Sunday, August 5, 2012

Damn Scale and Mexican chicken vegetable slow cooker soup recipe

Here's a yummy recipe I adapted from this blog found on pinterest I added extra vegetables. Not only did I like it, my picky nine year old eater liked it.

The recipe:

1 tbs olive oil

1/2 a sweet yellow onion, diced
1 red pepper, diced
7-9 baby carrots thinly sliced
1-2 tbs minced garlic

5 boneless skinless chicken breasts (I put them in frozen)
1 can of kidney beans (drained and rinsed)
1 can of black beans (drained and rinsed)
1 can of corn (drained and rinsed)
2 cans of Ro-tel tomatoes (pick whatever heat you might like)
1 4-oz can of diced green chilis
1/8 C of chili powder
1-2 tbs of cayenne pepper
1 tbs oregeno
16 oz of vegetable stock (low sodium)
16 oz of chicken stock (low sodium)
half a medium zucchini cut into half inch cubes
1 can of green beans (drained and rinsed)
Juice of 5 limes

Toppers (not included in the nutritional info below)
fresh tomatoes
sour cream/or greek yogurt
grated cheese
fresh cilantro

Saute the onions, garlic, peppers and carrots in the olive oil. Spray a crock pot with Pam and place the chicken on the bottom, when veggies are soft and fragrant, pour on top of chicken.  Add the rest of the ingredient, up to the zucchini. Cook on low 8-10 hours. An hour before serving, shred chicken and return to soup and add the zucchini, green beans and lime.

Makes 15 servings.  Big bowls.


Here's the nutritional information, which, except for the sodium, is awesome.  Although it doesn't take into consideration I used low sodium stock and rinsed the canned vegetables.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
1 serving (318.4 g)
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat
% Daily Value*
Total Fat
Saturated Fat
Total Carbohydrates
Dietary Fiber
Vitamin A 31%Vitamin C 39%
Calcium 8%Iron 13%
* Based on a 2000 calorie diet

So the freakin' scale...UGH.  The day after my last awesome great weigh-in I am up 4 lbs.  Are you KIDDING ME! So since Wednesday I've been diligent about logging in all that I eat, just in case I'm fooling myself about what I've been eating.  And I haven't.  I'm staying around 800-900 Kcals a day.  I'm also exercising three to four times a week.  Granted it's not strenuous exercise, but I am working up a bit of a sweat.
Here's what really makes me mad. Up four pounds for no apparent reason and it happens in one day, but does it come off in one day? Nooooooo.  I have been experience PMS wondering if my friends all secretly hate me (I'd so much rather be bitchy) but nothing has shown up....hopefully soon, but with PCOS, you never know.  But maybe? this is it? Maybe it's just how it is.  But if I hear anyone say, "it's a matter of eating less and exercising more" I may shoot them (oh look at that, I do get bitchy and not just paranoid).

Here's the deal.  I'm not giving up! I'm going to continue plugging through.  I know this will happen. I know this is just how it happens.  It's still frustrating, but it is what it is.


  1. The only thing I could think of, unless you want to cut out some carbs (and since I have no idea what your average daily intake even looks like, I won't even suggest it!), is watch your sodium carefully. I allowed myself around 2500 mg/day when I was losing, and that REALLY helped me - no water bloat is a beautiful thing.

    If you check food labels, there's tons of sodium in places you'd neve guess! (Or maybe I just never did.) And as you know, you have to be careful with drinking as much water as we're supposed to to keep your electrolytes in check. Stupid potassium. Ugh.

    Anyway, I'm making this about me. It sounds like you're doing the right things: vegetables, protein - just keep plugging along and the losses will keep coming. :)

    1. Sodium is down...yesterday 2200, but probably less because I logged regular stock in that recipe and I used low sodium as well as rinsing off the canned veggies...Because I have high blood pressure I try to keep sodium down...2200 is still above the recommended amount...but seriously one piece of cheese will put you over.

      it's true our diets aren't great about getting enough potassium in and drinking tons of water flushes it out. Salt substitute does have potassium if ever in that position.

      I'll keep doing what I'm doing though, it'll bound to get better. At least I'm not doing this AND still hungry...that would set me off like you wouldn't believe :D

  2. fingers crossed for you :)

  3. Looks delicious!

    Good job logging your food/activity, so you can show it to the doctor if the scale doesn't sort itself out soon...but I bet it will.

    1. I sure hope's frustrating!

  4. The recipe look yummy. Hang in there with the scale. Eat well, exercise, and you will see results. It can be bumpy sometimes.