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It's 6am as the sun streams through your blinds and on to your dewy morning skin. The usual morning routine begins, perhaps with brushing your teeth, or perhaps with practicing some funky tai-chi on a mountain with a snake (like that woman in that horribly remade movie, Karate Kid).

 

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Whatever. The way your morning starts isn't important.

 

You go about your sneaky business. Lurking in the alley-ways (not at all creepy). Traceur-ing to work. Pole-volting your boss. Adeptly eating with chop-sticks, when suddenly a shadowy figure appears in your line of movement. Breaking your chi. Ceasing your flow. Preventing your passage.... basically, you stop.


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You can't quite make out the figure but she looks old, but not fragile. Strong and lean but not bulky. Her skin glows is radiant but withered. She clearly has some stories to tell. You pull your best ninja pose and prepare for battle.

 

The woman calmly pulls a scroll from within her robes and tosses it at your feet. You look down at the paper for a split second, and return your gaze to her direction to see her gone. Disappeared. Missing. Dissipated. No longer there... I guess is the general gist. Not even in a puff of smoke or anything. Just ... gone.

 

You pick up the scroll and unravel it between your hands.

 

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Aren't hooded figures annoying when they deliver vaguely coherent haiku's?

 

Notes and Challenge for the SNB's.

 

This challenge, for us - is all about community. Helping to improve our own, internal Stealthy Ninja Bastard Community, helping the wider NF community, helping our own, physical, local communities, and finally, saving the world (just kidding, those last two points are pretty much the same thing). In that order, too!

 

So, Stealthy Ninja Bastard Community Improvement.

 

Most of us have, via the Facebook page, agreed to (ahem, using Aisle4B's word), go almost "Freegan". Eating what we have in our house, and choosing for the length of this challenge, not to eat out, not to get take-aways, and generally use what we already have in our house / cupboards to eat / drink.

 

So your mission this week comes in three small parts:

  • Post an ingredient you have lots of in your house, but don't really know what to do with (for example, I have about 6 avocados in my fridge)
  • Reply via this thread at to at least one other member with a yummy recipe - not necessarily one you've tried, but one that looks and sounds delicious (please note! Because we're all doing slightly different diets, any recipe that's recommended can be tweaked to suit individual needs).
  • Post a picture of your newly created delicious meal. Because food porn, ammiryte?

You can find Aerie's Challenge Here.

You can find Aisle4B's Challenge Here.

You can find Ceasefire's Challenge Here. 

DChristian doesn't have a thread yet :(

You can find LegoLady's Challenge Here.

You can find Neph's Challenge Here.

You can find Peggysr's Challenge Here.

You can find Primeval's Challenge Here.

You can find Rogaecia's Challenge Here.

You can find Sabrinamari's Challenge Here.

You can find Sicil's Challenge Here.

You can find Starpuck's Challenge Here.

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“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Don’t complain.†~Maya Angelou


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CHALLENGE 6: Neph Arrives fashionably late.


 


 

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I LOVE this intro. You put so much care and heart into it, I really enjoyed reading with that lovely tune blasting in my head. Way to hit it out of the park, Neph. Our legacy is safe in your hands.

 

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So, now, onto this week's amazing challenge!

 

I've had this can of cranberry sauce in my hamper forever.

 

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I keep on meaning to use it, but it just keeps on sitting in the back corner judging me. So guys, should I use it? Is it healthy?

 

I could probably do something in the crock pot pretty easily: http://kathyskitchentable.com/slow-cooker-cranberry-chicken/

 

 

Oh, and here's my new thread: http://rebellion.nerdfitness.com/index.php?/topic/42141-sicil-ninja-gets-lucky-in-love/

sicil

Level 4 Xeph Assassin

STR 6.5 | DEX 15 | STA 12 | CON 10.5 | WIS 9.5 | CHA 8.5

 

Current Challenge: Lucky In Love

#4 Finding Zen#3: Preparations For Battle | #2: Ninja School | #1: Lapsed Ninja

 

"You're welcome on my boat. God ain't." - Firefly

 

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This isn't in my cabinet because it doesn't keep long, but I would LOVE some good ideas for what to do with greens--chard, kale, spinach, mustard greens, etc.  I KNOW I should eat more dark green leafy veggies, but I just don't love them.  Plus, before too long, I'll be growing them in my garden.  I have an unfortunate history of leaving them in the garden or the fridge till it's too late.

