Holding Steady…

Hey Friends,

We are in week 3 of January, kick off month to a healthier me.  That’s the plan anyway.  So far I have hired a personal trainer and joined a kickboxing class, which is like SO fun.  I’ve never really punched anything and it is such good therapy!  And a kick ass workout.  And the whole diet thing?  I would give myself a 7/10.  Sometimes, when the sun is shining in January and you’ve just endured a month of freezing cold and snow…you just gotta have a cheeseburger and a beer.  Am I right?

Here’s a recap of last week’s menu…

Monday – Bison MeatloafGrilled Zucchini with Lemon Salt and Cheesy Cauliflower Gratin

Tuesday – Red Thai Curry Butternut Squash

Wednesday – Korean Flank SteakSpicy Sichuan Style Green Beans and Veggie Load Fried Quinoa

Thursday – Turkey & Zucchini Meatballs

And here’s how it actually went down…

Monday I had a 24 hour flu.  Like kick your ass, keep you in the bathroom all night kinda flu.  Good times.  But I did manage to get my ass off the couch in the afternoon and make Red Thai Curry Butternut Squash Soup.

Mmm Soup

Mmm Soup

Topped of with a dollop of greek yogurt, fresh parsley and pumpkin seeds, it was pretty good.  I had already roasted the squash on Sunday afternoon so it was a super easy meal for a Monday.

Sunday Prep for Easy Weekday Meals

Sunday Prep for Easy Weekday Meals

It had a bit of an odd flavour, but I’m not sure if it’s because I used frozen onions (I chop a whole bunch and then freeze them in individual portions for easy use) or it if was because I may have burnt the squash a little bit.  So it wasn’t a 100% success, but it was pretty good.  The soup had an especially silky and delicious texture thanks to this bad boy…

Best. Blender. Ever.

Best. Blender. Ever.

Behold, the Blendtec.  A friend of mine bought me this for my 30th birthday.  I won’t lie, secretly at first I was like “A blender? Weird.”  But I did not understand the awesomeness that was the Blendtec.  Check out this Will It Blend? video to see what I mean.  No BD, that’s just an iPad being pulverized into powder.  This thing makes amazingly smooth smoothies, milkshakes, soups and veggie juices.  To be honest, I like my juicer better for making juices, but it works.  The Blendtec easily blends from totally frozen and has all kinds of pre-programmed items like the aforementioned soups and smoothies, as well as milkshakes, sauces, nut butters etc.  It’s a huge hit and I love you JC for buying it for me.  (PS – I am not being paid to sing Blendtec’s praises.  It’s just awesome and I like to share info on what I’m using in my kitchen.)

Anyway, back to the food…

Tuesday I made the Korean Flank Steak with steamed basmati rice and green beans.  The sauce was delicious but I’m finding that I don’t like working with flank steak.  I find it really hard to cook, because it’s either totally rare in the middle or overcooked and like leather when you try to eat it.  Frustrating.  So I have one piece left (I buy one at Costco and cut it in half) and then I’m not sure that I will use it again.

Wednesday the man had the same flu that I had on Monday, so I was cooking for one.  I pan fried salmon with some lemon and steak spice and made a quick spinach salad.  Read: salad = lettuce.  This time I even got fancy and added roasted pumpkin seeds.  It’s not much, but it’s an easy serving of vegetables.  I also whipped some greek yogurt with sriracha to make a spicy dip for the salmon.

Salmon & Spinach "Salad"

Salmon & Spinach “Salad”

Thursday we had Turkey & Zucchini Meatballs served over roasted spaghetti squash tossed with parmesan and S&P.  I made these meatballs a few weeks ago and had them in the freezer ready to go.  Defrost, reheat…wallah!  Dinner made easy.  They were delish.  I cooked the squash whole for the first time and found that the middle was harder to scoop out than when you cut it in half before you cook it.  On the plus side, it was definitely much easier to cut in half after it was cooked!  Safety first.  Not like cutting myself is an unlikely scenario, right?

Balls. Turkey balls.

Balls. Turkey balls.

