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Carrot/Lentil/Spinach Bowls for Lunch

It has been rough, diet-wise, lately. Cakes, nachos, etc. at work? Yeah, that’s hard to resist! So… I’m trying to at least have a healthy breakfast and lunch each day!

My lunch for the week? Carrot/Lentil/Spinach Bowls!

Start with some grated carrot:

Then add some lentils… I went for the whole bag.

Put them in a big sauce pan together.

Mix it up with some diced onion, a bouillon cube, water, salt, and pepper.

Let it simmer for 30 minutes or so. Then throw in some spinach!

Let the spinach wilt a bit, and then season it to your own taste. I am on a major sesame kick, so I added a couple dashes of sesame oil, and mmm…. it was delicious!

I put it into 5 bowls and voila! Lunches for the week!

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Roasted Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus Bundles

Check these babies out! Gina over at Skinny Taste comes up with the prettiest recipes (they’re also tasty… just a side note) and reduced calorie or low-fat.

Roasted Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus Bundles
Skinnytaste.com
Servings:
4 • Serving Size: 1 bundle • Old Points: 1 pt • Points+: 2 pt
Calories:
64.8 • Fat: 2.1 g • Protein: 7.2 g • Carb: 6.4 g • Fiber: 3 g • Sugar: 0 g
Sodium:
351.8 mg

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 lb thin asparagus spears, tough ends trimmed
  • extra virgin olive oil spray (I used my misto, lets assume 1/4 tsp)
  • fresh cracked pepper to taste
  • 4 slices (2 oz) thin sliced prosciutto

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400°.

Lightly spritz asparagus spears with extra virgin oil. Season with fresh cracked pepper and divide into 4 bundles.
Gather 1/4 of the asparagus and use a slice of prosciutto to wrap each bundle and place on a baking dish seam side down. Repeat with remaining, place on baking dish and bake 12 minutes or until asparagus is tender crisp.

Quick and easy lunch! Spinach (what else?)

I really thought I had already posted this… But okay, here’s a super easy and delicious lunch!

Take a pot and add as much spinach as will fit. Add a tiny bit of sesame oil and some water.

Cover that baby up and let it steam until the spinach is all wilted.

Sprinkle some magic sesame seeds on it… the already-toasted ones are divine.

Poach some eggs. And if you haven’t done that before, look it up first instead of thinking you probably remember how to do it. If you go with the second method, the results usually aren’t pretty. See evidence below.

The finished product… Not the most beautiful thing in the world, but I thought it was pretty tasty and satisfying!

Dinner: Not-So-Boring Chicken and Veggies

We had a very busy weekend in Chicago. Taking a 3- and 7-year-old along is a lot of work! So, my plans to have everything prepped for the week and have all sorts of glorious, healthy food (as well as a clean house with clean laundry) and start exercising kind of fell through. I think the first mistake was starting Saturday morning at 3:30 a.m.

I did manage to make dinner tonight, though, and I have a refrigerator full of healthy food.

So, tonight we had chicken and veggies. It sounds boring, doesn’t it? I had a bunch of veggies I needed to use up from last week’s grocery trip.

First, I sliced some grape tomatoes in half and stuck them in a light sesame ginger salad dressing to sit for an hour or so. I meant to put them in a light balsamic vinaigrette, but it turns out I don’t have any. So, the ginger dressing. In case you’re running to the kitchen to try this, you should know it tasted pretty gross. I think it would have been delightful with the balsamic.

Okay, moving on.

Next, I put a small amount of olive oil in a pan and a couple of thinly sliced garlic cloves. I let them cook together for a few minutes and then stuck in about a pound of chicken breast. I added salt and pepper and let it turn toasty brown before flipping it over. Once both sides were browned, I covered it and let it cook for a long time. Probably too long. I’m paranoid about meat like that. And then after it cooked while covered for a long time, I added a chicken bouillon cube and some water, and cooked it longer.

