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loves2sing 11-28-2010 01:19 PM

JUDDD - Down Day Menus & Recipes
This thread is for JUDDD Down Day menus and recipes only.

Some of us like to post our menus for DDs, while others do not.

Some of us like to read other people's menus to get interesting ideas for DD food choices. Others prefer not to read about food at all on DDs.

So, to support each of us in the way that works best for us, let's have two distinct threads.

Please post menus, recipes, and discussions about DD food choices here.

For general discussion of JUDDD, see the monthly JUDDD threads.

It's all good! ;)

loves2sing 11-28-2010 01:27 PM

DD for me today. I'll fast on tea & water during the day, then have for dinner:

2 bowls of Broccoli-Cauliflower Soup (100 calories)

2 servings of Swiss Cheese & Bell Pepper Frittata (380 calories)

Total: 480 calories

Recipes below.

loves2sing 11-28-2010 01:34 PM

itsmeshelly01's Broccoli-Cauliflower Soup

16 oz mixed broccoli & cauliflower
3 medium zucchini
8 oz frozen spinach
1/2 medium onion
1 bag sliced frozen squash
2 C chicken broth
1 can rotel

Cook first 4 ingredients in chicken broth until soft.

Puree to desired consistency.

Add squash & rotel; cook until all is heated.

Shelly's calorie count is 282 for the whole batch.

I add 1 C of organic mushroom broth for 5 more calories, good flavor, and a bit thinner consistency.


loves2sing 11-28-2010 01:41 PM

Swiss Cheese & Bell Pepper Frittata

(from Betty Crocker's 300 Calorie Cookbook)

8 eggs
1/2 t salt
1/8 t pepper
1/2 C shredded Swiss cheese (2 oz)
2 T butter
2 medium bell peppers, any color, chopped (2 C)
1 medium onon, chopped (1/2 C)

Beat eggs w/ salt & pepper until blended. Stir in cheese.

In 10-inch ovenproof skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add bell peppers & onion; cook until onion is tender, stirring occasionally.

Pour egg mixture over peppers & onions; reduce heat to medium-low.

Cover & cook 8-10 minutes, until eggs are set & light brown on the bottom.

Broil w/ top 4-6 inches from heat until golden brown.

Makes 6 servings at 190 calories each.

SoHappy 11-28-2010 02:20 PM

Thanks for starting this thread for posting our DD (or all days, both up and down if we need to) of menus and carb/calorie counts, Cynthia. It helps me when I can check back through to see what various menus I've come up with in the past, and remember how satisfying they were. Some DD menus have been more satisfying that others. :laugh:

While posting doesn't hold me more accountable, it reminds me to take my nourishment seriously and pay a bit more attention to my diet and health. So even if I'm just passing a day with under 500 calories, I try to have a good variety of nutrients in that little bit of food.

So posting my menu choices for today, Sunday 11/28 --

Today's DD menu:
breakfast: mid-morning
4 egg white scramble
1 slice lite 40-calorie toast, plain
lunch: early afternoon
1 carton lite 80-calorie strawberry yogurt
2 oz. orange segments
early supper: very late afternoon
3 oz. chopped romaine lettuce
2 oz. tuna, water packed
2 tbsp. Aldi's lite Italian dressing
late supper: later evening
5 oz. green beans, canned
8 oz. broccoli florets, steamed
1 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
beverages: lots and lots of hot tea (a.m.) and iced tea (p.m.) no

****** says 483 calories

SoHappy 11-30-2010 10:47 AM

Well, I got supper tonight figured out... a huge veggie stir-fry:

8 oz. broccoli florets
8 oz. sliced white mushrooms
8.8 oz. green pepper chunks
5.6 oz. celery chunks
1 oz. carrot, diagonal slice
1 oz. yellow onion, chopped big

This makes a great big freezer bag of fresh raw ingredients, which will cook down a bit, of course.. and I'll dress it with

2 tbsp. soy sauce
1 tsp. ground ginger
1 tsp. HOT chili/oil/peanut sauce from my Saigon market

****** says this evening meal will be about 258 calories.

Still have to figure what the rest of the day's foods will be.

SoHappy 11-30-2010 11:09 AM

I'd only had a couple of mugs of hot, hot English tea so far today, so had the following for lunch:

4.2 oz. of chopped romaine and variety lettuces (made a BIG bowl full)
dressed it with 1 tbsp. of my Aldi's Light Italian Dressing and 1/2 tbsp. lemon juice, and salted and peppered it.

A lot of taste for only 41 calories, according to ******

I have 3.4 oz. of peeled and cored apple, cut into nice chunks, sitting in a baggie in my refrig for a snack in the evening later. Only 46 calories.

With my stir fry, figured above, I'm up to 345 calories so far. I'll probably also fix a tilapia fillet later to increase my protein for the day. I use spray oil to spray a baking pan, then lightly spray the fish fillet too.. bake it at 350 for a few minutes, then turn it over and finish baking it. I always sprinkle it with parsley flakes and paprika, or anything else that looks good. Maybe some Old Bay on it today? Hmmm. And then sprinkle it with about a tsp. of lemon juice. And salt.