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Intro & Challenge Summary

Challenges:   1  2  3  4  5  6 7

Strength is the capacity to break a chocolate bar into four pieces with your bare hands - and then eat just one of the pieces.

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I did get a copy of YNAB yesterday, but haven't opened it yet.  I don't think I want to hear what it tells me.

 

DH and I are trying to cut back on grabbing take out food, so I'll be along for that ride.  On the other hand, we're trying to have a weekly date, so I may actually be eating out MORE than I used to.

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STR:  11.5 | DEX: 6.5 | STA: 12.75 | CON: 7.0 | WIS: 9.5 | CHA: 5

 

Intro & Challenge Summary

Challenges:   1  2  3  4  5  6 7

Strength is the capacity to break a chocolate bar into four pieces with your bare hands - and then eat just one of the pieces.

Judith Viorst

 

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I LOVE this intro. You put so much care and heart into it, I really enjoyed reading with that lovely tune blasting in my head. Way to hit it out of the park, Neph. Our legacy is safe in your hands.

 

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So, now, onto this week's amazing challenge!

 

I've had this can of cranberry sauce in my hamper forever.

 

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I keep on meaning to use it, but it just keeps on sitting in the back corner judging me. So guys, should I use it? Is it healthy?

 

I could probably do something in the crock pot pretty easily: http://kathyskitchentable.com/slow-cooker-cranberry-chicken/

 

 

Oh, and here's my new thread: http://rebellion.nerdfitness.com/index.php?/topic/42141-sicil-ninja-gets-lucky-in-love/

 

The recipe looks pretty good actually.  I may use up the cranberry sauce we forgot to put out at Thanksgiving.

 

The bad news is, the first or second ingredient is almost definitely SUGAR.  Cranberries are high in vitamin C which makes them so tart they're usually sweetened a LOT.  So there's nothing paleo you can make with this.  On the other hand, if you're craving a little sweetness, this recipe's a good way to go.

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STR:  11.5 | DEX: 6.5 | STA: 12.75 | CON: 7.0 | WIS: 9.5 | CHA: 5

 

Intro & Challenge Summary

Challenges:   1  2  3  4  5  6 7

Strength is the capacity to break a chocolate bar into four pieces with your bare hands - and then eat just one of the pieces.

Judith Viorst

 

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The recipe looks pretty good actually.  I may use up the cranberry sauce we forgot to put out at Thanksgiving.

 

The bad news is, the first or second ingredient is almost definitely SUGAR.  Cranberries are high in vitamin C which makes them so tart they're usually sweetened a LOT.  So there's nothing paleo you can make with this.  On the other hand, if you're craving a little sweetness, this recipe's a good way to go.

 

I think so too - that's my one hang-up with it and why it's sat around in my kitchen for so long. I wonder if I could skip the can, and come up with a sugar-friendly option. Hmmm.

sicil

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STR 6.5 | DEX 15 | STA 12 | CON 10.5 | WIS 9.5 | CHA 8.5

 

Current Challenge: Lucky In Love

#4 Finding Zen#3: Preparations For Battle | #2: Ninja School | #1: Lapsed Ninja

 

"You're welcome on my boat. God ain't." - Firefly

 

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This isn't in my cabinet because it doesn't keep long, but I would LOVE some good ideas for what to do with greens--chard, kale, spinach, mustard greens, etc.  I KNOW I should eat more dark green leafy veggies, but I just don't love them.  Plus, before too long, I'll be growing them in my garden.  I have an unfortunate history of leaving them in the garden or the fridge till it's too late.

