Okay, I know that I have been a little whiny on “the internets” here lately. As many of you know, I started Weight Watchers three weeks (or so) ago. I joined because I needed to regain some much needed structure and get a fresh start after a particularly challenging time in my personal life. I have been blown away by the point system and the realization of just how much food I was sneaking in throughout the day: ten crackers here, a cheese cube there, a chocolate square there, a little wine there…aaaaaaaand there’s that wine again. You get my point.
So far, Weight Watchers has forced me to get real with myself, acknowledge my responsibility in the kind of meals I make (and order), to exercise so that I can eat more later that night, and to get the first 8 pounds off faster than I ever expected. It’s called discipline and that is something I’ve never had. The other thing I’ve tried to do is make more of my food, which takes lots and lots and lots and lots (you get my point) of effort. Between the planning, chopping, calculating, storing, measuring, weighing, and finally EATING the meals, I pretty much think gold should be dripping off of my fork by the time the food actually gets to my mouth. Sure, I could throw caution to the wind and buy Lean Cuisines and throw a pizza at my husband and kid every night, but I’d rather enjoy the meals and feel like I’m still indulging a bit. I told y’all about the website I found, www.skinnytaste.com, right? Well, it has been incredibly helpful each week. Here are a few highlights from last week’s meals:
The first: Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps: http://www.skinnytaste.com/2012/01/asian-chicken-lettuce-wraps.html#more
As you can read in the link, Gina (“skinnytaste”) used chicken thighs and processed them in her food processor. Amanda (ahem, “foodrevival”) bought some ground chicken at the store and called it a day. I thought this dish turned out really good, but probably could have used a tad bit more sauce in my opinion. You can see a theme now: When in doubt, just wrap everything in a lettuce leaf.
― Frederick Buechner, Beyond Words: Daily Readings in the ABC’s of Faith