I Can Cook Seafood!!!!
*warning* This post is in reverse meal order so I don’t end the post making you feel like hurling due to my insane amounts of self-flattery.
Lobster, jumbo shrimp, cod, bring it on!! The one thing I thought I would definitely mess up, I think I did uh…MORE THAN OK! To save $$$ (I spent A ton anyways), I decided instead of taking the bf out for our 2 year, I’d make him a seafood feast at home. It took 3 hours to prepare, but it was worth seeing the look on his face tearing into his lobster and inhaling the ginger prawns. MUAAHAHAHHAHA
Tropical Ginger-sesame grilled jumbo shrimp
Sauteed Garlic Wild Mushroom Lettuce Wraps
Korean-style Seared BBQ Cod
& Chipotle Mustard Baked Broccoli
Broiled garlic butter lobster
& Wild Rice in a Seafood Broth Reduction
I swear I cooked the lobster from scratch!! This was mine, the bf got his own!
Only $8 a piece from Hmart!!! (I LOVE Hmart!!)
For dessert we shared 2 from a fresh batch of chocolate chip cookies & Mint Chip ice-cream!
Lots of Lunch does NOT equal Less Snacking
DANG IT! I’m testing out a “bigger meals” approach in order to cut down on snacking…but so far I think I’ve just stretched out my stomach.
A Sabra Pine nut hummus & cucumber sandwich (yuuum)
Leftover Zucchini Chili from last week
2x Chicken meatballs from the bf
Lots of baby carrots with more Sabra
and an Orange
I TOTALLY didn’t need this, but somehow wanted something to munch on right after lunch. Do you ever do this?
A pack of Kay’s Naturals Jalapeno Honey Mustard Pretzel Sticks with 2 Tbs Sonny & Joe’s Just Hummus
(Reviews of each to come) Let’s just say Sonny & Joe’s makes a yummy, creamy hummus that tastes A LOT like Sabra and is just as smooth & rich. Kay’s pretzel sticks…unfortunately weren’t my favorite because of its overly stiff texture and strange aftertaste…probably due to the higher protein count.
Don’t worry, I stopped snacking after cleaning out all the figs and dates from my Tierra Farm California Mix. *sigh* Go me.
Backtrack to Breakfast, and you have…YUMMYYYYY
Irish Oat Bran ‘n PB2
I experimented with instant irish oat bran for the first time EVER this morning, and I really enjoyed it!!!
My combo is super simple:
- 1/2 cup instant irish oatbran (McCann’s)
- 1/2 pack 360 brand vanilla protein powder
- 1 cup hot water
I microwaved everything for 1 minute total at 30 second intervals so I could stir out the lumps.
- Topping is 2 tbs PB2 diluted with water to my favorite runny-but-still-sticky consistency
Taste: It has a earthy natural taste and is light in flavor, but not as fragrant as oatmeal. The PB2 gave this the punch of sweetness and indulgent flavoring to remove any blandness. I didn’t taste the vanilla protein powder, but maybe I was just too distracted by the delicious PB2.
Texture: Oat bran definitely reminds me of grits, so it is gritty (hehe) and mealy, but also very creamy. There were a few lumps I couldn’t get out, but it wasn’t too gross to swallow. The bran came out much thicker and goopier than oats, which later coagulated/got lumpy when it cooled!
Verdict: This is a very satisfying, tummy-happy breakfast. The creaminess of the mixture just makes you feel good! I’ll definitely try this again but with MORE PB2!!! I also won’t let it sit for too long and cool because I’m not a fan of goopy-ness.
On a side note, I’m thinking about embarking on a New “Challenge” inspired by of course, Jillian Michael’s. I don’t see this working though and would love to hear your thoughts!
- Eat every 4 hours
- No grazing!!
Why? It means 3 meals & 1 snack for me. This will ensure you’ll be feeling energized throughout the day, but won’t allow insulin to surge through your body 24-7. The bigger meals will be satisfying hopefully, and I’d like to see how this makes my body feel and to keep me in the habit of not “snacking” like 8 times a day.
How? Breakfast, lunch, dinner is a must. The snack will probably be in the afternoon around 4:30, because that’s when I get an energy slump and I also have a late dinner!
My goals may seem easy and intuitive, but as a HUGE “graze snacker”, making sure I fill up during the meals and NOT popping nuts or dried fruits during a lull will be really hard. Like, REALLY hard.
What were your toughest challenges? What did you learn from ’em?