Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Atkins Induction Day 7 - Lucky Leftovers Rule!

Lucky Leftovers = BBQ Pulled Chicken and Cheese
Open Face Sandwiches with tomato and red onion
and Turnips Greens with Ham in Potlicker
Leftover Jalapeno Cheese "Corn" Muffins can be
make Induction-friendly and are winners!
Remember the Jalapeno Cheese "Corn" Muffins from
Day 1 of Atkins Induction?
I hear a lot of people grousing about “having to eat leftovers.” A friend’s hubby is very vocal about eating leftovers (or rather, NOT eating leftovers.) But learning to love leftovers is in your best interest. It’s convenient, saves food loss, saves electricity and labor time cuz you can cook once and eat many times, and it helps you adhere to your eating plan. In short, leftovers are “no brainers.” In fact, we love and depend on them so much, I call them “lucky leftovers.”

Knowing “how” to deal with leftovers can make or break your experience and certainly contributes to popular opinion about their value! Some foods, I will just downright double the first go round, the put an entire “casserole” or groups of portions into Deep Space 9 (our chest freezer). I call it “feeding DS9.” And it’s as important for me to do that as it is for me to cook. DS9 feeds us on those frequent nights when energy is at a premium and I just don’t have the will to cook.

Other recipes are good for lucky leftover “mash-ups” or “re-mixes.” These leftovers hang around 5-7 days in the fridge (at 36 degrees), waiting for their turn in the “big show.” (An example of these is any dish made with shirataki noodles. Shirataki simply do not freeze. Trust me on this and don’t try it at home.)

So Day 7 of Atkins Induction was an example of how lucky we were to have great leftovers in the fridge and in the freezer. Lunch was a re-mix of several meals: jalapeno corn muffins from NY Dinner, turnip greens from NY Dinner, rotisserie chicken from the day before, barbecue sauce from the BBQ Pulled Pork dinner, and fresh cheddar cheese, tomato and red onion.

Atkins Induction-friendly lunch made from Lucky Leftovers:
BBQ Pulled Chicken and Cheese on an open-faced
Jalapeno Cheese "Corn" Muffin (you get 2 of these babies)
and Turnip Greens and Ham with Potlicker
Dinner, complements of Deep Space 9 (our chest freezer)
was Poor Man's Philly Cheesesteak Stuffed Peppers
on a bed of Quick Garlic Spinach. YUM
It is THE BOMB! I had on open faced BBQ Pulled Chicken Sandwich on Jalapeno Cheese Corn Muffin (that can be made Induction-friendly) and a ½ cup of Turnip Greens and Ham with potlicker (cooking broth).

Dinner was pulled from DS9 and consisted of a frozen Poor Man’s Philly Cheesesteak Stuffed Pepper that I topped with cheese and baked along with quick garlic spinach. Delicious! And stress-free. I sure didn’t feel like I was on a diet!

Atkins Induction Day 7

Day 7 Daily Totals: 1495 Calories; 116g Fat (68.8% calories from fat); 85g Protein; 33g Carbohydrate; 12g Dietary Fiber; 799mg Cholesterol; 21g Net Carbohydrate

Breakfast (268 Calories; 22g Fat (72.0% calories from fat); 15g Protein; 4g Carbohydrate; 2g Dietary Fiber; 2g Net Carbohydrate)

3 cups decaffeinated coffee, black, unsweetened
2 soft boiled eggs
1 Tbsp Butter
5 Leftover Asparagus Spears in Brown Butter

Lunch (573 Calories; 41g Fat (62.2% calories from fat); 40g Protein; 16g Carbohydrate; 6g Dietary Fiber; 10g Net Carbohydrate)
Open Faced BBQ Pulled Chicken on Jalapeno Corn Muffin with Cheese, ½ tomato and ½ oz red onion
½ cup Turnip Greens with Ham and Potlicker

Dinner (653 Calories; 54g Fat (73.4% calories from fat); 31g Protein; 12g Carbohydrate; 4g Dietary Fiber; 8g Net Carbohydrate)
1 serving Poor Man's Philly Cheese Steak Stuffed Peppers
3 cups baby spinach
1 tablespoon olive oil
kosher salt and pepper

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