I love my new toys!

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Hey Everyone!  I hope you all had a great Christmas – I have had a blast these last couple of days.  Santa was waaaayyy good to me this year (better than I deserved!).  I got lots of fun kitchen stuff like a new can opener, a new electric griddle, stainless steel cookware, and a food processor.  Believe it or not, I’m one of those women who LIKES getting kitchen gadgets for gifts.  What this all means however, is that now I’m going to have to actually start cooking.  Not just heating things up, actual honest to goodness cooking. Sigh.  I am not a good cook – I can bake some mean Christmas goodies, but as far as cooking real food and turning them into real meals, I’m afraid I’m lacking in that department.  I’m not very good at improvising, or throwing things together and having them turn out good (or even edible).  I’ve gotten into a rut as far as meal prep goes, but with all my new appliances, I guess it’s time to learn.  I’ll spending this afternoon searching the internet for some tasty recipes – and if you have any that you think my meat and potatoes family would like, feel free to share. 

The pact…well, I did okay.  Christmas Eve, I was golden.  I had 10 extra people for dinner and I spent the whole day cooking and cleaning, so by the time dinner rolled around, I really wasn’t all that hungry.  I took a little of everything I wanted, and that was that.  I didn’t feel the need to snack and munch my way through the evening and when I weighed myself Christmas morning, Mary Lou applauded me because I had actually lost half a pound!  Then that afternoon, we went to my sister’s house and well, things didn’t go so well on the snackage front.  I snacked…a lot.  I don’t know why but I did.  I drank lots of water to offset some of the sugar and fat I was consuming, but I still over did it, big time.  But oh well, today is a new day, and even though I haven’t started out as stellar as I wanted, I’m still guzzling water and I plan on a work out later this afternoon.  Now if only I could clear a path in my living room (it looks like Santa’s toy shop exploded in it) to make it to my treadmill…

Guess that’s all for now, I’m going to try and stop by some blogs before I get busy shoveling the toys out of the living room.  Have a good weekend!

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6 thoughts on “I love my new toys!

  1. I love getting toys like that too! And you can cook, Jill, you just have to practice. Then the more you do it, the more you will notice the base of some recipes, and then you will be able to start varying them (improvising.) I think for you Roni’s recipes on Green Lite Bites would be good, because she uses real regular food ingredients and cooks for regular people who aren’t so interested in dieting (her husband and toddler.) But there’s an awful lot of good recipes out there in blogland. Just try some. Even though I was a good cook, when I started trying to cook differently, it was like starting all over. And I made a lot of BAD food. But I just threw it out (‘chicken food’) and made something else. And now I am pretty good at ‘improvising’ because I have learned a few basics about what works well together.

  2. Oooohhhhh, here’s my favorite:
    Steam cauliflower until soft. Whip one pound of cauliflower with I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter and a ity bity bit of milk in your NEW food processor, season with salt and pepper, and voila! You have no-carb mashed potatoes.

    Then, steam (or boil) asparagus in low-sodium chicken broth for 15 minutes. Drizzle with olive oil and a pinch of pepper. Yum!

    Finally, use your NEW stainless steel pans and grub garlic into the pan (for flavor). Heat pan with a bit of olive oil and place a thin fillet of chicken breast seasoned with salt and pepper. If you have basil and parsley, sprinkle a bit over the chicken while cooking. Then slowly stir in a can of italian seasoned diced/stewed tomatoes and simmer for 15 minutes.

    Low carb, high protein, sheer fabulousness!

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