#28toGreat and Clean Cooking


In this new year, I didn’t make any resolutions per se…I am just trying to do some things that have always alluded me and some things to better my overall well being.

Bub got me Rosetta Stone for Christmas (as you read in a previous post) and I’d like to get through that…I’ve started a 28 day fitness challenge with Barre3, though I’ve had to adapt it a bit to fit my “free time” and have it better align with previous commitments. As part of that challenge, I’m also trying to eat clean(er) by cooking with fresh(er) products and less processed foods.

28 to Great is a challenge to take 6 barre classes a week for four weeks (either online or in studio). It started Monday, so I took class Monday, Thursday and Saturday and did an online class Wednesday morning. I didn’t quite hit my six classes in the first week, but, as I said, I’m adapting it to fit my schedule. I also work with a personal trainer once a week, so I’m kind of counting that. Either way, I was in the gym (or studio) six times this week with six times schedule for next week.

Part of the 28toGreat challenge is also to work on your eating habits. They provide meal plan suggestions and workout schedule suggestions…it’s a pretty good motivator. Last week, our meals didn’t turn out wonderfully…we had some great sides, but some not so great main courses. I think this is because I followed the recipes too literally and didn’t venture off any way I normally would.

This week, we are trying again. Here’s what my kitchen looks like on Sunday Prep Day.

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Yes..I use EVERY utensil I can get my hands on on Sunday Prep Day!

Here is a photo of all that is simmering on the stove for our menu this week. Is your mouth watering? Are you dying to know? if you could smell what I am smelling, you would be!

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In the photo above, on the left we have the ground turkey mix for stuffed peppers in the back and mixed basmati rice in the front.  On the right rear we have a marinara sauce and in the front, the harvest lentil soup. Recipes below (except for the rice…it’s just basmati rice and I followed the instructions on the back).

Tonight (Sunday), we are having Harvest Lentil Soup (it’s a recipe from the 28toGreat barre3 meal suggestion). We are pairing this with two tiny loafs of Kroger’s bakery-made french bread.

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Tomorrow, I’ll have this Get-Up-And-Go Smoothie for breakfast (also from the 28toGreat baree3 meal suggestions)…flaxseed, prunes and all. I made it yesterday and have two servings chilling in the fridge for this week.

We’ll have Turkey Stuffed Peppers from Skinnytaste.com and salad for lunch on Monday.

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I do not like peppers, really of any kind, but I really.REALLY like the idea of stuffed peppers. So we are trying them out…I figure that Bub will love them, and I can at least scoop the tasty stuff out of the middle. Right? Maybe I’ll even develop a liking for them. One can hope.

Tuesday, we are having Baked Chicken Parmesan with whole wheat spaghetti (also from Skinnytaste.com) and salad.

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For this chicken Parmesan, I made my own simple marinara sauce and cut and breaded the chicken, so all we’ll have to do is top it with sauce and cheese and bake it.

Wednesday, we’re having salmon in creamy dill sauce with rice and peas, and carrots.

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The carrots will be cooked in the oven at 400 degrees about 20 minutes (drizzled with olive oil and a little salt and pepper). While that’s happening, I’ll be mixing olive oil (approx. 2 Tbs), honey (approx. 3 Tbs) and balsamic vinegar (approx. 1 tsp). I’ll pull the carrots out, drizzle them with this mix, stir them around a bit, and pop them back in the oven for about five more minutes.

I’ll eat leftovers for lunch all week and probably smoothies for breakfast. Or…some of the delicious mango-cherry-maple granola my husband made today on top of a little yogurt. I know I’ll be drinking fruit infused water (got this great sample product from work that has a chamber I can stuff with any fruit/veggie combo…cantaloupe/cucumber, lemon/blackberries, peach, etc.) and probably having some YoNanas* for dessert.

*YoNanas is a food processor that takes frozen fruit (with a banana base) and basically turns it into frozen yogurt. It’s AH.MAH.ZING. If you don’t have one, you should get it…only $50 at Bed, Bath and Beyond, FYI.

The Sunday prep day is exhausting, as I’ve said before, but it is WONDERFUL to come home from a workout and already basically have the hard stuff done. The way I have it set up now is that Bub can do the remainder of the meal for me if I’m running late…boiling the noodles, turning on the crock pot at lunch, topping the chicken with sauce and cheese, etc. It’s makes for great tag-team efforts where dinner is concerned. 🙂 Also, because I don’t usually train until about 5:30p and my barre classes don’t start until 5:45p, this means we can still have a nice dinner without eating too late.

Last week’s clean eating, even though the meals were a bit of a flop, worked out pretty well. I saw some weight gain throughout the week (muscle I’m hoping), and, even with the cake from my cousin Russell’s wedding last night and our Indian food date night on Friday (at Bombay Palace in Turkey Creek–you have to try it), I was down this morning. So that’s a bonus! Bub says he’s feeling better, too!

Here’s hoping I can keep focused this week. Good luck to you with all your resolutions.

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