NYC finally received its first snowfall of the season, which meant it was finally time for me to indulge in a soup recipe. It’s not often that I come across a soup recipe that I don’t want to make, so yesterday’s decision was a tough one. I didn’t want anything to complicated, but I also wanted something that was really going to pack a punch and remain a go-to. I ended up deciding on loaded baked potato soup, and it did not disappoint.
This meal was too good for me not to share the recipe with everyone. It’s amazing how something as simple as a grilled cheese can make such a scrumptious dinner. There is no reason to every make grilled cheese with American cheese again.
I have officially attend my last class at Ithaca College. Craziness. I don’t think it has really set it and probably won’t until I am actually moving to NYC and starting my classes there. No more classes means no more cold weather, which means I am looking forward to being outside again. I hoping to incorporate some more spring/summer foods into my diet to make things a little more exciting. We will see how well that actually goes.
I think I have officially reached my quesadilla limit. This one didn’t have the enjoyment that my previous ones have had, maybe it was this ingredient combination. I have also yet to figure out a way to take an appealing picture of a cooked quesadilla, so this is the inside of mine pre-cooking. I included: spinach, cauliflower, scallions, cannellini beans and a Mexican blend cheese.
After a weekend filled with tasty brunch at Agava in Ithaca, New York and homemade black bean burgers, I have entered my final week of classes. Hallelujah! I just have to keep trucking through and the light of the end of the tunnel will finally be visible. I started this week off right with a tasty dinner. Hopefully time is in my favor and good cooking continues.
Now that is one beautiful looking pile of food. I started the week out easy with a vegetarian burrito, but easy does not mean skimping out on flavor. I piled my tortilla shell high with a brown rice/quinoa blend, black beans, salsa, roasted red peppers, jalapeños, cheese, sour cream, lettuce, corn and salsa. I may be forgetting something, but it all blended together to a scrumptious combination in my mouth. Side note: I think I have eaten more tortilla shells this semester alone than I did all of last year. Mexian can be easy and healthy — my two favorite things.
I had quite the array of meals this week. Some super planned and some with stuff I just happened to have lying around. Overall good choices, one not my proudest. However, I did make it through a week without going grocery shopping, so that is impressive. I managed, and it wasn’t completely terrible.
Under that heaping piece of cheese is some sautéed onions and a turkey burger. Nothing too fancy or special, but tasty nonetheless. I went bun-less to keep my carbs down and accompanied it with a salad.
Big surprise I made something buffalo sauce related. I had leftover egg roll wrappers that I wanted to use, so what better way to use them than with some chicken and some buffalo sauce. I mixed up some cooked chicken, buffalo sauce and blue cheese dressing and plopped them in the wrapper. Baked for about 20 minutes at 400 degrees flipping halfway through.
Yes, that is some ziti. I was really scrambling to try and come up with something to eat with my sausage and I couldn’t come up with any other options. However, the sausage and spinach definitely overpowered the amount of ziti. First time I have cooked pasta for myself since starting this, so not too bad.
This was by far the meal of the week. I made a black bean burger with chipotle mayo and it was da bomb. Following this recipe, the burgers had green onions, garlic, onions, some seasoning and black beans. I was a little scared at first, but I was pleasantly surprised when I took the first bite. So flavorful and they were very easy to make. The chipotle mayo was definitely the perfect addition. It kept the burger nice and moist.
April 3, 2015
Today was all about my lunch. I had been planning it and was getting excited about it for a few days, so I was very ready when Friday rolled around. As you will be able to tell with what I ate for lunch, I am taking things a little less strict than I did at the beginning of this journey. A little bread here and a little sweets there aren’t the end of the world. However, now I am not craving a big bowl of fries and my body looks forward to my workouts.
I would say this has become less of a challenge and more of a lifestyle. I don’t have to think about what I am eating so much more, and instead just naturally go for the grapes as a snack instead of chips.
