Meals Gone WRONG (Ep. 101)

I found this recipe on Pinterest after  recently discovering chicken thighs are cheaper than chicken breasts. It was supposed to be Jamaican Jerk Chicken. But due to lack of ingredients (and a lot of times I don’t allow this to stop me from making the dish, I just substitute for something close to it—in this case I should have left it alone), and the fact that it was 3 pm and I hadn’t eaten all day, I decided to half-ass and wing it. Let me tell you what I substituted:

  1. I used Olive oil instead of Canola (it said that or a cooking oil so I used what I had)
  2. Chicken stock instead of chicken broth (again did not have broth and I assumed they were the same— though in the back of my mind, I always questioned if there was a difference… You better believe I found out on this day)

It was so oily! No flavor at all. Turns out the stock and the olive oil were doing the same things. Next time I’ll make sure I have broth. I lightly seasoned the chicken because I thought the stock would act like broth, giving it more flavor. 

The chicken, onion, and potatoes cooked thoroughly but that taste! No.. So I tweaked it.. A lot

I drained tge dish of the excess oils, reseasoned it, and popped it in the oven uncovered then added wild rice to absorb some of the oils still in tact with the food. 

Added some steamed veggies (favorite side) and saved the dish! 

I was scared I would have to throw it out, and being that we are low on funds until I start working (which won’t be for another month), I thought we’d starve! But everyone liked it and I made enough for leftovers. 

Whew!

That’s my horror story. 

Until Next Time (& there will be plenty more),

T.

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Smoothies 

I’ve been off of my smoothie game lately! This morning I thought I’d share my breakfast with you guys.
Rise & Shine Smoothie                                                 My ingredients are usually raw, or natural (nothing packeged, or processed) but I decided to go against my normal smoothie guidelines and add a meal replacement in it as well. The breakfast essentials packed a lot of protein. Now that I think about, so did the soy milk (laughs). Oh well, the chocolate flavoring went well with the banana. On a healthy note, it also packed:

  • 21 vitamins & minerals 
  • 13g of protein
  • 2x the calcium
  • 2x the vitamin D

Blueberry-Banana Smoothie
My usual smoothie would consist of 

  • 1 banana (potassium)
  • 1/4 c of blueberries (antioxidants)
  • 3 spoonfuls of Greek Yogurt
  • 1 c soy milk
  • 1 tbsp honey


I’ve been using MyFitnessPal for the past month to keep track of my calories. What I love about this app is that I was able to tailor my plan based off of my input my goals. When inputting my meals, I can scan the barcode of my ingredients and it’ll auto fill the nutritional information. It’ll also inform me it’s nutritional values, when an ingredient is high or low in a vitamin or mineral, and when I’ve reached my macros goal(s), which makes me feel accomplished. Even if I’m preparing a dish, I can create a recipe putting it in as a whole— I cook family sized dishes, and it’ll recalculate the meal as 1 serving.


The MyFitnessPal also offers a sister app, MapMyRun that uses your location to measure distance and time of my workout. Now this one I haven’t used yet. I haven’t ran in sometime, but enjoyed running on a track. Where I live most tracks are connected to the schools and the public is prohibited from using it during school hours. Well yesterday was the last day of school so I have the entire summer to utilize it! I’m excited and nervous at the same time. But I will start running again next week.

Until Next Time,

T.

I did it!!


If no ones ever told you, if you are struggling between doing something beneficial and sticking to your regular routine, pick the first option. It won’t kill you. Don’t even think about it. Just get up and do it.

This morning, I finally went against my normal routine and decided to do something about my unhealthy habits. While I have been making good conscious decisions about my diet (remember that 80/20 rule I mentioned in my Steak Dinner! post?), but have not been physically active (besides baby duties & house duties). 

After my contract job ended, I’ve been at home. Trying to find another gig because I know I have bills, one part of me wants to dive into my dreams and aspirations. Everything I’ve been wanting to do, healthier lifestyle, attaining my real estate certification, finishing my degree, all while finding a good job that I consider to be permanent and enjoyable to meet my budget and allow me to take care of myself as well as my daughter. 

Ive been seeing everyone around me moving, achieving their goals. And it kind of frustrated me. That’s when I asked myself, “Why am I so upset? I have nothing but time to do what I need to do, I just have to do it!” The problem is, I just haven’t started. 

So I decided and get up… and hit the gym!

I began with a 20 minutes walk on the treadmill inclined at 3.5 & 3.0 speed. I used this time to think about what I wanted to work on (body wise), because I couldn’t figure out during the drive there (laughs). 

I decided, why not legs?

35 lbs on the leg curl (4×12)

25 lb on the leg extension (4×12)

50 lb on the leg press (4×15)

After that, I felt nothing. (Crackles)

After talking with my bf, he suggested that I could handle more weight than that! I felt it when I was working out. But it was almost like I never worked my legs. Alright, alright. Next trip will be more weight. I’m determined.

You see one of my gym goals is to be comfortable working out by myself. I love it when I go with him. He usually gives me a workout and I’ll just do it. I’m used to following orders I’m comfortable with that, but I’m working on getting out of my comfort zone

He who cannot be a good follower, cannot be a good leader.

-Aristotle 


Now when I cook, I make it count.

  
Since giving birth, I have to find time to do the things I enjoy. I’ve realized how much I took advantage of the little things in life. So I try to have fun when I’m doing normal day to day activities like cooking:

So, I decided one night I’d make dinner (I was very hungry and never have time to do this daily), and this is what I chose to make:

Pan-seered Salmon with potatoes & onions and steamed Brussels 

4 pieces of frozen salmon

Salt & Pepper 

Goya

Smoked Paprika

2 Garlic cloves 

1/3 c chopped mushrooms 

Vegetable oil (ran out of olive)

Butter

Pan-Seered Salmon 

I used frozen salmon so of course I let it thaw over night in the fridge, then I seasoned it with light salt & pepper on one side, & Goya on the other (I’m weird like that). And let marinate for 30 minutes.

Red Potatoes w mushroom, garlic, & onion

I chopped and rinsed 3 medium red potatoes and cooked them in a pan with 3 tsp of vegetable oil (I usually use olive but ran out). I first added the garlic (which burned a little— I forgot it cooks quick should’ve put that in last?) but anywho I cooked it until it was kind of browned and wasn’t translucent. 

As for the Brussels, I bought the bag of steamable vegetables (pop them in the microwave for 5 minutes faced down, added butter and pepper

Voila! Dinner is served.