That should bring my calories up to about my 450 limit. I'll have to weigh out the thawed fish fillet before baking it to know for sure. I'm pretty good about not eating a bit more than I should on the Down Days, even if it means cutting a bit off the end of the fillet before baking it, and giving it to the cat! :laugh:

loves2sing 11-30-2010 11:31 AM

SoHappy, thanks for sharing how you fix your fish. I think I'll try that on Thursday, it sounds good.

Today I'm having leftovers from Sunday, following the same menu plan.

The frittata was really delicious and with the soup made a good, filling meal. In fact, I liked them both so much that I chose to have a serving of each during my UD yesterday as well.

Take good care,

SoHappy 11-30-2010 02:27 PM

Cynthia, I think the frittata sounds pretty darned good. I'm going to work with this a little and maybe change it just enough that I could have a larger helping for fewer calories. :laugh: I'm going to try using 2 egg whites in place of a whole egg, so making it with maybe only 3 whole eggs and 8 or 9 whites. And maybe reduce the 2 full tbsp. of butter to just 1-1/2 tbsp. I'll have to play around with it.

Does the Swiss cheese flavor come through nice and strong? I LOVE Swiss, so would probably hunt up a good strong aged cheese to shred for this.

You like the soup too, you said. I always think that soup seems to fill me up pretty well, often without adding too many calories to my day.

loves2sing 11-30-2010 03:29 PM

SoHappy, the Swiss cheese flavor was great. I used a strong, aged Swiss.

The biggest challenge is to get the egg cooked through without over-browning the bottom. I watched it like a hawk once the bottom and sides had "set," and then put it under the broiler while the top was still a tiny bit runny.

Let me know how your variation works out.

As to the soup, it's not at all creamy since there's no milk or cream added. It doesn't have a rich flavor, either, since there's no oil or butter added. But for me it's a nice change from salad during the cold weather - lots of veggies & fiber, but warm.

I get tired of salads after a while and need a day or two of something different.

And I like the flavor much more with the added mushroom broth.

SoHappy 11-30-2010 04:32 PM

I ended up having the white parts of 2 hard boiled eggs and some leftover water-pack tuna with a dab of diet mayo & mustard instead of the fish fillet, so total calories for this DD is 447 according to ******.

Feeling fine, but I'll be ready for an UD tomorrow. I just want to make sure I do it well and not overdo.

loves2sing 11-30-2010 05:25 PM

Sounds to me like you're doing great, SoHappy!

LBishop 11-30-2010 09:23 PM

I do things very boring around here for dd's so far. My last two dd's have been 2 eggs, fried without oil on my nonstick griddle and a half a can of green beans, and one granola bar with a cup of black coffee later. 315 calories. Boring keeps me from thinking about food. Variation causes me to think about it too much entirely! So, although I enjoy your dd menus, I'm finding at this point, basic boring is best for me. : ) Just thought I'd jump in here and mark a spot so I can come back and read!

SoHappy 12-02-2010 06:15 AM

OK... Thursday, Dec. 2nd... another Down Day for me.

I fixed a great big pot of soup for the day. It's cold here, due to maybe get a few flakes of snow, and a big pot of soup sounded so good. I had some odds and ends of canned stuff in the cupboard to get rid of, so this is what my DD soup is made up of:

1 big can of Aldi's Homestyle Grilled Chicken soup.. ready to eat
1 can of Campbell's Chicken w/Dumpling soup.. condensed
1-1/2 cans of chicken broth
1/2 pound sliced mushrooms
1 huge stalk celery, chopped into small pieces
2 spring green onions, chopped, including green tops
lots of garlic powder
some garlic salt
about 1 tbsp. dried parsley flakes
some salt -- yeah, I know the canned soups are already high in sodium, but it didn't taste like it... :blush:

This made a big pot of soup, and is divided into 5 portions. ****** says it is 498 calories. I'll eat four of the portions (400 calories) and drink lots of plain tea today. (I'm currently in love with PG Tips Special from England. Very nice hearty tea.)

My DH can have the fifth portion of this soup for lunch.

I don't usually eat anything until the very late morning anyway, so I'll eat my first portion for lunch with him.

I'm down .2 of a pound this morning, AFTER having a reasonable UD yesterday, so I don't quite know how that would happen, but I'll take it.

Have a great day, and for anyone doing a DD today, post your menus here!

LBishop 12-02-2010 06:48 AM

Down to my sig weight again, yeah! Today will be busy so I probably won't have a huge UD unless it gets overly stressful and it's not as busy as I think. ;) Getting ready to put the chili into 6 crockpots and once that's done, I'm done, but then I teach my girls and head out in the afternoon to serve dinner to hopefully a bunch of generous people, lol!

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