Unbelievable! I went out on my daily quest for 10,000
dollars steps and it was -8C!! Practically a heatwave out there! And sunny too! What a perfect day for a walk, I tell ya! It has been soooo many years since I was actually thought that -8C was “somewhat mild”! I lived for so long in a land where 0C was practically armageddon. It was an awesome feeling, breathing in cool, refreshing air and feeling the sun on my face…inspired me to walk even further than I had planned.
After exploring lots of paths, I made myself come back to reality, face responsibility and head to the supermarket. Or the suupaa. Or the grocery store. Or the depanneur. Whatever floats your boat. And I stocked up on lots of fresh goodness to make my food! This is it! Organization is kicking in somewhat! Going to make meals for the week.
I came back home, ready and rarin’ to hit the floor, get my crunches, squats and pathetic push-ups out of the way. Then I remembered I was going to use the slow cooker and had to get my butt in gear with cooking or I would be stuck eating my creation at 3am (<–perhaps a slight exaggeration)
Here is what I have achieved so far:
I have made a super-duper impressive version of something Mom used to make when we were kids (my brothers and I; not my mom and I…we weren’t actually kids together). She used to bake chicken pieces in the oven after having marinated them in Catalina salad dressing and bbq sauce. Yeah, you read that right. And it was awesome! I decided to get all adventurous and recreate it as a slow cooker dish (remember…multi-tasking, kids! Slow cooker takes care of one thing while you do other stuff). It is all very experimental at the moment and I really don’t have measurements to give you. I just sort of throw in what I think will be enough. If there is not enough of something, I add more of it. If there is too much of something, I add more of something else to distract people from the first something. Pure genius!
The ingredients are:
- Catalina dressing
- Bbq sauce (more Catalina than bbq. Don’t ask me the ratio because I will just tell you that for this recipe, the ratio of Catalina to bbq is, “more”)
- 3 or so cloves of garlic, minced (I am a garlic fiend. I actually used 4 cloves…find your comfort level. Mine, apparently is to be immune to vampires.)
- Grated ginger. As much as you feel like putting in.
- Fresh cilantro, chopped. Again, whatever you want. I guesstimate I put in about 1/4 cup.
- Some onion. How much? I dunno. I cut up some and you know…taadaa.
- Saute the onion and garlic with a bit of extra virgin olive oil in a pan first. Just to soften them up and bring out the flavours. Throw all that stuff in the slow cooker. Then add the chicken and kind of cover it with the sauce so it gets fully marinated as it cooks. Oh yeah! Squeeze the juice from half a lime…or a whole one. (Hell, three if you want…sky’s the limit!) Add that to the sauce too. You can do that before adding the chicken, so that you get everything mixed properly or you can do it like I did: About an hour after into the cooking, think to yourself, “Hey! I have limes in the fridge! I bet some lime juice would be yummy in that…why didn’t I think of that at the beginning?”, then add it, awkwardly trying to stir it around the chicken breasts so the lime flavour is distributed evenly in the sauce. Maybe.
I have no idea yet if this is going to taste any good or if I completely buggered things up. I will let you know, if I survive it. And if it does turn out to be good, I will make it again and actually measure stuff so I can call it a recipe. I might even give it a name too…I can get fancy that way sometimes.
The other thing that I made so far was from an actual, real recipe. Yeah, I have been known to do those. Until I get used to them, then I don’t bother with all the pesky measuring nonsense anymore. Measuring cups and spoons? Pfft…those are for wimps. (Ok, really, I don’t have a dishwasher and will cut corners where I can.)
My friend sent me the link to a blog that perhaps some on here might have heard of…I was probably the last on Earth to know about it: Skinny Taste. It is sooo well done! It just might have more recipes than there are human beings on the planet. Every recipe has the nutritional value breakdown, as well as the WW points from both the former system and the new one! I love it. It was an amazing find. (Am I allowed to share my love of something that is not on WordPress?? I hope so, because I believe in sharing the love!) What was really exciting was that the recipe called for mango and I had one. That never happens, ever. Those suckers are expensive but it just happened that last week, there was a sale on mango, so I actually had one just sitting around in my home!
