Saturday, March 27, 2010

Share with Me!

While attempting to make a grocery list last night, I realized I have no idea how to cook anything that won't immediately clog all your arteries and kill you.  I love comfort food, but making and eating it is really affecting my diet.  I had biscuits and gravy for dinner last night, which is so crazy good, but does nothing to aid my weight loss efforts.  The thing is, two summers ago, when I was losing weight, I cooked a lot of great meals that were healthy.  Now, I can't remember a single one of them.  All I can come up with is chicken and fish, but I see that getting really old, really fast.  So, I'm on the hunt for really good, really good for us recipes to help keep me on track so that I can get groceries.

I've been looking at SparkRecipes and I've found some really good things I want to try, but there are so many recipes, it's almost impossible to sort through them all!  So, I'm looking for suggestions... what do you like to eat that's good, and good for you?  Share with me!


  1. I don't like to cook healthy food (what's the fun in that?!) so I'm not much help in the weight loss recipes. I don't like fish, so I don't have ANY of those recipes.

    How does Matt feel about a change in diet? If he's got a problem with it, maybe it's almost easier to go to frozen dinners for at least some of the meals. I like to get the Weight Watchers Smart Ones and Lean Cuisine meals, and I usually can find coupons for them. Maybe then get some "non-diet" frozen meals for him so he can eat "regular". Of course, those frozen meals have a lot of sodium or preservatives in them so they aren't completely healthy, but they are lower in calories and your portions are already set up for you so there is no question.

    I like to eat those frozen meals for lunch so I don't have to feel so bad about the crap I eat for dinner. Of course, it's not exactly helping me to lose weight if I only "diet" for breakfast and lunch, then eat whatever I want for dinner and let's not talk about the cookies. :-)

    Good luck!

  2. I wish he would eat frozen meals. The man has to be the pickiest person on the planet, and yet he'll eat almost anything (as long as it doesn't have tuna in it). As far as how he feels about a change in diet, well, I think he's use to it. A few summers ago I changed our diet, and I felt great, and he was happy because I was in a good mood all the time. LOL. He tried everything I cooked, but he has this bad habit of not telling me when he doesn't like something, which makes it hard for me to guess whether he liked something or not.

    I am going to get some of those little meals for lunch though. I also like the Special K shakes and bars, they're delicious and they're surprisingly filling! If you like that sort of stuff, you should try them! I also like the Skinny Cow Ice Cream Sandwiches.

    Oh, and cookies, I'm guilty too. I had 3 Golden Oreo Double Stuff cookies last night... but I don't feel too bad about it because Anakin ate part of them.


    That book, sits in my kitchen between my knife block and my utensil holder. 75% of the food that comes out of my kitchen every week, is made with recipes from that book.

    They are delicious, they are healthy, they aren't just chicken and fish. What is even more important than the recipes in the book is what you will learn in the first chapter.

    Trust me, it's a really good book with tons of good ideas.

  4. Hey try lean's "the other white meat" haha Actually it's a good alternative but needs to be prepared without frying... The recipe I gave you for the sweet and sour pork is heart healthy and low fat and calorie also...I know you guys like it, just watch how much rice you eat with it or the calories will mount...1 serving of rice is 1/3 cup and has about 70 calories. Have you thought of investing in a small propane grill? Or do you have a foreman grill? Anything prepped on those, as long as it's lean meat and doesn't have a lot of sauce or some kind on it will be low fat and taste good. Something that is good is to take the skin off chicken legs and soak them for about 15-20 minutes in real lemon juice (from lemons not from the bottle ha) and then grill them w/ some garlic and seasoning salt...yummers!! I made those a while back when Candi had a friend over and I got a lot of compliments...she made whole wheat pasta alla checca with it and some broccoli and yum...not a lot of calories. Again portion size matters =) Anyway, hope this is helpful!! good luck honey...I love you! Mom

  5. I LOVE your new theme! This one is by far my favorite one so far.

    As far as recipe suggestions, I have nothing to offer. But I will say that I have a major hankering for biscuits and gravy now, so I'll probably be suggesting that for dinner tomorrow. I know, I'm a huge help.

  6. All you have to do is remember is "it's all about the calories". And the food ideas start to come naturally. I allow myself around 1650 calories every day. If I exercise, that number goes up! Higher number = more eats! If I plan on killing some major calories over dinner, I make sure to really crank up the cardio that day.

    For going out to eat, most places have a low calorie or "lighter side" menu. One of my favorite places is Panda Express. Their "Wok Smart" line is awesome! String bean chicken breast and Broccoli Beef with veggies instead of rice or noodles is amazing! Of course there's always Subway! You can't go wrong with a 6" turkey on wheat with a bag of apples!

    Cooking at home is a snap! I've pretty much substituted ground chicken or turkey for ground beef. Turkey tacos with lettuce, tomato and a sprinkle of cheese is great! Three of them net me 350 calories!

    There are tons of low cal meal ideas on the net. Surprisingly, check out the website for the show 'The Biggest Loser'. They have really awesome recipes and their cookbooks are to die for! Trust me, I own one!

    Best of luck to you!
    .-= Shawn´s last blog ..She just wasn't woman enough... =-.

  7. Kristine, I ordered that book with two others from the line. I couldn’t resist them! Of course, I love books and have no cookbooks and got all three for $35! Can’t wait to get them, yay for two day shipping.

  8. Thanks for the suggestions, Mom. I had pork tenderloin for dinner. I did really good,except that I had 1 cup of rice at dinner and then like 1 1/2 cups more after dinner. I can't resist yellow rice, I just love it! I didn't eat too much pork, but I had enough, maybe 1 1/2 servings. So, I did eat a bit too much, but I did better today than I have for a while... unless you count the fact that I didn't eat lunch.

    I'm getting there, slowly but surely. Thanks for the suggestions! Love you!

  9. Thanks, Jodi!! I love it too. I'm really happy with how it came out once I got it working right. It took a bit of tweeking here and there, but I enjoy doing that stuff anyway, so no problem. :)

  10. Thanks, Shawn. You're awesome. I wish we had a Panda around here, but we've just got a Chinese buffet and frozen Chinese from the freezer section, neither of which are good for us. I always use ground turkey, I'm not a huge fan of ground beef (I also don't eat steak). One of my main problems is that I'm a serious carbaholic. I need to get over my desire to gorge myself on everything bad for me.

    I also need to get out more and get more exercise. I just can't seem to do it. I don't want to walk alone, but I can't seem to get Matt to go, either. Not sure what to do about that, but I'm working it out.

  11. Honey the best solution to not over eating rice is to not make as much... make only what you should have and then you won't eat too much of it. It does sound like you are doing better tho..well except for the rice and skipping lunch...but at least you are trying and that is what is important.
    Sounds like Shawn has given you some really good advice!! You will have Panda when you get moved here we have a couple of them around here. Candi and I bought the Biggest Loser cookbook also and one that tells you to eat this and not that...they weren't expensive and I think they are on Amazon...worth the investment!!
    Well keep up the good work... I love you!! Mom~

  12. In leiu of groceries or cooking, because Matt wants to watch Wrestlemania, rather than go grocery shopping... I ate pizza today. I ate too much and honestly, haven't eaten anything else. I fail at getting healthy, but getting groceries is a big step I can't seem to find time for.

    I did buy the Eat this Not that, cookbook, so I'm hoping that will help.

    Thanks, Mom. Love ya!