I know….I’m behind….and I’m going to blame it on the dogs.
I just wanted to tell you a quick kitchen tip, that seems like it would be a no-brainer, but maybe it’s so easy that sometimes we forget about it.
I’ve been on a weight-loss journey the last year or so. It’s been rough, cause we’ve been living off of food storage and so I couldn’t buy any special foods to help me out, so I’ve had to be creative. One thing I love is making portions of foods that I eat that my family doesn’t necessarily love, so I can pull some out and eat it while they eat what I’ve fixed for dinner.
For example, I love brown rice. Both for health reasons and for the nutty taste, I prefer it to white. But my hubby prefers his white rice, which stores better than brown, so we have lots of it.
I’ve gotten into a habit of cooking a big batch of brown rice every couple of weeks in the rice cooker, and then portioning it into 1/2 cup portions (you could do 1 cup portions, if you want) and freezing it. Then when I want some brown rice, and everyone else is eating white rice, I pull a bag out and zap it for a minute in the microwave and ba-da-bing….I have yummy brown rice.
Another example is zucchini and spaghetti squash. I don’t really eat much pasta any more. The family loves it, we store it, and cook it regularly…but it’s not worth the calories to me. Courtesy of the Pizza Factory (where my sisters and mom and I frequently choose to have our birthday luncheons at) I discovered that yellow squash and zucchini make fabulous noodle substitutes. Just julienne them in the mandolin and freeze in one cup portions. Then when I cook the family’s pasta, I just stick my frozen zucchini into a metal steamer basket and insert it into the top of the pasta-cooking water for (barely) the last minute of boiling. Put whatever sauce the family is having on top and you’ve got a yummy lower calorie meal.
Spaghetti squash can be cooked up and scooped out of the shell and portioned into one cup bags and frozen. Then just use as you would pasta, with a yummy sauce.
Be sure to label your bags with the date and amount of your portions….I forgot once and ended up counting calories for a whole cup of rice instead of a 1/2 a cup…..I guess that’s better than the other way around, but still……
There you go….just a couple of ideas to make your weight-loss journey a little easier and save you a little time in the kitchen.
What kinds of things do YOU do to make choosing healthy easier??