Week 12: Days 1-2

April 5-6, 2015

Week 12 is off to a solid start, and I am proud of the decisions I have made. Granted this is coming post-East brunch, but holidays only come around once a year. And I totally could have eaten more, but I restrained myself. I also just can’t eat as much as I used to which is a plus. I am extremely lacking on groceries, so we will see how well I continue this week. Hopefully I don’t go to off track.

Dinner 1

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If someone could show me how to take a good picture of a quesadilla I would be forever grateful. Mine aren’t too aesthetically pleasing. The taste of this, however, was very pleasing. I went all veggie on this one with cheddar cheese, spinach, black beans and roasted red peppers. I went sparingly with everything and nothing was too overpowering. I complimented it with some ranch dressing, because what is a meal if it doesn’t include ranch?

Dinner 2

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So I had taken a hiatus from tilapia because I just couldn’t get it too have enough flavor. Well, I found one of my new favorite dinners. I took inspiration from this recipe, but then completely changed up the spices. Instead of parsley I used italian seasoning and instead of paprika I used crushed red pepper. I also added in some garlic powder. I used about a 1/2 tsp of the crushed red pepper flakes and it gave the fish quite the kick. I also broiled my fish for a couple minutes to get it golden (I have a bad oven though). This will definitely will be making a regular appearance in the recipe rounds. I also made lemon-mayo-garlic sauce to go with the fish. Excellent choice on my part; especially because it helped tone down the spiciness.

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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 6: Day 3

Feb. 24, 2015

Another decently solid day. I wore a dress today that I tried on last year at this time and couldn’t wear because I didn’t think it fit. Guess what, today it fit! I wore it, and I wore it proud. I think that was the first time I was able to tangibly see the progress I had made. Here’s to hoping it happens again and wearing my belt another hole smaller.

Breakfast

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A new breakfast! This doesn’t happen very often, so I had to share a picture. I made a banana, peanut butter quesadilla. My inspiration came from this recipe. I used one tortilla shell folded in half, peanut butter and one banana and it was very filling. I probably wouldn’t have been able to eat more if I wanted to. I heated each side for a couple of minutes in a skillet and ended up with this gooey, crispy, hot heaven. And you can probably guess what I am going to say next, the best part was how easy it was. It probably took a max of 5 minutes to make.

Lunch

Kinda boring, but it got me through the rest of the day. Just some leftover tune with carrots and ranch. So. Sick. Of. Tuna.

Dinner

So with my boyfriend’s parents being in town I had to brave the dreaded restaurant menu for dinner. All of those wonderful pasta dishes staring back at me but unable to indulge in any. Luckily, I did have a kick-ass wedge salad that I will need to go back for. It consisted of a nice big wedge of iceberg, bacon, hard boiled eggs, tomatoes, blue cheese and homemade ranch dressing. It was divine and filling. I did cheat a bit and have a slice of bread with the restaurant’s marinara, oil, garlic dipping concoction. It was sitting right in front of me and was still steaming. How do I pass up steaming bread? The answer: I don’t. I do however feel good about the salad I ate despite my desire to eat everything else on the menu.

Week 4: Day 3

Feb. 10, 2015

Another solid day of meals, but I keep getting hungry. All I want to do is eat, even though after my meals I am full. Snacking used to be my downfall, and I don’t want to fall back into that trap. Granted, I haven’t bought any of the traditional “snack” foods like chips or cookies or brownies, but I’m sure I could find a way to make due. Here’s to hoping tomorrow I don’t want to be eating every moment of the day.

Breakfast

eggs

I actually made breakfast before I had class this morning. Win for me! Just a couple scrambled eggs with pepper jack cheese (and ketchup of course). Nothing fancy or exciting, but it was a good way to get going before my morning class. God knows I can use whatever I can take in the morning to help me through Mass Media Research.

Lunch

chunk chik

Gotta love leftovers. I had my leftover chicken breast and mayo with some multigrain chips and salsa. For whatever reason this meal feels me up quick, and I didn’t even finish the chicken. This also requires no effort, which makes it even better.

Dinner

garlic sesame chick

I knew I needed to cook chicken tonight (I had it on my meal plan), but I had no idea how to cook it. I had some leftover garlic sesame sauce from the stir fry last week, so I threw my chicken breasts in a ziplock back this morning with the sauce and let it marinade in the fridge. Normally I never plan far enough in advance to marinade. I baked the chicken breasts in the oven for 35 minutes at 400 degrees F and they were still juicy. I also roasted some cauliflower at the same time with some olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic powder and parmesan cheese. Sometimes my roasted cauliflower is great other times it isn’t . Tonight was so-so. I have yet to perfect it. The chicken was decent, but boy do I miss my breading.

Week 4: Day 2

Feb. 9, 2015

Another good day is in the books. I felt like I ate healthy, and I went to the gym. Double win. I keep getting hungry throughout the day, which isn’t the best feeling, but I am trying to curb it with some small healthy snacks. I’m trying not to go over board, but man do I love my food.

