I do so much better if I cook ahead --- big batch cooking --- having extras in the freezer --- life is just easier if I can get more meals out of my time in the kitchen! Makes perfect sense and now that the weather is cooling off a bit - I am planning on getting back to doing more of this. A new month is coming fast and fall is here ---- soups, casseroles, etc. ---- easily doubled, easily stored, easily frozen ---- that's my goal for October ---- get back into the swing of big batch cooking!!! I'm starting off with a big pot of soup . . . . . . . . . .
I found lots of big batch recipes in spark recipes -- also lots of cookbooklets that were listed as big batch cookbooks --- here's one that I saved and am planning on trying some of the recipes:
I tried a new recipe and just loved it ---- actually we've had it twice and both times it went over big --- thought I'd share it. It's from a JoAnna Lund recipe book - there's actually a spark team named for her -- they follow the exchange diet and they have a thread for recipes --- I just recently came across the team and enjoyed reading through the posts. Any way --- enjoy!
Crunchy Pea Salad
3c frozen peas, thawed
1 c diced celery
1 3/4 c chopped cauliflower
1/4 c chopped onion
2 T Hormel bacon bits
1/4 c Kraft FF ranch dressing
1/2 c FF mayo
1 T sugar substitute (I used Splenda)
Combine the veggies in a large bowl. In a small bowl add the dressing ingredients and mix well. Pour over veggies and stir to coat. Best if refrigerated for at least 30 minutes.
Makes 8 (3/4 c) servings
4 gm fat
5 gm protein
18 gm carb
2 gm fiber
It's Friday! and that is the start of the weekend for me --- ahhhhhh............ the weekend! I have a Friday "ritual" -- I start the day by telling myself that it's the weekend, not the WEAKend! And then I have to remind myself of that -- all day on Friday ---- again on Saturday --- and again on Sunday. The reason I have to remind myself is b/c it's easy to get off track on the weekends --- just so much living to do that involves food! But I'm not complaining --- if a reminder keeps me out of trouble --- then a reminder it shall be!!!
Here's to a STRONG weekend ---- here's to a HIGH 5 Friday ---- I can do this!
Tomorrow starts the HIGH 5 Challenge on the Progress, Not Perfection Team. I have been getting myself into the "starting" position ---- I have my food diary ready, I have my daily check off sheet ready, I have set my ticker to reflect the High 5 Challenge days, and I'm going to the grocery in the morning to get the couple of items I need to make it a little more interesting with a couple of new recipes ---- so ---- I think I'm good to go!
I discovered another bad habit! This is the second blog I've typed about bad habits! I can't believe I haven't noticed these before ---- I don't like to dwell on the negative --- but if I don't, then I won't get rid of them ---- so I've gotta dwell in order to boot 'em outta my life!
This bad habit is over eating when I'm not feeling well. I discovered it these last couple of days as I've had this cough/cold to deal with --- it started on Thursday evening and I just noticed my food diary hasn't been filled in since Friday morning. I even stopped tracking! why did I do that???? I honestly can't believe that I stopped! I've not been purposely over eating or bingeing ---- but I stopped writing. I've been drinking alot of orange juice (calories! eeeek!!) and I tend to want to eat salty things like pretzels, crackers, etc. --- I think b/c it's harder to taste things with a cold and the salty is stronger flavors ---- I also eat chicken soup ---which has more salt ---- I'm seeing a pattern! I tend to also eat cold things like fudge bars --- even though I only have the sugar free ones in my freezer - it's still over eating if I have too many ---- and just b/c I have a cold/cough, is not a good enough reason to have too many OR to stop writing them down altogether!!! wow! I bad!
So now that I have awareness of what I tend to do when I'm not feeling well, I plan to not let this happen again --- I need to be on track even when I'm sick ---- I need to stay on program every possible day that I can - no excuses ---- I have to make the right choices in order to have a successful weight loss journey.
One more bad habit revealed ----- I'm going to do my best to terminate it! Done! No more! that's my story and I'm sticking to it!