About 10 pounds down, a lot more to go!
Especially on a healthy eating plan, I tend to get bored with eating the same things over and over. So I’m still on the hunt for meals to try that are adaptable for parents and kids to enjoy at the same time with a few tweaks. Thankfully, I haven’t had too much trouble finding things that will work.
MAHI MAHI WITH HONEY LIME SLAW
This was quick, easy and tasty for a weeknight dinner. I used frozen mahi mahi from Publix that wasn’t quite thawed all the way, so I had to run it under cold water in the packaging while I made the slaw.
A word about that. I realized about halfway through making this that I failed to get cilantro. I actually got very small leaves of flat-leaf parsley that apparently made its way into the cilantro bunches on accident. And I hate fresh parsley — it has such a strong, almost grassy taste. But I had already thrown it in there by the time I realized my mistake, so I pressed onward.
The kids balk at anything resembling slaw, but they love green beans. Our extremely picky oldest often asks for seconds of green beans, so I can’t turn that request down! Our second side was settled then, thanks to Steamfresh. I also baked them popcorn shrimp instead of the mahi mahi, because it was too expensive to buy a second bag of fish that they would not eat anyway. They missed out, because the blackening seasoning in this mahi mahi recipe was quite good! It would be great on another white fish or shrimp, too.
SPINACH AND FETA CHICKEN
This recipe was the inspiration for one of our weeknight dishes, but I didn’t execute it the same way. I had bought a big bag of frozen chicken breasts, and they’re just not sized correctly to split them open and stuff them with anything. Instead, I sautéed the spinach and feta mixture separately and served it next to grilled chicken breast — easy and yummy.
Along with this, we had mashed sweet potatoes. I don’t know why that never comes to mind in meal planning, but I’m going to try to push that through more often. The kids loved it! And for me, sweet potatoes have enough natural sugar that they’re almost like a treat.
ITALIAN SUB SALAD
OK, here’s where we get real. This Italian sub salad was one of the best things I’ve stumbled upon in a long time. It’s an absolute must try. I have been craving a big, fat Subway sandwich lately, and this really did the trick to keep me straight.
The recipe calls for “Italian meats,” so you can throw in whatever you’ve got on hand — pepperoni, ham, turkey, even — and it will work out just fine. We used the reduced fat hard salami from Publix, which is only 60 calories and 4 grams of fat for 4 slices. Rolled up and cut into thin ribbons, that really goes a long way.
Our girls weren’t too keen on eating this in salad form, although they do have a special love for salami. So I gave them a plate of salami, black olives, New York garlic bread knots and a little salad with ranch dressing, and they were happy campers, too. Great for a night when you need something super easy.