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21-Day Tummy Recipe: Beef and Red Quinoa-Stuffed Eggplant

I’ve been doing pretty good about trying out some of the diet recipes this week, so here’s another one I tried, except that it was actually “Beef and Rice-Stuffed Eggplant.”  If you haven’t noticed, I often sub (or forget) ingredients.  This time, I used brown rice simply because I thought I had quinoa in the cupboard, but I apparently had used it all up.  Ada is a huge quinoa fan, so I should’ve known we were out.  I also forgot to add grapes because I was just way too excited to get to the part about stuffing the eggplant.  Oh well.

Beef and Rice Quinoa-Stuffed Eggplant (A Phase 2 Recipe)

4 small eggplants (I used 3 to save some money.)
1 3/4 cups water
2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup instant brown rice
3/4 pound lean ground beef (I used a pound.)
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon (I reduced this greatly, probably by half, because none of us like a strong cinnamon flavor in savory dishes.)
3/4 teaspoon salt (I didn’t measure.  I just added salt at various stages of the cooking process.)
1 can crushed tomatoes
20 red seedless grapes, halved (Again, I forgot these and just ate grapes on the side.)
1 Tablespoon chia seeds

Directions:  (This is the way I did it, not the way it’s written in the original recipe.)

  1. Halve the eggplants.  Scoop out the middle, leaving a slight edge.  Dice up the scooped out eggplant.
  2. Placed the eggplant halves cut side down on a baking sheet.  Add half cup water, and place in a 400 degree preheated oven.  Bake for 15 minutes.
  3. While the eggplants are cooking, heat the oil, add the beef and season with some salt and cinnamon.
  4. Cook until brown and then add the eggplant and 1/4 cup of water.  Cook for a few minutes before adding the rice, the tomatoes, and 1 cup of water.
  5. Bring to a boil.  Cover, and simmer for 10-15 minutes.  (After this, you would add the grapes if you wanted to.)
  6. Fill each of the eggplant shells with the beef and rice mixture.  Bake for 10 minutes.
  7. Sprinkle with chia seeds.

I have to say that it was pretty good.  For me, it was edible.  Ada, as always, ate it up.  CJ, who normally doesn’t eat what we’re eating, even ate most of his, and of course, my husband thought it was pretty good, too.  He thought it probably needed the grapes, though, for sweetness, so although I’m not in a rush to try it again, it might be worth trying with the grapes and the quinoa, the way it was intended to be made.

Let me know if you try it, if you tried anything different, and how it went over at your house!




Cut Back on Sweets

I am a dessert-every-day person.  Some days, I’m a dessert-every-meal person.  I love my sweets, and now that I know I’ll be trying out the 21-Day Tummy diet in the near future, it feels like my appetite for sweets has increased.  It may also be partly related to the fact that just recently I’ve gone from not being able to have soy, dairy, or eggs to being able to have all three (except for dairy in large amounts since not having had dairy for over a year seems to have made me fairly lactose intolerant).   Now, I can have that donut.  I can have that twinkie.  I can have that chocolate bar (though I may suffer a bit for it).  The freedom of being able to have most everything again has made me a little careless about what I put into my mouth, and I just simply want to have it because I can…and well, it tastes good.

On the first phases of the diet, though, there is no dessert.  That’s going to be a bit of a tough one.  By phase 3, it’s dessert every other day.  That sounds like a happy medium to me.

Let’s try to cut back on the amount of sweets and desserts we have.  If you’re like me and eat them every day, try cutting back to every other day, which is what I’m going to do.  This is not going to be easy, and the trick will be having just ONE dessert on those days and not binging because the next day is going to be dessertless.  Let’s find some willpower, and in the process, improve our health!

Trying 21-Day Tummy Recipes

As I mentioned before, I’m preparing for starting the 21-Day Tummy diet by buying some of the nonperishables and frozens ahead of time and by trying out some of the recipes from the book.  The recipes I decided to try first were the smoothie recipes because during the first 5 days, you replace one meal, usually breakfast, with a smoothie.  The first day, I made a chocolate, peanut butter, and banana smoothie recipe from the book:

In a blender mix

  • 6 ounces of nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 2 Tablespoons light coconut milk (I used unsweetened So Delicious brand.)
  • 1 teaspoon of maple syrup
  • 1 Tablespoon pumpkin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon of peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon of unsweetened cocoa
  • ice and water to get to desired consistency

It turned out to be a decent smoothie that I would probably repeat.

