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I had a great week last week, both in results and in food choices.

This week my goal is to add some flavor to my dinners. Last week it was all about grilling the meat for dinner with very few spices — a bit of pepper, garlic powder, etc. This week I want to make some marinades with light soy sauce and rice wine vinegar. I want to use spices like cumin, chili powder, and ginger. I want to use herbs like sage and rosemary.

I scanned Kalyn’s site and got a few great ideas for quick and easy recipes. Then I went on the SBD website and got a few more. Most of the ones I found involve marinating the meat for an hour or two, and most nights that just isn’t in the cards, since I get home from school too late. So, I’m headed to TJ’s and Safeway to buy all of my ingredients, and then I’m going to start marinating everything. I have the time today, so I might as well do it.

I know it’s going to be a fairly hefty grocery bill today, but most of the things I’m buying will last quite a while. Plus, I should have some of these on hand, like soy sauce and rice wine vinegar. You can make so many good dressings and marinades with them that it just makes sense to keep them stocked.

My mom told me about this great salad that uses broccoli slaw or cabbage slaw (shredded broccoli/cabbage) that you mix with a bit of sesame oil and rice wine vinegar. I think you may add some dijon mustard and a few sesame seeds. She said she made it and it was delicious. It would be great as a side dish for dinner or as a salad for lunch, with some grilled chicken.

One thing I’ve really enjoyed on SBD more than on any other diet/program is figuring out new things to cook. When I was on WW, I would try to cook, but most of the time I just threw things together without much thought. I counted the points after I ate and called it a day. This time around, I’m really trying to think about what I’m going to cook and figure out the meals ahead of time. Not only is it helping me feel organized, it’s helping me succeed.

Ok, off to the grocery stores for this week’s goodies.

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