Tried a new Stuffed Pepper recipe tonight for dinner and they were pretty good. This recipe is more like a spaghetti without the pasta; the meaty sauce is stuffed in a red pepper instead. It was tasty and not too difficult or long to make. I will likely make them again. The only change I made (other than using ground chicken instead of turkey, and fresh spinach instead of frozen) was I baked the peppers not stuffed first for 15-20 minutes, then added the meat mixture stuffing and baked about 10 minutes more. I like my peppers to be cooked and the meat mixture is already cooked and hot so just how I decided to do it. One side looks different as Hubby didn't want the extra cheese on top of his.
We had such a good evening at Get Stuffed last week we decided to go again this week :) Again, we had excellent food. A new favorite spot for us.
I started with the same appetizer: Shrimp, that myself and Mom split. Next time I may get my own :) No offence Mom, lol. Hubby tried something new: Fish Stew and he loved it. I tried it, not for me because it has anise in it and I am not fond of the licorice taste at all. It was a hearty stew though; pretty large for an appetizer and filled with lots of seafood.
Mains were the Stuffed Pork Tenderloin with Au Jus for myself & Mom. Mom had the same stuffed pork dish last week and raved about it so much she had to get it again. I tried a taste of hers last time and then I wanted one for myself so that's what I ordered this time. It was delicious; so tender and tasty. We ordered mashed potato and grilled veggies as our sides. The mashed potatoes were a great choice and went so well with the pork; especially when you put them into the same bowl and soaked up the au jus :) Yummy!
Hubby ordered the pork special for the evening. It came with grilled veggies and a fruit chutney, I believe. He really enjoyed it; said it was one of the pork dishes he has had in a long time.
Another great evening, even better that I didn't have to cook it and super better that I didn't have any dishes to wash! Woohoo! Win, win :)
As I mentioned last post, I have been getting out of the nightly cooking habit. Sometimes not in the mood to cook (seems to be happening more often), or not feeling well enough to cook, or too busy, or not looking forward to what I had planned to cook. This week I planned meals for Monday through Thursday and made them all :) I never plan meals for the weekend.
Monday was the Shrimp Stir-fry I already posted about :)
Tuesday we had one of my favorite meals. I made Pork Chops with Apples and Onions (I have simplified this recipe at times, like today, and just fry up apples & onions with the chops and add a little olive oil and apple balsamic). We had Roasted Asparagus and baked potato with it; it was delicious. I only had half a chop and it was enough for me with everything else.
Wednesday we had Pizza. These were added to the menu to pretty much use up ingredients we had on hand :) Still good though. They have marinara sauce (which we usually use instead of pizza sauce) tomatoes, sun-dried tomatoes, prosciutto, pineapple, mushroom, onion, and mine have cheese. The small ones are on Greek flatbread and will have those for lunch the next day :)
Thursday we had Almond-Flax Crusted Chicken with baked sweet potatoes. This chicken is really good and pretty easy. Should of had a veggie with this but we didn't. Nobody is perfect :)
I have really fallen out of the cooking habit, and completely fallen out of the enjoy to cook habit. I still make weekly meal plans and shop accordingly, but I really couldn't be bothered most nights to cook. I am hoping it's just a rut I've fallen into and will soon get out of; even if I have to claw and dig my way out, kicking and screaming the whole way, sweating and on the brink of death :) OK, a little over dramatic, maybe?
I did manage to cook tonight, and it was a beautiful day, and it's my last week of pre-k classes so I'm pretty busy and very excited; but I did it! Woohoo! I should get a medal. No medal? Well, I did get a stir-fry, so all is not lost :) I made a very simple shrimp stir-fry. It was good except that the shrimp were not the best, sigh. I think they may be a little old, not good since it's a huge bag I bought from Costco and just opened, ugh.
I made white jasmine rice. I stir-fried some veggies (red pepper, snap peas, asparagus,and water chestnuts) in olive oil. Added a little hoisin sauce to the veggies. Stir-fried the shrimp separately after marinating in garlic olive oil, salt, pepper, and crushed red pepper flakes.
A nice simple meal. Not too much chopping or prepping. Except for the below par shrimp it was pretty good. One days dinner done, only every other day to go :)
We had Piatto for supper tonight. We do eat there a lot because it's so good but I don't always post about it as I often get the exact same thing. Tonight there were a couple of small changes but still just as good :)
We started with a Bruschetta appetizer to split. I usually don't get an app but had already planned to take half my pizza home for lunch the next day :) The Bruschetta was great; fresh tasting and delicious.
