Thursday, October 14, 2010

Makes a Difference.

I made Sloppy Joe's and Sweet Potato Fries last night. I only made enough "Halloween Fries" for 3ft and I (husband doesn't like them). When I served up the plates and we sat down to dinner, 3ft informed me that he "doesn't actually like Halloween Fries." Really? He ate two helpings of them last time I made them but okay, whatever. So I tell him he can eat 4 because he wasn't honest (that'll teach him) and I took the rest of them.

Instead of putting them back on the counter where the other food was I just put them on my plate. Then I preceded to eat all of them. All, but two, because I realized what I was doing. It was a little late as I'd almost eaten them all, but instead of finishing them I stopped. I wasn't hungry. The old Lisa would've ate them anyway, they were on the plate, but the new Lisa stopped. Sure there were only 2 left but it's still progress.

It makes a HUGE difference serving from the counter or serving "family style". If it's on the counter I eat my serving, enjoy it, sip on my water, visit with the boys, and am fully satisfied. If it's at the table I hork down my portion and then help myself to more because, hey, it's there. Next time 3ft doesn't like something I will take the extra time to put it back on the counter instead of putting it off to the side on my plate (which was what I did with the fries) and then find myself absently eating it.

The sandwich was ingenious, if I do say so myself. Normally when you think of sloppy joes you think: messy, fatty, meaty, and not necessarily healthy. Well, I did 1/4lb extra lean ground beef and 1/4lb extra lean ground turkey. But the sauce was where my genius comes in. The sauce instead of a standard ketchup, tomato paste, mustard, vinegar, brown sugar sauce (which unless you buy manwich is pretty much how you make a sloppy joe), I made it with a tomato vegetable puree with lots of hidden veggies. I took roma tomatoes, celery, carrots, zucchini, garlic, and onions along with a bunch of seasonings like oregano, salt, pepper, and basil (almost like a marinara sauce but not quite) and then I cooked it down for about 1 1/2 hours and then I pureed it.

I threw that on the meat, added a little ketchup, dijon mustard, and about a tablespoon of brown sugar and cooked it down. The boys didn't know how good it was for them and it was sloppy like any good joe should be.

Sloppy Joe's w/ Sweet Potato Fries

--Previous Day Tracking --

Exercise - 30 minute walk, 30 minutes on the Wii, 250 crunches, and 60 push ups.

Healthy Lifestyle - Day 128

Only Water - Day 123

Total Pounds Lost - 48

Breakfast - bowl of FiberOne Honey Clusters w/ homemade Almond Milk
Morning Snack - FiberOne Granola Bar
Lunch - Ham sandwich, pickle, carrots and hummus
Mid-Afternoon Snack - 1/2 banana, cranberry scones, and hot tea w/ vanilla creamer
Dinner - Sloppy Joe's with sweet potato fries


Turkey girl said...

Mmm... sloppy Joes are yum-my. Something I do with my girls when they are finished with dinner, they take their plates to the counter. That way, I am not tempted to snack. (Although, on occasion I might steal a fry or a pizza "bone" ie.. uneaten crust.) My kiddos don't like the orange fries either. Eldest will eat them, but youngest instinctively knows they are way too nutritious for her.
I'm guessing you get yours from Costco too. Love em!

Lisa Dovichi said...

The sweet potato fries? Nope. I buy a sweet potato, peel it, slice it, and dump it into a ziplock with olive oil, garlic salt, and pepper. Then bake them at 425 for about 20-25 minutes flipping them occasionally.

All homemade baby. :D