My First Adventures with Risotto: Stout Sugar Chili Risotto

We’ve fallen in love with risotto cakes from New Seasons,
seasoned with hot pepper flakes and Parmesan cheese.  They are so satisfying!
If we want them every day I need to make sure I can make them
because otherwise it will be a $240/month habit . . .

First I made my first risotto: Jamie Oliver’s Risotto bianco (white risotto).
He says it is easy, and it was!  I did change it slightly because I didn’t have the ingredients.
I followed his recipe directions but used the following ingredients:.

  • a qt chicken broth
  • t butter
  • dollop olive oil

Then

  • 3 cubes Hot Blackened Pepper Pesto
  • 2 tsp garlic, chopped (mine went bad so I used bottle)
  • 5-6 shallots, minced
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1/4 c dried chives

Add

  • 2 cups arborio rice

Add

  • BIG glass White wine
  • salt and fresh ground pepper to taste  (BTW, now I only add salt after — often the Parmesan is salty enough!)

Finally — all according to Jamie Oliver.

  • 2 oz finely ground Parmesan cheese
  • 3 t butter

We were hooked, and made it several times this way, slightly different but close.

W15 10 12 STOUT RISOTTO 9Then I started experimenting!
Stout Sugar Chili Risotto!

  • a qt chicken broth
  • 1 cup leftover onion soup

Bring to gentle boil then turn down to keep hot.

In separate pan, put a dollop of olive oil and make the soffrito.  Add the following and gentle cook until soft:

Add:

  • 2 cups organic arborio rice

Slightly brown on higher heat until translucent then add the following and turn down to simmer.

  • 1 pint to one pint organic HUB Survival Stout with Coffee added or similar stout  (I also used 1/2 pint stout and 1/2 pint water mixed)

As this cooks off (do not let burn) add a ladle of the chicken broth, stirring occasionally — and making sure you do not let burn — until the rice is done.  Remove, then add the following and cover for several minutes.

  • 3-5 oz (or more to taste) finely ground Parmesan cheese
  • 3 T butter

IF you are like me this can be dinner!
Or Breakfast.  Or Lunch.  Or middle-of-the-night!

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Hormel Bought Applegate Farms

800px-Spam_2(Photo courtesy Wikipedia Creative Commons.)

Hormel has long supported the use of GMO products. (For their statement regarding GMO use and safety read the end of their product page.) Needless to say, I don’t agree with the government’s take on GMO safety –bought and paid for by Monsanto.

Now Hormel bought one of the best organic meat companies, and the only non-local people from whom we would buy, Applegate Farms. Applegate was committed to slowly building a non-GMO, organic and humane product.  It is the only company we’ve bought such things as the occasional salami and felt good about the practices behind the product and therefore our safety when eating it.

Now we will ONLY buy local — there is NO way I trust Hormel, maker of Spam and Jenny-O and several companies that have been shut down repeatedly for poultry illness to to unsanitary conditions, with our family meat products.

It is possible Hormel is trying to make a change, but more likely they bought Applegate so they can have a voting seat on the organics boards, and vote to include chemicals including GMO in so-called organic products.

Our local Whole Foods meat department said that WF is considering not carrying them because of the takeover.  More and more, WF is looking at both the organic product itself, and the company practices behind the product.

I also find it interesting that Applegate continues to close down all commentary on the takeover.  Customers are very upset.

For further reading:

We will walk away from the product.  My experience in following these acquisitions is that usually the dirty company sullies the cleaner company.  I can’t see Hormel wanting to clean up its act.

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Eating Only Organic

Still recooping and going into round two of kidney stone hell, but saw this and could not resist sharing.  How can you NOT afford to do this?  We give up items in order to afford organic.  Is it doable.

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A Long Break

Sorry all.  Dealing with Kidney stones, lots of them on both sides.
I won’t be writing for awhile.  I am maintaining, though ice cream bars are allowed.

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A good diet joke (mature)

DIET FUCK YOUMy brother sent this to me after hearing I was losing weight.
He is not (losing weight) — I laugh every time I see it.
It also sums up the feeling most women have toward men because men can skip desert
and lose eight and women have to skip two meals a day!

I don’t know who the author is (no signature) but this is who claims it!
Funny funny stuff.

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Diet Week 4: Stabilizing

2015 4 DIET WEEKThis has been a hectic week, and I am going to change the nature of my posts.
I had little time and again had client meetings out at least twice.
I did a pretty good job of maintaining the diet, and realize part of this is thanks to
Weight Watchers 30 years ago, teaching me how to seamlessly “diet”
while not discussing it with clients which is important.

I cut my Mexican restaurant portion in half when it was delivered, and everything came on the side so I could pick and choose.  I had them hold things like cream cheese (which I could care less about anyway, frankly, and doesn’t resemble most of the authentic Mexican food I grew up eating.)  I pulled a few chips for myself and enjoyed those with guacamole.  I ate a lighter day and snacked on carrots and celery looking toward the dinner.

I also had strong cravings this week.  Barbeque sauce.  Sweet potato fries.  Instead of denying myself these things I found ways to work them into my dinner by counting the calories.  (And I realized that my favorite two sauces are doable, see below.)
Oddly, the two days I gave in to cravings but was thoughtful I came in eating less calories — 1400 and 1500 respectively — and I think it was because I was satisfied.
It gives me hope for the long haul of this diet.

