Monday, July 06, 2009

$3.33 a day: June weight loss and stats

Raw sushi collard roll

Super spicy ginger, siracha, daikon, avocado.. so delicious and good for you!
The ginger root I got was incredibly fresh and pungent.. probably the best ginger I've ever eaten.

That reminds me; back when I was a kid I used to goto the hole in the wall Japanese restaurant in Denver. They would bring out fresh tofu that was sitting in ginger infused water. It was amazing. Maybe I'll make some fresh tofu tomorrow and use the rest of the ginger that way?

Indian spiced potatoes, peas and shan tofu. So good. I think plain chickpeas would be better than the shan tofu though. The heat level on this dish was off the charts. Lately, I have become even more addicted to heat. I have to be careful when cooking for others. (especially at my job since people in New England can't seem to tolerate the smallest amount...) The other day I made some chipotle cinnamon spiced truffles for work and they were too spicy for my boss.

Wasabi daikon raw slaw... my lowfat sesame ginger wasbi dressing mixed with lentil sprouts, wasabi, cilantro, carrots, scallions and red pepper and topped with Siracha of course. I finished it off with some fresh lime juice as well. The leftovers went into a collard roll up. (no pic)

I made a big batch of burgers to keep in the freezer... Sometimes a veggie burger is the perfect meal..

My baby girl.. I wuff wuf wuff her!

I lost 10 lbs last month! woohoo! 13 the month before. I'm officially on a weight loss roll again. Here's hoping I don't screw it up.

I did a huge stock up at Trader Joes this month. I used 15 bucks of my bulk food fund. I spent 80.81 at Trader Joes and 21.69 at market basket and 6.00 at a farm stand and 6.50 at the health food store on FYH cheese and some herbs.

Trader Joes haul:
Baby Spinach
Chocolate chips
Soy Creamer
7 lbs tofu
Balsamic Vinegar
Brown Rice Pasta (14 lbs.. should last me at least 6 months)
Brown Jasmine Rice
Candied ginger
Blue corn chips
Avocados (8)

Market Basket Haul:
Red peppers
frozen broccoli
bok choy

Farm Stand:
baby arugula

Health food store:
Follow Your Heart Cheese
Dried herbs

I have $17.49 left in my bulk food fund.

Finally, I have been having major issues with my email... so if anyone has sent me something in the last 3 weeks and I haven't responded, please send again. It should be figured out now.. but I think I lost a lot of emails from that time period.


  1. Congratulations on your 10lb weight loss! Your shopping lists look delicious and definitely weight loss stimulating!

  2. Good for you on your weight loss. Your food looks delicious as always.
    Your dog looks so cute, I can just picture a thermometer in her mouth. lol

  3. Your food posts always look so healthy and colorful.

  4. Woo Hoo! You're on a roll now, girl. Happy for you and whatever internal changes you've made to facilitate the loss.

  5. Congratulations on your weight loss! That's huge. You must be feeling great.

    I hear you on the spice thing... it's difficult to find a restaurant in Maine where "four stars" spicy means anything at all. I'm ready to start carrying hot sauce in my purse.

  6. Holy cow--congratulations on the weight loss! That is awesome--you are certainly doing something right :o)

    That raw slaw sounds delicious and looks so vibrant and pretty!


  7. YAY! Good for you Melody! I'm so happy for you. I'll re-email you again tomorrow in case my reply to you last week got lost.

    Big Hugs ~ Sandy

  8. Love all your raw meals and that indian dish..yum!! I am loving veggie burgers on collard or romaine leaves..mmm!
    Congrats on your weight WILL NOT "screw it up!" Believe in that sister!! :)

  9. Oh and most important (how could I forget!!!) I love your pup!!! So adorable!! I just wanna kiss that little face!

  10. that's amazing. it's great that you've been able to stick to your weight loss and spending plans! if people up there can't handle the heat, please come and cook for me! those truffles sound to die for!!

  11. Great work on the weight loss. You've got me inspired. Too, we're moving to AZ and will have a bigger kitchen with more room for bulk foods. I'm stoked to start doing some of the Melomeals way of life!

  12. your doggie is so cute!

    thanks for keeping us posted and congrats on the weight loss.

  13. I love your blog! The pictures are fabulous and the way you write is very inspiring.

    Mmmm....those veggie burgers look crispy and delicious and I would definitely go back for seconds of those spicy Indian potatoes! GREAT pictures!

    I love the doggy!

  14. congrats on your weight loss, that is awesome!! all your food looks awesome as ever.

  15. Congratulations on your weight loss! As usual your food looks so good - Im drooling over your homemade raw sushi collard roll!


  16. Anonymous10:15 AM

    Your food looks awesome as always. And I love your Pitbull. She is the sweetest ever.


  17. The raw sushi collard roll looks yummy - looks like there are some noodles in there - by chance did were they those funky smelling yam noodles? I am still trying to figure out how to make the smell go away without having to par boil them.
    I'm also with you on the spicy thing. I dump "rooster" sauce on just about everyhing, or mix it with veganaise and eat it that way too. I don't understand why New Englanders are so skittish about spice, the weather here seems to lend itself to spicy comfort food.

    Inspired by your weight loss too! Keep up the good work!

  18. aw your puppy is so cute!

    and write me down as another NE girl who can't take the heat. sigh. i wish i could!

  19. Congratulations on your weight loss. You are definitely on a roll!

    The daikon slaw with sprouted lentils looks incredibly delicious!

  20. You are doing amazingly well! Congrats on the weight loss. That's a huge accomplishment, and well deserved. It really is hard work. Food looks great too. If eating all that delicious stuff on $3.33 a day has helped you drop some pounds, I'd say you've hit the motherlode!
    BTW, loved your dog's picture. They're so funny when their lips get caught on their teeth. LOL!

  21. Anonymous8:44 AM

    Thank you for posting this incredible thread; all of the food looks so healthy and yummy. Congratulations on your weight loss! And I agree that your dog is adorable :) andra

    PS is there somewhere that I can purchase your recipes? Should I email you privately about this? Thanks.

  22. Yummy looking food.

    You go woman on that weight loss roll!

  23. Love the food. ANd you know I love Jorda. Wish I could have a pit bull...but no dogs allowed in this condo. :(

    Congrats on the weight loss!

  24. Damn, that raw sushi collard roll looks amazing!!!
    Thanks for the inspiration and keep up the great work. Also, congrats on the weight loss.

  25. Great job on the weight loss! Good for you and keep it up.

  26. Mel-I have that problem too when it comes to cooking. I like my food super spicy and I have to tame it down alot for others.

  27. Anonymous3:40 PM

    Awesome! Keep up the good work!

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