Saturday (2-18-12) I finally felt okay with our walk - my energy level was okay. It was also a cooler day than those previously in the week, so that may have had something to do with it. Fortunately today (2-20-12) I felt normal energy level on our walk, and we added to the distance and time. At this rate, I should start to feel the increased energy level soon. Yeah!
Some of the books I ordered about this type of eating (low carb) and cookbooks for ideas arrived on Saturday. So I've been trying to look through those. I continue to find some good things to eat. One really yummy breakfast I found (online at AllRecipes.com) was low carb pancake crepes. They are made with eggs, cream cheese, cinnamon, and sugar-free maple syrup. They are great plain, but I made a filling of cottage cheese flavored with some sugar free strawberry jello powder. Very yummy! Today I made them again and tried a new filling of cottage cheese and cream cheese. Very yummy also! The recipe (for two servings) is:
3 ounces cream cheese, softened
2 eggs. beaten
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tbsp. sugar-free syrup
1 tsp. butter for each crepe.
1. In a bowl, mash the cream cheese and then add about 1 teaspoon at a time of the beaten eggs until the mixture is smooth and free of lumps (you'll still have a few specks of cream cheese). Then add the cinnamon and sugar-free syrup. (Don't try to mix the cream cheese and eggs all at once because it won't get smooth, even with an electric mixer, and then it doesn't hold together well when flipping.)
2. Melt the butter in a nonstick skillet over medium-low heat. Pour in several tablespoons of the batter. Swirl to coat the bottom of the skillet. Allow to cook until set, about 4 minutes on the first side; flip the crepe with a spatula and cook the other side for another minute or two.
These crepes were a wonderful change from eggs. :)
Today I made a vegetable lasagna which had nine different vegetables in it. Even though it was good, it took two hours to prepare (chopping, slicing, mixing) and another 1 1/2 to cook, so I don't think I'll be making it again. If it was awesome, I would still have to figure out how to make it faster. The only thing I'm willing to spend that much time cooking are the holiday meals. Even my awesome mac 'n cheese doesn't take that long to prepare (about 45-60 minutes and an hour to cook). Ah, mac 'n cheese. Hopefully those days will return if only in small servings. :)