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Liquid Diet

Before I get to the Liquid Diet part, last night’s dinner was good. It was back to our “norm” food. Michael blackened salmon:

I steamed a bunch of broccoli. I’ve been craving veggies with all the eating out lately.

It was nice eating food I’m used to again. We had part of a tomato left over and Michael sliced it up and sprinkled some salt on it. I topped the broccoli with Goddess Dressing.

Michael felt like the salmon was overdone and had too much blackening on it but I thought everything tasted pretty good. I usually don’t like tomatoes except on BLTs or burgers (or in ketchup form) but adding the salt to the slices made a huge difference.

My evening was spent reading a new library book:

And working on a project I will soon reveal. I had another sliver of fudge and a glass of milk for dessert.

Fast forward to Tuesday morning. My tooth has been bothering me for over a month now. I was able to get in to see the dentist and he told me I has to have a root canal. Of course I hadn’t eaten lunch BEFORE the dentist, so I was starving by the time I got out of there. I see a lot of soup in my future.

I got home from the dentist/pharmacy and made soup for lunch. I thought I had a creamy can of soup in the pantry but Mrs. Grass’s Soup was all I found. That’s okay because I happen to love Mrs. Grass’s soup.

Nothing like eating soup in the middle of summer!

QUESTION: Any food suggestions for me while I heal from my root canal?


Not a Lean Cuisine

I was so tempted to just heat up a Lean Cuisine for dinner last night…..

I was on my own for the night. The boys took off to do boy things. Since it was a Rest Day, I decided to use my time wisely and run errands. Library, grocery store, dyed my hair, cleaned the bathroom, did laundry, and got sucked into hours of Netflix TV.

It would have been super easy to just heat up a frozen meal and call it good. I was very tempted. And I was feeling very lazy. I decided to suck it up and make something. Oy.

First, I cooked some plain whole wheat Couscous. Opened a can of chickpeas:

Then I steamed broccoli and tossed both on top of the couscous.

Then I drizzled some Goddess Dressing on top of everything. Fairly low in calories for the whole thing and I was filled up.

I also munched on some green grapes after dinner. Something else that saved a lot of calories? Not drinking wine with dinner. It’s amazing how many calories I save by NOT drinking. Which sucks because I love wine, I love trying new wines, I love wine-tasting. But really, who can just stop with one glass of wine? Those calories add up fast!

Today (Wednesday) Michael’s father and step-mom arrive from Texas. They will be visiting until Sunday. The step-sister and boyfriend arrive on Thursday and will be visiting until Sunday as well. Jeremy is still here with us too. So I think the plan for the next few days is a lot of EATING OUT! Gasp. Michael told me our dinner plans for the next 5 days and I think we are hitting every good restaurant in Portland. Which is understandable because they are also the favorite restaurants of the family visiting! It’s all good……

I will be strong.

I will be strong.

I will be strong.

I will…..be…..oooh is that cheesecake?


I will BE strong!!!

Salmon and Veggies

With all the construction going on, grocery shopping has been the last thing on my mind lately. I realized yesterday that it was desperately needed because I ate my last apple yesterday and it was old and nasty! Boo. 😦

I stopped at my favorite produce market near the house and got some fresh produce.

I cut up the cantaloupe when I got home (and sampled a few).

Dinner was an old stand-by: blackened salmon.

I like this dinner because it’s healthy, filling and fast to make. I made a salad and steamed some broccoli.

Dinner was delicious and we watched yesterday’s Tour de France while we ate.

I decided to only eat half of my salmon and save the other half for lunch today.

I usually don’t have ice cream or treats in the house because I can’t just NOT eat them. So that explains why I had ice cream for dessert again last night!

Yesterday during lunch, I walked up to Washington Park (my walking speed is gettingΒ  a lot faster and I’m close to jogging!) and I saw this on my way back:

A new restaurant is coming soon! I’m intrigued! I love Pinot. πŸ™‚ And Oregon has some pretty tasty Pinot Noir.

Speaking of alcohol…This Friday is the Oregon Brewfest! So much fun. A friend who volunteers for it game me these:

Yep, those are Beer Tokens! Woo hoo! πŸ™‚

QUESTION: Does your city have an annual beer or brewing festival? Do you partake?

Grilled Cheese with a Twist

Dinner last night was super easy. I like super easy! Michael was craving sandwiches so I suggested grilled cheese.

The secret ingredient that makes the best grilled cheese? Mustard! Michael puts Dijon mustard on his sandwich. I am not really a fan of Dijon and can only handle it in small doses. So I used my Trader Joe’s Garlic Aioli mustard on my sandwich instead.

Michael wanted to put slices of ham to make a grilled ham and cheese. I used 1/2 a slice of ham on my sandwich instead of the whole slice (Costco ham). We used shredded Colby Jack cheese.


