10/13: Week in Eats

Tuna, ricotta and tomato pasta seasoned with basil, oregano, garlic salt and pepper. This was pretty good, but needed something extra for moisture. I added salted pasta water and that helped a bit, but there’s definitely room for tweaking on this one.SONY DSC

Garlic lime pork with green beans and tomatoes. I didn’t opt for pork butt in the crockpot, but instead cooked a tenderloin in the oven per these directions.SONY DSC

I made something called Ski Soup with my mom last weekend that turned out uber satisfying. So hearty and delicious — plus a ton of veggies. Great for a cold night at home!IMG_3512.JPG

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10/6: Week in Eats

Pizza Egg Muffins — eggs, pepperoni, sweet pepper and marinara with spices. Spoiler alert: these don’t taste like pizza. BUT. They are tasty and one of the easiest meals you could put together.SONY DSC

Spiced chicken with arugula pesto and roasted cauliflower. I generally try to find healthy combos that make my tongue as happy as my body. Tongue was kinda indifferent here.SONY DSC

Shepherd’s pie remixed with brussel sprouts, ground beef, zucchini, kale, onions and mushrooms. Mash on top is sweet potato, almond milk, an egg and cinnamon (and it was freakin awesome).SONY DSC

P.S. I bought gelatin the other day and am looking for fun ways to use it. There are a lot of nutritional benefits to gelatin and it seems like the easiest way to use it is in a smoothie as a protein powder replacement. 11g protein per serving hoorah!

 

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9/29: Week in Eats

Been wanting to try this Quinoa Salad idea for the longest time. This one includes quinoa cooked in chicken broth, corn, peas, walnuts, tomatoes, kale and a lemon vinaigrette + salt and pepper. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this!IMG_3328.JPG

Burger with cilantro cauliflower rice and broccoliSONY DSC

Salad greens, beets, bacon, roasted butternut squash and goat cheese — with a bit of balsamic vinaigrette on top. Love fall salads!SONY DSC

Butternut squash and kale frittata –> inspired by this recipe but with a few tweaks.SONY DSC

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9/22: Week In Eats

Food Babe’s Hummus Mezze Plate. I was excited to make my own hummus! Thankfully it turned out great.IMG_3304.JPG

Strawberry Banana Eggmeal — yeah, it’s like oatmeal, but with eggs. This smelled absolutely delightful as it was cooking. Doesn’t have the same mouthfeel that real oatmeal has, but it was very tasty!IMG_3305.JPG

This is what happened Friday night when I didn’t know what the heck to cook. Ground beef + leftover chili seasoning, sweet potatoes, a dollop of tahini and snap peas. I’ve been trying to branch out a bit with veggie choices, but wasn’t feeling the snap peas.IMG_3308.JPG

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9/15: Week in Eats

Pulled pork from the crockpot with roasted sweet potato, homemade pico de gallo and guacamole. I followed the instructions for the crockpot (16 hours on low) and the meat was absolutely spectacular. I’m talking the most tender, delicious pulled pork I could ever hope to make. Good enough to rival any barbecue joint!SONY DSC

Baba ghanoush with wheat tortillas, tomato and cucumber. I was hesitant about cooking eggplant because it never turns out right, but this time it was good. Looks kinda orange here because I was very generous with the paprika.IMG_4137.JPG

Tuna salad with bell pepper, cucumber, olives, pepitas, tomato, red onion and ranch. Not a super photogenic meal, but a damn good one.SONY DSC

Coconut chicken curry. I left out the toasted coconut and cooked up some steamed green beans separately instead of combining in mixed veggies. Also had some overripe avocado. I just hate wasting those things! Here’s a lesson from me to you– ALWAYS shake the chicken broth before you use it (d’oh!)SONY DSC

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9/8: Week in Eats

Pork, broccoli and sweet pepper stir fry. I added brown rice to the leftovers and it was muy bueno!IMG_4123.PNG

Rolled oats cooked with egg whites, almond extract and salt. I put frozen berries in with the hot oatmeal and by the time I got to work, they were perfectly thawed. This was my first time trying rolled oats and they were a tougher texture than I expected. Might cook em a little longer next time.IMG_4117.JPG

