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Betty Crocker can eat my stretchy pants.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Have you ever read a cookbook or fancy food magazine and thought "Someday I'll do that." and then turn around and just make something easy out of a box? That's been the story of my life for a long time, but it turns out Someday has finally arrived. I ordered the Sparkpeople Cookbook and I have never been more pleased. I'm enjoying the hell out of the recipes, and they're surprisingly easy to make.

Yesterday I made a Tomato and Feta Cheese Frittata for breakfast, using shallots for the first time ever. Then I made Herb-Roasted Turkey, Baked Lemon-Spiced Rice, steamed brussel sprouts, Spring Cupcakes with Citrus Frosting, Ranch Dressing from fat-free yogurt (so much better than Hidden Valley, which had always been my go to condiment, I'm so excited to find a healthy recipe and delighted that it tastes better than the original.) and then I used the turkey bones to make a batch of stock that I can use for other recipes, knowing there's no sodium added.

I'm really proud of myself, not only for making healthy choices and spending all of the time cooking yesterday, but because I'm trying so many new foods. I used to be very meat and potatoes, and I shied away from unfamiliar foods, but when I joined Sparkpeople I told myself that I would make a conscious effort to find new healthy foods and meals that I enjoyed and incorporate them into our meals. I never eat out on lunch anymore, in fact, if we eat out at all, it's because of a social occurrence.

Everything tasted amazing, and I've got leftovers portioned out into different recipes and meals to make it stretch. I've also been a beast this week about working a lot of exercise into my day, especially since I've quit smoking. Now that I'm not beelining for the smoking area, I use my breaks to take a walk on the lovely walking paths my company has built, I've also been doing a yoga video every night before bed, and some time on the Wii Fit in the morning.
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    The title definitely made me chuckle.

    Also, GREAT for you! One of the best things we can do for ourselves and our families is to learn how to cook real food - dinners and lunches that didn't come prepackaged and dehydrated from some factory. Now, I still use some of those "box dinners" when in a pinch, but knowing how to cook and create in the kitchen is a wonderful skill to have!
    1881 days ago
    First off, LOVE the title of your blog, that's hysterical!

    And congrats on quitting smoking and your new food venture! Spark has gotten me to try some new foods too, like black bean brownies (whodathunkit!). Changing our diets is such a big part of this, and you are making an incredible effort -- and having success with it! Way to go!
    1881 days ago
    You are doing well..keep it up!
    1885 days ago
  • MRE1956
    Your title certainly got myattention! Take that, Betty!

    1887 days ago
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