So, this week is another busy week.  It’s actually been a busy first few weeks of 2014.  But it’s a good busy and it’s kind of fun. Anyone else feeling like that?  I kick box during my lunch break on Mondays and Fridays, see my new trainer Tuesday and Thursday nights and play soccer on Wednesdays.  Phew!  So we are trying to keep things healthy, quick and easy. (That’s what she said.)  Sunday I prepped bags of veggies and dip and made hard boiled eggs in my food steamer (awesome method, by the way) for easy lunch items.  I also cut up and marinated pork for dinner on Tuesday.

Last night was taco night.  But bison tacos, in lettuce wraps.

Bison Taco Lettuce Wraps

Bison Taco Lettuce Wraps

And tonight was buffalo chicken wraps and kale chips.  I had a bit of cheddar, greek yogurt ranch (I stir up a bit of the ranch dip powder with non-fat plain greek yogurt), spinach, and avocado.  I know the wrap looks huge, but I actually ripped off most of the excess once the photo was done.

Buffalo Chicken Wrap & Kale Chips

Buffalo Chicken Wrap & Kale Chips

I’ve been breaking up and cleaning the kale on Sunday and storing it in a ziploc with a papertowel.  As long as I make sure to spin it really dry, it seems to keep better and makes it super easy to throw a hand full into a smoothie or salad,  or roast up a quick tray of kale chips.

*My kale chip recipe isn’t really a recipe.  I just mist them lightly with oil, toss with salt and pepper and bake for 10 minutes at 300 degrees.  Flip and roast another 5-10 minutes and enjoy!  Watch them the last few minutes, they burn easily and are kinda bitter if you do.  You can customize these in so many ways…parmesan cheese, sriracha, hot sauce, chili powder, garlic powder…whatever you have, whatever you feel like.  They are SO good, and perfect guilt free snacking.

The lineup for the rest of the week is…

Tuesday – Hoisin Pork with Rice Noodles – this was my original pinspiration.  I’m not sure what I’m going to do with this yet, but I have pork tenderloin cut up and marinating in stir fry sauce and hoisin so we’ll make something work.

Wednesday – Garlic Shrimp Spaghetti

Thursday – Cauliflower Steaks with Spinach Gratin

What is everyone else eating?  Are you sticking to those New Years revolutions?  I’d love to hear what your resolution was and how you stay motivated.

Chow for Now,

Red

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A New Year

Happy New Year!  I hope you had a great holiday season and are kicking ass on your new years resolutions.  We spent Christmas in Galveston, Texas with the family…

Welcome to Galveston

Welcome to Galveston

Eh

IP “Eh”

There's A Beer For That

There’s A Beer For That, Eh?

Cool Trumpet Statue at Old Galveston Square

Cool Trumpet Statue at Old Galveston Square

So Pretty

Pretty Building

And then there was this…

Stay in your own lane, or else.

Stay in your own lane, or else.

…we actually saw like 4 cars that had these umm, spikes?

Galveston was beautiful.  The weather was kind of the pits, but I imagine it’s unbelievably awesome in the summer.  I can’t believe I didn’t get a picture, but all the houses were on stilts.  Like your house is literally 10-12 feet off the ground to keep you out of the water during a hurricane.  And they’re all different pastel colours.  So cool.  Google for a picture.

SO, 2014.  I have started the new year trying to workout more and eat healthier…isn’t that what we all say?  I guess it’s only the 11th of the month, but so far we are doing pretty good and I’m seeing small differences already.  We signed up for gym memberships and a personal trainer…yes, I jumped on the bandwagon and I am one of the people that you regular gym folk hate in January.  But I promise to keep it up and become a regular too.

So, what has been on the healthy train menu you ask?

Sunday – Roasted Tomato and Zucchini Frittata – this was delicious!  Frittatas are seriously the best meal.  They are quick and easy to make, can be really healthy and they are super customizable…just throw whatever veggies, meats etc. you have in the fridge in a pan, cook for about 5 minutes and then poor eggs on top, sprinkle with cheese and bake.  Easy! And Delicious.

