Welcome to another celebration of fabulous food made healthier!
Last week Linda from Kitchen Therapy shared a healthy Wild Rice Chicken Soup that can be made in a pressure cooker or on your stovetop – perfect for all the cold nights we’ve been having. It also looks like a perfect make-ahead soup that could be frozen and reheated easily. For dessert, try gluten-free Coffee Almond Cookies from Winne of Healthy Green Kitchen.
If you haven’t seem my simply elegant dessert – Orange Segments topped with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream – take a minute to check it out. There’s also a tutorial on how to segment an orange just in case you don’t know how.
My Tips for Maintaining a Healthy Weight in 2010
Last week, I shared some basic tips for maintaining your weight – or loosing some – so you don’t have to ‘resolve’ to loose weight in 2011. This week, I want to address the importance of meal planning.
For me, there’s nothing worse than standing in front of the refrigerator, door open, belly growling, with no idea what to eat. I find myself trying a bit of this, a little more of that, and before I know it I’ve eaten more than I wanted yet I still don’t feel satisfied.
Planning meals ahead of time solves this problem. Every week I plan meals for the following week and then compile a grocery list. At first, it took a lot of time and thought but now it’s almost second nature. Breakfast and lunch are always variations on a theme. I make dinner a little more interesting and do some test cooking for new recipes to post here. I also cook extras, some of which I freeze for later or use for lunches.
Having a system that works is key. At first, I kept a notebook and compiled all the recipes I needed for the week. Detailed notes helped me remember what worked and what didn’t, how much time different meals took to prepare, and what I wanted to change the next time I made it. The longer I did this, the easier it got. Today I put the meal in my Google Calendar and note any recipe I might need.
What do you do to meal plan?
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Amy @ Simply Sugar & Gluten Free – (Orange Segments w/Vanilla Bean Ice Cream)
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