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1/22/13 3:58 P

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Hi All. I have been experimenting with good & healthy food. I made the diet cabbage soup & a healthy chili. For variety, I mixed the 2 together and it taste like a minestrone (minus the noodles). For healthy carbs add barley , brown rice, or toasted oatmeal. Sounds strange; but very filling & good!!

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8/25/07 11:24 P

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I made a similar version of this recipe tonight. Second time I made it. My DH & I really, really like it! I didn't use the shallots or garlic, therefore nothing to saute so no oil used. Didn't use the wine or sherry so saved calories there. I used more onion and broth & barley. My shiitake mushrooms were fresh. Forgot the ginger & brown sugar, couldn't say I missed it. Didn't serve w/bread or cheese so again saved some calories. (Hmmm I think maybe I just took some suggestions from this recipe & ended up with my own. Anyway, the onion, mushroom, beef & barley made a wonderful combination.)

French Onion Soup With Beef and Barley

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INGREDIENTS FOR 6 SERVINGS:
1 cup boiling water
1/2 ounce dried shiitake mushrooms
1 tablespoon dark sesame oil, divided
2 medium onions, each cut into 8 wedges (about 4 cups)
1/2 cup chopped shallots or onion
2 teaspoons chopped peeled fresh ginger
4 garlic cloves, minced
3 cups sliced button mushrooms
1 teaspoon brown sugar
1 (12-ounce) lean boneless sirloin steak, cut into 2-inch strips
4 cups water
2/3 cup uncooked pearl barley
1/4 cup dry sherry
3 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
1 (10-1/2-ounce) can beef consomme
12 (1/4-inch-thick) slices diagonally cut French bread baguette
3/4 cup (3 ounces) shredded Gruyere or Swiss cheese


INSTRUCTIONS:
Chock-full of fiber-rich barley, this French onion soup is a tasty
variation on the classic. You can omit the sherry or replace it with
white wine if you wish.
1. Combine boiling water and shiitakes in a bowl; cover and let stand
30 minutes. Drain the shiitakes in a colander over a bowl, reserving
liquid. Slice shiitakes, discarding stems.
2. Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat.
Add onion, shallots, ginger, and garlic; saute 10 minutes or until
lightly browned. Add the shiitakes, button mushrooms, sugar, and
beef. Saute 10 minutes, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Add
reserved mushroom liquid, 4 cups water, and the next 4 ingredients
(water through consomme); bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and
simmer 50 minutes or until barley is tender. Stir in 1 teaspoon
sesame oil.
3. Preheat broiler.
4. Ladle 1-1/2 cups soup into each of 6 ovenproof soup bowls; top
each serving with 2 bread slices and 2 tablespoons cheese. Broil 3
inches from heat 1 minute or until cheese melts. Serve immediately.
Yield: 6 servings.
Learn the basics of making great soup at Cooking Light.
Recipe Copyright ? Cooking Light Magazine

Nutritional Info
Amount Per Serving
Calories: 474.3
Total Fat: 13.9 g
Cholesterol: 65.9 mg
Sodium: 1,094.6 mg
Total Carbs: 53.3 g
Dietary Fiber: 5.0 g
Protein: 31.9 g

I need to refigure nutrition since I left so much out & changed quantities. My batch would make at least 12 servings. (Something to put in new freezer!)
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8/2/07 11:10 P

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To keep the calories down and the fiber level high, make sure you get the low or reduced carb lavash. Joseph's makes a regular one as well--my husband bought it by accident for me one time and I made him bring it back.
If he can't find the lavish the sandwich is also really good in any low carb--high fiber tortilla or wrap.

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8/2/07 9:47 P

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Wish the SCD diet allowed breads, that sounds delicious! Have to have David try it.

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8/2/07 5:39 P

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I made this for lunch today and it was really good.
1 can of tuna-water packed, drained
tablespoon or two or three of calorie free walden farms honey mustard dressing
Mix these together to make a tuna salad - set aside
Sautee 100 grams of sliced mushrooms in a non-stick pan sprayed with olive oil--add some minced garlic (I like a lot of it) and sautee until nicely browned
In a large low (reduced) carb Lavish bread (I use Joseph's Flax, Oat Bran and Whole Wheat flour) layer the tuna sald, cover with the mushroom/garlic sautee, and top with 1 ounce cheddar cheese slice (I use full fat, but you could cut fat with a non fat or low fat one). Roll tightly and place seam side down on a baking sheet sprayed with olive oil. Spray a bit more olive oil on the top of the lavish roll and bake for 4-5 minutes in a 375 oven. Turn over, bake another 2-4 minutes until it gets a bit crispy and the edges just start to brown. Take it out, cut it down the middle and enjoy.
It is very filling and very tasty. I have also made it subtituting 85 grams of asparagus spears for the mushrooms and with different types of cheese.
It is roughly 300 calories, depending upon the cheese you use. It is also very high fiber so it fills you up for a long time. I usually add a salad and tomato as well--it adds a few more calories and some more fiber.

