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Wow today you are lucky!  You get 4 recipes in one blog post to make one complete meal.  🙂

This morning, we woke up hungry.  We don’t have a ton of super easy to make food in the house, but I really wanted breakfast.  We didn’t have any milk, so I decided to find a nice fluffy pancake recipe.  I found an easy recipe with only ingredients we have in the house.  I realized half way through my plans that we don’t have syrup.  So,I started this plan what I wanted to put on top of my pancakes first.  I decided a strawberry applesauce would be nice.

Now, Jeremy loves over easy eggs, but because I don’t eat eggs, I have only ever learned to make them scrambled.  So Jeremy quickly read some internet directions on how to make them, and I did my best.  I put some oil in a non stick pan, and I think they actually came out perfectly.  I didn’t break the yoke, and they got flipped over and transferred to the plate.  They were not super pretty, but I didn’t break the yokes!  YAY ME!  hehe

Because I don’t eat eggs, I had to come up with some kind of protein for me.  I didn’t just want a chicken breast, as that is boring for breakfast, but have not had much luck making sausage that will stay in patties if I grind the meat myself.  I have a Ninja food processor/blender system, and in the past I have tried making sausage patties by pulsing raw chicken and adding spices, but they never hold together.  Today I was wondering how to change this because grinding meat in a food processor just does not work the same as having meat ground in a meat grinder.  Well I remembered my friend Nellena telling me to add a little flour as a binder to my potato cakes the last time she came over, and I wondered if that would work as binder for meat as well.  I pulsed them ingredients until it looked like it would hold together, and put the meat in the fridge for about 10 minutes while the fruit was still cooking down to let it rest, and let the gluten work and bind.  The flour worked!  I was so stoked!  Today I actually had sausage patties.  YAY!  Two total firsts in one meal!

The pancakes were simple, but I noticed that there was more baking powder than I was used to, and because of that I think the pancakes were extremely fluffy.  I wish I would have got a better picture, or a pic with my first over easy attempt, but this is what I got before the food was devoured.  I had fun cooking it all, but the best part was that it tastes AMAZING!!!!!

Pancakes:

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 TBSP. oil or butter or margarine
1/2 tsp. salt
4 tsp. baking powder
2 TBSP. sugar (I used 2 TBSP Stevia in the Raw instead)
2 cups water
2 eggs

Mix wet ingredients together. Mix dry ingredients together in different bowl. Combine the two bowls and stir with hand or a stand mixer.  I have a new kitchen aid, and am getting all of the use of out it I can. Get all of the lumps out! Let batter rest for 5 minutes. and put some oil in the pan.  Fry the pancakes, flipping when it is full of bubbles.  These turn out a little heavy, but very thick and fluffy.  I usually hate pancakes, and I LOVE these!

Fruit topping:

3 apples

10 frozen strawberries

4 tablespoons of stevia in the raw (or sugar)

water

Vanilla

Cinnamon

Peel, core, and dice three apples.  Place them in a small pot and cover them with water.  Put in the strawberries and turn the burner on high.  They need to break down, and I kept them on a rolling boil to break down the apples a bit faster than usual. Remember to stir every few minutes so the bottom does not burn. I added the a few shakes of cinnamon, and 1/8th teaspoon vanilla, and a pinch of salt as well as the stevia.  Add more water if necessary until the fruit is cooked and broken down to your liking.  After the apples are soft,  throw about 1/2 of the mixture into the blender to break it down a bit faster if you like (or use an immersion blender), but cooking for a few hours will achieve the same effect…basically making a quick strawberry apple sauce.  Taste, add more stevia if necessary.  Serve on top of pancakes and pour melted butter either on pancakes or on top of topping…Delicious!

Sausage:

1/2 boneless skinless chicken breast

1 tablespoon garlic powder

1 tablespoon onion powder

a few sprinkles of sage

4 tablespoons of flour

Pulse all of the ingredients in a food processor until meat is broken down and starts sticking to itself.  In a Ninja, that takes 10 pulses or less.  Be careful not to liquify or puree the meat.  You want a little texture.  Let it rest in the fridge for 5-10 minutes to let the flour do it’s job.  Next, make patties, and throw them in a frying pan with just a little oil.  Next time I will throw a little more seasoning in them, and maybe just a touch of oil to make sure they don’t dry out.  Make sure they are cooked all the way through and serve. These are oh so good!

