Learning how to cook

Thanks for your encouragement yesterday. I really am ready to kick these last 2.6lbs to the curb and officially say I lost 100lbs. I did great in eating yesterday – didn’t indulge but felt satisfied. Carlos came with me to the gym and I did 30 minutes on the elliptical, ran for 15 minutes and then biked for 20 minutes while he was finishing his basketball game. I was a sweaty mess by the time I was done!

As I get closer and closer to my 2 year healthiness anniversary on August 1st, I have been doing a lot of reflecting over what I have done to get here. Food, obviously, has been a huge part of it. And I’m the first to admit that for more then the first year, I relied on anything pre-portioned and pre-packaged such as frozen meals, snack packs, protien bars and canned fruit.

Recently I have been really trying to think out-side of the box on my healthiness foods. I’ve started to buy fresh fruit & veggies instead of canned but I still lacked in the lunch & dinner department.

About a month ago, I got a new cookbook in the mail to try and I was scared. The EatingWell Diet & Cookbook. Frankly guys, I cook with the microwave. Pretty much all I know how to do. But, I have to say, I’m 100,000% impressed with this book!

From the website:

Let me guess—you’ve tried them all: the grapefruit diet, the grapefruit juice diet, the grapefruit pill diet. Even as myriad new weight-loss schemes appear, most of us already know the verdict: diets don’t work. In the vast majority of cases, people drop out of the diet within weeks and regain the weight. A significant percentage rebound from a diet to gain even more weight than they started with. You are probably suspicious of the word “diet,” and I don’t blame you.

Our focus is on behavior change—permanent behavior change. It’s only through a systematic shaping of everyday common behaviors that you will be able to break old habits and learn new ones.
Chili-Rubbed Tilapia w/ Asparagus
I have to be honest, I chose this because the picture looked good in the book. I really had no idea what I was expecting. Carlos said liked fish so I thougth I’d try it.

Stats per serving (makes 4 servings): 210 calories, 10 grams fat, 8 grams carbs, 24 grams protien, 3 grams fiber. 20 mininutes cooking & prep time.

The ingredients
Steam the asparagus
Coat tialpia with chili rub
Clean up any spills
Let pan do its super cooker magic
What dinner is suppose to look like…
What dinner actually looks like
Verdict: I’ve never made fish before so I was super nervous. It was good but surprisingly enough even better the next day for lunch! I would consider using this recipe but maybe alter the spice. Maybe a lemon pepper or something…
Chicken in a Creamy Chive Sauce
I couldn’t wait to make this dinner. The “what dinner is suppose to look like” picture looked amazing! I did however alter the recipe. The recipe called for chives which both Carlos and I are not fans of. I do however love me some capers and since they are kind of the same color as chives (they are both green, right?) I figured, eh, why not?!

Stats per serving (makes 4 servings): 248 calories, 9 grams fat, 9 grams carbs, 25 grams protien. 35 minutes prep & cooking time.

The ingredients:

After lightly coating chicken in flour mixture
put in pan with broth mixture

After chicken has finished cooking, add a little sour cream,
a little mustard and capers (or chives if your a recipe
follower) and quickly take a picture.

Hat’s off to the chef!
(Notice the adorable apron from Jesse Steele Aprons!)

What dinner is suppose to look like

What dinner looks like on my plate

What dinner looks like on Carlos’ plate

Verdict: This was one of the easiest recipes I’ve ever made and it was SO YUMMY! I loved the capers and the creamy sauce. I am totally adding this to the rotation of 3 recipes I know how to make for dinner!


I really am excited for you to check out this book. The first part of the book is dedicated to really helping us who struggle with our eating figure out how to not just follow a “diet” but understand what healthy eating is forever. One lucky winner will receive:

EatingWell Diet & Cookbook

Adorable apron from Jesse Steele Aprons

How to enter:

  • Leave a comment telling me your favorite healthy cookbook
  • Add me to your facebook or twitter: jen@priorfatgirl.com
  • Update your twitter or facebook status linking back to this contest
  • Include this link in your next blog update

That’s 4 ways to enter, 4 ways to win! For each one you do, you must say so in the comments. Winner will be announced on Friday morning’s post. Open to everyone, any country, any continent.


  1. Thanks for the helpful write-up, I will promote this to my buddies. On a side note, I have a close friend that has been striving to gain body weight but still wants to maintain her healthy and balanced eating habits. Exactly what foods would you recommend?

  2. Looking for these cooking skills artcile, it’s helful. One regret is the images of your article is invisible.

  3. Very interesting! Your pics are amazing!!


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