Archive for June, 2011

Once again, you can see the video here.

Things are going well all things considered in my life and in my diet at the moment. I’m feeling good, I have some amazing goals to prepare for, and I have lots of great people to hang out with that are paying attention to my progress. There really is nothing to complain about right now.

Now on to the recipes!

Summer Gazpacho Soup(4 servings, 8 pts per serving)

5 large tomatoes, peeled and chopped(2 pts)
1 garlic clove, minced(0 pts)
1/4 cup olive oil(12 pts)
1/4 cup red wine vinegar(0 pts)
1 cucumber, peeled, seeded and diced(0 pts)
1 avocado, diced(8 pts)
1/4 cup chopped red onion(0 pts)
1 cup beef broth(1 pt)
1/4 cup lemon juice(1 pt)
1 (12 ounce) can tomato juice (2 pts)
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce(0 pts)
2 celery rib, minced(0 pts)
4 teaspoons cilantro, finely chopped(0 pts)
coarsely ground salt & pepper (to taste)
1/2 cup chopped green or red pepper (optional)
Hot Sauce sauce (optional)

Preparation
1. Partly puree all the ingredients (except 3/4 of the avocado).
2. Chill for at least 2 hours.
3. Garnish each serving with remaining avocado dices, sour cream (optional) and a sprig of cilantro.

15 Minute Vegetarian Chili(2 servings, 8 pts per serving)(A BIG thanks to IvanStu for this recipe.)

1 tsp canola oil (3 pts)
1 clove(s) garlic clove(s), minced (0 pts)
14 1/2 oz stewed tomatoes (2 pts)
15 oz canned kidney beans, rinsed and drained (3 pts)
15 1/4 oz canned yellow corn, drained (3 pts)
15 oz canned tomato sauce (2 pts)
1 Tbsp chili powder (0 pts)
1/2 tsp dried oregano (0 pts)
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes (0 pts)
1/4 cup(s) dehydrated onion flakes (0 pts)
1/4 tsp black pepper (0 pts)
4 Tbsp low-fat shredded cheddar cheese, sharp-variety (2 pts)

Instructions

Heat oil in a large, nonstick, heavy-bottomed pot over medium heat. Add garlic; cook, stirring frequently, until aromatic, about 2 minutes. Add tomatoes, beans, corn, tomato sauce, chili powder, oregano, red pepper flakes, onion and pepper; stir well.

Increase heat to high and bring chili to a boil; cook, stirring frequently, until chili is thick and flavors are concentrated, about 5 minutes. Spoon into serving bowls and sprinkle with cheese. Yields about 1 1/4 cups chili and 1 tablespoon cheese per serving.

Roasted Red Pepper Soup(2 servings, 7 pts each)

8 red bell peppers (2 pts)
1T olive oil (3 pts)
1 medium onion, chopped (0 pts)
3 cloves garlic, minced (0 pts)
salt and pepper to taste
4 cups chicken broth (2 pts)
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained (3 pts)
2 cups whole kernel corn, drained (3 pts)

Using a gas burner or grill roast the peppers until the skin is solidly black all over the outside. Place the peppers into a bowl and cover with plastic wrap. While they steam, saute together the onions and garlic seasoned with salt and pepper until soft. Add onions, garlic, and broth to a blender. Remove the seeds and stems from the peppers, and using the back of a knife scrape away as much of the black as possible before adding them to the blender as well. Blend until completely smooth and pour into a pot to bring to a simmer. Add corn and black beans and serve.

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I wanted to take a minute to talk about a few things that have happened to me over the course of the last week or so. First my wonderfully amazing wife schemed behind my back(don’t worry I say that in a good way), to plan a possible trip for me to GenCon. Some things are unsure at the moment and we weren’t sure we could afford it and I had to tell the person she was planning it with that we couldn’t afford to go. In turn this person, in a great act of awesomeness and charity, offered to buy us the passes. I am not naming this person because I don’t know if they want this to be advertised, but to you I say… wow. The act in and of itself was quite touching and I still am not sure how to react to it. I still have to think on whether or not I want to take you up on your offer, but I will let you know soon.

So, the thing I learned. People are just amazing. I had kind of given up on the human race a long time ago to be honest. After the local gaming store Gateway Games and More opened and the people there were so cool to me and have made me feel so welcome I started to rethink my position. Today though, with what happened… I can’t keep thinking that people suck. Because people are awesome. At least… some people are.

