Time to Get Back on That Horse…

My poor blog…I feel so neglectful! I’ve been working on some recipes that I’ll share at a later date, as well as a couple baking jobs for some coworkers. I ended up doing 6 dozen cupcakes today alone, and will be doing 3 dozen more later in the week!

And I know–Here we go again. I fall off the Weight Watchers wagon, and a week or two later, climb back on it. This is one of those climb back on posts. I skipped my meeting this week. Part of it was just not feeling like going, because I knew I had gained–I’ve been half-assing my tracking, and while I’m still exercising, the diet portion is a little out of control. I ended up telling Jay to toss out about a quarter’s worth of a bag of potato chips the other night, because I’d already eaten probably half of it on my own, and I knew I’d polish off the rest of the bag if I didn’t get rid of it. I’ve come to the realization that I just really can’t keep those sorts of things around the house. I mow my way through them before I can even blink! The only chips that are remotely safe from me are tortilla chips. Or Doritos. Lucky for me, those are usually Jay’s snack of choice. I steer clear of salsa for the most part, and the only kind of Doritos I’d actually eat are the regular Nacho Cheese flavor–Which Jay would only buy if they were the last snack choice on the planet, and he was starving. He usually buys the stuff that’s either way too hot, or the combo versions that I think sound nasty.

All that aside, I needed to get back on the healthy eating bandwagon, because if I don’t get it under control, I’m going to remain closer to 200 lbs., which is someplace I never ever thought I would be. And okay, I’ll just come out and say it: I’m 5’2″ and 168 lbs. Not ginormous (and I suppose I should count my blessings that my weight is evenly distributed, although I do have a gut that I would like to go away so inane people I know will stop asking if I’m expecting), but very far away from my ideal or healthy weight. So, I went through a few low-fat cookbooks I have and came across a recipe for “Stovetop Meatloaves.” Meatloaf in about 30 minutes, without having to turn on the oven.

Unless it’s for the side dish. I will normally not eat meatloaf unless it has been prepared by myself, or my mom. Or The Pioneer Woman, because I’ll be honest, I’d eat just about anything she prepares, I don’t care how much butter is in it! But I thought these sounded good, and I doubled the recipe, since originally it only serves two. Diana gave me some squash and zucchini from her garden, and I was trying to think of what I wanted to do with them.

I happened upon a recipe for roasted yellow squash on Skinnytaste, so I thought that could be a healthier side than a huge serving of mashed potatoes.

Even though I could plow through a batch of mashed potatoes like nobody’s business. And yes, I should’ve de-seeded the squash before I roasted it. I was in a time crunch, and the innards fell out once it was out of the oven. And I did make some Alexia roasted potatoes anyway…I just needed my starch!

Overall, dinner was good.

Stovetop Meatloaves

Yields 4

Meatloaf in just about 30 minutes, without having to turn on the oven!

10 mins Prep Time

25 mins Cook Time

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Ingredients

  • 1/4 C + 2 Tbsp. low-fat or fat-free milk
  • 1/4 C rolled oats
  • 1 1/2 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 lb. lean ground beef
  • 1 tsp. cornstarch
  • 1 C tomato sauce
  • 1 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 C cold water

Instructions

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine the milk, oats, onion powder, salt, and ground beef. Mix well, then shape into 4 loaves.
  2. In a 10-inch skillet, brown the loaves on top and bottom, then drain off any grease, and return the loaves to the skillet. In a small bowl, combine the cornstarch, tomato sauce, Italian seasoning, and water, mixing until smooth. Pour over the loaves. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low. Cover and cook for 15-20 minutes or until meat is no longer pink in the middle.
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In the meantime, I need to figure out where I’m going to put all these cupcakes (this doesn’t even include the Red Velvet ones I made)!

Seventy-two regular cupcakes, and twenty-four minis (the minis were for us–I didn’t want to waste the batter, but it wouldn’t have made a full 3rd dozen regular cupcakes, and I don’t have a 6-cup muffin pan). Thankfully, though, I don’t have to worry about frosting them until Tuesday night!

4 thoughts on “Time to Get Back on That Horse…

    • It IS frustrating. And what's worse for me, is that I threw my back out somehow, so I can't really even exercise (I can do my physical therapy, but no cardio or strength stuff until my back unkinks itself)! Boo! I'm glad I'm getting rid of the cupcakes in a couple days--The fact that they're all for someone else makes them far less tempting. I think by the end of this week, I may be sick of cupcakes for awhile!
      • I bought the most awesome mock angelfood cake for Owen's baptism party, and I swear, I ate cake for breakfast and lunch for about five days straight. That was the CAKE that broke the camel's back. Sorry to hear about your back. That sounds awful!
        • Ha--I'm glad I'm not the only one who eats cake (or cupcakes) for breakfast! Or dinner.... Yeah, unfortunately, the back pain comes along about once a year. I'm feeling almost healed-up, so I can start exercising probably next week sometime.

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