Tag Archives: diet

Ginger Pumpkin Chowder

8 Nov

gingerpumpkinchowder001If there is one thing that we all have no shortage of in the months between Halloween and Christmas, it’s probably a variety of leftover winter squashes.  Got an extra cup or two of cooked pumpkin left over from that pie?  Some acorn or butternut squash that didn’t fit in the pan? Tired of cloying sweets and heavy, creamy soups?  Feeling anxious about the upcoming months of rolling away from holiday tables, or trying to cook to accommodate a vegan or vegetarian at the table?  Here is a warming, satisfying meat and dairy-free soup that tastes like the harvest season, in a bowl.

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Chickpea Falafel

19 Sep

It’s been an eventful few days!  Yesterday alone, my cable internet quit working, my computer was threatening issues with the motherboard, and my phone seemed determined to thwart me at every turn.  Whatever ill-fated star was passing over the realm of electronics yesterday, however, seems to have gone on its way today.  I’m hoping.  Anyway, I’m back, and I’ve even found the time to share a new recipe.  (Though I’ve also discovered that if I continue to cook at the rate I started, I rapidly overreach the limited confines of my fridge and freezer.  The woes of cooking for one person.)

At any rate, I’ve been on a quest for foods that can be made in batches and prepared in advance for use in lunches or dinners during the week, when I have less spare time and a diet to keep in mind.  I’ve been craving falafel for a couple of weeks, and only whetted my appetite when I ate some last weekend, so I figured it was time to bite the bullet and experiment with recipes until I found something that worked.  My chickpeas were soaking, of course, when the internet and then my computer decided to take a vacation, leaving me with a lot of free time, a few sketchily-remembered details from the recipes I’d glanced at, and a heap of frustration.

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Fake It ‘Til You Make It Chana Masala

29 Aug

If you want to know how about 90% of my meal planning goes, here’s the answer:

“What do I have in my fridge right now?”

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Monday mornings…

27 Aug

So, I had a whole list of Things I was Going to Do on Monday. I planned it all weekend.

These lofty goals included: cooking my favorite Moroccan chickpea soup, whipping up another batch of my new favorite sauce, redoing my manicure, vacuuming, washing my laundry, dressing like a competent adult, going to work, coming home at 9 on the dot, exercising for 45 minutes, fixing a healthy salad, and sleeping at a rational hour.

I managed to go to work, at least?

Instead of all the rest, I took a picture of my breakfast and tried very hard to feel accomplished about it.  My breakfast, mind you, was a couple of fried eggs, some black beans (from a can) heated up in the same pan with herb salt and red pepper, and some salsa (from a jar) spooned over it all.  Basically just huevos rancheros without the tortilla.  It was delicious, at least? And an entirely valid cooking choice on One of Those Days.

Anyway, since there is apparently a typhoon with the approximate dimensions of France sailing in tomorrow to hang about for a couple of days, and my office may or may not close, perhaps I’ll have some free time to do the other things.  You know, if we don’t lose power, in which case I may just end up rocking back and forth sadly and pushing unresponsive keyboard buttons until it returns.

Drunken Dog-days Chicken

22 Aug

In Korea, there’s a dish that’s traditionally eaten during the three hottest “dog days” of summer.  It’s called samgyetang (삼계탕), which translates literally to ‘ginseng chicken soup’.  Lots of people swear by it, and I’ve eaten it and cooked it a few times, but never was quite sold on the taste.  However, when I found a recipe for a delicious garlic chicken stove-top dish (from SmittenKitchen), looked at the miserable, hot, rainy weather outside my window, and thought about it for a moment, I knew exactly what I wanted to do.

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Frittata Koreana

20 Aug

Before I started this low-carb diet, my typical breakfast was a habit I acquired in childhood from weekend morning indulgences and stuck to almost religiously once I was old enough to possess a convenient grater of my own.  Hashbrown potatoes and fried eggs, rain or shine.  The diet, of course, said NO potatoes, which was tragic and hard for me to adjust to, but I’ve made a few new habits in the past 3 months (and at 25 lbs down and counting, I have to say it’s working for me!)

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Salad with an Attitude

16 Aug

Most people seem to get into the habit of thinking of salad as an afterthought, some vaguely nutritious green filler to cover a bare patch of plate.  I hate that kind of salad.  You know, the three limp pieces of romaine or iceberg smeared with some sort of dressing and a few slivers of carrot that you find awkwardly arranged in a bowl before you can get to the real food.  Forget that stuff.  This is a meal in itself. It eliminates sugars and processed carbs, but remains brimming with flavor, color, and texture. And with no meal-break at my job, it’s got to tide me over until I get home for dinner.

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