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High-Protein, Low-Fat – Other than Chicken…What is Left?

I had my gallbladder removed on Friday.  Fun times.  Not really.  I ended up having to spend the night in the hospital for observation.  Just wasn’t well enough to come home.  Today is day 4 of recovery which is good.  I’m feeling a little better and less sore.

The discharge orders read “Low Fat, Hi Protein no added salt diet.”  Yes it’s the way I’ve been trying to eat for the most part.  But after so many chicken dinners and fish dinners, a girl gets kind of tired of it.  Before the gallstones issues, I was following WW but that gave me a little more leeway in terms of the low-fat part.  If I wanted to have something that had a little bit of fat for one meal, it wasn’t the end of the world.  Now, well…it’s not advised.

These foods are all a big No-no!

So, I come to the internet to find more suggestions for low-fat, high protein, low sodium diet choices that won’t leave me bored to tears when it comes time for dinner. I’m okay with oatmeal for breakfast every day.  I’m okay with the same lunch every day.  Dinner though, is where I look for the variety.

My list of food items for dinner currently include:

What I should be eating (minus the beef)

 

Eggs

Chicken

Turkey

Fish

 

 

Now the challenge is to come up with some different recipes or new recipes that don’t leave me bored. It’s a bit whiney of me, I know but I find myself cooking these things the same way every time. I think part of my problem is that since I haven’t been feeling 100%, I haven’t been able to really think of anything new.  And the additional challenge is that the Husband doesn’t eat eggs or fish and isn’t a huge fan of chicken.  I have given up on trying to cook for him because unless it’s beef, he won’t touch it, no matter what anyone says.  So, last night we had pasta with chicken and vegetables (no oil).  The night before that, we had chicken.  Tonight, I’m going to say fish.  Not sure how or what kind yet, but we’ll see.

If you have any suggestions, please feel free to share.  I’m falling into a food rut!

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New Recipe Alert! (And It Tasted Good Too!)

The Husband works for a seafood wholesaler and from time to time, they get new fish that they sample.  The other day, he sent me a text saying he was bringing home barramundi.  I had only heard of this fish on TV on cooking shows.  I knew it was a Pacific fish and common near Australia (at least that’s what I thought I had heard).

Not knowing anything other than it was also called the Asian Sea Bass, I didn’t really know the best way to cook it.  Luckily, the internet is full of helpful chefs who graciously share their recipes.  If not, I would have probably just pan seared it with some butter and lemon, always a tried and true way to cook any fish really.

We found this amazing recipe on TheBetterFish.com.  After coming to an agreement that it sounded good based on the ingredients in it, I set to work making it.

I started with the Mango Salsa and here are the ingredients I used:

  • 1 mango, peeled and finely diced – I used a pre-cut and sliced mango to save time.  To be honest, I still stink at peeling a mango.
  • 1/4 cup minced red onion
  • 2 Tbsp chopped cilantro or mint – I went with cilantro.
  • Zest of 1 lime
  • 1 Tbsp fresh squeezed lime juice
  • Salt, pepper, and hot sauce to taste

Using the pre-cut mango made the salsa easy  to make.  After I made it, I set it aside and moved on to the next step as directed.

For fish:

  • 4 barramundi fillets with skin, 6-8 oz each – The Husband cut ours a little smaller like 4 oz portions but that was ok with me since it was for me and my Mom and The Husband doesn’t eat fish.
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tsp olive or canola oil, plus more for brushing the grill – Olive Oil is always my oil of choice.
  • 1/4 cup duck sauce (or sweet and sour sauce) – We used duck sauce as directed.
  • 1/4 cup teriyaki sauce (or Japanese soy sauce) – Oddly, we didn’t have any teriyaki sauce in the house so I used soy sauce.  Added a nice saltiness to the sweet.
  • 1 inch ginger root, peeled and finely grated – Next time, I’m going to use pre-grated ginger root.  Grating it was a PITA! Yes it probably tasted better but I’m lazy and it was time-consuming and annoying.  There I said it!
  • 1 tsp sesame seed oil

For avocados:

  • 2 avocados, halved lengthwise and pitted (don’t peel)
  • 2 tsp lime juice
  • 2 tsp olive or canola oil
  • Salt and pepper

Then it was on to the grilling!

