Hot Ham & Swiss Portabella sandwich

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Yep. You can put anything on portabella buns! I made a household favorite last night for the fam; toasted ham/Swiss sandwiches. I didn’t want to miss out, so I made mine on the mushrooms. Ohhhh it was GOOD! Even cold, because I got called away before I could eat.

Ham, Swiss cheese, sliced onions, stone ground mustard, a dash of horseradish, thinly sliced tomatoes, black pepper and garlic powder.

On the bun ones I make for the fam, I put a little mayo on the bread for moisture. The portabella doesn’t need extra, since when it wilts it has more moisture.

400 degree oven preheated. Lay the “bun” halves face up and layer on the stuff. On one side I put on the mayo, mustards, seasoning, meat and tomatoes. On the other side I put the onions and then the cheese. Toast it until the mushrooms are wilted and/or the buns are toasty on the bottom and the cheese is melted. Put together and ENJOY! I added a nice Greek salad to fill the plate.

Poached Egg Whites with…stuff

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So, I love hard boiled eggs, poached eggs, etc, etc…but I’m supposed to watch the amount of yolk I consume. Well, that sucks, because I love the yolk the best!

How to hard boil only egg whites? I’ll be danged if I throw out or even give away my hard boiled egg yolks!

I got out hubby’s egg poaching pan and poached just egg whites. It works, but pretty boring without the yolk. So, this morning I took a little piece of ham (about 2 oz), a little piece of cheese (1/2 oz extra sharp between the 3) and put those in the little egg poacher cup, and then poured the egg whites over it and put it in the poacher pan. Sprinkle on a little pepper. Don’t need salt because of the ham. Maybe a little onion powder next time…

Poach over rolling boil for about 4-5 min. Until the whites are solid but not rubbery. Test with a fork.

I like mine with a little tomato. I think next time I might try a little salsa dolloped on top for more zip. Delish!

Greek Salad on Baby Romaine

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It’s what it says it is. *grin

Grape Tomatoes
Red Onions
Green & Red Sweet Peppers
Reduced Fat Feta chunks/crumbles
Baby Romaine

For fat-free/low-cal Greek dressing:
1 package Good Seasons Zesty Italian mix
1/2 cup cider vineger
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/2 cup cold water
1 Tblsp dried oragano
2 Tblsp feta
1/2 tsp guar or xanthan gum (for thickener – optional)
mix together well with blender. Let set at least 1 hr before serving for flavors to intensify.

Beef Taco Salad

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What to do with some really cheap mark-down sirloin? I knew I didn’t want to eat them as steaks. There was about 8 oz between three very thin slices. Beef taco salad!

The veggies:

Iceburg lettuce
Romaine lettuce
Sweet pepper
Red onion

To make the steak:

Thread the steaks onto kabob skewers and sprinkle lightly with taco seasoning and garlic powder.

Grill for about 4 min on each side. Do not overcook or it will be tough.

Slice into very thin strips and put on top of the veggies.

About 1/4 cup sugar-free salsa and 2 Tblsp fat free sour cream to use as dressing.


Ranch Dressing: Low fat/low carb

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I so, so, so miss ranch dressing!

This still is not calorie-free, so don’t overuse it, and it isn’t QUITE the same as good ol’ Mayo/Buttermilk ranch, but it’s a good substitute that doesn’t taste like funky low-fat bottled stuff.

1-1/2 package (about 5 Tblsp) Hidden Valley Ranch dressing mix
1 pint fat free sour cream
1 cup Silk Pure Almond unsweetened (vanilla or original works)
1 heaping Tblsp mayo (for the right flavor)

Whip all this together until smooth. Let set at least 1 hr before using.

For approximately 2 Tblsp serving:  25 calories; 1 protein; 1 fat; 3 carbs

I can’t claim Ideal Protein any longer, I don’t think…

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I have changed the name of my blog from Leanne’s Journey on Ideal Protein to Leanne’s Weight Loss Journey, because I don’t think I can actually claim to be on the actual Ideal Protein diet any longer.

From about 2 months on the diet, I’ve been fiddling with the rules. I use cheese here and there, though try to keep it on the light side. I use condiments that I shouldn’t… (home made low fat ranch dressing, etc…) And I eat way more veggies than the diet calls for.

