Surviving Cancer’s Recipes of the Week – November, 12, 2018

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Last week, I took a bit of a break from my traditional Surviving Cancer’s Recipes of the Week meal planning, and we experimented with the Factor 75 meals. The experiment was a huge success, and while I will be ordering from them again, I skipped this week, mostly because we were unaware of how the meals would work out.

Due to our Factor 75 experiment, we came to the realization that we were unintentionally taking in many more calories than originally thought, due simply to our portion sizes. While our chosen meals were healthy, a recipe that claimed to provide eight servings, would end up only being four, or maybe six for my husband and myself. We were constantly feeling bloated, and even at times still hungry after eating our meals. Not to mention the fact that my waistline kept expanding, and the number on the scale kept creeping ever upwards. If not for Factor 75, which I will review in detail in a later post, we never would have realized a change needed to be made.

Because of this, I am cutting back on our “cheat” meals on the weekend, and replacing them with healthier choices, and better portion sizes. So without further ado, here’s what is on the Surviving Cancer’s Recipes of the Week menu for this week.

Surviving Cancer’s Recipes of the Week for the Week of November 12, 2018:

Crockpot Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic:

Crockpot Chicken with 40 Cloves of GarlicThis recipe is originally designed to deliver a total of 8 servings and utilizes two chicken breasts. One of the areas we have noticed that we are going overboard in has to do with the portion size of our protein. When I purchase a multipack of boneless chicken breasts at my local grocery store, it’s quite common for most of the breasts to be 1 lb or larger. Not knowing what size breasts the recipe writer used, my husband and I could easily end up eating more chicken than we really needed to in just one serving.

We currently have a 7-QT crockpot. It’s the one that has the locking top so you can transport it. At the time that we purchased it, we needed something larger because certain foods, like a pork roast, or whole chicken were too large to fit into our old 5-qt version.

The method I used to cut down the number of servings for this recipe was to use just one chicken breast, instead of the two the recipe called for. I also used just 20 cloves of garlic, or two heads, instead of the 40 cloves listed in the recipe.

I did my best to take the 1 lb breast and cut it in half, although one serving ended up being a bit larger than the other. The recipe calls for the use of a 4-qt crockpot, but I still managed to use our 7-qt, although I will say I was a bit concerned that there would be burning issues, so I added a little extra chicken stock, so there were no “dry” areas while cooking.

This recipe called for plating over pasta or rice. My husband made the call and said we should be good about eating and opt for rice as opposed to pasta. I will definitely be doing this recipe again, but need to invest in a smaller crockpot before I do so. Recipe Courtesy of:

Slow Cooker Port Carnitas: Cooker Port Carnitas

If you have read any of my previous Surviving Cancer’s Recipes of the Week posts, you know that my husband and I like our fair share of Mexican food, with one of our favorites being tacos. A few years ago, I came across this recipe on Pinterest and we fell in love with it. It was also one of the deciding factors as to why we upgraded to the 7-QT crock pot. Because once you place the onion in the base, and put the pork shoulder on top, the cover is touching the top of the pork in smaller models.

In the past I would try to get the largest pork shoulder I could find, as the recipe calls for a 4 lb pork shoulder roast. Since the meat gets shredded, we easily got 3 meals out of the larger roasts, but at the same time, it became quite tiring to eat the same thing day after day, even if it was in slightly different forms. For example, tacos one day, enchiladas another, and then taco pie on another. We’ve also used the meat in our home made mac n cheese. While all the meals are tasty, it does get tiring to eat pork for so many days in a row.

This time around I got the smallest roast I could find, which still was over 3 lbs. So it should be interesting to see how many meals we get out of this one. I’m guessing probably two, which is fine, as that is what I had planned for the week. Recipe Courtesy of:

Salmon Burgers with Avocado Garlic Sauce:

Salmon Burgers with Avocado Garlic SaucePrevious readers of my blog will recognize this recipe as it has made multiple appearances in my Surviving Cancer’s Recipes of the Week list over the past few months. Four times to be exact, on the July 9th, August 13th, September 10th, and September 24th Recipes of the Week lists.

The recipe states it makes 4 servings of two burgers each. We swapped the 10oz of fresh salmon, for 4 cans of Bumble Bee Skinless and Boneless Canned Salmon. I also use two Avocados instead of the one that the garlic sauce recipe calls for.

With these swaps, I’ve found it makes four nicely shaped burger patties. It’s usually accompanied by some Birds Eye Veggie Pasta, and that is our entire meal. I think I may need to rethink this, and use two cans of the salmon instead of the 4, as one can is one serving, so we were actually eating two cans of salmon in one sitting. The burgers may be a bit smaller, but it’s little changes like this that need to be done in order to keep our portion sizes in check. Recipe Courtesy of:

Italian Meatball Casserole: Meatball Casserole

This recipe has also made an appearance in our weekly meal planning list a few times in the past month. It happened to be one of those recipes that was a bit misleading at the title states it’s a casserole, but the meal does spend about four hours in the crock pot on low, before a quick spin under the broiler. So it really should be classified as a crock pot meal, but that’s just semantics.

The last time I made this dish, I ended up with a total of 10 meatballs. Upon further investigation, this recipe calls for 1 1/4 lb of ground beef, and I do my best to get as small of a package of beef as possible. There is no real mention as to how many meatballs the recipe should make, which would help identify how many meatballs should be in one serving. This seems like one of the few recipes where there isn’t really much I can cut out to make the portion size smaller. It is a keto recipe, so the meatballs are the focus, and we usually accompany it with a small salad, and maybe a small amount of pasta. Guess maybe this may have to count as our cheat recipe for the week. Recipe Courtesy of:

Cheesy Spinach Stuffed Chicken Breast:

Cheesy Spinach Stuffed Chicken BreastIts been a rough go with this recipe when it was featured in our Surviving Cancer’s Recipes of the week of August 13th, and again on September 10th. The first time I didn’t pound the chicken out enough, so the kind of fell apart in cooking. Then I pounded one a bit too much, and it too ended up falling apart.

This recipe calls for four chicken breasts, and in the past, I ended up with extra cheesy spinach stuffing left over, so we got two meals out of this recipe. The one area I do need to adjust is the size of the chicken breast I use. The last two times I tried this recipe, I grabbed the smallest breasts we had in the freezer, and those were still in the 13 – 15 ounce range, per breast. I now realize that it is too much chicken in one serving, so I will be trying this dish with the Purdue Perfect Portions chicken breasts. The ones that come individually sealed in a bag at your local grocery store.

I picked up a few packages on my last shopping trip, and when I weighed them, they ranged from 5 to 7 ounces per breast, which is more in line with what we should be eating in one serving. I haven’t decided yet, but I may also need to cut the ingredients for the stuffing in half as well, so there should be just enough to fill two breasts, instead of having leftovers. Guess I will have to see what I feel like when it gets to the end of the week. Recipe Courtesy of:

That’s all I have for this week. Next Tuesday I will be receiving another Factor 75 shipment with another four meals, and I will be doing my best to plan our weekend meals to cut down on the cheat meals that we’ve been doing. Due to these changes, I’m not sure if I will be doing two separate recipe lists, or if I will just start writing these posts on Saturday or Sunday, Monday’s. We have bowling on Friday night as well, so that needs to be taken into consideration as well with my Surviving Cancer’s Recipes of the Week meal planning.

As always, if you happen to have any favorite recipes for two, or recipes that can easily be pared down for two people, please post a link in the comments below. I’m always on the lookout for new recipes to try, and you just might find your favorite meals featured in my Instagram Feed.

Till Next Time!

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