Tuesday, February 23, 2010

realizations

I have to say I LOVED yesterday's curry. I had it with rice last night and that was pretty good but today for lunch I had it with Sweet Potatoes and that was FABULOUS!!!! MMMM . . .

One thing I have realized is that the trick to me for staying with a good healthy eating plan is to not feel deprived. If I spend all my time looking and yearning for the food I am cooking for my family, I won't stick with this long term. But I am not feeling deprived. Eating the lunch I had today felt luxurious. It was creamy and spicy and yummy. I didn't miss the fat and meat at all. It was just a wonderful comfort food that I LOVED!

I am planning on making a hash with cabbage, potatoes and carrots. I may even make some Rich Brown Gravy to go with it. Sounds yummy to me.




RICH BROWN GRAVY

Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes
Servings: makes 6 cups

1/4 cup water
1 onion, chopped
1 cup whole wheat flour
5 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup soy sauce
fresh ground pepper to taste

Place the 1/4 cup water and the onion in a medium saucepan. Cook, stirring occasionally until onion softens, about 5 minutes. Add the flour and mix in well. Continue to cook for another 3 minutes, stirring constantly. (This will toast the flour and give it a rich flavor.) The flour and onions will clump together. Add the remaining water and soy sauce. Cook for another 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat. Blend in batches in a blender jar until smooth. Place in a clean pan. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until gravy thickens, about 10-15 minutes. Season with fresh ground pepper to taste.

Hint:
If the gravy fails to thicken to your satisfaction, you may want to add an extra thickener to the gravy. Use a mixture of 2 tablespoons cornstarch mixed in 1/4 cup cold water. Add a small amount to the gravy while stirring until it is thick enough for serving.

1 comment:

The Incredible Shrinking Family said...

Sounds very yummy ! I think if we select foods that are pleasing to the sense of smell, vibrant in color to the eyes and pleasing to the pallet, not only will we not feel deprived but we may actually convert a few to our way of eating !


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