This post is going to be my last WIAW for awhile. I’ve embarked on a new phase of my weight loss journey which doesn’t include a ton of creativity in the kitchen. This week’s post is actually one that I meant to write up last week, but just didn’t find the time.
Last week I did my best to make recipes that use the bounty of late summer veggies. A Sunflower Farmer’s Market/Sprouts went in down the street from my school, and I’ve been hitting it once a week to stock up on veggies and other essentials for these recipes. It won’t replace Trader Joe’s, but it is coming in a quick 2nd.
What’s better than pizza on a Friday night? I made taco pizza, which I found on Julie’s blog . You can’t tell from the photo, but it’s got lots of healthy toppings – tomatoes, bell peppers, fat free refried bans, olives, and lowfat cheese. I used ground turkey instead of ground beef, which also saved some fat. I’d definitely make it again, especially for a football party or something like that.
Can you tell how gigantic these prawns are? Sunflower Market had them on sale for $5.99/lb, and they were phenomenal. I quickly sauteed them in a chili lime marinade that I found on sale (98 cents!) at Target, and they were delicious. Keeping the shells on insures that they won’t come out dry. I cooked them until the shells were just pink, and they were perfect.
Last week my sister made dinner for me, and since the weather was hot, she thought a Chinese chicken salad would be great. It was! She makes this amazing dressing with hot Chinese mustard and sesame oil that is a show stopper. A little goes a long way, so this was still a really healthy salad. She also topped it with a tablespoon of chopped peanuts for some crunch. We had jasmine rice on the side.
If it looks like there’s a ton of chicken, it’s because there was. LC was tired when she put this together and used an entire container of Trader Joe’s Just Teriyaki Chicken for the two salads. As soon as I looked at the plate and realized it, we immediately removed half the chicken. She had enough for two more meals.
This next recipe is a Summer Veggie Stew that I put together from a recipe I found on Pinterest. It made a ton of stew, so I froze half of it to enjoy for the next couple of weeks. The flavor is wonderful, especially since I kicked it up a notch with some added spice. The only thing I dislike is that the colors of the vegetables get so dulled when you cook them this way.
Finally, another recipe from Skinnytaste.com, Crock Pot Santa Fe Chicken . I love crock pot recipes, because once you get everything organized and chopped up, you just set it and go. This one takes 10 hours on low, and it is worth the wait. So yummy. Very versatile, too. I ate mine over some brown rice, but you could make tacos or burritos out of it as well. There was so much chicken that I shared half with my parents, and we all made several meals out of it.
What was the best thing you’ve eaten today? This week?
What’s one habit you want to “fall into” this season?
I highly recommend joining in on the WIAW posts! Not only do you get a TON of great ideas for healthy, interesting meals, but you can make some new blogging buddies, too.