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Spicy Spinach Omelet with Hash Browns

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Since changing our diet to eliminate as many preservatives, food colorings, and chemicals as possible, I have been cooking from scratch a lot more...A LOT!! But I realize that many people have never learned to cook from scratch. And I refuse to eat bland, tasteless food. So I am going to post some of my meals on here to share. Use what sounds good to you and forget the rest. Sometimes I eat weird things emoticon

Since its the weekend and I don't have any pressing things to do, I made an omelet. With hash browns. And still am on my plan. It CAN be done.

1. I sprayed my pan with non-stick spray, then added 1/4 tsp olive oil drizzled around the pan. Not much but adds a little crispyness to the potatoes. I used frozen, shredded potatoes because they cook up better and are easier to measure. I just make sure they are potatoes only. Spread out the potatoes in the pan and cover. When they are brown on the bottom, spray the top with non-stick spray and turn over. Cook again until brown.

2. Spray non-stick pan with cooking spray and add 1/4 tsp olive oil again. add onions and cook a few minutes, then add spinach. When spinach is mostly wilted, add eggs.

3.Cook until eggs are almost set. I used Aldi's Happy Farm jalapeno cheese wedge. It's similar to Laughing Cow brand and has 25 cal per wedge. Delicious! Take the cheese wedge, break it into small pieces, and put on eggs. Flip 1/2 omelet over the other. Serve when cheese has melted a little and eggs are done. I seasoned my eggs with a little white and red pepper and some sea salt.

Served with 1 cup skim milk.

By the numbers (including milk):

296 calories
31 carbs
10 grams fat
24 g protein

I tend to eat higher protein, lower carb meals but you can adjust by using 2 eggs and increasing potatoes if you wish. Hope you like this! I DID!! emoticon

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ELLEJAY7 6/22/2013 10:23AM

    Yum. Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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Another challenge...or challenges

Saturday, February 02, 2013

Many changes have occured since I was here last. My son has ADHD and we have changes his diet to eliminate all preservatives, food dyes, and artifical flavorings and sweeteners. At this point we have also eliminated natural foods that contain salicylate, but hope to add those back in eventually. His teacher said she has seen a difference, and so have I. This is great news, but means that we are watching labels like crazy, and making nearly everything from scratch.

Now, I have been sidelined by my knee. Years of the extra weight added to bad knees to begin with has brought about severe knee pain---to the point where just standing has become difficult. Hopefully, rest, ice, and time will help. Physical therapy is probably in the future.

The good thing is that (hopefully) this is not permanent and I have gotten a wakeup call regarding my future if I do not make some serious changes. Time to fight for more changes.

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Day 344...It's the climb

Monday, August 13, 2012

Heard this song on the radio this morning on my way to work. Got to thinking about the words..

Always gonna be an uphill battle
And sometimes I'm gonna have to lose.
It ain't about how fast I get there,
Ain't about whats waiting on the other side.
It's the climb.

And I thought how true that is in regards to my weight loss journey. I only lost 1 pound. I lost the battle sometimes this last week. But I didn't let it completely derail me and I got up and tried again. Doesn't matter how fast I lose this weight as long as I keep losing. What will life be like after I do? I don't know but doesn't matter. It's my journey...its the climb.

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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 8/13/2012 11:31AM

    I think maintaining weight takes just as much diligence as losing it does. That's why I choose to focus on creating healthy habits so it's not so much about the number on the scale, but just being active and eating a healthy, whole foods diet. That's what we ALL need to focus on, whether we are overweight or not. It's not all about the number on the scale!

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Day 351....To toss or not to toss

Monday, August 06, 2012

So here is my problem. Hubby lost his job in Nov of 2011 and still hasn't found anything permanent. Finances are..shall we say...tight? More than of our teeth tight.

He's done some odd jobs and I do mystery shops when they are available., but we pretty much are struggling to just make it each month. So you get the picture....And here is my problem.

1. I still have food in the pantry that isn't the healthiest. I'm not talking junk food....that I can get rid of. Plus we don't really have money for junk. But I still have pasta and rice that are not whole grain, some meat that is not low fat, frozen veggies in sauce, etc....and I really can't afford to go buy all new food. Up to this point, I have been making use of the healthy things I did have but I feel like I need to use up the other stuff too. So do I just cook it and adjust the portions to stay in my ranges? Or should I fix that stuff for the fam and something else for me if I can find it. As I replace things, I am going for the stuff I know we should be eating.

