Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Slacker McSlacksOffALot

So this whole diet thing obviously deserves a giant FAIL. Although I have lost a few pounds lately, it's mostly because I've been working two jobs and eating very sporadically (which is so bad for you!)

Yesterday for example, I had a Slim Fast shake at 10 am, then I started work and didn't eat again until 5 pm when I had some popcorn shrimp.

Get out the weight loss experts: what's that? I'm going to crash and burn and gain 40 pounds if I keep eating like crap? I'm aware.

I have been slowly reducing my carb intake though and eating more salads. It's really hard to eat properly when your schedule is so messed up. Last time I did low-carb I worked a normal 9-5 job and it was SO much easier.

Any tips from anyone on how to get back into the swing of it when I have NO time to prepare good meals ahead of time?

Meanwhile, here's a great wintertime low-carb recipe that I HOPE to make this weekend:

Stuffed Bell Peppers

1 pound ground chicken, beef or turkey
1/4 cup butter, softened
pinch each (1/4 tsp) of pepper, cumin & cayenne
1/2 tsp each of salt & oregano
1 can crushed tomatoes
1 medium onion, chopped and sauteed
Large handful of mushrooms, sliced (can also be sauteed with onions)
1 can of diced green chilies
4 bell peppers (your choice of color), tops sliced off & seeds removed
1 cup of shredded cheese (mozza, cheddar or jack are all good)

Mix together meat, butter, spices, tomatoes, onions, mushrooms and chilies
Stuff the bell peppers with the meat mixture
Place upright in a slow-cooker on high for 3 1/2 hours or low for 7 hours
30 minutes before they are finished cooking, sprinkle with cheese
You can also bake these in the oven for an hour at 350 degrees


And here is the easiest, quickest, yummiest homemade tomato soup recipe:

2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 can diced tomatoes
1 cup chicken broth
1 cup heavy cream
Sour cream (garnish, optional)

Melt butter in large saucepan; add onions and saute.
Add tomatoes, chicken broth, and cream
Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes
Pour into a blender or food processor and blend until smooth
Pour into soup bowls and garnish with sour cream