And I guess the last recipe is over easy eggs, but you can find directions for that anywhere… 🙂

 

Chicken Sausage Cabbage Rolls

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I was going through my Omnitrition Drops cookbook today, and it mentioned sausage…it sounded good.  I got some cabbage the other day and have been meaning to make cabbage rolls, so this sounded perfect.

First problem, no ground chicken:  Solved, I made my own.  I had three thawed chicken breasts (about 24 oz) and I put them into a food processor with hot smoked paprika, rosemary, parsley, and oregano and pulsed until it was ground.  When that was done, I took it out and pulsed the onion and garlic.  then I mixed them together.

Next I sliced up 16 oz of cabbage, tomato, celery, and onion.

I cooked 16 oz of the sausage up with the veggies until the chicken and veggies were all cooked and added one tablespoon of tomato paste.

I took the outer leaves off of the head of cabbage, and one by one boiled them.  Each was in there for no more than two minutes.  When the leaves got pliable they were removed and placed on paper towels to dry.

Next I weighed the sausage and veggie mix.  I divided that by 4, and then weighed out 4 servings.  I took one serving and wrapped it up in one leaf.  This made four full cabbage rolls.

Somehow, the sausage turned out a bit sweet, but a drizzle of Franks Original Red Hot was the perfect compliment!

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Chicken Nugets

Franks light

I will work on a better photo tomorrow!

My husband recently got a new job.  He does not have time to sit down and eat lunch every day, and really needs a grab and go style meal that is easy to eat while driving.  This is rather difficult on the HCG diet, because even if you are going low carbs, you could usually make a wrap sandwich with a tortilla at least.  He cannot have tortillas so time to get creative!

I am on a support page for all Omnitrition products, but it often is used for support the HCG plan.  I asked for suggestions on grab and go meals and the only thing I really got were a few suggestions for chicken strips or chicken nuggets.  Today I decided to try the chicken nuggets.  They were surprisingly easy, and really good!

First I turned the oven on 400 and let it pre-heat.

I used what Jeremy uses for salad dressing as the chicken dip, which is really simple to make.  The recipe is below.

I took 2 wasa crackers (I used light rye) and put it in the food processor with some onion powder, garlic powder and oregano and created bread crumbs for the breading.

I thawed out a chicken breast and weighed out 4 oz.  Once i had the correct amount, I cut them into 6 nuggets.  I next dipped the nuggets in the dressing mixture and then coated them one by one in the wasa crackers, placing them on a baking sheet when I was finished.

Next is super simple…put them in the oven for 20 minutes.  Pull them out and if you are serving immediately, use a spatula to carefully get them up off the pan without scraping off the breading.    I am serving the nuggets with Franks Red Hot Original as dipping sauce.

The nuggets are deliciously tangy.  Even though they are baked, they are packed with flavor and very easy to grab and go I hope!  I don’t even miss the oil from fried nuggets. 🙂

Serve with some cool cucumber spears to cool your mouth a bit and enjoy!

Salad dressing/dipping sauce:

1 tablespoon Franks Red Hot Original

1 1/2 tablespoon Yellow mustard

splash of Apple Cider Vinegar

Nuggets

4 oz chicken breast

salad dressing above

2 wasa crackers

onion powder, oregano, garlic powder and/or other seasonings to taste

Franks Red Hot for dipping

Miracle Fettuccine ????

 

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I got some miracle noodles in my last batch from Iherb.com, and they were herb and garlic fettuccine noodles.  So tonight, I tried to make fettuccine alfredo with them.  I used three packages of Miracle Noodles, and made an awesome almond milk Alfredo sauce.

The first thing I did was cook up two chicken breasts in a little olive oil and butter.  Once they were crusty and golden brown, I removed them from the pan, and put in one sliced white onion and some garlic.  I sliced up the chicken, and threw it back into the pan.  Next I added 5 cups of homemade almond milk.  I let it simmer for 10 minutes or so until the sauce started thickening up.  I rinsed off about a cup of marinated/rinsed and chopped artichoke hearts.  I added about 1/3  cup of grated parmasan cheese, and salt, pepper, oregano, thyme, and parsley to taste.

I opened and rinsed the noodles under hot water, and sprinkled a tablespoon of flour into the sauce just to get it a little thicker.  Then I put the noodles into the sauce, and let it simmer for a minute. I flavored with a little chicken bouillon and it was perfect!

I was looking forward to trying this, although had a  little trepidation because I was not sure if the texture of this noodle would really hold up to a cream sauce.  It turns out that the trepidation was well founded, as the texture was really really off, and I found myself craving starchy noodly goodness!

