Am I the only one who does this? You stop going to the gym for a good reason (hand surgery/dad’s death/out of the country, etc.) and then you get all gym shy, and just can’t make yourself go back? Yes? I’m the only one? Well, anyway, TODAY I WENT BACK TO THE GYM!!! Yahoo.
To be fair to myself, the incision in the palm of my hand is still very irritating, and the thought of putting a weight in that hand or using a bar/machine is just too much for me. And my leg/knee is bothering me enough that I don’t want to do any more damage to it. But as I told Shelley, if I can wash dishes with that hand, surely I could put it in the pool for the same amount of time. So that’s what I did. Got my suit on before I left the house, and just went straight to the pool. 40 minutes! About half ‘running’ in the pool, and the other half swimming. It felt so great. It was really fun to run without my leg hurting. I think I’ll go back tomorrow!
And now, back to my favorite topic, FOOD! Most of these pics are not new ideas, but either involve a shortcut or a twist on a favorite recipe.
I made a batch of the Spaghetti with Bacon sauce. That is a big recipe–12 servings. I decided to go ahead and make the whole recipe because the sauce will freeze well, and I can use it during my Spa Week (more on that tomorrow!) and/or during my recovery from my second hand surgery (scheduled for Nov 1.) The shortcut here is that I used the pre-cooked bacon crumbles that I got from Costco. I don’t like cooking bacon, so these things really work well for me. I usually have to put the bag of bacon in the freezer because well, you know–big food from Costco, and there is only one me.
While the sauce simmered, I chopped/sliced/diced the “big four” veggies that I like to have pasta sauce on top of–zucchini, carrots, onions, and mushrooms.
I used half a serving of Barilla Plus pasta with these veggies. Honestly, I prefer the veggies, but old habits die hard. I have to keep trying the pasta once in a while. That Barilla Plus has more protein than regular pasta because they use “legume flour blend.” They irritate me though, because their labeling is misleading. They tell you they have 17 grams of protein in 100g. Wow! Oh, but wait. A SERVING is 56 grams. You’d be eating 380 calories worth of pasta to get the 17 grams of protein. Might as well eat one of those great “high protein energy bars.” Okay, rant over. This really was very tasty! There’s a lot of parmesan cheese melted into the sauce at the end.
Last night I got home late after a trip to the big city. I went to Trader Joe’s and stocked up on some specialty items that I can’t get in our little town. By the time I got home I was really hungry. And tired. These are one of my old favorites–carrots, not even peeled, cut into chunks, sprinkled with Mrs. Dash and salt, and a little butter/lite butter on top, and microwaved for however long it takes for them to get nice and soft. LOVE LOVE LOVE these. (I think it took 4 minutes in my current microwave.)
And fortunately I had indulged in one of my favorite TJ’s pre-cooked meals: Rosemary Chicken. 310 calories for a small chicken breast and a good amount of rice. I think their secret is cooking the chicken and the rice in chicken broth because it is really so moist and flavorful.
Today, another favorite–butternut squash fries. I think I like these because you get a bigger volume for your calorie dollar than sweet potato fries. Anyway, the shortcut here, for me, is partially pre-cooking in the microwave. Just stick the whole squash in there. I put it in in the morning for 4 minutes (2 min, turn, another 2 min) so it was cooled off by the time lunch rolled around. It makes it SO MUCH EASIER to cut up and peel. SO MUCH EASIER. Bake as usual (for me, 375 degree oven, 15 minutes, turn, another 10 minutes.) I like to eat them with just a little cocktail sauce. Is that weird?
This is just yogurt with some homemade granola, using Shelley’s recipe. No shortcut here, but its fun to vary the nuts and fruit that I add to the recipe. This one has pepitas and pine nuts, and raisins and dried apricots that I cut into bite sized chunks. Very satisfying.
No picture, but you all know the trick about making your oatmeal with unsweetened almond milk, right? Only 40 calories, and it makes it so delicious and creamy. Just substitute the almond milk for the water specified, and cook as directed.
That’s all for now, folks. What’s this world coming to–posting two days in a row?