I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned it on the blog, but a few years ago, Frank got me the Tone It Up Nutrition Plan for Christmas. I really like the tips, workouts, recipes and motivation. Their most recent plan, the Bikini Series Plan, is easily my favorite. Some of the other ones were just not enough food, but this one is generally realistic and there are many delicious meal ideas. That said, it requires preparing 5 meals a day, which is just not a reality for me. Even so, it has inspired me to make more meals at home. Sadly, some weeks I only make 2-3 meals at home. Believe me, this is embarrassing to admit on the blog. I’ve been hiding it from you and I can’t live a lie any longer. I often grab something at the deli for breakfast, my employer generally provides lunch or I get a salad at Fresh and Co, and dinner tends to be ordered from seamless or eaten out most nights. My only pathetic defense is that I don’t have a dish washer and I hate spending hours (and it does take me hours) washing and putting away dishes all week-long.
Clearly, there is serious room for improvement. This weekend I challenged myself to break my ordering trend and spend some time in the kitchen. With a tone it up inspired plan, I headed to Whole Foods with my shopping list and started filling my basket.
Here’s a look at the haul:
Lots of produce. The only things I didn’t get from my list were ground turkey, broccoli, frozen vegetables and almond butter. The turkey and broccoli selection was dismal; I got distracted by goat cheese on my way to the frozen veggies; and I couldn’t bring myself to pay $9 for almond butter. The PB is for Pettitte who gets a PB and dog food filled kong every morning when we leave.
I picked up my missing items from Westside Market on Sunday.
So what was on the menu?
Saturday Night: Salmon Stuffed Avocado
Sunday Night: Southwest Turkey Burgers with sweet potatoes and roasted broccoli
Monday Night: Stuffed Baked Sweet Potatoes
Breakfasts: Fage and berries
Night one was the Grilled Salmon Stuffed Avocado. This was the fanciest looking meal and hands down the easiest to make. 12 minutes people! I came across on youtube and there is a great video that explains exactly how to make it!
I made a few small substitutions to the simple recipe. I skipped the olive oil for grilling the salmon since three fats is a lot of fats, even if they are all healthy. I also subbed greek yogurt for sour cream since it’s the same thing and I always have greek yogurt on hand. I also added shredded carrots, since they were already in my fridge. The recipe suggests using a whole avocado, but I had some guac for a snack and went with just a half
In the end, I actually had some extra filling, so I dumped everything onto a plate and sliced the avocado on top. If I was serving to guests, I would have definitely left the salad in the avocado cup.
This was amazing. I’ll definitely make it again. So darn easy
Night two was Southwest Turkey Burger Night. I was looking for a turkey burger recipe and this one from Rachael Ray had great reviews. Sorry for the less than appetizing photo, I totally forgot to take it until I had eaten half my meal!
The turkey burgers were delicious. I skipped the bun and used guacamole and salsa for toppings instead of the bacon suggested. I am so into roasted broccoli lately, just a tiny drizzle of evoo and it’s amazing.
Tonight I had Super Loaded Sweet Potatoes.
Sweet potato, goat cheese, black beans, salsa and mixed vegetables.
I realized that I forgot half a left over turkey burger and some garlic powder because clearly I needed more toppings.
Honestly, this was divine. So easy and so good. I couldn’t even finish it!
I’m pretty proud of myself for making three dinners in a row! As long as I can find recipes that don’t require tons of dishes and allow me to recycle ingredients so I don’t throw tons of things out at the end of the week, I could definitely get back on the made at home bandwagon.