I’ve been doing pretty good with my healthy eating. I lost another 2.2 pounds for a total of 13.2 POUNDS! Though I need to eat more protein. I got lots of tips and ideas on Facebook, thanks everyone.
As you all know I have cut out some processed foods (tomato sauces, low fat, fat free, sugar free) and now cutting out even more. I recently got sick again, in fact just last night, so I am really wary about eating anything that I did not make myself. Because of my IBS, I will need to still eat white bread but will look for an organic, non processed bread. I will only eat gluten free pasta (because it is made with rice) if I do eat pasta at all, and need to incorporate brown rice into my meals. Going to stick with chicken and fish and try to cut out all red meat, since Dino doesn’t like and it’s another trigger.
I will cut out coffee and only drink tea, so it’s not a trigger, and try to find organic and non processed snacks, pancake and cake mixes for Dino, and make my own seasonings for using spices in my cabinet.
Thinking back to my recipes from a year ago when I made the cheapest dinners, I now realize they were the most unhealthiest for us. Sadly in our world cheap and easy means filled with sugar and chemicals. I would love to be able to buy organic, but that is not feasible with meats at this point, unless it’s a great sale. I look forward to the nicer weather and going to farmer’s markets to get locally grown foods there as well.
Yes, it’s tough after working all day then coming home and cooking, but the end results are so worth it.
Now onto my meal plan…which is from the week befrore, so not all the changes I want to make yet.
Mon Dinner mini Italian Bread Pizzas
Tues Dinner leftovers
Wed Dinner ham, cheese, and broccoli casserole
Thurs Dinner slow cooker steak, rice, and veggies
Fri Dinner slow cooker honey garlic chicken, rice, and cauliflower and carrots http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Honey-Garlic-Slow-Cooker-Chicken-Thighs/Detail.aspx
Sunday – Monterey Chicken: DinoHeroMommy Style I used fresh tomatoes and some baked green beans from my potato sides. After seasoning with a Caribbean lime seasoning, I baked in a cast iron skillet, topped with the tomatoes and greens, and sprinkled with cheese. I seasoned the potatoes and greens with goya and onions and baked in a glass pan. I swear, the more the I cook with the cast iron skillet, the more I hate using anything else. The taste is better and the cleanup is easier.
Monday – Italian Bread Pizza: Version 2. Used my new blender to pure tomatoes, garlic, onions, and spinach to use as the “sauce” for pizza. Made three varieties; meatball, spinach, and tomato.
Tuesday– left over enchiladas and raviolis Decided to use my new blender once again. Boiled a half a box of ditalini (love using up every bit of food). Then pureed kidney beans, onion, garlic, and seasoning. Sauteed the sauce in the cast iron skillet, added broccoli and poured over the pasta. Dino ate EVERY bite. What a healthy and satisfying sauce.
Wednesday – Ham, Broccoli, and Cheese casserole what a simple and tasty dinner this was. Two ham steaks cut into cubes, frozen broccoli, and shredded cheese. I really liked this and as usual Dino ate every single bite.
Thursday – Slow Cooker Steak, rice, and veggies I TOTALLY FORGOT to set up the slow cooker with the steak. I realized this as I drove into the parking lot at work. I could have asked hubby, but it’s just easier to do it for the next day. So we had leftover gnochi and pork casserole and Italian bread pizza.
Friday – Pasta, tomatoes, peas, onions, and parmesean cheese I decided to have the slow cooked steak, rice and veggies instead. Wow…I used my own spices to make one hell of a dinner.
Saturday – Hubby suggested we use another gift certificate and go out to eat…it was a nice break to not have to cook, but hard trying to eat healthy real foods.
Between using EasyLunchBoxes and planning what I eat ahead of time, I am in control at work and I know Dino is eating healthy at school.
MONDAY: OOOOPs totally forgot to take a pic.
Mommy-turkey and cheese on a pita with mustard, apples, bananas, grapes, granola bar pretzels,
Dino-ham and cheese sandwich with sliced apples, pickles, apples, pretzels,
Dino Morning Snack-toaster strudel and strawberries
Mommy-leftover monterey chicken made into chicken salad with mustard in a pita, extra chicken salad mixed with potatoes, cheese stick, tomatoes
Dino-leftover pizza, grapes, and applesauce
Dino Morning Snack– french toast and raisins
WEDNESDAY: OOOOPs forgot the pic again, but took the pic of my lunch at work.
Mommy– leftover pizza and grapes, granola bar, apples, pretzels
Dino-wanted to order pizza from school so he’ll have pretzels and carrots along with his pizza
Dino Morning – Egg and cheese quesadilla cut into long strips, strawberries,
Mommy-pita with turkey, swiss cheese, mustard, and pear slices, raisins, extra pear slices, pretzels, peanut butter bar.
Dino-ham and cheese sandwich, raisins, applesauce, pretzels, teddy grahams, fruit chew
Dino Morning Snack-hard boiled egg, 1/4 bagel with a little butter
Mommy-turkey, swiss, pickles, mustard on pita, tomatoes, grapes. Granola bar, banana, special k, almond milk, pretzels.
Dino-Dino really wanted pizza again, makes lunch prep easier, pretzels, grapes, carrots.
Dino Morning Snack-egg and cheese sandwich and strawberries
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