I mentioned in my last post that I was cooking again. What this generally means in practice is that I look up a dinner recipe, a side item recipe, and a desert recipe, and I make them. Of course, since I live alone, and I don't eat all that much, these three recipes usually feed me around a day or two past the point when I'm tired of eating the same thing over and over again. Even really yummy stuff, I generally am more than ready not to eat any more when I finish. However, I've found an exception: a recipe for Chocolate Parfaits, also now known as "the parfaits of super deliciousness." These are so yummy that I've bought enough ingredients to make them again.

Recipe )
Well, for a variety of reasons, it's been a while since I posted a recipe. Tonight, I made the next offering, though, which'll last me for another four dinners.
Lemon-Garlic Shrimp )
I had hoped to serve this with a recipe for Garlic Jasmine Rice I found, but it turned out to take a lot more prep than I thought, so it'll have to wait until tomorrow.
The next offering in my recipes is one for fudgy brownies, inspired by [livejournal.com profile] milbrcrsan and [livejournal.com profile] galiyah who got me thinking about healthy brownies. As usual, I tracked down a recipe already reduced and made more healthy, and then used lower cal ingredients.
Fudgy Brownies )
Lasagna is one of my favorite foods, but of course, when you eat it at a restaurant, you know you're getting lots of cheese, lots of unhealthy, sugary tomato sauce, and middling quality beef. It'll be very tasty...but very unhealthy. However, if there's one thing I've learned in all these years of attempting (with mixed success) to lose weight, it's that sooner or later, you're gonna want to eat the things you love. So, rather than wait until I hit a breaking point and then going out and eating the really-bad-for-me lasagna, I thought that for my second cooking experiment (having eaten the first cooking experiment for three nights, and eaten out but healthy last night) I would try making healthy lasagna. I tracked down a recipe that was already reduced calorie, and then I reduced it way more.
Turkey Lasagna Recipe )
My turkey lasagna tastes like victory, and I'm already looking forward to eating it for dinner tomorrow, too. :) And thanks to those who offered me ideas for other sources of recipes and such - I intend to use all of them; I'm already using Sparkrecipes.com in order to help me compute calories and servings. :)
Yesterday, I finally succeeding in actually hunting down some recipes, grocery shopping, and then cooking stuff that was tasty to eat and healthy. I hope to be doing this regularly - towards that end, I will be purchasing a microwave today, since one of the main impediments to my doing this has been that because I didn't have a microwave I couldn't really make hot food unless I intended to finish it that day - problematic, given how much time cooking takes.

Since I hope to do this regularly, I thought it might be fun for me and others if I put up posts as I made stuff with the recipes. Note that I use Calorie King to figure out calories.
Lime and Pepper Grilled Chicken )
Roasted Potatoes )
Oatmeal Raisin Cookies )
I also made egg salad, cause I love it - 6 hard boiled eggs plus 3 tablespoons of low-cal mayo makes enough for about 4 sandwiches (including the bread, between 200 and 250 calories each). I don't add anything else to it, not even salt or pepper. :)

All in all, I have enough chicken for three dinners and enough potatoes for four, plus lunch for four days. The groceries cost about 50 bucks, which isn't bad for three meals a day for three full days at NYC prices (and it included a few spices which will last a bit). It took a lot of time yesterday, but now it's all ready except for reheating...I'm kinda looking forward to the next thing...(I'm thinking low-cal lasagna, cause I LOVE lasagna and have been meaning to figure out a healthy version for a while - like, turkey and home made sauce and whole wheat lasagna noodles...)

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