Life, Weight loss

How do you eat enough, when you’re never hungry??

So I have this dilemma… I know that I need to eat, but 20 hours out of the day, I’m not hungry. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I have the occasional hunger pains, but usually by the time I’m done fixing my meal, they have passed. I think the meals I DO eat are Le-Git, but am I getting enough??

I’m SO not a breakfast eater! Never have been, probably never will be.

I Like lunch, it’s my big meal of the day, even though it’s usually around 2 or 3 o’clock, at the earliest, but better late than never, right?

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I’ve heard that you are supposed to eat at least 1200 and up to 2000 calories a day…. Confession, I can’t do that! If all I eat is vegetables and lean protein, there is NO Way, that I can hit that number, unless I stuff my ever.loving face with food.

So I ask myself…

Is it hurting my weight loss goal because I don’t eat ENOUGH?? It seems so contradictory to me!

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Recipes

Spicy Asian Turkey Meatballs

We all know of my love affair with meatballs and Asian flavors.

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So I figured why not find a way to marry them together for a little protein filled snack.

Since the Hubs is back working nights, I don’t really “cook” for the boy and I, like I do when he’s home in the evenings.  I’m good with eating salads or soups…. or meatballs 😉  And the boy is pretty happy with anything simple I whip up for him. I mean, does this look like the face of a 6 year old that takes things seriously??

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But I digress….

I always have some crazy (or normal, if you’re like me) condiments hanging around, so I decided to mix up a few with some ground turkey and see how it went.

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These came out delicious! Spicy but Sweet and oh so Meaty. Perfect on their own, on top of an asian inspired salad, in a soup with zucchini and bok choy, However you like!

Now as some of you know, I’m not the measuring kind, so I have no idea (well I could guestimate) how much I put of anything exactly. I just add a shake of this, a glug of that, and a splash of this, and surprisingly, it usually works out :).

I’ll give you a list of the ingredients I used and a round about measurement, but feel free to adjust to what you have and make it your own.

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SPICY ASIAN TURKEY MEATBALLS

1lb Lean ground turkey

1-2 teaspoons of each….

Low Sodium Soy Sauce

Hoisin Sauce

Oyster Sauce

Sweet Chili Sauce

Sriracha

Season to taste with…

Probably 1/2 teaspoon or so of each…

Onion Powder

Garlic Powder

Ground Ginger

Cayenne Pepper

Chives

Salt

Black Pepper

Bake in a pre-heated 375′ oven for 20 – 30 minutes until cooked through. 

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Cajun Jambalaya – Chicken, Pork and Smoked Sausage

Another Fight Night…. Another Menu Plan 🙂

I knew I wanted to do something a bit different this time,  and I planned a whole meal around Louisiana grub! I wasn’t sure how it would be received, but I was pleasantly surprised that everyone seemed to love it!

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My first EVER. from scratch Jambalaya, Corn Maque Choux, Green Beans wrapped in Bacon, of course my Velveeta/Rotel Dip, cause I think they might never come back if I didn’t have it, haha and some green cuppycakes since it was St. Patty’s day weekend. I think it went over well with the crowd, because I had nothing left.. AT ALL.. at the end of the night 🙂

I was a bit nervous, because I knew I had to do my heritage proud, but the only Jambalaya I had ever made came out of a box… (I know.. shoot me now..) But I was determined to make this one to remember. Honestly, it couldn’t be simpler.

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If you have a little bit of time and just some basic ingredients.. you can do this. And the great thing about it, is that you can customize it to your taste. Throw some shrimp in there, use a whole chicken… next time I’m definitely adding some Tasso! I actually recently saw a recipe for “low carb” Jambalaya that incorporates zucchini instead of the rice, trying that one out soon, for sure!

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CHICKEN, PORK AND SAUSAGE JAMBALAYA

1 lb Boneless Skinless Chicken breasts (cut into 1″ cubes)

1 pkg Turkey Smoked Sausage (cut into rounds/halves/quarters.. whatever shape you fancy)

2 lbs Pork (I found some beautiful boneless sirloin steaks, but again, whatever you prefer… cut into 2″ cubes)

I large onion.. diced

1 large green bell pepper.. diced

1/2 red bell pepper.. diced

2 stalks celery.. diced

Cajun Seasoning (Tony’s is my favorite)

4 cups long grain rice

8 cups water

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Season meat generously with Cajun seasoning and brown in batches. Saute onions, bell pepper and celery until semi soft. Add meat back to pot and stir.