I am so proud of making it, that I am posting my own pic of how it turned out.
Well, I have more to make but now that I have gotten that far, it is time to tone my tush, flatten those abs (someday, someday!), and try to regain some semblance of strength in my arms (I miss teaching little kids, I had pretty good endurance and strength from running around chasing them and having to pick them up all the time, no gym required). Working hard to hopefully see a couple of more pounds gone when I jump on the scales in a few days!
I have a secret. A dirty little secret that I keep trying to ignore but it haunts me just the same. It forced me to face it last night and deal with it. It is this: I love gorgonzola. The way the deserts love the rain. No? What? Deserts miss rain? Oh. Uh…I love gorgonzola the way…um…monkeys love coconuts? The way everyone in the world seems to love bacon right now? I think you get the idea. And a cheese like gorgonzola seems like something I should stay away from at the moment…far, far away. But like a kept woman cannot stay away from her sugar daddy, I caved. I ran to gorgonzola last night; it had been so long and we missed each other so much (ah, there is where that desert thing belongs!). (I am just full of these metaphors today! Or are they similes? Or reasonable facsimilies? I’m confused.)
Dinner was gorgonzola risotto. And it was amazing. And I was pretty proud of myself for making it. I cut calorie corners where possible. Like omitting butter that the recipe called for. I only use extra virgin olive oil in my recipes. And I omitted cream; I did need to add about 1/4c of milk (1%, yo!). I decided to portion it so that I wouldn’t be eating too much (I had about 1/2c, maybe a little less). I paired it with some chicken and spinach cooked with fresh garlic (4 cloves, minced. What can I say? Garlic is another love of mine.) and grated ginger. I also added mirin, sesame oil and a little bit of soy sauce. Heaven in a pan, folks! Almost as good as Sex in a Bowl…but I digress…
In the end, I put the recipe in both WW and MyFitnessPal and although it was scary when I saw the total numbers, once I broke it down into portions, the points and nutritional information was not as bad as I thought! Not numbers that are low enough that I would want to eat it very often, but a little less than I was expecting. Moderation is the spice of life (and I thought it was variety! Or paprika. Boy, was I wrong!).
I am also a lover of spinach. When I have it in the house, I add some to my smoothies in the mornings. Which I did today. Just a handful, blend it in and you can’t even taste it. At all! I do the same with kale if I have that in the house. There. There is my random tip of the day. Perhaps I should start doing that. Just pop a random tip in that is not really related to anything else I am saying. Right in the middle of it all. Just to keep you all on your toes!
Well, today is the day that our Japanese groceries get delivered! I cannot wait. I might even unpack them all then lay down and roll around in them! Ok, maybe not. I don’t want to crush my Bonchi Rice Snacks (and no, that is not some dirty euphemism!). Lots and lots of low-cal, low point, high nutrition goodness coming my way!
Until then, I am off to make a huge dent in my daily 10,000 (steps)!
Woohoo! I did it, guys! I put on 1.5lbs and went back down by 2.5lbs. That is a net loss of one pound. I knew not to stress too much!! (Phew!) Now, just to keep back on track and moving in the same direction. Now I am getting excited about next week’s weigh in. Life is definitely heading in the right direction when you get excited about getting on the scales!
Going through all kinds of slow cooker recipes to cook up some healthy goodness. I figure that would equal multi-tasking when it comes to cooking ahead. I could have something on the go in the slow cooker and then have the stove free to make something else. At the same time! (Yeah, I am an overachiever sometimes.) Then I would have lots to pack up in my new, fun containers, or mini food storage facilities, as I like to call them! And a whole week of lazy freedom of not cooking at all.
Except for the fact that we just ordered a whole bunch of food from a Japanese grocery store near Toronto. I am getting pretty excited about that delivery; I love Japanese food! Can’t wait to get my “ryori tsukurimashou” on! That’s Japanese for “let’s cook this [bleep] up!” I love that stuff and no, not one bit of what we ordered is sushi. There is way more to eat than sushi, guys! And I can’t wait to get my hands on it! This is going to be a good week, indeed!