Frittata = Yum!!

Frittata = Yum!!

Monday – Slowcooker Turkey Chili – I kind of just threw a bunch of stuff in the pot, but my pinspiration was a recipe I saw  for Biggest Loser Crockpot Turkey Chili.  My chili had ground turkey, italian sausage, peppers, mushrooms, black beans, kidney beans, Bushes baked beans, tomato sauce and a can of Rotel.  Rotel is canned tomatoes with jalapeños and is seriously SO delicious.  Of course, it’s not available in Canada but the next time you are South of the line, buy some and bring it home in your suitcase…you won’t regret it.

Tuesday – Roasted Broccoli and Shrimp – this was a total success, easy fast and delicious (thats what she said).  20 minutes in the oven and we threw it in a bowl with leftover rice and a couple shots of hot sauce and soy sauce. SO good.  Definitely a keeper for quick weekday meals.

Wednesday – Leftover chili – honestly, we are pretty bad about leftovers but they sure do come in handy when you don’t have time to make dinner.

Thursday – Leftover chili – nuff said.

Next week’s menu looks like this:

Monday – Bison Meatloaf, Grilled Zucchini with Lemon Salt and Cheesy Cauliflower Gratin

Tuesday – Red Thai Curry Butternut Squash – this will be attempt #2, the last time was a too spicy fail (like, burn your ass).  But it had really good flavour so I’m just going to decrease the curry paste by at least half.

Wednesday – Korean Flank Steak, Spicy Sichuan Style Green Beans and Veggie Load Fried Quinoa

Thursday – Turkey & Zucchini Meatballs – with some sort of tomato sauce concoction (I’ll let you know what I come up with)  and served over spaghetti squash.  I made a batch of these meatballs last weekend for the freezer, love having meals on the ready for when you don’t really feel like cooking.

The more prep you can do on the weekend, the easier your week will be.  I am hoping to get at least part of each meal ready on Sunday and will hopefully be back tomorrow with lots of pictures of my weekly prep.  I know this post was stingy on the photo experience.  So sue me.

Chow for now,

Red

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Distracted Cooking

So, lets talk about Kitchen Safety.  Boooring!  Next post Red.  But wait!  There are excellent (read: poor quality & not attractive) pictures to come if you stick with it for one (maybe 2) paragraphs.  Warning: the pictures in this post may be graphic in nature.

So, you know when you are watching Top Chef, Hells Kitchen, etc. and some chef is in a total panic and cuts or burns or damages him/her-self and you’re like “Idiot!” (that’s right, I yell at my TV).  Well, I totally had an Idiot! moment this weekend and burned the crap out of my hand.

The only picture I got – blame the searing pain & tears. Photo op = not a priority.

I had decided to make Chicken Pot Pie w/Phyllo Dough for dinner…

Totally Worth It.

Totally Worth It.

…which was amaaaazing, BTW.  But I don’t have a pie plate and my ceramic ramekins (ceramekins? haha) were dirty.  So I decided to just make the gravy & chicken mixture (w/carrots, celery, parsnips, peas & corn…as I said, yum) in my big oven safe frying pan, and then I put the phyllo on top and baked the whole thing in the oven in the pan.  Yay me for being innovative, right?  It was all coming together swimmingly, the timer went off and I pulled that sucker out of the oven…happy, happy, happy.  Well, this pie needed a photo op…obviously…so I dropped the oven mitts, grabbed my phone and kicked it into camera mode.  But wait!  The pie isn’t centered in the picture (OCD much?), let me just grab the handle of this pan with my bare hand (!) and turn it.  Well F.  That mother was H-O-T.  So I run to the sink, crank the cold water and sit there with my hand under the tap realizing that I have seriously hurt myself.  I tried to be tough, I actually didn’t burst into tears for at least 3 minutes.  And then the meltdown began.  F!  It hurt!  Bad.  And then!  To make it even better, my parents (who are travelling and I haven’t talked to in like a week) are calling on FaceTime!  So I quickly sucked it up and answered, with hand still in a sink of cold water, and explained briefly what had happened.  Their response?  “Oh Red, again??”  Again!?  Seriously?  Yes again, sort of.