That is a tuna melt if I have ever seen one. I eat tuna on a regular basis, so I am always looking for ways to mix it up; hence, this open-face melt. I started with one slice of fresh organic wheat bread, tuna/mayo, one roma tomato, scallions and mozzarella cheese. I baked it for about 10 minutes at 400 degrees. It came out thoroughly heated and the cheese was beautifully melted. It was a nice alternative to how I normally eat my tuna and kept me full for the majority of the day. It was definitely my biggest meal all day. Even though I ate bread, I went for a healthy alternative to my traditional white Italian bread, and I only had one slice.
March 31, 2015
Another solid day. Nothing too exciting for breakfast and lunch (yogurt and leftovers), but dinner was a good one. Making a big batch of something for the week makes life so much easier. I just wish I had motivation to do it more often.
I think I mentioned these once before, but maybe not. These are some chicken parmesan meatloaf cups. A combination of ground chicken, bread crumbs, onions, peppers, parmesan cheese, one egg and some seasonings. The first time I made these they had a little more flavor, so I think I skimped a little on the seasonings this time. They are super easy to make and a lot of recipes out there for them. Also a great producer of leftovers, which makes my life easier.
Feb. 25, 2015
Another day down, another day healthy. Despite meetings and work and class, I still managed to fit in some time at the gym, event though it was at 9:30 at night. Definitely not the most energizing work out I have ever had, but I am glad I got one done nonetheless.
Broke out the eggs again. This time with spinach and some pepper jack cheese. Nothing exciting, but it was a good way to start my day.
This was probably the most random lunch I have had in a real long time. I had work from noon to 2, so I had a banana and a Luna bar as a snack. And then when I was done with work I had some ham and pickles. None of this went together, and none of it made sense, but it curbed my hunger until dinner. Sometimes you just gotta make it work.
A nice fresh dinner to end my day. Chicken, pepper jack cheese, tomato, lettuce and crouton wrap. Nothing fancy, but definitely tasty. Again not a lot of time for a meal, but I made it work.
Feb. 22-23, 2015
I am so busy. So busy and writing things for classes, and in turn blogging has gotten away from me. Thankfully, my healthy eating habits have stuck with me despite being busy. I am happy to report that I am down another 2 pounds! This is by far the lowest I have been in three years and it feels good. Like really good. I even ran today. On a treadmill. I am physically able to run and not feel like I want to die, so it appears like my new habits are paying off.
Two days of easy breakfasts, eggs and yogurt. I have been trying to cut back a little on my egg consumption because I was eating them every day there for a while. However, two of my most common breakfasts served me well the past two days.
Yesterday was leftover dinner from Saturday, so nothing to report. But today I made a turkey pita with some mayo and lettuce. I am getting a little tired of the same chicken and tuna routine, so I decided to switch it up a bit today. I also bought more of my favorite organic salsa from Wegmans, so that was a nice treat.
Definitely my stand out meals. Both healthy, both tasty and both easy. Yesterday I made a beef stir fry with peppers, broccoli, cauliflower and a garlic sesame sauce. I will definitely be making this more often. And today I made broccoli stuffed chicken with some pepper jack cheese and a salad. I am really starting to find healthy food that I feel good about eating and actually enjoying eating. Win-win. I guess all it takes is a little bit of time and patience.
Feb. 20, 2105
Another week in the books. Probably not the best week ever, but no meltdowns and no stress about what I was eating so that is always a win. I am feeling good about myself and what I am eating. I’m not thinking “ugh, I have to eat vegetables,” now it is just part of my routine. It took long enough. Today was a pretty boring day in terms of meals, but it got me to my cheat day! Woo!
Super quick breakfast because I had a early work shift (ew). Just some yogurt and a banana. I am so glad I like yogurt now.
After working two hours in the frigid weather I wanted a warm lunch and that is what I got. Instead of a tuna melt, I made a chicken melt because I had some pre-made. Instead of putting it on broil, I think next time I will keep it at a lower temperature so it gets hot in the middle, instead of just melting the cheese.
Dinner was a big win for me. I went out to a Mexican restaurant and still stayed healthy. As easy as it would have been for me to get a nice big burrito with some tasty rice, I had a salad instead. Still just as satisfying and tasty. It had lettuce, chicken, pinto beans, tomatoes, cheese and a buttermilk salsa dressing. I think this is something I would be willing to replicate at home.