I Love Potatoes!!!

I have just got to post this potato that I found the other day in a big bag.  I was peeling potatoes for a potato salad and I just didn’t have the heart to peel this one.  It was so cute that I had to keep it.

heart potato

I am still on my diet and still losing the pounds.  I went off my diet for a few weekends and gained a few pounds back.  I am back on my diet and have lost all the pounds I gained plus a few more so I can’t complain about that.  Thought I would post some of the meals I have been cooking.  Not all of these are diet friendly so the portions are very important if dieting.  I am also still feeding one big, young hungry boy and so I usually cook in servings of 4 right now.  In a few months we will be empty nesters and I will only be cooking for 2 at that time.  Here are a few of the meals that I have been cooking….

Fettuccine Alfredo with Imitation Crab, Salad and Garlic Sticks (I just bought the low calorie Alfredo for this and mixed it with some fettuccine and cut up some imitation crab.  I avoided the garlic sticks altogether.)

Pulled Pork Enchiladas, Pinto Beans, Corn on the Cob (I used the leftover meat from July 4th for this.  I softened the corn tortillas, put some of the pulled pork in a tortillas and some shredded Monterey Jack cheese and rolled it up.  I used 2 cans of red enchilada sauce.  Poured a little sauce in the bottom of a 13×9 dish and put the rolled up enchiladas in.  Topped the whole thing with more enchilada sauce and sprinkled more cheese on top.  Covered it with foil and baked it for about 30 minutes at 350F.  This is my basic enchilada recipe.  I will use any leftover meat to make enchiladas.  If I have leftover chicken or turkey I will use green enchilada sauce instead of red.)

Smoked Turkey Legs, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, and Broccoli (I skipped the mashed potatoes and gravy but made lots for everyone else.  I cooked up 2 smoked turkey legs and it was enough for 3 people with leftovers.  I have been making sandwiches with the leftover smoked turkey this week.)

Tamales, Mexican Beans, cornbread(I buy the frozen tamales.  I can’t seem to be able to find the homemade kind around here. I also made up a big skillet of cornbread for hubby but I didn’t eat any.)

Blackened Tilapia, Green Beans, Salad (I bought a big 2 pound package of frozen tilapia fillets the other day.  I like buying fish in fillets because I can take out as many fillets as I want.  In my case it will be 4 fillets.  I bought a small jar of blackened seasoning and will sprinkle that over each fillet and cook it in a skillet.  Well, second thought I am going to have to use 6 fillets as they are quite small but I can’t fit it in a skillet so I am going to bake them.)

Slow Cooker Cornish Game Hens, Peas and Salad (I have never cooked this before but I need to do something with the 2 cornish game hens that I have in the freezer.  I will tell you if it turned out good or not.)

Slow Cooker Dijon Chicken, Rice, Mixed Veggies

Homemade Pizza (I will probably eat 2 pieces)

Teriyaki Salmon, Rice, Green Beans (I bought a big bag of salmon fillets and I have 4 fillets left so I thought this would be a good way to use them up.  I like to marinade the salmon in Veri Veri Teriyaki.  It is good stuff!  I like the salmon grilled if I can talk hubby into grilling it for me.  If not then I just pan fry it or it could even be baked in the oven.)

Just a short update

4th of July

I have been doing well on my diet.  I have lost almost 11 pounds.  I have been eating Special K Chocolately Strawberry Cereal for breakfast.  It is so good and it satisfies my chocolate cravings.  I also enjoy a cup of Teavana tea in the mornings while sitting out on the patio.  My favorite teas right now are Youthberry and Wild Orange Blossom Herbal Tea.  For lunch I have been eating a Lean Cuisine frozen dinner.  They are low in calories and they are tasty too.   On this diet I can snack around on just about any fruit or vegetable.  I can eat as much as I want of them.  Luckily it is summertime and there is plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables to choose from.  Lately I have been eating watermelon.  I have been fixing about the same main dishes for my family for dinner.  I eat a very small portion of meat.  Then I add a salad with low fat dressing or I stir fry up some vegetables to go along with it.  I stay away from the potato salads, mashed potatoes, baked beans etc. that my family generally loves.  I cook it for them but I just don’t eat it.

Tonight I am cooking my Chicken Fried Steak and I am going to try not to put much gravy on it.  Then I will fix myself a salad.  Everyone will eat some corn on the cob and the others will enjoy some baked beans.  On the 4th of July I am cooking Slow Cooker Texas Pulled Pork and Gourmet Potato Salad.  Yumm-O  I will have to be careful about my portions here though.  I am also baking Patriotic Jello Cookies.  I just might try one of those just to see how they taste.  Friday night we will probably have leftovers as we are having company coming in on Friday night.  Saturday night I am cooking Baked Spaghetti, tossed salad and garlic bread for our company.  I am going to make the Baked Spaghetti ahead of time and keep it in the refrigerator.  I will bake it an hour before we want to eat.  This way I won’t be spending all my time in the kitchen when our company is here and I can visit.  Sunday they are leaving so Sunday evening we will probably be eating leftovers again.  Actually the Baked Spaghetti tastes better the next day.  All those wonderful flavors seem to be even more enhanced.

I hope everyone has a happy and safe 4th of July.  I will post a few updates here and there of my weight loss progress.  I have come across some good family meals that are diet friendly and I will post those later.