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Adventures in Cooking with George!

Sunday, September 28, 2008

If you have been reading my blog for any time, you know that I love my George Foreman grill. I think that a lot of people think of these appliances as rather one-dimensional... I am trying to expand on ways to use mine and get happier with it all the time.

I have grilled mushrooms on it in the past.... quesadillas... fish... chicken... burgers... other veggies.... etc.

Today I was in the mood for chicken and we had some leftover rice in the frig... so I took my creativity from there.

I ended up grilling a thick chicken breast... which was frozen when I started (it ended up being split so the center could finish cooking).

So I put the chicken on the George and closed the lid... I came back and put some salt, pepper, garlic powder and italian seasoning on it.

Then I cut some large chunks of onion and put those on the grill with it, actually rotating those pieces onto the chicken to get some of that good flavor into the chickie.

While that was cooking I grabbed 100ish grams of the leftover rice and put that on a plate with a little water and some chicken drippings and microwaved it for about a minute.

I turned the chicken and then moved the onions around again. Then I took about an ounce (~1.5 tbsp of peach/strawberry jam) and put 2-3 tbsp of water on it and put it in the microwave for 1-2 minutes.

I pulled the onions off the grill and put them on the rice. When the chicken was done, I put it on the rice (this would work great with chicken tenderloins) and then drizzled the warm jam sauce over the top. It was delicious... I love savory and sweet flavors together... the onion and the jam together was amazing with the grilled flavors of the chicken.

I think I need to write this up as a recipe... yep... that I will.

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Reflecting on the journey.

Friday, September 26, 2008

I'm nearly to one month of maintenance... that will be next Thursday, just in time for a trip to a 2-day conference in St. Louis.

I'm taking my co-workers to Fitz's fitzsrootbeer.com/menu.html in University City one of the nights we are there. Then they want to go to the Cheesecake Factory... and their menu is a toughie for finding healthy choices. I'm going to have to wing it with eating since I won't have SP to help me track most likely (the conference is in an expensive hotel that WON'T have free internet). (I don't get why the more expensive the hotel the less free stuff you get with your room.)

I've actually started getting away from using my gram scale so slavishly, allowing myself to guestimate measurements occasionally. I guess in some ways I have the "orthorexia" that has been mentioned lately. It's kind of freeing to be able to do that. Another thing that is changing is my trying to get the high fructose corn syrup out of my diet. I was amazed that my cheap peanut butter (Aldi) doesn't have any! That makes me happy. As time goes on, I'll get pickier about getting it out of my diet.

I tried a new yummy this evening, spurred on by my hubby... he had fat free refried beans and cheese toasted between 2 small corn tortillas... I did the same thing, except that I used the Goerge (Foreman) grill. It was good, but I think it would be better if I cut into pieces and dipped it into salsa. I like the fact that the corn tortillas are nearly fat free and so much lower in calories than flour tortillas.

So far, Maintenanceville has been an interesting challenge, but I'm holding my own. I'm not going to make my 2000 minute exercise goal this month due to a slow start, but I have still managed to make up a pretty good amount of ground and gotten mostly on track towards the end of the month. But 500 minutes of exercise in 4 days... uh no!

At least the hotel will have a fitness room next week. I will certainly be in it every day.

I'm very tired and need to get to bed now!!

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ANNIEONLI 9/28/2008 10:45AM

    Hey chickie - I loved this blog...

BTW - Cheescake Factory has a great Angel Hair pasta with grilled shrimp (grated romano cheese encrusted, of course) and diced tomatoes...Sooooooo good and a ton of it - you won't feel guilty eating the shrimp and a quarter of the pasta - at least I didn't! LOL

Congrats on the 1 month in Maintenanceville!!!

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Day 20 in Maintenanceville, Day 30 in current exercise streak...

Sunday, September 21, 2008

It's funny how helpful taking that one day off from exercise was for me. Just giving myself permission was huge... it helped me relax and get a bit of perspective. While exercise everyday is VERY important to me, it's okay to take a day off too. Taking care of myself is important.

This last week was difficult for getting in enough exercise, it was crazy busy. Seemed like there was something going on every night... and I couldn't drag my butt out in the mornings to exercise either... argh. I did exercise everyday, but not as much as I really wanted. I want to make my monthly goal of 2000 minutes, but it will be tough with the slow exercise week last week.