Butter both sides and grill it up! If you want to save some calories, don’t go crazy on the cheese and use “I Can’t Believe it’s Not Butter” Spray when you grill it.

Don’t forget to check the sides often so it isn’t burned. While my sandwich was cooking, I steamed cauliflower and brocolli.

Michael scoffed at my side dish and had Jalapeno chips instead. πŸ˜‰ Michael’s plate (minus the chips):

I used Goddess Dressing on my veggies. Dinner was fantastic! I love the gooey grilled cheese sandwiches and veggies.

My Dinner

I stopped eating Grilled Cheese sandwiches when I first started losing weight because I wasn’t sure how to make it “lighter.” Then I started using those 45 calories per slice bread, I Can’t Believe it’s not Butter, and those American Cheese Slices (nasty I know). I perfected the low-calorie grilled cheese sandwich–even if it wasn’t the best sandwich I’d ever had. πŸ˜‰ Honestly, I prefer what we make now!

We watched the new season of “Top Chef” last night. I love that show! Do you watch? I am a Kenny Fan for sure. He was pretty impressive. I am so happy the show is back! I posted on Twitter, “It’s Not Top Scallop!” –the funniest line from last season! πŸ˜‰

Finally, I’ve been contacted by a cool company for a GREAT first giveaway! Check back soon for more details!

QUESTION: How do you make your Grilled Cheese? Share secrets and recipes!

Barcode Blues

After work yesterday I headed to Trader Joe’s….my favorite grocery store!

As per usual, I only had 3 things on my list but came home with much more.

I stocked up on my Goddess Dressing.

And while my new favorite bread is Dave’s Killer Bread, I grabbed a loaf of Ezekiel Sesame Bread. I’ve seen it a few times in the blogger world and was curious. I ate a slice with breakfast this morning and it was pretty good!

In the frozen section, I saw these:

My Weakness

I picked up a box twice and put it back twice. I REALLY wanted it! I just kept talking myself out of buying a box. Why? Because I REALLY REALLY want to get away from processed food. It’s such a hard thing to do, though. I feel like I could go 80% barcode free (minus things like condiments and stuff like that) but it feels like a big commitment too. I’m still working it out in my brain.

Here are my Trader Joe’s goodies from last night’s visit:

Look at all that processed food! SIGH.

Here’s a copy of my receipt:

$27 for a small basket of food. Hmmm. Processed food is expensive.

After Trader Joe’s, I headed to the Mom and Pop produce market near our house. I try to buy all of my produce there because it’s local and way cheaper than the grocery store.

For example, their Bing Cherries are 99 cents a pound! Score!

I got some sweet potatoes, cauliflower (which was $1.99 total instead of by the pound), broccoli, and cherries.

Here’s what I came home with:

I spent $4 on those goodies:

Yet another reason eating less processed food is calling to me.

QUESTION: Do you have the Barcode Blues? Could you go processed-food-free?

Craving Indian Food

I was craving Indian food tonight. For dinner, I made some couscous and topped it with Trader Joe’s Dal Makhani. I love their Indian food! It’s got a lot of flavor in it and the lentils are packed with fiber. They are also Vegetarian.

I steamed some cauliflower and broccoli and added that to the top of the Dal Makhani and also added some chickpeas.

I added a little bit of Goddess Dressing to the veggies but realized later I didn’t really need it. The lentil stew was flavorful enough! The only thing missing from dinner was some Naan bread or maybe pita bread. But it’s not like the meal wasn’t complete without it.

Dinner Stats:

1 Serving of Dal Makhani (2 servings in a package) = 170 calories

1 Serving of Couscous (plain) = 220 calories

Goddess Dressing = 120 calories

Cauliflower and Broccoli = 25 calories for 1 cup

Those are good numbers for me! I feel full and satisfied with dinner.

While I ate dinner, I watched the rest of “Lovely Bones” and then did the Foam Roller. I am so excited to write the update about today’s adventure to Foot Traffic!

Have a great night! πŸ™‚

Very Filling Dinner

I think I prefer the Trader Joe’s Masala Veggie Burger. Last night we made Boca Burgers for dinner. They are okay, it’s not that I don’t like them, they just don’t have any flavor.

Michael topped them with jalapenos and cheese. It tasted pretty good–like jalapenos and cheese. πŸ™‚ I steamed a bunch of cauliflower, brocolli and green beans.

It was a lot of food but lately I’ve been insanely hungry. I ate everything. And felt much better!

I got a lovely package in the mail yesterday, too. I won some fiber bars from Julie over at Pickley Pear.Β  I’m really looking forward to trying them.

She also sent me some Siggi’s coupons. Score!

Breakfast this morning was half a Bagel Thin topped with turkey sausage and scrambled eggs.

QUESTION: What’s your favorite protein or fiber bar?