WPECK11's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=WPECK11 WPECK11'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/ Something to 37 days to change a habit? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4841755 I woke up sick very early this morning. I thought I was doing to die because I felt so bad, then maybe wished I would die. I still have no idea why, but after about 4 hours of throwing up and contemplating going to the hospital, I fell asleep. I felt much better when I woke, and risked about an inch of banana, then an hour later, a couple of tablespoons of rice. I know it is best to get some food into my tummy as soon as I can, or I never lose the nausea. I moved on to yogurt by the afternoon... Wed, 18 Apr 2012 22:49:57 EST From hurting to joy while moving in five short weeks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4833648 Starting in early March, I decided once and for all to stop the game with activity. I love to be active, but I have developed habits that have me spending my life sitting. Of course, too long with that action, when I do go out, I hurt. So ... cue up my new attitude. <BR> <BR> I decided to rejoin the Y, and go every day. Not three or four times a week, but EVERY day. When I commit to a few days a week, I am in constant negotiation with myself. Today? No, tomorrow. But I went yesterday. I'm s... Fri, 13 Apr 2012 15:33:00 EST It's been a while, but slowly coming back in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3361807 I have wandered, not necessarily away from my goals, but from the activity here. I haven't fallen too far, but I am not ready to fly all on my own yet. My activity seems to be pretty much habit now, and that is a good thing. I am still eating good food, but more than I do when I am tracking. More than I need. <BR> <BR> I'm going to make a run on points for this month. For the past three months I have hit 500. I will really have to participate to make 500 with what is left of this month. It ... Wed, 23 Jun 2010 00:03:08 EST Garden Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3298946 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/1/l515289415.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I have been crazy busy with my gardens over the past couple of weeks, which is a good thing. However, I have been sliding with my food, and I miss my aerobic. I'm getting plenty of strength training as I spend hours with a shovel, or a fork in hand. I'm often working up a sweat, too. But I am often so tired, I grab something on the way home, or throw together whatever will put energy into me. <BR> <BR> I have to ... Fri, 4 Jun 2010 01:08:58 EST Wow! I am still struggling http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3240994 I was still out of food as this morning dawned, and surprise ... another lousy food day. I know I can't do this with no veggies and fruit in the house. <BR> <BR> However, I did do an emergency run and have plenty of exciting things to jump start me again. I still think it is a delicious irony that the insanity of getting the gardens going is what took my good food supply to critical levels. I am almost never out of a great supply. <BR> <BR> I did track what I ate today, even though I did ... Mon, 17 May 2010 23:42:08 EST WIE 051610 Chorizo Fajitas with Chips and Pico de Gallo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3235717 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/1/l416161954.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Tasty fajitas done on the George Foreman Grill. The fajitas have homemade chorizo sausage (search the Web for an easy recipe), grilled onion and pepper, lettuce, homemade Pico de Gallo and low-fat sour cream. <BR> <BR> The Pico de Gallo is simply onion, tomato, garlic, jalapeno pepper, lime juice and cilantro. <BR> <BR> I made the chips with the extra cut from one of the tortilla shells. I always buy the huge f... Sun, 16 May 2010 16:47:02 EST WIE Sometime during non-tracking time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3235062 I have these pics, though not the calorie count or exact ingredients. Might as well share to get me back in the groove. Sharing meals does make me put a little extra effort into them, or at least at the presentation stage. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/7/l770471001.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is a pasta carbonera wannabe, with a raw egg stirred into the homemade pasta the instant it is drained. It makes for a creamy sauce with excellent protein. There are lots of fres... Sun, 16 May 2010 12:36:27 EST I'm back again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3234644 In one of life's abundance of ironies, I was derailed ... by gardening. Yup, growing veggies stopped me from eating them. For the past two weeks, I have been crazy with getting weeds out of my perennials, building new veggie gardens in my back yard (see photo) and getting my huge community plot ready for the season. As a result, I have let me food run low, the fastest way to invite bad eating, and been careless with letting myself get too hungry, which leads to mindless eating. <BR> <BR> So... Sun, 16 May 2010 10:06:43 EST WIE 050610 Steak Dinner Under 500 Calories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3202712 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/2/l828927416.