Monday, February 20, 2017

Food Diary: What I Eat In A Week

I really had no idea how interested all of you were in recipes and meal ideas until I started posting some of my recipes and snapchatting what I cook for dinner. I love that you're all so enthusiastic about it and that many of you share some of your favorite recipes with me. It helps me to branch out and your cooking tips also help me to become better in the kitchen (I have LOTS of room for improvement), so thank you! 

I am also often asked about what I eat on a daily basis, so I thought it would be fun to let you know what I eat for lunch and dinner each weekday (because breakfast is usually just coffee and fruit and an egg or some sort of granola bar) as well as snacks. In full disclosure, I try my best to eat healthily during the week and try to stick to a low carb lifestyle. But, on the weekends, I do whatever I want. I mostly do my grocery shopping at Trader Joe's, Fresh Market and Target.

I try to never let myself get ravenous. Number one reason because no one likes me when I am hangry. But also, I find it easy to eat healthy food when I'm never actually starving. So I keep things like fruit, turkey breast and veggies/hummus etc. always on hand!

So today's post is going to be in true journal style. Meaning, I've come to this post several times a day for the past week to write about my day and let you know exactly what I am eating. You should also know that I live alone so I'm more often than not, just cooking for one person. So whatever I make, I usually end up eating it for a few days. So, a week of my meals may seem truly boring since I try my hardest not to waste anything. I'm also just snapping plain iPhone photos of my meals, so this is meant to be more journalistic, than staged to look great for nice DSLR photos. Keeping it real, here!

Let me know if this is something you enjoy checking out and I'll continue to share every once in a while. I think I'll at least do it once more to give you more of a sense of what I eat! You can see more recipes that I like on my Pinterest board

Lunch: Tuna salad wrap which consists of homemade tuna salad on a bed of romaine lettuce hearts. I make my tuna salad with chopped onion, chopped Trader Joe's hot and spicy pickles (these are SO good), and dijon mustard with a tiny bit of olive oil mayonnaise...I know this sounds like a majorly weird combo, but I love it.).

Snack: Hummus and carrots. 

Dinner: Chicken Burrito Bowl with cauliflower rice. I throw raw organic chicken breasts (3 breasts) into the crockpot with sliced peppers and chopped onions. I add in a jar of Trader Joe's chipotle garlic salsa, diced green chiles, low sodium taco seasoning and set on high for 4 hours. Remove everything from crock pot and separate. Sautee riced cauliflower (it comes pre-riced at Trader Joe's) in a bit of EVOO, add in more taco seasoning, roasted minced garlic for about 10 minutes. Add in a can of black beans towards the end. Then assemble your bowl (I like to add light sour cream, guac, etc.). This makes a ton, so it's great for a crowd or to repurpose (which you'll see how in the following days). Since it's Bachelor Monday, I had a chocolate chip cookie (whoops) with friends.

Lunch: Leftover tuna salad from Monday (I usually make two cans at a time), but this time on top of a bed of romaine lettuce and balsamic vinaigrette.

Snack: Vermont Turkey pepperoni stick and green apple. I keep these in my handbag at all times so I can munch on-the-go. They're so good. 

Dinner: Chicken Tacos (using everything leftover from Monday night's dinner, and the flour tortillas from Monday's lunch).

Snack: Cut up strawberries for dessert and Tazo Refresh green tea before bed. 

Lunch: Greek salad. Diced kalamata olives, diced red onion, half an avocado, feta cheese, chopped Trader Joe's frozen turkey burger with TJ's Goddess dressing topped with a dollop of Sabra roasted garlic hummus (the best store-bought hummus, in my opinion). The TJ's frozen turkey burgers are the best (they also have chicken and salmon versions that are delicious, too) because you can keep them in your freezer and use them in a pinch when you need a protein for a meal.

Snack: Turkey breast, avocado, and horseradish sauce. 

 Baked Honey Dijon Salmon (literally just marinate salmon in this dressing), baked asparagus and sauteed brussel sprouts (just use EVOO, minced roasted garlic, and top with balsamic drizzle)
Lunch: Progresso Rich and Hearty Tomato Florentine Sausage soup and turkey breast on top of Romaine hearts and smoky beets. This is one of my favorite canned soups. I typically eat the entire can! This one is super flavorful and filling.

Snack: Diced mango, pineapple, and raspberries. 

Dinner: Taco Salad (leftovers from Monday over a bed of romaine)

Lunch: 2 eggs, 1 egg white scrambled with sauteed red onion, topped with salsa

Snack: Diced mango, pineapple, and raspberries. 

Dinner: 3 ingredient spaghetti squash pasta. You can read about it, here (I make this almost weekly, it's so easy and delicious). It makes about 3-4 servings depending on the size of the spaghetti squash, so I usually make it Mondays and eat it for the week, but tonight I had a guest so no leftovers. I also chose to add English peas, asparagus, and onion into the mix which made even more food, but was SO good. I just sauteed the veggies with EVOO and added it to the sauce towards the end right before serving. 

My reflection at the end of the week: For being such a fan of red meat, I just noticed that I rarely ever cook it at home/for myself. It's good to see I don't get much of it during the week because I'll usually order a steak or burger out on the weekend. I'm also proud of myself for making use of what I had in my fridge and not buying lunch or going out for dinner. I also know that I mostly cook Asian or Mexican inspired dishes, so I'm glad I went slightly Italian with the spaghetti squash pasta and then Greek with the Greek salad. 


Anonymous said...

So I have to ask based on your meals & some of your photos- are you now blogging full time?

Lauren A said...

Thanks for sharing! I'm always looking for easy but healthy recipes :)

Amanda said...

I like this post! I noticed your lunch pics look like they're taken at home, do you ever need to pack lunches for work?

Laura said...

This is such an interesting post, I always love seeing what other people eat to stay fit and healthy. Do you work from home mostly at your 'day job'? It looks like some of these things would be really hard to bring into an office (tuna, eggs etc.)

Kalee said...

Thanks for sharing! Another one of my favorite recipes is stuffed peppers (turkey sausage and cauliflower rice to make it more on the healthier side)! Definitely need to try your tuna salad recipe.


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