Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Friday, September 25, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
2 tablespoons canola or olive oil
2 onions, chopped
4 cloves garlic, crushed
2 lbs. ground meat (lean beef, pork, turkey, veal, or a mix)
2 tablespoons chili powder
2 tablespoons ground cumin
1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon allspice
1 teaspoon salt
1 packet Splenda or 2 teaspoons sugar
14.5 oz. can chopped tomatoes
12 oz. tomato paste
14.5 oz. can beef broth
1 bottle light beer (Shiner Lite tastes great!)
1 tablespoon Louisiana hot sauce
1. Heat the oil in a large soup pot. Add onions and saute 'til soft. Add garlic and let heat 'til fragrant, about 2 minutes. DO NOT BURN THE GARLIC. Add the meat and sautee until browned and crumbled.
2. Blend all the spices in a small bowl. Add to pot and stir well, about 1 minute.
3. Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, hot sauce, and beef broth to the pot. Stir well.
4. Crack open the beer and take a sip for luck. Poor the rest into the pot and stir well.
5. Bring to a boil, then turn the heat to low so the pot has a gentle simmer. SIMMER FOR AT LEAST 2 HOURS. Do not skimp on the simmer. Just as rest time is the magic time when you build your strength, simmering is the magic time when the flavors meld.
This recipe makes 6 3-protein-block servings of 1 and 1/3 cups each. You can make that into 8 servings of 1 cup each and eat it with 1 oz. of reduced-fat shredded cheese on top to make up the extra protein. That will also add 1-2 Weight Watchers points, depending on what kind of cheese you choose.
Add healthy carbs with a whole-grain tortilla alongside... or toss a 1/4 cup of your favorite legume (pinto, kidney, or black beans; chick peas) into each serving. Adds 1 carb block or 1 Weight Watchers point.
Add healthy fats with some chopped black olives, green olives, or avocado slices.
Add more veggies by serving over a bed of cooked spaghetti squash, grated zucchini, or baby spinach leaves.
Monday, September 21, 2009
Cold and flu season is upon us. I have always thought it better to be proactive and preventative rather than spend the next few months in the doctor's office taking unnecessary antibiotics.
- avoid sugars, sweets, candies, cookies, etc.- sugar impairs your immune system
- avoid stress
- get plenty of sleep
- frequent handwashing (duh)
Saturday, September 19, 2009
"Look around at all the great accomplishments in your world. Each one, from the most simple to the most complex, was completed one step at a time.
An ambitious goal is nothing more than the joining together of many smaller goals. The small results may not seem like much, yet they are absolutely essential.
For it is upon those small results that the big results are built. And in that fact is a wonderful world of outstanding possibilities.
Do not back away from ambitious goals. Instead, look within them and break them down into small, easily manageable components.
Complex, massive success is nothing more than small, simple success carried out again and again with commitment and focus. As such, no goal is out of reach when you are willing to invest patience and persistence.
Choose your goals based not on how difficult you perceive them to be, but on how much they truly mean to you. When you're fully committed to every little step, anything can be yours."
-- Ralph Marston www.Greatday.com
Monday, September 14, 2009
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Justin's squeezable Nut Butter packets = yum. Just ask Jen :)
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
No Child Left Behind...