Sunday, December 02, 2012

People keep saying you need to "eat to live, not live to eat." I have to say that's difficult, especially when you like to cook...

The other night I had a baked sweet potato for dinner. Nothing fancy, just the baked sweet potato with a little salt and pepper and butter. Yesterday morning, when Brad asked what I'd like for dinner when I came up, I told him pot roast...with little red potatoes and carrots. And that was what he made. It was fabulous.

I started looking into the "Whole30" plan...and some friends of mine on FB have done it and say it's great. What bothers me about it is that it is virtually impossible for anyone who prefers not to eat meat to stick to it. I PREFER not to eat meat. I do eat it here and there, but not with every meal and not often. What the Whole30 plan DOES force you to do, meat or not, is lay off the breads and grains.

So I decided to modify things. I'll eat a little more meat, because I know damn well I'm not getting the protein I need as it is. I'll cut back on the breads and grains. And I'll increase the veggies. So here's this week's menu:

Tempeh and Root Vegetable Stew (says it serves 4)

Mushroom Poached Chicken with Fingerling Potatoes and Carrots (serves 6)

Slow Cooker Chicken with Sage (and veggies--the recipe calls for stuffing with it, but I dunno that I'll make it...may just do green beans on the side instead) (serves 4, but with six pieces of chicken I'm thinking it probably serves six)

Asparagus and Portobello Farfalle (serves 4)

So that's 20 meals right there...roughly.

A little more meat, a lot less pasta, and more veggies overall....and I just realized no dairy. Interesting!

We'll see how this goes. I've started having fruit smoothies for breakfast and taking them to school with me, and that has been working well. I drink it over the course of a couple of hours, so I'm rarely hungry at lunch so an apple and peanut butter is pretty good, and then that lasts me till I get home.

We'll give this a try. I'll have lots of left overs so will only need to add 2 or 3 more meals over the next few weeks to have extra leftovers for dinner or lunch.

Part of what brought this on was that I was jealous... Brad eats well...and it seems to not take a lot of time...and I am tired but NEED to eat well... I feel like I'm obsessing over food, but I kinda HAVE to at this point.
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  • HOLLYM48
    I wonder if part of your problem is that you are not eating enough during the day to sustain yourself. A smoothie over several hours and then just peanut butter and an apple is not much to eat in that period of time. Maybe you should start eating a larger breakfast and lunch and having the lighter fare for dinner. I have found that I am a lot less tired and stressed during a busy work day if I have gotten enough protein and food to eat to keep me going. emoticon
    2001 days ago
    hope you are taking a calcium pill. nothing wrong with being a part time vegetarian. it is hard for me because hubby likes MEAT and potatoes. or he eats peanut butter, or yogurt.

    my store has light vanilla yogurt that is low in calories, really good with raspberries. i like tempeh also. but too expensive. only can get that in Nature Time. too far away.

    i like do yogurt and skim milk with a bannana, or whatever sweet fruit on hand and i add oat bran. GOOD LUCK emoticon
    2025 days ago
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