What's on your plate?

lylysa

What's on your plate?

Hello there, ladies and gents!

 

Keeping in line with all the fun and interactive threads asking about your most recent halls, items you have your eyes on, what you're currently wearing, what's your hair routine, and more, I've decide to branch out and ask:

 

"What's on your plate?"

 

The beauty world doesn't just stop at skin care and cosmetics, it also goes hand in hand with your overall health and well-being, so with that, I'm curious to see what we're all chowing down and snacking on be it for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, or inbetween!

 

For those with apps that help count calories or to those who just want to keep a log, here's a place to share, possibly find and share some recipes, and even tips on maintaining a balanced diet.

 

Don't just share food items, but even drinks! I'm a huge fan of tea and at least have a cup of green tea a day (anti-oxidants) and drink plenty of water.

 

For lunch today, I had:

 

-Brown rice

-Steamed egg

-Steamed red snapper with green onion, sesame oil, and black pepper

-Gai lan (it's a type of Chinese vegetable/greens)

 

Now, tell me, Beauty Talk world, what do you have? :smileyvery-happy:

Spyski

Re: What's on your plate?

That sounds yummy! My bf is a very VERY picky eater. Over the past years I've been getting him to try new things and let me tell ya it isn't easy! I'm one for more worldy foods, I'll try anything atleast once even the nasty stuff on Andrew Zimmerman's show! It took about 4 months of trying different recipes involving chicken and it boiled down to only one...which was grilled baja style chicken (basically chicken that tastes like tacos). After that, I've tried making regular ole ground beef crunchy tacos with no toppings. SCORE! He like it. Any suggestions on getting someone ease into trying new ingredients? It's a touchy subject with him, since he shys away from talking about his picky palette. 

lylysa

Re: What's on your plate?

I believe it's really about finding a flavor he likes. Often times it's the FLAVOR that folks are scared of. If you know he likes things more mild, go for the standard garlic or onion, if you use fresh versions, cook them down in a skillet before adding in your meat so they're not as potent, add some oil in the pan so the oil itself gets flavor then remove the garlic/onion pieces.

 

If he likes light/aromatic things, try flavoring fish or chicken with a light dill sauce or even a touch of rosemary. Making reductions or thin/liquidy sauces to go over meats and dishes is a way to have him adjust how much flavor he wants. Same with balsamic vinegars or oils for salads or over pasta. Have him try some pesto or drizzle some flavored oil on toasted French bread. I've found doing a yogurt/cilantro sauce is excellent over fish or baja chicken tacos! It's light, refreshing, and good for Summer!

 

If he wants things a bit more bold, spice things with coarse salts (sea salt), fresh ground pepper, cumin, chili flake, and paprika.

 

What are some foods he likes and don't like? This has become like a fun "See what I can throw out for Spyski's bf" food challenge! :smileytongue:

 

 

Spyski

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Oh nice! Funny you've mentioned the yogurt/cilantro dressing, I tried it on the fresh mahi I caught awhile back. That was AHHMAZING! (atleast to me) He didn't want any though. I think it's more of a texture thing with him. However, I recently got him to try a Ruth's Chris steakhouse steak and he even ordered it medium rare! WOW! I'm proud. He liked it, but couldn't finish more than a couple bites because it was so new to him.

 

He's more of a pizza man. Plain with only cheese. 

Spaghetti is a good alternative I throw in about every week. 

lylysa

Re: What's on your plate?

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Make pita pizzas!!! ^_^ It's a fun, interactive date-night activity and you can use things like fresh tomato paste (or even sliced tomatoes or lightly mashed baby tomatoes/cooked down tomatoes), fresh goat cheese or slivers/slices of fresh mozzarella, toss in some basil (chop it up real fine and cook it with the tomatoes), spinach leaves (I swear they cook down in the oven and don't taste super leafy. You can also cook up tiny mushroom slices or cubes in the tomato sauce ahead of time (sneak that stuff in, same thing with spinach). Have him try different cheeses, maybe go to your supermarket and the fresh cheese area and pick some out together.

 

Since he doesn't have an issue with ground meat, cook some up with onion pieces and garlic, along with mushroom (again, hide hide hide once and all with the sauce), then add sauce over it so it's a rich and meaty sauce. You can also cube tomatoes (they soften and cook down) too.

 

I would also say, try switching up to ground turkey too! Again, the suace hides everrrrything! :smileytongue:

 

He sounds like my buddy who's super picky too!

 

How is he with bacon? :smileytongue:

Spyski

Re: What's on your plate?

Haha, when I make spaghetti I have to put the Ragu in a blender because He "sees" the little onion bits and it throws him off on a wing. Like I said this is a very tricky situation. AND I can't hide things in certain recipes because if he finds out it would be the death of me I think. Atleast that's what his mother does, and he absolutely hates when she hides things in the food. lol

 

He likes turkey bacon on plain white bread. I forgot about that one!

 

lylysa

Re: What's on your plate?

Bake potato wedges and top them off with crumbled turkey bacon! I also posted a recipe for a cheeseburger bacon casserole not long ago...lemme find it...*disappears*


I'm back! Here you go! It combines all his "safe foods" like cheese, pasta, uses tomato soup (so no picking out pieces), and can incorporate turkey bacon! Though the recipe calls for finely chopped onion, I assure you, you can't see or taste it once it's all cooked. I'm not big on onions either which is crazy, the texture is a no for me (can't stand it on burgers), but I love the flavor (cooking down mushrooms, onion, and beef tips, yum!) and I cannot tell I'm eating onion at all!

Made bacon hamburger casserole last night since my bf and I bought bacon in bulk! Haha!

