My husband, probably for the first time in his life, made a meal plan for our dinners this week. He recently purchased a magazine-cookbook with diabetic-friendly recipes and picked five dinners for this week. Monday night we had baked sweet potato, asparagus with almonds and chicken with a light ginger orange sauce. I put a little butter, cinnamon and black pepper on the sweet potato. There wasn’t a lot of sauce on the chicken, but it was flavorful. This was an interesting pick because my husband doesn’t usually eat sweet potatoes and had never had orange marmalade before. He’s kind of a picky eater. Last night's dinner was baked chicken, zucchini, and summer squash all with balsamic /oil vinaigrette. We also had garlic toast. Balsamic vinegar is another item my husband usually doesn’t come near. Tonight, we’ll have wraps that include chicken, bacon, lettuce and mashed avocado. Avocado? My husband is going to eat avocado? Who is this man?
The meals have all been better than I thought they would be and is allowing me to have lunches from the leftovers. I’m not sure how long this act will continue, but I will enjoy it while it lasts. He asked me to look through the book last night and pick out five meals. It was challenging. I saw lots of meals that I would like, but turned some down because I know he doesn’t like some of the ingredients, like cucumbers, olives and cherries. The meals I picked include two nights of fish, one steak, one pork and one chicken. The portions are smaller than I am used to and are better balanced with half to three-fourths of the plate being veggies, one-fourth protein and sometimes one-fourth starch. If we continue eating this way, I should lose some weight by Sunday. Okay, I will also need to keep snacks to a minimum and lay off the saltwater taffy.
Work this week continues to be busy and tiring. Eating healthier has given me more energy which helps lessen the exhaustion. I’ve been drinking way less soda and more water. Still I would like to drink more water than I am and just one of the things I am working on.
We made it through the first part of the week, let’s finish strong. Have a great Thursday.