After a nice workout of ellipticaling, biking and abs, I came home to put something together. As indecisive as I am, I quickly decided on a pasta + vegetable dish. For a sauce, I made the nutritional yeast queso from a few weeks ago. The result turned out to be somewhat of a mix between ratatouille and mac ‘n cheese. However, the queso sauce was a little too watered down today. I think I needed more nutr. yeast!
I broiled eggplant, zucchini + tomato for about 8 minutes. Then tossed that with 2 oz of cooked whole wheat macaroni, 2 big handfuls of wilted spinach (tossed into the pasta water at the last minute) and the cheese sauce. Topped with a little grated parmesan:
I added a few strawberries for a fruit serving to go with it. (It’s finally strawberry season and they taste delicious!)
Outdoor dining accompanied by Cooking Light Magazine.
Thoughts On Eating
The pro to eating lunch at home is the freedom to be creative and have something hot and fresh.
The con? Knowing when to stop! With a packed lunch, when you’re done you’re done. But at home, with an unlimited fridge and pantry, it’s tempting to eat more than you need just because it’s there.
I’m doing really well without counting calories. It is refreshing to put together meals based on the most wholesome ingredients. (Not that I didn’t do that before, and not that I don’t still consider portions and food group balance, but it’s almost like if you’re not going to monitor portions by calories, then you need to make sure you are making the best choices. Again, the focus becomes health and not just weight management.) But counting was always a way to help me know when I’d had enough. But now it’s just me, my stomach, and my willpower. While I have general idea of how much my lunch was, it’s still tempting to go nibble on more things.
Thankfully, the willpower won today (or at least for now 🙂 ) because I decided my stomach is satisfyingly full. If I need a snack sooner rather than later, I’ll have one!
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I’m off to go study in the hammock. This is the time of year to be outside – it’s going to be too hot and humid soon!