One of my favorites

Thought I’d share a recipe from my book Fabulous Foods,  Enjoying Healthy Comfort Foods under the name, Cynthia Mahoney FNP (if you type in my name instead of the title, you’ll go straight to the book)

Cindy’s Favorite Fettuccine Alfredo

This was one of my serendipitous findings. I spent years trying to emulate a local chef’s high fat Alfredo, sans fat, and tried some changes. When I finally hit on this recipe, it was mid-summer and my husband was in the mood for a cool salad. So because I am the saint that I am, I ate his portion of Fettuccine Alfredo, I mean someone had to do it. I sat down, wrote the recipe and fired it off to the local newspaper’s Healthy Living section. I have had more compliments on this than I can stand, well almost.

 

Prep time: 15 minutes

 

6 ounces of whole wheat linguini or Fettuccine noodles

6 ounces of fat free half and half

1 tablespoon light margarine such as I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter, Light

½ cup parmesan cheese, finely grated

1 teaspoon cornstarch

1 clove fresh pressed garlic, sautéed

Salt, about 1 or 2 teaspoons

1 tablespoon grated Asiago cheese, optional

 

In a medium pot, boil noodles per package instructions but don’t add oil or salt. Stir frequently.

While the noodles are boiling, in a medium bowl mix the cornstarch with 1 tablespoon of the fat free half and half. When thoroughly mixed with a fork, add in the rest of the fat free half and half.

 

When noodles are sufficiently cooked, drain and put directly back into the pot, add the light margarine and mix until melted. Turn heat back on medium and add the cornstarch/half and half mix and heat to almost boiling, but do not boil, for 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Add the ½ cup parmesan cheese, garlic and salt and mix. The sauce will thicken.

 

Serve immediately with the grated Asiago.

3 servings:

Calories: 397

Fat: 5

Fiber: 6

Protein: 21

Father’s Day

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One of the most cherished holidays of the season. When I was young, I often missed Mother’s Day, Father’s Day.

I didn’t appreciate the importance of thanking my parents for all the love they’d given me, for every decision I made. For the material/immaterial things that kids sometimes don’t get.

Now, they’re gone. Passed a long time ago, but now … I wish I could tell them how much I appreciate them.

Anyone else feel like a heel?

I don’t know how it happened, ’cause I hadn’t put any weight on these holidays, but my son, once he was old enough to understand and every year since, has given me a card, chocolate, or taken me to brunch. Today, he and his girlfriend treated my husband to brunch and I got to tag along.

If I had a time machine …

Thank you Mom and Dad for all your love. And today, Dad, I wish I could smell that really stinky cigar, just one more time.

 

 

Reaching the GOAL

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Today, I am not writing about writing. This is reading and doing.

This. Is. Personal.

I have battled ups and downs with weight control for YEARS. I have yet to reach my goal–however, I am much closer to the goal than where I was at. Am I going to tell you? Heck, no. Geez.

(Am I pushing this? Yes.  http://cmahoneyfnp.wixsite.com/claireosullivan/book-inner-page )

You see, I love food. Seems to be, I love food that is not particularly healthy. Like… pizza. Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, gravy. Hamburgers, hot dogs. PIE. Sticky buns. Italian food. Name something. Except lutefisk.

( http://cmahoneyfnp.wixsite.com/claireosullivan/book-inner-page )

Over the years (and I mean many years) I have been on every single diet ever touted on the face of the earth. Name one. Been there. From vegetarian to the Zone (and weirder diets), like the grapefruit and steak diet …

Been there.

The Zone demanded tuna for lunch every day. It might have well been an entire fish for all I was concerned, I hate tuna. I managed the Zone one … day.

I would stand in the cookbook aisle of healthy foods, well. Not so healthy. I lived vicariously through pictures. It didn’t help me lose weight by the way.

After so may failed attempts I WROTE A COOKBOOK. With…good…food.

( http://cmahoneyfnp.wixsite.com/claireosullivan/book-inner-page )

Pizza. Meatloaf, mashed potatoes. Apple pie. Sticky buns. HEALTHY! Tastes great. Easy to make. From BBQ to crockpot, and everything in between. Mexican food, easy comfort foods. Pumpkin pie. Lasagna. LASAGNA!

Best of all–every recipe can be tailored to your diet needs. Gluten free? Swap the wheat noodles out for your favorite alternates. Need soy or rice milk? Go for it!

A lot of folks did great with simple changes. Other diets, lifestyles — many too austere, can cause a person to … fall away, like I did. Within days. I’ve spent scads of money on diet books, only to hate the food, eat something bland, disgusting or just plain stupid.

Once I figured a few simple changes, my weight went down. My cholesterol stunned my doctor. My joint pain eased. I had obstructive sleep apnea. It’s gone. I had acid reflux. THAT’s gone. So, hence the book. ( http://cmahoneyfnp.wixsite.com/claireosullivan/book-inner-page )

Don’t get me wrong. Every now and again, I fall into a temptation. But it’s not like falling off the wagon. It’s more of a stumble. If you hit the ground, you get up, brush off the dirt and continue on.

I hope you (diabetic, hypertensive, high cholesterol, weight control, heart disease folks) who have been told to be vegans and can barely choke it down (no knock on vegans, they do pretty well, those who like it), find refuge and health in my book. Go ahead. Shock your doctor/practitioner. Tell him/her what you have done. Good PR for me 🙂

I address food. Not so much exercise. I’ll do that here. I used to be a cross country runner. Then I took up karate. After a disastrous knee accident, it’s has never been right, so I started walking. Then more problems arose. Head to toe type. I started boxing (yes, in the comfort and safety of my own home). Best exercise ever. Until the arthritis took over my wrists and hands. I am still looking for the perfect exercise. Swimming, no. Water walking – sorry, I won’t do it. Sure, I’m gray. But I ain’t water walking.

Lifestyle changes come easy when you change one thing at a time. Don’t swap out all of your foods, you may find yourself in the welfare aisle. Changes should be reasonable. Cooking should be short and savory. Food should be like my fettuccine –to die for. Desserts must tickle your tongue. Enjoy your food! Do not go hungry or stand in the cookbook section vicariously living through pictures …

This is a lifestyle I can live with. Visit my web page and click on Fabulous Foods Enjoying Healthy Comfort Foods. It will take you directly to the Amazon page. You can find it on Kindle also.

Why am I pushing it then? Because I have met with authors who have since passed away, succumbing to a lifestyle disorder. Because I know authors who are limping along trying and falling for months. I know scads of people who want good food, including family.

It. Is. Personal.

I continue on, battling the same as you. I don’t wish to be in the ICU or cardiac care unit, thank you.

http://cmahoneyfnp.wixsite.com/claireosullivan and click on the book’s picture and hit ‘buy.’

This is not a money-maker for me, royalties are in the dirt. I used to buy boxes of books -print on demand- and had a captive audience, but lives were changed. To me, that makes it worth it.

It’s under the name (real) that I work under, so don’t be terribly confused 🙂

5 to >100 pounds IT IS DOABLE.