Thursday, October 05, 2006

Today's meals!!!

Today has been a pretty good day. It didn't rain (they were calling for the chance for scattered showers), but we still stayed inside together. Hubby's day's off are Thurs and Fri, so that's what I think of my weekend as. As per my usual, I used an electric skillet for everything (for some reason, whenever I make pancakes in the am, the skillet it used for the rest of the day, and then put back until the next pancake time). I made silver dollar pancakes this morning, a size I hadn't made before. They were just plain pancakes. I had mine with some Pear Butter (just pear,pineapple and sugar cooked down) that I bought last year at the Mennonite's Dayton Days thingy (the money they raise goes to their relief fund). I need to go to another one, I'm out of the fresh ground corn meal. John walked in the back door and looked at my pancake and asked, "Is that marmite?" I looked at him and told him what it was. "Now that I think about it, that would have been a lot of Marmite." he replied. Now, I like marmite, but that would have been quite a lot!

And then lunch was Jerk Seitan the idea of which came from VWaV. YUM!!! I didn't make the marinade that VWaV used, I had a sample of Jerk Seasoning that I had gotten while at one of the Food Shows for 12Dinners. I marinaded the seitan strips with that, some lime juice and some vinegar. When it was time too cook, I added a touch of soy sauce to the leftover marinade and finished the recipe as directed.

Dinner....mmmm....Peanut noodles. I had half a head of napa cabbage. (I've had this for a while now, the Evert-Fresh bags are wonderful!) and I finished it up by sauteing it, some onions, some broccoli slaw, zucchini, and snow peas. I only did them for a few minutes, wanting to keep them crisp. I sliced some radishes and green onions, threw them into a bowl with the semi-cooked veggies and cooked some Soba noodles. While the noodles were cooking I mixed up the sauce: peanut butter, garlic, onion powder, Chili-garlic paste, lime juice, soy sauce, roasted sesame oil and some rice wine vinegar. I used some of the simmering noodle water to thin the sauce (I used a bit too much I must admit, the peanut butter was pretty hard since it was the natural style and the bottom of the jar in the fridge). It was still wonderful!

The only thing I have planned for tomorrow is to make some grits. I've got some soy nacho cheese, so I'll make my southwestern style grits: a touch of cumin, some pickled jalapeno and the cheese. Yummers! It's leftovers for lunch (leftover cajun stuffed peppers for hubby and butternut squash soup for me). I do know that since they're calling for rain tomorrow, hubby and I will catch up on the shows we've missed (because they come on at the same times as others that we like) and I'm sure I'll make some popcorn. That may just fill us up. :) I am thinking of just sauteeing some cabbage and onions and serving it over pasta. The napa cabbage cooking today smelled wonderful, even hubby commented on it, so I'm craving kluski.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Enjoyed the VegFest, and really enjoyed being with my mom and sister. I really miss being with them. Dinner tonight is this (from except I'm adding a touch of ground cumin.

(Simply Vegan -- Quick Vegetarian Meals)

2 cups cooked garbanzo beans (chickpeas), mashed
1 stalk celery, finely chopped
1 carrot, finely chopped
1/4 small onion, minced
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
Salt and pepper to taste
2 teaspoons oil

Mix the ingredients (except oil) in a bowl. Form 6 flat patties. Fry in oiled pan over medium-high heat until burgers are golden brown on each side. Serve alone with a mushroom or tomato sauce, or as a burger with lettuce and tomato. Makes 6 burgers.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Day 3 of McDougall

Yep, doing McDougall, or at least trying to. Hubby's finishing up the few deli meats we have left in the freezer and he said he's willing to at least go vegetarian for lunch. So I went online and found a bunch of recipe ideas. I made a document, listing them, and then got it laminated. He's supposed to look through it on his days off, choose what he wants, and then I know what to buy/make for him. The big thing is he doesn't eat leftovers for lunch. He just wants sandwiches, and not roll-ups or anything like that, just sandwiches. *sigh*

I did cheat a bit last night, used a prepared Organic pasta sauce (Prego) since I have a few bottles instead of making my own from the recipe. I also added a half of a "log" of veggie sausage from Twin Oaks (Thanks to Chris and Darlene's "Eat air" vegan blog ) [<--first link there!!!]. It's made up the road from me basically, about 10 miles or so. I also found some of the chorizo at Good Foods, and I already pick up their tofu either at GF or at the Goochland Farmer's Market on Saturday. I need to email them sometime to find out if I can pick it up there instead of driving into Richmond. I'm thinking of buying it by the case (it's more for hubby than for me) and freezing it. I hope it freezes ok. I don't see why it wouldn't. I already occasionally freeze tofu, so I know that's ok. It just changes the texture a bit.

I've got a few of the McDougall books thanks to I want to get the Quick and Easy and the New McDougall Cookbook, but it looks like I'm going to have to order them. I can't even get them through Louisa OR Goochland's library. :( I'd also like to get some of the older cookbooks, but I'll have to get hubs paypal info for that. I wish the sellers were all the same people instead of different people. I like McDougall's recipes better than Ornish's only because they are more "real people" type. The Ornish's are good, but you can tell they are designed by chefs. Now, as an ex "chef" it's great. I just means a bit more work than I want to do at this point to eat. And although a lot of the recipes seem to be involved, it's more of the prepping (chopping and sauteing and stuff) than actual cooking. The titles are just fancier (they usually list all the ingredients *grin*).

OK, off to the hosptial to get a copy of my pre-op bloodwork to see where I'm starting from.

Sunday, September 03, 2006

I know, haven't been around much. My sleep schedule is WAY outta wack. I'm getting to bed anywhere from 4-6 am and sleeping until about 11:30. It's like Hubby and I are two passing ships in the night anymore. :( It all started because I do too much and then when I sit down, I totally collapse and fall asleep. I've even had to take my pain pills occasionally since I still do too much. One day soon I hope to be back to "normal".

