Best laid plans . . . Here’s how day 1 actually turned out: I did have the delicious scrambled eggs with salmon and onions for breakfast. Lunch was a BBQ Chicken salad from Mt. Kisco Diner (turns out Truck is closed on Mondays). BBQ sauce has quite a bit of sugar and there was lots of corn and black beans which are high in carbohydrates, but overall a great lunch. For snack I had 4 pieces of a brown rice California roll (left-over from my son’s snack) and dinner was Zucchini Taco Boats as planned. The Taco Boats were out-of-this world delicious! I was prepared for a whole song and dance from my husband, but instead I found him gobbling down not only his boats, but mine as well! Luckily I caught him, fork and knife raised, but only one bite in. We both loved it! I did make a few adjustments so it would be easier for me to prepare . . . I used a taco seasoning mix instead of the spices Gina listed, I used Marinara sauce instead of tomato sauce (oops), I added extra onions and pepper, omitted the water, and found they only needed about 10 minutes in the oven.
Breakfast: I hope to make Lemon Blueberry Quinoa Pancakes from Simply Quinoa. They look amazing but have a few ingredients I don’t stock in my pantry. I also have some old bananas and plan to add those in as well. Wish me luck!
Here’s the Recipe:
Lunch: I think I’ll have the leftover eggs for lunch with a salad. Not too exciting but really easy.
Dinner: Quinoa Greek Salad with Grilled Shrimp and Tzatziki
This is pretty straight forward. Cook the quinoa according to the instructions on the box. Remove the quinoa from the pot once it’s cooked, as it will continue cooking and become mushy if you leave it in the hot pot. Dice up some cucumbers, red onions, black olives, feta cheese and tomatoes. Mix the quinoa and salad ingredients together. I made a quick dressing from lemon, olive oil, dried oregano and black pepper and poured it on top. I salt/peppered some shrimp and chicken and pan-seared them in a hot pan with oil.
Dessert/Snack: I am still hoping to try the Baked Pear with Cinnamon Ricotta. I have apples in the house so I’ll use that instead and maybe add a few rum soaked raisins?
Healthy Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies are some of my favorite cookies. They are gluten free and sweetened with bananas and chocolate chips, but no white sugar.
Here’s the Recipe: