Saturday, August 2, 2014

Week Thirty-one - Successful!

Today has been most successful. I made it through the entire day and did not deviate from my path! I even kept a log of what I ate.

This was my day: Breakfast was 3 slices of crisp bacon and a cheddar cheese omelet. Dinner was Asian salad and a hamburger patty with cheese, however it was a 2 part dinner. I had the salad at my parents' house; they also had a pot of beans and kept trying to get me to eat them. They also offered me mint Oreo cookies! Outrageous! I politely declined and made sure they knew it was way too many carbs for me right now. After I came home I needed a bit more protein - thus the cheeseburger.

Yes, I even put the lid on the skillet to melt the cheese! 

And wouldn't you just know it, as soon as I sat down and turned on the TV there was a commercial that included a chocolate fountain! Really?? Ugh... I immediately had a craving for chocolate in any form.

Any... form...

I resisted...

I know I said I was not going to seek out any recipes to make, but right now my pantry is rather limited for low carb. So while perusing Facebook today I came across this recipe for Loaded Potato and Buffalo Chicken Casserole. I will be making it tomorrow, only instead of using potatoes I will use turnips. With that swap out, everything on there is on my Atkins Induction Phase food list. Yeah!!! Here is the recipe...

Loaded Potato and Buffalo Chicken Casserole

2 pounds boneless chicken breasts, cubed (1")
8-10 medium potatoes (turnips), cut in 1/2" cubes
1/3 cup olive oil
1&1/2 tsp salt
1 Tbsp. black pepper
1 Tbsp. paprika
2 Tbsp. garlic powder
6 Tbsp. hot sauce

2 cups fiesta blend cheese
1 cup crumbled bacon
1 cup diced green onion

Preheat oven to 500 degrees. Spray a 9"x13" baking dish with cooking spray. In a large bowl mix together the olive oil, salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder and hot sauce. Add the cubed potatoes (swap out for turnips) and stir to coat. Carefully scoop the potatoes into the prepared baking dish, leaving behind as much of the olive oil/hot sauce mixture as possible. Bake the potatoes for 45-50 minutes, stirring every 10-15 minutes, until cooked through and crispy and browned on the outside. While the potatoes are cooking, add the cubed chicken to the bowl with the left over olive oil/hot sauce mixture and stir to coat. Once the potatoes are fully cooked, remove from the oven and lower the oven temperature to 400 degrees. Top the cooked potatoes with the raw marinated chicken. In a bowl mix together the cheese, bacon and green onion and top the raw chicken with the cheese mixture. Return the casserole to the oven and bake for 15 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and the topping is bubbly delicious.

Serve with extra hot sauce and/or ranch dressing.

I will report back to you tomorrow after I've made it! But I bet it will be good.

Well that is how my Saturday went. See? Successful! I am feeling very good that I was finally able to make it through a day and not deviate at all. I hope your Saturday was just as happy as mine was! I will see you tomorrow.


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