Weigh-in: 128 lb
It looks like my belly is finally disappearing. Excuse me while I cartwheel in joy! I find that meal-prepping is the easiest, fastest way for me to lose weight. I’m mostly tempted to buy and eat large amounts of food when I don’t have food readily available for me to eat. When I make my lunches ahead of time (and make sure that I remember to bring them), I feel much more guilty going out to buy that burger.
I’ve also learned that after I devour whatever amount of food in front of me, I’m still starving! But accepting the fact that I’m actually full and making myself wait the extra 15-20 minutes to stop the ravenous eating mode does wonders. Half hour after I finish eating, I realize that my stomach is actually fully bursting with delicious proteins and nutrients.
9 more days till the beach!
I was craving Indian food all last week and it took all I had to not go get the $9.99 Indian lunch buffet up the street from my workplace. The pull was very strong, and the value!! It was hard to pass up.
This week, chicken breasts were on sale for mega cheap. I got all that chicken you see above (a good 5 large ones) for only $7.50! I also bought another tray and froze those. This serves as my lunch for the next week. Curry chicken vindaloo with red lentils and veggies.
- 5 chicken breasts
- 2 medium carrots, chopped
- a handful of brown mushrooms, chopped
- 1 shallot, chopped
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 tomato, diced
- 4 cups of red lentils
- 4 tbsp Patak’s Vindaloo Paste
- Salt and pepper
1. Salt and pepper the chicken breasts. Brown them in the pan and then set aside (they should still be raw on the inside).
2. Add to the pan your carrots, mushrooms, shallots, and garlic. Mix them around like you know what you’re doing.
3. When those veggies get a bit soft, add your tomatoes.
4. Add 4 cups of water, the Vindaloo paste, and your lentils. Mix them all up.
5. Add your chicken back into the pan and simmer, covered, until you’re pretty sure you won’t get salmonella. No one sees what I’m eating, so I just cut right into the breast to make sure. This took about 25 minutes. If you feel like it’s getting a little dry, add more water in. I think I ended up with about 6 cups of water in the end.
6. About 10 minutes before you think you’re done, add the spinach, and cover it back up so that it’ll wilt.
This meal was inspired by this pinterest post. I thought, yeah, I’m going to make that, and then proceeded to do something that kinda was like it, but not at all. I used veggies that I liked. I didn’t have an onion so that’s why I used the shallot.
The vindaloo paste was just purchased at a generic grocery store, and as such it tries to cater to a wider audience, meaning, it tastes nice and inoffensive. Definitely delicious, but lacks the deep flavour and is not very spicy at all. Still, I quite enjoyed my lunch this morning.
Because my chicken breasts were all sorts of different sizes, for calorie counting purposes, I divided the macros into the lentil & veggies mixture portion on its own and the chicken to be inputted into MyFitnessPal separately.
Vindaloo Lentil & Veggies – 9 Portions
279 calories / 3.3g fat, 44g carbs, 16.9g protein
Chicken was inputted into MFP as just plain chicken breast. – Per 160g
282 calories / 6g fat, 0g carbs, 55.2g protein
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