Monday, February 26, 2007

Cold Part Deux

I'm sick again. Another cold, I guess -- sore throat, congestion, sneezing, feeling awful. It actually started in the middle of the night Saturday, and yesterday I laid around all day hoping it would go away. But it didn't.

This is a bad sign: sick twice in about a month. It's a warning to me that I'm run down and my immunity isn't the best. It also makes me wonder if being run down isn't what's exacerbating my stumbling around with the food and exercise.

So I took the sign and called off sick today. I read a little and slept a lot of the morning away. Now I have to get ready for my 6-month checkup with my surgeon, which I'm not cancelling because it's extremely difficult to get an appointment with him. But I'm taking it easy the rest of the day, too.

These winters really do get the best of me. Every day I find myself longing for spring, for warmer weather and clear roads that I can walk on. And days that I'm not cooped up in the house looking for something to eat. Each year I think I'm going to beat this Seasonal Affective Disorder, and this year has been better than some, but it's still got its tentacles around my ankles and is doing its best to drag me under.

Due to popular demand, I'm posting the Crab Rangoon recipe. I got it from the Kraft Food & Family emails that are sent to me regularly, just so they get their proper credit.

Baked Crab Rangoon
Prep Time: 20 min
Total Time: 40 min
Makes: 12 servings, one wonton each

1 can (6 oz.) white crabmeat, drained, flaked
4 oz. (1/2 of 8-oz. pkg.) PHILADELPHIA Neufchatel Cheese, 1/3 Less Fat than Cream Cheese, softened
1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions
1/4 cup KRAFT Mayo Light Mayonnaise
12 won ton wrappers

PREHEAT oven to 350°F. Mix crabmeat, Neufchatel cheese, onions and mayo.
SPRAY 12 medium muffin cups with cooking spray. Gently place 1 won ton wrapper in each cup, allowing edges of wrappers to extend above sides of cups. Fill evenly with crabmeat mixture.
BAKE 18 to 20 min. or until edges are golden brown and filling is heated through. Serve warm. Garnish with chopped green onions, if desired.

The people at Kraft say this baked version saves 80 calories and 6.5 g of fat per serving compared to traditional fried Crab Rangoon.
Diet Exchange:
1/2 Starch,1/2 Fat
Nutrition (per serving)
Calories 70 Total fat 3.5g Saturated fat 1.5g Cholesterol 20mg Sodium 150mg Carbohydrate 6g Dietary fiber 0g Sugars 1g Protein 4g Vitamin A 2%DV Vitamin C 0%DV Calcium 2%DV Iron 2%DV

Enjoy. I know my guests loved it and had no idea it was a "healthier" version.


Anne M. said...

I'm so sorry you are feeling crummy - but you are doing exactly the right thing to stay home and take care of yourself. There are so many different things going around and if your body/system is run down, you are more open to being sick. Sleeping lots was just what you needed.

I think being run down does make us stumble around with food and exercise. And if you push too hard (say with exercise) when our body needs rest, it can backfire. Working out is important but so is overall feeling good.

Do you have one of those natural daylight lamps? It's made a huge difference for me and my SAD to have one to sit under in the morning and evening, even just 30 min. at a time. I can't wait to change clocks which happens early this year!

Anne M. said...

p.s. - thanks for posting the recipe!

Lori said...

Really, I'm glad you are staying home and taking care of yourself. You've had a stressful couple of weeks with good and bad things (Mabel's surgery, food stuff, weather, the party, etc.) and so you probably need a day off.

Being tired makes me do stupid things with food, usually with bad choices.

I love the recipe and I appreciate you posting it very much!

Get well, get some rest, and relax.

Jen said...

you've had a very stressful winter so far; it is easy to get run down. And I know that a cold that has been circulating around here has tended to last several weeks--particularly the cough. Take care of yourself and rest.

And thanks for posting the recipe!

Vickie said...

I had what I thought were colds and bronchitis for years and years and years - each year I would get a bad "cold" that didn't ever really go away until the sun was out in the spring - it was actually allergies and asthma. I am on two nasal sprays and one oral medication (for life) and haven't had a "cold" since. . .asthma isn't always wheezing - in me - it is a cough. In me - under a full allergy attack - it looks just like a cold - nose, eyes, the whole bit.