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In Search of Something New

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Truth. I am burned out on breakfast! I’ve been happily eating eggs for breakfast for years now. Sometimes I have 2 scrambled eggs with 1 turkey sausage link and black beans with salsa. Sometimes it’s 2 scrambled eggs with salsa and half an avocado sliced on top. Sometimes it’s 1-2 fried eggs with an English muffin. Sometimes it’s oatmeal.  Seriously–I need some variety.

I’ve tried cereal and it doesn’t work for me. I am hungry within the hour. I definitely need a breakfast that has some protein in it.

Experiment #1

Someone on twitter suggested I try some toast with cream cheese and tomatoes. That sounded really good to me. I toasted a slice of Dave’s Killer Seeded Bread, added cream cheese to it and then sliced a few fresh (but tiny) Roma tomatoes from my garden. I also had half a serving of plain Greek yogurt with pineapple chunks on the side.

So how was breakfast? It was delicious! I loved it. It needs some tweaking but I liked the combination. I ate it at 6:30 a.m. and then biked to work. It kept me full for 3 hours. That’s pretty decent but not quite good enough.

Experiment #2

I tried a variation of the first attempt. I toasted one slice of Dave’s Killer Bread and put cream cheese on half and 1/4 of an avocado on the other half, topped it with tomatoes and had some cherries.

This one worked great as well. I would definitely do this one again. I was satisfied for a few years at work.

Experiment #3

Can you tell that I am obsessed with avocados lately? Seriously, I’m putting them on everything I can. I might need an intervention. This time I had 2 fried eggs and toasted an English muffin. I spread half of an avocado on on the muffin.

Loved this one. This is a keeper, even though it is eggs!

Experiment #4

This was a breakfast on the weekend. Michael made us a 3 egg omelette to share. He put some cheese, two slices of bacon in it and topped it with slices of avocado and pico di gallo.

I’m usually not an omelette fan because they make me feel too full. But splitting one is usually okay for my stomach. This won’t be something I’ll have regularly because it was a little higher in calories than I’d like for breakfast and it’s not a quick breakfast to make. Probably just a once in awhile weekend thing for this one.

Experiment # 5

Finally, I tried waffles and one fried egg. I haven’t had frozen waffles in AGES. Like years…? But I saw them in the freezer section and thought, why not? Two waffles were 180 calories, so that wasn’t that bad.

I tried having the waffles alone and that didn’t satisfy me at all. I mean, it tasted great! But I was hungry pretty quickly afterward. The next time I added one egg and that worked great. It kept me full for about 2.5 hours. I liked this one so much that I did it almost every day one week. It’s not ideal. I’m trying to get away from processed foods as much as I can, and I certainly don’t want a ton of junk carbs for breakfast, but once in awhile this is an okay quick breakfast for me.

Satisfaction?

So did my experiments help? Not really. I found that I ate more carby things for breakfast and I didn’t like it. I’d rather not have a bunch of bread if I can avoid it. It did break of the monotony of scrambled eggs or oatmeal every day. I’m still on a search for a good, healthy, balanced breakfast.

QUESTION: Any ideas? 

What I Ate For Dinner

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Dinners are my favorite meal. I love trying new recipes, and also eating some of the same basic types of meals. It’s comforting to know how many calories my meal will be because dinner is usually a combination of protein + veggie + salad. Dinners change with the seasons. In the summer time, it’s more fresh produce from our garden and there’s lots of grilling involved. In the winter I tend to try out more recipes than in the summer time simply because of the busy factor.

Here is a week’s worth of dinners at home to give you an example of a standard week.

Monday

It was the kind of Monday where we were both tired and not in the mood to cook anything complicated. Blackened salmon with steamed broccoli, and a side salad. This is a good standby dinner because we always have salmon in the freezer.

It’s also a good low-calorie dinner. This runs about 500 calories.

Tuesday

I cannot remember the last time Michael and I made burgers out of ground beef. The only time we have ground beef is in a restaurant. Our usual burgers are turkey burgers. But it was such a gorgeous day out that we wanted to grill something.

I have to say, there is just something amazing about a ground beef burger from the grill. The flavors were outstanding, from fat of course, but delicious.

I had a few chips with my dinner and a beer, too.  Michael measured out 4 ounces of meat on the kitchen scale and topped it with a slice of Havarti. Delicious!

Wednesday

This dinner was out of the norm and completely bizarre, but it worked. I got home from the gym and Michael said nothing was defrosted. Ooops! He wanted to get a quickie meal from the grocery store but I suggested shrimp instead. Shrimp defrosts very quickly.

We cooked some spinach raviolis, topped them with the cooked shrimp and then added sauteed Brussels sprouts.

The flavors worked well together and dinner was around 500 calories total.

Thursday

One of my favorite dinners was on the menu! Fajita salads. Why I love this dinner: it tastes great, it fills me up with the protein in the steak and the fiber in the beans, and I get lots of veggies on my plate.

This time was a little bit different; usually we have Michael’s amazing homemade guacamole with this salad and of course some chips. Doing that adds a ton of calories and make for a gut-bomb kind of dinner where I usually feel like I ate too much.

We skipped the chips and guacamole this time and I was pleasantly satisfied.  On the salad was the following: lettuce, black olives, jalapenos, cooked red peppers and onions, steak, salsa as dressing, black beans, steak and sour cream.

Friday

Fridays are long days for me. I am usually off to the pool right after work and don’t get home until fairly late. Michael is a sweetie and always has dinner planned and nearly ready when I walk in the door since I’m usually famished. It’s appreciated in so many ways! This time, I got home first. Michael was taking his friend Shoe to the airport so I made dinner for us after swimming.

I wanted to use up the red curry lentil soup that had been in the pantry far too long, yet it was only 140 calories a serving. I needed more than that! I decided to use it as a base and sauteed some carrots and onions and added that to the soup. It went together really well but I wished that I’d added chicken or rice to it. Next time.

We had the leftover sourdough bread from the night we had grilled cheese as a side with the soup. The soup was really tasty, with a hint of ginger and cinnamon. It was a tad on the sweet side and I bet chicken would really balance that out.

Saturday

It’s been months since Michael and I did a homemade pizza night! Michael got it started and I helped with the toppings. This time we used pepperoni, black olives, fresh Roma tomatoes and mozzarella cheese.

It tasted great and it was nice to have it again after so long.

Sunday

Pork chop night! I have become a fan of pork chops, even though I thought pork was bland for so long. What changed it? Proper seasoning (thank you Michael) and combining the pork chops with my new favorite veggie: Brussels sprouts.

And I admit it, there might have been a teeny bit of bacon in that sautee of sprouts. But in my defense, it was only one slice of bacon. So we each had 4 ounces of boneless pork chops seasoned with steak seasoning from Costco. It’s a good seasoning for most meats–basically just salt and pepper.

I also had a spinach salad with some croutons, crumbled feta cheese, pepper, olive oil and balsamic vinegar. This has quickly become one of our “staple” dinners because it’s easy and healthy and fairly low in calories.

QUESTION: What are some examples of a typical dinner in your house?