BUDGETMAW's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=BUDGETMAW BUDGETMAW's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Monday, July 24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6391587 Breakfast - none <BR> Lunch - <BR> 0.50 - broccoli slaw <BR> 0.10 - mayo <BR> 0.05 - mustard <BR> 0.05 - lemon juice <BR> 0.05 - splenda <BR> 0.30 - eggs <BR> Supper - <BR> 1.70 - Chicken Eggplant Casserole <BR> 0.25 - kohlrabi <BR> <BR> 3.00 - total cost of the day's food <BR> Mon, 24 Jul 2017 19:48:35 EST Sunday, July 23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6391191 Breakfast - none <BR> Lunch - <BR> 0.25 - eggs <BR> 0.85 - bacon <BR> 0.05 - onion <BR> 0.20 - green pepper <BR> 0.25 - tomato <BR> 0.00 - fresh basil and oregano (from my garden) <BR> Snack - <BR> 0.10 - iced tea with splenda <BR> Supper - <BR> 1.70 - Chicken and Eggplant Casserole <BR> Snack - <BR> 0.10 - egg <BR> <BR> 3.50 - total cost of the day's food <BR> Sun, 23 Jul 2017 21:57:40 EST Groupings, not recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6391170 You probably already figured this out, but I'm kind of slow sometimes. <BR> <BR> I seldom make things the same way twice. Something is usually different, because of what I have on hand, or the size of the veggies or the pack of meat, or whatever. I've got three or four (I think the most is 6) different versions of some recipes, because I changed them each time I made them. <BR> <BR> Now I use "groupings" instead. I enter all of the ingredients in my daily nutrition tracker (because it's so... Sun, 23 Jul 2017 20:47:21 EST CHICKEN EGGPLANT CASSEROLE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6391162 I've decided I'm going to quit saying whether I think something is good or not. Well, maybe unless it's REALLY good or REALLY bad. I figure that if someone published it, either electronically or in print, then they, at least, must think it's good. And I don't have a very good sense of taste, so most things are pretty blah to me. Bear that in mind, would you please? That I'm not vouching for how good my recipes are. <BR> <BR> This recipe came about because I had an eggplant and some chicken b... Sun, 23 Jul 2017 20:21:36 EST RATATOUILLE I http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6390738 This is how I made Ratatouille last night. I made some last summer and froze it in individual servings, and have been eating it with scrambled eggs. Yum! Unfortunately, the recipe I found and used last night wasn't the same one I used last summer. It was still pretty good, though. <BR> <BR> I think that if I were to use this recipe again, I'd cook all of the veggies before baking it. I'm not likely to cook everything separately, so I'd probably cook everything but the zucchini and parmesan t... Sat, 22 Jul 2017 20:27:04 EST Saturday, July 22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6390728 For three days I didn't even track my food, let alone track the costs. Mostly I ate blueberries (about a pound and a half), sunflower seeds (about 3/4 pound), cashews (about 3/4 pound), parmesan cheese (between a quarter and a half a pound), and most of a quart of cream. About $20 just for those things, plus whatever the rest of it cost. But I'm back on track today, and keeping track of what I ate and how much it cost. <BR> <BR> Breakfast - none <BR> Snack - <BR> 0.00 - tea with sugar (at a ... Sat, 22 Jul 2017 19:58:54 EST Tuesday, July 18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6389165 Breakfast - none <BR> Lunch - <BR> 0.70 - cauliflower <BR> 0.30 - eggs <BR> 0.10 - celery <BR> 0.25 - ranch dressing <BR> 0.15 - sunflower seeds <BR> Supper - <BR> 1.00 - Slow Cooker Pork and Kale <BR> 0.40 - cottage cheese <BR> <BR> 2.90 - total cost of day's food <BR> <BR> Fresh cauliflower is expensive, but sure is good! <BR> <BR> Tue, 18 Jul 2017 22:08:38 EST Monday, July 17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6388678 Breakfast - none <BR> Snack - <BR> 0.55 - Oven Fried Chicken <BR> Lunch - salad <BR> 0.55 - Oven Fried Chicken <BR> 0.00 - lettuce from garden <BR> 0.30 - tomato <BR> 0.30 - cucumber <BR> 0.25 - ranch dressing <BR> 0.05 - sriracha <BR> 0.10 - iced tea with