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Strange But Good~Quick and Easy

If there were no other reasons to love Friday, I would still be excited to be participating in Strange But Good!  This is the fun link up created by Laura at Sprint 2 The Table.  I obviously make strange choices that I consider good and it’s great to be surrounded by Other Strangers!

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Not really sure if this qualifies for Strange But Good, but some people think it sounds odd.  I started eating something like this when I was in Florida with my best friend, Gail.  It’s her idea really, so I need to give her credit.    :-)

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Sorry for the messy counter…I’m still working on things since being sick.

Anyway…start with a glass measuring cup.  Spray with non stick cooking spray.  Add 1/2 cup of liquid egg substitute and 1/2 cup of liquid egg whites.  I get these at Aldi, but they don’t always have them.  I stock up and put them in the freezer when they do have them.  So much less expensive than name brands!  A handful of cut frozen asparagus which I had cut and put in the fridge the night before.

Cook for 1 minute 20 seconds.  Give it a few seconds and then give it another 1 minute 20 seconds.  If you do it all at once, it can overflow.  Can’t chance losing anything.    ;-)

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It comes out in sort of a lump.  That’s actually good, makes it easy to get out of the measuring cup. The cooking spray helps with that.

When I cut into it, I realized it was still a bit liquid in the center.  The times I gave were for the egg mixture with nothing else in it.  For future reference, I’ll know that when I add veggies, it requires a bit more time.  I put it back in for another 30 seconds.

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Cut up and with some ground black pepper (always!) added, this was delicious and filling.  Adding the veggies made it even more satisfying.  The regular egg substitute counts for 2 Points, the egg whites and asparagus count for 0 Points.  This does not look as big in the photo as it did in person.   Great breakfast for my Weight Watchers purposes!  Also 22 grams of protein!  Ok, by me!

I ate this early, because I needed to eat before taking my LAST dose of antibiotics.  So happy about that.  They certainly have done the trick for me.  I’m feeling so much better and even added some exercise back in yesterday…a Very Slow 30 minutes on my exercise bike.  Gotta get moving again, I’ve been feeling like such a Slug!

That’s Strange But Good for me, today.  Be sure to check out Sprint 2 The Table to see what other strangeness you can find there.  I love getting ideas and suggestions from the other linkers.

Happy Friday!  It’s Strange But Good!

Strange But Good…You Put What In What?!

I’ve always been strange but have I always been good?  Am I even good, now?!

I can’t answer that question but Laura at Sprint 2 The Table has taken on the task of offering those of us who are strange (ish) food eaters a home with other strange (ish) food eaters.

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We get to meet up on her blog each Friday and show what we’ve got and see what else is out there in the strange food blog world.  Be sure to check out what everyone is offering after you’ve gotten your fill of strangeness here.  Leave some comments too…we Love comments!

Everybody and I mean Everybody in the food blog world talks about smoothies.  I love the idea of smoothies and I know I could come up with some good ones.  I am however, space challenged in my kitchen and don’t have room to have a big blender out on my counter or even my Magic Bullet for that matter.  No convenient cabinet space either.  Then there’s the matter that the time when I would want to make a smoothie, Ralph would be sleeping and well…that would just get me cranky looks.

I’ve come up with an alternate method that works pretty good and I’m trying to be creative within my own constraints.  The old “Grow Where You’re Planted” theory.

A few weeks back I showed my shake up bottle that I’ve been using.

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I got it last year when I bought a sampler package of protein powder.  I used up the powder back then but haven’t used it much since. I recently started using Naturade Pea Protein Powder.  My friend Gail found it and I really like it.

I started out making it with 1 cup of almond milk, third of a cup of fat-free vanilla yogurt and one scoop of the powder.  It was good and I enjoyed it. That counted as 5 Points for me on Weight Watchers and gave me 30 grams of protein.

I tried to think of things I could put into it that would add some flavor and variety and would still work in my shake up container.  I then added a half cup of unsweetened applesauce and a bunch of cinnamon.  That was really tasty.  The applesauce and cinnamon didn’t add any Points or protein, but a lot of flavor.

This week, I suddenly remembered what was hiding in one of my cupboards.

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PB2!!  Powdered peanut butter.  I mixed up 1 cup of fat-free milk, a third cup of fat-free vanilla yogurt, a scoop of the pea protein and 2 tablespoons of the PB2.  Shook it all up and it was wonderful!  The PB2 only added 1 Point for a total of 6, but it gave me 5.65 more grams of protein for a total of 35.65.  I recently noticed that our local Shoprite is carrying the PB2 so I won’t have to order it on-line.  I feel like such a dummy for not realizing I had it.  This is a great addition, It’s very tasty and boy was I full for a Long time that day.

