Super Bowl goodies.

It’s a little late but here was my amazing Veggie Superbowl Chili:

VEGGIES

Sautéed zucchini, poblano pepper, carrots and shallots in olive oil.

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SPICES

After about 10 minutes I added a little garlic then added half of a Dos Equis (I drank the other half), oregano, cayenne pepper, roasted ground cumin (YUM) & a touch of dill.

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TOMATOES

Added canned tomatoes.

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BEANS

Frozen black, red and pinto beans (Beans that I soaked and cooked and then froze)

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Bring to a boil, then turn down to simmer and add 2 bay leafs.  Wait at least 20 minutes (we waited 8 hours and yes that means I had a half a Dos Equis before noon) and top with hot sauce, cheddar cheese, cilantro and enjoy!

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I found this beauty at Whole Foods.

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This was our pre superbowl game spread.  It was just the 2 of us.  I put the Buffalo Three cheese spread in celery.  Great vegetarian snack.

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And then the game was so boring I started googling and somehow I ended up begging my husband if we could buy miniature horses and cows.  Look how cute!

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Although, I did do a good amount of looking up from my googling to see if Eric Decker had any close up shots for the big game.  I mean, come on!

Eric Decker

The next day I made tacos with the leftover chili and used these delicious corn shells that I warmed up.

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Day 25: The Cinch! Diet-FINAL DAY!!!

  • Cappuccino with skim milk, Blueberry Smoothie with Almond Toast (P. 96)
  • Vegetarian Chili
  • Dark Chocolate
  • 2 mugs of coffee with 2% milk
  • Layered Bean Dip with Guacamole (P. 134)
  • Snack
  • No exercise

I tried a new recipe on my last day.  It was good.  I didn’t use the entire 2 tablespoons of almond butter because I’m not a huge fan of it.  Also, the blueberry smoothie was too bland so I added a half of a frozen banana from my freezer and it was much better.

I had my last bowl of vegetarian chili today & I have to admit that I was kind of sick of it after 5 days.  But it’s easy to microwave for lunch and it’s so healthy.

My back & neck were still sore and I was just exhausted in the middle of the day.  So I had 2 mugs of coffee and used 2% instead of skim.  Later in the night I did a lot of stretching and it made all the difference for my pain.  I probably should have just stopped in the middle of the day and stretched instead of having all the coffee.

I had leftover refried beans & my husband was gonna be late from work so I just whipped up this for my dinner.  It’s so filling and I used a little hot sauce this time.  Not sure if you can on the cinch diet.  It probably has too much sugar and salt.  It was only a little.

I had an orange, sliced almonds & smoked gouda again for my snack.  Since my neck was really hurting I skipped exercise today again.

Yesterday was my last day after doing the 5 day fast forward & the 25 day Cinch Core Diet.  I was planning on going out this morning and getting dunkin donuts coffee with cream and a bagel.  Guess What?  I wasn’t in the mood.  The day after I finish a 30 day diet I made my skim milk cappuccino and the fruity waffle sundae.  The idea of a bagel sounded too filling for me.  I guess this eating plan really does work!

I went out today and treated myself to a shopping day.  I am down one size so I would guess I lost around 7-8 pounds.  I have lost SO many inches, from head to toe.  I put on my knee high boots today which I haven’t worn in a month and they were loose on my calves.  My calves?  That was so shocking that my calves went down in size in 30 days.

I’m going to do final thoughts about the diet soon after I take some time to think about it some more.  Also, I plan on having a fabulous Anniversary/Valentine’s Day weekend so no posts until Monday!  Happy Valentine’s Day everyone.  Just think, you can have chocolate truffles and not cheat on your diet.

Day 24: The Cinch! Diet

  • Cappuccino with skim milk, Fruity Waffle Sundae (Shape Blog )
  • Mediterranean Pasta Salad (P. 119)
  • Dark Chocolate
  • Vegetarian Chili
  • Snack
  • No exercise today.  I took the day off.

I made the fruity waffle sundae this morning.  I used de-thawed frozen mango & half a banana.  I toasted the walnuts and added lots of cinnamon.  Yum!

I made the Mediterranean Pasta Salad the night before when I made the Penne dish.  They had a lot of the same ingredients.  Also, it could marinate overnight and be delish! 

I made a few changes to the recipe and roasted the onion and also some cherry tomatoes and used those in the salad.  I only used 5 instead of 10 of the olives & used a 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil.  This was SO good and I may have to start making a lot of this and portion it out for meals.  I think I did make a mistake and I measured the pasta before I cooked it.  In the recipe it says 1/2 cup cooked pasta not DRY pasta.  I’ll have to watch that next time.  Portion control is so important in this diet.

CHEAT ALERT:  I made corn bread muffins for my husband and I had one with my chili.  It was SO good.  I used honey butter on it.  I have not had butter in a month!  It was just one.