splenda <BR> Snack - <BR> 0.10 - iced tea with splenda <BR> Supper - <BR> 1.40 - Cracked Slaw <BR> <BR> 3.60 - total cost of day's food <BR> <BR> That's more about what I'd be aiming for if I were aiming for anything in particular. Mon, 17 Jul 2017 20:13:46 EST Sunday, July 16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6388276 Boy, was today ever cheap! No breakfast, as usual, and Mom fed me lunch again after I spent all morning working in her yard. I had beef broth (leftover from cooking the beef roast, so "free") with cream for a snack, then chicken, kohlrabi, and cantaloupe (someone gave me the cantaloupe so it was "free," too) for supper. <BR> <BR> Breakfast - none <BR> Lunch - <BR> 0.00 - ate at Mom's house <BR> Snack - <BR> 0.00 - beef broth (from cooking beef roast) <BR> 0.10 - cream <BR> Supper - <BR> 0.5... Sun, 16 Jul 2017 21:12:52 EST Oven Fried Chicken http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6388274 I got this recipe (well, the recipe that's behind this recipe) from The $5 Dinner Mom Cookbook, by Erin Chase, 2008. The premise of the book is that she and her husband were having trouble making ends meet, and about the only place they could save money was on food. So she set out to come up with a bunch of meals that cost, you got it, no more than $5 for the family of four. She includes the cost for each ingredient that goes into each recipe and each menu. I was surprised to see how close t... Sun, 16 Jul 2017 21:06:44 EST Saturday, July 15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6387900 Breakfast - none <BR> Lunch - <BR> 0.00 - bacon and eggs and ham (Mom fed me after I did yard work for her) <BR> 0.00 - cantaloupe (gift) <BR> Supper - <BR> 1.40 - Cracked Slaw <BR> <BR> 1.40 - total cost of day's food (not counting what was given to me) <BR> <BR> 3.91 - average daily cost of food for the week Sat, 15 Jul 2017 22:01:26 EST Cracked Slaw http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6387899 Yes, I know - it's really Crack Slaw, as in it's supposed to be more addictive than crack. But as far as I'm concerned it's ok but not all that great. (I don't think Heroin Wings are all that great, either.) And that's even when I actually follow the recipe! <BR> <BR> CRACKED SLAW <BR> <BR> 1 lb ground beef <BR> 600 gr cabbage, shredded <BR> 150 gr carrots, grated (about 2 carrots) <BR> 150 gr onion, thinly sliced, then quartered or eighthed (about 1/2 onion) <BR> 2-3 cloves garlic <BR> 1 T... Sat, 15 Jul 2017 21:59:19 EST Friday, July 14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6387504 Breakfast - <BR> 0.00 - beef broth (from cooking the beef roast in the InstantPot) <BR> 0.10 - cream <BR> 0.10 - gelatin <BR> Lunch - <BR> 0.00 - lettuce (from garden) <BR> 0.10 - celery <BR> 0.10 - carrots <BR> 0.50 - tuna <BR> 0.10 - egg <BR> 0.15 - mayo <BR> 0.10 - tea with splenda <BR> Supper - <BR> 1.00 - Slow Cooker Pork and Kale <BR> 0.10 - sour cream <BR> 0.00 - cantaloupe (gift) <BR> <BR> 2.35 - total cost of day's food <BR> <BR> Edited to add the tea and splenda, which I forgot ab... Fri, 14 Jul 2017 19:37:16 EST Slow Cooker Pork and Kale http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6387407 This is in the Instant Pot, so don't know how it will turn out. I wanted to get the recipe down while I remembered what I had used. Here's the link to the original recipe <link>https://www.thegraciouspantry.com/cl<BR>ean-eating-slow-cooker-pork-kale/ </link> <BR> <BR> I have kale in my garden, and I wanted to use that, and I knew I had a package of boneless spareribs (what an oxymoron!) so looked online for recipes. I actually followed this one fairly closely, though the quantities of por... Fri, 14 Jul 2017 13:59:56 EST Low Carb Roast Beef Hash http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6387397 I had some leftover roast beef I wanted to use in roast beef hash, but no potatoes for me since I'm eating low carb. Some recipes call for cauliflower instead of potatoes, others for turnips or rutabagas or radishes or daikon, but I didn't have any of those. I did find a recipe that calls for Caramalized (almost but not quite burned) Zucchini, and I did have a zucchini left. I'd give that a