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Food Tally, Day 4 (and a recipe!)

Today has been a hectic, hectic day, and I’m still not done. Things that I need to accomplish in the four hours between when I get home and when I go to bed include: grocery store run, blogging, writing material for my program, and reading a chapter of an intense philosophy book for work. I am, obviously, on blogging right now — it’s going to be a long night.

Breakfast

1/2 Apple with almond butter

Lunch

Finished off Gina’s Fridge Leftover Surprise
1/2 Apple with Almond Butter

Snack

1/2 a bar of Hershey’s Special Dark Chocolate

Dinner

Gina’s “OMG I have no time” throw-together (see below)

Gina’s “OMG no time” throw-together

Using the art of throwing sh*t together, I concocted this bake on the seat of my pants when I got home from the grocery store.

Prep time >10min
Cook time: Approx 30 min – 45 min

Ingredients:

1lb boneless skinless chicken breast
1 16oz can of tomatoes (flavored however you like)*
LOTS of garlic powder
Some salt
Seasoned pepper

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350
2. Use preheat time to chop chicken into cutlet-size pieces
3. Season chicken with garlic powder, pepper, and salt
4. Throw chicken in baking dish — add can of tomatoes
5. Bake until chicken is cooked through.

Here’s the finished product:

GET IN MAH BELLY!!

Easy peasy, right? Indeed, I thought so. I am so short on time this evening that I didn’t even have the time to use fresh garlic. It made me sad, but other victories of the day made it worthwhile.

*If you’re using canned items, be sure to check the labels for wheat and excess sugar before you purchase a brand.

When I got home, I immediately changed and headed out to the grocery store. Because I was hauling back approx 40lbs or groceries, I didn’t get toiletries I needed from CVS, so I had to head out again. By the time I left, I was so hungry I was starting to feel weak and shaky. I seriously debated going and trying to find something vaguely paleo at one of the 800 fast food restaurants between me and CVS. These are just a few of the fast food restaurants I walked by (TWICE):

Frozen yogurt restaurant
Five Guys
Taco Bell
Dixie Kitchen and Bait Shop (not fast food, but tempting)

As well as others I can’t remember. I am really proud of myself for not succumbing to these temptations. I kept a vision in my head of me doing my final weigh-in and what that would feel like, and also telling myself  “Food does not control me.” I also concentrated on ways I could fix a quick meal that still enabled me to do what I needed to do. Focus and self control for the win.

My day: definitely a woot day. I am feeling very good about things.

Woot!

Gina

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Food Tally (Day 2) — with a recipe!

I am currently chowing down on my new recipe. I’m excited to share it, so let’s get the tally over with.

Breakfast

Granny Apple, sliced, with almond butter

Lunch

Finished off Gina’s kind-of goulash
Strawberry lemonade

Dinner

Gina’s Fridge Leftover Surprise! (see below)

I am quickly running out of food in my kitchen. I try to make my grocery store runs last two weeks, so I “can’t” go to the store till Wednesday. So it was up to me to use the art of throwing sh*t together to make myself a dish that would last me a couple of days.

I was actually halfway through making chicken, tomato, garlic and onion (a typical feature for me) when I decided I was going to be inventive.

How did I do that? Bacon fat! Without further ado, here is the recipe:

Gina’s Fridge Leftover Surprise!

Ingredients:

1 large yellow onion, diced/chopped
1 head garlic (yes, a whole head),  chopped
1lb chicken
leftover bacon lard (depends on how much you need to grease the pan)

The basic theory of this recipe is to use the bacon grease in the stead of something like olive oil or coconut oil to provide lubrication for the pan.  That way, the much-stronger flavor of the bacon grease soaks into your food. With that said:

Directions:

.5. Season raw chicken to taste — I used garlic powder, salt, and seasoned pepper
1. Melt bacon grease in a frying pan
2. Add BOTH garlic and onion. Sautee until the onion is a light golden brown
3.  Add chicken and brown*

What’s the surprise? This concoction really highlights the taste of the onion. I was not expecting it at all. If you like onions, I would recommend this dish.

*As a note, the chicken will cook MUCH faster in the veggie concoction than it would if you cooked it in butter or some other form of oil. I think this is because bacon gets MUCH hotter than other greases. If you’ve ever been splattered with bacon grease, you can attest to this first-hand.

Here are some pics of the process:

Chopped up roots

Gangstas use a whole head

the finished product

Enjoy with a nice sunset

That’s my food tally for today! Peace y’all!

Gina