Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Welcome to the World of Clean Eating!!!

This week has been an eye opener for Smalls and I.  Clean eating has really thrown a wrench into our fun meal making.  It not that so much has changed but it’s the small things we miss.  Like soy sauce on our stir-fry or sugar in my coffee.  So here are some of the meals and snacks we have made that ALL fell in Tier 1 & Tier 2 of Michi’s Ladder.  So with out further adieu…

First meal is my breakfast

Isn’t it fancy?  I was running late and had to get to the gym before my chiropractor appointment.  This baby stayed with me for 45 minutes on the elliptical and then an almost 2 hour visit about my spine…

When I got home we made lunch

This was VERY good for not mixing mayonnaise in with our tuna.  Here is everything that went in our sandwich:

-canned tuna in water
-fresh onion
-fresh garlic
-fresh asparagus
-fresh spinach
-olive oil
-romaine lettuce
-whole grain bread

First drain the tuna.  Then chop the onion, garlic, asparagus and spinach.  Mix the tuna with the chopped stuff and drizzle a little olive oil and crack the peppercorns over the mix.  Stir all of the ingredients until well mixed.  Now place the tuna mixture on your bread and add some lettuce.  That’s it!!!

Here was our snack before dinner…

We just took whole grain crisps and topped with natural peanut butter and strawberries.  I was a little nervous about the crackers but they were not bad covered in peanut butter and strawberries.

We were a little unsure what to do for dinner.  We knew we were going to grill turkey breast but not sure what else.  So I mentally thought about what we had in the fridge that we could make with it.  I would like to introduce you to our Smothered Turkey!!!

This was super easy to make and unbelievably yummy!!! Go figure.  Here is what you need:

-turkey breasts
-fat free cheddar cheese
-whole grain rice

First we seasoned the turkey breast with the rosemary, basil and cracked peppercorns.  We then tossed those on the grill with the asparagus.  We let the turkey grill up and then turned down the flame and added the grilled asparagus and the spinach.  We let everything sit a minute to let the spinach wilt up.  Then went on the onion and then the cheddar.  We let the turkey sit on the grill with a low flame to allow the cheddar to melt.  While the turkey was outside grilling, the rice was inside in our rice cooker.  Everything tasted super fresh.  I think next time we might try sticking the finished turkey breasts in the broiler to help the cheese melt a little more.

And just because, here is the dinner we made on Sunday night…

Yep, plain old chicken stir-fry but the healthy version. Here is what we used:

-chicken breast
-pea pods
-raw peanuts
-whole grain rice
-olive oil   

We poured a little bit of olive oil in our wok and then tossed the chicken, all of the veggies and peanuts in.  Our rice cooked on our rice cooker.  That’s all we did.  Normally I would add some lite soy sauce, but that’s a no-no. 

So if you are looking for some healthy, all natural food to add into your life here you go.  The thing I like best about clean eating is that it is not a diet!!!  It is just a way to change what you put in your body.  I am already missing my ice cream and baked potatoes, so I think after this week we are going to do the 80/20 rule.  80% of our food comes from Tier 1 and Tier 2 of the Michi’s Ladder and 20% can come from Tier 3-4 (maybe 5).  I do love me some pizza every now and then ;)  Hope you are having a good week and sorry for such a LONG post.