Breakfast

broccoli omelette

I haven’t made an omelette in ages, so this morning was quite the treat. I made a broccoli, scallion and pepper jack cheese omelette. I softened the broccoli in my pan for a couple minutes before I added the eggs and scallions, and then right at the end I added the cheese. This was a tasty, fresh way to start my morning.

Lunch

ham and smoothie

I felt like I have been eating too many carbs lately, so I decided to forgo the pita for lunch today. Instead, I just heated up my ham with cheese and ate it with a fork. Not the most exciting thing in the world, but I thought it was necessary. I also made a small smoothie with my tropical frozen fruit blend, orange juice, yogurt and chia seeds. It helped fill me up.

Dinner

grilled wrap

Dinner was a rockstar. I tried making cauliflower “mashed potatoes” for the first time, and it wasn’t a complete failure. I boiled the cauliflower for 8 minutes, drained it and added a dash of butter, milk, salt, pepper and garlic powder. I think I added too much milk because they were a little runny. The taste was good though, so I will be trying them again. My main course was a grilled chicken wrap. In my wrap was canned chicken breast with mayo, tomatoes, lettuce and colby jack cheese. I heated both sides in the pan for a few minutes, and I had the perfect golden brown crust on the outside. For whatever reason these wraps are one of my favorite meals, and tonight’s didn’t disappoint.

Caprese Chicken Recipe

Anything caprese, has my name on it. The tomato, basil, mozzarella, balsamic combo is devine. What is the best canvas for those luscious flavors? Chicken. Pretty much anything goes with chicken and caprese is no exception. This recipe is super easy and gives you time to prepare other parts of your meal while it is in the oven.

Ingredient List

Serves 2
  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 1 TBSP basil pesto (store bought is fine)
  • 10 grape tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 3/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • salt and pepper
  • cooking spray

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Week 2: Day 3

Jan. 27 2015

Today was a pretty boring day in terms of meals. Nothing fancy, nothing new and no new recipes to share. Even though my food was boring today, I am starting to feel better about myself. I am glad I have stuck with my plan for a week and a half, and I have a regular gym schedule. I am excited to go work out tomorrow, and I don’t know the last time that happened.

Breakfast

Breakfast today was one of the ham cups that I made earlier in the week. It still tasted great after sitting in the fridge for 2 days after 30 seconds in the microwave. Before class, I scarfed that down with a few scoops of low-fat vanilla yogurt and some chopped walnuts. I tried the Trop 50 orange juice, it’s suppose to be healthier, and it definitely tastes like it. I didn’t notice it in my smoothie, but I definitely noticed it drinking just a cup. I wasn’t the biggest fan.

Lunch

One of the best parts of cooking dinner is leftovers. I ate my leftover caprese chicken and broccoli. Absolutely no effort, but a very tasty lunch. It’s generally always worth it to make a little bit extra to last one more meal. However, my leftovers generally don’t make it out of the fridge past day 2 or 3.

Dinner

Tonight’s dinner was probably the worst dinner I have made since starting this challenge. I made simple cheese and chicken quesadillas. Easy. I have made them before with no issue. However, my oven at school is slightly unpredictable. In no more than five minutes I had a burned quesadilla on top and a soggy one on the bottom. Both layers didn’t even stick together. Luckily I had some salsa to partially save the day. Nothing about it was picture worthy, just sad.

Week 2: Day 2

Jan. 26 2015

Breakfast

Today I started simple with a smoothie. I don’t think I will ever be sick of smoothies, and I frequently have them for breakfast or to accompany my breakfast. This morning I made my Go-To smoothie, which I shared the recipe for earlier this morning. It’s a super simple recipe and a great base to work from to make other smoothies according to your own tastes.

Lunch

turkey pita

Pretty similar to yesterday’s lunch, but just as tasty. The classic carrots-ranch combo is always a pleaser for me. And I promise I eat way more carrots than ranch. The pita today was the same multi-grain, with colby jack cheese, turkey and pest mayo. The pesto mayo is the secret touch to this lunch that makes it feel a little fancy. I mix a little store bought basil pesto with some mayo and keep it in my fridge for days just like this. The pesto adds just enough oomph to the sandwich enhancing the flavor profile. A little pesto goes a long way, probably 1/2 tsp pesto to 1 tbsp of mayo.

Dinner

caprese chicken

Dinner today definitely took the crown for the best meal of the day. Tonight I made caprese chicken with broccoli. While broccoli may not be the most exciting addition to the meal, the chicken made up for it. Anything basil, mozzarella cheese, tomato, balsamic glaze is sure to make me happy. This chicken has a ton of flavors and feels indulgent, while still remaining light. I will have the recipe for the caprese chicken up later this week. I finished the broccoli with a little bearnaise finishing butter and salt.