I’ve done quite a bit of trying out new recipes lately, sometimes tweaking them to suit my way of eating, and sometimes tweaking them to use what I already have in my house. Yesterday I made the Pumpkin Custard, and I tweaked the recipe quite a bit–partly because I didn’t have all the ingredients listed, and then because I wanted to see if I could get the recipe down to one point. It was really delicious, and I wanted to eat more of it. Then for lunch, I made a ‘Skillet Scramble.’ I had some scooped out baked potato innards, and I had in mind to make some scrambled eggs and ‘fried potatoes’ with them, and there on Roni’s blog was another great recipe idea. Again, I tweaked it to use what I had at home, but it was fabulous. It ended up being 5 points, which I wasn’t all that happy about, but it was definitely worthy. Here’s a link to Roni’s recipe. And I will post my recipe on my recipes page. BTW, sorry about the recipe page. It’s rather basic, no organization to it. Someday, I will spend some time figuring out how to make it more user friendly.
Anyways, while I was making this recipe with Eggbeaters, and then eating it and finding it absolutely delicious and satisfying, I was thinking about how I could make skeptical ‘newbie’ dieters try Eggbeaters. I was so dead set against using them for so many years. I don’t really like eggs all that well, and I just thought they were weird artificial food for old people. Then when I started baking low-cal, a lot of my recipes called for egg whites. That was the first time I realized that most of the calories in an egg are in the yolk, and most of the protein in the egg is in the whites. And VERY SLOWLY, I started to think that maybe the taste that I didn’t like so well in eggs was actually in the yolk. Now, I have my own chickens, but they are on strike, so I started buying Eggbeaters. And this was the VERY FIRST TIME I actually ate Eggbeaters! So anyways, it all just made me start thinking about this adventure of learning to eat new foods, new combinations of foods, experimenting to take a few calories out here and there without sacrificing the taste. It took quite a bit of time (still does) and there has been lots of ‘chicken food’ along the way (that’s what I call stuff I have made that is too bad to eat-I feed it to the chickens.)
But come on, people. Here’s what I ate today. I defy you to find that I am deprived eating this kind of great stuff!
Breakfast: Cinnamon toast, grapes and cottage cheese, coffee
Lunch: Skillet Scramble, Berry Oatmeal cup
Snack: Pumpkin Custard w/Lite cool whip
Dinner: Rosemary Lemon Roasted chicken breast, corn on the cob, brocolli
Dessert/Snack (very important, because I wanted to have something fun to eat while watching Dancing with the Stars): chocolate cake w/Cool Whip Lite, and Kettle Corn (Jiffy Pop Healthy, of course)
All this stuff was 23 1/2 points!