30 Days With No Sugar – Day 4

30 Days With No Sugar – Day 4

Yes! Hallelujah! You guessed it. I started my morning with a weigh in and I’m down almost a whole pound.  Looks like my grosso smoothie did the trick by allowing me to lose the half pound that I gained the night before and a little more. Thankfully I was saved from my icky smoothy when hubby decided to make a breakfast version of dinner the night before except with eggs instead of noodles and without the chicken.

IMG_0563 He took on breakfast because I committed to an elaborate dinner.  Stay tuned…

I was a little hungry several hours later and sat down with my go to snack.  You guessed it…

IMG_0564 I swear if I ever did write that diet book, I would call it the Apple and Peanut Butter Diet.

We had to run more errands later and decided not to make the mistake from yesterday. Hubby had cooked a sausage for each of us when I was snacking on the apple and I told him to save mine for later. It made a fairly good snack along with a handful of prunes. We are only in our thirties but hubby loves these things so they are a mainstay in our pantry.  Go lightly though.  They are powerful!

IMG_0568 Turns out cold sausage leaves something to be desired. I only ate half of it and gave the rest to the human garbage disposal, my loving husband.

And now for the piece-de-resistance- Roasted Vegetable Salad and Stuffed Chicken with White Wine Reduction Sauce.  How did I get so fancy? Seriously, I grew up cooking mac and cheese with hot dogs.  🙂

IMG_0569 Oh my goodness! my mouth is watering just by looking at that picture. I got so fancy when my husband took me to a cooking class in Seattle for our anniversary.  I don’t want to give away their secrets, because I want people to continue to go to these classes, but I can give you the essence. For the salad, mixed greens topped with a collection of vegetables that have been roasted in the oven for about 20 minutes. For this version I chose a soft skinned squash (I’m sorry, I don’t remember the name.), shallots, and cauliflower. Salad dressing is made with red wine vinegar, olive oil, garlic and seasonings.

You might be wondering why I’m talking about stuffed chicken when I’m trying to lose weight. Well, this chicken is stuffed with sautéed onions, a chopped apple and garlic. The sauce posed the biggest challenge, because wine is made from sugar, so what did I do? Made a big ol’ mistake!

I remember in an interview when my former principal asked me what I would do if I made a mistake in front of the class. I was interviewing to become a sixth grade teacher at the time.  I laughed and said, “I’m sure they’d get used to it after awhile because I make mistakes all the time. My classroom will be a safe place to make mistakes.”  Yes, I got the job.

My mistake this time was choosing the wrong substitute for the wine in my reduction sauce. I thought a mixture of white vinegar and water would cook off in a similar manner. I did a 1:1 ratio. Don’t do that. Vinegar is powerful! In fact once you start cooking and making dressings with vinegar, you’ll wonder why you ever bought dressing in a bottle. This sauce was all vinegar flavored.  This is supposed to be a sauce to compliment the chicken and I feared that I had just ruined it. Usually sugar would work well to cut the tartness, but alas…I opted to drown it in olive oil.  I probably used too much of that, but it made a good sauce, even though it literally looked like crap.

I finished up the night with my usual tea with ginger, but I’m starting to think I may need to make a change here.

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