Friday, June 2, 2017

Back on Track: What We Ate This Week

In my post on Tuesday, I mentioned that last month was rough and I gained about 5 pounds. This week, I was very intentional in my meal planning and grocery buying.  I wanted to work on getting some of those 5 pounds back off. And I did! I've already lost three of the five that I gained!

My meal plan this week was pretty standard. I stuck t0 recipes that used ingredients I mostly had on hand and I made sure each meal had at least one veggie. I definitely did not stick to gluten free or Paleo this week, but it still worked out. I also almost exclusively drank water, which I've been really bad about lately.

Here's what we ate this week:

Tuesday (Monday was a holiday) - Thai Pork with Peanut Sauce and Jasmine Rice
I found this recipe in my Not Your Mother's Slow Cooker Cookbook, but you can also find it here. I chose it because it used a crock pot (two gym class night) and used pork tenderloin. I had two and needed to use one. For the rice, I used the Uncle Ben's 90 Second Jasmine rice. This recipe is amazing! It almost tastes like Eastern NC barbeque. Definitely worth a try! Also, I generally don't like bell peppers, but they really make this recipe.

Wednesday - Marinated Flank Steak with Chimmichuri and Spicy Sweet Potatoes
Both of these recipes are from Juli Bauer's Paleo Cookbook. The recipe for Marinated Flank Steak and Chimmichuri can be found here and the Spicy Sweet Potatoes can be found here. We decided that we didn't love the Chimmichuri sauce, but we did love the steak and the sweet potatoes. Aaron even ate them as they were without adding sauce! That's big time around here!  The sweet potatoes are definitely going into our meal rotation.

Thursday - Lemon Rosemary Pork Chops, Risotto and Steamed Broccoli
I got fancy last night and made a full on meal with two sides! The Lemon Rosemary Pork Chops recipe is from the Against All Grain: Meals Made Simple Cookbook. I used the Pioneer Woman's recipe for risotto (found here) and then just steamed some broccoli and seasoned with a little butter, salt and pepper.

I originally decided to make the risotto simply to get it out of my pantry. We don't eat it very often at all because it's one of those dishes that I need about 45 minutes to make. And I generally don't have that kind of time. But last night, I ate half a protein bar before and the other half after my workout, so I was good to wait until 8:00 PM to eat! I've got to tell you, this meal was like eating at my mom's table. I grew up with eating a meat, vegetable and starch/carb. I rarely cook like that anymore, but it was kind of cool to make a more traditional meal.

For me, the biggest thing that has helped this week was tracking my food. I hate tracking with every cell in my body. But, I also know that it helps me control how much I eat. We really didn't change how we ate this week, other than nixing the gallons of sweet tea that have happened the past few weeks. By logging everything I eat, I've had much better portion control. I go ahead and log everything in the morning that I think I'm going to eat for the day and then delete what I don't eat each meal. Hopefully I can make this last through the weekend!  What have you guys made this week?!

1 comment:

  1. Your dinner plan sounds delicious this week! We've been slacking in the meal planning department over here, but I finally wrote it all down for next week so I'm glad of that! Happy Friday!