Weight Watcher Saturday! OOPS! I Did It Again!!

I sort of knew as I was driving toward my meeting as the 17 year cicadas were committing suicide on my car that I wasn’t going to have a big weight loss this week. I’ve been a slacker. I was thinking on my way to the meeting of all the things I ate when I really wasn’t hungry. Then I looked at the road and realized there were hundreds of dead cicadas I was driving over. You could hear the crunching sound.

I was surprised I didn’t see the guy who wrote the article about eating them, in the middle of the road, collecting their little dead bodies for supper. Oh, here is a recipe for cicadas if you do decide you want more protein in your diet. Cicadas are also low in fat.

This recipe comes from the University of Maryland and included a disclaimer that some people could be allergic to cicadas and maybe you should ask your doctor before you eat any.

Here’s what you’ll need:

Four cups of chopped rhubarb, 1 cup of fresh cicadas, washed and any hard parts removed; 1 1/3 cups white sugar, 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour, 1tablespoon butter, and a 9-inch double crust pie crust.

Now it’s best to use females because they don’t have those hollow sound chambers so they have more meat, as it were, to them.

And it’s best to use newly hatched cicadas, which are called tenerals. Gather them early in the morning before they’ve had time to climb very high in the tree.

OK, this is what you do.


1. Heat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. Combine sugar and flour. Sprinkle one-fourth of it over pastry in pie plate. Heap rhubarb over this mixture. Sprinkle cicadas in amongst the rhubarb. Sprinkle with remaining sugar and flour. Dot with small pieces of butter. Cover with top crust.

3. Place pie on lowest rack in oven. Bake for 15 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and continue baking for 40 to 45 minutes.

I was going to post a photo of someone eating cicadas but I just couldn’t do it. It was so gross.

I ended up holding a baby at the meeting while her mom went to the ladies room. The poor thing screamed the whole time. But I loved holding her anyway. I smelled her head. I love baby head smells. One day my time will come. I will be such a good grandma.

Flesh Eating
Zombies Play Set

Wreak havoc on your sister’s precious diorama with this Flesh Eating Zombie Play Set! Each set includes nine 1″ to 3.25″ tall, hard vinyl zombies, complete with blank stares, gaping mouths, open wounds and missing limbs! Turn off the lights and they glow! Fantastic undead fun for the whole family!

Oh I almost forgot to tell you how little I lost this week, though it was better than last week: .6 pounds, that is point 6. Not to be mistaken for 6 pounds. Oh, I wish. I need to step it up a notch. Not so much eating in the dark. Eating in the dark DOES count. All these years I thought it didn’t. The things you learn.


I was also wondering as I drove to weight watchers why I never remember to bring my camera wherever I go. I see so many photo opportunities and I never have the damn camera. I did a lot of thinking and wondering as I drove the 7 minutes it took to get there. I thought of nothing on the way home. Well, that’s not exactly true. I tried to remember all the things I thought of on the way to the meeting.

Recipe: Teriyaki Turkey Burgers-Weight Watcher’s Approved

I haven’t posted a recipe in awhile and with grilling season coming up I thought I would post this recipe for Turkey Burgers. They are soooo good. I was a little disappointed this week because I only lost .6 lbs. but at least I lost and not gained. I only have to lose 2.8 pounds to get the present my daughter has for me when I get down to 275. She leaves Thursday for Vegas for 10 days and I doubt I will be able to do it before she leaves which means I’ll have to wait until she gets back. That’s OK, I am a very patient woman. My total weight loss is 67 pounds. I’ll be happy when I reach 70 pounds. It sounds better then 67. I am 1/3 of the way to my goal with no signs of giving up. I swear, if I can do it anyone can.


Teriyaki Turkey Burgers

1 1/4 pound lean ground turkey
1 Tbsp ginger root, fresh, finely chopped
1 Tbsp minced garlic
1 tsp toasted sesame oil
1/4 cup teriyaki sauce
1/4 cup scallion(s), chopped
2 Tbsp cilantro, fresh, finely chopped
1 large egg white(s)
2 sprays cooking spray
8 medium scallion(s), root ends trimmed
4 reduced-calorie hamburger roll(s)

    Preheat a grill (or grill pan) to medium-high; cover to maintain heat

    In a large bowl, combine turkey, ginger, garlic, sesame oil, teriyaki sauce, chopped scallions, cilantro and egg white; mix thoroughly with your hands or a spoon.

    Make 4 burgers, about 3 1/2-inches across and 3/4-inches wide.

    Place burgers on a nonstick baking tray; coat with cooking spray. Flip burgers and coat other side with cooking spray.

    Place burgers on heated grill (or grill pan) and cook, flipping once, until fully cooked, about 5 to 7 minutes per side. A few minutes before burgers are done, place whole scallions on center of grill and cook, turning once, until bright green and charred, about 2 minutes.

    Remove burgers and scallions to a plate; lightly toast rolls on grill. Serve each burger on a roll topped with 2 scallions.

I don’t add cilantro and I don’t grill those 8 medium scallions and put them on top. If I happened to have cilantro I might use it but fresh cilantro is not a staple in our home. I usually throw a slice of tomato on top and spread a wedge of Laughing Cow cheese on the roll which adds one more point.

Slow Cooker Teriyaki Pork Roast

Because I cook so much and can’t think of anything to write today, I thought I would post one of my recipes. I should video myself cooking it and put it on You Tube except I don’t have a video camera. So you will have to imagine me in my wheelchair making this recipe.



3/4 cup unsweetened apple juice

2 TBL sugar (this is probably why they call for unsweetened apple juice.)

2 TBL dark soy sauce (or whatever soy sauce you have in the cupboard) I like dark because it is more flavorful. I use the Sushi Chef brand.

1 TBL rice wine vinegar (or whatever vinegar is laying around, though I wouldn’t use balsamic. I think it would change the flavor of the whole roast too much.

1 tsp ground (powdered) ginger

1/4 tsp garlic powder

1/8 tsp pepper (I use freshly cracked pepper –yes, I am a pepper snob.)

Mix the above all together in a bowl.

1 boneless pork loin roast (about 3 lbs.) cut in half

pork-loin-roast.jpgI cut all that fat off becuase of weight watchers.

Spray crock pot with olive oil spray or Pam or something

Throw the pork in the crock pot, throw the stuff in the bowl on top and coat all sides of the pork. Cover and cook on low for 7-8 hours.

About 1/2 hour before pork is done mix 7 1/2 tsp. of cornstarch with 3 TBL. of cold water until creamy smooth. Pour in pot and stir. This will thicken gravy. Cook another half hour and your done. We serve it on Jasmine rice. Yummy!!!

Next time I will post my slow cooker recipe for Rosemary cashew chicken. It is so good.