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Pretty Food Redux

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

I’m starting to collect quotes from Spark Friends. I’m hitting myself on the head right now and saying, “I should have been doing this all along,” but at any rate, better late than never.

This is my first:

APLUSGURL says: I have worked really hard, and made some great choices, so I will be proud of myself no matter what!

Amen.

So, in light of my last “boo hoo” blog, I thought I would go over some the really awesome choices I have made and eaten over the last few weeks. This will help remind me of how far I’ve come and if I’m lucky, maybe it will give YOU an idea or two about how to shake up your meals and add something new to your diet. Maybe it will just remind you of something you used to like, but just forgot about.

If you are hungry, you might want to go and eat something first. emoticon

I have taken a LOT of pictures of my food the last few weeks. This blog will cover many of them, but not nearly all of them!! It was hard work picking what to share as I realized that I have had some really fabulous meals the past few weeks!! How awesome is that?!

When I started this project, it was a novel experience. I actually took a little more time and played with “staging” the plates and trying to “balance the compositions” by moving food around or turning the plates to see how it looked differently.

For example, here is a dinner salad that I had on July 12 before I cut it up:


Bed of lettuce with 3 oz chicken, 1/4 avocado, cucumbers, tomatoes, green onion, roasted red and orange peppers, roasted carrots and roasted mushrooms (that is the weird looking dark things on the right)


This is the same plate with the darker mushrooms “weighting” the plate at the bottom. I liked this “composition” better.

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This was 1 oz Brie, one tablespoon bacon bits melted in the microwave with some snap peas. This also reminds me that this was really yummy and I need to maybe have it again after I weigh in tomorrow. I want to watch my salt today since One Voice weigh-in is tomorrow! Don't want to mess that up!

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Maybe I will have this again today. It is 2/3 cup canned pumpkin, 1/2 cup frozen raspberries, 1 scoop protein powder and 1 tbsp dark chia seeds. I add Truvia, stevia or sugar free Toroni coffee syrups to sweeten as needed.

Canned pumpkin in smoothies is quite yummy so don't forget about it when you are doing smoothies. You can use just pumpkin and some fat free, sugar free creamer or skim milk or fat free greek yogurt to make it creamy. Add some cinnamon and nutmeg it is like pumpkin pie in a glass! Really filling too! emoticon


Here is the pumpkin-raspberry version all ready to go! I always try to use pretty glasses when I have the time!

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I had this at Applebees on June 16th. Pan seared Shrimp with veggies. mmmmmmm!

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This is my “lazy” version of a Korean dish that I love called “Bibimbap” which I think means “mixed dish.” My version is one egg and three egg whites and 3-5 oz of pre-mixed seaweed salad that I get from Costco. True Bibimbap has a bed of rice which I’m avoiding for now. But this version does the trick just fine!


To finish it off, I add 3 oz of leftover roast beef to the top of it. This is really one of my most favorite things to eat in the world (oh my, I seem have a lot of those LOL!) and I have about six pictures of this dish from various meals and days on my computer to prove it. I even eat it for breakfast.


I also take pictures of things that will help me enter my food into the tracker later. This is the info for the seaweed salad.

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Sometimes meals are pretty darn simple.

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Sometimes the meals were not so attractive! I was hungry at the time I snapped this pic, and unwilling to spend any time “dressing up” 3 oz of ground turkey and 1 cup of cottage cheese!


And this is something my fellow Team Zombie members might appreciate. The next day I had the same thing as above (cottage cheese and ground turkey) but I added a couple of tablespoons of tomato sauce. This is actually a really great simple meals (that I love...again!) but maybe I (or you) should not look too closely at it! emoticon

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They say walnuts are good for weight loss, but I have to measure them out. I could easily eat a cup of them (and have in the past!) and not even register it if I bypassed my eyes and did the old “hand to mouth” routine. I find I often take a picture with the scale to remind me of quantities.

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These are some amazing “noodles” but they take some getting used to. At 40 calories for 8 full oz though I think them worth the trouble when I’m in a “volumetric” kind of mood and want to eat a HUGE amount of food for very few calories. I thought I would share the process.

I have to drain them and rinse them (they are packed in water and fully cooked but have a “fishy” smell before you rinse them) then I heat them for about 1.5 min in the microwave.


This releases additional water into the bowl which I then drain off with a paper towel. Weird, I know.


I add about 1/4 cup greek yogurt with some spices in it (whatever you like, garlic, pepper, a litte parm cheese) and a laughing cow cheese. I mush it in and heat this in the microwave again for about a minute.


You can then add some protein. I added some more ground turkey (see any themes going here?) and some snipped fresh basil Does not look too great, but it is tasty and filling. It has a kind of faux Alfredo taste and feel to it. The snipped fresh basil really made it special. It did not have enough color though. I should have added some cherry tomatoes, but I don’t think I had any at the time.

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This is a bed of spinach (defrosted, thawed and drained) with a cup of my ratatouille on top and some parm cheese. Zucchinis are starting to come in this time of the year. Don’t forget good old ratatouille!!

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I got fancy one night and made “Chicken Cordon Bleu” which is just to say I pounded out some chicken, add a slice of cheese and ham and rolled it up. I made it a little fancier by wrapping each chicken breast in two strips of bacon before I baked them which sounds REALLY indulgent, but never fear, it all worked out calorie wise.


This is what happens to my kitchen when I get all "fancy" with the cooking. Ugh!!

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This image will wrap it up. It was pretty and very delicious.

I call it: “Still Life with Half a Fig and Two Itty-Bitty Blue Cheese Crumbles...YUM....”

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