It’s hard to believe it’s been almost two weeks since my last update here! I was traveling last week, and then resting and catching up on work this week.
I had a fabulous time in Orlando! It was a work conference, but I got to catch up with friends and peers, and I also go to wear a few of my new dresses. 🙂 Including this fun green dress on St Patrick’s Day:
I ordered that dress on Amazon here. It’s very inexpensive, comes in navy & red too, and it is amazingly comfortable! The stripes are done in a way that creates an optical illusion – making you appear thinner and curvier in all the right ways. 🙂
Confession: I only pulled that dress off because I was wearing this Spanx undergarment, lol. It was worth every penny! I’ve tried a couple of cheaper knock-off brands that did NOT work, so I wore the Spanx 3 days in a row. Stay tuned – I’ll share my fun spanx experience with you in one of my next posts!
Sadly my scales did NOT move again before I left for my trip. When we left off, I was 153.2 pounds. Today I am up a bit at 154.8 pounds… but working hard to get back below 150 before my next trip – which is in less than a week!
I came home to empty cupboards, so I grazed & ate out for a few days, and finally went shopping yesterday to stock up on enough low carb groceries to last me until I leave again on Thursday.
Keep in mind I’m a single woman eating alone, and I tend to keep it simple. 😉
I got: chicken thighs, ground chuck, sausage & eggs, smoked sausages, mushrooms, cucumber, crumbled feta, pickles, turkey and cheese, bottled water, pecans, asparagus, cottage cheese, butter, etc – and I already had a variety of frozen veggies & berries at home.
I decided to cook a big meal last night, so I would have leftovers to last several meals. I like easy. 🙂 Here’s what I made out of the groceries I bought above…
It’s smoked sausages & sauerkraut, asparagus, roasted brussel sprouts & cucumber salad. I’ll share the details with you in a quick photo tour below.
Here’s how I entered that meal into MyFitnessPal:
I put the brussel sprouts in first, because they take the longest. I usually make them in an iron skillet but this baking sheet worked just as well. I just use olive oil, garlic salt & salt. Here’s the Easy Oven-Roasted Brussel Sprouts Recipe.
Next I made a simple cucumber salad. I make it up before I cook because it’s best served after “chilling in the fridge” a bit. That makes it sound sooo cool. 🙂 haha. Anyway, I just peel & dice one large cucumber:
After you peel & cube it you just add salt, mayo & crumbled feta cheese. It makes an easy low carb side to any meal! You can also add diced tomatoes – that makes it prettier if you’re planning to take it to a potluck or cookout. 🙂
I use a tablespoon or two of Duke’s mayo, depending on the size of the cucumber, and a couple tablespoons of crumbled feta cheese. When you salt the cucumber it “sweats”, so letting it sit in the refrigerator while you finish your meal will “thin it out” some.
Next I put the whole package of Oscar Mayer Smokies in a non-stick skillet and browned them up a bit – then added a can of sauerkraut and let it simmer together while the brussel sprouts crisped up in the oven.
These smokies are zero carb. They qualify as “low carb junk food” in my book, but sausages & kraut is a rare treat I enjoy!!
And finally, I put the Pictsweet frozen / steamables Asparagus in the microwave. They only take 4 minutes.
They come out kinda soft for my taste – I prefer my asparagus spears “crisp” so I didn’t end up eating them (I had too much on my plate already, lol). I saved them, and plan to roast them for my next meal – to crisp them up a bit. 🙂
Here’s how my plate came out:
I had the leftovers for lunch today. I just put the brussel sprouts under the broiler to crisp them back up again – and it was just as good as yesterday! 🙂 This was a super easy meal to make, and I love that it’ll stretch over a few meals for me. I’m all about simple!!
I would love to hear what’s in your grocery cart this week, and what kind of fun low carb meals you’re making. Leave a comment & let’s discuss. 🙂
Stay tuned too, I’ll share my beautiful meals from Orlando and more about my trip – and “my underwear” (spanx!), lol. I am SO addicted to my Spanx, but I learned a few things about them that I want to share with you before you decide on which model or brand to get for yourself. 😉 *cheers*