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Eating Better Doesn't Have To Be Hard!

Friday, June 12, 2015

You probably read the title and said "of course it doesn't have to be hard, everyone knows that!" emoticon But for me it's not so obvious. I end up thinking it has to be way harder than it actually is. I think it requires hours of preparation, cooking fancy recipes etc. But that really isn't the case.

My biggest obstacle in terms of cooking is the fact that I live alone. So I need to either make smaller versions of the recipes I find, or find things that freeze well. Having to eat the same thing for 2-3 days is okay with me, but beyond that I am over it. So the good news is, my mom and I are in what I call the practice phase. Right now we are finding recipes that go along with the guidelines of the "21 Day Sugar Detox" (with a few of my own modifications LOL), and we are going to cook some and see what we like. Once we can find 10 or so recipes that we really enjoy, we are going to work on making 1-2 recipes each, and splitting them with each other. We are going to portion everything out, I will take care of the calorie counting, although a lot of the recipes I am finding have their calories and portions already calculated. Granted they can be a little off depending on the brand of certain items, but I can easily double check that.

I think cooking and sharing it with my mom will keep me going, because the times that I really don't want to cook stuff I will make sure I follow through. But we really might only need stuff dinners and an occasional lunch.

Breakfast is easy. Breakfast doesn't excite me very much, but I can do eggs with turkey sausage or bacon, or a protein shake. Easy peasy.

Lunch can easily be a salad. I also enjoy zucchini noodles (just shredded zucchini) or spaghetti squash. In fact I will probably be eating a lot of both. I was able to find some reduced fat frozen turkey meatballs, and they go great with either "noodle". When I need something quick and easy I need those things.

I was also able to make my own version of a frozen burrito using my high fiber whole wheat tortillas. What blows my mind is my version is 240 cals and almost twice the size of the frozen burritos at the store which are 300 calories. I like mine better, and the fact that it is a high fiber whole wheat tortilla is the icing on the cake. That is something again that I can throw in the freezer and use in a pinch.

I'm going to be making turkey chili, and a cauliflower cheeseburger casserole. My mom is going to make jalapeno popper chicken (which I have had and love, we will see if she likes it), and we are still on the hunt for new recipes. I really hope we can make this a habit. It really would be easy if once a week we only had to cook one or two things, and could have the whole week (at least dinner) taken care of.

Proving to myself that this doesn't have to be super hard or time consuming is very important. That is what is going to keep me going. Knowing that if I "had to" I could pop a frozen burrito or frozen meatballs in the microwave and still have that be a much healthier option than frozen convenience foods or fast foods is going to make all the difference.

Do you have any quick and easy go to meals? Or some of your favorite healthy recipes? I'd love to hear them if you are up for sharing! emoticon emoticon
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    Great plan. Check out the facebook page for low carbing among friends, lots of great recipes.
    2192 days ago
  • WALNUTT1961
    Great plan! I wish my daughter lived closed enough we could do that. Your cauliflower casseroles sound so yummy.

    2200 days ago
    I have just discovered Zucchini 'pasta'. I love gadgets so bought a Veggetti. Try this recipe- it's easy, peasy I am not a great cook either and you can substitute what you don't like. I prefer a warm salad, so after doing the chicken, I threw in the veggies and stir-fried for a couple of minutes. I also added some sugar snap peas which I love and just happened to have on hand.


    I've also discovered eating Zucchini with a 'pizza' flavor. Make sure to measure the cheese - as long as you do, this is very healthy. Make the Zucchini ribbons/spirals and use a regular veg peeler for some carrot strips. Put on a tray, no oil needed and soften in the oven - I did 350'. Then add a few tablespoons of marinara - I used sausage Prego and a serving of low fat mozzarella- back to the oven to heat and melt the cheese. I've also done a version adding pineapple and sweet corn - 2 fav. Pizza ingredients.

