Recipe Week in Review Pt. 1 (2024)

Well folks, I am one week back in to my P90x regimen, and I am pleased to say I've dropped 4 pounds. What I am even more excited about is the fact that (unlike last time) I have found some GREAT recipes to keep me and my husband happy!

Some background: The last time we did P90x (about a year ago), I was quasi-suicidal because I. LOVE. FOOD. and we were eating the same bland and boring meals day after day:

Teriyaki marinaded grilled chicken, chipotle marinated grilled chicken, hawaiian marinated grilled chicken, BBQ marinated grilled chicken, lemon pepper marinated grilled chicken, STEAK.... rinse and repeat.

Throw in the normal rotation of green beans, broccoli, salad, green beans, broccoli, salad.... etc etc... I was miserable. BUT, I was seeing GREAT results.

So, the question became, could I stay motivated again through that boring weekly menu? Well, I don't have to! Thanks to Pinterest!!!!!

As promised in a previous post, I tried out a ton of new recipes this past week, and some of them were HUGE successes. So over the next few days I'll be reviewing the good, the bad, and the ugly of our first week of P90x.

Today: Monterrey Chicken & Salad, Buffalo Turkey Lettuce Wraps, and Tomato Basil Cheddar Soup.

Monterrey Chicken & Salad

This was actually two separate recipes that I combined because the ingredients were similar. Because I have so many new recipes to tell you about in these posts, I am just going to link you to the originals and let you know about any changes I made instead of typing them all out.

Salad Original Recipe

I would give this meal about a 6/10 (though my husband liked it more than I did). With some alterations, I think it could be put into normal rotation.


1. The only modification I made to the chicken was the use of real turkey bacon bits instead of traditional bacon bits.

2. As far as the salad, I obviously omitted the chicken from my salad, and just served it along the Monterrey Chicken.

3. Also, I used Walden Farms Calorie Free, Carb Free Ranch dressing to cut down on the "bad stuff." Walden Farms makes delicious healthy dressings... we usually buy the Bacon Ranch, but they were sold out last week. You can find the dressings at almost all grocery stores.

4. I omitted the corn and tortilla chips from the salad for obvious reasons. To be honest, the salad didn't need the extra ingredients... the black beans were plenty filling.

What I'd Do Next Time:

1. More BBQ sauce.... Maybe about an additional tablespoon per chicken breast... just to amp up the flavor a bit more. Since I used thick breasts, the chicken toppings made for a few great bites and a few bland ones.... adding the sauce should solve that problem.

Buffalo Turkey Lettuce Wraps

TEN!!!!!!!!!! TEN!!!!!!!!!!! TEN!!!!!!!!!!! I was so blown away by this easy recipe! My husband, the king of the wing, who was extremely critical when I placed turkey wrapped in lettuce in front of him, liked it more and more with every bite. We really could have doubled this recipe.... We were practically licking the bowl!


My only modification was the fact that I used romaine lettuce instead of iceberg..... simply because I like it better!

What I'd do Next Time:

I'd do absolutely nothing different. This is a recipe I'd eat even if I wasn't dieting!

Tomato Basil Cheddar Soup

Inspired by Yard House's out of this world tomato bisque, I searched for a healthy, yet creamy, tomato soup. This one used Greek Yogurt instead of heavy cream. Boy oh boy was I impressed! I'd give it a solid 9/10! My husband was out of town for this meal, but my mother loved the soup as much as I did, and asked me for the recipe for herself.


1. I only had three 15 oz. cans of diced tomatoes on hand, so I actually used a little less than the recipe called for. I'd never have known the difference.... it was plenty tomato-y!

2. I used Splenda in lieu of sugar

**NOTE: I used an immersion blender for this soup. I avoid putting soups in the food processor at all costs because it always makes a huge mess, and though the recipe said it was not necessary to blend the soup, I absolutely think it is!

What I'd do next time:

Again, I wouldn't change anything about the way I made this recipe. It was VERY good, and very filling! I served it alongside an apple walnut salad, which I'll be reviewing later in the week, so stay tuned!

Recipe Week in Review Pt. 1 (2024)


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