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I went for an early day of  Pilates Class and learned something really great!!! After I started on the menu for the day… I went upstairs to take my shower. And  just for grins, I stepped on the scale. I showed I weighed 164lbs…. I LOST 5 MORE LBS.!!!!!

 Breakfast: 1Tsp Barley Max Powder mixed with Distilled Water

I kind of deviated from the  Mid Morning Juice by changing the required Spinach with Cucumber.

Mid Morning 8oz Carrot, Celery, Cucumber Juice

30 Minutes before lunch one serving of Barley Max Mix

Lunch: Plums until satisfied

Mid Afternoon 8oz Carrot, Cucumber, Celery Juice

30 Minutes before dinner one serving of Barley Max Mix 

For Dinner… I got home a bit late and only soaked the lentils since the morning, because I forgot to soak them the night before. Needless to say, I didn’t get to the grocery store as planed and I didn’t make the Confettie Coleslaw. 😦

Supper: Lentil Loaf, Steamed Vegetables and Confetti Coleslaw

 

Lentil Loaf Friday Menu

Lentil Loaf Friday Menu

Lentil Loaf:

Ingredients:

2stalks of Celery

2Cups lentils

1/2Cup Whole Grain Bread Crumbs

1/2Tsp. Dried Sage

1/2Cup Almonds

6Cups Vegetable Soup Stock

1Cup Scallions

1/2Cup Wheat Germ

1/2Cup Sunflower Seeds

1Tbls Nutritional Yeast

Directions: Soak Lentils in distilled water for 24 hours. Add fresh distilled water or soup stock and bring to a boil. Cook for 10 minutes or until most of the moisture is absorbed. Drain any excess  moisture. Chop scallions, dice celery, and steam saute until tender. Grind almonds into a fine meal. Combine all ingredients and mix well, place in a non-stick or liquid lecithin-lined loaf pan and bake at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes, or until firm.

Steamed Veggies Friday Menu

Steamed Veggies Friday Menu

Steamed Vegetables:

Ingredients:

2Yellow Squash

2Zucchini

Paprika

Cumin

Dried Onion Flakes

Celtic Salt

Directions: Wash and cut both veggies and steam saute in pot. Add seasonings and mix to serve.

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I’ve decided to walk around the neighborhood when I don’t take a Pilates class… a keep doing the weights 3-4 times a week along with everything.  And I plan to do the best I can with my eating with this schedule, because it’s crunch time. June 2nd is just around the corner and I still have a good 30lbs to go.

I had a couple of gardening things to do in front of the house and while I did that, Mike cleaned out the cars. And of course, while I was on my walk, Mike made a Meat dish for his lunch. I suggested we sit outside again on the patio, and started setting the table for lunch. I decided to have my Fresh Vegetable Salad from Thursday Night and the Grilled Potatoes & Onions from Friday for lunch.

I did have a couple of servings of the Grilled Potatoes & Onions… simply because it was so good and I had a walk earlier.:(

Nectarine

Nectarine

Trail Mix

Trail Mix

Since then, I’ve been munching on some Nectarines and my Trail Mix of Almonds, Raisins, and Dried Cranberries.

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I did a lot of snacking today… I guess I thought I deserved it after my Pilates class this morning.!?!?

I took a small bowl of Almonds, Cranberries, and Raisins Trailmix… then I got a taste for some of my favorite Hummus. I found a box of Ritz crackers… the new ones that are mixed the ritz cracker and pretzel. I had probably about 20-30 crackers and several spoonfuls of Hummus.

Ritz Crackers & Hummus

Ritz Crackers & Hummus

Then Mike got back from Jacksonville, where he dropped off his son at the airport and picked me up a new Beach Cruiser Bike. I took it for a spin around the neighborhood, and I really need to get used to it. It’s not really the bike I want.. plus I still have the bike at Sears that needs to be picked up. There’s been one delay after another getting it delivered to the Daytona Beach Mall and then they have to assemble it still.

After the bike ride…which was so nice we came home and I made a Fresh Vegetable Salad again with an Oil and Vinegar Dressing.

Fresh Vegetable Salad

Fresh Vegetable Salad

Fresh Vegetable Salad:

Ingredients:

1Cup Snap Peas

1 Red Bell Pepper

4Sticks Asparagus

3 Green Onions

1 Avocado

3 Sticks of Celery

2 Carrots

5 Mushrooms

2Tbls Olive Oil

2Tbls White Wine Vinegar

Cumin

Paprika

Dried Onion Flakes

Garlic Powder

Parsley

Directions: Wash and Cut Vegetables and mix into bowl. Add Oil & Vinegar and Seasonings.

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The Passover Seder Plate

This is the traditional arrangement of the Seder Plate.. I picked up on the internet.

The Passover Seder Plate (ke’ara) is a special plate containing six symbolic foods which have special significance to the retelling of the story of the Exodus from Egypt. The seventh symbolic item – a stack of three matzot.
Here is the Passover Seder Plate I made for Monday Night’s Seder with Mike and his Children.
Passover Seder 2010

Passover Seder 2010

The 6 items on the Seder Plate – and what I made:

  • Maror and Chazeret:  For maror, many people use freshly grated horseradish or whole horseradish root.  I USED HORSERADISH SAUCE. Chazeret is typically romaine lettuce, whose roots are bitter-tasting.  I USED ROMAINE LETTUCE.
  • Charoset: A sweet, brown, pebbly paste of fruits and nuts, representing the mortar used by the Jewish slaves to build the storehouses of Egypt. I USED THE CHAROSET MIKE MADE WITH DATES & ALMONDS.
  • Karpas: A vegetable other than bitter herbs, usually parsley… WHICH IS WHAT I USED. FOR DIPPING I BROUGHT OUT A DISH OF WHITE WINE VINEGAR.  
  • Zeroa: A roasted lamb bone, symbolizing the korban Pesach (Pesach sacrifice), which was a lamb offered in the Temple in Jerusalem and was then roasted and eaten as part of the meal on Seder night.  I ROASATED 5 LAMB CHOPS IN OLIVE OIL AND SEASONINGS.
  • Beitzah: A roasted egg, symbolizing the korban chagigah (festival sacrifice) that was offered in the Temple in Jerusalem and was then eaten as part of the meal on Seder night. I ACTUALLY BOILED 6 EGGS.

Once the Seder was complete, we brought out the Matzo Ball Soup, Cucumber & Tomato Salad, Rice, and Polo Horesht.

Cucumber & Tomato Salad

Cucumber & Tomato Salad

Polo Horesht

Polo Horesht

Basmati Rice w/Fried Potato

Basmati Rice w/Fried Potato

I had never made Matzat Ball Soup… and took the liberty of pulling up the recipe online. Then I realized I didn’t have the Matzat Meal to make the Matzat Balls… so I had Mike go out and get it from the store.

Matzo Balls:

Ingredients:

2 Eggs

1/4 Cup Olive Oil

Contents of Matzo Pkg

 Matzo Ball Broth(Vegetable Soup):

10Cups Water

2Onions, Cubed

3Garlic Cloves

3Carrots

3Celery

2Potatoes w/skin

1Cup Parsley

1Bay Leaf

1Tsp. Thyme

1Tsp. Basil

2Cups Broccoli

2Cups Cauliflower

Directions: Bring Soup to boil and drop rolled pieces of Matzo Balls into water. Let Simmer for 30 minutes on low heat  and serve.

The Seder was very nice…. we read from the books and performed the Seder as close to the tradition as we could.

For the meal, I had some Mazto Ball Soup, Basmati Rice and Cucumber & Tomato Salad.

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Almond Covered M&M's

Almond Covered M&M's

Saturday night, we went to go see the movie “She’s Out Of My League”… Mike’s son wanted to get something at the concession stand.

And so I graciously obliged and got a little something for myself too… Almond covered M&M’s.

The M&M’s with maximum blocking power… I was bloated the minute Mike and I finished the bag off until tonight (Sunday).

But that didn’t stop me from getting up this morning to take my early morning brisk walk!!! I felt really really really bloated doing it, but I knew it had to be done if I wanted any kind of relief.

So… we ended up going down to Orlando for lunch at Bahama Breeze Restaurant again.

Coconut Onion Rings

Coconut Onion Rings

Breeze Salad and Cheese Less Quesadillas

Breeze Salad and Cheese Less Quesadillas

Chicken Kabobs

Chicken Kabobs

It’s turning into our Sunday afternoon thing of  St. Thomas Crab Claws, Breeze Salad with Cheese less Quesadillas and Chicken Kabobs. This time, we added Coconut Onion Rings to the mix (I was overwhelmed with the desire for them). Luckily, Mike’s son was there to help eat the Onion Rings. I managed to eat only 3 of them… yeah!

