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MadMom's picture

Is it too late to start another CT project?  If not, I've decided to cook as much as possible from Pam Anderson's new book, The Perfect Recipe for Losing Weight and Eating Great.  I'm really inspired by her story, to the point that I'm exercising at least five days a week and have consciously tried to buy food which fits in with her philosophy.  I might slip on occasion and say "diet" but she stresses that a diet is something we use to lose weight, then drop when we reach our desired goal.  That has happened to me more times than I can count, so I'm trying to make an effort to change my evil ways!


Tonight (and of course, I forgot to take pictures) we had her Cream of Asparagus Soup (p. 126)  Only MadMomming I did was to use real rice, rather than the instant she suggests.  Since it was only DH and I, I halved the recipe, and used 1/4 cup real rice, cooking it for about ten minutes before I added the asparagus. 


This was followed by the Sear-and-Sauce Sea Scallops (p. 228).  I cooked the scallops exactly according to her directions, and they were excellent.  They were served with a Mustard Cream Sauce with Tarragon (p. 231) which was also excellent. 


The soup was 114 calories.  Scallops were 193 calories for DH and 97 for me  (I halved the recipe, and gave him 4; I ate 2).  Pan sauce added about 33 calories each.  We added rice, for an additional 150 calories.  In other words, it was an excellent meal, enjoyable food, but low in calories. 




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soupereasy's picture

(post #67244, reply #1 of 357)

Sounds wonderful! May have to look into this book.:)

shoechick's picture

(post #67244, reply #2 of 357)

I have this book on order from the Good Cook. Sounds like a winner.

The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.  ~St. Augustine

The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.  ~St. Augustine

roz's picture

(post #67244, reply #3 of 357)

I look forward to your critique and progress. Yeah!

Be impeccable with your word. Don't take anything personally. Don't make assumptions. Do your best. Don Miguel Ruiz
kathymcmo's picture

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I'd love to hear about your experiences with this book, saw it yesterday at the bookstore but was there to buy baby books so didn't have much time to leaf through it. A few more meals like the one you just described and I will have to go buy it!

SallyBR1's picture

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I will be following your thread closely. I am tempted by this cookbook, but resisting so far

Research is to see what everybody has seen and to think what nobody else has thought.

Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

(through MadMom, March 2008).

whatscooking's picture

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I've toyed with doing this too because I've been making stuff from her book.  But I think I'll just read what you're doing and chime in occasionally, if you don't mind.


I've made the "I Can't Believe They're Not Fried Tortilla Chips."  They were only OK to snack on.  But I used them in tortilla soup and you couldn't tell the difference.  I also made the Seared STeak with Rosemary and that was VERY good.  The only change I made was fresh garlic instead of powder.  I served that with the Roasted Mushrooms with Garlic and Thyme and we liked that too.   I think there was an Asian baked fish that was good.  And I really want to make that Flatbread, maybe this week some time.  I've made a few other things but I can't think of the exact name and I don't have the book with me right now. Plus, I'm afraid I might be mixing up recipes with the other "light" cookbook that I've been using, Ellie Krieger's Food You Crave (that's another good one)   Maybe I should do that one :)


Keep a green tree in your heart and
perhaps a singing bird will come
- Chinese proverb

Chicago-style deep-dish:  "Pizza for people who just aren't fat enough"
Anthony Bourdain
http://theoutdatedkitchen.blogspot.com/

MadMom's picture

(post #67244, reply #7 of 357)

You can feel free to chime in any time, but I really would love to hear your experiences with the other book.  I do enjoy hearing how you feel about the recipes in Pam's book.  I'm going to have to MadMom some, simply because she uses a lot of nuts and a few things (like instant rice) that I don't buy, but I think the basic concept is good.  It's one that Sally Schneider also uses, which is that good food doesn't have to taste like diet food in order to be good for you. 



Not One More Day!
Not One More Dime! Not One More Life! Not One More Lie!

End the Occupation of Iraq -- Bring the Troops Home Now!

And Take Care of Them When They Get Here!

Marcia's picture

(post #67244, reply #8 of 357)

I admire Pam Anderson and like her cookbooks, but I don't believe instant rice is food.

Best of luck to you - it's sounding good!

