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    Mealtime boredom

    PaNik
    Sat Jan 07, 2012 12:19 am
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    Hello everyone!

    I am having a hard time looking to my past to find meals that I can prepare (I cook for two, but we don't mind leftovers or freezing). I will eat most things - aside froma few allergies in the house - and love foods from around the world.

    I usually follow a plate method with one-half veggies, one fourth lean protein, and one-fourth starch or carbs. I am for 30 carbs for a meal and 15 carbs for a snack and tons of fiber. I am not able to consume artificial sweeteners. I love veggies and have no trouble eating them steamed and lightly seasoned. I find that I miss cheese and beans quite a bit.

    I simply find myself in a beef rut (and I was vegetarian when I was first diagnosed icon_surprised.gif ). So, what have you cooked lately?

    Many thanks,
    Nico
    PaulaG
    Sat Jan 07, 2012 9:10 am
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    Good morning. It is really easy to get into a rut of sorts. That is one reason I really love this site. Currently we have a thread going Turning Over a New Leaf. We would love to have you join in. The beauty of this game is that you get some wonderful ideas from others and can see some yummy.gif things that they are cooking up.
    PaNik
    Sat Jan 07, 2012 11:29 am
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    Thanks, PaulaG! I will head on over.
    Andi of Longmeadow Farm
    Sun Jan 08, 2012 9:11 am
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    Hi wave.gif PaNik! Sooooo very good to see you here! Hope to see you enjoying some food over at Turning over a New Leaf !
    PaNik
    Sun Jan 08, 2012 11:59 am
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    Thanks for the welcome, Andi,

    I'm feeling a little slow bcause I see some things I should not eat and a lot of veggie recipes in Turning Over a New Leaf. I think I am supposed to find my own things to try from the many recipes here and then post my plans and results.

    So, I find myself at the same point where I was when I started this thread...where to find some non-red meat protein options to inspire my cooking.

    Warm regards,
    PaNik
    PaulaG
    Sun Jan 08, 2012 12:11 pm
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    PaNik wrote:
    Thanks for the welcome, Andi,

    I'm feeling a little slow bcause I see some things I should not eat and a lot of veggie recipes in Turning Over a New Leaf. I think I am supposed to find my own things to try from the many recipes here and then post my plans and results.

    So, I find myself at the same point where I was when I started this thread...where to find some non-red meat protein options to inspire my cooking.

    Warm regards,
    PaNik


    Are you looking at maybe chicken? Pork? or Vegetarian? Let me know and I will see what I can come up with.
    PaNik
    Sun Jan 08, 2012 12:29 pm
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    I am willing to try any of those. icon_smile.gif I've been cooking way too much of the comfort foods that include beef or pork. I suddenly find that I don't remember how to prepare chicken and I have forgotten that I was vegetarian. icon_sad.gif

    I really would love help finding some things to try. Maybe I'll head into the world of recently reviewed recipes, if those are still here.
    PaulaG
    Sun Jan 08, 2012 7:55 pm
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    I fully understandaboutthe comfort food. I do much better with a lean meat, vegetable and large green salad. The forum threads and games on Food help to inspire me. Let me do some thinking. I'll see what I can suggest.
    Mia in Germany
    Mon Jan 09, 2012 2:50 am
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    Hi Nico!
    Did you ever try tofu? There are so many delightful tofu dishes.
    http://www.food.com/recipe-finder/all/tofu

    You said you miss beans - so, what kind of beans? Green beans or legumes? As in Baked Beans?
    Lentils are a great source of protein, too, with lots of fibre included.
    I'll look through my collections of recipes with high protein and see what shows up.
    PaulaG
    Mon Jan 09, 2012 9:37 am
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    Mia is right. I have a low thyroid so I really try to stay away from to much soy. Here is a delicious recipe that I have that use tofu:

    Roasted Red Pepper Alfredo

    It does have a high carb count.

    Here are 96 recipes that I have made using salmon. I love salmon. It is high in protein and omega 3 fatty acids.

    http://www.food.com/reviews.php?q[]=salmon&reviewer=133174&ls=re&review_date=2004-05-01%2C2012-01-09

    Here is a cookbook that I put together some time ago for chicken

    Chicken Recipes

    Chicken is high in protein and is affordable. Leg quarters can be used in a number of cases. With the bone on they can stand up to a longer cooking time. Here are a few of my favorites:

    Orange - Rosemary Chicken
    Roast Chicken With Orange, Lemon & Ginger
    Orange Ginger Brined Chicken
    Classic Mole Poblano Sauce With Chicken
    Chicken Souvlaki
    Chicken Parmesan - Low Fat
    Peanut Butter Chicken with Chile
    Jalapeno-lime Chicken
    Boston Market Bake and Baste Chicken

    I have reviewed 65 pork recipes. Pork is billed as the other white meat. My DH loves pork chops and it always a pretty safe bet in my house.

    http://www.food.com/reviews.php?q[]=pork&reviewer=133174&ls=re&review_date=2004-05-05%2C2012-01-09

    A few of my favorites:

    Curried Cider Pork Chops
    Pomegranate Balsamic Pork Roast
    Pork Roast With Herbed Pepper Rub
    Balsamic Pork Tenderloin
    Cajun Pork Roast
    Garlic-Lime Pork Chops

    We also eat lentils or beans of some sort once a week and fill in with leftovers for lunches etc. Several of these use meat but a vegetarian substitute could be used.

    Lentil Chili
    Wonderful Slow Cooker Lentils
    Lentil Soup With Swiss Chard
    Lentil Stew over Couscous

    Here is one that I really love. I use them to add to salads.

    How to Sprout Lentils

    Here are a couple of more of my lentil reviews:

    Moroccan Spiced Salmon over Lentils
    Curried Lentils and Rice
    Mediterranean Lentils
    One Pot Spicy Sausage and Lentils

    Hope that some of these will give you inspiration. We all needing inspiring once in awhile. icon_smile.gif
    PaNik
    Tue Jan 10, 2012 7:19 pm
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    Thanks so much! Now I have somewhere to start for next week's meal planning. I really do avoid soy as much as possible for endocrine issues, as well, and I simply haven't found a way to fit beans on my plate. I grew up eating pinto beans, but most beans have way more carbs and much less protein than I once thought. Lately, every little carb sends my sugar back to where I do not want to see it. So, I try my hardest to stick to 15g at a snack and 30g at a meal. Starchy veggies are in the same category. My current goal is to diversify and include more of the things I had to exclude, but first is to master the protein section of my plate so that my blood glucose is more stable.

    I've got some recipe sifting to do!!!
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    Thanks!
    Nico
    PaulaG
    Tue Jan 10, 2012 9:07 pm
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    Glad that I could be of help. Keep us updated on how things are going.
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