22 April 2011

Mostly Paleo lunch for my 12hr mid

Okay, so the yogurt is not paleo...but coconut macaroons, almond flour/coconut blackberry muffins, bacon green onion omelet with some turkey breast lunch meat, and stir fry veggies with chicken breast. Oh and cantaloupe.

I'll let you know how it goes. :D (the food and the long shift)


20 April 2011

The chef in me....

The whole B-word (budget of course) has, as hubby said, "brought out the cook in me."

Since our meat for the last meal of the week went bad (apparently the veggie tray is not the place to store meat), and today being the last day of the "week" before grocery shopping tomorrow, I had no choice but to run to the freezer for tonight's dinner. And going with the hubster's goal of "cleaning it out," it worked rather well. Sauteed some of our Kirkland stir-fry veggies with sesame seed oil, shoyu and some oyster sauce. Then marinated some salmon patties in same sauce, popped in fridge. Cooked up some boiled eggs (to make deviled eggs tomorrow!), and made some cheese tortillini for the kid. After hubs got home from work, we headed out for a "short" walk, but it was worth it. Nothing beats that feeling after working out. While he started to shower, I started the George Foreman and cooked the salmon fillets. Ah yes, while starting the stir-fry, I got the rice cooking in the cooker.

Needless to say our Salmon stir-fry came out delish, and in an effort to get ready for the slightly modified cave-man diet, I didn't eat any rice.

I'm thinking 21 days of cave-man diet... we'll see how it goes. I'll especially be missing my milk and cheese, but Spring assures me that you can have some stuff in moderation... but cutting out the refined carbs I think will help me a lot. Tomorrow's a new day, of shopping for additional items like coconut flour, almond flour, coconut milk (and ice cream!)...

But the base of my meals will be e-mealz low carb... perhaps with some moderations...but I might not really need much changing. This week's menu: Buffalo Chicken with dinner salad, orange marinade steak with cucumber, tomato and avocado salad, rosemary chicken with cheesy broccoli, and lastly the "quick" meal: salsa steak salad. I'll let you know how it goes. I might trade in that rosemary chicken for a rotisserie chicken, so I can have salsa chicken salad... I don't think steak will go over too well for me :)

Ahh, I was wondering why it seemed short, apparently for four holidays a year, they shorten the meals to 4... Easter being one of those holidays. Too bad I work, hope the Easter bunny stops by the ops floor :P

18 April 2011

Meal 3- cranberry chicken salad

This salad was so amazing! That's all I have to say... It might be a repeat in the weeks to come...and almost paleo too! Just take out the feta cheese! Had dried cranberries, mandarin oranges, leftover rotisserie chicken (shredded), chopped pecans (saved money by getting the little baking package of whole pecans, and slap chopping it), and surprisingly green onion...which nicely compliments the feta cheese.  Anyway...two thumbs way up for this meal!
This picture is of my lunch tomorrow, I didn't think to take one of my actual meal.. :D


15 April 2011

Meal 2-Rotisserie Chicken & Broccoli

I think I do these kinds of posts mostly for Sarah :)

Tonight's dinner was Rotisserie Chicken with Broccoli (the second half of the frozen bag from yesterday). I had to pick up the chicken from Sam's club (because it's $3 cheaper than the commissary!), and then went home. That's how easy dinner was :) Okay, well I didn't cook the broccoli cause hubby was at work, I already had my veggies for the day, and kid had his own dinner my mom made for him. So my dinner was really the chicken with some baked yams (about to become a serious staple in my life!). You might think a WHOLE chicken is a little much for a "two people" meal plan, but you shred half of the meat and save it for a meal in a couple days. It brings our grocery + household bill to what, $80 now? haha. With some needed milk pickup and some more yams, we might get to $100 this week, but seriously... still $25 under budget, and waaaay less than what I would have normally spent on random food for the week.