try. And it worked! Here's a link to the original Caramalized Zucchini recipe <link>low-carb-scams.co... Fri, 14 Jul 2017 13:43:38 EST Caramalized Zucchini http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6387393 I had some leftover roast beef and I wanted to make some roast beef hash, but of course no potatoes for me. Most recipes called for cauliflower instead, but I don't have any cauliflower at the moment. What to do, what to do. I found a recipe that called for Caramalized Zucchini, so thought I'd try that. Here's the link. <link>low-carb-scams.com/low-carb-carameli<BR>zed-zucchini/ </link> Most of the recipes for Caramalized Zucchini just cook it for a few minutes - usually 5 - but this recipe... Fri, 14 Jul 2017 13:30:47 EST Thursday, July 13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6387070 Breakfast - none <BR> Lunch - <BR> 0.00 - cantaloupe - gift <BR> 0.15 - sunflower seeds <BR> 1.00 - kohlrabi <BR> 0.50 - cottage cheese (guess) <BR> Supper - <BR> 2.00 - roast beef <BR> 0.15 - onion <BR> 0.20 - carrots <BR> 0.40 - zucchini <BR> 0.00 - drippings <BR> 1.00 - mushrooms <BR> <BR> 5.40 - total cost of day's food Thu, 13 Jul 2017 20:10:07 EST Wednesday, July 12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6387064 Not entirely sure what I ate yesterday, but here's my best guess. <BR> <BR> Breakfast - none <BR> Lunch - <BR> 0.30 - broccoli slaw mix <BR> 0.40 - zucchini <BR> 0.30 - eggs <BR> 0.10 - mayo <BR> 0.05 - lemon juice <BR> 0.05 - mustard <BR> 0.05 - splenda <BR> 0.15 - sunflower seeds <BR> Supper - <BR> 6.00 - roast beef <BR> <BR> 7.40 - total cost of day's food <BR> Thu, 13 Jul 2017 20:00:35 EST Tuesday, July 11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6386188 Someone dropped off two cases of cantaloupes at the home of a Congolese family I teach ESL to. The family had no idea what to do with them, so I showed them. They insisted that I take one case with me. (I don't think Mom and Dad were very impressed.) I took half of one over to Mom, took five of them to the Refugee Center, and brought the other half melon home with me. They were really big, and a half should last me at least as long as it stays good. It's nice to get free food! <BR> <BR> Brea... Tue, 11 Jul 2017 19:57:55 EST Monday, July 11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6386125 Breakfast - <BR> 0.30 - eggs <BR> 0.15 - butter <BR> Lunch - <BR> 0.75 - yogurt <BR> 0.10 - flax seed <BR> 0.50 - splenda <BR> Supper - <BR> 0.60 - broccoli slaw mix <BR> 0.30 - eggs <BR> 0.10 - mayo <BR> 0.05 - lemon juice <BR> 0.05 - mustard <BR> 0.05 - splenda <BR> 0.15 - sunflower seeds <BR> Snack - <BR> 0.15 - butter <BR> <BR> 3.25 - total cost of day's food Tue, 11 Jul 2017 15:43:55 EST Sunday, July 9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6385331 Breakfast - none <BR> Lunch - <BR> 0.60 - broccoli slaw mix <BR> 0.30 - eggs <BR> 0.10 - mayo <BR> 0.05 - lemon juice <BR> 0.05 - mustard <BR> 0.05 - splenda <BR> 0.15 - sunflower seeds <BR> Supper - <BR> 0.55 - Kale, Zucchini and Tomato Saute <BR> 0.00 - bone broth (homemade, from leftover bones) <BR> 0.05 - sriracha <BR> 0.20 - mozzarella <BR> 0.40 - chicken <BR> <BR> 2.50 - total cost of the day's food <BR> <BR> I figure that bone broth is "free" because I allocate the cost of the m... Sun, 9 Jul 2017 19:52:07 EST Leftover Soup http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6385325 A few days ago I said that you can add most leftovers to scrambled eggs and make a good, easy and cheap dish. Most of you already knew that. You probably already know that you can do the same thing with soup. That is, you can add most kinds of leftovers to broth or milk or sometimes water or other liquid and end up with a good, easy and cheap soup. You might need to chop up the leftovers, or it may need a bit of extra seasoning, but it's still very easy. Another option is sometimes to heat th... Sun, 9 Jul 2017 19:39:26 EST Saturday, July 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6384980 B - none <BR> Lunch - <BR> 0.75 - yogurt <BR> 0.25 - strawberries (guess) <BR> 0.15 - sunflower seeds <BR> 0.05 - flaxmeal <BR> 0.05 - splenda <BR> Supper - <BR> 0.10 - iced tea with splenda <BR> 0.40 - zucchini <BR> 0.25 - butter <BR> 0.05 - garlic <BR> 0.15 - tomato <BR> 0.25 - cucumber <BR> 0.90 - parmesan cheese <BR> 0.10 - sour cream <BR> 0.80 - chicken <BR> 0.05 - dill, pepper, salt, etc. <BR> 0.25 - jicama <BR> <BR> 4.55 - total cost of food for the day <BR> <BR> Oh, well. So much fo... Sat, 8 Jul 2017 21:23:39 EST Friday, July 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6384768 I've been pleasantly surprised at how cheap my food has been since I started tracking it here. It has averaged about $3.83 per day for the past twelve days, which would come to just under $120 for the month, if I stay at this average. And I'm not really working at it. I'm not doing a Food Stamp Challenge and I don't have any particular goal or target cost in mind. It just seems to be happening. Of course, I'm usually pretty frugal anyway (my grocery budget is $150 a month, just for me, and d... Sat, 8 Jul 2017 09:47:22 EST Chicken Broccoli Salad with Ginger Lime Peanut Dressing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6384584 I made a new salad tonight, based on a recipe from the SP article about spiralizer recipes. Here's a link to the original recipe, which of course I didn't follow. <BR> <BR> http://www.theroastedroot.net/raw-carrot<BR>-pasta-ginger-lime-peanut-sauce/ <BR> <BR> The main change I made was to use broccoli slaw instead of carrots, because I have broccoli slaw mix that needs to be used up. I also added chicken, to make it a main dish salad, and used soy sauce instead of coconut aminos. It was so... Fri, 7 Jul 2017 20:15:34 EST Thursday, July 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6384388 I think it was another pretty cheap day, though I haven't actually figured the costs yet. If my garden produces the tomatoes and zucchini that I'm hopping it does, it would be even cheaper! <BR> <BR> Breakfast - <BR> 0.05 - tea <BR> 0.05 - splenda <BR> 0.10 - cream <BR> <BR> Lunch - <BR> 0.55 - Kale, Zucchini and Tomato Saute <BR> 0.30 - eggs <BR> 0.15 - lard <BR> 0.35 - parmesan cheese <BR> <BR> Supper - <BR> 0.40 - broccoli slaw <BR> 0.10 - mayo <BR> 0.05 - lemon juice <BR> 0.05 - mustar... Fri, 7 Jul 2017 09:25:41 EST Kale, Zucchini and Tomato Saute http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6384108 I have kale (from my garden) and zucchini (from the Farmers Market) that need to be used up, so I looked for a recipe that used both of them. They would go nicely together in soup, but for some reason that didn't occur to me until just now. The recipes I found mostly put them in scrambled eggs, which I'd sort of been thinking about anyway. This is what I ended up with, based pretty much on a recipe at Food.com. Here's a link to the original recipe. <BR> <BR> <link>www.food.com/recipe/zucc... Thu, 6 Jul 2017 14:44:30 EST Wednesday, July 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6383978 A cheaper day (I think, haven't costed it out yet) after Tuesday's higher cost. Used up the last of the Hamburger and Veggies and the last of the Shaker Chicken Pudding. Still have some chicken leftover from the 4th. I need to find nice cool things to eat until this heat wave ends. Which I hope it does soon; it's been too hot for my tomatoes to set. <BR> <BR> Breakfast - <BR> 0.00 - ate at Mom's house <BR> <BR> Lunch - <BR> 0.70 - Hamburger and Veggies <BR> 0.00 - lettuce from my garden <BR... Thu, 6 Jul 2017 09:10:52 EST Tuscan Chicken Salad http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6383784 There was a "recipe" in today's Relish newspaper insert that sounds awfully good. The article is about making sandwiches to take on picnics, but it can be converted easily to a main dish salad. I haven't tried it yet - I'm waiting for tomatoes and basil in my garden and/or the Farmers Market and/or the U-Pick place to be ready - but thought I'd go ahead and share it now, in case your season is a bit more advanced than mine. <BR> <BR> You can make your own sundried (actually, oven dried) toma... Wed, 5 Jul 2017 19:53:56 EST Tuesday, July 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6383689 Breakfast - <BR> 0.00 - beef bone broth <BR> 0.10 - cream <BR> 0.15 - gelatin (wild guess here) <BR> <BR> Lunch - <BR> 0.20 - eggs <BR> 0.15 - lard (another guess) <BR> 0.70 - Hamburger and Veggies <BR> <BR> Snack - <BR> 0.40 - chicken skins <BR> <BR> Supper (for two, at Mom's house) <BR> 1.60 - chicken (includes leftovers left there) <BR> 2.30 - Green Bean, Feta and Walnut Salad <BR> 0.30 - corn (for Mom) <BR> 0.70 - ice cream <BR> 0.20 - blueberries <BR> 0.30 - strawberries (guess) <BR>... Wed, 5 Jul 2017 14:23:40 EST Green Bean, Feta, and Walnut Salad http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6383349 Not exactly cheap, but a different way to serve green beans, which are one of the few veggies that Mom and I both like and can eat. I like most veggies, but stick with lower carb ones, which mostly means few root veggies. Mom only likes "normal" veggies, nothing at all exotic (like zucchini or eggplant), and because of digestive issues doesn't eat anything from the cabbage family - cabbage, of course, and broccoli and cauliflower and things like that. Which pretty much leaves green beans and ... Tue, 4 Jul 2017 18:55:02 EST Leftover Scrambles http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6383284 A cheap, quick, easy, and usually good lunch (or breakfast or supper, for that matter) is a leftover scramble. Just heat up some leftovers and add them to eggs and then scramble it all together. Most any kind of leftovers work. Except probably soup. Though you could probably poach the eggs in the leftover soup instead of scrambling them. <BR> <BR> Today, for example, I heated up half a serving of the Hamburger and Veggies I made a few days ago. I heated it in the skillet in lard, then added ... Tue, 4 Jul 2017 15:01:57 EST Monday, July 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6383267 Had a bad case of the munchies in the afternoon. Nothing I ate was off plan, but munching most of the afternoon isn't part of my food plan. Once I realized that I was eating to try to stay awake, I quit. Turned out not to be too bad, as my lunch and supper were both lower calorie than usual, and fairly inexpensive. <BR> <BR> I stopped by the Mexican store since I was passing it anyway, to get a jicam <BR> a. Got a "small" piece of their pork rinds, too, which I proceeded to eat, some in the... Tue, 4 Jul 2017 14:05:03 EST Happy Birthday, America! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6383261 My brother emailed this to me. Someone emailed it to him. I don't know where it comes from or who wrote it or I'd give credit where credit is due. <BR> <BR> Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence? Their story. . . <BR> <BR> Five signers were captured by the British as traitors, and tortured before they died. <BR> Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned. <BR> Two lost their sons serving in the Revolutionary Army; another had two so... Tue, 4 Jul 2017 13:50:36 EST Sunday, July 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6382787 An odd day, food-wise, yesterday. I've been doing intermittent fasting (not eating between supper one day and lunch the next, aka skipping breakfast, except that skipping breakfast is bad and IF is good) for over a year now with no trouble. The past week or so, though, I've been hungry in the morning. Don't know why. I do usually have either a mug of tea with cream and splenda or a mug of bone broth with cream, but even that hasn't been satisfying. Yesterday I had my tea with cream and splend... Mon, 3 Jul 2017 11:15:36 EST Cabbage Salad http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6382515 One of my favorite lunches when I don't know what to eat is Cabbage Salad. (I eat a lot of whole meal salads.) There's not really a recipe; it's more a list of ingredients. But here's an approximation of a pretty standard salad. I made it today with broccoli slaw mix and cauliflower, because that's what I had that needed to be used up. Yes, it makes a huge quantity - use a big bowl! But it's one serving for me. <BR> <BR> CABBAGE SALAD <BR> <BR> 200 gr shredded cabbage (or part carrot, daiko... Sun, 2 Jul 2017 17:56:33 EST Cajun Dirty Unrice http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6382347 CAJUN DIRTY UNRICE <BR> (based on a recipe in Dana Carpender’s 500 More