Monthly Archives: August 2012

Missy’s Dukan Oat Bran Galette

 

If you are following this very lean way of eating (which is a bit of an exile for a food blogger, but sadly, the 3 years of fertility treatments leading up to an UNSUCCESSFUL IVF cycle has left me, well, how shall we put it? Plumper than I prefer..) then you would know that the one thing that you MUST do is eat fiber. Dr Dukan has a little item called an Oat Bran Galette that ensures you get roughage in your system. Do not be confused, this is NOT Atkins, it is a lean protein and veggies diet that not only detoxes but allows you to clean your body out and start working on that grumpy fat. It is a great way to “reset” your body. Also – if you think I do not cheat here and there, you are nuts….but I am doing the best I can, and that is all I can ask for.

There are many varieties of recipes, but here is the one that I like. I eat this right when I get home from work to take the edge off, and get the fiber in my body mid-day.

In pan!

Missy’s Dukan Oat Bran Galette

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup oat bran (I use Bob's Red Mill)
  • 4 egg whites
  • 2 tbsp non fat greek fogurt
  • 1 1/2 tbsp sugar free Cinnamon-vanilla Torani Syrup (regular vanilla or other flavor is fine as well, just use sugar free)

Instructions

  1. Simple dimple - take a non-stick pan, and heat to medium. Mix all the goodies listed above very well. Scoop 1 tablespoon at a time onto the pan and make little pancakes. Flip when bubbles appear (like a pancake)Do nor overcook, they taste like the dickens if you overcook them! Yields abut 6-7 pancakes, keep refrigerated and eat cold or microwave for 20 seconds.
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Ben Kloch’s Traditional Tuscan Soup

FINALLY!  The magical tomato recipe from Ben Kloch. I was fortunate enough to have Ben Kloch, produce professional and recipe whiz from Whole Foods on my show a few weeks ago and he gave a fabulous recipe for tomatoes with eggs and veggies that made our hearts sing. After the show there was an amazing outcry for the recipe! Finally, I have myt hands on it. enjoy! The first to send a photo of the dish will gt it posted on this site, but you HAVE to use Bens recipe!

Ben Kloch

Ingredients

  • Stick of celery
  • Carrot
  • Three small (or two large) onions
  • Enough olive oil to coat the above
  • 1/2 of a dried hot pepper, crumbled (optional) 2# of greens (e.g. beet, turnip, spinach) 1# (or more if desired!) peeled tomatoes, coarsely chopped Up to 1# of seasonal vegetables (e.g. peas, beans, bell peppers)
  • 1.5 quarts of boiling water
  • 5 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano
  • Toasted, thinly sliced bread
  • Salt (optional)

Instructions

  1. In a large soup pot over medium-hot heat, add the celery, carrots and onion coated with olive oil. Crumble in hot pepper if desired. Stir gently until onions turn translucent, then add the greens. Cover and cook over low heat until greens are completely wilted, then add tomatoes and other veg. (If you're including starchier veg like potatoes or root vegetables, it's a good idea to parboil them before adding.) Simmer for about twenty minutes, then add 1.5 quarts of boiling water. Check your seasoning, adding salt if necessary, and simmer for another twenty minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, beat the eggs and mix in the Reggiano. Place the toasted, thinly sliced bread at the bottom of your soup bowls, then spoon the beaten eggs over top. Once your soup is ready, stir it up and ladle it directly over the egg mixture so that it cooks the eggs.
  3. *If you prefer your eggs to be less runny, you can always poach them first: break the eggs into a small bowl, one at a time, and slide them into simmering water. Let each one cook for a couple of minutes, until the whites are set but the yolk is still runny. Then use a slotted spoon to drain them and carefully place them on top of the bread.
  4. Serves four (as a main course), pairs well with light red Italian wines.
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30 -Minute Creamy Chicken Sausage Pasta

We are all “too busy”. I am right there with you. It takes too much time to eat, it takes too much time to shower…..I even tap my foot while I am brushing my teeth. I am sure you know what I mean – as life get’s easier, it gets fuller….and home cooked meals can easily be shaved off by grabbing take out. I would like to offer a quick easy low fat meal that you can add to your weekly rotation. My husband loves this, it is filling and has a lot of good stuff in it!!!

Creamy Chicken Sausage with Whole Grain Pasta

INDGREDIENTS:

3 links of Aidells Chicken Dinner Sausages, sliced into coins

1 box whole grain rotini pasta

1 cup nonfat milk

4 oz lowfat cream cheese

1/4 cup shredded parmesan

1 cup Vegetable of choice (broccoli, peas, spinach, presteamed)

DIRECTIONS:

Boil pasts per box directions, drain and set aside. Place milk and cream cheese in boiling pot on low-med and allow to melt and mix ( stir every minute or so). Meanwhile microwave the sausage (it is pre-cooked) for 1 minute on high. Add pasta to sauce, then chicken sausage. Mix until tit is combined, add veggies and remove from heat. Add the cheese and serve!