The last time was July…I was putting away dishes and I dropped a bowl.  But instead of just letting it drop I tried to catch it so when it smashed on the counter, a piece bounced up (or something, I’m not really sure) and cut my hand…

Taking pictures at the hospital is totally okay.

Taking pictures at the hospital is totally okay.

Close Up!

Close Up!

Resulting in this…

The Damage

Stitches!  (a few days later)

…my first stitches (technically my second, but I was like 2 the first time and don’t remember).  And this, on my catching hand, 2 days before a long weekend ball tournament.  Awesome.  (Did I still play?  Obviously.)  To make it worse I got this really grumpy (not at all delicate or gentle) Doctor, and he didn’t even make sure things were frozen before he started to sew me back up.  *Tear*

So, back to the burn.  After sleeping with my hand in cold water for the whole night and waking up with blisters all over my hand, I ended up staying home and missing work.

Ouch

What’s that?  You need another close up?  Here you go…

Wrinkly Ouch!

Wrinkly Ouch!

Nice right?  Bath tub wrinkly fingers times like a thousand.

I’ve had multiple kitchen accidents, but I always cut my left hand (knife is held in my right) and I always burn my right hand (dominant hand does the work).  While sitting on the couch feeling sorry for myself, I realized something.  This accident was totally a case of distracted cooking!  In these here parts there are laws against distracted driving.  Driving while doing things such as texting, making phone calls and even eating will result in a hefty fine.  Well, distracted cooking resulted in my missing work, not sleeping much and having to explain to friends, coworkers etc. exactly what a fool I am.  I’m lucky it was just a burned (or cut) hand and not a grease fire, or a missing finger or something.  Put down the phone in the kitchen friends!  It’s probably the most dangerous room in the house and not a place to mess around.

Lets not forget about the food though!  The Chicken Pot Pie w/Phyllo Dough was SO delicious, and I will totally make it again, sans burns.  It’s serious comfort food, but the phyllo makes it lighter and a little bit guilt free.  You MUST make it too!  Get the recipe here at The Lemon Bowl … yum, yum, yum!

Any ideas on how I can prevent these accidents that will still allow me to take iPhone pictures of my food!?  I’ve heard of cut proof gloves…but it seems cumbersome to chop veggies while wearing gloves, no?  Maybe there’s like a silicone thing I can stick on the handle of the pan when it goes in the oven?  Or maybe I can con my man into being my own personal blog photographer so I can focus on the food 🙂

Chow for Now!

Red

Try Again…

Forgive me, again.  I know it’s been a looong time since my last post.  It seems like this has become a common theme, saying I will do better and then apologizing for not doing it.  I feel like I have been doing that a lot lately…eating better, working out more etc. but for one reason or another, it just doesn’t happen.  I turned 30 a month ago and had all these goals, it’s just been hard to feel motivated.  But I can dwell on it, or I can do better…so I’m going to, again, say I will do better and try harder.

Phew…enough with the emotional diarrhea Red, we’re here for the food.  Sorry, sorry…you’re right.  The FOOD.  My last post was like two and a half months ago (oops!)  so I have a couple updates for y’all.  One – my first fill-the-freezer cooking weekend. Two – safety in the kitchen.  So, lets start shall we?

1.  My Fill-The-Freezer Cooking Weekend

I have seen maaany pins for freezer meals but have never been that excited about it.  To me, the notion of freezer meals reminds me of all those nasty, bland, and totally unhealthy microwave dinners that you find at the grocery store. What I learned is that freezer meals can be delicious and as healthy as you want them to be.  The extra kick in the pants that I needed to get on this freezer meal bandwagon was that one of my very best friends was going in for surgery, leaving her husband and two very sweet kids to fend for themselves. Unacceptable. So I picked 5 meals out of my Pinterest arsenal and started planning.  I would make the full recipe for each dish and just split into two containers, one for her and one for me.  All in all, including grocery shopping, it took me 2 full days…9am to 11pm on day 1 and 830am to 4pm on day 2.  But it was actually SO fun…if I could do this for a career and actually pay bills, I totally would.  My friend has a lady that comes in to her house and cooks her Paleo meals…for like $250 bucks plus groceries.  I could do that.  Any takers??

