Friday, May 10, 2013
So...lost a total of 3.8 pounds over the 8 weeks...ALMOST 1/2 pound a week...went to the gym a couple times during the challenge...not the greatest but better than before. Drinking a little bit more liquid. Found a couple yummy lunch recipes for when I get a job again.
Friday, April 19, 2013
Okay...so I tried out a couple recipes for lunches and I've managed to do the three walks a week ... Been drinking more but not plain water. Haven't gone to the gym though...so all in all...mixed bag
Saturday, April 06, 2013
Round 1...Colleen's Chickpea Burgers with Tahini Sauce
Verdict...they were really crumbly so did not hold together well, but they tasted absolutely amazing!...and might totally use the sauce on other things too:)
Rating: My mom says 10 out of 10...i agree for taste, but work and crumblyness makes it maybe an 8 or 8.5...lots of ingredients to mix together.
Celery Soup I
3 cups celery (cut in one-half inch pieces) 1 slice onion
3 tablespoons butter
1 pint boiling water 1/4 cup flour
21/2 cups milk Salt and pepper
Wash and scrape celery before cutting in pieces, cook in boiling water until soft, and rub through a sieve. Scald milk with the onion, remove onion, and add milk to celery. Bind with butter and flour cooked together. Season with salt and pepper. Outer and old stalks of celery may be utilized for soups. Serve with croûtons, crisp crackers, or pulled bread.
This was really easy to make...it is made in 3 sets of ingredients and then all mixed together. Note: Do not...I repeat do not rub celery through a sieve...i gave up after one piece...food processors were obviously not invented when this was written. My mom loved it...but you really need a lot of salt (i put 20 shakes but our salt shaker sucks) before it tastes like soup versus hot milk and celery. Would probably add some garlic in next time.
Vegetarian Frittatta with Potato and Onion
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes
1/4 cup olive oil
1 onion, chopped
4 green onions, chopped (separate the greens from the bottom)
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 medium potatoes, thinly sliced
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper, divided
1 12 oz package firm tofu
1/4 cup soy sauce
4 tbsp nutritional yeast
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In a large frying pan, sautee the onions, garlic, and bottoms of the green onions in olive oil for 2-3 minutes. Add potatoes, salt and pepper, and sautee for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally until potatoes are golden brown.
Blend tofu, soy sauce, and nutritional yeast in a food processor or blender until well mixed. Mixture will be somewhat thick. Add green onions and potatoes and pour into a greased pie pan.
Cook 45-50 minutes, until top is firm and cooked all the way through.
While your frittata is still hot, sprinkle the top with cheese if desired. Allow the frittata to cool slightly before slicing and serving, as this will help it set and firm up a bit more. Enjoy!
And...round 4..."french toast' muffins
⅓ c. butter, melted
½ c. sugar
1 egg (preferably room temperature)
1½ c. all purpose flour
1½ tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. nutmeg
½ c. milk
Topping (option: cut topping in half*)
½ c. sugar
½ c. butter, melted
1 tsp. cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350F.
In a medium-large bowl, sift together all dry ingredients. Add wet ingredients and stir until combined, but still a bit lumpy. Don’t overmix. Scoop batter into muffin tins that have sprayed with cooking spray. Using a large ice cream scoop, I got 8 medium-large muffins out of this batter; I think you could get 10-12 muffins by distributing the batter a little less generously. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until they just start to turn a bit golden at the edges.
For the topping, mix sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Place melted butter in another small bowl. Dip the warm muffins in melted butter (you can dip just the top, but it’s even tastier to dip the whole muffin!), then dip/roll the muffin in cinnamon sugar. *May have left-over topping; the extra topping can be used for dipping, while eating the muffins (oh my). Another option is to cut the topping ingredients in half.CONSUME,ENJOY, GO CRAZY!