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I worked all afternoon in the yard, weeding, prepping garden beds, moving bricks. I was tired, sore and hungry when I came in. I wanted REAL food, and steak seemed just right. I love my new relationship with portions, because I can indulge the best meat when I want. This was a 3oz tenderloin steak. Even at a high price per pound, 3 oz is still a reasonable cost for a real treat. <BR> <BR> I pounded the steak out ... Thu, 6 May 2010 19:46:21 EST WIE 050610 Unsual Tomato Sandwich and Chicken Soup http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3201864 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l182702504.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Still romancing the great tomatoes, but didn't want a traditional sandwich. This is a warmed pita (I have a gas stove and just warm it over the flame -- works on an electric if you have a rack with feet to put over the element) with low-fat cream cheese and basil spread over. I added thin slices of low-fat cheddar (Bothwell's Light Cheddar is wonderful) and topped it all off with tomato slices, salt and pepper. Rea... Thu, 6 May 2010 14:27:05 EST WIE 050510 Fresh Tomatoes Arrive in Winnipeg http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3201825 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l189996205.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The St Anne's tomatoes have arrived. For those in Wpg who do not know of the St Anne's greenhouse, you are missing a treat. They grow tomatoes in soil in a greenhouse, and deliver fantastic, vine-ripened tomatoes right about this time of year. Heaven! (Watch for the oval gold tag on each tomato -- they also have long English cukes.) This meal is my tomato binge after a long time without great tomatoes. (I love toma... Thu, 6 May 2010 14:18:22 EST WIE 050510 Chicken Strips and Fries http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3197949 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/0/l902200113.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I'm back after a long wander on the dark side. I was craving junk today, which is strange as that is not my weak spot. Luckily, I can make junk that fits with my desire for healthy food. This took a little more work than my norm, but it was worth it. <BR> <BR> The fries are baked. One potato with 1 tsp of oil in the toaster oven for about 30 minutes. <BR> <BR> The chicken strips are sliced chicken stir fry, dre... Wed, 5 May 2010 14:15:12 EST Mighty hard fall http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3187632 Is it the weather? Is it that I moved all my exercise to the garden? Not sure, but I sure went off track fast and hard. I have a huge garden, and working the rake and shovel in a huge garden for two hours at a time is a very good workout. However, I think maybe I need aerobics more than the strength, which is more what heavy garden work is. Trouble is, how am I going to fit the aerobics in with the heavy garden season. <BR> <BR> Maybe if the rain had not followed three days of breaking my p... Mon, 3 May 2010 03:01:59 EST WIE 042710 Rhubarb Pork Stir Fry http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3168666 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/5/l754116084.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I'll bet that title caught your attention. It's rhubarb season, and I certainly can't make a pie or cake and have it derailing me. So, I went looking for new ways to use my bounty. This dish is based on a recipe from Jamie Oliver: <link>www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/pork-rec<BR>ipes/my-favourite-hot-and-sour-rhubarb<BR>-and-cr </link> <BR> <BR> I used pork tenderloin so it would be done more quickly, and just si... Tue, 27 Apr 2010 20:37:40 EST WIE 042610 Pasta with Clam Sauce http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3165057 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l150475945.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I ate too much. I was late eating dinner, and came in from the garden starving. I decided I needed way too much pasta. <BR> <BR> This was a quick pasta meal. Put the pasta on to boil. Saute garlic and onion, add clams and liquid. Boil to reduce liquid, then add 1/2 cup milk and 1 tbsp flour. Simmer for a few minutes to thicken and blend flavours. Top with chopped tomato and green onion. <BR> <BR> The salad is s... Mon, 26 Apr 2010 22:49:46 EST WIE 042610 Mushroom Burger with Greek Salad http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3163156 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/0/l301080178.jpg"> <BR> <BR> In my effort to get more protein, and more calories early in the day, I decided a cheeseburger would help with both goals. In the end, the calories were not as high as I would have expected -- certainly not as high as the food tasted. <BR> <BR> I have lean ground beef frozen in 3oz patties. I partially defrosted the patty (thawing while cooking makes browning harder because of the extra liquid). While the patty ... Mon, 26 Apr 2010 14:17:24 EST WIE 042310 Road Trip Lunch http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3163064 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/3/l632119574.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I've travel a lot, and one thing I am really good at is eating healthy meals on the road. I had a four hour trip ahead on Friday, and if I leave with no food, I will succumb to the road temptations like a care-free teenager. If I stay full, and have enough healthy munchies with me, I come away clean. <BR> <BR> This is a chicken sandwich. I used chicken stir fry pieces, grilling them with a few spices on the Georg... Mon, 26 Apr 2010 13:58:42 EST WIE 042210 Fast, Delicious and Healthy Udon Noodle Stir Fry http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3163030 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l156396354.jpg"> <BR> <BR> If you follow my food posts, you've seen this before. However, it is such a staple in my food toolbox, I will occasionally feature it. This one has shrimp, assorted veggies, udon noodles and the sauce is soya sauce, ginger, garlic, coconut milk power, chili paste and turkey stock. I cooked the shrimp separately and then peeled and added to the finished dish. (It's easier to make sure the shrimp is perfect this way.... Mon, 26 Apr 2010 13:48:28 EST It's more fun to walk and visit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3159395 My weekend was a challenge because I had a mini reunion with my best friends from elementary school. On Friday, I met with the one who now lives in Thunder Bay (we met in hometown, Dryden) so both had done long drives. Instead of sitting and gabbing, or worse, snacking, we went for a long walk while we visited. We repeated it the next day as we wandered through the old bush we used to hide from our parents and walked around the "circle," better known as the only road in our little village. <... Sun, 25 Apr 2010 17:39:31 EST Some bad but some good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3150012 I am getting back on track in the middle of the day. That's a new one for me. Over the past couple of weeks, I have had a lot of family in from out of town. Quick events and visits, but it has really thrown me off. The last couple of days has been really bad, with some medical assistance needed for a family member. Nothing serious or stressful, just needing to do my part of staying with a family member in case side effects came along. That was the final straw, and I just gave it up yesterday.... Thu, 22 Apr 2010 18:00:13 EST WIE Asparagus Soup with Chipotle Turkey Sandwiches http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3141680 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/9/l699916870.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Simple lunch. Asparagus soup used up the end of the asparagus I froze last spring. Simmered it in turkey broth, with a jalapeno pepper. Pureed it and added 1/2c milk with 1/2 tbsp of flour. (Tip: puree the milk and flour after the veggies -- the liquid will clean the blender and collect the last bit of veggie puree.) Simmer until the soup is well-heated and thick. A added a tsp of whipping cream (have it in the fre... Tue, 20 Apr 2010 16:38:31 EST WIE 041910 Bison Burger with Spicy Turnip Fries and Wasabi Coleslaw http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3138338 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/0/l50881838.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Some really good stuff in this meal, and a total bust. The kale was not great. I haven't cooked much with kale, so back to the drawing board on that one. I sauteed it with garlic, then steamed, but it was dry and boring. I've had kale I really liked, but can't remember details. <BR> <BR> The rest was wonderful. Turnips have far fewer calories than potatoes and do make delicious fries. I put the cut turnip into a b... Mon, 19 Apr 2010 21:09:48 EST WIE 041910 Sweet Potato and Apple Soup with Toasted Cheese and Tomato http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3137502 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/2/l822228808.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I did it again -- not enough calories early. Luckily I was hungry, and this substantial lunch cured both problems. This is sweet potato, turnip, apple, onion and garlic sauteed, then cooked in homemade turkey stock. I added dried rosemary and basil plus salt and plenty of pepper. Pureed once the veggies were soft. Topped with a little reserved, chopped apple and fresh thyme. <BR> <BR> The sandwiches are simply pa... Mon, 19 Apr 2010 16:40:20 EST WIE 041810 Ginger Beef and Noodles http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3134778 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/4/l347866124.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It's no secret by now that I love my stir fry with noodles. This one is super fast and simple, and was actually done on the George Foreman grill, though any fry pan would work. I marinated skirt steak (any steak would work) with lots of ginger, garlic, cayenne and a bit of honey in a sandwich bag just while the veggies cooked. I cooked snow peas and mushrooms first, and, at the same time, cooked instant noodles. Th... Mon, 19 Apr 2010 00:21:09 EST WIE 041810 Grilled Veggie Sandwich http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3134766 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/2/l421151577.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I'm slightly famous for these with my friends. The basic setup is always great bread, cream cheese, some other cheese and whatever veggies I have on hand, some roasted (for flavour) and some not (for crunch). I pretty much use the George Foreman grill now, but for a long time a simple frying pan or the barbecue did the job. <BR> <BR> Today's version featured grilled zucchini, red pepper, onion, asparagus and fres... Mon, 19 Apr 2010 00:13:05 EST WIE 041510 Pecan Crusted, Pesto Stuffed Basa http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3124468 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/4/l847518997.