Anyway, here are the meals I picked.  The pizza pops were kind of a spur of the moment decision when I was at the store and realized that there’s a fab italian market by my grocery store and they make fresh pizza dough.

  1. Cheesy Enchilada Casserole  *made with ground turkey instead of beef
  2. Sweet Potato Mac & Cheese
  3. Sloppy Joe Mix
  4. Sausage, White Bean & Kale Soup  *I have a few pins for this soup, so I kind of took them as inspiration and winged it
  5. Cheesy Chicken & Wild Rice Casserole
  6. Pizza Pops  *this one was also used more as inspiration
The Haul

The Haul

Soup Ingredients Ready to Go

Soup Ingredients Ready to Go

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Sloppy Joe Mix Prepped & Ready

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Sausage for Soup (Left) & Ground Beef for Sloppy Joes (Right)

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Sloppy Joes – Done!

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Roasted Sweet Potatoes for Mac & Cheese

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Sweet Potato Mac & Cheese – Done!

Cheesy Chicken & Wild Rice Casserole - Done!

Cheesy Chicken & Wild Rice Casserole – Done!

As you can see, the Progress pictures quickly became the Done! pictures.  Day 2 I only took one picture, the Ta Da picture.   Whoops.  But I can’t do everything.  Shop, prep, cook, DO NOT BURN ANYTHING.  My focus was on the food, not so much on the photo ops.  Next time maybe I will hire a photographer to document the weekend.

I make it sound like I was on my own, but I DID have a couple of friends that helped along the way…

Tupperware Smooth Chopper:  This model has actually been discontinued and replaced with the Tupperware Power Chef System, which is basically the same thing except you get a funnel.  This thing chops and whips all with the pull of a cord.  Magic.

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Tupperware Power Chef

Tin Foil Pans:  Now, these don’t seem like a big helper but when a husband is left on his own to take care of a 5 year old and an 8 month old, dishes are not an option.  Read: Disposable = Awesome.

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Tin Foil Pans

Label Maker:  Oh label maker, how I love thee.  OCD much?  Yes.

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Label Maker

Aaaaaand, Drumroll Please!!  The finished product(s).  2 days of hard work, but it was really fun and I know that she really appreciated it.  And I appreciated it too.  It was SO nice to come home and have meals ready to go.  I will definitely do it again, so stay tuned for more freezer filler posts.  We are actually planning a potential girls weekend in January to cook, cook cook.

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Ta Da!! I forgot the soup in the photo, so sue me.

As a bonus, she got a pan of Baked Oatmeal too…because it is freaking easy, and freaking delicious (and I had extra).  Seriously, try this recipe. It’s like the easiest thing to customize…Don’t have blueberries? use raspberries!  Don’t want to add sugar, sub in apple sauce.  Can’t do dairy? Use almond milk, rice milk…whatever gets you going.  Throw it together, bake it for a half hour.  Breakfast all week?  Done.  Heat it up in the microwave with a splash of cream, milk, yogurt, ice cream and chocolate sauce…whatever!  Do it!

I know what you are thinking…how were the dishes?  Some were a success and some were a fail.  But that’s okay, because unless you try it you will never know, right?  I have at least one cooking fail per week.  Just yesterday I had to throw out an entire pot of red curry butternut squash soup because it was SO freaking spicy that I could not eat it.  Like, Could.Not.Eat.It.  But I will totally make the recipe again, with half the red curry paste, because I think it would have been awesome had it not burnt the tastebuds off my tongue.  Lesson learned.  The only real fail was the Sausage, White Bean & Kale soup…and I 100% blame the fail on me, not the recipes.  I have a few sausage & kale soup recipes pinned, so I kind of winged it based on the general idea of each recipe.  Brown the sausage, add the beans and broth, add the kale at the end.  Seems easy enough, no?  I am no expert, I am 100% just guessing, but I think the fail was because I used pork sausage instead of turkey sausage…the soup had a really strange after taste and I wonder if it was because I didn’t skim off enough of the pork fat (??)  But then there are LOTS of other soup recipes that call for pork sausage, so I really don’t know.  Whatever, live and learn.  The Chicken & Rice casserole had really great flavour, but next time I would add more liquid and I think I may have overcooked the rice because it was kind of mushy after it was reheated.  But would I try it again?  Yes.  The Sloppy Joe mix was pretty good, but extremely sweet.  Next time I will use half the sugar and probably add some hot sauce and/or chill powder.

