Thursday, February 28, 2008
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
If I wasn’t concerned about such things as calorie and fat content, this wouldn’t be a problem but since I seem to be, what am I going to do now? I cannot resort to eating plain chips. I don’t like the lame flavor of potato and salt. I’d be forced to make/buy sour cream and onion dip and by the time I did that, I might as well buy full fat Doritos. Can I blame the grocery store for the downfall of my weight-loss? I think so.
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Tonight I made, entirely from scratch, vegetable soup. I don’t even like that stuff but this particular soup was delicious.
A few weeks ago I made homemade chicken stock and put it in the freezer (we’d had a rotisserie chicken and some veggies that were about to go so stock it was). On Saturday I did a homemade vegetable stock (same deal minus the chicken).
My husband is really pushing us to eat better (which should help with my birthday present but I’m not always into it…technically it’s not March yet so I have a few more days not to be concerned). He keeps asking for low fat foods and checks what I’ve made for dinner…was it made with low fat cheese, etc? So with a fridge full of vegetables and a freezer full of stock, I decided to make soup. Please note once again that I do not like vegetable soup. I do like the broth and I will eat that with crackers in it but once you get those veggies in there, no thank you. The problem is that there is usually tons of Veg-All in that soup and I really can’t stand that. Since I don’t like Veg-All, I don’t have it on hand. I only keep veggies we both like. Meaning that this veggie soup had only things I would actually eat. Once they were all brought together, it really was delicious. And while I didn’t eat any of it except for the broth (with two pieces of corn), I seriously thought about it. I had already thawed some tomato-basil soup I’d made in the summer, also from scratch.
I wish I had thought about this post before dinner (I love all the blogs with pics of dinner in progress) but I didn’t. So the best I can do is the recipe:
2.5 cups homemade chicken stock
2.5 cups homemade vegetable stock
1.5 cups water
1 small onion, diced small
6 creamer potatoes, diced small (these are small like red potatoes)
2 carrots, diced small
1 cup pearl onions
½ cup corn kernels
1 tsp thyme
Salt and pepper to taste
In medium pot, sauté onions in tiniest bit of canola oil, medium high. Add potatoes, salt, pepper, and thyme, cook for 5 minutes. Add carrots and water. Deglaze pan with water as carrots and potatoes cook. Add stocks and bring to boil. Boil for 10-15 minutes until potatoes and carrots are done. Reduce heat to medium low. Add onions and corn. Simmer for 5 minutes. Serve with crusty bread or Zesta crackers.
Monday, February 25, 2008
I grew up in the country. People were married in their early 20’s and by the time they were 30, they’d had all their children. I thought I’d get married the summer I graduated from college. It didn’t happen. Then the prospects dwindled and I wasn’t sure if I’d ever get married!
A few years ago my mom attended her 30th high school reunion. When she went, there was no need for a babysitter or pizza money or anything because all of my mom’s kids were grown. This was not the case with a few members of her class, including my father (my half-sister is 13 years younger than I am). I remember thinking how freeing that would be. And then I did the math and discovered that I would have to meet and marry a man and then have all the children we were going to have by the time I was 27 (I think I was 25 and very, very single).
I finally met (maybe just after I had my high school reunion realization) and married a wonderful man (two months before my 29th birthday).
All of this is to say that my 1st life-plan got squashed. But I can’t get the idea out of my head so really 30 is old and I don’t want to be it. And I really don’t want to be 30 and 80lbs overweight. For my birthday I decided that I wanted to lose those extra pounds. 10 months, 2lbs a week=80lbs. Technically, it’s doable. Practically, it means when I am looking for a snack, I should eat carrots, celery, pickles (with plenty of water of course). We’ll see how it goes. Right now, I’d rather have chocolate than carrots!