Archive for March, 2007

What is the underlying nature of all things?

2007 24, 03

What is the underlying nature of all things?
What is the fundamental nature of all things?
What lies beneath?
What is just below the surface?
If you scratch reality, does it bleed?
Everything is real, but consists of mostly empty space.
As nearly all things can be broken down into their individual components, which can further be broken down into further components, then this asks the question: What things cannot be broken down?

What is permanent?
What is forever?
What is eternal?
Unchanging?
Timeless?

I do not know.

Do you?

Golden Gate Estates – my street.

2007 13, 03

This is my home. Been here for almost five years. They’re finally paving my street! A week ago they paved it and they’re half-way done putting Bahai sod down the drainage ditches along the road. I should take a picture!

People have been coming out of the woodwork, walking up and down the street. People riding bikes, skateboards, rollerblades — each and every day! It’s really starting to “feel” like a neighborhood, rather than a dirt road with ppl happening to live down it.

Now there is about 20 pallets of sod sitting in front of my house — waiting to be put down. I considered taking some (’cause our lawn really needs more sod) but decided against it simply because I don’t want to take away from how beautiful the street will look once its done. Thankfully, it looks like nobody else on the street has taken any sod either. I just hop the workers come today to put it down. When they do, I’ll pick up 300+ feet of hose and start watering it every day so that we get the lushest ditch in the neighborhood 🙂

225 Calorie Cheap Homemade Meals – Freezer To Plate

2007 1, 03

DIETER’S DREAM!

Here is how to make a cheap 225 calorie individual balanced meal packet (like your own Lean Cuisine or Budget Gourmet or Weight Watchers) but far more customizable..

Buy chicken breasts in bulk. [the frozen skinless, boneless breasts go for about $7 for 2 lbs at Publix – Sam’s Club/Costco is probably cheaper]

Buy Broccolli in bulk [get the florets – they are tastier, unless you don’t mind the stems] – about 4 lbs

Buy 2 lbs of Basmati Rice (about $2-3)

Buy a package of 1 pint Freezer bags (you can use sandwhich bags too but they don’t take the heat– make sure they “zip” like ziploc otherwise you may get freezer burn]

When you get home:

Cook the chicken in the most basic way possible. You can steam it, you can roast it in the oven (use as little fat as possible), you can microwave it, you can use a pressure cooker (that’s what I do).

You can marinate it to give it a jolt with some kind of acid like lemon juice or vinegar or soy sauce – just watch your marinade’s contents for too much salt, sugar, fat, etc — you can add those later – just read on)

The broccolli you can leave as is for the moment.

The rice can be cooked on the stove or microwave. For more flavor you can use a liquid other than water – like chicken broth — but Basmati Rice has such a wonderful aroma that it doesn’t need anything extra – trust me on this.

Let the rice and chicken cool. [I’m impatient and don’t let the rice cool all of the way and it works out fine too – but if you do that, make sure you have good ziploc bags so they don’t melt!]

The recipe:

1/4 cup Chicken (1 1/2 oz if using a food scale)
1/2 cup Basmati Rice
1 cup Broccolli.

Put all three ingredients into the baggie. zip it almost all of the way shut then SQUEEZE out the excess air, and finish closing it.

Store in freezer – you can store in fridge just make sure you don’t leave them in the fridge for months and months – freezing just keeps things fresher longer.

When you’re ready to eat one, dump it in a bowl — it’s a lot of food so watch out you don’t use a tiny bowl — and now the fun begins!

Put Salsa on top for a low calorie, cheap flavor. Any salsa will do.

Salad Dressing – just watch the hidden calories there.

Balsamic vinegar (my favorite)

Curry powder.

Garlic/garlic powder. Onions, peppers, mustard – soy sauce, ginger, hot sauce — whatever appeals to your tastebuds. Salt/Pepper/Low-cal butter substitute is an all time favorite too.

Put in microwave for about 3-5 minutes. You’ll know its done if you can smell it cooking. Since no cooking is involved (just “heating up”), it’s safe.

You can also throw it in a wok / pan / pot – wherever you enjoy cooking.

The nutrution information:

17 G Protein (from the chicken / broccolli / rice )
33 G Carbohydrates (from the rice + broccolli)
1 G Fat (from the chicken breast)

Lots of vitamin C too. Basmati Rice also has a low Glycemic Index (GI) if you’re into that.

Total Cost: Less than 50 cents ($0.50) per meal.