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Just cover with water ( I used about 3 cups or so). Bring to boil, and reduce to simmer. Cover and let the meat braise for 2 hours.

When that’s finished, strain braising liquid from meat and measure the liquid, so you can add the remainder of water to equal 8 cups. Then add 4 cups of rice, another few rounds of Cajun seasoning and stir well. Over med-low heat, cover the pot, and let it cook for another 20 or 30 minutes (DON’T PEEK!) until the liquid is absorbed.

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Stir to fluff, and eat your heart out! Top with green onions if you so desire

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Banana Soft Serve

Do you ever wonder what to do with your bananas when they start to turn brown and nobody in the house will eat them?

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Or are you looking for a new Cool and Creamy treat? Well, my friends, this one’s for you!

This has quickly become my new favorite breakfast, and just in time because the weather is finally starting to warm up here.

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All you do is slice up your ripe bananas, throw them in the freezer, and take out what you want when you want!

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It is SO SIMPLE and SO HEALTHY. 3 easy ingredients, blended together for a wonderful bowl of dreaminess, that you don’t have to feel the least bit guilty about!

I’ll end that thought with a little Banana song that my Granny taught me when I was a wee little girl, that I will never forget

“I’m Chiquita Banana, and I’ve come to say… Banana’s have to ripen in a certain way. When they are flecked with brown and have a golden view, banana’s are the ripest and the best for you.

You can put them in a salaaad, you can put them in a pie..yie. Any way you want to eat theeeem, it’s impossible to beat them.

Banana’s like the climate of the very very Tropically weather, So never put banana’s, in the refrigerator. No no no no”

 

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BANANA SOFT SERVE

1 Sliced Frozen Banana

1Tbsp Plain 0% Fat Greek Yogurt (or your  personal favorite variety)

Handful of ice

Place all ingredients into a blender and Blend until smooth!

I use my handheld immersion blender, but use whatever is your favorite

“Don’t stop till you get enough”… 🙂

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Carnitas… Mexican Pulled Pork Tacos

This, my friends, is all about the Meat. Succulent pork, seasoned with Mexican spices and braised for hours in it’s own juice. Ain’t nothin’ wrong with that!!

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I have made these a few times now, and they just get better. This time I had the help of a nice, new little Cast Iron Dutch Oven we got for a wedding present.

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I’m telling you, this dish couldn’t be simpler and it’s SO TASTY!. If you have a couple hours, want some Latin flair, or just need an alternative to put in your Taco Tuesday repertoire, try this out 🙂

Now, I make my own “Mexican” Spice/seasoning blend. About a tablespoon of each… Salt, Black Pepper, Chili Powder, Cumin, Ground Mustard, Onion Powder, Garlic Powder and Paprika.. Cayenne pepper is optional, but I put it in everything ;).  I have an empty bottle that I put the remaining mixture that I don’t use, for any ‘ole time I want it

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Now, I think the “typical” cut of pork used for this is Shoulder or Butt, but to keep things on the lighter side, I prefer a Sirloin roast or even tenderloin which basically has no fat.  Trim up your pork, cut it into about 2 inch pieces, season well with your spice mix and brown on all sides in heavy bottom pot.

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P.S. … Don’t overcrowd your meat when trying to brown it, it’ll steam instead and that’s not what you want… Brown Food is Good Food, so you may have to do it in two or three batches, it’ll be A’ight 🙂

One you have browned all your pork, put it all back in the pot and cover it about 3/4 of the way up with water.

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Bring to Boil, Reduce to Simmer… and let it go for at least 2 hours, stirring occasionally. When all that is said and done, remove pork from pot

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It’s going to want to fall apart on you, but let that pork know who’s boss 😉

With the braising liquid that is left in the pan, crank the heat up to med/ med-high and let reduce about 20 minutes or so. You want it to be of almost a syrupy consistency

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When THAT magic has happened, return the pork back to the pot, and coat with all that reduced goodness, while breaking the meat apart.

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Traditionally served as tacos, but pick your Flavor, Saver… Ummm what?? 😉

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Hope you guys like this as much as we do!! 🙂

Recipes

Cloud Bread… Nailed it!

Bread….. that’s not bread…. Love it!!

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After seeing this recipe MONTHS ago, I knew I had to try it. Why I waited so long, I have no idea. This stuff is like little pillows of goodness. Who knew you could make a bread like substance (well that sounds real appetizing…) out of eggs and cream cheese??

