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American Cheese Grits

Thursday, March 29, 2012

American Cheese Grits

Source: dLife

Creamy American cheese grits with cayenne pepper.

Rating:
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Difficulty: EASY


Nutrition Facts
Makes 4 servings
Serving Size: 0.75 cup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 135
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
Dietary Exchanges
1 Meat, 1 Starch
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Servings Ingredients
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


Directions
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.
Additional Information
Try with 1/2 of a large onion bagel, 1 hard boiled egg, and 1 1/4 cup strawberries.

  
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PERSISTENCEMIMI 3/30/2012 2:29PM

  Thank you Teresa

I love grits and this recipe looks like a winner.
It's going into my next week recipes menu,

Thank you for posting it.

Mimi

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PYNETREE 3/30/2012 9:00AM

    Ha-ha...I don't really get Grits! I have never eaten them....but, my husband, who is from Virginia, misses them, and would have them whenever we went back for a visit. Guess I just don't understand Grits! I don't know, they don't seem to go with Breakfast??

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Cranberry Almond Granola

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Quick Info:
Servings
Contains Nuts
Contains Wheat/Gluten
Vegetarian
Good for Leftovers
Most Popular
GERD-Friendly
Heart-Healthy
Diabetes-Friendly
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
Recipe Source:
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 35 mins
Rest Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 1 h 5 mins
Ingredients
cooking spray
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
Preparation
1. Position racks in the top and bottom thirds of the oven; preheat to 325F. 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.


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I don't like who I am becoming

Monday, March 26, 2012

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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. emoticon emoticon
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DOLLYHOLLY 3/27/2012 1:08PM

    emoticon Please take good care of yourself. I'm thinking & praying for you.

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WESHAKAT 3/26/2012 4:40PM

    Like who you are becoming. Just hate the potholes in the road to get there. Side effects? Don't even get me started. Good luck finding what is right for you.

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BIGT_56 3/26/2012 3:01PM

    Bless your heart. It is so hard to deal with medical issues and try to struggle through experimenting with the meds to see what is going to help or hurt. Bi-polar is such a difficult condition to get a handle on because what works today might not work tomorrow. I have a couple of family members that struggle with it and it hurts me to see them go through all they do. It is also hard on the people who live with a bi-polar person. You are never quit sure who you are going to wake up to on any given day.
I do suffer with insomnia and I know that being awake at night when the rest of the world is asleep sucks! It can cause all kinds of crazy thoughts to wander through your head. You might try meeting some people on Sparks that are from other countries. I find that my friends I meet on here from Australia are usually here (or on Facebook) late at night when I need someone to talk to.
As far as the bed issue...have you tried an air mattress? They make some nice ones out there now and it would bed cheaper (and easier to move) than a futon. One little trick I found out to keep from feeling cold on an air mattress...put a blanket between you and the mattress. I like those little soft throws like you can get at Walmart. They keep you feeling warm all night and they hug the mattress and won't bunch up under you.
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HIKETOHEIGHTS 3/26/2012 2:20PM

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RINA2002 3/26/2012 1:46PM

  Self-care always has a place in life, especially if you have others depending on you, too. If you don't take care of yourself, especially when your own burdens increase, they will only get more difficult. Life is usally a balance of taking care of yourself while taking care of others, but sometimes the balance is off.

Thinking about oneself is natural; it takes effort and practice to think about others exclusively, in a way that doesn't involve thinking about how whatever it is doesn't also impact us.

There are no easy answers, but I am sending some thoughts your way.



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KESTES200 3/26/2012 12:39PM

    I hope that you are regularly meeting with a therapist, especially has you struggle with so many challenges.

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CATHYHASSPARK 3/26/2012 11:51AM

    in a way I know what you are going th rough , diffrent scenarios but the same, last su mmer I did not like what I had become, I had put out my back and hip , I was 380 lbs, I could not function , I could not even get on my socks and shoes without it being a huff and puff work out,

I did not like feeling this way , I would see people who would need assistance because they were too obese to care for themselves I always thought that will not be me, well I was going in that direction!! I am one who cares for others, makes others comfortable, I had to make a reality for myself I need to work on me, I dont need to make others comfortable all the time where here I am so uncomfortable, you are blogging and sharing your heart here and thats a good step, my heart goes out to you and a prayer. take care of you!! emoticon

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MNJONES2 3/26/2012 11:40AM

    I did say a little prayer for you - i was wondering if you can use your sparkpeople account to read, write messages etc when you cant sleep - if that would help?

I really dont have a clue as what you are going through but I did want you to know that other sparkers care.

Best wishes on your journey to good health.

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Sweet-and-Sour-Chicken Stew

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

  
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JANTWO 3/25/2012 3:10AM

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Closed Door-Open Window

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. emoticon

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. emoticon emoticon

  
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NELLJONES 3/22/2012 9:43AM

    It's always interesting how it takes a certain amount of time to absorb an idea and think it through to come up with a comfortable response. I always imagine that for some people this process is instantaneous, but it probably isn't. The only thing that changed from your first intuitive negative response to seeing the positive was your attitude, and that took....how long? Give yourself that long anytime something clenches your stomach and maybe the stomach acid will lessen.

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