Glad you all enjoy the thread - I like starting it
. It's nice to feel like you're not struggling alone!
We should differentiate between weight and mass and inches. We all know that muscle weighs more than fat, but it burns more calories at a resting state, so it is preferable for purposes of being "trim." We can lose inches without losing weigh per se.
Here's your recipe for the day:
Tomato broccoli bake
3/4 cup uncooked elbow macaroni (I like the whole wheat pasta)
1 medium onion, thinly sliced
1 garlic clove, minced
2 tsp butter or stick margarine
2 cups chopped fresh broccoli
2 cups chopped tomatoes
1/2 cup minced fresh parsley (or about 1 tblsp dried)
1 tsp chicken bouillon granules
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp dried oregano
1/4 tsp dried basil
1 cup (4 oz) reduced fat shredded cheddar cheese, divided
Cook macaroni according to package directions, drain and set aside. In saucepan, saute onion and garlic in butter until tender. Add remaining ingredients except cheese. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for three minutes. Stir in macaroni and 3/4 cup of cheese.
Transfer to 2 quart baking dish coated with nonstick spray. Cover and bake at 375 for 20 minutes or until heated through. Uncover, sprinkle with remaining cheese and bake 5 minutes longer or until cheese is melted.
(I have also "cheated" and used the microwave for this dish