Saturday, August 21, 2010

Day Four

Just getting functioning this morning, a little late getting out of bed. I am surprised the children didn't destroy the house. So, I am still doing well. Down another .9, woot! So far that makes 2.2 pounds since Wednesday.

Last night we were sitting talking with some new neighbors and I heard the one guy saying he hadn't eaten since noon. And that he was doing the same thing today. What?!?!? In all of my craziness to try to pass my fitness test, starvation was NOT on the list. We talked about how that would destroy his metabolism and just make things worse. He knew it, but didn't care. All he wanted was to lose the weight so he could pass his fitness test in September. Of course I had to tell him about my way of life. I told him I had lost about 1.5 pounds since Wednesday, and that David had lost more. He was intrigued and started asking questions. I think he is going to switch starting today. It appealed to him that he could eat as much as he wanted and not have to starve. Heck yeah!

So far I have just had water. I guess a little intermittent fasting this a.m.

1030- egg, cheese and sausage, with hot sauce (of course)
1200- fresh brewed un-sweet iced tea
1300- 2 steak fingers, 4 small shrimp
1315- 1 meatball
1452: 11 pistachios
1530: coffee with milk and 1 tsp sugar, 3 clam strips
1618: half of a large banana
1800: 1 slice liverwurst,piece of mozzarella cheese
2000: Hornsby's Cider
2130: 3 meatballs, sauce, mozzarella cheese, parmesan cheese

I have to say thank you to store bought frozen meatballs. Because of them I am trying to make my own meatballs for the first time ever. I had to be creative to figure out how to make them without breadcrumbs. I decided to go with sauteed mushrooms, onions and garlic. I also added some parmesan and mozzarella cheese, salt and pepper. No, cheese is not 'paleo' but I still eat it. So far it doesn't seem to cause me any problems. Anyway, I NEVER knew that frozen meatballs contained soy protein, I didn't think to look. Well the other day I was buying some and decided to check the ingredients and was saddened to see 'textured soy protein; on every bag, even the turkey ones. So, I had to go back around to the other side of the store and pick up some ground beef and ground pork. Now, the first product of my experiment is sitting in front of me. I am a little Ah, there was NO need to be nervous, it tastes pretty darn good. A little more dense then the frozen ones, but it has the texture of meatloaf, so it is passable.

Meatballs, no breadcrumbs:
Pre-heat oven to 400

1 pound ground beef
.5 pound ground pork
5 fresh mushrooms, ground up
1 small onion
2 cloves garlic
Olive Oil for sautéing
minced onion
garlic powder
one egg
3 tablespoons shredded parmesan
3/4 cup shredded mozzarella ( I used mozzarella from a block and round it in the food processor)
salt and pepper to taste

Sauté the onions until translucent, add garlic, then add mushrooms. Sauté until a little dry
Add all ingredients and combine gently.
Form into balls.
Either place the meatballs in muffin tins, or on crumpled aluminum foil on a baking sheet. (it seems the crumpled aluminum foil was better, but I still want to get some mini-muffin tins and try that.)
Bake for 20 minutes, turn over and bake an additional 5 minutes until golden brown and delicious.

I *think you could replace the mushrooms with shredded zucchini or other dryer veggie. But, even if you don't like mushrooms, you won't taste them in the finished product.


Jin Hee said...

The texture of the meatball also has to do with how long you mix the meat. The longer you mix the meat, the tougher it is. So for a softer texture try not to mix the meat for too long. :)

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