipe a day when I have days off. This week I made some things off of pinterest and out of The Looneyspoons Collections- Janet and Greta Podleskiare amazingly talented.  You can find a few of their recipes  featured on their site, I’ve also tried the Fee, Fie, Faux Fried Chicken and loved it as well (I even substituted skim milk instead of the buttermilk they called for and it was still great!)

   Also a big thanks given out to Megan for giving me this cookbookLooneyspoons_Cover(New) for a house-warming gift!

I’ve been on a major calorie counting streak and I’m really enjoying trying all these new and healthy recipes I’ve found.  I love cooking so I find it rewarding to cook soemthing that is healthy and delicous and that I can share!  

If you like Salmon you have to try this!

Salmon Cowell

Grilled salmon in an orange-ginger marinade

look at it marinading!

all you need is:

1/4cup orange juice

1/4 cup hoisin sauce

1tbsp reduced-sodium soy sauce

1tbsp grated gingerroot

1tsp grated orange zest

Pinch crushed red pepper flakes

4 boneless skinless salmon fillets

-Mixed all those ingredients and then pour on the salmon to marinade for at least minutes (I did mine all day)

Grill then 3-4 minutes each side on the bbq or if your bbq runs out of propane like mine did broil them 4 inches away for 8 minutes.

Per serving:

calories:253,  Total fat: 9.4 g (1.5 g saturated), Protein 29 g,

 Carbohydrate 11 g, Fiber 0.5 g, Cholesterol 78 g, sodium 358 g

This was probably my most favourite salmon of all time, and I love a good teriyaki salmon.  I also made sweet potato fries and coconut rice out of the cookbook and both were amazing as well!

Nikki-Smoothie recipe!

Pineapple Banana Yumminess 

1 1/2 cups diced fresh pineapple

1 banana

1/2 cup greek yogurt (use any flavour your want)

1 Tbsp. grated fresh ginger

1/2 cup ice

1/2 cup pineapple juice or water (I used water for less calories)

This is what mine looks like and man is it good! This is a tall glass, I would probably make this amount in to at least 2 servings if not 4, since I usually only like a small amount of smoothie but today it’s my lunch.  It’s high in sugar, but I think it’s better than me scarfing down some ice cream or chocolate so I’m really enjoying it!  I’ve posted the nutritional facts below

Serving per 2 people

Per Serving:

Total Calories: 135

Total Carbs: 28

Total Fat: 0

Total Protein: 7

Total Fiber: 4

Total Sugar: 19

Nikki-New week, new recipe!

Whoops my I dropped something on my keyboard and this post published before it was supposed to! So here’s the real thing!

I’ve had a good week so far, got a good ass kicking at training and have been eating pretty good except for a birthday dinner with Megan.  My trainer asked what diet food was at the Canadian Brewhouse, I told her Light Beer. 

On Sunday I made a new meal for my roomie Orion and myself, since Ryan doesn’t like fish I don’t eat it as often as I’d like.  I found this recipe in a Biggest Loser newsletter, it’s from Curtis Stone.  Can’t believe how quick, easy and delicious it is!

Baked Cod with Asparagus





4 oz cod filet

1/2 bunch asparagus

1 bunch scallions

1 tsp Parmesan cheese grated

1 lemon


Garlic powder

dill (preferably fresh)

Cooking spray

Preheat oven to  400.  Spray baking dish with cooking spray.  place scallions on bottom of dish, making a bed for the cod. Season cod with 1/4 tsp of garlic powder, 1/4  lemon juice, 1/8 tsp pepper, sprig of dill.  Tent baking dish with foil.Place asparagus in baking dish and spray with cooking spray.  Season with 1/4 tsp of garlic powder, 1tsp parmesan, 1/4 lemon juice, 1/8 tsp black pepper.Place both dishes in oven and bake 7 minutes.In meantime, slice the other half of the lemon and caramelize the slices in a pan. 

Remove asparagus from oven, remove tent form cod and bake another 3 minutes.To plate, place cod on plate and top with fresh dill and a caramelized lemon wheel. Place asparagus on plate and sprinkle with remainder of parmesan.

Calories 170

This meal was so good I can’t wait to make it again.  It’s so simple I wont forget how to make it either.  Well here’s to healthy eating and working out this week, weighing in on friday!

Nikki-Skinny French Onion Soup


I want to start sharing some of the easy and delicious recipes I’ve been making along the way to help me lose the weight.  I figured I’d start with this Skinny French Onion Soup since it’s beyond easy to make, and so yummy! I’ve made it a few times.  I did add a bit extra cheese on this one just to make it look extra good (which it was) and I counted the extra calories, and I’ve frozen this recipe as well.

Here’s how to do it


1/4 cup of water

1 medium yellow onion

4 cups beef broth

2 oz part skim Mozzarella Cheese

4 tbsp fat-free Croutons (I sometimes make my own croutons out of whole wheat bread instead)


In a medium sauce pan add the 1/4 cup of water and bring to a boil.  Slice the onion into strips and add to the water (i slice them before i start since the water boils so quickly).  Continue cooking until onions clarify.  One the onions are clear, add 4 cups of beef broth.  Bring to a boil and then simmer of 15-20 minutes.  Shred the Mozzarella.  Once done, place soup in 4 bowls, garnish with cheese and croutons.

I also throw it in the oven under the broiler for a few minutes until the cheese starts to brown and bubble, so yummy

If you follow these instructions the nutritional info is as follows

Calories: 126

Fat: 3.1g

Protein: 11.1g

Carbohydrates: 14.2g

If you add more cheese or croutons make sure you count those extra calories!  I’m making a low-fat chocolate chip dip this weekend that Stacey texted me about this week and if I love it will be posting it next week.  Stacey said it’s amazing, especially since it’s made out of chickpeas! sounds like an experiment.