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Sunday, June 10, 2012

Weekend Gone By

What a great weekend.

I’ll be honest.  My eats weren’t stellar… and I didn’t track them.  Back at it tomorrow.

Here’s a photo of last night’s dinner.

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My fresh grilled tilapia & Greek salad.

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The meatatarian’s steak with grilled mushrooms and potato salad.

And… here’s a couple of photos of how the back yard is looking now.  We intended on getting lounge chairs but mistakenly walked out with gravity chairs.  They’ll suffice.

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Friday, June 08, 2012

Cheers

Well, yesterday was weigh in and I stayed the same this week.  I started new medications from my doctor so now I have to keep plugging away and see if they affect my weight loss at all (hopefully for the better).

The flower bed has been weeded, the lawn is cut.  It’s time to enjoy a glass bottle of wine!

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This weekend is going to (hopefully) involve some…

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Ribfest!! Okay, so I don’t eat ribs.  But, I do love the chicken at Ribfest!

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Happy weekend (I’m off to polish off another glass of wine).

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

G-Free Crunchy Chocolate Squares

I decided to try to make my own gluten free, healthy, chocolate squares of some sorts on the weekend. 

I threw together a bunch of ingredients.

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I mixed them up.

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I put them into a pan.

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I put them in the fridge them brought them out later to cut them in to 16 squares and eat them!  Delicious!

Don’t be fooled.  These are not low in calories (thanks to the coconut oil).  My Fitness Pal says they’re 195 calories for 1/16th.  I may try making them again by cutting way down on the coconut oil and using some brown rice syrup.

Here’s what went in them:

  • 2c gluten free brown rice krispies
  • 1c oats
  • 1/2c unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 1/2 scoops chocolate protein powder (optional – next time I’ll leave out)
  • 1/2c almonds, chopped
  • 3/4c coconut oil
  • 1/2c raw honey
  • 1/4c cocoa powder (could use 1/2c if you want)

Mix the first 5 ingredients in a bowl.  Mix the last 3 ingredients in a food processor (or blender) until whipped.  Add the wet mixture to the dry ingredients and mix them up (get your hands in there!).  Put them in a parchment paper lined pan and let set in the fridge for half an hour or so.  Because they’re held together by coconut oil, I keep them in the fridge.  Next time I may put them in a bigger pan to make flatter squares… maybe making them more like a chocolate bar.

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Back to Basics

.We’ve been having creative dinners as of late  Last night I couldn’t think of what to have… when I was reminded I didn’t have to come up with a creative dish.  I could simply do chicken, veggies, and a carb.  And so I did.

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Chicken breast cooked in a pan with some BBQ sauce, sweet peas and brown rice.  It was delicious.

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I also wanted to share my snack from the other day.  I have Stacy’s pita chips to use up.  I measured out 1 portion, grated some light old cheddar and melted it in the microwave.  Topped it with some Penny’s Pico de Gallo.  If I had sour cream, I likely would have added a little.  It hit the spot perfectly and only took 2 minutes to make.

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I’ve been keeping up with my exercise.  I get cardio in 6 days a week on average.  I’m aiming for 7 days a week.  Yesterday I did the stationary bike in the morning and some sit ups, planks, bridges and wall sits.  I think I’m going to use the different circuits I’ve seen on Pinterest and try to come up with my own circuit that I’ll follow.

Happy Tuesday!

Monday, June 04, 2012

Mom’s Chicken Chow Mein

Growing up my mom was always looking for ways to make cost efficient dishes to cook.  This one was a staple.  She cooked it for us when we went to visit not long ago and it became a hit with a certain Indian guy.  It has now become a staple here.  I thought I’d share… because it’s fairly healthy.

Mom’s Chicken Chow Mein

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Brown together:

  • 1 pkg extra lean ground chicken (or turkey)
  • 1 onion

Add in:

  • 1c uncooked brown rice
  • 2c shredded carrots
  • 3 celery stalks (chopped)
  • 1 can green beans (not drained)
  • 4c shredded cabbage (you can put more or less if you like)
  • 1pkg chicken noodle soup mix, dissolved in 2c HOT water

Cover and cook for at least 20 minutes.

You can serve it different ways.  My mom likes ketchup on it.  My dad likes soy sauce.  We like Kikkoman Teriyaki sauce on it.

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Sunday, June 03, 2012

Quebec Maple Syrup

This morning we decided to make use of the maple syrup we bought in Montreal last weekend.

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I whipped up some pancakes (and cooked them in coconut oil. Mmmm).

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And because we always seem to need something savoury with our breakfast, we had some scrambled eggs with light old cheddar, and a couple of pieces of blue menu turkey bacon.

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Great start to the day! Today’s plans include laundry, cardio, and some sort of strength circuit (which I have yet to decide the details of).  For now I will continue to enjoy my Teaopia Love Spell green tea while watching Muriel’s Wedding.

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Happy Sunday!