limiting calories

Eats

I started eating walnuts last year. For awhile I was eating them as dessert. I’d have fresh berries, walnuts and whipped cream. It was a good lower carb option for dessert for me. I kinda stopped doing that for awhile, no idea why, but I wanted to revisit the idea of eating “real food” more often.

Walnuts, especially, are really good food you. They are the best nut you can eat. Better than almonds, much better than peanuts. And I’ve been finding that they are pretty filling! The downside is that like all nuts, they are pretty high in calories so I have to watch how many I eat!

Last week my lunches were:

Green and red leaf salad with:

Steak

Feta

Walnuts

Carrots

Raw Peppers

Cucumber

Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing

The salads were really filling and I felt good after eating it. I will be doing a variation of this for my lunches for awhile I think.

Last Friday night, Michael and I also tried a pre-made cauliflower pizza crust. I got it at Whole Foods. It was really expensive (like $5.99) for a small pizza (4 slices total). But I wanted to try it as an alternative to regular dough. (We usually use the Trader Joe’s dough for our homemade pizza nights.)

The good thing about the cauliflower crust pizza, it’s lower in calories and carbs. The bad thing? It’s a pain in the butt to make, time consuming and doesn’t always work well. We had a LOT of failures when we first tried making it ourselves.

So how was the Whole Foods Cauliflower pizza? Really good.

We topped it with cheese, pizza seasoning, pepperoni, olives, Mamas Lil Peppers and baked it a little longer than it suggested. It was crispy and delicious and had great texture.

The pizza was great but it’s NOT low carb. It’s actually pretty high in carbs. But it IS gluten free, so that’s good if you need that. It’s low in calories, which is nice. But it’s also small. (Four servings total, so enough for 2 people.)

I’d like to try Trader Joe’s cauliflower crust pizza next.

Amazon currently has a deal on the Kitchenaid Spiralizer and we got one! We are really excited to try it out.  The deal is really good, so check it out before it’s done. I planted one zucchini plant in our veggie garden this year and I’m looking forward to lots of zoodles.

Finally, in meal prep land — for lunches this week I made this beef and broccoli:

Here is the recipe:

QUICK BEEF AND BROCCOLI MEAL PREP

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 cup brown rice
  • 1/4 cup reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar, packed
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
  • 2 teaspoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon Sriracha, optional
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 12 ounces broccoli florets, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds

Instructions

  1. In a large saucepan of 2 cups water, cook rice according to package instructions; set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic, ginger, vinegar, sesame oil and Sriracha, if using.
  3. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add ground beef and cook until browned, about 3-5 minutes, making sure to crumble the beef as it cooks; drain excess fat.
  4. Stir in broccoli, green onions, rice and soy sauce mixture until well combined, allowing to simmer until heated through and the broccoli is tender, about 3-4 minutes.
  5. Place mixture into meal prep containers, garnished with sesame seeds, if desired.

Notes

From: https://damndelicious.net/2017/06/24/quick-beef-broccoli-meal-prep/

http://www.110pounds.com/?p=54652

I am looking forward to having this for lunch (I also added some kimchi to it for lunch). I skipped the rice, too.

(UPDATE: It was DELICIOUS!! So good and very filling. Did not need the rice at all.)

QUESTION: Try any good recipes lately?

Sunny Sunny Spring

It’s GORGEOUS in Portland! For the last week or so it’s been sunny and warm and yesterday it was 80 degrees. Thank goddess! I am so over icky gray rain.

Over the weekend we worked in the garden a bunch. It was nice just being out in the sunshine. Every day after work we’ve eaten dinner on the deck. Logan immediately wants to go outside and play when we get home from daycare. It’s just so nice! I want to soak it up. The downside? My allergies are TERRIBLE!

Wednesday I went for a nice run in the sun during my lunch break. I’ve been running the waterfront loop downtown about once or twice a week depending on the weather. Pre-run I had my apple and string cheese for a snack, slathered on the sunscreen and headed outside.

It was perfect outside and not crowded yet!

This time I went across the Steel Bridge first then ran down to the Hawthorne Bridge. I like to switch it up periodically so it doesn’t get boring. I’m thinking that if I get a little faster I might be able to extend it to the new pedestrian bridge and make my run a little longer but I’m not there yet.

The waterfront wasn’t busy when I went out, which was nice. Unfortunately, I had to take a lot of walking breaks. I have no idea why. My legs just felt like lead. The first mile was great. I felt good, had energy, but then I started to slow down.

After my run I walked the last block to cool off then went to the gym in my building to stretch and foam roll.

Lunch was shredded Thai chicken I made in the pressure cooker with kimchi. My afternoon snack was plain Greek yogurt, fresh strawberries, walnuts and some low sugar granola. I’ve been REALLY really hungry lately and the normal stuff hasn’t been satisfying my hunger, so I added the walnuts and granola in hopes that it would tide me over better.

Dinner was Trader Joe’s carrot “noodles” with spaghetti sauce, meatballs, fresh parmesan and garlic bread. I like the carrot noodles better than the zucchini noodles. I felt like the zucchini ones cooked down to nothing. But the carrots kind of hold their shape and are a little al dente. They feel more like you’re eating pasta.

Very delicious, satisfying and filling dinner. We watched an episode of Anthony Bourdain (Southern Italy) and then crashed in bed early. On days I run the waterfront I am CRUSHED by bedtime! I was hoping to get in an epsom salt bath but I had no time. Oh well. Next week!

QUESTION: What is your favorite way (besides salads) to get more veggies into your meals?