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Sunday, March 9, 2014

Turkey Taco Lettuce Wrap and This Week's Resolution...

It's been a slow week at Fat Blog Land. I ate out. A lot. Back to the grind this week. I pinky promise. I will eat dinner at home every night and go to the gym at least 3 times this week. 

Here is my recipe for tonight's dinner:

Turkey Taco Lettuce Wrap

Butterball 93% Lean ground turkey from Costco (about 1/2 of 1 package or approx 380 gr)
1/4 of a sweet large onion, finely chopped
1 red pepper, finely chopped
2 tsp Penzeys Chicken Taco Seasoning
1 Avocado
1 lime
1 tsp Kosher salt
Head of green lettuce with big leaves

Spray pan with Pam or oil or butter (adjust calories accordingly) and saute turkey, red peppers, and onion. Sprinkle with seasoning to taste.

While that is cooking, halve the avocado and mash with a squeeze of lime and Kosher Salt split into 2 side dishes. 

Leave the green lettuce in big leaf form and prep for the turkey mixture. Split the serving among the number of green leaves per person that you want. Serve with personal avocado dish. 

Serves 2

Cal 414
Carb 16
Protein 40
Fiber 8
Fat 24
Sugar 6

Monday, March 3, 2014

I'm not an expert by any means...

...but I just don't eat the right things. 

If I do want to eat out at night, I have to plan for it. 

Many restaurants seem to have a smart menu now and you can plan ahead of time. 

I hate exercising. The gym isn't bad but I certainly don't want to get up at the crack of dawn. I can't wait for no snow on the ground so I can walk outside. 

Are you tracking what you eat in any program? I found that that helps. I use My Fitness Pal for everything. I also have a food scale. I measure EVERYTHING. Puts the food quantity in perspective. I make BF's lunch and he takes that to work. You could do that too. 

Check this site (the guy is 55 and looks 25) for your cals needed and then you can put those stats into MFP.

It calculates that I should have about 1400/day. I have 1200 in MFP which gives me a 200 cal cushion. (Helpful for samples at Costco!)

My scale at home (which the BF says is about 10 lbs more than the gym) gives me calories needed to maintain. My calories needed to maintain this great body that I have 1697. If I only eat 1200/day for 7 days, that gives me a deficit of 3479 which is 21 cal short of 1 lb loss. Yeah, a pound of fat is 3500 cals. So you can see how hard it is to lose a pound without exercising. And if you are not eating right, it will take even more. Plus exercising means you need more cals. Calories = fuel. Unfortunately. Figure out what you need with percentages like carbs, protein, and fat. It will be helpful. Oh, and I still have diet pop and bread, just not a lot. 

So it's only been a week and not much has moved on the scale but I can tell. Let's see what week 2 brings!

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Lunch is Served, Ma'dam...

(In an old English butler tone) Lunch is served, ma'dam...

If only I had someone to make my meals. Sure it's easy for the celebrities to eat healthy, they have the funds to pay someone else to do it. Hell, they usually pay someone else to watch their children! I don't have the funds and it does take time. But the real myth buster? It's cheaper to eat at home. I have to go grocery shopping more often but I'm spending less. Why? Because I'm buying foods that are less processed too. Think about it...the more people (distribution), and the more processing (equipment), that touches your food, not only makes it more expensive, it takes the good bits out that your body needs. That's not to say that I don't eat anything processed. Otherwise, I couldn't have cottage cheese :). Here is today's lunch:

Strawberry and Cottage Cheese Salad

Approx 1 C Organic Baby Spring Mix (45g) cal 10
1/2 C Land O Lakes cottage cheese 113g cal 90
5-6 Strawberries 140g cal 45
2 Tbs Kraft Light Balsamic Vinaigrette (31g) cal 30

Spring mix in bottom of a nice size pasta bowl. Scoop cottage cheese in middle. Chop strawberries. Drizzle with dressing. 

Serves 1
Cal 175
protein 14
carbs 22
fiber 4
fat 4
sugar 15

Friday, February 28, 2014

Here is Börk Pork!

Don't ask me why but whenever I make pork, I hear the voice of the Swedish Chef from the Muppets. This is clearly not a Swedish dish, but tastes great all the same. 

