Friday, June 18, 2010

A new challenge--for you

This week ended up better than I thought. I was down another 1.4 pounds this week, despite my missteps last weekend.

Thanks to those of you who wrote me with encouragement or advice. I giggled when so many of you had ideas about disciplining little Quinn. He’s always getting the attention. It's hard to be that cute.

In talking to a friend about my weekend and my feeling out of control around the food, I told her I was afraid I hadn’t changed. That I was going to fight this my whole life. But my friend is wise. She told me that I had changed. How could I tell? I stopped. My binge might have lasted a day, but I stopped it. And that’s something I couldn’t do before. They’d go on weeks, months and even years. So one day was a drop in the bucket. Hopefully as I continue, they’ll be fewer and fewer of those days.

I thought I’d try something new with this blog. If you keep up with me, you know how excited I was about my produce basket a couple of weeks ago. I decided that every other week, I’d post the basket contents and challenge you guys to come up with a few healthy recipes. I’ll pick one or two to make and let you know how they turn out. I think it will help me to stretch my cooking muscles (they are very, very weak) and add some variety into my diet. Plus, maybe you’ll get some new ideas, too.

So with that, I present you the very first Produce Basket Challenge. There are only a couple of rules:

1. Your recipe must contain at least one of the items in the basket.
2. You must include the nutritional information. Also include your name so I can give you a shout out.

Here are this week’s contents:
  • Romaine
  • Cabbage
  • Bananas
  • Apples
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Spinach
  • Tomatoes
  • Mangoes
  • Eggplant
  • Cucumbers
  • Corn
  • Oranges
Ready? Go! I can't wait to see what you come up with.


Rebecca said...

Some low-cal/low-fat recipes I found. Let me know if you decide to make any and how you like. The apple sweet potato one looked extra yummy to me! :)

Cabbage & Apple Slaw

Cucumber Salad

Cinnamon Apple Sweet Potatoes

Orange Mango Chicken

Deidra Williams said...

I think you'll like these two recipes. Baked sweet potato fries with orange zest( my 11 year old daughter's favorite)-find at Spinach stuffed tomatoes( my favorite-find at

Renee Bruner said...

Erika,have you ever tried any of Ellie Krieger's recipes? I've made several for my supper club. Two of my favorites, which fit your basket are Mango Barbeque Chicken (make the sauce a day in advance) and a spinach salad. Both are excellent!


Anonymous said...

Spinach Salad with Chicken, Melon, and Mango (Cooking Light)

Yield: 4 servings (serving size: about 3 cups salad and about 3 tablespoons dressing)

1/2 cup plain low-fat yogurt
1/4 cup minced fresh mint
1 tablespoon honey
2 teaspoons fresh orange juice
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon salt

3 cups thinly sliced skinless, boneless Grilled Lemon-Herb Chicken (about 12 ounces)
2 cups cubed honeydew melon
1 1/2 cups cubed peeled ripe mango (about 1 mango)
1 (6-ounce) package fresh baby spinach

To prepare dressing, combine yogurt, mint, honey, orange juice, lemon juice, and salt, stirring well with a whisk; cover and chill.

To prepare salad, combine Grilled Lemon-Herb Chicken, melon, mango, and spinach in a large bowl; cover and chill. Just before serving, drizzle yogurt mixture over salad, and toss gently to coat.

Nutritional Information
Calories:277 (18% from fat)
Fat:5.4g (sat 1.7g,mono 1.9g,poly 1.2g)

Yum! xo, K8