Thursday, September 3, 2015

Om Nom Nom

Current Weight: 299 lbs
Total Loss: 50 lbs
Avg. Loss/Week: 2.4 lbs
- Body Weight %age: 14%

Jordan and I both love to cook and we're pretty good at it (we're chubby for a reason, people...) but having to concoct healthy meals is like learning how to cook all over again:
Don't drizzle your oil, spritz it;
Don't add sour cream, use plain Greek yogurt;
Don't add sugar, use stevia;
Don't add salt until you taste it. 
Our program doesn't mandate that we make these changes but the proof is in the pudding; it shows on the scale when we conscientiously weigh, measure, and prepare our food. This week I'm a steady eddy at 50 pounds down still but Jordan is SUPER close to catching up with me—can't wait to celebrate his success!

We're both enjoying the challenge of prepping meals from scratch and grubbing on whole foods, but sometimes we just want a quick and easy meal. Cooking fatigue or lack of groceries/meal planning often result in poor choices (snacking around too much or going out). Although processed/pre-packaged foods are not always our friend, there are some exceptions. This week, we learned that sometimes it's nice just to let Trader Joe do the cooking. The result was an exotic, sweet and salty, meaty and hearty Americanized Indian dish.



Start by coring and slicing bell peppers into long, thin strips. Dice onion, and chop asparagus into one inch pieces ending two inches above the woody ends of the stalks. Spray a non-stick pan with coconut oil and heat to medium high. Once hot, add vegetables and sauté until onions and peppers become translucent and edges of veggies start to caramelize. 

Next, remove lamb meatballs from packaging and add to the pan with the vegetables along with 1/3 cup of water. Put a lid on your pan and allow meatballs, water, and vegetables to cook covered for five minutes or until middles of meatballs are hot to the touch (they're precooked). 

Meanwhile, take the small packet of marsala sauce included with (but separate from) the meatballs; put the sealed packet into a cup of warm water to thaw. Next, take one of the packets of rice from the box, make sure the right direction is facing up and not ventilated, and microwave for three minutes.

The water should absorb into the veggies and meatballs but if you have excess, drain it off. Add the masala sauce the pan and stir until all ingredients are combined. Plate rice first and cover with vegetable/meatball mixture. Enjoy!

According to MyFitnessPal:
1 serving (1/3 cup rice, 3/4 cup vegetables and three meatballs with 1 T. sauce) = 345 calories 
29 carbs | 16 grams of fat | 21 grams of protein | 4 grams of fiber | 2 grams of sugar

Difficulty of dish: Easy Peasy

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