I get a lot of inspiration from Gina does a great job making over, adapting, and creating recipes. Sometimes I make them just like the recipe. Sometimes I don't have all the ingredients on hand so I modify them. 

Today's dinner was Crock Pot Balsamic Pork Roast. I love the crockpot. Set it and forget it! (Thanks Ron Popeil!) Since I didn't have the same cut of meat, I used what I had. I ♥ Costco! Here is my version:

Heather's version ~ Crock Pot Balsamic Pork Roast

1.84 lb pork sirloin tip roast (Costco) cal 750
1 tsp kosher salt 
1/2 tsp garlic powder cal 5
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes cal 12
1/3 C water
1/3 C balsamic vinegar cal 27
1 Tbs worcestershire sauce cal 0
1 Tbs honey cal 60

Mix all the ingredients with a whisk and pour over pork roast. Set timer for 4 hours on High or 6-8 hours on Low.

I like to make things easy so I just mixed it all together and then poured it over. 

Since I was home while it was cooking, I shredded after about 4-5 hours and let it simmer in the juices until we were ready to eat. 

The best part was the cut of meat that I had from Costco. The pork sirloin tip roast was 838 gr and the nutrition info says 112 gr is 100 cal. What?!? That's crazy-sauce!

Serves 2:
cal 427
protein 83
carb 22
fiber 0
fat 6
sugar 14

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Just another salad??? NO WAY! Roasted Asparagus & Sweet Potato Salad

Welcome to Meatless Monday...only it is Wednesday. WHAT??? Yeah, I'm a rule breaker.  

With the meal planning, comes searching recipes upon recipes online. I came across this website Deliciously Ella and did my version of her Asparagus, New Potato & Avocado Salad. Sounded delish, but I didn't need it to be strict vegan. I couldn't find new ptoatoes and I didn't need the pumpkin seeds. With roasting the veggies, I also didn't need to dress the salad with more evoo and vinegar. Here is my version. 

Roasted Asparagus & Sweet Potato Salad

Asparagus 403gr (about 15-16 stalks) cal 456
Sweet Potato 527gr (2 small) cal 80
Grape Tomatoes 291gr (1 container) cal 90
Avocado medium cal 240
EVOO 1 Tbs cal 180
Organic Spring Mix 4 cups cal 40

Peel sweet potato and chop. Chop asparagus. Drizzle with EVOO and sea salt & pepper. Roast in the oven at 400 for approx 30-40 min depending on how well you like your veggies roasted. 

Remove from oven and cool to room temp.

While veggies are roasting, halve grape tomatoes. 

Prep plate with approx 2 cups of spring mix, toss asparagus, sweet potato, and tomato together. Top with half an avocado diced on each plate. Sea salt & pepper to taste. 

Grams were calculated after peeling and chopping. 

Serves 2.

Nutrition info per serving based on quantities above:

Cal       513
Protein   13
Carb      82
Fiber      21
Fat        18
Sugar     23

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Weight Loss Support...Oh, and Meatballs! Yes, Please!

I couldn't decide what I wanted to call this post. I want to share the delicious dinner we had tonight, but I also wanted to talk about the importance of a support network. Whether you are trying to lose weight or gain muscle, it's way easier to have someone on board with you. 

I've always been the meal planner in the house but now it's a little different. One person has a hard time keeping weight on and eating calories to bulk up, and one of us (me) needs to shed a few pounds.

Gina's Weight Watcher's Recipes at is a great resource. 

Tonight we had a modified version of Asian Turkey Meatballs with Lime Sesame Dipping Sauce.

I modified it by using 91% lean ground beef instead of turkey. Italian herb seasoning instead of cilantro (he says cilantro tastes like soap). And no oil. Didn't even miss it. 

The dipping sauce I used 1 tsp of EVOO and 1 tsp of toasted sesame seeds. No water. 

I recalculated and the calorie count is about the same. 

They were moist and delicious! A keeper with this family!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Pretty Tasty! EGGS on TOAST


Ok, I turned a very English thing and made it delicious! (Hey, the BF is English. Don't judge me!) 

Sandwich Thin 100 cal
2 eggs 140-160 cal
1 Avocado 240 cal

Toast the Sandwich Thin. Mash the avocado with a little salt. Spread on toasted bread. Cook eggs in your preferred method. I scrambled with a little butter for flavor. 

Top on the avocado.