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2019 Goals & A Recipe

I have a few goals for the new year. NOT resolutions. The usual, of course: lose the weight. Yadda Yadda Yadda. I am working on a post about that that I will share at a later date. But for sure:

  1. Drink more water.
  2. Read 165 books.
  3. Eat more vegetables in my diet.
  4. Practice patience. 
  5. Learn how to alleviate stress/anxiety (without medication).

I think the first three goals are definitely doable. The last goal, I do not know if I can do. That’s part of the weight loss post I am working.

Drink more water — when I was breastfeeding I was doing SO GOOD at drinking water. Seriously, I was a rockstar. I had to be. To keep my supply up. But then once that was over with, I kinda got lazy. I am good at drinking water at work and I am good at drinking water at the gym. But at home? On the weekends? Not so much. I don’t know why I am so bad at it but I need to be better. I am noticing the effects of not drinking it and I need to fix that asap.

Read 165 books — that’s how many I read in 2018! I think my goal last year was 120 and I exceeded it! I am already off to a decent start.

Eat more veggies — I love vegetables, so that’s not too bad of a goal for me. However, when I snack, I usually reach for fruit. I am going to make a sincere effort to try and incorporate more veggies as snacks, too.

Patience — Logan is a joy for sure but we are definitely in a time period in his development that is challenging for all of us. He is almost three years old (!!!!!) and strong willed, determined and wants to do EVERYTHING himself. Which often takes forever. It can sometimes be very frustrating for me. We get into power struggles and I need to really work on patience and stopping the power struggles. 

What are your goals for the new year?

Now on to the recipe…

In an effort to eat more veggies AND try and satisfy that pizza craving without all the carbs, I experimented with zucchini pizzas last night! It actually turned out really well! We both liked it a lot. With some tweaking, I will make it again.

But first, for the funny little story — I got ready to make dinner and realized I had bought cucumbers instead of zucchinis (are you kidding me?!?!). I went to the store near our house (THEY WERE OUT!!) and had to go to ANOTHER grocery store. Sheesh.

Ok, so back home, I cute the ends off the zucchini, cut them in half, and then scraped the insides out to create “boats”. Next time I would make a little cute on the bottom so they would stay more flat on the tray.

Then I filled the indentations with the pizza sauce, pizza seasoning, cheese, topped it with pepperoni, olives and onions and a little more cheese. I baked it at 375 for about 20 minutes. Michael had a good idea to bake the zucchini naked for some of that time before doing all the toppings and then baking it the rest of the time. I will try that next time.

It was delicious and sort of satisfied the pizza craving, but not the bread craving. I would definitely make this again though!

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?