Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Bowling, Dieting, Subway.

Bowling went pretty well although unfortunately we were three and our opposing team was five. We had to "Vacancy Scores" which are 175 per game, but the opposing team mostly beat those anyway. I am not sure about the last game which was a good one for us but we had to leave before they finished. My average went up 2 points. I don't know why I am suddenly bowling like I used to but I am not complaining as I am sure you realise. Will find out if we gained any points on Thursday. Won't be more than 2 if any at all. I forgot, one of our team brought me a Black Forest birthday cake today which I shared as far as I could. It was somewhat messy and crumbly but a delicious cake He even brought a little candle to go on it LOL.

We were both getting low on a prescription for an analgesic so went to our doctor's walk-in clinic. We were then told that as the prescription had been written by the Physician's Assistant we had to take it to the pharmacy right there so that the Doctor herself could sign the scrips tomorrow. Bit of a nuisance because we are known and registered at our usual pharmacy. However, whilst picking up the pills I saw a sign about a weight loss programme. I enquired about it and a young woman came to talk to me about it all. Turned out that the first week(s) would cost $250 - sorry but no thanks. She explained it was really healthy food that we would be making bought from the pharmacy I gather. I assured her I cook really healthy food anyway. Plus Matt does NOT need to lose weight and although she told us he could eat it too, unless he supplemented, he might end up losing too and he is quite skinny enough these days. I then gave her my card for this blog - mostly the recipes I publish are healthy food anyway. I basically do not believe in using substitutes such as "low fat" or diet foods of any kind. I believe in eating everything and anything in moderation.

As it was gone 6 when we left the pharmacy, dropped down to Subway to get something to eat. We can feed the pair of us for $7.67 which is pretty good value.

I often eat small egg foo yong at Mandarin so I thought this would be interesting to try.

Egg Foo Yong with Mushroom Sauce

Think of egg foo yong as a cross between an American-style omelet and a crispy Chinese pancake, loaded with vegetables and topped with a savory mushroom “gravy.” It’s a superspeedy meal thanks to packaged broccoli slaw, matchstick-cut carrots, and microwaveable brown rice. A smaller (8- to
10-inch) skillet will make for a taller, fluffier pancake. Tamari sauce is slightly thicker than soy sauce with a more robust flavor (many brands are also gluten-free). Use anywhere you’d use soy sauce, especially in meat marinades.

2 Tbs sesame oil, divided
3/4 cup matchstick-cut carrot
1 bunch green onions, thinly sliced, white and green parts divided
2 cups packaged broccoli slaw
1 tsp minced peeled fresh ginger
3 garlic cloves, grated
1 Tbs unseasoned rice vinegar
1 1/2 Tbs tamari sauce or reduced-sodium soy sauce, divided
3/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper, divided
6 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup unsalted vegetable stock
1 Tbs all-purpose flour
1 (8-oz.) pkg. presliced cremini mushrooms
2 (8.8-oz.) pkg. precooked brown rice (such as Uncle Ben's)
1 Tbs toasted sesame seeds

1. Preheat broiler; place rack in upper middle position.

2. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a 10-inch oven-safe skillet over medium-high. Add carrot and white parts of green onions; sauté 3 minutes. Add slaw, ginger, and garlic; cook 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add vinegar; cook 1 minute or until liquid evaporates.

3. Combine 1 1/2 teaspoons tamari, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and eggs in a bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add egg mixture to slaw mixture in pan, tilting pan to spread mixture evenly. Cook 3 to 4 minutes or until egg is set on the bottom. Place pan in oven; broil 2 minutes or until top is set and golden. Cut into quarters.

4. Combine stock and flour in a bowl, stirring with a whisk. Heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil in a skillet over medium-high. Add mushrooms; cook 5 minutes or until browned. Add flour mixture; bring to a boil, and cook 1 minute or until mixture is slightly thickened. Stir in remaining 1 tablespoon tamari and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.

5. Heat rice according to package directions; divide evenly among 4 plates. Top each serving with 1 wedge of the pancake and 1/4 cup mushroom mixture; top evenly with green parts of onions, remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and sesame seeds.

Servings: 4

Author: Deb Wise
Source: Cooking Light

Have a great day


  1. Hi Jo - glad the bowling was better ... and that black forest cake sounds delicious. Actually so too does the Egg Foo Yong ... cheers Hilary

    1. Thanks Hilary, and it was delicious even though very messy. Very fond of Egg Foo Yong.

  2. I am happy to hear that the bowling was better, Jo! The dish looks delicious! :)

    1. Long may it continue to be so Linda. It does doesn't it. I am thinking supper right now.

  3. Just had a Subway 6" for lunch. Stopped there often when I was working.

    1. We enjoy the occasional sub Denise and they are certainly not unhealthy.

  4. Moderation is best, although there are a few items where we avoid the fat, either getting light or just not eating it. (Like greasy potato chips.)

    1. I agree Alex. I don't avoid fat but spread it out over days/weeks depending.

  5. My cousin is a smart gal who is trained in research biology and she told me years ago to skip the low fat, fake versions of food. Best to stick to things that are as close to natural as we can get. As she put it, the body knows what to do with butter, not so much the fake stuff.

    1. Sounds very logical of your cousin Liz. I agree with her and I am not trained, but experienced.

  6. $250 a week for food is a lot. I bet I still couldn't eat half of it. I'm a low-fat person though - low-fat soy milk, Miracle Whip, dressing, etc., plus fat-free on non-dairy creamer.

    1. It is Diane but I expect they have a vegan version. However, I don't know how you could eat some of that stuff you mention. The body does need fats.

  7. Hi human, Jo,

    Whenever I read about your bowling adventures, it reminds of the times my human dad tells me about all the fun times he had at his five paw, sorry, five pin bowling league.

    We have a Subway restaurant in this town named, Leek. It replaced the local Job Centre.

    I'll mention that recipe to my human dad.

    Pawsitive wishes,

    Penny đŸ¶

    1. I am pawsative both your human dad and his dad enjoyed 5 pin bowling when they lived in BC Penny. You might enjoy chasing the balls down the alley too. Sign of the times Subway replacing a job centre. I think they'll like the recipe Penny, you probably would do. Pawsitive wishes to you too.

  8. These weight loss people always want to sell you stuff and it is too expensive. My cousin thought it was healthy to eat nothing but raw, no meat, dairy and lots of sprouts. Her hands turned orange because she ate too many carrots! Moderation is key, stay away from fast food crap and all the "goodies"...easier said than done but it works and better to bake something nice than to eat a twinkie