Sunday, March 31, 2013
Breakfast - Vegan Apple Blueberry Cake...I guessed on the calories on this one by finding something similar...still had the same amount of fat, but less calories than I thought
Yes...that's right...one...because it was too much to call a snack. I should have had more for breakfast...
Potato Wedges from Loblaws...again...I guessed...could have been more calories could have been less. That's the problem with eating out. It was a small order of them.
170 grams Grandma's Potato Salad...because God Forbid they get 100 grams...
The healthier lunch
Veggie Burger on a large whole wheat bun with nayonnaise, dill pickle, ketchup, red onion, tomato slices, and cheddar cheese
Small salad with lite creamy cucumber dressing
1 cup orange juice
3 cups water
2 tablespoons light tzatziki
Homefry style potatoes...i think i honestly stayed in my fat range in the end (i thought I went over)...when I look at the home fries I selected (578 calories, 67 carbs, 31 grams of fat, and 7 protein)...yup...just plugged it into recipe calculator...217.5 calories, 50.3 carbs, 5.9 grams of fat, and 5.4 protein)....This is why it is SOOO important to input exactly what you eat...not what you think it is.
1 cup mint tea sweetened with rock cane sugar
So after saturday's lesson, I added more breakfast so I would stay full longer
Vegan apple blueberry cake...this time using the recipe calculator
1 cup grovestand orange juice
1 cup sliced strawberries...they were soooo yummy!
Lunch was the same I had the first day, but this time I added one cup of motts vegetable cocktail, and some lettuce to the veggie burger...it was so satisfying! I don't usually feel full after!
Dinner was a whole wheat hamburger bun with butter and chick peas, with a cup of water - this seems to be where I get my water in, when I'm in the kitchen.
Dessert was 1/2 cup sweetened applesauce, and we had our traditional sweetened mint tea to finish off the day.
Apple Cinnamon Instant Oatmeal, 6 strawberries, and a cup of orange juice.
Snack...ie...avoiding the cold walk home eating
egg and cheese croissant and a nanaimo bar...minus the filling.
Extreme pita veggie pizza
1 tablespoon light ranch
Dinner i figured out based on what i had left for calories...1/2 cup basmati rice, 1/2 cup 4% cottage cheese, 1/4 cup peas, and 1/2 sliced roma tomato
Until dinner is crystal light infused water (minimum amount of the zero calorie liquid drops)
That's all for now, folks!
Lol...this is a good way of keeping track of the days while unemployed. :) :(
Breakfast...this didn't come until after lunch...but it was breakfast food...wanted to dive into the job search today, and eating breakfast didn't feel like I was being productive. - package of 8 sesame crackers with 2 tablespoons peanut butter (sandwiched between sets of 2 crackers)...was surprisingly filling. 1 cup orange juice.
Lunch...1 cup mott's vegetable cocktail, and one cheese sandwich with nayonaise, lettuce, tomato, onion, and pickle on whole wheat.
Snack...single-serve of mott's unsweetened apple sauce
Drink before dinner of crystal light...trying to get that waterish stuff in.
Dinner was 1/2 cup cottage cheese, 1/2 cup peas, 3/4 cup rice, and five triangles of tofu sautéed in 1/2 tablespoon ghee and 1 tablespoon soy sauce.
Finished off the evening with stevia sweetened mint tea
Breakfast was orange juice and a piece of whole wheat bread with a tablespoon of light peanut butter ... Been snacky all day...had a couple pickles and two sticks of sugar free gum
Lunch was 1/2 cup chickpeas and 3/4 cups rice with a teaspoon of butter
Been sipping on crystal light today
Sunday, March 24, 2013
My goals for this challenge are...
Try to drink more liquids...I might have a litre total a day.
Get out for walks three times a week.
Go to the gym at least once a week...eventually want to build this up, but not even going once a week...even though I'm paying 61.21/month.
Start eating fruit as snacks.
Learn some interesting vegetarian lunch ideas...hummus and pita gets boring, and I end up eating out.
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