Island Cooking: Noodling Around With Easy Recipes

At the first of the year I stated how I was going to drop some pounds and get more fit.

Well I have come to understand that when I mention losing a few pounds out loud it just seems to work against me I thought of food more. And I definitely realized I’m not a morning exerciser unless there is a platter of pancakes and a side of bacon to race for at the table. Lunch is a must to keep going, and in the evenings after a long day a cocktail and dinner will hit the spot. It always seems that I have an excuse for why not to exercise. It’s too cold, too hot, too humid, too rainy, the salt on the roads that melts the ice will hurt the dogs’ feet so I might as well wait until the spring thaw to get out and walk them. So with all of these excuses I decided a Wii Fit was in order.


After getting the kids to set it up – I’m not very technical – we actually had fun playing the sports games and after some rousing games of bowling, table tennis, and Frisbee I felt I was ready to set myself up on the Wii Fit and begin my exercise routine. First you create your character self and I was realistic and mine does not look like a Barbie doll. Then you have to weigh in, make your goals and the amount of weight loss you are aiming to lose (you stand on a board) – it remembers everything and calculates it for you. So after that was all done I did one aerobics class turned it off and couldn’t wait for the next day. Well a week or two went by and my guilt finally overcame me, so I got it all ready to go and stood on the board and do know that the board actually groaned and then said, “Ooohh!” Who knew that the board talked and worst of all could moan and groan when I stepped on it? I knew I might have added a pound or two but I didn’t know the Wii Fit would make such a big deal about it or point it out. I was mortified and promptly jumped off it and now I find myself in the living room having a staredown with a video game that is sitting on my living room floor.

The game is winning; I recently realized as I was once again giving it dirty looks while eating a bowl of ice cream. But I guess I’ve got to suck it up and start over again; I might change my character to look like a Barbie doll it could possibly give me some incentive.

This week’s drink will give me an incentive too! A light and refreshing skinny diet one!

Diet vodka (There’s no such thing, but I like to pretend!)

  • 1.5 shots vodka (just 98 Calories)
  • Your favorite low or no calorie mixer

Put ice in your glass followed by the vodka and your low or no calorie mixer, give it a stir and enjoy your 98 calories even though sometimes mine turns into 294 calories – if that happens just skip dessert.


This first recipe was sent by Mary Opdyke who got it from her friend Michaeleen Ward. I tried it this weekend and it was so good

Quick and Easy Pasta

  • 8 oz pasta. I used linguini.
  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 pound raw super large frozen shrimp, unpeeled and uncooked
  • 2 to 4 garlic cloves, minced (I use minced from jar)
  • 3/4 cup fat free sour cream
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan, Romano and/or Asiago cheese
  • 1 Tbsp. green onion

Cook pasta. Heat butter and oil over medium heat, add shrimp that have been thawed and peeled. Cook for 4 minutes. Add garlic, sour cream, salt and pepper. Cook 3 to 4 minutes more. Remove from heat. Add cheese and mix. I mixed pasta in with everything and then sprinkled green onion on top.


Easy Pasta Recipe 2

  • 1/2 pound of your favorite pasta (I like shells or cavatappi)
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. salt (I love kosher)
  • 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 ounce (2 slices more if you like) thin prosciutto (or your favorite ham) cut into thin strips
  • 1/4 cup shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

Cook pasta according to directions – add no salt or fat. Drain over bowl and reserve 1/4 of the pasta water.

Heat pan over medium and spray with cooking spray. Add garlic and sauté 1 minute. Remove from heat. Add reserved pasta water and pasta to pan; let stand 2 minutes. Stir in parsley, oil, salt and prosciutto. Sprinkle with cheese. Serve and enjoy.

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