Saturday, February 15, 2014

Valentine's Day this year was a little different. The Boy and I are trying hard to lose weight and regain the svelte bodies we had when we met over 20 yrs ago. This means calorie counting which puts a wrench in our usual Valentine's Day tradition. Renzo wanted to scrap plans entirely but I endeavoured to find a low calorie dinner that held up to our Valentine's Day standards. This also meant that I was the only one cooking this year and we would both be eating the same meal.

After a 2 week search, I finally settled on a meal and dessert that would fit into our daily allowed calorie plans. A bonus was that it only took about 45 mins to prepare the main dish and while we ate dessert baked in the oven. This was good for my autoimmune defeated body. While the Orencia IV has been working, it sadly is no match for the Polar Vortex that has plagued us this winter. So I needed to be careful not to use too much energy or cause myself too much pain by just making dinner. It sounds silly I know but just making dinner one night, and the post dinner clean up etc puts me in bed for at least a day sometimes two if I overdo it. Renzo laughs at how exhausted I am from just making a simple meal but sadly this is my and many Rheumatoid Disease patients' reality.

For our meal I prepared Chipotle Crusted Pork Tenderloin for 206 calories per serving. I halved the recipe. It was very good although next time I will use less chipotle as it was a bit too spicy for my sensitive tummy. I served the pork with Sautéed Green Beans with Tomatoes for 57 calories per 1/2 cup and Mushroom Orzo "Risotto" for 217 calories per serving. I divided the orzo into 6 side dish size servings rather than 4 main course side servings. Total calories for the meal was a mere 480 calories and it was delicious!

For dessert, I originally was going to make 100 calorie Chocolate Cupcakes frosted with 1/2 tbsp of Nutella for 50 calories. However, after chopping veggies and mixing the orzo non stop for 30 mins, my joints were screaming. So I opted for a batch of Betty Crocker Hershey Peanut Butter Brownies for 160 calories frosted with 1 tsp of Nutella for an additional 33 calories. I made the brownies double their serving size of 1/16th of a pan however I did not use the oil  so the calories ended up being the same as if I had made the smaller brownies. These too were yummy. I will freeze the remaining brownies for when we want a little treat in the future. 

Dinner and dessert totalled a mere 673 calories so a success diet wise. Perhaps dinner wasn't as fancy as our usual Valentine fare but it was still a nice evening with my Loverbunny!