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Afraid of Bread?

Friday, July 19, 2013



Day 26 of the Spark Solution

Breakfast: Protein pancakes with sugar free syrup

Lunch: Key Lime yogurt and cantaloupe

Dinner: Garlic Brown Sugar Chicken with brown rice and green beans. This was a new recipe. I obviously did something wrong, cause mine looked nothing like the picture. Mine was black. Not sure why. I know I didn’t overcook it, because I used my meat thermometer that beeps when your meat gets to the correct temperature. It still tasted good, and we will definitely fix it again.

Snack: Graham Cracker with toasted marshmallow (I don’t really care for Hershey’s bars)

Exercise: Lots of house work and an evening walk around the neighborhood

I would love it if someone would check out the recipe and tell me what I might have done wrong to make mine be so black. This cooking food from scratch is new to me, and I stink at it, but I am determined to learn.

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I can’t believe I went over on sodium today. The culprit? Can you believe green beans? I will definitely make sure I buy the no salt added variety from now on!
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EHLIFESSHORT 8/2/2013 10:38PM

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ROCKINMOM776 7/23/2013 10:56PM

    My chicken also turns black if I put the sugar in while the chicken is still cooking... it caramelizes in the pan and turns everything black. Not harmful to the flavor, it just doesn't leave it pretty and golden. Sugar should probably be added at the last minute, or at least after the chicken is done and over lower heat.

You'll probably notice the same thing if you saute peppers/onions and cook your chicken in the same skillet. Still tastes yummy though :)

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TINY67 7/21/2013 6:48PM

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LIS193 7/21/2013 11:48AM

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Yes! I'm afraid of what wheat does to my body... bloating, joint pain and headaches

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GAYLE-G-63 7/21/2013 10:55AM

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SEAWILLOW 7/20/2013 7:45PM

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JEANNETTE59 7/20/2013 4:52PM

  I haven't looked at the recipe yet, but sugar burns very easily so you may have to reduce the heat a little when you add the sugar. You're doing great!

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KIPPER15 7/20/2013 2:47PM

    I don't like the low sodium beans as well, they seem mushy to me. I try to use frozen when we can't get fresh (which is most of the time.) There are two kinds of brown sugar, one is darker than the other. I had my chicken turn out dark the first time too.. emoticon

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DR1939 7/20/2013 12:21PM

    I've made this recipe and it turned out fine. Be sure you cook the chicken in the garlic butter before you add the brown sugar. Your pan should be on something between medium and medium high heat. The longer you cook the more you will learn the eccentricities of your range and cookware. Also remove the pan from the heat before you sprinkle on the brown sugar. If you believe the chicken is cooked to your liking then you can remove it from the pan before putting on the brown sugar. If the brown sugar doesn't melt to your satisfaction, cover it with foil. BTW, I'm quite impressed by your sense of adventure.

The solution to salty green beans is to buy frozen. They steam quickly and taste much fresher than canned. You also can sauté green beans. It's quick and easy and delicious. Just search for sautéed green beans in spark recipes.

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TINY67 7/20/2013 11:28AM

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LESLIELENORE 7/20/2013 11:17AM

    emoticon i think it is great you are trying new recipes!

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NILLAPEPSI 7/20/2013 8:02AM

    Haha! Funny photo.

You're doing an excellent job of staying on track!! emoticon emoticon

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HENABELLE 7/20/2013 6:46AM

    emoticon you are doing great keeping at it. I need to get back at it on Monday when I can wake up and feel myself again.

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DARLY55 7/20/2013 6:13AM

    You have made blackened chicken, which I make on purpose occasionally. Maybe of you turn down the heat a bit, cook at a medium level , you will have golden brown chicken. By the way, your blackened chicken, without the brown sugar topping is great in a salad! The more you cook the better a feel you get for it! Have fun. emoticon

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TRISTAROSE 7/20/2013 5:46AM

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DESERTDREAMERS 7/20/2013 5:31AM

    You've discovered a new dish - Blackened Garlic Chciken!

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SPARKCHANTAL 7/20/2013 4:55AM

    for sure you're a better cook than me!

I keep georgie from peeing on my toaster by covering it up with a dishtowel.

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123ELAINE456 7/20/2013 2:20AM

  Love the Kitty. I like the Food Selections. The Food Sound Good. Another Great Day. God Blessings to You and Everyone. Have a Wonderful Weekend. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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LIVINGFREE19 7/20/2013 1:45AM

    Love that pic!

Another day done well!



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COCK-ROBIN 7/20/2013 1:14AM

    Love that kitty!

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DEE107 7/20/2013 12:09AM

    have to try that one thanks way to go

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ANHELIC 7/19/2013 11:38PM

    I can just imagine the reaction of the kitty. Your chicken sounds delicious. I'm going to try it this weekend. Have a great weekend.

I just checked my nutrient value for green beans. For fresh or frozen, sodium is 4gm for 1/2 cup. For canned green beans it's 187 mg per 1/2 cup. emoticon

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SUSIEPH1 7/19/2013 10:39PM

    I think you are doing amazingly well ..
Maybe the blackness was due to the brown sugar..
emoticon Perhaps a little less than the recipe would fix it?
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