SO, my experiment didn’t work  as I had hoped.  The sauce is amazing, but not with the particular noodles that I made.  In fact, for lunch tomorrow, I am going to make some pasta for lunch tomorrow and make another batch of the sauce.

3 packages of Herb and Garlic Miracle Noodles (My suggestion is skip these and use a nice whole wheat pasta or even make your own)

5 cups almond milk

1 large onion

2 chicken breasts

2 tablespoons of crushed garlic (more or less to taste)

1 1/2 cups of marintated (or any kind) artichoke hearts

salt, pepper, oregano, thyme, and parsley to taste

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 tablespoon butter

First cook the chicken in the oil and butter until it is golden brown and crusty on both sides.  Then take it out and while it is resting, slice up one large onion and toss it in the pan with the left over oil.  Slice up the chicken and add it back to the pan.  Pour in all of the almond milk, and simmer until reduced by 1/3 to 1/2 stirring every few minutes and scraping the bottom of the pan.  sprinkle a teaspoon of flour in at a time until it begins to thicken I didn’t use more than a tablespoon.  Grate in parmasan cheese, and continue stirring.  Also add the artichoke hearts, and let cook for just a few minutes.  Once the sauce is done, add the noodles into the pan.  Once they are all mixed together you can serve.

The sauce is so easy, and on real noodles it tastes amazing.  However, this meal was very low in carbs and had lots of protein in it.  I have not figured out the WW numbers, but this honestly can’t be too bad!

Clean the Cupboards Chicken Chili

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Okay, so honestly, I did go to the store and buy all the cans of food I used in my chili, but I spent less money on this meal that will stretch throughout the week than I would have trying to cook meals throughout the week, and my goal was to use as many foods already in my cupboards as possible.  I don’t like that so many of the ingredients were out of a can, especially the tomatoes, but I am rather sick right now, and expending the energy to actually cook the chili from scratch was beyond my grasp last night.  Not to mention that because I didn’t start it earlier in the day, and didn’t use the slow cooker, I needed pre-cooked ingredients to get the chili going in less than 5 hours.

This meal is kind of ironic, because in the states, I never really cooked with beans, but when I got to Korea, and found out they were difficult to get, I actually started craving them.  The first care package from my mom had beans in it, and it actually got caught up in agricultural customs through Fedex or UPS for almost a week because of the beans.

When my local E-mart started carrying beans, and even better black beans in cans, I was so excited!  I have learned to use them pretty well since.  I make killer non re-fried beans, and some pretty good chili!  So last night I was pretty confident I could make a huge pot of chili.  We are a bit strapped for cash at the moment because we have to pay for my husband’s plane ticket home in March, so we need  a few cheaper meals that can stretch throughout the week.  This is the first one, and I am going to use it to make the second one later today.

3 cans of S&W Stewed diced tomatoes with Jalapenos

1 can diced reduced sodium Stewed tomatoes

1/4 cup pickled jalapenos

3 cans of beans, various kinds (I used one can of black beans, one can of kidney beans, and one can of Pinto “Chili” Beans

1 Korean red pepper

1/2 cup of sharp cheddar

a dollop of sour cream (optional but good…I didn’t have any 😦 )

1  can of corn

1 can of tomato paste

2 onions

1-2 tablespoons of pulverized garlic.

4 small chicken breasts

Put all the cans of tomatoes into the pot.  Rinse the black and kidney beans, and add them to the pot.  I put the whole can of “chili” beans into the pot cause they were flavored and I wanted a little starch to help thicken the chili.  I basically put in all of the ingredients into the pot, and let it cook for an hour.  I put four chicken breasts in the pot, and let them cook with the chili, and close to the end, I pulled them out and chopped them up.  I sliced the Korean pepper in half length wise, and took out the seeds.  I pulled it out before serving though.

While the chili was cooking, I baked some jalapeno cheddar corn bread according to the recipe at grouprecipes.com.  I followed the recipe exactly except for a few things…I made my own buttermilk by juicing a lemon, and using a tablespoon of the juice in a cup.  Then I filled the rest of the cup with milk.  I let it sit five minutes, and then used it in the recipe.  Also, I ground up my corn in a spice grinder, and used a little more corn than the recipe suggested.  Then I mixed it by hand with the other wet ingredients.  Other than that I followed the recipe.  It turned out good for the most part, and I have to admit, it tasted better the next day.  However, I used a pan that was a bit small and it was difficult to get the middle done.

