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Quinoa Stuffing

I kind of threw this together, without following a recipe or measuring anything…

  • 2-3 cups of cooked quinoa
  • 1 apple, chopped
  • several stalks of celery, chopped
  • 1.5 small onions, shopped
  • apx. 1 cup dried cranberries
  • salt, pepper, sage, thyme, oregano

I mixed together and stuffed it into the turkey… but it made WAY too much, so the rest will just get baked in a casserole dish.

I’m not sure how the casserole dish portion turned out yet (I didn’t need it last night, so I haven’t baked it yet) but the stuffing I baked in the turkey was delish. Perhaps it could have used more seasoning…

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why, Why, WHY!!!

WHY do I do it to myself?!? WHY can’t I commit to something so simple as eating right??? What the FUCK is wrong with me?

ARRRGGGHHH!!!!

Ok. Deep breath. Calm Down.

I’ve been really tired for the last few days, not being able to sleep… then going through the day like a zombie, all hopped up on caffeine. Not exactly my ideal state. Yesterday morning I tried to work out, but just couldn’t do it. I could do barely half my normal amount of reps, and I only managed on set. Not good. And the day started out great, diet wise, but went downhill from there…

First, I indulged in a bottled green smoothie (yes, it’s 100% fruit and veggies, but it’s still a massive sugar infusion).

Then I stopped at the liquor store on my way home for a wine tasting. 5 different Amarones, all delicious, but one in particular stood out: Campo Dei Gigli Amarone ($89.99). Of course, the wines were accompanied by parmesan, proscuitto, and a few hors d’oeuvre. There was duck on a toast (I skipped the toast), fig on a gorgonzola biscuit, and beef on a potato cake. Yum.

As if that wasn’t bad enough, after dinner I went out for a movie and while waiting for it to start, I indulged in a macchiato and an amaretti cookie… and had a bunch of popcorn during the movie. At least the popcorn was popped in coconut oil instead of omega-6 laden, rancid vegetable oil.

Yesterday is over. I can’t do anything about it any more. But I know that I feel like crap when I eat crap… or when I break my resolutions, I feel like crap.

Today, I get to enjoy thanksgiving.

Tomorrow, I renew my healthy eating plan. Meat. Vegetables. Butter. Maybe a drizzle of olive oil on a salad. I realize that I need to spend some time staying completely away from carbs to break the carb cycle. I know that the omega-6 fats in nuts and vegetable oils can cause inflammation, but I just discovered that the inflammation they cause can cause both congestion and inflammation of the gut (bloating).

Roasted Root Vegetables

Another easy recipe that’s sure to satisfy.

You’ll need a variety of root vegetables (I’ll be using carrots, parsnips, and yams… but anything works), an onion or two, your choice of fat (I’ll be using olive oil, but butter or duck fat would be fantastic), salt, pepper, and some dried herbs of your choice (I’ll probably use some thyme and/or rosemary).

Peel and chop the root veggies and onions into bite size pieces. Regular potatoes take longer to cook than other root veggies, so chop them a bit smaller. Toss with your choice of fat, salt, pepper and herbs (if using). Put into a large uncovered baking dish or roasting pan and bake at 350 for about half an hour (or until done).

My plan is to have it all ready to go, so that when I pull the turkey out to rest, I can drain the pan juices for gravy, put the veggies in the roasting pan and pop it back into the oven.

Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts

This is a super simple, very tasty recipe that’s sure to please.

You’ll need one package of bacon and one can of water chestnuts (find them in the asian food aisle of your grocery store).

Start by preheating the oven to 350 F, and by covering a baking sheet with a piece of aluminium foil (make clean up MUCH easier). Cut the bacon strips in half. Wrap each water chestnut with a piece of bacon and hold in place with a toothpick. Arrange on the baking sheet. Pop it in the oven for about 30 min., or until the bacon looks done. Serve and Enjoy!

Turkey Day Plans

Thanksgiving is actually on Monday… but I’m celebrating on Saturday. I’m not sure why, but Thanksgiving = Turkey. That’s just the way it is. So I have a turkey in the freezer, ready to cook go. It will be my first ever turkey ­čÖé

I am super stoked to cook Thanksgiving dinner. I love the planning, the cooking, and sharing the meal with friends and family… I love pretty much everything except the clean up.

My Turkey Day Dinner (recipes to follow):

We’ll start out with a couple of hors d’oeuvre: bacon wrapped water chestnuts and crackers topped with goat cheese and roasted red peppers. Next will my “house specialty” salad, mixed baby greens topped with cranberries, apples, pecans, goat cheese and a balsamic vinaigrette. The main course will be turkey (of course) with a cranberry-apple-quinoa stuffing and served with roasted root veggies and something green (beans? Brussels sprouts? peas?). And dessert is still to be determined. I plan to wash it all down with a wonderful rose from JoieFarm.

I’m starting to drool thinking about it…

Weight Loss Update: One Week In

This morning, the scale read 134.8 lbs, 0.4 lbs shy of my one week target.

Uh Oh.

That means that I will need to lose a full two pounds over the next week to get back on track… And Thanksgiving is this weekend. Deep breath. I can do it.

This past week was a bit of a strange week. Monday night my neck went into spasm… so my plans to work out flew out the window and were replaced with physio appointments and as little movement as possible for a few days. Wednesday was my birthday, so I celebrated with wine and cheese and charcuterie. Saturday was a day of unplanned goodies. On Sunday I went out for my birthday dinner, enjoyed a few glasses of wine and a wonderful 3 course dinner (including dessert!). And yesterday was a bitch of a day, that I capped off with a scotch and soda.

But hey, I still lost 1.2 lbs!

But I can work out again. And I have absolutely no intention of indulging on any day except an pre-planned indulgence day. Which is Saturday. Turkey day. My day to enjoy some wine and cheese. And dessert. Maybe. If I can find (or get around to baking) something sweetened with honey or maple syrup or coconut sugar. Dammit, not eating sugar makes it hard to figure out dessert.

I was a BAD Girl…

I deserve a spanking…

This weekend I ate grains and cheese on a non-indulgance day… a chocolate bar… plus both deep-fried vegetable chips AND desert with my birthday dinner. So much for my intention of eating only meat and vegetables (with a bit of fruit and nuts).

I forgive myself though.

The grains on Saturday was due to my excitement of finding a local gluten-free bakery (My Goodness!) I indulges in s piece of cornbread, and a bun for my burger that evening… The first burger in a bun that I’ve had in about 2 years… The corn bread (and the cookies that my boyfriend got) was great. I realized though that I don’t really miss buns with my burgers though. The cheese was simply because I walked past the local cheese shop (Benton Brothers, amazing shop btw) and decided that my burger would taste better if I turned it into a blue cheese burger. It was.

The chocolate bar I have no excuse for.

Tonight my boyfriend and I went out for my birthday dinner. We were supposed to go out last weekend (before I started my healthy and weight loss diet) but things came up and we couldn’t. So my birthday dinner got postponed. Anyways, We’d already planned on going out to this great little latin restaurant (Baru) and I already knew what I wanted to eat. So I indulged. For starters, we shared the latin chips (yams, cassava and plantains served with three different salsas) and I enjoyed a champagnito (think a mojito made with champagne instead of rum and soda). Absolutely delicious. My main course was steak served with potatoes, beets and a smoky corn salsa and savoured with a glass (or rather two) of red wine. And what is a birthday dinner without dessert? We shared a mango creme brule and a glass of ice wine… Yum. A thoroughly enjoyable and wonderful birthday dinner.