Thursday, March 29, 2012
American Cheese Grits
Creamy American cheese grits with cayenne pepper.
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Makes 4 servings
Serving Size: 0.75 cup
Amount Per Serving
Total Carbs 21.5 g
Dietary Fiber 0.5 g
Sugars 3 g
Total Fat 1 g
Saturated Fat 0.5 g
Unsaturated Fat 0.5 g
Potassium 18.7 mg
Protein 7.5 g
Sodium 376.5 mg
1 Meat, 1 Starch
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2 3/4 cup cold water
1/2 cup Grits, corn, white, dry
1/4 tsp salt
4 piece Cheese, American, white, low fat, singles
1/2 cup fat free half and half
1/8 tsp ground cayenne (red pepper)
1 pinch black pepper
1 Bring water to a boil in a saucepan. Mix in grits and salt. Decrease the heat, cover, and simmer for 5 minutes.
2 Take off of the heat and mix in the remaining ingredients except the black pepper. Let sit, covered, for 2 minutes. Season with black pepper and serve.
Try with 1/2 of a large onion bagel, 1 hard boiled egg, and 1 1/4 cup strawberries.
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Good for Leftovers
Nutritional Info (Per serving):
Calories: 262, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 67mg, Dietary Fiber: 5g, Total Fat: 11g, Carbs: 37g, Cholesterol: 0mg, Protein: 7g
Carb Choices: 2
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 35 mins
Rest Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 1 h 5 mins
2/3 cup(s) juice, apple, unsweetened concentrate, thawed
1/2 cup(s) maple syrup
1/3 cup(s) oil, almond, or oil, canola
1/4 cup(s) sugar, brown, dark, packed
1 tablespoon cinnamon, ground
1/2 teaspoon salt
5 cup(s) oats, rolled, (not quick-cooking)
1 cup(s) wheat germ, toasted
1 cup(s) nuts, almonds, raw, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup(s) sunflower seeds
1 cup(s) cranberries, dried, divided
1. Position racks in the top and bottom thirds of the oven; preheat to 325°F. Coat 2 large baking sheets with sides with cooking spray.
2. Whisk apple juice concentrate, maple syrup, oil and brown sugar in a medium saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; stir in cinnamon and salt.
3. Mix oats, wheat germ, almonds and sunflower seeds in a large bowl. Stir in the juice mixture; toss to coat.
4. Spread the granola evenly on the prepared baking sheets.
5. Bake the granola for 15 minutes, stirring once or twice. Reverse sheets top to bottom and back to front. Continue baking until lightly browned and aromatic, stirring frequently, about 15 minutes more.
6. Transfer the baking sheets to wire racks; stir 1/2 cup dried cranberries into the granola on each sheet. Let cool completely.
Monday, March 26, 2012
It is my suggestion that if you are in search of something positive and uplifting, don't read any further. As often is the case, I am uncertain the direction this will take, but I do know it will consist of mostly, ranting and raving. I am hoping to get rid of the negativity here rather in other areas.
As a prologue, I suppose I will begin with some of the recent general issues. The Spring/Fall cycle for bi-polars is definitely not helping. I began mine early. Health reasons resulted in losing my best coping mechanisms, and I have been extremely sleep deprived.
There are so many individuals who live with chronic conditions much more severe, I feel guilty for even reacting to such pettiness. Of course, this doesn't help matters much either.
My doctor has given my two weeks of a medication, which as it is building in my system the side effects are becoming worse. They are frightening, and I really don't like to be alone. I have a medication anxiety which just feeds into it. Obviously, I don't do medications well.
I have been staying with my significant other, in order to have some support. One thing that irritates me more than anything is when individuals don't follow through. I know it is a burden.
There is a cycle created by this within all my other cycles. By around four in the afternoon,
I have worn down to the point, I have lost all focus, am extremely irritable. etc. I think thoughts which are really not very nice, and work extremely hard not to begin a rant.
It is difficult not to allow him to sabotage my efforts at health, I believe in my heart it is just that he has no clue. I simply try to do my own thing as diplomatically as possible. He actually is doing better, and I am happy to see this as he has already done a great deal of self-inflicted damage. However,
Having digressed back to my horrible manifestations. I suppose a certain amount of selfishness is required in self-care. Yesterday, because of his habit of not listening, just after eating, we had to go to his Mom's and eat more. In some ways this is good because my new medication requires it to be taken at bedtime with at least 324 calories. Obviously, I went way over yesterday. He simply doesn't see why I get so frustrated. The icing on the cake is the
interruption in the little exercise I am able to do, before I wear down.