Again, we ran into rain while we were down there, so it put a little damper on our shopping trip to the outlets. But I did manage to pick up some good buys and some red-hot ticket items. Because of the rain, it seemed like we were on the road forever… and combined with all that shopping made for some hungry bellies on the way home.

Handfull of Trailmix

Handfull of Trailmix

So we stopped off at a gas station along the interstate and I got some Trail Mix filled with some goodies: raisins, almonds, sunflower seeds and some other goodies.

When we got home, Mike’s son wanted his fathers world famous

Turkey Cutlets

Turkey Cutlets

 Turkey Cutlets :

Ingredients:

1 Pkg Ground Turkey

3 Potatoes

1 Egg

1 Onion

Tumeric

Pepper

Salt

Directions: Boil potatoes to a soft touch, drain and  peel then add into bowl with Chopped Onion, Ground Turkey and seasoning. Mix the ingredients together and mold into patties and cover in flour. Then place patty cutlets into Coleman Grill with Olive Oil until nice and brown.

Turkey Cutletsfor dinner and I just put out my Fresh Chopped Vegetables I made Saturday and put the left overs from lunch on the table to munch on.

Quesadillas & Fresh Cut Vegetables

Quesadillas & Fresh Cut Vegetables

Fresh Chopped Vegetables:

Ingredients:

Broccoli

Mushrooms

Green Onions

Red Bell Peppers

Carrots

Celery

Directions:  Chop up all the vegetables in order listed… and mix into a bowl. Leave the vegetables clean with out any dressing. Add your own at the table, I used Oil & Vinegar with some Paprika, Dried Onion, Dried Parsley seasoning.

It’s amazing how much junk you think you can get away with kids and company around.. and it’s not something I enjoy admitting to either. Because just at dinner, Mike’s son was so proud of his efforts to help his dad with the cutlets he gave me one to try. So I had to try it, even though I didn’t want to. And the M&M’s… that was just me thinking like a kid.! Every time there’s someone around I do bad, as if I needed an excuse, because I can make bad decisions all by myself.

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We decide to leave Saturday for a weekend getaway to the Keys.. not realizing it was the weekend before St. Patrick’s Day. But Key West wasn’t as busy as I thought it would be.

Regardless, we made our way south on I-95. Me sleeping for the first leg of the trip until we stopped in Palm Bay for lunch at Wendy’s. I had the Southwest Salad without the Chili or Cheese(I had to pick the cheese off myself!) 

Wendy's Southwest Salad

Wendy's Southwest Salad

Then it was back to the roadtrip south. I made sure to pack some trailmix, which I made myself because I knew I would get the munchies. So I mixed up some Dried Cranberries, Raisins, Almonds and Pecans to munch on the drive to Key West.  

Bridge To Key Largo

Bridge To Key Largo

Heading to Islamorada

Heading to Islamorada

While we were driving, we reserved a hotel room at the Marriott Courtyard. It’s not the Ritz Carlton, but it was nice anyway! We got settled and freshened up and left for downtown Key West for some dinner. We found a place on Duval Street called the Borttegga, which was on the quiet end of Duval. I had a Glass of White Wine and a Green Salad. I really enjoy eating salads these days… and they’re quite fullfilling.!!! After dinner, we decided to walk around Duval Street and I found an Ice Cream place. Jokingly, I dragged Mike into to pressure him into buying something and it turns out, I was the one getting pressured. He didn’t even budge. So I was the one walking around with Two Scoops of Ice Cream.

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Last night we went to the movies and saw “Percy Jackson and the Olympian Lightening Theif”. It was a cute movie… but more importantly I didn’t get anything from the snack bar at the theatre. Usually, during an outting I’ve been getting M&M Peanut Chocolate, Popcorn, or White Cherry Slushy. But this time, NOTHING!!!!

In fact, the only thing I ate was what we had at P.F. Changs… and then I snacked on some Stacy’s Pita Chips before hitting the hay!. Not such a good idea, but it satisfied the munchies.

Stacy's Pita ChipsSabra HummusI’ve been adding Hummus to the Pita Chips and having that as a snack along with some mixed fruits and a bunch of Almonds mixed with raisins.

