Lyn's Journey to 8

A Weight Loss Adventure

Burgers and more!

So I’ve been around the same weight now for what seems like forever. No worries, I’m not gaining. But I’m not where I want to be either. I think its time to step up my game and challenge myself to move as much as my body will allow. I have decisions to make! My pain has been pretty mild over the past few weeks so I think this is an opportunity to move.

I have been cooking/eating well, and taking photographs – just a bit busy recently working on my new project. Will have some news  shortly.

Turkey Burger on Grill

 

I’ve been playing around with some recipes but I get so frustrated with some of them. I made some turkey burgers the other day and there are so many different recipes for burgers online. I ended up just grasping the general ingredients and winging it. I should have written down what I did… but I didn’t. So  will have to do this the next time. They tasted great though. My kids did notice, however, that they were NOT from McDonald’s. I was told that these were not “burgers”. Its my own fault, I guess. LOL.

Lots of love went into making these burgers!

 

 

 

Lyn's Turkey Burgers

I’m also trying to have eggs a few times per week. I got tired of having toast with peanut butter. So here goes my eggs-periment. Get it? So I like to think of this as an open omelette. I just whisked an egg, added a little salt and pepper and poured it into my fancy little egg skillet thingy. Then put some spinach in top. Then when it looked like it was almost cooked through, I added some shredded cheddar cheese. Easy. Tasty.

Open omelette with spinach and cheese

There are some days when I don’t feel like cooking. Believe it or not. I jazzed up some leftover turkey mince with some Ramen noodles (gasp!) and green peas. Can’t say I didn’t get my veggies in there. Tasted pretty good too. (Side note – is it me, or is the seasoning in Ramen noodles hella salty? Sheesh! I used half the packet because I love my life)

Lazy Dinner - Ramen, Turkey Mince, Peas

That’s all for now! I hope everyone is doing well and working towards their health goals.

Take care! Back in a few!

Ciao

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May 30, 2011 Posted by | food, Healthy Meals | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

A great healthy find!

As I continue on my journey, I sometimes get annoyed with minor setbacks. The main one is my inability to exercise at this time. If I can’t move, I can’t see any results and that in itself is frustrating. I keep watching infomercials (especially the Beachbody products) and I wonder if I will ever be able to take on such rigorous exercise. Aside from the fact that its HARD, it seems like a pretty tough challenge for someone who suffers from chronic pain. Is there any program out there for someone like me? I can only keep looking and hopefully I’ll find something suitable. Ah well. I still gotta eat 🙂

Last weeks meals were pretty darn awesome! I made a fruit bowl,  and an oldie but goodie, got a mood lifter for lunch from my husband, and then a brand new recipe that I simple adore ~ its another keeper! I like when I take traditional recipes and put my own spin on it – sometimes on purpose, sometimes because I use what I have and hope that it turns out well. I like when I come across other people online who make adjustments too. Recipes are guidelines, not rules.

I mentioned in my previous post that I’ve been struggling with snacking. Now that I’ve more or less removed myself from the kitchen table, I’ve been trying to make additional corrections as needed. I realized I’ve never made a fruit salad… until now! Navel Orange, Gapes, Cherries, Asian Pear, Blueberries, Kiwi and Strawberries. Awesome!

 

Mixed Fruit Bowl

I remember when I used to make this dish all the time. It was a real crowd pleaser. Its my version of Shepherds Pie – using lean ground turkey with mixed vegetables, and of course… my favourite… sweet potato instead of regular potato for the topping. A little cheese on top is great. Just a little 😉

 

Sweet Potato Shepherds Pie with Spinach

 

One afternoon, I was feeling pretty down from my pain, and my husband surprised me with lunch. Callalloo with Dumpling and Yellow Yam! It was a nice little reminder of home 🙂 Tasted good too. I checked – one dumpling, one piece of yam. Totally acceptable.

 

Callalloo, Yam, Dumpling

 

I typically get bored with eating the same dinner over and over again. Which is quite strange since I can have the same breakfast all week and be fine. Hmmm. So anyway, I was thinking about a comfort dish for the family that the kids especially would enjoy. I then came across a recipe for a low-calorie, low everything (per serving) version of macaroni and cheese and I decided to give it a try. This Sweet Potato & Spinach Macaroni and Cheese dish was really REALLY good. I was supposed to use squash but thats not really something I have readily available. The sweet potato was basically boiled and pureed [my immersion blender is earning its keep!] and that is what gave the dish body, as would cheese and milk in a traditional mac and cheese recipe. My great healthy find! ❤

 

Sweet Potato Spinach Mac and Cheese

 

I realize the need for recipes on my blog. The meals that I’ve been eating are great family meals and are figure friendly. I think my next project should be a healthy living/food blog [with recipes] as opposed to a weight loss focused blog. What do you think?

Have a super week! (whats left of it :-). Take good care of you.

Ciao

 

January 26, 2011 Posted by | food, Healthy Meals | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Home at last…

So my contact assignment is finally over. The 6 week contract ended early due to the absolute proficiency of the temps dedicated to the cause. I for one was relieved that it was over. My body had a bad reaction to sitting in the same position for 5 hours every day, and eventually shut down after almost 4 weeks. I’m still hurting but at least I’m on the mend. My kids were sick at the start of the new year, and of course they love me so much that they shared their new year cold with me 🙂 So there has been a lot going on! But my head is in the right place so I’m back in blog land.

