Week 15: Day 5

That much closer to the end of the semester, and somehow I keep turning out some tasty meals. The weather has also finally started to warm up, so maybe that is helping to keep my spirits higher. Regardless, summer is almost here, which means even more opportunities to experiment with more recipes.

Dinner

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Last week I tried to make dumplings/potstickers and they turned out absolutely horrible. The vegetables didn’t cook, there was no flavor and they fell apart. I decided to give it another go with this recipe, and they came out beautifully. They ended up with a nice crispy bottom and pre-cooking the veggies mean the veggies were actually cooked. This were only stuffed with veggies — cabbage, onions, green pepper, carrots, scallions. The recipe called for mushrooms, but I substituted those with carrots. This will definitely be going on my list to make again.

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Week 15: Day 2

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.

Dinner

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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.

Week 12: Days 3,4,5 and 7

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.

Day 3

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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.

Day 4

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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.

Day 5

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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.

Day 7

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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.

Week 6: Day 1, 2

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.

Breakfasts

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.

Lunches

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.

Dinners

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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.

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.