Most people swap out beef for turkey when they’re trying to eat healthy because it’s a much leaner meat. One day my mother made a turkey meatloaf that we were all sure was going to suck because beef is the only way to go, right? It was amazing and we actually told her to never make a regular meat loaf ever again. The other night she was running late so I cooked dinner and of course altered her recipe. Sautéed red peppers, onion, and garlic, whole wheat bread crumbs, a little parmesan cheese… there might have been more but honestly I was just winging it so start there then season the way you think you should lol! Then just a little spinach in garlic and oil, cauliflower mash, and corn for those who dare not venture into the spinach world.
I kept hearing nothing but good things about chia seeds so we finally decided to integrate them into our diet by altering a dish we already know and love. We added chia seeds to some whole wheat bread crumbs for our chicken cutlets and made some cauliflower mashed “potatoes” with no potatoes of course and just some simple corn and peas on the side. I have to say it was a very enjoyable meal for me. The cauliflower mash isn’t for everyone my father hates it, my sister tolerates it, but my mother and I actually like it. It’s no mashed potatoes but we’ve gotten the texture pretty close and it’s still yummy! I say this meal was a success!
If I never ate another piece of steak, chicken, or pork, I think I’d be okay. This is a BIG statement coming from a family of meat lovers (lol) but it’s true. I love fish, and more importantly I love how I feel when my diet is higher in fish a veggies! Okay so this meal wasn’t completely healthy there’s fried shrimp, but if you’ve ever tried my mother’s fried shrimp you’d understand the need to cheat a little! With that we had yummy crab cakes (or “krabby patties” as we told my nephew) veggies and a little piece of garlic bread. I don’t know how I’m not 300 lbs I love food so much. More veggies please!
I had some cooked quinoa in the fridge and the craving for rice balls, so this happened. I mixed the quinoa with an egg and a little bit of parmesan cheese. I made them small as you can see from the picture but each one had a cube of fresh mozzarella in the middle and then were breaded with whole wheat bread crumbs and baked! With some homemade tomato sauce these were amazing! Everyone loved them!
Remember when I said to stay tuned because I’d be switching it up for dinner? This was that dinner. It was baked chicken in a tomato and pineapple mixture, cauliflower “rice”, and “refried” red beans. Now let me address all the quotation marks. First off the beans, when I was younger my mother always used to puree our beans and call it refried beans so that we would eat all of the bean instead of just asking for the “juice” over our rice. It worked. Today we still do this and it gets my dad and my boyfriend to actually eat their beans! Second is the cauliflower “rice. I had seen a few posts about this on several blogs and decided to give it a try. All you have to do is cut off the florets in small chunks and throw it in the food processor with whatever seasoning you prefer and blend till it’s in rice sized bits, then you cook it up in some coconut oil until it’s tender with a little bite left so it doesn’t completely fall apart. I have to say I didn’t enjoy it and was incredibly jealous of my father who was the only one eating real rice that meal. The chicken and beans were great but the cauliflower in no way compares to rice! I’ve used cauliflower to substitute in place of mashed potatoes and although it’s not much like potatoes it gets the job done and is tasty. This was just upsetting and made me feel like I was on a sad diet. I’ll probably never do it again, but to each their own. I would have rather used a little brown rice or quinoa for this dish, then I would have been eating healthy and happy! Other than that the chicken was great and a must try!
Okay so healthy eating has been slow lately, unfortunately. I keep eating the same things and I need to go food shopping desperately! But here is another tuna wrap I made for lunch today. Onion and orange pepper in the tuna itself, and then all the greens I had in my fridge: arugula, baby spinach and romaine lettuce. Tonight for dinner I’m going to switch it up, so stay tuned haha!
Salmon burger, no bun! I took one piece of salmon and diced it up into small pieces, mixed it with a little bit of egg white, panko, garlic, soy sauce, and horseradish, and cooked it for a few minutes on each side. The sauce is fat free sour cream, hot sauce, cilantro, and lime juice. It was quick and yummy!
We had a few pieces of tilapia left over from the night before so I made this salad for lunch yesterday. With some romaine lettuce, baby spinach, arugula, clementines, tilapia and a little balsamic on top! It was really easy and tasted great!
Okay, so yesterday I forgot to take a picture of breakfast before I inhaled it and I forgot to take a picture of dinner to. (but we’ll talk about that in a minute…) Here’s what I had yesterday for breakfast before class and again today before I got into some paper writing, but today I added baby spinach. Of course, is was still so yummy. (if you want to know what’s in it scroll down I put up the ingredients yesterday!)
Now into the important stuff: When I got home from class late last night my lovely boyfriend and I went to the gym. Even though I was tired I’m glad I went and got in a good leg day. After I came home my amazing mother had a plate made up of grilled chicken and a veggie mix that looked so pretty! it was corn with red onion and green beans laid just over top with a few slices of tomato. I wish I took a picture but I didn’t have my phone on me and I was hungry! But don’t worry, I will be requesting or recreating that dish again soon!
Yesterday, after going to the gym, my mother and I went food shopping. We picked up lots of veggies and lean meats and portioned and prepared some of it for easy snacking and easy eating when we were in a rush to avoid grabbing something unhealthy just because it was fast. I live and go to school in two different boroughs and I have a 2 hour commute very early in the morning, so needless to say breakfast was usually an unhealthy choice or skipped all together. This morning however, I grabbed a small whole wheat wrap and added a spoon full of the homemade hummus we made yesterday. Then I cut up a hard boiled egg (another pre-prepared item we thought ahead for) and mixed up some of the (also pre cooked) diced grilled chicken from yesterday with a little bit of greek yogurt and honey and then added that to the little wrap as well. I had a few pieces of pineapple on the side with a cup of cold brewed iced coffee with almond milk and I was set. It took me all of 5 minutes and I had the nutritional boost from chicken, eggs, chickpeas, avocado, greek yogurt, honey, peppers, and pineapple. AND it was delicious!