A Prep & Chore Day

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UPDATE
I found another cute big girl piece of clothing and shockingly it’s a swim suit! Yesterday, I had a wonderful day shopping with my mother at the Louisiana Boardwalk and the mall. I got the cutest retro style swimdress and coverup. I was pleasantly surprised that Jessica Simpson was now making clothes for big girls. Love her!

Both the dress and coverup were a 2x (boo, but wait. . . . ) Normally, that would make me cry but the ensemble was just that stinking cute and flattering for my current figure, I didn’t even mind. One of the things I hate about being a “big girl” is that all the clothes are designed for grandmas! Oh, the patterns! Even though I’m big, I want to look cute and age appropriate.

I’ve had some luck lately but it cost me a fortune. I’ve probably spent more on 3 pieces of clothing than I did my entire skinny girl wardrobe. It’s expensive being heavy in more ways than one.

My mom is supportive but also told me flat out that I needed to do something. I assured her I am. Lots of changes. I’m on Weight Watchers and incorporating their principles into my life.

Some of the things that helped me lose weight before & I’m using now:
Tea
Whenever I felt a craving but wasn’t really hungry; maybe I was bored or agitated; then, I brewed myself a great cup of tea. In fact, I did that last night when everybody was having ice cream and I kinda wanted the ice cream. By the time I prepped and drank my tea, all was forgotten. And, the tea is no calories!
Fruit Bowl
Have a beautiful fruit filled bowl on the counter. Right now, we have plums, apples and bananas. I’ve caught both of my parents hitting the bowl.
Prep Ahead
Today, I made my homemade mayo, a pound of meatballs, lemon chicken with broccoli and I roasted a spaghetti squash. I do not mind leftovers at all. I love them! I like when all I have to do is portion out my meal and throw it into the microwave. 1 day of planning and prepping will save you from getting caught off guard later in a busy week.

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Lemon Chicken with Broccoli

Ingredients
1 1/2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp table salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
12 oz uncooked boneless skinless chicken breast(s), thinly sliced
2 tsp olive oil
1 cup fat-free reduced sodium chicken broth, divided
2 tsp minced garlic
2 1/2 cup(s) uncooked broccoli, small florets
2 tsp lemon zest, or more to taste*
1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice (half a lemon)

On a plate, combine 1 1/2 tablespoons of flour, 1/4 teaspoon of salt and pepper; add chicken and turn to coat. Or, you can throw it all in a bag and roll it around.

Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken and cook, turning as needed, until lightly browned and cooked through, about 5 minutes; remove to a plate.

Put 1 cup of broth and garlic in same skillet; bring to a boil over high heat, scrapping up browned bits from bottom of pan with a wooden spoon. Add broccoli; sprinkle with salt & pepper. Cover and cook 1 minute or until broccoli is crisp-tender.

Remove skillet from heat. Drain broccoli. Add in chicken, lemon zest and lemon juice; toss to coat.

I just divide the recipe into 2 servings and add another vegetable as a side and a piece of fruit for dessert.

BEST MEATBALL RECIPE OF ALL TIME!

I stole the recipe from Nom Nom Paleo.
http://nomnompaleo.com/post/5034138416/sous-vide-turkish-slider-burgers

Turkish Meatball
Taken from nomnompaleo.com

• 1 lb grass fed ground beef
• ½ medium onion, finely chopped
• 2 cloves of garlic, minced
• 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
• 2 teaspoons Penzeys Turkish seasoning (penzeys.com)(well worth getting)
• Kosher salt
• Freshly ground black pepper

Heat up the coconut oil in a small cast iron skillet over medium heat. Once the pan is hot, sauté the diced onion in melted coconut oil with some salt and pepper. When the onions are soft and translucent, add the minced garlic and stir everything around until the garlic is fragrant (~30 seconds). Transfer the cooked onions to a small bowl to cool to room temperature.

In a large bowl, combine the beef, cooled onion mixture, Turkish seasoning, several cranks of freshly
ground black pepper, and a generous pinch of salt. Use your hands to mix everything (but try not to
overwork the meat).

Form the meat and onion mixture into roughly 31 meatballs and place them on an aluminum foiled cookie sheet. Bake at 350 for about 45 minutes.

HOMEMADE MAYO

This is my mayo recipe again. I eat it every day. Love love love it!

My mayo recipe came from the link below. I put my own twist on it by adding the Siracha because I love spicy mayo from Asian restaurants. I put this on everything that I can within my dietary restraints. Eggs and mayo may seem strange but it really is good. And for me, I’ve been making my own mayo since I did the Paleo diet and I won’t go back to the jar stuff. It’s very easy to make your own.
http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2011/10/two-minute-mayonnaise.html
My Homemade Siracha Mayo

Ingredients
• 1 large egg yolk
• 1 tablespoon water
• 1 tablespoon lemon juice (from 1/2 a lemon)
• 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
• 1 cup light olive oil
• Kosher salt (to taste)
• Siracha Sauce (to taste)

Place egg yolk, water, lemon juice, and mustard in the bottom of an immersion blender cup. Pour oil on top and allow to settle for 15 seconds. Squirt Siracha Sauce to taste. Place head of immersion blender at bottom of cup and switch it on. As mayonnaise forms, slowly tilt and lift the head of the immersion blender until all oil is emulsified. Season mayonnaise to taste with salt.

Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. I am so OCD that I put it on my calendar so I don’t forget. MAYO EXPIRED!

NEW FOOD ITEMS
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Today, I wandered down the aisles of Wal-Mart searching for new items to spice up my food life. This is what I discovered. I used to do the Paleo diet but meat, veggies and nuts can be strict and just not the world we live in. There are some great products out there. I think that the meat and veggies formula is great but there is also room in my world for a breakfast bar or a bowl of cereal (portioned out, of course) every once in a while. I looked up each of the items and they are point friendly so that means they are a good calories and carb bang for your diet buck.

I bought:
• The Great Value (Wal-Mart brand) of Turkey Breakfast Patties
• Great Value Light Greek Yogurt
• Jollytime 100 Cal Bags of Popcorn
• Quaker Lower Sugar Maple & Brown Sugar Oatmeal
• Great Value Honey Nut Spins
• Kellogg’s Fiber Chewy Bars

A trick I learned in WW when I was on it before was to take a Sharpie marker and put the point value on the food when you are unpacking it. It just a reminder to track your food and an easy way to remember your points.

I’m excited to have a few boxed mass produced products back in my life! I’m starting to pondering rather being so strict and having a quest for perfection was what contributed to my downfall. Hmmm . . . .

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