I'll be cooking the broccoli and the other yam tomorrow...I think Capt Clegg has sold me on this "paleo" diet... but since it's a lot of fruit and veggies, it's a little hard for me (I can't eat raw veggies, and even had a hard time eating some sliced apple the other day...) but since we're on the "low carb" meal plan, there's not a lot of starches in the meals... so me adding the yams, is a paleo shout out :)

14 April 2011

Meal 1-Dijon Pork Tenderloin w/Broccoli

Today was the first day of sticking to our E-Mealz cooking plan. On the menu was Dijon Pork Tenderloin w/Broccoli. I think when the menu said, "parmesan cheese" it meant the fresh stuff, not the cheap kraft one. So instead, I added some leftover shredded cheddar cheese for the broccoli. But seriously, I'm not sure a meal could get any easier. Coated the pork with olive oil, some minced garlic (my own touch), and dijon mustard. Put in the casserole dish with a lid for 50 min (we have a gas stove)...and it was done! And delicious!

So there you go Sarah, day 1, easy and yummy! The only adjustment I'd do is cook more broccoli, since my half of the frozen bag seemed a little small :)

G'night!
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13 April 2011

E-Mealz, in Hawaii...

Some of you might have read my previous post about how much I love E-mealz. I felt a little hypocritical, since I've been a member for almost 3 months now, and yet I'd only made ONE meal from their thing, and my first and only attempt to do the meals turned to mush (back in the day, before my surgery).

But this season is all about saving money for our upcoming move (think mortgage payments while the place is on the market). Needless to say, the B-word was on the hubby's mind. Budget.

I'm not good with a budget. Mostly I don't overspend, but still. I don't really keep track of my money, I just spend (and put some in savings!). Anyway. The goal is to spend $125/week on groceries and household items (toiletries, etc). He had wanted me to wait until "payday" to go shopping, but I am not about to fight payday traffic at the commissary, I figured I could pay off my credit card when I get paid.

I'm happy to report that I spent a mere $78 on a week's worth of groceries (well, 5 dinners and some miscellaneous items), AS WELL AS some household items. Yep, $42 under budget. I was skeptical about E-Mealz saving me a ton of money, but this might have been one of the cheapest commissary trips in a loooong time. And, I don't have to think about cooking dinner, just follow the plan. Okay, I confess, I still have to buy a rotisserie chicken from Sams Club. so I'm like $36 under budget. :D I told hubby to wait until the full "week" was over, since there will be some random staples I'll have to pick up (milk for me and kid), but still. That's exciting. My first week on a budget!

Just one more reason why
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09 April 2011

E-Mealz!

SAVE TIME AND MONEY WITH E-MEALZ MEAL PLANS

I don't know where this came from, probably because yesterday I didn't sleep til 5am, and again I'm left without a body in bed next to me thanks to hub's mid-shift... but I started to get excited about cooking.

It started earlier this week... In an attempt to save money, and be responsible and perhaps prepare for the furloughs and delayed paychecks, hubby determined we were going to eat all the food in the house, before getting more. Now that's quite the feet, since I'm a little hoarder. I buy random things when I'm shopping that I stash in the freezer or pantry for a rainy day, and yet I don't do anything with them.

Thinking about the food we needed to eat (believe me, there's a hodge podge of items to be devoured), I remembered I had a hunk of meat in the freezer. Completely freezer burned or what not, but I had bought it out of the clearance freezer at the commissary with the intent of throwing it in the crockpot. And boy was I going to do that! My dear friend Momma Heada had shared her tried and true crock-pot pot roast recipe. I got home from work yesterday (around midnight) and started getting it all together. Taking out the crock pot, getting the meat out (I had put it in the fridge 24hrs earlier, thinking it might do something)...getting the bowl ready to mix the cream of mushroom and french onion mix... and then I had a problem. Only ONE can of CoM. Her recipe clearly called for TWO cans, for a 5lb hunk of meat. Granted mine was only 3.5lb or so, but I knew if I only did one can, it'd end up too french oniony (I think I made this mistake earlier, when I tried to cook it by memory many moons ago). I panicked. This time I had no hubby to run out to 7-11 to get me a can (like he did last time)... I scoured the cupboards... I had: CoChicken, CoBroccoli, and Broccoli and Cheese. I was desperate. I debated. (I only cook certain items very well, otherwise I'm kind of clueless sometimes about cooking). I seriously debated about CoB... but in the end chose the CoC. Mixed the two cans, with one can of water and the french onion dip in a bowl. Added some hawaiian seasoning and diced garlic to the bottom of the meat...added some of the mixture to the bottom of the crockpot, dropped the meat in, covered it all up in sauce... and went to bed. (sort of, see earlier comment about not sleeping until 5am).