I have had constant weight and size loss. I didn’t lose any weight (scale weight) for over 6 weeks, but in that time I lost 2 pant sizes. I know the diet I’m dong works.

So here’s an overview of what I’m doing now. The weight loss is slow now, but I am not even worried about that because I have so many medical issues, that any weight loss is a huge accomplishment. I also feel very much healthier eating as I am now, rather than the 750-800 calories a day. I have to active a life to feel so drained out all of the time.

Typical day:

Breakfast: Egg white omelet using about 1/2-2/3 cup liquid egg whites, and about a cup of whatever veggies need to be used up. Today it was a yellow pepper and red onion. 2 oz of protein, usually fat free, no additive ham.

Lunch: HUGE chef salad with about 2 oz of lean meat – ham or turkey or chicken or shrimp. 1/2 oz strong flavored cheese, 3-4 cups of romaine or ice burg lettuce and raw spinach. Other veggies; sweet peppers, onion, tomato (I do take it easy on the tomato amount), cucumber… And for dressing, I make a low-fat ranch and/or Good Seasons mix made without oil.

If this isn’t enough for lunch, I have home made soup. Usually chicken or beef veggie. Fat free, or nearly fat free, with lots of celery and onions, sometimes spinach. Or my salad soup recipe.

Snack: Protein mix of some kind. Nectar fruit drink or a pudding. If I’m super hungry, I use a Fred Meyers brand of Carb Master yogurt added into the pudding. If I’ve missed lunch for some reason and it’s too late in the day to have a bigger meal, I’ll make up one of these pudding/yogurt mixes and it’ll keep me full for 3 hours or so.

Dinner: 6 oz protein. Pan fried (with olive oil) fish, baked or bbq chicken, pan fried or bbq beef, and on occasion some kind of pork. Meatloaf, meatballs, whatever. Depending on the meat consumed the rest of the day depends on the cut of meat I eat in the evening. If it’s been super lean, I’ll have something with more fat like beef or pork. This is also when I eat the heavier veggies. I am in love with cauliflower, portabella mushrooms, cooked spinach, bok choy, zucchini, etc… It’s a fairly big plate of food I have for dinner.

9pm snack: I need to eat to take my nighttime medications, so this is my snack time. I will make a protein shake and freeze it so it’s like eating ice cream. I will eat a protein snack like the soy chips or my favorite is the pretzels from Health Smart. I am also a huge fan of the chocolate brownie Quest Bar, and that I split 50/50 with my hubby because it’s pretty high calorie on its own.

I keep my calories under 1000/day, try to keep the fat under 30% and keep the carbs under 30 net. This also keeps me in ketosis, so I’m not hungry.

I know all the rhetoric behind Ideal Protein, and I have done Atkins in the past. The ketogenic diet makes your body burn fat before muscle, and also is a natural appetite suppressant. It is NOT (and I’m done my research which is more than “follow the plan”) a fail-safe way to lose weight. You have to keep the calories low, and that’s why Ideal Protein works better than Atkins for a lot of people. For someone like me who has medical issues on top of medical issues, including SUPER high insulin resistance, the low calorie is imperative, but feeling like crap because you’re not getting enough calories to keep you going is just not good for me. At 950 calories (approximately) a day, I can function, I can stay awake all day, and I even have energy to do things like helping decorate for a wedding or going four-wheeling.

I still follow the sheet to an extent. I don’t eat the restricted veggies (almost ever, though I had some carrots in a rutabaga stew last week). I don’t eat junk food (though I did enjoy myself at my brother’s wedding). I don’t believe that living with the restrictiveness of the actual Ideal Protein diet is right for me.

I’ve talked this over with my doctor, and she agrees. What I’m doing now is actually more healthy for MY BODY than following the strictly Ideal Protein diet, using Ideal Protein products, which really aren’t all that healthy (high sodium, processed, and in some cases full of sugar).

So this is still my story, but it’s changed a little. I am glad I found Ideal Protein because it got me going in the right direction.

I’ll still continue posting healthy recipes and photos of our suppers as I make them.

Thanks for your support!

40 Lbs!

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Finally, after over 6 weeks, the scale has moved, and I even did it on vacation!