Friday, December 07, 2012
Today I received word that one of my loved ones in Brazil was killed in a freak car accident. I am feeling terrible and shocked. I just want to hide in my room and cry all day.
It will be a real challenge to eat properly and exercise today. At the moment I hardly care, but I know that it won't make me feel better to trash myself.
Tuesday, December 04, 2012
I want to share an awesome tip I found on another website (sorry, I don't remember which site). I love to cook in large batches, so this is perfect for me.
Use muffin tins to freeze soups and stews and other one-dish wonders. Measure the first one so you know how much the serving size will be, then fill all the others to match. Freeze about 30 minutes, then remove from tins.
You may need to repeat several times if you have a large batch of food, but it goes pretty fast and it's worth it not to have 40 miniature containers clogging up your freezer!
You can toss the "soup muffins" in a giant ziploc bag (be sure to label it) and take out pre-measured portions as you need them. The small size also makes them easy to heat up quickly in the microwave.
I tried this with jambalaya and black bean chili and not only is it convenient, it keeps me from serving myself an oversized portion.
Great for quick work lunches - just put a couple "soup muffins" in a baggie or container and go!
Monday, December 03, 2012
This evening I still had half a pound of ground beef and a head of cabbage, so I found a "Cabbage and beef stir fry" recipe here on SP and modified it.
To be honest, I really never thought of a head of regular cabbage as a stir fry veggie, but it's great because it cooks up fast. I wonder what it would look like with red cabbage?
Here's my version:
It turned out to be quite tasty. My family (who don't eat spicy foods) thought it was perfect, and I thought it was a little bland; I like my food a bit more adventuresome than they do. However, the combination of meat and veggies is a really versatile base for experimentation with various kinds of stir fry sauces. Planning to try this with teriyaki or peanut sauce.
Sunday, December 02, 2012
I adore cooking! I am having a great time adapting recipes to make them healthier. Today I did makeovers of two recipes, both of which you can find under my "Favorites" section (upper right, select More and then Favorites).
Aloo Matar Keema (ground beef curry with potatoes and peas)
This is SO GOOD. The only thing keeping me to just one serving is that it is so full of flavor I don't have to eat a lot to enjoy it.
Pumpkin Tofu Pie with Fiber One Crust
Saving the pie tasting until after my workout, will come back and edit when I have actually tasted it. Sure LOOKS good.
Between the crust and the tofu, the pie was really not much like my usual pumpkin pie. Pumpkin doesn't overpower the tofu taste as completely as chocolate does (maybe more pumpkin, less tofu?).
However, it is a very good low cal/high fiber/high protein snack and actually quite delicious as long as I don't EXPECT it to taste a certain way.
I will definitely keep experimenting with different flavor combinations with tofu and the Fiber One crust, because it is less than 100 calories and strangely healthy (except for the Splenda), and the chocolate version was SO FREAKING AWESOME.
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
I try to keep my late night snacks within my daily nutrition plan by making sure I have some calories left to "spend" at the end of the day.
I usually keep on hand some snacks that are super rich in flavor and "decadence" but not high in calories. The decadence factor (expensive, sweet/salty, exotic - whatever works for you) is important! Since it feels like an indulgence, I take tiny bites and roll it around my mouth and savor it slowly rather than horking it down like a St. Bernard.
My favorite late night snacks at the moment are:
* Half an ounce of a nice robust cheese and half an ounce of walnut pieces (Omega-3 boost)
* Dates, pears or apples with either of the above
* One or two squares of good dark chocolate and a glass of port wine
* Homemade treat that is rich and sweet but "healthy" such as tofu pudding (trust me, even Bill Cosby would like it - see my chocolate tofu pie makeover recipe)
Also important: I always, ALWAYS measure and track them before crawling into bed with the book and snackies. That way my mind won't trick me into thinking that I "need" more to feel satisfied, and I will see how little I have and try to make it last longer.
So far it's working - I might lose weight a bit faster if I didn't snack at all, but then I would feel deprived, which would lead to... you got it, bedtime bingeing.
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