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.
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.
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!
October 19, 2014
Tagged clean eating, eating healthy, health, low carb, meal planning, meal prep, nutrition, paleo, primal, protein, recipes
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.
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.
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).
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!
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!
Burger with cilantro cauliflower rice and broccoli
Salad greens, beets, bacon, roasted butternut squash and goat cheese — with a bit of balsamic vinaigrette on top. Love fall salads!
Butternut squash and kale frittata –> inspired by this recipe but with a few tweaks.
October 4, 2014
Tagged clean eating, eat clean, food, healthy, healthy eating, meal planning, meal prep, nutrition, protein, recipes
Food Babe’s Hummus Mezze Plate. I was excited to make my own hummus! Thankfully it turned out great.
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!
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.
September 27, 2014
Tagged clean eating, food, health, low carb, meal planning, meal prep, nutrition, protein, recipes, simple
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!
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.
Tuna salad with bell pepper, cucumber, olives, pepitas, tomato, red onion and ranch. Not a super photogenic meal, but a damn good one.
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!)
September 20, 2014
Tagged breakfast, clean eating, diet, eating healthy, food, healthy eating, nutrition, paleo, primal, protein, recipes
Pork, broccoli and sweet pepper stir fry. I added brown rice to the leftovers and it was muy bueno!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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! 😛
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.
August 29, 2014
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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.
Coconut crusted chicken with cucumber, tomato, carrots and dee-licious homemade ranch
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! 😳
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.
Today I was running around doing various errands, so ended up grabbing tuna salad with a bit of pasta salad and grapes at Kroger.
August 23, 2014
Tagged clean eating, dining out, eating healthy, eating out, food, healthy, meal planning, meal prep, nutrition, primal, protein, real food, recipes, smart choices
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.
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!
August 5, 2014
Tagged challenge, diet, goals, health, nutrition, paleo, persistence, primal, protein, resilience, results, success, whole 30
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.
Treadmill check in:
One more day! I GOT THIS.