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In My Kitchen

I did some baking over the weekend, and it was the first time my kitchen has smelled like fall this year. After grocery shopping Sunday I decided to make use of the pumpkin I bought, so I attempted to make pumpkin scones like the ones I saw at Starbucks last week.

pumpkin scones

They’re not low calorie, but knowing how many calories are in each one helped me stay on track. It also urged me to give most of them away! Ha..

They were so delicious that I promptly invited neighbors over to share them, so I could bake without being tempted to over eat my delicious treats. And they were a hit!

corn and beans

This simple dish is packed with protein and healthy fats, and it keeps me feeling full for hours.

I’ve been spending more time at home over the last month or so, and I’ve cooked a lot of healthy meals. I’ve also been doing meal prep, so that I can reach the little goals I’ve set.  It seems to be working well, and I’m rediscovering foods that I used to love. 

Breakfast is simple because I’m at home. I eat oatmeal, and lately I’ve been adding an egg and half a cup of milk before I cook it. It’s easy, delicious and filled with protein, which makes it my go-to meal in the mornings.

egg and oatmeal

I topped it with almonds and a tablespoon of brown sugar. It wasn’t low calorie, but it kept me satisfied all morning!

For lunch I typically make sandwiches on whole grain bread for the significant man that I vaguely mention here sometimes. We usually eat them with fruit and veggies, and sometimes we share a serving of chips too. (He knows that I don’t like eating sandwiches without chips. Am I the only one who feels this way?)

I’ve also made a few meals that aren’t as healthy, but I eat reasonable portions of those too. Last week I made BBQ Shrimp, which isn’t BBQ-ed at all. I impressed myself with this dish because it tasted like an authentic New Orleans meal, which it was.

New Orleans BBQ Shrimp

I made it again over the weekend for my family, and they loved it too.

I also made a killer, lightened up grilled cheese sandwich last week and paired it with tomato soup and an ounce of kettle chips. (Seriously, is there any other way to eat a grilled cheese?)

grilled cheese

Sometimes you just need to make a gooey grilled cheese…

This week has consisted of roasted chicken, beef, chicken and broccoli stir-fry and other delicious things. I’ve skipped the calorie-laden lattes (for the most part) and enjoyed unsweet tea and iced coffee. (I love sugar, but not in my tea or coffee. Weird, I know.)

I have healthy snacks like mixed nuts, Laughing Cow Babybel wedges and more. I’m feeling good about the things that are happening in my kitchen, and I like seeing the the numbers on the scale as they go down.

What are you cooking up this week?

 

Let’s Talk About Lunch

Yesterday was the busiest day I’ve had in the last week, and I accomplished everything on my to-do list including staying within my caloric target and working out.  I should have spent more time studying for my quiz this afternoon, but I did get an abbreviated lecture from my professor because I missed last week’s class.  And I’ll go early to go over my notes which means I need to be prepared so I can stay on target with food.

I’ll be out most of the day which means I’ll eat lunch at school so I prepared my lunch (and a few snacks) last night.  For lunch, I’ll have a turkey wrap that I made using a Mission Carb Smart tortilla, *two ounces of turkey breast, 1/2 c. fresh baby spinach, 1 light Laughing Cow wedge and half of a Roma tomato.  I might also eat a salad at some point as well with more spinach, cabbage, beans sprouts and and ounce or two of salmon.  The wrap will be about 249 calories, and the salad will be worth less than 100 calories.

I also packed a pickle and a serving of raw almonds because I like to be prepared.  And I suppose it’s smarter to snack on a 12 calorie dill pickle than a bag of chips, and they seem to satisfy my craving for chips which is a nice break.  I’ve also packed two 32 oz. Nalgene bottles that are filled with water.  I take them almost everywhere.  I’ll drink 64 oz  then refill at some point throughout the day so I can drink a gallon of water today.  I’ve been doing that for a while, and my body seems to like it.

What are you having for lunch today?  Do you plan ahead?  Do you pack your meals to take on the go?

 

*Normally, I’d eat more turkey, but I need to go to the supermarket.  I’ll do that later tonight or tomorrow.