The only pizza I ever get at Piatto is The Stephanie. It is fantastic. Hubby is the pizza lover and he loves the fact that I found a pizza that I really enjoy as well, now we can eat there more often. This pizza is in the white pizza section and has goat cheese, prosciutto, pears, and balsamic. It may sound a little odd but it is truly delicious. Hubby had a modified Margherita; less cheese and he added extra veggies.
Even had some dessert tonight and not my usual Tiramisu. Living on the edge, haahaa. Tonight I tried the Chocolate & Arabica Budino (never would have remembered the name of that dessert or had a clue how to spell it, found it listed on their website). It was a dark chocolate with orange custard and topped with vanilla whipped cream. It was a nice size (not too large) and very good; but still like their Tiramisu best :) Also had a latte and Hubby had a cappuccino, both decaf of course. If you are looking for a good coffee, this is the place to go. One of the best coffees I have had in St. John's in a long time. It is the closest I've found here to the great coffees I enjoyed in Italy.
Excellent food, as usual, and the service was top-notch!
Went out for a spur of the moment dinner tonight. We decided to try "Get Stuffed", a restaurant that we haven't been to in several years. Just kind of got forgotten about over the years after I moved back to Newfoundland, but I'm very glad we remembered it again.
There were 3 of us for dinner. I had a cocktail to start and they were very nice and a great price. I had a punch one (sorry, don't remember the name) but it had Malibu, Screech, pineapple and lime. Not overly sweet, but tasty and refreshing. It was very nice; so nice that I ordered another and my Mom ordered one as well after trying mine :)
Apps tonight were the Grilled Calamari for Hubby, he really enjoyed it, and Shrimp for myself and Mom to share. The Shrimp were great, done in an orange glaze. Both the shrimp and the squid were cooked perfectly, not over-cooked and rubbery which I find happens more often then I would like when eating out.
This restaurant serves it's sides separate from the mains, so you can pick and choose which sides you want and you can share them if needed. We decided to go with two sides only and that was just enough for the three of us with no leftovers. We had the honey glazed carrots (they are pretty sweet but good) and the grilled vegetables (very nice and simple). Mains were: Blackened Salmon with Fruit Salsa (for Hubby, and he really enjoyed it), Fried Cod with Scrunchions and Lemon Butter (for myself, it was excellent), and Stuffed Pork with Au Jus (for Mom, which she loved as well). This restaurant also offers two sizes for it's main courses; a regular size (which we all ordered) and a get stuffed size. Great for those bigger eaters or just if your feeling really hungry :)
The food was all fantastic, the prices were good, and the service was great. We will be going back again soon. Another great restaurant to add to the rotation :)
Sorry for not posting anything lately but I was pretty much sick for an entire week :( I teach preschool and joke that I caught the cootie plague; I think I really did this time :) I was in bed by 7 or 8 most days and ate very little all week. Some days there was one meal only, others there was just picking here and there. Nothing worth blogging about and no good pics of course, unless my countless glasses of orange juice count :)
Feeling much better now and decided to try out a new recipe tonight: One Pot Lemon Pasta. This one is not a keeper for us. I made as is, using 1 large lemon instead of two as suggested in the notes. I also used my regular gluten-free pasta but don't think it turned out as good as regular pasta would have, although the recipe said gluten-free could be used. I had high hopes for this recipes, thought it would be a nice dish that was quick and easy. The lemon flavor was good but myself and Hubby felt that the sun-dried tomatoes and lemons didn't taste great together. It just seemed like an odd combo to us. Also, I had to cook my pasta longer than the recipe said (another 3-4 minutes on high to get the water gone) and my pasta ended up a gluey consistency; maybe due to the lack of gluten, not sure. I ate it but already not looking forward to it for lunch tomorrow :( Hoping it will be better, fingers crossed.
I sprinkled a little nutritional yeast on top to serve, keeping it a vegan dish as well as gluten-free.
Update: This recipe was actually better the next day. The flavors seemed to combine and it wasn't gluey/slimy; seems to have dried up a bit (in a good way) and was therefore better.
Read this post, there's cake!
I tend to make a meal plan over the weekend so I can make my grocery list and have some idea what I will be making for supper during the coming week. I find it works for me. I don't end up throwing out lots of food I bought and then didn't use because I forgot about it, and I don't have to go to the grocery store multiple times during the week. Who wants to be doing that? Ugh.
