Monday, 5 January 2015

I'm Really Starting to Get Into Holiday Eating

It's taken me a couple of weeks, but I've really started to embrace the holiday eating philosophy.  So much so that I think I'm going to have to scale it back, or else I will put on some weight that I'm just going to have to work to shift again later.  But this week, I enjoyed home cooking, and home eating :)

As always, I haven't listed every thing I have eaten this week, just the highlights.

Eats


Monday

 

  • Breakfast  Poached eggs on muffin, short macchiato
  • Lunch  Black bean and rice burrito with skinny cappuccino
  • Dinner  Moroccan lamb burger with burger bun, avocado, lettuce, tomato, cheese, onion, mayonnaise and tomato sauce, with baked sweet potato fries
We went out for a day of shopping, and hit up Mad Mex for lunch.  With all the meat we've been eating lately, I felt like a vegetarian lunch, and I really enjoyed the blackbean burrito.  We bought toe lamb burgers, but cooked them on the George Foreman grill, which removed a lot of the fat.  I love home made sweet potato fries, they are easy, and healthy!

Tuesday

 


  • Breakfast  Poached eggs on muffin with avocado and tomato, short macchiato
  • Lunch  Spicy tuna sushi rolls x 2
  • Dinner  Baked lemon and parsley salmon, roasted asparagus, coucous and feta salad
I'm enjoying having the time for eggs in the morning.  Although at the moment, breakfast is usually around 10am, because I'm sleeping in, but still going to the gym when I first get up.  I felt like mixing up our standard salmon fillets, so just googled a recipe with lemon and parsley, which I had at home.  This was super easy, and really yummy - great flavour with the salmon!

Wednesday

 


  • Breakfast  Porridge of oats, quinoa, currants, goji berries, chia seeds, linseed, slivered almonds, mixed spice, peach and milk, short macchiato
  • Lunch  Poached eggs on bagel, with tomato, avocado and cream cheese
  • Dinner  Chorizo sausage, lamb skewer, pork belly strips, garden salad, Cypriot salad with yoghurt dressing.  Strawberry cheesecake with whipped cream
We went all out for our New Year's Eve BBQ at home.  Lots of great meat, a garden salad, and a Cypriot salad (SO GOOD).  I also made strawberry cheesecake (modified the recipe).  It was probably healthier than store bought, but still - it was cheesecake!  Next time I'll add some gelatine though, it didn't keep it's shape very well.

Thursday



  • Breakfast  Porridge of oats, quinoa, currants, goji berries, chia seeds, linseed, slivered almonds, mixed spice, peach and milk, short macchiato
  • Lunch  Spicy tuna sushi rolls x 2
  • Dinner  Half steak, chorizo sausage, garden salad, Cypriot salad with yoghurt dressing
As you can see, I still love my porridge for breakfast.  It's such a great, wholesome way to start the day!  And you gotta love leftovers - we had heaps!

Friday



  • Breakfast  Porridge of oats, quinoa, slivered almonds, currants, chia seeds, linseed, mixed spice and milk, short macchiato
  • Lunch  Mixed grain roll with ham, tomato, onion, cheese and mayonnaise, fruit salad 
  • Dinner  Fish'n'chips - flake, chips, potato cake and dim sim
I'm being honest here, and I can say I really enjoyed the Fish & Chips. But only very infrequently.  On a hot day, I didn't want to cook, and maybe it's the salty chips, but it says summer to me.

Saturday




  • Breakfast  Porridge of oats, quinoa, slivered almonds, currants, chia seeds, linseed, mixed spice and milk, short macchiato
  • Lunch  Three sushi rolls - teriyaki chicken, avocado and cooked tuna
  • Snack  Iced coffee (skinny milk)
  • Dinner  Arancini balls, Pumpkin and feta pizza, walnut tart with vanilla bean icecream. Wine!
A night out with my man means good food.  We didn't eat huge amounts, but also just went with what we wanted.  Again, we didn't want meat / protein heavy food after all our BBQs during the week.  A vegetarian pizza (which I ate half of) fit the bill.  And dessert was a must.

Sunday

 


  • Breakfast  Summer bruschetta, with one poached egg, skinny cappucino
  • Snack  Bowl of fruit salad
  • Lunch  Two sushi rolls - teriyaki beef and cooked tuna
  • Dinner  Mexican black bean burgers, with half a roll, avocado, lettuce, tomato, yoghurt dressing, onion, cheese and sweet potato fries
The brunch kept me full most of the day - I just felt like a light couple of snacks until dinner.  We loved these Mexican Black bean burgers.  Again, we didn't want red meat, and this was a nice lighter alternative, but with good protein. Give them a try!  I also only had half the burger bun, to reduce the carb load of the meal.  Good decision.

Thoughts

Looking at my meals this week, I've definitely upped the carbs at the expense of real, clean vegetables.  With eating more planned meals, events and going out, the volume of food I'm eating has definitely increased.  I'm still happy with the choices I'm making generally - with the acknowledgement that the fish'n'chips were definitely not a healthy choice, but also were a once off.

I have been snacking a little more, because there is food around. It's as easy as that.  We still have leftover chocolate, biscuits, and cheese that are very tempting when you're perusing the fridge or pantry.  Once they are gone, I won't be able to eat them any more, and I don't intend to replace them either.

But I did enjoy making a few more interesting meals this week, even simple things like the lemon and parsley salmon, and more complex like the black bean burgers and strawberry cheesecake.

Next week

My goal will be to increase my vegie intake again - with each meal have a good serving of fresh vegetables, whether it's salad or stir-fried vegies.  That should stop my mid-meal snacking by filling me up and satisfying my body's needs for vitamins and minerals.

With this heat, it's also really important to keep drinking water.  I've actually been pretty impressed that I'm basically drinking a bottle of mineral water each day!  That's impressive for me.  And I should try to keep it up, especially when I go back to work.

I did enjoy making a few more interesting meals this week, even simple things like the lemon and parsley salmon, and more complex like the black bean burgers and strawberry cheesecake.  I'm going to try to take some opportunities in my last week off work to try some new recipes again.


What food treat did you have this week?  Was it worth it?



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