I'm sure my body will be complaining to me later. It's kinda mumbling now. I cleaned out my freezers of meat...kinda. I have about 4-5 plastic shopping bags with stuff for my sister to take. And I filled up the back of my car with MANY more to take to the dump today (the main one isn't open on Sunday's, but the recycling centers have dumpsters and are open 10-6 or so). It felt kinda odd to be tossing all that meat, I must admit. Most of it was stuff that I had FoodSavered - so no freezer burn or anything. I tossed it because some were dated 03 and 04. I had a few Ziploc bags that were unlabeled, I knew what they were, but my sister wouldn't. I saved her quite a bit of stuff though. Including a few ready made foods - and I found some brunswick stew that my mom will like having. :) I also found the Tempeh Portobello Burgers I made a while ago in the bottom. They are individually sealed and look good. I can't remember if I've tried once since I've made them, but I think I have. I do know there is probably too much fat in them to be Ornish friendly, but they are veggie and I KNOW my sister won't eat them.

Hubs has off tomorrow. So we'll get to spend the day together, doing nothing really. I would imagine we'll both be playing Animal Crossing, we do that a lot together on his "weekends." I am going to fix the last of the shrimp (sister's allergic to them) and cheese hot dogs (they are too good to send to her! I wish they made veggie cheese hot dogs!). That'll do it for the meat in the house besides a few packages and cans of tuna. I'm slowly getting there! Yay!

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

I've been having trouble logging into blogger lately, not sure if it's on my end (we're dial-up) or theirs. Anyway...

Made Mattar Keema the other night. Instead of beef I used some seitan I had made. I don't think I let it mix enough and it was crumbly looking. It stuck together so I went ahead and threw it in the crockpot and hoped for the best. It came out still looking like hamburger I divided them up and threw them in the freezer, keeping one bag out to try. This looked disturbingly close to the real stuff. I thought it was ok (a bit too wheaty tasting) but hubby liked it. We've liked it better with Morningstar crumbles and next time I might try using lentils.

My sleep schedule is screwed up. I couldn't sleep the other night, so I made PPK's tempeh bacon. So far I've had a few pieces these past two mornings (afternoons) and it's quite good. I need to get a good tomato and make a TLT.

Next on the list... I've been eyeing Greek Basmati Rice and Lemon-Herb Tofu from Vive Le Vegan!

Last night was FFY (Fend For Yourself) although hubs commented that it was more like IMYAPOL (I'm Making You a Plate of Leftovers) *grin* It was good. I had: Chickpea and Tomato Stew, Channa Masala, Mattar Keema, a blob of garlic hummus, and some whole wheat pita bread. Yummers! Today I don't feel real great, I think it's because of my sleep schedule. So I told hubs he could get what he wanted while in town (He has some McD's gift certificates burning a hole in his pocket *shudder*) and I'll just nosh on the leftovers (there's quite a lot and I don't have room in the freezers yet to put some there).

Monday, August 28, 2006

Dinner Last night.

Ok, well Hubs only gave it a 7, he said only because it didn't hit a spot...he wasn't craving pasta. Me on the other hand had been looking forward to it all day.'s getting put as a repeatable...

* Exported from MasterCook *


Recipe By :
Serving Size : 3 Preparation Time :0:00
Categories :

Amount Measure Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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1 cup diced onion
1 1/2 teaspoons Minced Garlic
1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil
1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
1/4 cup dry red wine
1/2 cup Lentils -- or 1 cup cooked
4 bay leaves
1 1/2 cups water
1 1/2 cups tomato puree
Freshly ground black pepper
7 1/2 Ounces Pasta

Braise the onions, garlic, basil, and oregano in red wine. (If you are
using cooked lentils, ignore the information regarding lentil preparation
and omit the bay leaves.) While the onions are cooking, put the lentils
and bay leaves into a separate pot with 11/2 cups water and cook for 30
minutes, until done. Do not overcook the lentils because they will need to
retain their shape.

After the onions have softened, add the tomato puree. Let cook for
approximately 20 minutes, until some of the liquid is reduced and the
sauce has thickened.

When the lentils have finished cooking, remove the bay leaves. Drain the
lentils and add them to the sauce. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling water, according to package
directions without using salt, until al dente? tender but firm to the
bite. Drain. Serve the sauce over the pasta.

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Per Serving (excluding unknown items): 463 Calories; 2g Fat (3.6% calories
from fat); 21g Protein; 90g Carbohydrate; 16g Dietary Fiber; 0mg
Cholesterol; 525mg Sodium. Exchanges: 5 Grain(Starch); 1 Lean Meat; 3
Vegetable; 0 Fat.

NOTES : This very hearty sauce works with lasagna as well.

yield: 2 3/4 cups sauce (3 to 5 servings) by Mark Hall
Serving size 1 cup pasta 1 cup sauce
22 calories
0.9 grams total fat
0.1 grams saturated fat
0 milligrams cholesterol

Nutr. Assoc. : 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

My First Week

Well, it didn't go too badly. I wasn't perfect, but not too bad. I am trying to use up some of the non Ornish stuff in my freezers (like the veggie burgers that aren't totally right, and some shrimp (which my sister is allergic to: she's taking the rest of the meats though). Hubby loves couscous, and I have to admit I didn't make it that often. I'm making it more now. And he loves indian stuff, so that makes it easier. I made fresh okra for the first time (only ever had it from frozen and pickled).

Our 3 faves from this week: Pasta with Tomato-Lentil Sauce , Tomato Okra Stew, AND Chick-Pea and Vegetable Stew with Couscous. [Many more recipes can be found here: ]

The few times I had something with a moderate amount of fat, I felt bad, physically. That's a better reminder than anything else. It's an actual thing for me to point and and go: "See, you don't want to feel like that!"

I'm going to meet my mom and sister at the Charlotesville Veggie Fest at the end of Sept. (It's halfway between my house and theirs) and I'm hoping to get more ideas while there. I'm looking forward to it!

