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I had couscous for dinner last night, and it was delicious. Krishna had made the suggestion of cooking it using chicken broth instead of water. She is brilliant.

One of the nice things about a calorie counting diet is that it does offer me much more flexibility in what I eat. After my recent lapse in the crazy cheater diet, I rediscovered my love of ramen. So good. In fact, I suspect ramen is the reason I decided to stay off of Atkins. I think my reasoning went something like "if I can't eat delicious delicious tasty ramen on this diet, it is for the birds. The carnivorous birds."

I wound up at about 300 calories over my target yesterday, thanks to two shots of vodka and a nectarine from the unexpected Farmer's trip, but overall, not bad. That still puts me at about 2000 calories under what I'm expected to be burning at my current weight.

Today is one of my 2250 calorie days. I've eaten basically the same things that I did yesterday, but I'll be having dinner with Krishna and those extra calories allow for a lot more flexibility in what I can eat.

I'm looking forward to the weekend, and hopefully after another mellow weekend my foot will be back to the point where I can walk to work again. I also need to start exercising again, so I will restart 5BX this weekend (minus running and jumping jacks until my foot heals).

I've also started taking 5-HTP to help combat some of my depression issues. It's difficult to judge if it's the 5-HTP, a general mood lift from feeling like I'm doing something to improve myself, or (most likely) some combination of the two, but I am in a better mood today than I've been in for some time. Huzzah for not feeling like crap, whatever the source!

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Date: 2008-08-23 12:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jedipussytricks.livejournal.com
I'm glad to hear you're feeling better.

Dave pretty much always cooks our rice in some kind of stock. Chicken, vegetable, whatever. Adds a lot of dimension to the flavor.

We also sometimes season rice with this crazy seaweed-flakes-in-a-can from the Asian market across the street. I can't think of what it's called, but it is surprisingly tasty; I don't usually care that much for rice, but will eat it all up with this seasoning on it. It's good on broccoli too. If you'd like to try it, let me know and I'll figure out what it's called. Perhaps they'll have it at Scolari's or something.

I'm not sure if it would mix well with stock, but I wonder how cinnamon would taste on couscous. Maybe some cardamom? Both are often used in savory middle eastern dishes, so I know they'd be good with couscous, I just don't know if they need to be combined with other flavors to come out right. My cooking-fu is only moderate.

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Date: 2008-08-24 01:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pearavis.livejournal.com
Besides chicken stock, another secret ingredient that won't tip your calorie scale is garlic salt (or powder, if you're watching sodium intake). It won't do much for your rice, but it will add a nice flavor to steamed vegetables: broccoli, spinach, green beans, etc.

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