I'm doing Atkins. And I'm doing it with the attitude that this HAS TO BE a permanent way of life. As in: Kill the passions (that would be bread and sweet baked things in my case) and buckle down and "git 'er done".
On a happy note, I'm nine pounds lighter than I was when I started. It was the week before the Nativity fast started. I remember because Fr. A told me that this IS my fast. And on Christmas day, I'll still be fasting. Lord have mercy.
But on that note, I want to share the delicious concoction that I made last night: Mutton Soup
1 lb. farm fresh ground mutton
1 large leek, thinly sliced/chopped
about 3 small stalks of celery
2-3 small garlic cloves
a bit of olive oil to sautee the veggies in
1 can of diced tomatoes
2-3 cups of chicken stock.
Sautee veggies in a bit of olive oil or butter, add mutton, salt and pepper to taste, and let meat brown. Add tomatoes and chicken stock and let simmer on stove for a while.
This was good. It made about six bowls of soup, 3 g carbs per bowl.
And speaking of which...I think I'd better go make some more chicken stock.
If you've never made homemade stock, here's what I do, easy peasy: Chicken bones in crock pot, add a splash of vinegar or lemon juice, about a tablespoon of salt, cover in water. Can also add a couple of carrots, onion for some golden color and extra nutrients.
After a day or so off letting this stuff simmer, and adding more water as necessary, strain off the broth and throw the rest out.
That's all there is to it.