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The fish was pretty easy, and wow ... really blew us away with taste. I took Basa fillets and cut them in half. I spread a fresh-made pesto, basil, garlic, olive oil prepared with a mortar and pestle, over half the fillet. I then turned the second half around before placing it on top so the thickness of the fish was more equal at each end. I whipped up an egg white with water, dipped the fish and coated it with a m... Thu, 15 Apr 2010 21:21:31 EST WIE 041510 Simple Quesadilla http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3123341 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/1/l913086007.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Quick and easy lunch today. I used the George Foreman grill to make this, but a frying pan would work just as well. <BR> <BR> The Quesadilla simply 2 corn tortillas (Sunny Day tortillas are made in Winkler for my MB friends). I didn't have any cheddar, so I used Low-fat mozza and feta -- 1/2 oz (15gms) of each. Sliced tomatoes, thinly sliced jalapeno pepper and green onion for the filling. Grill for about 5 minut... Thu, 15 Apr 2010 14:48:31 EST WIE 041410 Brunch Boiled Eggs on ... Spinach? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3119866 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/7/l374505464.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It seems I am really slipping on my early calories. Today it was nearly lunch and I had not eaten, so brunch. <BR> <BR> This is simply two soft-cooked eggs on toast, but I put a good layer of spinach and sliced tomatoes between the egg and the toast. I peeled the eggs carefully, and placed them on the sandwich before cutting them. That let the soft yolk spread naturally and provide almost a dressing for the veget... Wed, 14 Apr 2010 18:09:25 EST WIE 041310 Chipotle Tofu Tacos http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3115361 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/1/l812844654.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I made a Mexican feast for family last night, and once I have real Mexican food, I tend to trend that way for a few meals. These tacos were delicious and very easy to make. <BR> <BR> I simply sliced tofu and grilled it until it was crisp on all sides. I mixed 1 chopped canned Chipotle pepper with 1 tsp honey and 1 tbsp hot water, and added it to the pan. Cook just until the liquid has evaporated and the sauce sti... Tue, 13 Apr 2010 16:36:08 EST Struggling as soon as things got busy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3112881 My life has been much more filled with people than it usually is. It's not like I have a crowd staying with me, but I often go days without connecting in person with my friends or family. I do stay in touch frequently by phone. <BR> <BR> This past week has been filled with people. All for positive reasons, for sure. But it is throwing me off. I have been eating more -- not shockingly more, but way over my controlled consumption of the last little while. I've also lost the groove in the move... Tue, 13 Apr 2010 01:18:35 EST WIE 040910 Stir Fry with noodles http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3108244 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/4/l242715315.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Saturday lunch. Yes, I am a little behind, but the weekends seem to fly by, and, unlike most, I don't do as much cooking on the weekend as I do during the week. I guess my schedule is opposite most. I am always home during the week, rarely on the weekend, or if I am, I am buried in a project. <BR> <BR> This is a simple stir fry. Snow peas and mushrooms are the veggies, and they were done first, then set aside. I ... Mon, 12 Apr 2010 00:58:26 EST Return to the first trail of this project http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3103018 Yesterday I went back to a trail I did in July of 09 with my son. This is in Whiteshell park in Manitoba, and is almost 8k (5miles). When I did it in July, I had barely started getting back in shape and losing weight. The trail was tough from endless rain, but beyond that, I was in such bad shape I almost needed a stretcher to get back to the car. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I not only bounced all along the trail and back to the car, but had been to the Petroforms site nearby. We walked 2-3 km bef... Sat, 10 Apr 2010 13:41:37 EST WIE 040810 Tomato Chicken with Mushroom Risotto and Lavender Veggies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3098022 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l11468390.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The risotto was wonderful. Just mushrooms, onions, rice and stock. The chicken was OK, browned and simmered in home-canned tomatoes, garlic and oregano. Fresh basil over. Tomato, cucumber and onion straight up, with a tsp of feta cheese crumbled over -- really spruced up the veggies. <BR> <BR> The special treat was the cauliflower and asparagus. I browned it for a minute or two with just a spray of oil, then added... Fri, 9 Apr 2010 00:47:11 EST WIE 040810 Tuna Melts and Spinach Salad http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3096174 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/4/l544824050.