Tess's picture

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Never too late! We can't let this folder go to waste!

I just googled the book title and on Amazon came up with
"Products tagged "the perfect recipe for losing weight and eating great""
and there was your book,
as well as "The Man Who Swam the Amazon (Paperback)"!
hmmm... an odd combination at any rate.

The book looks interesting and I'll look forward to your progress. Might inspire me...

Tess's Japanese Kitchen http://1tess.wordpress.com
MadMom's picture

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Talk about odd combinations...I ordered another cookbook in order to get free shipping.  It was Whimsical Bakehouse.  I promise I won't cook anything from it except for my grandchildren, LOL.



Not One More Day!
Not One More Dime! Not One More Life! Not One More Lie!

End the Occupation of Iraq -- Bring the Troops Home Now!

And Take Care of Them When They Get Here!

MadMom's picture

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Tonight, decided to have breakfast for dinner.  Made two recipes from Pam's new book.  First was the Creamy Grits with Parmesan and Prosciutto (p. 58).  I didn't have any quick grits, so madmommed the recipe using stone ground ones.  Cooked them for quite a while, then added the crisped prosciutto and cheese.  Forgot to put any butter in, but didn't really miss it.  The serving was about 184 calories, but that included butter and some oil to fry the prosciutto in, neither of which I used.  Served this with an Open-Faced Omelet (p. 74).  Again, I madmommed it a bit, using two eggs worth of egg whites, rather than one egg and 1/4 cup of egg whites.  Also used a nonstick pan so eliminated the oil.  I'm figuring the omelet came out to about 60 calories, as opposed to the 144 in the book.  For a topping, I used a chopped Roma tomato and some mozzarella cheese (p. 75).  Didn't have any basil.  The topping added another 106 calories.  Finished the breakfast off with a slice of multigrain bread, toasted, no butter, for 100 calories.  This time I actually remembered to take a picture. 



Not One More Day!
Not One More Dime! Not One More Life! Not One More Lie!

End the Occupation of Iraq -- Bring the Troops Home Now!

And Take Care of Them When They Get Here!

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soupereasy's picture

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Not an egg eater but those grits look and sound like just my cup of tea!


As an aside, DH was in Dallas all last week and couldn't get any decent grits. At one place the waiter told him not to have the grits as they were "watery". When he got back saturday night he asked if I would make him some grits for breakfast. Nice to be appreciated.;)

MadMom's picture

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So many restaurants these days serve instant grits, even in the south.  They are unfit for human consumption.



Not One More Day!
Not One More Dime! Not One More Life! Not One More Lie!

End the Occupation of Iraq -- Bring the Troops Home Now!

And Take Care of Them When They Get Here!

whatscooking's picture

(post #67244, reply #14 of 357)

Cute.  He had to go home to New Jersey for some decent grits :) 


Dinner looked good, Madmom! 


Keep a green tree in your heart and
perhaps a singing bird will come
- Chinese proverb


Edited 4/14/2008 9:48 pm by whatscooking

Chicago-style deep-dish:  "Pizza for people who just aren't fat enough"
Anthony Bourdain
http://theoutdatedkitchen.blogspot.com/

Marcia's picture

(post #67244, reply #15 of 357)

That looks really good, aside from the eggs, of course, but that's just me.

It sounds like this may be the book for you, and I like the substitutions you're making - stone ground grits are certainly better for you, not to mention way more delicious.

I'm with you on the instant grits - the first place they were served to me was in the south - unfit for any sort of consumption, IMO.

MadMom's picture

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Tonight was a really easy meal.  Fixed the Mix and Match Foil Pockets with salmon and Lemon-Dill flavorings (p. 243, about 315 calories per serving).  For the veggies, I added asparagus to both of ours, and some orange bell pepper to mine.  Wrapped them in foil and tossed on a baking sheet into the oven.  Meanwhile, made some rice (my DH loves rice) to go with it.  I took some pictures of his plate and mine.


I'm really enjoying this book!  Have not been so strict about following the recipes, but I know Pam would understand and approve.




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Not One More Dime! Not One More Life! Not One More Lie!

End the Occupation of Iraq -- Bring the Troops Home Now!

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roz's picture

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The salmon looks delicious and I like the addition of the pepper. I suppose PA talks about portion size, and the rice looks proportional.

