Trying Something New (Extreme Picture Edition)

Today was back and bis, and holy cow did I work those things!Image(I only wish that was me…)

There was some annoying guy in there texting on the cable machine while I was waiting to sculpt my bod, but other than that, I would say it was a good day at the gym.

Tonight for dinner I ended up attempting the Tah Dig, Kofta Kebabs, and Tzatziki. I found them to taste amazing, but The Bug begged to differ, and PattyCakes isn’t feeling well. Well, I was impressed with myself! Here is what I did:

ImageI got home from work and quickly started thawing my ground turkey in constantly running cold water so it wouldn’t get to a dangerous temperature, and I didn’t have time to wait for it to thaw in the fridge.Image

Then I rinsed and began soaking my rice.

Then I threw on my tennies and headed for the gym. The first song on my playlist?Image

Just kidding. That was from Saturday. But it made me laugh while I worked out in a shitty ass mood. Thank you, IHeartRadio and Backstreet Boys! Today I chose a 70’s/80’s Punk Mix from IHeartRadio, and it was awesome! I’ve officially found my workout station of the week. Once I was done sculpting my beautiful muscles, I ran back home and started making my tzatziki (greek yogurt with a bit of lemon juice, grated or diced cucumber, GARLIC, and fresh dill used as a topping in middle eastern food). Image

Once that was prepped and set in the fridge, I left to pick up PattyCakes and The Bug. Upon my return, I minced some onion and garlic, threw it in a bowl with my thawed turkey, threw in some allspice, dill, chili powder, salt, pepper, and paprika and mixed it all up with my hands. Gross.Image

Then I formed them into little footballs to sit in the fridge and chill while I started my crunchy rice….er…Tahdig. That crunchy rice is quite a process, but holy cow is it amazing!Image

To do the tahdig, you boil rice in salted water for 10 minutes, strain it, rinse it with cold water to stop the cooking (also called blanching), heat some oil and water in a skillet, put the rice in it and let it cook. I definitely did NOT come up with any of these recipes on my own, and had to follow directions to a “T.” Here are the pictures of my rice and kebab process:ImageImageImageImageImage

I mixed these two recipes for the crunchy rice: here and here. And (not-so-big surprise) I got the recipe for the Kebab from SkinnyTaste.

As promised, here are some pictures of this weekend’s meals. PattyCakes made some Orange Chicken that was better than any delivery chinese I’ve ever had. He’s got some talent, folks!Image

And I made a healthy version of Shrimp Fried Rice with brown rice, egg whites, and just a dash of toasted sesame oil (which goes a long way). I don’t have an exact recipe for it, I just kind of throw some things together. But it is awesome!ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImage

That was my weekend in food! And to end things, here is a random picture of The Bug telling me how much he likes Harry Potter.Image

Until next time,

Mrs. P

 

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I am a 20 something focused on being a kickass mommy, fiance, cook, and worker-outer. I love everything about cooking (besides desserts, but I'm working on that), and I always try to make everything healthy. I live in Houston with my fiance PattyCakes, my son, The Bug, and my 2 puppies, Sir Reginald and Beaux. I absolutely love my family and would do anything for them. But I won't do that. I love crappy scary movies, disney movies, indie music, Hank III, classic rock, horribly childish jokes, naughty language, reading, Harry Potter, lifting weights, cooking, football, Nebraska, and being outdoors. I am getting married in May to the absolute love of my life. He is my greatest supporter in everything that I do, and my best friend and joke-provider. I lost a shit ton of weight a few years ago (193 down to 142 in 3 months) by eating healthy and doing P90X. I gained 25 pounds of that back, and am now working to get back down to a healthy weight using Weight Watchers and LiveFit. So far so good! So, read, enjoy, learn something, teach me something, and have fun!

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