Thursday, September 24, 2009

14 Day Challenge: Day 1

My intention is to update every day what I eat for my 14 day no eating out challenge. Today is day 1!!

For breakfast I had cereal and a nectarine.

Lunch was a hodge podge since I had NO food when I put it together last night. I mixed ranch style beans, brown rice, chicken and 2% cheddar cheese together. It's absolutely delicious - just sans veggies and a little high on sodium .I literally had no fresh veggies and limited frozen veggies that would taste good with this dish.. so I had an apple with it.

Snack was a chocolate brownie Clif z bar. YUM. I had that before I went grocery shopping after work. My second snack before spinning was a piece of toast with peanut butter.

Finally I went shopping today and bought a TON of stuff. A lot of it was just updating my stock of things - chicken broth, canned chicken, salmon pouches, rice, pasta, beans, cereal etc. etc. Don't you hate those grocery trips? They are always so expensive! For fresh stuff I bought 93% ground beef, brussel sprouts, cabbage, onions, garlic, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, honey crisp apples (YUM), nectarines and broccoli.

I made dinner (and enough for lunch tomorrow) before I went to spin and heated it up after I got home. Spinning was AMAZING by the way!

I took frozen chicken breasts that were defrosted. I cut 3 chicken breast halves in half, so I had 6 chicken cutlets. I sauteed them in olive oil, black pepper, garlic powder and onion powder.

While the chicken was cooking, I quartered brussel sprouts and roasted them in olive oil. After they got out, I put a little parmesan cheese on them. Unfortunately roasted brussel sprouts are not NEARLY as good as roasted cabbage :( The brussel sprouts were a little dry... I'll have to experiment with these. Maybe next time I'll sautee

I also baked a sweet potato. I topped it with a little butter, brown sugar and cinnamon. It was SO delicious and I ate it last since it tasted a little like dessert!!!

Here's the whole meal!

And of course, I had a La Croix - my latest obsession - with it. This was my first time trying the berry. It's probably my least favorite of the flavors - but I have a 12 pack so I will drink it!

I'd call day 1 a success!!


  1. Looks delicious! You are getting so good at remembering to take pictures, I love it. I have to make my brussel sprouts tomorrow, the only way that I like them is super roasted. Yum!

    Can't wait to see the rest of your meals for the 14 day experiment!

  2. I looooooooooove La Croix - Pamplemousse or whatever it's called is my fave, too. Dinner looks so good - best of luck on your challenge!