...Calories, that is.
Hi, I'm Liz. I've been a member of SP for a while now but have just recently started to take advantage of all it has to offer. I've just turned 30 (sigh) and have three children under 5. My long term weight loss goal seems crazy to me, just under a hundred pounds. But I try to keep it simple. For example, all I have to lose is about 2 pounds in the next 7 days. 2 pounds, that's it. Easy as fat free pie! (ick) Which brings me to the reason I've decided to Blog.
See, I love to cook. I cook 2 or 3 meals from scratch every day. And with really good ingredients, I might add. No butter flavored spreadable substance in this cooks kitchen. I like real ingredients; real butter, real cheese. And in all honesty, the challenge to keep my favorite meals under 400 calories has been exciting. (I'm doing 1800 cal/day, 3 400 cal. meals and 3 200 cal. snacks.) The biggest change has actually been portion control. Geez, I used to eat a truck load of food! While exploring others blogs last night I got excited about creating my own blog. But I want to contribute something really great to the SP community, something that represents me and might have a positive impact on others.
So I'm going to share my recipes. I'm going to go to all the work of counting the calories, making the substitutions and exploring new foods, so that you, my weight loss buddies, won't have to. I'm only going to count calories, not fiber, sodium, fat, etc. but I promise to only use natural, clean ingredients, with very little added salt. Also, all recipes will be one serving, so you'll have to make adjustments if you're cooking for a group.
So here goes, my first recipe, which happens to be a family favorite. I hope you enjoy, and I would love feedback!
1 C. steamed, chopped broccoli
3/4 c. whole wheat rotini pasta
1 Italian sausage link (85 g)
1 T. Parmesan cheese
Start past boiling, sausage browning and broccoli steaming.
Add drained pasta and broccoli to the pan with your fully cooked sausage and combine well. Top with Par and enjoy! How easy was that?
Now, you can replace the pork sausage with turkey sausage, but I don't particularly care for ground turkey, so I don't. You also could try asparagus, bell peppers, brussel sprouts, fresh green beans, sugar snap peas...you get the idea.