Strange enough for you?  I’ll keep trying to come up with other things that I can shake up in my manual shaker.  Then maybe one day, I’ll actually break out the old Magic Bullet…Then there’ll be no stopping me!

Happy Friday!! Be as Strange As You Want To Be!!

Down Day

No, not in that sense…not “I’m down today.” Wednesday was sort of a down time day, I guess.

I couldn’t get motivated to do much of anything…so I Didn’t!  I don’t think I even went out of the house except to put out the recycling bin.

I should have been doing some of the many things that I need to do, but I suppose I’m looking at this week as still part of the holiday.

I probably shouldn’t have gotten out of my pj’s…could have saved some clean clothes!

Just remembered something I haven’t talked about that I’m enjoying.  My friend Gail and I are both vegetarians.  We’ve been discussing the fact that we both probably need more protein than what we usually get.  We decided to order a protein powder to see how we liked it.

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Naturade Pea Protein.  Gail had done some research and decided this was a good choice to start.  It certainly gives us some protein!

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20 grams per serving and a serving costs us 3 points on Weight Watchers.  Not a bad deal in my opinion.

I have a Magic Bullet and thought that would be a great way to whip up a quick smoothie.  My problem is that when I would be wanting to make a smoothie, Ralph is asleep and it would probably wake him.  Being a thoughtful wife, I looked for another alternative.

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I had forgotten about this shaker bottle I had gotten along with a previous protein powder purchase.  Can’t add fruit to it, but… 1 cup of almond milk, 1/3 of a cup of fat-free vanilla yogurt and 2 Tbsp of the pea protein powder makes a pretty tasty shake.  It costs me 6 Points on WW and I get 23.3 grams of protein.  It’s actually pretty filling too.

One of these days I need to test the theory of whether the Magic Bullet would actually wake Ralph up.  Now that I’ve started this, I’d really like to try some fruit or shock of shocks…a Green Smoothie with some spinach thrown in for good measure.  Now that I’ve started, I can’t stop!!

I’m slogging my way through Pride and Prejudice and with every page re-thinking my plan of reading “classics” this year.  I refuse to stop reading the first book I’ve started for the year but to be honest, I’d like to.  After I’ve finished I’ll give a little overview of what I think.  My Mother loved it.  I love my Mother.  That’s as far as I can go with that thought!!

Happy Thursday! The Bennet Family is driving me Crazy!

Thursday Is Slump Day

If Wednesday is hump day, then Thursday was slump day for me.  Actually it was and it wasn’t.  I got a lot of things accomplished around the house, but I felt like I was in a slump with my writing.  I’ll get to that but I need to give myself a pat on the back for what I did do.

Changed the bed, washed, and folded 3 loads of laundry, paid some bills and got rid of a load of junk mail that needed to be shredded.  These were leftover things that I needed to shred.  Over the last week or so, when the mail comes in, Ralph hands it to me, I go through to see what is what.  I’m usually sitting at my desk which has the shredder right next to it.  I open up the offending envelope and shred the part that needs shredding.  Envelopes and other filler from the envelope goes right into the recycling bag next to the desk.  I’m feeling that I have that stuff a little better under control and I like that.  So, see (I’m saying this to myself) I didn’t accomplish something on Thursday! :-)

I received a present in the mail.  I got a package from True Protein.  I had e-mailed them last week to ask if they would be able to send me some samples.  They kindly sent me two samples.

One is chocolate flavored pea protein, the other is vanilla flavored rice protein.  I tried the chocolate and it was tasty.  The good thing for me was that when I calculated the Weight Watchers Points, it was only 2 Points and with the 1 cup of soymilk, it became 3 Points.  For me that’s better than some of the others which are much higher in points.  This may be the protein powder for me.  I’ll see after I try the vanilla.

I had done some writing in the morning after posting on BCDC as has become my routine throughout the NaNoWriMo process.  I got about 1400 words written and planned to come back in the afternoon.  When I got back to it in the afternoon…nothing.  The story just wasn’t coming to me.  I finally wrapped it up at 2007 words.  Some of the ladies in the on-line writing group have said if it’s not working, just leave it and come back to it.  That’s what I did.  I left and watched the Food Network!

Of course, the Food Network made me hungry.  I had nothing ready and nothing planned.  After sightseeing in the fridge for a few minutes I came up with something.