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7/19/07 1:37 A

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Vita splash is another of those single packet drink mixes that you can tuck in a pocket or purse for a low cal drink. There are several types, some of them have fiber, some vitamin C, some have calcium. I also will throw on some chicken or a piece of salmon on the grill after I have finished the main meal. I take the extra food, spice it up (I like emerils spices, or zaterain, or just some cracked black pepper freshly ground), put it in a sandwich bag and chill it for a salad or some other quick meal another day. For snacks, I like some sunflower seeds or some high fiber crackers--fiber one is a good one or some of theKashi TLC snack crackers. I just count them out and bag them into 1 serving sizes and carry them with me.

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7/6/07 11:52 A

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I was just reading about the chicken breast. We will grill up say 8-6 with different seasonings. Than you can store them in the refridge or freeze for later.
THis makes a quick meal.

Warm the breast add a couple veggies or salad
Cut up for a very quick stir fry (meats already cooked)
Cut for salads- so many you can make
Or just grab for a quick protein for on the go. Taste good cold.

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7/4/07 11:14 P

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I gotta tell ya'll how I cook my chicken sometimes. You might like to try it. I take 6 skinless, boneless, chicken breasts (enough for 4 meals and a work lunch for David) and while still frozen, slice them up into slightly under 1/2 inch slices. I throw them into a hot wok that I've melted 2 Tbls of Smart Balance in, season them with salt, garlic powder, poultry seasoning, and allspice, and stir them on medium-high until there's no more pink. Then I put on a tight lid, turn the heat to simmer, and let the juices left from the meat having been frozen tenderize the slices, while I'm working on the side dishes for the meal. You can eat alone w/taters, or over rice, mixed into veggies, however you want, and you can use lots of different spices. Sometimes I make it with lemon pepper. However seasoned, it tastes great, it's tender, and quick to make.
YUMMMMM...hope you like it!

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6/23/07 11:09 P

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I was hungry for ice cream, not for all the sugar and fats, but more for the cool easy way it slides down the throat. Both sherbert and ice cream's calories were too high for me. So, I took single serving tubs of flavored applesauces that I had in the fridge (Pear, Mango Peach, Strawberry, and Strawberry Banana flavored), and I froze them. Then when they were frozen, I just whipped the sealed foil tops open on them and dug in. Boy...they sure are good. Cool...smooth...sweet...and flavorful. I'm going to keep stacks of them in the freezer all the time now. You gotta try it!

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6/21/07 2:38 A

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I have such a problem drinking regular, boring, tasteless, or even worse, ickky souped up water, that I just HAD to find something that would help me get in the required liquid that SP and my body says I NEED...so, this is what I just found.

And it is SOOOOO delicious!

Crystal Light On The Go White Tea, in Natural Blueberry Flavor, and Crystal Light On The Go Green Tea, in Honey Lemon Flavor. They come in little tubes that you can pop into your purse or lunch bag, rip them open, and pour into water, give it a stir or shake, and VOILA! Instantly refreshing! One tube makes 16 or 20 ounces, depending on how strong you like it. And they only have 5 calories!

AAhhhhh...excuse me while I go get another glass!

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6/21/07 12:08 A

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Well, my introduction to Leslie Sansone World has been an adventure, to say the least. Living in Florida with the weather never being reliable, going outside to walk or even driving to the gym (like the other day when hail pummelled our van to a pulp-and trees bending over in half threatened to fall on us and squash us like bugs) can be like taking your life in your hands.

So, having that tape to pop into the DVD player whenever the mood hits is a really great way to effortlessly (well, except when actually DOING the exercising-snicker*snicker) Walk Away The Pounds!

I recommend that if you haven't already, try one of her DVD's. The one I have is the 3 and 4 mile one, that comes with the purple resistance band. I got it at Walmart for under $14.00. Not bad, huh! emoticon

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6/20/07 6:28 P

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Adopting a new eating and exercising lifestyle IS hard...let's not EVEN try and kid each other! But it can be so much more pleasant and enjoyable when we find really GREAT healthy substitutions for the not-so-healthy ones that we WERE using.

This forum is for all of those yummy, feel-good, and energy pumping things we've found in our life-style changing travels, to eat, take, suppliment with, or do, that have really made an impact on us, and we want to share it with each other.

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