My focus word for 2009 is less.
To keep me on track making steady progress with my word, I plan to post here a time or two each month on something that Im doing to work on my word. This is my first word work post of the new year.
The word less means a lot of things to me. I want to have less of a lot of things in my life this year, but I also want more of others. This first step is about eating habits.
For the first time in awhile, I'm not focusing on a diet. Instead we will be focusing on eating healthy and being healthy this year. Less junk food, less fast food, less processed food.
I just ordered two books from Ellie Krieger and they came this week. I haven't dug into them too deeply yet, but I really like her ideas.
They're simple, pretty straight forward and seem easy to follow.
She divides her foods up into three groups. Those that you usually eat, those you occasionally eat, and those that you seldom eat. I like that nothing is left out, but her focus is just on guiding you toward the healthier foods that should usually comprise your diet.
Im a lifetime WW member so its not that I dont know these things, I'm just tired of the WW message and I need to hear it in a different format, I think. Hopefully Ellie's message will inspire me to make a fresh start this year. So far so good.
One of the books I got was Small Changes: Big Results.
Each of the 12 chapters focuses on three small changes to incorporate. So far I like what Ive read and it seems really doable.
The second book I got was The Food You Crave: Luscious Recipes for a Healthy Life. Here are a few of the recipes I'll be adding to our menu this week.
Macaroni and Four Cheeses
One 16-ounce box elbow macaroni
Two 10-ounce packages frozen pureed winter squash
2 cups low-fat milk
1 1/3 cups grated extra-sharp cheddar cheese (4 ounces)
2/3 cup grated Monterey Jack cheese (2 ounces)
1/2 cup part-skim ricotta cheeses
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 tablespoons plain dry bread crumbs
2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon olive oil
Preheat the oven to 375°F.
Coat a 9 x 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
Cook the macaroni according the package directions. Drain and transfer to the prepared baking dish.
Meanwhile, place the frozen squash and milk in a large saucepan and cook over low heat, stirring occasionally and breaking up the squash with a spoon until it is defrosted. Turn the heat up to medium and cook until the mixture is almost simmering, stirring occasionally. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the cheddar, Jack cheese, ricotta, salt, mustard, and cayenne. Pour this mixture over the macaroni and stir to combine.
Combine the bread crumbs, Parmesan, and oil in a small bowl. Sprinkle over the top of the macaroni and cheese. Bake until the cheeses are bubbling around the edges, about 20 minutes, then broil for 3 minutes so the top is crisp and nicely browned.
Makes 8 servingsServing size: 2 cups
Per Serving: Calories 390; Total fat 11g (Sat fat 6g, Mono fat 1g, Poly fat 0.5g); Protein 18g; Carb 56g; Fiber 3.5g; Cholesterol 35mg; Sodium 547mg
Excellent source of: calcium, folate, manganese, niacin selenium, thiamin, vitamin AGood source of: fiber, iron, phosphorus, riboflavin
Mom’s Turkey Meatloaf
3/4 cup quick-cooking oats
1/2 cup nonfat milk
1 medium onion, peeled
2 pounds ground turkey breast
1/2 cup seeded and chopped red bell pepper (1/2 medium pepper)
2 large eggs, beaten
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup ketchup
1/2 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground black pepper
One 8-ounce can no-salt-added tomato sauce
Preheat the oven to 350°F.
In a small bowl, stir together the oats and milk and allow to soak while you get the rest of the ingredients together, at least 3 minutes.
Thinly slice one-quarter of the onion into rings and set aside. Finely chop the rest of the onion. In a large bowl, combine the turkey, oatmeal mixture, chopped onion, bell pepper, eggs, Worcestershire, ketchup, salt, and a few grinds of pepper. Mix just until well combined.
Transfer the mixture to a 9 x 13-inch baking dish and shape into a loaf about 5 inches wide and 2 inches high. Pour the tomato sauce over the meatloaf and sprinkle with the sliced onions.
Bake until an instant-read meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part registers 160°F, about 1 hour. Remove from the oven and let rest for 10 to 15 minutes before slicing.
Makes 8 servings Serving size: one 1-inch-thick slice
Per Serving: Calories 205; Total fat 3.5g (Sat fat 0.5g, Mono fat 0.5g, Poly fat 0g); Protein 32g; Carb 13g; Fiber 2g; Cholesterol 98mg; Sodium 490mg