Monday, July 16, 2012

Soul Food

Lately I've been discovering what my "soul food" is. I know that most people think of fried chicken and mac and cheese when they think of soul food, but that's not my definition. In my opinion, soul food is good old fashioned home-cooked goodness that reminds you of home. I think of the food that I grew up eating and that takes me back to my roots. I remember steamed veggies, snapper, seared tuna, red potatoes, shrimp pasta, salmon and Greek salads. This is what soul food means to me. I don't know where I lost my love for soul food along the way, but I am enjoying getting it back. Here are some pics of the soul food I've been cooking lately. I stocked my fridge with all of my favorite soul foods and I have had so much fun cooking back to my roots! Veggies cooked in olive oil, grilled chicken and beans, wheat bagels with low-fat cream cheese (ok, so that's not really cooking, but I have learned that if I have groceries in my house that I love to splurge on, I don't go out and binge on restaurant food near as much!), Grilled cheese, turkey, tomato and avocado sandwiches, chicken sausage with fresh peppers and homemade sweet potato fries! P.S. I've lost 2 more pounds :)

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

My Taco Shell is Made of Cheese

I saw a friend post a picture of a taco shell made of cheese and I had to try it. It was amazing and lower in carbs than a regular shell. It was really greasy, though. Next time I'll blot it a lot. I just plopped 3 piles of shredded cheese on a silicone baking mat and baked the cheese on 350 degrees for about 7-8 mins, or until the cheese was light brown, flat and bubbly. I grabbed a wooded skewer, slid it under the cheese circle, and let them hang until hardened. For the stuffing I grilled a chicken breast and fresh peppers in olive oil. Fresh avocado and tomato made it just right! I ate half the chicken breast with the 3 mini tacos and put the rest in a salad made of kale and chard for dinner at work. Pretty tasty!! Next time I will use a little less olive oil, the veggies were a little greasy.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Not So Delicious Red Apple

I realized today that I don't like apples. I always buy them and take them to work with me as a snack, but never eat them. I see so many healthy people around me constantly munching on apples and it seems like they're such a good idea. For the longest time I thought they went to waste because of my adversity to healthy snacks. Glad I figured that out. I did two-a-days today. 45 minute bike ride before work and a one mile run on my dinner break. Yesterday (Sunday) I Jerry-rigged that mountain bike I bought a while ago and I think I love that bike now! I fixed it up with cable ties! Hey, if I had a handyman it might not look so ghetto, but that was the best I could do. I think it will work very well for my triathlon in August. Here are some pics I snapped yesterday:
I'm reading the book "Ada's Rules." I'll write more about it later, it deserves it's own post. I do want to give you a teaser, though. The author talks about all these different ways to lose weight and they all work for her. Her motto is to keep doing something different than what you've always done. This is me! I started to get a little too comfortable blogging, so I backed off a little bit and I'm back at it harder than ever! I am so ready for this weight to go away. My friend Lacey tells me I'm being too impatient, but I'm serious! It just won't go away. I'm back to weighing everyday- it helps. I'm down 5 pounds from a week ago :)