Here's the okra recipe:

* Exported from MasterCook *


Recipe By :
Serving Size : 4 Preparation Time :0:00
Categories :

Amount Measure Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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2/3 cup chopped onions
2 tablespoons Minced Garlic
2 tablespoons dried oregano
1 cup water
1 1/2 cups Corn Kernels -- 2 to 3 large ears
1/4 cup dry red wine
1/4 ground cumin
1 1/2 cups diced green bell pepper
1 1/2 cups Okra -- thinly sliced
3 cups chopped tomatoes
1/4 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper -- plus 1 pinch
1/8 teaspoon Freshly Ground Black Pepper -- to taste

Braise the onions, garlic, and oregano in the 1 cup water. When the onions
begin to soften, add the corn kernels and red wine. Continue braising for
10 minutes after adding the corn.

Add the cumin, green pepper, okra, and tomatoes. Cover and stew for 45 to
60 minutes, until the vegetables are soft. Stir in the cayenne and add
salt and pepper to taste.

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Per Serving (excluding unknown items): 143 Calories; 1g Fat (7.3% calories
from fat); 5g Protein; 30g Carbohydrate; 7g Dietary Fiber; 0mg
Cholesterol; 33mg Sodium. Exchanges: 1 Grain(Starch); 0 Lean Meat; 3
Vegetable; 0 Fat.

NOTES : Serve this stew over Wild and Arborio Rice or another
grain dish. [ I loved it over a baked potato!!!!!]

yield: 4 cups (4 servings) by Mark Hall
Serving size 1 cup
139 calories
1.6 grams total fat
0.3 grams saturated fat
0 milligrams cholesterol

Nutr. Assoc. : 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Friday, August 25, 2006

Dinner Tonight

Well, this week hasn't been easy. I've done ok, but not great (some Nutella, some Fluff, some lemon icing...some deli meats and some shrimp have all entered my system so far).
So far this is our favorite meal of the week, Hubs gave it a 9.9 :) I didn't have any zucchini, but threw in some mixed sliced fresh mushrooms and baby spinach leaves. It was great!

* Exported from MasterCook *


Recipe By :Deborah Madison
Serving Size : 4 Preparation Time :0:00
Categories :

Amount Measure Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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1 cup Chickpeas -- plus the cooking broth (about 2 1/2 cups cooked)
1 large onion -- diced in 1/4-inch squares
2 cloves garlic -- minced
1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1 green bell pepper -- diced slightly larger than the onions
1 cup Zucchini -- cubed, or other summer squash
1 can canned tomatoes -- (about 2 cups) chopped, and their juices
2 tablespoons Golden Raisins -- or regular
1 teaspoon Saffron Threads
2 tablespoons Fresh Parsley -- chopped
2 tablespoons Chopped Cilantro
1 cup Frozen Peas
8 ounces couscous
Fresh Cilantro Sprigs -- for garnish
Fresh Parsley Sprigs -- for garnish

Sort and rinse the chick-peas, then soak overnight in water. Drain and
cook in 5 cups water until tender, about 2 to 3 hours. Drain, reserving
the broth, and set aside.

Warm a cup of the chick-pea broth in a skillet or soup pot and add the
onion, garlic, and the dried spices. Simmer gently until the onions have
begun to soften, about 7 minutes. Don 't let the pan dry out or the spices
will burn. Add more liquid as needed instead.

Once the onions are soft, add the chick-peas, pepper, squash, the juice
from the tomatoes and the chopped tomatoes, the raisins, safflower or
saffron, if using, the parsley, and cilantro. Add enough chick-pea broth
or water to cover, bring to a boil, then simmer until the vegetables are
done and the liquid has reduced, making a nice sauce. Add the green peas
during the last 5 minutes.

Make the couscous and serve with the vegetables and their sauce. Garnish
with cilantro or parsley.

Couscous: If using packaged couscous, follow the directions on the box.
Otherwise bring 1 1/2 cups of water to a boil, pour in the precooked
couscous and turn off the heat. Cover and let stand until the couscous has
absorbed the moisture, about 5 minutes.

"Dr. Dean Ornish's Program from Reversing Heart Disease"
"8 Cups"
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Per Serving (excluding unknown items): 476 Calories; 4g Fat (7.3% calories
from fat); 21g Protein; 92g Carbohydrate; 16g Dietary Fiber; 0mg
Cholesterol; 105mg Sodium. Exchanges: 5 1/2 Grain(Starch); 1/2 Lean Meat;
1 1/2 Vegetable; 1/2 Fruit; 1/2 Fat.

NOTES : The basis of this stew is the chick-pea and its cooking
broth. You can vary the vegetables according to the
season, using winter squash in the winter and zucchini in
the summer, for example. You can also increase or lessen
the amount of vegetables, according to your own taste. The
cooking liquid is important for it lends a certain
viscosity that is reminiscent of oil but which is absent
in water. It gives the stew more body and a richer
texture. This is easy to multiply.

Nutr. Assoc. : 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Tuesday, August 15, 2006 I'm back from having the left lobe of my liver removed. And the biospy showed that my liver is 90% fat. :( The doctor said it was the fattiest liver he had seen in all his years. I told him that I didn't eat a lot of fatty stuff. He told me it was probably due a lot to my diabetes. The extra carbs and calories that I eat automatically got stored in the liver. This could lead to cirrhosis (sp) of the liver, and a possible liver transplant down the road.

I also can now have no alcohol. I don't drink a lot, but will ocassionally have some wine, beer or a mixed drink.

The doctor also told me to go on a vegetarian diet, and specifically mentioned Dr. Ornish. *gulp* Now I have to admit, I eat veggie sometimes, and love the recipes I've tried...but being told I would die very early if I don't do it is quite sobering. I don't react well to change, much less such a big one. I'm trying not to be scared out of my wits. The big thing is I don't do so well with cooking off the cuff for veggie meals yet. Now some I can, like spaghetti and stuff, but other types I can't. I'm so used to just looking in the fridge and coming up with something that tastes great, and I'm scared my mojo will be leaving when I try. Also this very low-fat thing....that's also going to impact the wonderfulness of foods. I just feel so overwhelmed and scared and not sure where to start first.

