So here we are, week one of the workout-a-palooza slash gettin healthy lifestyle change for 2012. Yes, I am dreaming of bread right now as I write this post, and my friend Amanda is eating PIZZA, how dare she! But to her defense, she’s eating a slice for me per my request.
This week’s menu is a little from last week when we broke and got Indian food as a last hurrah and a little boring, but hey, we’re trying to lose weight here! I made the main two dishes of the week ahead of time so we could just portion them out and eat em without thinking too much about what we’d like but cannot have for dinner, ehem: pasta, bread, cheese, chocolate.
Curried Carrot Soup: I doctor up my recipe from a Martha Stewart recipe which I will share with a yummy picture tomorrow. I promise.
Hungarian Beef Goulash: I use the EatingWell version of this recipe which is served over whole wheat egg noodles. The recipe was pretty bland so we added a load of garlic and some other yummy spices. Recipe trier beware, this is pretty soupy, I added triple the amount of corn starch. 180 calories without the noodles.
Turkey apple panini: my own recipe using Denise’s Chipotle BBQ rub which you can find here with 3 slices of turkey and a thin layer of apples with a wedge of laughing cow swiss cheese. (Psst: you don’t have to butter the bread, use a cooking spray to lightly spray your bread for 0 calories of toastiness)
Chix and Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing: It’s pretty easy, marinade some chicken breasts, throw on grill (yes I know it’s the middle of winter, it’s been mild here) or in the oven, cut up 4 oz (portion control!) and drizzle some sweet poppy seed dressing over it. Oh yeah, I’m not talking about the fatty kind of dressing, I’m talking a lightened up and in-my-humble-opinion tastier version of Brianna’s poppy seed dressing (recipe here). I throw a few dried cranberries and some homemade croutons on there as well and enjoy the leafy green fiesta. More on the croutons later.
Stuff that failed this week:
Tried to make Weight Watchers naan recipe for my soup. The dough never rose, which I think was due to my extremely expired baking powder, or the fact that its supposed to be in a warm place and our home thermostat is set at a cozy 56 degrees.
I’m not gonna lie, I got bored with only having a few options on hand this week, but having everything pre-cooked was amazing because I couldn’t complain that dinner wasn’t ready on time. I just keep telling myself, I eat to stay alive, I don’t live to eat…(repeat several times as you pass by the fresh bread at the bakery).