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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Losing Weight Project: Day 4/Alfredo Sauce and Oregano-Parmesan Breadsticks

I am tired this morning -- worked late last night and woke up early to finish evil grades, due by 5:00 pm.  If I did not love teaching so much, grading would have made me give it up a long time ago.

My meal plan for today:
  • Peach oatmeal for breakfast
  • Cinnamon crunch bar and black coffee for mid-morning snack
  • Grilled tilapia with herbs/spices and salad (romaine lettuce, cucumber, green peppers, black olives)  for lunch -- using leftovers! :)
  • Dutch Chocolate shake for mid-afternoon snack
  • Chicken soup for dinner
  • Hot cocoa for evening snack
I will make Spinach and Cheese Tortellini (sorry, S. -- from a box, not much time today) with Alfredo Sauce (still have a little heavy cream left so it's a treat for you, S., to compensate for store-bought tortellini)!!! :)  Also, I made breadsticks last night and S. loved them; still have plenty.  A small salad and dinner is ready!  It won't take much time at all!

Alfredo Sauce

Melt 1/2 stick salter butter and saute 1 tbsp minced garlic for about two minutes on high heat.  Turn heat down to medium and slowly add 1/2 cup heavy cream and 1/2 half & half, stirring constantly until almost boiling.  Slowly add 1/2 cup shredded parmesan and 1/2 cup shredded romano (I usually use 1 cup of Italian Mix).  Turn heat to low and simmer for about 30 minutes, or until desired consistency.  Stir often.  I usually add some finely chopped parsley when serving.

Breadsticks with Oregano-Parmesan Butter

Add the following to your breadmaker bucket:  1 cup warm water, 1 1/2 tbsp oil, 1 egg, 1/4 cup sugar, 1 tsp salt, 3 cups bread flour, 1 tsp oregano, 3 tsp active dry yeast.  Set on Dough cycle.  When dough is ready, place in a bowl dusted with flour.  If the dough is too sticky, may need to add a bit more flour.  Divide dough into 16 balls and roll into breadsticks.  Place on a large baking sheet dusted with flour (I like to dust with coarse corn meal, for some crunch).  Let rise for 1 hour.  Bake for approximately 15 minutes (or until golden brown) at 400 F.  Brush with Oregano-Parmesan Butter (olive oil spread or regular butter, garlic salt, oregano, and parmesan).  You can place buttered breadsticks under Broil for a few minutes if you like bubbling cheese.  Also, you can just serve breadsticks with butter instead of brushing them.  Either way, they are delicious.


Seeking Solace said...

Yay for your progress!!!!!

Alice said...

Thanks! :)

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