Mushroom Veggie Soup and More...

Friday, March 21, 2014
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(I participated in "The 30 Day Mushroom Makeover Challenge" a campaign on behalf of mamavation for Mushroominfo.com. I received compensation as a thank you for participating) 

Here are the 4 mushroom makeover meals I made this week. I’ll post the basic recipes for them later in the post, but first I wasn’t to talk about the other aspect of the 30 Weight Loss Mushroom Makeover Challenge. First I want to talk about the assignment given by our awesome nutritionist Corrine. This week I was asked to focus being more aware of my body. What does this mean?

-Pay attention to when I am hungry (and then eat.) and know when I am satisfied (and then stop eating). 

-Savor my meals, and pay attention to how I feel after each one. 

Wow was this assignment revelatory. Last week I learned the importance of eating at regular intervals. But it was still more of a set my clock thing vrs a be aware of my body sort of thing. So this week I tried to listen to myself more. Guess what my body was better than a clock! Who knew that our bodies were so smart? I have found that stopping to savor my meals, to pay attention to the taste, texture, and experience of eating these healthy foods. Doing this really took my meals enjoyment to a new level. Additionally I have noticed that while after eating certain foods (like meals made of mostly vegetables, and lean meats) I feel light and full of energy, while on the other hand when I eat other favorite foods (like meals heavy on the carbs like bread or pasta) I feel heavy, slightly sick, and sluggish.) 

As for working out: since the weather has improved I have switched using my elliptical to walking outside with my kids. When you factor in all the hills, the distance I am going, the quick pace, and the fact that I am pushing a 2 and 4 year old in a double stroller…Yeah I am getting a decent cardio to team up with the weight training. I have been loving it! I am sore but I feel great! 

As for the mushroom makeover meals…I am loving them. I have found myself checking out the Mushroom Council’s Website and Pinterest site for ideas which I then customize to meet my taste and needs. This week I made:

Mushroom Veggie Stir Fry: Stir fry over rice is a favorite in our house. Usually I make it with chicken and veggies, but this time I switched the chicken with chopped mushrooms.

Ingredients:

1 cup baby bella mushrooms

1/2 cup red bell peppers

1 cup onions

1 cup celery

1 cup carrots

1 1/2 cup broccoli

1-2 tsp coconut oil

2 eggs

2-3 tsp soy sauce

I cooked up the mushrooms in a bit of coconut oil with red peppers, onions, carrots, celery, and broccoli. Then I moved the veggies and cooked up 2 eggs. After I mixed it all together I added a bit of soy sauce let it simmer for 2 minutes and poured it over rice. 

Mushroom Spaghetti: My family was requesting spaghetti for dinner, so I decided to switch things up and instead of using ground beef or chicken like I usually do, I used mushrooms sautéed up in coconut oil with onions, tomatoes, red bell peppers and green onions.  I mixed this in with our favorite spaghetti sauce and poured that over angel hair pasta. 

Mushroom Veggie Soup: I was feeling a bit under the weather yesterday so I decided soup was in order. I chopped up mushrooms, tomatoes, celery, onions, and carrots. I added them to the pot of water with my favorite (non msg) beef Bouillon. I let this simmer for an hour and it was perfect.  

Mushroom Hash with Green Onion Omelet: This morning I wanted something hearty so I made mushroom hash and a omelet. For the hash I just chopped up mushrooms and onions and sautéed them in coconut oil then added the shoestring potatoes with seasoned salt and let them cook for 5 minutes together. Then I served it beside a green onion omelet cooked with a small amount of coconut oil. 

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We are a family of four that left it all behind to go travel the world. No, literally we left it all. We sold all of our possessions, packed what we could into four suitcases and said goodbye to suburban life. All we own is now pulled behind us as we travel to new and exciting destinations. Showing our kids the world and teaching them about new cultures, food, and ways of life is now our 9-5.

We love watching our kids learn, and learning along side them. Together we have now explored many new countries, visited family on the other side of the world, and made memories that will last a lifetime.

Welcome to our journey!