 

OMG greens. I hated them until I had them done "right" by my wife and mother in law.

 

Here's a recipe, but feel free to leave any of it out. I have it with just the bacon, salt, and pepper and LOVE it.

 

http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/collard_greens_with_bacon/

If your can't fix it with bacon, you're probably going to die.

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This isn't in my cabinet because it doesn't keep long, but I would LOVE some good ideas for what to do with greens--chard, kale, spinach, mustard greens, etc. I KNOW I should eat more dark green leafy veggies, but I just don't love them. Plus, before too long, I'll be growing them in my garden. I have an unfortunate history of leaving them in the garden or the fridge till it's too late.

This should work for all of those, though I've only ever really tried it with spinach.

Heat some oil in a skillet. Add some aromatics (garlic, onion, etc) and sauté for a minute. Add two handfuls of greens, crack 2-3 eggs into pan and cover with lid. Cook until eggs are poached to your liking, add any further spices (I like paprika) and have the best breakfast ever!

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This should work for all of those, though I've only ever really tried it with spinach.

Heat some oil in a skillet. Add some aromatics (garlic, onion, etc) and sauté for a minute. Add two handfuls of greens, crack 2-3 eggs into pan and cover with lid. Cook until eggs are poached to your liking, add any further spices (I like paprika) and have the best breakfast ever!

 

And now I know what I'll be eating tomorrow morning.

If your can't fix it with bacon, you're probably going to die.

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And now I know what I'll be eating tomorrow morning.

 

I know what you mean. But yours is pretty good, too!

 

I think it'll be like this the entire challenge. "How do I make _____ appetizing?"

 

Answer: "Add bacon."

sicil

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Current Challenge: Lucky In Love

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This is a gorgeous post…really beautiful.  I listened to it and read it twice, and I know I'll read it at least once more.

 

Wow.

 

OK, I am in for:

 

A. eating out of my pantry---no going out for six weeks

B. this week's three-part challenge

 

Part 1: The food I have a lot of---dried beans and lentils.

 

I have TONS of dried beans and lentils, and would love any ideas about them.

 

Part 2: A recipe

 

Peggy: we have gone from "What do we do with kale?" to "Oh my gods, we're out of kale! Quick, buy more!"

 

This is because Michael still makes smoothies most mornings, and he adds a handful of kale (or spinach, or lettuce, or whatever we have) to yogurt, a banana, protein powder, berries, a green apple, a carrot, a hunk of cucumber and sometimes celery.  We try to use organic veggies whenever we can.

 

He has also used almond milk with little or no yogurt in making non-dairy smoothies for me.

 

We are going to start adding flax oil, too, to reduce inflammation.

Shine shine shine!

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This is a gorgeous post…really beautiful. I listened to it and read it twice, and I know I'll read it at least once more.

Wow.

OK, I am in for:

A. eating out of my pantry---no going out for six weeks

B. this week's three-part challenge

Part 1: The food I have a lot of---dried beans and lentils.

I have TONS of dried beans and lentils, and would love any ideas about them.

Pinto beans or red beans? http://moneysavingmom.com/2012/03/how-to-make-homemade-refried-beans.html Make refried beans! Obvious, I know, but these are amazing and blowed the canned gunk out of the water.

Chickpeas? http://www.budgetbytes.com/2010/12/falafel/ make falafel for a meal, or http://www.budgetbytes.com/2010/02/roasted-chickpeas/ roasted chickpeas for an awesome snack.

As for lentils, I haven't cooked much with them but I know Budget Bytes just posted a recipe using them, and I've heard lentil Dahl (Indian food, I believe) is cheap and tasty.

The nice thing about beans is that you can throw in bits and pieces of indifferent kinds; I routinely add black beans to my refried beans and white beans to my falafel.

