Friday, August 21, 2009

It Pales in Comparison

I must first say that the accomplishment that I am about to brag about does not compare to those of some of my loved ones recently.

My adorable niece started kindergarten yesterday. It's just a matter of time before she is officially smarter than me. I talked to her on the phone last night to get a recap of the day's events and she reminded me that I need to be eating 5 fruits a day. Apparently, I also need to be getting my dairy in, too. I think I need to hang out more with my niece - I'll eat better. So I definitely can't compete with a cute 5 year-old on her first day of school.

Next - one of my best friends had a baby yesterday. It's her third and she finally had a girl. Enough said. Welcome to the world Kali!

Realizing that I don't have a prayer of competing with either of the above events, I'm STILL going to take a moment to pat myself on the back. I scored the winning run in my kickball game last night - in extra innings and in our first playoff game. See? I told you it was going to be a lame accomplishment. :)

Oh, and lest anyone think that I have not been participating in the Food Challenge, I have. Behind the scenes I have been communicating with my mother and sending her photos. It's primarily been salads and some ground turkey burritos. I've had plenty of leftovers to enjoy so I actually haven't made a bunch of different stuff. On the days where I've been a little lazy, I've opted for Lean Cuisine frozen dinners. Not too shabby for me. However, I need to cook dinner tonight or else I fall behind this week. I wonder if leftover turkey burritos will count again? I swear I keep eating them and I can't seem to make it all the way through the stuff.

Have a good weekend!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

The Dinner Challenge

And so it goes with another challenge put forth by my beloved mother. She does it with love so I can't give her too much crap, although I'm pretty sure I will at some point during this challenge.

The new mission: cook 3 homemade dinners during the week (Monday-Friday), one meal on the weekend (breakfast, lunch or dinner) and once a month I have to cook in bulk on the weekends in order to have food for the following week ready to go.

It sounds so simple, doesn't it? I actually like to cook, but I don't always have the time or the patience. All too often I rely on quick, unhealthy foods when I get home from work late. I want instant gratification and cleaning, chopping and cooking are just too much for me. It's a weak excuse, there are many people who are busier than me. I'm lazy, what can I say?

My dearest mother has taken it easy on me for the first week. I only have to do 2 weekday dinners instead of 3. I just got back from vacation and then had friends visiting until Monday evening. No time to grocery shop yet and a busy week at work. With that being said, however, I managed to make dinner last night - Week 1/Dinner 1.

It wasn't fancy, but it was a home-cooked meal. Pizza - a whole wheat flatbread with mixed greens, kalamata olives, red onions and feta cheese. Side dish - brussel sprouts.

Have to get back to work. Looking forward to what I can pull out of my you-know-what for Dinner 2. :)