Saturday, January 8, 2011

Fast-food fast update

Hello out there world. All you who are busy waiting in drive-thrus prepping your chomps to indulge in greasy "goodness." This is day 14 for me without fast-food (day 11 of the actual challenge), and I would have to say life is good. Life is very good.
I've got more money in my pocket than I would have if it wasn't for this challenge, AS WELL as a little more room in my jeans. What could be better?
Well, if I could kick this hankering for cashew chicken and hot wings, I would be tempted to call my current situation perfect. So unless this 30-day challenge doesn't cure that thirst, perfection will just have to wait.
I've been cooking A LOT. Here's a sampling of what we've had:
Honey glazed ham, mac & cheese and green beans
Homemade pepperoni and cheese pizza
Gooey oven-warmed sandwiches and pasta salad
BBQ roast beef sandwiches and brussels sprouts

Tonight, I'm serving up Boston Fish Chowder. Here's the recipe:
Fry up 3 slices of bacon. Remove from grease and crumble. Save for later. In the drippings, cook 1/2 cup celery, a chopped onion and 1 clove chopped garlic, until tender. Add 1/4 cup flour. Gradually add 4 cups water and 2 T. instant chicken bouillon (or six cubes). Stir until smooth and well-blended. Bring to a boil. Add 1-1/2 cups cubed potatoes. Reduce heat. Cook 10 minutes. Stir in 1 lb. white fish (cut into bite-size pieces). Cook 15 more minutes. Add 2 cups (1 pint) light cream. Garnish with bacon.


  1. hadn't heard about your 'fast from fast-food challenge', but it sounds...well...dare i say, challenging?

    it would be interesting to see how much $$ people actually save; maybe tucking those bucks in a jar instead of into the hand extended from a drive- thru window!

    i'd LOVE to have all the money matt spent eating out while he was home on leave [we won't delve into a question & answer session about the 'whys & what-fores' of this perplexing phenomenon; it could inadvertently lead back to "wasn't his mom cooking three times a day?"]!!

    to actually 'kick the crave'...a good detox tea, lots of [formerly "icky" water; that i'm totally OFF diet coke, water has even started tasting good?! go figure!], fresh fruit & veggies, lean protein, & [healthy] fats [like avocado...uhhh...YUM!]are a must.

    i rarely crave "junk" anymore...which is VERY profound if you know's because i stopped eating foods high in what i'd call "bad" carbs, and started getting them carbs from healthier [good] choices.

    that doesn't mean i NEVER eat an idaho potato baked to tender perfection and loaded with butter, cheese, sour cream, & bacon bits; it just means they've become a rare treats instead of a staple.

    it's amazing how chucking the chips, chiseled away at my sugar craving! all those "bad" carbs wreaking havoc with my blood sugar; nasty little trick!

    a month for your challenge is about right; once u get all that flushed out of your system and retrain it to ask for [crave] healthy foods, like a "well behaved child" it will no longer throws temper tantrums screaming for donuts, fresh baked bread, or double battered deep fried [or "cashewed"] EVERYTHING!!

    good luck!!

    [p.s. what time's dinner?!! have spoon...will travel!] :D

  2. bahahaha!! "getting THEM carbs"!!! intended to 'delete' the word 'carbs' in that sentence!

    unless we'd be "gettin' them there carbs"!!

    [we are NEVER to speak of this "grammar incident" in family settings!!]!!

  3. okay...suffice it to say I NEED MORE COFFEE!!

    my "proofreading" skills are on the less than skillful side this morning!

    how about we go with "a rare TREAT" as opposed to "a rare treatS"?

    and perhaps my "facebook shorthand" of "u" for "you" is less than appropriate when posting a comment to your blog...didn't notice i did THAT either, ugh!!

    headed back to the folgers! [just NOT from the DRIVE-THRU!!]!!