I'm vowing to make this week better... I intend to get up early to exercise at least twice this week... it will make the rest of my week so much easier. I was also having a heck of a time getting enough sleep last week. I caught up this weekend a great deal despite being very very busy.

This morning I sang "Getting to Know You" at church and it went pretty well. I felt kinda wobbly at first, but nobody listening seemed to hear that in my voice.

Last night we had our Harvest Supper. Friday night I helped bake 7 apple pies and 3 custard pies... then yesterday I helped make the dinner itself... it was GREAT! Omigosh, Beth can cook! We had roasted pork, stuffed zucchini, fresh green beans, and roasted white & sweet potatoes layered with herbs and carmelized onions!! So.Good! I learned to make oil based pie crust... EASY!

What was great that 90% of the ingredients were purchased locally and most were organic. It was also fun helping make the meal happen!

This coming Saturday is our garage sale... hopefully we will make some money from that.

Next week, 3 of us nurses from work get to go to the Missouri Immunization Conference... it will be fun. It's in St. Louis, and I grew up there, so I plan to take the girls to some more interesting places than just the run of the mill mall and chain restaurants.

My birthday is on October 11th... I will be 43. My 42nd year has been GREAT!!

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UNEEKNITTER 9/22/2008 5:34PM

    You are doing great girl....keep it up!!

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Money Money Money

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Our money woes continue... we will really have to eke by for the rest of the month... but we will.

Today at lunchtime, I started to cry. So instead of hitting the freezer here at work, where the ice cream lives, I went for a run. It has helped a lot. Hubby and I are going to walk this evening.

My exercise has really been lagging this week, combination of stress/ tiredness/ busy... I also had sore hips on Tuesday that really were telling me to give them a rest.

I'm still doing fine in maintenance mode. I was 148.2 today.. I'm not trying to lose any more, but my weight keeps creeping down anyway... and this is with me eating 1900 cals per day. ARGH. Still trying to find my balancing point on that, I guess.

And you know, I don't know if there is a finer food than grapes. They are sweet, juicy, and otherwise plain tasty. I love how the burst in my mouth like little bombs. I could just eat them all day!

Now that the weight has come off, it's time to attend to the mental and spiritual weight that surrounds us. My home is uncomfortable, like a straightjacket loaded with crap. I'm so tired of it. We are having a garage (garbage) sale a week from Saturday. That will mean money and more room to breathe. I am even going to look at my yarn collection... and for a knitter to willingly give up stash? Oh my goodness!

This weekend will be very very busy. Tomorrow night I am helping to bake pies for our harvest supper at church. Saturday will be a day of preparing the harvest supper and serving it in the evening. Sunday I am singing a solo at church and doing a spoken piece about our challenges related to sustainable food and local eating.

I am hoping that in October we will be able to take part in the Hunger Fundraising Walk.

Inch by inch, row by row.
Putting the Dream into Action.
One bite at a time...
First you walk and then you crawl and when you can't do that, you find someone to carry you...

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UNEEKNITTER 9/18/2008 8:26PM

    Wish I had the problem of my weight creeping down. LOL Anyway, you should find a balance before long. Just takes time from what I am told. It will happen....

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2 weeks of maintenance...

Monday, September 15, 2008

My 2nd week of maintenance is ending today... so far so good.

Had a great walk tonight... just didn't feel like running. However I walked briskly... at about 4.35 mph... for nearly an hour.

It was a beautiful evening in the mid-60s with brilliant evening sunshine, so I had such awful weather to walk in!

I think we are going to have an early fall and hard winter this year. The air feels and smells like late October here. The poplar trees are losing their leaves already. There are a few spots of color coming into the leaves of other trees, too. I have seen one wooley worm that was all black.

Meanwhile, I keep working on putting the Dream Into Action!

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SHAREBEAR74 9/15/2008 10:56PM

    Thanks for your comments on my blog; it does feel so good to finally be back in the 170's. And congrats to you on maintaining! I always feel inspired after reading about the exercise and cooking you are doing!

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UNEEKNITTER 9/15/2008 10:36PM

    Keep it up girl!

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