Friday, June 27, 2014

A Plan and Recipes to Go with It!

Somebody mentioned to me the other day that I post a lot of dessert recipes on my Facebook page.  And she's right!  Personally, I feel like cooking the meals to be clean is pretty simple.  Stick to basic stuff, and don't add sugar or flour!  A pot roast in the slow cooker with onions, steamed vegetables, grilled chicken... these are all things that come pretty naturally for me, because that's how I grew up.  For me, the harder part has been about having a snack or dessert that I can eat.  But I shouldn't assume that the same is true for everyone else.  So I will do my level best to provide a balance between treats and eats.  How's that?

So this week, I am providing again, a general map of what I think I will be eating. From meals to snacks to desserts.  I hope you find this helpful.

So, some notes about this plan.  On my eating plan, eggs are either poached or hard boiled, because that's how I like to eat them.  Not sure it's a good idea to fry them, because that just doesn't seem like a very healthy option.  Oatmeal is made one of two ways:  1) old fashioned oats boiled on the stove fresh each morning or 2) slow cooker steel cut oats, with single servings warmed up each morning.  Oatmeal can be served with your choice of milk.  Or, for a really yummy treat, drizzle a little real maple syrup on it and stir it up.  Greek yogurt is always plain.  We like Fage for its creaminess, but any good Greek yogurt will do.  We get our whole wheat buns at Trader Joe's.  Be sure to read labels on anything you buy.  It needs to be whole wheat flour and no sugar.  We order our whole wheat pretzels from

Here are links to the things I think you most likely need a recipe for.  If you still have questions about any of these menu items, please leave me a comment, and I will do my best to answer it.  Most of these links will also include some other recipes.  But hopefully that will inspire you to try some other things too!
Sweet potato quinoa burgers
Tortilla soup
Balsamic pot roast
Chocolate mousse
Pecan pie balls
Southwest quinoa salad
Thin mints
Lime cilantro grilled chicken
Sun dried tomato meatloaf
Honey Lime cole slaw

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Ice Cream and Cookies... Together Again!

Yesterday was an EPIC day!  E.P.I.C!  I participated in a Dragon Boat Race/Festival fundraiser to benefit End Hunger in Calvert County #givewhereyoulive.  Besides being for a very worth cause, it is just tons o' fun!  If you have never been to a Dragon Boat race, you are totally missing out.  And I don't know about other places, but in Maryland, we know how to rock the house ... and the Bay, in this case!  So, yeah, tons of fun!

^^That?  Oh, that's my empty bowl.  Yeah, it was good!
Besides the races and the great camaraderie, there were also food vendors.  And I saw someone with an ice cream sandwich.  You know, the kind with ice cream between two cookies... like chocolate chip!  Well, today I couldn't stop thinking about it.  So I did something about it!  I made grain-free chocolate chip cookies and Yonanas chocolate almond ice cream.  It's supposed to be chocolate peanut butter ice cream from, but I decided to use almond butter.  Why not?!  Indeed!

And so here's the thing.  AWESOME!  That's the thing.  And totally satisfied my want.  Make sure your ice cream is good and frozen and the scoop some onto a cookie and put another cookie on top.  Voila!  Treat!

Go on.  Go make some. You know you want to!!!  (And because there was a little ice cream left, I ate it while I typed this post.  Cuz that's how I roll....)

Saturday, June 14, 2014

I Love it When a Plan Comes Together!

I have spent the last week keeping track of everything I am eating.  Since I started clean eating, I've never really had to do this, but I've allowed myself to get a little off track lately.  Writing it down is helping me to re-focus and think more about what I'm eating.  I eat clean, but even eating clean has to include moderation.

Because of that, I've discovered that you also like seeing specific information on what to eat and when.  I get it.  It's hard to figure this out.  But, guess what?  You can eat what you like... just make sure it's cleaned up. And make sure you eat certain things, sweets and breads, in moderation.  In the meantime, I will continue to share schedules of what I plan to eat in order to help you get started or get back on track.  If you have a favorite recipe you'd like cleaned up, let me know, and I will see what I can do!

Here are some of the recipes, and the whole plan follows.

Beef stir fry;  Chicken salad on pita;  Spaghetti with garlic and olive oilMediterranean quinoa saladCarne asadaguacamoleGranola

I hope you enjoy this!

Sunday, June 8, 2014

The Whole Enchilada.... but no enchiladas, sorry.... Almond Joy, though!

I have really gotten off track lately.  I have still been eating clean, but not really being thoughtful and intentional about what goes in my face.  As a result, I have picked up a few pounds and it really annoys me, because I know how hard it is to get rid of it.... I sure don't want to have to lose that same weight again.  But I will!  Oh, yes, I will!

One thing I have always liked about eating clean is that I don't really feel the need to keep track of things... points, calories, carbs... none of that.  The only thing I ever kept track of were the number of times I ate in a day... and the hours between meals so that I was sure to stay on at least somewhat of a schedule. But this week I have been writing down everything I ate.  I need to focus on it a bit for a while in order to retrain my brain.  And it has started to worked.  I am down 2 pounds since Monday!  I don't have a lot to (re)lose, but enough that I need to pay more attention, obviously.  My intention is to track my food and exercise for the month of June.  I'll let you know the final outcome!

I'm pretty sure the thing that derails my progress is treats.  We all want them, but even clean treats should be eaten in moderation.  And I really love making them for MR.  But just because it's clean, doesn't mean you can eat an unending supply of it!  So I am really limiting treats, but not cutting them out completely!  This week I made a batch of raw Almond Joy.  I especially love things that can be made quickly, and these definitely fall in that category.  I just have to keep track of how many I am eating, because they sure are yummy!!!

For this week, due to some other things going on in my life, I have made a complete schedule of meals.  Usually, I just have eggs or oatmeal for breakfast, leftovers from supper for lunch, and then plan supper.  Snacks are usually fruit and cheese, fruit and nuts, fruit and nut butter, something like that.  But this week, you get the benefit of my entire meal plan!  I hope you enjoy it!!!

And let me just say right up front, you may not agree with my perspective of "clean eating" and that's okay.  In my mind, it's about no white flour, no processed sugar, and no processed foods.  It's worked for me, so that's what matters to me!  And by "worked," I mean, my thyroid meds have been reduced, I lost weight, and I feel super!

Recipes:  balsamic pot roastMarinara Sauce, and Shepherd's Pie

Adapted from

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