Great eats again today!! I kind of had a loose plan of what I was making today – I knew what I was making for dinner – my favorite childhood meal I loved growing up – slumgulion (most people call it American Goulash) but it’s always a favorite of mine! Let’s get started in What I Eat in a Day!
My first meal was at 11:30 – that was when I started to get hungry -before that I went on a 2.5 mile walk with my husband before work and had an iced coffee. Since I’m waiting until I get hungry until my first meal, I’m always torn, do I do something more breakfast like – or something more savory? I decided to do a savory meal – and chose another one of my favorites – pot stickers!
First Meal – pot sticker/vegetable fried rice bowl – What I Eat in a Day
You can probably find many different brands of potstickers at your store – these happen to be from Whole Foods – they are large – and 5 potstickers was 7 personal points for me! Not bad! While the potstickers were cooking in the skillet, I chopped up some vegetables. Green beans, green onion, red onion, one carrot and 1/2 cup frozen brown rice.
In a small skillet sprayed with cooking spray add the potstickers and cook on medium heat for 2 minutes. While that’s cooking, chop the vegetables. Add the vegetables, the frozen brown rice. Add 1/8 a cup of water, place a lid on the skillet and cook on low for 5 minutes.
Remove the lid and add 1 tablespoon soy sauce and 1 tablespoon of your favorite stir fry sauce – the kind I used was Hoisin. For a little spice – I added 1 tsp. chili crisp.
It’s come to my attention that a lot of you haven’t used chili crisp before – it’s a condiment that comes in a jar and you can find it in the same aisle as the stir fry sauces. Chili crisp is an infused chili oil condiment with crunchy bits, made by simmering chili peppers, onion, garlic and seasonings in oil. It is spicy, salty and savory with an addictive umami. I add it to eggs, noodles, stir fry’s, on a burger, so many options!
After I removed the pot stickers and veggies from the skillet, I last minute decided to scramble a few eggs to go on the side. That was a great move, because once combined with everything it was delicious! This giant bowl was 12 personal points for me.
What is Frozen Brown Rice?
Did you know you can buy already cooked white OR brown rice in the freezer section at the store? I love this hack to adding rice to dishes without having to get a pot out and you can microwave it for a few minutes to heat up – OR add it frozen to any dish.
Afternoon snack! What I Eat in a Day
My friend Carla got me hooked on my snack! I’ve been making it ever since she told me about it several years ago. (Go follow her on Instagram – she’s lost over 100 pounds and has kept it off!) She mixed plain yogurt with vanilla or cheesecake flavored sugar free pudding powder – to make like a vanilla fluff.
You can blend 16 oz. of plain yogurt with 1 box of sugar free yogurt using a hand mixer or a kitchenaid with a whisk attachment to make it all fluffy! That will store in the fridge for 5 days.
My version was just adding 3/4 plain Siggi’s yogurt (my favorite brand of yogurt) with 2 teaspoons of vanilla sugar free pudding. Mix well. I used that as a dip for my apples – with 1/2 oz. of almonds and a few Lily’s chocolate chips. An excellent snack!!! On my personal points plan – this snack was 8 personal points.
What’s for Dinner – What I Eat in a Day
The dish I made for dinner is one of my all time favorite meals my mom used to make growing up. My family called it Slumgulion – a lot of people call it American Goulash. I have a short cut weeknight version that uses jarred sauce to make it in under 30 minutes. Fun fact – on my first food blog www.slim-shoppin.com – this was the first recipe I posted back in 2008!
- 8 oz. uncooked bow tie pasta
- 1/2 pound laura's lean ground beef 96% fat
- 1/2 cup green bell pepper chopped
- 1/2 cup white onion chopped
- 2 cloves garlic chopped
- 1 jar Raos tomato and basil pasta sauce (32 oz.)
- In a large pot, boil water. Add the pasta and cook for 11 minutes. Drain and set aside.
- In the same pot, spray with cooking spray – add the onion, green bell pepper and garlic and cook for several minutes until softened.
- Add the ground beef and brown, breaking up into small pieces.
- Add the jar of pasta sauce and simmer on low for 5 minutes.
- Add the cooked bow tie pasta and heat for a couple more minutes.
The ground beef I use Laura’s Lean Ground Beef – You can find it at most stores – It’s 96% lean – so doesn’t have a ton of fat which I like. And I use that brand for tacos, burgers, meatballs, etc.
That’s a Wrap!
That ends my day with 28 personal points – my healthy eating zone lets me eat up to 32 points – so if I do get hungry later – I will have another snack. Do you like the recipes I shared today? Is there anything you struggle with making food for yourself or for you family? Happy to answer any!
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