I chopped up a red bell pepper

sautéed it in some olive oil

I mixed together 3 eggs and some fat-free cottage cheese

Cooked together with the bell pepper

With some white toast (all that was in the house) and can you say Yum?  It was really tasty and satisfying which is just as important.  No snacking later in the evening.

I guess in retrospect, it wasn’t such a slump day after all.  I need to make sure that for Friday and the rest of the weekend, the slump is over.

Happy Non-Slump-Day Friday!!

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Protein Is The Theme

Friday started as one of those, “Why Sleep When You Can Be Awake!” days.  Woke up at 3am and you know the rest of the story.  In spite of that I think I made the most of my day.

I got my coffee (1 gram of protein from my fat-free half and half) and got right to work posting on BCDC.  When I was finished there I started on my NaNoWriMo writing.  I was becoming frustrated and stuck.  I was even at a point where I was being overcome by emotion.  My novel is based on some of my college experiences and I was amazed at the emotions brought back by thinking about it and using it as the basis for the novel.  Strange.  I had suggestions that when something like that happens, you should try to focus on the story from a different angle or from someone else’s perspective.  Actually I was told if need be, throw in a ferret!  The ferret was sitting there on my desk waiting to be called into the game but that early in the day, I didn’t need him yet.

I took a break from writing and decided I’d try one of my Spiru-tein drinks.  I wasn’t thrilled with some of the flavors in the sampler pack I got, but it was a good deal so I bought it.  I decided I’d start with the flavor I thought I’d like the least. My choice was strawberry-banana.

I mixed it in my handy shaker container with soy milk. 

Pretty in Pink and it actually tasted good.  Still not my favorite flavor, but certainly not awful.  Now I’m looking forward to my next trial.  The Spiru-tein gave me 14 grams of protein and the soymilk added 6 grams so 20 grams of protein at one time.  About a third of what I should have each day.  Pretty good in one little shake-up!

Mid afternoon I went over to see my sister Ele to help her with a few pre-Thanksgiving preparations.  We’re expecting a bit of a crowd, so we had to move some things around in the dining room.  I’ll be helping her with more things next week.  We always enjoy Thanksgiving!

When I got back from lunch, Ralph wanted food!  We decided on the Gateway Diner as we so often do.  Going along with my protein theme, this was lunch.

An onion omelette with a side of cottage cheese, dry rye toast and a big cup of hot tea because it was cold and damp here in New Jersey yesterday.  Brrr…

In trying to figure the protein for this lunch, I realize that I don’t know much about how much protein is in a food,  I’m going to need to do some research.  the website where I got this information said that eggs have 4 grams which would make my omelette 12 grams.  It said that a cup of regular cottage cheese which was about what my serving was, should be 13 grams.  That sounds like a lot so I’m going to need to do some more research on this.

When we got back from lunch, I really got to work on my writing.  My switch in perspective made a big difference.  I brought in a character I had never thought of including and it’s helping the focus and the tone.  I ended the (very long) day by breaking 20,000 words!  I was very happy about that.

A snack later was 2 rice cakes with sunflower seed butter.  I got 2 grams of protein from the rice cakes and 9 grams of protein from the sunflower seed butter.  I ended the day with 60 grams of protein.  The calculation I’ve been able to make is that I should be having 62 grams per day.  This was a pretty good day.  I still want to do some more research on how much protein is in each food.  It’s so much easier when you use the info on the label, but that’s not always available.

This sounds like a science class so I’ll get out of here.  I’m hoping for a good result at Weight Watchers when I get there today.  I’ve tried really hard all week.  I must redeem myself after last week. :-(

I’ll leave you with some pretty pictures.

Enjoy your weekend and Happy Saturday!

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Back On The Move

I feel like I’m going to be all over the place with this post, so try to stick with me.  Thursday was a day for a lot of errands.  Had to get a few things in order to fix a few things in order to finish a few things.  You know…that kind of day.  I tried to make the most of my time and tried to plan out my route to make it most efficient time wise and gas wise. 

One of the things that I needed was a new battery for my pedometer. Now that’s not a hard thing to get, but I always forget what number the size is when I’m near the CVS where I can get it but I remembered today. 

One pedometer back in working order, now if I would just walk somewhere to get some steps!  It’s been hard this week to get any exercise in.  I’m spending so much time working on my NaNoWriMo project that there is a great deal of sitting involved.  If I could only figure out how I could work on the laptop while on my stationary bike, I’d be thrilled! ;-)

I mentioned the other day that I was on the search for a good protein powder.  I’m still accepting suggestions so if you’ve got ‘em, I’ll take ‘em!  While I was out, I thought I’d stop at the Vitamin Shoppe to see if they had some samples I could buy.  They didn’t have samples but the did have this.

