Nikki-Amazing Salmon dinner

I’ve been spending so much time in my kitchen I decided to try out at least one new recipe a day when I have days off. This week I made some things off of pinterest and out of The Looneyspoons Collections- Janet and Greta Podleskiare amazingly talented.  You can find a few of their recipes  featured on their site, I’ve also tried the Fee, Fie, Faux Fried Chicken and loved it as well (I even substituted skim milk instead of the buttermilk they called for and it was still great!)

   Also a big thanks given out to Megan for giving me this cookbookLooneyspoons_Cover(New) for a house-warming gift!

I’ve been on a major calorie counting streak and I’m really enjoying trying all these new and healthy recipes I’ve found.  I love cooking so I find it rewarding to cook soemthing that is healthy and delicous and that I can share!  

If you like Salmon you have to try this!

Salmon Cowell

Grilled salmon in an orange-ginger marinade

look at it marinading!

all you need is:

1/4cup orange juice

1/4 cup hoisin sauce

1tbsp reduced-sodium soy sauce

1tbsp grated gingerroot

1tsp grated orange zest

Pinch crushed red pepper flakes

4 boneless skinless salmon fillets

-Mixed all those ingredients and then pour on the salmon to marinade for at least minutes (I did mine all day)

Grill then 3-4 minutes each side on the bbq or if your bbq runs out of propane like mine did broil them 4 inches away for 8 minutes.

Per serving:

calories:253,  Total fat: 9.4 g (1.5 g saturated), Protein 29 g,

 Carbohydrate 11 g, Fiber 0.5 g, Cholesterol 78 g, sodium 358 g

This was probably my most favourite salmon of all time, and I love a good teriyaki salmon.  I also made sweet potato fries and coconut rice out of the cookbook and both were amazing as well!

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Nikki-New week, new recipe!

Whoops my I dropped something on my keyboard and this post published before it was supposed to! So here’s the real thing!

I’ve had a good week so far, got a good ass kicking at training and have been eating pretty good except for a birthday dinner with Megan.  My trainer asked what diet food was at the Canadian Brewhouse, I told her Light Beer. 

On Sunday I made a new meal for my roomie Orion and myself, since Ryan doesn’t like fish I don’t eat it as often as I’d like.  I found this recipe in a Biggest Loser newsletter, it’s from Curtis Stone.  Can’t believe how quick, easy and delicious it is!

Baked Cod with Asparagus

 

 

 

 

4 oz cod filet

1/2 bunch asparagus

1 bunch scallions

1 tsp Parmesan cheese grated

1 lemon

Pepper

Garlic powder

dill (preferably fresh)

Cooking spray

Preheat oven to  400.  Spray baking dish with cooking spray.  place scallions on bottom of dish, making a bed for the cod. Season cod with 1/4 tsp of garlic powder, 1/4  lemon juice, 1/8 tsp pepper, sprig of dill.  Tent baking dish with foil.Place asparagus in baking dish and spray with cooking spray.  Season with 1/4 tsp of garlic powder, 1tsp parmesan, 1/4 lemon juice, 1/8 tsp black pepper.Place both dishes in oven and bake 7 minutes.In meantime, slice the other half of the lemon and caramelize the slices in a pan. 

Remove asparagus from oven, remove tent form cod and bake another 3 minutes.To plate, place cod on plate and top with fresh dill and a caramelized lemon wheel. Place asparagus on plate and sprinkle with remainder of parmesan.

Calories 170

This meal was so good I can’t wait to make it again.  It’s so simple I wont forget how to make it either.  Well here’s to healthy eating and working out this week, weighing in on friday!

Nikki-Christmas Party Month

When I say Christmas Party Month, (I think “Sabotage” could have been a word I used as well) I do mean that sometimes it feels like Christmas is here only to add another challenge to those of us trying to lose weight!  Why else would there be a full month where it’s acceptable to celebrate one day?  Don’t get me wrong, I love Christmas, I love the parties and times spend with friends and family but it’s going to be a tough month to lose weight and here’s why:

I’m off to my first Christmas Party tonight, have my actual Staff Christmas party this friday, have a Ball Hockey Lunch on Sunday and a Christmas get together with friends Sunday evening…. That’s a lot of opportunity to eat poorly, drink high calorie beverages and gain weight!  And there’s only more to come later in the month!  Oh Christmas time, how I love and hate you!

I know for myself it can be a struggle to make great decisions regarding food during the holidays and I think it’s ok to indulge as long as I get my workouts in and work hard at eating well the remainder of the time.  In my last post I mentioned I love to bake, that baking multiplies at Christmas.   I feel the need to bake for my kids at work, for friends and family, and to just have for when we entertain, but having all sorts of cookies and sweets around isn’t truly the smartest idea.   I think, that when someone else bakes for me, I feel bad if I don’t sample some in front of them and well it’s just easy sometimes to continue sampling when they aren’t around.  Especially when there are so many treats this time of year. 

Of course I am still working at losing weight this month, still working out at least 5x a week and trying to eat well, but if it turns into a maintaining my weight kind of month then I will be happy with that as well. 

Good luck to all of you over Christmas!

Nikki-Oh Evenings

I’ve really come to realise that evenings are my downfall. 

At work I don’t have a ton of control of what’s being made for dinner.  I could bring my own dinner to ensure it is a healthier option, but I feel bad when I don’t eat the what my kids make.  They often chose high calorie/fatty options, such as on Monday-Pizza and wings.  Omg I love pizza and wings.  So I stayed at the gym an extra 30 minutes to make sure I burned enough calories to eat dinner and not have to worry about it too much.  I have also had conversations about healthy meals and portions sizes with my kids as well since I do want to lead by example.

At work I also bake and when I bake I mean that I bake but mostly I eat cookie dough like no body’s business.  I enjoy baking though, so I guess I need to learn to have some willpower and limit the cookie dough I eat since I know for a fact I can’t say no. When I’m at home I seem to just be making some poor choices in what I should make for dinner or evening snacks.

Anyone have any tips on how to curb your cravings? or where you get your willpower from?

Breakfast and lunch are the easiest meals to stick to.   I have been making low cal, high fiber/protein choices and am full until dinner on these choices but it seems as of lately I am craving sugar and high fat meals or evening snacks, I can’t seem to convince myself to have fruit or veggies-see above photo.  My other issue with evenings is that I get bored.  At home, at work, mostly when I’m alone! So the easiest thing to do is find food to fill my time!  I know I already mentioned that I am going to be working at staying busy, and so far I’ve done well at being busy this week.  I’ve done some more organizing around my house, done some crafts at work to pass time, and just found little things to do.  Fingers crossed my efforts pay off on friday!

 Well this week has been a bit better than last week, but I still haven’t done my weigh in, figured it’s not a huge deal so it can wait till this Friday! Speak to you all soon!