Low Carb Recipes) <BR> <BR> 150 gr broccoli slaw mix <BR> 4 oz breakfast sausage <BR> dash of cayenne <BR> dash each of paprika, cayenne and black pepper (or 1/4 to 1/2 t Cajun seasoning) <BR> 1/2 T heavy whipping cream <BR> <BR> Chop up the broccoli slaw mix until it's the size of rice grains. Brown the sausage, then add the broccoli slaw mix and the seasoning and saute until the broccoli is tender/crisp. Add the crea... Sun, 2 Jul 2017 09:51:58 EST Saturday, July 1 (#2) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6382345 I never know, when I'm dating my blog posts, whether I should title them the day I'm reporting about or the day I'm posting. I have been using the date I post, but I think I'll switch to the day I'm reporting about. At least for now. We'll see how it goes. <BR> <BR> As I said in my other posts, I tried a new recipe yesterday, Shaker Chicken Pudding, and wasn't impressed. I'll finish it up, but it wasn't good enough that I'm likely to make it again. It was really cheap, though! About 60 cents... Sun, 2 Jul 2017 09:41:41 EST Chicken Pecan Quiche http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6382171 This is the chicken quiche recipe I mentioned in my last post. It's obviously more expensive, what with the pecans and the Swiss cheese and all. And it makes a lot less - one cup of chicken instead of two, two eggs instead of five, one cup of milk instead of two cups of broth. But I think it tastes a lot better. <BR> <BR> A very dear friend of the family, who would be in her 90s now, had a drawer full of recipes that she had clipped from newspapers, magazines, etc. (She also had a whole bun... Sat, 1 Jul 2017 21:31:49 EST Shaker Chicken Pudding http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6382164 I have been wanting to try this recipe for a long time, but never when I could find the recipe. When I could find it, I wasn't interested. Sound familiar? Anyway, I looked for it recently and realized that it was from one of the literally hundreds of cookbooks I got rid of before moving here, and figured it was gone forever. Not so. I was looking for something to do with the leftover chicken and accidentally found the recipe on my computer. I have literally hundreds of recipes that I have cop... Sat, 1 Jul 2017 21:18:53 EST Saturday, July 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6382079 I made a taco salad out of half a serving of last nights Hamburger and Veggies. I heated it up a bit in the microwave, and put it on top of some leaf lettuce from my garden, sour cream, salsa and a tomato. Not really enough calories, but I'll make do with it. <BR> <BR> Went to the Farmers Market this morning. They don't have much yet, but I did get some more zucchini and some kohlrabi. I have two little tiny bits of zucchinis in my garden! <BR> <BR> Yesterday's food - <BR> <BR> Breakfast ... Sat, 1 Jul 2017 15:18:00 EST Hamburger and Veggies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6381763 This isn't what I'd planned to make, and it's not really a recipe anyway. I was going to make Curried Ground Beef and Vegetable Soup, and had started cutting up the veggies for it, when I realized I don't have any curry powder! Oops. So I pretty much just added the soup veggies to the ground beef, then added a can of tomato sauce and some seasonings and made it into a stove-top casserole. And added curry powder to my grocery list! Wasn't great, but adequate. <BR> <BR> Hamburger and Veggies <... Fri, 30 Jun 2017 19:30:42 EST Friday, June 30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6381586 Can you believe the month is over already? And that means that the summer is practically over, too. Don't know why, but it seems like once we get to the Fourth of July, the end of summer comes mighty quick. <BR> <BR> I splurged last night. I thought I was all through spending money for the month, and even closed out my budget spreadsheets. But I happened to be driving by a Mexican market that I've been meaning to check out, and decided to stop in and see what they had. The butcher shop (not... Fri, 30 Jun 2017 10:04:08 EST QUICK CHICKEN SALAD http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6381311 QUICK