Long weekend and healthy broccoli salad!

Where to begin.

We bought groceries for the entire week last week and didn’t eat any of them. I’m terrible. I just never felt like cooking and there was something going on every night. No excuse. And no, I didn’t eat healthy. Well, my lunches were all healthy. But after 5pm, it was all down hill. I still had vacation brain.

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That salad is probably the healthiest thing I’ve had for dinner all week. And that salad has chicken tenders and a croissant with it. So yeah. And do you SEE the plethora of snacks we have at work? Thank goodness I’m not a snacker. Or I’d be ruined. But the temptation is there.

My favorite meal this week was Brad and Jess’s chicken tacos. Brad grilled the chicken and the corn tortillas and Jess made the most DELICIOUS pineapple salsa and lime cilantro rice. Oh my goodness. So good. And we got to night swim!

I made broccoli salad to eat on last week. It was delicious. I know some people aren’t a fan of raw broccoli. I LOVE it. And I promise you, this recipe is delicious! Great way to get your raw veggies in for the day!

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You’ll need:
-One container of broccoli from your market’s produce area.
-1 cup reduced fat mayo (we used trader joe’s, olive oil mayo is great too!)
-1tablespoon apple cider vinegar
-3 packets of truvia (stevia)
-1 half of a cup of dried cranberries
-1 half of a cup of sunflower seeds

Mix the mayo, apple cider vinegar and stevia in one bowl.

In a large bowl, mix the broccoli, cranberries and sunflower seeds.

Stir the mayo mix into the broccoli mix, coating it all well.

I don’t recommend eating it right away. The flavors need to sit and hang out together for awhile before it will knock your socks off.

I let mine sit over night and then packed it in small tupperware containers to take for work! Yum!

THIS WEEK’S MENU:
Monday: Salmon with asparagus
Tuesday: Jerk chicken thighs with Parmesan roasted zucchini
Wednesday: Bourbon Burgers with sweet potatoes
Thursday: Blackened fish tacos

Lunch will be spaghetti squash with meatball bake and low carb wraps!

I’m trying something drastic this week.

By the time we get off of work, drive in terrible traffic, get home, let the dog out, cook etc., I do NOT feel like working out. So I’m going to wake up an hour earlier and do Bob Harper’s 30 minute cardio DVD, shower and go to work. I feel like if I get a hard workout in in the morning, not only will it wake me up through out the day, but I won’t feel bad about not working out at night and walking Bo a little will be enough! So wish me luck!

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I got these bad boys to help motivate me. My 2 year old Nike’s were feeling a little hard and uncomfortable lately. I love both of these. I’m so excited to start using them! Aside from walking from the car to the store. Hehe

Xo

It’s been awhile.

Hey guys! How is everyone?

I’ve been quiet, I know. But I’ve been doing REALLY well!

I’ve been keeping my net carbs under 50 a day and eating around 1,200 to 1,300 calories. Boy, did it pay off!

We leave for South/North Carolina today and I’m 15 POUNDS LIGHTER!

If you have the willpower to cut out some carbs, and only have natural sugars (found in fruit and truvia for coffee) then I highly suggest it!

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I haven’t been blogging much because I SERIOUSLY hurt my back a couple weeks ago. No idea how I did it. But it got really swollen and the doctor put me on muscle relaxers. Which means the last week I was pretty useless. Hence the hot dogs and pickles. Too lazy to cook some nights.

Spaghetti squash, meatballs, mozzarella and basil tomato sauce has been my favorite thing while watching my carbs. We eat it for dinner and lunch often! It tastes soooo naughty. But it’s so very nice.

Every morning, I’ve been making a protein smoothie with spinach that tastes like a peanut butter shake. No joke.

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And we had pies galore at work this week for the partner’s birthdays and instead of having a slice, I just got a good size bite every day and I didn’t feel deprived at all!

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I even had a few days where I ate what I wanted. Like at our friends Chad and Kate’s engagement party! OMG they had fried chicken, Mac and cheese, meatballs and chips. Basically all the stuff I love. And I still didn’t gain!

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And last night we went to a wedding! I was nervous. About the food. And I promised my work mom, Paula, that I wouldn’t eat the cake. Not worth it. And I held up my promise! And luckily, the food was perfect! The most delicious broiled chicken, green beans and I even had a yeast roll. When we left, we were still a little hungry. So we stopped at Rallys. I was dying. Their fries are my jam. But I got a cheese champ. Took one bite. Then threw away the bun and just ate the burger! I woke up this morning and was still down a pound! Oh yeahhhh!

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The gorgeous bride, her husband and I grew up together. It is the coolest thing in the world that they are now married. She has been my friend since I was about 2 years old. They came out to “I’m so fancy” which is my jam. And she walked down the isle to Guns and Roses. Best wedding ever!

Off to pack for our trip! Will update with beach pictures! 🙂

Oh, and here’s Bo and my friend Meg’s dog Todd. Being adorable.

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Xo

Basketti Boats

When I was a kid, spaghetti, or as I called it, basketti, was a super regular on the menu. Mom made it because it was easy. Who can blame her. We were a handful. I used to get tired of it, we had it so much. Which is CRAAAAAZY. Because now, well aside from just plain trying not to eat pasta, I crave spaghetti like there’s never going to be spaghetti ever again. Like I’d wake up one day and I was like oh spaghetti sounds good, and mike said what is spaghetti? What are noodles? WHAT IS SPAGHETTI SAUCE?! Oh, the horror.

Luckily, I’ve discovered spaghetti squash, 10 years after it was popular. So what. I discovered it. And I feel like Christopher Columbus of spaghetti. Stretch? Maybe. Not to me.

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And who eats spaghetti WITHOUT meatballs? Jokers. That’s just insane behavior.

I, Christopher Spaghetti Columbus, give to you the greatest, heartiest, cheesiest week night meal that is perfectly Italiano-esque but is also low carb. You’re welcome. Put that shit on a steel sign and hang it as you enter the city. Let it be known. It is here.

Serves 2

1 spaghetti squash
1 cup basil marinara
1 cup mozzarella, shredded
10 meatballs – we used frozen meatballs from trader joe’s (hey, I’m eating lowish carb, I can eat 10!)
Garlic powder
Olive oil

Follow my simple, how-to for spaghetti squash here!

Once the spaghetti squash is complete, FORK ITTTT. Shred it up every which way. Then fluff it up and add it back to the “squash boat” where it came from.

Follow the directions for your meatballs. You can microwave them to save time, or cook them IN the basil marinara until fully cooked through.

Turn oven to broil after the sauce, balls and squash are all ready to go!

Sprinkle garlic powder on the inside of the spaghetti squash. I’m liberal with garlic powder.

Top each of the fluffed spaghetti squashes with half a cup of sauce and 5 meatballs each. Then top that with shredded mozzarella. Half a cup each!

Pop them in the oven on broil. Keep an eye on them, broiling is serious biz. Let the cheese get bubbly with a hint of brown and then they’re all set!

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Take them out. Pine over it. Look at it lovingly. Blow it a kiss. Drool. Then devour. Straight out of the boat!

Followed by not feeling bloated and sleepy like pasta makes us all feel!

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Then lay around a bit. Then take your dog to the park to walk. Or cat. Or significant other. Boyfriends need a good walking, too.

Xo