Once the bread was done, I served up the chili, and bread together.  I sprinkled some sharp cheddar over the top, and if you have sour cream, that would be good too.  I didn’t need any chili powder, or any other seasonings to make it work…It had some spice, and because of so much tomato paste, it was very thick and hearty

Pho Real!

My favorite food since middle school is Pho (pronounced Fuh).  Pho is Vietnamese Beef Noodle Soup.  My sister had a baby when I was in middle school.  She lived with her in-laws, who were from Laos.  Every time we came over, the family made pho.  It was sooooooooo good!  I loved it each and every time, and I remember the first time I had it, I experienced cilantro.  I had never tired it before, and now it is one of favorite herbs.  For those who are from countries other than America, cilantro is what we call the plant form of coriander.  We call coriander the seeds of cilantro.  they have two different tastes, so we classify them differently.

I have always known pho from that standpoint, from my sister’s in-laws.  She and they always told me that it was Vietnamese beef noodle soup.  Well, when I moved to Korea, I was introduced to chicken pho.  I didn’t know that pho could get any better than beef noodle soup, but it turns out that chicken noodle soup is even better!

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This past week I discovered konjac noodles.  In America they are mostly known as Miracle Noodles or Shirataki noodles.  They are not approved on Phase 2 of the Omni HCG diet, but I have done some research online saying that it is approved as a freebie food for other HCG diets.  So, I decided to try them.  They are very filling. I cooked a few things with them this week, or added them to other meals just to make them more filling, but 2 days ago, I got the idea that they would make the perfect pho noodles!  I did change it up a bit, as I used chicken instead of beef, and it turned out AMAZING!

First, I boiled 5 chicken bouillon cubes with a pot of water, and three chicken breasts.  I boiled it and added garlic, while peeling and slicing 2 onions.  Once the chicken was done, I shredded it, and then I flame roasted the onions

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I roasted it on both sides just until charred.  I used two onions and roasted both of them that way.

I got some of the char off, and added it to the broth.

Next I added some garlic (maybe a tablespoon or two), and powdered ginger to taste.  I also added a sprinkle of cinnamon, as one of the recipes I referenced suggested throwing in a cinnamon stick.  I figured since I have ginger in there, it couldn’t hurt.

I  let the soup continue boiling while I prepared the noodles. The noodles are found in the refrigerator section and are packed in water.

DSC01841To prepare the noodles, you cut the bag open, and rinse the noodles off in hot water.

DSC01842Next I use kitchen sheers to cut them up, as the noodles are quite long.

DSC01843The next step is to wash and slice up some green onions and wash up some bean sprouts and cilantro.  I didn’t have any fresh, so I added a little dried cilantro to the soup to extract as much flavor as I could.

Next up, add a little more ginger or garlic powder to taste, and you may want some salt and pepper if you prefer.

Next serve up some noodles, and make sure there is a lot of broth in a bowl.  Once you are all served up, put the sprouts and green onions over the top.  This is where you add the fresh cilantro if you have it.

Pho tends to be a bit sweet and spicy, so if you are on weight watchers, you can add some hoisin sauce, and some sriracha sauce for very little points.  If you are hcg, you can add a few small pinches of stevia, and some Franks Red Hot sauce (the approved hot sauce).  I honestly used tobacco  cause it is what I have now.

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Each bowl is about 7 Weight Watchers points, and for HCG I have no idea how to measure it, but everything except maybe the noodles are approved.

Hamburger a la Lettuce

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Okay, today is the first day that I have actually used lettuce as a bun…ever!  I will admit, after a few days this diet is getting easier, but I still want a nice chunk of cheese or something!

I woke up today and lost another several lbs, now having lost 10.4 lbs since Wednesday (It is now Saturday).  I am shocked!  I have been living on hamburger for the past few days, and finally cooked up the rest today before it goes bad.  I mixed about 400 grams of ground beef, and also threw in a little rosemary, and parsley.  I mixed it all together and measured out three 112 gram servings (4 oz each), and then made a small little patty with the rest and cooked it up.  Then I oven roasted 1 oz. of sliced onions and 2 oz of sliced tomatoes in the oven with a sprinkle of lemon vinegar.

I actually put too much vinegar on, and the onions are difficult to eat, although the vinegar really complements the tomatoes.

When the veggies were done I put some mustard on the burger and wrapped it up in lettuce.  Easy and fairly quick meal.  🙂