Monday, October 10, 2011

Dinner Recipe

new recipe i tried for dinner and it was yum:-
steam and mash 1 small sweet potato (yam)
mix in 1 tab of fat free plain yoghurt, 1/2 cup of fat free cottage cheese, 1/2 cup skim milk, 1 tsp dijon mustard, onion powder, pepper and mix well to get a creamy orange sauce.

saute onion, chopped carrots, chopped zuc and a few button mushrooms (as much or as little) in olive oil (optional) til soft.  add 2 cups cooked brown rice.  add this mix to the orange sauce.  add 200g drained tuna and mix well.

transfer into a baking dish and bake for 20 mins on medium.  serves 4.  original nutrients per serve were excellent but i tweaked the original recipe to make it lower in fat and more in veg so not sure exact numbers.  Its a good base - you could add herbs, curry, different veg, less rice, chicken instead of tuna etc.

This fits in with jamie's serve of protein, complex carb and veg meal.  I hope someone tries it - let me know what you think (even my 12 yo daughter loved it !!)


Sunday, October 9, 2011

I really dont know how people can eat junk food all the time!  I have been pretty slack lately, well ok, really bad lately and boy how i'm paying for it now.  Headaches, tired, listless, thirsty, unmotivated, sore stiff muscles, bloated stomach, yuk.  Hubby is away for a week for work so I cant go to the gym.  My plan?  Home workouts - pumped up the swiss ball that will act as my bench and incline bench so i can do any exercises for dumbbells.  I am roughly following Jamie Eason's 12 week challenge (jumping in at phase 2) so I will adapt her weights to dumbbell exercises.  The only thing I cant do is cardio (with my back/pelvis problems I can only do tready or xtrainer) so I will plonk myself in front of the telly (in between car pooling for kids sports etc) and do lots of weights.
Food will be a bit different.  I basically did Jamie's diet previously and it got so monotonous I got bored and craved something tastier (aka junk). I just did meat/chicken and steamed veg - I dont know how you comp girls do it - a big hats off to you all !!! So im trying some recipes out of Aussie oxygen mag and its basically within the parameters of her diet.  For example, orange quinoa salad - cold cooked quinoa with onion, celery, tomatoes and any other veg and the dressing of orange zest, juice, flaxseed oil, pepper - basically its complex carb and veg.  Also chicken florentine - fillets baked in a tin of crushed tomatoes, italian herbs, garlic, a few olives, baby spinach, topped with a little parmesan cheese (optional).  Add that to the orange quinoa salad and its protein, complex carb and veg!  It just doesnt seem like it! I'll post the good recipes.  I also stumbled upon the blog The Bikini Baker so i'll try some of her recipes. So, lots of prep, inspiration and motivation needed to get on track.  I didnt lose the plot totally! I still fit into my jeans, they're just a bit snug !!!! Here's some inspiration ......

 One day .........
Have a fit and fab week everyone !