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Grumpy and frumpy, bad. Healthy and happy, good!

Hello everybody! My apologizes for being MIA for almost a whole month, it’s been a combination of being sick, entertaining guests from out of town and most recently, recovering from a wisdom teeth extraction.  June has been good to me though, I used that recovery time as a good excuse to get some much needed lazy and not do a single thing time, although that only lasted for about half a day. I was up the next day putting together a diaper cake for a co-worker. It’s so hard not to be productive. Anyway, lately I’ve been really been concentrating on eating healthy and focusing on my daily caloric intake… obviously, due to the increase in diameter of my midsection and well, I’m getting older, I can’t just eat whatever the hell I want anymore. That means no more fast food (unless it’s the only option), cutting back on the alcohol intake (ouch!), cutting back on the red meats (I’ve done this before, not a big deal), incorporating fresh juices with my new nifty juicer (will post about this in the near future) and cooking more healthier meals at home! So far so good, it’s only been about 3 weeks and I’ve already made very good progress. I’m not as grumpy and frumpy as I felt a few weeks ago. I think as long as I keep this up, I’ll be able to find my ideal healthy weight that I’m comfortable with while still eating tasty and satisfying meals. I found a few easy recipes online (they all happen to be vegetarian dishes), some are definitely keepers! I’ve linked the recipe from the source in which I’ve found them.

Whole Wheat Toast topped with Avocado and a Poached Egg

This, I’m so very proud of. What you see right there is my very first poached egg. Poaching eggs were one of those things that always intimidated me, but I found this really simple tutorial at Smitten Kitchen, I was able to face my fear. Oh and this was so good. What a better way to start your day with perfectly ripe avocados? Mmm.

Black Bean Smothered Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes stuffed with black beans, low-fat sour cream, tomatoes and cilantro. These were really tasty and they’re deceivingly really filling!

Greek Quesadillas

What a combination right? These quesadillas are jam packed full of amazing flavor, from the sun-dried tomatoes, mozzarella, feta, red onions, spinach, and if you desire… olives (YUCK! I hate olives, but the boy loves them.) Super easy to make and those colors are so pretty!

Falafel Wraps with Cucumber Yogurt Dressing

Yeay! I love falafel. I made that mistake of saying falafels… sorry, I’m Filipino. We tend to add s’s where they don’t belong and remove them where they do… it’s true. A bunch of Auntie’s out there love to go to Starbuck for coffee. Anyway, again this was another recipe that I was a little hesitant to try out at first because I thought it might be complicated but it was surprisingly simple! And I have to say my first try at falafel was very successful, they turned out perfect! Crisp on the outside while the inside was nice and moist. I’ll actually be making this again this weekend because I love it so much. I do have to mention though, using a food processor is key when making falafel.

Paul McCartney’s Meatless Tacos (lol. It’s his recipe I guess.)

Made this last night, super simple recipe. My only major gripe about it is the amount of onions that the recipe called for. I didn’t even use the whole onion and it was way too much for me! And I really don’t mind onions that much. So if you plan on making this, I’d say only use half to ¼ of an onion… then maybe topping it with some fresh onions with the cilantro. Also, it calls for a ton of tomatoes too, I only had a tomato and a half and that was plenty for me. Oh and I totally forgot to add the lime juice to it… darn it! Don’t forget a squeeze of lime to top it off.

So those were the first of many of the new healthy recipes that I’ll be incorporating in my daily dinner routines, I’d definitely recommend all of them. Here’s to healthier eating and better living! Enjoy! Xo, crystal