I tend to enjoy broiled chicken plain the first night (and will post my favorite roasted chicken recipes, yum.)  However, for lunch sometimes I am bored with the leftovers.  Two favorite Sauces that pack a punch of flavor when I am getting bored:braggs

A WIN!  A year ago I went in search of a way to finally get into shape with a very
painful body that had not moved much exercise-wise for 5-6 years due to arthritis, which I dealt with by modifying my diet.  After a long search, through a client I was turned onto a new movement in the yoga field, which is yoga physical therapy.  Mitchell and I had Patti Stone come to our studio once every two weeks to teach me how to modify yoga movements and to prescribe yoga movements which would begin to heal my body.   I often thought the small movements were a bit of a waste of time.  I did them, though, and gradually they have moved me into a new body (though I have a long way to go.)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis week the weather was
beautiful, the beginning of Spring!  On an incredibly
frustrating day (what a week) Mitchell and I went for a walk.
We had not walked this
route for a few months, and before I was in pain walking downhill.  I can say now that I was not in ANY pain walking downhill and was able to keep up with my long-legged husband.

And a confession.  I had one hellacious day fighting city hall (okay, firemen) and was on the phone for three hours.  I HATE being on the phone and had to endure two totally illogical bureaucrats.  Mitchell was on his way home and called and
I requested Ice Cream.  Oatmeal Cookies.  Whatever.
He did not, but brought me flowers instead. Sweet early spring daffy-dils!

W15 2 19 RECIPE CORN BEANS 2Which brings us to the other
MUST DO for this diet.  Having support around me that does
not try to take me out,
AND taking the time to have the things I enjoy in the fridge.

Today I posted one of my most
loved go-to-in-a-pinch, keeps for quite a while, yummo dishes.

I can make it one night as a
topper for a baked fish dish
and if I double it have it for several possible meals over a few days.  Mitchell loves it, and
we can endlessly change it up!

My question this week is about taking the time for my personal life.
I’ve been in crisis mode for a long time.  In our business we’ve had to charge less
due to the recession, and this has caused us to work longer hours.
Jobs have been harder to get and so I have reached further to find jobs to bid on.

ADSC03928s things ease just a slight bit,
both Mitchell and I are looking at
what we have sacrificed and wanting to create a more satisfying life for ourselves with a lot of balance.  As I breath into a bit less stress, I also realize that I ate unconsciously a good deal of the time
while at my computer, working long unsatisfying hours (though I basically
enjoy our business.)  I chose foods
(not even my favorite foods, often)
to try to sweeten my life during this
long sustained struggle, reaching f
or childhood cravings of oatmeal cookies, pie, salty nuts, ice cream dipped in
chocolate and covered with nuts.
Oh, and crunchy salty snacks, my favorites.

(This is an ongoing series; the overview can be found here or search for “Diet Week”.)

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Recipe: Black Bean and Corn Side Dish

W15 2 19 RECIPE CORN BEANS 2One of the yummiest dishes to have around during this dieting time is this basic recipe, which can change from winter to summer, and can combine in so many different ways to make a satisfying meal.

WINTER VERSION

Organic ingredients if at all possible; sauté the following:

  • 2-3 T Olive oil   240-360c
  • a handful of dried sliced tomatoes, cut into pieces  25c
  • 1 large sweet or yellow onion, quartered and sliced into 1/2-inch pieces 75-100c
  • 1-2 T blackened chili pesto (or you can substitute a broiled chili pepper of your choosing, chopped finely) 25c
  • 1 t chopped garlic (optional
  • 1/2 bag or ?oz frozen corn
  • 1 stalk celery diced (leaves are wonderful if you can get them)
  • 1-3 carrots, sliced
  • 1 can black beans, drained and washed 385c  (you can substitute other beans if you don’t like black beans)
  • cumin (start with at least 1/4t)
  • black pepper, garlic salt to taste

W15 2 2 BAKED COD W BEAN MIXDish it up and top with cubed avocados, at least 1/4 avocado each serving.  Right,
I show it paired with a large
Sugar Chili and a piece of fish.
Chill overnight to let all the
wonderful flavors mix!
This is an excellent mid-afternoon
snack by itself full of protein,
and good alongside cold chicken
and/or on chopped lettuce for lunch.

Total calories = 2,085 for about 8 cups;
1 cup = approx 270 calories.

W15 2 19 RECIPE CORN BEANS BANNER copySUMMER VERSION

Substitute 1-2 ears corn sliced off the cob during cooking!
Substitute garlic greens (early if you want to pack a subtle punch, at the end if you want a good strong garlic flavor!)
Green onions added early or late are also yummy.
Drop the dried tomatoes, and after you’ve taken the dish off the stove and either while it is still hot or after it has cooled, add a basket or half-basket of cherry tomatoes, halved or quartered.  Changes this dish completely — it is less sweet, and more like a salad.

W15 2 19 RECIPE CORN BEANS BANNER copyI often double the recipe when we are slammed at work for high-powdered snacks and lunches which are so satisfying and so easy!

  • Add salsa if you like, and roll it in a large organic wheat tortilla to make a vegetarian lunch that will satisfy.  I like them warmed or cold, and this will also freeze well.
  • Add chicken, fish or any meat and salsa (or not), and eat cold or hot — this is excellent the next day for leftover lunch.
  • Toss with a crisp lettuce for a no-dressing salad, filling and yummy.
  • Scramble into eggs.
  • If you are not on a diet or want to count the calories associated with baked non-GMO corn chips, a serving of corn chips with the bean salad is yummy!

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