Food Lover’s Cleanse Diary Day 5: Confessions of an (almost) breakfast snatcher

pilafI am realizing that I am constantly surrounded by unhealthy food. At work people often get breakfast from the cafeteria and I actually had to hold myself back from snatching someone’s sausage link in the elevator.  And I’m currently watching football and literally drooled on myself while watching a Taco Bell commercial. So obviously I’m still missing some of my unhealthy favorites.

How I feel: Despite that, I feel GREAT! A bunch of people commented how well rested I looked, which was funny since I only got 4 hours of sleep last night.

Time in kitchen: 1 hour (15 min prep for dinner tonight, 45 min advance prep for tomorrow)

Most interesting thing eaten: It should have been sardines, but since I broke the tin and couldn’t get into them then I’ll say the meusli. Sweet and coconut-y and crunchy and chocolaty (and hearty and healthy). That’s how every day should start.

Total Weight Watchers Points: 26, according to the plan. But with my salad for lunch and a smaller dinner than planned I only had 25.

Menu in review:

Breakfast: Orange-Date Muesli with Coconut and Cacao Nibs.  4 Weight Watchers points. [Read more…]

Weekly Menu: Lentils, Cauliflower (and yes, the kids will love it)

I’m feeling the need to eat a ton of veggies this week, but there’s just not a whole lot in season anymore. Carrots, leeks, and cauliflower can still be found though so I’ve snapped them up. Salmon with Lentils eating

The week starts with Ina Garten’s Lentil Soup–which is amazing. It’s chock full of carrots, leeks, celery and delicious French lentils. The recipe also makes a TON. Way more than we can eat before we get sick of it. So I used some of the leftovers, strain the broth, and serve on the side of grilled salmon for a classic combo that comes together in a couple of minutes. Any remaining soup can be pureed with cooked brown rice for a healthy stage 3 baby meal.

Finally, on Friday’s we love to make pasta as an end of week treat. So I’ll roast up some cauliflower and toss it with rigatoni, capers, and red pepper flakes. Add an interesting Italian white and voila! A week of delicious, and fairly healthy, eating!

Menu #1:Lentil Soup

Ina Garten’s Lentil Soup
Grilled Chicken Sausage
Garden Salad

Menu #2:Salmon with Lentils

Salmon with Lentils
Swiss Chard

Wine: Pinot Noir

Menu #3:Cauliflower Rigatoni

Rigatoni with Roasted Cauliflower and Capers
Wine: Medium bodied Italian white (like a Soave)

Shopping List

4 6-ounce salmon fillets, skin on
chicken sausage
1 pound French green lentils–Whole Foods sells these in the bulk foods bins
onions–3 large
1 pound swiss chard
olive oil
red wine vinegar
3 quarts chicken stock
kosher salt
black pepper
ground cumin
red pepper flakes
tomato paste
Parmesan cheese
pecorino romano cheese
crusty Italian bread