Seriously, beans are keeping me from paleo :P I have a bit of a love affair!

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Aisle4b, thank you for the links and recipes!  I too, love beans, and I am happy to have some new recipes with which to plan my week's menu at today's Sunday meeting.  Yummy.

 

Here is my challenge thread: http://rebellion.nerdfitness.com/index.php?/topic/42260-sabrinamari-seeks-sustainable-balance/

 

I'm not clever with the computer stuff so I'm just sticking my link here.

 

Sunday food planning meetings are my first priority this time around, although working out is just as important.  Again, thank you for the recipes!

Shine shine shine!

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Part one:

 

I have abundance (read: 6) avocado's in my fridge. I love eating them 'raw' and as is for a snack, but I'd love to cook with them and make something.

 

As for a recipe...:

 

Your cranberrys (as mentioned) above, aren't going to be paleo, most tinned fruit has a ton of fruit in, so whatever you do, you'll have to use sparingly, if you diet allows. I would add a tea-spoon every time you cook white meat, it'll sweeten it, give it a kick and pour the rest into a bowl for the next time you cook.

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This should work for all of those, though I've only ever really tried it with spinach.

Heat some oil in a skillet. Add some aromatics (garlic, onion, etc) and sauté for a minute. Add two handfuls of greens, crack 2-3 eggs into pan and cover with lid. Cook until eggs are poached to your liking, add any further spices (I like paprika) and have the best breakfast ever!

 

Pretty much my breakfast on a daily basis. Three months in, still not bored! For "interest", make the eggs into an omelet, add bacon, add cooked meat.

 

Nom!

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CHALLENGE 6: Neph Arrives fashionably late.


 


 

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I found what I need help using up: bananas!

 

I bought a bunch but they turned ripe waaaay too fast for me to eat them, so I peeled them and stuck them in the freezer. I was at a loss for any healthy use (I don't count banana bread as healthy). Then I discovered that somehow I hadn't subscribed to rogaecia's thread last challenge, and as I was reading through it I discovered banana "ice cream". Oh. My. Gosh. That sounds amazing! 

 

If you guys have any other ideas, I'm happy to hear them too!

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OMG greens. I hated them until I had them done "right" by my wife and mother in law.

 

Here's a recipe, but feel free to leave any of it out. I have it with just the bacon, salt, and pepper and LOVE it.

 

http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/collard_greens_with_bacon/

 

This looks SO yummy.  Next grocery store trip, I'll buy some fresh greens and try it out.  Would it work with frozen greens?

 

 

This should work for all of those, though I've only ever really tried it with spinach.

Heat some oil in a skillet. Add some aromatics (garlic, onion, etc) and sauté for a minute. Add two handfuls of greens, crack 2-3 eggs into pan and cover with lid. Cook until eggs are poached to your liking, add any further spices (I like paprika) and have the best breakfast ever!

 

Breakfast tomorrow!  I think I can use frozen greens in this, if I thaw and drain them first.  Also, it's a great alternative to the green smoothies I love in warm weather.

 

This is a gorgeous post…really beautiful.  I listened to it and read it twice, and I know I'll read it at least once more.

 

Wow.

 

OK, I am in for:

 

A. eating out of my pantry---no going out for six weeks

B. this week's three-part challenge

 

Part 1: The food I have a lot of---dried beans and lentils.

 

I have TONS of dried beans and lentils, and would love any ideas about them.

 

Part 2: A recipe

 

Peggy: we have gone from "What do we do with kale?" to "Oh my gods, we're out of kale! Quick, buy more!"

 

This is because Michael still makes smoothies most mornings, and he adds a handful of kale (or spinach, or lettuce, or whatever we have) to yogurt, a banana, protein powder, berries, a green apple, a carrot, a hunk of cucumber and sometimes celery.  We try to use organic veggies whenever we can.

 

He has also used almond milk with little or no yogurt in making non-dairy smoothies for me.

