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April 17th, 2007


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07:49 pm - A small victory on the road to good nutrition
A while back, thanks to pegkerr, I checked out The World's Healthiest Foods. The site makes a good case for eating all sorts of healthy foods and I've been lax in the last mumble, mumble years in eating things that are good for me.

My difficulty is that erickavan can be pretty finicky when it comes to foods and sometimes the drugs she takes can upset her stomach so that she doesn't want to eat at all. Still, she must eat and so a limited number of comfort foods are things she will eat even if she doesn't want to. I do all the cooking and by the time I've fed Ericka, cats and puppies I'm pretty tired and so fall on whatever is easy and available for myself.

Well, I took a small step in rectifying that earlier this week. I made up a big batch of chili, specifically the Black Bean Chili featured on the above site. I doctored that recipe, largely by upping the spices and made a quadruple batch in my big stock pot. I also left out the cilantro as I'm one of the unfortunates for whom it tastes like soap. The result was very tasty and had a nearly perfect level of spiciness; enough to make me have a little sweat after eating a full bowl yet retaining its full flavorfulness.

The big win for me came last night. I'd finished getting everyone else's dinner ready and I was looking for something to eat myself. I puttered about a bit and was about to fall back to my old standby, PBJ, when I remembered the chili! I dug a zipper-bag of it out of the freezer, heated it up and had a lovely, healthy meal. I still have more of it socked away and the main thing I've learned for next time is to freeze it in smaller portions. The quart-sized bags I used are good for a dinner but too much for a lunch or snack. Combining smaller portions when I want more will be a lot easier than trying to chip off a hunk from a bigger portion when I'm not as hungry.
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From:galacticvoyeur
Date:April 18th, 2007 01:00 am (UTC)
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every journey begins with but a single step...
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From:pegkerr
Date:April 18th, 2007 02:00 am (UTC)
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Hurrah! I'm glad that you've found the site useful and are pleased with the recipes.

I frequently freeze single servings of chili--I'll make a bit pot and then my family will refuse to eat it. What I have found works well is to take a ziplock sandwich bag and drape it over a measuring cup and tuck the inside into the bottom of the cup, leaving the top open. Then pour in the chili to the top of the cup and you have a standard one-cup serving. Take it out of the cup, flatten and push out all the air, seal it and throw it into the freezer.
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From:jbru
Date:April 18th, 2007 05:59 am (UTC)
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Good tip on filling the bags! I had a few mishaps before I settled on a bowl and a canning funnel but your method sounds even easier!
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From:huladavid
Date:April 18th, 2007 01:56 pm (UTC)
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You mean there are people out there who don't think cilantro tastes like soap?
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From:jbru
Date:April 19th, 2007 02:03 am (UTC)
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So they claim. I'm not buying it.
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From:angeyja
Date:April 19th, 2007 01:04 am (UTC)

soap

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I was just wondering why it tastes like soap to some people?

(Partially, because I had this happen with a spinach and farfalle dish recently. It's a dish I've eaten for a while but never had that happen before. It was the mention of soap that caught my eye there.)
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From:jbru
Date:April 19th, 2007 02:03 am (UTC)

Re: soap

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It's a genetic tag for some people. Like some people can roll their tongue into a tube and some cannot, for some people cilantro tastes like soap.

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