A sampler of Spiru-Tein. Seven different flavors with a shake up container.  This is pretty good because it will give me the chance to sample flavors.  I’m not big on flavors for things like this other than vanilla, so this will be an adventure.  I’ll keep you posted on which flavors I like.  I also e-mailed several companies to see if I can get some samples so we’ll see how that goes.

While at CVS I found something that qualifies for Things I Didn’t Need To Know Existed…

Mint truffle Hershey Kisses.  I had a hard time catching my breath when I saw these.  You’ll all be proud of me that I walked out of the store with none of these in my bag.  I would like someone to buy a bag and give me One.  Just so I can try it…

Lunch was Q & E- quick and easy!

Cottage cheese and sweet relish in my pretty new bowl and my new little ceramic spoon.  This is one of my favorite lunches but I just forget about it.  Glad I got some cottage cheese when I went shopping earlier in the week and I have a new jar of relish waiting in the cupboard. 

Thursday morning I was telling you how foggy it was.  I want to share some photos I got of the fog and the trees…Don’t tell me you’re tired of these, I don’t want to hear it! ;-)

It was so beautiful.  I wasn’t sure it would read in the photos but fortunately it did.  Hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

I want to be sure to wish all of our Veterans a Happy Veteran’s Day.  We are safe and secure because of what they have sacrificed for us.  They have given us Freedom and have kept us safe for so many years.  If you know a Veteran, thank him or her today.  They deserve it.  Happy Veteran’s Day, Ralph and thank you for all that you did.

Happy Veteran’s Day!  Happy Friday! 

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New ‘Do and Getting It Done

Well, if I’d thought about it, I would have taken a photo of my new ‘do when I got home last night.  It would be way too scary to take a photo now to post, so I’ll post one tomorrow when I’m looking my best ! ;-)

It feels SO much better and it really needed to be done before we leave for Clearwater on Sunday.

I got some things done around the house in preparation for being away.  Cleaned the bathroom (oh JOY!), folded laundry and on and on.  Finally around 11:30 I realized I hadn’t eaten breakfast.

Oikos Greek Yogurt, Fiber One and a banana!  See, I’m eating my bananas!  ;-) It looks a little spotty, but it was just right inside.  I have 4 more left that look just like it.  Guess I should start eating them!  I was given the Oikos and I’m not sure if I like it as much as I like Chobani.  They’re not a lot different, Chobani seems a little creamier, though.  I guess I’ll let what’s on sale dictate which I buy.  I do love the Greek yogurt though and you really can’t beat it for the protein content! :-)

I met Ele at the Church for more Rummage Prep.  It’s amazing what we’ve been able to accomplish in a few short hours each day this week.  Just a bit more today should have it ready for the Sale tomorrow!

I had to leave a little earlier than I might have to go to my hair appointment, but I’d been feeling a little light-headed all day.  I stopped home and remembered that I had some protein bars in the cabinet. 

I grabbed this Carrot Cake Clif bar.  Yum!  I forgot how good these are.  I was so hungry I didn’t take a photo first so all you get is the empty wrapper! ;-)   7 Points on Weight Watchers, but I got 10 grams of protein and it was just what I needed to tide me over until I got back home for dinner.

A few days ago ( I confess, I don’t exactly remember when…) I started to marinate some tofu.  I’m so bad on forgetting to use things.  This was from QUITE a while ago.  I had bought it at Natural Harvest Market. It’s from a company called Wild Wood Organic. It must be good stuff because when I just went to look at the label, I realized that it is really FAR past it’s date (you know I have a problem with that!) but it was still good .

I marinated it in Italian dressing, sprinkled it with ground black pepper and then sautéed it in a skillet coated with cooking spray.

I snagged a piece to taste first and it was great!

I added a little more of the dressing, some Locatelli cheese and I’M IN LOVE!!  I had never prepared tofu at home before. I would buy it and it would stay in the fridge until it became a science experiment!  I’d gotten some that was already flavored and used it for wraps but this is the first time I’ve cooked with it.  I like it so much that this morning I sliced some more and put it in to marinate again.  I guess I need to get myself one of those tofu presses now.  Oh, goody…another kitchen gadget!! ;-)

Ralph had to go to a funeral today, so I’m on my own until it’s time to work on the Rummage sale this afternoon.  Lots of things I can do.  I need to use my time wisely!

Happy Friday!!