Thursday, June 25, 2009

Rejuvenate & Renew Challenge Update: 6/22 to 6/28

Yikes! I almost forgot to post this for the week. I've been really horrible about reading...REALLY horrible, so I have nothing to report.

So here's my update so far:
  1. Suze Orman's Action Plan for 2009
  2. TBA
  3. TBA
Okay, so I guess it's not true that I have nothing to report. While I haven't finished another book for the challenge (or any other challenge), I have been reading Elie Krieger's Small Changes, Big Results, and using her cookbook The Food You Crave. It's excellent! I really love the simplicity of the recipes, and the big health factor behind every single recipe in the book. The pictures in the book are a real selling point too--way better than my own meager photo.

Here's the Chinese Chicken Salad we made for dinner the other night. I really just took the picture of it because I thought it was so pretty, but since I have it, I thought I'd share. Although, I have to say that this picture is all washed out compared to the vibrant red cabbage, green scallions, browned chicken, and bright orange mandarins. It really was great. If you're looking for an easy, healthy cookbook that centers around real, whole foods, then this is it. In fact, I'm looking forward to making the Pumpkin Pie Muffins and the Jerk Chicken with Pineapple Salsa. Now, if I could just convince myself that "healthy" mac and cheese (which is my favorite food) can be good. Can I really give up real mac and cheese? I don't know about that one...

What one food could you not give up, even for a low fat version?


  1. That salad looks awesome!!!

  2. That salad looks very refreshing.

    I'm not sure what "unhealthy" food I wouldn't give up. I do really like mac & cheese, though. That reminds me I wanted to make some for a bbq this weekend... I need to buy some ingredients!

  3. Thanks Staci & heidenkind! I can't believe this salad, without almonds or dressing is not even quite 100 calories! It's crazy to me that 1 1/2 cups of cabbage only has like 30 calories (don't quote me on that, but it's some crazy low figure like that). I can say that you have to have the dressing though!

    heidenkind -- Good luck with your mac & cheese. Man, I really do love the stuff! :)

  4. the salad does look good - i have to check out this cookbook! it's hard to find interesting easy recipes for healthy food!