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March 2018



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Diet Coach and Vichyssoise

My friend jorval is offering a phone diet coaching service and has agreed to take me on as a client. We have had two phone sessions so far and I'm enjoying his service. My food choices have always been pretty good so we are working on portion control.

Unfortunately I didn't exercise yesterday. I have only been going every other day this week. I need to go today.

I got up at 5:30 am this morning and had a good breakfast and washed some dishes. Then, while I was on the phone with jorval I made Vichyssoise, I love Vichyssoise and it is even good cold.

Zahdé's Vichyssoise (Leek and Potato Soup)

1-2 tablespoons butter or oil
2 onions
1 bunch leeks (usually 3 leeks)
3-4 potatoes
salt & pepper to taste
a dash of mace
Water or broth to cover.

Chop the onion.
Clean the leeks- trim off roots and any dead or wilted leaves, slice in half length ways and rinse out sand. Then slice thinly across the grain.
Saute the leeks and onions in the butter or oil in a 4 quart pot.
Chop the potatoes into bite sized pieces. Add to the pot.
Salt and pepper to taste.
Add the mace (mace is a vital ingredient in this dish.)
Add enough water or broth to cover.
Simmer until the potatoes are cooked through.
Mash in the pot with a potato masher. (For a smoother soup process in a blender.)

Serve warm or cold.

Theory of the dish.
Basically this is just leeks, onions, and potatoes, flavored with mace. Traditionally it also has cream in it but I don't think it needs it. The potatoes act as a thickener and make it creamy.

Most recipes for leeks specify "white part only" I have never understood the point of throwing away so much of the leek. The dark green parts add flavor, color, and texture. But make sure to slice them thin to avoid strings in the soup.

This dish can be vegan, if you want.

I may make my Minestrone Soup later. That is good cold too.


Ooo ! *SLURRP*
portion control is the most difficult part...
I have a horrible time with that part....

BTW: I think you'ld be better off if you went every day and did slightly less because it would be a consistent routine and easier to maintain than trying to alternate days... maybe you could figure out how to do some sort of routine on the days you don't go to the club such as finding excuses to go up and down the stairs a few times?

Keep at it! You can do it!
The only thing I can think about when I saw the words "Diet Coach" was "Diet Coke." Just like regular Coach, with only 1 little calorie. :D