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Sunday, August 15, 2010

Losing Weight Project: Day 21/Rosemary-Garlic Pork Chops with Mushrooms and Squash + Raspberry Ice Cream + Medifast Waffles

Another cool morning...  My office door to the upstairst balcony is open and it's so nice... 

I have not blogged about regular exercise much but it's a very important component of any weight loss program.  You have to build up muscle as well as endurance.  It was so crazy last week that I only had time for 10-15 minutes every night.  My regular routine is at least 40 minutes every night.  If I had not abandoned this routine, I would not be here, struggling to shed pounds... :(

I love this individual blender -- takes just a few seconds to make shakes, easy to clean, and, best of all, it's a travel cup!  It means I can make breakfast in less than a minute and sip it on the way to work.

OK, one more pork chop left!  The original recipe is here.

Rosemary-Garlic Pork Chops with Mushrooms and Squash

Spray skillet with non-stick spray, add thinly sliced pork, and cook 2 minutes per side or until golden brown.  Remove meat, add butter, and cook minced garlic until just turning golden brown.  Reduce heat, add rosemary, mushrooms, squash, and meat. Season with salt and pepper.  Cook, turning occasionally, for approximately 2-3 minutes or until meat and veggies are done. Serve on lettuce leaves.

Medifast Waffles

I already posted a recipe for waffles that uses 1 pkg of Oatmeal and 1 pkg of Eggs.  You can make waffles with Medifast Pancake mix, too (well, duh!).  However, the trick is to add 1/2 tsp of baking powder! :)  In fact, I would add baking powder to the mix even if making pancakes -- last time they were rather flat.  Also, all Medifast mixes stick so be generous with non-stick spray; butter-flavor would taste the best, of course.  As Julia Child used to say, you can never have too much butter! ;)  I agree with her when it comes to taste but have drastically reduced the use of butter and determined to be careful from now on for health reasons.

Raspberry Soft-Serve Ice Cream

1 pkg Medifast pudding
1/2 cup -- water plus calorie-free raspberry syrup
1 tbsp fat-free cream cheese (regular cream cheese will make this creation creamier, I think)
1 cup crushed ice

Blend all ingredients for 1-2 minutes.  Freeze until desired consistency.  If it's too frozen, you can microwave it for a few seconds.  It's still has that "Medifasty" taste but variety is most welcome! :)

Original Pancakes 90.0 cal 1 meal + 1/2 tsp baking powder

Medifast French Vanilla 55 Shake 90.0 cal 1 Each (Note:  All shakes taste much better with ice.)

Pork Chop 286.0 cal 5 oz
Cooked Mushrooms, fresh 22.0 cal 0.5 cup
Butter, Unsalted 34.0 cal 1 tsp
Raw Lettuce, Romaine 8.0 cal 1 cup
Cooked Squash, Summer, fresh 18.0 cal 0.5 cup
Rosemary Leaves, Dried (Mccormick/Schilling) 5.1 cal 0.5 tsp
Salt, Table 0.0 cal 1 dash
Pepper, Black, Ground 0.3 cal 1 dash
Garlic, Raw 2.1 cal 0.5 tsp

Medifast Vanilla Pudding 100.0 cal 1 Each
Calorie-free raspberry syrup 0.0 cal 1 tbsp
Fat-free cream cheese 15.0 cal 1 tbsp

Medifast Chicken & Wild Rice Soup 100.0 cal 1 Each

Medifast Lemon Meringue Crunch Bar 110.0 cal 1 Each

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