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 2: Day 6

Jan. 30, 2015

I think this day was a continuation of my wall hitting. Not has hard, but still not so hot.

Breakfast

BAD. BAD. BAD. I decided to try this healthy banana pancake recipe. They didn’t look half bad, but tasted like soggy mush. There was no flavor, and they were just plain bad. I don’t recommend them at all. I didn’t even eat them, they were so bad. Needless to say, not the best way to start my day.

Lunch

After working two hours in the blustery wind and snow, all I wanted was soup. Unfortunately I was unable to make some healthy homemade soup, so I cracked open a can of Campbell’s and went for it. I know, I know, not the best choice but I was desperate. I couldn’t feel my face. It was a chipotle chicken corn chowder, so there was some celery, corn and peppers thrown in there.

Dinner

bad tilapia

Again, a pretty lame meal on the scale of meals. I don’t think I have perfected how I like my tilapia. I think I will get there but it may take some time. I seasoned my tilapia with some italian seasoning, onions, salt, pepper, garlic, butter and lemon juice. I had that with a scoop of corn. Definitely not one of my finer cooking moments

This week was a little rough, but I have some great meals planned for the next week.

Week 2: Day 1

Jan. 25, 2015

This blog idea didn’t come to me until week 2 of my process, so that is where we are coming in. Trust me, nothing was really missed during week 1.

Breakfast

ham cup

This morning’s breakfast recipe came from Pinterest. I followed it exactly as written and this ham cup came out perfect. Next time I think I would add some salt and pepper to the egg to give it a little more flavor. I’m always a fan of eggs in the morning, so I made a few extras to eat for breakfast throughout the week. I paired this with a bit of Wegmans low-fat vanilla yogurt with some chopped walnuts. If you are not from the Northeast or have never experienced the heaven that is Wegmans, I am sorry. Wegmans is the grocery store of all grocery stores and will always hold a special place in my heart. Wegmans will be frequently making an appearance on this blog. If you want to learn more about its wonderfulness check out this list.

Lunch

tuna pita

I frequently eat last night’s leftovers as lunch, but last night I ate out, so I whipped this up for myself. Half of an organic multi-grain pita, tuna fish with mayo, sweet pickles and a little bit of cheddar cheese. I paired it with some blue corn tortilla chips and organic salsa, of course Wegmans brand. Even though sweet pickles aren’t the most healthy addition to my sandwich, I am a sucker for the tuna-pickle combo. It brings me right back to my childhood. I decided to cut out white bread from my diet, so when I can’t avoid a sandwich I have replaced it with multi-grain pita. The multi-grain is much healthier than white anything and  is heart healthy.

Dinner

lemon tilapia

This may  not be the most visually appealing meal I have ever made, but taste wise it was spot on. One the menu tonight was garlic roasted cauliflower, lemon butter tilapia and a small romaine lettuce salad. Both of the recipes I used for tonight’s dinner, I altered slightly. For the cauliflower, I put the parmesan cheese on the cauliflower after I mixed it halfway through the cooking time. And if I were to make it again (which I will), I would forgo the lemon juice. It didn’t really add anything to the flavor. For the tilapia, I used a tuscan blend seasoning instead of the recommended seasoning because that’s what I had on hand. Because I was only making it for myself I guessed on most of the measurements and went heavier on the lemon than the butter. Definitely a solid dinner to start my week off before school.