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Blog entry by GrandmaT posted 02-09-2010 10:35 AM 5081 reads 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi everyone … this is my first real posting of a recipe I created. I have been seeing the Head of Nutrition at the hospital I am affiliated with and learning lots of information. It has been just a month, so my choices are very limited right now as we try to get my body “in line” ... as I go on, I will have more food added to my “program”. Learning right now that it comes down to really choices you make and portion control; which we all know in our heads. There is nothing you ultimately cannot eat … but just how often and how much are the questions you ask yourself. I lost 11.5 pounds in my first 2 weeks … of course have 40000 more to go … hahahaha!!!! But I’m doing it .. slow and steady … object is not to loose muscle …

Anyway, my diet right now consists of a LOT of vegetables, berries and melons with a 3-4 oz baked or grilled Chicken Breast – 3 -4 times a week. Oh, and the protein shake prescribed by the doctor too … 5 times a day. (unless I am eating Chicken for dinner—than 4).

I came up with a delicious (at least to me) Spaghetti Sauce that incorporates all my vegetables. Talking with Ms. Deb … she said I should share it … so here goes …

OHHHHH, and this is delicious with a 3 to 4 ounce baked Chicken Breast (baked with pepper and paprika) all sliced up into your portion of spahetti sauce for the night. I will bake my chicken each night I am allowed to have it …

In a medium to large soup pot …

2 Tablespoon of Canola Oil …
Heat Canola Oil and then add
1 large White Onion – chopped finely (garlic would be good, but I am allergic to it)
Any kind of mushrooms you like … I overdose on mushrooms cuz I love them
Diced Cauliflower
Diced Broccolli
lots of Bean Spouts
(and any other vegetables you want to throw in there – I sometimes add Cabbage too)

You want to let the vegetables all cook down till they are nice and soft … so a low simmer is good.

After vegetables are nice and soft add to the pot:
2 – 29 oz. cans of tomato sauce – must be all natural – no added salt or sugar
2 – 6 oz cans of tomato paste – again, just be all natural
(you can use your own canned sauce if there are no additives such as salt or sugar)
Basil to taste
and a pinch of Splenda Brown Sugar to taste (breaks the tartness of the tomato)

I let this all simmer for about 45 minutes on a low heat …

Now granted I cannot have noodles at this point, but find the Bean Sprouts act very much like the noodles would.

After cooking, I break this all up into my freezer containers and this way it makes it easy for dinner for me. After cooking Russel his full dinner, I grab “my” dinner, heat it up with a tossed salad and low fat dressing on the side) and we enjoy our separate meals, together.

-- "A beautiful garden is a work of heart" --



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Radicalfarmergal

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posted 02-09-2010 12:20 PM

Bean sprouts as noodles, what a great idea! Bean sprouts grow readily in the kitchen and are a fresh, locally-grown vegetable available even in the middle of a snowy winter. When you move to Arizona, you will have many more choices for fresh vegetables in the winter. Thanks for sharing this recipe. I think I will try it. For my sons, however, I will probably still make the pasta. : )

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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GrandmaT

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posted 02-09-2010 01:22 PM

yah the sprouts add a little interest to the sauce … I do love them, so when I was “emptying the fridge” of veggies figured why not throw them in too. Best idea I have had yet … LOL!!!

Although I must admit, I prefer this with the Chicken Breast added … but enjoy it the other days too (if that makes sense).

And RC, pasta for the kids would be better … they are young and need their starches …

Let me know what ya think …

-- "A beautiful garden is a work of heart" --

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jroot

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posted 02-09-2010 09:12 PM

Sounds good. My wife should try it, as she is on a low salt, low fat diet, and is trying to make me do the same thing. Good thing that I have a secret stash hidden in the garage. LOL

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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GrandmaT

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posted 02-09-2010 10:38 PM

Yah, well our daughter has been kidding my husband about his secret stash of goodies in his workshop … and one day coming into the house with Oreo’s on his breath … LOL!!!!

-- "A beautiful garden is a work of heart" --

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MsDebbieP

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posted 02-10-2010 05:33 AM

haha re: secret stashes :)

as for the recipe – fantastic. Love the bean sprouts idea. Can’t wait to try it.

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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XploreOrganics

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posted 02-10-2010 06:38 AM

Now this recipe is right up my alley…I’m going to have to try this one for sure…I’ll use olive oil and honey instead of Canola and Splenda. I’ll let you know how it turns out. mmmmm.

-- Xploreorganics, 5b Canada, LFD 06-20 http://colorfulcanary.blogspot.com/

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Iris43

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posted 02-10-2010 08:30 AM

I admire your discipline. All of us would benefit from a lower sodium, lower fat diet.

-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'

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posted 02-10-2010 09:31 AM

That sure is a different spin on spagetti GramT.I gotta congratulate you on being able to make Russel a full supper and then make all these healthy things for you.I know how hard that is to do.

-- Bon,Hastings,Ont.....zone 5a....Always room for one more

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GrandmaT

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posted 02-10-2010 09:50 AM

Thanks everyone … this recipe I LOVE and have been “living off” for a couple of weeks now.

Iris and Bon … didn’t really have a choice with getting some of this weight off … it is time. I need to avoid a hip replacement surgery and see if I can get my pain levels consistently down into a reasonable range. It is a win, win situation.

Personally I am aiming for the next time my Arizona daughter sees me her comment will be … “OH MY GAWD MOM … is that YOU!!!” LOL!!!!!

-- "A beautiful garden is a work of heart" --

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Bon

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posted 02-10-2010 09:56 AM

Best of luck to you GramT.Believe me I know what you are going through.I have to lose some weight too because my blood pressure got sky high.I love veggies and healthy stuff so I am trying real hard too.The hardest thing for me was cutting the salt out.I didn’t realise how much I love salt.Darn it why is all the good tasting stuff bad for you? (LOL)

-- Bon,Hastings,Ont.....zone 5a....Always room for one more

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GrandmaT

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posted 02-10-2010 10:00 AM

well Bon when you find out let me know … cuz I agree … LOL!!!!! Me I love the sauces ….. have not been cooking nor adding salt to my/our meals since I was young … so don’t have a taste for “salty things” ... but gravy’s, sauces and MEAT …. my downfalls ….

-- "A beautiful garden is a work of heart" --

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Iris43

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posted 02-10-2010 10:12 AM

GranT, my downfall is just that I love food! LOL I love all the healthy foods- fruit, veggies, whole grains, etc. I gave up salt years ago, and still love food. Not even fond of chocolate or any other kind of candy. Do like nicely done desserts, 8^))< that’s my double chin. LOL

-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'

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MsDebbieP

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posted 02-10-2010 11:14 AM

breads are my downfall. sigh. well, breads and yummy foods, and junk food, and food… ha.

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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GrandmaT

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posted 02-10-2010 04:51 PM

you guys are hilarious!!! Yah, I am with ya … I just love “good” food … not a sweet eater either Iris … rather have a home baked ham … sandwich than chocolate cake. And I know I eat at the wrong time of the day …

Anyway …. I’m on my way … excited and very motivated, as I am beginning to see changes in me already. I’m gonna be one “hot” grandma and not as in “flash” ... hahahaha!!!!!

-- "A beautiful garden is a work of heart" --

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MsDebbieP

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posted 02-10-2010 05:19 PM

haha good one :)

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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Bon

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posted 02-11-2010 09:44 AM

I’m with you GramT.Love gravies and sauces and melted cheese and not that darn yucky tasting low fat cheese either.(lol) I just gotta remember to say no to the second helpings. ha ha ha

-- Bon,Hastings,Ont.....zone 5a....Always room for one more

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