Saturday, July 19, 2014
Sunday - AFGHANI FOOOOOD!!! We're checking out a restaurant we haven't been to before. Looks like a cross between Moroccan food and Indian food.
Monday - French Onion Soup w/ Hummus BLTs (we use hummus instead of mayo)
Tuesday - Freitas McGriddles (Pork Roll, Egg & Cheese on a Pancake bun) with fruit salad
Wednesday - Chicken Satay Salad
Thursday - Homemade Cheeseburgers and Baked Potatoes
Friday - Jerk Pork Chops, Mango Salad, Jamaican Rice & Peas
Saturday - Tuna Salad stuffed in tomatoes, macaroni salad
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
I would say that at least 60% of my success at this weight loss thing is directly related to how frequently I cook. I've been cooking most of my life, due to living with a single dad and getting sick of eating pancakes and mac and cheese all the time. (Plus my dad had this rule where if one person cooked the other did the dishes, and I hate washing dishes!)
Now I know not everyone is as comfortable in the kitchen as I am. I would call myself an intermediate cook. I'm comfortable trying new recipes, and I'm comfortable making up my own dishes. Most of my stuff comes out fairly tasty.
But, if you're not confident in the kitchen, cooking can be daunting. Food network and Cooking Channel used to be a place where you could learn how to cook (Remember that show How to Boil Water?) but now it seems it's a place to plop competition shows and shows where all they do is talk about how good a restaurant's signature dish is. Frankly, I'm sick of this stuff. I don't want to see arrogant chefs bleeding all over their cutting board while trying to make an appetizer out of cinnamon candies, pita bread and fennel.
So I have some recommendations of resources for those of you who are really interested in learning the principles behind cooking.
1. America's Test Kitchen
What a great resource! Christopher Kimball and crew guide you through the principles of cooking and test recipes, equipment and wines. The website offers videos, recipes and taste test lists, and you can download the podcast from iTunes.
2. Everything Alton Brown has ever done
Some people may find his persona irritating, but there is no better resource for learning about the SCIENCE of cooking and baking. He uses props and comedy to make even complicated processes like the Maillard Reaction easy to understand. His books are less recipes books than method books, and even if you've never set foot in a kitchen before, Alton Brown can teach you how to cook. Definitely borrow "I'm Just Here For The Food" from your local library.
3. Nigella Lawson
Okay, so maybe I picked Nigella as my third because I have a girl crush on her. This woman makes food SEXY. If you don't fall in love with food after watching Nigella cook, I don't know what will work for you. The best thing about Nigella is she's not a chef. She's a home cook. She cooks simple, delicious food. Most of her stuff can be made after a long day at work and be ready within an hour. NOTHING COMES FROM A BOX.
And seriously, this woman is gorgeous.
Remember, diet is 80-90% of weight loss. Learn to feed yourself good, nutritious food in reasonable portions.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
I'm listening to a startling variety of music today! Here are a few examples:
INXS "Don't Change" www.youtube.com/watch?v=sLm3Khusq_8
Lovedrug "Salt of the Earth" www.youtube.com/watch?v=ol5jVaPkXWM
Coheed and Cambria "Welcome Home" (WARNING: sweary words) www.youtube.com/watch?v=JJJ27NxYamY
KONGOS "Come with me Now" www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gz2GVlQkn4Q
Sound of Contact "Pale Blue Dot" (NOTE: This is Phil Collin's son's band) www.youtube.com/watch?v=mVm4uc_zHmM
The Fray "Say When" /www.youtube.com/watch?v=WNiNHsYqd40
Hope you enjoy some of them!
Monday, July 14, 2014
You hopefully know by now that I love to cook from scratch. It makes it soooo easy to control my calories, sodium and fat. I often adapt recipes that sound yummy to lighten them up. So I decided to post a bunch of recipes I've used last week and this week, because I've got some GOOD ones!
Ok last week I made a couple of standout recipes.
Marinated Eggplant (adapted from Yotam Ottolenghi's Marinated Eggplant with tahinit).
I didn't like the tahini sauce. Too bitter for my taste, but the room temperature eggplant was soooo good on its own! Would be great on a cheese platter with warm french bread and roasted red peppers.
