Monday, November 30, 2009

Surrounding myself

I've been thinking about it and the best way I have found that I think is going to keep me on track to lose weight is to surround myself with weight loss and healthyness. I'm talking about using healthy cookbooks for cooking, reading nutrition books or success stories on my down time, watching The Biggest Loser, reading fitness magazines, etc etc. By doing this I will not only educate myself but I will also be constantly reminded of my task. Yep, thats my plan and I'm sticking too it. I'm still reading Jillian Michaels book but I'm short on time. I really want to join the gym again. I really liked the gym that I was in last year and I really took it for granted. It was literally a 5 minute or less drive from my apt and it was never crowded and I loved it. If I could have one wish it would be to have my membership back, even if it means driving 10 minutes a day or so to get to it. I wouldn't mind. Alas, I need money for that, so I guess I better work hard. But guess what my readers, I am now on my way out the door to go for a walk/run :)


Recipe of the Week #3!

Hey there everyone! Sorry I'm late on the recipe of the week but, trust me, it will be worth it! For everyone who is looking for a great new taste that is packed with a ton of flavor, this Curried Beef dish for you. I have made it both with meat and vegetarian and both times I was not disappointed. As always I will first post the recipe and then the things that I have changed. Enjoy! Feedback is appreciated!


  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 pound beef top round steak, cut into thin 3-inch strips
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil, divided
  • 2 cups sliced onions
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon beef bouillon granules
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1/2 cup tomato juice
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • Hot cooked noodles or rice


  • In a large resealable bag, combine the flour, salt and pepper; add beef. Seal bag and shake to coat. In a large skillet, brown beef in 2 tablespoons oil; drain.
  • Add the onions and remaining oil; saute until onions are golden brown. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Sprinkle with curry. Dissolve bouillon in boiling water; pour over beef and onions.
  • Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1 hour or until meat is tender.
  • Add tomato juice and paste; cook for 5 minutes or until heated through. Serve with noodles or rice. Yield: 4 servings.

The first time I made it I made it exactly as the recipe said to. And it was great. The 2nd time I made it I decided to try vegetarian, so I added cauliflower florets. So to make the cauliflower curry you follow the directions as specified but skip the entire step having anything to do with the meat. Put the florets into the saucepan BEFORE putting in the tomato paste/juice and put the lid on for about 6 minutes on until the cauliflower is tender. The first time I used egg noodles and the 2nd time I used brown rice. I prefer the egg noodles, use yolkless noodles for a healthier alternative, you can't taste the difference!