Friday, February 27, 2015

Good Food is Not Fast...

and fast food is not good.

With my new found love of vegetables, and my Lenten commitment to go meatless, I've started to get pretty creative in the kitchen. I've left my comfort zone.
I decided that going meat-free would not mean eating lots of pasta and rice. 
I wanted to make a positive difference in my health, and the health of my family.

That takes time!

I swear most days I start prepping dinner at 3:00. No joke.

On Tuesday evening I wanted to make some sort of Quinoa. My husband has been eating the stuff for years, but I could never get past the 'dirt' smell. I was determined to like it. It's so healthy and full of real protein.
I diced up and cooked a large sweet potato along with onions and garlic. I cooked the Quinoa in organic vegetable broth instead of just water. When both were done, I threw it all together in one bowl and this is what I got...

It was DELICIOUS! Hubby and I couldn't stop eating it. The texture and aroma were perfect. Tons of protein and veggies, and so filling.
I guess I'm getting better at this vegetarian stuff.

I also roasted a load of Brussel Sprouts. I did a ton because I knew it would be a good thing to take to work for lunch the next day.
They may not look really pretty, but those little heads taste amazing when roasted with onions and olive oil.

Last night I made lentils. No picture of that because, let's face it, lentils look like poo. My kids wouldn't even try them because, as they put it, "we don't eat poop!". I can't blame them. They do look pretty bad but if you can get past that, they are pretty good!

Tonight will just be tofu and brown rice because it's easy and I know the kids will eat it. I know, weird, my kids like tofu. I never claimed we were normal.

My house is full of GS cookies right now and I have not even had one. I remind myself that I don't really like them anyway, and if I start back on sugar, I won't be able to stop, so that's kept me away from the boxes so far. I'm giving most of them away to our 'helper's like the postal carrier, piano teacher, etc. Soon they will all be gone and I can get on with my life!

That's it for now folks.
Have a happy, safe, and healthy weekend!

Monday, February 23, 2015

I Didn't Watch The Oscars, and Other Random Stuff

I watched the red carpet with my girls because they love the fancy dresses. As soon as they went to bed, hubby and I popped in a movie and watched it in bed. No Oscars for us. We haven't seen most of the movies anyway, so why bother. 

I did get to see my man Liam Neeson walk on stage just before turning the TV off though. I know he's getting up there in age but that man still does it for me.
Then I got lots of razzing from my kids about how I have crushes on all these 'really old guys'. It was hilarious!

Are you practicing Lent?
I usually give up sugar. I know I feel better when I'm off the 'crack', and for some reason it's easier to stick with it when it's for Lent. I actually started a few weeks before Lent but am continuing with it now that 'God is watching'!

I'm also giving up meat for the full 40 days (not just on Fridays). This may seem extreme to many, but for me I don't think it's that big of a deal. I don't eat red meat at all anyway, so I'm really giving up chicken and turkey.
I found an all natural, organic veggie burger that the hubby and I both love, so I've been using those when my meal plan falls short. But other than that I've been enjoying cooking with beans and quinoa. I've also been roasting vegetables and LOVING it. Who knew roasted cauliflower could taste so different from regular cauliflower! 
I think eating more vegetables has helped me look and feel better. My skin is definitely showing improvement.
Now, as if giving up meat AND sugar wasn't enough, I'm also doing away with packaged/processed foods. Nothing out of a box. No granola bars, pretzels, crackers, cereal...
I did have one slip last week. I was at the kids school all afternoon. I brought a bottle of water and some fresh strawberries but it wasn't enough for the 4 hours I was there. So, I snuck an organic Kind bar from my kids cubby and had that to hold me until we got home. Kind bars are non GMO, gluten free, so not too bad for a 'cheat'.

My kids have today off (some sort of teacher work day) so I'm taking them bowling. If we don't go somewhere they'll sit on the couch looking at a screen all day. I want to avoid that.

There's another wind chill advisory for today so playing outside is not an option.
I have to say as sick and tired I am of this horribly cold weather, our family and friends back east have it way worse. They're getting the cold AND snow. We don't have any snow here in Wisconsin, and don't have any in the forecast. I call that a win for us.

I am SO ready for spring so I can get out there and walk the hills again. I really miss that. I remember last year heading out before the sun and watching it rise while I was on my walk. That was the best part of my day.

Well,the kids are starting to wake up so I better get on breakfast duty. Just wanted to check in since I haven't posted in a long time.

Have a great and healthy day today!

Friday, February 6, 2015

Tummy Trouble and I Got a New Gadget

So, I've been trying my best to avoid gluten for some time now. I've noticed that when I have gluten, I get a bloated tummy, look pregnant, and get really gassy. So staying away from it has helped me feel better.
You know I've also been avoiding sugar, and feeling more in control of my cravings as a result.

Well,today I had the desire to bake something. I wanted to make muffins for the kids, but wanted a recipe that I would be able to eat too.

I found this recipe but used gluten free flour instead of the wheat. I also used natural apple sauce instead of butter. No sugar, no gluten. Awesome.
They turned out great. Not very sweet at all, which was what I was looking for.

Well, here we are a few hours later and my stomach is trying to kill me. I feel like I have a brick in there. Actually, I feel that at any moment I may explode.
Could it be the gluten free flour?
I've never used it before but read the ingredients and it's all just normal stuff.
The good news is I have not had the need to eat anything since those 2 muffins this afternoon.
The stomach is closed for business.

In other news, I got a new kitchen gadget today.
I had to stand and watch a pretty stupid, long winded demonstration at WallyWorld in order to get it, but you know I love free stuff!

This little trinket that so clearly states that it was made in China (and probably costs .01 to make 5 of them) is a pretty neat thing to have around!
I made these cute little zucchini spirals tonight.

Tomorrow I'm planning on curly sweet potatoes. It's so easy to do and so fun. The kids got a huge kick out of it. I have high hopes that they'll actually start to eat vegetables if they can make them curly!

Speaking of tomorrow, wish me luck, say a few prayers, whatever it is that you do.
The kids and I are going on a field trip at a chocolate shop. Lord help me! I'm planning on bringing a book and sitting in a corner to read while they get their tour and learn how to make chocolate treats. They've been told that not only will they get to sample the treats while they're there, that they will also make something to bring home. Oh good, stab me now.

Will I be strong enough?
Will I remember that I am truly a sugar addict and can't stop at one bite, EVER!?
Send me strength people!

I'm going to bed early tonight and hoping to actually get some good sleep. We make better decisions when we're well rested, right?
Last night I hardly slept at all and I fully blame my husband for that. He's not even on this continent at the moment, so how can I blame him? It's his absence that gives me restless nights, that's why. He's not there and I wake up all night long looking for him.
Tonight I'm taking Tylenol and hoping for the best because tomorrow I will not fall off this wagon!

That's it for now folks. Have a great night and be well!