Monday, August 8, 2011

Strategy for Getting Back on Track

So we have come to the conclusion of Gretchen's 3 week birthday celebration, and it's time to get back to the business of weight watchers for me. It is really hard to control portion size and to guess at amounts of butter and such going out to eat, so after a yummy last hurrah at Pattern Bar on Saturday, we spent much of Sunday shopping at the Mar Vista Farmer's Market, the Spice Station in Silverlake, and Whole Foods. We spent about $200 on groceries, but they are all organic and/or local, and many things we got should last into next week too. The goal is to eat every meal at home Monday through Friday, and we have pretty much planned out what we are going to have. Here's how we are doing so far:

Breakfast: Sliced heirloom tomatoes on toasted rosemary bread with Soledad Farms marinated goat cheese. 3 points. I prefer tomatoes slightly cooked so I spread 1/2 oz. of goat cheese on the bread, laid on the tomatoes, and then popped it in the toaster. It really helps to have super-flavorful high quality goat cheese, you have to use much less of it to add a lot of flavor.

Lunch: Chicken breast(4 oz.) marinated in herbs, olive oil, lemon juice, and paprika, whole wheat pita, arugula, and homemade dilled tzatziki (yogurt, lemon juice, dill, cucumber, garlic, salt and pepper). 9 points.

Snacks: Grapes, blackberries, orange (fruit = 0 points), and Greek salad (4 points).

Now, if I walk home from Union Station, I'll have 17 points left for dinner! It seems I may be able to have a cocktail after all...

Our plan for dinner is pan-seared halibut/tofu with romesco sauce (so easy and good, just tomatoes, almonds, hazelnuts, olive oil, roasted peppers, and red wine vinegar) and romaine hearts with walnuts, shaved parmesan, and a walnut vinagrette.

Extra romesco sauce will go onto chicken for me, and chickpea cutlets for Gretchen for lunch tomorrow, along with more romaine hearts with cheese and vinagrette and potentially German potato salad...we'll see if we get that far tonight.

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