AlmondsGoing to the wedding in Philadelphia… I just hope I can make smart and healthy food choices this weekend.!

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I got up early again Saturday and took a brisk walk around the neighborhood and it was bone chilling windy. I cut the walk a little short, because my ears were killing me from the cold.! 😦

We got ready and went for a ride down to Orlando and during the car trip I drank my Carrot, Beet, Celery, Apple Juice. Once we got down to Orlando, we were both hungry and decided to eat at Bahama Breeze. I ignored all my best judgment and had the Fish Tacos with Tilapia, Avocado, and Tomatoes in a Flour Tortilla. I had three of those, and remember the Bahama Rita’s they make? Yeah, well I drank one of those.!!!

From there, we went to the Outlets to do some shopping… and walk around. We didn’t get home until after 6pm and I didn’t have a chance to drink my other tumbler of Carrot, Beet, Celery and Apple Juice; so I drank it when we got home.

Once at home Mike made his famous Grilled Potatoes and Onions, and I decided to make a Healthy Green Salad. I decided to make that, to counteract my bad choice of having Fish for lunch. Well, if I thought that was bad, I didn’t know that an entire Large Hershey’s Bar with Almonds and Almond Peanut Butter was going to be my downfall.

Healthy Green Salad:

Spinach & Baby Greens

1Orange Bell Pepper

4Green Onions

1Tomato 

1Small Bunch of Broccoli

4Mushrooms

2Tbls Pomegranate

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My friend and her daughter got here after 1am. It was a long drive for them and a long wait for us. Staying up that late is exhausting. So needless to say, I didn’t want to wake up Saturday morning.

But we did get up are 8am.. and I got out my Almond Butter and warmed up some Whole Wheat Bread and put it out on the table, while Mike made his famous scrambled eggs.  I made the Almond Butter the night before and couldn’t wait to get my hands on it… and when I did it was delicious. I can’t believe it was so good on the bread like that.

 

Almond Butter

Almond Butter on Bread

Almond Butter:

2Cups Almonds

1Tbls Honey

1/2Bottle of Water

Directions:

Soak Almonds overnight in water. Put Almonds into food processor, add honey and water as mixture blends together into a chunky paste.

Once we cleaned up from breakfast, we jotted down to D.C. to do a little sight seeing with my girlfriend and her daughter.

At the WhiteHouse

WhiteHouse with Liz & Alexis
Secret Service Leaving Secret Service Cars Leaving WH

We actually had a chance to see the President leave from the Whitehouse.. or at least that’s what we thought was going on out there with all the secret service guys.

Then, we headed over to New York Avenue to do a little wholesale shopping with the store owners there. It’s a great place to buy stuff at bulk/discount prices.

It was getting later in the day and  that time, we were all hungry. We made it back to the house around 3pm and we unloaded all our bags and I started warming food up and putting finishing touches on some things. I asked Liz to set the table and then we all sat down to Mike’s Roasted Eggplant & Potato and my Stuffed Avocado dish, Almond Cheese, and for dessert we had my famously new recipe for Strawberry Pie.

Stuffed Avocado

Stuffed Avocado

Stuffed Avocado:

Ingredients:

2Ripe Avocadoes

1/4Cup Green Onions

2Tsp. Fresh Lemon Juice

2Tbsp. Olive Oil

1/4Cup Carrot

1/4Cup Celery

1/4Cup Beet

Directions:

 Mince Green Onion, shred Carrot and beet and finely dice celery. Peel avocados, cut in half and remove pit. For each serving, place 2 halves of avocado on a bed of mixed greens and stuff with vegetables. Combine lemon juice and oil and drizzle over stuffed vegetables.

Almond Cheese

Almond Cheese

Almond Cheese:

Ingredients:

1Cup Distilled Water

1/2Cup Red Bell Pepper

1/4Cup Nutritional Yeast Flakes

1/2Tsp. Garlic Powder

1/2Tsp. Sea Salt

2Tsp. Onion Flakes

4Tbps. Agar Agar Flakes or Arrow Root Powder

1Cup Almonds

1Tbsp Tahini or 2Tbsp. Sesame Seeds

2Tbsp. Lemon Juice

1Tsp. Paprika

1Tbsp. Vegetarian Parmesan Cheese

Directions:

Place water and almonds into blender and process until a creamy milk consistancy is reached. Pour into saucepan, Mix in agar agar(or arrow root powder) and bring to a boil. Immediately, reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes or until agar agar (or arrow root powder) is completely dissolved. Place mixture in blender, and add remaining ingredients and blend until smooth. Scrape sides until all ingredients are  mixed well. Pour into container and refrigerate until set. This cheese can be sliced in the size you prefer.

