A food addict's travels on the road to recovery.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

What's Cookin'?

I stocked the house with plenty of healthy foods last weekend to avoid places like Red Lobster this week.  If you read my last post, you know what I'm talking about. ;)  Sunday night I made a stir fry with Italian chicken sausages and red/yellow/orange peppers and mushrooms.  VERY low calorie.  I also cooked up some chicken burgers and ate those on whole wheat sandwich thins.  It was time to cook up a couple of more things tonight for the next couple of days...with the main goal to get in as many veggies as possible.

Publix had shrimp on sale last weekend for $4.99/lb, so I bought some, brought them home, and split them up into small portions and froze them.  I grabbed one of the bags out of the freezer last night and threw it in the frig, so it'd be thawed by the time I got home tonight.  I didn't really want to make another stir fry because I've had my fill of peppers this week....so feeling less than inspired, I made an on-the-fly version of a mini shrimp po boy....actually, I made 2 of them, to take to lunch tomorrow.  I had about 4-5 oz of shrimp, which is about 120-150 calories.  I sauteed them in a little olive oil and seasoned them with white pepper, creole seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder and a dash of Adobo.  I spread less than a Tbsp of lite mayo and a little mustard on a whole wheat hot dog bun (120 cals) and voila!  A scaled back version of a shrimp po boy....

I plan on making these again soon, maybe this Saturday, because it's something that Dwayne would like.  However, I'll probably make them bigger and on different bread with some Boar's Head remoulade sauce and shredded lettuce.  Whenever I do it, I'll be sure to take some pics.  :)

I also thawed some split chicken breasts last night that I got on sale a couple of weeks ago.  I threw them in my roaster pan tonight with mostly the same spices I used on the shrimp.  Then I threw in a bag of frozen broccoli, a bag of California mix veggies, some fresh mushrooms and a handful of small red potatoes.  Nothing too exciting, but my goal was to eat as many veggies as possible...and if I cook them, I'll eat them.

About the crab alfredo I've been craving....I got a couple of really good recipes today from people telling me how to make a lite alfredo sauce.  I'm definitely going to try it one of these days, but for my current craving...if it persists...then I'll probably get the half order from Red Lobster and work it into my calories.  I'm just too lazy to drive to the grocery store after a long work day, buy the crab legs, steam them, and pry the meat out of them to make this dish during the week.  The chicken and veggies I made tonight will last 2-3 days for lunch/dinners....so if I still want the crab alfredo by Friday, I might order it for lunch.  I finally looked up the nutrition menu to see just how many calories it is.  A full order is 1500+....the half order was 770 cals.  I allow myself 1800 calories/day, so working it in is doable.  And I appreciate all the tips today on how you handle your cravings.  It's always good to hear what works for other people...so thank you.  :)

One of these days I'm going to post about how my weekend eating and Dwayne are clashing in a serious way...but that's another post for another day.  I've got it simmering on the back burner for now.. :)


  1. Mmm. I seriously don't feel like cooking tonight.

  2. Good choices!! Make sure that if you do get the meal from Red Lobster that it is a CHOICE rather than giving in to temptation. Big difference.

    Love the shrimp po boys!! They look good! Personally, I would skip the bread and just eat more shrimp!! I hate wasting my calories on just the "vehicle" for the shrimp. 120 calories of shrimp would be tastier. That's just me though.

    Can't wait for the post about the clashing spouse. I SO know what you mean!!

  3. I always enjoy your food pictures, Tammy. You're very creative! I hope you have a great week filled with delicious, nutritious food. :)

  4. That shrimp sandwich looks great! I'd never have thought of that but think I'll do it this weekend for hubby and me. Good food ideas - sounds like you're getting into the prep thing again. Doesn't it help so much?? And great idea for the crab alfredo. Sounds like way too much work to do from scratch.

  5. Funny the meeting topic this week at WW is 'saying no to saying no'. They talked about having cravings and exactly what you said, if you avoid it and eat everything else for 2 weeks you will still want what you craved and eat way more of it in addition to all the other things you ate trying to resist the temptation. That is why there is no forbidden food on WW.

    I always split the RL crab alfredo into 3 or 4 servings and have it with some veggies to fill you up.

    I know the quinoa stats are aweful for something so healthy but I try have a 1/2 cup serving and have been adding the lentils to make it more filling etc.

    Have a great day :)

  6. a salt lke gal eh..me from ephraim and and love this blog or post on your blog

  7. Those shrimp things look super yummy!!

    I'm a crab alfredo lover too. I could drench just about anything in alfredo sauce. YUM!

    Thanks for checking in on my by the way :) Still struggling with the food aspect of the equation....

  8. I have had shrimp alfredo, chicken alfredo, but not crab. Might have to try that sometime. Waaay down the road, but sometime.