Lyn's Journey to 8

A Weight Loss Adventure

Fried Rice, Braised Chicken and Irish Soda Bread

I love planning meals for the week. It doesn’t always run smoothly being the busy mom that I am, but I like having an idea of what the weeks meals are going to be. My father always told me “if you fail to prepare… prepare to fail!”. I’ve applied that to so many things in life, both big and small. Last weeks meals were great as usual. Here are the new things I’ve made that fit well into my healthy lifestyle.

When I was younger, being the oldest child and the GIRL, I sometimes had to make a quick meal for my 2 brothers when my parents were running late from work. I used to make fried rice using leftover rice, hot dogs and scrambled eggs (It was good too!). Boy have I come a long way! I have witnesses! I decided to make a new version of fried rice. I gratered zucchini and carrots into the fried rice before adding scrambled eggs and chicken. Not too shabby!

I absolutely loved this – Braised Chicken in Butternut Squash Sauce. The original recipe called for Red Bell Peppers for the sauce, which I tried a few weeks ago but I wasn’t doing cartwheels over it. But I liked the consistency and the process. So I tried it again but with Butternut Squash instead. The texture was wonderful and I enjoyed it with spaghetti.

I came across a lot of recipes for this past St. Patrick’s Day, and although I wasn’t up for baking with beer for the occasion – I was curious to know what Soda Bread was. So I decided to give it a try. You know… to pay homage to my Irish lineage 🙂 I will in the near future, try baking with Guinness just to say I did. My curiosity often gets the better of me. The Soda Bread was great – tasted just like raisin bread made with love.

That’s all for this week. I’m still watching my weight while watching my figure. Stay focused and happy eating!



March 30, 2011 Posted by | food, Healthy Meals, Weight Loss | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Great Cake, Super Mini-Muffins and Orange Glazed Chicken

As usual, I’ve been keeping myself quite busy. Still in pain but I think I’m just going to suck it up and go on the treadmill. If I can’t walk after that, then at least I tried 🙂 Other than that, I’m still trying new recipes and having fun in the kitchen – all the while ensuring that the ingredients and methods are figure friendly and can be consumed guilt-free with moderation.

This cake was amazing. Carrot and Pineapple Cake with Cream Cheese Topping. I’m going to try it again though because the center was a bit too soft for me (pudding-like). I won’t include the pineapple juice from the can next time and see if it makes a difference.


Pineapple Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Topping

Then came the Apple-Raisin Mini Muffins – made half and half with unbleached and whole wheat pastry flour. No eggs. Just apple and raisins to give it body. It’s a recipe from Paula Deen. So addictive!


Apple Raisin Mini Muffins

And finally, Orange Chicken – my way. I reduced the juice of an orange, added brown sugar and vinegar to make a glaze. Pretty tasty. Never had wild rice before. It wasn’t anything special.


Orange Chicken with Wild Rice

That’s it for this week. Let’s hope all goes well this week for me on the treadmill.


February 7, 2011 Posted by | food, Healthy Meals | , , , , , | 1 Comment