The Shift to a Healthier Me - A Change in Cravings
I was ravenously hungry yesterday, and wanted something special. But not salty snacks or sweets. What I wanted more than anything was a big bowl of vegetable soup. Since I have an hour for lunch, which allows me to go home and let the dog out each day, and since they built a new grocery store just blocks from my home, I decided to see what I could do about that craving - one that a month ago would have been for something totally different, not a healthy lunch like soup.
So, into the store, grab a head of cabbage, zip around to the soup aisle and buy some Orrington Vegetable Soup base (awesome stuff, by the way - and it's low cal/low fat, too) and home I went. Water into the pot, soup base in, chop up the cabbage and add some of my dried vegetable mix I get at the Spice House. It has carrots, onions, tomatoes, parsley, etc, etc. The house smelled wonderful as it cooked. When it was done, into a mug and back to work. It kept me going all afternoon.
Then came dinner time. Since it was Monday, and that being Scout night, I needed something I could make for everyone that didn't take a lot of preparation. I had planned on having Swedish meatballs (for quick nights like this, I keep a bag of the frozen ones on hand). While I was cooking up a sauce for them, I read the back of the bag. Holy cow!! Six lousy little meatballs is 260 calories!!! And that's without sauce or noodles. No meatballs for me, that's for sure.
So, I grabbed a chicken ***, cut it up, got my leftover soup out and tossed it in. Excellent dinner. The thing is, the kids all complained because I had the soup and they didn't. Sorry guys, I promise to make more next time.