Wednesday, February 15, 2006

A low-fat Sam Choy-derived recipe

Captain's Log, Stardate 02.15.2006

Book giveaway:
My Thursday book giveaway (A HERO FOR DRY CREEK) is here.
Randy Ingermanson's guest blog and the Fiction 101 CD giveaway is here.
You can still enter both of them. Just post a comment on those blog posts.
On Thursday, I'll draw the winner for HERO FOR DRY CREEK and post the title for another book I'm giving away. Stay tuned.

I also have a secret guest blogger on Thursday and a great book giveaway!

More thoughts on food: Okay, I just have to share this recipe with you guys. I got this from Sam Choy's cookbook, but I altered it to be low-fat.

Sam Choy makes this coconut milk and spinach sauce that he serves with macadamia-nut crusted fish. Yummy, right? And a billion calories.

We got sole filets from Costco, about 1.5 pounds of it. It's a bit much for just me and my husband, but it was cheap. Plus fish is good for you, right?

I marinated the fish in an olive oil, salt, ginger, green onion and cilantro marinade for about 30 minutes, but you don't have to do that. I only did it for a little extra flavor. Then I pan-fried the fish in a little of the oil from the marinade.

I bought light coconut milk, which is only 45 calories for every 2 ounces. I sautéed diced onions in butter, added 2 cups of chopped spinach (I could've used frozen spinach, too), then added 1.5 cups of skim milk and let it simmer about 15 minutes to reduce slightly (If I'd had evaporated skim milk, I would have used that instead). Then I added one can of light coconut milk and heated it through. Salted and peppered to taste.

I made rice--a combo of white rice and brown rice for fiber. I put a cup of rice on a plate, topped it with a few fish filets, and drizzled the coconut milk/spinach sauce over it.

Doesn't that sound yummy? And it was somewhat healthy, too.

Bible in 90 Days: Day 38. The Psalms are still wonderful. Today I read Robin's favorite, Psalm 91. Lord, I pray for Robin's family and pray they find favor.

Writing: I got a little writing done yesterday, despite the fact it was the Genesis postmark deadline. I didn't have as many last-minute emails as I thought I would.

Today, I've been fighting a few fires and hope to get some more stuff done tonight. It's nice because I can stay up late since I don't have PT tomorrow. I stayed up too late last night and almost couldn't roll out of bed this morning.

Diet: Yesterday I went for a walk, but for dinner I had too much fish, and then I lost control! I ate half a bag of veggie chips! I think I ended at close to 2200!! Waaaaaaaa...

But, as Heather reminded me, I just need to get back on my diet today.

Okay, good news--I did 30 minutes on the bike at PT and worked extra hard on my exercises in the gym. Bad news--I ate three pieces of French bread for dinner and ended the day at about 2100. Man I have no self-control! And after yesterday was so bad! I totally suck!


  1. Diet? Hmmm...guess I shouldn't mention the box of chocolate covered cherries I got, huh? Of which, I ate almost half of. LOL I don't DO diets! LOL

    I didn't get any writing done yesterday, but that's ok...I'm catching up on edits, then crits, then I'll get back to writing! LOL

    I didn't get but about 5 last minute Genesis emails yesterday. I'm now waiting to get in the entries of all the ones who emailed me to let me know their entries were on the way! WOO HOO

  2. I am having the diet week from hell.

    Wel, okay, I mildly, mildly exaggerate.

    I did eat too many truffles and too much not-very-good pizza. I should have taken hubby up on that dinner out offer. I'd at least gotten some spinach and broccoli at the steakhouse. :)

    I also fell asleep with makeup on, so now, I have the acne break-out blues.....

    I did have a yummy grilled tofu on mixed salad with ginger-carrot dressing for lunch. Boy, that was good. I may repeat that.

    I WILL REFOCUS!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Do come over and cook sometime! My poor family is eating hamburger helper and cereal almost exclusively these days, since that's all That Man knows how to cook. LOL

  4. The battle of the bulge is not an easy one, and just beacuse you fell off the horse doesn't mean you suck, it just means that you have to assess why you fell, learn, and get back on. Before you know it, you won't be falling any more, and you'll be back in your skinny jeans ;-)

  5. YOU don't suck, Camy. Don't make it personal on yourself. I am not even going to tell you what I have done for the last three days! I did great Monday and then totally blew it.

    Just keep trying. It is a bumpy road sometimes. The exercise you are getting isn't only burning calories while you exercise, since you are building muscle, they burn more calories than fat, so you are also burning more calories at rest than you used to.