WIAW: Some Successful Cooking Experiments

Back at it for What I Ate Wednesday!

After a long, gluttonous weekend home - I needed a slight detox from processed, sugar-laden foods. I've been having bad indigestion for a week or so, and I have no idea what's causing it. This week I'm attempting to focus on eating more protein and less dairy. I've completely switched up my typical meals and experimented with some new ideas for breakfast, lunch AND dinner. 

 Here's what I ate on Tuesday to get back in the swing of things.

Paleo Stuffed Breakfast Peppers

Breakfast

Trail Mix

On my way out the door I grabbed a handful of some super delicious trail mix that a friend discovered at Costco. It's packed with dried fruits like cherries, golden berries (crack!), strawberries, raisins and mulberries along with coconut chips and pepitas.

Stuffed Peppers

Paleo Breakfast Stuffed Peppers

I typically start every morning with a Greek yogurt and half a banana with honey. I struggled to come up with a dairy-free alternative since I looove my yogurt.

I stumbled upon the idea of breakfast stuffed peppers while browsing some Paleo websites and made it my own. I added frozen spinach, a chopped up chicken and apple sausage, and sautéed veggies (pepper, onion, tomato, mushroom) into the bottom of the pepper and topped it with an egg. Popped it into the oven for about 40 minutes and VOILA. This was a really satisfying breakfast and something I'll definitely be adding to my rotation!

Snack 

Fruit Salad, Yummy Yummy 

Casual "The Wiggles" reference. 

Midtown Fruit Stand

Near my office, there is a magical fruit stand where you can buy a "small" fruit salad for $4 that's bursting with whatever fruit your heart desires. This includes pineapple, watermelon, mango, kiwi, strawberries, grapes, apples, grapefruit, orange, cantaloupe, honeydew, banana and papaya. 

I try to limit myself to buying this once a week ("Fruit Stand Fridays") but I'm not always successful. I also try to limit myself to eating only half in a day because it's a lot of servings of fruit but - also unsuccessful on that front! 

Lunch 

Tuna Salad 

What I Ate Wednesday Lunch

I always forget how great a can of tuna is. 22 grams of protein and 100 calories? Obviously, slathering it in mayonnaise is not ideal. So even though I'm trying to add dairy, I mixed a dollop of plain yogurt into my tuna, mashed 1/4 of an avocado and added a hint of mustard and black pepper. Then, I chopped up some romaine hearts and voila - protein packed salad! 

Snack 

Hummus and Carrots 

Classic combo. I'm a big lover of carrots. I used to eat precisely 9 of them every day before field hockey practice in high school. OCD much? Now, I can eat more or less than 9. But I still eat them almost every day! 

Dinner 

Turkey & Asian Veggie Tacos 

Paleo Asian Tacos

I impressed myself with this dinner - inspired by my scrolling through more paleo recipes. I sauteed a bunch of Asian-themed veggies with amino acids (tastes like soy sauce), ginger and garlic powder. I used peppers, onions, tomatoes, mushrooms, snap peas and broccoli. 

Next, I cooked lean turkey meat in the same mixture of amino acids, ginger & garlic powder. Then, mixed the meat with the veggies and served in romaine lettuce heart "taco shells" with some all-natural ginger peanut sauce from The Ginger People

When I took a bite, I was blown away by the flavors! So satisfying. 

Dessert

Apple Slices

What I Ate Wednesday Dessert

Nature's dessert? I topped some apple slices with a little bit of plain yogurt + honey and PB + coconut flakes before crawling contentedly into bed. 

YOUR TURN: 
WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE FRUIT? 
DO YOU EAT DAIRY? 
HOW MUCH PROTEIN DO YOU AIM FOR EVERY DAY? 

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