Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Food (Glorious Food) Is (Still) Your Friend...

I have been on Isagenix since January 2 and I have lost 30+ pounds! During much of this time my wife, Carol, was in San Diego. So some wonderful folks at our churches stepped up to the plate (literally) and provided us with food. Jenelle (daughter), was home to cook a little, Spencer (son) is actually quite proficient in the kitchen and I discovered out that I can actually cook inside on a, what's the word,  stove/oven thingymabob. On Isagenix, when you are in losing weight mode as opposed to maintenance mode, you drink two shakes per day, eat a light snack every 1 /1/2 to 2 hours and eat one full meal daily. So, as you can imagine, you want that one meal to really count! That is why I have come up with this fiendish plan. I will pit all my favorite chefs against each other to make their best dishes and so that every bite is pure heaven! Because as one of said favorite chef's said "EVERYTHING IS A COMPETITION!" You know who you are and that this particular blog is all your glorious fault ;-)

So bring forth your salsa, your stroganoffs, your tacos, your lasagnas, your chili, your macs and cheeses (ooh, *family cook off pitting Lori, (my Mother-in-Law) against Carol, and Alyssa, (daughter),  your sauces and hot sauces and dips, your breads and your yummies of all kinds. Bring them forth into battle and we well find out who's cuisine reigns supreme... wait, that's been done. But you know what I mean.

At any rate, as I was telling a friend on Facebook the other day, I WILL come to your house and grill. I am submitting Mae Ploy Chicken for the cook off. And I am hoping you all will start submitting your signature dishes. In the meantime, you will find a plethoric menu of delights at My Crowded Kitchen. I have a few recipes here in previous posts and I KNOW you have a dish that you or someone in your life makes that is sure to make a meal worth waiting for! I have a dream today that someday we will all gather around our grills and our stoves and make a feast fit for kings and queens. And the beauty of it is, I will still be losing weight (IF I can manage to not go into shark mode).

Exercise+Isagenix+MODERATION= Weight Loss
Because food IS (still) your friend! So let the games begin!!!!!!!!

*Family Cook Off: Carol's family is EPIC in the kitchen! The thought of a family cook off alone is totally Pavlovian!


  1. You can't pit me against my own mom and Alyssa for Mac n Cheese...we all use the same recipe.
    Calzones on the other hand....

    1. no we dont. because of a mix up mine is different

  2. Same recipe? Yes, but the fascination is in the VARIATION ;-) You can't tell me all of you follows it to the letter every time...

  3. Here's a recipe that makes you look like you slaved over the stove all day when in fact it's simple and quick.
    Chicken Masala
    8 frozen chicken breast tenders, or more if your pan has the room
    1 chopped onion
    1 can cream of chicken soup
    1 15 oz can of chopped tomatoes
    1 can low fat coconut milk
    fresh squashed garlic...I like 4-5 big cloves
    3 T Garam Masala
    Frozen peas
    Brown chicken in flour with some oil. Remove and set aside. In same pan saute onion until tender. Put in soup, milk, tomatoes and garlic and stir well. Add chicken back in and simmer for 15 minutes. Do not over cook the breast! At the end throw in a handful of peas, and serve over a plate of Basmati rice. Yum yum, and easy!

  4. Very knice! And so it begins!!!


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