The Chicken Enchilada Casserole, Sweet Potato Mac & Cheese and Pizza Pops were our faves.  The enchilada casserole was really filling and could easily be made vegetarian by taking out the meat and adding more beans, mushrooms, etc. to bulk it up.  The mac & cheese was awesome.  Obviously.  How can you NOT like mac & cheese?  And you totally can’t taste the sweet potato so it’s fab for picky kids.  And pizza pops?  Who remembers eating those as a hungry teenager?  These were similar…but with real dough, real sauce, real toppings and real cheese.  Not that weird cubed mozza that was in pizza pops and never seemed to melt properly.

Phew…I think that’s enough for one day.  Update #2 – Safety in the Kitchen will be posted soon, I promise!  But for now, my hands are tired!  And I bet you are sick of reading.  So go forth, enjoy the rest of your week…and if you are in Southern Alberta, stay warm!!

Chow for Now,

Red

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Lets Start Again, Shall We?

Well, to say that I have neglected my blog duties this summer is an understatement.  With 3 slo-pitch teams and a handful of camping trips, vacations and ball tournaments, meal planning and blogging has definitely taken a backseat.  Like, the way back seat.

But now it’s September…back to life, back to reality.  There’s something about the week after Labor Day that always feels like a reset, like the time to switch gears and get back to eating better, working out more, etc.  I’ve set myself some small goals and I’m hoping that by sharing them with the inter-web, they’ll have more weight:

  1. Shop and meal plan for 2 weeks at a time
  2. Prep as much as I can for each week’s breakfasts, lunches and dinners on Sunday
  3. Keep a food journal and move everyday
  4. Eat breakfast everyday
  5. Don’t throw out produce or leftovers

Sounds easy enough right?  We shall see.  I’ve been super inspired by my friend Josie’s weight loss journey and am going to make a conscious effort to stick to my own.  I can’t promise that you will get weekly posts, but I am going to try really hard.

So, in the spirit of the September reset, I did a Costco and Co-op run and spent about $250 on meat and produce.  Now, I realize that that is a lot of money, but the meat should easily last us 3 months and with my Tupperware FridgeSmarts, the produce will last a good two weeks.  Did I mention that I have a minor Tupperware addiction?  So, what did I get for $250?  Lots.

  • Chicken breasts
  • Chicken thighs
  • Chicken Italian sausages
  • Pork tenderloin
  • Frozen salmon
  • Frozen Haddock
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Cauliflower
  • Broccoli
  • Peppers
  • Zucchini
  • Spinach
  • Kale
  • Portobello Mushrooms
  • Golden Beets
  • Blueberries
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries

And after 6 hours of washing, cutting, packing and cooking, here’s my haul:

Organized Chaos

Organized Chaos

How Do You Like My Meat?

How Do You Like My Meat?


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Nice right? There is definitely something to be said about 6 hours of prep work to make my life easier through the week.  I also have veggies prepped for Monday and Tuesday’s dinners.  I made baked oatmeal for breakfast and for lunches, I cut up and bagged veggies, made dip (add ranch dressing powder to plain Greek yogurt), boiled eggs and packed up leftover Minestrone soup.  With lots of items packed and ready, I just have to grab and go in the morning.

Banana and Berry Baked Oatmeal

Banana and Berry Baked Oatmeal

Veggies for Beef & Broccoli

Veggies for Beef & Broccoli


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Okay, enough talking…let’s get down to the food story.  Here are this week’s meals, follow me on Pinterest for lots (and lots) of recipe inspiration.

