Burning Burning Burning

Ha! Gotcha! That should have actually read Gaining Gaining Gaining

My weight that is.

Ever since i stopped nursing my younger son, I have steadily packed on the pounds.
It’s not like I’ve ever been skinny, but as Alexander mccall smith
would say i have a ‘traditional waistline‘.

But when i gained 12 kgs( no, that’s not a typo) in just ONE MONTH, i knew something was wrong…

A visit to my doc confirmed my worst fears…er..no I wasn’t pregnant again…rather i had low Thyroid. My TSH — Thyroid Stimulating Hormone-levels had hit the roof…

Now as many of you probably know, the Thyroid gland which is situated at the bottom of the neck regulates the body’s metabolism(among its other functions)..sorta like a thermostat.

What I have is low Thyroid /hypothyroidism or rather an under-active thyroid which translates into a high TSH level.

Well I am on medication now so all should be fine soon..but what i need to do is WATCH MY DIET and more importantly Exercise…


So when i saw the Ten in 10: Ten weeks to healthy in 2010 challenge on the Recipegirls blog I just HAD to join…

So here goes..
These are my goals

Eat healthier.. which means include more veggies and fruits…and not as desserts!!-Include more salads and soups each week…
Try and get to the gym atleast 4 days a week.
Continue with my walks and yoga ….
lose weight in time for our annual holidays!!!!!!

So now i leave you with a wonderful recipe(ok ok it’s not all that fat free) but it does have loads of beans….


Beans Casserole

Ingredients

600 grams beans- halved and rinsed and cooked until crisp-tender
2 medium onions, thinly sliced into rings
2 tbsp bread crumbs( I used whole wheat bread crumbs)
2 tbsp all purpose flour
2 tbsp butter
200 grams mushrooms, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
2 cups milk
3 cloves garlic, crushed
1 tbsp oil
salt
pepper


Boil/steam beans in some water until cooked but still crunchy.

In a saucepan heat the oil. Add the onion rings and cook till crispy brown.I also read here that you can bake them instead. So that’s what i did. To do this preheat oven to 300 F. Lightly grease a baking tray and spread the onion rings on them and bake 20 minutes or until they turn brownish…Set aside.


In a well buttered pan, add the mushrooms and cook on high flame for no more than a minute or so. Add the garlic cook for another minute and remove and strain.

Add 1 tbsp butter to a saucepan and once it melts add the flour.After a few minutes slowly add the milk.Cook it on low heat for maybe 15 minutes. Stir it every once in a while.Add the salt and pepper and any other seasoning you want to….

Add the mushrooms into this sauce.


Take off heat and combine with the cooked beans.

Top with the baked(or fried) crispy onions and the bread crumbs

Place into the oven and bake(350F/160C) until bubbly, approximately 15 minutes….As you can see the bread crumbs haven’t browned enough( I took it out too soon)…but they should have…

Note: You can top with cheese if you wish…but well to cut down on fat , I didn’t.

It is one delicious one dish meal….Try it…


I got this recipe from many sources….you can look here, here and here….

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