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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Losing Weight Project: Day 25/Turkey, Yellow Squash, and Parsley Pancakes + Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookies

Another long day but I am encouraged by class dynamics.  Anybody who has taught for some time knows what I am referring to -- you just know how the class will progress on the very first day.  So far, I am very optimistic.  Even better, software made me jabber with excitement to anybody who would listen. :)  I usually spend countless hours grading papers and this application will cut that time to minutes, only because I don't have time to place a bookstore order for individual student codes this semester.  Next semester, I will just upload answer keys and students' papers will be graded within seconds.  Each paper is marked with corrections and there is a grade report to explain those corrections.  Wow!

Still had some ground turkey so created this recipe.  It could use an egg, some flour, and baking powder to hold pancakes together and make them a bit more fluffy but I resisted the temptation and just made pancakes with ingredients allowed for the lean & green recipe.

Turkey, Yellow Squash, and Parsley Pancakes
Shred squash, finely chop parsley, and add to turkey.  Season with your favorite seasonings.  Mix well.  Spray the skillet with non-stick spray (adding some olive oil would be nice -- I didn't).  Spoon mixture and flatten a bit to form pancakes.  Cook until done.  Serve on lettuce leaves topped with tomato slices.

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookies
I have never liked oatmeal unless it's loaded with not so healthy stuff like brown sugar, syrup, whipped cream, and nuts.  Medifast oatmeal is filling but tastes too plain, so I found this recipe online and then modified it a bit.

Mix 1 pkg of Medifast oatmeal with 1/4 tsp baking powder, 1/4 cup water, and 1 tsp flavored syrup (I used raspberry).  Spray cookie sheet with non-stick spray -- these "cookies" stick!  Divide cookie mixture into four little mounds and flatten a bit.  Bake at 400 F for 10 minutes.  Quick breakfast or snack is ready -- much better than plain oatmeal!

Breakfast (made last night so I could grab cookies and run this morning)
Baking Powder (Calumet) 0.0 cal 0.25 tsp
Medifast Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal 100.0 cal 1 Each

Medifast Cinnamon Roll Crunch Bar 110.0 cal 1 Each

Lunch (I prefer soup or lean & green for lunch but had to be on the road)
Medifast Parmesan Cheese Puffs 110.0 cal 1 Each

Medifast Dutch Chocolate 55 Shake 90.0 cal 1 Each

Ground Turkey 333.0 cal 5 oz
Cooked Squash, Summer, fresh 18.0 cal 0.5 cup
Salt, Table 0.0 cal 1 dash
Sage, Ground 0.6 cal 0.25 tsp
Raw Lettuce, Romaine 8.0 cal 1 cup
Raw Tomatoes 16.0 cal 0.5 cup

Medifast Banana Creme 55 Shake 90.0 cal 1 Each

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