Jacked-Up Grilled Cheese Recipe

This meal was too good for me not to share the recipe with everyone. It’s amazing how something as simple as a grilled cheese can make such a scrumptious dinner. There is no reason to every make grilled cheese with American cheese again.

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Week 11: Day 6

April 3, 2015

Today was all about my lunch. I had been planning it and was getting excited about it for a few days, so I was very ready when Friday rolled around. As you will be able to tell with what I ate for lunch, I am taking things a little less strict than I did at the beginning of this journey. A little bread here and a little sweets there aren’t the end of the world. However, now I am not craving a big bowl of fries and my body looks forward to my workouts.

I would say this has become less of a challenge and more of a lifestyle. I don’t have to think about what I am eating so  much more, and instead just naturally go for the grapes as a snack instead of chips.

Lunch

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That is a tuna melt if I have ever seen one. I eat tuna on a regular basis, so I am always looking for ways to mix it up; hence, this open-face melt. I started with one slice of fresh organic wheat bread, tuna/mayo, one roma tomato, scallions and mozzarella cheese. I baked it for about 10 minutes at 400 degrees. It came out thoroughly heated and the cheese was beautifully melted. It was a nice alternative to how I normally eat my tuna and kept me full for the majority of the day. It was definitely my biggest meal all day. Even though I ate bread, I went for a healthy alternative to my traditional white Italian bread, and I only had one slice.

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.

Week 5: Days 3,4,5

Feb. 18-20, 2015

So school has definitely gotten the better of me the past few days. I have been busy and tired and in no mood to blog. That hasn’t stopped me from eating healthy, just sharing it with you guys. I think I can finally say my diet has reached normalcy. It doesn’t feel weird that I am only preparing veggies as my side, and I am not counting down the days until my cheat. I am also not too hung up on being perfect. Have I had some chocolate this week? Yes. Have I gone over board? I don’t think so. The easiest way for me to avoid the unhealthy habits is I am simply not buying the unhealthy stuff like rice and chips and cookies. It’s a struggle every time I go to the store, but I know it is worth it when I get home and I don’t feel guilty.

Here is to getting through tough weeks outside of eating and continuing to eat healthy food. Instead of doing six meals in one post, because that would be absurd. I am sharing my favorite meal from the past couple of days.

Dinner

breadless gyro

This one is definitely a keeper. I think this biggest idea on this blog so far has been how much leftovers dictate my meals, and this one is no different. Soon to expire tzatziki  sauce meant I needed to do something with it. I didn’t want to indulge in a full pita, so I went with a bread-less chicken gyro. I cooked the chicken pieces in some onions, lemon juice, chicken stock and italian seasoning. Wonderfully fresh flavor. And then I topped it with tomatoes, lettuce and the sauce. It seems so basic, but it tasted so great. Definitely something I would cook again. I love food I feel good about eating, and this meal fit that bill.

Buffalo Chicken Quesadilla Recipe

You could put buffalo sauce on pretty much anything and I would eat. Add chicken and it makes it one of the perfect combos. Hence, buffalo chicken quesadillas are a pretty constant meal choice for me. I am all about quick and easy meals, and this definitely fits that bill.

ingredients

Serves 1

  • 2 tortillas
  • About 3/4 cup shredded cheese (your choice)
  • 1/2 chopped tomato
  • 1 chopped scallion
  • 1/2 cup small grilled chicken pieces
  • Buffalo sauce as desired

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Week 4: Day 6

Feb. 13, 2015

This is the most delayed post ever, but when there is a magazine to be made other things get pushed to the back burner. However, I made it through a whole month and that is quite the accomplishment for myself. It definitely wasn’t the easiest month of eating, but I made it through. Going forward, hopefully  it gets easier, and maybe I’ll even enjoy myself a little bit.

Breakfast

peanut but smoothie

I made a bomb ass peanut butter banana smoothie. This may have been the best smoothie I have ever made. I think the key was definitely freezing my smoothie the night before. I will have a recipe up later this week.

Lunch

Finished up my leftover egg salad and ate some chips and salsa. Leftovers make life so much easier.

Dinner

tuna melt

Tuna is probably one of the more underrated foods, and I think it deserves more love then it gets. And this tuna melt I made definitely deserves some love. I had a tomato that I didn’t want to go bad, so I decided to make a bread-less tuna melt. I hollowed out a tomato, stuffed it with mayo and tuna and topped it with scallions and pepper jack cheese. I broiled it for a few minutes until it was bubbly and tasty. I also made some cauliflower. Much better without the addition of the milk.

Week 2: Day 7

Jan. 31, 2015

Normally saturdays are my cheat day, but because of the Super Bowl I decided to push it back a day. I actually felt good about my eating today, so maybe I am on an upward turn.

Breakfast

I had two ham cups (same ones from earlier in the week). I added some salt and pepper and more scallions than before and they turned out even better! I would highly recommend them; super easy and super tasty.

Lunch

chunk chicken wrap

After going to the gym I was starving and wanted something that was really satisfying. I made this wrap (pictured pre-wrap), and it was probably one of the best lunches I have made since I started this journey. In it was canned chicken breast (like tuna) with mayo, tomatoes, lettuce, colby jack cheese and a couple crushed up croutons. It was so fresh and light, but filled me up nicely. I love adding croutons to my wraps for a little bit of a crunch.

Dinner

lentil soup

Dinner was also an excellent meal. I love making soups and chilis that will last me the entire week, which is what I did. I made this lentil and smoke sausage soup. Mine didn’t look quite as pretty as their’s, but it sure was delicious. It’s a nice hearty soup with a lot of yummy flavors, and it filled me up. The only thing I didn’t include in in my version was the lemon juice, but I definitely didn’t miss it. This recipe made a TON. I probably will be eating it every day this week. I think this is the first time I have every cooked lentils, and it definitely won’t be the last. They have have a similar consistency to beans, and are full of protein.

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.