 

We are going to start adding flax oil, too, to reduce inflammation.

 

I do LOVE smoothies, but not when it's cold.  After a couple of cold mornings when I drank and shivered, I gave up on them for the winter.  I usually use frozen greens for smoothies, which is why I do have a ready supply of frozen greens.

 

So, beans are food of the gods.  They are the reason I just won't do paleo or whole 30.  I'm such a bean geek that one of the highlights of our trips to the Outer Banks is getting half a dozen bags of dried field peas because I can't buy them locally.

 

My first question is exactly what kind of dried beans, because they each have their own character.  Black beans cry out for cumin.  Green lentils are awesome with bacon and beef broth.  Masoor Dal is the most amazing thing to do with red lentils.  (You might find lots of fun Indian recipes on that site.)

 

As a general rule, simmer them in the crockpot till they're tender, then saute veggies--absolutely onions and garlic, possibly peppers, carrots, celery, just about any vegetable you have.  How long to simmer varies with the bean.  Lentils are fairly quick; black, pinto, navy, kidney and similar beans are good for starting in the morning in the crockpot and coming home to season and eat after work.  Chickpeas and soybeans can take longer than 8 hours, sometimes 12 or more.  Here's my general recipe, followed by all the bean recipes in my personal cookbook.  Hopefully, this isn't too much.

 

Dried Beans

Wash beans; discard those that float. Pour beans into Dutch oven or crock pot. Cover with water 1 or 2 inches above the beans. If beans are dried, EITHER soak overnight OR bring to a boil, turn heat off, and let stand covered for 1 hour.

Add salt, pepper, tabasco, wine, or vinegar as desired. Bring to boil, and simmer until beans are soft (usually several hours). Half an hour before cooking is finished, add a minced onion. Beans should stay covered with water the entire time they are cooking.

Garbanzo Beans

These should be soaked overnight in water to which either 1 tsp. salt or 1/8 tsp. baking soda has been added.

Variation:  Carmen's Black Beans

from Carmen Carle

 

Cook 1 lb beans.

Season beans with 4-6 cloves garlic, minced

1 chopped onion

1 tsp. cumin

1 tsp. sugar

pork

all sautéed in olive oil.

 

from Mother

 

Lentil Soup

In large saucepan combine 1 c. lentils

5 c. water

Bring to a boil; then simmer for one hour.

In skillet, fry 4 slices bacon.

Add 1 c. chopped leeks

1 c. chopped onion

1 c. diced carrots

3/4 c. chopped tomatoes

Saute a few minutes. Add contents of skillet to lentils. Without cleaning skillet, melt

3 T margarine or butter

Add 3 T flour.

Stir and cook. Then add 1 can condensed beef boullion (10 1/2 oz)

2 T cider vinegar.

Simmer until thick. Add to lentils. Continue simmering soup another half hour or so to taste. Season with

salt.

 

from Peggy Otwell

 

Lentil Soup (Zoned)

P C F

In large saucepan combine 1/2 lb lentils 8 blocks 15 blocks

1-1/2 c TVP 11

5 c. water

Bring to a boil; then simmer for one hour.

In skillet, heat up 1/4 c. olive oil 19

Add 1-1/2 c. chopped onion 1.5

1/2 c. sliced carrots 1

1 c chopped celery .5

1/2 c. chopped tomatoes 1

Sauté a few minutes. Add contents of skillet to lentils.

Stir together. Then add 2 bouillon cubes, dissolved in water

2 T cider vinegar.

Continue simmering soup another half hour or so to taste. Season with

salt.

 

adapted from a recipe from Peggy Otwell

19 complete blocks

 

Marie's Black Beans

Soak overnight 1 lb. black beans

Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 4 hours or until nearly done.

Chop 1 green pepper

2 onions

3 cloves of garlic.

Saute in 1/4 c. olive oil.

Add to beans along with

1 T salt

1 or 2 bay leaves

1/2 c. wine.

