February 11, 2011

Feelings...Nothing More than Feelings

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I remember that song from the 70's and the many spoofs that spawned from it. But there is nothing like having that aching feeling in the bottom of your stomach; the one that just tugs at you. It's the feeling you get from loneliness and it's that feeling that causes a person to eat. Because of the longing feeling, you find that is not satiety or fulfillment so food quickly becomes a way to satisfy the longing.

February 10, 2011

Faith's Thai Chicken with Shirataki Noodles

Here is a recipe I've created to use with my Shirataki noodles.  Hope you'll try it!  Leave a comment!!

Ingredients
  • 2 (7 oz) Pkg of Shirataki noodles
  • 2 Tyson's Grilled boneless, skinless, chicken breast (in your grocer's freezer)
  • 2 T of Smooth Peanut butter
  • 1/8 c of Soy Sauce low sodium
  • 3/8 c of Low Sodium Chicken Broth (1/4 cup + 2tbps)
  • 1/2 T Fresh ground ginger root
  • 1 T finely chopped garlic
  • 1 T fresh Lime juice, approx. 1/2 lime
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 Red chili pepper, sliced thin
  • 1/4 or so of fresh Cilantro
  • 3 green onion sliced into 1" long sections
  • 1/2 stalk of lemongrass (optional)
  • 1 tsp of chopped peanuts

Directions

Rinse the noodles very well under cold water for about two minutes -- trust me, you don't want the smell! Boil about 4 to 6 cups of water and toss in noodles. Boil 3 minutes and rinse again. then dump them on a clean cotton  or paper towel to dry them thoroughly.


Thaw two small Tyson's grilled chicken breasts or grilled breast strips, about 8 oz and  chop into 1 inch cubes. In a saucepan, combine soy sauce, peanut butter, chicken broth, ginger, garlic, red pepper flakes, lemongrass, and lime juice. Simmer liquid over medium for a few minutes until all peanut butter is fully incorporated. Don't burn!!! Remove lemongrass and toss chicken into mixture.  Pour peanut sauce mixture over the noodles, mixing well.  Add cilantro, green onions and red peppers, toss again, and serve with slices of lime and a sprinkle of  the chopped peanuts.

Number of Servings: 4

February 9, 2011

Lasting Impressions

It wasn't until my mid-30's that I realized that we impact the lives of each person with which we come in contact.  That had a very profound impact on my life because if I was impacting the life of another person, I wanted to be a positive force on that person's interaction.  So I said that to say that you never know the impression you leave with someone, so let it be a good one.  A person may decide to live another day just because of you.  Someone may decide to try a little harder just because they see the positive strides you are taking.  Your attitude may be the driving force behind the next trending blog or tweet.  Make your mark on someone, but make sure it is something of which you can be proud.

Depression - Jousting with My Demons

I've talked a little about my battle with depression and tonight, I saw this poem on acraftykindoftruffle.blogspot.com and thought I would share this with all of you.

Depression
I'm a daughter hiding my depression.
I'm a sister making a good impression.
I'm a mother trying not to let it show.
I'm a wife but the pain I cannot let go.
I'm the woman sitting next to you.
I'm the one asking for help from you.
I'm your best friend hoping you'll be there.
I think I'm sure I know you care.



Depression haunts so many of us and you never realize that we are all around you.  Depression is pervasive.  It touches so many, yet there are so few of us who would admit to allowing it to consume us.  Look around you as you re-read this poem or think of the words in the stanza.  Who do you see?  

February 8, 2011

Just Say No - Girl Scout Cookies

I was a Girl Scout leader for over 11 years and have "sampled" my share of cookies. My favs have to be Thin Mints, but the All Abouts are a close second! Trying to find items to fill the void is hard, so Shelly of Eggface fame has created some new luscious protein drinks that are WLS friendly and something that Juliette Gordon Lowe would be proud. So instead of succumbing to the, "would you like to buy some Girl Scout cookies" from those adorable little girls, donate that money to the girls. Then go home, break out your blender and your best protein powder, and march right over to Shelly's Eggface blog to try out some of the delicious protein drinks reminiscent of Girl Scout cookies! Yumm... I'm headed over to Amazon to buy more Torani SF syrups.

Now, you over there with the cookie in your mouth! Yes, you! Drop and give me twenty! And don't you dare download that Girl Scout cookie app for your smartphone... it's just wrong!

DIVA-tude Tuesday

It's DIVA-tude Tuesday again everyone! Please let our readers know what makes YOU a diva in your own right! What makes you stand apart from the rest and you don't have to be a woman to participate. Anyone who has a story to tell can participate! Join in!!!

More Weapons to Combat Food Cravings


You know that I have spoken about my food cravings and how pervasive they are for me.  Katie Jay of NAWLS sent out her latest newsletter about the very thing and has given some very sound advice about handling the dreaded cravings.  I have taken excerpts of the article and have reprinted them here.  Please take time to read through some of these tips and let me know what you think.  Also, head over to www.nawls.com and check out the website for more information.

February 7, 2011

Food for Thought -- and for the Week

I went shopping this evening right before the Steelers got trounced in the Superbowl, and I found the Shirataki noodles everyone is buzzing about. I bought two packs of those puppies! I can't wait to try them. I read the nutrition facts about them, and it said the entire package of noodles has 20 calories! I couldn't believe my eyes. I could never eat a full package, but it's nice to know there are now other pasta options out there that are low fat, low cal, and low carb.

I also found some chicken burgers in the freezer case that are pre-made. Each patty has 130 calories and 18 grams of protein. Lastly, I found Cabot's Plain Greek Yogurt. So what, says you? Well, this particular find even though its is plain, has a whopping 22grams of protein! How's that for protein!

When I got home, I began prepping my petite Superbowl fiesta. I cut up some cucumber, and made some crustless quiches a la Eggface. They were nummy and I have enough for a few more meals or to freeze for later. I used onion, shallot, cheese, egg beaters, and sausage in my quiches. The family enjoyed them as well. I munched along with them in front of the TV as my team was dragged from one end of the football field in Dallas to the next. At least the food was good!