Writing about my fitness and weight loss journey with some fun recipes thrown in, along with finding myself and a little about life thrown in.
Memories of Mom Monday, Jan. 23rd
As I am fairly new to the bulk meal prepping bandwagon, I can definitely understand why the books I read said to write down your plan. I was reminded this weekend of my Mom's meal plans. She was amazing when I was younger about fixing something for us that while it may have been the same base to it. For example, I recall her making pinto beans and cornbread. Then the pinto beans may be had as leftovers or she would make chili beans. We would use the chili beans to make Frito Pie or put the chili on baked potatoes. I wish I had the ability to think of things that way. Honestly, I could have beans and cornbread (especially Mom's special cornbread) for days and not get bored. But my family is not entirely in agreement there. I recall my Mom's special cornbread was posted in a PTA cookbook when I was in 2nd grade. I know things like that seem to have gone by the wayside since the internet and Pinterest have made it so easy to search for recipes. Although, admittedly it is one of those things that I love collecting when I can find them. One of the things that I took pleasure in, while my Mom wasn't always a big "follow the recipe" kind of gal, she threw in what she thought would sound good. One of the things that I asked my Mom for years ago was her recipe for meatloaf and she sent it to me via email. I still have a copy of that in my recipe book. It makes me smile when I look at it. However, I have since made it my own. I substitute the "sleeve of saltines" with panko and ketchup with tomato sauce. Although some things that Mom made, I enjoy just the way she made them, like her Goulash. My daughter is definitely in agreement there. What about you, do you have "family recipes" that you have made your own? Do you think of loved ones that have passed when you make them?
Mom's Meatloaf, Crockpot Edition 1 medium onion(s), Diced 2 Egg(s) 1 cup Panko 15 oz Can Tomato Sauce 1 cup Bell pepper(s) ( I think I did closer to 2 cups) 20 oz. pkg of Kirkland Signature Organic ground beef Mix all the ingredients together, except the tomato sauce. Place in the crockpot (I use a liner for easy removal). Cook on low for 8 hours. Green: 5 Points Blue: 4 Pounts Purple: 4 Points
This has not been my best week; I’m not even going to lie. I will likely go weigh in tomorrow morning to see just how bad it was. However, I have decided that I would take this opportunity to re-focus on my weight loss efforts. I feel like I’m recycling the same pounds over and over again and this cycle needs to stop. I was listening to Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes. It brought some things to the forefront of my mind including how important certain things are in my life and how I need to stop being afraid and focusing my mind on all of the “what if” and “could be” options that swirl in my brain. Bad habits like soda have been creeping back in to my workday. I have decided, honestly, that I am going to try to focus on what I CAN do this week. My goals for this week are to: I will pack a lunch/snack each workday. I will change up my breakfast at least 2 days out of the coming week. I will make sure I get 10,0
A big THANK YOU to Kim over at A Girl and Her Phone for putting together this collaboration! This time we are doing our favorite Instant Pot recipe. I will be honest and say that I have not made Fried Rice in the Instant Pot before but it is a family favorite! I used this Easy Instant Pot Hibachi Fried Rice as my guide. We had brown basmati rice that had already been cooked that I needed to use, as well as some shredded chicken that I had on hand. Also, I used the veggies from a Stir Fry Teriyaki Kit but not the sauce. This was definitely a good choice for my crew! Looking forward to making this again! Here's how I modified the recipe to make it work for me: Sesame oil - 1Tbsp Bragg Organic coconut liquid aminos - 3 Tbsp Unsalted butter - 1Tbsp Egg(s) - 4item(s) Stir fry vegetables without sauce - 9 cup(s) Cooked brown rice - 4 cup(s) Cooked skinless boneless chicken breast(s) - 8oz I added the sesame oil, cooked down the onions and veggies. Then added the butter an