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Freezer Breakfast Bowls – Cooking in Bulk February 22, 2015

Filed under: Breakfast — Low Carb Jabberwockey @ 11:58 pm
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Freezer Breakfast Bowl

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We finally got a breather this weekend and are not traveling to any fencing tournaments, so it’s time to catch up on some freezer breakfasts for my kiddo!  These can be popped straight from the freezer to microwave, or you can pull one out the night before and let it thaw a little before microwaving.  Either way it makes for an easier morning if your teenager is slow to get moving before school, and this is far more filling than a bowl of cereal.

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COST.  Recently a friend and I were discussing monthly food budgets. She is feeding two adults, two teenage boys, and one teenage girl on a very tight budget. As a result of this conversation I have started paying more attention to the cost of my meals.  Here is the breakdown (none of my items were on sale, and I did not shop at a superstore):

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Potatoes               $ 2.99
Eggs                      $ 2.68
Chicken Sasuage $ 4.99
Green onions       $  .69
Red bell pepper  $ 1.50
Cheddar               $ 1.25
+ ——
$14.10

So, for 12 servings, that works out to $1.17 per serving.  To save some $$ on this dish, you could omit the sausage, and use 6 more eggs instead.

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Country Scramble Breakfast Bowls

5 lb Red potatoes
18 eggs
1 lb Chicken Sausage
8 green onions, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced finely
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
1 Tbsp olive oil
Kosher salt and cracked black pepper

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Preheat oven to 375 F.

Dice potatoes into 1 inch cubes. No need to peel! Spread evenly on two baking sheets. Drizzle with olive oil, add salt and pepper to taste. Roast for about 25 minutes. Turn potatoes halfway through using a spatuala, and if your oven cooks unevenly like mine, swap pans on the racks.

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Meanwhile, cook the sausage and red bell pepper together. Remove to a large bowl.

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Scramble the eggs, and cook over medium heat. Remove eggs to the bowl with the sausage. Add the diced green onions, and mix well.

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Time to assemble!

Add about 1 cup potatoes to 12 freezer containers.
Top potatoes with about 3/4 cup of egg/sausage/veggie mixture.
Sprinkle each one with a little cheddar cheese.
FREEZE!

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Nutrition Information

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Weeknight “One Pot” Chicken Dinner (Well – Really one pan) November 15, 2014

Filed under: Dinner — Low Carb Jabberwockey @ 6:02 pm
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One pot chicken dinner

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Prep time is less than 5 minutes!

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Weeknight “One Pot” Chicken Dinner
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4 medium red skin potatoes, cubed
Green beans
“Baby mushrooms”
5 chicken thighs
Olive oil
Salt
Pepper
Garlic powder
Paprika
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Arrange chicken, potatoes and veggies on a large sheet pan.  Drizzle it all with olive oil.

Season everyting with salt, pepper and garlic powder.  Season just the chicken with paprika.

Cook at 375 F for 45 minutes. Great family meal — to keep it low carb for myself, I just skip the taters.

One pot chicken dinner

 

Perfect Poached Eggs August 24, 2014

Filed under: 21 Day Fix,Back to Basics,Breakfast — Low Carb Jabberwockey @ 4:34 pm
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Perfect Poached Eggs

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Poached Eggs.  How hard can it be ?

Well, if you are fussy about the perfect consistency of the yolk, it can be hard !  For me, I like it to be like a nice thick gravy – and since it’s been a while since I made poached eggs, it took me a couple of tries to get the time right.  By the way, that yolk was not Photoshopped!  We have chickens (I call them “my girls”), and I had been feeding them a little more corn than usual, which contributes to a fabulous orange colored yolk.

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Perfect Poached Eggs and Turkey Bacon
2 slices turkey bacon
1 egg
1/2 tsp. vinegar
Kosher salt and cracked black pepper

Bring 1 cup of water up to boiling.  Turn down the heat a touch so the water is just barely bubbling.  Add vinegar.  Crack an egg into a small bowl or cup.  Gently slide it into the water.  Cook for exactly 4 minutes!  Sometimes I find after about 3 minutes that the top of the egg needs a little more cook time so I gently roll it over with a large spoon.

While the egg is cooking, toss the turkey bacon into a non-stick pan and brown both sides.

When the egg is done take it out of the water with a slotted spoon to a folded paper towel, roll it over to “dry” both sides.

 

Asian Citrus Shrimp Skewers with Veggies August 17, 2014

Filed under: 21 Day Fix — Low Carb Jabberwockey @ 10:07 pm
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Asian Citrus Shrimp Skewers

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1 Red 2 Greens 1 Orange 1 Blue 21 Day Fix teaspoon 2 teaspoons

Asian Citrus Shrimp Skewers with Veggies

(Shrimp)
12 medium shrimp
2 Tbsp Asian Citrus Vinagrette
1 tsp olive oil

(Veggies)
1 cup broccoli
1/4 cup diced carrots
1/2 cup cherry tomaties, quartered
1 Tbsp onion
1 Tbsp diced red bell pepper
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp olive oil
1/4 cup chopped walnuts

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Heat a non stick pan to medium high heat and toast the walnuts for a minute or two.

