YOJULEZ's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=YOJULEZ YOJULEZ's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ What's Cookin' Good Lookin' Round 9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5362902 For this round I made the Asian Turkey Meatballs with Lime Sesame Dipping Sauce from skinnytaste.com: <link>www.skinnytaste.com/2010/01/asian-tu<BR>rkey-meatballs-with-lime-sesame.html </link> <BR> <BR> These were very tasty! I ended up with 16 meatballs instead of 12, so each serving had 4 meatballs in it. These were also very quick to put together, under a half hour from start to finish, and I had most of the ingredients already in my pantry. I served with 3/4 cup of brown rice, and... Mon, 20 May 2013 23:09:21 EST Meal Plan for May 18 through May 24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5359394 Meal Plan for 5/18/13 through 5/24/13 <BR> <BR> So, who else felt a loss when the site was down yesterday? LOL! I didn’t realize how much I looked at the site until I couldn’t look at it. And it was kind of a pain to not be able to look at my tracker! But I’m glad they got the problem resolved. And, now I can post my blog! Here’s next week’s plan… <BR> <BR> SATURDAY – I don’t have any food plans at all for Saturday. We might be out running errands, who knows. Also we are going to a ... Fri, 17 May 2013 14:03:41 EST Meal Plan for May 11 through May 17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5352246 Meal Plan for 5/11/13 through 5/17/13 <BR> <BR> My Mexicanfoodpalooza continues this next week! I’m really loving this Everyday Mexican cookbook. Everything I’ve made from it so far has been so great and delicious, and best of all, pretty low calorie! The Chipotle Meatballs from last week were especially good. We are also finishing up a rainy week here in CO, but the forecast for next week calls for lots of sun and warm weather so I’m happy that I can grill at least a few of the meals. ... Fri, 10 May 2013 14:21:02 EST Meal Plan for May 4 through May 10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5343532 Well, not much to say this week. Another week, another plan! Many of these recipes are from the “Cookbook of the Month” from my other food site, “Mexican Everyday” by Rick Bayless. I was able to find most of the recipes online though, and many of them are healthy meals! So, I’ll get to it… <BR> <BR> SATURDAY <BR> LUNCH/DINNER: We will be out of the house all day. We are going to a friend’s birthday party in Washington Park downtown for the afternoon, and it looks like we might go to a... Thu, 2 May 2013 18:23:50 EST What's Cookin' Good Lookin Round 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5338771 For the challenge this week, I opted to make this Asian BBQ Chicken: <link>www.dinneralovestory.com/eating-chic<BR>ken-solving-problems/ </link> I had been waiting awhile to make this as it sounded very good, but the weather wasn't cooperating with my grilling plans. But we finally had great weather so I could make this. It did not disappoint either, it was very delicious! <BR> <BR> It was also very easy to put together, you could make the sauce ahead of time and keep it in the frid... Sun, 28 Apr 2013 22:22:20 EST Meal Plan for April 27 through May 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5335417 Meal Plan for 4/27/13 through 5/3/13 <BR> <BR> Well I finally feel like I’m getting into the groove of cooking for one. I think I have some real nice meals planned for this coming week, and I don’t have to repeat any dinners. Also this month, I will be cooking a lot of recipes from the book “Mexican Everyday” by Rick Bayless. It is the “Cookbook of the Month” over on my cooking message board, and so far I’m really excited about the recipes. They all seem to be pretty healthy and have lot... Thu, 25 Apr 2013 14:42:40 EST Meal Plan for April 20-April 26 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5328751 Meal Plan for 4/20/13 through 4/26/13 <BR> <BR> Well, Jon is heading back out on the road again on Sunday, for a 6 week contract on the east coast. He’ll still get to come home on weekends, but that basically means I’m back to cooking for one. I’m looking forward to getting the whole bed to myself again! Haha. I am not cooking tonight or Saturday night. We are doing a 5k. Now, those of you who “know” me know that I do NOT exercise. So I will be walking the 5k. It came about because we... Fri, 19 Apr 2013 13:30:43 EST What's Cookin' Good Lookin' Round 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5325822 This week I tried out this Chicken with Beer and Honey Sauce <link>www.sohowsittaste.com/2012/09/chicke<BR>n-with-honey-beer-sauce.html </link> It originally came from a Cooking Light magazine. I picked this because I had almost all of the ingredients on hand. <BR> <BR> This was super delicious, and so easy to put together. You do not taste the beer at all, it just adds a little "something" to the sauce. I halved the recipe to make 2 servings, but I wish I had left the sauce ingredie... Tue, 16 Apr 2013 23:13:46 EST Meal Plan for April 13-April 19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5320933 