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Step By Step

Good Morning! I’m back again…on my irregular schedule, you never know when I’ll show up.  Eventually, I will get on a schedule, but a the moment, that doesn’t seem to be happening.

I’m moving step by step toward the big event on July 23rd.  I’m trying to get a few small projects completed around the house prior to going into the hospital.  Some things I have to take care of because I won’t be home for at least two weeks because I’ll be staying with Gail when I get out of the hospital.

Tuesday was a trying day.  It was my day for several pre-surgery appointments.

Patient Testing

 

I started out with a physical with a medical doctor.  Because of our infrequent trips into Philadelphia, we left early and got to the appointment about an hour too early.  However, we only waited about 15 minutes before we were into the appointment.  That went well.

Then I had to give blood.  This is one of the things that Rothman Institute does just in case it’s needed during surgery.  I think it’s probably a good idea.  I am NOT a fan of needles, but it went well.  I filled my bag in 7 minutes.  The phlebotomist was impressed.  Probably because of all the water I drink.

After that was pre-admission testing where I had my blood pressure taken for the third time  that day.  I spoke with a nurse practitioner, then had more blood taken (for testing this time) and gave a urine sample (that’s always fun)  It was all very orderly.  This entire organization is so organized and efficient.  I continue to be amazed.  My only issue was that the three appointments were in three different buildings.  They were only about a block apart but for me at this point, that’s like having to walk a couple of miles.  I was truly beat at the end of the day.  But…step by step, this will all be better.

I am starting to feel a bit of anxiety related to all of this.  I think it’s causing me to go a little off track with food.  I’ve always been an anxiety eater.  But fortunately after all of these years on Weight Watchers, I know ways to handle that.

WW veggie soup ingredients

 

I cooked up a batch of Weight Watchers veggie soup.  It’s so filling and it always serves as an avenue to get me back on track.  It doesn’t take that much work-maybe 15 minutes to put it together.  Then my trusty crock pot does the rest of the work.  It’s so comforting to have a big bowl of that for dinner.  I usually add some beans either canned or home cooked, but that gives me a big boost of protein which I’ve been told is a good thing to add in prior to surgery.  I even add in some cottage cheese.  Some people think that sounds disgusting, but I love the gooey cheesiness that it adds to the soup.

So that’s where I stand at the moment.  I’m being positive about the whole thing and I look forward to being up and around like a regular person again soon.  I hope to get my blogging schedule worked out as well.

Until then, I’ll see you when I see you.  Hope everyone has a great weekend.

Happy Friday!

WIAW~Back Home and Blogging

Good Morning!  Here I am, keeping my promise to blog on a regular basis.  I told you I had NOT deserted you and I meant it. Of course, I had to come back for the biggest, most fun party of the week-What I Ate Wednesday, hostessed by the lovely Jenn at Peas & Crayons. I’ve missed participating and I’ve missed reading all the crazy wonderful posts from all of the other party-goers.  So here I am to share and give you all the opportunity to drool.

What I Ate Wednesday

There are a lot of veggies in this post, well…there  are Always a lot of veggies in my posts so nothing new there.  These are all foods that I ate while on my two-week visit to Clearwater, Florida.  I had a great time and ate a lot.  Fortunately, all of it was amazingly healthy so I don’t think I’ll have any worries when I get back to my Weight Watchers meeting on Saturday.  Here we go! My friend Gail found an incredible restaurant called the Green Market Cafe. This is a great find for vegetarians and great choices for non-veggies too.  I ate there five times and tried five different things.  So there is definitely flexibility for vegetarians.

Mushoom Salad at Green Market Cafe

This was the Baby Bella salad.  Huge amount of romaine lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, green peppers and steamed mushrooms, topped with gorgonzola  cheese and house dressing.  Very filling and tasty.  I’ve never seen such huge salads as they have here.

Waldorf Salad

This is their Waldorf Salad. Again, lots of greens, apples, walnuts, dried cranberries, goat cheese and poppy-seed dressing.  Again, amazingly filling and delicious.

We had to experience Hamburger Mary’s and if you’re ever in Clearwater, you have to give it a dry.  A drag show and a burger.  What could be better.  This is the Huge black bean burger that I had.

Black bean burger at Hamburger Mary's

It came with a large side salad.  I had to eat half of this before I took the picture so that you could see it.  Excellent!

We had quite a wonderful experience at the Buddhist Temple in Tampa.  Every Sunday they have a market with all kinds of incredible foods.  Things we had never seen before or even ever heard of.  I went with something I’ve heard of and am learning to love.

