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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?

February Goals Recap

February Recap:

Squat Challenge –

I was doing so well with my squat challenge and then in the second week, I started to have knee pain. It was pretty bad for two days (to the point where it was even uncomfortable using my standing desk at work). I decided to take a break from the squats to see if that was aggravating my knees and I believe it was.

I was bummed! I was feeling really good about doing the squats but I think maybe it was too much too soon too often. So I took a break and then went back and modified the challenge. I did squats every other day and did less than what was planned. I also did other exercises to focus strength training on my glutes (like Donkey Kicks).

I still call that challenge a success, even though I modified it.

 

Get Organized –

I did A LOT to get organized in February. I went through my makeup and cosmetics and threw out old stuff. I got some new organizational baskets for the bathroom.

I went through my wardrobe and donated a lot of stuff that doesn’t fit anymore, or I never wear it, or it looks worn out and old.

I moved an old bookcase into Logan’s room (there was a nightstand there before) so I could organize his books onto the shelves (they were scattered all over his room) and put all his stuffed animals in one spot. I donated some of his old clothes that don’t fit, I went through other baby stuff (and toys) to give to a friend who is having their first baby soon. It felt so good to be straightening up!

I bought a big plastic tub with a lid to put all the unused jars (for canning) in one place instead of scattered all over the garage. I got these organizers for my closet:

We went to IKEA one day and got two of these:

They are really going to help with the office organization and the clutter. I’m glad we bought two, too. This is the before in the office closet:

Packed full of clutter! Scrapbook supplies (I don’t really do it much these days but I want to save it for arts and crafts for Logan), office supplies, paper, computer stuff, pens, envelopes, mailing supplies, cards, etc. It was all scattered around in different storage containers in the closet. I knew we could do better.

After:

It looks SO much better! I got everything super organized and labeled. I got rid of some stuff. It’s not 100% done yet but it’s close and it makes me feel good that it’s less cluttered.

Try Going Vegetarian (A Little Bit) –

I definitely got more vegetables into my diet in February and I feel pretty good about that. But I wouldn’t say I was consistently trying to go vegetarian on a regular basis.

I didn’t love the zoodles. They cooked down to kind of nothing and got lost in the sauce. It basically felt like I was just eating marinara sauce with turkey meatballs. I definitely prefer spaghetti squash for a non-pasta pasta dish over the zucchini.

QUESTION: How was your February?