The second one I tried was a strawberry banana smoothie.  I altered the recipe in the book a bit because it called for blueberries and strawberries and rather than having just a strawberry smoothie since I didn’t have blueberries, I replaced it with banana.  It also called for almond butter, but I didn’t have any of it either (because it’s really expensive).  So I just used peanut butter again.  It also called for unsweetened cocoa, but I don’t like fruit and chocolate together.  So I, instead, put a little ginger in.

  • 6 ounces of nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/2 cup strawberries
  • 2 Tablespoons light coconut milk (I used unsweetened So Delicious brand.)
  • 1 teaspoon of maple syrup
  • 1 Tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon of peanut butter
  • a touch of fresh grated ginger
  • ice and water to get to desired consistency

Obviously, the combinations in the this smoothie are a little weird, but all the ingredients are belly buddies that help digestion.  This smoothie (pictured above) was okay, too.  Neither was as sweet as I usually make my smoothies, and the peanut butter taste really comes through, so it will take some adjusting.  However, I think a smoothie every morning is definitely doable.


The other recipe I tried was “Mustard-Rubbed Pork Cutlet.”  It’s not a true recipe from the book.  It just gives these basic directions:  “Spread 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard on top of a 4-ounce boneless center cut pork chop, sprinkle with a dash of salt and paprika, and roast in the oven…”  And that’s exactly what I did x4.  I didn’t know what  temperature to cook it at or for how long, so I did 400 for 35 minutes.  They were very well done, so I probably could’ve cooked them at a bit lower temperature or for a shorter time.

I was skeptical that I would like them because I honestly do not like mustard.  However, they were absolutely delicious and super easy.  I was feeling sick, tired, and had the biggest headache but was still able to quickly get them together and into the oven.  Now, that’s a good recipe.

Let’s keep trying out recipes (and I’ll keep sharing some) and stocking up our kitchens for the 21-Day Tummy diet.  Remember the goal is to start by the first of November.  Honestly, I’ll probably start November 3rd, which is a Monday, so that I can use the weekend before to do some prep work.  I’ll keep you updated!

21-Day Tummy (Diet): Preparations

About 2 months after I had my daughter, Ada, I started having some major issues with digestion.  My doctor thought that perhaps my hormones were playing some role in it since I was nursing Ada and hadn’t yet started my period again, and maybe that was part of it.  However, Ada is almost weaned.  My cycles started at least 6 months ago, and I’m having even worse symptoms than I was at the start.  Some days I’m so uncomfortable and in pain that I can’t sleep well at night, or I’m running to the bathroom all day.

When I read about the 21-Day Tummy diet in Reader’s Digest a few months ago, I thought this might be the diet for me.  I didn’t really care about the possibility of losing weight, though I’d of course like to, but to be rid of all my digestive problems?  Ahh, that would be magical.  To eat without worrying if it would make me feel gassy, bloated, and nauseous?  Delightful!

So I decided I would like to try this diet.  Of course, trying a new diet is not easy.  It takes time to plan meals and money to stock up on new foods.

I checked out the book from the library so that I could get the full view of the plan.  I made a list of all the foods I would need for the first 5 days of the plan–phase 1.  I’ve spent the last week buying some of the non-perishable food items on the list and buying some of the things that I could freeze or that are frozen.  This week, I’m going to try making a few of the recipes to see if I like them, and if I don’t, then I’ll take some time to create my own menu based on using the belly buddies and avoiding the belly bullies.  My goal is to start the diet by November 1st.  That way, I should be done with the whole plan before Thanksgiving.

Let’s try, then, to have our meals planned, our pantries and fridges stocked, our meals prepped for the week, and our minds focused and steadfast on doing this by the November 1st, or if you prefer to start on a Monday, November 3rd.  Comment to let me know that you’re going to try it out, too.  We’ll check in during the first week of November.  I hope you’ll try it out with me!


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