Sorry, I’ve been a bit distracted, lately. It occurred to me last week that – not only are we going to have to discipline ourselves to stick with the Nutrisystem program until we’ve lost what we want to lose, but that once we’re done, we can’t afford to go back to our old habits.
Old habits are what got us into this position in the first place…
So, I went looking for suitable recipes to use for flex meals (for now) and everyday meals (for after we’re down to our target weights). Something in the area of the calories we are eating now, or maybe just a bit higher, with suitable amounts of carbohydrates and protein…
…and I couldn’t believe how hard it was to find anything suitable! So many of the ‘healthy’ recipes I found give you 700 or more calories a serving! And half the time, that’s just for the meat dish – you still have to add vegetables and carbohydrates! (Just to compare, the dinners on Nutrisystem are gernerally less than 300.)
Even some of the so-called diabetic recipes I’ve come across include a whole cup of raw rice between 2 people. That’s 5 starch exchanges!! Definitely far too much for a woman, and probably pushing it for a man.
Of course, the fact that I only want to cook for 2 doesn’t help. I’ll admit that.
Anyway, eventually, I managed to find a whole bunch of relatively suitable 1 and 2 serving recipes, and bookmarked them on my Pinterest page. As I get a chance over the next 9 months or so, I’m going to put them into my MasterCook program, probably tweaking them a bit as I do. Hopefully, by the time we’re done, I’ll have a whole recipe book full of suitable, interesting-looking recipes for everything from Breakfast to Supper, and Appetizers all the way to Side Dishes. All for 1 or 2 portions. I’ll post the appropriate ones here, as flex meals.
Here’s the first recipe, which is pretty much of my own devising: Maple Peach French Toast
1 container Dole Diced Peaches in Fruit Juice (this is a single ‘fruit cup’)
1 tbsp maple syrup
1 pinch Pumpkin Pie spice, or cinnamon
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1 pinch pumpkin pie spice, or cinnamon
1 tbsp skim milk
4 slice Weight Watchers Multigrain Bread
1 spray cooking spray
1. Put a large, non-stick frying pan on to heat at medium.
2. In a small, microwave safe bowl, combine peaches (including the juice), maple syrup and pinch of pumpkin pie spice. Stir to combine and heat for 45 seconds in the microwave.
3. Break eggs into a flat-bottomed dish. Add vanilla, spice and milk. Beat lightly with a fork.
4. When pan is hot, spray with cooking spray.
5. Working quickly, dip slices of bread in egg mixture, then put in frying pan. Don’t crowd the pan – you might have to do this in 2 batches.
6. Cook until golden, flip and repeat.
7. When French Toast is cooked, cut in half diagonally. Arrange on plates.
8. Remove peach mixture from microwave, stir and spoon over bread.
And the reason why I love MasterCook (and have for over a decade!): Per Serving (excluding unknown items): 247 Calories; 6g Fat (22.6% calories from fat); 11g Protein; 37g Carbohydrate; 5g Dietary Fiber; 212mg Cholesterol; 237mg Sodium. Exchanges: 2 Grain(Starch); 1 Lean Meat; 1/2 Fruit; 0 Non-Fat Milk; 1/2 Fat; 1/2 Other Carbohydrates.
Categories: 30 Minute Meals, Breakfast or Brunch, Eggs, Fruit, Husband-Approved, Low Fat, PowerFuel, Quick & Easy, Serves 1 or 2, SmartCarb
By my reckoning, this works out to 1 PowerFuel, 1 SmartCarb and 2 Extras per serving.