Friday, November 26, 2010

Nonsense~~No Nonsense

You have probably seen it, my blog "motto". No nonsense. It suits me. I am kind of a no nonsense kind of girl, most of the time. I am practical, realistic, down to Earth and not much into putting up with bullshit.

I have been doing a lot of thinking about No Nonsense and I have come to the conclusion that this motto can be a lesson and reminder to me. Nonsense... Ill advised eating and snacking. No nonsense... Staying on track and within my calorie target range. Nonsense, standing in front of my pantry cabinet and sneaking a few potato chips. No nonsense, walking past that damned pantry cabinet and forgetting that those stupid chips exist.

I was fantasizing about Son's left over green bean casserole, earlier. I was playing head games with myself. That nonsensical voice was whispering about how good it would taste, all heated up. How it is just this once, that in spite of the mondo calorie load, I have worked hard, it is Thanksgiving weekend and I deserve it. Nonsense. The voice, the desire to heat and gobble that stuff is nonsense. And I am not going to do it.

I need to go troll through Lyn's blog. She had a post a while back on how to prepare a spaghetti squash in the microwave. I have a spaghetti squash on top of my fridge, a few cans of diced tomatoes, some tomato paste and some fresh garlic and mushrooms waiting to make into dinner, tonight. Maybe I'll grate a little light cheddar and pile it all into a baking dish and toss it in the oven until it is all bubbly and gooey. I wish I had some veggie crumbles for protein... Unfortunately, there is no leftover turkey. That would have been good.

Oh! My green bean dish, from yesterday. I don't have exact measurements, I don't measure. But here it is:

A bunch of long, skinny, fresh green beans, topped, tailed, steamed, shocked, drained and set ready.
A can of  sliced water chestnuts, drained. (A two serving can.)
Half or 2/3 packet of slivered almonds. (A little packet, with two servings.)
A package of sliced mushrooms. (Or slice up whole 'shrooms.)
A little chicken or vegetable broth.
A fat clove of garlic, smashed and minced.
A little fresh onion or shallot, finely diced.
Pam and buttery spray.
Salt and pepper.

Heat a saute pan lubed with some Pam. Add onion, garlic, 'shrooms. Salt and pepper lightly and saute, adding a little buttery spray when needed to keep things moving nicely until the mushrooms are starting to brown a bit. Add the sliced water chestnuts and almond slivers and more buttery spray, saute a bit more, then add the broth and cook until it reduces away (this will happen fast) and a little more spray, cooking until the chestnuts and almond slivers brown a bit. Add green beans, a little more broth, a bit more buttery spray, you get the idea until the beans heat and are coated nicely. Taste and adjust seasoning. (You can add additional herbs and so forth that you might like.) Chow down.

I don't know what the calorie count is, since I didn't weigh or measure, but taking the almond slivers into account, I guesstimated my portion of this dish at 300. I think that was a little high... But in my opinion, better safe than sorry. I really should measure and weigh, next time I make this so that I can compute the calories. :P

Oh man, that heat feels so good. I am finally warming up.

I am ears deep in laundry and I am taking some foundation for a test drive. I like some things about it... Not so much others. I think this might have to go back. Porcelain Ivory... Not really. We'll see how it wears and how my skin feels about it, over the course of the day. And what the shade looks like. So far, I am not in love.

Okay, I think I will make some lunch. I am getting hongry.


  1. I am not the authority, but where is your calorie count for the green bean casserole coming from ? I am hard pressed to find 300 calories in the whole thing, let alone a serving ? Veggies, veggies, stock, some nuts ? To me, this is not a cheat, and something to eat at will...

  2. I had something very similar yesterday and today for lunch. I'm with Allan, this is something you should eat.

  3. Yummy recipe. Tagged for later.

    Good on the no nononsense. I'm with you on that one.

  4. I third what Allan said. Possibly there was 300 calories in the whole thing (if that) but in one way :) Speaking of, about how many servings does this make? Thanks for the recipe BTW. Sounds wonderful!

  5. Yummy sounding recipe! Thank you for sharing!! And, I fourth Allan!!

  6. Hey I am also with Allan. Good recipe and I am saving it for later...

  7. sounds good, totally not something which would make you gain any weight or cause you stress in trying to restrain yourself from gobbling it!! I guess I sixth allan!


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