Research Day is Never a Bad Day

In between applying for jobs and unpacking my new apartment I have spent a considerable amount of time researching new recipes that I want to tryout and feature on the blog. I am always amazed that somehow one click on Pinterest ends up leading to hours of drooling over mouth watering pictures of food that I can only dream of making — I have to eat healthy at least some of the time, right?

Fortunately or unfortunately, NYC has been hit with a cold spell, which has put me in the perfect mood for a steaming bowl of soup. I am a sucker for a one pot meal or a slow cooker meal, and soup fits perfectly in that category.

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Week 14: Day 1

It’s hard to believe I am in my 14th week of this journey and blog. The journey has stayed a little bit more on track than the blog, but I think being a student has that effect on things. Too much to do and too little time. As the semester is winding down, I have less desire to cook, but I am trying my best. I fell off the wagon a little this past weekend, but I think I am back on track a bit.

Dinner

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I think it is impossible to go wrong with pizza, add some whole wheat naan bread and Alfredo sauce and you definitely have a winner. It was my last production weekend for the campus magazine I work on, so I was looking for something easy and quick and this came about. I topped my store-bought naan with Alfredo sauce, mozzarella cheese, spinach, scallions and chicken. This was the perfect serving size and very tasty.

Week 11: Day 2

March 30, 2015

A real day of this whole eating healthy thing. I had all good meals and tried out a new recipe for good measure. I also made it to the gym today. Double-win. I am starting the week strong, and I hope it continues

Breakfast

I decided I have been eating too many eggs, but because I love eggs for breakfast, I made a compromise. I am going to be going the egg white route. Cuts out a lot of the fat and cholesterol. Luckily, I am a huge egg white only fan, so this isn’t a real disappointment. This morning I had a spinach, green onion, mozzarella cheese egg white omelette. Oh, so divine.

Lunch

What would lunch be without some chicken and mayo? Not my kind of lunch. My go-to lunch of chicken breast with some blue corn chips and organic salsa. Hit the spot.

Dinner

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This is the exciting one. I made buffalo chicken soup, following this recipe. As we all know, I am a sucker for anything buffalo flavored, so I had to try this one out. I am also a huge fan of one meal lasting the whole week — cue this soup. The only  modification I made was I used Anchorbar buffalo sauce (obviously) instead of Red Hot. The soup had just enough of a kick, but wasn’t too overpowering where I couldn’t enjoy it. I used the stovetop method because I didn’t have my ingredients until dinner time. Verdict: I am looking forward to eating it the rest of the week.

Week 10: Day 6

March 27, 2015

After a week and a half out of the gym because of a messed up foot, I was back in the gym and extremely stoked. I was amazed at how good I felt after working out. I was excited about working out again, but I think it just helped my mood in general. I am hoping for no more foot issues, so that doesn’t happen again.

Also, weight update: I haven’t lost anymore, but I also haven’t gained any back. I thought for sure with spring break and no working out thrown in there I would have gained something back. But I guess I have been doing better than I thought I was going to.

aaaaand I made a super tasty healthy dinner. I think I am back on track.

Dinner

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Southwest eggrolls. I am quite the sucker for egg rolls, so I was super excited about this recipe. Each roll is stuffed with spinach, black beans, corn, cheese, onions, and I added some chicken. They had a wonderfully fresh flavor and were nice and moist. I added the chicken because I was having them as a meal. I only ate three, which meant muchos leftovers. I will be partaking in them again for dinner tonight. It may have been my oven, but I had to more than double the cooking time to get them semi-golden brown.

I am excited to try new ingredient combos and come up with my own egg roll recipes.

Week 10: Days 1-4

March 22-25, 2015

So this week has been pretty decent, but not very excited. I also started out the week having not gone grocery shopping, which did not bode well for creating meals. It actually got to the point on Tuesday where I didn’t eat lunch because I legitimately didn’t have anything to eat that would constitute a lunch. I have gone shopping, so it has made things slightly easier.

Even though I have gone shopping, my creativity and effort level has been way down. I haven’t made anything new recently, and everything has been relatively boring.

To start off the week (Sunday), I was working on my campus magazine, which didn’t really mean any meals. Leftovers and snacks and no dinner. Normally I go shopping on Sundays, so Monday meant I did not have anything planned to eat and most of my food had been eaten. I had eggs for lunch and a lame ass turkey wrap for dinner. It should have been considered a snack it was so small.

Which brings me to Tuesday — no lunch day. I did make the sweet garlic chicken again for dinner, which wasn’t half bad. Chicken was the only thing I had in the freezer, so it was not a by-choice meal.

And then shopping happened! But Wednesdays are my busy night, so it still wasn’t very exciting. I got back on my chunk chicken lunch grind, and then made a chicken quesadilla for dinner. I have to admit, it was a top notch quesadilla, but I was a little chickened out at that point.

I have a real dinner planned for tonight, so that is exciting. I am even doing recipe research for tomorrow night’s dinner, so I should have a wonderful, or maybe not so wonderful depending on how it goes, story to share. Fingers crossed.

Week 9: Days 1-4

March 16-19

I am back with some food I ate! Despite, my absence I have been eating healthy food this week and really took advantage of some Pinterest recipes to mix things up a bit. Here is a rundown of my pretty tasty dinners so far this week.

Day 1

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This may look like a sad piece of chicken, but it was so tasty. I followed this easy garlic chicken recipe and just added some italian seasoning. With only around four ingredients it was also really easy. After baking it in the oven, the garlic and brown sugar created a sweet caramelized glazed which was delectable.

Day 2

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I was a little adventurous today. I am a huge fan of fried rice, but with rice no longer being in my diet I went with this alternative. Following this recipe, I made some quinoa fried rice. It was decent, but it wasn’t great. It didn’t have as much flavor as I would have liked, and I think the texture was throwing me off a little. I think I would try a different recipe next time, to try and help with the lack of flavor problem.

Day 3

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An easy one after a late class. Tomato tuna melts. Instead of broiling for a few minutes like I did before, I did 10 minutes at 400 degrees to actually heat up the entire melt. A much better option.

Day 4

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This was one of the first recipes I used on the blog, and it has made a return. This time instead of using ground turkey, I used ground chicken because I like it better. I also didn’t have enough ketchup for the sauce, so it was a little heavy on the balsamic. These spinach-chicken meatballs are definitely a pleaser.

Week 6: Day 4

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.

Breakfast

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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.

Lunch

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.

Dinner

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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.

Week 5: Day 6

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!

Breakfast

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.

Lunch

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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

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.