How I feel: Actually, amazing. Energetic, healthy, not hungry. So far, in one week, I’ve lost the 5 pounds I gaine over the holidays. Superb!
Time in kitchen: 1 hour, but that was actually long since today for the first time I made the kids something different for dinner. So I basically cooked 2 dinners and prepped for tomorrow in an hour.
Most interesting thing eaten: the mix of flavors and textures at dinner tonight: tahini, sesame seeds, garam masala, pepitas, mustard. Wow, I would never have put all of that together but it was really amazing and interesting to mash up all of those flavors.
Total Weight Watchers Points: 25, plus wine.
Menu in review:
Breakfast: Banana Almond Smoothie. 4 Weight Watchers points.
I love smoothies. Just like I love milkshakes. It’s a tasty treat, but not actually a MEAL. So imagine my surprise when this actually filled me up today! It was super tasty, and super filling, but honestly not very practical as an every day breakfast. Digging out the blender, making the concoction and drinking it all while I try to put the kids’ daily multi-course breakfast on the table isn’t something I can do every day. But this is definitely a recipe to put in rotation, I’ll just have to figure out when I can actually make it happen.
Morning snack: Hardboiled egg. 2 Weight Watchers points.
Lunch: Chicken, Mango, and Black Rice Salad. 8 Weight Watchers points.
I took this to work today as planned, and dined with a coworker who commented on how amazing it looked. She was right, it looked and tasted amazing and was a perfect filling option for lunch to fend off all of those temptions that plague me at work. Especially since it had that amazing sesame miso dressing that I’m so obsessed about.
Snack: Apple. 0 Weight Watchers points.
Dinner: Albacore Brochettes Warm Carrot Salad with Spiced Pepita and Cashew Crunch. 9 Weight Watchers points.
The flavor combinations of this were amazing. I got a couple of tuna steaks so opted against the brochettes version of this. Instead I just seared them in a pan until rare. Also, since the steaks were a bit of a splurge I went ahead and made the kids mac and cheese. We eat the same meal together about 90% of the time, but sometimes–either because I’m being cost-concious or the kids just want something that I’d rather not eat–they get their own meal. But we didn’t suffer. The crunch and flavor of the pepita cashew crunch, the filling carrots, the decadant sesame infused tuna over bitter greens with a lemony mustard bite. It was so flavorful.
Dessert: Dark chocolate. 1 Weight Watcher point.
So far, what have I learned? There is so much more opportunity to add interesting flavor into my cooking. Smoked paprika is highly underutilized, as is almond milk and butter. Also, an interesting dressing makes bland salads pop all week long. And finally, vegetables, vegetables, vegetables. I’ve always thought I cooked with a lot of veggies, but this takes it to a whole new level. Every meal features 2-4 veggies prominently and I need to focus a lot more on that for menu planning in the future.
Meanwhile, I feel great. I was hungry for the first few days as I was so used to eating large decandant meals every couple of hours over the holidays. But now I’m starting to get full off of these portions. I already look better, according to people that don’t even know I’m doing this, and I’ve lost the 5 pounds I put on over the holidays. Success so far. Now, off to the second half of the program!