Curry and plan makeover

First of all I would like to remind you, our MomTV show starts Monday September 17, at 7pm on MomTv.com!  We have tossed the first show that was posted out the window!  It just wasn’t what we wanted.  The show has been re-formatted and we look forward to spending our “Mom’s Timeout” with you!
 

I knew when I started to blog this journey I’d have to write the good with the bad.  I really expected more good though and the opposite has been true.  I have gained 10 pounds in the last few weeks and I am really unsettled about that.  I had lost thirty before Weight Watchers buy cutting back on processed foods and sugar.  Weight Watchers Simply Filling Plan seemed like the way to go.  Basically, you eat from a large list of low glycemic index foods that are filling and nutritious.  If you eat anything else you count the points for them and I get 49 points a week to play with.  Well, when I gained weight on the steroids my leader suggested I switch to the most common Weight Watchers plan, PowerPoints.  Every food has a point value and you get an extra 49 as a cushion.  I get an obscene amount of points a day because I weigh so much and would end up with a ton of points left over each day.  Then I would scramble to eat them even if that included processed, sugar, starch filled foods.  The sugar monster reappeared and I was done!  Back to the original plan I go!

Friday I went to the fruit and veggies market, meat market, and grocery store, then cooked most of the night.  I made chicken, veggie, chick pea curry with a cilantro mint yogurt sauce and bulgur bulked meatballs.  The weekend is Mike’s cheat time for his diet plan so it’s really hard to totally follow my plan but I really did a lot better than the last few weekends.  Not perfect but better.   I feel like I am starting over!  But at least not giving up.

I want to share some recipes with all of you.  I would love to post pictures but I am still trying to figure out the correct lighting for that.  All my picture of food look so gross, you would never make the recipes.

Curry Chicken with Vegetables and Chick peas

I loved this dish!!!!  I have always been afraid of cooking curry and now I have no idea why!  The house smelled amazing.  I made so much I was afraid we would never eat it all but we did.  One serving left for my lunch tomorrow.  The chicken can be subtracted to make it meatless.  We ran to the Indian market to buy Naan bread and clarified butter to have on the side.

Ingredients

olive oil

 1 Medium chopped onion

1 cup (1/4-inch-thick) slices carrot

2 T curry powder

2 t. brown sugar

1 ½ t. chopped fresh ginger

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 jalapeno, seeded and minced

2 cans chickpeas (garbanzo beans)

2 cubed baking potato

1medium diced green bell pepper

1 cup cut green beans

1/2 t. salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper

1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained $

1 (14-ounce) can vegetable broth

3 cups fresh baby spinach $

1 cup light coconut milk

Juice of ½ a lemon

Heat the olive oil in a pan.  Sautee onion and carrot until just soft.  Add the next five ingredients and cook 1-2 more minutes.  Transfer to a crockpot and add the chickpeas, potato, green pepper, green beans, salt, pepper, red pepper, diced tomatoes, and chicken broth.  Cook on low for 7 hours.  Add spinach and coconut milk, along with the lemon juice and cook on low for one more hour. Serve over brown rice with the Mint Cilantro sauce drizzled on top (recipe below).

Cilantro Mint Yogurt Sauce

2 c. cilantro leaves1 c. mints (leaf)

1 jalapenos (seeded and coarsely chopped)

4 garlic cloves (chopped)

2 tsp ground cumin

 

Chop herbs, jalapenos, and garlic in food processor.  Add all ingredients and blend until smooth

2T lemon juice (fresh)1 cup plain Greek yogurt  

kosher salt

Do you need a Mommy Timeout?

Being a mom is a full time job.  Cooking, cleaning, car pool, kissing boo boos and we could all add to this list.  When do we get to sit down and do something for us

Maybe it’s time for a mommy timeout!  Tune into a show that is for moms by moms.