I am lucky in the fact that the doctor didn't tell me to "become a vegetarian marathon runner" as someone said their doctor told them on a blog I read. The doctor mentioned I should get some vegetarian cookbooks, and I just kinda smirked. Last night hubby and I figured I have at least 100-150 of them. I did pick up 3 today: Dr. Ornish's "Eat More, Weigh Less" and "Everyday Cooking" along with Joanna Lund's "Cooking Healthy with Soy." We'll see what happens... I am actually thinking about learning what I need to do to become a nutritionist.

I can do this...I HAVE to do this, but I can do this well.

Sunday, May 28, 2006

Slowly adding more veggie stuff....

Made some chicken potpie the other day (before the heat wave *lol* started) with some White Wave chickenish stuff. Hubby and I loved it! Unfortunately, I should have made half a thing...way too much food for 2!

And then the keema mattar.....with the Lightlife Smartground (? I think it was)...YUM! Hubby said he liked it even better than with meat. Yay! AND his body didn't react horribly like it sometimes does.

Sunday, April 16, 2006



Roasted asparagus (olive oil, salt and pepper - broiled 15 mins)
sunny side up eggs (salt, pepper, margarine)
Parmesan cheese.

Place asparagus on plate, top with Parmesan Cheese and then top with eggs. Serve with toasted (Marmited for me. :D )

Fixed pickled eggs (they'll be ready in a week). I have to admit, not sure that I could give up pickled's something I'm going to have to think about.

Fixing homemade kahlua now....

Nothing like the smell of pickling brine mixing with coffee. :P

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Not too much food posting going on. It's been basically reheating what I've got. See, I might be going in for liver surgery soon, so I'm trying to keep stuff around that hubby can eat (reheat) easily. I'm slowly mixing in veggie/vegan meals in with what I have, and it's going well (Hubby has IBS, so I have to go slow...sometimes the tofu and mushrooms give him problems for some reason).

I've been persuing two new books, Vegan with a Vengeance and Vive le Vegan, trying to decide what to make first. I'm leaning to something out of VLV first since I have hemp seed nuts. I threw some on top of my mac and cheese the other day and enjoyed them. The only problem is that I've also been diagnosed as diabetic now, so I'm trying to watch my carbs (sweets) and most of the things I think to cook with it are desserts. The doctor has put me on metaformin, and told me not to worry too much about the diabetes at this point, concentrate on my liver tumors and we'll deal with the diabetes afterwards. I understand the sentiment, but I kinda think my body will heal better if I've got my bg's under control.

I might make some hemp nut butter and see what happens. I bought some Rudi's organic apple and spice bread (smeared with some almond butter) for breakfasts, and I think the hemp butter would go well with that, and give me some protein to boot.

I'm trying to decide if I want to get Everyday Vegan or just wait until all this medical stuff is over (money's going out faster than coming in at this point, and I'm not sure we can afford to buy it yet.) I remember reading an article in the Veg Journal about diabetes, so I found it online (it's somewhere in my stash) and I found they have a book about it, so that may be my first book when I can.

Oh to figuring out what to try first. Breakfast tomorrow is roasted asparagus, I KNOW that. :)

Friday, March 31, 2006

Dinner tonight, Papa Johns. Hubby ordered pepperoni and sausage (sigh) I just wanted mushrooms and onions. But at least he bought breadsticks!

Dinner last night: Cheese tortellini with a sauce made from some bacon I diced and fried, onions, garlic and the fire roasted tomatoes.

Chebe bread is GREAT!

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Sunday's Dinner:
Grilled Pork Tenderloin
Steamed broccoli

Monday's Dinner:
Aloo Gobi from La Dolce Vegan
Next time, hot pepper OR cayenne...not both

Tonight's dinner:
Mocked Clam Chowder from LDV.
WONDERFUL!!! (Must admit, used skim milk, and the last of my bacon bits and couldn't find powdered kelp, but dulse flakes worked wonderfully.)

Sunday, March 26, 2006

Blog Explanation

Just in case someone stumbles across this blog and is a bit confused:

I love to cook, I love food. I am trying to eat more vegetarian meals, and enjoy both vegan and vegetarian meals along with the normal meat-centric ones. That's why there's veggie recipes listed, but meals and such seem to be centered around meat. I'm learning to change the way I cook, but use what I have in the house (I get free meats or meals from work sometimes). I am not used to cooking veggie, my mind just doesn't run that way after years of conditioning, so I'm trying to have a place where I can keep recipes that interest me.

Kroger Shopping Trip

Spectrum Spread (it's ok...."It tastes like butter" - well no, it tastes like margarine)
Muir Glen Fire Roasted Tomatoes (I've wanted to try these for a while. I bought 1 can of diced)
Chocolate Silk in aseptic boxes
Fruit Leather -variety pack
Think Organic Bars: Apricot Coconut, Cherry Nut, chocolate coconut, cashew pecan
Nature's Path Optimum bars: Blueberry Flax & Soy, Cranberry Ginger & Soy
Gimme Lean Sausage Roll
Silk Smoothie (mango)
Galaxy Chipotle "Cheese"
Cubed Firm Tofu
Firm Tofu
Lowfat Kefir, Pomegranate flavor (reminds me more of cranberry)
Naked Juice, Berry Blast
Petes Tofu 2 Go, Thai Tango (I love the Sesame Ginger, decided to try something different)
Prevention Guide: Outsmart Diabetes
Hornsby Crisp Apple Cider
Ace Pear Cider (reminds me of wine)

Saturday, March 25, 2006

Tonight's Dinner

white corn on the cob (it was actually tasty!)
Beef and Mushrooms (1 lb ground beef, shitake and crimini mushrooms, onions - browned then garlic, 1 bouillon cube, 3/4 cup water, 1 Tbsp ketchup. Cook until done.
Indian Spiced Rice (white jasmine rice with Bombay Rice Spice from World Market)

This morning I started out good:
1 slice high fiber bread, 1 banana (1/2 sliced onto bread) about 1 Tbsp (or less) honey and 1 Tbsp (or less) almond butter.