Also, I tried on a pair of pants today that are two sizes smaller than what I have been wearing for like three years now. My wife, again being the most wonderful woman in the world, was cleaning out our closet earlier tonight and found several shirts and a pair of jeans that I hadn’t worn in at least three years. She begged me to try them on “Just to see where you are now.” I tried them all on and the shirts mostly fit, just a bit snug over my gut, and the pants fit pretty well too. The jeans were mostly snug around my calves which I’ve been having problems with lately, but overall they were actually fairly comfortable. I’m actually kind of proud of myself at this moment even though I’ve been feeling cruddy about myself lately. So yeah… interesting day.

Short update this week.

Posted: June 9, 2011 in Uncategorized

Yeah its going to be short this week. I just don’t have the desire or drive to do much this week. Tired from preparing for a yard sale and kinda having a dumpy week altogether. So, go check out my video on YouTube. No recipes this week, again I apologize for that. I’ll be back next week with your usual update. Oh yeah, my overall measurements this week is zero inches. I lost some in waist and chest, but gained a decent amount in my legs again. So the net is zero. Oh well, hopefully next week is different.

Here we are again, another week in and five and a half inches thinner.  I have to say I do feel really good in the two months now that I’ve been doing this. Much better than I ever expected to, and it’s also much easier than I had anticipated.  Make sure to go check out my video on YouTube where I discuss some of the changes I’ve noticed in the past eight weeks.

 

This week is fairly short and for that I apologize, but as I mentioned in my video I’ve been very busy.  So instead of expounding upon what I recorded I’ll just say… go watch the video!  And leave you with your recipes:

French Onion Soup (Makes 6 servings, 10 pts each or 6 w/o croutons or cheese)

6 pounds yellow onions(12)

6T margarine(6)

1t salt

1/2t pepper

16c beef broth(8)

2T Flour(2)

1 sprig fresh thyme

1/2c white wine(2)

6 croutons(6)

6oz swiss or gruyere cheese(18)

 

Peel the onions, and cut in half, then slice lengthwise.  Melt margarine over medium heat in a 6 quart dutch oven, and add the onions, salt, and pepper.  Sweat the onions for 10-15 minutes until they’ve given up most of their water and gone translucent.  Turn heat to low, and cover.  Cook for about 90 minutes stopping to stir every 10 minutes.  At the end of that period deglaze with a few tablespoons of water and continue cooking for 45 more minutes, deglazing and stirring every 5 minutes until the onions are very brown and soft.  Add the flour and cook for 1-2 minutes more.  Add the broth, thyme, and wine.  Simmer for 20-30 minutes.  Pour into crocks and top with croutons and cheese if desired, placing crocks under a broiler until cheese is brown.

 Greens Soup(makes 6 servings, 7pts per serving)

4 slices bacon(4)

1 large onion, chopped

6 cloves garlic, chopped

4 cans of assorted greens, undrained(4)

1 can tomato puree(1)

1 can diced tomatoes, undrained(1)

4 qts chicken broth(8)

2t crushed red pepper flakes

salt and pepper to taste

bay leaf

1/4c apple cider vinegar(0)

4oz small dry pasta(stars, orzo, etc)(8)

1 pound chicken or ham cooked and diced(15)

Cook bacon until rendered and partly crisp.  Saute onion in the bacon fat until translucent.  Add garlic and cook until fragrant.  Add all remaining ingredients except pasta and meat.  Simmer for 20-30 minutes.  Add pasta and meat and simmer 10 more minutes.

 

Chicken Noodle Soup(4 servings, 7 points each)

2T margarine(2)

5 ribs celery, chopped(0)

4 carrots, diced(1)

1 lg onion, diced(0)

salt and pepper to taste

1 bay leaf

8c chicken broth(4)

2c egg noodles(8)

1 pound cooked chicken, shredded(15)

1T dill, chopped

1T parsley, chopped

Melt margarine in a soup pot and add vegetables.  Saute until soft.  Add remaining ingredients except dill and parsley.  Bring to a simmer for 10 minutes.  Stir in the herbs and serve. You can make this Italian style by omitting the dill, 2 cups of broth, and the egg noodles and instead adding a can of diced tomatoes with juice, a can of chick peas, some whole wheat penne, and a few ounces of  grated parmesan.  This will take it up to 10 points per serving.