Zoodles!

If you don’t already have a spiralizer in your home, you need one! I can not tell you how many times a week I make zoodles. It can be an excellent spaghetti replacement and it has also been an addition to a nice cold “pasta” salad” recently.

quick recipe:

2 zucchinis

1-2 tsp olive oil

1 lemon, juiced

salt

pepper

garlic, minced

6 cherry tomatoes

1 pound chicken breast shredded

Directions:

  1. Spiralize the zucchini and set aside
  2. mix the salt, pepper, olive oil, lemon juice and garlic and set aside.
  3. Dice up cherry tomatoes and mix with zucchini and olive oil mix tossing gently.
  4. Add the chicken breast to the mix
  5. Serve cold

Every day I’m Shuffling

Life is the bay area is fast paced and busy. I currently work two jobs which take me into four different settings, enjoying newly wedded life, studying for licensing exams, friend to many, and doggy and kitty mommy to two. Having phased off of Ideal Protein in August of last year, making sure I maintain my progress has also been a large part of my daily life. Every day is a choice. Every morning when I wake up, I want to plan out what I will eat and if I can squeeze in something physical. If I don’t walk at least 5,000 steps, I feel as though I have been too sedentary for the day.

Example:

Goal for today:

Avoid simple carbohydrates

Drink all of my water

Do something active: Going rock climbing later and taking Z on a walk

Cook double portions for dinner to have leftovers for lunch tomorrow

 

What are your goals for the day?

Chicken patties

As I mentioned in prior posts, I had gastric bypass 13 years ago. Every 5 years I do a 5 day pouch test.  The goal is to help train my brain to recognize feeling full.

Today’s food intake  is all about soft proteins.  Typically people eat tuna. I, however, am allergic… so soft proteins for me are canned chicken & eggs… canned chicken is not the best choice, but it’s inexpensive and typically tender enough.

These little patties are made of 1 can of chicken drained, 1egg scrambled, and whatever seasoning you like.  I used salt and pepper and a little monterey chicken seasoning.

Combine all ingredients and make into a patty.  Place the patty into a frying pan with either non-stick oil or olive oil mist.  Cook each side for 2-4 minutes over medium heat.

You want the patty crispy.  These are EASY, inexpensive, and can be made for the whole family!  Serve with a salad, on an IP bread, or as a quick grab and go.

They were too good to share with Belle!  Sad puppy!

 

Super Bowl Sunday

My team was eliminated in the last round of Playoffs… I have been invited to a few parties. There will be all kinds of temptations laying around me… this is another one of those days where failure to plan will equate to plan to fail!!! Not on my watch!!!!

Normally I avoid TV because it is a trigger for me. I sit, I eat, I have zero recollection of what I ate… it’s mindless! So today I am being mindful and smart. I am taking snacks to share that I can eat.. and I am going to be aware of everything I put in my mouth…

I am making chicken meatballs.

I take ground chicken, zucchini, riced Cauliflower, egg whites, salt, pepper, garlic and onion powder…bake at 400 for 25 minutes. Stick on a plate with toothpicks and serve.. you can add Franks Red Hot with WF Bacon Ranch dressing as a dipping sauce…

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Remember… it’s how you want to feel about yourself when you wake up tomorrow that drives your choices today… immediate gratification does not last!!!!!!

Taco salad

Tacos… not protocol but I can get pretty close by making a taco salad!

I make taco seasoning, and store it in a jar.. I use it a LOT!!!!

Here is a basic recipe for taco seasoning:
1 tablespoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

1/4 teaspoon dried oregano

1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon black pepper

Brown up a package of hamburger or ground chicken

Take about a table spoon of seasoning (to taste) & spinkle it over meat

Add a can of no sugar added tomato sauce

simmer!

While that simmers for a bit, dice IP some lettuce, bell peppers, chilis and place in a bowl! Put single serving of meat over the top. (You will need to calculate how much of the meat you can eat… if you cook a pound of meat, & are eating 8 ounces of protein, you get half!)

Mix and enjoy!  In phase 1 I add a little Walden Farms ranch to get that creaminess that would have come from sour cream on phase 4.

Chicken Fajita Roll-Ups

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INGREDIENTS
  • For the Marinade:
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • Juice of half a lime
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • ½ tsp. cumin
  • ½ tsp. dried oregano
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 2 Tbsp cilantro, chopped

 

  • For the Chicken:
  • 3 chicken breasts or 6 thin sliced chicken cutlets ¼-inch thick
  • ½ red bell pepper, sliced
  • ½ yellow bell pepper, sliced
  • ½ green bell pepper, sliced
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, lime juice, garlic, chili powder, cumin, oregano, salt, cayenne (if using) and cilantro. Set aside.
  2. For the chicken breasts, if you purchased pre-sliced chicken cutlets then skip to the next step. If using chicken breasts, slice them longways into 2 even slices and firmly pound the chicken using the smooth side of a meat tenderizer to an even thickness of about ¼ inch.
  3. Place chicken cutlets into a large resealable freezer bag and pour marinade over top, making sure they are completely coated. Allow chicken to marinate for a minimum of one hour to overnight.
  4. Once chicken has marinated, evenly place 6 bell pepper slices in the middle of the chicken cutlet, roll up and secure with a toothpick. Repeat this step until all the cutlets have been rolled up and place seam side down in a prepared baking dish.
  5. Brush tops of chicken with remaining marinade and bake, uncovered, at 375 for about 25 to 30 minutes or until the juices run clear. Serve and enjoy!

Resources: Eatyourselfskinny.com

Prep and Plan

Prep days

For the past two weeks (my reboot phase 1) I have used Sunday as my prep day. Thought I would share what this means to me.

1) Making a grocery list. I open every drawer and check every shelf. I make sure all the food in my fridge is current… and see what’s missing. I have my standard list:
•eggs
•liquid egg whites
•Lettuce
•baby spinach
•mushrooms
•peppers
•chicken

2)Then I look at my cookbook.
I used to ask my hubby what he would like for dinner… so far I have not found an official recipe for “whatever” but I am thinking about creating one!!!!

I try to plan my week around what I have in house. For example, I have a beautiful Turkey breast in the fridge that will be cooked tonight!!! Plan to use the older stuff first so it doesn’t get wasted.

3)Maybe this is me… but I actually plan my meals using the ingredients visually… so on my counter I have my turkey, seasoning, olive oil, lettuce (which I wash and chop on Sunday, place in a zip lock with a wet paper towel… I can make it last all week that way) and zucchini… now I know I have all the ingredients and can write down tonight’s dinner.

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I find I am most successful when I do this. So on Wednesday night, which is typically my long day because of commute… I plan either a crockpot meal or “samiches” using IP bread… which is in my freezer!!!!