Pad Thai at the Buddhist Center

Pad Thai.  It was delicious.  It was a huge portion and I ate every bit!  My other favorite thing there was sweet bean pie.  Like a little apple turnover but with bean paste inside that was so good.  Didn’t get a photo…I ate it too fast!

I’m home now and starting on trying to eat more routine things.  If I had remembered to get cabbage yesterday, I would have been making my Weight Watchers veggie soup today.  I’ll have to go out and get some.  I need to get back on track.

That’s What I Ate Wednesday for me for today.  Be sure to head over to Peas & Crayons when you’re finished here to join all the fun!

Happy What I Ate Wednesday!!

WIAW~True Confessions and a Recipe!

I have been among the missing for a bit and I do apologize for it.  No real explanation except life gets in the way sometimes. But I wanted to get back for What I Ate Wednesday because I missed playing along with Jenn and all of the fun kids over at Peas & Crayons.  So Here Goes!

What I Ate Wednesday GOES GREEN

Well, it is the week of St. Patrick’s Day so I’m using this logo.  Since I wasn’t around to say it…Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

First the true confessions part.  I have been off track with my eating and I would be truly ashamed to show some of the things that I’ve wolfed down in recent weeks.  No one’s fault but my own.  However, I always have a safety net, a trick in my back pocket that works wonders for me.  Weight Watchers vegetable soup.  With all the updates to the program, I’m not even sure what the current “Garden Vegetable Soup” recipe looks like.  Over these many years (almost 27 years) of being a Weight Watchers member, I’ve made some changes and made it my own.  This is my current version.

Veggie soup in crock pot

Weight Watchers Veggie Soup

1 large onion chopped (or more if you Like)

2 or more tbsp of chopped garlic ( or more if you like)

4 peeled, chopped carrots

3 celery stalks

3-4 cups of chopped cabbage

1 large jar ( think it’s 12 oz but it might be larger) salsa of choice

I have for a number of years made my veggie soup in a crock pot.  I like it because I can make it and then it takes care of itself.  All of these veggies can be adjusted as to amounts depending your preferences.  I sometimes add others depending on what’s in the fridge, but this is the basic.  That’s one of the best parts of this soup, you can make it your own as I have.

When it comes to spices, I vary that again depending on my whim. Right now my spices are cumin (liberally sprinkled), turmeric (good for me for anti-inflammatory purposes, so I’m told, also liberally sprinkled), a dash of cayenne or several, depending.  I also like to add a few teaspoons of Worcestershire sauce.

I cook in the crock pot for usually about 4-6 hours on High.  You can cook as long as you like depending on how crunchy you like your soup.  I like mine still a little crunchy.

This soup as it is counts for 0 Points on Weight Watchers.  For anyone who is following Weight Watchers and want to make this, I have a suggestion.  If you want to add something else to it, pasta, rice, quinoa, beans or meat if you are a meat eater, I suggest that you make the basic soup.  Then take out the portion you want to eat.  After you’ve done that, then measure and add whatever else you want to add in.  That way your big pot of soup stays “pure,” it still counts as 0 Points.  You can then calculate the Points for whatever you might be adding to your portion of soup.  Just makes life simpler and you’re left with a pot of 0 Point soup in case you have a day when you’re Hungry and need something that counts for 0 Points.

The finished product…

Veggie Soup completed

 

It is so delicious and so versatile.  It’s a great tool for helping me stay on track.  Even if you’re Not a Weight Watchers member, it can be a help.

That’s it for me today for WIAW.  Be sure to join in all of the fun over at Peas & Crayons.  Have a great day!

Happy What I Ate Wednesday!

WIAW~New and Old Edition

Good Morning and welcome to the umpteenth edition of What I Ate Wednesday here at BCDC!  So many of the people who link up with Jenn at Peas & Crayons seem to know how many WIAW’s they’ve done.  I do not.  I just know that I show up Whenever possible and yammer on about food and stalk what other people eat over at P & C.  You should take the trip over there too.  I get such great ideas over there! I know it’s no longer Love your Veggies month but it’s Always love your veggies month here, so I’m sticking with it.

What I Ate Wednesday: Love Your Veggies

I’ve titled this post Old and New because there are things here that you’ve seen before and some wonderful new things.  First the most exciting new.

Veggie kabob

 

Ralph and I went to dinner on Friday night with some ladies I used to work with.  It’s always fun but we went to a new place this time.  It’s at a semi-local mall and it’s called Firesides.  I had checked it on-line and knew I’d be Ok for food choices.  I love when I have dinner at a restaurant where I don’t only have one choice.  This was listed as a Veggie Kabob.  Portobello mushroom, red pepper, tomato and red onion grilled on two kabobs.  Half a quesadilla with spinach, pepper jack cheese and something else that I forget inside.  I think that was pesto aioli drizzled around.  It was SO good and I was very satisfied.  I wish the restaurant was closer because I’d go again for this.  Everyone was pleased with their choices.