Well, I had a few changes to last week’s plan. J took a puck to his jaw at his hockey game on Wednesday night, so I ended up not making the flank steak and hash dish since steak was too hard for him to chew. He’s OK, nothing’s broken, just very sore. So instead, I made the meatballs from this recipe: <link>www.thekitchn.com/recipe-chicken-moz<BR>zarella-meatball-sliders-recipes-from-<BR>the-kitchn-186248 </link> . I served these w/ jarred marinara and spaghetti. Each serving was 2 meatb... Fri, 12 Apr 2013 14:23:41 EST Meal Plan for April 6-April 12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5316027 Meal Plan for 4/6/13 through 4/12/13 <BR> <BR> So, I’m late posting again. My boss had me busy at work all day on Thursday for once, and then I wasn’t at work on Friday to go to the baseball game. I realized on Saturday morning that I hadn’t posted yet! But, in the end, it was better, because between the end of last week and now my entire plan has changed. My end of the week is still a bit of a mess but it’ll all work out I’m sure. So, I’ll get to it, including what we had over the week... Mon, 8 Apr 2013 14:59:24 EST What's Cookin' Good Lookin' Round 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5310413 Well, like last round, I totally spaced and forgot to take photos of my dinner. But, it wasn't the most attractive dish anyway, but it sure was tasty! I made this Bistro Roast Chicken last night: <link>www.myrecipes.com/recipe/bistro-roas<BR>t-chicken-10000000222263/ </link> <BR> <BR> I don't think you can really go wrong with roasted chicken with herbs. I used fresh thyme, and dried basil and rosemary. Also, instead of doing the roasted garlic step, I just put 4 cloves through my ga... Wed, 3 Apr 2013 16:46:35 EST Meal Plan for March 30-April 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5303564 Meal Plan for 3/30/13 through 4/5/13 <BR> <BR> Already April? I feel like March just started. Hopefully the weather will improve along with it being April! It looks like J is going to head out on the road again starting either Sunday or Monday. Sounds like he’ll be spending 8 weeks (still coming home on weekends) in Nashua, NH, which is outside of Boston. I might even try to go visit him for one of the weekends, I’ve never been to that part of the country and I’m sure it’s pretty in the... Thu, 28 Mar 2013 18:24:36 EST Meal Plan for March 23-March 29 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5296463 Meal Plan for 3/23/13 through 3/29/13 <BR> <BR> Well, here in Colorado it sure felt like spring for most of the week. Lovely weather. But then, it’s going to snow tomorrow, ha! Our weekend trip to Wyoming was fun, but we didn’t end up getting back until very late on Sunday night so my meal plans shifted around a bit. I didn’t end up making the Chicken Tikka Masala so it’ll be repeated this week. J is staying home this week, but other than that, not a whole lot else to report, so I’ll ge... Fri, 22 Mar 2013 17:25:09 EST What's Cookin' Good Lookin' Round 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5291818 So for this round, I made this Hearty Chicken Chowder: <link>ladolcivita.blogspot.com/2013/01/hea<BR>rty-chicken-chowder.html </link> I do not have a picture as I forgot to take one, but it wasn't the prettiest looking dish either, so it's probably OK :) <BR> <BR> I doubled the recipe so we would have leftovers. Each large 2 cup serving was 477 calories, I didn't make any changes to the recipe. I did use center-cut bacon to save on some of the calories there. You could reduce the serv... Mon, 18 Mar 2013 23:59:28 EST Meal Plan for March 16-March 22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5286656 Meal Plan for 3/16/13 through 3/22/13 <BR> <BR> Well all, I’m back. I’m so sorry I didn't post my plan last week. But, it’s probably good I didn't, because I ended up not following it at all! J ended up staying home so I had to rework all of my plans. Plus we ended up going to 3 different hockey games, so there wasn't a lot of cooking going on at all. But, I’m back this week with a new plan. I’m still assuming J will be traveling, but even if he doesn't, this plan will be easy to adapt... Thu, 14 Mar 2013 14:34:03 EST Meal Plan for March 2-March 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5268734 Meal Plan for 3/2/13 through 3/8/13 <BR> <BR> Well hello all. Sorry I’m a day late posting. I actually had to do real work at my job yesterday! Fancy that. I am ready for Spring to be here. We got pounded with snow this past Sunday, and of course it was after J had left so I had to do all the shoveling. Then we got more on Tuesday also. But, it’s nice and sunny out now so I’m hoping all the snow will melt and spring will arrive. <BR> <BR> My plan last week of making 2 meals and eati... Fri, 1 Mar 2013 15:11:46 EST Meal Plan for February 23-March 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5259031 Meal Plan for 2/23/13 through 3/1/13 <BR> <BR> Well, it’s the last week of February, which means Spring is getting closer and closer. I’m actually home today on a snow day from work. We got about 5”, which isn’t a ton, but all the roads are