Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Trip, and Creamy Chicken Curry

In a couple of days, I'll be going on a long-awaited road trip. It's not terribly far... about 3 hours drive... but it'll be an adventure. I am taking most of my kids plus one of their friends plus one dog on a 3-day mini-vacation. It's the beginning of our summer plans and I have looked forward to it for weeks!

Except... my leg. I still can hardly walk. It is slightly better, and I can limp around *very* slowly but stairs are very difficult. I reserved a room at a hotel about a half mile from each of the two main places we want to visit: a large (free) park and playground area with paths and water play, and a theater where I am taking just my daughter for girly time watching a musical. We are also registered for a dog sporting event for my dog and I.  So we are gonna go have some fun and hopefully get a new AKC title this weekend! That is, if I can walk by Saturday. The plan was to walk all around the park and to the theater plus at the dog sport event but if I am limping and in pain I am not sure how we will do it. I am just going to rest, ice it, hope it heals enough by the weekend AND not overdo it while I am there. Hopefully it will be the FUN trip my kids and I planned!

The hotel has a free breakfast buffet. I am already mulling over how to handle this. I tend to *make exceptions* too often and eat things that aren't good for me because it is "special" or whatever, which is a big part of my non-weight-loss. This hotel is known for its big, fresh, gooey cinnamon rolls. But I have been off sugar and wheat completely for about a week now, in an attempt to reduce inflammation. I don't want to be any more sore than I already am, so carby stuff and sugar is staying off the menu. I know they'll have eggs so I will stick with that. Whatever I choose will not be anything inflammatory. I am bringing some Medifast packets, string cheese, almonds, and raw veggies with dip just in case.

Last night's dinner was SO good. I ended up making a curry dish I threw together:

Saute 2 Tbsp of curry powder and 1 tsp of garam masala in 1.5 Tbsp of melted coconut oil for a couple of minutes. Add a small, thinly sliced onion and 2 cloves of minced garlic, lower the heat and cook slowly until the onions are translucent, maybe 5-10 minutes. Add 1/2 Tbsp oil if needed (I used olive oil here). Then add a 14-oz can of diced tomatoes with their juice and 3/4 tsp black pepper and cook another 5 minutes or so. Add 1.5 - 2 pounds of cubed raw chicken breast and cook for 5 minutes. Add a can of light coconut milk (Thai Kitchen brand is low fat and only has 1g carbs per 1/3 cup) and half of an 8oz can of tomato sauce. Stir and simmer uncovered for 25 minutes. Add a lot of raw broccoli florets... I probably added 3 cups or so. Stir and cook another 20-25 minutes until broccoli is tender. You could add other veggies when you add the broccoli, like mushrooms or peppers. At the very end, I added a large spoonful of Greek yogurt, which made it very creamy. Taste and season with 1/2 to 1 tsp salt. If you want a sweeter sauce you can add a Tbsp of sugar or some Splenda or whatever you prefer. You could serve this over riced cauliflower, or real rice if it's in your plan. I ate mine on a plate (scooped out chicken and veggies with a slotted spoon, saving the sauce for my daughter to eat over rice).


That's all I've got for today. Tonight I am having leftovers (either curry with cauliflower 'rice' or taco salad). Enjoy your day!

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Have fun on your trip! Your curry looks yummy. I'm going to try it, thanks!

Thinking Thin said...

That looks absolutely delicious! I love curry.

timothy said...

it's gonna be fine just baby it till then and dont overdo. as for the buffet they'll have eggs definately, but probably fruit and oatmeal as well, but take some food with you just in case! have a wonderful time darlin! and good luck at the event!

keto-katharsis said...

That curry pic is seriously throwing a wrench in my 24hr fast! SCRUMMY !!!!!! Keep on Keepin on!

MargieAnne said...

OH Lyn*smiles* I feel as though we have the old Lyn back. I know all the stuff continues to go on but to hear you sounding good is great news. Here's hoping your knee is much better by the time your mini vacation comes along. You have planned a wonderful time for yourself and family. It means such a lot to you and you all deserve a good break.

Blessings.

Anonymous said...

I hope when I have children, I am the kind of mother you are. I see dedication, devotion, and selflessness which are all the things a mother should be. Please do care for yourself on this trip too. I know your kids will have wonderful memories of all the fun things you do with them. Be proud, you are raising kids who will always adore you and make you proud! That is what love does for children.

Anonymous said...

At buffets, I can easily think of making a plate for someone else. I think "If I were to make a healthy plate for someone else, what would I put on it?" Or don't even go near the breakfast bar. Ask one of your children to get a plate for you. Then find yourself a seat far away from the food. Enjoy the area and have a good trip.

Diandra said...

Gosh, that curry sounds delicious!

Good luck with your leg! After a minor injury to my knee, which I hope to cure in time to train for a 5K, I researched a bit and one suggestion was to eat gelatine (dissolved in beverages or as capsules, or in the shape of gummy bears, 40g/day) and green lipped mussle extract. I am waiting for the mussle stuff and will let you know how that works!

16 blessings'mom said...

Gooey cinnamon rolls are evil! So hard to resist, but not impossible. I am a firm believer that one should lose at least a pound for each yummy thing one passes up. I know what you mean about "making exceptions". It is a slippery slope, and then there are the clueless people who encourage me to try certain things, or have a little of something...

Have a really really nice vacation, Lyn, I am praying for you that your leg will heal up.

Della

InWeighOverMyHead said...

yum!!!!

InWeighOverMyHead said...

I am in love with cauliflower rice. I am starting to use it for everything! :)

Anonymous said...

Suggestion that is out of the box... rent a wheelchair or scooter. Use it as a tool to minimize effort for non-essentials, so you can maximize your enjoyment for the things you want to do. Everybody thinks "wheelchair" means total disability and invalid status. Doesn't have to be that way. It could help you enjoy that 3 days with less pain and much more freedom... IF Your knee is still hurting. Only drawback, your kids would fight for the privilege of pushing the chair... they would think that was cool. Kids are so weird! :)

Allison Clow said...

Have a great trip. It is always good to get a chance to get away!


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Melodee said...

Yum, that sounds good.

Hope your trip goes well!