Hey Kimmeh, I told the Dear Spouse about the bagged cole slaw idea for egg rolls and she was like "Yeah! That's totally awesome!" So your suggestion is a winner. In this case, I'm picking convenience over price.View Thread
The other ladies are absolutely right. I wanted to offer a little information about the effects of rapid weight loss. If you lose weight really fast, like more than two or three pounds a week, you can develop fatty liver. You can also strip important nutrients out of body. You can get excessive fatigue. Irregular periods, hormonal problems. You will also develop sagging skin, and you can lose hair and develop wrinkles. You will also tend to have worse cravings and you will gain fat more easily once you are off the diet. Not too attractive really.
On the bright side, if you lose weight at a sustainable rate, like two pounds or less per week, your skin will have an easier time shrinking with your weight loss, you will not have as terrible a time with cravings, and you will keep the weight off more easily when you are done losing.
Also, working out, both with toning, a little weight training, and aerobic (walking and hefting light barbells are good for a start) will help sculpt you and reshape you so you see results faster and look better in your clothes sooner.View Thread
That reminds me - I love spring rolls with fresh basil leaves in them. I mention that because it is a little bit outside the box as vegetables go - and herbs are great for nutrition. So I wonder what other kind of interesting vegetables would be good in a spring roll? Baby spinach? Cilantro? Shredded red cabbage instead of white? Shredded kale? Who knows?View Thread
We got the bok choy (napa cabbage) and regular cabbage and great big shreddin' carrot this weekend. Plus some egg roll skins. That plus some ground chicken and various seasonings, and I can see how we could make buttloads of egg rolls for really, really cheap. The skins cost $2.99 for a bunch of them, the cabbage was maybe two dollars total, the carrot was negligable, and the chicken is less than three dollars a pound - so much better than $3.50 for four stinkin' rolls. I'm looking forward to saving the.... cabbage, if you'll parden the pun.
I know, I know, they are charging for the MSG!View Thread
I accidentally ate a vegetable! Okay, okay, I do eat vegetables. But this was pretty good. I found a serving of Kroger's Superfood salad in the deli mark down and it looked good so I tried it. Small looking serving but it took me a while to eat. A little too sweet for my taste, but I wanted to post the ingredients in case anyone else wanted to make it.
It had: Kale, cut into small to medium sized pieces. Shredded carrot. A little minced red onion. Shelled edamame. Cashews. Dried cranberries. Sunflower seeds. Grape tomatoes. The recipe I looked up mentioned blueberries but I didn't see any in mine. This was dressed with a pomegranate viniagrette dressing, store brand.
I could see a lot of variations of this salad - baby spinach, different nuts, pomegranate pips, etc. I think I would lose the dried cranberries because they were the sugared version and I didn't need the extra sugar.View Thread
Kim and Michelle, I've heard that water's being turned off in various places in California and it's really putting a crimp on the production. Too bad they can't do desalinization plants etc. Meanwhile there's heavy rains and flooding in parts of the country that isn't used to it... after the heavy snowfall...View Thread
Welcome back! I hope you enjoy your time here. I know what you mean about being sensitive to criticism, I have a big problem with that at times too. It's awesome that you've made positive changes. Keep it up! You'll find support here, that's for sure!View Thread
Fresh cole slaw mix? That's a pretty good idea. It has about the right vegetable balance. And an interesting idea about the peanut taste, too! Filing THIS away in the ol' memory banks. Now I'm craving a nice summer roll with fresh basil in it and wonderful vegetables...View Thread
I know egg rolls seem like a very unhealthy food, but my spouse and I decided to start making our own, and strictly speaking, they could be really healthful depending on how you make them.
The recipe is simple - shredded cabbage, a little shredded carrot, maybe a little bok choy, or other vegetables of your choice - plus either chicken or shrimp or pork, all of which are very healthy meats. The wrapper isn't bad, it's just a little carb. The little bit of egg used to seal them is pretty good too. And the spices inside could be very healthy, especially things like garlic. Spring Rolls or Summer Rolls could be great too, since they aren't fried.
The cooking method is the way these gain calories. But that can be improved as well. Bake them to get them crispy, then fry them in a touch of sesame oil, olive oil, or Pam to finish. Personally, I intend to make a bunch of filling, wrap a whole buttload, bake them all, and put them in the freezer in two-serving containers or bags. That way I save myselfs #3.50 a meal.
Sauce is important here - I'm sure there are plenty of Asian inspired sweet and sour type sauces that can be tweaked so they are low calorie, or use soy sauce (low salt or not) or some other interesting concoction.
Sure you can take credit for it! You have been limiting your portion size, right? That naturally has the effect of shrinking the stomach, over time. Basically, the stomach gets used to holding less. Then when you over indulge, those first few times your stomach says "hey! That's too much!" I call it a do it yourself lap band. Of course, the stomach will stretch again if you keep at it, but it's a nice backup option to help yourself stay on plan.
So go ahead. Take the credit. You did this! And it's great!View Thread