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The best intentions ... I managed to get to lunchtime without eating a bite. Starving, ready to throw aside proper meal prep. However, I did slow down for long enough to get a big meal put together. I am supposed to be front loading my calories, not making it halfway through the day with nothing. I'm also always short of protein. <BR> <BR> So, I made two tuna melts with a full can of tuna. I added onion and jalape... Thu, 8 Apr 2010 14:56:54 EST WIE 040710 Indian Feast http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3093989 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/1/l412118375.jpg"> <BR> <BR> In the interest of honesty, let me say up front, this is not my typical 15-20 minute meal. My daughter was joining me, and I stumbled across a great Cooking Light recipe series on Indian cooking. I couldn't choose which recipe to make, so I made them all. The coleslaw, potatoes and cauliflower recipes are linked below. I didn't follow the recipes exactly -- more used the same spices and methods for two servings. <... Thu, 8 Apr 2010 02:28:08 EST WIE 040710 Greek Couscous and Asparagus Salad http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3091953 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l169960284.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Greek seems to be working for me lately. I wanted to use up some of the asparagus I can't resist buying at this time of year. I just started chopping and this is the result. The couscous is cooked with garlic, diced tomato (didn't have fresh) and vegetable broth. The asparagus is steamed and then mixed with cucumbers, red peppers, feta cheese, black olives, olive oil, lemon juice and dried oregano and basil. <BR>... Wed, 7 Apr 2010 15:19:25 EST WIE 040610 Seafood Wrap with Bonus Chips http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3087612 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/5/l256570295.jpg"> <BR> <BR> First -- I had a wonderful dinner last night, but my daughter was sharing that meal. Since we had tacos that you assemble at the table, I didn't want to interrupt the meal to take a picture. <BR> <BR> I made the most of a large flour tortilla shell for lunch. I used a small plate as a pattern to cut a small tortilla from the large one. I filled that with crab flakes, jalepeno pepper and onion, held together with... Tue, 6 Apr 2010 15:21:34 EST WIE 040510 Spring Soup and Sandwich http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3082978 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/4/l442468103.jpg"> <BR> <BR> You have probably noticed that I am a big soup fan. Asparagus is in season right now, so I stock up. This soup is simple. The asparagus is cooked, in stock, with onion and pepper then pureed. Put the puree back in the pot and add 2 tbsp milk mixed with 1 tsp of flour. That's your "cream." I topped this soup with sour cream, finely diced tomatoes and fresh basil. <BR> <BR> The sandwich is open face to save calorie... Mon, 5 Apr 2010 14:35:23 EST No new food, but all OK http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3082279 I often have trouble getting things back on track after a break, but not this time. I didn't really make anything new, or anything that turned out well enough to share, but I really did get right back on track after my break last week. <BR> <BR> In fact, I ran more last night than I have before. I've complained about "feeling heavy" when I try to run. To that end, I have been just walking faster and faster while I wait to take more of the weight off. Truth is, as I have been able to strip o... Mon, 5 Apr 2010 12:10:33 EST WIE 040210 Salmon Burger and Soup for a Cold Night http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3074857 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/6/l666565035.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It's so miserable here today that dinner had to include soup. This is my homemade cream of mushroom soup, with the cream coming from milk and flour. Any veggie can be turned into a healthy cream soup. Saute the veggies, add some herbs and spices, simmer in some chicken broth and then thicken with milk and flour. <BR> <BR> The salmon burger is canned Sockeye salmon. The burger is just salmon and an egg for two pat... Sat, 3 Apr 2010 00:06:30 EST WIE 040210 Salad Stars Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3073659 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l105737180.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It's raining and cold here. Grey, moody day, and I was starved by the time I made lunch. I needed warmth and comfort along with sustenance. <BR> <BR> I have some fat-removed turkey gravy stock in my freezer. I combined that stock with mushrooms, milk and flour to make a gravy and added 2oz of turkey (also frozen). That on a slice of toast, with a little fresh parsley, filled the warm/comfort request. I steamed so... Fri, 2 Apr 2010 16:20:47 EST Unexpected 24 hour hiatus http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3073251 I took my Mom home, 200 miles away, after she returned from a trip. We started with a good breakfast, but once we arrived at her home, I started grazing. Before long, I realized that tracking would be next to impossible, and was bugging me, so I decided to take 24 hours off the clock. <BR> <BR> The funny part was that when released to whatever junk I wanted, I didn't. I did end up eating more than I normally would, but not till I was home again, and had access to all my "good" stuff. Junk d... Fri, 2 Apr 2010 13:59:38 EST WIE 0331 Mexican Steak Salad http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3066488 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/0/l401788176.