Last night we had brinner - breakfast for dinner. I had a new package of bacon but only wanted to cook a few pieces so I did it the old way, in a skillet. Oh how my small mind forgot how annoying frying bacon in a skillet is. It is so messy and makes your house smell like bacon. Several months ago a friend taught me how to cook bacon in my oven. It is so easy. All you do is line a cookie sheet with 2 pieces of foil (yes 2 if you only use 1 the grease leaks through). Cook at 400* for about 20 minutes. If you turn the edges of foil up you will create a little wall and have no messy clean up. Never again will you be so happy. Your bacon is cooked to the perfect amount of crispness and it lays flat not curly.
Bacon has become a big part of my life since I started my new low amylose "diet" a couple of months ago. Most mornings I eat bacon and scrambled eggs, to save time I cook a pack of bacon on Sunday night and keep it in the fridge all week. In the morning while my cast iron skillet is warming I stick the bacon in it and it heats up. No radiation box (microwave) needed. After my skillet is hot I add some bacon grease and coat the skillet. Very important if you are using a non stick then add 1 egg and 1 egg white. I just scramble in the pan so I wont mess up another dish. It takes a few tries to get the non stick issue right with a cast iron skillet but it is worth it. This takes about 5 minutes max and it is quicker to eat than a bowl of cereal.
For those of you that have asked the diet is going ok. I have lost several pounds so that is good but most importantly I have become a lot more disciplined with food-most of the time. Before if I was counting calories I wouldn't care if I went over because it was just 100 cals and I can run that off-pretty much maintaining. With this diet I don't eat chips because I'm not suppose to, I will eat 1 chip to get that taste and be fine. If we eat something with a bun I will just eat the meat or 1 piece of the bun. I use to eat a banana a day but I think I may have had 2 in the past several months. I just don't want it because I know I'm not suppose to have that food. I am no means 100% strict with the diet, I probably have something "bad" at least once a day. It is usually small like few chocolate chips, but if I know I am going to have a lot of bad food like a
Some of you have asked what my meals are so for breakfast I usually eat bacon, eggs, a piece of fruit and water. The other breakfast option is a smoothie made with spinach, blueberries, strawberries, pineapple and 50% sugar orange juice.
Lunch is usually a big salad with some type of protein. My fav is to cook some beef with homemade taco seasoning and top the salad with the that, avocados, and salsa mixed with sour cream. If I don't eat eggs at breakfast I love to make egg salad. Other options would be soup or chicken salad something like that.
For a snack I usually eat a piece of cheese, fruit or some cocoa dusted almonds if I need something sweet. I also make salt and vinegar kale chips on the weekends when I have more time.
For supper I usually just have whatever but adjust my side items to exclude corn and potatoes. If we eat spaghetti and I haven't cheated all day I will eat a few pasta noodles, if I have cheated instead of noodles I use zucchini. I am sort of obsessed with black bean soup and just bought the dried beans to use instead of canned, trying to get away from the bpa in the cans.
Like I said not perfect but better than I was and I feel better. I don't really think about sugar but there are times that only a Reece cup will do and next week we are having roast with potatoes, carrots, and onions - all 3 on the no list. I think when you make a lifestyle change there is an evolution period so I am sticking with that.