Holy smokes. Seriously, smelled amazing in the morning. Then I got to eat it at work, tasted great. I cooked it for 10hrs on low, since I can't really chew very well or for long periods of time... it was like shredded beef. Delicious, and the gravy I was freaking about-awesomeness. I got my own recipe now :) I also "used up" our three packets of Betty Crocker's homestyle red potatoes mix... with some frozen peas and carrots-made out with a real "hearty" meal for dinner.

Soo... now that I'm wire free, and kind of eating (I'm probably eating way too many things I shouldn't be)... I'm getting excited about E-Mealz. Really, this is one of the best things that anyone has suggested to me. Before my surgery, someone had overheard my conversation about how much money hubby and I waste between buying food, not cooking it, and eating out all the time. Said person suggested E-Mealz, so I checked it out, and I was hooked. I went home, looked up a coupon code, and paid $12.50 for 3 months worth of weekly meals. BUT it's not just weekly meals, it's meals, with easy recipes, AND a shopping list. Yeah, that's right. I don't even have to organize anything about. And for you Mainland people, it gets better. They actually customize some of their meal plans with the weekly ads of certain stores (Publix, Kroger, ADLI). Seriously, isn't that awesome? AND they have different kinds of meal plans, the biggest divider is between the family plans and the couple plans. Family gives 7 meals for 4-6ppl, "for 2" gives 5 meals for 2 plus leftovers for like lunch the next day. Then, they have speciality menus- low carb, weight watchers (titled portion control), low fat, and they even have vegetarian and gluten free menus!

So I guess I just wanted to share my excitement with the world. I am not so intimated by the task of saving money while I grocery shop, and I especially am looking forward to starting this up again... most likely for next (or this upcoming) week's commissary run.

Go ahead, just check it out... it won't hurt to look at their sample menus!

I <3 Emealz

hard hearted...

Tonight I was reminded how hard hearted I am. Quick to judge, slow to forgive. It's frustrating, when I know I should just let things go... but it gets to a point of when I want to throw my hands up and say, "really God?"

But sometimes I wonder if that is the point. I don't really find it ironic at all that my first week back at work, I didn't get to have any quiet time. I didn't get to see anyone from church. In actuality, it was my family (hardly that at some points in the week), and my coworkers...no one else. Perhaps that was the point?

To throw my hands up TO God. Surrendering all, into His presence.

His presence... I am so far from it... it's frustrating.

I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. Ezekiel 36:26

Please God...

08 April 2011

Did you know...?

There is a blogger app for android! Bwahaha. Perhaps I will finally start posting on the kid's page :)

07 April 2011

Prayer Request...

Well hello there... it's come to my attention that I need to request some prayers... and go to Abba Daddy, who holds the world in his hands...

Here's the thing- I don't know if I've said it, but my appointment on Monday didn't quite go as well as I had expected. I could have sworn that the docs mentioned this would be the last big surgery, and all other work could be accomplished in a clinic style. However, this past Monday, it did not seem that was the kind of work that needs to be done.

Because my bone snapped during surgery, they couldn't do the bone graft, I had thought they were able to use the artificial bone to help take the place... but on Monday the doc said we'd have to do another bone graft, AND remove the little bar that is holding my two bones together (apparently they cannot do the implants with this bar in my mouth).

My first prayer request is that my bone would grow on its own. That they wouldn't need to do a bone graft. That the only thing the doc would need to do is remove the little bar.

Now, all this seems overwhelming (and really it is), but the kicker that kind of throws me for a loop... an MEB. A group of people get together and review my medical records to see if the Air Force should retain me or medically separate me. The whole reason this is an issue is because I haven't been deployable for over 400 days, [and another surgery could delay my deployability]. When I told my oral surgeons that they want to MEB me...they immediately asked me, "Do you want to get out?" To which I responded, "NO." Then they told me not to worry about it then...

The kicker is I can't PCS if I'm in the middle of an MEB. I don't know how long it will take, and all sorts of things...

