Sunday, September 20, 2009
My faith is an integral part of my life. And my spiritual fellowships lift me up greatly (often carrying me through the week). BUT, these fellowships almost always end with a delicous potluck, or oneg.
Yesterday afternoon's Shabbat fellowship in Roseville CA, was very special as some observed it as a special Holy/High Day: Yom Teruah, or the Feast of Trumpets (Lev. 23:24). In addition, one of the fellowship families is leaving Sacramento (a victim of our sluggish economy right now) and moving to Greely CO for new job so it was also a going away party.
YIKES! another party w/good food, wine & deserts. Yep, the fall Holy Days are here!! How am I going to loose 10 pounds by the end of the month and be around all this food. My first thought is I need to make something that I know tastes good and fits into my diet, nutrition & calorie goals. BINGO- I'll make the Cabbage Chicken Salad which we all enjoyed at the SacSparkles potluck last tuesday (see: http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-deta
il.asp?recipe=267766); so I'll know I have one selection I'm familiar with; plus two other selections I feel I can track easily on the nutrition spot; 1 glass 'special' beverage (ie. wine or sparkling cider); and just one slice of 'good-bye' cake, or pie. The other aspect of my plan was to drink at least 2 cups of water before eating & chewing very completely.
Guess what it worked!!!! And I don't think my friends had any idea what kind of head trip and food choice arguments were going on in my head! LOL!!!
Our fellowship and biblical discussion about YomTeruah/Feast of Trumpets & declaring the 7th month (by Hallel conjunction calendar or new moon crescent sighting) was very, very lively. I go into more about this on recent topic I posted on the Shabbat Keepers team site.
I really want to loose 10 pounds by October 1, so hang in there with me as I try to make it through all the good food, festivals and fellowship that accompany's this season.
GREAT SPARK RECIPE:
Light Asian Cabbage Chicken Salad
6 Cups Shredded Cabbage
2 Cooked cubed Chicken Breast
1 Green Onion sliced
1 pkg. Ramen noodles
3 tbs Sliced Almonds
2 Tsp Sesame Seeds
1/3 Cups Sugar
3/4 tsp. Salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/3 Cup Cider Vinegar
2 tbs Extra Light Olive Oil
Make Dressing* with sugar, salt, pepper, vinegar, and olive oil. Set Aside.
Combine cabbage, chicken, and onions. Toss. Crumble noodles. Discard seasoning. Add noodles, almonds and sesame seeds. Add dressing and toss.
Number of Servings: 5
*Note: I got lazy and substituted with 1/2 cup of Paul Newman's lite sesame ginger dressing.