Recipe:

-1 lb lean ground beef

-1 small onion (of about 1/4 or 1/3 of a larger onion), diced up

-Half a bag of egg noodles (egg-free egg noodles can also be used, or other types of pasta)

-8 or 9 strips of bacon (or turkey bacon if you don't eat pork)

-Salt

-Pepper

-Chili powder/flake (optional, but adds a touch more flavor)

-Cheddar cheese (sharp is best since mild versions just get lost with the flavors)

-1 10 ounce can of condensed tomato soup

1. Cook pasta, strain, set aside

2. Cook bacon (oven, stove, griddle, microwave), crumble, set aside

3. Cook up ground beef with onion, season with salt and pepper, strain out any released fat, set aside

I like doing all three steps above all together so you save time, if prep/cook time won't allow for your bacon to cool down enough before you have to add it to the mix, use kitchen/cooking shears to snip them into chunks/pieces. I also like cooking up 1/3 of the diced onions up first in the pan so they're flavor is released a bit more before adding the beef. Don't be afraid to be generous with the salt and pepper since there's not a lot of spices in this recipe, you're going to want to be sure the beef isn't bland.

4. Take bacon and add it to the beef/onion mix, add in the can of soup and let it simmer for about 5 minutes, stir to distribute the soup well into the meat

5. Add in noodles and mix, letting simmer for another 5 minutes

6. Turn off heat and sprinkle cheddar cheese over dish and let sit so cheese melts down

7. Let it cool slightly, then serve up and enjoy!

 

Spyski

Re: What's on your plate?

YESSSSSSSS! That sounds perfect. Printing it out as I write this! I'm going to try this sometime this week for sure. Thank you for such a BIG help on this little issue of mine :smileyvery-happy:

lylysa

Re: What's on your plate?

No prob! You can even toss in whole grain pasta for the egg noodles too...oooo make him eat whole grains!!!! :smileytongue:

Spyski

Re: What's on your plate?

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Go to the grocery store and pick up a bottle of Lawry's marinade. I like the teriyaki one the best! Add about 1/3 of the bottle to the chicken breast, let it sit in the fridge for about an hour then wrap up pineapple rings in foil with cinnamon/sugar sprinkled on top. Heat up the grill (indoor or outdoor), place the marinated chicken on there then place a pineapple ring on top of each breast. Cook until tender! You can place the whole ensemble on top a bed of sticky white rice. VOILA! 

kalex

Re: What's on your plate?

Grilled pineapple with cinnamon and sugar?  Oh my gosh that sounds good!

Yuumei

Re: What's on your plate?

After reading a bit all I can think is 'YUM' and now I'm hungry!!! To be honest though, my diet in general is HORRIBLE... I dream of the day when I'll have the time to take better care of myself :smileyhappy: This is probably why I need (and religiously follow) such a great skincare routine hehehe :smileyhappy:  

lylysa

Re: What's on your plate?

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Feel free to even share the not so healthy stuff, we're not here to judge and besides, sometimes the junk food stuff is what makes us drool and have our mouths watering the most! Haha!

 

We post recipes and whatnot here too, and don't be afraid to ask for one if someone posts up a yummy meal and you want more info! :smileyvery-happy:

drrragon

Re: What's on your plate?

When I bought potato chips at the store yesterday (major stress food for me), I got back a coupon for "Wholesome Goodness Granola Bar".  LOL I think someone's trying to tell me something......

lylysa

Re: What's on your plate?

LOL! I think it's funny when grocery stores give coupons like that after receipt print outs, you can buy all the junk food in the world and then out pops a soy milk or protein bar coupon!

lylysa

Re: What's on your plate?

Had a huge craving for alfredo last night, it's been ages since I've had actual pasta (outside of the egg noodles used in skillet casseroles or the shirataki noodles used in stir-fry, which are yam based).

 

My b/f and I have been on a work out kick so we've been avoiding pasta just for the sake of pasta but last night was so super sweet and went out to get alfredo sauce so I could add it to linguine with mushrooms and broccoli. Baked some salmon up too!

starletta8

Re: What's on your plate?

I have a confession, partially to keep myself honest.

 

Tonight's appetizer? One of those mini Haagen-Daas ice creams- the 3oz ones that you can find for around $1.25 at the local store.

 

I have major medical problems with the heat and needed to get my core temperature to start getting back to normal.... I've been drinking water by the liter.  Desperate times...

lylysa

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Oooooo, those tiny ice creams are darn cute! I remember getting a Ben & Jerry's one that had a tiny spoon included!

 

Best of luck battling this heat! We don't want you getting too hot!

 

I keep bottles upon bottles of water in my car just in case.

starletta8

Re: What's on your plate?

I was pushing the water all week by the liter- usually 3+ a day. 

lylysa

Re: What's on your plate?

My bf made dinner last night and for the first time ever I had homemade meatloaf!!! It was so yummy! It was very flavorful, not dry, and rather than top it with ketchup he used seasoned, diced tomatoes which added more flavor! Yummm! I had two big pieces. We also picked up some instant brown rice with quinoa and garlic (first time trying quinoa, yum!) and some Asian veggies.

 

Split a Skinny Cow ice cream sandwich with him too. :smileyhappy:

starletta8

Re: What's on your plate?

Today, I drank 2.5 liters of water. It's hot.

 

Lunch: greek-style lamb over salad

 

Dinner: recipe from yesterday at Trader Joe's!

  • Veggie Pizza burger, topped with tomato basil sauce and a bit of fresh mozzarella
  • slice of strawberry rhubarb pie
lylysa

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Lamb, deeeelish!

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