Mash some beans to thicken. Serve over cooked rice.

 

from Marie Taylor

 

Serves 4-6

 

Marty's Industrial Chili Recipe

Cook with salt 1 lb. dry pinto beans

Add 1 can tomatos

1-2 green peppers, diced

1 med onion, diced

1/2 bunch cilantro, chopped

4-5 cloves garlic, finely chopped

2-1/2 oz jalapenos, chopped (or less to taste)

1/3 c. Hershey's syrup (or 1 oz chocolate + 2 T sugar)

1/4 c. Worchestshire sauce

2 T instant coffee

3 T chili powder (or less to taste)

1 T hot sauce (or less to taste)

1 T soy sauce

1 T black pepper

2 tsp salt

And your choice of the following for texture

3-4 yellow squash, cut into large chunks

3-4 zucchini squash, cut into large chunks

1-2 cans black beans, kidney beans, etc.

1/2 loaf veg sausage

1 to 1-1/2 lb. mushrooms, sliced

Simmer for 1 hour or longer. Serve with

grated cheese

sour cream.

 

from Marty

 

Large Dutch oven full of chili

 

Pam's Chickpeas

Combine in a blender fresh ginger to taste

1 tsp. cumin

1 tsp. coriander (fresh is best)

1 green chili

1 stick cinnamon

Saute in oil 2 cloves garlic

1 small onion, finely chopped.

Add contents of blender and cook for 5 minutes.

Add 1-2 tomatoes, chopped

1 large can of chickpeas, undrained.

Add to taste salt & turmeric.

Simmer 20 to 30 minutes. (Stir in cashews). Serve over rice.

Part of the chickpeas can be replaced with spinach for an interesting variation.

 

from Pam

 

Serves 6

 

S. W. Bean Soup W/Cornmeal Dumplings

The crockery cooker allows this soup to simmer unattended for hours. About 45 minutes before you're ready for dinner, stir together the dumplings and add to the soup.

In a 3 1/2 or 4 quart crock pot combine

1 15 1/2-oz. can red kidney beans, rinsed and drained

1 15 1/2-oz. can black beans, pinto beans, or great northern beans, rinsed and

drained.

3 c water

1 14 1/2-oz. can Mexican-style stewed tomatoes

1 10-oz. pkg. frozen whole kernel corn, thawed

2 med carrots, sliced (1 cup)

1 large onion, Chopped (1 cup)

1 4-oz. can chopped green chili peppers

2 T instant beef or chicken bouillon granules or 6 vegetable bouillon cubes

1 to 2 tsp. chili powder

2 cloves garlic, minced

Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 10 to 12 hours or on high-heat setting for 4 to 5 hours.

For dumplings, in a small mixing bowl stir together

1/3 c all purpose flour

1/4 c yellow cornmeal

1 tsp. baking powder

Dash salt

Dash pepper.

In a medium mixing bowl, combine

1 beaten egg white

2 T milk

1 T cooking oil.

Add flour mixture; stir with a fork just till combined, If soup was cooked on low-heat setting, turn crock pot to high-heat setting. Drop the dumpling mixture from a rounded teaspoon to make 8 mounds atop the soup. Cover; cook for 30 minutes more (do not lift cover). Makes 4 servings.

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING:

448 cal. (10% from fat), 5g fat, 1mg chol., 21g protein, 83g carbo., 20g dietary fiber, 2,209mg sodium. U.S. RDA: 16 % calcium, 32% iron. 140% vit. A, 64 % vit. C, 56% thiamine, 27% riboflavin.

 

from BH & G via

Jazzman a of America Online

 

White Chili

In a large pot, combine 1 lb. dried white beans

6 c. chicken broth

2 cloves of garlic, minced

1 med onion, chopped.

Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until beans are very soft, 3 hours or more, adding more chicken broth if needed.

In a skillet, sauté till tender 1 med onion, chopped

in 1 T oil.