What would WIAW at BCDC be without a diner omelette.  You’re welcome, Meghan!

Diner breakfast

 

This was spinach and feta cheese.  I splurged and had the potatoes although I probably only ate a third of them, and an English muffin.  Yummy!

I so sick of saying this but…Monday we had a snowstorm!!!  Hopefully the last for the year.  I was tired of complaining and tired of hearing myself complain.  Since for some reason I woke up at 4 am, I got to work early on some cooking.  I needed to make my Weight Watchers veggie soup for the week and I wanted to cook up some lentils.  I also wanted to try an experiment.  As a very long time vegetarian, I’m starting to lose my powers of cooking meaty things.  I had seen a crock pot recipe for beef stew.  It seemed simple and I could deal with the meat without touching it. All of these things led to this on Monday during the snowstorm.

Three crock pots

 

Left is the beef stew, center is the lentils and on the right is the WW veggie soup.  I had so much fun!!  The good news is that Ralph loved the beef stew.  It’s a good thing, too because there is a LOT of it!!  I was excited because it really was pretty simple.

I put the lentils to use for dinner.  I had leftover salad from a big salad I had made to take to my sister’s house on Saturday.  I topped it with lentils, parmesan cheese and some balsamic vinegar.

Lentil salad

 

This was very tasty and surprisingly filling.  I love cooking lentils this way.  They go a long way and they are so good.

That’s What I Ate Wednesday for me today.  Not sure I can top that three crock pot trick.  My other big one is in New Mexico.  I only have one other small one.  Guess I’ll have to wait until I get to New Mexico to go Five for Five!

Happy What I Ate Wednesday!!

WIAW~Another day in Veggie Land

It is time for What I Ate Wednesday again.  For the possibly five people in the blog world who do Not know what that is, it is the Fun Food Fest hostessed each week by the lovely Jenn at Peas & Crayons.  When you’re finished here, be sure to visit P&C to see what everyone has cooking over there!

What I Ate Wednesday: Love Your Veggies

As usual, every month is Love Your Veggies Month here at BCDC.  Let’s see what’s on the menu.

Pepper and egg sandwich

 

One of my favorite meals in the whole world, one because it’s Delicious, and two because it reminds me of the sandwiches my Mom would make us when we were kids.  Pepper and egg sandwich from the local pizzeria.  My change to it is having them use sweet peppers instead of regular and adding some American cheese.  So good!

Diner salad

 

Salad at the diner.  I had forgotten to take my balsamic vinegar with me so I survived using their balsamic vinaigrette, just not much of it. 5 Points for the entire package…No Thank You.

Dinner to go with the salad was this…

Diner veggie dinner

 

One of my favorite things to do at the diner is to come up with things I can eat by using what they have on the menu.  They have a sandwich called a veggie cheese steak. It is a big roll with a grilled combo of mushrooms, onions, romaine lettuce, peppers and a bunch of other veggies topped with cheese and it’s delicious. But sometimes I don’t want to eat all if that bread so I decided I’d ask if they would put it over rice.  They said yes and I get a side order of brocolli.  Then I just sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top. So Very Good!

Monday at my house it was Two Crock Pots, No Waiting!

Two crockpots

 

The one on the left is my Weight Watchers veggie soup bubbling away.  On the right is Ralph’s country ribs cooking, soon to be topped with barbecue sauce.  It’s one of his favorite meals and it’s easy for me.  He usually gets at least two meals from it and that again, is a good thing!

My finished product…

WW veggie soup

 

How many different ways can I show you my Weight Watchers veggie soup?  This time it’s cooked.  This is so good and makes the house smell so good as it cooks.  I get so many meals out of it that it’s crazy!  It goes a very long way and it’s very inexpensive.  One of these days, I’m going to try to figure out how much it costs.  Not a lot, I can assure you.  It’s a wonderful tool for me on Weight Watchers because it counts as 0 Points.  Sounds good to me.

So that’s WIAW for me for this week. Be sure to stop over to see what all the fuss is about at Peas & Crayons.  Just be careful, because I usually end up incredibly hungry after checking out all of the blogs over there.  Eat breakfast first!!

Happy What I Ate Wednesday!!

WIAW~Food All Over

Here it is Wednesday again and of course time for What I Ate Wednesday hostessed by Jenn at Peas and Crayons.  This lovely young lady knows how to throw a food party so be sure to head over to P & C when you’re finished here to see what everyone else has to share.  Here goes!

