Tuesday, January 15, 2008

I'm a snob

I was reading one of the more popular WW blogs this morning and looking at one of the recipes there. I find myself thinking, "why that ingredient and not something fresher? why not a homemade sauce instead of a can of soup?" Yeah, I'm a total snot for thinking this way. I like to cook a certain way. I have certain weird food issues that the rest of the world doesn't necessarily hold. But I need to be OK with the fact that we are all in our paths to health.

I have guilt when I eat my organic baby carrots. Why? Because we have a farm share and I should be doing something with my fresh carrots. I have guilt when my kids eat waffles made from a mix in the morning and not made from scratch. Don't get me started with how I feel when they eat frozen store brand waffles! I am totally going through a little mini crisis right now with how I feel about white flour and refined sugars and processed foods.

The total irony in all of this is the fact that I am totally addicted to diet Coke. I feel MUCH guilt about that these days too!

I made quinoa for hot cereal yesterday morning. NOT a success. It has a really savory flavor that is great for some things, but not for a hot cereal. At least not in our house.

Last night for dinner, I copied one of Kathy's recipes for a stuffed cabbage casserole. This past summer I made stuffed peppers with all the peppers we had around. My kids thought what I thought as a kid. The filling was good, but not the pepper. Since stuffed cabbage leaves are a similar thing, I thought they would like this casserole. They totally loved it. The big boys (including hubby) had 3 helpings while even Emma had seconds. This is how I prepared it.

I started a cup of brown rice cooking while I chopped the cabbage. I used half of a really large head. I cooked the chopped cabbage like Kathy recommends in a pot of boiling salted water for 10 minutes. I drained it and put in back in the hot pot to help it dry out. In a mixing bowl (because I have 2 nasty paper cuts so I didn't mix by hand) I combined a pound of lean ground beef and pound of ground pork, about 4 tablespoons of tomato paste, some diced onion, salt and pepper and the cooked brown rice. (I took the rice out when it was still a little firm since I knew it would continue to cook a little in the oven.) I mixed the cabbage with the meat mixture and put it into a greased casserole dish. I used a 10x14 rectangular dish. I poured 2 pint jars of italian tomato sauce and 1 pint of stewed tomatoes over the top. Baked at 375 for about 90 minutes.

Like I said, it was a total hit at my house. I put it through the recipe builder this morning on the WW site and came out with 6 points/serving when I used 12 servings for this recipe. Not bad considering I wasn't aiming for a low fat or low cal food. Ground pork with ground beef is so rich tasting. We totally love that here. And I like knowing that I know where every bit of that food came from-except the rice. All my food had a face. That's important to me I guess. I guess that's why I spend so much time canning tomatoes and freezing corn and making pickles and jams and learning about whole grains and baking bread.

Now if I could only figure out what to do about that diet Coke addiction. *sigh*


Kathy said...

It's so funny when I go back and look at recipes I've posted in the past, because I can see at a glance where I was on my journey by what foods are on the list of ingredients. Since I've moved to Core list foods almost exclusively, I tend to use fewer prepared sauces and more fresh products. When you begin making healthy changes you just keep making more and more improvements as you progress.

CaRoLyN said...

Sounds yummy@ My hubby LOVES Cabbage rolls and this recipe sounds pretty similar.

Just curious...how uch diet coke do you drink day?

I used to drinnk almost a 2L a day before WW. Now I limit my deit coke to the weekends. It's a treat!

Kate said...

Oh I am a total food snob now, I actually feel kinda bad about it sometimes. When things are bad at parties, and I'm asked by everyone eating it (and ohhhing and ahhing), why I'm not eating all I can think of is "Bad Bad Bad", and I end up coming up with an excuse, I'm allergic, or don't like it, or I will flat out say because it's bad for you. I feel like such a stuck up person when I do that!

CaRoLyN said...

Thanks for the wonderful comment! It was so nice and it made my day!

So much has changed in the last 2 years especially on the outside. I wish I could say that I don't dream about chocolate bars anymore but honestly, it sounds horrible but if I could eat them everyday and not gain weight...I probably would! I've just learned to control my cravings and portion sizes. I do find that my tastes have changed and that too much junk just makes me feel awful. I look forward to those steamed veggies when I get home from work...most times I am craving them!

Thanks again! Your blog has been such a motivation in my journey! If a mama of 6 can do it, so can I!

TB--Milwaukee said...

I think we all become food snobs when we start eating healthier.

Diet Coke had been one of my down falls. I went to Diet Dr. Pepper and finally started drinking more water. Isn't Diet Coke dehydrating?

Diet Coke and Zingers said...

LOVE the dietcoke... EMBRACE the dietcoke... BECOME the dietcoke... Well, that's what I do. ;)

Swizzlepop said...

How about slowly cutting down on the diet coke by one less a day or a week? Slowly but surely I'm sure you can ween yourself.