Convention Prep Part 2… follow up

Well this is less of a prep post then a follow up.

I had prepared my foods and packed them. Now here are some things to consider.

Breakfast casserole was a great idea and it’s still yummy cold. Ice was available at the hotel so no problem in keeping the cooler cool. I also had grilled Chicken. cherry tomatos, apples, measured out protein shakes, I brought my own coffee creamer and almond milk. I also had measured out Cashews and Lentil Chips.
My main foods were Salads in a Jar.

I made a couple of mistakes… first off I did not put the snacks in my back pack, sometimes during the convention things got hectic and I wasn’t able to get back to the room and grab a bite. Also I did not get enough water, even thou I had my water bottle with me.

Also I definitely would pack more chicken.

But other then that I did well, I got a lot of walking done and I didn’t bring much food home. All in all it was a very successful weekend.

This was all the food I packed, pre packed. 
Breakfast was egg casserole with a protein shake
My awesome picture with Jared.

Egg Roll in a Bowl

I  adapted this recipe to my families needs.
This made 6 servings

Ingredients:

2 teaspoons of olive oil or coconut oil
1lb. of ground turkey
1 med. head of Cabbage thinly sliced
2 big carrots peeled and shredded or julianne, makes about 1 cup
1 medium onion finely diced
3 gloves of carlic finely diced
1 tea spoon powdered Ginger (you can use fresh)
1/4 cup of Bragg’s Amino
3 Green Onions
Salt and Pepper

I served this to my family with brown rice fettuccine.

Instructions:

Brown the turkey in a wok style pan until fully cooked.
Turn down heat to medium and add the onion and oil. Cook onions until slightly brown.
In a bowl mix the Aminos, garlic and ginger and add to pan.
Immediately add the cabbage, stir frequently. I put a lid on the pan and steamed the cabbage. Then add the carrots and cook for a couple of minutes.
Turn off the heat and add green onions, season with salt and pepper to taste, stir and serve.

It smells and tastes exactly like the inside of an eggroll. Delicious.

Nutrition:

168 Calories,  3g Fat, 11 Carbs, 4g Sugar, 22g Protein

Creamy Tuna Curry with Cauliflower

When I was a kid, we didn’t have a lot of money and my sister and I used to go to a neighbor for lunch. And this neighbor used to make Tuna on a white sauce that had curry added and served it over rice. It became one of our favorite meals.
So sometimes, when I am homesick, or just a bit blue (well dealing with depression will do that) I cook comfort foods that remind me of home. But now with my new healthy eating habits, I have to change the recipes.
So yesterday, I was not feeling great, and there was not a lot in the pantry, as the groceries were delivered later in the evening. Steve said there is Tuna and a light bulb went on in my head. I had to try and make the Tuna Dish gluten and dairy free.
So here is the recipe, I hope you like it.

Ingridients:
makes 4 servings
2 cans of Tuna
1tbsp Coconut Oil
1tbsp brown rice flour.
one can of light coconut milk ( I had this in the fridge, so it was thick)
Curry Powder
Salt and Pepper

Heat up the Coconut oil and then add the rice flour. when it has soaked up all the oil add 2-3 tbsp of curry, depending on how hot/spicy you like your food. Then add the coconut milk and whisk out all the clumps. Simmer till it thickens.
I served this over steamed Cauliflower as I don’t do starches in the evening, but you can serve it over rice.

