Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Weekend Diet Tests AKA Eating out during my second diet weekend

Weekends are horrible for diets for a variety of reasons.
  1. You don't have the same fixed schedule as you do at work.
  2. Meals are less likely to be planned because of #1
  3. You're more often to eat out.
  4. It's harder to eat out on a diet.
I went to a festival on Saturday, which meant either eating out or packing a lunch.

Since I didn't have enough food on hand, I decided on the former and was fortunate to find Pacific East...


...who whipped up this nice low-calorie sashimi lunch special for me (with 2 Ikura sushi pieces).


While on that trip, I also picked up some monkfish from Whole Foods...

...which I prepared that evening by cutting the fish into filets...


...poaching them in a water/butter blend (3 minutes one side and 1.5 minutes the other)...


...and serving them with a squeeze of lime and a side of zucchini and shallots.

Sunday, I took Max to see Mom and family...

...and, for lunch, we had homemade butternut squash soup (thank you, Vitamix) and a Romaine taco-style salad with hummus, anchovies, grape tomatoes and avocado.

I ate the salad with my hands.

Then, on Sunday night, I ate with my brother and his family at Aladdin's...

...and I got a lamb salad (my first time with red meat and this much cheese)...


 ...and a fava bean appetizer that I used as the dressing with some lemon juice.

I took the rest of the appetizer home for a salad the following day.

Speaking of Aladdin's, the Cooker Girl blog shared a pickled turnip recipe that I decided to try out...

 ...they're pickling as we speak (or I write, rather).

So not too shabby!  I actually think I did a pretty good job.

This weekend will be a little harder, since I'll be a little further from home.  But I have complete faith that I'll be fine.

And then I'll even weigh myself and see where things are.  

Maybe I'll even try on some pants in a small size!



  1. I could easily eat off of Aladdin's menu, especially that lamb salad, on a daily basis. I love the veggie soup with double extra chicken. And everything with a side of hot sauce. I'm definitely going to try out Sarah's pickled turnip recipe.

    I think you did a great job sticking to wanted food intake while dining out!

  2. Did you love them?! I'm going to pick up the ingredients to make these again soon.

    1. Yes they're great! I eat them little by little, sometimes as a small snack. I may use a little less salt on the next batch.