First order of events: The Jeni's giveaway winner from last week.
That would be Sara! who said her favorite flavor of ice cream is Jeni's Roxbury Road. (yum). Sara, be sure to contact me within the next couple of days via email and I'll make sure your Jeni's shirt arrives at your doorstep.
Secondly, lets discuss this blog post title. Its week four in my Monday tips about losing baby weight. This week its the dreaded topic of cutting out flour and sugar. Ugh...I know. Hated topic. Stay with me though.
I am a firm believer in everything in moderation. I don't like the idea of cutting anything out entirely and so I am not making a blanket statement that I think all flour and sugar must be eliminated in order to lose those last few pesky pounds.
But I will say, for the first little bit, go ahead and try just cutting it out completely. The first three days are utterly terrible. You will crave only things with flour and sugar during these first three days. Mind over matter, people. You can do it.
I stayed off flour and sugar completely for a little over a month. Now I eat it only on the rarest occasions and honestly I would probably allow myself to eat it more if it wasn't for the fact that I have, for the most part, lost my taste for both.
I really just don't enjoy a big bowl of pasta or a slice of bread like I used to. I do however still LOVE cake. That will never change. When I make pasta for dinner (the family's favorite) I steam a bag of broccoli for me and just top the broccoli with sauce and sprinkle it with cheese like everyone else. I haven't had a sandwich in months...I don't really miss that either although I don't deny myself a sandwich ~ I just haven't had a taste for one.
Lunch time is one of the hardest for me to figure out what to eat. Especially because lunch time usually means eating things like sandwiches. Many times I will have a spinach salad topped with loads of veggies and a splash of balsamic vinegar (not vinaigrette, just vinegar). But salads get a little boring after a while and I am always on the hunt for something easy to whip up with Otto underfoot nearing naptime.
This beautiful plate of goodies has been a delightful lunch companion recently and takes less than 15 minutes to make. Last week I used tilapia but I also love salmon and tuna. Pretty much whatever is on sale, I grab.
If you missed the previous posts on this topic, you can see them here and here and here
15 Minute Fish and Veggies
1 filet of fish (no...not the kind from McDonalds)
Shredded or thinly sliced vegetables (if you have a food processor, use it for this and the meal comes together even quicker).
cabbage, carrots, zucchini, eggplant, etc.... I also had some corn on hand so I used that as well.
the sky's the limit here, depending on your mood. On this particular day I went with south of the border flavors like cumin and chili powder.
Here's what to do:
Using a nonstick skillet, spray the bottom with a light coating of cooking oil. Saute the veggies on medium high heat until soft (I like mine with a bit of crunch still...just cook to your liking) about 5 minutes. Add a few seasonings here and there.
Scoop the veggies to a plate and place the fish in the pan. Sometimes I rub the fish with a few spices before, sometimes I don't. I am a mercurial cook.
The fish needent cook long. Especially white fish like tilapia. 3 or so minutes per side should do the trick.
For this lunch, I added a small dollop of avocado (remember those good fats!) and some lime.
Easy peasy and really yummy.