  1. Pre-heat the grill to high.
  2. Dry fillets well on paper towels, season lightly with salt and pepper and rub with 2 tsp oil (go easy on the salt since teriyaki sauce is salty).
  3. In a small bowl combine, duck sauce, teriyaki sauce, ginger, and sesame seed oil. Mix well.
  4. Pick up a wad of paper towel with tongs, dip it in oil, and brush the preheated grill. Immediately place fillets on the grill, skin side down.  Cover the grill and cook for 3 minutes.
  5. Dislodge fillets from the grill using a fork, and then flip.  Brush the grilled side with teriyaki sauce.  Place avocados on the grill cut side down.
  6. After 2 minutes, turn avocados a quarter turn to create diagonal grill marks. Watch them carefully, as soon as they brown remove them off the grill and set aside. Flip fillets and brush with more teriyaki sauce. Cook 2 more minutes. At this point the avocados should be browned.
  7. Brush fillets with more teriyaki sauce and flip again. After 1 more minute, test fillets for doneness by inserting a knife in the thickest part of the fillet.
  8. In a small bowl, mix 2 tsp lime juice and 2 tsp oil and season generously with salt and pepper. Brush this mixture onto the cut sides of avocado. Stuff each avocado half with mango salsa and serve with fillets.

Can I just tell you – it was delicious?!  The lightness of the fish and the sweet and spicy salsa were a perfect combination of flavors.  Grilling an avocado was a first for me also and now it won’t be the last time I grill that wonderful fruit!  I can understand why this fish is a favorite of many.  It was light, not overly fishy, and is relatively easy to cook.

 

Picture from the website where I found the recipe…mine looked good but not that good.

I plugged the recipe into MyFitnessPal to get the individual serving info:

Calories: 369 Fat:12 Protein: 28 Fiber: 7 Carbs: 37

I then plugged it into my Weight Watchers calculator and it worked out to 9 Points Plus per serving. I’d call that a pretty awesome meal!

Tonight is weigh in so we’ll see how kind the scale is tonight.  I have been a nervous wreck about my surgery tomorrow but I don’t think I’ve been stress eating.  We shall see!

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Gelato v. the Fat Girl – A Tale of Frozen Woe

 

Mondays are always my mental reset button. I think it is because it is the start of the work week I feel that Monday is a fresh start.  I felt this way last Monday too.  I didn’t do poorly in my food choices over the weekend.  Could I have done better?  Sure, but overall  it wasn’t terrible.  Lobster on Friday and Sunday is always a win in my book.

Tonight though, I have been dying to tear into this…

Talenti Caramel Cookie Gelato

I don’t know what possessed me the other night when the husband asked me if I wanted anything from the store.  Why is it that ice cream is always my first thought?  And why is it that on that day, I asked for it?  It’s been sitting in the freezer unopened…at least until tonight.

There goes my Monday reset.  *sigh* I didn’t finish off the pint like I would have once upon a time. I guess that’s the good thing about gelato – it’s so much richer than ice cream.  It almost fills you up quickly.  Does that mean it has fewer calories or fat?  Of course not!

I will say this though – if you are looking for some delicious frozen goodness…you MUST try Talenti Gelato.  It is heaven swirled with rainbows and unicorns.  The husband got himself the Banana Chocolate Swirl and loved it.  It tasted like frozen, chocolate dipped bananas put in a blender and then served.  SO GOOD!

So at the end of this Monday the score sits at Gelato – 1 : Me – 0.

Well played, Caramel Cookie Gelato.  We shall meet again…and I shall win back my dignity.

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