The weather last week was very uncooperative again, so I had a very inactive week again. The weather was either rainy, or too hot to get out to exercise and as a result, my Fitbit step report is not looking good. My average has fallen from over 6000 steps per day, to less than 3000…there are only so many laps I can do of my apartment. Despite the lack of activity I am now over 1/3 of the way to my ultimate goal! I lost 1.4 pounds this week, for a total of 46.4 pounds. Soon I’ll run out of my smaller clothing sizes and I’ll have to go shopping for something new! I’m trying to hold out on that for as long as possible.
The dish I have to share with you today was rather disappointing. This is what happens on a hot day, when I’m not feeling particularly inspired to cook. I figured I would share my failure to see if anyone had any suggestions on how to spice it up a little.
Looking in my freezer, I pulled out, and thawed some cod, wrapped it in foil with some salt, lemon pepper, and fresh lemon juice, and tossed it into the toaster oven. Toaster ovens are awesome when you are cooking for one, and don’t want to heat up your whole kitchen (and as a result, your entire apartment) during the summer.
To accompany the fish and the brown rice, I also washed and cut some baby bok choy, and made a simple stir fry with some fresh minced garlic, fresh grated ginger, and a bit of sesame oil. Once that was cooked, I removed the bok choy from the skillet, and added a handful or two of grape tomatoes I had cut in half. I cooked the tomatoes for a couple of minutes, then added 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar and cooked the mixture for a few minutes longer until the vinegar reduced a bit. After removing the code from the oven, and placing it on my plate, I poured the tomato mixture over the fish and bok choy. The result looked delicious, but tasted less than spectacular.
I had a much more satisfying dinner on Wednesday night when I met my friend at IKEA, and we had dinner there. I saved some points for the day, and splurged on the chicken meatball dish, complete with mashed potatoes (which I never have at home now), sauce on the meatballs, and lingonberry sauce on the side. I also went all out, and had a slice of garlic toast to top it all off. I have to say, it was delicious, and worth the points. I love that Weight Watchers is more of a whole life plan, so I can enjoy a meal out once in a while, without feeling bad about it.
What do you do when you aren’t feeling inspired to cook? Do you throw something together, or do you have a favourite recipe that you fall back on?