I dumped the sliced tomatoes on a baking sheet (with sides) and stuck it in the oven at 400. They were probably in there for 40 minutes, and the last few were with the broiler turned on.

I sliced some more garlic, diced some onion, and sliced some red pepper and put them into a non-stick pot.

Once they’d softened, I added a big bag of spinach. I love spinach. It is so good for you and to tasty and versatile! I added a splash of water and let that spinach steam and wilt.

I added a little bit of salt and pepper, and it was done.

I don’t have a photo of it on the stove, but I also steamed some broccoli. Just plain old broccoli.

And… I made a box of garlic and parmesan pearl couscous. It was delicious!

The meal:

The chicken was tasty, even if it might have been a little overcooked. The tomatoes, as I said earlier, were pretty disgusting. The couscous – yummo. The broccoli might have been better if it had been a little fresher, but it was fine. The spinach was quite tasty, if I do say so myself.

My husband and kids ate the chicken, ate a little bit of broccoli, and made faces at the tomatoes. My boys scarfed down the couscous and tolerated the spinach. Well, my 3-year-old only ate it if I wrapped a leaf of it around a small piece of chicken and added a few balls of couscous and called it a dog treat because he sometimes will only answer to “Fido” and gets very upset if you call him a person instead of a dog… Oh, am I rambling?

Anyway…. we had leftover chicken and spinach. (I threw the tomatoes and broccoli out.) I’ve found that we eat way less meat if I slice it rather than give each person big pieces of chicken breast. So, I divided the leftovers into four bowls (yay, holiday week – 4 work days!) and added a little bit of whole grain chicken-flavored rice (about 50 calories per bowl for the rice).

(The spinach is under the chicken and the rice.)

Up next? Tomorrow night we’re having beef and broccoli/carrot stir fry, an easy and tasty dish!

P.S. We ate in our hotel’s restaurant in Chicago (The Renaissance Downtown) and their menu had several “Wellness” selections marked on it. Pretty cool, huh? And you’ll be EXTRA proud of me for choosing one of those items for my meal! (Fingers crossed behind my back: I did NOT order spiced chocolate cake from room service later… But if I had, I would rationalize by saying we only ate one real meal that day and my husband ate half of it!)

P.P.S. I started a Facebook page for this blog/contest tonight! I don’t have much on there, but I’m hoping to use it regularly.

What to pack for lunch?

Lunchtime is hard. There are always many greasy, calorie-loaded options available. We do have a cafe available to us with many healthy choices, so we’re ahead of the game there. You can get a healthy salad, you can have a low-fat sandwich, you can have something lean grilled… There are many possibilities. For the days when I’m brown bagging it (or re-useable lunch container-ing it because we love the planet, right?), though, I’ve found that doing something simple often works best.

This week I’m starting out with chopped veggies. For some reason, if I cut my carrots in julienne-style sticks, it just feels like more of a treat. The extra 3 or 4 minutes makes the baby carrots a little bit tastier (or maybe I’m just a bit wacko). I added some steamed broccoli and then sliced some green olives (heart-healthy fat!) and a hard-boiled egg (protein!). I’ll probably add a little bit of leftover quinoa mix for some whole grain. And woo hoo! We’re in business with a nicely balanced meal.

*Reminder* Don’t forget to report your weight!

I am going to be out of the office 9/22-9/30, returning on Monday, 10/3. While I’m out, please continue to report your weigh in results each Thursday. I will tally the results and post them as soon as possible once I’m back in the office (most likely Monday night, 10/3).

 You can report in the following ways while I’m out:

 1.) Email me your weight each Thursday

 2.) Leave a post-it with your initials and weight in the designated envelope on my desk (I’ll have one for each week)

 Also, we are approaching our halfway mark. Are you where you want to be? Here’s a little incentive:

 Halfway Contest!

 The top THREE losers for Week 6 will win a free lunch from the Cafe! (Thanks, Office Services!!!)

 So, what are you waiting for? Shake a leg! 🙂