Thanks to everyone who participated in this weeks BSI – Pasta! And double thanks to Veronica and her sister for donating the homemade soap as the prize this week.
In no particular order:
Renee made Laughing Cow Mac N Cheese: (for some reason I couldn’t copy and paste your photo from your blog Renee!)
Joy made Kugel – I have never heard of this before!
And the winner is . . .BRIANNE with her spaghetti squash dish! I know it’s not technically pasta, but to people who have gluten allergies, it certainly falls into that category. Send me your mailing address to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks again Veronica for donating the prize!
This week’s BSI – FLOUR!
Holy cow have I got the easiest bread recipe for you to try. Seriously, this one is no fail. It does take a bit of planning because you have to let the dough rise overnight, but this one is a keeper.
One problem – I can’t remember whose blog I got this from, but I do remember they got it from a New York Times newspaper article. I was a bit suspect at the only 1/4 teaspoon of yeast, but there was no need to worry.
Super Simple Crusty Bread
- 3 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon of yeast
- 1 5/8 cups water
Mix the flour, salt and yeast together. Pour in water and stir until combined. Don’t worry it will be sticky. Put a piece of plastic wrap on bowl and let it sit overnight on your counter.
The next morning my dough looked like this:
Then I put it on my counter and added about 1/2 a cup of flour just so it had some stability. I’ve never had dough be so “runny” before!
I do know the recipe said that after you shape the dough, let it rise another two hours. I really didn’t see the point. I heated my oven to 450 and put my dutch oven in the oven at the same time. So by the time my oven got to temperature (about 20 minutes) I transferred my dough on the foil (I was out of parchment paper, but the foil worked fine) directly to the hot dutch oven. 30 minutes with the top on, then 15-20 minutes with the top off.
I was a bit nervous because the dough was so flat, but I was rewarded with this goodness:
Look at all the nooks and crannies! Must have been the slow rise?
This one is definitely a keeper!
So how did Day 1 of my Operation Bad-Ass go?
Breakfast was eaten at almost 11:30! I was busy making soup and breakfast casseroles, I ended up eating an apple and a banana before breakfast of leftover steak, and egg beaters spinach and cheese omelet and a slice of that delicious bread.
In the early afternoon Billy Blanks gave me a run for my money – 45 minutes of strength training with the weighted stretch ball – I can definitely feel my back muscles this morning! (and thanks again to Helen for sending me these DVDs!)
Then after cooking and doing some more chores, I went on a 45 minute walk. When I got back my blood sugar was 70. It was around 4:00 and I didn’t want to spoil my appetite, so I had a small snack plate of 1 ounce of cheese, 1 serving of generic wheat thins and some sliced cucumber.
I ended up making this beef stew recipe for dinner. Totally planned on adding peas to the pot at the end but completely forgot about it. And while I don’t like mushrooms, I pureed the mushrooms so you just get a hint of flavor of them. Pure comfort in a bowl!
I ended up having:
- 1,446 calories
- 48 grams of fat
- 175 carbs (I went about 50 over my goal)
- 18 fiber
- 81 protein
- 30% of calories from fat
- NO WINE 😀
- 45 minute Billy Blanks strength training
- 45 minute walk
Thanks for all your awesome comments to my post yesterday – I have the best cheerleaders!
I am off to do 30 Day Shred. I can’t wait for breakfast though – I made a version of Helen’s Paleo Sweet Potato Breakfast Casserole. Um, I may have added chopped jalapenos to mine!
Make it a great day!