WIAW: Cleaning It Up

Since last week I showed you all of the not-so-healthy food I ate on vacation for What I Ate Wednesday, I thought I would take this week to show you how we’ve been cleaning up our diet since that time. We have had a few obligations in the evenings and a cause for celebrating over the weekend, so we didn’t always eat our best food during those times. But here is what else we have been eating… IMG_4170

We kicked off last week’s at-home on Monday night instead of Sunday because we were in Charlotte on Sunday night for a DCI event. The weather forecast was perfect, so we decided to one of our mega-grill meals. I diced the chicken and let it sit in with some spices and fresh herbs while I prepped the veggies (onion, zucchini, grape tomatoes) and got the rice going. For this dish, I used a half and half combination of Forbidden Rice and Brown Basmati. We put the chicken and tomatoes on skewers for the grill when Nathan got home. Then, while he grilled, I mixed up a simple guacamole and toasted pepitas to sprinkle over the top. We based this dish on this Grilled Chicken and Veggie Bowl.

Our next meal for the week was a simple Arugula, Tuna, and White Bean Salad. We pretty much stayed the course on this recipe, except that we added red bell pepper instead of tomato to the salad itself (since Nathan doesn’t eat raw tomatoes). I just added extra on the side of my salad. We also used some of the leftover toasted pepitas from the night before to top the salad. We were worried it wouldn’t be filling enough, but between the tuna and the beans, it really did the trick!IMG_4174

Wednesday and Thursday were evenings out, but by Friday, I was psyched to make the next meal, Italian Bean Balls and Spaghetti Squash Noodles. I got the spaghetti squash roasted early in the day so I wouldn’t be worried about getting it done at the last minute. I also elected to use almonds instead of walnuts because Nathan doesn’t tend to like the taste of walnuts as much. Everything else I followed as it called for. I have to say, this recipe is pretty awesome. We at them on Friday night and had the other half of what I had made for dinner a few nights later, enjoying it no less the second time around.  They have an absolutely great flavor!  Good tip: Build the meal in 3 layers rather than just dropping the bean balls into the marinara. That keeps them from getting soggy. When I stored my leftovers, I stored them in 3 separate containers as well.

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Saturday night, we went out for dinner where we ate and drank all kinds of stuff that isn’t so good for us, but Sunday night, we were back at home cooking (not-so-healthy) paella. (Make sure to read my hubby’s guest post about that!)

Paella Mixta with Shrimp, Mussels, & Chorizo

Although most of the rest of the week I stuck with my normal breakfasts, lunches, and snacks, I did manage to stick oatmeal in on more than one morning.

IMG_4188I also made a big batch of sweet potato hummus to snack on so I could cut out one of my dairy snacks each day. I’m trying edamame hummus next!

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Next week, I’ll be back to highlighting a full day of my eating habits, but for now i would love to know, what do you eat when you are trying to recover from a spell of not-so-healthy eating?

 

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