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**Now We’re Cooking…Vegetable Beef Barley (Stew) Stoup***

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

**Now We’re Cooking…Vegetable Beef Barley (Stew) Stoup***
Now We’re Cooking…with Winfield28

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

I am back making soups and stews again.

The following recipe was more like a thick soup the first day and more like a stew the second day. Cooking celebrity, Rachael Ray would call this a “Stoup” – stew & soup combination.

I made this last weekend. It’s a beef stew that is heavy on the vegetables and also contains barley…which I had on hand from making my Mexican Beef Barley Soup recently (see early Blog post for that recipe). You can eliminate the balsamic vinegar if you want; I do think it adds a little something extra if you do include it. Also, you could use low sodium broth.

What I like about this recipe is that I could just toss all of the ingredients into my crock pot and turn it on low and let it go all day.

Fix it and Forget it!


* Note: I have posted this in the recipe section of this site. I will set it to “share” so that if you care to view the nutrition information, it will be available today.

Vegetable Beef Barley (Stew) Stoup

1 pound beef stew meat, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
1 Tablespoon olive oil
2 cups sliced or chopped carrots
1 cup of chopped onions
1 cup sliced celery
2 cups sliced mushrooms
1 cup water
1 cup vegetable juice
2 cups beef broth
2 bay leaves
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/3 cup of quick cooking barley
1/4 cup all-purpose flour – (sprinkle over the top of all ingredients and stir in)
1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar

Mix all the ingredients together in a crock pot and cook on low heat for 6 to 8 hours.

Makes 6 Servings.

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ROSEWCI 10/6/2010 7:16AM

    When my dad was alive, I used to make this soup for him...he loved beef barley soup. Barley is one of those complex carbs that's so very good for you! Thanks for the recipe!

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COOKWITHME65 10/5/2010 11:54AM

    Don't you just love the crock pot. Mine is going right now with cabbage and kielbasa for dinner.This recipe sounds very good. I have never cooked with barley before. Will have to put it on my list. What is the name of your public cookbook?

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***Eat This Not That, Cook This Not That!***

Monday, October 04, 2010

Eat This Not That, Cook This Not That!

Have you read any of the “Eat This Not That” books?

Have you heard about the series of books by David Zinczenko & Matt Goulding, titled “Eat This Not That?” David is the editor-in-chef and Matt is the food and nutrition editor of Men’s Health Magazine.

When they first came out I found myself paging through one of the books in a bookstore. At that time I just didn’t think it was anything to get too excited about. Nice glossy photos with not a lot of content on each page. It seemed like basic information one could find in any monthly health magazine.

So what possessed me to order several of them last winter, I’m not sure. During the winter I tend to spend too much time on or at Barnes and Noble. And it’s the time of year that I think more about losing weight but don’t actually do too much of it. I justified ordering these books because I thought that my husband could learn a bit about nutrition and eating and that we could help each other.

I ordered:
Eat This Not That – Supermarket Survival Guide
Eat This Not That – New 2010 Edition
Eat This Not That – Restaurant Survival Guide

And what would become my favorite in the series:
Cook This Not That – Kitchen Survival Guide - The No-Diet Weight Loss Solution

What I like most about this series is that I can pick up a book, look at it for several minutes, read a short excerpt, and realize that I did learn something.

Upon opening a book, on the left side is the “Eat This” and on the right side is the “Not That!” for each category. For instance: Tortillas, Pitas and Wraps…I get information as to why I should choose one type, not necessarily one brand over another…
Here’s a sample from the “Eat This” side:
“Mission White Corn Tortillas- always trump flour tortillas. That’s because they’re made with whole grain corn and little else.”

The Supermarket Survival Guide is a real help when trying to pick the healthiest version of a food. Nice layout, and the glossy pictures do draw me in. I’ve been tempted to take it with me to the grocery store. So far, I’ve just added foods it suggests to my weekly grocery list.

I love the “Cook This Not That” book. It’s my favorite in the series.
It takes a favorite restaurant recipe and makes it healthier and for less money, too!
This follows one of my favorite premises: If you make it at home, you know what you put into it!
There are chapters on Appetizers, Soups & Salads, Sandwiches & Burgers, Off the Grill, Pasta, American Classics, Sides, Snacks & Sauces, Desserts & Drinks.

There are many recipes each with a color photo, here are some of them: Dr Pepper Ribs, Thai Beef Lettuce Wraps, Grilled Pork & Peaches, French Onion Soup, Mini Pizzas- 3 Ways, Artichoke Dip, French Toast with Vanilla Bourbon & Caramelized Bananas, Caprese Tomato Towers, Patty Melt, Shrimp Fra Diavolo, Butternut Ravioli with Sage Brown Butter, Chicken Marsala, Crispy Apple Turnover, and Chocolate Chip Cookies…just to name a few.

It gets you cooking and baking at home, making real food that’s healthier and more satisfying.

You can check these books out at your local library and then invest in the ones you think you will use.

They are little books with lots of good information in them!

Healthy Cooking and Happy Eating!

