A Washington Catch & Meal Planning

I am so excited that DietBet starts tomorrow! You still have time to sign up and even if you decide to join in later you can (you will just have less time to lose the your body weight). Remember the deal each player puts $25 into the pot. You set the goal to lose 4% of your body weight in 4 weeks and if you succeed, you get to split the pot with the other players that lose. I think it will be a great motivational tool and it’s a great time at the start of the new year to get healthy. Like I mentioned before, I am hosting the DietBet and although I don’t need to lose 4% of my body weight, I am super excited to try to eat as healthy as I can over the next four months and lose a couple holiday pounds. The pot is at $700 now!

This weekend was pretty busy for us as we rarely have plans. Friday night the hubs took the two older kids clam digging for razor clams with a small group of families from work. This is a very Washington thing to do so they didn’t want to miss it as the season is pretty limited. As neat as it sounded, I decided to stay home with baby R. He is 14 months and is used to going to bed at 7pm and clam digging is a low tide which happened to be around 5:30/6pm on Friday. It was about a 2 hour drive to the beach (where this particular type of calm can be found) and temps were in the high 20s so we decided it would be best if I stayed home with him. The law limits each person to 15 clams.

Razor Clams

and now the fun part is figuring out how to prepare them! We have around 2 1/2 pounds of clams! That is without the shell so we can freeze some and try a couple different preparations. Clams are not usually something I’d buy and cook at home so this will be a fun challenge to me. Apparently razor clams are like the prime rib of clams so we are excited to cook them!

Razor Clams

Here are some options for cooking with razor clams (from Saveur magazine recipe here)

Razor Clams

I definitely have to make clam chowder (Photo credit).

clam chowder

or maybe Emeril’s recipe for Grilled Razor Clams with Meyer Lemon Chive Vinaigrette (photo credit from Food Network)


or this recipe for Panko Crusted Razor clams (photo credit from Sticky Gooey Creamy Chewy Blog).

Panko Crusted Razor Clams

We also had plans Sat night, dinner at some new friends’ house and tonight I am having an old work friend and her husband over for dinner. Totally excited. We used to work together in San Diego and she is the only real friend I have here and we haven’t been able to hang out much!

Here is meal planning and I gotta run and start prepping for dinner. Have a great week everyone and to those of you starting the DietBet…good luck!

Chicken Fajitas, Beans, Broccoli Slaw, Chips & Guac


Brown Rice Lentil Burger, Sauteed Greens with Garlic

Something with clams….

Roasted Veggie Pizza (trying out a new crust)

Out to dinner

Question: Anyone cook with fresh clams? I’d love your suggestions on how to prepare them! Who has joined the DietBet?






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  1. says

    Super excited about the DietBet. Honestly, don’t think I can lose 4% in 28 days…my weight seems somewhat stuck where it is. But I think it was worth $25 for me to jump in bc I knew I could get some friends in, too! And if I lose, bonus! So glad you found this and did it. And super glad it will end in time for Valentine’s Day!

    Sunday: Vegan grilled cheese with carrots, tomatoes, and cuties
    Monday: Chick pea curry over brown rice with roasted broccoli
    Tuesday: We have a dinner meeting where I will be fed according to my diet. Quesadillas for kids.
    Wednesday: Baked potatoes (cheese on the families’, avocado on mine) and green salad with carrots, cucumber, tomatoes, and anything else I can find.
    Thursday: I am teaching a cooking class, so my family will eat “eggs in the holes” with fruit.
    Friday: Pizza Friday!
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  2. Dana M. says

    Monday- black bean and quinoa taco meat & kale salad
    Tuesday- falafel, homemade hummus, quinoa & roasted okra
    Wednesday- spagetti squash with a creamy avocado sauce & steamed broccoli
    Thursday- veggie chili for the family, i am going to Britt’s cooking class
    Friday- pizza & salad

    I weighed myself the end of last week and i dont really need to lose 4% of my body weight. i will be following along with y’all in spirit trying to make the healthiest choices over the next four weeks. Weekdays are not that hard for me, it is the weekends where i tend to lose my focus, but not for the next four weeks!! I will also be changing up my workouts thanks to the advice of some very knowledgable friends ;-).
    Have Happy, Healthy Week!

  3. Gretchen Hokenson says

    So glad you are getting good involvement for the diet bet. Like Dana I will be joining in spirit. My goals for the four weeks are to make sure I drinking sufficient water, get back to eating plant strong, get my workouts back on track, stop my evening snack feat, and avoid sweets. Here are our meals for the weeks.
    Sun- the family at chicken tetrazini and roasted green beans. I had pasta and veggies
    Mon-britt’s chick peas
    Tues-leftovers I have stashed in the freezer
    Wed-stir fry and potstickers
    Thurs-baked potatoes
    Fri- spring rolls
    Sat- out

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