What happens when the winter chill gets COLD!
A few weeks ago, the air temps in northeast Wisconsin were subfreezing for a few weeks, and then dove down to subzero Fahrenheit numbers and stayed there for 61 continuous hours. Then they warmed back up to subfreezing temps! Woo-hooo!
Many people use a garage fridge to store beverages. You know, things like milk and soda. (And maybe beer.) In addition to beverages, we keep use our garage fridge to store produce, just to save space in the kitchen fridge. We eat a LOT of vegetables and fruits. This gives us the space to prepare several meals at once to make future dinners faster and easier.
(Tip: Frozen clementines and spinach are edible, but not beautifully presentable. When the clementines thaw, their internal texture is a little soggy. The spinach is as limp as if cooked. Like I said, edible…but not pretty.)
But I am a frugal person. What can I do with those food items that are good to eat but not “normal?”
Clementine and Spinach Smoothies!
3 ounces (by weight) Baby Spinach
3 clementines, peeled
1 scoop of protein powder
1 packet of Crystal Light (orange flavor)
1 cup water
1 cup ice (hard to see in that bowl)
- Place everything in your blender. I use a Ninja Master Prep.
- Blend until smooth (hence the name!)
- Pour and enjoy.
- Don’t drink too fast. Smoothies will cause ice cream headaches, too.
What happened on this date in history?
Barack Obama was inaugurated as 44th US President (2009)
Australia beats India 2-0 to win the Wold Cup (1992)
First federal holiday honoring Marting Luther King, Jr (1986)
Pittsburgh Steelers beat Los Angeles Rams, 31-19 in Pasadena and Terry Bradshaw was the MVP (1980)
“Meet the Beatles” album is released in the US (1964) (I have an original copy!)
FDR is sworn in 4th consecutive term as US President (1945)
Hostilities cease in US Revolutionary War (1783)
First English Parliament was sworn in by Earl of Leicester (1285)
And in 2012, I reached my weight loss goal!
And they all lived happily ever after, never regaining an ounce.
Oh, please don’t misunderstand me. I am still wearing my new size in clothing. (Specifically, my shirts went from 3XL w/18″ neck to Medium w/15 1/2″ neck, my waist 48″ to 34″, and my suit from 54 Portly to 42 Regular.) They are not even tight (except for that one shirt–there is NO WAY that neck is actually 15 1/2 inches as labeled!) Over the past 2 years, I lived in my “success range” which is about my goal plus or minus 3 pounds. Actually, for about the first year, I actually slid down another 6 pounds from my goal, and was living at “G minus 6 pounds”. That was fine. But towards the end of 2013, my weight started to climb. To G minus 3…then G…then G plus 3. Still…I was within my success range, so it was all good, right?
I was getting complacent. Not lazy, but relaxed. I haven’t regained too much, but I am at the top of what I consider to be successful. I don’t have any more room to wander up. So, what am I going to do differently?
Nothing. And everything.
I never really stopped measuring and logging my foods…but I also starting overlooking those extra couple hazelnuts or walnuts at the holidays. I love nuts, and seeing a bowl of them was an “attractive nuisance”. And since I only ate one or two nuts (at a time), well, maybe I didn’t bother logging them. Of course, the problem was that I would walk past them several times a day, and the “one or two” became “10-15”.
And I know that having two HUGE bags of candy in the garage was a mistake. We had a bag of “Christmas Crack” was simultaneously terrible and delicious, and I know I didn’t honestly log everything I ate from it. After all, how could a small handful hurt? I mean, it is only Chex mix, with butter, brown sugar, corn syrup and cashews? (Oh, I can almost taste it yet.) I also found it difficult to walk past the Caramel Puffcorn without doing “quality control”. Every day.
Here’s how bad it was: I remember Tammy coming home from work one day, and she asked me about my day. I told her that I felt it was successful, because I spent the whole day at home, and I didn’t eat any of those treats. Guess what I did that night immediately before brushing my teeth prior to going to sleep? (But it was only small double handful!)
Fortunately at least this year we didn’t make our Hot Buttered Rum mix! (Ice cream, butter, powdered sugar and brown sugar.)
I am back to carefully logging everything. I put the nuts away. (The Christmas munchies are thankfully long gone!) I am staying on budget. Not under budget. Not over budget. But at budget.
It’s deja vu all over again. Measure. Log. Move.
Success is possible. Success is an eternal quest, and it can be fleeting. If you forget, even for a little while, old habits can come crashing back. I’m not telling you this to scare you, or to make you feel as though this challenge is impossible. I am telling you so that I remind myself that this challenge is just that: a challenge. It only becomes impossible when you surrender to it.
Today, I am still within my official success range. And I am going to stay there.
Seared Yellowfin Tuna Wrap
I ate this at a local pub, Jimmy Sea’s, in Green Bay, WI. This recipe is my best guess on how this was prepared.
1 large soft wheat tortilla
4 ounce fresh yellowfin (or other variety) tuna steak
2 tablespoons (1 ounce) guacamole (prepared with your preferred recipe)
2 tablespoons (1 ounce) chipotle mayonnaise. (An alternative would be mixing Sriracha sauce with mayo.)
- Season tuna with your preferred seasoning.
- Heat griddle or skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Spray with cooking oil.
- Lay tuna steak in skillet. Sear for about 30 seconds. Carefully flip and sear the other side for another 30 seconds. (This should result in a rare interior as seen above.)
- Spread guacamole and mayo. Top with greens, and the tuna. Roll and serve immediately.
I deliciously paired this with Dogfish Head Indian Brown Ale (malty and hoppy).