Last week my mom left for her trip to Australia for a wedding (fancy that…Chinese/Laosian relatives with an Aussie accent). She basically peaced out for 3 weeks, leaving me to fend for myself and my brothers. If any of you know me, I’m definitely not the most graceful in the kitchen, but on the upside, what I have been cooking is a lot healthier. I guess since my expertise doesn’t get more complicated than baked salmon, I’m in good shape.
My end goal is to get down to 20 percent body fat. Right now I am at 26 percent, which isn’t ideal for someone of my height and size. AND it’s definitely hard to do considering I am running a food blog [I do it for my fans!]. Since I love food too much to become a food robot, I can only make healthier choices and cut out a lot of bad ones. Baby steps…
1. Ground Pork Spring Rolls
Family dinner consisted of fresh home made spring rolls. What I love about spring rolls is the fact that it’s a salad wrapped so perfectly and conveniently for eating. The pork is grounded, seasoned and cooked before we roll. In my springrolls, I prefer spinach, lettuce, Thai basil and mint. Then dipped in a sweet and spicy chili sauce. Two to three of these suckers and I’m stuffed.
2. Spaghetti with whole wheat pasta
Spaghetti is one of my favorite comfort foods. The whole wheat pasta is a “healthier choice” but I don’t think it makes that much of a difference honestly. I made a whole pot of this to last a few days.
3. My fancy sandwich
Instead of eating the frozen pizza, I forced myself to make something with veggies. Toasted bread, sliced up tomatoes, washed the lettuces, and cooked an egg to go on top of my turkey sandwich. Left off the cheese. This was inspired by that Adam Sandler movie “Spanglish”. That toasted panini with the broken egg yolk drizzling over the sammich makes my mouth water every time I think about it. #fatkidsproblems
4. Steak and Salad
Now that I’m feeling a little more confident in the kitchen, I wanted to make a simple steak dinner. I’ve hypothetically known how to cook one, but was afraid of screwing up. The key apparently is to cook the steak at room temperature. So after washing and seasoning the meat with sea salt and pepper, I left it out for about 30 minutes. Then heated up the iron skillet and cooked each side for 4 minutes to get it that perfect medium rare I love. It was a success! I also threw together a spinach salad with slices of strawberries, feta, granola, and just a little bit of strawberry vinaigrette. So delicious and so proud of myself.
5. Veggie and Shrimp Wrap
I was on a treadmill watching Chopped on the Food Network when I was inspired to make this. So I bought some healthy wraps, avocados, tomatoes and spinach to go with it. Seasoned the shrimp with some salt, pepper, a little bit of garlic pepper, and some cornstarch to give it some texture. Fried those suckers and threw them on the wraps. I also added some poppy seed dressing for fun. I wished I had cooked the shrimp a little longer. They were a little undercooked, but at least I know for next time!
6. Eggs and toast
Microwaved eggs on toast with soy sauce is my go-to breakfast. I had a previous blog about this awesome phenomenon. If you aren’t weird about microwaves you need to look into this. It’s definitely the best thing ever when it comes to eating on the fly at work. Saves money and is still delicious. You just have to master the art of timing.