I Choose to Lose Part 5

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Surprisingly, even though I am eating healthier and on a diet, I am cooking less than I was before. I am spending way less time in the kitchen, which is a huge plus for me! It is definitely due to meal prep and cooking one meal and eating a few times! I am also doing a few cooking experiments to find some meals that we love. This week, I am experimenting with a few breakfast options and one has definitely been a success and I will post that recipe next week. Today I am going to show you my lunch experiment that was a huge hit for both myself and Mike!
The first week of the diet, I made Buffalo Garlic Turkey burgers for low carb days and Turkey Veggie Medley on high carb days. Both of these were really good in my opinion, but I can't eat the same thing week after week so I had to come up with some more options!
Last week I posted the Buffalo Garlic Turkey Burgers on the blog, here.
This week, I will post the Turkey Veggie Medley recipe from the book and then I will post my experiment which is sort of a cross between the two meals!
sorry for the terribly blurry photo!
from Chris Powell's book Choose to Lose
3 ounces - Cooked Ground Lean Turkey
1/2 cup - Mixed Peas and Corn (I just used a steam bag)
1/3 cup - Long Grain Brown Rice (I also made a steam bag)
5 sprays - Spray Butter
Garlic and Herb, Mrs. Dash
Mix all ingredients together, spray with butter and put Mrs. Dash on to taste.
When I made this for the first time, I ate for lunch that day and put the rest in Tupperware without the spray butter and Mrs. Dash. When I was ready to eat it, I would heat in the microwave and then spray with butter and put on Mrs. Dash. Super quick and easy!
 Even the first time I made it, because I used the steam bags, it only took about 10 minutes or so! I steamed the veggies and rice while I cooked the turkey, then I divided all the ingredients up into different bowls! Simple!
Then I got to thinking, I liked the simplicity of the bowl of food, a complete meal, ready to throw in the microwave. I also love buffalo sauce and garlic from the burgers. Sooo...maybe I could combine them?? So I made up my own recipe and it was really good! Very similar to the above recipe, but I looked forward to this one, much more! Mike was actually disappointed on Tuesday (low carb day), that he couldn't have it for lunch!
I am calling this recipe...
from Sandy's kitchen
3 ounces - Cooked Ground Chicken
1/2 cup - Mixed veggies (I used peas, corn, green beans and carrots)
1/3 cup - Long Grain Brown Rice
Garlic to taste
Buffalo Sauce to taste
Spray the pan with cooking spray. Add minced garlic and ground chicken.
Cook through. Add Buffalo sauce to taste. 
I did two of these swirls of hot sauce! I know, not very specific, but I really think it depends on how much you like it!
 Meanwhile steam a bag of mixed veggies and a bag of brown rice. Put all the ingredients together and add more hot sauce if desired! We ate one serving the day I cooked it and then put another serving in Tupperware. Reheated in the microwave! Really easy and delicious!
I think you could also use ground turkey without an issue, but I always think of Buffalo chicken so I decided to try it out! I was not disappointed, but I think you could probably go either way!
If you try it, let me know how you like it!
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  1. This looks yummy! I'll have to try it sometime. I've never bought ground chicken...I need to get on that! I love meal planning but I need to do more prep so that I spend time in the kitchen during the week!

  2. Thank you for this blog!!!! It is a life saver. I am 3 weeks in to carb cycling and like you I miss the little things. Dressings, SALT, etc. I have ran out is ideas and I'm so thankful I came across your blog! Please keep posting!!!!

    1. It always helps to see what others are doing! I would love to hear your progress as well!! This blog keeps me motivated so no stopping now :) Have a great day!!

  3. I am doing great with it just running out of ideas. And cooking for a family then myself has been HARD!!!!!! I am southern and cook southern so while I am making making my families supper I try to eat mine. I have made some fabulous Tuna patties!!! And I sometimes eat them alone or was a wrap!!!

    1. That is hard! My husband is eating whatever I make and for the most part, the kids eat it or some version of it. A couple nights a week I make them something easy and different, so that hasn't been much of an issue. Did you get the tuna patty recipe online? I would love to see it! I would really enjoy those! Have a great, successful week!!

  4. I actually found it on Pinterest but tweeked it to my liking. :). I use 2 cans of tuna (4oz), Mrs. Dash extra spicy, half can of corn (I know weird), I chopped some onion, parsley, Dijon mustard about 2 tbsp, hot sauce, 1 eggs, 2 pieces of wheat bread, I put a Jalapeno in it too. Mix well! Pat your cakes out then freeze if you have time. I then used coconut oil and seared the cakes each side (I used a cast iron skillet). Then baked on a cookie sheet 350 for 30 or so minutes. :). This makes a few so I can eat them for a couple days. You can also break them up and eat on a wheat wrap with greens :). Enjoy!!!

    1. Yum! You will probably see this on my menu plan next week :) Thanks!


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