So, for my next trick, I have another go-to recipe. It’s garlic shrimp & veggies with pasta. I wasn’t going to blog about it because it seems SO easy to me, but when I was a struggling new cook, I totally would have  appreciated something this easy!

I still keep forgetting to take pics…it’ll happen eventually.

My problem here is that I don’t measure with this particular recipe. I usually make some terribly large amount so I can have leftovers until I can’t stand it anymore. Last night I used the whole bag of shrimp (about a pound), a small handful of angel hair, and a quarter of the huge bag of veggies. With these amounts, I used about 4 T (that means tablespoon if you’re new to this cooking thing) each of butter & olive oil (gasp!), 4 cloves of garlic (I use a garlic press), and about 1 T of lemon juice. It’s a really basic scampi-type recipe. I try to make it healthier by using less & whole wheat pasta and lots of veggies. Maybe someday I’ll decrease the fats, too!

Whole wheat pasta of your choice (I use Barilla Smart something-or-other)
Frozen “California Blend” (Broccoli, cauliflower, & carrots…we get the huge bags at Sam’s)
Frozen medium-size RAW shrimp (it comes deveined & shelled at Wal-Mart, in the fresh fish section)
Butter (gasp again!) & olive oil
Fresh garlic
Lemon juice

1. Cook pasta to the al dente stage (it’ll say on the back of the box). Measure butter & olive oil and heat on medium heat until butter melts. Add garlic and cook for a minute. In the meantime, cook veggies in microwave a couple minutes less than done (the directions said 9 minutes, so I put it on 6 minutes). Add lemon juice to the garlic mixture.

2. Add shrimp & cook until starts to get pink, about 5 minutes. Add the veggies and cook another minute. For the last minute, add the pasta.

Super-easy & yummy, with lots of leftovers!

Makes about 6 servings


Week 1 is over for the weight loss competition. I lost 2 pounds, which is a great start!

I did 4 half-hour cardio sessions of intervals on the elliptical, did one session of the 30 Day Shred and started making smarter eating choices. I didn’t have any chocolate or baked goods in the house, so I didn’t eat dessert for lunch & dinner every day like I usually would.

This week, I hope to do more sessions of the 30 Day Shred and continue making smarter food choices. I also hope to increase my daily water intake to the suggested amount.

I’m going to start posting my new favorite recipes that are going in my regular rotation, so I can find them easily AND so I can share them with you all. I don’t really make any recipes up on my own or anything, but this will help with meal planning and I figured it might help someone else along the way.

I based this one on recipes I’ve seen before, but I didn’t actually follow a particular recipe this time. I’ve made similar things where the chicken breading ended up soggy. I think using the rack and spraying with canola oil helped.

Oven-fried chicken

Thin-sliced chicken breast
Bread crumbs
Salt & pepper
Canola oil spray

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. I used a baking sheet with sides and put a rack I normally use for cooling cookies and put it on top. Spray rack with cooking spray.

2. Mix salt & pepper, season-all, and bread crumbs to taste. Dredge chicken in flour, dip in egg, and cover with bread crumb mixture. Spray both sides of chicken with cooking spray before putting in oven.

3. Cook for 15 minutes, then flip chicken after spraying both sides again with cooking spray. Cook another 10-15 minutes until done.

Next time I make it, I’ll include pictures!

For reals, make this now! I can’t get enough of this stuff!

So a couple friends and I are going to do a friendly competition in the likes of “The Biggest Loser.” We have 12 weeks to go! Should be fun!

So far, I’ve printed out my eating plan, but I hadn’t planned ahead, so I don’t have unlimited healthy food at my disposal right now. It’s okay, though, because it’ll help me to start making healthier choices everywhere, including at home, which seems to be my weakness.

I will update at least once per week on my progress. My starting numbers are the same as they were a couple weeks ago…I haven’t lost anything yet, but haven’t been motivated much to try.

Oh & what will the winner get? Either a book or a manicure or pedicure…at least that’s what’s on the table right now. Considering I could SO use a pedi…at this point, I think that’s what my choice would be! 🙂

Any tips for healthy weight loss?

CrossFit ATL 3747

(Obviously, that’s not me…but it is how I felt last week!)

That’s what this program should be called! I lasted about four days before I burned out on it. I did NOT, however, fail. I learned a lot from the program in the short time I followed it.

Tony Horton is Crazy (note the capital “C”). P90X is really a large time commitment. If you’re thinking of doing it, make sure you have well over an hour to spare every day. I don’t want to spend so much time working out that I can’t live my life. We’re currently house-hunting, in addition to daily life, and I don’t have time to invest in nearly two hours of working out each day. I’m not trying to be the next Lance Armstrong or anything.

In addition to Tony Horton being Crazy, I learned that I need to make some tweaks in my eating. I couldn’t follow their restrictive diet. In fact, I’ve confirmed what I suspected: that “diet” is a four-letter word.

The new plan is that I’m going to do more moderate exercise: the elliptical machine 2 days per week, my 30 day shred dvd 2 days per week, and my yoga dvd once a week. I also need to add some protein and decrease my carbs. They need to be better quality carbs, too, instead of white pasta and cookies.

I’ll still reach my goal, though, I’m sure about that much. 🙂

CalvinLowCarbComic.jpg image by livinlowcarbman

Day one: I hurt everwhere. I’m going through carb/sugar withdrawal and have a killer headache. My shoulders, chest, arms, and abs are sore. BUT, I feel really proud of myself for making it through day one.

Things I learned today:
1. P90X is no joke. I mean, really, I was pooped after the warm-up and then had 52 minutes left or something ridiculous.
2. Tony Horton sounds exactly like Matthew McConaughey when you’re closing your eyes and wincing in pain. At least it brings a smile to my face while wincing.
3. Our downstairs neighbors are going to need a new ceiling after I’m done with this program. There’s a lot of jumping around and we can feel the floor shaking…they’re probably downstairs looking up at their ceiling fan, wondering when that moment is going to be.
4. If I make it through the next 90 days, I really will look hawt. But that’s a big “if.”