Category Archives: My Dinners
Dinner last night was a delicious meal cooked entirely in the slow cooker. And there was hardly any preparation required! Dinner was ready to be served as soon as I got home. All I did was place 2 frozen chicken breasts, a bag of frozen baby carrots, a bag of frozen green beans, and two cubed potatoes in my slow cooker, and drizzled my favorite Tuscan-herb flavored olive oil over the top. Everything came out so tender – and tasty! I am used to steaming my veggies, but slow cooking them brought out so much more flavor. Next time I’ll add some diced onions. This nutritious dinner totalled around 350 calories, and was very filling!
I had dinner last night while attending a work party. This party had a buffet-style dinner. (This weekend has involved more buffet-style meals than my usual weekend). They can be overwhelming, with all of the tasty options available, so it is important to approach buffets with a plan. If you don’t – you may very well end up with a plate loaded with rolls, pasta salads, and other high-calorie mixed dishes before you even know what happened. I’m certainly not suggesting one can not indulge in a few of their favorites, but it is easy to get carried away. My best tip: try to make your plate look like a dinner that you would serve at home, hopefully with a variety of lean protein and vegetables – not always the most popular dishes at a buffet table.
I had baked chicken, roasted potatoes, grilled vegetables, pasta salad, cucumbers with ranch dressing, and a roll for dinner. I had key lime tart, fresh strawberries, and a spoonful of smores casserole as dessert. Between the dessert plate (not a staple at my usual dinners) and dinner I probably consumed 1000 calories. It’s a good thing I am more active on weekends to burn off these extra calories!
Dinner Thursday was a Jason’s Deli Savvy chicken salad wrap. I didn’t have time to throw anything in the slow cooker Thursday morning, so I grabbed this on the way home from work. I really like Jason’s Deli, because it is fast food that really offers some healthier, low-calorie options. This wrap was great, with chicken, mayo, pineapple, and red onions. At only 320 calories for the wrap, and 100 calories for the apple.
Dinner last night was steamed broccoli (60 calories), roasted garlic puree for dipping (about 20 calories), about 6 ounces of homemade meatloaf (300 calories) with some ketchup (25 calories), and about 1/3 cup homemade cheesy potatoes made with baked potatoes, cheddar cheese, skim milk, and my favorite buttery spread: Bummel & Brown http://brummelandbrown.com/. The potatoes were about 100 calories for 1/3 cup. Making this dinner total about 505 calories total.