 

Restaurant Review The Bay House

Some days you just have to leave town. After a year that has been a bucket full of highs and lows, we found ourselves 8 months into the year and with zero vacations under our belts. How does this happen? Easy, busy careers, satisfying lifestyle, and living in a fun city. Time slips away and you forget that you haven’t taken time for you. FOR YOU. For your marriage. Refill the love-tank, if you will.

My husband put his foot down. The radio station is playing an encore performance of a past show todday and I slipped out from work on friday. If you put your mind to it, even in the busiest of times you can find time. You can do it!

As old school as it may sound, I believe that you must take the time to walk in the sand. Hold hands, get caught up on life. Talk about dreams. (we debated a beach house vs. a lake house as our next purchase….a second home!) and figure out how to make even more changes to ensure that we are taking steps daily towards financial freedom in or retirement. Is it too early to consider this? Absolutely not. We are best friends as well as in love and we do two things to ensure we have a long, happy life together:

1. Keep ourselves healthy so our bodies will not give out, and

2. Be responisble with money so we can do what we want in our retirement.

I digressed, as I usually do, becasue this is about a restaraunt, a place we stumbled upon while looking for something to eat last night. We stopped at a few burger joints, but decided against them. We saw a place that says “limo parking” and thought that this was worth investigation. I give you: The Bay House.

We walk in the door and are greeted with a big smile, kind eyes and a “Did we know you were coming tonight?” well, darnit, no….we didnt make a reservation….”We have plenty of seats on our lounge, with a bay window view of the water and there will be live music soon. We offer a small plates version of our dinner menu…” Thank you! THANK YOU! I love small plates, I can eat several things, it is less of a commitment, and it is just FUN! We walk in and immediately find a lovely table facing the water.

We ordered 2 gorgeous IPAs by Hopworks. If you haven’t enjoyed these Organic Beers, do it. We were both so pleased that we had 2.

For the small plates we started with a plate of amazing herbed and warmed nuts. They were lightly toasted walnuts, filberts and fresh (read: green and receptly picked) herbs. There was a light dusting of salt, and it was gorgeous! At $4 there was likely 1.5 cups of nuts and a perfect compliment to the sunset and our delicious beers. Warmed, lightly toasted and herbed nuts are a lovely way to start your evening. Trust me here.

We ordered 3 items. A fresh spring greens salad with Oregonzola (Oregon Gorgonzola), sliced pears with delightful with cracked hazelnuts. Not over dressed, thank you very much. A ground tenderloin burger served with truffle chips, the one in the photo is not as dressed up as they normally are because I married a man of simple taste, but I believe you can see the quality in this photo. Finally the marine scallops that are served with fried capers and 2 sauces that I basically ignored becasue the scallops were done to perfection.

On a side note, my husband, after tasting a truffle chip said “these are the best thing I have tasted” and I was able to explain my $15 dollar truffle salt that he pooh-poohed when I purchased it. He understood how that fragrant and deep woodsy flavor can be so seductive! Truffles!!! I love you!!!

Meanwhile, the Spanish 3-piece trio of strings is trilling in the background, the sun is coming close to the sea, and I am feeling giddy with relaxation and love for my life……

We had our second round of beer and ordered a little bread with that to ensure we had enough food in our stomachs for that second round and were greeted by this gorgeous rustic loaf with what I consider one of the BEST compound butters I have ever had. It had garlic and tarragon, among other flavors in it. The skies parted and food Gods shone on us as we enjoyed the bread and butter. Beautiful, and there was salt in it as well – many a chef have made the error of not having salt in the butter, or on the side to sprinkle on (a la Mark Bitterman’s famous SALTED recipe) and have lost out on a whole new level of perfection.

Back to the ambiance. The bartender/server, ended up being the owner. You have not received gracious service until you are served by Stephen Wilson. Yes, friends, this experience from the moment we walked in the door to when we left, full, satisfied, and on love with a memory we had just made was created by the OWNER. He greeted us, followed us in was the bartender, the server, and was a gracious host.

Restaurant owners out there, I have heard this said many times, but I would like to say it myself: The best dining experiences are found when the restaurant treats you like you are a guest in their own home.

The Bay House is located right on the Historic Highway101 overlooking the Oregon Coast and boasting a spanning view of the Pacific Ocean in all of its glory at 5911 US 101, Lincoln City, OR 97367.

