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It’s Wednesday, which means it’s time for another WIAW. What I Ate Wednesday is a fun weekly post/blog social event started over at Peas and Crayons. If you want to follow my eats everyday, become my friend on MyFitnessPal.


This post is going to be my last WIAW for awhile. I’ve embarked on a new phase of my weight loss journey which doesn’t include a ton of creativity in the kitchen. This week’s post is actually one that I meant to write up last week, but just didn’t find the time.

Last week I did my best to make recipes that use the bounty of late summer veggies. A Sunflower Farmer’s Market/Sprouts went in down the street from my school, and I’ve been hitting it once a week to stock up on veggies and other essentials for these recipes. It won’t replace Trader Joe’s, but it is coming in a quick 2nd.

What’s better than pizza on a Friday night?  I made taco pizza, which I found on Julie’s blog.  You can’t tell from the photo, but it’s got lots of healthy toppings – tomatoes, bell peppers, fat free refried bans, olives, and lowfat cheese.  I used ground turkey instead of ground beef, which also saved some fat.  I’d definitely make it again, especially for a football party or something like that.

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20120916-094920.jpg Can you tell how gigantic these prawns are?  Sunflower Market had them on sale for $5.99/lb, and they were phenomenal.  I quickly sauteed them in a chili lime marinade that I found on sale (98 cents!) at Target, and they were delicious.  Keeping the shells on insures that they won’t come out dry.  I cooked them until the shells were just pink, and they were perfect.

Last week my sister made dinner for me, and since the weather was hot, she thought a Chinese chicken salad would be great.  It was!  She makes this amazing dressing with hot Chinese mustard and sesame oil that is a show stopper.  A little goes a long way, so this was still a really healthy salad.  She also topped it with a tablespoon of chopped peanuts for some crunch.  We had jasmine rice on the side.

20120916-094929.jpg If it looks like there’s a ton of chicken, it’s because there was.  LC was tired when she put this together and used an entire container of Trader Joe’s Just Teriyaki Chicken for the two salads.  As soon as I looked at the plate and realized it, we immediately removed half the chicken.  She had enough for two more meals.

This next recipe is a Summer Veggie Stew that I put together from a recipe I found on Pinterest. It made a ton of stew, so I froze half of it to enjoy for the next couple of weeks.  The flavor is wonderful, especially since I kicked it up a notch with some added spice.  The only thing I dislike is that the colors of the vegetables get so dulled when you cook them this way.

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Finally, another recipe from Skinnytaste.com, Crock Pot Santa Fe Chicken.  I love crock pot recipes, because once you get everything organized and chopped up, you just set it and go.  This one takes 10 hours on low, and it is worth the wait.  So yummy.  Very versatile, too.  I ate mine over some brown rice, but you could make tacos or burritos out of it as well.  There was so much chicken that I shared half with my parents, and we all made several meals out of it.

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  • What was the best thing you’ve eaten today? This week?
  • What’s one habit you want to “fall into” this season?

I highly recommend joining in on the WIAW posts! Not only do you get a TON of great ideas for healthy, interesting meals, but you can make some new blogging buddies, too.

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It’s Wednesday, which means it’s time for another WIAW. What I Ate Wednesday is a fun weekly post/blog social event started over at Peas and Crayons. If you want to follow my eats everyday, become my friend on MyFitnessPal.

I’ve been really getting into trying new recipes lately, and I am loving it. I mentioned Monday that I’ve just started using Ziplist, and I love it because it:

  • lets me add recipes that I find on websites or blogs to a central recipe box
  • plan those recipes using their meal planner, which I can then add to my iCal (it has other calendars, too)
  • add the ingredients of those recipes to a list, categorized by section of the supermarket
  • suggests recipes that have been popular within the community

I absolutely love it! It has helped me make meal planning so much less time consuming, and because I can use it to search ingredients, I have been using up the food that’s in my freezer, which means less waste. Win, win.  The other side benefit of all of this cooking is that the time that I spend standing up cooking keeps me from sitting on the couch and snacking mindlessly.  By using my time wisely, I find that I’m craving less, and that I can stay on track easier.

But now let’s get to the food!

I saw this bag at Target, and I bought it merely because of the name – Boom Chicka Pop.  How cute is that?  The “35 calories/cup” also appealed to me as a side dish to salads for lunch.  It tasted really natural and delicious, with just the right amount of crunch.  If you can find it, it’s definitely worth a try.
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On Saturday night I made these Mexican Stuffed Peppers with Quinoa & Black Beans  from One Lovely Life. It makes a huge amount, so there’s plenty leftover for lunches and dinners.  Because the peppers come out “al dente” on the first night, they reheat beautifully.  I absolutely hate mushy peppers, so this recipe was awesome.  They were really filling, and perfect for a meatless meal.

