Archive for November, 2003

Atkins, Day Two
Sunday, November 30th, 2003

Meals today:

  • Cajun Scrambled Eggs with Onion & Tomato & Pepperjack Cheese (at Jack’s Fifth Avenue)
  • 2 hot dogs, each wrapped in a slice of turkey bacon, with mustard
  • bite-sized bits of leftover turkey pan-fried in a little butter
  • hot sausage, broken up and fried, then mixed with dujon mustard and mayo

The ones I made aren’t really attractive enough to take pictures of, especially now that the sink’s broken again and the only dishes I can use are paper towels. But they’ve been decent no-carb snack-like meals.

The eggs were the closest thing to an acceptable meal I could find for brunch this morning. Summary: this diet is very depressing if you ever want to go out to eat.

Grilled Chicken
Saturday, November 29th, 2003
3 cloves garlic
1/2 small onion
2 whole chicken breasts
1/2 small spice jar "fajita spices"
cracked black pepper
olive oil
salt
Marinate chicken breasts in brine in the fridge for about an hour.
Preheat grille pan.
Mix fajita spices and pepper with oil in a measuring cup.
Coat one side of each breast with spices; grill spiced-side down.
Coat other side of each breast with remaining spices in the pan.
Finely dice garlic and onion.
Saute garlic and onion over very low heat with olive oil and salt.
Grill chicken approximately 10 minutes each side.
Add small amount of water to pan partway through, ostensibly to keep the chicken moist. I don’t know if this actually works or not.
Mix cooked chicken breasts into onion & garlic pan. Add a little water.
Cover and leave on very low heat to keep warm and evaporate the water while waiting for girlfriend to get home from work.
Serve hot and enjoy!
Breakfast Tuna Cakes
Saturday, November 29th, 2003

Atkins, day one. Breakfast time.

Breakfast Tuna Cakes
1 can chunk lite
cracked black pepper
3 good squirts dijon mustard
1 egg
1 pat butter
cheddar cheese
6 splashes Goya Salsita Jalapeno Salsa Picante Hot Sauce (the green kind)
Open & drain tuna.
Mix tuna thoroughly with egg and mustard. Add pepper.
Melt butter in small nonstick skillet.
Add tuna mixture to skillet in two patty-sized portions.
While the first side is cooking, try adding hot sauce to the top side of one of the tuna cakes.
Fry (flipping once to get each side) until it looks like the egg has been cooked throughout the cakes.
Top with sliced cheddar cheese, allow to melt.

This actually made two cakes, but I think I didn’t drain the tuna enough, so the second one didn’t stay together all that well, and wasn’t very photogenic. Tasty, just not all that attractive on a plate. Next time, I’ll probably go with 4 smaller cakes in a larger skillet. This is a pretty good, repeatable breakfast, although anything that involves cooking time is not really a very good breakfast 5 days out of the week. The cake with hot sauce is far superior to the one without.

Aw, Nuts
Saturday, November 29th, 2003

Note: these are way more nuts than I really should have carried on the train for hours.

Turkey & Apple & Cheddar Snack
Friday, November 28th, 2003

Getting rid of the last apple in the house before starting our new diet tomorrow, and starting in on all the leftover turkey.

Turkey & Apple & Cheddar Snack