Exercise has always been what has gotten me through. Having gained weight from something we are still working on discovering, it is more important than ever for me to use the window of opportunity I have. Not only was that out of the picture, so was my Sparking, and general business I need to do which is important to me.
The last two nights I have essentially been facing the hardest of the side-effects of my medications entirely alone. Last night I couldn't even sleep. I have been using a hide-a-bed, but it made me so sore, I have been up since it was time to take my medication and feed the cat. I can't sleep on this, and am trying to think of an alternative. I have a hide-a bed at home,
but his weight has actually put a sag in the springs. It is old anyway. I am thinking of a futon or something which I can later replace the couch at my house with. Problem: Money. Living on a fixed income makes saving for major purchases take much longer. What if my specialist isn't covered by my insurance? Borrowing trouble again. Why worry until things happen. They usually do work out for the best.
If I face this alone anyway, why not stay home, and just return on weekends? Always a but.
He has acute kidney stones which are releasing more quickly with new medication. He has a history of numerous stones, which are inoperable. Naturally, he has his attacks when it is most difficult for me.
Me Me Me here I go again. This is a big part of what I don't like. I have had almost a decade of
tending to others, keeping the peace, doing all of the supposed to's I feel it is time to live my life without the guilt.
I come to Spark for so many things. It is a blessing which helps in every aspect of my life.
If any poor soul has plowed their way through all of the whining I would ask that they say a quick prayer for me. I need all of the guidance I can get.
Friday, March 23, 2012
Sometimes I just want to have something simple which I can quickly have ready. I found this in
an issue of Diabetic Living.
Using spreadable fruit in the salad dressing instead of a high-sugar jam helps keep the calories low.
Servings 4 (1 3/4 cup each) Carbs per serving 21 g
12 ounces cooked chicken breast shredded*
Tip- Use left-over chicken, deli-cooked chicken breast, or canned drained chicken breast.
4 cups packaged shredded cabbage with carrot (coleslaw mix)
1 cup fresh pea pods, trimmed and halved
1/4 cup raspberry or strawberry spreadabele fruit
2 tablespoons canola oil
4 teaspoons cider vinegar
1 medium red apple, cored and chopped.
In a large bowl, combine chicken, coleslaw mix, and pea pods; set aside. In a small bowl whisk together spreadable fruit, oil and cider vinegar; add apple and toss to coat. Add apple mixture to cabbage mixture, toss to coat.
Per serving: 285 cal; 10 g (total fat) 72 mg chol. 81 mg sodium, 21 g carb. 3 g fiber, 28 g protein.
Exchanges: 1.5 vegetable, 1 carb, 3.5 very lean meat, 1.5 fat, Carb choices:1.5
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Yesterday was yet another day of making mountains out of molehills. Many concerns were raised, when my significant other voiced his plans for an extremely extravagant and expensive gift. Several of my fellow Sparkers offered some good insight into the situation, an I truly appreciate etch and every comment.
As I continued to reflect, I remembered my mother saying that sometimes it is kinder to accept a gift rather than to deny it. I was still in an extreme state of indecision. I spoke with a good friend of mine, whose opinion I respect a great deal. She knows both of us, and much of etch of our history. Her comment was that an important life lesson is to learn to receive as well as to give.
Knowing how difficult this can be. This really provided me with a new life perspective.
As usual, things have a way of working themselves out, in the way they are meant to be.
One of my goals to to quit interfering so much. The well-known Serenity Prayer sums it up.
A solution has presented itself. It is a compromise which I will be willing to work with. My significant other is a computer technician. In fact, he has managed to keep this computer alive past its time. He has access to numerous computers. In fact, a visit to his basement is quite hazardous as there are mazes of computers in various states of repair. Now, to the point, He has a good machine which he plans to add eight G's of memory, and fix the one he is using, so we will both have machines which will perform as we need. Naturally, we have different uses. Bottom line, Even though some of the parts are costly, they are much less than a new computer, which I was not too keen. Problem resolved.
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