pretty icy so I elected to stay home. Thankfully I remembered to bring my work laptop home with me. I will say, I'm sore as heck from snow shoveling! <BR> <BR> Things are still a bit crazy around here, but I’m pretty much not counting on J being home... Thu, 21 Feb 2013 17:03:15 EST What's Cookin' Good Lookin' Week 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5255634 This week I made a Roasted Red Pepper Pesto Pasta: <link>www.aspicyperspective.com/2013/01/ro<BR>asted-red-pepper-pesto-pasta-recipe.html </link> . I also added about 14oz of spicy italian chicken sausage to add in a bit more protein. I also discovered that I did not have any whole grain pasta so I just used regular rotini. In the end, it wasn't super "light" at 577 calories, but it was very very very tasty with a good kick that I like. Plus, it's pretty :) <BR> <BR> Also, this dish wa... Tue, 19 Feb 2013 00:51:28 EST Meal Plan for February 16-February 22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5250741 Meal Plan 2/16/13 through 2/22/13 <BR> <BR> Well it’s another week of the unknown around here. J might be going out of town, but he might not. So I’m planning meals where if I eliminate 2 of them, it will be OK as they are made mostly with things I already have. I guess it’s a good exercise for me, to not be able to plan out everything in advance. Basically to not be a control freak. Not much otherwise to talk about, so I’ll just get to it! <BR> <BR> SATURDAY, February 16, 2013 <BR> L... Thu, 14 Feb 2013 18:46:59 EST What's Cookin' Good Lookin' Challenge Week 2.5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5248462 So we're kind of in between rounds over at the Maintainers' What's Cookin' Good Lookin' Challenge, but I decided to report on a dish I made this week anyway. Tonight I made "Halal Cart" style chicken. A few of the team members beat me to it, and loved it, so needless to say I was excited to make it. <link>www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2011/12/<BR>serious-eats-halal-cart-style-chicken-<BR>and-rice-white-sauce-recipe.html </link> <BR> <BR> "Halal Carts" are basically food trucks in large c... Tue, 12 Feb 2013 23:56:21 EST Meal Plan for February 9-February 15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5241755 Meal Plan 2/9/13 through 2/15/13 <BR> <BR> Well, things are continuing to calm down, and we’re getting into a better routine. This is good because I’ve really been struggling with things being up in the air, and us having so many activities outside of the home, that mean we have to eat elsewhere. I gained 2lbs after this past weekend of way too many indulgences, I’m going to weigh tomorrow to see if that has gone away, but I’m not optimistic after having the two hockey games this week. I ... Thu, 7 Feb 2013 15:10:56 EST What's Cookin' Good Lookin' Cooking Challenge - Week 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5239526 This week I decided to go with this recipe for Bacon and Pea Mac and Cheese. <link>www.jasonandshawnda.com/foodiebride/<BR>archives/14350/ </link> But, my SO hates peas. He is supposed to be traveling for work but so far his first scheduled trip isn't until the end of next week. So, I used a bag of frozen broccoli pieces instead of the peas. I also used 6 slices center-cut bacon (I cooked up a TON before Super Bowl), which has less fat and is lower in calories than regular bacon, and ... Tue, 5 Feb 2013 23:32:55 EST Meal Plan for February 2-February 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5232150 Meal Plan 2/2/13 through 2/8/13 <BR> <BR> Well, I have another sort of crazy week coming up, although things are slowly getting back to normal, or rather, the new normal after our big changes with J’s job. His first official day is tomorrow, but we have no idea if they’re going to have him going somewhere next week or if he’ll be home. So, I tried to plan things that I could either make 4 servings of, or 2 or 3. We also have a busy weekend coming up. Sunday is our 1 year anniversary, and... Thu, 31 Jan 2013 19:08:57 EST Meal Plan for January 26-February 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5221791 Meal Plan 1/26/13 through 2/1/13 <BR> <BR> OK guys, I’m sorry to say again I don’t have a great meal plan for you for this next week, AGAIN. J’s mom and stepdad are arriving on Sunday and will be staying with us through Thursday. I’ve learned that his family are not planners, and might decide last minute to eat out. So, what I’m going to do is just have the necessary ingredients to make some of the recipes I’ve made before that I know are good, and don’t have too many perishables involved... Thu, 24 Jan 2013 14:35:29 EST What's Cookin' Good Lookin' Cooking Challenge - Week 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5220939 I am participating in my Maintainers Team Cooking Challenge. The challenge is, we choose a recipe to make, then make it, take photos, and post a little review here. Those of you who follow me on Pinterest know that I pretty much "review" every recipe I make! So this is fun for me. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I opted to make Skinnytaste's Pasta with Butternut Sauce and Spicy Sausage & Baby Spinach: <link>www.skinnytaste.com/2012/11/pasta-wi<BR>th-butternut-sauce-spicy.html </link> I mainly chos... Wed, 23 Jan 2013 23:41:38 EST Meal Plan for January 19-25 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5211811 Meal Plan 1/19/13 through 1/25/13 <BR> <BR> Well, I’m sorry to say this week I don’t have a lot in terms of a meal plan… I’m only going to be cooking 3 times this week. J has to go out of town to wrap up his current job, do his exit interview etc, so he will be gone Monday-Friday. Also, I will be going to two hockey games this next week, on Tuesday and Thursday. So that doesn't leave a lot of need for cooking! But I will share my plan anyway, because what I AM making is going to be delic... Thu, 17 Jan 2013 16:22:50 EST Meal Plan for January 12-18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5200659 So some big news coming out of the YOJULEZ house. My boyfriend (J)has accepted a new job that involves him traveling 4 days a week, starting in February. So, at that point you’ll see my meal plans shift a bit, since I will be cooking for one for 3-4 meals a week. You probably will see less “comfort food” type meals, although I like them too. It’s just hard to make them when you’re the only one around to eat them! But at least while it’s cold, I’ll be making more soups! I also plan on ex... Thu, 10 Jan 2013 14:14:05 EST Meal Plan for January 5-11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5190198 Meal Plan 1/5/13 through 1/11/13 <BR> <BR> Hmm, seems like I just wrote one of these… oh wait, I did! What a short week. I’m getting back into the swing of things, and I actually weighed in yesterday the same as before I left for my trip, so I’m pretty pleased about that. We have a Costco trip planned for Saturday, so I’ll get to stock up on things like Snap Peas, raviolis, and chicken sausage that are normally too expensive for me to buy at the regular store. Might even splurge for some ... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 14:38:12 EST Meal Plan for January 1-4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5186159 Hi All! I hope everyone had a great holiday. I had a blast up in Wyoming, even though it was SOOO COLDDDD. We hung out with BFs family, and even went snowmobiling one day. That was a ton of fun, and something I could definitely do every day! I got a lot of down time also, to just relax, which I desperately needed. It's so easy to get caught up in every day life, it's nice to just unplug and do NOTHING for a few days. I really enjoyed myself with the food too, ate pretty much whatever I... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 12:53:48 EST Meal Plan for December 15-23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5165755 Well I stuck to my meal plan for last week pretty well. Some of the lunches got switched up. The dish I made on Monday night, while good, ended up WAY too spicy as I used Chipotle Chile Powder instead of just regular chile powder. Oops. So I had to do some lunch swaps since I didn’t have that for leftovers. Also we did end up having the people over on Saturday night. <BR> <BR> This week, I actually planned everything out through NEXT weekend. We are heading up to Wyoming on Monday the ... Thu, 13 Dec 2012 18:51:25 EST Meal Plan for December 8-14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5158521 Well, just like life, my last week’s meal plan didn’t quite all work out. On Saturday night, we ended up getting some free tickets to a hockey game (OBVIOUSLY not NHL, booo) so we ate out instead of me cooking. So, I cancelled Sunday night’s dinner, and moved the plans for Saturday to Sunday. So Sunday I made Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic, cooked on a bed of fingerling potatoes. It wasn’t that good :( Next time I try improving I’ll have to remember that potatoes take longer than 20 mi... Thu, 6 Dec 2012 18:48:32 EST Meal Plan for December 1-7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5151920 Well here is my first meal plan I'm sharing! I do my meal plans from Saturday-Friday, because I usually grocery shop on Saturday morning. Most of my shopping is done at King Soopers, which is a Kroger-owned store. Also, if there are some good things on sale, I shop at Safeway and Sprouts on Friday evenings after work since they are located near my office. <BR> <BR> I do my meal planning on Pinterest. I keep a board just for "This week's meals" or "Next week's meals". Here is the board f... Fri, 30 Nov 2012 18:04:13 EST My Meal Plans http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5151785 I get a lot of questions about my meal plans and how I do them. So, I will start posting my weekly plans for you all to see (along with recipe links!). Also, since I enter them a week in advance, you can click forward in my shared tracker to see the calorie/nutrient breakdowns. <BR> <BR> Disclaimers: I am in maintenance mode, so I do eat more than someone in weight loss mode. But, I also eat pretty large portions, and use full-fat ingredients for the most part. So, many of the meals I... Fri, 30 Nov 2012 15:01:08 EST