"Oh, I may be on the side of the angels...but don't think for one second that I am one of them." - Sherlock, The Reichenbach Fall

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Roman Beans and...Quinoa???

It actually works!  I made quinoa in the rice cooker, and used veggie broth instead of water.  One thing - the quinoa cooks faster than rice does, so I think I'm going to taste it next time and turn it off before the little buzzer goes off.  Otherwise, some of it burns a little bit.

I took the Roman Rice and Beans recipe and subbed quinoa for the rice.  DELICIOUS!  The kids like it also.  I have two lunches for next week already, and with the leftover Chinese food from yesterday, I should have four lunches for this week already.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Small changes

It's amazing how a small change can make a big difference.

Take for instance, mashed potatoes.  Tonight, instead of using Earth Balance margarine/spread, I used olive oil.  MAJOR improvement.  I couldn't believe how sweet and creamy my mashed potatoes were.  Also, instead of boiling the potatoes the whole time, I brought them to a boil, then simmered them for a while.  Definitely better.

This idea of small changes making a big difference is true for medications as well.  I started taking synthroid about 2 weeks ago.  In no time at all, my mornings became jittery and anxious, and this morning it was so bad I had to go home.  The doctor is going to do some more blood tests, because it is definitely the synthroid, and I was on a low dose to start with.  In the meantime, I don't need to be jittery and nervous, so I'm not going to take it any more until I hear from the doc about the blood tests.  Hopefully, I will be able to take a lower dose, but if I can't take it, I can't take it.  And weight loss will go back to being agonizingly slow.

Sometimes, one just has to accept what is.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Snow day

We have homemade chili and we are going to have Sweet Potato and Black Bean Burritos for dinner.  It's a real snow day!  The worst weather/best weather - depending on your outlook - is always in March.  You never know what will happen from one day to the next.

The Sweet Potato and Black Bean Burrito is from Supermarket Vegan.  But I cooked the sweet potatoes instead of using a can.  I've been meaning to make these for a while.  I highly recommend Supermarket Vegan for new vegans who are just starting out.  You can find all the ingredients in your supermarket - no weird stuff.