En Guete!!! (as we say in Switzerland)

Nutrition:
200 calories, 11g fat, 9g carbs, 1g sugars, 19gr protein

I got this… or so I think…

I am no writer by any means, but I decided this time around I will do my best to keep up with writing this. I am mergin this blog and my ramblings cause they all tie in together. Healthy cooking, working out, my obsession with Supernatural and this Journey.
It’s been 5 years that I packed on the 80lb. I lost in 2006. plus and extra 20. Thanks being over 40. I thought I could do it again by myself, but I realized this is not happening this time. So a friend of mine had amazing results with Holy Fit in Austin and the great thing is Gabriel does online clients. I also talked my beloved husband into doing with me. Except he wants to loose only a little bit of fat and gain mostly muscle.
So here we are on Day 2. I was given the task of doing 30-40 minutes of Cardio. Well one Episode of Supernatural on Netflix is 41minutes long. So I watched that and then added 4 minutes of cool down to it. Having a Trainer makes the differnce, even thou he is not there, I am still accountable for everything. I wear my HR monitor and that way I track how many calories I burn.
On day 1, I got the workout and at first it didn’t look to hard. Well when I got to Circuit 3 halfway I wanted to puke and I felt dizzy, so I called it quits. I texted Gabriel and then called my husband. I was close to crying cause I failed, I didn’t finish the workout. Then my husband told me, you went to the gym, you did workout, you didn’t stay home, this is a victory. He always knows to tell me the right things. Then Gabriel called later in the day and told me that I got a lot farther then he thought. And that I did good. That put a smile on my face for the rest of the day.
So yeah, I need to re learn to focus on the positive and don’t dwell on the Negative.
I also made this edit for a group. These are not Jared’s words, but he just puts a smile on my face every day.

I have a long Journey ahead but each step that I take will take me closer.

Cabbage with Ground Beef….

1 head of Cabbage
1lb of ground beef ( I buy all natural, but you can use turkey, lean, whatever your heart desires)
Salt
Pepper
thyme
1 glove chopped Garlic
1 Onion
and a bit of water
1 tbsp Olive oil

Heat the oil in a wok, then add the garlic and chopped onion, sautee for a couple of Minutes, then add the ground beef. Season with Salt and Pepper to taste. Once the ground beef is browned, add chopped Cabbage and stir. add a 2-3 tbsp of water and cover. Reduce heat and let it cook, stir every 5-10 minutes. Season to taste with Salt, Pepper and Thyme. Cook till Cabbage is tender. Serve and top with a bit of Parmesan Cheese.
You can serve this over pasta, but since I try to go low carb for dinner I don’t.

My kids love this and so does my hubby and it’s a quick and healthy meal.

Enjoy!!!

Spaghetti Squash with Chicken Marinara Sauce

I love easy recipes… so here it goes…

2 Chickenbreasts
1 Jar Marinara Sauce ( I use Central Market organic)
1 Spaghetthi Squash
Olive Oil, Salt and Pepper, basil and oregano

Preheat oven at 350F.

Cut Spaghetti Squash in half and scoop out the seeds. Drizzle with olive oil, season with salt and pepper. Then put face down on a cookie sheet. I put foil on the sheet. Bake for 40 mins or until fork tender.

Sauce,

Heat about a tsp of olive oil, cut the chicken breast into half inch pieces and cook in the heated olive oil. Once cooked thru, add Marinara Sauce. Season with salt and peper and Basil and Oregano to your liking. Simmer for 15-20mins.

Serve with Parmesan Cheese.
This is low carb, low fat.

5 Spice Turkey Lettuce Wraps…

This is an altered version of the recipe I got from weigh forward.

Ingridients for 4 Servings:
1lb ground lean turkey
1.5 cups cooked rice
1tbps sesame oil
1 red bell pepper (diced)
1/2 red onion (sliced)
2 med. carrots (peeled and shredded)
1/2 tsp 5 spice
2 tbsp Hoisin sauce
2 hearts of Romaine Lettuce
Brown the Turkey, once fully cooked add rice, pepper, onion, carrot, hoisin, 5spice and stir. Let it heat for about 2-3 minutes. 
Use the Romaine Lettuce as wraps.
Nutrtion per serving:
247 Calories, 9.2gr fat, 2.5 Sat. Fat, Cholesterol 90mg, Carbs 13.8gr, Fiber 2.5 gr, Sugars 4.1 gr and Protein 21.6gr.