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Lunches this week are this really tasty Kale, Cannellini Bean, and Tuna salad that I saw on Kayln’s Kitchen. I changed the recipe slightly by using more tuna (I used a 12 oz can) and by cutting down on the olive oil and adding some lime, and it was delicious.  My sister is actually enjoying it for her lunch today, and she doesn’t even like salads.

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I wish the vibrancy of the salad could come out in this photo. I may try to re-take it Wednesday morning from school.

The main habit that I’m trying to fall into this season is planning my meals and buying food so that I save money and have less wasted food.  I’m slowly working my way through my freezer, and I’m realizing just how much I overbuy on a weekly basis.

  • What was the best thing you’ve eaten today? This week?
  • What’s one habit you want to “fall into” this season?

I highly recommend joining in on the WIAW posts! Not only do you get a TON of great ideas for healthy, interesting meals, but you can make some new blogging buddies, too.

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It’s Wednesday, which means it’s time for another WIAW. What I Ate Wednesday is a fun weekly post/blog social event started over at Peas and Crayons. If you want to follow my eats everyday, become my friend on MyFitnessPal.

This week I tried lots of new recipes. In fact, I made 3 of them for a dinner I hosted for my sister and parents on Saturday night (recipe blog pots to follow). It all started when I saw this lobster salad recipe on Skinnytaste. I’ll get into the details of that meal later, it’s a good one. Ever since school started I’ve been in the mood to try new recipes. Summertime is always really laid back, and I go with the flow in terms of recipes. Now that school’s back in, I find myself craving the creative outlet that trying new recipes gives me. It’s strange, you’d think that I’d do more innovative cooking in the summer, when I have nothing but time on my hands, but I guess I like to keep it flexible, even with cooking.

First up is a delicious baked crab cake recipe from Skinnytaste. (Can you tell I love her site?)  I tried the recipe out earlier in the week, because it was my first time making it, and I didn’t want to serve it to my parents and sister at Saturday’s dinner party without trying it first.  I modified the recipe just slightly, and although mine don’t look half as appealing as hers, they tasted great.

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The diner party was designed around Skinnytaste’s Chilled Lobster, Sweet Corn, and Tomato Salad.  There’s quite a story behind making this dish, but I’ll save the details for the actual Bella Cooks blog post.  One thing I will say is that this is one time that living on the West Coast puts me at a disadvantage.  Lobster is expensive here – two lobster tails were $50!  But my family is worth the splurge, and the salad tasted so fresh and healthy that it was well worth it.

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I wish this photo wasn’t blurry, because the dish really looked gorgeous.

I wanted to start off the dinner with a nice accompaniment, and my sister actually suggested an avocado salad.  I searched, and found this Chilled Avocado Soup on EatBoutique.  This was the surprise hit of the evening.  Everyone raved about it, and I agree.  I’ll absolutely make this again.  I don’t like cilantro, so I substituted Italian parsley, and it was simply divine.  And it only took about 15 minutes to put together!

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Here’s a shot of the seafood feast.  One of my FB friends said that this angle makes it look like you’re sitting with us at the table, so I thought I’d include it. My mom, who is an amazing cook in her own right, was incredibly impressed by my planning and execution, and I think she was really touched that I put in all this effort for my family.

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The cooking bug has struck, because even after all that cooking on Saturday, I still made unique and interesting dinners for myself this week.

Monday’s dinner was my version of these Authentically Baja Fish Tacos that I found on Healthy Chic Eats.  These were, by far, the best fish tacos I have ever eaten.  I used Swai, and I loved the way it tasted. I changed thing up a bit, because I didn’t have bell peppers or jalepeno peppers on hand, so I used Sriracha instead.

20120828-201104.jpg The mango salsa had red onion, green onions, lots of spices, and lime juice.  I wish this photo had turned out better, because the colors on the plate were so beautiful.  I ended up making more of a taco salad, using shredded cabbage as the lettuce, topping it off with a scoop of guacamole and a dollop of nonfat Greek yogurt.  So filling and so delish!

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Finally, Tuesday night I made Skinnytaste’s Baked Chicken Milanese with Arugula and Tomatoes.  I’ve never used lemon juice and olive oil instead of egg to add breading to chicken cutlets, but I will from now on.  The citrus flavor of the lemon added so much to the chicken.  I used chicken tenders instead of full chicken breasts, but it still made enough for lunch today and dinner at least two more times.  If you have access to homegrown tomatoes, you HAVE to make this salad!  It was fairly simple to put together and reminded me of my Nana’s kitchen, while still being super healthy and low calorie.  The entire plate is only 250 very filling calories.

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What was the best thing you’ve eaten today? This week?

  • Which food blogs are your favorite?
  • Any recipes to share? Leave ’em in the comments, please!

I highly recommend joining in on the WIAW posts! Not only do you get a TON of great ideas for healthy, interesting meals, but you can make some new blogging buddies, too.

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