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Have some time on your hands?

Posted by Midnight Dust on December 7, 2010 in Recipe Alert

I was sick yesterday and when I finally got myself off the couch, I figured to keep me from sleeping, I would make a nice big dinner for everyone in the house.  There was a diet that I use to follow religiously until I realized I felt foolish measuring my food all the time.  All the time! I use to keep measuring cups at work.  /blush. Its called The Formula: A Personalized 40-30-30 Fat-Burning Nutrition Program, written by a husband and wife team, Joyce and Gene Daoust.  Although I don’t follow it anymore I kept the books because I still LOVE the recipes and make a huge pot of soup or chili at least once a month.  Yesterday it was Jambalaya with pearl barley.

I’m a huge fan of meat having a unique flavor that stands out from whatever soup I’m making.  To accomplish this, I bought marinated chicken breast and turkey ham.  They were both cooked separately in a pan until blackened.   The turkey ham was already cooked when I bought it, but I find the taste to be a bit blah.  I wanted a smokey burnt flavor that could easily be recognized as not to be confused with the squishy vegetables hanging out in there.   It came out pretty good, I was really happy with it.  The only draw back to this dish which goes along with this posts title;  It took me almost 3 hours from start to finish to make it.  The prep isn’t too bad but after your soup comes to a boil, you let it simmer for an hour and a half in order to cook the barley and let all the flavors come together.

As a side dish, I loosely followed a recipe I got from my step-mom.  I, of course, made it a bit more diabetic friendly by leaving out brown sugar.  Steamed brussel sprouts and beets brushed with chili oil and sugar free maple syrup then sprinkled with white pepper and sea salt.  Rob hates brussel sprouts but he will eat these any day of the week.  That is definitely going on the recipe site…as soon as I get some nice pictures! 

Along with the Jambalaya, my favorite recipes from there include Chili, Beef Barley Soup, Taco Soup and various desserts.  The desserts are pretty interesting since they include whey protein. One of the quick ones I make when I’m craving chocolate is microwave brownies.  I have to be careful because I tend to eat a lot of them.  For the most part they are pretty good for you if you use whole wheat flour and truvia but anything can stop being healthy when you eat a large bowl of it.

Here are a couple other books by the same couple that I use:

For the actual dieting part of these books, I will say that when I followed it I lost 20lbs and felt great! But I wasn’t able to keep it up because its all about measuring your foods and that just isn’t me. I really don’t want to stand in the kitchen at work measuring 1/3 cup of cottage cheese and 2 tsp of sunflower seeds.

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