Until I remembered the TARTS.
Despite the tarts, the FOUR tarts, my intake was still within diet numbers.
Carbs: 208 (eek)
Not great but not nearly as bad as before I got at least one leg up on the wagon. (although the other leg is dangling and dragging in the dirt behind the wagon.) Geez, I don't know what's wrong with me. Is there a confused smilie?
On to the weekly meal plan.
On Sunday I cooked a batch of chicken breasts. I found a really great seasoning that contains no MSG. It is a brand called Cool Runnings and I found it in the ethnic food aisle. It's just their multi-purpose seasoning. I sprinkled it liberally on the chicken breasts and baked them in the oven. Spicy and delish. Then I made my lunches for the week.
I packed 4 pieces of Tupperware with the above concoction: 6-6.5 oz chicken breast sliced over 1 cup of frozen veggies. The veggies are either broccoli or green beans. I heat this in the microwave at lunch time for about 2.5 minutes and the veggies are perfectly steamed. YUM.
Today I made a crock pot full of soup. I'm working really hard to increase my veggies.
Crock Pot Beef and Veggie Soup
1 can of diced tomatoes with olive oil and garlic
1 can f diced potatoes
1 can of mixed veggies
1 pound of extra lean ground beef
Seasoning to taste
(I used Italian seasoning, my Cool Runnings seasoning,
black pepper, onion powder and garlic powder)
1 cup of water
Cook the concoction all day (8-9 hours) on low. Yummy smelling tasty soup will await you when you get home. Ballpark calories for this lusciousness on a cold and snowy Monday? 80 calories per cup!
Yep, I relied heavily on the canned goods for convenience today. The goods I chose were not loaded with salt and I was careful to select brands without additives or preservatives. Sure, fresh would be better but I'm a single working mom and sometimes corners are just going to be cut. Period. As long as I use careful judgement about what corners I'm choosing to cut, convenience can still be part of a healthy lifestyle.
Monday: Beef and veggie soup
Tuesday: Beef and veggie soup
Wednesday: Turkey Burgers, sweet potato fries
Thursday: more soup (my daughter will be at dad's tonight or she would rebel against having soup 3X!)
Friday: dinner out with the kids - pizza?
I didn't go nuts on variety this week. Sometimes when I am trying to get into the swing of dieting I do better when I don't have as much variety. This seems like one of those weeks.
I got up early today and used hot rollers and the entire array of warpaint on my face. Sadly, my long-awaited, much-dreaded, work uniform shirts arrived today, so tomorrow and every workday thereafter, I shall be clad in a hideous, unflattering blue shirt. However, from the chin up, I'll do my best!
Keep warm! If you are living in a wintery climate, enjoy the beauty of the first snow!