Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.

Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.
Mother Teresa

Monday, March 8, 2010

Cook, cook, cook some more

Maybe it should read prep, prep, prep some more.
Either way, I spent Sunday afternoon prepping meals. Kind of like Dream Dinners but for a fraction of the price. Or I think it's a fraction of the price.
Hmmm....Dream Dinners provides approximately 10 meals for $120.
Yep, I think I have it beat. Unfortunately, I didn't separate out the costs of food for the meals vs cost of food for lunches, breakfasts, and snacks when I shopped (I spent just under $200) for two plus weeks of B, L, D and snacks. And yep, it's all WW approved.

So, what did I make (and for the record, this is my memory jogging record so in a months time, I'll be able to look back and remember what worked!):

Cranberry Chicken (cranberry sauce, Catalina dressing, onion soup mix, and chicken breasts. I added a dash of mustard and garlic to change it up a bit). We had this one last night- verdict: yummy but salty. I would like to make it a little less processed tasting. I think I'll ditch the Catalina dressing for OJ and skip the onion soup.)

Trader Joe's Sundried Tomato Chicken Tenders- already prepped. I added red peppers.
It's okay. Nothing special. Two meals. One will be over polenta w/some extra tomato sauce. That should yum it up. Actually, now that I type it, I think it'll try a polenta pizza with it. Hmmm...sort of interesting. The one thing I know I like about it is that it isn't so salty. It is a nice flavor and doesn't have the processed taste of Cranberry Chicken recipe.

Vegetarian stuffed peppers- I am looking forward to these! Perfect for lent. Corn, white beans, chili beans, celery, carrots, onions, tomato sauce, maybe something else. Spiced with Worstershire sauce. A cup of low fat cheese (actually less since Mr. Bunny doesn't like cheese....YES, you read that right!!). You cook them in the slow cooker and top them with Ketchup. Uh, I'll be skipping the Ketchup. I love Ketchup but it's so not good for you. Why would you top veggies w/Ketchup? I may add some tomato sauce of some sort or nothing at all.
For the record, this was suppose to have ground turkey but I needed meatless entry so I added the beans instead. The mix is super yummy so I think it'll be a keeper.

Chicken Soft Tacos- chicken breasts, crushed tomatoes w/chili peppers, a packet of chicken seasoning. I am starting to wonder if I should have left out the taco seasoning. It may be over-powering for my taste.

Cheeseburger soup. I've always wanted to try this one so I am anxious to get it cooked and see if I like it. Can't remember all the ingredients but a few include: celery, onions, ground turkey, cup of low fat cheese, beef broth, tomatoes.

There you have it....meals for two weeks all done in an afternoon. All of the meals are crockpot friendly so I don't have to come home and cook in the afternoon, if I don't want to cook :)

PS- I love spell check. It suggests that crockpot be crackpot!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Giving up.....

See the post below...I am woman and I don't need Weight Wa tchers?

Well, I've given in. I need accountability to get going so here I am.
I am jumping in with both feet.

I weighed in on Friday. My first goal: Lose five pounds by Palm Sunday.

Why Palm Sunday? Spring Training, baby!! Hence, the picture of Mr. Ethier.

I'll be in AZ and it'll be good to be done 5 lbs.

Bigger goal. 20 by my birthday. That's 14 weeks to lose 20 lbs. Totally doable...if I stick with it.

Cheer me on :)