New Recipe #3 – Vegetable Fried Rice

I love oriental food. I’ve made fried rice before, but it’s been pretty plain with egg, onion and maybe some peas. More of a traditional fried rice but well seasoned. It’s one of those things that doesn’t really need a recipe. It’s more about putting the components together as you like (and have on hand) and seasoning as you like. This time was no different. I was inspired by this recipe posted by Debby Loves to Cook. What I took away from Debby’s versions (two of them) was that she mentioned using a lot of vegetables as compared to the amount of rice. A far cry from my few onions and peas I usually go with. And a lot healthier. She inspired me to use snow peas, zucchini and cabbage (from a bag of coleslaw). She also mentioned seasoning with sesame seed oil. This is something new I’ve been using and I’m finding the flavor it adds to oriental-type dishes is perfect. It did not disappoint for the fried rice. I had some basmati rice that was expiring and wanted to use up, otherwise I typically use brown rice. I did not measure one single ingredient, except when I prepared the rice the day before.

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Ingredients:

1-2 scrambled eggs

coconut oil
chopped, shredded or sliced vegetables of all sorts, I used:
carrots, zucchini, onion, cabbage, snow peas

fresh pressed garlic
fresh grated ginger
sesame seed oil
tamari or soy sauce

cooked rice
leftover chopped pork or chicken, if desired

Directions:

Have the rice cooked ahead. Scramble and fry up the egg(s), chop into small pieces and set aside. Fry up the vegetables in coconut oil over medium to high heat. Stir frequently. When they are half cooked, grate in some fresh ginger. When the vegetables are almost done to your liking, add some rice and the chopped meat. Mix well and cook another minute to heat them through. Add the fresh pressed garlic and scrambled egg. Sprinkle with sesame seed oil and tamari. Mix well for a minute. It’s ready to devour now!

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Challenges of all sorts

Hi everyone! This must be the season of challenges. My first challenge is realizing that I’ve been slacking on the vegetable eating. So with some renewed mindfulness on what I’m eating, I make sure I enter everything in myfitnesspal, even if I don’t like what I’m entering and the calorie total I see. Yesterday was a great vegetable day:

kale, sweet potatoes, green beans, mushrooms, onions (onions are something I eat almost every day!)

My second challenge is that my goal of “getting off the couch” needs some serious revival! I’ve been having some emotional challenges I’m trying to deal with (that would be challenge number 3). All the emotional drama has zapped me and paralyzed me. I have to remind myself it’s a choice to be active. My choice has been to take care of myself on the couch and I don’t know that it’s the best choice to take care of myself. I will make my choice now to get off the couch, be more active, turn away from the internet, keep the TV off, continue with my plan to be healthy, strong and have more energy.

I am excited that I may have good news to share soon… stay tuned…

I am excited to be starting the Fall into Fitness 30 Day Challenge soon, on November 3 (This is my fourth “challenge”.) It’s gonna be just what I need to get moving again and to get through the Thanksgiving season with a positive outcome. I’ll be sharing my goals and progress as it gets started, but if I don’t gain any weight over the holidays, I’ll be way ahead since statistically, people gain weight during this time.

Happy Friday!

Tuesday Weigh In

183.5 Down 1 pound. I wasn’t home all day yesterday and I’m sorry that I didn’t get to post. It was a very strange week weight-wise. I was already 183 last Wednesday and stayed at that weight every day until Sunday when I was shocked to get on the scale and see 185. What happened? Probably a combination of things, but one thing was that I ate out a lot Friday and Saturday. I think I probably didn’t guess at those calories very well. So this weight is as of Tuesday, not Monday. I’m back on track and figure I need to be a lot more careful when eating out.

I did pretty well with eating vegetables this week. I ate them three times a day, except for two days only twice. Some of the vegetables I ate were: broccoli, roasted Brussels sprouts, roasted cauliflower, salad, tomato and cucumber salad, green beans, and spinach. I will keep this same goal since I think it helped me be more conscious of getting enough vegetables.

I’m still walking, but was not able to get myself to do any strength exercise this week. I know that all it takes is the first time to erase the negative thoughts like: It’s too hard. I can’t. Tomorrow. I don’t have time. I’m too tired. I’m too weak. I have more important things to do. These are the thoughts that hold me back, especially the last one. I struggle with believing I am worth the effort to get healthy. On a rational level, I know that’s not right. However, these negative thoughts are very hard to get rid of and I am working very hard to get rid of them! I have to keep reminding myself how important it is to me to be healthy.

Here’s to your health!