Be impeccable with your word. Don't take anything personally. Don't make assumptions. Do your best. Don Miguel Ruiz
MadMom's picture

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Have just skimmed the book, although I intend to reread it in detail, but I do think that proportion size is a key.  She does mention that it doesn't help to try to "diet" and cut out things you love because if you ever lose the weight, you will go right back to them.  Just take a bite or two.  I do like her approach, because I know I can never spend the rest of my life on a "diet."



Not One More Day!
Not One More Dime! Not One More Life! Not One More Lie!

End the Occupation of Iraq -- Bring the Troops Home Now!

And Take Care of Them When They Get Here!

roz's picture

(post #67244, reply #20 of 357)

Yes, it is incorporating a new way of looking at food. Saying I only have so many calories allotted to me this day, do I really want that vanilla ice cream? I can usually hold out, but if I have an accomplice, I cave in and have that ice cream! I am weak! You are doing great and hope you stick with it. It really is a good choice.

Be impeccable with your word. Don't take anything personally. Don't make assumptions. Do your best. Don Miguel Ruiz
avak123's picture

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Yippee!


I just received a call from CM and they have a spot for me on the 22nd for Pam's class. Actually, I was shocked because I was number 8 on the waiting list. Divine intervention, perhaps!?! :-)

MadMom's picture

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I am so depressed.  I picked up a copy of the class schedule at A Southern Season (definitely won't abbreviate that one - whatever were they thinking?) when I was there today, and Pam's class is this evening, at 6 p.m.  No way I could hang around Chapel Hill for five more hours, and probably wouldn't have been able to make it home, since I'm headed for a nap right now.  You will have to tell her hi for me and ask her to let me know if she's ever going to be in NC again.  If I find out before the class is full, I could have my friend or my daughter drive me up there and home, which would be nice.



Not One More Day!
Not One More Dime! Not One More Life! Not One More Lie!

End the Occupation of Iraq -- Bring the Troops Home Now!

And Take Care of Them When They Get Here!

avak123's picture

(post #67244, reply #171 of 357)

I will give you a full report.


 

Marcia's picture

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You've surely lived a blameless life - enjoy!

avak123's picture

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:-)

MadMom's picture

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BTW, I was so wrapped up in my own unhappiness that I forgot to congratulate you!  Good job getting in.  I've been to one of Pam's classes at CM, and she is great.



Not One More Day!
Not One More Dime! Not One More Life! Not One More Lie!

End the Occupation of Iraq -- Bring the Troops Home Now!

And Take Care of Them When They Get Here!

avak123's picture

(post #67244, reply #175 of 357)

Thanks. I am really looking forward to it.


Consider me right behind you in the cheerleader section. It seems like everywhere I turn a friend is telling me how they have tried everything to lose weight. I tell them about Pam's book and the next thing you know I have given my copy away. I think I am down 4 copies--all in the name of a healthier lifestyle! 


 

Rae's picture

(post #67244, reply #176 of 357)

I am in for Pam's class in Fort Worth May 23rd. Can't wait.

MadMom's picture

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I don't guess it would be nice to say I hate you both!  I really don't, but am green with envy!



Not One More Day!
Not One More Dime! Not One More Life! Not One More Lie!

End the Occupation of Iraq -- Bring the Troops Home Now!

And Take Care of Them When They Get Here!

MadMom's picture

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Tonight we had boneless pork loin chops.  I fixed them using the recipe for Spiced-Up Grilled Boneless Pork on p. 248-249, 208 calories per serving.  Used the Cumin and Coriander Spice Rub on p. 251, which added 12 calories per serving.  Cooked them on the grill and served with sweet potato fries and sticky rice - I think I'm in a rut!  At least it was a new and different way to cook the boneless pork, which came out nice and juicy.  I forgot to put the oil on the pork loin before putting on the rub, but it didn't seem to cause a problem.  Here are the pictures:


 




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Not One More Dime! Not One More Life! Not One More Lie!

End the Occupation of Iraq -- Bring the Troops Home Now!

And Take Care of Them When They Get Here!
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soupereasy's picture

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Shanghai tips would have been better than the sweet potato. That was from DH who thought the pork chop with its rub and the rice sounded great.:)