Add and mix thoroughly 2 4 oz. cans chopped green chilies

2 tsp. cumin

1-1/2 tsp. oregano (dried, NOT powdered)

1/4 tsp. cloves

1/4 tsp. cayenne.

Add seasonings to beans with 4 c. diced, cooked chicken or turkey.

Simmer 1 hour. Serve with 2 c. grated Monterey Jack cheese.

This is a great way to use Thanksgiving turkey leftovers.

 

from Carol Smith

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I made a beef brisket, using a free range gf brisket that's been sitting in the freezer for like a year and a half. I haven't cooked it before because 1. It was 7 lbs!!!! And 2. I don't eat a lot of brisket, so I had no idea how to cook it. After reviewing about 5 recipes online, I figured out that brisket is just like any other roast. You rub it with spices, slow roast and boom. Done. Glad I faced my fears and took the plunge... Into delicious brisket

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Seriously, beans are keeping me from paleo :tongue: I have a bit of a love affair!

You are a woman after my own heart!

 

I found what I need help using up: bananas!

 

I bought a bunch but they turned ripe waaaay too fast for me to eat them, so I peeled them and stuck them in the freezer. I was at a loss for any healthy use (I don't count banana bread as healthy). Then I discovered that somehow I hadn't subscribed to rogaecia's thread last challenge, and as I was reading through it I discovered banana "ice cream". Oh. My. Gosh. That sounds amazing! 

 

If you guys have any other ideas, I'm happy to hear them too!

 

To be honest, banana bread isn't a terrible treat as sweets go.  I think it's lower in sugar, fat, and empty calories than most baked goods.

 

Sabrina mentioned smoothies, and ripe bananas make an AMAZING base for them.  I blend a ripe banana, another piece of fruit--oranges are yummy--and a couple of handfuls of frozen greens, adding each ingredient separately and adding enough water for smooth blending.

 

I also thought this recipe was good when we tried it a few months ago:

 

"When you have a sweet tooth and want to stay on track, here's a nice treat.  Sugar is NOT an added ingredient.

 

3 mashed bananas (ripe)

1/3 cup apple sauce

2 cups oats

1/4 cup almond milk

1/2 cup raisins (optional)

1 tsp vanilla

1 tsp cinnamon

 

Bake at 350 for 15 to 20 minutes"

 

Obviously, combine all the ingredients, although the recipe doesn't actually say to, and drop blobs onto cookie sheets, probably greased cookie sheets.  These are really good, and perfect for cookie cravings.

Level 4 Lycan Adventurer

STR:  11.5 | DEX: 6.5 | STA: 12.75 | CON: 7.0 | WIS: 9.5 | CHA: 5

 

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Strength is the capacity to break a chocolate bar into four pieces with your bare hands - and then eat just one of the pieces.

Judith Viorst

 

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Sorry to take up so much space, but I'm catching up on weeks of not post I guess.

 

I wanted to celebrate this:  I slipped into ONEDERLAND over the holidays.  I'm not losing fast, but I'm losing steadily.

 

Also, I don't know if this would be helpful to other, but I signed up for www.dinnertime.com. My job encouraged us to as one of their healthy benefit plugs.  I'm still learning how it works, and this is my first week, but it looks pretty good.  Basically, I set up meal profiles (and low carb is an option), assign the profiles to days of the week, tell it what grocery store I'll be shopping at, and it generates a meal plan for dinners during the week.

 

The recipes for this week look good, although I did have an argument with the software about my meatless Friday.  I didn't want tofu, and it didn't offer me any other options.

Level 4 Lycan Adventurer

STR:  11.5 | DEX: 6.5 | STA: 12.75 | CON: 7.0 | WIS: 9.5 | CHA: 5

 

Intro & Challenge Summary

Challenges:   1  2  3  4  5  6 7

Strength is the capacity to break a chocolate bar into four pieces with your bare hands - and then eat just one of the pieces.

Judith Viorst

 

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