Hey Stranger! Miso Glazed Sea Bass

So I know I have been pretty much not on here lately. I have been busy at work and by the time I get home I am just ready to eat, hit cardio and go to bed. I am going to start trying to get back on here again starting with this post!

Tonight for dinner I made miso glazed sea bass. I picked up a 6oz filet of sea bass from my local Asian market Uwajimaya and soaked it in a mix of miso and water overnight. I stuck some broccolini in my steamer for 20 minutes and while that was cooking up placed a pan over medium heat and placed the bass and the rest of the marinade in the pan. As the marinade was reducing down I spooned it on to the bass until it was almost gone. While that was happening I also preheated my oven to 350 and cooked the bass in there for the last 10 minutes. At this point the steamer was done and so was the bass. I pulled out my new chopsticks, inspired by Kai Greene in Generation Iron, and devoured this because it was the best piece of fish I have ever cooked! Give it a try and let me know what you think! Its great for macros with 6c/4f/36p.

Stay tuned for daily posts and a day of eating video coming up!

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Beef Teriyaki Manapua!

Beef Teriyaki Bun
Asian market find. Golden Coin Beef Teriyaki Manapua. I stuck it in my steamer for 15 minutes but you can also cook them in the microwave. Came out awesome and they have decent macros. A little home made dim sum. Macros for this flavor are 19c/4f/12p. I also picked up some other flavors yesterday and will post them as I eat them. The other flavors have a little more carbs but most have about 4g of fat which isn’t bad.

Mongolian BBQ at Home

Went to Mongolian BBQ last night for dinner with the family and brought my scale with me to weight out every veggie and piece of meat to stay on my macros. Decided to make my own version at home. 100g mushrooms, 113g zucchini, 85g bean sprouts, 40g chopped onions, 1 jalepeno, 85g spinach, 112g chicken breast. Added some random seasoning including curry powder, ginger, garlic, cumin, smoked paprika, and onion powder. Topped it with a little mustard. Filling and tasty.
Homemade BBQ

Peanut Butter and Cinnamon Mashed Purple Potato

Getting back on track and sticking to my macros! Meals like this make it a little easier to crush the cravings. 85g mashed Okinawa sweet potato, cinnamon to taste, 10g of peanut butter, and one packet of sweet and low. Came out awesome and helped get rid of my craving for peanut butter. 22c/5f/3p.
Mashed Purple Potatoes

Day of Eating 40 carbs! Where have I been?

Hey everyone! Sorry its been a while since I blogged here things have been kind of crazy lately. Between me coming down to the wire on my cut and a major project at work (yes I have a big boy job) I have just been to busy to get on here. I have been more busy on Instagram and you can follow me here:

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I am going to get back into the swing of things on here in a week or two when this project completes. I hit 163 while I was traveling in Pittsburgh and was really happy about that but last week I was at the same number so still some work to do. I have 3lbs or 3 weeks left on the cut and I think that it is starting to affect me mentally as I really just have been feeling lazy lately and have had little motivation at work. I am going to rant a bit about life here so you can skip to the next paragraph is you would like. I loved my job and group but as I am reaching the end of the cut I am starting to dislike it more and more. Hoping that this mind set changes when I start turning the diet around or if its real I am glad I realized it and what this transformation has shown me is that I can do what ever I set my mind to and I will be able to find something that I enjoy. I still love where I work but would like to find something different.

My macros this week have changed a bit to a little lower protein but a little extra carbs on lifting day which is a huge help because I have just not had any energy to get my cardio in but was really forcing it. Hoping that it might also help with some recovery because it is taking from one leg day to the next to have my legs recover.

So for the eating today. I will get pictures up throughout the day. I got a new camera so they will be more “artistic” but need to be pulled off the camera instead of having them go straight to OneDrive. I am also recording today with the camera so well see how it goes.

Todays macros are 40c/45f/200p and its going to be a rough day ahead to stay full! All carbs are coming from veggies and the cheeses that I will use on my frittata’s and salads.

Breakfast(9c/6f/33p):

Breakfast today was a pretty simple 4 ingredient frittata and a cup of coffee. Normally I don’t have coffee but I have been turned onto K-Cup donut house cinnamon roll and chocolate glazed donut and they are great!

Ingredients:

113g Zucchini

45g Spinach

275g Lana’s Egg Whites

30g Kefir Cheese (if you can’t find this you can use cream cheese)

I put the zucchini and spinach in a hot pan to wilt the spinach and soften up the zucchini for about 3 minutes. I added some Mrs. Dash Extra Spicy, Onion and Herb, and onion powder to flavor the veggies. Once they were the right texture I added the egg whites and mixed in the kefir cheese. I placed it under the broiler for 7 minutes to get it cooked off and while that was going on I made the cup of coffee. Once the 7 minutes was up I dropped it on the plate and put a little salt and mustard on top and that’s it. A nice quick and easy breakfast. Hoping that this will hold me over for a while!

The next two meals will be salads because I will be eating them at work. One thing about veggies is that you can get great volume and I will be eating an entire bag of Trader Joe’s butter lettuce with both some chicken in one and turkey breast in the other. Both get a serving of the kefir cheese and I will be using a bit of Walden’s Farm Sweet Onion dressing for some additional flavor. Just trying to get through the day without cheating! I think the key will be making some Xtend slush. These are easy and they feel like your eating but its all water and BCAA! If I could just find a way not to get cold for a couple hours after I eat one! Stay tuned for the rest of the day!

I’m back and at work now. I like having the luxury of being able to work from home but sometimes just being that makes me just want to eat. So at 10am I decided to have my mid morning meal. I was pretty happy with how long I was able to hold out to space the meals out. Nothing seems to be going right with work and the way the day has been going so I think the stress is helping to keep me thinking of something other than eating. As I said before I was having a salad. I also had another cup of coffee on the drive in to help me through the day since I am running on such low carbs.

Mid Morning(6c/5f/30p):

As I said this was a pretty simple but refreshing salad. I added a bunch of cilantro and dill to liven it up.

Ingredients:

1 bag of Trader Joe’s Butter Lettuce

4oz of Canned Chicken Breast

30g Lite Kefir cheese

Dill

Cilantro

Tabasco Jalapeno

What I did was combined the lettuce and chicken in a bowl and then in a small bowl I made a dressing out of the Tabasco, kefir and some of the dill. This was actually a really nice refreshing dressing. I added a bunch of cilantro to the salad and some more dill and tossed it with the dressing. Luckily this was pretty filling and my goal is to not eat again till 1-1:30pm but again being at work I need to just stay focused and not really think about food and try to keep active. Stay tuned for more soon!

Sorry I forgot to complete this entry! Its now almost a week late but going to finish what I ate!

Lunch was basically the same as above just with turkey instead of chicken(6c/5f/44p):

Ingredients:

1 bag of Trader Joe’s Butter Lettuce

3oz of Trader Joe’s cooked Turkey Breast

30g Lite Kefir cheese

Dill

Cilantro

Tabasco Jalapeno

Dinner(11c/17f/53p):

Dinner was a big frittata! I made my own Guacamole by taking some avocado and kefir cheese and combining them with some garlic salt and onion powder which came out awesome! In the frittata I mixed 42g of spinach, 3oz of Trader Joe’s cooked sirloin, 1 pack of Miracle Rice which has 1 carb, and some laughing cow Queso. Followed my normal frittata procedure and then covered it with the guac!

Ingredients:

42g Spinach

3oz Trader Joe’s Cooked Sirloin

50g Avocado

275g Lana’s Egg Whites

1 pack Miracle Rice

30g Kefir Cheese regular fat

1 wedge of Laughing Cow

Dessert(9c/7f/40p):

Finished the day off with some mint chocolate chip Frotein. Followed my normal procedure of three ingredients. Put 2 cups of Almond milk, 1/2tbsp Xanthum gum, and 47g of Cellucor Mint Chip protein powder in my kitchenaid and whip till it fluffs up a bit. Add blended ice and continue to mix till it reaches the desired consistency!

The frotein actually fell off the couch making it a really miserable end to a pretty stressful day! In all I hated the macros for today and just hope I can get through a couple more weeks.

New Video: Stuffed Poblano Recipe

I have just finally finished editing a new video for you all. Here is my recipe for stuffed poblano peppers. This has become one of my favorite meals and its actually something that I have never had in a restaurant. I will also be putting together a day of eating video that I have been recording today with an amazing frittata recipe. Thanks as always and I look forward to hearing from all of you!

Waffle Success! New Kitchen Gadgets and New Meals

Hey guys and gals! So this week has been pretty crazy at work so I have been a bit quiet here and haven’t had time to edit any videos but I do have a shopping with and I will have a cooking with com in up soon. I did end up working from home yesterday because of the craziness and on my lunch I decided to get out of the house for a bit and went to a couple of stores. I started off at World Market where I picked up some sweets and some spices. I originally just went for some cookie called Pizzelle that someone on the IIFYM Facebook group recommended. I ended up picking up a lot more. I will show this all in the upcoming video but I wanted to talk about the Latin spice rub and that I used on some chicken today and it was GAF! I also picked up some chocolate chip coconut scone mix that took maybe 20 minutes to make and 15 of that was cooking time I’ll let yinz know how they are tomorrow when I have them for breakfast. After World Market I stopped at Sur La Table which is a kitchenware store. I picked up a Viante intellesteam and so far I am really happy with it. I have only had steamed chicken and I was excited about the new purchase so I also steamed some 94/6 ground beef for dinner tonight. Both came out awesome. I steamed tomorrows morning snack of chicken with tandoori seasoning, lunch which is some steamed MahiMahi, and dinner is Dover Sole. Check out the pictures below for some of this.

I also succeeded in making a waffle batter. They came out awesome and the volume of the meal was great! Here is the recipe:

1/2cup Unsweetened Almond Milk

1 Scoop Cellucor Cinnamon Swirl Whey

65g of Banana

3tsp baking powder

3 Eggs

92g Egg Whites

4tbsp Coconut Flour

14g PBLean custom from Myoatmeal.com

Whip the egg whites till a peaking a bit, add the rest of the ingredients and continue to mix. Heat a waffle iron and cook on medium heat. This make about 5-6 waffles which is one serving. The macros are 41c/28f/63p. I am going to work on reducing the fat by trying to pull some of the eggs out as they add 15g and also you can reduce it by pulling out the PBlean that added 6g, or use a different type of flour. I added pictures below.

Thanks for checking out the post guys and be on the lookout for videos of all the goodies I bought and upcoming waffle and cannoli videos.

Pi Day? Should be Tri Day!

Actually today was chest and back but I hit tri’s with chest so counting it!

How’s it going guys? Today was a pretty standard meal day up until dinner and dessert when I stepped out of the box a bit. For dinner I changed the pizza game up a bit with this new Mountain Bread wraps that I found. I decided that I would try some pastries with the toppings that I was going to do a pizza with. What did I discover?

  1. I need to work on my wrapping ability
  2. I should have cut the pastry squares differently
  3. Mountain Bread is awesome!

So as I work on my wrapping of these I am going to hold off on making a video about making them for now but I promise I will keep trying. The macros for the dish wasn’t bad at all and ended up leaving me extra room for more fun stuff for dessert. The macros are 21c/12f/34p. The fats can be reduced by using egg whites, fat free cheese and a leaner meat. I plan on trying this with some other fillings as well maybe even go a little Asian or Mexican with it to get some different flavor profiles. Let me know what you guys think and what your thoughts on some fillings could be. Thinking also of rolling some up and making some fluff and piping it inside as a “pronoli” or protein cannoli! In all I have big plans for the Mountain Bread. End this rant!

 

Only using one of the wraps gave me an additional 14 carbs to play with for dessert and I had some options that included crumbles of chocolate chip cookies which might be in the cards for tomorrow, Hershey’s cookies and cream cereal, Fiber One Cereal for that extra fiber, fruit, or what I ended up going with was Reese’s puffs! I have been afraid to go to some of the sugary cereals because I tend to start to crave them but I figure the way that my weight has been going I can keep strong and that is what I am doing! I hit 171.8 yesterday which is again a new low! So I used my standard cake recipe, topped it with some Chocolate syrup and Chocolate Arctic Zero then topped that with the Reese’s puffs. I was in heaven! Macros are 24c/10f/36p.

Strawberry protein cake with chocolate Arctic Zero, Walden's Frams chocolate, and Reese's puffs.

Strawberry protein cake with chocolate Arctic Zero, Walden’s Frams chocolate, and Reese’s puffs.

 

Maybe instead of tri day I’ll call it try day because of the different foods I tried today. The weekend is tomorrow and I plan on posting up 3-4 videos including the tuna casserole and a pizza recipe. Watch for some crazy stuff coming up!

 

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Mountain Bread Pastry Test and MyOatmeal

Today for dinner I decided to give the Mountain bread that I found at Whole Foods a try. I used the rice version for this one and filled it with 60g of pork, 25g of mushrooms, 42g of spinach, 42g of broccoli, 1 slice of swiss, and 31g of pizza sauce. The top crisped up really nice but could have given it some more time so that the insides were a little hotter and the bottom and sides were a little more crisp. In all it was great tasting and I would definitely buy and use it again. Its got great macros too. the whole meal was 33c/10f/33p and the bread was 26c/1f/5p for two sheets. I can see this being used for a lot of different pastries, using a single sheet for a pie crust, or trying to make some dumplings. Going to start coming up with some ideas. Hopefully this is a product you can find and try out.

Another product that I wanted to talk about was MyOatmeal. This is custom flavored oatmeal that you can make some great flavor combination. I have two flavors, Key Lime, White Chocolate, and Graham Cracker Crust and Pumpkin Spice, White Chocolate, Graham Cracker Crust. I used steel cut oats for each combination and I have been soaking the oats overnight with some unsweetened vanilla almond milk and it comes out great! Today I had the key lime and it kept me full through my workout. They also do flavored powdered peanut butter! I highly recommend checking out http://myoatmeal.com!