But seriously, you have to try this. If you are watching your carbs, this is a perfect way to be able to enjoy sandwiches, burgers, even pulled pork without the guilt!!

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CLOUD BREAD

2 Eggs Separated

2 oz Cream Cheese

1/8 tsp cream of tartar

Preheat oven to 300′.

Separate eggs. Whites in one bowl, yolks in another.

Add cream cheese to yolks and mix until smooth. In the other bowl add cream of tartar to whites, and beat with hand mixer on high until fluffy and peaks form.

Carefully add the yolk mixture to the white mixture and fold to combine.

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Spray cookie sheet with Pam and spoon the mixture into rounds. Bake for about 30 minutes until GBD (Golden Brown and Delicious)

Let cool on a wire rack. Once cooled, store in ziploc bags or tupperware overnight. Like Magic they turn into “buns”.

Enjoy!

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Life, Recipes, Weight loss

I’m baaaaack… with a 7 day cleanse :)

Welcome back fellas. I know I’ve been gone for a while, and I’ve been meaning to come back and say hello.. I just didn’t know how to jump back in it.

I’ve been in a weird sort of funk, that I think I’m finally over. I don’t know if it was the stress of everything (Holidays, Birthdays, Wedding planning) or what, but I’m done with that. Time to get ME back!

The wedding is a month away, now, and I felt like it was time for a new start for my body to get back to where I was happy with it. In my state of Funktasticness, I wasn’t as diligent with my eating habits as I had been, and that made me feel even worse about myself.

I saw this cleanse on Pinterest a good year ago. It claimed that you would lose 10-17 lbs in 7 days, and no crazy starvation days, but eating REAL food! Fruits vegetables, and BEEF! It’s a strict plan, but you can customize it to fit You.

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I could honestly eat like this every. single. week. I didn’t crave anything, I was never starving, and for the first 4 days I didn’t even miss the meat (and we all know what a self proclaimed carnivore I am).

By the beginning of the second day, I was already down 3 lbs. and by the fifth day, I had lost 6. All together, at the end of the Seventh day, I was down a total of 11 lbs. (Have I mentioned that I need to fit into a wedding dress in a month… yeah)

And who wouldn’t want to eat this beautiful cornucopia of natural goodness, anyway?

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I’ll put up my daily eats for the 7 days first, and then, I’ll post the guidelines and specifics on why this works