My second prayer request is that God would grant me peace in the midst of all this extra anxiety. I already know that He is in control, and that he works all things out for the good of those who love Him... but my anxiety and frustration is kind of high. I am really starting to look forward to this assignment, it looks and sounds like a lot of fun, and such a different experience...I'm scared that if an MEB does happen, and I'm delayed PCSing, then maybe I'll lose my assignment (that I'm really looking forward to...) I mean, ultimately the prayer is, "Not my will, but yours be done," but you know...it doesn't hurt to ask :)

And of course, I'm sure many of us (especially military) are concerned about this whole budget thing... You know it's a big deal when your commander talks to you... so... prayer for a budget to go through so we don't have to go to work for free...

Thanks guys, I appreciate it :)

05 April 2011

Freedom!

Well, I have been MIA recently...mostly because the day was coming for my wires to come off, and instead of being excited, or happy, instead I found myself mostly melancholy, depressed, and frustrated. I just got so tired of being wired shut, that all I wanted to do was go to sleep and wake up on Monday (that's gotta be a sign of depression, I was feeling that way since Friday!). Plus, I was getting tired of the foods I would normally eat to get me through-baked beans, milk, french vanilla yogurt... so I got drastic (adding PB and Jam to hawaiian sweet rolls and stuffing it little by little into the little hole), and just plain not eating. Though, that wasn't too fun, I found myself feeling noticeably weaker and lightheaded everytime I stood up.

Thankfully, I survived the weekend...not without getting emotional of course. Sunday I broke down looking at Moriah thinking that I wouldn't be here to see her walk...Sometimes it hits me at random moments that I only have four months left on island.

Last night I started to get giddy, like Christmas Eve waiting for Santa to come... I took a late afternoon nap, did a load of laundry, watched some Drop Dead Diva with the family...then decided I should finally sleep (around midnight). Needless to say I woke up at 7am wondering why there was light outside, and quickly got out of bed and got ready. Did I look nearly as nice as I wanted to for my "freedom day"? Nope, not at all, no shower, barely brushed teeth, and out the door with a drink in hand for breakfast. My appointment was at 7:30 to have wires cut, and then 9 with the orthodontist. I arrived at 7:35 (thank goodness!).

Oh man, I was nervous. I was scared that I'd get into the chair and they'd say...well, we need to keep them on a little bit longer...

But thankfully they didn't. They talked about rubber bands (I knew that was coming), so it wasn't a big deal. Then when they found out I had an ortho appointment today, that made them happier and figured Dr. Jensen would just take care of the bands. So I got to brush my teeth twice. Once when they cut the wires (that was not super successful since I couldn't get the toothbrush inside my mouth), and second when the ortho people took the wires off my brackets, and let me brush and floss (little bit more successful getting the back of my teeth this time). Woah, my bottom teeth were so discolored! (okay, still are a little). The three brackets that had to be rebonded after surgery, were noticeably discolored and you could see the glue that was on my teeth...but thankfully they went ahead and took those brackets off, polished off the glue, and re-bonded them. Plus I lost a bracket on the top right today, so that worked out.

Back to having bands on the brackets (navy glittered color), and wearing rubber bands on both sides (different sizes though, that's an accident waiting to happen. J/K. A little.) And somehow even though they gave me TWO bags of each, I have already misplaced one bag...I blame the child. He has a reach that is crazy. Nothing is safe from him. Here's just hoping he doesn't open the bag, and eat the rubber bands (since he saw them in mommy's mouth when I took them out, and he tried to take those from me and put in his mouth--ay ya!).

After an exciting morning we stopped at Jamba for my favorite treat: steel cut oats, and then homeward bound. Overall, I got to enjoy some good stuff today: fresh squeezed OJ, steel cut oats, crab legs (Hubby did all the work for me, so blessed!), cooked peas and carrots, spicy ahi poke, a couple bites of fried chicken and rice, cherry yogurt (an absolute favorite of mine, but hard to eat wired shut due to chunks of fruit), one peanut butter m&m (I had to squish it flat, and then put in my mouth). Quite delicious.

Survived work, took a dose of ibuprofen and tylenol during, with some 'good stuff' once I got home. People commented on my makeup, weight loss, and being back at work. It was just nice being able to talk...

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I'm glad that I'm free. As we were walking out after the whole morning, I told Marcus, "I even sound nicer now..." I've been quite the cranky pants... He told me, "well now that you're not wired shut, you have no reason to be a wench." I laughed and said, "yeah right, I'm still bleeding profusely from my vagina." He told me that should be a t-shirt.

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That's all folks. G'night!