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BIGMAMAT 10/5/2010 5:13PM

    I really like those books. I know how often I am surprised at how different the nutritional content is in similar items. ! I am a big label reader and I steer clear of most foods that have an abundance of saturated fat grams. I usually opt for the whole grain options and the higher fiber products. emoticon

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SNARDEESNIFF 10/5/2010 1:05AM

    What a great concept! Thanks for the info, Maria. I just may check the Library and then check them out. :-)

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ROSEWCI 10/4/2010 4:27PM

    Thanks for the suggestion! I've not been much of a cook as of late...but I'm getting the bug, now that the weather's cooled. I do LOVE to cook, when I have the time! I'm always looking for substitutions for my favorites...substituting high fat for low fat...& high carb to more complex carbs. My thought is if I can get something comparable...then I will. This way I can indulge w/out all the guilt! I'll definitely take a look at the books you mentioned! Thanks!

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MOODY9 10/4/2010 2:14PM

    These sound like really good books. I'll have to check them out! Thanks for the suggestion.

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COOKWITHME65 10/4/2010 2:13PM

I have seen these at Walmart but I can't draw myself to buy a brandnew book. I have a very large collection, like over 500, but I have purchased them all at yard sales, thrift stores etc.... The ones that I do get that are brand new are gifts. Bob bought me the pioneer woman cookbook for christmas last year. She has a great blog and I'd been following it for years prior to the book coming out. I'm sure you know her as you love to cook, but if my chance check her site out.

I do get the emails from men's heath that send me the Eat this not that pointers. Your right the pictures are nice. The butternut raviolis sound yummy. Good idea regarding the library card. Haven't used it in years. I should give it a try and check out the Spark also.

Have a great day.


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5 Reasons or Benefits for Eating Slower

Sunday, October 03, 2010

5 Reasons or Benefits for Eating Slower

I am still having a hard time slowing down when I eat. It’s always been like I have to hurry up and go somewhere or do something. Why is it such a challenge for me? I’ve tried “eating mindfully.” I keep reading articles on the subject, hoping for new insight. Here are some of the main points from an article I have recently read. I want to savor and digest this information. It’s the one habit that I continue to struggle with daily.

1. Lose some weight. Several studies confirm that just by eating slower, a person will consume fewer calories. The reason is that it takes about 20 minutes for our brains to register that we’re full. If we eat fast, we can continue eating past the point where we’re full. If we eat slowly, we have time to realize we’re full, and stop on time. If a person is looking to lose weight, eating slowly should be a part of their new lifestyle.

2. Enjoy your food more. It’s hard to enjoy your food if it goes by too quickly. If you eat your food slowly you’ll be able to taste and savor it more. I think people are just happier by tasting great food and enjoying it fully, by eating slowly. Make your meals a gastronomic pleasure, not a thing you do rushed, between stressful events.

3. Enjoy better digestion. If you eat slower, you’ll chew your food better, which leads to better digestion. Digestion actually starts in the mouth, so the more work you do up there, the less you’ll have to do in your stomach. This can help lead to fewer digestive problems.

4. Lessen your stress. Eating slowly, and paying attention to our eating, can be a great form of mindfulness. Be in the moment, rather than rushing through a meal thinking about what you have to do next. When you eat, you should eat. This kind of mindfulness, can lead to a less stressful life and more pleasure and happiness.

5. Limiting “Fast Food;” cook and eat at home. Life is hectic, fast-paced and stressful. This leads to choosing to eat “Fast Food,” and eating it quickly. This lifestyle is making us unhealthy, stressing us out, and leaving us unhappy in the end. We rush through our day, from one task to the next, without taking the time to really live, to enjoy life, to truly be human. It’s not helping us! Vow to eat “Fast Food” occasionally, not daily. Better yet, cook your own food at home; and stop and smell the roses!

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COOKWITHME65 10/4/2010 6:31AM

    Good advice as always.

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SNARDEESNIFF 10/3/2010 11:08PM

    Lots of good 'stuff' here, Maria. This is an area that I struggle with, mainly because my husband eats VERY fast. I don't eat as fast as he does, but after 32 years of eating with him, his speed does effect me some.

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ROSEWCI 10/3/2010 5:00PM

    Oh wow...this is a very touchy subject for me! I'm one of those fast eaters! I do think most nurses are! Ever since I could remember...when we worked the floor, we rarely got but 5 minutes to eat, so...we kinda ate on the run! Well, those days are long gone but...old habits remain! It's something I have to work at...& I do, when I remember to!

Thanks for the reminder that it's time to SLOW DOWN & let my brain get the message!

Rose emoticon

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MOODY9 10/3/2010 4:44PM

    Great points. I have the same problem. I've also tried not eating in front of the TV or computer so that I can take some "me" time and try to focus on enjoying the food.
Thanks for posting!

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The 7 Secrets of Slim People

Saturday, October 02, 2010

The 7 Secrets of Slim People

Several years ago I bought the book titled: “The 7 Secrets of Slim People.”
I hoped that by reading this book I would learn the ‘secrets’ to getting and staying thin.