Day 1. 10 oz. watermelon, 1 large honeydew melon, 1 grapefruit
(-3 lbs)
Day 2. 3 stalks celery, 1 med. zucchini, 1/4 c leeks, 1c broccoli, 1/2sm. Onion, 5 baby carrots
Day 3. 1/2 pear:1/2 apple:1/2 avocado smoothie, 1/2 apple, 1 c okra, 1 1/2c brussel sprouts, 1 grapefruit
Day 4. 6 Bananas, 20oz skim milk, cabbage soup
(-6 lbs.)
Day 5. 16 oz Lean Beef, 6 whole tomatoes
Day 6. 12 oz Lean Beef, Cabbage soup, 8 baby carrots, kale chips, saute’d bok choy
Day 7. 1 sm. avocado, 4 cherry tomatoes, 3 stalks celery, 1c roasted okra, saute’d kale, 1/4c leeks (I couldn’t bring myself to having brown rice and juice after I had worked so hard all week, so I just stuck to the veggies)
(-11 lbs)
MY Cabbage Wonder Soup Recipe
2 med onions – chopped
1 green bell pepper & 1 yellow bell pepper – chopped
3 stalks celery – chopped
1 head cabbage – shredded
1 14.5 oz can tomatoes
1 envelope Lipton onion soup mix
24 oz. water
*Saute all vegetables until tender, add tomatoes, soup mix and water. Simmer until desired doneness.
This plan can be used as often as you like without any fear of complications. It is designed to flush your system of impurities and give you a feeling of well being. After seven days you will begin to feel lighter because you will be lighter by at least 10 lbs. You will have an abundance of energy and an improved disposition.During the first seven days you must abstain from all alcohol
You must drink 10 glasses of water each day
Day One All fruits except bananas. Your first day will consist of all the fruits you want. It is strongly suggested that you consume lots of melons the first day. Especially watermelon and cantaloupe. If you limit your fruit consumption to melons, your chances of losing three lbs. on first day are very good.
Day Two All vegetables. You are encouraged to eat until you are stuffed with all the raw or cooked vegetables of your choice. There is no limit on the amount or type. For your complex carbohydrate, you will start day two with a large baked potato for breakfast. You may top the potato with one pat of butter.
Day Three A mixture of fruits and vegetables of your choice. Any amount, any quantity. No bananas yet. No potatoes today.
Day Four Bananas and milk. Today you will eat as many as eight bananas and drink three glasses of milk. This will be combined with the special soup which may be eaten in limited quantities.
Day Five Today is feast day. You will eat beef and tomatoes. Eat two 10 oz. portions of lean beef. Hamburger is OK. Combine this with six whole tomatoes. On day five you must increase your water intake by one quart. This is to cleanse your system of the uric acid you will be producing.
Day Six Beef and vegetables. Today you may eat an unlimited amount of beef and vegetables. Eat to your hearts content.
Day Seven Today your food intake will consist of brown rice, fruit juices and all the vegetables you care to consume.Tomorrow morning you will be 10-17 lbs. lighter than one week ago.
If you desire further weight loss, repeat the program again. You may repeat this program as often as you like, however, it is suggested that you are allowed two glasses of white wine in addition to the instructions on the program. You may substitute champagne for white wine. Under no circumstances are you to drink any other alcoholic beverages with the exception of beer which is allowed. Any liquor (bourbon,vodka, rum) is forbidden. Cream drinks are especially forbidden. You may have an occasional cordial such as creme de menthe or schnapps, but you must always limit yourself to two drinks. If you wine, drink only wine that day. If you have beer, drink only beer that day, etc. Alcohol adds empty calories to your diet. However, after the first week it will help your digestion and settle your stomach.
G.M.’S Wonder Soup  is intended as a supplement to your diet. It can be eaten any time of the day in virtually unlimited quantities. You are encouraged to consume large quantities of this soup.
Additional CommentsVegetables as may be taken in the form of a salad if desired. No dressing except malt, white or wine vinegar, squeezed lemon, garlic, herbs. No more than one tea spoon of oil.

You have been given a recipe for the WONDER SOUP which can be eaten in unlimited quantities. This soup is a supplement while you are on the program and it should be a pleasure to eat. Not everyone likes cabbage, green peppers, celery etc. This recipe is not inflexible. You may substitute vegetables according to your taste. You may add any vegetables you like: asparagus, peas, corn, turnips, green beans, cauliflower, etc. Try to stay away from beans (lima, pinto, kidney, etc.), however, because they tend to be high in calories even though they are very good for you.

Beverages you may consume while on the program :

1. Water (flavored with lemon/lime if desired).
2. Club Soda is OK.
3. Black Coffee. No cream or cream substitute. No sugar or sweetness.
4. Black Tea = Herb or Leaf.
5. Absolutely nothing else except the fruit juices which are part of day seven. No fruit juices before day seven.

How and Why It Works

Day One you are preparing your system for the upcoming  program. Your only source of nutrition is fresh or canned fruits. Fruits are nature’s perfect food. They provide everything you could possibly want to sustain life except total balance and variety.

Day Two starts with a fix of complex  carbohydrates coupled with an oil dose. This is taken in the morning for energy and balance. The rest of day two consists of vegetables which are virtually calorie free and provide essential nutrients and fiber.

Day Three eliminates the potato because you get your carbohydrates from the fruits. Your system is now prepared to start burning excess pounds. You will still have cravings which should start to diminish by day four.

Day Four, bananas, milk and soup sound the strangest and least desirable. You’re in for a surprise. You probably will not eat all the bananas allowed. But they are there for the potassium you have lost and the sodium you may have missed the past three days. You will notice a definite loss of desire for sweets. You will be surprised how easy this day will go.

Day Five, Beef and tomatoes. The beef is for iron and proteins, the tomatoes are for digestion and fiber. Lots and lots of water purifies your system. You should notice colorless urine today. Your allowance calls for the equivalent of five “quarter pounders”. Do not feel you have to eat all this beef. You must eat the six tomatoes.

Day Six is similar to day five, Iron and proteins from beef, Vitamins and fiber from vegetables. By now your system is in a total weight loss inclination. There should be a noticeable difference in the way you look today, compared to day one.

Day Seven finished off the program like a good cigar used to finish off Victorian meals, except much healthier. You have your system under control and it should thank you for the flushing and cleaning you just gave it.