I was sort of hungry all afternoon, but also still stuffed with that salad. It didn’t sit that well with me for some reason (you know I can eat 2 pounds of salad!), so I didn’t want a snack until around 5:45 when we needed to start thinking about dinner. Oh well. I had a few sips of this delightful drink while we cooked, and that was a perfect snack!
We actually had a box of mac n cheese on the counter to make for dinner, but plans changed at the last minute. I didn’t make a meal plan for this week – I just bought a bunch of produce to spark creativity. But when you’re hungry, it’s hard to put effort into recipes that might take 30-45 minutes to make. Tonight’s ingredient craving included OKRA, so we were going to do okra mac. But at the last minute I decided I was craving our oven-fried okra and the whole meal changed into a delicious Southern feast!
I made a recipe page for the “Better-Than-Fried” Okra.
It was awesome!! Our best yet.
Served with ketchup –
The other half of dinner involved an equally Southern ingredient: collard greens. I love all kinds of greens! I used to hate them too – imagine that 😉
For the entree we cooked 2 slices of bacon, 3 chopped dates, the collard greens, about 2 tbsp mustard-style BBQ sauce and a drizzle of maple syrup along with a drained can of kidney beans to produce this nice mixture:
Last but not least, some sun-dried tomato bread from Great Harvest.
(Yes, I was very nervous eating in the garden with Gilbert nearby…)
You know what I realized tonight: I have truly learned to “eat normally.” I didn’t think about the calories in this meal for a moment because I knew everything that went in it was healthy (or at least used just slightly like the bacon ) and I could just sense that it was probably about 400-600 calories, which is my target for each meal if I’m eating about 1700-1800 calories per day and dividing my day up equally (sometimes meals are smaller and I have snacks, other times I just have 3 meals, so that’s a guess as to how they come out).
I remember the days when I used to weigh EVERY ingredient on the scale and would probably have counted the okra on my plate to get the “right” portion. But now I just eyeball it and choose what feels right. I took more okra tonight because I knew it would be my favorite on the plate and less bread and collard mixture because I knew if I had large portions of everything it would probably be more than I need (although I could still have fit large portions of everything in my stomach, so this was a mental decision).
I still don’t know the answer> to the question: “Could you have lost weight without counting everything?” Obviously the answer> is yes, but I almost feel like that experience has made me appreciate normal eating more and also instilled a sense/instinct about what a “right” portion is for me.
After dinner I was craving something sweet so I decided to try one of the Luna cookies I was sent to sample. The Chocolate Mint seemed to fit the bill.
I had half of that along with a little bar of dark chocolate. I liked the cookie a lot!! It was a lot like a Z-bar in texture with a minty essence and nice chew. It’s certainly healthy for a “cookie” and a great option for an after-dinner snack.
Hoping to do some reading and TV watching tonight. I spent the afternoon organizing the cereal cabinet and doing some internet work. I have so much blog reading to do. My Google Reader has 668 new posts!! I’m sorry if I haven’t been commenting very much on your blogs, but I do read TONS of them and enjoy seeing all of your food and activities!!