Almost all the ingredients for a yummy dinner! Pre-cooked Leeks,  carrots, celery, sage, red chili, thyme, sour cream and broth. Lentils were boiling on the stove top.

Cooking up the vegetable mixture. 

Finished product! I ended up forgetting to saute the red chili with the veggies, so I placed it in the same pan as the chicken, oil and sage. The chicken was perfectly cooked, juicy and spiced nicely. The creamy lentils were a nice surprise! We have quite a bit left so I am sending it in my boyfriend’s lunch with a small amount of whole grain rice.

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Trying out HelloFresh 

We have been back to eating terribly since London and I have thought about trying a meal delivery service and came across HelloFresh and liked what I saw. We got our first box this week and it came with great fresh ingredients. Everything was pretty portioned out, the onion precut and I am now trying our first meal from the box and I decided to make the zucchini noodle lasagna. Really want to see how it will taste. The apartment smells amazing right now.  Will post a picture later! 

Post London

We just got back from a 9 day trip to London, England and Edinburgh, Scotland and we definitely enjoyed the food and being on vacation but now that we are back it is glaringly obvious that I need to get back on track. Both of us want to. 

I am also having issues with my work that I will not go into but it has had a bad effect the last couple of days because the stress has definitely made me binge eat. I have gone to Tim Horton’s for breakfast the last two mornings for breakfast and had pasta for lunch both days and a healthier dinner. My goal is to start afresh tomorrow and see how it goes. 

I also want to start exercising again. Until I can get my gym membership back I am going to try skipping and other exercises in the back yard and try and start walking more. I am considering trying to do the self a day thing while I do this but I may just keep it to once a week or month as updates on here. I am hoping I can start seeing results within the next couple of months. I am making it a short term goal to be 12-15 lbs down by the time my birthday rolls around in April! We are planning on another trip to Cuba in June or July and I would love to go down there feeling more confident in a swimsuit. 

Changed it up a little…

Today was meant to be Mediterranean Basa with asparagus and couscous salad. They had none of the two packs of basa so we got shrimp and changed it to a shrimp with spicy tomato sauce with veggies and plain couscous. 

Today was not my best day by any stretch of the imagination. We went out for breakfast to the local greasy spoon and  had a fried egg sandwich on rye and a side of bacon and ate a few home fries off my boyfriend’s plate. It was for a snack that I faltered, having some mini bread buns drizzled with a little bit of olive oil, salt and pepper. 

I haven’t felt good today, with a sore throat and a really bad ear ache so my boyfriend did a majority of the prep and I added the spice (red chili flakes and half a Chipotle pepper in adobo) and cooked the couscous. 

I am trying but I know I can do better, so I am looking on it as a new day. 

Been a while….

It has been a rough couple of months for my boyfriend and I, we lost a friend of ours to cancer and we have been eating crap and haven’t been going to the gym. 

We go on a trip to London, England on October 12 so I want to try and get us back on track before we go. I have made up a meal plan for dinners up till a few days before we leave and I am going to blog my way through it to keep myself accountable. 

Neither of us are good with eating under stress and we are trying to figure out how to start coping better. We have vowed that once we return from London we will get back on track with both the gym and healthier eating. We also have a plan for while we are in London to not only not overspend on food but to also try and include some healthier options to take for lunches when we go out sightseeing. 

Tonight we decided to make a curried butternut squash and sweet potato soup and below are the central parts to the soup. We are now letting it simmer with coconut milk till we are ready to eat. It smells amazing in here. 

Curried Butternut Squash Soup

1 butternut squash

1 small sweet potato

1 yellow onion, chopped 

1 head of garlic, roasted with olive oil, salt and pepper.

Coconut oil

 1 can of Coconut milk

Mix of spices including garam masala, curry and chili powders, turmeric, cumin, coriander seeds, salt, pepper and cinnamon.

I started off by putting the butternut squash and sweet potato in the slow cooker on low for 8 hours (you could probably put it in for six and be fine). I then roasted some garlic with a small amount of olive oil, salt and pepper and put it in the blender with the squash, sweet potato and a small amount of coconut milk. 

For the onions, I mixed the spices and added it to the pot with coconut oil and let them cook down (the apartment smells amazing when I was frying up the spices and onion). I added them into the blender with everything else and put it back in the pot with the rest of the coconut milk and let it simmer for a while. 

I usually top the soup with a small amount of hot paprika.