OH MY this was good. Now I freaking LOVE falafel. My only problem with this recipe is it stuck to the pan a bit, even using aluminum foil.
Stewed Chicken and Chickpeas
Very good, although missing SOMETHING. I think it was salt, because I forgot to add the salt. You'll notice that I used pre-cooked chicken breast and raw bone in chicken. That's just because it's what I had on hand. The original recipe calls for boneless skinless chicken breasts, although I think it's tastier with thighs. Please know that it WILL take longer to cook if you use bone-in meat.
Beef & Lentil Sloppy Joes
This recipe came out of one of those large packages of ground beef that doesn't evenly divide to pounds. I had a bag of meat in the freezer that was just over 6 ounces, so I decided to supplement with red lentils. There's no directions, just cook the lentils as directed on the package, then add to the cooked ground beef. Tonight we're serving this over Thomas' Corn English Muffins with a side of tossed salad and steamed spaghetti squash.
Tuesday, July 08, 2014
So today I left my phone at home, and work is slow. I have things I can do but I just don't want to DO any of them. I've been feeling like that a lot lately - blah. Not sure if it's the summer heat, or just a desire to be lazy for a while.
Things on the weight front are going fine. I'm eating 2,000 calories a day now, and I'm 3.6 lbs from my goal. I'm still losing a little at a time; this weight loss week I lost 1.4 lbs. If I lose that slowly I will hit goal before Christmas, which is fine by me.
Yesterday I was worried that I would not reach goal. My doc told me I could stop losing, and I don't want him to yell at me, but it's only 3.6 lbs, hardly a health risk. So I did some math. A lot of maintainers have a maintenance range of 3% of their goal weight. My goal weight is 160 lbs, so my range would be 155.2 - 164.8. If those are the numbers I should be aiming for, then I'm within maintenance range already!
It kind of surprises me I'm able to eat so much. I guess it's because I'm way more active than I used to be. Last week I even hit my goal of averaging 10,000 steps a day in a week. It was hard work, and I was VERY sore this weekend, so this week I'm cutting back a bit, which is fine, because it's TOM.
So my 4 day weekend was pretty good. Friday hubby and I went to my Godmother's farm for a BBQ. I most definitely overate because I had to sample all of the desserts. A small NSV is that there was one dessert that was delicious but it was so rich I felt kind of sick afterwards. In future I'm going to take just a taste. I did eat a lot of fruit that day, though. And how often do I eat like that? Maybe 4 times a year? I'm not stressed.
We had a fantastic time and it was so nice spending the day with my hubby, who usually volunteers to work the 4th, because he's Canadian.
Saturday I was supposed to go hiking, but yet again that fell through, but for good reason. My bestie had food poisoning! What's funny is she's a county health inspector, so I'm guessing this place will get a serious inspection soon! Tsk tsk. So instead of staying home and being lazy, I drove myself to Cooper River Park and walked the loop, which is 3.5 miles. I did it in less than an hour, then went home to be lazy for the rest of the day. I have been reading the most recent A Song of Ice and Fire book, Dance with Dragons by George RR Martin, so I laid on the couch and read that and took Bingley for a few short walks (he gets hot easily). By the end of the day I had over 14,000 steps in!
Sunday we did our normal grocery shop and laundry, with the added bonus of a walk at the local park with Bingley. It was supposed to be a "rest day" but I managed to accidentally get in 8,000 steps. That night hubby and I watched the newest episode of BBCs The Musketeers together. It's nice to have a show we can watch together! He usually leaves the room when I watch tv, because he's not into most of the shows I like.
Monday I didn't have anything planned, but my awesome cousin Susan (CHIPUGMOM) had time to kill before flying back home to Chicago so we hung out! We went out for Greek for lunch (I had spanakopita and a salad), went to Kohl's and got some iced coffee before just hanging out in my living room and talking for a while. I don't get to see Susan enough, maybe twice a year, but it's always a great time when I do!
Last night hubs made some bifanas (thin cut pork chops marinated in garlic, paprika, chile paste and white wine) so we had those, Portuguese rolls, mixed veggies and caramelized onions. Yum!
Tonight I'm making Spanish potato tortilla with chicken apple sausage on the side. Hope it turns out well!
Hope you all are doing well and keep it up!
Get An Email Alert Each Time ADARKARA Posts