    When I was losing weight last year - I was really paying attention to my food and trying different recipes- it worked then so maybe I should get back into it. emoticon emoticon
    2202 days ago
    emoticon Sounds like you have a solid plan!!
    2202 days ago
    Sounds great emoticon
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  • THOMS1
    Great plan. This way you aren't stuck with the same food for many days in a row. emoticon
    2203 days ago
  • MARYBETH4884
    Great plan!!!
    2203 days ago
    I am so glad you are going to try this with your mom! If you both do it faithfully I think you will like it! I would be interested in your recipe for the Frozen Burrito if you can divulge it?

    When I run across a recipe that is fairly easy and tasty I will pass it on to you!

    Woo Hoo you!
    2203 days ago
    I love that you and your mom are splitting and sharing! How healthy the two of you are for doing that! My DH does most of the cooking so I eat what's served but with him out of town this week, I'm doing some experimenting. Last night I had asparagus and mushroom with whole wheat noodles (left over) and diced chicken that was also leftover. I'm hoping to cook the spaghetti squash closer to his return date because I can't eat the whole thing! Not sure what I'll mix in it yet...Bobcat girl made a recipe with chicken apple sausage that looked really yummy!
    2203 days ago
    Sharing with your mom is a great idea. I keep frozen protein in the freezer..like meatballs or meatloaf or keema in individual slices. That way I just have to throw a salad together and can defrost the protein. Trying new recipes is fun.
    2203 days ago
  • APED7969
    I love pinterest for finding healthy recipes. I just search something like vegetable soup or healthy crockpot recipes and thousands come up. That is a great idea sharing with your mother. I freeze a lot of soups or casseroles since my husband works away and it is usually just me.
    2203 days ago
    I tried out the HelloFresh delivery system - since I'm alone, I asked for the 2 person/ 3 meals, every other planning on having 6 meals every other week for me. Turns out the servings are HUGE, the food is deilish but rich, and fancy-smancy. I kept splitting the meals into smaller servings, but my fridge was full - and the side dishes (arugula salad with orange vinagarette) weren't wonderful. Sigh ...
    2203 days ago
    i think the plan of sharing with your mom is a great idea, and I'd love if you could share the recipe for the cauliflower cheeseburger casserole!
    2203 days ago
    What a brilliant idea! A website with fabulous recipes that I use often is

    BR>I've liked everything I've tried.

    Have fun with your mom and find new delicious tastes -- how cool is that!
    2203 days ago
    cooking is easy what is hard is the portion control ot its for me thanks for sharing your ideas
    2203 days ago
  • KMW987
    I usually try to check out a new recipe every weekend. During the week I seem to eat the same 10 or so dinners. Crock pots also help make things easier, plus leftovers tend to keep well.
    2203 days ago
    Great idea to get through your hardest meal!
    2203 days ago
    It's so awesome that you and your mom are doing this together! And the added benefit of both of you cooking meals to share is even better! I'd love to have the recipe for jalapeƱo popper chicken! That sounds yummy!
    You did so great on this plan last time and I have no doubt you're going to do great again! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2203 days ago
  • BETRHO48
    emoticon Your cooking plans with your mother sound great. Well done and best wishes.
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    Comment edited on: 6/12/2015 10:58:29 PM
    good luck I am trying to find a way to get more veggies in...I'd rather eat them raw.
    2203 days ago
    I think it is just awesome that you're doing this w/your Mom. KUDOS to the pair of you! Happy cooking.
    2203 days ago
  • LINDAK25
    Love that you're sharing meals with your mom, what a great idea! Check out http://stalkerville.net/ It's an index of links to all kinds of blogs for all sorts of wonderful recipes. I liked the balsamic chicken recipe I found there. My husband loves when I make sweet potato chips for breakfast. I have a mandoline slicer (that helps). I take a baking sheet covered with foil, spray some olive oil, line up the chips (one layer), sprinkle with salt, pepper, and thyme. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes. Yum! You can eat potatoes on Whole 30, I'm assuming your sugar detox is similar.
    2203 days ago
  • SUGAR0814
    I too try to cook different recipes often. I try a new veggie or try to recreate it. Today it was asparagus. I chopped it up but not the crown part (I kept that intact). I used EVOO, minced garlic,black pepper, light salt, cumin, Italion seasonings, onion, a can of diced tomato & about a pound of asparagus. It was pretty tasty. emoticon
    2203 days ago
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