Then I didn't eat anything until 4...and it was Taco Bell
Burrito Supreme
Taco Supreme
Bean Burrito
Iced Tea


Picked up my Glucophage today from CVS...back to working to get off of it once more.
Dinner Last night:
Pierogies, baked with sour cream (with Frank's Buffalo Sauce added)
wontonish soup (chicken broth with dumpling sauce added, and frozen dumplings) It was ok, but the dumpling skins were too thick

Spicy Thai Curried Lentils


1 cup brown lentils, picked over and rinsed
1 can vegetable broth (14 oz)
1 cup light coconut milk, stirred well before measuring
1 1/2 Tbsp red curry paste or 2 teaspoons red curry powder
3 cups fresh cauliflower florets
1 large sweet potato, peeled, cut in 3/4" chunks
1 red bell pepper, coarsely chopped
1/4 cup basil, finely shredded
1/4 cup cilantro, finely chopped

Mix lentils, broth, coconut milk and curry in a large saucepan. Simmer covered 15 to 20 minutes until lentils are almost tender.

Place cauliflower, sweet potatoes and bell pepper on lentils. Return to a simmer, cover and cook 10 to 12 minutes until vegtable and lentils are tender. Sprinkle servings with basil and cilantro.

Serves 4.

Per serving: 342 cal, 17 g pro, 58 g carb, 10 g fib, 6 g fat (3 g sat fat), 0 g chol, 941 mg sod.

Asian Bean Burgers

Asian Bean Burgers

Serves 4

2 cans (about 15 oz each) red kidney beans, rinsed
1/2 cup dry plain bread crumbs
1/3 cup minced scallions
1 large egg
1 Tbsp lite soy sauce
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 Tbsp oil
1/4 cup light mayonnaise
1 Tbsp prepared white horseradish
1 Tbsp minced scallion
1 teaspoon lite soy sauce
4 hamburger buns
sliced tomato
cucumber slices

Mash beans in a medium bowl with a potato masher or fork. Stir in remaining burger ingredients until well blended. Form into 4 patties.

Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Cook patties 3 to 4 minutes per side until heated through and crusty and internal temperature registers 160 F on an instant-read thermometer inserted from side into middle.

Mix sauce ingredients in a small bowl.

Serve the burgers on buns with lettuce, tomato and cucumbers and the sauce.

Per serving (without lettuce/tomato/cucumber): 436 cal, 18 g pro, 59 g carb, 10 g fib, 14 g fat (2 g sat fat), 58 mg chol, 958 mg sod

woman's day magazine

Friday, March 24, 2006

The Six Tastes
  • Bitter: The bitter taste is found in spinach, romaine lettuce, endive, chicory, chard, kale, and tonic water. The bitter taste decreases both kapha and pitta, but increases vata.
  • Pungent: The pungent taste is found in chili peppers, cayenne, ginger, and other hot-tasting spices. The pungent taste decreases kapha, but increases pitta and vata.
  • Astringent: The astringent taste is found in beans, lentils, cabbage, apples and pears. The astringent tast decreases kapha and pitta, but increases vata.
  • Salty: The salty taste is found in any food to which salt has been added. The salty taste increases kapha and pitta, but decreases vata.
  • Sour: The sour taste is found in lemons, limes, vinegar, yogurt, cheese, and plums. The sour taste increases kapha and pitta, but decreases vata.
  • Sweet: The sweet taste is found in table sugar, honey, rice, pasta, milk, cream, butter, wheat and bread. The sweet taste increases kapha, but decreases pitta and vata.
The Six Major Food Qualities
  • Heavy: Heavy foods include bread, pasta, cheese, and yogurt. The heavy quality decreases vata and pitta, but increases kapha.
  • Light: Light foods include millet, buckwheat, rye, barley, corn, spinach, lettuce, pears and apples. The light quality decreases kapha, but increases vata and pitta.
  • Oily: Oily foods include dairy products, meat, fatty foods, and cooking oils. The oily quality decreases vata and pitta, but increases kapha.
  • Dry: Dry foods include beans, potatoes, barley, and corn. The dry quality decreases kapha, but increases vata and pitta.
  • Hot: The hot quality describes hot beverages and warm, cooked foods. The hot quality decreases vata and kapha, but increases pitta.
  • Cold: The cold quality describes cold beverages and raw foods. The cold quality decreases pitta, but increases kapha and vata.

To balance Kapha:


Cooked rice cereal with apples or pears.


Vegetable soup, green salad.


Vegetable stir-fry (include ginger for digestion) and shrimp or chicken, rice.

apha Tea
1/4 teaspoon dry ginger
1/3 teaspoon ground clove
1/4 teaspoon dill seed
1/4 teaspoon fenugreek seed
1 cup water

Method of Preparation

Boil the water and add the spices. Cover, turn off the heat and let sit a few minutes.

Specially calming for Kapha

My Ayurvedic teacher taught us that mucus has the consistency of wax and that when it is heated, it melts and comes out of the body. According to this system of medicine, it is normal to accumulate phlegm in the winter and to discharge it in spring. When this happens, we say we have a cold, but unless the color of the discharge suggests infection, Ayurveda says this is a completely normal occurence when the weather becomes warm enough to melt the accumulations of winter. They even promote the discharge by drinking hot, spicy concoctions. My teacher gave us a recipe:

1 t. black peppercorns
3-5 whole cloves
1 inch ginger root

Shyam, my teacher, said one could boil these spices in water and just drink the liquid. Most people I know can't stand the taste unless they add a bouillon cube or soup stock. In any event, when you drink this, your sinuses really run, this whether it is flu season or not, winter or summer, proof positive that one does not need a cold in order to decongest. In fact, there is a term for this therapy: errhine.

