Another weekend of food gone by. I really wanted to make up for eating so poorly Tuesday and Wednesday last week, so I tried to stay focused.
Friday night, I went to my in-laws and we made individual cauliflower crust pizza.
The flavor was delicious, but I’m not going to share the recipe. I wasn’t really happy with how many calories were in the crust. This is a lesson I should learn, calculate the calories before making the recipe. It had a lot of cheese, so calories were high. I used Kerrygold grass-fed Dubliner cheese for my pizza, Roma tomatoes, chicken sausage & the Beasty Barbecue Sauce that I made the previous week. DELICIOUS. Lucky my calories were low for the rest of the day.
Saturday morning, I hit a milestone.
After I entered my workout into MyFitnessPal, this was my readout.
I revisited the pancakes I made the other day and did some modifications. Tried making them “Apple Pie Pancakes.”
Sadly, they tasted nearly the same as before. I had to use a Golden Delicious since I didn’t have Granny Smith. I think if I had used a GS, it might have helped with more flavor. They were good though.
After the days meals and workouts were entered, this is what MFP decided to tell me.
I spent some time hanging out with Carter after Harley went to stay the night at grandma’s. He took a bath and got a little ornery when I pulled out the camera.
Sunday morning was another milestone. My first 5 mile run without stopping. NOT ONCE. 5 straight miles. Holy crap. I mean, seriously, if you had seen me run for the first time the end of July, your mind would be blown. I started by doing the C25K program (with a girlfriend) and could barely run for 3 minutes. The first time we ran 2 miles straight, we were completely in awe of ourselves. Now I can run 5 miles! I guess a lot of people may call it a “jog” because it’s only 5-5.5 mph that I’m running. But for me, that’s the fastest I can run and be able to go long distances at this time. I’m totally satisfied with that. To go from barely running 3 minutes to being able to run 60 minutes, a full hour, it’s a pretty amazing feeling. When I start wondering why I even bother running if I’m not at all fast, I try to focus on how far I’ve come from the beginning.
Sunday night, we went to see Les Miserablés at the $2 movie theater. I was feeling pretty cute and kind of slim.
Then we went to do some grocery shopping and didn’t get home until 9pm. Oh boy. I have been using Sunday nights for meal prep. I promptly decided that I couldn’t skip it, food is my problem area.
I had plain riced cauliflower left over from the pizza crust on Friday, so I chose a recipe to use that… Cauliflower Rice Paella, which I modified quite a bit.
Verdict on this recipe, YUMMY! I don’t normally like onions or peppers, however, if they are cooked down enough and chopped small, then I like them. Modifications to the recipe were no shrimp or peas. I’m not into seafood, but I’ll be giving it a try again soon. Also, the verdict is out on whether peas are okay on Paleo. I keep reading conflicting ideas on the subject. They are a legume and legumes are not Paleo. HOWEVER, I read one article that said if it doesn’t have to be cooked to eat then it’s okay. I’m confused so I just didn’t add them, plus I didn’t have any. Also, I used shallots in place of red onion and 2 fresh Roma tomatoes instead of canned.
I also made a breakfast dish. I need something easy to take to work and found a recipe for Apple Streusel Egg Muffins. I like anything that comes in muffin form.
These were questionable when I ate the first one. They are very egg-y and only have a 1.5 Tbsp. of coconut flour. Now that I’ve eaten a couple every day, I enjoy them more, but I think I’ll experiment with more flour to give it more muffin consistency than egg.
I only had time to make those 2 things Sunday night, but that held me over until Monday night when I got busy making 2 soups and 2 loaves of banana bread.
The first was Mexican Chicken Lime Soup that I’ve been dying to try for nearly 2 weeks.
In addition to modifying the chicken, I only used 1 can of chiptole chiles. Maybe I added too much of the sauce, because it was quite spicy. I ended up adding 2 Roma Tomatoes blended in my Ninja to add a little more body and tone down the spice. I don’t normally like cilantro, but I sucked it up and added some. With the other flavors, it tasted WONDERFUL.
Also, I baked a snack for the week.
I also pre-made dinner for Tuesday night to share with my in-laws. This was something I knew Scott wouldn’t want to try.
This was a SUPER simple recipe. Once I learned how to clean and cut the leeks (first time leeker here), you just chop the vegetables up really small, boil in the chicken broth until tender then use an immersion blender to smooth it out (or regular blender if you don’t have an immersible one). Microwave the bacon for a minute, cut up and throw in the pot for 30 minutes. Done. I added some oregano, garlic powder, salt and pepper to the batch to give it a little flavor. Basically, this tastes like lightly onion-y potato soup. I would modify the bacon by pan cooking it a bit before putting it in. Not super crisp, but a little texture would be nice. Letting it cook in the soup made the bacon soft blobs.
AND finally, I marinated some steaks overnight Sunday. I got them on sale. Steaks are strictly for me, Scott doesn’t like them (too tough) and the boys aren’t interested. So I made up a marinade for my steaks: garlic, shallot, lime juice, some seasonings and blended in the Ninja, poured on my steaks.
Scott graciously grilled them out on the covered back steps for me.
I can’t remember the name of the cut, but they were very lean. Barely any visible fat. I cut them up (I seriously hate cutting meat, so I like it to be done at once so I can just eat. This sounds like inner fat girl monologue, but I don’t care. I hate doing it.).
Oh, and my Valentine’s present came on Monday! Scott had the lovely idea that I would want a dishwasher for a gift. I quickly squelched that idea. I asked Scott if I could just order my gift from my favorite store Road Runner Sports. He’s getting a pistol that he picked out on his own and I’m got workout stuff that I picked out, so we’re even.
Side note: A woman at my gym has the same bag. I only bought it because it was on sale for under $12. She told me she’s been a VIP member of Road Runner Sports since 1985! Longer than I’ve been alive! She said customer service told her once that she’s one of their oldest members. How cool is that?
I have to give RRS a little praise right now though. I’m a VIP member, which is $1.99 for the first year and then it jumps to $30? I think. I can’t remember. But you get FREE SHIPPING on every order with that AND you get a 10% discount all the time AND they often have codes available for an extra 10% off. So 20% and free shipping on all of my gear? Plus they have tons of sale items. I ONLY buy from their sale section. I hate paying a lot for anything. The absolute only thing I buy there without a sale is my running shoes. There is only one brand that I can buy and I have giant feet, so I’m limited there.
Have you tried any new foods lately? Hit any milestones? Gotten a sweet Valentine’s gift? Let me know!