What I Ate Wednesday: Love Your Veggies

I’m still loving my veggies so let’s see what I’ve got…in no particular order.

Overnight oats

I love overnight oats but always forget to make them in the evening.  So this morning, when I finished breakfast, I made tomorrows oats! I can be so smart when I work at it!

Cabbage and canned beans

I know that cabbage gets a bad rap sometimes, but I love it.  This was chopped up with onion, garlic carrots and canned white beans (all that I had on hand) and topped with parmesan cheese.  There’s brown rice hiding underneath.  Very good.

Wrap eggplant, spinach, ricotta

This was a delicious wrap at one of our favorite pizza places.  A spinach wrap with eggplant, spinach and ricotta.  Only thing I would change for the next time is to as them to simply grill the eggplant rather than bread and fry it.  Otherwise delicious!  Of course the chips went to Ralph.

Omelette spinach and onions

 

As my friend Meghan at Clean Eats, Fast Feets likes to point out, it wouldn’t be WIAW without a diner omelette.  Here’s an especially good one-onion and spinach with of course a side of cottage cheese!

Fage

One of my new favorites, Fage Greek yogurt.  I’ve been finding it at Aldi for a much lower price than other stores.  Of course, I’m taking advantage of it!  Great afternoon snack.

Lentils and pasta

One of my favorite meals this week.  I made my usual lentils in the crock pot.  I put a chopped onion, chopped garlic and Mrs. Dash along with 1 cup of rinsed lentil and veggie broth to cover by about an inch.  I cook for several hours, I’m not sure how long because it seems to depend on the day.  Usually about four hours.  I cooked up some whole wheat past and topped it with the lentils and some parmesan cheese.  This was so delicious.  I have enough lentils left for another serving.  That may be tonight’s dinner.

So that’s What I Ate Wednesday for me.  Be sure to check all the fun over at Peas and Crayons.  I always find great ideas and suggestions.

Happy What I Ate Wednesday!

WIAW~Veggie-rific!

Back on track and in the routine! What I Ate Wednesday is such a fun link up to participate in.  Everyone is positive and the food is so colorful. I get so many great ideas.  Even from the posts with meat…I’m looking at the sides and getting ideas. Thanks as always to the beauteous Jenn at Peas and Crayons for hostessing the food fun fest.  Be sure to check out all of the other linkers when you’re finished here.

What I Ate Wednesday: Love Your Veggies

It’s ALWAYS love your veggies month around here.  Started off the week with a nice crock pot filled with Weight Watchers veggie soup.

Veggie soup

 

This always looks so delicious and it is! Found some red lentils while foraging in the pantry.  They added a nice protein punch.  Yummy altogether!

We went out to lunch with our grandson Alex and his Mom for his birthday.  I started with split pea soup.

Split pea soup

 

Why split pea soup? No Ham!!  Our waitress told me that she grilled 3 different cooks to be sure there was no meat in here.  It was really tasty too. She said that alone should bring us back again.  It will!

Veggie burger salad

 

This salad was supposed to have salami on it but I swapped that for a veggie burger.  Really good!  The waitress bet me I couldn’t finish it.  I won!

Meadows breakfast

 

Breakfast at one of our favorite diners.  This was an egg white omelette with mushrooms, tomatoes, onions and asparagus.  Side of cottage cheese of course.  So good.

On Saturday we splurged and took my sister Ele out for Chinese food.

Chinese veggie delight

 

One of my usual choices-Veggie Delight.  It was very tasty.  The lunch size portion is just right.

One of my favorite weekend treats…

Pepper and egg sandwich

 

Pepper and egg sandwich from our local pizzeria.  It’s supposed to be made with regular green peppers but I ask them to substitute the sweet peppers instead. So good that way.

I’m trying to pump up my protein and I love Greek Yogurt.  At Aldi, I found Fage Greek Yogurt.  At 3 Points, great for an afternoon snack.

Fage

 

I had never tried Fage but the price was right at Aldi.  This was cherry pomegranate.  Very tasty.  I don’t like the shape of the container though because you can’t get all of the fruit out.  I ended up using my finger!  Well worth it.  I have a blueberry-acai waiting for me in the fridge for today’s afternoon snack.

As advertised…Lots of Veggies but that’s really the way it usually is for me.  I love veggies because for me to stay satisfied on Weight Watchers, I need volume.  Veggies give me the volume I need to feel full and stay within my Points. That’s it for me for this week. Be sure to check out the other fantastic foods at Peas and Crayons.

Happy What I Ate Wednesday!