Saturday, March 25, 2017

Fried Rice - A Weight Watchers Recipe

What are your thoughts on Chinese Food and Weight Watchers?  Chinese food can be tough on a diet,  right, but this recipe for Fried Rice fits right into my Weight Watchers Program.  It is delicious, easy to make, and low in points! What more can you ask for?  I have been making fried cauliflower rice for a long time, but with Weight Watchers I can have real rice! Yeah!!! This fried rice is super filling, so it makes a meal all on its own for a meatless Monday meal, but you can also add meat to it if you are so inclined.  I have been traveling so I can not update you on my weight loss at this point, but I will after I get home next week.  In the meantime, here is this delicious Fried Rice Recipe.

Fried Rice - A Weight Watchers Recipe
Weight Watchers Smartpoints - 4 per 1/2 cup

5 cups water
2 1/2 cups rice
2 Tb olive oil
1 Tb sesame oil
1 container 14.5 oz Trader Joe's Mirepoix (1/2 chopped onion, 3 carrots chopped, 3 stalks celery chopped)
2 tsp minced garlic or 3 cloves minced garlic
8 oz sliced mushrooms
1/4 cup low sodium tamari or soy sauce
1/4 cup Trader Ming's General Tsao's Stir Fry Sauce
1/8 cup Soy Vay Veri Veri Teriyaki Sauce
3 eggs, beaten

Cook the rice according to the directions on the package. Mine is 5 cups water to 2 1/2 cups of rice.

Set aside.

Heat the olive and sesame oil in a wok or a very deep stir fry pan over medium high heat.

Add the mirepoix to the oil and saute until the onions are translucent.  

Next add the garlic and saute for a minute, next add the mushrooms and cook for approximately 5 minutes.

Then add the rice and mix with the vegetables.

Add the tamari sauce, stir fry sauce, and teriyaki sauce and mix well.

Next, make a hole in the center of the pan, moving the rice and vegetables to the edges of the pan, and add the beaten eggs.

Cook just the eggs in the center of the pan just like you would scramble eggs, without the rice in it as much as possible.

Once the eggs are mostly cooked, stir into the rice and vegetable mixture. Add more tamari sauce if needed.

It is ready to serve.  You can add some kind of meat if you want, but we eat it like this and it is delicious. 

Serves 20 -  1/2 cup servings

I hope that you give this recipe a try.  I would love to hear how you like it.  I always love hearing from you.

Have a great week.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Bridle My Thoughts Bridle My Tongue

Do you have a tendency to criticize or have a sharp tongue? I don't know about you, but I do, so I ask God to bridle my thoughts and bridle my tongue every morning.  This is something that I have found I need a lot of help with. Especially with the people closest to me.

You see, I tend to be a perfectionist, and that can make me difficult to live with.  Most people who know me think I'm a super nice, easy going person, but my family knows the real me.  I am a nice person, it's not that I'm not, but I tend to be hardest on those that I love.  My poor husband says that I have a certain view of the world and that I expect those whom I love to live up to that view.  I am probably not very reasonable at times, and short on patience when I think that I am doing it all.  I'm sure that some of you are like that also, you know who you are.  We clean, cook, work, take care of the kids, do the laundry, even pack all of the suitcases and try to do it without complaining, until we feel like we are being taken advantage of.  We haven't asked for help, so how can those around us, know that we needed it to take advantage of us.  Maybe just by watching all that we are doing?   Come on that's not fair to them!  They can't read our minds even though we think that they should.   We walk around with a laundry list in our heads of what needs to be done, but they don't have the same list, so how are they supposed to know.

Then Satan rears his ugly head!  (I have now reached my limit, but how would my family know what needed to be done if I didn't tell them.)  I lash out in anger and frustration!  Not fair right!  No, not fair at all. Do you recognize this person, are you like me?  I need to learn how to talk, ask for help. So each morning I ask God to bridle my thoughts and bridle my tongue, so that I don't say something mean to those that I love.  They are the ones I should have the most patience with, not the least.

Each morning I pray, "God, bridle my thoughts and bridle my tongue today, in the name of Jesus Christ.  Don't let me say anything mean, angry, or unkind to anyone today. Thank you Lord."  I know that when I am praying in the name of Jesus that it is done.  It is such a simple prayer, but so powerful.  It has helped me to so very much.  I want my thoughts and tongue to be in agreement with God's will, not mine.  The Lord's prayer says "Thy will be done."  Let it be.

I like this verse in Psalms, and I'm giving you several different versions. I think it is helpful to see different transliterations.

Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth;
Keep watch over the doors of my lips.
Psalms 141:3 (NKJV)

Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth;
Keep watch over the door of my lips (to keep me from speaking thoughtlessly).
Psalms 141:3 (amplified)

Guard my mouth, O Eternal One;
control what I say.
Keep a careful watch on every word I speak.
Psalm 141:3 (The VOICE)

I especially liked The VOICE's version, "Guard my mouth..., control what I say, Keep careful watch on every word I speak".

If this speaks to you, I hope it helps.  Have a blessed week.