Thursday, March 14, 2013

Such a delay in posts.  We're new at this so bear with us.

For week 1, we were really excited to start the new diet and eat clean and be awesome.  Turns out, after about day 5, I was already letting my eyes wander to chocolate, peanut butter, nutella, you name it.  So after a few lousy days on my end, I'm ready to get refocused as of today.

Here are a couple of the meals we made during the first week!

Lemon & dill baked salmon, wild rice & tilapia
Servings: 1      Calories:  420

1 4 oz salmon filet
1/2 cup Uncle Ben's wild rice
Fresh asparagus
Dried dill
Garlic salt

Cook rice as directed on the box.  Preheat oven to ___ and cover baking pan with non-stick cooking spray.  Rub garlic salt into salmon filet. Sprinkle with dried dill and lemon juice.  Add pepper if desired.  Bake until center of fish is flaky (our oven took about 17-20 minutes).

Add a little olive oil to a non-stick pan and add medium heat on the stove.  Once hot, add asparagus and sprinkle with salt and lemon juice.  Allow to cook while rotating frequently for about 5 minutes until vibrant green.

Southwest chicken spinach salad
Servings: 1      Calories: 190

1 cup spinach
2 oz rotisserie chicken, shredded
1/4 cup sweet corn, cooked
1/4 red bell pepper
1/4 cup black beans, cooked & drained
Lemon juice
Chili powder
Garlic salt

Wash spinachIn bowl, add chicken, beans, corn, peppers.  Sprinkle lemon juice and garlic salt to taste.  Add 1/8 tsp chili powder.  Mix well.  Add to spinach.  

The salad is good by itself but we added 1 tbsp of Hidden Valley Southwest Chipotle dressing and some cripsy tortilla strips on top.  The calorie value incorporated those additions. 

Asian chicken & salad, sweet potato fries
Servings: 1      Calories: 345

4 oz chicken breast, bake, salted and seasoned
1 medium sweet potato
1 cup white cabbage
1 mandarin orange
Sesame seed oil
Rice vinegar & soy sauce

Cut cabbage into thin strips and peel orange into wedges.  In a pan, mix 1 tbsp sesame seed oil, 1/2 tbsp low sodium soy sauce, 1 tsp rice vinegar and warm on stove (about 3 minutes medium heat).  Pour over salad and top with the oranges and sesame seeds (optional).  Add to chicken too!

Peel and cut sweet potato into strips and line baking pan with foil.  Toss fries with olive oil and light salt and spread evenly on pan.  Bake at 400 until fries brown and firm up (about 25 minutes for us).

Turkey meatballs & wheat pasta, brussel sprouts
Servings: 1      Calories: 320

1/2 lb ground turkey
Dried rosemary
Dried oregano
Dried basil
Minced garlic
1 large egg
3/4 cup breadcrumbs

Take all the above ingredients (about 1.5 tsp of each of the dried ingredients and 1 tsp minced garlic) in a large bowl and mix well.  Measure out 1 tbsp and roll into balls and place evenly on a pan with foil that is also greased.  Bake at 400 until internal temperature hits 165 degrees (about 30 minutes for us)

Boil pasta as directed and for sauce we used Newmans marinara.  The salad is just bagged salad and brussel sprouts were steamed until tender and salted.

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