I again had the chili today (4th day in a row).  I told you I love veggie chili.  I have enough for one more meal too!

My snack was sliced medium apple, sliced almonds & smoked gouda cheese.  I left out the whole grain cracker.  I love having this at night & really look forward to it.

I did not exercise today.  I have some herniated discs in my back from a car accident.  I’ve been lifting light weights and my neck and shoulders are so sore.  It really wears me out and makes me exhausted.  I opted for a long, hot bath instead.

ONE MORE DAY LEFT!!!

Day 23: The Cinch! Diet

  • Cappuccino with skim milk, Raspberry Brazil Nut Pita (P. 99)
  • Vegetarian Chili
  • Penne with Pesto from puzzle pieces
  • Dark Chocolate
  • Snack
  • 30 minutes walking on the treadmill
  • Upper body workout with free weights

This was a great day on Cinch and all the food was very filling.  I made the raspberry brazil nut pita for the first time and it was very good.  I used hazelnuts instead of Brazil Nuts.

I also added fresh mint.  I love fresh mint with raspberries.

I had the veggie chili leftovers again.  It’s so easy to just throw it in the microwave.

I found a sundried tomato pesto at Whole Foods and built a dinner around it.  I have been trying to find fresh whole grain pasta.  I found some fresh penne at Whole Foods.  The only ingredients are wheat flour & water.  I’m not sure if that works or not but it’s so much better than that crap whole grain dried penne in the pasta aisle.

This was so good.  I used what I had to come up with the recipe.

  • Produce:   1/2 cup each of artichoke hearts sliced, baby spinach, red pepper sliced, white onion sliced
  • Whole Grain:  1/2 cup penne pasta
  • Lean Protein: 1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan
  • Plant-based fat:  1 tablespoon sundried tomato pesto
  • SASS:  fresh basil, oregano, black pepper

I sliced the onion & red pepper and threw it on a cookie sheet and roasted for 15 min in a 450 degree oven.  I cooked the penne and threw the spinach in with it for the last 3 minutes.   I tossed all of the ingredients with the penne and topped with parmesan and fresh basil.  I threw some chicken marinated in balsalmic vinegar, oregano, salt & pepper on the indoor grill and tossed that with the pasta for my husband.

The snack I had was an orange, sliced almonds & Wasa cracker with smoked gouda.  Only 2 more days!  How will I celebrate?

Day 22: The Cinch! Diet

  • Cappuccino with skim milk, Banana Chocolate Smoothie
  • Vegetarian Chili
  • Smoked Gouda & Grilled Onion Salad (P. 117)
  • Dark Chocolate
  • Snack
  • 40 minutes walking on treadmill
  • Lower body workout with free weights

Ok, this was gross.  I blended a frozen small banana, 8 oz of plain nonfat yogurt, chocolate chips & vanilla extract.  Next time I will use skim milk.  The yogurt was so sour it was hard to drink.

I left out the oats on this breakfast and the snack later.

I ate the leftover Superbowl chili for lunch and it was even better the next day.  I had a busy day so the Smoked Gouda & Grilled Onion salad was easy to make for dinner.  My husband got a smaller portion with a lobster bisque I got from Whole Foods earlier that day.

I had a quick snack of fruit, chocolate chips & smoked gouda.  I found a smoked gouda that was SO good.  It was a chunk of boars head smoked gouda.

Can’t believe Day 22 is done.  3 more days!

Day 21: The Cinch! Diet

How delicious is this meal?  I just make the french toast and then throw a cup of whatever fruit I have on hand with some toasted nuts.  So easy!

I used crushed pineapple instead of sliced, like I usually use.  I feel like the crushed pineapples are juicier and it makes the tacos soggier.  I still enjoyed these though!

I made the vegetarian chili (meatatarian chili for hubby) & bean dip when I made my pineapple tacos for my snack.  I made extra chili so I can have it for lunch this week.  It’s one of my favorite meals as a vegetarian.

I didn’t take a picture of the bean dip but we had that before the big game as an appetizer.  I put out chips for my husband and I had the perfectly measured and perfectly chopped red peppers & 5 celery sticks.

During the game we had the chili and it’s such a large portion that I could not finish it.

This was SO, SO good and I’m glad I made enough for the whole week.  Again, these are enormous mugs so it’s hard to tell how much food this really is.  I kept the beans separate to avoid them getting mushy.  When I make a bowl I measure out 1/2 cup of the beans and add them to the chili. 

I loved how I can make a healthy meal with all whole foods for what is typically a pizza, wings & nachos kind of night.  I really enjoyed the game.  Since we are now Midwesterners I chose to root for the winning team.  I wasn’t too impressed with the commercials or the half time show.  I thought those would be the most exciting parts of the game for me.  Not so much.  I did enjoy the Glee girl sing in the beginning.

Only 4 days left & it will be 30 days on the Cinch Diet!