Two more weeks remaining of this radical diet plan that I’ve been on. Except for three meals of white chicken
meat, the diet has been very much influenced by vegetarian food. There was one meal of eggs, also. This kind of eating is very foreign to me and I am having a difficult time dealing with the change. (After a lifetime of eating whatever I felt like eating.)
It has paid off, though. In the five weeks of that diet I knocked down my LDL cholesterol from 94 to 82. Of course, the doctor wants it even less but he’s just going to wait because I have every intention of celebrating with a super fatty prime rib, home fries
and Jack Daniels.
I’ll be experimenting further with this recipe by adding some TVP and barley for a little tooth play. I have no
idea what this will do for the recipe but its name (Texturized Vegetable Protein) suggests that it is what my version needs. The burgers stay together nicely, have a very nice golden color after frying , do not shrink and are very filling. I have had these
as I would have had a beef burger and I have had them on my plate without condiments. The flavor is not bland but it certainly lends itself well to adaptation by popular cuisines. I can see this as a Southwestern dish or as a German dish.
I haven’t tried it yet, but I believe it would make decent "meatballs" if they were precooked and not added to the sauce but would have the sauce poured over them.
Another recipe I have been tinkering with is this sage gravy. I love the flavors of sausage gravy but must avoid
the processed meats. I found a few recipes for gravy that I thought would work but didn’t quite have all I wanted for flavor. After several attempts, this is what I have concluded. Most likely, you ladies will not be fond of something so rich in sage and pepper,
but you know how to cut those back. I like this laid over hash browns or on top of a veggie omlet.
Pepper Sage Gravy
¼ Cup butter
¼ Cup AP Flour
1 tsp Salt
½ tsp Ground Black Pepper
½ Cup Green Onions, chopped
½ tsp ground sage
1/8 tsp Red Pepper
1 ½ Cup Soy Milk, unsweetened, unflavored
Slowly melt butter in skillet over medium heat
Stir in flour, salt and peppers. Cook, stirring constantly, until flour is brown.
Add green onions and cook until tender.
Gradually, stir in milk and cook until thickened. Add more milk as necessary to achieve the desired thickness.
The Midwest AR Roundup participation in The Relay for Life is set up and ready. The graph shows that we have collected
$35.00 when we have actually collected $70.00. This is not a problem but I just want you to know that we are progressing at this early point. We have three registered walkers for the event and three more are expecting to walk, also. Here’s the link for that.
Our participation in the relay will be rather limited. We will not be staying all night but will stay until the
lighting of the luminaires and then leave. After all, our plan has always been to attend the Midwest Roundup that Cat Hill has organized for the past three years.
My wife and I have made our plans and booked our room and have hooked up with Lady Sparkle and Magnolia
Blossom for the trip there and back. (After last year’s tales of Thelma and Louise, I am concerned about our future.)
Edit 03/08/12: 08:49: The collection is now at $90.00 total!