•October 8, 2013 • 11 Comments
Last night I made PASTA WITH BEANS, SPINACH, AND FETA for a 350-calorie dinner. This dinner is very Tuscan, and it reminded my husband of our trip to Italy last July. I could picture the Umbria area which to us looked a whole lot like Napa Valley in California without the beautiful old, old buildings. Italy is a beautiful place, and I think about the way things are viewed.
The photo above is from Howard L. Pucket
- 8 cups coarsely chopped spinach leaves
- 4 cups hot cooked cavatappi (about 6 ounces uncooked spiral-shaped pasta)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1 (19-ounce) can cannellini beans or other white beans, drained
- 2 garlic cloves, crushed (if you like garlic)
- 1/2 cup (2 ounces) shredded Feta cheese
- 1/2 cup green and black olives
- 1/2 cup pine nuts
To prepare all you have to do is toss everything together. I sprinkled pine nuts on the top.
- Fresh ground black pepper (optional)
•October 7, 2013 • 3 Comments
In the futuristic young adult book I am presently writing, Earth is in a second Ice Age. The seventeen-year-old hero, Marchand Laurent, sails an iceboat. Sailing an iceboat fits well with my young thrill-seeker’s personality, but he’s the guy who saves the world. Or should I say new world. After the solar system was bombarded with asteroids that caused Earth’s Ice Age, Venus becomes habitable.</p><p>Incidentally, an iceboat is a hull attached to a perpendicular cross piece called a runner plank. Three long “skates” or runners are attached to the boat, one on each end of the plank and at the fore end of the hull. Iceboats are strictly wind powered and need relatively snow-free ice to sail.</p><p>I’m writing young adult under the pen name of Rudyard Rowland so that I don’t annoy readers of Kathleen Rowland (my real name) who writes sensuous romantic suspense. ”Rudyard” also writes heart-stopping suspense but not spicy. A kiss is a really big deal in young adult books.
•October 7, 2013 • 16 Comments
Maybe you’ve heard about the hCG diet craze. Indeed, the 500 calorie per day is rigid, the program costs lots of money, and the dieter administers their own injections of hCG hormone which is used to suppress the appetite. Reviews are mixed because some dieters are thrilled with their weight loss. The hCG is labeled as homeopathic and not tooted by WebMD and other reliable health websites. Just a reminder, Weight Watchers only charges $10 per meeting for all the support one receives.
Firstly, many people are having success and are convinced with its power. Secondly, the mainstream medical community says it’s a scam that carries too many health risks and doesn’t lead to long-term weight loss. ”It’s reckless, irresponsible, and completely irrational,” says Pieter Cohen, an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. ”Can you lose weight on it? Of course, but that’s mainly because you’re hardly consuming any calories. And any benefit is not going to last.”
Know what? I’m not so sure the weight loss can’t last. I know a person who lost 100 pounds on Weight Watchers who gained it all back. By the way, 100 grams is 3.5 ounces. This is an adequate amount of protein. You could mix it up a bit to have something for breakfast–!
Here is the food allowed in first phase, the 500 calorie hCG diet:
Tea or coffee in any quantity without sugar. Only one tablespoonful of milk allowed in 24 hours. Saccharin or Stevia may be used.
1. 100 grams of veal, beef, chicken breast, fresh white fish, lobster, crab, or shrimp. All visible fat must be carefully removed before cooking, and the meat must be weighed raw. It must be boiled or grilled without additional fat. Salmon, eel, tuna, herring, dried or pickled fish are not allowed. The chicken breast must be removed from the bird.
2. One type of vegetable only to be chosen from the following: spinach, chard, chicory, beet-greens, green salad, tomatoes, celery, fennel, onions, red radishes, cucumbers, asparagus, cabbage.
3. One breadstick (grissino) or one Melba toast.
4. An apple, orange, or a handful of strawberries or one-half grapefruit.
The same four choices as lunch (above.)
•October 2, 2013 • 10 Comments
What’s the shelf life of yogurt?
There are many delectable brands of yogurt, but I buy Fage 0% because the store where I shop carries it in convenient 6 ounce containers. After the seal is broken, yogurt should be consumed within a week at the longest. I finish one within two or three days. I prefer plain to the sweetened or fruit-added varieties. It’s wonderful on hot, cinnamony oatmeal after morning swims, and I add a drizzle of honey. Pro-biotic yogurt gives us good digestive flora.