We are starting off today with an odd recipe.
I am dieting. I am having a time of it. I tried some of the items that are on the market to lose weight and found it has too much Vitamin K in it. It is dangerous for someone who can, or has gotten, blood clots, like me.
So I am down to the real thing - counting calories.
I was desperate this week for something to eat - something I could basically eat completely. Here is what I came up with.
LINDA'S DESPERATE MEAL
(half is about 20 Carbs; all is 40 Carbs, and the calorie count is small, too)
1 can green beans, drained
1 can stewed tomatoes (with celery, onion and green peppers)
Pour both in a saucepan. If tomatoes are large, chop up using a kitchen scissors.
Warm in saucepan till hot. There should still be a lot of juice in the pan.
Then break up and add:
2 crusts from 1 loaf of bread
Break the crusts up good, and put them in. Stir up well, and allow time for juice to get into the bread. Stir well, and add a little water if need be.
Then, help yourself.
I usually take 1/2 of the recipe in a bowl, and have 2 beef hot dogs, cut in pieces and microwaved, on the side. It is a nice meal. However, for just the "PIG OUT", I eat the beans and tomatoes. It does work, cause I am getting smaller.
I haven't done this yet, but heard Richard Simmons say years ago that another tactic is to wash, dry and then freeze whole grapes. It takes a long time to eat them, sort of like a mini popsickle. It is worth a try.
* If you have some "Desperate Meals", please send them in and help all of us who are trying to eat well, but healthy too.
CHEDDARY POUCH POTATOES
1 can Cheddar Cheese Soup
1/4 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
4 cups frozen steak fries
Stir the soup, milk, garlic and onion in a large bowl. Stir in the potatoes.
Place the potato mixture on four (14-inch) squares of heavy-duty aluminum foil.
Sprinkle with paprika. Fold the foil to make packets.
Heat the grill to medium. Grill the packets for 25 minutes or until the potatoes are tender.
Tip: To bake in the oven: Place the packets on a baking sheet and bake at 350°F for 25 minutes.
2 cups cranberry juice
1 cup pineapple juice
1 cup orange juice
4 ounce jar maraschino cherries
2 tablespoons lemon juice
12 ounce can ginger ale
1 orange, sliced in 8 rounds
In a gallon pitcher, combine, cranberry juice,, pineapple juice, orange juice, cherry juice and lemon juice.
Keep chilled in refrigerator. Just before serving, add the chilled ginger ale; stir to blend.
Serve over ice in 8 glasses or cups.
Garnish with toothpicks with orange slices and cherries.
Linda's Note: If you want a low can version, use the low cal juices, or "juice only" juices, and diet ginger ale.
1 cup dry oatmeal
1 cup sour milk (use a drop or 2 of vinegar to sour the milk)
1 medium egg
1/2 cup brown or white sugar
1/3 cup oil
1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
In a large bowl combine the oatmeal and sour milk. If you have the chance, let it stand for a few minutes, for the oatmeal to absorb some of the milk.
Add the egg, sugar and oil. Beat very well with a wire whisk.
Add the flour, baking soda, salt and baking powder. Mix again, until all of the dry particles are moistened. Do not over beat. It should only take about a 20 or 30 strokes by hand to mix it up enough.
Spoon the batter into a 12 well-oiled muffin cups.
Bake at 400ºF for about 20 minutes. Serve hot.