Pesto Chicken Sausage with home-made tomato basil sauce in zucchini zoodles. Sauteed mushrooms and onions in wine sauce. Malbec wine from Mendoza, Argentina. (Thanks to my father for introducing this to us.)
Beer Brats and Sauerkraut. I love my diet.
I follow most of the dieting tags on WordPress, and almost daily there are dozens of post with pictures of cake, cupcakes, cookies, and other sweets. What’s wrong with you people? Do you go around offering cigarettes to people trying to quit? Do you offer to go drinking with recovering alcoholics?
Luckily, I’m immune to all your temptations.
Italian pepper flake sausage with homemade sauce and zoodles. I made my own low carb spaghetti sauce by winging it, and it was better than store bought!
- 1/4 onion
- Some chopped garlic
- 1 Roma tomato chopped
- Some chopped basil
- Italian Seasoning
- Fresh ground pepper
- 1 Small can of tomato sauce
Saute the onion and garlic in the pot with some EVO until tender. Add everything else and simmer while cooking the rest of the dinner.
Philly cheesesteak on roasted red peppers with swiss chard, garlic, and mushroom salad. I did a few things wrong with this one, like having the wrong type of meat (too tough) and should have melted the cheese in with the other ingredients before stuffing the red peppers. Also, this is my first time eating swiss chard, and while I think I like it, I’ll have to season it better – totally forgot the salt, pepper, and other spices, and it came out bland. (recipe inspired from here)
The week is beginning again and I’m dangerously close of running out of some basic foodstuffs. I use an android application called “Wunderlist” for all my to-do lists. It has a great sync feature which allows me to keep running lists on all my devices and my chrome browser. I simply add all the food I normally buy onto the list and once it’s in my cart, I check them off in the app. The checked items stay under the list, so I can quickly add them back to the list once I run out. I can also send the list to my wife either as a email or any sort of social messaging like Facebook. Oh, and it’s free. I like free.
Shopping is usually a ten minute ordeal for me. My local Food Lion has a perimeter from right to left like so: Diary and Eggs, Meat, Seafood, Lunch Meat, Produce, Bakery, and Deli. I just do “a lap”, check off the food I need, and I’m done. Also, using the list, I’m not tempted to “improvise” and buy anything that would be off-diet.
I go to the grocery store about every four days. That’s when I usually need new produce or dinner meats. That’s not to say I’m completely wiped out of food, but I’ve been able to time it so that I go every four days just to keep my food store filled. Unfortunately, sometimes money gets tight and/or I forget to go. When that happens (like right now), I realize I’m at my weakest for cheating on my diet, so I make it a point to grab the healthy food, before I have any inclinations to buy some junk food. It hasn’t happened yet, but why risk my good progress?
Another great thing about using the Wunderlist app is that I’m a scatterbrain. I keep a wide assortment of To-Do lists, and sometimes a list item comes to me at various and random times during the day. I usually carry my phone on me and all I have to do and open up the app and add it (before I forget to). This is true with my food too. Yesterday, I was at a family get together and I realized I was out of Salad Mix. It was a completely random thought, but I quickly pulled out my phone and typed it in. Done. I hate coming back from the store only to realize I’ve forgotten something (even more if I *have* to go back to get it).
So, yeah, Wunderlist is my shopping list for the 21st century.
Grilled Tuscany chicken with avocado balsamic salad.