Clean Eating Challenge

Morning Baby J and Everyone!

I’m feeling great today.  I’m especially excited for your Dad today.  He left yesterday morning to travel to Budapest, Hungary for a conference for work.  It’s his first time outside the US!  He arrived there early this morning and has already sent me a couple of pictures of the sites- it’s absolutely beautiful there!  Your Dad and I have been spending a little time at night reading a book together.  It’s called Cooked: A Natural History Transformation by Michael Pollan.  It’s a very interesting read.  It’s about how modern humans have strayed away from spending time in the kitchen and now rely on processed foods for our nutrition.  Pollan steps his way through the four classical elements- fire, water, air and earth- and talks about how humans first evolved to use elements to begin cooking.  Although I understand completely how impossible it is to eat natural unprocessed foods on a regular basis, I decided to dedicate this week to spending more time in the kitchen.  My goal is to make healthy meals as best I can from scratch and I honestly think its going to be a lot of fun to just relax and cook- it’s one of my favorite things to do and I’ve noticed that I never leave enough time to do it properly.  I think slowing down and focusing on my meals will do me a lot of good.

So my plan is to update this blog throughout the week with some of my healthy meals and include some pictures and links to the recipes I used to make them (Healthy Recipes).  I hope you enjoy this post 🙂

Saturday morning breakfast:  Feta-Asparagus Quiche with Clementines.  This quiche is only three ingredients: feta, asparagus and egg whites.  Low in calories but super delicious!  Clementines are always a good choice, especially for a quick snack during the day.  I also had a cup of green tea, it’s very refreshing.

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Sunday lunch: Cilantro Lime Shrimp Bowl with an Avocado.  I loved this meal!  Your dad doesn’t like sea food that much so whenever I get the chance the eat it I love it.  This bowl is on a bed of spinach and has a cabbage and carrot slaw, brown rice and cilantro lime shrimp.  The dressing is homemade from plain greek yogurt, lime juice and garlic powder.

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Tuesday dinner: Seared Scallops with Pomegranate Sauce.  These were delicious!  This was a super easy meal that you serve on a bed of cooked spinach.  I was happy to get this meal in while your Dad was gone because he doesn’t like seafood 😉

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Okay, so I made a few more healthy meals but forgot to take pictures (more time in the kitchen = less time for foodie pics and remembering to blog).  These meals included a roasted chickpea kale salad, chicken stirfry and some grilled meat and veggie dinners.  It was a fun week and I think I might continue the tradition of spending more time in the kitchen.  The meals are definitely healthier and I appreciate my meals more when I spend the time cooking them from scratch.  I challenge you blog readers- spend more time in the kitchen!  You will be very happy with the results 🙂

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