I had a really *nice* day today. I did start out sort of grumpy... something about the tooth fairy forgetting to come and being awakened at 5am by a crying little girl holding her tooth... but once I got going, things just got better and better.
I went to school with my daughter twice this week: once to eat lunch with her, and once to do my usual volunteer work. Both were quite fun, although the school lunch was every bit as blah as I expected. I went in believing they would be serving yummy turkey with gravy and mashed potatoes and veggies, but instead it was limp lukewarm waffles (from frozen) and brown-n-serve sausages. Um. Okay. Glad I generally pack a lunch for my daughter! But it was fun to sit with her and her friends in the cafeteria and listen to the chatter. Very sweet.
It is bitterly cold outside so I spent most of today indoors, cleaning and doing laundry. I enjoyed sipping hot coffee in between chores and stuck to my Medifast plan. Generally how it's been going this week is I eat my 5 Medifast meals as usual, and then have one meal I fix myself (or am served by a lunch lady). Today was no different. I had an awesome dinner plan for when we got home from dance class: taco soup in the crockpot for the kids, and a Medifast-friendly Lean & Green chicken taco soup thawing on the counter from when I made it a couple months ago. Well, I got home and started heating up that chicken taco soup, and it was obvious there was a problem. Freezer burn? Too old? Something wasn't right. I have frozen this before with good results, so I am not sure what went wrong. It was terribly watery and flavorless, like chicken shreds floating in murky water. I could not recognize any vegetables. I wonder if they dissolved somehow? Anyway, I heated it up, thought I could doctor it, but no. It was not going to work. I drained off the water/broth and am trying to decide if I can use the chicken in something else tomorrow. Maybe not.
Anyway, when that happened it was five minutes til dinnertime, so I decided to just eat the regular taco soup with the family. It's not unhealthy at all; it is a staple in the rotation and will be something I eat for the rest of my life. But it isn't low carb. I change up the amounts of what I put in sometimes, but the basic ingredients always stay the same.
1 pound lean grass fed ground beef, browned and drained
1 can Mexican style stewed tomatoes and their juices
1 can chili beans in tomato sauce
1 can kidney beans, drained
1 can pinto beans, drained
1 can water
(all cans approx 15-16 oz each)
taco seasoning to taste
half packet of Ranch dressing mix
onion powder, garlic powder
Put in the crock pot on low for 4-6 hours or on high for 2. Serve with grated cheese, corn chips, and sour cream if desired.
So I had 2 bowls of that and it was so delicious. I will have one more Medifast meal this evening and then be done eating for the day.
I am happy it is the weekend. It made me smile to be at the store buying various flavors of candy canes for the kids to hang on the Christmas tree (which I hope to get in a few days). I feel good and optimistic and am looking forward to a fun event this weekend with my new dress, new shoes, and sweet daughter. We'll also be eating lunch with friends, and I am planning to have chicken fajitas minus the tortillas. I can hardly wait!
Enjoy your weekend!
*FTC-required disclosure: Medifast provided me with its products for my personal use for free.*
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