First off, I am surprised I have made it to the end of day two. Weird. I didn't take pictures of everything I've eaten today (just dinner and desert). But here is a recap of everything I ate up to dinner: I ate the rest of my fruit salad, raw carrots and celery, orange, 2 red potatoes w/ salsa, tea and a cup of lemon water. Now on to the fun part.
I just have to say that I found the coolest website ever. I don't typically like to put links in the middle of my blog, but here it is: http://www.supercook.com/. This website allows you to type in the ingredients you have at home and it searches from hundreds of recipes from sites like RecipeZaar and AllCooks.
Broccoli and Mushrooms
First I punched in broccoli, mushrooms, chicken stalk and onions and SuperCook came up with "Mushroom Broccoli Medley" from http://www.allrecipes.com/. This recipe called for bacon and sauteing the onions and mushrooms in bacon fat, so I did a healthier version, and I added garlic.
- 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
- 1/2 cup chopped sweet onions
- 1/4 cup chicken broth
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon pepper
- 4 cups broccoli florets
- 2 cloves of garlic
First saute mushrooms, onions and garlic on low heat until caramelized. Then add the chicken stalk to the pan. Place the broccoli florets on top of the mushrooms, onions and garlic (this allows for the broccoli to steam. Salt and pepper to taste. Very delicious. For the fatty version click here.
Carrots and Oranges??
The next recipe that SuperCooks came up with for me is "California Carrots" from RecipeZarr. I followed this recipe pretty close, except I used sweet onions instead of green ones, I didn't steam the carrots I boiled them, and I sauteed the carrots, onions and oranges until the onions were soft. Oh and I used whole chopped carrots instead of baby ones.
Cook the carrots, drain the water, throw in the onion, orange and orange zest and saute until the onions are cook through. Very good. For the original recipe click here.
A few of the reviewers didn't like the combination of the carrots and oranges. But I thought the dish was really fresh and the two flavors complemented each other well. This dish would be amazing with some teriyaki sauce or some sweet sesame sauce of sorts.
For my main dish I chopped up a whole small summer squash and fried it (with cooking spray, I sauteed with the spray too. It's organic spray). I fried the squash until the slices turned golden brown. Mmm. I just die for summer squash fried with a coating of milk and flour. YUMO!
There you have it folks. A detox dinner! Not too bad eh? I ended up eating all the carrots, but I saved some of the broccoli for tomorrow. :)
I NEED YOUR HELP
Okay, I decided that taking photos of my food and blogging about my meals is really helping me stay focused. I mean, I did so well on this last little trip to Seattle. I actually left food on my plate for most of my meals! That never happens with me. Anyway, I am not doing so hot in the exercise department.
From now on it, or at least until I get going on it and have a good schedule, I am going to take some sort of photo that documents my workout. Here is where I need your help: if I don't do it for several days in a row, tell me about it! Keep me accountable. Leave me a comment that says, "Uh hello, what are you doing right now? SITTING ON THE COUCH. Well get off it and get moving!" Seriously, help me stay motivated. Please.
Now of course I would not have typed all of that had I not already exercised for the day. LOL. Today...wait a minute. I need to tell you something first. See I have been doing the couch to 5k running plan, and I love it. But I just got on their website to review it. Turns out I was doing it wrong. *shakes head in shame* I was supposed to be doing the same work out regimen three days a week for one week and then switch it up. I ended up doing the same work out regimen for three weeks! I feel really silly. :(
Anyway, so I officially started "Week 2" of Couch to 5K today. It consisted of a 5 minute warm up, and then 20 minutes of alternating running for 90 sec. and walking for 2 min. For the last three weeks I have been doing the warm up and then walking for 90 sec. and running for 60. Oops. Oh well, perhaps that was God's way of getting me in shape to get in shape. ;)
Sweet Spinach Smoothie
After my workout I was totally ready for desert. This recipe is completely my own. A Sweet Spinach Smoothie. Surprisingly very good. It hit the spot.
- 1 Nectarine
- 1/2 cup strawberries (mine were frozen)
- 1/2 cup Spinach
- 1/2 cup 100% apple juice
First pit the nectarine and place it and the spinach in the food processor with half of the apple juice. Next process the strawberries and add the rest of the apple juice. Add more apple juice if needed.
If you've never had spinach in a fruit smoothie before, I recommend it. The spinach kind of takes on the flavors of the other ingredients.
Great day everybody. Hope you had one too!