I was the only one home for dinner last night but I knew that the rest of the family would trickle in during the evening hungry, tired and looking for something easy to heat and eat! I wanted something “light” and frozen Tilapia tenderloins from Costco thaw out in about 20 minutes so I got going with that. The super easy recipe for Baked Fish with Broccoli was my choice, subbing green beans for the broccoli. This recipe comes from one of my favorite “light” cookbooks, The Perfect Recipe for Losing Weight & Eating Great by Pam Anderson. Everything I have made from it has been easy and delicious! Do yourself a favor and check out Amazon for a new or used copy it’s a good resource and you don’t have to be an accomplished cook to use it nor do you have to buy a lot of fancy ingredients to make the recipes.
When I pulled the green beans from the garage refrigerator I saw two zucchini that needed to be cooked. A quick look in the same cookbook resulted in this easy stove top recipe. It was flavorful and filling and a nice twist on a simple vegetable that is very low calorie. It was the perfect side dish for the baked fish and the entire dinner only took about 25 minutes to make. Some nights I need quick and easy!
Quick Tomato-Stewed Zucchini with Basil and Garlic
- 2 tsp olive oil
- 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
- 1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomato
- 1 lb zucchini thinly sliced
- 1/2 tsp dried basil
- salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
1. Place oil and garlic in a medium size skillet over high heat. When the garlic starts to sizzle, stir in tomatoes, zucchini, dried basil and salt and pepper. Stir to mix, cover pan with lid and steam until tomato liquid has evaporated and zucchini is tender, about 8-10 minutes. Remove from heat and serve.
Serving size: 1/4 of a recipe (8.1 ounces).
Amount Per Serving: Calories 77.81,Total Fat 2.94g, Saturated Fat 0.46g, Cholesterol 0mg, Sodium 158.01mg, Total Carbohydrates 12.31g, Fiber 3.37g, Sugar 2.85,g Protein 3.35g
Recipe adapted from, The Perfect Recipe For Losing Weight and Eating Great, Author: Pam Anderson
Thanks for all the supportive comments on yesterdays post about my weight gain. I am reading a couple books right now trying to decide what my plan moving forward will be. I feel like I need to do something different to shake things up and boost my metabolism. Menopause has changed my body and what use to work no longer seems too. In recent weeks I have tried to count calories, count points (WW) and use portion control without success. The scale isn’t budging- although my clothes fit better. I need a kick start! Cutting carbs even the healthy ones seems to help me get back to a losing weight pattern. As much as I know about good nutrition and as healthy as we already eat I feel like I need the structure of a plan to follow right now. I don’t want to count points on WW even though I have had great success on that in the past, right now it’s not working for me.
Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
Here are some things I am considering.
Helen from Doing a 180, is having great success with the Paleo food plan. Hubby Tom would love it as it is heavy on protein and nuts. I think it would give me a kick start but I don’t think there is enough variety for me . I am still cooking for a family of four. I hate to give up my yogurt. You can read about the Paleo Diet Lifestyle here.
Sharon at Gains and Losses: Life Through Sharon’s Eyes is losing weight and enjoying the food plan on the 17 Day Diet. I bought the book and have started reading it. It goes in 17 day cycles which is appealing. Hey we can do anything for 17 days right? Web MD reviewed the 17 Day Diet you can read about it here and see what it involves. I like that you eat some yogurt and low sugar fruits as well as lean proteins and tons of veggies.
Working out with weights – yes – you have heard me talk about this in the past as I attempt to incorporate this into my life. For a while I am good about it and then slowly I drop it from my routine. I don’t love it like Jody from Turth2BeingFit does. I admire her discipline and she is the poster child for women over 50! When I read about menopause and how we lose muscle as we age the recommendation is to do resistance training and build the muscle back up. Muscle is a calorie burner – hm-mm – helps you to lose weight and maintain your weight once at your goal with out having to starve yourself. I need to do this! I have no excuse not too. We have hand weights and I could find the time. I just need to do it!
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