Leftover herbs and a quick meal

Why do they always sell herbs in ridiculous quantities? Does anyone ever use that much dill or rosemary? What recipe calls for that? Grrrrr

Last week I bought a bunch of herbs including rosemary, chives, and parsley. The rosemary and chives were actually somewhat reasonable portions though they will most certainly go bad before I use them up, but it was the parsley that confounded me. It was a HUGE portion. Most recipes call for about 1-2 tbsp of chopped parsley. And I probably have a bunch the size of a head of lettuce. Ridiculous!

So I was trying to think of what to do with all this parsley when I realized that there was no way I was going to be able to use even a small portion of it in recipes… so I decided to make it a side dish in its own right!

Parsley

Yesterday I pulled off the leaves of parsley, dumped about a cups worth on the side of my plate for breakfast and squirted some lemon juice over. Apparently vitamin C like that in lemon juice helps make plant-based iron more absorbable, so why not?

It was good, no wait, it was great!

I actually liked it so much that I did the same thing for this morning’s breakfast… see?

I ended up making forkfuls of parsley and duck egg with all the nice runny yolk. So good! So if you have random left over parsley, you now know you can just eat it on its own… you’re welcome!

I also made a cleaned up version of a twice baked potato.

Twice baked sweet potato (for 1 serving)

Ingredients

  • 1 small sweet potato
  • 2 slices of peameal or about 150 grams
  • ½ small onion, diced
  • ¼ cup chives, chopped coarse
  • ¼ cup melting cheese, grated (I used low fat mozzarella because it’s what I had in the fridge)
  • Cooking fat for the pan

Directions

  1. Cook your sweet potato either in the microwave or oven until doneTwice baked
  2. Set your oven to broil
  3. Fry the peameal bacon and sauté the onions until soft
  4. Cut the now done sweet potato in half and scoop out the flesh
  5. Once the peameal is done, dice it into small pieces (like regular bacon would be in a twice baked potato
  6. Mash the flesh of the potato and combine it with the chives, onion and peameal then scoop it back into the skins of the sweet potato
  7. Top the restuffed potatoes with a little cheese each and set them under the broiler for a minute or two.
  8. Devour.

This all comes together in about 15 minutes (if you use a microwave) so it’s a great meal for a weeknight or in my case, post-workout when I am famished and desperately need food NOW.

 

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1 day left!

I have less than 24 hours left before I get on stage in a very small bikini and a ridiculous tan and try to impress a bunch of people I don’t know. I am so very VERY nervous but so excited too. I am sitting on my couch, having just eaten my first meal – oatmeal and egg whites and trying to get my nerves under wrap. I still have to pack, but I have made my food for tomorrow which consists of the following:

–          4 oz of sweet potato mashed with 1 tbsp butter and 1 tbsp maple syrup

–          Baked oatmeal muffins which I made by combining 1/3 c. Oats, water and egg whites with 1 tbsp butter and 1 tbsp maple syrup and dividing into muffin tins and baking for 30 minutes at 350F (I made 2 servings of these)

–          Rice cakes with 1 tbsp natural peanut butter and 1 tbsp pure honey (lots of these for snacking on)

There will also be some wine and mini eggs while pumping up back stage to help relax me and bring up my muscles that little bit more.

My diet today is staying pretty much the same as it has been except that I will also have sweet potato at every meal, the same as yesterday and as little water today as possible to help dry me out and get rid of water weight. Then, depending on how I look I eat steak and potatoes tonight… which sounds great, only I can’t drink water with it.

I feel much more energized with carbs in me, though my throat is a little sore so I’m worried about being sick, but who cares?! I have worked so long and hard for this that 24 hours is nothing. I can put up with anything for that length of time.

Just a short update today because my nerves are getting the better of me so I’m going to go pack!

Sometimes you just need a massage

Here is a quick update on my last 3 days: they sucked. Ok that’s a VERY quick update. But really; I have been eating the most monotonous food ever and very few carbs while trying to maintain my workouts at a reasonable intensity when all I want to do is sleep.

Here is what a day’s eating is and will be again tomorrow – Thursday I get to start carbing up by adding 4 oz of sweet potato to each of the 4 meals that currently don’t have it already.

Meal 1 – 4egg whites

                4oz of sweet potato

                1 cup green beans

Meal 2 – 4-5oz of fish

               4oz of sweet potato

               6-8 asparagus spears

Meal 3 – 4oz of chicken breast

              1 cup of steamed green beans

Meal 4 – 5oz of fish

               6-8 asparagus spears

Meal 5 – 4oz of chichen breast

                1 cup of green beans

Meal 6 – 5oz of fish or chicken

               6-8 asparagus spears

               1tbsp of fish oil or 2 capsules

If that looks appealing to you there is something wrong with you. Now it hasn’t been too bad because I am allowed salt until tomorrow so the food at least tastes good. I did a lot of cooking because I didn’t feel like making chicken and fish constantly as you can see in the pictures.

Roasting veggies helps retain nutrients vs. steaming or boiling

My workouts have been very different. I am supposed to do 60 minutes of stair climbing at a slow speed (like 60 steps per minute) focusing on squeezing the muscles on each step. It’s not too bad but I am exhausted by the end of it and usually very bored. Today was an exception because Jamie Oliver was on the TV and he rocks.

Yesterdays was a leg circuit and today and tomorrow are both upper body circuits. These circuits are 3 rounds of 25 reps for all muscle groups with no big compound movements. After yesterday’s leg circuit I was finished, I could not do cardio, I tried for about 3 minutes and nearly cried (not joking) so I gave up since the leg workout was pretty hard. Sometimes you just need to accept what your body is telling you.

To semi make-up for the lack of cardio I walked to my Mani-Pedi appointment and back which is about 1.5 kms each way. So no, it doesn’t make up for it, but I felt better after. And my hands and feet now look fabulous for the stage.

Today I decided to do cardio first to make sure that I wouldn’t run into the same problem as yesterday and it worked. It was still hard, but I got through the whole 60 minutes. I then did my upper body circuit… and totally forgot to stretch! I always do cardio last so I stretch after cardio, but I messed with my routine! I was annoyed, but that’s life, at least I got in the full workout.

But the best thing that has happened today… I got a massage. I have had a headache for about 4 days now from a kink in my neck and while it’s not completely gone, I feel waaaaay better than I did. It also helped with the general stress and tension of this week. I am feeling much more positive, but still exhausted. 1 more day of workouts and low carb to go. The show is coming so soon and I’m extremely excited!

A sort of recipe for you.

Oh OH aaaaaand I totally forgot about this until I was going through photos, but before I was banned from protein powder (potential for bloating or something 😦 ) I was trying to improve the taste of straight espresso without adding milk (also banned) and so I made my protein shake and chucked in a doppio espresso from starbucks. Folks… it was stellar! If you like mocha’s you will like this, I promise, just ask them to add a little ice so its not warm.

That’s all for today!

  • Final Month’s Prep Diet (primalcompetitor.wordpress.com) – this girl has a competition on the same day as me and I have loved following her journey, so if you have enjoyed reading my blog, check her’s out too!