Lyn's Journey to 8

A Weight Loss Adventure

Butternut Squash, Blueberries and Barley

Another week, and the dream is still alive! Hope everyone had a great week and is eating well and moving more. I had severe pain this past week so I didn’t get to do as much as I wanted to but better days are ahead, I’m sure. I did make some really cool healthy meals though. I absolutely love that each week I can try something new and healthy!

I had a delightful dish that was easy to throw together – Bowtie Pasta, Turkey Sausage tossed in a Butternut Squash puree. The original recipe called for canned pumpkin but – you know I don’t have any of that stuff (plus I’m not sure I like pumpkin). So I made my very own substitute – pureed Butternut Squash!  I use what I have and I make it work!


Turkey Sausage & Butternut Squash Pasta



Every week, I try to bake something for the family. I will avoid using a dozen eggs, shortening, 10 cups of sugar etc. I will always aim for simple and healthy ingredients. My son loves blueberries. My daughter… not so much. But she’ll eat almost any muffin you give her. So I decided to make Blueberry Muffins. And as I hoped… she loved it. Oh – and I am now the proud owner of traditional round muffin tins 🙂



Blueberry Muffins



I’ve been having rice a lot lately (out of boredom and the fact that it’s always there) and I wanted to try something else aside from Pasta. I came across a Barley recipe and decided to give it a go. I remember Barley being used more in soups, so this seemed a little different. The original recipe called for Lean Ground Beef but I don’t do beef. So I used Lean Ground Turkey instead. The vegetables included were carrots, tomatoes and zucchini. The zucchini kinda dissolved so it’s not visible …but it’s there! The texture was a bit chewy (different) but I’d definitely have it again. One cup of Barley went a long way. Fiber rules!



Barley Turkey Skillet



Have a splendid week! Let’s see what the first week of spring has to offer 🙂




March 21, 2011 Posted by | food, Healthy Meals, Weight Loss | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

One Hit, One Miss

Over the past few weeks, I’ve developed an interest in French-Inspired cuisine. Aside from watching the Food Network, occasionally I browse the internet to see what other recipes I can try that’s simple enough to get my feet wet. I’m appreciating the simplicity and delicacy of the ingredients. I’m hoping that my Caribbean palate can become adjusted to the light but savory flavours. I actually made Beef Bourguignon last week although I didn’t have any as a meal for myself. I tasted the finished product but … I didn’t like it! I’m not sure if its cooking with red wine, but it had a bit of an aftertaste that I didn’t care for too much. And the beef wasn’t soft and succulent as it was supposed to be. I’m not much of a beef eater but I cook it occasionally to provide variety for my hubby 🙂

My proud baking moment for this week – Easy Pastry Shop Apple Tart. I knew it was a hit when my husband said he would buy it 🙂 I was very happy with it and plan to make another this weekend. It tasted like “Apple Cheese Cake” to me, but I guess Apple Tart sounds better? Anyway, it was simple, and absolutely delightful. I used light cream cheese instead of the regular – I can only imagine how it would have tasted with more calories 🙂

On the flip side, I was disappointed in a muffin recipe that I tried. Its called Brown Butter Banana Muffins. Perhaps the ingredients were too simple. I used no sugar, only Agave Nectar as per the recipe but it was just so “blah”. My son didn’t like it but my daughter did. It was edible but just lacking sweetness. I think I will try it again but with Raw Honey and Dark Chocolate Chips and see how it compares. Aesthetically, they were perfect 🙂

Brown Butter Banana Muffins


I’m no quitter so I’ll get it the way I like it…eventually!


November 25, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | 2 Comments