April 18, 2015 – Two Week Food Regime

We have been on a 2 week ‘food regime’ aka  diet – a word I hate to use. We survived and survived very well, too!! The selected foods we were allowed made it easy to be creative and overall got us thru this ordeal! The reason for all this?? The wonderful food we have been eating and cooking on our road odyssey since last July. But, it was so worth it. We are almost ‘home’ where we will be starting the next chapter of our adventure. Looking for a house in Port Angeles to remodel and settle in to a little (please God) cottage. And, because P.A. has come into the real world, go back to raising chickens!!

Here are a few pictures of making our ‘regime’ more palatable and surprisingly the challenge was fun, also.

The ‘diet’ is an extreme one and probably not thought to be healthy by the medical world, but it is the only one I’ve ever been able to continue for the entire 2 weeks.  We are given one week’s list of foods and you repeat the week once. It is never advised to continue it any longer. So, I won’t post the ingredients – I don’t want to suggest anyone else try it, I just know it works for me. It’s called the Air Force diet and I’ve been resorting to it every few years since the 1960s.

Every morning the breakfast was the same for the 2 weeks – eggs, toast, grapefruit  & coffee
An example of one of the lunches – 2 eggs, tomato, lettuce: I hard cooked the eggs, chopped them, combined with the chopped tomato, wrapped in butter lettuce and drizzled with balsamic the first week and the brine from Peppadew peppers the second week. It was fantastic and I’ll be doing this off the regime, too!
One dinner – Catfish, combination salad, dry toast & grapefruit: again with the balsamic drizzle – I swear I may never go back to salad dressings, this is so good! For our fish day we had catfish both times!!
One Lunch: combination salad s/drizzle Balsamic, grapefruit, coffee – decided to just go for a chopped salad and we really enjoyed it!
Another lunch was fruit salad – and this being April we are just beginning to see beautiful fruit in the markets and we really enjoyed this –
???????????????????????????????  Can anything say summer better than this lunch????
The most interesting days were the 7th and 14th  (last day)  – dinner food called for: chicken, tomatoes, cooked cabbage, celery, vegetable soup, grapefruit. I always have the most fun with these ingredients.
.??????????????????????????????? 1st week’s chicken dinner
The 1st week with this dinner, I sautéed the veggies, added chopped chicken breast meat then added the can of undiluted vegetable soup mixed with Sriracha – wonderful stir-fry type dinner.
??????????????????????????????? 2nd week’s chicken dinner
2nd week – got a little more inspired and I was missing doing some real cooking, came up with this dish and I’m so glad I wrote it down, because it will become a staple in our lives, it’s that good!

CABBAGE “GUMBO” OR STIR-FRY:   Sauté 2-3 cups shredded cabbage, 2 stalks celery, thinly sliced, 1/2 cup chopped onion, and seasoned with S&p, dried basil & oregano. While this cooks mix together 2 T. Mirin with 1/2 tsp (to taste) Sriracha and add to the cabbage mix.
(Note: Instead of adding oil, other than just a tad to begin the veggies cooking, I added 2-4 T. water – they will steam a little while finishing cooking – the water along with the mirin mix will keep all from sticking or browning)
When the veggies are crisp tender, add 2 rough chopped tomatoes and a can of undiluted Campbell’s Vegetable soup and continue cooking until heated thru. I oven-roasted chicken thighs seasoned with ‘Cook’s Seasoning’ (which is a staple: 2 parts Kosher salt/1 part granulated garlic/1 part white pepper) and served on top of the ‘gumbo’ this time instead of adding to the dish.

We finally gave in and weighed ourselves yesterday and low and behold we are at the weight we were when we started on this adventure!! Success!

And, just a closing note: we found (on the days I cheated) –  Chardonnay is very good with grapefruit!! Who knew? J