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Losing 28lbs - Take Two, Weeks Two and Three

Jan 15, 2013 12:00 am

Weeks Two and Three kind of blurred into one, so I've decided to cover both in one posting. My weight loss in Week Two was pretty good, at 2.1lbs, but Week Three was pretty dismal at only 0.5lbs. But, I remember that the third week last time I only lost 0.4lbs, so perhaps it's just my body that doesn't like Week Three! This brings my total weight loss up to 6.5lbs.

I tried a couple of new recipes that worked out really well! The first is Cauliflower Bread Sticks from Sandy Kitchen's Adventures, and the second is Asian Lettuce Wraps, also from Sandy's Kitchen.


Cauliflower Bread Sticks: This recipe is a lot of work, at least for me, who doesn't really like to cook, but it is so good I made it twice in one week. I still find it amazing that a simple mixture of cauliflower, egg and cheese turns into yummy "bread" sticks. For step by step instructions follow this link to the recipe at Sandy's Kitchen Adventures. Here are the basics. The ingredients are simple -

1 cup raw grated cauliflower
1/4 cup egg substitute
1 cup shredded  2% light mozzarella, - 3/4  cup in mix, and 1/4 cup on top.
Garlic salt and Italian seasonings, to taste

Makes one complete Lean & Green meal, no Healthy Fat required

The marina sauce is just 1/2 cup of diced tomatoes that have been pureed. What could be easier? For the breadsticks, simply mix the cauliflower, egg substitute and 3/4 cup of the cheese. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper, form a rectangular shaped dough (see pic above, mine was roughly 6" x 7") and bake at 350 for 30 mins, until set.  Carefully flip the dough and cook for another 15 minutes. Cut the bread into sticks, and sprinkle the seasonings and remaining 1/4 cup of cheese on top. Put them back in oven at 450 for 10 minutes, or until brown on top.  The prep time for me was about 20 mins, and the cooking time was around an hour, which makes this a more time consuming dish than I would usually make. But as I said, it's super good, so definitely worth it! You just have to be start making it in plenty of time so you don't miss your next meal time.

Asian Lettuce Wraps: In direct contrast to the breadsticks, this dish is super quick to make. As I mentioned earlier, I'm not such a big cook; I just want to eat immediately, and don't have the patience to make anything that takes longer than 20 mins to prepare. This dish is perfect for me - three main ingredients and some seasoning, and you're done! For step-by -step instructions, follow this link to the recipe at Sandy's Kitchen Adventures. Here are the basics:

14 oz 93% fat free lean ground beef - should yield 10 oz cooked (2 Lean)
3 cups of shredded cabbage or bagged cole slaw mix (6 greens)
1 tablespoon soy sauce (3 condiments)
2 teaspoons packaged szechwan seasoning mix (3 condiments)
Add any additional water
iceberg lettuce leaves (optional)
Makes two complete Lean & Green meals with three condiments per meal.
Simply cook the ground beef, and then add the cabbage and seasonings. That's it! This makes two servings, so share with someone, or keep one for another day. I'm a little unclear on how the lettuce leaves are counted, so the second time I made it, I only used two cups of cabbage. I figured the lettuce leaves would count for one serving of Green.
I mentioned I was going to start exercising in Week Three. I tried once, and it was a dismal failure. But more on that next week! Any stories to share on how your 2013 health goals are shaping up? Tell us about it in the comments below!

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