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is not Taco Belle. This steak salad is based on a recipe in the marvelous book called Simply Mexican. It is not a low cal book, but more authentic Mexican food is often naturally very healthy. <BR> <BR> The steak is a tenderloin, though that is not traditional. It is one of the things I like about portion control, however. This is only 4oz of steak, which is not all that pricey, even for the top cuts. The st... Wed, 31 Mar 2010 19:20:45 EST Wow! Greek Something is wonderful http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3065555 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/6/l561303541.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I had some home-grown beans in the freezer that I wanted to use up, and that led to this amazing new creation. My inventions are often good, mediocre, even, but once in a while I stumble on Wow! Today's lunch went to Wow! <BR> <BR> This is a Greek-style pita (no pocket) with a bean layer. I sauted garlic, jalepeno pepper and onion with the beans (canned white or garbanzo beans would be fine), crushing the beans as... Wed, 31 Mar 2010 14:08:18 EST WIE 0330 Meat and Potatoes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3062553 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/3/l333718724.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I almost skipped this one, as I wasn't that impressed. However, I had the shot, and you certainly can't hit a homer for every meal. Patience, or lack of, is responsible again. I guess I am so spoiled by the fast meals, that I tend to rush the ones that require time. These chops are quite tough, so I added the flavour (ketchup, brown sugar, garlic, wine vinegar) to water. The idea is to simmer the meat until it is t... Tue, 30 Mar 2010 20:38:06 EST WIE 0330 Thai Chicken Pizza with Spinach Salad http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3061646 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/6/l76058838.jpg"> <BR> <BR> A long time family fav copied from the most delicious, but expensive, Boston Pizza menu. The pizza base is pita bread, with peanut sauce, low-fat mozza cheese, and paper thin slices of chicken. The veggies are carrots, mushroom, jalepeno pepper, and steamed cabbage (should be bean sprouts, but I don't have any). Once it is cooked (I just use a long toast cycle in my toaster oven), I add green onion, cilantro and hot... Tue, 30 Mar 2010 15:42:06 EST WIE 0329 Achiote Pork with Potatoes and Guacamole http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3059291 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/8/l982446077.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Overall, this was a great meal, but the meat was a little disappointing for the work. The pork is marinated in a homemade achiote (Latin seed spice) sauce, simmered until it is dry and crispy. I rushed it a little with the simmering, which meant it wasn't fall-apart tender. Taste was pretty good. <BR> <BR> I made the spicy guacamole for the potatoes, and that was wonderful. I'll do that again for sure. The salad ... Tue, 30 Mar 2010 01:58:37 EST WIE 0329 Chicken and Tomatillo Enchiladas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3057160 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/3/l733453182.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Definite food geek warning, plus, only possible for those who work from home. This dish took little bits of time through the morning. Five minutes at a time -- real Mexican food is like that. <BR> <BR> These start with poached chicken. You saute the onions ( I also used zucchini and jalepeno peppers to expand the filling) and then add the shredded chicken to heat. The tortilla shells are homemade, grilled, then d... Mon, 29 Mar 2010 15:12:29 EST WIE 0328 Warm Scallop and Couscous Salad http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3053845 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l129357783.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I needed a very low-cal dinner tonight, and this is one of my favourites. It is based on a Cooking Light recipe <link>find.myrecipes.com/recipes/recipefin<BR>der.dyn?action=displayRecipe&recipe_id<BR>=1141973 </link> , with a few changes to drop the calories. The original has wonderful crunchy shrimp with a coating. I won't do that to a scallop (probably my fav seafood), so scallops were a perfect choice when I n... Sun, 28 Mar 2010 20:28:48 EST WIE 0328 Yummy Low Cal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3052832 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/3/l837563889.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I'm making up for night eating today, so I am watching every calorie. That doesn't mean lousy food, however. Luckily, I cooked a turkey recently, and have ample homemade stock. <BR> <BR> The soup is homemade stock, turnips, carrots, snow peas, spinach, green onion, serrano peppers, basil and 2 tbsp rice. Notice how these are all low cal veggies. The small amount of rice didn't add too many calories, but did give ... 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