Kapha Food Guidelines for Kapha Dosha
from Maharishi Ayurveda

NOTE: Guidelines provided in this table are general. Specific adjustments for individual requirements may need to be made, e.g., food allergies, strength of agni, season of the year and degree of dosha predominance or aggravation. *okay in moderation, ** okay rarely

Before making any changes to your diet, it is recommended that you check with your physician. This ayurvedic dietary guide is educational and is not intended to treat, cure, mitigate or prevent any disease.

For more information about the ayurvedic intellectual understanding about the Kapha body-type see our Kapha page.

Generally most astringent fruit

Generally most sweet & sour fruit

In general most pungent & bitter vegetables

In general, sweet & juicy vegetables

  • apples
  • applesauce
  • apricots
  • berries
  • cherries
  • cranberries
  • figs (dry)*
  • grapes*
  • lemons*
  • limes*
  • peaches
  • pears
  • persimmons
  • pomegranates
  • prunes
  • raisins
  • strawberries*
  • avocado
  • bananas
  • coconut
  • dates
  • figs (fresh)
  • grapefruti
  • kiwi
  • mangos**
  • melons
  • oranges
  • papaya
  • pineapple
  • plums
  • rhubarb
  • tamarind
  • watermelon
  • artichoke
  • asparagus
  • beet greens
  • beets
  • bitter melon
  • broccoli
  • brussels sprouts
  • burdock root
  • cabbage
  • carrots
  • cauliflower
  • celery
  • cilantro
  • corn
  • daikon radish
  • dandelion greens
  • eggplant
  • fennel (anise)
  • garlic
  • green beans
  • green chilies
  • horseradish
  • jerusalem artichoke
  • kale
  • kohlrabi
  • leafy greens
  • leeks
  • lettuce
  • mustard greens
  • okra
  • onions
  • cucumber
  • olives, black or green
  • parsnips**
  • potatoes, sweet
  • squash, winter
  • Taro root
  • tomatoes (raw)
  • zucchini



DAIRY -- Yes


  • aduki beans
  • black beans
  • black-eyed peas
  • chick peas (garbanzo beans)
  • lentils (red & brown)
  • lima beans
  • mung beans*
  • mung dal*
  • navy beans
  • peas (dried)
  • pinto beans
  • soy milk
  • soy sausages
  • split peas
  • tempeh
  • tofu (hot)*
  • tur dal
  • white beans
  • kidney beans
  • soy beans
  • soy cheese
  • soy flour
  • soy powder
  • soy sauce
  • tofu (cold)
  • Urad dal
  • miso
  • buttermilk*
  • cottage cheese
    (from skimmed goat's milk)
  • ghee*
  • goat's cheese (unsalted & not aged)*
  • goat's milk skim
  • yogurt (diluted)
  • butter (salted)
  • butter (unsalted)**
  • cheese (soft & hard)
  • cow's milk
  • ice cream
  • sour cream
  • yogurt (plain, frozen or with fruit)





  • amaranth*
  • barley
  • buckwheat
  • cereal (cold, dry or puffed)
  • corn
  • couscous
  • crakcers
  • durham flour*
  • granola
  • millet
  • museli
  • oat bran
  • oats (dry)
  • polenta
  • quinoa*
  • rice (basmati, wild)*
  • rye
  • sango
  • seitan (wheat meat)
  • spelt*
  • sprouted wheat bread (essene)
  • tapioca
  • wheat bran
  • bread (with yeast)
  • oats (cooked)
  • pancakes
  • pasta**
  • rice (brown, white)
  • rice cakes**
  • wheat
  • aloe vera juice
  • apple cider
  • apple juice*
  • apricot juice
  • berry juice
  • black tea (spiced)
  • carob
  • carrot juice
  • chai (hot spiced milk)*
  • cherry juice (sweet)
  • cranberry juice
  • grain "coffee"
  • grape juice
  • mango juice
  • peach nectar
  • pear juice
  • pinapple juice*
  • pomegranate juice
  • prune juice
  • soy milk
    (hot & well-spiced)

Herb Teas:

  • alfalfa
  • bancha
  • barley
  • blackberry
  • burdock
  • chamomile
  • chicory
  • cinnomon
  • clove
  • almond milk
  • caffeinated beverages**
  • carbonated drinks
  • cherry juice (sour)
  • chocolate milk
  • coffee
  • cold dairy drinks
  • grapefruit juice
  • iced tea
  • icy cold drinks
  • lemonade
  • miso broth
  • orange juice
  • papaya juice
  • rice milk
  • sour juices
  • soy milk (cold)
  • tomato juice

Herb Teas:

  • marshmallow
  • rosehip**

NUTS -- Yes

NUTS -- No

SEEDS -- Yes


  • charole
  • almonds (soaked and peeled)**
  • black walnuts
  • brazil nuts
  • cashews
  • coconut
  • filberts
  • hazelnuts
  • macadamia nuts
  • peanuts
  • pecans
  • pine nuts
  • pistachios
  • walnuts
  • chia
  • flax*
  • popcorn (no salt, no butter)
  • pumpkin*
  • sunflower*
  • halva
  • psyllium**
  • sesame
  • tahini

OILS -- Yes
For internal & external use in small amounts:
(most suitable at top of list)

OILS -- No

All spices are good!


