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Menu for January

1/2-1/6/2012

Monday – Fish and chips (baked swai, baked potato wedges, homemade cole slaw)

Tuesday – Cheese ravioli with spinach, possibly garlic bread

Wednesday – Turkey kielbasa, green beans, and rice

Thursday – Dinner with friends, I think. If not (or if we’re cooking) ham and waffles

Friday – Leftovers

 

1/9-1/13/2012

Monday – Vegetable quiche

Tuesday – Chicken and vegetable stir fry with rice

Wednesday – Leftovers

Thursday – With friends (no backup plan yet)

Friday – Meatloaf, kale, beets

1/16-1/20/2012

Monday – Tuna casserole

Tuesday – Lentil soup

Wednesday – Leftovers

Thursday – With friends

Friday – Subs

 

1/23-1/27/2012

Monday – Asian beef and noodles

Tuesday – French toast and kielbasa (Zeta’s special choice before Wednesday)

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday – Probably hospital food (Zeta’s C-section on Wed)

 

1/30 and 1/31/2012

Monday – Asparagus quiche

Tuesday – Pancakes

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Quote of the Day -1/1/2012

Considering that this is an election year and all of the political nonsense that that will entail, this one seems very apt:

Wretched people fight simply for the sake of fighting, and not to find the truth.  –  Huldrych Zwingli

 

Ripped off from Jim at Zwinglius Redivivus

New year, etc.

New week, new year, new month … alright, I’ll play along.

I’m not usually a big player in the whole New Year phenomenon, but this time around I could really use it. 2011 was a pretty miserable year in a lot of ways, and I think I’ll take this opportunity to hit the reset.

So, I’m working on goals going forward. This is perilously close to making NY resolutions, but I’m in denial … errr, … I mean, I don’t do that.

I’ve written up a meal plan for the month, and I’ll have it done through March by the end of this week. I’m getting back into the exercise routines that I had going a couple of months ago, and I will get back into tracking my food on My Fitness Pal.

So, this is going to be a good year. Somehow.

 

Meal Plan 10/3 – 10/7/2011

Monday: Quiche (recipe posted)

Tuesday: Fish and chips. Served with the leftover cole slaw that my parents gave us and asparagus

Wednesday: Shepherd’s pie, using leftover mashed potatoes

Thursday: Ravioli, spinach, and garlic bread

Friday: Chicken quesadilla, corn

 

With all meals, salad will be on the table.

Quote of the Day: 10-4-2011

(From the Star Fleet Battles rulebook, explaining why the publishers removed ship-modification rules in the latest edition):

“These rules were often abused, seldom understood, and were never adequately complete to cover every case. As a result, players willing to do anything to win (regardless of how ridiculous that might be) usually did.”

The three W’s

Hey, if “reading, writing, and arithmetic” can be the three R’s when only one of them actually starts with “r,” then I can call reading, writing, and weight loss my three W’s, right?

Anyway, this is my third attempt at blogging, and thus far I’ve abandoned two. This, though, should be more fun. It may or may not be interesting to anyone else, but there we are.

In April of last year, I realized that my weight was coming up on 300 pounds. I really didn’t want to get there, so I decided to work at preventing that. After a few weeks, it dawned on me that if I lose weight and get to a healthier level, then I’ll be even farther away from 300.

This morning I weighed in at 251, which means two main things: (1) I’m rather far away from 300 pounds, and (2) I’m even farther away from a really healthy weight like 160 pounds.

Still, it’s good progress.

As for reading and writing, those are my passions. My intent is to put up some of my work here and to record some of my reading. I’ll get into those specifics later.

Tonight’s Dinner: Broccoli Quiche

I decided to make a quiche because we have a surplus of eggs right now.

Then I decided to alter the recipe in order to reduce the fat and calories. Perhaps I’m at cross-purposes?

Anyway, here’s the recipe.

1 Pillsbury pre-made pie crust, thawed and rolled into a 9″ pie dish
2 clove garlic, minced
1 large onion, chopped
1 head broccoli, chopped (mine weighed in at 13 oz)
1.5 cup skim milk
4 Egg Replacers (6 tsp powder+8 tbsp water)
2 large eggs
1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
2 tsp olive oil

1. Heat the oil in a frying pan, saute the onion and garlic a few minutes (my wife likes her onions almost carmelized, I would do less if not for her).

2. Add broccoli, saute about one minute.

3. Combine milk, eggs/replacers, and cheese.

4. Spread out the vegetables in the pie crust, then pour the egg mixture over it.

5. Bake at 350 for about 45 minutes.

 

At six servings, it comes in at just under 300 calories according to the recipe calculator at My Fitness Pal.

 

By the way, does anyone else have trouble spelling “broccoli”? I really want the word to have two “l”‘s and one “c” when I write it. With so many other, more-complicated words I have no problem at all. For some reason, I have a block against this one.