Food is an important part of a balanced diet. - Fran Lebowitz
I made a conscious effort to cook more at home this week. Not only is it easier on my pocketbook but it's also much healthier for me. I can control what I am eating and how it is being prepared. I need that to keep myself on track with my slow but sure weight loss (down 10 pounds since March - YIPPEE!).
Most of the things I make are modified versions of my favorite foods - turkey burgers, oven-baked chicken tenders, whole grain and flax pancakes. I'm not much of a cook but I try to make things that are tasty but good for me. I don't want to give up flavor because I have to watch what I eat.
I had to celebrate my Mexican-American heritage on Cinco De Mayo with some Mexican comfort food but I didn't want to go out and have a plate of greasy nachos (although it was very, VERY tempting to do). Instead, I made some delicious fish tacos at home. They were super easy and filling. I used tilapia filets, added a black bean and corn salsa that I made and topped with shredded cabbage and cilantro. I also sneaked in a little touch of avocado. I was pretty proud of myself!
I'm trying to keep the cooking at home thing easy because, I know myself, and if it isn't easy I won't stick with it. I don't have time to do the whole gourmet cooking thing and, quite frankly, I don't want to be in my kitchen for hours at a time. It needs to be simple, fresh and healthy. So far so good! It's pretty encouraging!
The healthy cooking plus regular walks will continue to give me the results that I need. Slow and steady wins the race!