  • corn
  • canola
  • sesame (external)
  • sunflower
  • ghee
  • almond
  • avocado
  • apricot
  • coconut
  • flax seed**
  • olive
  • primrose
  • safflower
  • sesame (internal)
  • soy
  • walnut
  • ajwan
  • allspice
  • almond extract
  • anise
  • asafoetida (hing)
  • basil
  • bay leaf
  • black pepper
  • caraway
  • cardamom
  • cayenne
  • cinnamon
  • cloves
  • coriander
  • cumin
  • curry leaves
  • dill
  • fennel*
  • fenugreek
  • garlic
  • ginger
  • mace
  • marjoram
  • mint
  • mustard seeds
  • neem leaves
  • nutmeg
  • orange peel
  • oregano
  • paprika
  • parsley
  • peppermint
  • pippali
  • poppy seeds
  • rosemary
  • saffron
  • sage
  • savory
  • spearmint
  • star anise
  • tarragon
  • thyme
  • turmeric
  • vanilla*
  • winter green
  • salt





  • black pepper
  • chili peppers
  • chutney, mango (spicy)
  • coriander leaves
  • dulse*
  • hijiki*
  • horseradish
  • lemon*
  • mustard (without vinegar)
  • scallions
  • seaweed*
  • sprouts*
  • chocolate
  • chutney, mango (sweet)
  • gomasio
  • kelp
  • ketchup**
  • lime
  • lime pickle
  • mango pickle
  • mayonnaise
  • pickles
  • salt
  • soy sauce
  • tamari
  • vinegar
  • fruit juice concentrate
  • honey (raw & not processed
  • barley malt
  • fructose
  • jaggary
  • maple syrup
  • molasses
  • rice syrup
  • sucanat
  • turbinado
  • white sugar



  • aloe vera juice
  • amino acids
  • barley green
  • bee pollen
  • brewer's yeast
  • minerals: copper, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc
  • royal jelly
  • spirolina
  • blue-green algae
  • vitamins A, B, B12, C, D & E
  • minerals: potassium

Balancing Kapha dosha: Diet

Ayurvedic texts recommend the principle of opposites for reducing the level of a dosha that has become aggravated. Since the characteristics of Kapha include heaviness, softness, sweetness, cold, stability and unctuousness, qualities that are opposite to these in diet and lifestyle help restore balance to Kapha dosha.

Dietary recommendations

Include a few dry foods in your daily diet to balance the oily nature of Kapha, foods that are nourishing but light to counter the heaviness of Kapha and warm foods with a zing to them to balance the sweet, cold quality of Kapha. So what exactly does this mean in terms of foods you should choose and foods you should stay away from? Here are some specific dietary tips:

1. If you need to balance Kapha, choose ghee, in very small quantities, as your cooking medium. Ghee can be heated to high temperatures without affecting its nourishing, healing qualities, so use ghee to sauté vegetables, spices or other foods. Steaming foods and then adding a mixture of spices sautéed in very little ghee is best. In general, avoid too many oily foods.

2. Light, warming foods help balance Kapha. Clear vegetable soups with beans and diced vegetables, stews made with Kapha-balancing vegetables, bean casseroles, dhal soups and light grain/vegetable combinations are ideal for balancing Kapha, especially when combined with Kapha balancing spices. Stay away from too much salt and instead infuse dishes with fresh herbs and spices for flavor.

3. The three ayurvedic tastes that help balance Kapha are pungent, bitter and astringent, so include more of these tastes in your daily diet. Apples, garbanzo beans cooked with Kapha-balancing spices or steamed broccoli or cauliflower with a light olive oil and spice mixture make healthy Kapha-pacifying snacks. Eat less of the salty, sweet and sour tastes.

4. Dry cereal, salt-free crackers and rice cakes balance the liquid nature of Kapha dosha and make good snacks. However, eat snacks in moderation if you are trying to balance Kapha, and avoid sugary snacks. Honey in small quantities is the recommended sweetener.

5. Carrots, asparagus, okra, bitter leafy greens, cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts, daikon radish and bitter gourd are good vegetable choices. They become more digestible when chopped and cooked with Kapha-pacifying spices. Vegetables can be combined with lighter grains or mung beans for satisfying one-dish meals. Avoid nightshades. Fresh green chili peppers and fresh ginger root add flavor while balancing Kapha.

6. Choose lighter whole grains, and eat grains in moderation. Barley, buckwheat, millet and couscous are good choices. If you choose heavier grains, such as rice or wheat, eat very small quantities.

7. Zesty warming spices are wonderful for balancing Kapha. Ayurvedic spices such as turmeric, cumin, coriander, cayenne, black pepper, dried ginger, asafetida (hing), cloves and fenugreek offer flavor, aroma and healing wisdom.

8. Drink lassi infused with digestion-enhancing spices and herbs with lunch and lots of warm water through the day to help flush toxins from the body.

Suggested Food Choices for Kapha dosha

The following list of suggested foods is by no means all-inclusive, but offers starting guidelines if you are new to ayurvedic dietary principles. We will add to this list regularly, so please check back often!

Grains: Buckwheat, quinoa, barley, millet, oats, amaranth, sago, small portions of Basmati rice, all cooked until tender

Vegetables: Asparagus, all kinds of greens, bitter gourd, green beans, lauki squash, artichoke, celery, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, beets, kohlrabi, daikon, radish, cabbage, all cooked

Fruits: Apricots, prunes, peaches, pears, cherries, berries, apples, lemons, limes, pomegranates, dried figs, raisins

Lentils: Mung beans, mung dhal, toor dhal, red or brown lentils, small portions of garbanzos, lima beans, black beans, all cooked until butter-soft

Dairy: Whole milk diluted with water, lassi, small portions of cottage cheese or fresh paneer cheese

Oils: Small portions of ghee and olive oil

Herbs: Cilantro, curry leaves, parsley, fresh basil, fresh mint, fresh oregano, fresh thyme, sage, neem leaves

Nuts and Seeds: Sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds

Spices: Turmeric, cumin, cardamom, coriander, fennel, dried ginger, Chinese cinnamon, black pepper, Chinese cinnamon, mint, saffron, dill, lime zest, nutmeg, cayenne, fenugreek, mustard seed, oregano, marjoram, thyme, rosemary, paprika, mace, cloves

Other: Raw honey in moderation, unsalted unbuttered popcorn, crackers in moderation, cooked tofu in small quantities (diced small and cooked with spices)

Kapha diet

Avoid large quantities of food, especially at night.

