Remember the time I talked about my healthy eating plans and journey up and down in weight loss? Yeah. That’s still going on. And 22 days later, I’m not in a very different place than I was when I wrote that. I still know something needs to change, and that something will change. But it’s not quite there yet. I have been very indulgent, and I know that will be hard to break.
I’m still carrying around my food journal. I took a few days off, but I am starting to write down my meals again.
So today, for Jenn’s food blog party, I will share a few dinners I’ve made recently.
They’re all on the side of healthy (except, maybe one cheese-centric sandwich — but he was pretty small).
1. Pasta with zucchini. This is like a hot pasta salad. Whole wheat rotini pasta, sauteed zucchini, diced fresh mozzarella, and tomato. Perfection.
2. “Beans and rice.” This time, it was actually with quinoa, but that’s just what the dish is called. Red bell pepper and onion, sauteed together, with black beans, and creole seasoning. Poured over rice (or even better, quinoa). And topped with a handful of shredded cheddar cheese.
Let’s pretend like we don’t see that mess all over my stove. Cropping can only do so much.
Or that expiration date.
I couldn’t decide if this amount of cheese looked too large to be considered “healthy” for sharing, but it is the amount of cheese that it was. And it seems like that night, it was the main source of fat in my dinner. So no guilt about that.
3. Mozzarella and jam sandwich. So this is the questionably healthy dinner. In fact, yes, I will definitely not call this healthy. But as an alternative to the large dinners I have been eating out recently, it is a welcome change. English muffin, toasted under the broiler, and topped with blackberry jam and fresh mozzarella. It is incredible. I literally ate this five times within two weeks. But I haven’t had it since, so I guess the weird streak is over.
Sometimes (when I had 30 extra seconds to spare), I served this to myself with a side salad. Nothing gourmet for this one — light Catalina dressing, croutons, and a little grated Pecorino Romano cheese.
4. Refried black bean quesadilla. This happened one night this week where I was desperately trying to avoid ordering in or going out. I forgot to fix dinner until I was beyond hungry, and I had no idea what I could scrounge up in the kitchen.
I found this impulse buy in my pantry, which I had completely forgotten — organic refried black beans.
They were already seasoned, and sounded promising. So I toasted up two corn tortillas on the stove, and topped them with the black beans and a torn apart 2% cheddar cheese stick. So good. I threw in a chopped tomato on the side, topped with some garlic salt, to try to find a balance and a small introduction of vegetables to my life.
5. And that brings us to tonight: veggie burger! This was one of my go-to lunches for probably a year. Morningstar Farms makes my favorite burger – the Grillers Original. I put it on a couple slices of light wheat bread with some barbecue sauce. I used to add a wedge of Laughing Cow, but I had a Mini Babybel Light to work with tonight. It might have been even better than I remembered. I cut up my last tomato, added a slice to my burger, and ate the rest on the side. Vegetable baby steps.
With all the seafood and chicken I have been introducing recently, I was a little surprised this post is entirely vegetarian. I think I’m finding a happy medium with this (if not with anything else in my diet)… I’m eating meat when it suits me, and when I’m out for meals, but I’m so happy to keep my rotation of vegetarian meals at home, too.
In other food news, my mama got me a big chocolate peanut butter egg for Easter. And it is the best thing ever. She used to get me the big egg, and a basket of lots of little candies. She’s asked in the last few years, and we’ve downgraded to the medium sized egg, and one bag of mini eggs. Right, that’s still a lot of chocolate. But it’s an improvement. I’ve eaten 3/4 of my peanut butter egg already. But I just recently threw out last year’s bag of mini eggs (not that that will happen again this year, or that you should tell her that happened).
So: I’m going to enjoy my chocolates. And I’m going to work harder at my one-indulgence-per-day goal. Ice cream after lunch was today’s, so I’m going to try to save that last little 1/4 egg.
Happy “what I ate wednesday!” How are the after-Easter indulgences for you?