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It’s Wednesday, and now that I’m back to eating real food for all three meals (well, including protein shakes for breakfast), I’m excited that I can once again participate in 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 past week I’ve LOVED my veggies, especially cauliflower! My sister even joked that with all of the recipes I’ve been using cauliflower for, I will soon be able to write my own cookbook. It really is a great substitute for rice and even pizza dough now that I’m eating low carb.

Breakfasts:

As I mentioned, I’ve been having protein shakes for breakfast everyday. Some days I grab a pre-made Premeir Nutrition shake and other mornings that I have a bit more time, I blend up my own using protein powder and unsweetened vanilla almond milk. My go-to protein powders have been Syntrax Cookies & Cream and BSN Lean Dessert Banana Nut Bread. If you have any other favorite protein powders, please let me know.

Lunches:

As much as I crave variety in my dinner menu, you’d think I’d get bored with the thing for lunch everyday. I guess I’ve been loving my homemade wraps so much that I don’t mind. I use a Flat Out wrap, spread it with a Laughing Cow wedge, add clover sprouts or romaine lettuce, and fill it with ham & turkey or tuna, pickles, and mayo (on Fridays). I pair the wrap with popcorn/pretzel nuggets or sliced bell pepper/cucumbers with Bolthouse Farms yogurt dressing.

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Dinners:

Dinners are where my variety and creativity have come into play. I’ve been having fun trying strange and unusual recipes, as you’ll see. I can’t wait to read everyone else’s WIAW posts so I can get even more new ideas. Since I’m avoiding eating complex carbs at night (rice, pasta, potatoes, bread), I’ve noticed that I’ve really been coming up with inventive substitutions. It’s fun experimenting in the kitchen.

Last Thursday I made pizza with cauliflower crust, and while I still need to perfect the recipe in terms of texture, the taste was out of this world. I’ll definitely make this pizza again and again.

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Friday I was having my sister over for dinner, and since it’s Lent, we wanted to keep it meatless. But I also wanted to keep it from getting boring or blah, so I made my grilled sriracha-marinated tofu. It has the perfect amount of spice to warm up any winter night. I paired it with TJ’s Organic Power to the Greens sauteed with onions and garlic.
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Saturday I made my delicious lowfat chicken curry, but instead of having a side of rice, I thought roasted cauliflower would be a great replacement. Boy was I right! I actually think I like the meal better this way.

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I have been really enjoying turkey meatloaf “muffins.”  I haven’t written a formal recipe post for them (yet), but I combine 1 package of Jennie-O Italian seasoned ground turkey, 1 whole egg, a few TBSPs of grated Parmesan/Romano cheese, 1/3 cup Italian breadcrumbs, 1 onion, and 1 red bell pepper. I spoon the mixture into muffin tins and back at 400 for 45-50 min.  So, so good!   I I love how the muffins give me instant portion control.  Last night I had 3 muffins (mushed up in this photo) along with rainbow chard sauteed with onions and garlic.

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Snacks:

I’ve been trying to make sure that my afternoon snacks have a nice balance of protein, carbs, and veggies:

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When I’m not eating my carefully measured Girl Scout cookies (5 Trefoils = 160 calories), I’ve been loving Fage with 1/2 TBSP of cocoa and a few drops of chocolate liquid stevia. So rich and decadent, yet only 100 calories!

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

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 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.

Read Full Post »

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