Day 16: The Cinch! Diet

  • Cappuccino with skim milk, Mango Mint Avocado Smoothie (P. 106)
  • Spicy Avocado Tostadas (P. 119)
  • Piece of Chocolate
  • Vegetable Soup (made with puzzle pieces)
  • Dark Chocolate Oatmeal (P. 101)
  • 60 minutes walking on the treadmill

I’ve had frozen mango in my freezer for over a week in anticipation of the Mango Mint avocado smoothie.  Until yesterday I just couldn’t bring myself to ruin my favorite fruit with avocado.  Finally, it was the day and I would bravely make this concoction.  I put everything in the blender and thought, “Man, this is not gonna be good”.  I took a spoonful of it after it was blended and couldn’t even try it.  I thought just getting it down with a straw was going to be the easiest way.

It was REALLY good.  You can’t taste the avocado and it just makes it creamy.  All that worry was for nothing.  After 2 weeks of her recipes I just need to trust Cynthia Sass!  She’s brilliant.

I had the Spicy Avocado Tostadas again.  I was really hungry after walking on the treadmill for an hour and this was really filling and has great flavor.

It was very cold & windy last night in the middle of the blizzard and I decided to try to put a vegetable soup together with the puzzle pieces.  I used what I had and it came out delicious!

This was SO good.  These are giant mugs and it was so much I couldn’t finish it.  The soup on the right is for my husband and I shredded chicken breast in his.  Here’s the recipe:

  • 1/4 cup of chopped onions, chopped carrots, chopped red peppers, frozen broccoli; 1 cup canned fire roasted tomatoes; 1 cup vegetable broth; 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup frozen corn
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small minced garlic clove, oregano, rosemary, parsley, black pepper, bay leaf

Saute onion, carrots, red peppers for about 6 min in olive oil.  Add the garlic & saute for about one minute.  Add the tomatoes, broth & water and bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer.  Add the corn, broccoli & seasonings.  Simmer on the stove then serve with cheese.

Next time I will not use broccoli because it got mushy.  Also, I will use a monterey jack cheese or something creamier than parmesan.

I was craving chocolate so I made the oatmeal again.  I used a little less oats to cut down on the whole grain.  While they were cooking I had a slice of smoked gouda cheese & 1 cup of fresh blueberries.

Such a wonderful day with so much fresh food!


Day 15: The Cinch! Diet

  • Cappuccino with skim milk, Dark Chocolate Oatmeal (P. 101)
  • Chickpea & Red Quinoa Lettuce Wraps (P. 134)
  • Piece of Chocolate
  • Turkey & Wild Rice-Stuffed Peppers (P. 125)
  • Pineapple Avocado Tacos (P. 110)
  • 30 minutes walking on the treadmill

Oh my, oh my, oh my…dark chocolate oatmeal is just so decadent in the morning.  I took a cup of water with 1/4 cup of dry oats and simmered it for 10 minutes then added ghiradelli chocolate chips.  I didn’t have any yogurt so I ate the oatmeal with brie & raspberries sprinkled with cinnamon for my fruit & protein puzzle pieces.

I’m now plotting some way to make every meal with chocolate.  It’s easy with the fruit but I’ll have to give some serious consideration to the best way to mix chocolate with vegetables.

I had the leftovers from the day before for the lettuce wraps and had those again today.  For dinner, I made my husband the turkey stuffed peppers and for me I subbed out monterey jack cheese for the turkey.  This was so good.  I didn’t have celery so I used extra onion & carrot.  After the fast forward I had had my fill of spinach and only put a little in the mix.  But with olive oil and the sweet sauteed onion and carrots it was really good.  My veggie peppers are on the left and my mix really cooked down.

The pineapple avocados are becoming my favorite.  The sweet of the pineapple and the saltiness of the feta is so good together.  I made my husband 2 of them as well last night but added some grilled chicken for him.  He also enjoyed both meals last night but I do have to let you know, he’s really not picky.

I’m going to try and write a 2 week recap today.  Hopefully, I don’t lose electricity during the blizzard.