CHICKEN SALAD <BR> (based on Sandi's Chicken Salad in The Carbohydrate Addict's Cookbook) <BR> <BR> 1 c cooked diced chicken <BR> 1 c sliced celery <BR> 2 T mayo <BR> 2 t soy sauce <BR> 1 t mustard <BR> 2 t lemon juice <BR> 1/2 packet sweetener, or to taste <BR> <BR> Mix everything up and eat it. <BR> <BR> Note - The original recipe calls for teriyaki sauce instead of the soy sauce and sweetener. I'm sure there are recipes for low carb teriyaki sauce that would probably be better, b... Thu, 29 Jun 2017 16:26:09 EST Thursday, June 29 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6381163 A big scale victory this morning - I'm down 4.6 pounds from yesterday morning! Unfortunately, I was up 5.6 pounds yesterday from the day before. I'm sure glad I don't worry about daily weights. I do weigh myself daily, but then I average my daily weights for the week and that's my "official" gain or loss. It takes out a lot of the daily ups and downs and leaves the trends. Of course, being up almost 6 pounds one day will raise my "official" weight for the week almost a pound all by itself, bu... Thu, 29 Jun 2017 09:21:14 EST Wednesday, June 28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6380800 Yesterday (Tuesday) did NOT end up being one of my better days! I did great until after I got back from supper at Mom's house. Instead of putting the casserole I'd made away in the fridge, I ate three-fourths of it. Totally unnecessary. And dumb, besides. <BR> <BR> I'm at a weight where there are a lot of psychologically significant numbers, and I have come up against those numbers in the past and rebounded. I think that's part of why I ate that way. I've made it through several of those "b... Wed, 28 Jun 2017 11:09:35 EST SAUSAGE SQUASH CASSEROLE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6380518 SAUSAGE SQUASH CASSEROLE <BR> (loosely based on a recipe from sugarfreelowcarbrecipes.com) <BR> <BR> 2 lbs zucchini, yellow or green or a combination (about 2 medium/large) <BR> 1 lb sausage, bulk or removed from casings <BR> 50 gr onion, chopped <BR> 1 c mayo <BR> 2 large eggs <BR> 1 packet sweetener of choice <BR> 1 t salt <BR> 1/2 t peper <BR> 1-1/2 c shredded cheese <BR> <BR> Start browning the sausage in a LARGE skillet. When about half done, add the onion and the zucchini. You may nee... Tue, 27 Jun 2017 18:56:33 EST Tuesday, June 27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6380330 Had a six month follow-up appointment yesterday with my doctor. He has to see me every six months because of some meds I'm taking, but it's just a formality. According to their scales, I have lost over 40 pounds since I last saw him six months ago. The nurse commented on it, but only because the computer questioned whether the weight she entered was right. The doctor didn't comment at all. I'm disappointed. 40 pounds is a lot of weight, and I went from being morbidly obese to being just sever... Tue, 27 Jun 2017 10:17:02 EST Chicken and Sausage Casserole http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6379909 CHICKEN SAUSAGE CASSEROLE <BR> serves 4 <BR> (Based closely on a recipe from atkinsdietgeek.com. I halved the recipe and made a few other pretty minor changes.) <BR> <BR> 1 lb sausage <BR> 1-1/2 c cooked, diced chicken <BR> 50 gr chopped onion (about 1/2 medium onion) <BR> 1/2 medium bell pepper, chopped (red pepper adds some nice color!) <BR> 1 stalk celery, chopped <BR> 1 bag frozen cauliflower, thawed and cooked (1 lb) <BR> 4 oz cream cheese <BR> 4 oz cheddar cheese, shredded <BR> 1/2 tsp... Mon, 26 Jun 2017 11:32:19 EST Chicken, Tomato and Zucchini Salad http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6379645 This started with a recipe that I had copies onto my computer a few years ago but hadn't tried. It was for Tomato and Zucchini Salad, and the note says that it was based on a recipe in Better Homes and Gardens New Dieter’s Cookbook, 1997. The problem with not copying the recipe as it was written is that I have no idea how much I changed the recipe. And then I changed it again to make my salad tonight. I'll give the recipe as I have it, and also how I changed it to make a main dish salad for t... Sun, 25 Jun 2017 20:15:53 EST