My new-found meatless way of eating requires some experimentation. I was born and raised in the midwest. Dietary staples included beef, beef, and more beef. Some of the foods I grew up on are meatloaf, steaks, lasagna, stuffed peppers, and many more yummy goodies. I will always love those foods and can make a killer meatloaf. Vegetarian cooking is new to me. I ate a vegetarian diet for about a year once, but now, it’s even more challenging to cook delicious meals that my mega-carnivorous husband can also enjoy.
Here’s how is gone so far. Tuesday dinner:
Chili rellonos stuffed with brown rice and beans that were nicely seasoned with chili powder, cumin, onion powder, garlic powder, and oregeno. I also sautéed some onions, garlic and organic canned tomatoes and mixed it with the rice and beans. A little cheese, avocado and hot sauce, and I had a meal even the hubby would eat. Although, for his, I used ground turkey from the freezer in place of the beans. We were both happy campers.
Organic chocolate frozen yogurt and a couple of Pepperidge Farm Bordeaux cookies.
Wednesday started off with one of my favorite treats:
Half a naner with peanut butter. Then it was out the door running. I did about 3 miles, then some sit ups and push ups.
I’ve lost 9 pounds since January 1st. Just had to toot my horn a little. I was always little, 5″3″, and usually around 115-120. Then, when I got married 5 years ago, I got comfortable. And I thought I could eat the same serving size as my 200 pound husband. Well, it turns out that I can, easily, but not without consequence. At my highest weight I was 138. So all in all, I’ve lost 18 pounds since my heaviest. My tipping point was when I quit smoking in September 2009. Let’s face it, there’s no point in trying to live my healthiest if I am going to smoke. After quitting smoking, I was able to start running without feeling like my lungs were going to explode. I’ve also been reading, studying, and researching clean, wholesome, natural, organic foods for years. I just feels like it’s all clicking now. So here I am, continuing to learn and enjoy this healthy journey I’m on.
After my run, I had breakfast:
Then for lunch was yummy leftovers:
With some cantaloupe.
I went to work for a few hours and came home with a grumbly belly:
Carrots and spicy hummus, yum!
Then for dinner, I made a vegetarian dish that both me and hubby enjoyed:
I used some Quorn chik’n cutlets cut up for a wonderful stir fry. I used bok choy, water chesnuts, mushrooms, scallions, carrots, red peppers, and broccoli, seasoned with Braggs Amino Acids, serve over brown rice. I made a big batch of rice yesterday so I could quickly throw together some healthy meals. This one was a winner. Carnihubby loved it!
Now off to see who wins American Idol!