I reasoned that if I acted like a thin person, I might become one. I already knew at that point that dieting doesn’t work – or at least, it doesn’t work for me! I was really looking for a saner way to lose the weight.

Well, reading the book didn’t change me – probably because I didn’t incorporate these “secrets” into a sustainable lifestyle. I just read the words on the pages and agreed that they made sense, they sounded good and they should help a person become thin.

So, today I pulled that book out again.
And today, the words seem to make more sense to me...especially after 3+ months of tracking my food and exercise, of reading articles daily on health and just changing my mindset to embrace the idea that it WILL take a lifestyle change in order for me to get healthier and stay that way.
I will read this book again. Only this time I will let each secret and each chapter sink in. Because this time, I want to start believing that I can become a slim person…now and not just someday in the future. This is my next personal challenge…to read this book and do the writing exercises.

I’d like to just share a list of those secrets with you today…if they get you thinking too, great! The book goes into way more detail on each secret and offers a lot of practical advice. It dedicates a week to each secret with some hands-on exercises that one can do to really make this material become part of a lifestyle.

Secret # 1. Listen to Your Body, Not Your Mind

Secret # 2. Eat With Awareness and Without Judgment

Secret # 3. Eat Only When You are Physically Hungry

Secret # 4. Stop Eating When You are Satisfied, Not Full

Secret # 5. Eat What You Want Most

Secret # 6. Notice How Your Body Feels After Eating

Secret # 7. Honor Your Feelings; Don’t Bury Them Under Food

From: The 7 Secrets of Slim People – by Vikki Hansen, M.S.W. & Shawn Goodman

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COOKWITHME65 10/4/2010 6:35AM

    #3 hits a spot with me. I eat sometimes due to boredom. I try and have a full glass of water first and see how that works.

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SNARDEESNIFF 10/3/2010 11:02PM

    I have been trying to learn to listen to my body for about 13 years now, and I am finally starting to achieve this. Starting, I say! But at least 'starting' is a...start! ;-)

Thanks for sharing, Maria.

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WOMANCHEF 10/3/2010 7:57PM

    Great list! I'm going to have to check out the book.

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ROSEWCI 10/3/2010 4:54PM

    Food for thought! Thanks for sharing! I do think #5 would give me a problem though...cause if I TRULY ate what I loved most, well....

I'd be in BIG trouble! emoticon


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REEDSKI 10/3/2010 10:12AM

    And fortunately the food of a my #5, Eat what you want most, became healthier. Once I stopped or cut back the high fat, high sugar, high sodium foods and ate more vegetables and fruits I began to crave salads with a variety of vegetables and seasonal veggies (right now I can't get enough squash!)

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DIANE7786 10/2/2010 10:58PM

    Great list. Thanks for sharing.

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SMILESWITH7KIDS 10/2/2010 3:47PM

    Excellent list, now to live the mindset.

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SOUPBOWL1 10/2/2010 3:18PM

  Loved the first secret, "Listen to your body, not your mind." I'm going to work on that one this week. I know it will help control "stress" eating. Thanks for sharing.

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A Super Big Thank You to ALL My Spark Friends!

Friday, October 01, 2010

A Super Big Thank You to ALL My Spark Friends!

I just wanted to “Thank” all of you for the support and encouragement you gave me this last week as I undertook my fitness challenge.

You kept me accountable.

I was able to do this because you believed that I could.
You probably believed more in me than I did in myself at times.
But you got me to keep going and so now I do believe that I can do this.
I can do something each day to move towards my goals of getting and staying healthier with exercise.
I don’t have my famous excuse anymore.
The Minnesota weather.

Recap on weight loss. I don’t weigh and record until Monday. But I did weigh myself last Friday morning before I started and I did weigh myself again today. The scale shows a loss of .7 of a pound. I’ll take it!

Thanks again and have a very nice weekend!

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COOKWITHME65 10/2/2010 1:17PM

    Maria you have the strength to do anything if you put your mind to it. I can tell your that type of woman. Yes we held you accountable but we weren't there to press the play button on the dvd player. Congrats on your loss.

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REEDSKI 10/2/2010 11:44AM

    You are on your way to a new you!!!!
Isn't it empowering to know food doesn't have the control over us that it once did and to know that exercise is our friend?

You are an inspiration!!!

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ROSEWCI 10/2/2010 10:43AM

    emoticon You did AWESOME Maria!

I LOVED that you asked your SP friends to help out with this challenge! Hey, that's what friends are help & support you in your time of need! For me, it helps to know that others are keeping a watchful eye on my progress & that I can turn to them when I need a helping hand. It's nice to know we have ALL the support we want/need right here on SP! I value my SP friends...& that includes you, my friend!

Have a wonderful weekend...& enjoy the fall weather! emoticon


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SNARDEESNIFF 10/1/2010 12:58PM

    Hey, Maria, that is really great. I am proud of you. Weight loss is weight loss, right. The rest of that pound will follow very soon. I have no doubt!

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