In the past, during my diet years, I made weekly plans as well. Mainly to help me stay on track. The biggest difference now (aside from following some strict diet plan/rules for eating) is I don't feel guilt or shame if I don't follow the meal plan exactly. The meal plan is there to make the weeks meals easier, it's not a "do it exactly or suffer the wrath" plan :)
This week I started out following my meal plan. Had a few new recipes picked out to try that I was looking forward to. I made a nice Chicken Soup on Sunday. On Monday, I made a Mediterranean Fish dish using fresh caught trout instead of salmon. Then, on Tuesday I went a little off track; and that's fine. The meal plan had a new Mediterranean Chicken recipe to try, but it turned out to be such a nice day (after a long weekend of cold and rain) that I though Hubby would rather grill. I picked up some salads (couscous, quinoa, and chickpea) from the grocery store and he grilled some chicken breasts. Now I'm not a fan of grilled chicken and I don't really like BBQ Sauce, so Hubby had the chicken and salads and I had the salads with a slice of rye bread dipped in oil and vinegar. It was great. It was what I wanted to eat, so I ate it :) No shame or guilt or worry over not eating enough protein or over eating bread.
Last night, the meal plan was actually a Fend-For-Yourself day :) Sometimes I plan these on days that I know I'm extra busy or to give myself a break from cooking. I heated a gluten-free pizza that I picked up from Costco. First time having it but it wasn't very good. I prefer thin crust and I found this pizza pretty bland. Won't buy it again, and it's sad that it was a 2-pack so still have another one. Hubby cooked salmon, potatoes, and asparagus. We have completely different cravings and likes :)
Tonight, I finally made the Mediterranean Chicken dish, from the meal plan; well sort of. I made the chicken part; made the marinade and cooked the chicken. We had so many leftovers salads from earlier in the week I didn't need to make anything else. The chicken was really tasty as well, so I will probably try the entire recipe soon :)
I didn't forget the cake. I could never forget cake :)
I am ending my day with a piece of cake :) I would never have dreamed of this while dieting; well (let's be honest) I would have dreamed of it but unlikely eaten it. Well (let's be really honest) I would have unlikely eaten it until I went on a full binge from being so restrictive with my eating and then I would have eaten an entire cake in a day or two. Now, if I have a craving for cake, I have cake, and it's usually just a piece and I'm happy :)
We were lucky enough to get some fresh trout, caught by my Dad, today. I had a new recipe picked to try this week, which called for salmon. Now, as many of you know, I am not a salmon fan. I have tried it multiple times to see if I will develop a taste for it, but I think I like it even less now than when I started. Maybe it's the fact I tried to eat it so often as part of a diet plan because it's considered such a healthy food, that now, I almost despise it. I put in a request with my Dad for some trout if he was lucky enough to catch some this weekend and caught enough to be able to part with some :) We were in luck :)
I tried Pan Seared Salmon (Trout) with Mediterranean Salsa Fresca & Toasted Couscous (Quinoa). Keep in mind this is recipes within a recipe. There's a fish rub, a salsa recipe, and a simple couscous recipe. Nothing too difficult though. Hubby loved it although he's not a huge fan of the quinoa (I used quinoa because I already had it on hand). It was a good meal but I will admit he enjoyed it much more than I did. I think a feed of old-school trout is what I had in mind and therefore will have next time. Old-school trout for me is how I grew up eating it. Simply pan-fried in butter, after dredging with flour, and fried up crispy :) Yummy!
Planning to try some new recipes this week! As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago I have been in a cooking rut. Not wanting to cook as I'm not really looking forward to the meals I have planned for the week. I'm having trouble finding foods/meals I want to cook and eat; meals that I am really looking forward to having. So, this week I decided to go on a Pinterest recipe hunt. Look for some different recipes that sounded tasty, interesting, and different. Meals that I would hopefully look forward to making and eating.
I started this evening with a new soup recipe: Chunky Chicken Soup - Mediterranean Style. I make a Chicken Soup that I really enjoy but it is very simple (usually just stock, chicken, onion, and carrot; sometimes I add celery or green peas or spinach or rice) and I will admit I am getting a little tired of it. I roasted a chicken this past week and am out of homemade chicken stock so I figured it's time to make a pot of chicken soup again. I wasn't looking forward to my regular soup so needed something else. This new recipe sounded good and was very different from my normal soup recipe.
It was really good. I also think it will be much better tomorrow once all the flavors combine. I made the recipe pretty much as is; I added some cherry tomatoes and cooked the carrots an additional 5 minutes as the cooking time didn't seem long enough. I think the extra cooking time caused my rice to break down too much, so may need to adjust cooking times and/or when certain ingredients are added. Overall it's a good recipe. Great taste, very chunky and hearty, and a nice change of pace for us with different ingredients and the addition of olives.
My name is Michelle and I am tired of struggling with my weight. I am stopping the struggle.