I love soup…it’s such an easy meal in a bowl and always makes lots, so it also serves as lunch for a few days and I can freeze half the batch for another week.  I also had flank steak and salmon in the freezer that needed to be used up and I like the roasted chicken and vegetables recipe because it’s easy to throw it all in one dish and bake.

I will be back next Sunday with an update on how the week’s menu turned out and what’s on the agenda for next week.

Chow For Now,

Red

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Cleanse Day 5 Update

Well, so far the cleanse has been a bit of a miss. I am down a couple of pounds so I can’t complain, but we definitely need to do better this next week.

The Regimen

Wednesday we were supposed to have veggie soup, but I didn’t manage to get my stuff together to get the soup made so we had Baked Salmon with Lemon & Dill instead. It was delicious and ridiculously easy.

Simple & Delish!

Thursday we got free tickets to see Maroon 5 at the last minute, so we threw together a salad and a couple of eggs and called it dinner. Friday was an epic fail…greasy bacon & eggs to cure a mild Maroon 5 hangover and then a group of work friends had a night out at the Roughnecks game. We went for Indian food at Mango Shiva, seriously one of the best meals I’ve ever had…samosas, butter chicken, veggie vindaloo, shrimp curry, lamb popsicles. OMG it was so so good. If you have not been to Mango you must go immediately.

Needless to say, we are getting back on track this weekend. Saturday we had simple roasted chicken and salad and Sunday we are having black bean and corn loaf from the Wild Rose Cleanse cookbook.

Have a great week!

Wild Rose Party

Not that party! It’s a Wild Rose Cleanse party. I am prepping up a storm today getting ready to start the Wild Rose Cleanse on Wednesday. Not that I was going to leave the house today anyway…this is the view from my kitchen window. It was 12 degrees on Friday…

Welcome to Calgary

Welcome to Calgary

For anyone who has not tried the cleanse, it is basically a combination of a super clean diet and a pill regimen designed to clean out your system. We all know what I mean by “clean out your system”…this will be worse for some than others. I tend not to eat a whole lot of crap anyway, so it doesn’t effect me too harshly but I do know people who have said that the cleanse makes their bodies angry. Like, real angry. So there is your warning…you will poop. A lot. But that is the point…

*Disclaimer – I am in no way, shape or form trained in anything related to medicine or nutrition and in no way qualified to tell you what to eat. I just know how the cleanse makes me feel and what the pamphlet says it does for you.*

This is not a cleanse where you starve yourself and drink crazy things like lemon juice and cayenne pepper. You can still eat meat, fish, healthy grains like brown rice, quinoa, oatmeal, barley etc., domestic fruit and pretty much any vegetable you want. You can not eat dairy (causes excess mucous production), flour (forms a glue-like paste in your intestines), peanuts (they contain naturally occurring yeasts and molds), tropical fruit (too much sugar) or any fermented foods (because you are trying to eliminate yeast). Oh and NO BOOZE. Boom. This will be by far the hardest part for me. That is sad. Hello, my name is Stephanie and I may or may not be a borderline alcoholic.

Fridge Full of Healthy Deliciousness

Fridge Full of Healthy Deliciousness

Aaanyway…for more information on the cleanse, visit their website. Here is our 12 day cleanse meal-plan, which will start on Wednesday March 6th so that we finish the day before our weight loss challenge weigh-in. Many of the recipes will need to be altered to follow the cleanse rules, but they are a good roadmap.

Breakfast will likely consist of oatmeal & berries and for lunches it will be a whole lot of veggies & hummus, tuna or salmon salad, hard boiled eggs, leftovers and salads. You are also supposed to limit your coffee intake and drink it black, so I will be switching to green tea for the next 2 weeks because black tea is fermented (and therefore not allowed) and black coffee is gross. Period.

What’s on your menu this week? Is anybody else cleansing? Check me out on Pinterest for these recipes and more.

Wish me luck!!

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