2. Second problem, in order to stretch my grocery money, we get free meals from the local churches 2 times a week. Of course these aren't the healthiest meals sometimes and I have no idea how things are prepared. With oil? With butter? I have been using the $1.00 frozen meals (Lean Gourmet??) for me and the rest of the fam eats the church meals, unless there is something I can make use of.

So should I toss out the stuff I shouldn't eat or just replace it as it is used up with healthier stuff?

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HONEYBADGER6 8/8/2012 11:26AM

    Ok I am in a similiar situation. Dh thankfully is working but we have a severely autistic child whose seizure medications alone run $100 a month our part. I have a genetic heart condition, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, heart stopped about 3 years ago and we are paying off 50k our part on that and yada yada, dh's income isn't high so well, just believe me when I say I'm with ya.

I wouldn't throw it out. I'd concentrate on eating say more of the canned veggies you get and less of the more junky stuff. I don't see most places giving out actual meat these days but if you get some hamburger meat that isnt lean and you are making a casserole type dish with it you can rinse it after you cook it.

Farmers markets can be a cheaper source of fresh veggies than grocery stores so I'd look around in your area. Also look for bakery stores that sell the short dated bread. You can buy whole grain at about half the price and put a few loaves in the freezer.

Message me with a first name if you want. I'd love to put you on my prayer list.

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SHELBYBEAR 8/6/2012 10:17PM

    These are great ideas! Thanks everyone! I hope I didn't sound ungrateful for the church food. I really am glad to get it. I do use and it very helpful for coming up with ideas. I like the idea of mixing the foods. That would also help the fam to "adjust" to the healthier versions.

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CARRAND 8/6/2012 9:46PM

    I'm sorry to hear about your situation. I wouldn't throw out food if I were you. Just practice portion control and do the best you can.

Maybe you could donate some of your less healthy food to others in your church who are not trying to lose weight and may be in need. It always feels good to "pay it forward."

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MILPAM3 8/6/2012 8:28PM

  As you are buying healthier pastas, rice, etc.; mix in some of the old "unhealthy" versions you still have in the pantry. You'll be cutting down on the amounts of the old food, but not throwing it out. When you get the food from the church, thank God for it. In fact, thank God for ALL your food. It is sanctified when eaten with thanksgiving. Trust God to metabolize it to its maximum efficacy for your body and your health.
Do you visit recipe sites that give you ideas to stretch your food dollars?

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SHELBYBEAR 8/6/2012 8:19PM

    Thanks! I agree with you...I am a worrier and forget Who is in control sometimes. And when I think about it, we have had salads or more raw type foods since I started this...Why do we forget WHO is watching out for us.

The frozen meals I already had...I should have made that clearer. Thanks so much for your input. Sometimes it helps to hear it from another person.

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    In your situation I certainly would not throw out food. I would just prepare it as healthily as you can manage and try to stay within your ranges. I would also eat the stuff prepared by the church if you can as a way to say, "Thank you," for their generosity. God knows the desires of your heart and he knows your current financial situation and he is in control of all of it. I wouldn't invest in frozen meals for you to eat separately. I would be putting all of your money into healthier options for the whole family while you eat the food you currently have. I hope your husband is able to find steady work again soon.


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Day 357...Dinner's ready! :)

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

The fam wanted burgers tonight and I have to admit, that beef smelled good! So I decided to make a little stirfry just for me.

First I browned fresh ginger and a large clove of garlic with 3 oz. of ground beef. ( I tracked 2 oz. since a lot of it was burger!)

Then I assembled my veggies. Since I was craving meat, I added a can of mushrooms to give it that meaty texture. 1 cup of bok choy sliced, 4 green onions and a cup of bean sprouts. I have to say, I was never much of a bean sprout person before but I find they are filling the pasta craving pretty well. My mind sees them as noodles...its not so smart lol. emoticon

I used sesame seeds, chinese five spice powder, and red pepper flakes for seasoning and made a sauce from soy sauce, rice vinegar and 1 tsp sesame oil.

So here is my dinner. Very filling, 300 calories for the whole plate, and my craving for hamburger was satisfied. YUM!

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CORINA-MOMOF4 8/5/2012 9:10PM

    looks good!!

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    Looks yummy! Great alternatives. You are really creative in the kitchen!

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LHLADY517 7/31/2012 10:01PM

    Looks delicious

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