Fresh Strawberry Pie

Fresh Strawberry Pie

Fresh Strawberry Pie:

Ingredients:

Pie Shell:

1Cup Raw Almonds, Soaked Overnight

1Cup Soft, Pitted Dates

1/2Tsp. Vanilla

Soak almonds in distilled water for 12 hours. Grind the nuts in a food processor until finely chopped. Add the dates and vanilla and blend well. Press thinly into a pie plate (from center to the outside rim) to form the shell.

Binder:

7 or 8 Large Ripe Strawberries

5 Soft Dates, Pitted

2Bananas, ripe

1Tbsp. Fresh Lemon Juice

Blend all binder ingredients in food processor or blender until well mixed.

Fruit Filling:

Cut 2 pints of fresh strawberries into quarters, and fold into binder and fill shell. Decorate with approximately 1/2 pint of quartered strawberries. Cover with plastic wrap and store in refrigerator. Chill before serving.

And that was it for both lunch and dinner. I did however make Almond Milk with the left over Almonds Soaked in water. The ingredients are easy, but the process is a bit time consuming.

Almond Milk:

Ingredints:

1Cup Almonds, Soaked Overnight

1/2Bottle Water

2Tbls. Vanilla

4 Pitted Dates

Directions:

Drain almonds from water and peel skin off of the nuts. Place the nuts into food processor and blend pouring in the Vanilla and Dates and water to keep substance smooth. Strain ingredients through a cheeseclothe until liquid milk comes through. Keep refrigerated.

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Vedge Juice

Vedge Juice

Tuesday Lunch
Green Beans & Vegetable Salad

I went to the beginners Pilates class this morning… and felt it wasn’t challenging enough. So I had a talk with the instructor to find my best fit. She suggested the intermediate class, which I did on Monday. That would be the best, based on how my back is feeling.

Today I realized I can bend down to my ankles without any pain…. yeah!!! But there’s still some throbbing going on and it bothers me. I really need to get an adjustment. It’s been months.

So anyway, when I got home I took my shower and decided to make something for lunch. I looked in the refrigerator and realized there were some foods in there that needed to be used before they went bad.

Like the Green Beans we bought at Costco several weeks ago. These Green Beans are a great way to get your greens for the day… even though they’re being blanched. And the recipe and prep time is less than 5 minutes. Sooo Good!

Green Bean Mix:

Ingredients:

1/2lb of Green Beans

2Tbls Olive Oil

1/4Tbls Garlic Powder

1/4Tbs Paprika

Handful of Almonds

Sea Salt

Directions:

Wash and cut the ends and blanched Green Beans in boiling water.  Then let it drain and mix with a nice Oil Dressing. Then chop up some Almonds and mixed them in too.

While the Green Beans were blanching, I cut up some Vegetables to make another Vegetable Salad, this time with an Oil & Vinegar Dressing. I love these Vegetable Salads I create with Veggies lying around. I think I like them so much because of two reasons. One it’s really good, and two it reminds me of my close friend Robin. She first made me a Vegetable Salad like this and I guess since I haven’t seen her in a while it makes me smile.

Vegetable Salad:

Ingredients:

1Tomato

1 Red Bell Pepper

4 Small Cucumbers

1Cup of Sweet Peas

1 Avocado

Oil & Vinegar Dressing:

2Tbls. Olive Oil

2Tbls. White Wine Vinegar

1/4Tbls. Paprika

4Tbls. Dried Onion Flakes

Sea Salt

Directions:

Chopped up Red Bell Pepper, Tomato, Small Cucumbers, Avocado, and remove Sweet Peas from shell. Mix with Oil & Vinegar Dressing.

In between, I drank a glass of Vedge Juice, snacked on some Almonds and also devoured a Dove Bar. I only ate the Dove Bar because I saw Mike eating one in front of me, and I had to have one. 😦

Later in the afternoon, I felt a little artistic and started to redecorate the living room. this little project put Mike on edge and left me little time to make dinner for us. So, Mike and his son had left over Kabobs, and I ate my left over Green Beans and Vegetable Salad.

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