Yep I used to an over achiever in the kitchen. Used to be that is.....
I loved to create complex dishes that took hours and hours. The oohs the ahhs, the time it took, eeeh!
It made me feel good, like I was doing the right thing for my family, that I was dedicated and willing to go the extra mile.
Yep I need to be slapped!
I still love food, love those complex dishes and even make a few here and there - last Friday a Lamb Tagine that was awesome but (8 hours marinating then the 3 hours of slow cooking with tons of ingredients....).....now I want to be healthy, eat food that is tasty and not spend a lot of time doing it.
Before I was attracted to cookbooks that had dishes that I had never made before and sometimes never even heard of....
But now I am drawn towards general spicing and cooking information that I can use across the veggie board to create meals that satisfy and are ready to eat in much less time.
Our meals are almost always made up of:
A simple animal protein (around 4 oz)
and a couple of veggies that dwarf the protein in their market share on the plate.
That's it - we get creative with spices and veggie combinations but we shoot for simple!
So here is what we had last night....(I am in the middle of a great book and would rather have been read than cook dinner)
Fish tacos with asian slaw, cilantro lime and pineapple, sauteed green beans and mushrooms.
Ready, set your timer:
Thinly slice 4 cups of green cabbage.
Add ginger carrot bottled dressing.
Let sit on the counter.
Cut 1/4 fresh pineapple into tiny chunks.
Let sit at room temp.
Bring fish to room temp.
Cover fillet with a Jamaican Jerk rub.
Slice fillet into strips.
Heat 2 T olive oil in pan - once hot add fish.
Brown and turn once.
Heat oven to 350.
Wrap corn tortillas in aluminum foil and toss on in there.
Heat for 5 minutes.
Add olive oil to another pan.
Drop in green beans and mushrooms.
Sprinkle with lemon pepper and saute.
Are we done yet?
Assemble and eat....tons of great flavor and soo soo easy.
I am back with my book in no time flat!
What is your easy go-to home-made dinner?
Okay so I am going along minding my own business.
I thought I had been eating pretty healthy, with a few cheats here and there and wham!
Invited to a party, trying on clothes and damn, nothing fits.
What the heck?
So I took my own advice and kept a food journal. Maybe I am eating in my sleep?
Seems I am not paying attention.
This time though, I did a caloric analysis as well as just a listing.
Holy moly, couple of "cheats" added a ton of calories and along with menopause , you have wicked tight pants. Sloppy!
So back to the basics....The Simple Solution.
More water, more veggies, more movements and less wine, less sweets, less meat.
Seems to be working...down two and a half pounds with 8 to go!
What has to happen for you to notice you've gained weight?
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