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What I Ate For Dinner

Lisa Eirene

About Lisa Eirene Lisa lost 110 pounds through calorie counting and exercise. She swims, bikes, runs, hikes and is enjoying life in Portland, Oregon. Her weight loss story has been featured in First Magazine, Yahoo Health, Woman's Day and

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  1. Suzanne @WorkoutNirvana

    Nom nom! All look delish! Is a career as a food photographer blossoming for you?? 🙂

    1. Lisa Eirene

      I’m *still* waiting to be able to quite my day job and earn a living taking pictures of food…… 😉

  2. Esther

    What lean-ness did you use for your burgers? I LOVE grilled burgers though! We don’t have a grill right now, but I hope to get one before the end of the summer. I’ve just been using my GRILLA grill pan from IKEA for now, but it’s just not the same! There’s something about charbroiled grilled burgers (and hot dogs too!) that I just love!

    On the topic of pork chops though…I figured out an amazingly delicious way to cook boneless chops that you might like: mix fresh grated (not shredded) parmesan with some dried basil, rosemary and garlic (I have a McCormick blend I use), salt, pepper and a pinch or two of red crushed pepper. Brush some grapeseed oil on the pork chops and then coat in the cheese/seasoning. Cut some asparagus spears in half and toss in some grapeseed with some salt, pepper and parmesan cheese, lay out in a glass baking dish and lay the porkchops on top. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes, and they come out delicious. If you’d rather sauté the asparagus, you can, just bake the porkchops separately.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      I don’t remember–Michael bought the ground beef. He did say it was leanest one he could find. We usually eat turkey burgers at home. It was quite a different flavor using ground beef.

      Your pork chop recipe sounds delicious. I will have to try this. I love Parmesan and asparagus is a staple in my house.

      1. Esther

        It is SO good, especially if you bake the porkchops on top of the asparagus, because it kind of absorbs some of the flavor of the pork. mmmmm, now I’m hungry!

        1. Lisa Eirene

          I really want this dish now!

  3. Jim Burnett

    Maybe next time. 🙁 LOL.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      I wish I could’ve given out more! It’s such a good book.

  4. Jess

    My go to meals during the week are:

    Chicken stirfry. Quick and easy, 1 board, 1 knife and a wok to clean (I cut the veggies first, then the chicken, so no cross contamination!)
    Tacos – I grate heaps of zucchini into the ground beef, and add onion and even some finely chopped broccoli if it is cheap. Then we pile the salads on top, so it ends up being a fairy healthy meal (we don’t use cheese or sour cream either, because my mum and I are lactose intolerant).
    Chicken fajita – Again, quick and easy and minimal dishes.

    I also buy a lazy meal to keep in the freezer, like some chicken nuggets and oven fries that I can just stick in the oven and have with a salad. Cheaper and better for me than McDonalds!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Your tacos sound fantastic. I love the idea of grating veggies into the meat. I am definitely trying that next time. I have little baggies of zucchini frozen from last summer’s garden.

      I always forget about stirfy. That’s always a good option.

  5. Deb

    I’m trying to find a nice long list of recipes both the bf and I actually like, which is hard because he’s *picky* and he won’t even admit it. About 4 weeks ago, I planned out 6 weeks worth of dinners. A few got booted to the end of the list because we went out that night, or we ate separately.

    Because we eat a lot of out of the box stuff (I don’t like to admit to it but its true 🙁 ) I made two rules when setting up our menu plan. We try 2 new recipes a week, minimum. We don’t eat hamburger helper or any of its sisters more than twice a week. The new recipes were chosen by both of us, each picking 10 from my new cookbooks, so hopefully we’ll find common ground there.

    Tonight we had a chicken & veggie quiche which I really liked, but bf called boring. I asked him if he’d eat it again if I added bacon, used a different rice mix, and seasoned the hell out of the chicken. He said yes, so maybe it has a chance… lol.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      That’s really good, Deb. I like that you’ve planned that far in advance and have some ground rules for cooking. It’s so easy to get lazy or tired and pick something not quite as healthy (ahem, can we say pizza?).

      Your quiche sounds interesting. I’d love to see the recipe when you try it again.

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