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Get Ready: New Meals for Maintenance!

Friday, August 30, 2013

I've mentioned it before, but it bears repeating: before I started on my health journey on November 16th, I never knew what I would be putting into my mouth. What was dinner? What would I eat for lunch? What about snacks? I never planned out my meals, or if I did, it was something like Papa Murphy's pizza for dinner, leftovers for lunch.

The other problem I have is my cooking. I'm not a terrible cook, but neither am I a great one. I also have a limited selection of meals that I know I can make, and I struggle to add new ones to my recipe book. So my first step in preparing for Maintenance is building up a new cookbook filled with healthy recipes!

This health journey has given me a LOT of cool ideas, some of which include:

1. Stir-fry! (What a WONDERFUL way to get lots of veggies in your diet!)
2. Crustless pizza! (Turkey burgers + Lite dressing/Salsa + Mozzarella + Veggies = YUM)
3. Tuna Cucumber salad (I end up making it without much lettuce, focusing more on the cucumbers)

OK, so three's not a LOT, but it IS better than what I had, which was...eating out!

Point being, a good hearty portion of maintenance is planning and choosing your food wisely. Finding yummy recipes - some that can compensate for the unhealthy foods I may be craving - will help a lot. Or at least, that's what I'm hoping!

So I've done a few things to bulk up my recipe book:

1. SparkRecipe! Tons of recipes and lots of healthy ones too. I'm starting to compile them into the handy cookbook they have.

2. Buy a vegan cookbook. I'd like to try more vegan/vegetarian options, so my vegan friend recommended me a cookbook.

3. Ask other people. I've had lots of great ideas, from salads to main dishes.

But I always want more! (Because I'm greedy!) So, what is YOUR favorite healthy dish? The one that makes you feel almost wicked to eat, it is so good? Please share!!
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STRONGDJ 9/1/2013 9:09AM

    You are so smart to arm yourself with healthy recipes. That smart thinking is part of what got you so far!

I like to plan my meals and snacks because it helps keep me from making poor choices through the day.

One of my favorites is a bean and veggie salad. Pretty simple, I use black beans (rinsed and drained), onion, peppers, tomatoes, celery, cucumber. I dress it with lots of fresh lime juice and balsamic vinegar to taste (or a light balsamic dressing). I eat this as a side dish or on a green salad. It tastes even better the next day. This is also excellent as a topping on scrambled eggs.

Another favorite is just some hummus for fresh veggies.

LEWILL1982 listed some great ideas too--I've done all those and I totally agree with her!

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AJDOVER1 8/31/2013 3:45PM

    I love your blogs! You've got great SparkFriends who have a lot to offer. I'm not much of a cook, but I've been practicing my omelette technique. I skip the meat and cheese and focus on veggies (mushrooms, spinach, diced tomato, green onion, etc). They're quick, totally customized and fit into my daily meal plan easily.

You might want to invest in a crockpot. That will open the door to dozens of simple, healthy, EASY meals.

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PRINCESS_SOFI 8/30/2013 3:37PM

    I have a recipe in my vegetarian cookbook which I can email to you. It's low fat roasted corn and red potato chowder. OMG it's freaking delicious. I could eat that every day. Mmmm..

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BANDITOBOY 8/30/2013 3:11PM

    When I have no time, my go-to lunch is 1/2 cup of low-fat cottage cheese, a small pouch of tuna (the Garlic & Herb flavored one is real good) and a sliced tomato. Sometimes I mix the items together in a bite and sometimes I eat each separately.

My favorite dinner lately is 1/2 cup of black beans, 1/2 cup of cooked brown rice, 1/4 cup of frozen corn, 1/4 tsp of EVOO, dash of cumin, dash of Himalayan salt, tsp of Amino acids (tastes like soy sauce, but less sodium) heated on the stovetop. Put this over a flat corn tortilla spread with a mashed 1/4 avocado mixed with 2 Tbsp of organic salsa. YUM!

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LEWILL1982 8/30/2013 3:09PM

    Vegetable lasagna -use strips of zucchini or eggplant or both in place of the noodles. Spaghetti squash - shreds just like spaghetti once cooked. You can do anything with it and eat a ton of it, it's so good! Butternut squash makes great fries. Cauliflower makes great "mashed potatoes" and "pizza crust". Sparkrecipe has a recipe for the crust. Low carb quesadilla shells are great. Google Hungry Girl -she has great recipes, restaurant menu suggestions, new items to look for, etc.

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WEEPINGANGEL74 8/30/2013 3:04PM

    I will have to give the recipes some thought.... been a while since I did much cooking! If I think of any, I will happily share!

So excited for you!!

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SOOVERMYSELF 8/30/2013 2:58PM

    I don't like to cook either so I can relate. One of my favorites lately is huge Portabella mushrooms topped with laughing cow light blue cheese. OMG they are delicious. Laughing cow cheeses have changed my world! I love to use them to stuff giant green olives ( the ones with jalepeno in them). Makes a great snack!

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