As I’ve mentioned, one goal of mine this year is to be more intentional about the foods I’m eating. I’ve contemplated trying various diets: Whole30, Paleo, counting calories, etc., however none of these sound very appealing to me. I think that not being able to eat a piece of pizza, have a pancake on Sunday morning, or enjoy a cupcake occasionally would most certainly steal from my happiness. So, I’ve decided to lean in and create my own diet.
My goal is to consistently eat more healthfully. On weekdays I want to limit my sugar consumption as much as possible, cut out carbs, and stick to a diet of lean meats, nuts, veggies and fruit. I’m still going to drink coffee in the morning. I may even sneak in a Hershey Kiss once in a while. I also plan to not eat after 8 p.m. and eliminate or at least limit snacking. I found that over the past year I turned to food a lot for comfort. I also ate when I was overwhelmed, anxious / stressed, and procrastinating. Another goal is to recognize when I’m physically hungry and only eat then. I also want to eat more slowly in order to recognize when I’m actually full instead of continuing to eat until the point that I’m stuffed.
Now, I know those are ambitious goals. I plan to fail plenty along the way, but I’m actually excited about this change. This lifestyle sounds fairly simple and one I’m comfortable doing. I think that’s most important. Along with daily exercise, I hope this diet will help me shed the pounds I added over the past year and live a generally healthier life. I’ve also decided to eliminate alcohol (except for big occasions / celebrations) and drink at least 90 ounces of water daily.
Now don’t worry, I’m still going to bake and make lots of delicious things full of butter and sugar, but I do want to throw in some healthy recipes, too. The other day I saw this video on YouTube from The Lean Machines. The guys were making Chili Beef Wraps and recommended them for an after-workout meal or dinner. The wraps looked and sounded delicious to me, so I figured I’d give them a try.
While the ingredient list seems long, you probably have most of these things in your pantry. I also really love this recipe because it comes together in the blink of an eye. Prep, cooking, and clean up is under thirty minutes. Who doesn’t love that?
I used ground beef here, but I think you could substitute ground turkey or ground chicken. There will be slight change in flavor, but I expect the result would equally delicious. If I give turkey or chicken a try in the coming weeks, I will let you know what I find.
Here's what you will need:
1 pound lean ground beef
1 yellow pepper, chopped
1 red pepper, chopped
1 small white onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons coconut oil ( or extra virgin olive oil)
1/4 cup hoisin sauce
1 tablespoon soy sauce
2 tablespoon chili sauce
1/2 tablespoon honey
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon chili powder
3 green onions, chopped
1 head romaine heart, stem removed washed and dried
Let's get cooking!
Place a large skillet on medium high heat and add your oil to the pan. Once warm, add the peppers and white onion. When the pepper and onions begin to soften (about 4 minutes), add the beef. Break up the beef and stir enough so that it doesn't burn. Next, add the garlic.
Once the beef is almost fully cooked, add the rest of the ingredients: hosin sauce, soy sauce, chili sauce, honey, salt, pepper, ground ginger, chili powder, and green onions. Cook for a few more minutes until the beef is cooked through. Remove from the heat.
With your washed and dried lettuce pieces, fill each lettuce "cup" with a spoonful of the chili beef mixture. Serve and enjoy!
I really hope you enjoyed this recipe and will give it a try. As always, thank you for stopping by.