Red lentils with ginger. 10/16/19

So easy, so quick, so healthy, so delicious! Fresh ginger, onions, and garlic. Turmeric, cumin, cayenne. Sauté in a little oil. Add stock and red lentils. Cook 15 minutes. Top with yogurt and sumac. Yum!

Note: For vegan dish omit yogurt and feta.

Red lentils with ginger, Mediterranean salad, pita

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Linguine with green tomato sauce. 10/14/19

Note: For a vegan dish omit parmesan cheese

This dinner featured a pasta sauce that I made in August from some fully ripe green tomatoes. Our daughter had two Aunt Ruby’s German Green tomato plants at her plot in the community garden and for a while we were awash in green tomatoes. I cooked several of them down with garlic and onion and made this sauce. It started out brilliant green but the cooking turned the color to this khaki green color. But it really tasted of tomatoes fresh from the garden.

I heated the sauce up and John boiled the linguine. We put the linguine into the sauce and cooked it together.  Be sure to liberally salt your pasta water. It makes al the difference. We finished our plates with a dusting of Parmesan cheese.

WW points – 12

Linguine with green tomato sauce

I have been on my diet now for a month. Every night you have seen exactly what I eat. I also eat breakfast and lunch and have popcorn as a pre-dinner snack every day. I have lost almost 10.5 pounds. Go, me!


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Easy sandwich and a side dinner. 10/13/19

We have been having a lot of easy dinners lately. Probably I just need a breather from all the cooking. However, even though this was just a sandwich and a side I did make both the tuna salad and the cole slaw. I put the tuna salad on rye bread and covered it with an ultra then slice of cheddar cheese. John grilled it in our cast iron frying pan pressing it down so it came out panini-style. The cole slaw was made from cabbage, carrorts, and onions. The dressing consisted mainly of some light mayo, some non-fat plain yogurt, mustard, lemon juice, and celery seed.

WW points -7

Tuna melt, cole slaw and pickles with iced tea

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All-week Soup 10/12/19

Back at the beginning of the week I made what I called a last salute to summer-fresh vegetables with garbanzo beans and soup pasta. We had quite a bit leftover so during the week John ate it for lunch a couple of times. Yesterday there was about an inch left in the bottom, mostly vegetables.

Also during the week for lunch I made my famous null soup. It’s a soup that has no points on the WW scale back in the days when most foods carried points. I eat it to get filled up. There was maybe an inch of that left too.

Add those two soups together. Add a little vegetable or chicken stock, the three pieces of deli ham moldering in the cold cut drawer, and a teaspoon of harissa and it’s another whole dinner! The combination was more than the sum of its parts.

All-week soup

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Chicken shawarma? 10/11/19

I got this recipe for oven roasted chicken shawarma from the NYTimes Cooking site. If you have a subscription you can look it up. The chicken is marinated for an hour or so in olive oil, garlic, salt, pepper, cumin, paprika, turmeric, cinnamon and red pepper flakes and then baked on a sheet pan with red onions and I added tomatoes. The recipe calls for chicken thighs but because of my diet I used a chicken breast.

It is shawarma? No idea. I should have sliced it up to look more authentic but I was in a hurry to get dinner on the table. It definitely is tasty, especially the vegetables. I can see doing this recipe with firm white fish or maybe tofu. I served it with parsley, crumbled feta, and pita, plus harissa for some hot spice and some tzatziki to cool it down.

WW- 5 points if you use chicken breast and cut the olive oil down to one teaspoon per person

Oven roasted chicken shawarma with pita, parsley, harissa and tzatziki

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Mushroom burgers. 10/10/19

Some good grilling from John tonight. After marinating the portobello mushrooms in some of our lo-cal dressing, salt, pepper and olive oil spray, he put them on the grill for about eight minutes on each side. I made broccoli salad with a sweet, celery seed dressing and we were good to go.

Portobello mushroom burger with caramelized onions, tomato slices, feta cheese, and spinach served with broccoli salad

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Dinner ideas. 10/9/19

Here are a couple of dinner ideas from the past week.

The first picture is of chicken chili. I used my version (lower in fat) of the Neelys from Food Network’s recipe. One thing that I discovered is that using fat free refried beans makes a great thickener.

Chicken chili

We also had a last fling of summer vegetables. Carrots, celery, onions, zucchini, kale, and tomatoes make this homey stew of garbanzo beans and pasta super inviting.

Vegetable, pasta, and bean stew

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