I am back from my little vacation with the hubs! A much needed vacation indeed so that hubby and I could spend some quality time that was missed while he was deployed. Well, little vacation is an understatement! It was actually a month long vacation mixed with lots of fun and excitement in Sin City baby! With that fun and excitement came a bit of weight gain because I had decided earlier on that I would re-start Medifast when I got home. So I placed no limits on what I ate while I was there. I was first in line at those all you can eat buffets that Vegas is known for! I know... I know... not very smart considering I gained 14 lbs, but I must say that all 14 lbs was not gained during that one month of vacation time. It took two months! Not that it makes it any better lol. During the last two months, I have relocated from Florida to Colorado, which was a hassle in it's own because I did not have my household goods for 3 weeks! We were basically sleeping on a sleeping bag and eating off paper plates, with no cooking supplies or utensils and I can't forget no microwave! I did manage to bring a television with me and my computer, but mind you we did not have cable or the Internet yet. Yeah, we were roughing it for those three weeks. Also,with hubby coming home after such a long deployment, I really did not want to spend my time cooking in the kitchen so we went out to eat a lot. Time is so precious and as much as I love cooking in the kitchen, I love spending time with my hubby more :) He is definitely no Chef Boyardee and doesn't like the kitchen at all so cooking together is not an option. Not to mention if I want the kitchen in one piece, I better handle all the cooking myself. Now grilling... is another story! Hey, that is fine by me because on those hot summer days, I would rather be cooking in the air conditioned kitchen than outside with the hot grill! So go on right ahead and grill away! Now that I am back, I have been on plan for the past two days and I am ready to complete my weight loss goals. I have been on this up and down roller coaster ride concerning my weight loss for the past year and I am not much for roller coasters either so I am ready to get off! Time for me to get focused and the best way for me to do that is to look for a variety of yummy recipes so I don't get bored. Eating the food is half the fun but making it is enjoyable too! Well, if the recipe isn't a total flop which I have had my share of flips and flops (and not the shoes either)!
Before I left to Vegas, I already knew I wanted to try Asian style food when I got back. Egg drop soup was first on my list. I have never made this type of soup before nor even tried it. I saw it on Chinese restaurant menus, but seeing bits of congealed egg floating around in broth just did not appeal to me. Well, I found this recipe at http://www.allrecipes.com/, and it had the big three requirements. It did not require many ingredients, it was so easy to make, and best of all it was on plan so what the heck... I will give it a try! All I have to say is Wow! I wish I would have tried it a long time ago. If the egg drop soup in the restaurants taste half as good as this homemade soup, then one egg drop soup for me please! Make that two or three :) Anyways, this isn't a complete lean and green meal, but it makes a wonderful appetizer to any meal. You will just need to add your additional lean, all your greens and any healthy fats that may be required. I had 2 additional eggs that I scrambled on the side with some steamed veggies. No additional healthy fat is needed with regular eggs. Actually, the additional sesame oil will bring you just a tad bit over on your healthy fats, but not by much. Sssshhhh, I won't tell anyone if you won't. You could leave out the sesame oil, but I personally like the soup with it. It really enhances the flavor. You can always eat a lean such as chicken or shrimp that day and that 1/8 tsp of healthy fat wont matter since you need 1 with chicken and 2 with shrimp.This is another one of those recipes that I will continue to make even after my Medifast days because it is that good. Don't let the floating egg in the soup fool you into thinking it wouldn't be tasty because as the famous saying goes, "looks can be deceiving". Enjoy this wonderful appetizer!
Egg Drop Soup
1 cup chicken broth (1 Condiment)
1/4 teaspoon soy sauce (1/4 Condiment)
1/8 teaspoon sesame oil – optional but recommended (1/8 Healthy Fat)
1 egg, beaten (1/3 lean)
1 teaspoon chopped fresh chives (1/21 Condiment)
In a small saucepan, combine the chicken broth, soy sauce and sesame oil. Bring to a boil. Stir gently while you pour in the beaten egg. Cook for about 1 minute. Season with chives before serving.
1/3 Lean, 1.3 Condiments and 1/8 Healthy Fat
*You will need to add 2/3 Lean such as 3.3 oz lean beef, 4 oz chicken, or 4.6 oz shrimp and all your Greens as well as any additional healthy fats depending on which lean you choose.
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