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.