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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Comfort

Happy Sunday!

The weather has finally gotten cooler and I'm loving it. Bring on the booties, scarves and all of the comfort foods.

I'm so excited for Thanksgiving. Don't get me wrong; I love Christmas. But, I always feel like Thanksgiving gets the shaft. It's a holiday centered around being thankful for our blessings and celebrated with food, what's not to love? I keep seeing articles and posts for making Thanksgiving dishes like stuffing and pies healthier. If any of you are expecting that from me, keep it moving, friends! I'm all about making our favorite foods more macro friendly and finding fun hacks to make things better for us, but I will not be skimping on Thanksgiving-bring on the stuffing, mac and cheese and pie!

Before we get to the turkey and trimmings, we have another week of work and meal prep to get through first. I think I've mentioned before that I much prefer a hot lunch over a cold one, especially when the temperature starts to drop. Don't get me wrong, I love a big mixing bowl salad; but, I also love a big ole plate of hot food.

This week, I made the ultimate comfort food lunch. Meatloaf, mashed cauliflower and green beans.

I have found meatloaf to be a great way to sneak in lots of veggies. I used a mixture of 96/4 ground beef and 97/3 ground turkey. I know ground turkey is the better option, but it can be so dry, especially after being reheated. I've found mixing it with some ground beef helps. I grated in a zucchini, which also helps with the dryness, and a carrot, as well as an onion, egg, panko. I topped it with some sugar free BBQ sauce. It's a pretty basic meatloaf, really, but the added veggies help to bulk it up a bit. Next time, I'm going to add some mushrooms, too. I cut mine into 6 servings and the macros ended up being 282cal/8gfat/8gcarb/43gprotein. Not bad!






Okay, guys. I have a new obsession. We've had it for dinner at least once a week the past three weeks, and I have about 3 boxes in my freezer:



Now, could I make my own? Yes. Have I made my own? Yes. But, this is SO easy to just pop in the microwave and doesn't make the huge mess that making it on your own does. Plus, this is SO good and the macros are pretty decent. Because it is frozen, the sodium is a little high, but I've been reading a lot lately about how we really demonize sodium and unless you have some underlying health condition, you shouldn't really worry too much about it. I don't typically use salt to season my food and the amount of frozen/processed food I eat is quite minimal, so I'm not too concerned about it. There are a lot of reasons why our bodies need sodium.


I did a serving and a half and added some green beans, because if you know me, you know my rule is I try to get in a protein and something green with each meal.


Yum! I love a week I'm excited to eat.


I also made a huge crockpot full of chili today, so that will be dinner 2-3 days this week. It's a pretty basic chili- green peppers, diced tomato, corn, onion, and kidney beans. I mixed ground turkey and beef together in this, too. It could have used another can of beans, but since I added corn, I didn't want to have add too many more carbs, especially since I made some corn bread to have with it.


I kind of struggle sometimes with the inaccuracy of tracking crockpot meals. But, I'm really trying to chill out and realize it's not a huge deal if my measurements are a bit off and my numbers aren't perfect. It's so easy to use the crockpot and throw together a soup or chili, I can't let not having perfect macros take away from that.

What are ya'll eating this week? And, what are your favorite crockpot meals? I'm always looking for something new. I find a lot of them are cream or pasta based and not so healthy, so if you have one that's more macro friendly, be sure to leave it below.