Labor Day weekend with the Family

I haven’t really touched on my family life yet and that is the most important part of my life!  The end of summer happens Labor Day weekend and we made the most of it this weekend.  My sister, Andrea has been in the Navy for almost 7 years

My sis

and hasn’t really had a chance to spend a lot of time with my little ladybug.  She is in town for six days and put aside two days just for us!  Saturday we went to the Toledo Zoo and of course I forgot my camera and left my Iphone in the car, so I have no pictures.  We spent time at Nature’s Neighborhood for their Butterflies and Bugs Day.  We saw a stick bug, leaf bug

Leaf bug

, and a praying mantis up close.  My little ladybug finger painted and played at the “beach”. They also enjoyed the merry-go-round and the fishys.  We dropped my husband off for some “daddy time” alone in an empty house and headed to Swig in Perrysburg for dinner followed by a Cone Head sundae at Friendly’s for dessert.  Our dad used to buy us Cone Head sundaes when we were little.  Then family time at Great Grandma and Great Papa’s house until well into the night.

Sunday, our little ladybug attended her first day of Sunday School ever!  She loved it and we loved our new church.  I don’t think we have been to church in over two years.  Sunday brunch at Sammy’s in Sylvania Township was wonderful.  Rest and relaxation was the plan until cooking out at Nana and Papa’s house with Mimi and Uncle Zack.

Uncle Zack on Halloween

I think my little ladybug has a crush on her very handsome Uncle Zack.  She loves playing with him and always wants to know where he is.

Labor Day, my little ladybug and I lounged around in our jammies, watching TV and enjoying each others company.  I did work a little during nap time.  Homework is a must on the agenda every day.

Our Labor Day weekend ended on Tuesday with a wonderful trip to the African Safari in Port Clinton.  It’s a drive through park with deer, emu, buffalo, elk, zebra, giraffe, and many other animals.  We fed them grain and 11 pounds of carrots.

Andrea and our little ladybug feeding the animals

Andrea was quite a trooper.  It was her first time there and it can be quite frightening to have these giant animals literally in your face.

Yummy

Having fun at the Safari

We stopped for lunch and ran into Cheese World for sweet treats.  And a trip to Port Clinton with a military member isn’t complete without a stop at the PX at Camp Perry for a couple bottles of wine.  It is so much cheaper there!

I am so glad we got to spend so much quality time with family.  I am blessed to have such wonderful family and friends in my life.  And I would like to say a big THANK YOU to my sister for her many years of service to our country, here and in Iraq and Afghanistan.   Next month you are back to the civilian world and I am so proud of you!

It’s amazing how many toxic chemicals end up in the food we eat. I have re-blogged this from Moms In Heels and it was written by a good friend of hers who has a child with artificial color intolerance.

Holding Pattern and Motivation

I am in a strange holding pattern.  Since starting Weight Watchers I have actually gained more weight.  Only I can accomplish that!  I lost 30 pounds before starting and I’m sure I’ve hit a plateau but it’s so frustrating.  It’s time to remind myself why I want to lose this weight and restructure to kick the weight loss back in:

  1.  I want to go to Cedar Point with our little ladybug in a year or two and actually ride the rides.
  2. I want to see a concert and not stress about possibly being too big for the seats.
  3. I want to run and play with our little ladybug.
  4. I don’t want our little ladybug to be embarrassed to have me around her school and friends because I am the fattest mom in the school.
  5. I don’t want to be jealous of my husband’s 100 pound weight loss this year!!!
  6. I want to buy clothes in a variety of stores.
  7. I only want to buy one seat when flying.
  8. I want to reduce the pain in my feet, knees, neck, and back.
  9. I don’t want to worry if I will break the furniture or toilet seat at someones house.
  10. I want to sky dive.
  11. I want to go horseback riding.
  12. I want to kayak in the ocean.

I’m sure there are more.  I also have to be realistic and understand my back and neck might not improve enough to do some of these.  At least I can shoot for it.