Marinade the shrimp with Vinagrette and 1 tsp ollive oil in a small bowl for 5 minutes. Grill for about 2 minutes on each side.

Over medium high heat add 1 tsp. olive oil, broccoli, carrots, onion, bell pepper, garlic to a non stick pan.  Pour leftover marinade over the top.  Sautee for 2-3 minutes.  Take off the heat and add tomatoes.

Serve the skewer over the top of the veggies and sprinkle with toasted walnuts.

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Asian Citrus Shrimp Skewers

 

 

 

Asian Citrus Vinaigrette

Filed under: 21 Day Fix — Low Carb Jabberwockey @ 9:07 pm
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Asian Citrus Vinaigrette.

1 Orange

Asian Citrus Vinaigrette

1/4 cup orange juice
1/4 cup rice vinegar
2 Tbsp reduced sodium soy sauce
2 tsp honey
1/2 inch of peeled ginger, minced
1/4 cup sesame oil
1/8 tsp red pepper flakes

Combine all ingredients, whisk, or put in a jar and shake.

 

Recipe adapted from 21 Day Fix Eating Plan.

 

Fish Tacos (21 Day Fix)

Filed under: 21 Day Fix,Dinner — Low Carb Jabberwockey @ 6:28 pm
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21 Day Fix - Fish Tacos

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  1 Yellow   1 Red   1 Green 21 Day Fix teaspoon 2 teaspoons

Fish Tacos

2 corn Tortillas

3/4 Cup cod, cubed

1 Tbsp plain Greek yogurt

2 tsp olive oil

1 Tbsp lime juice

1/4 tsp chili powder

1/4 tsp cumin

1/4 tsp paprika

Kosher salt and cracked black pepper to taste

Lettuce

Cherry Tomato

In a small bowl whisk the olive oil, lime juice, chili powder, cumin, paprika, salt/pepper.  Add the fish, and let marinade for a couple of minutes.

In the meantime heat a pan, and toast the tortillas over medium high heat.

Add fish and all marinade to a non-stick pan over medium heat, cover and cook for 3 minutes.  Give the fish a stir, cover and cook for 2 more minutes.

Serve on the toasted tortillas, with yogurt, lettuce and tomato.

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21 Day Fix - Fish Tacos

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21 Day Fix - Fish Tacos

 

21 Day Fix – Food Review (trial run) August 16, 2014

Filed under: 21 Day Fix — Low Carb Jabberwockey @ 5:30 pm
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21 Day Fix

Recently, a friend of mine from high school (yes, that was 29 years ago!) posted a fabulous picture of herself on Facebook….I commented that she was INSPIRING!  She challenged me to something called the “21 Day Fix”.  I decided to go for it!  She is a “coach” for a group of 12 of us.

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I ordered the program which is a combination of Exercise (blech), healthy eating, and some kind of shake/smoothie thing (which is a little spendy).  I decided that I would give it all a go for 21 days.  I got my “kit” far in advance of her start day of Sept. 2, so have had time to read through it all and give the food part a trial run (minus the shakes — I am hoarding them, and have been substituting yogurt).  I have not tried the exercise videos yet, but when I do I’ll let you know how difficult they were for a person that has a bad knee and is carrying about 30 extra pounds.  I also need to take my measurements and a start picture which I am dreading a little.

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The food part is great. It’s real food, and healthy. Calculations in the manual show that I am in the 1200 to 1499 calorie range which I know (from past experiences) is “dead-on” for me to lose weight.  On trial day one, I was not hungry at all, and struggled to eat everything.  Crazy, right ?  Now, I will admit I have a few cheats that I must fess up to.

  • 2 or 3 coffees (which is not bad on the plan….BUT….)
  • Heavy cream to go with the coffee
  • Sugar free hazelnut syrup to go with the coffee
  • Salad dressing:  Balsamic Vinaigrette is my own recipe which has added sugar
  • Plan calls for PLAIN Greek yogurt… I find that quite nasty unless subbing for sour cream, so am going with Yoplait lights – once I start the shakes they will end up taking the place of the yogurts.
  • Hot sauce is free, but I substituted salsa

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The food is divided into colored categories, and the kit comes with containers to help you gauge the amounts.

  • Green=Veggies
  • Purple=Fruits
  • Red=Protein
  • Yellow=Carbs
  • Blue=Fats (avocado, nuts, cheeses, etc.)
  • Orange=Fats (dressings, olives, peanuts)
  • An additional 2 teaspoons of oils/peanut butter etc.

Below is my menu for day one, and some (not all) pics of the food.  I think once I create a weeks worth of menus I will try to find some way to post them with embedded pics.  I’m in the 1200-1499 calorie range which gives me 3 greens, 2 purples, 4 reds, 2 yellows, 1 blue, 1 orange and 2 teaspoons (grey).

Menu

21 Day Fix

Breakfast

21 Day Fix

Snack

21 Day FixLunch

21 Day FixDinner

21 Day Fix

 

 
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