I threw some carrots, onions and potatoes in the crockpot with leftover beef broth in the hopes of creating a decent side of veggies. It worked!IMG_4121.JPG

Asian meatballs with steamed green beans. Must have been in a hurry to eat these because blur! Threw some mustard on top and it was just delicious. Then again, is ground beef ever not delicious? It is like my spirit protein. A helpful hint if you decide to make this- when she says mince the sweet potato, really mince them small! The smaller pieces are tender and the chunkier ones are not as cooked.IMG_4122.PNG

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8/25: Week in Eats

Salisbury steak and steamed green beans. I cannot say enough good things about this. The meat and the sauce come together to form a most perfect marriage. Definitely putting this recipe into the regular rotation!IMG_4080.JPG

Tuna salad with broccoli fritters and a dollop of ranch. Had to make some substitutions with the fritters because I didn’t have all the ingredients on hand. I found the texture a little odd, but the hubby really liked them. The tuna was mixed with mayo, spicy mustard, sriracha, salt, pepper and diced radishes. Good stuff if you like a little kick!IMG_4081.JPG

Spaghetti gone paleo. Always love this dish! Had to cook the squash at 400 for 40 minutes to get it nice n tender. I do find it hilarious the contrast between the first two pics and this one. Blame fluorescent work lighting and an iPhone camera! 😛IMG_4074.JPG

This meal is your standard end-of-the-week fridge roulette concoction. Applegate hotdog and steamed broccoli with raw carrots and green pepper on the side.IMG_4090.JPG

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8/18: Week in Eats

Keema and cauliflower rice. This was pretty good, but I would definitely add either more meat or a chunky vegetable next time. The ratio of tomatoes and onions to everything else was a little awkward.SONY DSC

Coconut crusted chicken with cucumber, tomato, carrots and dee-licious homemade ranchSONY DSC

Chia pudding (I sliced bananas on top but they’re much better blended in as the recipe prescribes) with frozen blueberries. This is so good that I have to make small batches at a time so I don’t eat too much! 😳IMG_4065.JPG

Now for my “Meals on the Go” edition:

I scored some free Chipotle this week because they mixed my order up with someone else’s. This is barbacoa with brown rice, corn salsa, veggies and pico de gallo. I missed the cheese and sour cream, but was happy to not feel overly stuffed or bloated afterward.IMG_4061.PNG

Today I was running around doing various errands, so ended up grabbing tuna salad with a bit of pasta salad and grapes at Kroger.

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Day 30 is here!

Breakfast: applegate hotdog with sweet potato and broccoli. Lunch: tahini-topped turkey burger and broccauli (see what I did there?) A lot of the healthy eating blogs I follow would suggest frozen veggies -like the ones pictured for lunch- are just as good as fresh ones. Nutritionally maybe, but you cannot deny the flavor advantage of fresh veggies. They have a better aesthetic too – the broccoli at breakfast was fresh as a comparison. Dinner: leftover lemon chicken and an uber ripe peach. Almond butter and apple chips for a snack.20140805-191704-69424918.jpg

Ooh wee I am absolutely ecstatic to be at the tail end of Day 30! This round went by super fast (a little less fast on the weekends) and did not feel quite as difficult as the first round back in March. Lost the constant bloat and proved to myself that I can do challenging things by taking it one day at a time and staying persistent. I’m going to keep eating “clean” for the next week and then I’ll start posting reintroduction meals. Excited to figure out what works and create a solid game plan for the future!

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Round 2 Day 29

Breakfast: lemon chicken, carrots, radish, strawberries and a delicious unpictured peach. Marinated the chicken overnight and it was fantastic! Lunch: leftover curry veggies. Dinner: I was supposed to have a big salad, but just wasn’t feeling it. Ended up with a turkey burger (topped with tahini), apple slices and 1/4 of an avocado. Almond butter and applesauce for a snack.20140804-174501-63901968.jpg

Treadmill check in:

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One more day! I GOT THIS.

fyeah

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