Lyn's Journey to 8

A Weight Loss Adventure

Breakfast

I’ve never been good at waking up and making a grand breakfast. In fact, it’s a challenge. I like knowing that food is available and ready within minutes of me stepping into the kitchen. I decided to make the effort and prepare a cooked breakfast. I needed a change.

I baked an egg! It was fab.

Baked Egg, Toast, Strawberries

Then, I had some oats porridge (Quakers has a weight control line of instant oats) with a few blueberries and a banana. I suppose I should make it from scratch at some point…

Oatmeal with Blueberries

I found a recipe for breakfast cake – Blueberry Coffee  Cake. Clearly its the breakfast of Champions and Domestic Divas everywhere. Judge me not! It was wonderful! I baked this the evening before. I couldn’t imagine waking up and baking a cake for breakfast.

Blueberry Coffee Cake

I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter. I am a bit under the weather but I did not want to miss another week of posting.

Take care of you.

April 25, 2011 Posted by | food, Healthy Meals, Weight Loss | , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

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 🙂

L

 

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