Sunday, January 13, 2008

weekend wrap up

It's been a good one even if I didn't get all caught up with my laundry! We had some friends over for dinner last night. We just grilled burgers, I made some oven fries, a friend brought a green salad and I made the Greek quinoa from this site. We really liked it.

I wasn't sure what I was doing with it, but I toasted the rinsed and soaked grains in a little olive oil for about 5 minutes. Then I added broth to the saucepan and brought it to a boil. I added a little salt then too. I covered it and simmered about 20 minutes or so. Then I mixed up the other salad stuff with the grains, the quartered grape tomatoes, cucumber pieces, a little diced red onion, crumbled RF feta, about 1 teaspoon of dill and a splash of lemon juice. That was it! I stuck it in the fridge for a few hours to let the flavors blend.

Tomorrow I am making a hot cereal with quinoa from that same site. We'll see how everyone likes it. Aleena and I love hot cereals. The other kids like instant oatmeal or things like maple or chocolate malt o meal. I have a feeling I will really like the cereal. And I can imagine it will be quite filling. I bought my quinoa at my local market for $1.49/pound. I just dumped a good amount into the bag from the bulk bin. I got exactly $2.50 worth. Last night's salad barely made a dent in my supply. That's cool! A lot of grain for a little money.

I am really looking more at grains this year. I got a grain mill for Christmas and I am really excited about that but also a little nervous. I ordered some books online on Saturday to learn more about it. I made all of our bread a few years ago. There is nothing like toast from homemade bread I tell ya! And it really isn't a difficult process with my stand mixer. Plus I love knowing what we are eating. There are so many additives in bread. And it's not expensive to make at home. So why not?

Last night I ate pretty well. I know that I usually eat most of my flexies on the weekend so I don't worry too much about it. I ate well, enjoyed myself and didn't have any dessert! :o)

This morning at church we had "big table" which is just where we basically do pot luck with snacks and sit around tables. I made honey oatmeal bread this morning before we left and grabbed a few different kinds of homemade jam to go with it. I indulged and had a slice of bread with pear butter. OMG if I don't say so myself!!! LOL Then we went to Wahoo's for lunch. Other than chips, pretty easy to stay OP there. Chicken tortilla soup and a grilled fish taco. YUM!

Today at church we were talking about something and Hugh our pastor dude asked Jen about working with her personal trainer. She talked a little about her workouts and what she eats. Sunday's are free days, but every other day...egg whites, chicken breast and green beans.

Um, I think I would last like a week on that. Who cares if Sunday's are free days? Food is good! Why would I want to restrict myself like that?! That would NOT be the plan for me!!!

Jen has lost 45 pounds and looks great. In fact, then I felt a little insecure. I've only lost 38 pounds after all. Maybe if I only eat egg whites and green beans and chicken breast I can lose some more.

No thanks!

And in case you were wondering (Swizzlepop), my leader has been really apologetic about the doctor letter thing. She didn't ever realize when I decided to start maintenance how un-tall I was. In fact when she went to fill in my final paperwork, she thought I was 5'6" which would make 155 OK. When I said I was 5'4" she felt so bad for not realizing it. And for WW's paperwork, they need my goal weight to be approved by my doctor before I actually call it my goal weight.

Screwy paper work stuff.

Off to chill on the couch for a Sunday night!


Kathy said...

I tried to click on your source for the recipe and had no luck...maybe you could type out the address for poor old me who doesn't ever want to miss a recipe source??? I've been throwing a handful of quinoa into my soups just for the heck of it and to get a little more protein...hubby doesn't care for chunks of meat in soup for some reason. And I'm going to try it for cereal sometime...or maybe just add some to my next pan of oatmeal...hmmm...the wheels just never stop turning! I make the muesli with whole rolled oats, but the Hub prefers it when I heat the milk or water first so it plumps more...then I go ahead and refrigerate it overnight. I got some honey and yogurt over the weekend and I'm having mine that way this morning.

Kate said...

There is just no way I could subsist on egg whites, green beans and chicken breast. If it meant doing that and losing the last 10 pounds, or staying at the weight I am at....I would stay here! Like you, I love food too much lol