 

Dukan 2 Egg Breakfast

As come of you may know, I started the Dukan Diet to lose the pounds that crept up while going through infertility treatments as well as IVF which makes a mess of your hormones and your metabolism. 10 pounds crept up that was NOT there 3 years ago. I am not going to beat myself up, it has been a roller coaster to get to this point, and most pack on up to 30 pounds just going through the IVF alone, so I am a lucky gal.

So, I finished the first 5 day phase called ATTACK, and I lost 5.8 pounds. This diet is very lean foods and does require tons of water and daily exercise, a great way to reprogram your body to be a fat burner. I am now in the CRUISE phase which is a lot like the diet I try to keep in general. Lots of vegetables and lean protein and lean milk products. The first day I put 0.6 back on. I believe this is normal, and I should expect more results over the next week but that the results will slow down a bit as you start to incorporate a more balanced diet, and really, stay away from refined junk and sugars etc. We will see. I am so busy that this diet has not felt like a diet. I eat whatever I pack for lunch and finding lean proteins etc on a menu is pretty easy. I took a before pic and I plan to post an “after” I will post them both in about a month. Meanwhile I will try to add some of these lean recipes that I make up along the way!!

DISCLAIMER – I am ENTIRELY aware that I am losing “vanity pounds” and that my BMI is healthy and that I do not have a “weight” problem. But the older we get as women, the easier it is to see the creep of 5 pounds a year, etc. I want to try and find a good balance and a tool and lifestyle that will help me stay trim and healthy!

On to the recipe! I needed easy breakfasts that I have to think about. I whipped these up and I ate them all week. The GREAT thing about protein in the morning is is is a slow burner and it gives you energy that is not FALSE, like sugar.

INGREDIENTS:

  1. 8 eggs
  2. Cooking spray
  3. 4 tbsp Fat Free Cottage Cheese
  4. Fresh Herbs, salt and pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 350. Place 4 baking ramekins or mini souffle dishes on your cookie sheet. Spray very lightly with cooking spray. Crack 2 eggs into each dish and top with a tbsp each of cottage cheese. Add salt, pepper and some freshly snipped herbs (or dried) I used different kinds on each one, rosemary, oregano, sage, and plain. This offered my taste buds something new each morning. Bake for 25 minutes or until set. When cooled, place into individual zip locked baggies in a bowl in the fridge. When whipping up your lattes or coffee, microwave for 50 seconds on high! This is what you get:

Rosemary Dukan 2-Egg Breakfast with a Nonfat Latte.

There’s a Web Like a Spiders Web….

When I was in chorus in junior high school, there was a song that went:

There’s a web like a spiders web, made of silver light and shadow, hung by the moon in my room at night.

It’s a web made to catch a dream, hold it tight until I waken, as if to tell me, “it will be all right”

This song comes back to me often.  It pops into my head, and I cant help but be reminded of a great friend, Jenny, who sat by me in choir in 7th grade, and every day for the next 6 years after that we were thick as thieves.  But I digress…

The song is about dreams, and holding on tightly and knowing that everything is going to be all right.  It is a song about hard times,  shouldering forward, but it is also a song about rest, and comfort, knowing that the world is going to unfold in the way that it is supposed to.  To hold on to your dreams, stay positive, roll over, get comfortable and rest, so that you can chase your dreams tomorrow.

I love this song, and now, so many years later, it comforts me.

I will admit that I am a pretty successful woman.  I have a full time career that I love and that I am good at with people I would put myself on the line for.  I have a passion for food and I am carving out a spot that fits who I am today in the Portland food culture.  I have found that I am a confident decision maker, and also, a great wife and friend.  All of this surprises me, because this is NOT the definition I would have given you if I was asked for a self description 20 years ago.

I have found that I love to write. I have found that I am in fact, a mildly shy person who blushes internally, but has a gaping grin on the outside….compliments are harder to take than a shot in the arm and I am teaching myself to accept compliments gracefully. “Thank you, I really appreciate that.”  I have found that I love talking to people and that there is no such thing, in my book, as too many acquaintances that you feel a deep connection and admiration for.  I find something or someone new every day to love or become attached to.

While I mourn the loss of the opportunity to give birth to my own children, I am forced to step back and look at my life.  It doesn’t need to be an enviable life to others, it simply needs to be satisfying to me.  As we move forward in our progress towards being accepted as foster parents, and hopefully adoptive parents to local children in need, I realize that the success/career piece of my life, what I have worked for so long on…..it drops away in the big picture.  The big picture is my real life, the person I have become as I have gone through the process of living.  This is a realization that relaxes me, and shows me that I am on my path.  I haven’t strayed, self realization is constant and all of my highs and lows are a part of the story of me.

My life is a spiders web.  Made of silver light and shadows.  Hung by the moon in my room at night.  It’s a web made to catch a dream, hold it tight until I waken, as if to tell me it will be all right.