Carnitas

Probably Not the Healthiest:

Carnita’s is another one of my favorite meals, so I have made them, and messed them up, several times. Keep in mind, since the only veggies in this dish is a bit of onion, these are probably not the healthiest. But they are really quick, easy, and tasty. Just cook a pork roast, shred it up with some seasonings, portion it in the big compartments, and top with your choice of toppings. I use diced onion and chopped cilantro. Keep in mind, if you plan to heat this meal up, you may not want to put lettuce on the meat. This can be stored seperately. Then portion canned refried beans into one small compartment, and top with a little enchilada sauce and shredded cheddar cheese. I use fat-free refried beans in attempt to make this meal a bit healthier. Portion spanish rice in the final compartment. I use Zatarain’s spanish rice or cilantro lime rice cooked in a rice cooker.

There are different methods for cooking pork roasts, but I like to put several at a time in the sous vide at 160 degrees for 18 hours, with no seasonings, so I can start them the night before and just let it go all night. Making a small toddler pool worth of pulled pork allows me to freeze leftovers in small portions for later and use other things. I can then use the extra meat for quick BBQ pulled pork sandwiches for dinner, or tacos at a later date.

How I F*d Up:

The first time making this, I assembled the tacos in the box with small soft corn tortillas. Which fell apart upon attempting to eat the next day.

The second time making this, I attempted at making this meal healthier and tastier by adding vegan cheese and some kind of vegan, non-dairy, imitation, plain greek yogurt to everything. It did not make anything tastier and the cheese never melted. I had just watched the Jay and Silent Bob reboot, where they kept making jokes about Silent Bob being vegan. Seeing how much weight Kevin smith lost, I went to the store and bought 4 packages vegan sliced turkey, 2 packages vegan sliced cheese, a package of vegan shredded cheese, and a tub of the imitation yogurt. I still have 3 and a half packages of vegan sliced turkey, 1 package of vegan sliced cheese, and half a package of vegan shredded cheese in my fridge that I probably won’t eat. The fake yogurt turned to liquid overnight after opening and was thrown away.

Suggestions for Improvement:

First, Package tortillas and any veggies that are not to be heated up seperately, then assemble while eating. Second, don’t use vegan things to replace dairy, unless you actually are vegan and know what kinds are good. If you are not vegan, but want to make this healthier, use fat free versions of actual cheese and sour cream.

Adult Lunchables

My Favorite So Far:

I think the adult lunchables are probably my favorite lunch preps so far. They are quick and easy to make, versatile, and they taste delicious. There is no specific recipe for making this lunch and how healthy they are depends on what is actaually packed in them. Fresh fruits, veggies, nuts, and good quality meats are going to be healthier than cookies, bologna , and candy. The boxes pictured above have sliced ham, mixed fruit, cheese, carrots, celery, and hummus.

How I F*d Up:

First, I bought the wrong amount of food. Buying too much food will spoil before eaten, not enough food and you’ll go hungry. One of the classic dinner sliced half hams is plenty for ten boxes. I bought three. However, I was able to freeze the extra hams for future use.

Second, I used crackers the first time I made one of these. While some people may have airtight containers, mine are not, so the crackers were stale after one night in the fridge. To fix this, I traded in the crackers for pita bread sliced into triangles the next time.

Third, to save time, I used a premade fruit salad from the grocery store. The fruit in these are typically not as fresh to begin with, and you won’t always get the ratio you want. I think I got maybe two grapes out of the whole package, and they were squishy. If you don’t mind the fruit not being fresh and don’t care how many grapes you have, this might be a great option. However, I prefer taking a little bit extra time to prepare my own fruit salad so I can make it how I want. Also, mixed berries are quick and don’t require any cutting, peeling, or prepping. A lot of my meals will have a mix of blackberries, blueberries, and strawberries, which are all full of nutrients and antioxidants, and are an important part to a balanced diet.

Suggestions for Improvement:

It can take a few tries to figure out how much food is needed to prep the correct amount of boxes. Documenting the amount of food actually used can help determine how much is needed next time. Any excess foods can be frozen or eaten as healthy snacks later. I like to keep stocks of mixed nuts in the cabinets to use in the lunches in case I didn’t buy enough food. Also, If the food is not being stored in an airtight container, avoid anything that may go stale quickly. Or package it in seperate airtight containers. Finally, determine what’s more important, saving time or fresh fruit. Then decide to either use a premade fruit salad, or make one.

Follow Me on My Journey

I used to have one requirement for the food I ate, it had to be tasty. Now that I am trying to become healthy, my requirements have changed a bit. It must be low-fat, low-calories, less meat, more veggies, no carbs, no rice, no pasta, cheap, take less than 20 minutes to make, and be the most delicious thing I have ever eaten. This perfect food does not exist. If it does, please let me know!

The most difficult thing for me while learning to eat healthy has dealt with lunches at work. I did not want to give up my free time on Sundays to prep lunches, and it was difficult to give up the fast food I had grown to love so much. However, over the past few months, while learning to meal prep, I have discovered I really enjoy trying the new recipes. Not only have I discovered a new hobby, it lead to me creating this blog. Every week, I try something new, and every week, I discover something I did wrong that could have been done better. But I realized, I never document which ones I liked, or my suggestions of improvements, so I never try the recipe again. While I may discuss other foods I found I enjoyed, or did not enjoy, my main focus is going to be on lunch prepping.

My journey to healthy eating has been a long one, and I have a long way to go, but I have learned a lot along the way. I started this blog to document mistakes I have made and what I have learned from those mistakes. And I appreciate any comments and suggestions that would help me on my journey. Please check back weekly for my latest lunch prep attempt.

Coming soon, Adult Lunchables…

The Beginning

My name is Sheila and I started this blog because my boyfriend is tired of hearing me babbling constantly about food. Like everyone alive, I have a long history with food, and like some people, it’s not always been the best relationship. As a child, I was constantly teased for being too skinny, and I was taught to eat as many calories as I can to gain weight. I’ve been called anorexic, told I need to eat a cheeseburger, and called twig. I’ve been sent to nutritionists, who taught me to eat a lot of ice cream, add ALL the toppings, add mayo to all of my sandwiches, and charged me $300. As an adult, a lifetime of learning to eat junk has caught up with me and now I can’t smell a brownie without gaining another 10 pounds. Now I am trying to learn to eat healthy, which I have come to learn means I can no longer eat anything I normally ate.

I have two reasons for making this blog public. First, I hope to raise awareness that teaching a skinny kid to eat fatty foods, for the sake of gaining weight, isn’t necessarily always the best solution. Healthy eating habits are best learned young, and being “too skinny” doesn’t mean that the person should eat more junk food. A skinny child that eats junk food to gain weight turns into an adult with high cholesterol. Second, I would like to have some input on my journey, and I welcome anyone who wants to join me.

The main thing I hope to accomplish is gaining and sharing knowledge of how to eat healthy. I want this to be a collaboration between myself and all of my readers. See something that could be improved upon? Please, leave a comment and let me know your suggestions!

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