Dairy products: Avoid aged cheese. Avoid or reduce other cheeses and yoghurt. Low-fat milk is better. Always boil milk before you drink it, and take it warm. Do not take milk with meal or with sour or salty foods. You may add one or two pinches of turmeric or ginger to whole milk before boiling.

Fruits: Favour lighter fruits such as apples and pears. Reduce heavy or sour fruits such as oranges, bananas, pineapples, figs, dates, avocados, coconut, and melon.

Sweeteners: Honey is good (but do not heat it above 400C). Avoid sugar products.

Beans: All beans are fine except tofu (soya bean curd).

Nuts: Avoid all nuts.

Grains: Most grains are fine, especially barley and millet. Restrict use of wheat, rice and oats.

Oils: reduce or avoid all oils. A small amount of ghee (½-1 teaspoons/day) is fine

Spices: All spices are good but restrict the use of salt.

Vegetables: all are fine, except tomatoes, cucumber, sweet potatoes and courgettes.

Special advice

Milk: It is not recommended to take milk with a meal made up of mixed tastes especially salty and sour foods. It can be taken with sweet foods including grains. Milk is easier to digest after being boiled with spices such as ginger, black pepper, turmeric, and saffron.

Honey: Do not heat honey above body temperature (400C). Doing so decreases the benefits of honey and actually causes it to have a negative impact on health.

Food best avoided: Minimize heavy foods (e.g. meats, especially red meat, fish, eggs, aged cheese), refrigerated and ice-cold foods and drinks (they depress digestion), raw vegetables (easier to digest when cooked) and alcohol.

Tea and coffee: Minimize tea and coffee consumption. The negative effects of both can be very much reduced by adding a little cardamom powder.

GMOs: It is strongly recommended that you avoid food that has been produced using genetically modified ingredients. Genetic modification of food disrupts the intelligence of the food and is very likely to produce subtle deleterious effects in the long-term.

Organic agriculture: Organic food is strongly recommended. It has more sattva – balance producing quality. Maharishi Vedic Organic Agriculture is a system that further enhances the sattva of the food and at the same time produces balance in the farmer.

Food preparation:

1. Eat freshly prepared food, preferably organic. Avoid GM food, leftovers, pre-cooked and fast food.

2. Food is best if warm and well cooked.

3. The food should look good and taste delicious.

4. Food prepared by a happy settled cook in a pleasant environment will have the greatest nutritional value.

When and how to eat

Ayurveda emphasizes the great importance of a good digestion for health and holds that how and when you eat is as important as what you eat. It recommends:

1. Eat in a settled atmosphere and savour your food – sit, don’t stand and avoid TV, radio and reading. Let your attention be on the food.

2. Be regular in your meal times and eat your main meal in the middle of the day when the digestive fire is at its strongest. Eat lightly in the evening at least 2 hours before bedtime.

3. Do not eat until the previous meal has been digested.

4. Eat moderately: avoid overeating and do not skip meals.

5. Avoid sour foods (yoghurt, soft and hard cheese, buttermilk) at night. (Lassi is ok).

6. Walk for 10 minutes after meals.

7. Exercise without strain daily. Leave 30 minutes after exercise before eating and do not exercise energetically for 1-2 hours after a main meal.

The Kapha Diet

Here is a sample of foods recommended for Kapha types. Eat mainly from the "Often" and "In Moderation" lists and only infrequently or on special occasions from the "Seldom" list. Kapha types tend to crave rich-tasting, sweet, and processed foods devoid of prana; consequently, they must adopt a diet that is light, warm, dry, and spicy. Oily, heavy, dense, and cold foods should be avoided. Use this list as a convenient shopping list to assist you in shopping intelligently at your local supermarket and natural food stores.


Often In Moderation Seldom
Apples Oranges Bananas
Pears Pineapple Dates
Pomegranates Cantaloupe Avocado
Cranberries Plums Raisins
Persimmons Strawberries Honeydew Melon

Often In Moderation Seldom
Green Peppers Beets Tomatoes
Lettuce Potatoes Squash (all)
Onions Pumpkin Corn
Lima Beans Mushrooms Sweet Potatoes
Carrots Cucumbers

Often In Moderation Seldom
Barley Basmati rice Wheat
Millet Brown rice Semolina
Rye Oats White rice
Buckwheat Corn
Arrowroot Wild rice

Nuts & Seeds
Often In Moderation Seldom
None Alfalfa seeds Brazil nuts
Chestnuts Cashews
Sesame seeds Peanuts
Almonds Pecans
Pine nuts Sunflower seeds

Fats & Oils
Often In Moderation Seldom
None Flaxseed oil Butter
Olive oil Olives
Sesame oil Coconut oil
(all unrefined) Soybean oil
Ghee Mayonnaise





Light, dry, warm, cooked

Heavy, oily, cold


Pungent, bitter, astringent

Sweet, sour, salty


Small � do not overeat


Warm low-fat or nonfat milk

All other



All others


Small amounts only: almond, corn, ghee, safflower, sunflower

All except for small amounts of oils listed


Barley, corn, millet, rye

Oats, rice, wheat


Light, dry fruits: apple, apricot, cranberry, dried fruits, pear, pomegranate

Heavy, juicy, sweet, sour: avocado, banana, coconut, date, fig, grapefruit, grape, mango, melon, orange, papaya, peach, pineapple, plum


All okay except those listed

Sweet, juicy vegetable: cucumber, sweet potato, tomato


All okay except salt



Pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds

All others


All okay except tofu



Poultry (white meat), white meat fish (except shellfish)

Red meat, shellfish

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Dinner Tonight

Tonight was our St. Patrick's Day Dinner finally. I was hoping to make some Irish Soda Bread, but I'm just too tired to do it.

Threw the Corned beef into the Crockpot...and I was so tired, I forgot to throw in some garlic, onions and carrots. I did at least rememeber the spice bag and vinegar.

Instead of boiling cabbage,potatoes and carrots like usual, I sauteed them (added some green onions too). WONDERFUL! I think it was better than the meat actually!