In my previous blog entry , I mentioned that packing sandwiches was the way to go. Now that I’m home again, I think I rather enjoy sandwiches! So I’ve been thinking about various combinations that make for a healthy and tasty lunch meal. Here are a few that were successful experiments. I love the whole wheat hamburger flatbread – 170 calories, 2g fat and 5g fibre!

I haven’t been able to eat plain tuna for some time now. I don’t know, it’s just so blah and you have to add a ton of stuff to get a decent flavour and texture to it. Anyway, a few years back I was introduced to Spicy Thai Tuna so I thought I’d add a dash of light mayo, a slice of fat-free cheese and some romaine lettuce and here’s the result:

 

Spicy Thai Tuna Sandwich with Cheese & Romaine Lettuce

 

 

I’ve been wanting to expand my vegetarian options. I swear, I’m probably going to be a vegetarian later on in my life. There are so many vegan alternatives, I doubt I’d miss meat. I made myself a Black Bean Burger and I was surprised at how GREAT it tasted. I added some fresh spinach, fat free cheese, a few slices of avocado and some light mayo on the bread. Come on, that bread would have been so DRY. I omitted butter – for balance :-).  Since it was a burger, I had it with some ketchup. It was DE-LISH. Would you even guess that this burger was meatless???

Black Bean Burger with fat-free cheese, spinach and avocado

 

Looking at that burger makes me hungry.

Ciao!

January 19, 2011 Posted by | Healthy Meals, Weight Loss | , , , , , | 2 Comments

A Green Challenge Pt.2

Here are some more meals from my green challenge. Oh so tasty!

One morning I woke up and looked for a hearty breakfast and I decided to try a frittata! I never tried it before but based on my reading, its like a fluffy omelette. Fair enough! I used 2 eggs, spinach, garlic, onions, green onion, chopped mushrooms, tomatoes, almond milk, salt and pepper to taste. I cooked on the stove top first, then when the sides were set, I added some mozzarella cheese, then put the pan in oven and broiled until the top was set, and the cheese nicely browned.

 

Frittata - on the stove!

I think maybe I should have added more milk and whisked the eggs a little bit more. This really looked like an omelette 🙂 But it tasted great so I enjoyed it! Next!

 

Frittata - Spinach, Green Onion, Mushroom

 

I love curried everything. I prepared curried chicken for my family but instead of using potatoes, I replaced it with lentils. I thought I would try something a little different. For my own portion, I took some lentils, carrots and gravy and placed them in a saucepan. I added some spinach – just long enough to wilt and to bring out that lovely green colour. Then I served it over a serving of curried chicken breast. Voilà!

 

Curried Chicken, Lentils, Carrots & Spinach

 

Last but not least, something else I just threw together. I made minced turkey for the family and removed a small serving for myself. I then boiled some whole wheat spaghetti, drained it, added some light Laughing Cow cheese and mixed it until even. I added chopped asparagus, and spinach followed by the turkey then I gently tossed it all together. I sprinkled some parmesan cheese and this is what I got. Makes me hungry just looking at it.

 

Whole Wheat Spaghetti, Minced Turkey, Spinach, Asparagus

 

It may look like a large serving, but don’t be fooled by the pictures. My serving bowls are smaller than a traditional dinner plate. I specifically use them for portion control purposes. I think when a plate or a bowl looks like its full, it helps you to feel full at the end of your meal. Maybe that’s just me. But it works!

Have a great day!

December 9, 2010 Posted by | Healthy Meals, Weight Loss | , , , , , | 2 Comments

A Green Challenge

This past week, I decided to see how often I could put something “green” in my meals.  We all know that as far as salads go, the darker green vegetables are the better choice. I really had fun doing this. They were so simple to prepare, and I really enjoyed most of them. Well – all except one :-)…

Okay (laughing a little bit), so I tried this soup called Spinach and Avocado soup. It’s basically spinach, avocado, salt, garlic, and some freshly squeezed lemon juice, blended in water. I opted to use vegetable broth. You just blend and enjoy.  A lovely looking vegetarian meal. Lets just say I prefer to eat the ingredients separately and not in the form of a soup. It’s very healthy though. I had it with some plain crackers.

 

Spinach and Avocado Soup

I wanted a spinach and avocado salad and decided to add grilled pear and pomegranate to the mix. This was a lot better than the soup. I actually forgot about how great pomegranates are, in terms of their nutritional value. I did remember, however, how much they stained. Luckily, I did some research how to handle and prepare a pomegranate.

 

Spinach, Avocado, Pear, Pomegranate Salad

I also tried a salmon dish called Lemon Herbed Salmon and it was amazing! I served it with mashed sweet potatoes and asparagus. A very simple and tasty meal that I’m sure I’ll have again and again. I even made my own breadcrumbs! I didn’t have any but I did have some whole wheat bread 🙂 Please try this recipe!

 

Lemon Herbed Salmon, Sweet Potato Mash & Asparagus

That’s all for now, but more to come. Have a splendid week! Choose all your meals wisely and don’t forget to treat yourself every now and again!

Ciao!

December 7, 2010 Posted by | Healthy Meals, Weight Loss | , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments