Eat Better!

This isn’t really a New Year’s resolution as much as an ongoing project. I’d like to spend less money on eating out, and eat healthier, more balanced meals. The Crock-Pot will be key, since I am essentially a very lazy person. Into this Crock-Pot I’ve thrown:

  • 4 chicken thighs
  • a couple tablespoons of Thai Ginger and Red Pepper peanut butter
  • about 10 quartered and marinated artichoke hearts, with a bit of the oil
  • about three cups of organic vegetable broth
  • several sweet potatoes (or are they yams??), chopped
  • a couple regular potatoes, chopped
  • some kidney beans
  • a couple tablespoons of minced garlic
  • a dash of merlot
  • enough water to cover everything (about a cup)

I’ll cook it on high for about 5 hours, making it ready to eat just about the time Preston gets home from work. How’s that for domestic planning?
crock-pot stew

I’ve been tracking all my food intake and calorie output for the last couple weeks. My sister passed on to me a highly organized Excel workbook that helps to track the calories, fat, carbs, protein, fiber, and calcium of all your daily intake, as well as tracking daily exercise. I’ve discovered that I love love love fat. While I don’t have any trouble staying withing the USRDA for calorie intake most days, I usually more than double the recommended fat intake. Something to do with root beer floats and peanut butter cookies, maybe. Also, I don’t eat anywhere near enough fruits and veggies. I think this makes me pretty much your typical American. I do not like to be typical anything, particularly American, so I am working on eating more fruits and veggies and less fat. Nothing radical though. I still like me some peanut butter cookies.