Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Oh the Weather Outside is Frightful!

I have been shoveling a lot since I have been cleared (they said to wait 4-6 weeks) to do so. I may be doing more than I should but I honestly hate that my hubby has had to do all the work alone throughout a long and snowy Winter. So, because I have been spending some quality time outside (cue the violins, I know), I decided to try another new recipe! Aren't you bursting with excitement?! Well, I am so shut up and get cooking, you will not regret this one and neither will your body. This stew warmed me right through to the bone after the wind had its way with me for about an hour. This may not sound like anything to special to those of you that have never had to wait 5 minutes between bites...but for my food to actually STAY warm during my 20-30 minute meal, it takes a special dish. Turkey chili has also worked wonders for my hot food cravings. I stumbled across this stew recipe on a community forum called ThinnerTimes.com. It is a wonderful forum for anyone researching or in the pre-op or post-op phases of WLS. The forum is a wonderful portal full of super supportive people and there is even a section for recipes. When I saw this one for Zucchini Stew, I was in love. What is better to warm you up than a nice, thick, vegetable laden stew with some chicken for extra protein. It is so low calorie per 1 cup serving, it is almost criminal to tell you but it is like anything else, it is only as good for you as what you put in it. So here is what I put in it and I already know I will add more veggies next time, so feel free to edit as per your tastes:
Zucchini Stew:
*2-3 Zucchini and/or yellow squash, cubed
*1 large onion, chopped
*1-2 minced garlic cloves
*2 large potatoes-skinned and cubed
*2 cans stewed tomatoes (I may use diced tomatoes with chiles next time)
*1 TB olive oil
*Seasonings to taste (I used a veggie seasoning packet, salt/pepper)
**Combine all ingredients in a pot, cook on low (covered) for 30-45 min or until soft to your liking**

***ENJOY with Pj's and a nice warm blanket in front of the fire for extra comfiness :)***


  1. I just love your posts, Amy! Well done! I can't wait to whip up this dish.

  2. I forgot to add...add lean ground turkey, beef or chicken. I used a rotisserie chicken and shredded it :)