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 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 3: Day 4

Feb. 5, 2015

I’m still on track and feeling good! Woo! There haven’t been any major meltdowns this week, so that is always a plus. Yes, I have been craving some not so healthy food, but I haven’t caved.

Breakfast

The lamest of lame breakfasts. I had another Luna bar. This time a chocolate cooking dough protein one. I think this is one that I would have again, not too sweet for breakfast and not too much chocolate.

Lunch

Day 6 of the soup. I am turning into a lentil.

Dinner

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Highlight meal of the day. I made a pork stir fry with lots of veggies and a garlic sesame sauce. I started by blanching my vegetables (carrots, peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, baby corn, mushrooms and snap peas) for about 5 minutes. Then I cooked the pork, removed it from the pan. Then I added the veggies to the pan, the pork and the garlic sesame sauce (Wegmans brand). I think what made the meal was the sauce, but it wasn’t too overpowering. The veggies still had a nice bite to them and they weren’t too mushy. I followed this video from Wegmans on how to go about making my stir fry. I think next time I may alter which veggies I use, but I will definitely be making it again.