I'm not sure how much you know about Tosca Reno and her cooler plan, but basically for cooler 1,( named so because you could potentially pack everything into a cooler for the day), is about fast weight loss using clean foods only. Which means, nothing processes, no sugar, no salt, no fatty meats and the minimum requirement of fat, no dairy, no bread, no spreads or salad dressings (except lemon juice and balsamic) = I created my own salad dressings within these limitations and they are awesome, opps sorry getting back to the can't list no spreads or juice. (well I guess I'm cheating on the juice thing since I'm juicing my veggies because I can't seem to eat the required 10 handfuls- minimum). You do eat 1 hand sized sweet potato a day and a handful or 1/2 cup amount of whole grains (ex. oats, quinoa, brown rice, millet or creme of wheat). Oh ya and the star of this plan is 5 palm sized servings of lean protein (can be a protein powder also- unsweetened and natural). Now don't panic, she does have other cooler plan options. Or make up your own like my friend Maxine does 1.5. Cool eh!
So here I am again, it's Saturday night and I'm preparing some fast foods for next week. I tried a sweet potato pancake with oats from this website (http://allrecipes.com/recipe/sweet-potato-pancakes-2/detail.aspx) but I didn't really like it so I changed it. To start I halved the recipe, didn't add the molasses or oil, used only egg whites and instead of yogourt I mixed in almond milk, apple sauce and lemon juice. I processed everything in my food processor and cooked them up. The taste wasn't bad (the cinnamon and vanilla are a nice touch) but I found I had to make them really flat for the insides to cook. So they were more like a crunchy cookie. My youngest son enjoyed them! I will have them in the morning when everyone else is chowing down on pancakes at my son birthday party. This is why I spend time preparing food, to avoid the temptations.
|I also made an other batch of chili this time with zucchini and mushrooms (so basically the same recipe as last time minus the broccoli and so many peppers)!|
|Curried sweet potato and veggie soup with tofu.|